anti-aging

Florida Sun is Dangerous, How to Protect your Skin from Damage

Living in Florida, we get plenty of sun which means plenty of Vitamin D! Vitamin D is naturally produced when the sunlight reaches your skin and it’s essential to stay healthy. In order for your organs and cells to function properly your body requires around 600 IU daily. This is easily obtained through 15-25 minutes of sunlight exposure, but sun exposure should be monitored and sunscreen is a MUST! If you’ve been getting your sun time in, you’re helping your body prevent many diseases including diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, MS, osteoporosis and psoriasis!

With all these benefits it’s also important to consider the other outdoor factors that can affect your body, particularly your skin. Everyday environmental factors such as sunlight, smog, pollution and stress can leave you feeling listless despite having your daily dose of Vitamin D. All of these factors can also age your skin, which is why we developed our Environmental Shield®Vitamin C Facial. Our scientifically proven spa facial has been designed to reverse the signs of aging that result from these factors. Rich in antioxidants including Vitamin C, our facial spa treatment features patented Murad® infusion technology, which delivers pure Vitamin C directly to the skin to maximize wrinkle fighting, collagen production and free radical protection. Pigmentation will fade, fine lines and wrinkles will be smooth, and you will enjoy clearer skin.

Prevention is the best medicine, and even if your skin is not showing the signs of sun damage there is never a better time than now to start a preventative skincare regimen. Stop in today or visit http://www.massageenvy.com/facials.aspx to learn more about what you can to to protect your skin while living the the sunshine state!

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Vibrant Skin from the Inside Out

Like the average American, do you tend to wake up around 6am every morning in order to run around prepping lunch boxes, speeding to work, gulping down coffee, bringing kids to practices, and walking the dog until 11pm rolls around and you plop into bed exhausted?

Life can be stressful and busy, but with the right balance of sleep, exercise, stress management and diet, you can learn a few simple steps that will rejuvenate your skin making you look and feel better!

According to Dr. Murad, your skin is connected to every one of your organs. By making your body healthy, you make your skin healthy. “Topical skincare addresses approximately 20 percent of the skin, the epidermis. The remaining 80 percent, the dermis, responds by feeding the skin from the inside,” says Dr. Murad. “Eating a diet rich in raw fruits, vegetables and healthy fats, such as those found in nuts and olive oil, will promote healthy, hydrated cells.”

At the same time, a regular exercise routine can benefit your waistline as well as your skin– “Exercise builds muscle and attracts water to our cells,” Dr. Murad says.

Also, sleep deprivation may cause skin to appear sallow and dry, so getting your ideal amount of sleep is extremely important. Remember that everybody requires a different amount of sleep (for adults, it’s usually between 7-9 hours).

Lastly, environmental factors play a huge part in the health of your skin. We’ve all been lectured about the importance of sunscreen… Dr. Murad suggests wearing an SPF 15 everyday.

6 Easy Mood Boosters

1. Make a gratitude list.

“The most effective way I know of to shake a bad mood is to brainstorm everything possible that you’re grateful for and write it down,” says Amy Wood, PsyD, author of Life Your Way. She suggests starting with broad strokes, like being thankful the sun is shining or that you’re breathing. “You’ll find that once you get the ball rolling, more and more ideas will come to you. Studies actually show that it’s impossible to feel gratitude and unhappiness simultaneously. That’s why this strategy works so well, and so quickly!”

2. Practice mindfulness.

“If you’re in a slump, you may also be stuck ruminating about the past or worrying about the future. Both of these thoughts are nonproductive,” says Simon Rego, PsyD, director of Psychology Training at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. Instead, he suggests practicing mindfulness, which involves being present in the moment without judgment. “Try taking five minutes and eating your meal in a mindful way, paying attention to how it looks, smells and tastes with each bite, before swallowing it. Or take a quick mindful walk, considering the sights, smells, sounds and temperature with each step.” By focusing on the present, you’re less likely to dwell on the outside circumstances that are making you unhappy.

3. Practice a random act of kindness.

According to Dr. Rego, doing nice things for other people will make you feel good about yourself. Try holding a door open for someone else, offering a compliment or smiling at a stranger. These acts of kindness lead to positive thinking about yourself, and usually garner a positive response, like “thank you,” which can easily put a smile on your face, he says.

4. Have A Laugh

“Set up a YouTube channel with your favorite comedy sketches and comedians,” suggests Cory Bank, PhD, founder of StompStressAway.com. “Have it saved so that if you’re in a bad mood you can take a three-minute break and infuse some humor into your day.” Belly laughter will make your endorphins kick in within minutes. Plus, he notes, “you’ll feel better when you take a short break from your day-to-day reality.”

5. Eat An Orange

According to celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak, foods packed with vitamin C, like citrus fruits, green peppers and broccoli, are proven to cheer you up. In fact, a study published in a 2010 edition of Nutrition found that vitamin C therapy can help improve the moods of patients who are hospitalized for long-term or critical care. Dr. Sams also stresses the importance of vitamin C (as well as other antioxidants, like vitamins A and E) when it comes to boosting your mood because it helps stabilize free radicals in the body, which are known to accelerate aging and increase the risk of heart disease and cancer. When these highly reactive atoms are neutralized, it prevents them from also damaging brain cells, resulting in better health and improved mood.

6. Just Breathe

Sure, we do this all day long, but breathing in a certain way has the power to relax us as well as lift us out of a slump. Dr. Sams is an advocate of diaphragmatic breathing. “Take a five-count breath in, and a five-count breath out. The goal is to manage your breath, instead of having your breath manage you.” When you breathe into your diaphragm as opposed to just your chest, which many of us do when we’re feeling stressed, you will absorb a lot more oxygen into your system. “Our brains thrive on oxygen—it’s very powerful in boosting your mood.”

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Benefits of Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy doesn’t just smell good, it can also benefit you in many ways. Some common aromatherapy benefits include:

  • Relaxation and stress relief
  • Mood enhancement, balance and well being
  • Boosting the immune, respiratory and circulatory systems
  • Relief of minor discomforts

Aromatherapy is a great, natural compliment or alternative to other health treatment options such as certain prescribed medications. However, aromatherapy doesn’t “cure” major illnesses but it is effective at alleviating many of the discomforts associated with them. Essential oilsare the heart of aromatherapy. They have been used to:

  • Heal wounds
  • Improve skin tone
  • Regulate hormones
  • Relieve menstrual cramps
  • Decrease congestion
  • Relieve tension headaches
  • Energize
  • Relax muscles
  • Improve sleep
  • Kill fungal & bacterial infections

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The Luxury of a Facial, Without the Price

Facials can often be thought of as a luxury that most people don’t feel they need. However, there are many benefits to receiving regular facials. The new and affordable treatments at Massage Envy not only help to relieve stress and treat physical conditions, they can also provide physiological and psychological benefits.

Some facial benefits include:

-Moisturization of the skin

-Increased circulation

-Decreased signs of aging

-Improved skin tone and texture

-Alleviated redness and sensitivity

The goal of Massage Envy Spa is to make these skin nourishing facials available to everyone. With affordable membership, flexible hours and convenient locations, Massage Envy Spa can make a luxurious lifestyle achievable.

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Happy Birthday Dr. Murad!

Today is Dr. Howard Murad’s Birthday! We thank him for the amazing products that we use at Massage Envy to make your skin the healthiest, most youthful it can be!

“Massage Envy Spa’s Murad Healthy Skin Facials feature specially formulated products from world-renowned Murad, Inc. Founder and CEO Dr. Howard Murad has devoted his life to making beautiful, healthy skincare products. Founded in 1989, the Murad skincare line is based on science-driven The Cellular Water Principle®, which concludes that our cells lose the ability to retain water as we age. Murad products are designed to repair cell membranes while attracting water and nutrients to the cells. This unmatched Murad approach makes Massage Envy Spa’s Murad Healthy Skin Facials the most effective way to achieve balanced, more youthful-looking skin.”

Read up more on our favorite doctor here!

Sensitive Skin Facial Treatment

This gentle and effective treatment aims to repair and balance the skin. This facial is specifically for those with skin that is easily irritated or sensitive. The facial provides a soothing mask that will decrease redness with little discomfort and inflammation. It also provides mild exfoliation, strengthens the skin’s barrier function, and restores water and suppleness.