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April 17, 2019

Online shopping is so convenient and most of us have purchased something from Amazon or Ebay. We all love a good deal but there are risks associated with making purchases from an unauthorized skincare dealer. At Cherry Blossoms Spa we take pride in how we care for our clients and we do not compromise on your health and safety. We purchase in small batches for maximum expiration dates and we even run the heater and air conditioner when we are closed to keep our products at a safe temperature. We use professional products from trusted sources and often our products arrive with cool packs in the box to ensure their freshness.

Amazon offers a great service but the products are sourced from many, many places. In the skincare
industry, companies will offer to buy back another company’s products if we agree to make a purchase
from them. This product may have improperly stored on multiple occasions, meaning exposed to heat, cold or even rodents and then shipped to a large chain to be resold at stores that offer reduced prices. Eventually they make it to an online store where you will get free shipping. This article by New Beauty shares more information about online purchases.

Is your product a fake? Stings have been set up to catch people selling imitation skincare and cosmetics. Este Lauder has an investigation division for their Mac product line. I’ll include an article link here to read more. https://www.allure.com/story/counterfeit-beauty-products

Not only are people being taken advantage of, there can be serious health dangers associated with
buying products online. The effectiveness can be enhanced or decreased causing serious consequences. Many products arrive with boxes that have no English translation for using the products. Here is another article on this. https://www.health.com/mind-body/amazon-buy-counterfeit-dangerous-makeup-sunscreen

Just a quick note on do it yourself peels. Peels are not fool proof and you need an expert to ensure that
your skin type and you peel product are compatible. If you have ever had a peel, you know that we ask a lot of questions to be sure that the peel is okay for you and your specific needs, the medicines you take, the allergies you have and how long you need to be off certain products. We insist on professional home care so that you don’t have a reaction from combining the wrong chemicals. We insist you stay out of the sun so you don’t do more damage after a peel and we are here if anything does happen to help you through the process to optimize results. You need a partner who is trained and prepared to be your skin care coach.

February 6, 2019

Cherry Blossoms Spa Health Alert: Soaking Up Chemicals in your Bath

Nothing beats a relaxing soak in the bath tub at the end of a long day (well maybe a massage or facial…), but be careful when you reach for those popular bath bombs to add extra pizzazz to your experience. You may be getting more than the extra fizz and fragrance.

Many of these products contain a seemingly endless list of toxic and questionable ingredients that you are absorbing (!!) while lying in your tub thinking you are doing something wonderful for yourself.

They include:

·         Synthetic fragrances (some of the most toxic ingredients known, and yes they are also in your perfumes), which have been linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, respiratory irritation, and more.

·         Artificial dyes, which, as of late, are linked to ADHD, neurological damage and cancers.

·         Ingredients that can lead to Urinary Tract Infections due to altering the body’s PH level.

·         Glitter!! Tiniest pieces of plastic that can irritate your skin, especially when they come in contact            with those sensitive bits and parts.

This does not mean that you need to give up on those relaxing bath sessions altogether. It just means that you choose alternatives that will not harm you in the process. There are naturally made bath bombs that do not contain these ingredients. Another option would be to choose Epsom salt and essential oils for fragrance or you may choose to make your own bath bombs. There are recipes online that use natural ingredients. It could be a fun weekend project or gift idea that ends in a relaxing and healthy bath.

Tip ~

Lavender Essential Oil is relaxing and promotes restful sleep.

January 7, 2019

Goal: Get your skin in shape this January!

Over-indulged a bit (or a lot) this holiday season? Time to hit the gym, start walking or find other ways to tone up and lose some weight. But what about our face? Too much salt and sugar can really impact our skin. Just like our bodies become soft and droopy so does our faces. It’s the perfect time for a Meridian Sculpting Facial, only offered in Bastrop at  Cherry Blossoms Spa. This facial aims at toning and lifting our sagging skin and particularly focuses on sculpting your facial contours. It does this by draining stagnant lymph with a special, ancient technique using a gua sha stone made out of jade. This special facial also improves the circulation and texture of your skin and helps with softening expression lines. And, of course,  like all of our facials, it is an excellent way to relieve stress and tension.

Once you have experienced this facial we highly recommend you prolong the results by using one our bestsellers, the Collagen Peptide Serum by Le Mieux, a wonderful creamy serum which uses a potent blend of 6 skin-contouring peptides, moisture-binding hyaluronic acid, nourishing ceramides and firming marine algae extract.

Schedule your appointment soon and ask for this facial by name. You will be glad you did.

May 9, 2018

Should you add collagen to your daily supplement regimen?

The old adage that beauty comes from the inside out is certainly true in more ways than one. One of the more recent remedies claiming to heal and beautify us is not new to other parts of the world at all. I am talking about collagen. Asian women have proclaimed its benefits for many internal ailments, as well as external beauty, for centuries. Asian cooking incorporates it in many different ways and from numerous unusual sources, such as donkey skin, beef tendons, etc. Ick!

In the United States collagen was used in the 1980’s as an injectable filler to smooth wrinkles and plump skin, but with limited success as numerous women had allergic reactions to it. It has now resurfaced as a supplement, but not without criticism. Some are concerned about the purity of collagen supplements stating that they are contaminated with heavy metals and arsenic and can even potentially carry serious diseases, such as Mad Cow Disease, due to their origin from tainted animal products. To combat this reputation companies are working hard to source collagen from healthy sources. Collagen can be derived from chicken, fish, beef and even egg shells. Desirable sources include free-range, cage-free and antibiotic free animal sources. As far as benefits are concerned, the body of research is very promising. Collagen is said to improve digestive functions, ease joint pain and improve hair, skin and nails. It packs a good amount of protein and is available in powder form, so it can basically replace your protein powder. It has virtually no taste of its own and is a great addition to smoothies, soups, baked dishes, puddings or just mixed into water.

If you are ready to give it a try, make sure that your collagen powder is derived from a clean source. Read labels and, as always, do your own research.

February 6, 2018

They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul. Smooth skin, fluttering, long lashes, shapely, full brows and gorgeous eye makeup are all important steps to make the most of your eyes.

Extra emphasis should be given to treating the skin around our eyes, especially since it is so much more delicate than the rest of our facial skin. One of our favorite treatments for this area is our “Wrinkle Corrector” by Le Mieux. It is particularly helpful in the fight against fine lines and crepey skin.

If your eyelashes are sparse and short we have the perfect solution for that too. It is called NeuLASH. This formula will help you grow shiny, luxurious, longer-looking lashes in approximately 30 days. It is even suitable for contact lens wearers. You can further enhance the look of your lashes by getting them tinted.

Some of you have good lashes, but are tired of the tedious, time consuming and sometimes painful task of curling your lashes every morning. And as we age our eyes tend to droop at the outer edges. Curled lashes really make this issue less obvious. Try our new LashLift procedure, an in-office treatment which is similar to a perm for your lashes. It lasts 6-8 weeks and takes about an hour. In February we are showing how much we appreciate our clients by giving you a free lash tint with the purchase of the LashLift.

Now to your brows: They should be shaped to compliment your face shape and proportions and full. We have everything you need to make this happen. This includes tinting and waxing, as well as NeuBROW to fill in those sparse areas with our brow growth serum.

Last, but not least, the right eye make-up can make your eyes alluring and sultry, but it can be quite overwhelming with endless choices. Mark the date for February’s Spa Advisor Day, here at the spa. It is on February 22 and by appointment only. On this day we will perfect your look with customized makeup recommendations and application demonstrations. The consultation fee is $15, and it will be counted toward any purchase made that day. Come join us in February and let your eyes do all the talking!

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January 2, 2018

Thieves Essential Oil by Young Living: A Powerful weapon in your home arsenal against winter ailments (and any time of year)

It seems that almost everyone has a cold, or, God forbid, the flu. Thieves Essential Oil to the rescue. This beloved formula is a staple in many people's’ medicine cabinets and for good reason.

The formula was inspired by the legend of four thieves in France in the 15th century who formulated an aromatic blend composed of cloves, rosemary, and other botanicals. Try it today to help with a number of seasonal conditions and also general wellness.

Here is a short list of helpful ideas:

  • Add it to your diffuser to clean the air and neutralize odors

  • Add a drop into your herbal tea and other hot drinks for a delicious boost

  • Use as a daily supplement by adding 1-2 drops into an empty gel capsule

  • Mix a drop into your granola, oatmeal or other cereal

  • Keep your home fresh by adding some drops to your spray bottle of water to clean almost any surface

There are many other uses. Cherry Blossoms Spa carries this wonderful formula as well as many other Young Living Products, so stop by and stock up.

October 6, 2017

Looking for a safe, noninvasive way to improve your skin? Celluma light therapy may be just what you are looking for. Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and by using NASA’s technology, light therapy uses wavelengths to stimulate fibroblasts that increase collagen and elastin. This is pain free and relaxing.

For the quickest results, 3 sessions are recommended per week for 4 weeks. Each session is 30 minutes. Of course this time commitment isn’t for everyone, so we highly recommend at least twice a week but results can be achieved once a week.

Sessions are $40 each or during our October Special, you can purchase 4 and get 1 free or purchase 6 and get 2 free.

The Biomat will be included at no charge!

Give us a call to schedule your first session. 512-332-2600

September 29, 2017

Thank you for voting Cherry Blossoms Spa as your favorite spa in Bastrop County.  We don't take your loyalty lightly and we will continue to work hard to earn it. 

Our estheticians (we do facials and waxing) and our massage therapists all hold a license for our skill set and maintain continuing education hours to keep them. We also take classes, attend seminars and study on our own so that we can bring you the best service possible. The client experience, from  the very first phone call, is important to us. We want you to feel comfortable enough to relax and absorb all the benefits of our service.

Our services are always customized. We may create a color for your brow tint or choose particular products for your skin type or condition. We will cater your experience to your likes. Some people prefer lots of one things and less of another. Just let us know.

Thank you again for all of the support shown to us over our 7 years in Bastrop. We hope to see you soon! 

September 9, 2017

I love all things Fall and I especially look forward to the pumpkin skincare products. Pumpkin is loaded with minerals and antioxidants that the skin is able to absorb and use. It has high enzymatic content that resurfaces and exfoliates skin cells, increasing the turnover rate, which leads us straight to glowing skin! All skin types can benefit from pumpkin as it strengthens it with antioxidants and vitamins. With its megadose of Vitamin A, you see the increased cell turnover rate. Zinc benefits the acneic clients with problematic skin and dry skin drinks in the fatty acids that our bodies cannot produce on their own. One of the best benefits is the reduction of hyperpigmentation (brown spots or freckles) comes from the enzymes that love to digest melanin and dead melanocytes, bringing them to the surface to be sloughed away. But I have to be honest, I love the way it smells and feels on my skin. The Rhonda Allison Pumpkin Cleanser & Toner as well as the Pumpkin E Serum  are all available at the spa. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do. And don't forget the Pumpkin Facial, which kicks it up just a bit, to get the fall season on its way. 

Credit to Dermascope Sep 17 for original article.

August 13, 2017

We've all done it. The 10 second cleanse. Lather, spread, remove. 

And then, have you ever put some toner on after your cleanse and found makeup on the cotton ball?

Cleansing is the first step to healthy skin. Washing away the days dirt and oils along with 

makeup is a process. You have to choose a well formulated cleanser. Choosing an effective cleanser can make the difference in how dry your skin is or how acne responds to it. A general rule of thumb to choose between a milk and a foaming cleanser is go with the milk cleansers if you are dry and the foaming gel cleansers if you are oily.

The video will demonstrate an effective cleansing routine.

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