CBD, The Hype, and How You as an AgeLess SPA Client Can Benefit

CBD, The Hype, and How You as an AgeLess SPA Client Can Benefit

CBD, The Hype, and How You as an AgeLess SPA Client Can Benefit

By: Melissa Gwinner

June 12th, 2019

It seems like everywhere you look these days, from your natural foods store to the corner gas station, there is a shelf dedicated to it: CBD. You see the pretty glass bottles, the colorful, sugary looking gummies, the decadent creams, and wonder… what is this stuff? What’s the big deal? Can I actually benefit from this or is it just another fad that will disappear faster than the pizza every Monday at Planet Fitness?

The truth is, CBD, or cannabidiol, is shaping up to be anything but the next fad. From its anxiety calming properties to its ability to ease chronic pain, this product could be a game changer in everything from the retail to medical industry.

But let’s break down the basics of this controversial, newly discovered gem:

CBD, as we mentioned, stands for cannabidiol, a substance extracted from the Cannabis Sativa plant. Yes, this plant is also the one used to produce hemp and marijuana, hence the not so subtle controversy surrounding its use, legality, and whether it’ll show up on your drug test when you interview for your job at the bank next week (but more on that later).

CBD works by acting on the body’s endocannabinoid system. This system’s main job is to maintain homeostasis and help the body adapt to outside stressors. You know that feeling when you haven’t eaten in what feels like five days and your stomach is growling so loud you swear your coworker ten cubicles over can hear? That’s your ECB system telling you that you need a snack.

There are two types of cannabinoids:
– Endocannabinoids, found naturally in the body, with receptors in the digestive, nervous, reproductive, and immune systems
– Phytocannabinoids, produced by a plant and found in nature. And so yep, you guessed it, CBD is a type of phytocannabinoid.

So what does all this medical sounding nonsense lead us to? What exactly are some uses of CBD? Can it be used while at work, driving, operating heavy machinery…. Sorry,  I couldn’t resist.

It seems that the list of benefits from using CBD in its many forms (oil, capsules, gummies, tea, cream, salve, even bath bombs) is neverending. But here are some of the most impressive, functional ways that this compound can be of use to you:

            Improves Mood: CBD works directly on the brain receptors 5HT1A (serotonin) and GABA (an inhibitory neurotransmitter). Lower levels of these can contribute to anxiety and depression. Over time and with continued use, CBD can elevate serotonin levels and help dig you out of that hole you feel yourself trapped in when you’ve had a particularly stressful day at work (we’ve all been there).

            Lowers Inflammation: Cannabidiol suppresses cytokine production and induces T-regulatory cells to protect the body from attacking itself. It could be potentially useful in helping autoimmune conditions.

            Decreases Chronic Pain: CBD inhibits transmission of neuronal signaling through pain pathways. Huh? In other words, that little jar of cream may help in easing conditions ranging from arthritis all the way down to that annoying ache you feel after a particularly strenuous workout at the gym.

             Helps You Sleep: CBD is known to aide in reducing stress and anxiety levels, as we’ve discussed, and therefore is helpful in relaxing both your brain and body, thus promoting a deeper, more satisfying night’s sleep.

            Can Reduce Acne: Cannabidiol has been found in recent scientific studies to have anti-inflammatory properties and to reduce sebum production, an oily secretion produced by the sebaceous glands that is partly responsible for those pesky breakouts.

            The List Goes On: There are countless other ways that this seemingly miraculous compound can improve your life, from encouraging hair growth and stopping hair loss, to treating seizures in young children (a key reason behind the founding of Charlotte’s Web, the company AgeLess Spa has teamed up with, which started business back in 2011).

            When it comes to buying a CBD product for the first time, regardless of what ails you, it is best to start with the one that is the least concentrated and work your way up if necessary. This will help your body (and your wallet) find what is best for you. For example, the CBD Clinic creams for sale at AgeLess SPA come in 5 different levels of concentration. Unless recommended by a doctor, of course, starting at Level 1 and staying there for a couple of weeks will give you a chance to see if that amount of CBD works for you. If you start to notice a difference, that’s great! And you now know that instead of spending $78 every couple of months, you only need to spend $39 (ca-ching!) If you don’t notice any changes, then maybe it’s time to go up to Level 2 or 3. Knowing your body and being mindful of what is going on is one of the keys to finding the correct CBD product for your lifestyle.

            Are there any downsides to using this substance of wonder?

            While the list is pretty short, as with anything, there can be side effects from using CBD. These include but are not limited to: Nausea, changes in appetite, dry mouth, diarrhea, vomiting, and bloating. These symptoms are rare and usually resolve themselves within a few hours, but of course, it is important to consult with your doctor should any symptoms arise.

            And finally, as promised, the one question I’m sure almost everyone’s wondering- will CBD make me high if it is derived from the same plant as marijuana? Will it show up on that drug test?

            The answer, unfortunately, is rather inconclusive and is highly dependent on what particular company you purchase from. While it will never give you a high, certain brands of CBD, whether in oil form, cream, tea, coffee, capsules, etc., do contain trace amount of THC, the compound responsible for that high you feel when you smoke marijuana (not that any of us do, of course). While the amount is very low, typically around 0.3%, it is difficult to say if using CBD will show up on any drug tests, especially if you’ve only been using it for a short period of time. The best solution, though, would be to contact the company directly to see what they put in their products and get their take on its exact ingredients. If in doubt, it may be best to skip it altogether.

        As we wrap up here, I thought it would be helpful to discuss CBD and its uses in the spa industry, especially as it pertains to AgeLess. 

            With it having so many stress relieving, anxiety diminishing properties, it seems like a no brainer that this would be an amazing product to try along with your self care routine. Why not add a dropper of oil into your smoothie in the morning to help you further relax before your integrated, full body massage? Or maybe take a couple capsules every day to go along with your skin care routine- if I’m less prone to freaking out because this month’s rent is due and I still have to go to dinner with those pesky in-laws, then perhaps my skin with show it with less fine lines, wrinkles, and acne.           

            At AgeLess SPA, we pride ourselves on offering the very best care to our clients, whether it be massage, esthetics, medical care, or the products we carry on the shelves in our boutique. Charlotte’s Web and CBD Clinic are no exception. Using the very best ingredients offered at a variety of price points and concentration levels, there is sure to be a product in our spa to benefit you. Couldn’t we all use a little something to ease the stress of everyday life? And if our life is filled with more serious physical challenges, why not try a product recommended by our own team that is all natural and not filled with harsh ingredients we can’t even pronounce?

            If you’ve been wondering whether CBD products are right for you, I hope this article has given you some positive insight. While there are no easy answers for anything, a little research and discussion with the AgeLess SPA team can steer you in the right direction toward a richer, more satisfying lifestyle, and CBD might just be the answer you’re looking for.

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!


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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!


How The Founders of AgeLess SPA Adjust to Daylight Saving Time

How The Founders of AgeLess SPA Adjust to Daylight Saving Time

Ahh, it’s that time of year again where we spring forward and lose an hour of sleep, which makes it hard to adjust to our day. But what if we didn’t let Daylight Saving Time (DST) ruin our routine while we adjust to the time change where it feels like we never get back that hour of sleep until we set our clocks back in the fall?

The founders, Michael and Michelle Cilip, of AgeLess SPA don’t let Daylight Saving Time affect them at all, though, and they can’t really have those kinds of hiccups with running a small business that is growing at an exceptional rate. So how exactly do they not let Daylight Saving Time get the best of them? The answer is quite simple.

The Cilips follow a certain trick that they got from SomnoMed, which includes making a plan, regulating your sleep pattern, staying conscious of your physical activity, creating an environment to sleep in, and avoiding the clock when it’s time to sleep. Find out more details below on how the Cilips follow this simple trick!

According to SomnoMed, the first step to do is plan on starting your adjustment to Daylight Saving the Saturday before Daylight Saving Time. This means to modify when you wake up and go to sleep by 15 minutes increments until Daylight Saving Time occurs. Once DST occurs, you will just have to wake up at your usual time or earlier, and already feel adjusted, as noted by SomnoMed.

The second step to follow is regulating your sleep pattern, according to SomnoMed. It’s important to make sure you go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day, including weekends. SomnoMed also suggest taking a nap for at least 20 minutes if that is an option for you and does not affect your sleep pattern at night if you are feeling very tired and feel you need more sleep.

The third step to follow is to have at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise, like walking outside when the sun is still out, about three times a week to help you sleep at night, according to SomnoMed. However, it’s important that this exercise takes place in the afternoon and not the evening before you go to sleep to not completely mess up your sleep pattern, according to SomnoMed.

The fourth and one of our favorite steps is to create a sleep environment you genuinely enjoy being and sleeping in, according to SomnoMed. It’s important to make sure the your room is dark and you have tools to drown out the outside light and noises. SomnoMed suggests using ear plugs, a white noise machine, or an eye mask. Additionally, SomnoMed suggests keeping your room between 60-75 F for a comfortable temperature to sleep in. And mostly importantly, SomnoMed suggests unplugging from the social media world and anything that has to do with electronics an hour before bed to unwind before you go to sleep (we might have to make this a habit for the rest of the year and not just for DST!)

Lastly, we know this may be hard for some people who tend to look at the clock, but SomnoMed suggests avoiding the clock and if you are unable to sleep then pick up a book or journal (not your smartphone or electronic device) to help you relax your mind to help you sleep.

The Cilips find this trick from SomoMed to be quite effective and they swear by it for when it’s time to start getting ready for a time change, so we hope this also helps you with your overall wellness needs!

Find more in-depth details on ways to adjust to Daylight Saving Time from SomnoMed here.

Our Favorite Fall Products

Our Favorite Fall Products

Our Favorite Fall Products

With the weather shifting from warmer to cooler, we know it can surely have an impact on your skin. We’re always getting questions about what products to use with each season, so we knew we had to do something to help you keep your skin at its best all season long. The only problem we faced when making this list was we literally love everything Image Skincare and bareMinerals offers, so choosing four products/collections was a little hard, but we put our heads together and created a short and sweet list of our favorite go-to fall products just for you!

IMAGE Skincare’s Vital C Collection

When transitioning into a fall skincare regimen, we always come back to the Vital C collection by Image Skincare, no matter the season, simply because of the hydration it offers. It keeps our skin hydrated, it’s perfect for morning and evening regimens, a little bit goes a long way, and it’s great for all skin types. The shift in the weather is going to dry out your skin, but with Vital C, you’ll worry less about it and get to enjoy more of everything fall offers. 

bareMinerals Foundation

We can’t live without our bareMinerals foundations! We love to opt for a natural look most days while keeping our skin healthy. From mineral to liquid, there’s something for everyone. bareMinerals offers a serum foundation, not liquid, while the Complexion Rescue has a mousse like feel and is perfect for a natural weekend look or the girl on-the-go!

IMAGE Skincare’s Ormedic Sheer Pink Lip Enhancement

We were obsessed when Image Skincare introduced this earlier in the year, and we’re still obsessed now! With a light pink tint, it goes perfectly with an everyday natural look while helping our dehydrated lips.

IMAGE Skincare’s I Beauty Brow and Lash Enhancement Serum

This serum got an upgrade from being used on just lashes to lashes AND brows! We couldn’t believe the results we saw in such a short amount of time. It’s designed to create fuller, longer, and healthier lashes.


For more information on these products, please visit an AgeLess SPA location near you to consult with a highly trained professional esthetician to achieve best results for your skin type.

Do you have any fall favorites that we may have left out? Let us know in the comments below!