Need A Wax? Here’s 4 Things You Should Know Before Your Next Appointment

Need A Wax? Here’s 4 Things You Should Know Before Your Next Appointment

Some of us remove unwanted hair every day, while some of us remove unwanted hair when we want to show a little more skin or clean up a little bit for an event. If you’re like me, you probably began removing unwanted hair at puberty using a razor and shaving cream, but chances are if this is you and most likely why you’re reading this post is you’re probably tired of wondering, “Did I remember to shave today?”

There are so many options for removing unwanted hair and it can be overwhelming when deciding which is best from you. If you’re like me, you probably started roaming the drug store aisles as a teenager looking for hair removal alternatives to shaving. Most likely, you realized you don’t have the strength to wax yourself and those other products just don’t work.

So, you keep on looking and stumble upon laser hair removal and waxing options. Though, we understand laser hair removal is not in everyone’s budget or will fit everyone’s lifestyle (however, it’s something we highly suggest looking into if your budget or lifestyle ever shifts to allow you to do so if you’re looking for longer lasting results), that’s where the second most cost-effective option comes in, known as waxing.

If you’ve never had a wax and are interested in incorporating it into your wellness routine or simply want to learn more, then stay with me here. I sat down with AgeLess SPA’s nail and skin manager to give you four things you should know before your first or next wax.

First, you have some homework to do
Yes, I said homework, but have no fear – it’s not calculus or anything (unless you’re into that then props to you). Prior to your wax appointment, hair growth on the area you want waxed should be about ¼- ½ “ long. You will typically see this length about two weeks after shaving, so plan accordingly and book a few weeks out in advance so the wax can catch the hair you want removed.

Additionally, it’s important to exfoliate a couple days prior to your appointment to help with ingrown hairs and decrease the amount of bacteria and dead skin cells in the desired wax area.

Lastly, it’s important to avoid retinoids and glycolic acids a week in advance because it thins the skin and makes the skin more prone to lifting (yes, we know, it may be hard to live without your IMAGE Skincare MD Retinol Cream for that long, but you can do it).

Second, your service provider will typically choose the right wax for you
I found this quite insightful as I never really knew the difference between hard and soft wax. Many service providers have a preference for the type of wax they use and with good reason. Our nail and skin manager prefers to use a lavender wax because lavender it’s soothing to the skin, making it a great option for sensitive skin and doesn’t leave a sticky residue. However, hard wax is great for sensitive skin and shorter coarse hair but doesn’t work well for fine hair (peach fuzz).

Third, let’s talk about the appointments after your initial appointment
You’re going to feel like a new person, maybe even like a beautiful naked mole rat (but in a good way), and feel liberated knowing you don’t have to worry about your unwanted hair growing back in an instant. However, it’s important to note results vary for each individual, but you will typically be ready for your next wax within four to six weeks. It all depends on the regrowth time and if you resisted the urge to use your razor during this time.

Fourth, you should know the maintenance that comes with waxing (aka more homework)
Think of this homework as an assignment you would get for summer break, like a book essay, prior to the new school year, but way easier and less stressful. After your wax, you will need to avoid sun exposure 24-48 hours, so plan accordingly if you’re heading to a sunny place. You will also need to wear sunscreen since freshly waxed skin is more likely to burn (but we know you’re already doing that anyway, right?).

Wax maintenance can easily fit into your schedule and self-care routine a couple times a week. You will need to exfoliate one to two times per week or use a topical product to prevent ingrown hairs (this varies on the individual, though), but it’s important to wait 24-48 hours to exfoliate as it will irritate your skin. If you don’t have a skincare routine already, it may be time to start making time for it. For example, my longer self-care routine involves more than just the daily cleansing and moisturizing. Every Sunday and Wednesday evening while I sip on some tea and unwind from the day, I do a more elaborate skin care routine, which involves exfoliating, use a masque, serums and retinol creams to maintain a nice glow.

It’s important to make the maintenance process fun and something you enjoy doing. Even though, its referred to as “homework” above, make this the homework you enjoy doing. Find an effective exfoliant you look forward to using because of the smell and the way it makes your skin feel. Also, find an effective moisturizer that makes your soul and skin happy when you use it, as this will need to be used after each exfoliation. If you’re interested in a more elaborate skin care routine like mine, one of our estheticians can consult you on what would work best for your skin and lifestyle. Remember, do what works for you and your skin.

When the time starts to roll around for your next wax, remember to complete the steps mentioned in the homework section above prior to any wax appointment.

Now, you’re ready for a wax!
There’s a good chance you didn’t realize you needed to do these things for a wax; I know I sure didn’t. I went years without knowing and dealing with ingrown hairs until I came to AgeLess SPA and was consulted by its educated team. However, this knowledge definitely made a difference in the way I take care of my skin, especially now that I am a regular when it comes to waxing.

 

Want to schedule a wax at AgeLess SPA? Click here to inquire about an appointment in Horseheads, NY and here to inquire about an appointment in Nichols, NY.

 

– Rebecca Howe, Marketing Specialist

O2 or Bust! Why This Fan Favorite Facial is For Everyone and How Much The Perfect Skincare Regimen Really Costs

O2 or Bust! Why This Fan Favorite Facial is For Everyone and How Much The Perfect Skincare Regimen Really Costs

As a teenager in the early 2000’s, my skincare regimen consisted mainly of PondsⓇ makeup remover wipes and using body lotion on my face. At that time, I had no clue that there was even such thing as a facial from a spa. Nearly 18+ years later, navigating through life from retail to corporate, I found myself working in the spa industry, and I’ve had the chance to learn the what’s and why’s to the perfect routine skincare regimen.

When I say a “routine skincare regimen,” I don’t mean washing my face at home, using an over the counter anti-aging cream and hoping for the best (and then trying cream after cream looking for results that you just can’t seem to achieve). I’m talking about making time and budgeting for a routine facial from a professional and engineered product suited for your skin. Trust me, I wasn’t convinced at first but the more I learned, the more I started to understand the difference it made on one’s skin, which is why I could never revisit my 2000’s skincare regimen.

There’s a good reason why the skincare industry is blowing up right now: people want to look their best. And with so many options to choose from, it can get overwhelming. But with a little research and consultation with a professional, you will find what works best for your skin. For me, it’s the Oxygenating (O2) Lift Facial by IMAGE Skincare at AgeLess SPA and a few at-home products that have transformed my skin.

I already know what you’re thinking, “This is supposed to be about a facial and she’s already trying to talk about buying products to use at home,” I can see your eyes rolling. But yes, an at-home product or two is required for your regimen to work. I mean, you don’t stop brushing your teeth at home because you just went to the dentist for a cleaning, right? Skincare works in the same way.

For me personally, I’ve always struggled with rosacea on my cheeks, oily skin in my t-zone (center of my face), light acne underneath my cheeks, and dryness around the outside of my face. But with the help of IMAGE Skincare, I stress less about my skin.

So what exactly is the O2 Lift Facial? See the deets below!

The O2 Lift Facial is suited for any skin type and is designed with a combination of oxygen, plant-derived stem cells, peptides, and concentrated enzymatic botanicals. All of which come together to increase the collagen in the deeper layers of your skin, gently exfoliate the dead skin cells, blast your pores with oxygenating hydration and soothe your skin back to life.

First comes the peel, which is going to soothe your skin, and help to gently remove the dead skin cells. It then works with the masque to increase the collagen production in the deeper layers of the skin.The oxygen and peptides in the masque do make it a slightly more “active” facial than the Signature Facial by IMAGE Skincare offered at AgeLess SPA, so don’t be alarmed by the warm, bubbling sensation that comes with the masque (think of it like champagne bubbles). The more warmth and bubbles you feel, the more it’s getting in there to get all of the junk out of your pores! I tend to feel this sensation the most around the apples of my cheeks where most of my congestion is.

I’m always a little pink on my cheeks after this treatment and for most of the day, but my skin is so clean, smooth, and dewy. I don’t suggest wearing makeup after this facial, as you will want your skin to breathe. And honestly, you will be glowing so much, you won’t even need it. On day two, my skin tone is so even and glowing with hydration and those little fine lines, look a little finer.

While the post-O2 Lift Facial glow is something I look forward to, remember my corky dentist analogy from above? As much as I would love to tell you this facial is the “cure all” to my skin type, it is not. So my esthetician recommended that I use an IMAGE Skincare moisturizer and cleanser.

The items she chose for my skin type were the IMAGE Skincare Vital C Intense Moisturizer, because of it’s potent kick of vitamin C to help with my rosacea, and it’s time-released hydration formula to give my skin hydration throughout the day and night. The IMAGE Skincare Ormedic Balancing Cleanser, because of gentle formula that soothes and balances skin with ingredients like aloe and organic green tea.

These products combined, along with O2 Lift Facial, help prevent breakouts, and help win the battle against my oily/dry skin. Trust me when I say, I understand that it can seem costly to maintain a regimen. So to help break down the idea, I get one of these facials twice a year, and I purchase these two products every six months or so (a little bit goes a long way!).

So how much does this perfect (and simple) skincare regimen really cost?

  • The O2 Lift Facial is $100.00 x 2 = $200.00 per year
  • The Vital C Intense Moisturizer is $62.00 x 2 = $124.00 per year
    • Using twice a day, that’s .17 cents per use for the year
  • The Ormedic Balancing Facial Cleanser is $29.00 = $58.00 per year
    • Using twice a day, that’s .08 cents per use for the year

That’s $382 a year for ALL of my skincare essentials. Think about all those products you go through so fast because they’re either not working or you simply just don’t like the product; it probably adds up to more than that. I’m so relieved that I know exactly what I need and don’t have to play guessing and hoping games at drugstores and beauty stores on what might work for my skin. With the O2 Lift Facial, cleanser, moisturizer, and a little help from a skincare professional, I’m able to put my best face forward because of the products and services that work for my skin and budget.

I can tell you right now, you don’t have to stop here, but sticking to the basics will definitely help your skin if your budget is tight. However, there is always the option to do seasonal facials or upgrade your facials to a Stem Cell Facial or HydraFacial, and incorporating other products into your regimens like serums and retinoids, but your esthetician will be able to guide you through all of the products suited for your skin type.

I hope this helps, dear friends! Wishing you and your skin happiness!

 

Ready to for an appointment? Inquire about one today! Click here for an appointment in Horseheads, NY, and here for an appointment at Tioga Downs Casino Resort.

– Amy Gessi

Everything You Need To Know About Eyelash Extensions at AgeLess SPA

Everything You Need To Know About Eyelash Extensions at AgeLess SPA

In staying in tune to all the crazy beauty trends, one of my absolute favorites is now eyelash extensions! Let’s face it, we live in a busy world, and there isn’t a woman out there who wouldn’t love to cut down on their morning routine. And if not having to apply eye makeup is an option, then count me in!

When AgeLess SPA embarked on the journey to offering eyelash extensions, I didn’t know if it would be for me, but I was instantly convinced once I learned more about it. The thing that caught my attention was that for us t-shirt and jeans kind of gals on the weekend and wearing professional attire during the week, eyelash extensions are the “morning coffee and mascara” to both worlds; just without the need for mascara! Needless to say, I had to try them out.

Now, for those who have been to AgeLess SPA, this type of service won’t exactly relate to the relaxing massage or facial services, but I’d be lying if I said that I haven’t been so relaxed that I fell asleep while having my lashes done. Between the warming bed, calming music, and the fact that I can’t be on my phone, it’s still some quality “me-time” that I don’t always make time for.

So, how do eyelash extensions actually get applied? Literally, one by one, based on the look you’re trying to achieve. Each lash extension will get applied with lash glue, to one of your natural lashes (not your skin!). To say that Jess and Karen, our Novalash® Certified estheticians, have a keen attention to detail during the lash application process would be a huge understatement! Every set of lashes they’ve done looks so natural and fits the features on every client; it’s never overdone! But before you run (don’t walk) to us, it’s important to know if you are a long-term candidate for eyelash extensions.

For every new lash client, a complimentary consultation is done to make sure that eyelash extensions are right for you. Jess and Karen, want to ensure that they get to know you and your lifestyle more before you jump right in. However, I went ahead a made a quick list just for you (but we will still require you to sit down with Jess or Karen for a consultation since everyone is different). 

Why might Eyelash Extensions not be a good idea for you?

  • If you are prone to watery eyes from allergies, tend to rub your eyes throughout the day, or wear contacts to where you’re constantly pulling your eyelid away from your eye
  • If you have a thyroid issue. Even with a supplement to help balance this disorder, you’re more prone to hair loss as it is and although the supplement does help with that, it may affect the life of your extensions. As someone who falls into this category, I did notice that I fell into the percentage of clients that needed a fill every one-two weeks, rather than the more common three-week fill
  • If you tend to sleep with your face buried in a pillow at night (yes, side and stomach sleepers – I’m talking to you). Although these lashes are sturdy, they can be damaged/fall out easier when compressed against a pillow

If you didn’t get scared off by the cons above, here are some pros!

  • They offer the volume, length, fullness or definition that you’ve always wanted
  • Although you can wear mascara with these, you literally won’t have to! #winning
  • If you have a hooded eye, lash extensions can help make your eye appear more open (a hooded eye is an extra layer of skin covers the crease above your eye, causing it to look smaller. For a visual, the lovely Blake Lively actually has hooded eyes (thank you, internet))

Another aspect that is taken into consideration when determining if eyelashes are a good fit for you is your natural eyelashes (surprisingly). Jess and Karen will evaluate if your natural lashes can carry the weight that comes with extensions. For example, if you have fine and thinner lashes, a lighter approach to applying lashes will take place. This is due to your natural lashes only being able to hold so much weight. However, those with already full lashes that might be looking for more of a longer or defined lash, your natural lash will be able to hold more extensions.

If you decide to move forward with eyelash extensions, it’s important to note the maintenance that comes with them (it still takes less time than putting on mascara). In the spa environment, you’ll always hear us talk about the importance of cleansing your face every day, twice a day. This is especially important when you wear eyeliner or eyeshadow with your extensions, or simply wake up with those annoying eye crusties. With each application, you’ll receive an eyelash spoolie (aka disposable mascara applicator), which will be the only tool to use on your lashes. When it comes to cleaning your new beautiful lashes, use a very gentle cleanser and your spoolie to work into the lashes gently. It’s important to do this due to the makeup that can get built up at your eyelash follicle, which can wreak havoc on your eye area.

If you’re like me and replaced your mascara with AgeLess SPA’s Lash Extension service, you can use the spoolie to help fluff your lashes each morning by lightly running it from the center to the tip of your lashes. Try to avoid getting the spoolie too close to your eyelid, as your extensions can get caught on the spoolie as they begin to grow out (trust me when I say, it hurts if you get the spoolie too close your eyelid!).

All in all, before I had extensions applied, I didn’t understand what all of the hype was about. After one application of extensions, I fell in love! Mornings and I have never really gotten along, but I can’t tell you how nice it is to get up and go in the morning, knowing that all I needed was my moisturizer, foundation, a quick fluff of my lashes, and go!

Now, about that coffee. . .

 

– Amy Gessi, Sales, Marketing & Inventory Specialist

There Are No “Happy Endings” Here…

There Are No “Happy Endings” Here…

We were inspired by the ‘me too.’ movement and the article, 22 Brutally Honest Confessions From A Massage Therapist from Buzzfeed to shed light on what happens during a massage. We take great pride in the professionalism provided by our service providers and we expect the same from others who visit us for a massage or any other service. It’s time we educate others on what happens during a massage at our spa, increase awareness of the inappropriate behavior that may occur at other spas, but is not tolerated at AgeLess SPA, and protect our massage therapists from the inappropriate behavior.

Massage may not be for everyone, but often times we hear reasons why people won’t get a massage, and we realize their reasons tend to stem from the lack of education of massages. One of the most common responses we hear is how people think they’re going to be touched. This is why it’s important to note every single one of our massage therapists completed an intensive massage curriculum and are licensed to treat pain related concerns. A massage therapist’s mission is to help improve your quality of life by preventing or decreasing pain using a variety of massage modalities; not give a “happy ending” (if you know what we mean).

Additionally, based on the article from Buzzfeed, it’s clear some people perceive massage therapists as someone who would give them a “happy ending.” However, many of these occurrences are from the eyes of massage therapists across the pond where the culture is different, but we are aware it can happen anywhere. It’s not often one of our massage therapists experiences a client displaying inappropriate or suggestive behavior during a service, but in the event, it does occur, our massage therapists are expected to stop the massage the moment they realize a client is acting inappropriately, leave the room, and alert management.

So, what happens during a professional full body massage by a licensed massage therapist at AgeLess SPA?

First, your massage therapist will consult you on your needs (e.g., neck pain or lower back pain) privately in the massage room. After the consultation, they will step out of the room so you can undress to your level of comfort, and lay face down under the blanket on the massage table. It’s important to note that you stay under the blanket at all times except when your therapist is working on a certain area, like the back or legs, and will appropriately drape the blanket to expose those areas.

After a few minutes of getting settled, your massage therapist will come back in to make sure you are comfortable, and the massage will begin. Typically massages start at your neck and end at your feet, featuring hot towels and/or heating pads, but it depends on what you talked about in the consultation and your massage therapist’s unique modalities.

Most importantly, when getting a massage, you need to communicate with your therapist. They need to know if it’s too much pressure or not enough, and if you do or don’t like the particular modality they’re using, so don’t be afraid to kindly speak up at any point during the massage. You are in control of your body and they need to know your needs and feelings to make you feel relaxed and refreshed. This how you will get the most out of your time, money, and overall wellness experience.

It’s our mission to give you the wellness experience you deserve, but we can guarantee you won’t find a “happy ending” here. However, if you’re looking for help with lower back pain, tension headaches, muscle soreness, relaxation, or anything else massage can help with, our licensed professionals will gladly assist you and work on helping you feel your best.

AgeLess SPA Goes Green

AgeLess SPA Goes Green

At AgeLess SPA, we not only care about your overall wellness, but we also care about the overall wellness of the environment. That’s why we created our “AgeLess SPA Goes Green” program, which kicks off on Earth Day (April 22), in an effort to help eliminate waste in the environment. The best part? This is an opportunity for you to not only join in on our efforts but to save a little money! Simply bring in your empty Image Skincare bottles or containers to any AgeLess SPA location in the Finger Lakes region and you will receive 10% off the total of your next Image Skincare purchase.

Here’s how it works:

  • Once you’ve used up the product in your Image Skincare bottle or container, give it a rinse and bring it into any AgeLess SPA location
  • Bring in as many Image Skincare bottles or containers to receive a 10% discount on the total of your next Image Skincare purchase that day
  • We will accept any Image Skincare bottle or container regardless of where you purchased it
  • We will then take all of the bottles and containers and recycle them!
  • It’s that easy!

So if you love Image Skincare and the environment as much as we do, we encourage you to go green with us and bring in those Image Skincare bottles!

Be sure to take a picture or selfie and tag us in it with #AgeLessSPAGoesGreen! We’ll be reposting your pictures!