Massage…it relaxes you, calms you, and boosts your immunity…Wait. What? Massage boosts your immunity?
Yes! Massage, often thought of as a pampering, relaxation service, actually provides a host of medical and wellness benefits. In this month’s Be Day Spa blog, we discuss the many health benefits of massage.
Regularly scheduled massages can help provide a sustained overall boost to your physical and mental health. Dedicating time and resources for massage at consistent intervals is an investment in your health and wellness.
Because a massage is relaxing and contributes to one’s overall health and well being, it literally is a gift that keeps on giving. At this time of year, a massage gift certificate makes a great gift for grads, dads, teachers, and coaches.
Interested in experiencing the health benefits of massage? Be Day Spa offers a variety of massage therapy services to help you reach your health and wellness goals. Contact the experienced, caring professionals at Be Day Spa to schedule your massage appointment today.
You check food label ingredients to maintain your good health. But do you ever read the labels on your makeup? You may be surprised to know that most traditional makeup contains synthetic chemicals, preservatives, dyes, and fragrances. As the demand for natural products rises, increasingly more women are using mineral makeup as part of their skincare routine. In this month’s Be Day Spa blog, we discuss the many benefits of mineral makeup for your skin.
Mineral makeup is made with natural ingredients, including mica, iron oxides, zinc oxide, and titanium dioxide, which are ground into tiny particles. Suitable for all skin types, tones, and ages, mineral makeup is available in foundations, blushers, eye shadows, and bronzers, and offers several benefits for your skin.
Mineral makeup is lightweight and won’t clog pores. Traditional cosmetics often contain oils that clog pores and cause the skin to feel suffocated. Mineral makeup is lightweight and won’t clog pores, allowing your skin to breathe.
Its anti-inflammatory properties calm skin. Mineral makeup’s unique blend of natural ingredients produces anti-inflammatory properties that can have a calming effect on your skin. This can help improve the appearance of acne, eczema, dermatitis, or rosacea.
Mineral makeup is great for sensitive or problematic skin. Unlike traditional makeup, which contain oils and other additives that can irritate sensitive skin, mineral makeup is preservative-free, and non-comedogenic, making it less likely to aggravate your skin and cause breakouts. Because it’s free of skin-irritating ingredients and helps cover and correct surface redness, mineral makeup is a good choice for those with acne or rosacea.
It helps protect your skin from the sun. Mineral makeup contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, ingredients also found in physical sunscreen. Used in conjunction with your daily sunscreen, mineral makeup can provide you with additional protection from the sun.
Mineral makeup has a natural look and feel. Mineral makeup products aren’t just good for your skin—they feel and look good as well. The fine, pure pigments of mineral makeup blend easily on the skin, offering you great coverage, a natural glow, and a healthy youthful appearance.
Whether you are just learning to apply makeup or have been using cosmetics for years, mineral makeup can be the perfect addition to your beauty routine. If you’re interested in learning more about mineral makeup, contact the experts at Be Day Spa in Manchester, NH. We offer several makeup services to meet your beauty needs.
The snow is finally melting, the days are getting longer and warmer; it’s time to get ready for the sun! “Don’t forget your sunscreen,” is echoed at beaches and ball fields every warm weather season. In this month’s blog, we’ll discuss the importance of using sunscreen and the difference between physical and chemical blockers.
One of the most effective ways to protect your skin and keep it looking its best is to use sunscreen daily. Whether you spend five minutes or five hours in the outdoors—even on a cloudy day—sunscreen helps protect your skin by reflecting or absorbing some of the sun’s UV radiation or UV rays. Ultraviolet A (UVA rays) penetrate deep into the skin and damage tissue, but do not cause sunburn. Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays are the painful rays that cause sunburn.
Without sunscreen, repeated exposure to the sun’s UV rays can cause damage to your skin. Even a small amount of sun exposure can damage your skin cells. You may not notice it now, but the damage is there and is cumulative over time. Untreated skin can lead to:
There are two types of sunscreens: physical and chemical. Each uses different UV filters to protect your skin from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.
Physical blockers are formulated with mineral ingredients: titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. These ingredients sit on your skin, deflecting or blocking the sun’s UV rays, scattering the damaging UV rays away from your skin. Together, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide protect against the entire spectrum of UVB and UVA rays.
Chemical blockers use carbon-based compounds—such as oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate, and avobenzone—to absorb the sun’s UV rays and prevent them from penetrating your skin. For this reason, they are frequently called chemical absorbers. Its UV filters break down the sun’s UV rays, changing them into heat, which is released from your skin.
Chemical sunscreens protect against the full spectrum of UVB rays and, depending on the active ingredients, can offer as much UVA ray protection as physical sunscreens.
As all skin is different, it’s best to understand how the ingredients in your sunscreen work and how each may help protect your skin. The following chart breaks down the characteristics of physical and chemical sunscreens.
If your skin is showing signs of sun damage, the skin care professionals at Be Day Spa are here to help. To learn more about our skin care services, including anti-aging facials, eye treatments, and exfoliating peel treatments in Manchester, NH, visit our web site, or contact us to schedule an appointment.
When it comes to taking care of your skin, you get out of it what you put into it. In our last blog, we discussed the importance of maintaining your skin’s pH balance. What else can you do to keep your skin healthy and beautiful? Consider adding regular facial peels to your skin regimen. Why? Because they are a safe, relaxing, and affordable way to reduce fine lines and improve skin.
Before we discuss the benefits of facial peels, it’s important to understand the different types available to you. Peels are categorized according to how deeply the chemical penetrates your skin:
Medical-grade peels, which use stronger chemicals and penetrate more deeply into your skin, are provided by licensed medical professionals. They have a greater potential for side effects, including swelling, scarring, infection, temporary or permanent changes in skin color, and cold sore breakouts for those with a history of cold sores. You may also experience a period of intense flaking as the old, damaged skin is replaced by fresh, smooth new skin.
Superficial peels, which are provided by registered estheticians, gently penetrate the very top layer of your skin. They are painless with no major side effects, other than a slight tingling. You may be slightly red afterwards, but this can be easily covered with makeup. Some people refer to these as “lunchtime peels” since most women go right back to work following treatment.
With a superficial peel, a registered esthetician applies a mild chemical solution—often containing retinol or glycolic acid—to your skin. This solution remains on your face for roughly 15 to 20 minutes, during which time it gently dissolves the skin’s top layers, loosening the bonds that hold dead skin cells to healthy skin cells. After your peel, your skin will generally feel smoother, fresher, and younger.
Because superficial facial peels are relatively mild, you can schedule a treatment every few weeks to keep your face fresh and youthful. Ask your salon if they offer discounts— like we do at Be Day Spa—when you purchase multiple treatments.
Interested in learning more about how facial peels reduce fine lines and improve skin? Contact the caring professionals at Be Day Spa. All of our services are designed to guide you in presenting your best image to the world and reflecting who you are.
Are you suffering from acne breakouts, oiliness, redness, or dry patches? Chances are, your pH is out of balance. And when your skin’s chemistry is out of whack, you may be at an increased risk of premature aging. Crows feet. Smile lines. Lip wrinkles. You get the picture. Before you run out and purchase yet another promising skincare product, let’s take a moment to discuss the importance of balancing your skin’s pH.
To better understand pH, we’re going to take a short trip back to our middle school science class. The scientific term “pH” stands for “power of hydrogen,” which is a measure of the level of acidity or alkalinity in a solution. It is measured on a scale of 1 to 14, with 1 being the most acidic and 14 being the most alkaline. Ideally, your skin should be slightly acidic–at a level of 5.5. According to Dr. Marnie B. Nussbaum, a licensed dermatologist in New York City, “Balanced skin is achieved when skin maintains the ideal pH of 5.5. At this slightly acidic pH, the skin is optimized to seal in hydration, while protecting us from free radicals, pollution, and environmental irritants.” How do you know if your skin’s pH level is off? If you skin is acting up, your pH is most likely out of balance.
If you keep your pH in balance, you’ll enjoy healthier, more beautiful skin. When your pH is off-balance it means your skin’s barrier is damaged, resulting in problems ranging from dry skin to clogged pores. And according to a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology by Greg Hillebrand, PhD, patients with excessively alkaline levels (high pH) developed more fine lines and crow’s feet than those with balanced pH levels.
Most of us can keep our pH in balance by avoiding the following:
Each of these actions can damage your skin’s acid mantle, a protective layer on the surface of your skin.
If your skin is out of balance, you can improve it by practicing proper skin care and eating a healthy diet. Choosing the right cleanser and moisturizer for your skin type is essential. For assistance, speak with a dermatologist or skin care professional.
It’s that time of year: resolutions are high, determination is higher, and it’s the perfect opportunity to look back at where you were, and decide what you need to do to meet your personal goals. When it comes to taking care of yourself, it’s easier to stick with resolutions that quickly provide results, so here are 5 easy beauty resolutions that will make 2017 your best beauty year ever!
Unfortunately, our skin is one of those things we rarely pay enough attention to–until it’s too late. Instead, we devote much of our time and money on whatever makeup we think our skin needs to look the way we want it to. While beauty trends come and go, clean, healthy, beautiful skin is always in. Caring for your skin should be second nature to you, not an afterthought.
This year, resolve to care for the skin you’re in! Be sure to remove the daily build up of makeup, pollution, and grime so your skin can naturally renew itself to good health. Talk to a professional to help get your daily skincare routine back on track and follow these general healthy skin care habits:
You read that right! Water is essential to every function in our body, and most of us have a hard time getting enough into our systems. But drinking water isn’t the only way to benefit from hydration. Eating one serving of raw fruits and vegetables has the benefits of drinking a glass of water. Since the body breaks down the water contained in those foods differently than just drinking water, your body reaps different benefits. Try replacing one serving of liquid water with one serving of “solid” water from fruits and vegetables, and see what happens.
From washing dishes, doing chores, and hand-washing–to taking a beating from daily exposure to the elements–our hands really have it hard. Take some time to pamper them this year. Exfoliate the old, dry skin and moisturize as often as needed. Your hands will thank you, and they’ll be better protected from all of the damage daily life does to them.
It’s pretty easy to get into a rut once you discover what works for your daily makeup routine. This year, why not take a chance and change things up? Knowing what new trends, styles, or colors work for you can be daunting, but it may be just the thing you need to get a fresh start this year.
Not sure where to start? Sign up for a makeup consultation with Be Day Spa’s experienced and caring makeup professionals. Schedule an appointment anytime in January, and you’ll receive a free gift from Glo Minerals. Don’t just stick with what you know– take a chance and do something exciting!
The only thing standing in the way of you and your best self is YOU! Determine what mental and physical barriers are in your way and what changes you need to make. YOU can be fierce! YOU can make it happen!
Take on 2017 with your best (and freshest) face possible! Be Day Spa offers the professional skin care and makeup services you need to get going in the right direction. Contact us today to get a jump start on the new year!
The holiday season is a time of giving and receiving; we take the time to be grateful for all that we have, and to show our friends and loved ones how much we care about them. It’s so easy to get caught up in the noise and bustle of this season, and that can be a good thing! This year, with all of the holiday chaos, give the gift of relaxation and beauty to your friends and family who would appreciate it the most.
At Be Day Spa, it’s our privilege to be able to help our customers sit back, take a deep breath, and take a little time to care for themselves. We all know those people who think more about others than about themselves, and it can be exhausting! This holiday season, take the chance to give the perfect gift to someone who deserves a little break. We have packages that will be a perfect fit for anyone: from manicures and pedicures, facials and waxing, to massages and aromatherapy.
We have something for every person on your list. Let the people you care about know that you want them to take time for themselves this season. Give them the gift of relaxation and rejuvenation with one of our Spa Packages.
Every person has their own way of relaxing and feeling pampered. For those on your list that may be a little more tricky to buy for, gift certificates are always a good way to go! We offer gift certificates in our Spa or online, so they are convenient for you to pick up and easy for you to give away. You can load your gift with whatever dollar amount you’d like, and then give the gift of caring to everyone on your holiday shopping list.
And why not treat yourself while you’re at it? For every $50 you purchase in gift certificates, you’ll receive $10 in Holiday Bucks that can be used anytime from January 1 to March 31, 2017. You can give yourself a little appreciation while you show your love to all of your friends.
The holiday season can be chaotic for all of us! Make sure to take some time to relax, rejuvenate, and to reflect on all of the things you have to be thankful for. Here at Be Day Spa, we’re thankful for you! And we can’t wait to help you melt all of that holiday season stress away! Contact us to schedule your personal relaxation day today! Happy Holidays!
“Serum” can be an intimidating word; it’s not just a moisturizer or a cleanser, but a highly concentrated and specialized treatment for your skin. Sorting through all of the ingredients and the reasons why they would be beneficial for you can be overwhelming. But if you think of a skin serum as a healing and fortifying concoction, you can figure out what mix will work for you and what will help you find what you’re looking for.
The ingredients and combinations found in some of the top serums can sound like a different language. Knowing what you’re looking for can help you narrow down your search. Some serums are made for hydration, some brighten your skin’s appearance, and others are specifically made to fight the effects of aging.
Knowing how your skin reacts and what it needs can help you narrow down your search for your perfect serum. Do you have oily skin? Dry skin? Are you looking to clear out your pores, or to help fend off the small lines that have started to creep up? Does your skin look dull or shiny? Do you just feel like it needs some extra TLC?
Serums are more advanced than your everyday, run-of-the-mill-skin care treatments, and are specially formulated to tackle specific skin care needs. Whatever you are looking to accomplish for your skin, chances are there is a skin serum for that.
Look for the key ingredients in each skin serum and take the time to do the research. Because your skin takes about 28 days to go through a new growth cycle, any skin serum you decide on becomes a month-long commitment. Only you know how you want your skin to look, but asking a professional for their opinion will help you start in the right direction when choosing a skin care routine.
Now is as good a day as any to start on your way to healthier, younger looking skin! Connect with a professional at Be Day Spa, and find out how our skin care professionals can help you on your journey to your best skin yet! There’s never been a better day to start caring for yourself.
It’s the age-old question: what’s the best way to stay looking younger, longest? The anti-aging industry is a multi-billion dollar-a-year industry, and it’s no wonder! People want to keep their skin healthy and radiant because it’s associated with happiness and well-being. But when do you start using an anti-aging skin care product? Is it possible to start too young?
There are many factors that affect your skin; there isn’t a simple, cookie-cutter answer for when everyone should start using an anti-aging skin program. How often you are in the sun, what your diet is like, and genetics are all significant influencers on your skin. Scientifically speaking, your skin starts changing when you reach your mid to upper twenties.
The production of two major building blocks for younger looking skin, collagen and elastin, both start slowing down when you hit that mid-twenties mark. This is natural, and there’s not a whole lot that can be done to keep that from happening. But some things that you might not even consider have a bigger effect on your skin that you realize. Your sleep patterns, your diet, and how often you are active or in the sun all change how your skin ages. Taking care of your body as a whole will show on your skin. Simple things like sleeping well and drinking enough water can have major effects on the health and appearance of your skin.
Time will take a toll on your skin. Aging happens, and there is nothing you can do to completely stop it. Adding a few simple steps to your skincare regime might help counteract some of the negative effects that naturally occur as you get older. If you are in your mid-twenties to thirties, focus on a healthy, balanced diet, good sleeping patterns and drinking plenty of water. Healthy skin starts from the inside out, so getting the proper nutrition and rest is essential. Adverse habits like smoking, eating too much sugar and drinking too much alcohol can have long lasting, negative effects on your skin’s health.
There are some practical steps to take as you advance into your thirties and forties. Making sure you remove any make-up or beauty products is a great place to start, especially when you are about to go to bed. Let your skin breathe and rest when you are, and you’ll begin to see it glow. Using products that contain the essential vitamins and minerals that are so easily lost from your skin is a simple step to take. Focus on products that contain retinol, vitamin E, and natural supplements like green tea and soy that can help your skin retain its moisture and elasticity.
At Be Day Spa, we offer many services that will leave your skin clean, healthy and glowing. If you want to get a fresh start and get your skin into the best shape possible, contact us and find out about all of the refreshing options that we offer. You’re only as confident as you feel—get your skin into the best shape it’s ever been, no matter how old you are! Contact us today to learn more.
Once you’ve had a great massage, the next thought that crosses your mind is probably along the lines of, “How often can I get one of these?” Different people will give you different answers to that question, and there are several factors to take into account
Whatever the reason, the physical and mental benefits of having massages regularly cannot be overstated. Taking the time to relax, calm your body and your mind and have the stress worked out of your muscles is something that people rarely do, even though they know how important it is for their health.
Our bodies are resilient things. Driving, sitting at our desks, picking up kids and groceries, working out and playing sports, taking the stairs with a purse or a briefcase leaning us to one side– all of the stress and demands that we put on our bodies require some extra care to make sure we stay healthy.
Massages alleviate the stress and demands that we place on our minds. Having the tension released in our bodies has a rejuvenating and calming effect on our thoughts. Just knowing that you have a massage session planned can give you something to look forward to and make the stress of the work week seem more manageable because you know that relief is coming!
Pain is our body’s way of telling us that something is wrong. If we don’t listen to the warning signs, we could end up causing more damage down the road. Don’t assume that your body will just fix itself! A quick trip for a massage could offset any significant injuries, and maintaining a massage schedule could reduce how often the pain flares up.
The benefits of a massage go beyond just the physical realm, and they bring the rest of our beings into harmony. Be proactive—at the first sign of something not feeling right, get it checked out!
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Massages bring the physical, mental and spiritual elements of life back into proper alignment. Making sure you take care of your entire being—your mind, not just your muscles—is essential for healing and productivity.
At Be Day Spa, we’re here to help care for all of you! Contact us to schedule your appointment today, and take that next step to a more balanced, harmonious life!
When it comes to dealing with persistent skin conditions and blemishes, we understand the debate that goes on. “Should I really go to a dermatologist for this, or is there another option?” It’s an important question, particularly when it involves the skincare needs of your teen.
Proper skincare is important for everyone, especially teens and young adults. With the increase of hormones that accompanies adolescence, many teens experience breakouts of acne, prolonged periods of oily skin, or other skin-related maladies.
During this time in a teen’s life, encouraging proper skincare can help establish healthy, lifelong habits. On the flipside, ignoring your teen’s skincare concerns can lead to self-esteem issues and a lack of understanding about valuable, hygenic skincare practices.
Depending on the severity and type of skin condition, your teen could benefit from visiting either a dermatologist or an esthetician. There’s often confusion surrounding these two types of experts, so we’re going to clear the air before moving on.
Dermatologists are medical doctors. They are highly educated and well-practiced in treating medical conditions relating to the skin and epidermal layers. You should visit a dermatologist for medical concerns such as cysts, moles, rashes, bites, or other skin-related injuries.
Estheticians are health and beauty experts. They are trained and certified in all aspects of skincare, including product knowledge, and they have expertise in various skin types. You should visit an esthetician to address issues such as acne, dry or oily skin, blemishes, and clogged pores.
While both dermatologists and estheticians are experts in the skincare industry, they sometimes approach problems differently. For example, you might visit a dermatologist for chronic acne and end up receiving an antibiotic prescription. While this might be a generalized medical solution to address the bacteria and systems that cause acne, you (or your teen) could very likely benefit from an alternate solution that doesn’t involve antibiotics.
When you come to Be Day Spa, you experience friendliness and warmth from our estheticians. You’re always a valued guest at our spa. As you consult with our experts, they will gain an understanding of your specific needs. We take into account things like your skin type, sensitivities, past products, and your current skincare routine.
When it comes to severe medical problems, dermatologists are certainly the ones to see! But by getting to know you and your skin type, we can better recommend products and practices that will help your specific condition. We’re firm believers that everyone should have a great skincare routine that works for them. If that routine doesn’t have to involve loads of prescriptions, harsh topicals and medical bills, that’s even better!
Welcome! We’re glad you stopped by. Today we’re talking about one of the biggest arguments in the health and beauty industry. Salons, beauticians, hairdressers, spas, we’re all aware of the same question, and we hear it on the regular: Should I buy my skincare products directly from the professionals, or from a third-party retailer?
We’re going to jump right in with some insights you might not have thought of! Here we go…
There are a few layers to this question. For starters, retailers don’t have a staff of licensed estheticians. There’s a good chance you could be buying a product that isn’t suited for your skin type. A proper skincare distributor (like Be Day Spa or your trusted local salon) has trained experts who know you and can recommend the exact product for your needs.
Actually, third-party retailers are often not selling you the good stuff. When authorized distributors are unable to sell off all their old inventory, it usually goes to a third-party retailer. That means it could contain outdated ingredients or be discontinued technology. In reality, most of these retailers are not carrying the freshest and safest proven skincare products.
“Cheapness” is often a trade-off for quality. Bulk purchasing of discontinued products allows retailers to mark their stuff down, making it cheaper than distributors’ products. But one thing is guaranteed when you buy from the professionals: you won’t walk away with more than you need! We know our clients, and we advise them on specific skincare products that will solve their problems. We know you, and we know what works. We’re not sales associates, we’re your friendly skincare experts!
At Be Day Spa, we want you to think of us as your close friends. We’re regular people with a passion for helping everyone achieve health and beauty, that’s all! Want to know the best part, though? We’re also licensed skincare professionals. If we know of a cutting-edge skincare product that can help you look and feel awesome, well, naturally we’re going to share it with you!
Visit us today, or contact us with your thoughts and questions! See you at the Spa…
Greetings from the Spa! If you’re new to Be Day Spa, check out our introductory blog.
We’re pleased to be able to offer some outstanding new skincare products this summer! Be Day Spa has started carrying a full range of Glo Therapeutics products. Glo is a leading name in therapeutic skincare, providing unique and effective solutions that are personalized by skin type. We carry something for every need:
When Be Day Spa was originally founded, we only carried “Be” skincare and makeup products, our own private label. As the Spa grew and transformed over time, our team felt it was important to introduce new, innovative skincare products that would help the most people with the majority of skincare concerns. With Glo, we can do just that.
Here’s why Glo is so effective: Glo uniquely treats multiple skin concerns by incorporating daily regimens with advance treatments.
The innovative technology behind Glo enhance your skin’s radiance, tone and texture. Glo Therapeutics are designed with a high concentration of active ingredients that clinically transform the skin. In essence, they make it possible for you to have professional skin care, right at home. As if that isn’t enough, they’re also free of parabens, which are potentially harmful preservatives!
Now that Be Day Spa carries Glo Therapeutics products, our team is able to receive great support and professional skincare education from Glo. And when we benefit, you benefit! We can help educate you in the importance of maintaining healthy skin. We can also offer you the most current Glo products on the market.
Got questions about Glo products or skincare in general? We’ve got answers! Give us a call at 603-624-2511, contact us online, or visit us at 55 South Commercial Street in Manchester. We can’t wait to see you!
Thanks for visiting our brand new blog page. We’re going to keep you updated with monthly blog posts full of inside information, beauty tips, special offers, and much more! We are so grateful to the faithful patrons of our spa, and one way we hope to give back to you is through posts that will enrich your life.
Two years ago, Be Day Spa came under new ownership. Since then, we’ve been through a whirlwind of fresh changes, offering more services, and we have a brand new website and online booking!
At Be Day Spa, our goal is to help you find your best image–the truest reflection of yourself. We provide a haven where you can escape from the hassles of life for a time. We offer a place where you can experience real peace and tranquility.
At Be Day Spa & Image Studio, our ultimate vision is to help our guests discover their inner beauty. True health comes from a refreshed body, a rested mind, and a peaceful spirit. We want to guide you on the path of rejuvenation, to bring you to a place where you look and feel your best after each visit.
At Be Day Spa, we truly value your patronage. We’d love to hear your input as we move forward. Let us know what sort of things you’d like to hear more about, or even things you’d like to see done differently.
We want to be your go-to place of revitalization, a place where you feel at home. We look forward to seeing what the future has in store! Contact us online anytime, or call us at 603-624-2511. We can’t wait to hear from you.