In these hectic and financially uncertain times, we often make cutbacks or concessions on things that we no longer deem “necessary.” Things such as facials, waxing, or massages are often put on the back burner and as a result, what happens is we tend to not only feel burned out but look it as well. For those of us in these types of service-oriented industries, we understand that taking care of ourselves is a two-fold accomplishment: we achieve both skin maintenance and stress reduction at the same time.
Skin therapy doesn’t really have anything to do with luxury or relaxation. It’s a necessity, a part of health and well-being like fitness or nutrition. As we age, our cellular renewal rate slows down and it’s up to us to give mother nature a helping hand. And unfortunately, a quick rinse over the bathroom sink at night before we go to bed just isn’t going to cut it. That’s why seeing a skin care therapist who can address each person’s individual needs is so important to retaining the integrity of our skin. Whether battling dryness, aging, acne, or any other skin condition, an esthetician is trained with the knowledge and tools one needs to address any issue. The fact that one can receive a treatment that not only gives the results needed but also can be so rejuvenating is just icing on the cake.
When things are tough, it’s crucial to take the time to give ourselves a peaceful, serene experience so we can come out of it feeling recharged. In stressful times, people NEED that. People require an escape now more than ever. If we’re running around completely frazzled, burning the candle at both ends and don’t give ourselves the opportunity to relax, everything in our lives will suffer as a consequence. Anyone who receives a facial or massage on a regular basis will attest that it is vital to their well-being and helps them to function at their optimal level. And if one can look better in the process, it’s a win-win situation.
As a result of the current state of the economy, many boutiques and spas are offering discounts. Often there are first-time client or package specials, and if you don’t see one, just ask! (Also, a gift certificate always makes the perfect present in the event you don’t know what to get someone this holiday season.)
It’s only when we’re really taking care of ourselves, looking and feeling our finest, that we can be our best possible selves, whether it’s at home, the workplace, or wherever we might be. That translates to truly being at our highest potential and in return getting the most out of life. So why not give yourself a little sanity and carve out some time for yourself? You, as well as those around you, will be glad you did.
Sarah MaHannah moved to the North State with her husband in 2000. They live on 166 acres with their cat and two dogs. She is a licensed esthetician and has a passion for skincare as well as the environment. Sarah has combined those two interests with her eco-approach at Glow Skincare Boutique, where the focus is on using only organic and non-toxic products. Glow Skincare is located at 1452 Oregon Street– inside The Spa Shoppes at the historic McCormick Mansion and can also be found online at glowskincareboutique.com.