Returning to Om

IMG_4969Is life getting you stressed? Do you feel as if you don’t have time to take a break? If so, then it may be time to recharge.

Here are some strategies we’ve found helpful when recharging and getting in some quality time:

  • Meditate – Take your mind off everything. And, we mean ev…ver…ry…thing! Even if it’s for five or ten minutes during the day, take a seat, dim the lights, close your eyes, and breathe. Focus on your breathing, as you inhale and exhale through your nostrils. Whether you choose to do this during the morning, afternoon, or in the evening, it’s a great way to calm and recenter your mind and body.
  • Plan a friends’ night out – Catching up with friends and family is a great way to destress and reconnect with the awesome people in our lives.
  • Have a movie night – Pop in some DVDs or binge watch your favorite shows on Netflix and laugh the layers of stress away!
  • Soak in the sun – Boost those endorphins and get some vitamin D while you’re soaking in the rays of sunshine. Please remember to wear sunscreen when heading outdoors :).
  • Nosh on some healthy snacks – We love snacking on nuts, fruits and veggies. The nutrients energize our bodies and boost our mood!
  • Get active! – Hiking, biking, boating…enjoy activities that get your body going to help the blood flow and oxygenate your system. It’s an ideal way to decompress and to take your mind off of the daily stressors in our lives. 

Doing the right things to destress can help to relieve the body of the potentially damaging effects that stress can cause to our emotional and physical well-being. At the end of the day, do what you can. And, your mind and body will learn to let go. To recenter. And, to refocus on the more important things in life.

Thank you for being kind to your body.

Spring Clean Your Pores!

NS Facial Steaming - Flowers & PetalsDo you facial steam? We do. But not as often as we’d like. Incorporating facial steaming into your weekly skin care regimen can help keep skin clearer and give your skin that Spring-ready glow.

Overall, what can facial steaming do to help improve your complexion? Here are some benefits of facial steaming for the skin:

  • Detoxify your skin and manage acne – Facial steaming can encourage perspiration that helps to lift bacteria, toxins, debris, dead skin cells, and excess sebum, unclogging pores and reducing breakouts.
  • Get your glow on – The heat from facial steaming can help to enhance hydration, increase blood flow, and stimulate circulation to give your face a skin-healthy glow.
  • Reduce blackheads. – If you have trouble with unsightly blackheads, facial steaming can help to alleviate this condition by softening blackheads, allowing for easier removal and elimination.
  • Softens dead skin cells – This aids in the sloughing of stubborn rough, dry skin and allows skin to regenerate, letting younger, fresher skin shine through.
  • Better absorption of skin care treatments. – Facial steaming can help to eliminate buildup and remove barriers, allowing treatments to penetrate deeper and more effectively into the skin.
  • Relaxes and de-stresses – Sit back and enjoy some quality time. Facial steaming is a great at-home treat to help you decompress after a busy work week.

If you don’t have a facial steamer at home, you can use the hot towel method or the “steam tent” method. We like to use the “steam tent” method because with this method we can add herbs, flowers, and/or essential oils to the water bowl and breathe in the amazing scents for some body-relaxing aromatherapy.

Are you ready to facial steam? What you’ll need is a wide-rimmed bowl, a bath towel, 4-6 cups of boiling water, and herbs, flower petals, and/or essentials oils of your choice. First, secure your hair back. Pour the boiling water into the bowl, add herbs, flower petals, and 2-3 drops of essential oils of your choosing. Then, drape the bath towel over your head, creating a “tent” to trap and focus the steam onto your face. Keep your face about 6-8 inches above the water, far enough so that the steam doesn’t burn your skin. Steam for about 10-15 minutes, rinse face after steaming, and pat dry with a towel. If you do this weekly, you’ll notice a difference in your skin.

Depending on your skin type, some essential oil ingredients that you can add to the bowl to enhance the steaming benefits are:

  • Dry skin: lavender, rose, calendula, roman/German chamomile, neroli
  • Oily skin: rosemary, peppermint, eucalyptus, patchouli
  • Mature skin: rooibos, rose, frankincense, carrot seed oil
  • Acneic skin: tea tree oil, turmeric, lavender, clary sage

So, enjoy some relaxation time and happy home-spa pampering!

*** Please note, if you have overly sensitive skin, rosacea, are prone to fungal infections, or are pregnant or breastfeeding, please seek the advice of your medical practitioner before doing facial steaming.