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What is aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being. Sometimes it’s called essential oil therapy. Aromatherapy uses aromatic essential oils medicinally to improve the health of the body, mind, and spirit. It enhances both physical and emotional health. Aromatherapy is thought of as both an art and a science. Recently, aromatherapy has gained more recognition in the fields of science and medicine. How does aromatherapy treatment work? Aromatherapy works through the sense of smell and skin absorption using products such as these: diffusers aromatic spritzers inhalers bathing salts body oils, creams, or lotions for massage or topical application facial steamers hot and cold compresses clay masks You can use these alone or in any combination. There are nearly one hundred types of essential oils available. Generally, people use the most popular oils. Essential oils are available online, in health food stores, and in some regular supermarkets. It’s important to buy from a reputable producer since the oils aren’t regulated by the FDA. This ensures you’re buying a quality product that is 100 percent natural. It shouldn’t contain any additives or synthetic ingredients. Each essential oil has an array of unique healing properties, uses, and effects. Combining essential oils to create a synergistic blend creates even more benefits. Aromatherapy benefits Aromatherapy has an array of benefits. It’s said to: manage pain improve sleep quality reduce stress, agitation, and anxiety soothe sore joints treat headaches and migraines alleviate side effects of chemotherapy ease discomforts of labor fight bacteria, virus, or fungus improve digestion improve hospice and palliative care boost immunity Unproven claims Scientific evidence...

Benefits of Basil Essential Oil

There are many essential oils today I am writing about Basil essential oil. In the coming months I would like to do individual posts for each oil as they all have unique benefits. I hope you, yes you aromatherapy lovers will enjoy reading these post. Basil Essential Oil fights bacteria, colds & bad odor. Basil essential oil, derived from the Ocimum basilicum plant, is commonly used to enhance the flavor of many recipes today. However, its uses extend far beyond the culinary world. Today, basil essential oil (sometimes called “sweet basil oil”) is used to heal various wounds and infections, and as a calming agent to combat inflammation, reduce adrenal fatigue, and treat nerve and muscle conditions. As a natural anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibiotic and diuretic, basil has been used in traditional Asian Indian medicine practices for years. In the 16th century, the leaves were used to treat migraines and chest infections. And centuries ago, Italian women wore basil to attract possible suitors. Ocimum basilicum L. (sweet basil) belongs to the Lamiaceae plant family, which includes about 200 species of various basil botanical varieties and forms grown around the world! With a naturally sweet, warm, spicy and herbal smell, basil oil can be used in multiple ways both internally and topically. Basil essential oil benefits include: Fighting bacteria Fighting infections Reducing disease-causing inflammation Fighting free radical damage Fighting viruses Relieving congestionIncreasing urine output Stimulating the nervous system Stimulating the adrenal cortex While fresh basil herbs are also beneficial and a great way to flavor recipes, basil essential oil is much more concentrated and potent. The compounds found in basil oil...

15 Reasons Why You Should Be Getting Regular Facials

Get the Most out of Your Skincare Clogged pores and a ruddy complexion can actually work against the very best efforts to take care of your skin. Even the highest quality creams and serums won’t be as effective if your skin is suffering from excess dryness, uneven tone or free-radical congestion. By maintaining smooth skin and refined pores, your skincare will absorb properly and do what it is meant to do. Extraction For Clear Pores Who doesn’t love extracting blackheads, pores and pimples?! Well, unfortunately, poorly extracted skin (or “picking pimples”) is the reason so many of us have facial scarring, broken capillaries and acne flare-ups. Extraction is a delicate procedure that must be done hygienically and carefully. By regularly getting the gunk out of your pores, your skin will breathe better, look healthier and suffer fewer breakouts and a trained aesthetician is the best person for the job. Seasonal Skin Changes Our skin is like nature — it changes with the seasons and has different needs based on the temperature, humidity level and hours of sunlight. In the winter, a super hydrating facial will restore lost moisture, while a summer facial will work to calm sun-damaged skin. Getting a facial in the spring will invigorate and nourish dull post-winter skin, and an autumn facial will prep your complexion for the cold months ahead. Masks and Peels for a Healthy Complexion When was the last time you used that mask in your bathroom vanity? Probably the last time you had a facial, right? We may have good intentions of upkeeping a healthy skincare routine but, so often, life gets...

Top 10 Benefits of Waxing over Shaving

Are you sick of shaving, don’t have the time to shave as often or suffering from skin irritations caused by  shaving?  Well, maybe it is time you try waxing!  These top 10 benefits of waxing over shaving will give you an overview of why many people have converted to waxing as a method of hair removal. Top 10 Benefits of Waxing over Shaving 1. It lasts longer than shaving because it pulls the hair from the roots. 2. No cuts or nicks that can leave you with scars, especially if you are like me that has skin susceptible to discoloration even for a minor cut. 3. Shaving can cause rashes on sensitive skin. 4. For many, waxing makes the hair grow slower and finer . 5. Waxing produces smoother results because hair is pulled from the root. 6. Shaving can result to stubbles.  If you don’t shave often enough, your legs will feel rough and abrasive. 7. Waxing will make your skin feel smoother longer without feeling itchy, because of slower hair regrowth. 8.Contrary to popular belief, waxing is not always painful. if you do it right, it is almost pain-free. 9. Waxing is fast and convenient. 10. Skin is less susceptible to irritations associated with shaving such as ingrown hairs, irritation, redness and bumps caused by shaving. #waxingvsshaving #spaservices...

What is the difference between Spa Pedicures and Nail Salon Pedicures?

One of the most common questions pedicure newbies have is what is the difference between a spa pedicure and a nail salon pedicure. After all, there’s usually quite a bit of a difference between the two different foot treatments, and most people don’t really understand why. Luckily, purple rain spa has the answer to what makes a spa pedicure different from a nail salon pedicure: It’s all about the upgrades. Spa Pedicures Vs. Nail salon Pedicures Here’s a list of what typically comes along with a nail salon pedicure and how a spa pedicure would be the cleaner ans more relaxing option The Atmosphere: Most regular pedicures take place in nail salons that offer ghastly fluorescent lighting and loud televisions for ambience. It has alot more people amd thend to be quite noisy for relaxation to truly take place and give you that feeling of being relaxed and pampered. A spa pedicure offers a much more luxurious setting that usually includes soft lighting from nice light fixtures, fancy pedicure chairs and some measure of privacy. It is less noisy also. Some spa pedicures also come with a full robe and slipper treatment, sparkling wine or water, tea. Technician Attitude And Expertise: You should always be treated with the utmost respect during any pedicure, but spa pedicure technicians usually go the extra mile when it comes to service. A nail technician who regularly gives classic pedicures will most likely focus on the basics and have you out quickly are they are almost always over booked and have people waiting to get service Whereas nail technicians who perform spa pedicures typically spend a bit more time on the details,...

Holiday Season at Purple Rain Spa

Yay! December is finally here, and it is time to meet with family and friends. No more wondering about when the year is going to come to an end. After a long hard year, filled with different events that influence our emotions, it is now time to reflect on the past years as you plan for the coming year. This festive season, Santa isn’t the only one giving out gifts. At Purple Rain Spa, we have a customized package for you and your family to enjoy. We don’t promise a gift under your Christmas tree, but we assure you of a fabulous experience with our Holiday packages. If you are looking for exceptional services at a pocket-friendly rate, then, this is the place for you. While many are expecting different gifts from friends and family, why not spice up your gift selecting prowess with a time at the spa. When it comes to an unforgettable experience at the spa, we’ve got you covered. So, what do we have for you? • Naughty or Nice Package If you want to share your spa experience with someone else, the Naughty or Nice Package is for two. Come and rejuvenate yourselves for the coming year with a 30-minute massage, for the both of you. No one wants to start the New Year with a tired body and mind. We also have a facial session to brighten your faces for the coming year. You will both get a deluxe pedicure and manicure. Not to forget, the needs of your stomach, we also offer lunch. • All I Want for Christmas Who says you...

Benefits of UV Gel Nail Polish over Regular Polish?

The beauty industry is very versatile, with new trends and products coming up, almost each passing day. You are probably one of those who is hyped by the growing nail care trend of using UV gel polish, or you have heard about it but don’t understand what the hype is all about. What is UV Gel Nail Polish? A UV gel nail polish is almost similar to the traditional polish. It comes in a variety of colors and depending on the brand, in little pots. Most of the UV polish brands in Brampton come with a brush that one uses during application. Both the traditional and UV polish are applied in thin coats. However, when using the UV gel polish, you have to cure it in between the coats using a particular nail curing lamp. It is normal for people to wonder whether the hype around the UV gel polish is worth it, and even its pricing. I mean, everybody wants value for their money. And if a service needs you to splurge on it, then, it better be worth the investment. Maybe going through the advantages of UV gel polish will convince you. Benefits of UV Gel Polish The most important part of a nail polish is the amount of time it stays without chipping. That is second after being a beautiful handiwork. Using UV gel polish lasts longer than the traditional polish, without chipping. It can even last longer than two weeks. Do you have thin nails? UV gel nail polish is suitable for you. You should give it a try if you have brittle or weak...

How to Get a Healthy Glowing Skin

Do you want to do away with the dark circles, zits, drooping eyes, or even pimples, just to mention a few of the battles we face in trying to get that flawless looking skin with a healthy glow. The skin cell turnover slows down as from one's twenties. Therefore, you have to nature and protect your skin from an early stage. The following steps will help you get clear, glowing skin: Drink Water Yeah, yeah, this is a familiar clarion call that without a doubt, you have heard. If you drink at least 2 liters of water each day, you will notice the change in your skin within a week. Water eliminates toxins and waste from the body by removing excess oils and dirt. Add Sunscreen to Your Daily Makeup Kit Exposure to UV rays leads to wrinkling of the skin, drying and can also lead to skin cancer. If you want to bask out in the sun, then, stay out from 7 to 9, in the morning. After that, always apply sunscreen or sunblock, carry an umbrella and cover most of your skin. Use a light amount of sunscreen as it is a chemical and will, therefore, get absorbed into the skin. Exfoliate Regularly By exfoliating your skin regularly, you make it easier for your skin to absorb moisturizers and serums quickly. Use an exfoliator with fine grains, apply gentle pressure and slow motion to rub it on the skin. You can use natural ingredients such as orange peel, sugar mixed with honey, lentil powder, etc., to remove impurities, dead skin and blackheads from your skin. The above...

How To Apply Makeup; Do It Yourself Tips

We all have those days when we want to look our best. Those feel good moments where you want to don the fashionable clothes and conceal the spots on our faces. Applying makeup seems like an easy task, but if you don’t know how to, it leads to an epic failure. Maybe it’s your wedding day, or you want to look good for your prom date. Here’s how to apply makeup like a star: 1. Prepare you face You need to start with a clean slate. Remove any makeup on you with a makeup remover or baby oil. Then wash your face with a mild facial cleanser and moisturizer. 2. Apply Primer Primer is necessary if you want the makeup to stay longer and to ensure that you have a smooth surface to work on. Use your fingers to cover your face with a small amount of the primer. 3. Concealer A concealer helps to brighten your face by evening out your skin tone. Dab it with a beauty sponge, brush or finger, in the shape of a triangle, below your eyes. To keep your makeup from creasing, don’t apply concealer and foundation on your eyelids. 4. Build a Foundation For sheer coverage, use your fingers to apply foundation, otherwise, use a brush and distribute it evenly. If you have oily skin, use a powder and water-based liquid foundation. Use a cream or oil based foundation for dry skin. 5. Apply Blush Smile into the mirror and using gentle strokes, apply the powder blush on the apples of your cheek. Don’t use too much, if you don’t want to...

5 Reasons why you should gift your mother a spa day

When уоu’vе gоt thе bеѕt mоm in the wоrld (аnd dоn’t wе all?), Mother’s Day is one оf thе most special days оf thе уеаr. But ѕоmеtimеѕ, knowing whеrе tо get gifts fоr Mоthеr’ѕ Dау саn ѕееm nеаrlу imроѕѕiblе. Rаiѕing you and уоur ѕiblingѕ mау hаvе gоttеn hеr flоwеrѕ, candy, аnd a nightgоwn that said “Numbеr One Mоm” back in elementary ѕсhооl, but уоu’rе a grоwn аdult nоw. You want to gеt a clever, thоughtful gift your mom will bе dеlightеd to unwrap — ѕоmеthing that асtuаllу reflects hеr intеrеѕtѕ аnd everyday needs. Flowers? So оvеrdоnе. Chосоlаtеѕ? Dоn’t ruin her diеt! A card? Cоmе оn, thiѕ iѕ thе wоmаn whо gаvе birth to you, fоr hеаvеn’ѕ ѕаkе… or, реrhарѕ, the woman whо gave birth tо your kidѕ… оr mауbе just a mоthеr you love аnd аdmirе. Don’t уоu think thе аmаzing mom—or moms–in уоur lifе deserve ѕоmеthing they will rеаllу, trulу lоvе аnd еnjоу thiѕ Mоthеr’ѕ Dау? Whу not ѕurрriѕе your fаvоritе mоthеr аnd let hеr knоw how special she is by giving hеr a ѕра and/or ѕаlоn еxреriеnсе—а day of раmреring, attention, аnd rеlаxаtiоn that will make hеr lооk as bеаutiful оn thе оutѕidе as ѕhе is on the inside? We guаrаntее thаt Mom will аutоmаtiсаllу grаnt уоu thе titlе оf “fаvоritе сhild” (partner, friеnd, уоu nаmе it!) after receiving a рrеѕеnt like thiѕ! Whеthеr it’s уоur mоm’ѕ firѕt timе аt thе ѕра—оr ѕhе’ѕ a ѕеаѕоnеd vеtеrаn—it’ѕ аlwауѕ a ѕmаrt idеа tо рrераrе ahead оf time tо еnѕurе her еxреriеnсе iѕ a fantastic оnе. Juѕt a fеw things to kеер in mind. Rеаѕоnѕ tо gift уоur mоthеr a...