Please tell me someone gets my movie reference…
Moving on. Massage therapy is not all about rainbows and butterflies, no siree! You might be amazed to find out what it could do for pain. Millions (probably billions honestly) of people are living with chronic pain. This isn’t “Oooh I stubbed my toe and now it’s really hurty!” kind of pain, it’s “I swam into the side of a swimming pool hard enough to give me whiplash 7 years ago and I’ve hurt every day since then.” kind of pain. Not that I would know anything about that…what kind of idiot swims into the side of a swimming pool?? Must’ve been a real amateur… 😛
Chronic pain doesn’t necessarily come from accidents or injuries! Arthritis, fibromyalgia, pregnancy, carpel tunnel, cancer…any number of conditions can leave you feeling like you’re tied up like an achy, pretzely knot. Tension headaches – killer. Massage can help with them too! There is research upon research that has dug into the effects of massage therapy on everything I’ve mentioned plus more. You’d be hard pressed to find a pain causing ailment that massage can’t help.
Sure, there are prescription medications up the wazoo that very well may be medically necessary, or at least helpful, but isn’t it also nice to know that you have an option where perhaps the most concerning side-effects are obnoxiously snoring in the middle or feeling like a pool of melted butter at the end?
We are fortunate to have a massage therapist, Jennifer, who recognizes that massage is not a one-size fits all service. She will happily tailor your massage to your needs and comfort level. Also, the benefits of massage are cumulative – a healing miracle may not happen on your first appointment, but with continued therapy, you are likely to feel an incredible decrease in your daily discomfort. It’s at least worth a shot, isn’t it??
Ok…maybe not quite. But we’re about as close as we’re going to get for now!
The wonderful ladies of Vanity will be offering some of their services to you, our Revive clients! They are located in Anchorage, but will be joining us one day a month at our location in Palmer to make your lives easier! No need to travel to Anchorage, you can come see their beautiful faces here 🙂
Due to equipment needs/space restrictions, Vanity will not be able to offer every single one of their services out here, but feast your eyes on this awesome list of what they will be able to do! (and you can always pay them a visit at their main office for anything they aren’t able to offer at Revive!)
Botox: an injectable product that temporarily paralyzes muscles to prevent and treat fine lines and wrinkles
Juvederm: a dermal filler that plumps and fills deep lines, wrinkles, and lips
Kybella: a product that melts chin fat to get rid of a “double chin”
Volbella: dermal filler used for extra fine lines
Vollure: dermal filler for lips, lines, and deeper wrinkles – dependent on consultation
Voluma: dermal filler, usually for cheeks
Microneedling: a Cosmopen’s 12 tiny needles break up the skin to regenerate tissue. Perfect for scars, acne, and sun damaged skin. May be covered by insurance
Your first appointment with Vanity will include a complete consultation to create a plan for treatment. Everything will be discussed and explained before they bust out the needles! And don’t be nervous! These ladies do such a great job of making their patients feel included, informed, and comfortable – you don’t have anything to worry about. You’re in excellent hands and I am speaking from personal experience.
We are so excited to have a means to offer these services to you! We’re always working behind the scenes to come up with ideas to better serve you <3
More information about the Vanity team and the services they offer can be found at www.VanityAlaska.com
Because of their limited availability out here, these days are going to fill up quickly! We’re currently scheduling for July 17th and August 14th.
Give us a call at 745-7546 to schedule your appointment!
So maybe body waxing isn’t exactly on the same comfort level as cuddling with a pile of puppies…but it really doesn’t have to be miserable! There are a few things that can make your experience more bearable – and these things can work for men and women!
Don’t be shy!
Really, truly, honestly, you do not need to feel shy or self-conscious when getting waxed. Alexis, our Waxing Specialist Extraordinaire, is so funny and sweet, she will do everything in her power to put you at ease. Male or female – if it’s a body part, she’s waxed it. She is a complete professional and you’ll be so comfortable it’ll be over before you know it!
Bring on the OTC pain relievers!
Taking a dose of ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve (not aspirin) etc. 30 minutes prior to your appointment can minimize the discomfort you may feel. It also helps to avoid alcohol, caffeine, and exercise the day of because these things all increase circulation which may contribute to the ouch factor. I know I said all these tips apply to men and women, so guys, earmuffs. Ladies it is a wise plan to avoid waxing 2-3 days before and after your period. Very wise.
Alright, earmuffs off, moving on!
The advantage of youth…
You can get waxed at any age! Go for it! If you’re closer to high school graduation than retirement on the timeline of life however, you are at a bit of an advantage if you begin now. With continued waxing, over time your hair will grow back finer and more sparsely. Fewer, thinner hairs = faster, less painful waxes.
Bust out your loofah (guys, I know you have one, and you love it)
Exfoliating prior to your appointment will ensure that your skin and hair is prepped by getting rid of dead skin cells surrounding your hair follicles and ensuring all the hairs are exposed. If your hairs aren’t in hiding, they can be pulled from the root on the first try – a definite plus.
Bonus points for exfoliating 48+ hours after your wax. Doing this 2-3 times a week will keep that dead skin from building up which is huge in the prevention of ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs are not your friend.
We also offer PFB Vanish Post Waxing Serum – it’s a moisturizing roll-on that will calm irritations and soothe skin. It can be used on any part of the body.
No! Not the sun!!
Let’s be real – you’ve put whatever area of your body you just had waxed through a little bit of trauma. You’re going to need to be sensitive to its feelings for a little while. The 24 hours after your appointment are not the time for relaxing at a nude beach. Sensitive skin is not a big fan of UV rays. Or acids. Avoid using skincare products that contain acids unless you wanna feel the burn, as well as products containing alcohol which can dry out that sensitive skin more than it normally would.
Put down the razor
Don’t shave in between your wax appointments you Silly Sally! Hair grows in cycles, so it will take a few waxes to get all your hairs on the same page. Resist the urge to shave any strays! Shaving gives hair a blunt end, which is the cause of that stubbly, poky feeling. Think of the hairs on your arms – the ends of them are soft and smooth, which is what you’ll achieve if you stick with waxing – the hair will be able to grow out in it’s original, natural form instead of resembling a cactus. When your hair is about the length of a grain of rice, you’re ready to wax again! Wax cycles will vary person to person, but plan on every 4-6 weeks.
Now come get rid of some hair!
We’ll be picking a product from time to time to highlight here on the blog. We have so many wonderful options from PCA and Le Mieux and we want to make sure you can be informed about them.
First up, we’re featuring a couple of SPF options from PCA.
People! You live in a place where currently the sun is shining its beautiful, harmful UV rays down on you almost 20 hours a day! SPF is crucial. You should really be wearing it year round, because UV rays don’t discriminate based on season, but if nothing else, use it all summer.
Our PCA SPF products are recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation. On top of the UV absorption and filtration ingredients, the products contain powerful antioxidants.
We carry the following choices and would happy to assist you if there is a different PCA option you are looking for.
Active Broad Spectrum SPF 45 – the perfect choice for those with an active lifestyle. Water resistant for 80 minutes.
Sheer Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 45 – also water resistant for 80 minutes plus the added benefit of a tint that will blend with most skin tones
Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45 – the best option for people with break-out prone/oily skin, or those with an aversion to the typical feel of SPF products
There is an option for everyone so no excuses! Protect your skin 🙂
*As I’m wandering around the shop trying to find the ideal place to take pictures…
Kelsie: “Are you taking selfies?!”
Erin: “Uhh..yes. But they’re work related I swear!”
Please enjoy these fabulous photos I took of myself 😛
Alright, it doesn’t have to be a pen, any stick-like object will do! For those of you new to contouring or shaping your eyebrows, check out these super easy strategies to make sure you don’t end up looking like this:
How to contour can/should be an entire post by itself, but here is one super helpful pointer to start out with.
Using your stick, find the angle of your cheekbone. You want your tool to be pressed up right under the bottom of the bone; you’ll be able to feel where there is a dip. Mine happens to line up with the corner of my mouth, but this is not true for everyone! That line/angle is where you want to apply your contour shade.
Our Amazing Alexis would be happy to shape your eyebrows into perfection and then you can use these tips to keep them in line or as a guide when filling them in.
The inside edge of your brow should line up with the side of your nose. Too far in, you’ll be approaching unibrow territory. Too far apart you’ll just be looking wonky.
The arch. Ahhh the arch. Once upon a time, it was super cool to tweeze your brows within an inch (or a millimeter) of their lives, or to shape them to resemble tadpoles. Please no. As a society, surely we’ve evolved to better appreciate the gloriousness of a great set of eyebrows. Even women who are rocking beautifully thick brows aren’t letting them sit on their foreheads like caterpillars!
To find your perfect arch placement, you want to line your pen up with the bottom edge of your nose and the bottom/outside of your iris. With regular wax maintenance, your arch should never be hidden from you again, but if you’re a die hard DIYer, this tip should help.
Last but not least, keeping it pressed to the edge of your nose, shift your pen slightly to the bottom/outside corner of your eye itself and you’ll find the ideal spot your brows should end. Your brows should start to taper from the arch down.
Voila! If this sounds like a daunting task, don’t you worry your pretty little head. We have people for that 😉
Call to book an appointment or use our handy online scheduler.