New: Facial Steam With Ozone on the Mobile Spa Menu

Posted by Maria on March 21, 2014 under Esthetics School, Facials, Guest Bloggers, Humour, Mobile Spa, Photo gallery, Self-Care, Skin Care, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Uncategorized | 2 Comments to Read

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa Owner

I recently acquired a new portable mini facial steamer for Homespunspa Mobile Spa and I just wanted to let you know how excited I am about it.

See the steam against the purple towel. Photo by Maria Koropecky

It’s an F-100 Mini Facial Steamer made by Silver Fox and it works like a charm.

As many of you know, I’m an English major and writer and I’m always curious to see how words play out in translation. Obviously, the people behind my mini steamer aren’t native English speakers and with no disrespect intended, I want to share with you some of their words about their product.

On the box it says:

“Portable Mini Facial Steamer”

“…Deeply clean the skin, effectively exterminate the skin germ and make the skin moister…”

“Supernatural Function”

  • “Deeply clean the skin
  • Replenish the moisture of the cell
  • Promote the blood-cycle
  • Effectively exterminate the skin germ”

“Six warm colours for choices”

  • “Orange
  • Green
  • Purple
  • White
  • Yellow
  • White-Blue

(I have the white one in case you were wondering).

And in the brochure, it says:

“FUNCTIONS:”

  1. “Open up the skin pores for deep cleaning the dirt inside.
  2. When the vapor penetrates through the skin pores, it may soften and clean the grease, black head, make-up remnants and dirt.
  3. The ozonizer which sending out ozone will effectively kill the skin bacteria, keep the skin healthy, soften the necrotic cell of skin surface necrotic.
  4. Help the skin pores release toxin.
  5. Activiate the blood circulation, stimulate the metabolism of cells, better improve the wrinkle.”

“INSTALLATION:”

  1. “Base seat stands on the desk.
  2. Check if the machine body is tightly twisted with water container.
  3. Slightly twist the combination of nozzle pipe and insert them into the round circle on top of the body.
  4. Move the nozzle to the using direction.”

“INSTRUCTION:”

  1. “Supply some clean water until the water comes up to the upper limit from filler on the top of the machine body.
  2. Plug the power switch.
  3. Press the “steamer” or “power” key. The light turns on and the machine starts to heat. In about 6 minutes, the vapor will spray out from the nozzle, and then the ozonizer can be operated as needed.
  4. Press the “ozone” key. The light turns on and the ozonizer operates when the power turns on. There is obvious atomization and flavor together with the vapor distinctly.
  5. During the operation, the water level will decline when the vapor sprays out constantly. In case the water level approaches the lower limit, firstly turn off the atomizing key and cut off the power supply. About 3-4 minutes later, supply some clean water (between upper limit and lower limit) from filler on the top of the machine body, and then plug the power switch to resume the operation.”

“MAINTENANCE:”

  1. “Clean the scale out of the water container and heater in time. Cleaning method: using a soft metal brush or marinate in the vinegar for 5-7 minutes, then clean the heater or water container with clear water.
  2. Keep alert on the water level during operation.”

“CAUTION:”

  1. “Water level: when working, water level should be keep between the upper limit.
  2. Current leakage: when supplying water, don’t spill water in the power switch, so as to avoid current leakage.
  3. Control time: though the ozone may kill the bacteria but it’s not well using for long time. The period of time used should be according to the skin types:”

“Skin types (remedy suits case)”

  • “reasy skin, poor blood circulation, 30-35 cm, 15 min
  • Neutral & mixture skin, 30-35 cm, 10 min
  • Dry skin, 30-35 cm, 5 min
  • Sensitive skin, 35 cm, 5 min
  • Stained skin, 30-35 cm, 10 min”

Sign me up and send one over!

I recently had a chance to try out my new facial steamer on my best customer, Linda. She asked me if I could extract a white head from her cheak. For this appointment, I used products that have stronger exfoliating properties and I was hoping to soften the skin with the facial steamer during the first masque treatment.

Unfortunately, I forgot to pack the wand but decided to go ahead and use the steamer anyway. The white head proved too stubborn and I wasn’t able to extract it on the spot but the next day, here is the message that Linda left on my voicemail:

“Hi Maria, I just wanted to let you know that whatever you did yesterday with working on that little spot on my face, I just ran my thumbnail over that little white, oil knob there and it came right off this morning so it looks like whatever you did there worked fine and you didn’t have to squeeze too hard. I just wanted to let you know that it worked fine.” ~ Linda

In the end, with or without the nozzle wand, I think the facial steamer helped.

Again, I wasn’t trying to be mean by writing out the “user-maintenance instructions.” I just love languages and hearing how other people use words. And I really love my new F-100 Mini Facial Steamer. Having a Facial Steamer With Ozone on the Mobile Spa Menu will really help me give even better facials and back treatments from now on.

If you’d like to make an appointment for a facial or a back treatment and see the F-100 live and in person, please contact me, Maria, and I’d be happy to bring it to your appointment. And if you mention this blog post, I’ll waive the $10 fee for this extra service.

Homespunspa Mobile Spa is going full steam ahead! :)

July is a perfect month for a Facial

Posted by Maria on July 17, 2011 under Aromatherapy, Face, Facials, Fitness, Mobile Spa, Nutrition, Photo gallery, Skin Care, Sleep, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized, Wellness | 2 Comments to Read

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

Once the socks get stuffed in the drawers and the closed-toed shoes and boots get tossed to the back of the closet, and the bare feet, sandals and strappy stilettos come out for some fun in the sun, most people opt for pedicures at the spa instead of going for a facial. I’d like to suggest that getting a customized facial in the summer is definitely worth the investment also.

Our complexion changes with the seasons and it’s important to adjust your skincare routine to reflect the current environmental conditions. Your skin may have been dry and dehydrated this past winter because of low temperatures and cold winds mixed with heat from furnaces. But now, with the extra sun exposure and heat and increased activity, your skin may be turning more oily, or sensitive or may have more breakouts than usual.

How is a person supposed to keep up with all of these fluctuations and variations? The answer — having a facial. A facial with a professional esthetician will help clear up any outstanding issues you may be having with your skin this summer.

What is a Facial?

A facial treatment is a professional service designed to improve and rejuvenate the skin on the face, neck, shoulders and decolleté. Getting regular facials will definitely and noticeably improve your skin’s appearance and texture.

The Benefits of Getting a Facial

There are many benefits associated with getting a facial and they all come back to managing stress. Stress itself isn’t the bad guy — it’s the amount of stress and the way you deal with it that makes a difference in your life. For example, stress is one of the aggravating factors of acne but if you learn how to reduce the stress in your life with healthy habits such as getting regular facials and eating nutritious food and exercising daily, you will significantly improve the tone of your skin. And you’ll feel so much better.

Getting a facial also gives you a chance to try out a particular skin care product line to see how it behaves on your skin, before you purchase it. I think that’s a wise approach. Ask me which skincare line I use in my Homespunspa facials and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

The benefits of a Facial include:

  1. Maintaining healthy skin and having radiant-looking skin;
  2. Correcting certain skin conditions such as overexposure to Ultraviolet Rays from the sun;
  3. Treating conditions such as dryness, oiliness or redness;
  4. Deep cleansing and releasing environmental pollution like smog that may be trapped in your pores;
  5. Exfoliation and Refinement which makes your skin feel smoother and softer;
  6. Increasing circulation;
  7. Detoxification;
  8. Relaxation of the body and mind through massage and aromatherapy;
  9. Stimulation of metabolism;
  10. Looking younger and more beautiful;
  11. Slowing down premature aging and softening lines and wrinkles;
  12. Helping clear up blemishes and minor acne;
  13. Reducing stress;
  14. Sleeping better at night.

What to expect from a Facial

When you come to a spa for a facial, you’ll be asked to fill out a confidential questionnaire and change into a gown and remove your jewellery and socks and shoes. You may also get a foot soak. Then you’ll lie down on a facial bed. You and your esthetician will talk about your needs and concerns and then both of you will determine the best course of action for your skin.

Steps in a Facial

  1. Consultation;
  2. Make up removal and Cleansing;
  3. Skin Analysis;
  4. Refinement Masque (Exfoliation);
  5. Skin Balancing;
  6. Hand, Foot, Neck, Shoulder and Facial Massages;
  7. Treatment Masque & Serums; and
  8. Moisturization and Sun Protection.

You may also receive extra services like: detoxification massage, pressure point massage, attention around your eyes, extractions, or make up application, etc. On top of all of that, you’ll also learn a lot about your own skin and how to take care of it and which products and services will benefit you the most.

Homespunspa July, August and September Special on Facials

I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but our summer in the Pacific Northwest has been slow in coming this year. Regardless, if you’re at all curious about how a facial works, Homespunspa is offering a 25% discount on all facials if you book your appointment before the autumnal equinox (September 23, 2011) and if you mention the code “summer” at the time of booking. Feel free to visit www.homespunspa.com and the mobile services menu page for a full list of services and prices. To make an appointment, follow the links on the reservations page.

I love giving facials because I like to help people relax and feel good about themselves. I also love seeing the “after” smiles my customers make when they first look at themselves in the mirror after they experience a 60 or 90 minute facial with me. I really think you’ll be pleased with your results, too.

Have a fun summer!

P.S. Remember to apply your sun protection often.

O.M.G. — Omega 3

Posted by Maria on March 1, 2011 under Esthetics School, Ingredients, Nutrition, Skin Care, Sleep, Uncategorized, Wellness | 2 Comments to Read

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

When I think of cod liver oil, I think back to grade 4 when my friend Erin used to complain that her mother forced her to have a spoonful of cod liver oil every morning before school. I was grateful that my mother wasn’t that mean. I didn’t know what cod liver oil was but it sounded nasty — fish and liver? Yuck!

Fast forward 30 years. I have since updated my thinking. While in esthetics school, we learned how nutrition plays a huge supporting role in skin care and we talked about the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids and fish oil.

Our Skin

This is a story about cod liver oil and essential omega-3 fatty acids and how they contribute to our overall health and wellness. But first I want to talk about skin and how it works.

Our skin, weighing in at around 10 pounds and covering an area of about 16 square feet on an average-sized person, is the largest organ in the body. It works to regulate our internal temperature and to provide us with sensory information about the external world we live in. Our skin is also our first defense against the invasion of bacteria, viruses and other toxins that may want to infiltrate the system. Our skin is also an excretory organ and one of its jobs is to remove toxins from the body via perspiration.

Signs of aging (like wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, dark spots and a leathery appearance) show up in the skin after the skin cells have been damaged. Skin damage can be caused by exposure to strong sunlight, pollution, toxins, cigarette smoke, x-rays, and drugs. Sleep deprivation, poor nutrition and other stressors can also contribute.

Once the skin is exposed to a hazardous agent in the environment, it produces inflammation in the form of swelling, pus or redness to defend and heal itself. As an example, you can see this whole process play out with a pimple on your face. First some dirt lands on your face and clogs a pore. Then the body creates inflammation to defend itself against the invader and voila, you’ve got an oozing red splotch where there wasn’t one before.

Inflammation can trigger the release of free radicals :< (I always picture free radicals as rebels wearing brown berets for some reason, but that’s just me) which are unstable and highly reactive oxygen molecules that cause cellular damage. It’s like the rust that forms on your bike after you leave it out in the rain. Are you with me so far?

Once these free radicals show up, they’ll do one of two things: they’ll either cause damage :< to surrounding tissue (which are a group of cells doing the same job) or they can be neutralized and stabilized :> by the body’s anti-oxidant system. I think there should also be an uncle-oxidant in the mix, but again, that’s just me.

The trick to keeping your skin healthy involves minimizing exposure to environmental offenders which cause the body to produce inflammation and free radicals and then maximizing the body’s protective forces like the anti-oxidant brigade (the army that helps fight the free radicals and keep them under control).

Another way to minimize the inflammatory response in the body is to increase the intake of omega-3 fatty acids — which brings me to — sound the trumpets please — cod liver oil. I never thought I’d write that in a million years. In any case, the omega 3 essential fatty acids in the fish oil help reduce inflammation. They also support anti-oxidants in their task of sweeping away the influx of free radicals before they do any damage.

You can also find omega-3 essential fatty acids in sources like:

  • cold water fish: wild Alaskan salmon, sardines, anchovies, mackerel, shad, herring and trout;
  • oils: flax seed oil, hempseed oil;
  • nuts and seeds: hemp seeds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, Brazil nuts, sesame seeds;
  • avocados;
  • certain dark green leafy vegetables: kale, spinach, mustard greens and collard greens.

So while I was in school learning about all of this stuff, my mom (of all people) introduced me to Liquid Omega-3, Smooth and Creamy Lemon Meringue Flavour by Webber Naturals which she found at Uncle Costco’s. I was skeptical, but I tried it and was quite impressed. It was delicious. Tastes just like lemon meringue pie! It was so good, I thought I’d use it as a simple syrup in a cocktail some day. Does that defeat the purpose?

Later, while I was visiting Uncle Costco, I saw a woman holding one of the bottles of Omega-3 in her hand, trying to decide whether or not to buy it for herself and for her young son. I said, “it tastes pretty good but you have to make sure to shake the bottle really, really well each time because if you don’t, it might taste really fishy.” I think she ended up buying it and I hope she liked my recommendation.

Was this article helpful? If so, please leave a comment. I’d love to hear your tall fish oil stories.

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