Surviving Spring Allergies

It’s probably safe to say that most people are excited when the weather begins to change and Spring blossoms. But the nicer weather can present a challenge for many who have spring allergies.

 

April through June are particularly tough, as they often bring watery eyes, runny noses and endless sneezing with their warmer temperatures.

 

The key culprits are the tiny, airborne pollen grains that come off trees, weeds and grasses. Another allergy trigger, outdoor mold spores, is found everywhere.

 

Pollen and mold are hard to avoid when you want to go outside and play, but there are numerous ways to alleviate allergy symptoms.

 

Here are Some Helpful Do’s and Don’ts for Coping with Spring-Time Allergies:

 

DON’T:
  • Don’t open the windows of your house and car during peak pollen times.
  • Don’t let your pets (especially long-haired ones) sleep in your bed as they can carry pollen in their fur.
  • Don’t stress. Stress causes your cytokine (the protein we produce as part of the allergic response) levels to raise thus increasing allergy symptoms.
DO:
  • Do switch up your allergy medications. You can become insensitive to medication after taking it for 4-6 weeks. You’ll want to switch to a different medication for around 2 weeks and then go back to your regular brand.
  • Do use Clear My Head products to help relieve congestion and boost your immune system.
  • Do change your air filter before each new season to remove pollen, dust and mold.
  • Do take a shower before you go to bed to rinse pollen off your hair and body.
  • Do get a Sinus Facial that relieves sinus pain with a pressure point massage, steam and eucalyptus aromatherapy.

 

 

To schedule an appointment either view our website or call 918.369.8482.

 

 

 

 

Why We Give

“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind. ”• Henry James

 

It’s November, the month of giving and thankfulness. Let’s slow down a minute – before the busiest of all seasons arrives- and take a minute to be grateful.

 

We are aware of the fact that life is better than we deserve.  The world is full of pain and suffering, hardship and turmoil, disappointment and regret. So the fact that we can be thankful and mean it is, in its own way, a small miracle.

Being grateful is a choice.

We’re learning there is a responsibility that comes with privilege. That we are blessed to bless. Gifted to give. We are not lucky, fortunate, or merely disciplined; We are expected to do something with the grace we’ve been given. And so are you.

What you give comes back to you.

When you run your family or business to serve others, benefits will come. Instead of thinking of how you can benefit, lead with a giving mentality of serving others. Giving often ends up benefiting you financially. Take a look at Sara Blakely, entrepreneur and owner of Spanx.  She believes what goes around, comes around. She measures her ultimate impact by what she gives as well as by what she gets. She creates a giving culture at Spanx. Employees, not just executives, run the philanthropy board, research potential grantees and deliver checks to organizations the company supports. Sara shares more than company profits; she shares the spirit of giving. This kind of inclusive participation is a model families can use as well.

 

Here’s a cool thing…giving is proven to be scientifically good for you! Take a look at this article.

How we give.

You’ve see in every newsletter this year the places that Bella Vita has given to. Not only are we supporting our community, we’re making smart choices when it comes to the services and products we provide.

 

FarmHouse Fresh, the creator of the amazing all natural products we offer in our boutique, dedicates hours towards animal rescues and funding local rescue groups that save forgotten and abused animals.

 

HydroPeptide gives back by providing clean water in third world countries

 

Giving back is also part of our new line of AG Hair Products. Their outreach extends all the way across the globe to Africa through our Every Bottle Counts campaign. AG is also active in supporting national charities across Canada and the US as well as local charities in their Vancouver community.

 

 

May your November be filled with thankfulness, gratitude and overwhelming kindness for where you are and what you have.

Exfoliate Summer Away!

You could be cleansing, moisturizing and even applying three digits of SPF, but your skin still might not be at its full potential. Exfoliation is an important but often forgotten step in skin-care regimes; this frequently ignored measure could be what’s standing between you and glowing skin!

 

What is exfoliation?

Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells on the skin’s surface. Exfoliation can be performed mechanically, by using abrasive scrubs on the skin or chemically, by using scrubs that contain special kinds of acids that dissolve and remove the dead skin cells without scrubbing.

 

Why is it important?

Removing dead skin cells and debris is crucial for helping to treat skin conditions such as acne, but it also helps maintain healthy skin in general as we age. As part of the skin’s natural aging process, the cell turnover in skin slows down, which can lead to a buildup of dead skin cells. As a result, aged skin can look dull and rough.

 

Another consequence to hardening and thickening of the dead skin layer is excessive sun damage. Ever notice how tanned skin can look leathery? The skin reacts to long-term sun damage by thickening the dead skin layer which can leave it looking lifeless and uneven. Proper exfoliation can help restore glowing, more youthful-looking skin that radiates health.

 

How often?

Most people should exfoliate only a few times per week. For those people with the most sensitive skin, once a week (or even less often) may be all that the skin can tolerate before becoming inflamed. It’s important to never over-exfoliate. Exfoliating too often leaves the skin raw and inflamed, which is not beneficial to skin. In fact, irritation over long periods of time can actually lead to accelerated aging.

 

A good rule of thumb is that exfoliation should yield healthy, glowing skin, not red, inflamed irritated skin. If it does the latter, either reduce the frequency of exfoliation or find a different method of exfoliation.

 

Exfoliation is key in removing old skin cells and aiding in keeping sun damage at bay! Come in today for a treatment with our HydraFacial to leave your skin feeling healthy and ready to take on the winter cold. Or try our Pumpkin Spice Peel to hydrate your skin and put you in the mood for fall.

 

 

This month, enjoy a FREE deep conditioner with any color service! Just mention this coupon when scheduling your appointment.

To schedule an appointment either view our website or call 918.369.8482.

Holy Big Hair!

There is a new product that is taking the hair-world by storm: Puff.Me Volumizing Spray! A product of Design.Me, Puff.Me is a powder spray that adds the perfect touches of texture and volume to your “do”, all without drying out your hair.

 

Packed into a small pink tube (.32 oz), this highly concentrated and compacted spray is great for travel or on the go touch-ups. It easily fits into a purse or backpack, and gives you all the strength of a great volumizing spray without the hassle of a large, inconvenient can.

 

It’s also a breeze to use! Simply spray Puff.Me onto dried hair, and style as desired; it’s that easy! Puff.Me will add hold and volume, giving your hair that little something extra it needs to really blow people away. Results are clean without messy fall-out on shoulders or clothes, and Puff.Me can be used on all hair types: fine to coarse, as well as curly and textured.

 

Don’t wait any longer to get in on this new and quickly growing hair-styling trend! Come by the salon today and pick up your own little tube of magic that’s making the hair-world say, “Holy Big Hair!”.

 

 

Check out this video for a more detailed tutorial on how to use Puff.Me!

Back To School

Summer is slowly coming to an end, and that means school is right around the corner. Make the transition from swimming to studying a little bit easier on your kids, and yourself, by taking advantage of our spa services!

 

Hair Cuts

Most summer days consist of bright sun exposure and chlorine-filled pools; both of which can be harsh on your hair. Help rejuvenate your hair by coming in for a trim or to try a new hairstyle that will help you kick off the new school year right!

 

Teen Facials

Our teen facials are designed to help introduce your kids to skincare and tailored specifically for kids ages 17 and under. A new school year means new classes and new classmates; help your kid start of the new semester with a fresh face!

 

Brow Waxing

With eyebrows being a major hair and makeup trend recently, it’s important they are cleaned-up and ready to go for the new school year. A brow waxing is the perfect way to get those brows in shape before classes start!

 

Massage

The kids don’t get to have all the fun! Parents – schedule a massage for yourself while your kids are having their services done. The school year is just as stressful for you as it is for them; take some time to prepare yourself as well with a massage or a mani/pedi.

 

Now is the perfect time prepare for the new school year! During the month of August, back to school facials are 15% off. Schedule an appointment now, either through our website, or call 918.369.8482.

 

What’s your favorite way to get ready for Back to School?

 

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What’s New This Month

With the new month comes new products at Bella Vita! Here’s a quick look at our latest goods:

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OPI Infinite Shine Polish

We have now added OPI Infinite Shine Polish to our nail room! This hot polish trend consists of three parts: base, color, and top. With its beautiful and long-lasting glossy finish, this polish is sure to help top off any summer outfit. Now offering 15 of OPI’s most popular colors, we have something for everyone!

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Neck by ToGoSpa

This new ToGoSpa product moisturizes, improves elasticity, and reduces the appearance of line and wrinkles on the neck. Made with white-tea purified water, aloe vera leaf gel, and red seaweed plant collagen, Neck by ToGoSpa is paraben and dye free, making it safe for all skin types. Activated by the body’s temperature, the nutrients stored in each mask are released into the skin, so all you have to do is sit back and relax!

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Eyes by ToGoSpa

Refresh and rejuvenate those dark areas under your eyes! Vitamins A and C help to naturally moisturize and plump those delicate under-eye areas. Just apply the pads beneath your eyes and wait 15-20 minutes as the ingredients release on their own, activated by the temperature of your body. Your eyes will be de-puffed and ready to take on the day!

 

We’re excited about these new products, and can’t wait for you to try them! Set up an appointment with us now through our website, or call 918.369.8482.

FarmHouse Fresh Goods – Oprah Loves Them, and So Do We!

FarmHouse Fresh Goods, a Texas based body and skin care line that boasts of natural ingredients and tantalizing smells, can now be found on the shelves of our boutique! This 2007 “The O List” mention offers an array of products, ranging from body creams to face yogurts, all made from naturally derived ingredients. Each product ranges from 90-99% natural, are vegan or gluten free, and contain no parabens or sulfates; these unique qualities make FarmHouse Fresh products not only safe, but healthier for your body as well!

 

Here’s an overview of just a few of the amazing products FarmHouse Fresh has to offer:

 

 

Body Moisturizers

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Coming in a variety of scents such as Sweet Almond, Butter Cream, and Shea Butter, these moisturizers leave your skin soft, smooth, and lightly scented. These light and nourishing moisturizers will calm even the most severe cases of dry skin, without the harmful ingredients found in most lotions!

 

 

Facial Products

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FarmHouse Fresh offers a surplus of face masks and buffing biscuits, each designed to treat different skin irritations and problems. Some masks, such as the Guac Star, are intended to calm and hydrate skin. Made with avocado butter for moisturization and anti-irritants such as Green Tea, the Guac Star is the perfect mask for a night of rest and relaxation. Other masks, like the Pajama Paste with its blend of yogurt, bentonite clay, and wild honey, tighten skin and reduce redness. Whatever your facial care needs may be, FarmHouse Fresh is bound to offer a product that naturally treats it!

 

 

Honey Heel Glaze

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This moisturizing foot treatment is an Oprah favorite! Made with honey, aloe leaf juice, and pineapple and papaya extracts, the Honey Heel Glaze has been called the “Instant Pedicure”. This honey-based, non-greasy serum seals in moisture and restores color to tired and rough feet. Just brush it on, and let this cinnamon and sweet clove scented glaze transform your feet!

 

 

Don’t miss out on this amazing body and skin care line! Stop in for these and many other FarmHouse Fresh products. If Oprah loves it, you’re sure to as well!

Your BFF is SPF : Sunscreen Smarts

When it comes to the sun, it’s not always fun and games to be outside. The harmful UVA and UVB rays can cause serious damage to our skin, making us not only look older, but putting us at a greater risk of skin cancer as well. Remember, PLEASE use sunscreen or protection EVERYDAY! Here are some helpful tips…

 

  1. Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours.
  2. Sunscreen is not capable of blocking all UVA or UVB rays. The ultraviolet rays can still penetrate even in the shade. Therefore, always protect your skin with hats, sunglasses, and long sleeved shirts for extended sun exposure. You look good wearing those anyway!
  3. Seek shade, especially during midday hours (between 10am-4pm).
  4. Choosing a makeup foundation that has sunscreen added is sometimes not enough. Add sunscreen under your foundation for maximum sun protection.
  5. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to those forgotten areas- the tops of your ears, top of your feet, and the back of your neck.

If you have yet to find a sunscreen you love, stop by our boutique and take a look at our options. Our favorite lines, Epicuren & HydoPeptide, have some excellent options when it comes to sunscreen. Remember- any sunscreen is better than none at all!

5 Things Mom’s Really Want for Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, time is running out to come up with the perfect gift. We all want to give the best to that special mother-figure in our lives, but busy schedules often leave us scrambling to grab last minute and less-than-thoughtful gifts that eventually end up unused on a shelf. Just another thing to clean around!

This year save yourself the anxiety and plan ahead. These 5 simple and considerate gifts are easy, and just what a mom wants!

 

Unpaid Time Off

All moms have endless To-Do lists that often have more tasks on them than time in the day. Give your mom a day to tackle her own personal list of To-Do’s: gardening, finishing a book, or maybe just lounging and relaxing. Leave it up to her, as long as it is responsibility free!

 

A Clean House

After a long and exhausting day, coming home to a clean house is a beautiful sight to a hard-working mom. Round up the family and have everyone pitch in; vacuum the living room, mop the kitchen, maybe even do a few loads of laundry. It doesn’t have to be a Merry Maid cleaning job, just the gesture will mean the world to your mom.

 

Routine Free Day

A mom’s day is often filled with dishes, laundry, doctor’s appointments, picking the kids up from school, cooking dinner, giving baths, etc. And, although moms love being moms, they’d also love a day free from the “Mom Routine”. Take the load off of your mom for a day; offer to take over her responsibilities and send her off on a day of relaxation such as a spa day, or shopping with a friend.

 

Sleep

You may think that sleep is something your mom gets every night, but deep, uninterrupted sleep is a rare thing to come by in motherhood. Let your mom go to sleep when she’s tired, even if she feels like there are more chores to be done. And tell her to turn the alarm off and catch a few extra z’s the next morning; this straightforward gift will be much appreciated by your sleep-deprived mom.

 

Spa Day

Moms work hard at what they do, and are often exhausted physically and mentally. Give your mom the relaxation she needs and send her on a spa day! Facials, massages, and manicures/pedicures are special treats your mom doesn’t get to experience every day, and are great ways to show your appreciation.
Giving your mom any one of these thoughtful gifts will surely make her Mother’s Day, and will save you the headache and stress of scavenging for the perfect gift!

 

 

The month of May is the perfect time to schedule a spa day for mom. Let us make that easy for you. Just use this link to purchase a gift card for mom. And this month, take advantage of our special– get a free French polish with a spa pedicure. Set up your appointment now through our website, or call 918.369.8482.

Waxing 101: Tips From The Pros

Tips from the Pros

 

For a lady, one of your most viewed assets is your hair. You want the hair on your head to be full of luscious locks that brings you compliment after compliment. What you may not want is for the hair on the rest of your body to bring you the same kind of attention. That’s why you should consider Bella Vita’s variety of waxes!

 

Now, you may be a lady who’s often wondered about the benefits of waxing, but just aren’t sure if it’s something for you. You may think that shaving is safer, more effective, and easier. Let’s dive into some of these questions here and see just how much you really know about waxing.

 

 

What are the benefits?

Waxing is one of the best ways to temporarily remove unwanted hair. It is more effective than shaving because it removes hair from the roots, not just from the skin’s surface.

Even fine hair shadows the face, distorting and aging your features. Waxing the brows opens up the eyes, providing a non-surgical facelift! You keep the hair on your head well-maintained, so why not everywhere else?

 

There are many benefits of waxing but one you’ll notice right away is the quality of your skin. When wax is applied to your skin it instantly begins to dry. So in those few seconds between the wax application and removal, dead skin cells will stick to it and be removed. Your skin will be exfoliated and silky smooth.

 

How long do the results last?

You may have heard that waxing causes the hair to take longer to grow back – and its true! When you shave the hair is cut from the surface of your skin. When you’re waxed the hair is pulled out from the root. This means that the root has to produce a new follicle, and in some cases a follicle will not be produced at all.

 

After your first waxing, the results can last 3 to 6 weeks depending on the individual’s hair re-growth. In most cases, hair growth is minimal during the first week or two and noticeably increases in the third and fourth week. Heat stimulates hair growth, therefore hair grows quicker in the summer than in the winter. With regular waxing the length of time between treatments will increase.

 

Will it irritate my skin?

Waxing removes unwanted hair, making your skin soft and beautiful, but sometimes beauty comes at a price. Bumps and red rash after waxing can appear which can last for hours or as long as 3 days, especially if you have sensitive skin. The bumps are the result of an inflammation of the hair follicles called folliculitis and can cause some discomfort. A product we recommend for helping with irritations is PFB Vanish. PFB Vanish is a unique, roll-on gel formulated to aid in the relief of ingrown hairs and bumps that could result from waxing.

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Is it painful?

It depends on your level of sensitivity and how course your hair is. If your hair is course then the root of the hair will be thick. Pulling a thick hair out from its cozy follicle isn’t going to be comfortable. For most, however, it’s not as bad as they imagined.

 

How long does my hair have to be?

If your hair is no longer or no shorter than a 1/4 of an inch, that will ensure better, longer lasting results.

 

Will my hair grow back thicker?

You may have heard that waxing makes more hair grow back, or makes it thicker and darker. Here’s the truth: You already have all the hair you will ever have. The color and the texture are determined by your genes. Removing hair with wax cannot change that. The amount of hair that grows back after waxing can be changed, but only for the better! Less hair will grow back, not more!

 

When you are waxed on a consistent basis it will cause your follicles to “give up.” This means they just don’t bother with producing new hair, and the hair that does grow back will be thinner. Your waxing sessions will become farther and fewer between. And just a reminder that waxing is not recommended when using Retin A, Renova, or any Retinols, as the skin will be too sensitive and should not be waxed. You should never wax when using Accutane.

 

If you get waxes regularly, or want to try it out for the first time, the month of April is the time to give it a try! For this month only, take advantage of having two areas waxed and getting a third area for FREE. Make your appointment now through the website or call 918-369-8482.