Why Everyone’s Using Charcoal

It’s one of the latest buzz ingredients to storm the worlds of health and beauty: activated charcoal. That’s right, charcoal has officially migrated from BBQ grills and onto our faces and even into our food and drinks. So, what exactly is activated charcoal and why is it so popular? We have the answers in this quick guide to the trending new substance and how you can use it in your body and on your skin.

Here are 3 reasons to use activated charcoal in products:

1. Attracts toxins

Feeling icky? Now you can swig a bottle of charcoal juice which acts like a magnet for your body’s toxins and flushes them away (well+Good). Sure, it’s unnerving to drink a bottle of black, gritty liquid but the makers of Activated Lemonade claim that their charcoal potion detoxifies and improves skin (PopSugar).

2. Holds toxins

Eating charcoal is actually not a new phenomenon. Activated charcoal is often swallowed to help treat cases of poisoning because of charcoal’s ability to bind to chemicals and draw toxins from the body (WebMD). These days however, the presence of charcoal in food has sky-rocketed and its use extends beyond unpleasant cases of poisonings. From black macarons to charcoal-infused ramen, activated charcoal is popping up in your favorite snacks in hopes that the new ingredient will bind to general chemicals and rid the body of all unwanted substances. Charcoal cheese, charcoal donuts, charcoal layer cake – nowadays you’re in luck if you’re searching for some sooty-looking food to chow down on.

3. Draws out impurities

One of the main aspects of activated charcoal is its ability to pull impurities out of the face and body. The Balancing Masque Duo in our new Balance Collection uses this very quality to deep-clean the skin, drawing out oil, dirt and bacteria. By using activated charcoal, the Balancing Masque Duo reduces the look of sebum on the skin and controls the appearance of oiliness. The charcoal component also refines and purifies the appearance of the T-Zone area.

Want to find out more about how we use activated charcoal? Read on about the Charcoal T-Zone Purifier in our new Balancing Masque Duo.

This post was written by Karen Young Chester from Eminence Organics.
You can find their blog here

The Green Spa & Wellness Center recommends charcoal as its a fantastic new ingredient for beauty.

Mason Jar Oatmeal & Fruit Parfait

It’s the crack of dawn, and after hitting the snooze button at least three times, you’ve come to the realization that squeezing a healthy, nutritious breakfast into your morning routine is probably not going to happen.

To get your morning off to a good start, we have a heathy recipe that you can prepare the night before (so you can get out the door on time). This quick and easy parfait checks off all of the boxes for a wholesome breakfast – it’s filled with nutrient-rich oats, nuts, seeds and layers of yogurt to keep you full all morning long.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of organic quick oats
  • ¼ cup of honey
  • 1 to 1.5 cups of almond milk (or dairy milk)
  • 1 cup of almonds
  • 1 cup of desiccated coconut
  • 1 cup of pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup of sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 tub (8oz) of plain Greek yogurt or dairy-free version. We used dairy-free cultured almond yogurt.
  • 2 cups of mixed organic berries (frozen or fresh). We used a mix of fresh, organic blackberries, blueberries and strawberries.

Instructions:

  • Combine oats, cinnamon, almonds, coconut, ground flax seed and cinnamon in a bowl and set aside.
  • In a large saucepan add almond milk and honey and bring to a boil on the stovetop.
  • Add the oat/nut mixture to the saucepan – stir until combined. Add more honey to taste if desired.
  • Set the oat/nut mixture aside to cool.
  • Add oats/nuts, yogurt and berries to mason jars, alternating layers.
  • Store in the refrigerator – the recipe should make enough to fill 4-5 mason jars (depending on the size).
  • We suggest making this on a Sunday night so you have a week’s worth of healthy breakfasts for the week ahead!

This post was written by Christie Pike from Eminence Organics.
You can find their blog here

The Green Spa & Wellness Center recommends this fantastic recipe for a quick nutritious breakfast.

Three Essential Products for Spring Break

Are you prepared for spring break? Before you board that plane, make sure your skin is polished and beach-ready for a spectacular vacation. We’ve picked 3 essential products for your sun-seeking adventure.

Tropical Vanilla Day Cream
Screen out UVA / UVB / UVC rays
Jet-setters will definitely want to pack this gorgeous-scented cream in their luggage. Combining natural SPF as well as the hydrating qualities of shea butter, this day cream doubles as a sunscreen and a daily moisturizer.

Sun Defense Minerals
Protection and bronzer in one
After a long winter, vacationers will want to ease into a sun-kissed look. A few sweeps of Sun Defense Minerals provide water-resistant SPF protection and a glowing, flawless appearance to the skin.

Age Corrective Starter Set
Travel bag with a full skin care routine
Who wants to pack a toiletries bag if you don’t have to? Suggest this travel-sized starter set loaded with a complete set of best-selling products from our Age Corrective Collection.

Need that personal touch and assistance to really bring out your skin?

The Green Spa & Wellness Center is offering a customized consultation with our eminence educator to find out which product works best for your skin type.

Whether you are traveling or staying home this spring, learn how to best take care of your skin! Click here to book yourself for this special event today, space is limited so please RSVP to hold your space.

4 Dos & Don’ts For Problem Skin

When you left your teen years, you probably thought you would also outgrow the problem skin that plagued your adolescence. What a shock then, when the dreaded pimple rears its ugly (black)head again and returns for a second run at your face.

If you’re suffering from life’s second round of blemishes, we have 4 dos and don’ts for tackling problem skin:

Do: Keep It Clean

Why? Cleansing the skin removes bacteria that get into clogged hair follicles and may lead to breakouts. Recommended by Skin Inc. magazine, our Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser is an obvious choice for breakout sufferers as it contains sweet almond milk and yogurt that work to reduce the visible signs of problem skin. (webMD)

Don’t: Scrub Your Face

Why? Scrubbing your face can irritate skin and aggravate inflammation. Help ease problem skin by using a gentle cleanser and rinsing with lukewarm water. (About Health)

Do: Apply Healing Serums

Why? Our Clear Skin Willow Bark Booster-Serum helps heal the appearance of irritation to leave skin looking purified and detoxified. Fit[TBD] recommends our serum to treat problem skin: “This acne-averter contains willow bark and tea tree oil to POW pimples.”

Don’t : Pick Your Skin

Why? Hands off! Squeezing or picking inflammations can lead to infection and scars. Irritating your pimples not only causes greater skin problems, but can also trigger the spread of blemishes. (webMD)

This post was written by Karen Young Chester from Eminence Organics.
You can find their blog here

The Green Spa & Wellness Center recommends all the aforementioned products Eminence Organics offers to anyone who has skin issues.

Unique Specials for March

Last month was an exciting time of specials for couples. This month we Go Green. In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, this month The Green Spa & Wellness Center celebrates all things green. Our specials and treatments this month are focused on the natural, the most natural materials to detoxify or rejuvenate. Also this month, Green Spa is turning 17. In honor of our Anniversary we are celebrating Teens all month, with a Special Occassion Make-Up Application or a Teen Clean Express Facial. Come on by to the Green Spa & Wellness Center any day of this month and Go Green!

Specials for March 2015

Green Mountain Spa Package: Let’s shed the dead layers of dry skin & extra unwanted pounds from the winter months with our legendary green tea, eucalyptus and dead sea salt body exfoliation followed by a warm marine clay body wrap that will leave your skin silky soft, hydrated and toned. While your are wrapped you will receive a relaxing scalp treatment and head massage. This slimming body treatment will smooth cellulite while leaving you detoxified and relaxed as you then receive a cool mint hydration treatment locking in the moisture from this luxurious treatment. 90 Minutes $135 (regularly $268. You Save $133)

Green Mountain Vegan Spa Manicure & Pedicure: Re-connect with the Earth and ground yourself with this detoxifying hand and foot treatment that combines the vitamins from both land and sea to make sure your worries escape as you detoxify, relax and invigorate your senses with Seaweed, Eucalyptus & Green Tea. Includes Complimentary Hot Stone Massage for hands or feet. Free Manicure with your Vegan Spa Pedicure Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday only! (Excludes Holidays) Enjoy both for $38.

Green Carpet Facial: The ultimate skincare treatment! Micro Current Lifting Facial naturally boosts collagen, sculpts facial muscles, and defines check bones while lifting facial muscles. You also receive a Microdermabrasion Treatment to erase wrinkles and give a youthful glow and a Deep Pore Cleansing facial. Bring out the celebrity in you! Receive a COMPLIMENTARY Oxygen Infusion with this Treatment thru March ONLY! 90 Minutes only $175.

Green Spa Escape: Deep Tissue Massage, Stone Crop Facial & Vegan Spa Pedi-Cure. Now with Complimentary Hot Stones added to your massage. $205 Approx. 3 Hours (with Manicure $221).

Service Ad on Specials: Add these extra services for only $50. Microdermabrasion to any facial. Oxygen Infusion to any facial. Acupuncture to your Massage or Facial. Warm Marine Clay Body Wrap to your Body Exfoliation.

Fire & Ice Massage: Experience the benefits of Hot Stone Therapy combined with Biofreeze pain relieving gel to reduce inflammation and relieve tired and aching muscles. The combination of hot and cold will help to detoxify the muscles of lactic acid build up making it great for a post work out massage or to soothe sore muscles. 60 Minutes $115. 90 Minutes $165.

The Ultimate Spa Manicure & Pedicure: Detox your hands & feet as they soak in Dead Sea Mud, Mineral Sea Salt, healing Ginger & Roibus Tea. Indulge in our signature Hand & Foot experience that combine moisturizing heated sanitary wax Hydration Treatment with Dead Sea Salt Scrub and Soothing Massage for an intense hydration. Your hands & feet will be left kissably soft! Ultimate Manicure — $38. Ultimate Pedicure — $58.

Permanent Eyelash Extensions: Discover the secret to longer, thicker, more beautiful eyelashes. Full Set Special $199+ (Regularly $350) Fill In $75. * Priced based on number of lashes used to match your natural lash and to create a Natural or Dramatic effect.

Permanent Make-Up: Introducing Permanent Make-up that is applied to perfection with our Green Spa tattoo artists who are licensed and Green Spa approved. Fill in brows, camouflage scars, or save time daily by receiving permanent eye or lip liner. Complimentary Consultations.

Airbrush Make-up Application: Discover the flawless natural finish of Airbrush Make-up. Your skin will truly glow lasting 8+ hours. 60 Minutes $75.

Bridal Make-up: Choose from Mineral Flawless Finish or Airbrush Make-up for a long lasting look that is applied to perfection for your special day. Bridal Day Application $75. Bridal Trial Make-up Application $75 (Receive a complimentary gift with your trial make-up).

Champagne Make-up Color Matching & Refresher: Complimentary after any 1 hour service. Includes glass of champagne!

Anniversary Specials for Teens

Teen Clean Express Facial: Detoxify the skin in under an hour! Remove toxins and excess oil while hydrating the skin with our new thermal heat face treatment. Perfect introductory facial for Teens or as a maintenance treatment between facials in 45 minutes or less! 30-45 Minutes ONLY $65.00 (Introductory Offer! Regularly $85).

Special Occasion Make-Up Application: Truly glow with the latest make-up looks that are professionally applied for a flawless glowing finish. Illuminate at your Sweet 16, Prom, Graduation or Special Occasion! Includes Complimentary Eyelash Application. 45 Minutes $58.

In Conclusion

There’s a lot of natural healing specials that you can experience this month. Stop by anytime to celebrate Saint Patricks Day this month and get that needed boost of rejuvenation with an all natural and green treatment. Click here to book yourself now!