Category archives: Healthly Living

Dirty Words

Dirty Words

Dirty Words That Get Under Our Skin

Don’t say those dirty words….

What goes on, goes in: As more and more people are turning to organic alternatives for their dietary choices and the selection of household cleaning products, they are discovering that not only what we put in our bodies, but what we put on them, has a significant impact on our health and well being. Our skin, being our largest organ, is not only impacted directly, but can deliver what we put on topically, straight into our bloodstream. It’s no wonder that the demand for organic skin care products is increasing steadily.

Consider this: Government regulations allow virtually any ingredient to be used in the manufacture of products that we use daily on our skin, hair, and nails, and even in the water we drink.

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) establishes the regulations and standards in the United States regarding the manufacture of drugs & food. The problem lies in the fact that many of us assume that the same is done for skin care products. Unfortunately, this isn’t so, thereby allowing some very harmful chemicals to be used in creating the products we use on a daily basis.

In order to ensure that what you are putting on your skin is safe, it’s best to choose organic skincare and avoid and discard any products you may see that contain the following…

Dirty Words that get under our skin (that you should avoid entirely):

  • Parabens
  • Mercury
  • Dioxane
  • Nitrosamines
  • Formaldehyde
  • Phthalates
  • Nanoparticles
  • Fragrance
  • DEA
  • Cyclomethicone
  • Ammonium Laureth Sulfate
  • Alcohol, Isopropyl (SD-40)
  • Polyethylene Glycol
  • Polyethylene Ethanol

Most of these compounds are absorbed easily by the skin and transported into the blooodstream, yet the body has no way of ridding itself of them. The toxins remain in your intestine and eventually get spread through the body potentially impacting our bodies’ functions and causing damage to organs and body systems.

We are all concerned about our health and well being, which means that it is important that we are proactive in choosing products that are good for our bodies.

Once you have become reasonably familiar with the harmful ingredients (the “dirty words” as we like to call them) that are so commonly used in skin care products, you will learn to recognize the difference between synthetic and natural & organic products.  Becoming a more informed consumer will allow you to make smart choices while shopping for your organic skin care products, and thus protecting your overall health.

We will look at these “dirty words” in greater detail in the next few weeks…in the meantime, check out EWG for more information on ingredients you may be questioning!

Organic Microdermabrasion

Organic Microdermabrasion

When we look at our faces in the mirror, we are seeing mostly dead skin cells. Of course this is normal, but what happens when those skin cells build up? These surface cells can cause all types of problems: flakiness, dryness, blemishes, clogged pores, and even hyperpigmentation. To avoid these problems, exfoliation is an integral part of any skincare routine. One way to deeply exfoliate the skin is with an organic microdermabraison.

Microdermabrasion is a skincare treatment that uses crystals to buff away the top layer of extra cells, revealing the smooth, rejuvenated skin beneath. By removing dull, lifeless cells, it helps improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, marks, age spots, acne scars, stretch, and hyperpigmentation. It also increases the effectiveness of your skincare products by allowing them to penetrate deeper into the skin.

But yes, there’s a catch: most microdermabrasion services are done aluminum oxide crystals, a harsh irritant that can make your skin red and irritated.

So what makes ours different?

Our organic microdermabrasion system uses organic sodium bicarbonate to abrade the skin. The benefits of using all-natural crystals include fewer side effects, both during and after the treatment, as well as being anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. It’s also safe to use around the eye and lip areas, where you might need it most.

Microdermabrasion can be done as a standalone treatment, or included in one of our fabulous facials such as our Non-Surgical Facelift and Organic Microdermabrasion Facial. You’ll notice the different instantly – brighter, radiant skin, the natural way!

Ready to schedule a treatment? Come and experience the safest microdermabrasion in Richmond, Va!

Best Day Spa in Richmond Virginia!

Best Day Spa in Richmond Virginia!

It’s been a pretty fantastic year for us at Scents of Serenity Organic Spa! This year we were voted Best Day Spa in Richmond Virginia by Virginia Living Magazine readers and one of the best spas and best massage therapy in Richmond, Va by Style Weekly readers! In addition to placing in the best day spa and best facials categories we also received placement in the best brow waxing category by Richmond Magazine readers!

We know that Richmond, Va residents have many choices when it comes to finding a local day spa or massage therapists and we feel honored to be among the best. One of the things that makes us so unique is our focus on natural and organic skincare and products. We do a lot of research before we bring any product into our spa and that includes what we use during our massage and facial treatments. We use organic massage lotions and organic skincare products in each one of our facials, massages and body treatments. We know how important it is to our clients that we offer clean products, free from harsh chemicals.

We are so humbled each and every day that we get to make a difference in peoples lives. Nothing feels better than hearing your clients tell you that they have been in pain for years and you were the only place they have every gone to for massage therapy that has helped them with their muscle pain. We see clients weekly who’s skin has transformed after having sought out numerous treatments year after year with no results. Our team is among the best in the industry and we pride ourselves on having some pretty amazing talent. We are so thrilled to see what the future brings and we look forward to another amazing year!

Sports Massage as Part of Regular Exercise Routines

Sports Massage as Part of Regular Exercise Routines

Physical activity is important for overall health for everyone. Whether it is organized team sports such as softball and soccer, individual sports like running and golf, or class-room style exercise such as yoga and Zumba, the act of exercise is good both physically and emotionally. But what happens when an injury occurs, putting a hold on your sport of choice? Sports injuries are very common, and can slow down weight loss, hamper efforts to being healthier. To help mitigate the risk of sports injuries, look at including sports massage into your regular workout routine.

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