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Skincare Resolutions

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

A spirit of optimism and determination is in the air as so many of us start January eager to make good on a fresh set of resolutions for the New Year. Whether it’s a personal promise to shed a few pounds or to eat better, these goals provide us an opportunity to bring purposeful focus to areas of our life we sometimes neglect.

This year, think outside of the box and consider the simple improvements you can make in your beauty and skincare routine. Are you guilty of sleeping on a makeup-smudged pillow at night? Is your bathroom cabinet filled with failed drugstore skincare products? Has your “occasional” sunscreen use earned you a few new age spots?

Remember, it’s not just your body that needs to stay tight and healthy – keeping your skin in great shape is just as important to maintaining an attractive appearance in 2015 and beyond.

As you set your resolutions this year, consider making these important – and achievable – goals for your skin:

Befriend the facial mask. How can a facial mask benefit your skin? Oh, let us count the ways. This simple at-home treatment can help hydrate dry skin, calm inflammation and redness, reduce oil and keep complexions looking youthful. Bonus? Masks provide that spa-like, pampering effect – from the comfort of your living room! We recommend indulging at least twice per week for best results. Visit your esthetician to determine which mask is best for your unique skin type. Control offers several, appropriate for normal, dry and sensitive skin.

Exfoliate regularly. Take cleansing to the next level this year by vowing to exfoliate twice a week. Adding this easy step to your skincare routine can bring new life to your complexion, from dredging away the debris that causes acne and a lackluster appearance, to reducing fine lines and dark spots. By getting rid of tired, dead cells, exfoliation speeds up skin renewal so that healthy, vibrant skin can emerge. Another win? Moisturizers, makeup and sunscreen can be better applied and absorbed to your new, clean-slate complexion. And fear not the scratchy scrubs of high school: a gentle product like Control’s Cucumber Bead Cleanser does double duty as a refreshing cleanser and exfoliant without any irritation or abrasion.

Don’t make sunscreen secondary. It’s getting to be a tired line, but recent studies show that one-third of Americans still don’t use sunscreen, and the majority of those who do, are only occasional users. Whether we appeal to your health (nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer each year!) or your vanity (the sun is the number one culprit for premature aging!), you must get into the habit of wearing sunscreen every day and reapplying often. Not just in summer, not just at the beach. ALWAYS. Sun damage accumulates over time, so when you consider daily trips to the mailbox, driving with the windows down, eating lunch outside and other normal activities, your exposure may be greater than you think.

Find a BEF. Not to be confused with your BFF (although she might soon be), we’re talking about your Best Esthetician Forever. You want to love your doctor, your hair stylist and your manicurist, and you should love and trust your skincare professional, as well. You want someone who can get to know your skin and help you manage it season by season. Getting recommendations from friends is a good place to start, but still do your research. Make sure you find an esthetician who is licensed; keeps a clean and tidy workspace; listens to your concerns; carries the skincare product lines you like; and prescribes homecare.

Add something new to your routine. This is an especially important resolution for those who are reticent to change and always approach skincare the same way. While you don’t want to overhaul what always works for your skin, consider changing things up with the switch in seasons. Just like your wardrobe, your skincare also needs to shift to accommodate climate changes. Consider adding a serum like Control’s Redness Relief to your regular regimen during the winter months to ward off redness and irritation caused by dry, cold conditions; or swap out your usual sunscreen for an oil-free version during the warmer months. Control offers a great greaseless SPF 30 formula that doubles as a lightweight moisturizer.

Let’s resolve to have stunning skin in 2015!

What are some of your New Year’s Resolutions?


Treatment Room Taboos

Friday, November 21st, 2014

As customers, we’ve all encountered it: the inattentive or rude waiter, the barista sneezing profusely behind the café counter or the pushy saleswoman hungry for commission. Business blunders like these result in unhappy clientele, and in today’s social-media-shareable-society – most certainly a scathing Facebook or Yelp review.

As skincare professionals and beauty business owners, we must remain diligent about providing quality experiences for our customers that meet or exceed standards in cleanliness and professionalism – even behind treatment room doors.

Just like dirty utensils can ruin a restaurant experience, distracting sounds, smells or sights can seriously sour a facial treatment. So even if your reception staff is on point and your salon or spa is located in the hippest shopping center in town, if something unfavorable happens in the treatment room, your business’ reputation is at stake.

In an industry reliant on word-of-mouth endorsements, make sure you (or your estheticians) are avoiding the following “treatment room taboos”:

Cut the chatter. For customers who desire a calm, relaxing treatment experience, having to hear about an esthetician’s divorce or even her Hawaiian vacation, can completely kill the vibe. The client should always be in control of how much conversation takes place, with the esthetician being conscious of social cues. Initial friendly banter can help create a comfortable environment, but don’t ever expect to carry on a conversation during a treatment, unless driven by the client.

Practice pristine hygiene. A client should be blissfully unaware of her esthetician’s life outside the treatment room – from her smoking habits to what she had for lunch. To this end, make sure you keep hands clean and nails manicured (especially since bacteria can hide behind the nails); breath fresh (mints are OK, gum is a no-no); and uniforms crisp to maintain professionalism. Additionally, Control Corrective encourages all estheticians to wear gloves (even if not state-required) to ensure cleanliness, prevent product contamination and ensure a uniform, smooth touch on a client’s face. 

Keep house. Just as an esthetician must present an impeccable appearance, so should her domain. A messy treatment room is unacceptable. Products should be organized and linens should be fresh and clean. Every client should be able to assume they are the first appointment of the day.

Never flee the scene. An esthetician should remain in the room for the duration of the treatment without exception. Even if you’ve just applied a mask, there is no excuse for “taking a quick break.” Your client has paid for those minutes, so use them wisely by enhancing the experience with a shoulder or neck massage, aromatherapy or a paraffin dip. It’s these special touches that can result in a follow-up booking.

Upsell at the appropriate time. Incessant talking during a treatment is frowned upon, and selling is an even worse offense. Talking to your client about at-home care is absolutely necessary, but should always be discussed post-treatment. Most people want to relax and check out during a facial, so upsells at this time will likely be ignored or perhaps angrily rebuffed. Instead, following their treatment, provide clients with an at-home care card detailing product and regimen recommendations.

What treatment room taboos have you witnessed?







Giving Thanks for Good Skin

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, many worry about an expanding waistline post-feast, yet the aftermath of this traditional holiday binge can also bring some unsavory skin issues.

While roast turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy and “Grandma’s famous stuffing” are most certainly agreeable to our palate, our complexions suffer a serious hangover from this seasonal onslaught of sodium.

Just as your pants may feel a bit tighter the day after Turkey Day, your face may also bear the look of bloat due to salt-induced water retention. Skin can become dry and cracked, or it could break out due to an attempt to correct dehydration with an overproduction of oil. Wherever your skin lands on the spectrum, it certainly doesn’t make for a pretty Christmas card picture.

Here are a few ideas to keep skin from suffering without skipping the best meal of the year:

Pass the dark meat. You may be tempted to opt for white meat due to its lower fat and caloric content, but dark meat is actually a better choice for your skin. The notoriously moist and flavorful part of the bird has a much higher mineral content, and is packed with super skin nutrients such as Zinc (acne fighter), Iron (helps maintain skin health), amino acids (repair and stimulate new skin growth), Vitamin B6 (helps treat and prevent acne), Vitamin B12 (helps repair skin cells) and more.

Spice smart. Salt intake should be closely monitored to avoid skin dehydration and breakouts, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice flavor this Thanksgiving. Spice up your sides with skin-healthy salt alternatives, such as lemon, balsamic vinegar, garlic, curry, or fresh herbs, like dill. Your skin (and perhaps your tummy) will prefer the switch!

Incorporate skin-friendly sides. Sodium-rich mashers and gravy may be a side to avoid for skin’s sake, but there are plenty of other options that will keep your taste buds and your complexion content. Foods rich in beta carotene – sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkins, squash and kale – can actually give skin a healthy glow. Check out the graphic for more skin-friendly options to incorporate into side dishes.

Stick to your skincare regimen. Late-night holiday parties and alcoholic libations are par for the course this time of year, which make sticking to a steady AM and PM skincare regimen more challenging, but more important than ever. Don’t let a busy social schedule stop you from cleansing, moisturizing and of course removing makeup at night. Counteract Thanksgiving splurges and skin effects felt by the increasingly chilly climate with a sensitive skincare regimen, great for all skin types, detailed here, or create the perfect Christmas card picture complexion with Control Corrective’s At Home Glow Holiday Facial.

Let’s all give thanks for healthy, beautiful skin this year!

What are your favorite skin-safe-yet-savory Thanksgiving eats?


Immediate and Long-Term Skincare Results

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

In today’s fast-paced world, patience truly is a virtue. We’ve become accustomed to always expecting the immediate – whether it’s a Google search, fast food or overnight shipping. However, not everything in life can be achieved with a few swift keystrokes or a deep fryer. Not surprisingly, skincare is not immune to the pressures of impatient consumers. If you’ve recently found yourself in the drugstore beauty aisle or within the pages of your favorite fashion magazine, you’re no stranger to marketing ploys that promise “clear/younger/perfect skin in minutes.”

While we’d love to say flawless skin can be achieved as fast as your Keurig pours out a perfect cup of coffee, whether it’s in regard to regimen or results, skincare should never be a rush job. That said, when it comes to professional skincare, there is no downside to waiting a little longer to achieve the dramatic results you desire. What many don’t realize is that when you are using high quality, clinical-based skincare products like those from Control Corrective, you receive both immediate and long-term benefits.

Any esthetician will tell you that skincare is a process – but just because it may be unlikely that you’ll appear 15 years younger in a few days, it’s highly probable that your skin will be noticeably more hydrated and luminous in that short time period IF you’re using the right products.

Consider the impressive immediate and long-term results received from these Control products:

Redness Relief Serum

  • Results worth waiting for: Reduced redness and a decrease in future redness
  • Results while you wait: Hydrating and sedating relief from Rosacea or other sources of inflammation. Keep in the fridge, and apply just a pea-size amount as needed to create an on-the-spot, soothing “hydration barrier.

Balancing Thermogel Mask

  • Results worth waiting for: Restoration and balance for skin that is dry, dehydrated or flaky
  •  Results while you wait: Cooling and calming relief for sensitive skin. Keep in the fridge and apply as needed to combat complexion flare-ups common during warmer weather.

Sensitive Skin Enzyme Mask

  • Results worth waiting for: Increased hydration and renewed skin texture
  •  Results while you wait: Instant, anti-inflammatory, hydrating relief for thirsty skin. Non-irritating exfoliators enable skin to take in and retain moisture more effectively, giving the complexion a supple, glowing appearance, while dissolving residual dead skin cell buildup. A great pre-party mask!

 Cucumber Bead Cleanser

  • Results worth waiting for: Balanced, smooth skin, reduced of oily problem areas, providing the optimal surface for penetration of other skincare products
  •  Results while you wait: Deep cleaned, exfoliated and refreshed skin. Offering an aromatic, spa-like experience, it doubles as a luxurious body polish and pre-shave facial.

 Hydrant Stabilizer

  • Results worth waiting for: Hydrated skin that can retain moisture more effectively
  •  Results while you wait: Immediate cooling, calming relief for irritated or sensitive skin

Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, so give your skin and skincare products the proper time they need to deliver optimal results.

What immediate benefits do you favor most from your Control products?


Tricks to Treat Your Skin Well

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Halloween brings plenty of spooky and sugar-filled fun, but masquerading as your favorite villain, superhero or fairy tale character can unfortunately have frightful consequences for your skin. When you swap a beauty counter makeup routine for cheap, over-the-counter pots of faux blood and more, your complexion may get spooked in a big way. Costume or drug store Halloween makeup typically contains inexpensive, artificial ingredients that can clog pores and promise big time breakouts in the days following October 31st. So, how can we enjoy face painting festivities without fearing serious skin setbacks? Control offers the following “tricks” to “treat” your skin well this Halloween:

Prep before you paint. Before you pile on the white face, make sure you prep skin properly with a good moisturizer. Not only will this discourage irritation and other skin reactions by creating a protective barrier between skin and Halloween makeup, it will also keep skin hydrated and help give your “painted face” a more finished final look.

Pick makeup carefully. As noted above, Halloween makeup can be laden with artificial colors, fragrances, waxes, fats, chemicals and oils, all of which can create skin congestion and sometimes even serious reactions. If you can, choose your costume makeup as carefully as you do your everyday beauty products, avoiding harmful ingredients such as paraben preservatives, lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES).

Pamper post-party. No matter how late into the night your Halloween shenanigans last, it’s more important than ever to follow the cardinal rule of skincare: NEVER go to sleep without removing your makeup! Soothe skin the next morning with a gentle, hydrating mask, such as Control’s Sensitive Skin Enzyme Mask, which will help renew skin texture, and restore skin’s balance by drinking plenty of water. For the ultimate at-home skin pick-me-up, try a “Spoonful of Radiance:”

Step 1: Freeze a metal spoon for a few hours.

Step 2: Cleanse skin, then apply Control’s super-hydrators Cellular Repair Serum and Firming Tri-Peptide Serum to face, neck, and eye area. Use the frozen spoon to massage the product into the skin with gentle pressure and small movements.

Step 3: Apply your favorite Control moisturizer and Collagen Eye Defense. You’ll notice reduced puffiness and an instant glow.

Control Corrective wishes you all a safe and fun Halloween!

Express Treatments

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

While most of us dream of a day away at the spa, complete with indulgent treatments and a welcome unplug from emails and social media, it’s usually just that – a dream. Whether you’re a business traveler, a busy stay-at-home mom or just an average person trying to keep your head above water as the holiday season approaches, chances are you’re feeling good if you make it out of the house without forgetting to put on mascara.

That said, regardless of our busy schedules, estheticians still recommend monthly facials to ensure optimal skin health.

So how do we pencil in time in an already packed schedule?

Take advantage of an express skin treatment! On average, these skin-slash-time-savers last anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes (versus 60-90) and still provide fantastic results.

Shorter, cheaper…seem too good to be true? Here are answers to some of your burning questions about express treatments:

Q: Since they’re shorter, do express treatments produce less dramatic results?

A: Absolutely not. With an express treatment, you receive the same skin benefits. In order to shave off time, the esthetician typically skips some of the “spa fluff,” such as cold stones, neck or scalp massage and aromatherapy. While these extras are highly enjoyable, they benefit the experience, not the skin itself, so axing them has no effect on your end result.

Q: What kind of express treatments are offered?

A: Express skin treatments differ from one spa or salon to the next, so inquire about an express menu at your existing establishment. Whether you’re looking for a skin-clearing facial, a peel, an anti-aging treatment or something to calm and soothe sensitive skin, Control Corrective offers an express option. Our six unique treatments include: the 10-Minute Cool Down; Clear Skin Assist; Lunch Time Express Peel; 15-Minute Firming Facial; Express Eye Firm; and the Rapid Hydrating Mini Facial.

Q: Should you always skip full skin treatments and opt for express instead?

A: Not necessarily. Whether you opt for an express or a full treatment is dependent on many things: your budget, your time constraints, your mood and much more. Some people love to spend an entire day at the spa; others dislike a “do nothing” experience and find it a complete waste of time. Regardless of where you fall on that spectrum, there are benefits to both long and short skin treatments. If you’re planning for a deep peel, or a facial that incorporates LED light or microdermabrasion, it’s probably best to not go the “quickie” route, while the hustle and bustle of the holiday season may lend itself better to brevity.

Q: Where are express treatments offered?

A: Express treatments are typically found anywhere full-length options are available, such as your spa or salon. Don’t fall for the common misconception that size matters – you can get an outstanding facial at even the smallest establishment. Just make sure to do your homework to find a setting that works for you. Check online reviews, get referrals from friends and family, and always make sure the esthetician performing your treatment is licensed. You can even go directly to the Board of Cosmetology to see if she/he is currently active or has any complaints noted.

Q: What express treatment is recommended for fall skin?

A: Your esthetician can recommend the seasonal treatment most appropriate for your skin specifics, but a great one to transition from summer’s drying conditions to winter’s equally dehydrating climate is Control Corrective’s Rapid Hydrating Mini Facial. The 30 minute facial incorporates the deep concentrating and hydrating Balancing Thermogel Mask, as well as the Hydrant Stabilizer (likened to a tall glass of water for thirsty skin), along with other skin hydrators and soothers. It’s a great way to pamper the complexion before the busiest holiday months arrive.

Which Control express treatment would you want to try?

Protecting and Treating Sun Damage

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

As evidenced in the recent viral YouTube video, sun damage is no joke – and its severity may not even be apparent to the naked eye. The root of most fine and course wrinkles, age spots, freckles and skin discoloration, the sun’s powerful rays create a host of cosmetic – and potentially life-threatening – skin issues.

While we can’t turn back time to more proactively protect ourselves against sun damage, it is possible to reverse some of the effects.

Here are some ways to address the damage that’s already been done:

Seek professional help to determine damage and a treatment plan.

Whether you suspect sun damage or aren’t currently showing any visible signs, it’s a good idea to visit an esthetician, as they are trained in early detection. They can then help guide you toward the appropriate professional treatments, as well as an at-home skincare plan that will target your specific sun damage concerns.

Control Corrective offers three effective professional sun damage treatments: The Lactic Action Peel, which penetrates the source of unwanted discoloration to lighten hyperpigmentation and soften wrinkles; The C New Brightness Facial, which gently pampers skin while simultaneously combating lines, wrinkles and dark spots; and The Clinical A+ Peel, which addresses the signs of aging, hyperpigmentation, acne scars and texture issues, with results that last longer than lighter Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) peels.

Rely on professional skincare products that contain the right ingredients.

An every day, at-home skincare regimen is extremely important in minimizing the signs of sun damage, and it’s crucial that the products you’re using contain the right actives. Control offers a Control Sun Damage collection that includes products containing specific ingredients that lighten and brighten dark spots, plump lines and wrinkles, as well as protect skin from further sun damage.

A few ingredients to remember when seeking effective sun damage products include:

  • Vitamin C: A natural age-fighter, this multi-tasking ingredient promotes collagen production, lessens hyperpigmentation, and even helps boost the efficacy of sunscreen actives (Control Corrective Crystal C Serum)
  • Lactic Acid: One of the most popular AHAs in skincare today, this exfoliating ingredient is extremely effective in helping to reveal softer, younger skin void of dark spots and hyperpigmentation (Control Corrective Smoothing Repair Gel)

Avoid further damage.

While you can’t undo a lack of sun protection vigilance in the past, you can control your protection in the future. Make sure you’re “covered” by adhering to the following sun damage Dos and Don’ts:

DON’T leave home without sunscreen. Most sun damage happens when you’re distracted with day-to-day activities such as driving, walking to the car – even grabbing the mail. Make sure you start your day by applying at least a shot glass-size amount of sunscreen (SPF 30) to all exposed areas, and reapply every two hours.

DON’T give lip service to lips. Our thin-skinned lips are particularly vulnerable to painful burns and lines caused by sun exposure. Be sure to apply and reapply (every hour) a lip protection balm, such as Control’s Hydrating Lip Conditioner SPF 30.

DO stay covered. Try to avoid sun exposure between the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are most intense. If you are outdoors at this time, in addition to sunscreen, wear a hat and clothing made of dark, tightly woven materials, which will help absorb ultraviolet light better than cotton fabrics in lighter shades.


Be smart about the sun so you don’t have to try to undo the damage!

How are you vigilant about sun protection?

Advances in Clinical Skincare: Multitaskers

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

From Bluetooth to multiple browser tabs, we live in a world where we feel inadequate if we aren’t doing several things at once. Ah, the art of multitasking.

And while the jury is still out on whether we’re actually more productive when we, say, conduct a conference call while simultaneously updating our Facebook status, when it comes to clinical skincare that multitasks, it’s a no-brainer.

An emerging trend you may have noticed, clinical skincare products are advancing to meet the time and budget constraints of the modern customer with single formulas that serve multiple purposes. The result? Highly effective “super products” that can significantly cut down the cost of and minutes spent on a daily skincare regimen and bathroom counter clutter.

Here are a few of our favorite Control Corrective overachievers:

Acne Treatment Cream. Clear skin can come from a moisturizing cream! Acne treatments and over-dry skin typically go hand-in-hand, but this blemish-busting multi-tasker not only reduces breakouts and scars, but also acts as a hydrating medicated moisturizer.

Retinol C Serum. Anti-aging cream, acne treatment and skin brightener in one? Yes, please! A serum built on simultaneous results, this powerful formula packs a one-two punch to minimize fine lines and wrinkles and reduce breakouts, while also hydrating and brightening the skin. Made with multitasking actives Retinol and Vitamin C, the serum is calibrated to calm complexions that are aging, experiencing acne and the uneven pigmentation caused by both.

02 Med. Fending off stubborn adult or hormonal acne can be tricky if you have combination skin, let alone finding a treatment that won’t dehydrate or irritate. This oxygen-fueled, fast-penetrating lotion kills acne bacteria, and doubles as a moisturizer for normal/oily skin types where persistent breakouts occur.

Salicylic Wash 2%. This deep-cleaning wash sweeps away dead skin buildup that offers a haven for breakouts, reducing whitehead and blackhead formation on the face, back and chest. But its excellent exfoliating capabilities don’t stop there – it can also act as a as a pre-shampoo scalp treatment that helps loosen dandruff and other seborrheic conditions.

Skin Nourishing Balm. Enter the cream of countless capabilities. This nourishing and revitalizing botanical-based balm promises a beautiful wakeup call when used overnight on the face and neck, but works overtime as an eczema treatment, cuticle softener and deep conditioner for other parts of the body suffering from serious dryness.

Intensive Skin Lightening Cream (SPF 30). Does your moisturizer provide sun protection and help erase past sun mistakes? This multi-tasker does. Not only does this hydrating cream offer full spectrum sunscreen protection from both UVA and UVB, it also helps erase age spots and brighten blotchy skin caused by sun damage.

Hooray for saving time, money and having beautiful skin! What are the beauty multi-taskers that make your life easier?

Benefits of Botanicals

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

You’d have to live under a rock to not know that botanicals have quickly become one of the biggest buzzwords in beauty. Due to continued consumer interest in and demand for natural products, botanicals form the largest category of cosmeceutical additives found in the marketplace today.

But whether or not you fall into the customer category of “green” or “eco-conscious,” the reality is, botanicals have intrinsic skincare properties that can benefit most everyone – especially those with sensitive skin.

In contrast to harsh chemical or man-made ingredients, which can often leave skin irritated, active botanicals can offer those with skin sensitivities a gentle and effective alternative. And when botanicals like Aloe, lavender and chamomile naturally offer anti-inflammatory, soothing and calming properties, why recreate the wheel?

Our Control Sensitivity line is chock-full of skin-boosting-yet-benign botanicals that are gentle on the most combative complexions. In fact, we use botanicals across all our product lines.

Here are a few of our favorites, and their super skincare abilities:

Aloe: No doubt you’ve at one time slathered on this cooling gel, post-painful sunburn. Rightly so, as the juice from this soothing, skin-firming, moisturizing cactus plant has anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties, stimulates new cell growth and helps fight aging due to its multitude of antioxidants. Control’s Sensitive Skin Cleansing Milk, a sedating cleanser and complexion conditioner, counts Aloe as its second ingredient.

Chamomile: No, it doesn’t just make for a nice cup of tea. Also an anti-inflammatory, this powerful botanical is ideal for soothing itchy, irritated acne-prone skin, and also offers decongesting, antiseptic, and toning properties. It even functions as a mild relaxant, which can help alleviate stress, depression and pain.

Grapeseed: Antioxidant-rich and anti-inflammatory, this non-irritating, soothing botanical can help treat acne and reduce skin redness. The natural, light moisturizer won’t clog pores, making it ideal for sensitive skin, and contains linoleic acid, which promotes overall skin health. It can also act as an astringent.

Zinc Oxide: The safest sunscreen ingredient available, naturally-derived zinc oxide offers broad UVA and UVB protection, without chemical muscle. Added bonus? It can also help prevent inflammation and scarring from acne. Control’s Botanical Soothing Cream SPF 30 relies on micro-fine zinc oxide to keep skin sun-safe.

Green Tea: Another inflammation-fighting botanical, Green tea is perhaps most well-known for its Polyphenols, natural antioxidants that help block the development of skin cancer cells.

Shea Butter: An increasingly coveted beauty item, this gentle and anti-inflammatory moisturizer (derived from an African nut) protects, hydrates and balances the skin. Full of essential acids, it’s also known for its ability to reduce wrinkles. Shea butter works its natural magic in Control’s Calming Balm, a healing and balancing cream ideal for skin on the mend from acne or dehydration.

Lavender: This fragrant herb has long been known to relieve stress and promote calm, ideal for skin that is aggravated, itchy and inflamed. It also helps regulate oil production to keep acne at bay.

What are some of your favorite skincare botanicals?

Benefits of a Spa Membership

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Do you like going to the spa but have a hard time getting in as often as you’d like?  Spa memberships are the latest trend in many spas and spa franchises.  Spa memberships allow you a certain number of treatments for one monthly rate.  The idea being that you make going to the spa a regular part of your monthly routine. With one flat monthly fee for “membership” status, guests are usually given special treatments and/or discounted services.

So what is the benefit of paying every month for spa services?  Here are some benny’s that just might make it worth the money.

- Monthly benefits:  Establishing wellness as a part of your monthly routine is easy with a spa membership.  Each month a predetermined set of treatments is given ensuring that the benefits of the spa become a regular part of your health routine.

- Discounted/free treatments:  With spa memberships guests pay a flat monthly fee but additional individual treatments are often offered for free or at a discounted rate.

- Discounted products:  If you love the products that are used in your facial but haven’t been able to afford them, a spa membership may help.  Members are often given a price-break on retail products.

- Family or ‘Bring a Friend’ discounts:  Spa memberships often encourage guests to invite a friend or family member along to the spa.  Members are usually rewarded for bringing in others and your friend may also benefit from a discounted price.

- Flexibility:  Many day spas allow members the flexibility of being able to drop in for appointments anytime during business hours.  This way members can take advantage of the services whenever their schedule allows.

With all the benefits of a spa membership, it’s easy to see why they are becoming increasingly popular.  Busy lives often keep us from taking time to care for ourselves properly.  With a spa membership you are more likely to make time for yourself and make wellness a priority.



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#skincare tip: Natural estrogens in leafy greens help brighten your skin complexion. Eat your green veggies!