In 2016 Michael Phelps introduced me to cupping. Not personally like via television. Seeing him dominate in the water was amazing. However, my eyes focused more on the circular hickeys on his back. Like most I hit the internet and learned he had been using cupping as thereapy for his back. The swimmer used this ancient Chinese treatment to recover and heal affected muscles by drawing blood to the affected area, reducing soreness and expediting the healing time.
WHAT IS CUPPING?
Cupping is a type of alternative therapy that originated in China. It involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. The suction may facilitate healing with blood flow.
Proponents also claim the suction helps facilitate the flow of “qi” in the body. Qi is a Chinese word meaning life force. A famous Taoist alchemist and herbalist, Ge Hong, reportedly first practiced cupping. He lived from A.D. 281 to 341.
Fast fwd 3 years , in 2019 we have become more familiar with this treatment. Cupping isn’t limited to just athletes, this technique is being used on “Everyday people” Nurses, construction workers, teacher etc. It was only a matter of time until the beauty industry got her greedy little hands on it. Yes greedy. We’re always looking for a way to slow down the aging process or simply preserve our sexy. Ladies and gents I give you FACIAL CUPPING! I love it. As you know I’m a licensed Esthetician and my job is to know about skincare advancements and this is definitely one of them.
WHAT IS FACIAL CUPPING?
Facial cupping works to increase blood flow and circulation to leave you with glowing, radiant, decongested skin. Facial cupping uses small, specially designed suction cups to lift and massage facial tissue. During cupping, fascia is stretched while restoring fresh-skin tissues." Other benefits of cupping include lymphatic drainage, sinus relief, anxiety, fatigue and migraines .
You may also experience sweating or nausea. After treatment, the skin around the rim of the cup may become irritated and bruised in a circular pattern. You may also have pain at incision sites or feel lightheaded or dizzy shortly after your session. Infection is always a risk after undergoing cupping therapy.
Like most Esthetician’s I’m my own model or test dummy ( the stories I could tell ya) . In this case it was a success, no one was injured during this process. After cleansing my skin with Image Skincare’s Ormedic Balancing Facial Cleanser I proceeded to pat my skin dry. I applied Farsali Volcanic Elixir to my face via dropper and began using my cupping apparatus to maneuver around my jawline. Word of advice keep the silicone or glass cupping device moving do not stay in a static postion allowing bruising to occur. By gently squeezing facial cups it applies a suction that feels great, almost like a facial massage . The product glided around my skin and was absorbed evenly and left me feeling refreshed. My skin was supple and glowing. Smaller cups are available for the undereye area.
May I have your attention please! Haven’t we all had moments we’d like to erase? Eterno Skincare has launched a product that will erase time from your face. If you or someone you know is dealing with fine lines and wrinkles , puffiness and loose skin, I highly recommend purchasing The Time Eraser.
Eterno was kind enough to send over this product for review and what I found was I honestly loved it. Products that are inclusive to everyone will always have my full support. Ingredients are always a factor and the overall presentation was great.
Before we get into the breakdown of ingredients and what they target this magical eyecream that’s in a gel like consistency comes in what appears to be an injectable vile. My take... Eliminate the middle man (Dermatologist,cosmetic surgeons) here’s a non-invasive healer that works and won’t cost you an arm in a leg. I used the word HEALER because not only will your trouble spots be healed but the ingredients continue to work thereafter.
Peptides and Stem Cells ! Are you reading more intent now? Those are exciting words to an Esthetician like myself, almost spellbinding. I mean they are serving magic in a vile .
Apply product on freshly cleansed skin. When deciding the amount think of yourself as dotting a lowercase i . Allow to completely dry. You may feel tightening under or around the orbital bone after application ( have no fear) in 60 seconds your miracle will appear!
•Magnesium Aluminum Silicate
This is a naturally occurring mineral created from purified and refined clay. It tightensand smooths the appearance of puffiness, sagging, and fine lines.
This Peptide Complex works to smooth away the look of fine lines and wrinkles over time.
•The Chinese Basil Stem Cells
The Chinese Basil Plant is rich in Omega-3 and Rosmarinic Acid, which is known for its ability to plump up tired skin.
•Chondrus Crispus (Seaweed) Extract
Also known as Irish Sea Moss, Chondrus Crispus contains a hydrating, nutrient-rich blend of vitamins and trace minerals such as sulfur, iodine, calcium, magnesium, and selenium.
In addition to The Time Eraser you’ll find a jade roller, facial massager and a dermaroller. A few tools of the trade.
Jade rollers can increase in circulation can also help smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. Most well-known benefit of using a jade roller is that it helps to reduce puffiness and inflammation in the face due to stagnation of the lymphatic system.
Facial massagers can increase collagen, stimulate face muscles, brings oxygen to the area.
Dermarollers are AWESOME! Remember that song Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke? That’s what this little gadget can due. Using a dermaroller can help soften fine lines, diminish stretchmarks and hyperpigmentation.
Supporting women is something that comes natural to me. When it came down to reviewing Chanla Chau Cosmetics a plant based natural skincare line it was a no brainer. Chanla is what I’d called a naturalist. Holding the title “ Esthetician”, is a big deal. You are entrusted to care for the skin of your clients and provide results. As times have developed we’ve learned what we once thought was safe for our skin can actually be harmful. Using plant based products can reduce irritation and harmful affects later. A common misconception is not receiving the benefits and results of chemical product lines. Chanla is changing that perspective.
Items sent for review are as follows.
• Coconut Cleansing Milk
•Rose Water Toner
•Camu Camu Moisturizer
• Reusable Bamboo Cotton Rounds
Can I start by saying I looooovvve the reusable bamboo cotton rounds. They are so soft and get the job done. These are machine washable. The idea of me not contributing more waste is awesome too.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF INGREDIENTS 👇🏾
Camu Camu Moisturizer is really light weight but it can leave your hands / fingertips feeling a little greasy. The smell isn’t overwhelming, it’s packaged in glass . Some of the ingredients in this moisturizer are...
Matcha Tea- Matcha powder has remarkable properties to keep your complexion fresh and healthy. Not only does it reduce inflammation, it offers a one-two punch for the skin to exfoliate and eliminate dead skin cells, then rejuvenate the underlying skin to improve your complexion.
Camu Camu- Camu camu fruits are brimming with nutrients and amino acids such as flavonols, the star-studded nutrient group that provides antioxidant and anti-inflammatory health benefits as well as the vibrant color in the foods we eat. It shields skin from harmful free radicals to quickly reduce the signs of aging.
Ginger Root- Ginger Root contains around 40 antioxidant properties that prevent free radical damage and protect against aging. It also evens skin tone and improves elasticity.
Coconut Cleansing Milk- My FAVORITE
coconut milk powder:known for its soothing, skin softening and nourishing properties.
banana fruit enzyme: provides mild and gentle exfoliation
pineapple fruit enzyme: contains bromelain, an enzyme which is effective in removing dead surface skin cells
goji berry powder: considered a super food, this powerhouse ingredient adds essential vitamins and minerals
mango powder: extremely high in vitamins A,C, and Beta Carotine. Also prevents dry skin and has shown to slow down formation of wrinkles.
Do yourself a favor checkout Chanla Chau Cosmetics 👇🏾www.chanlachaucosmetics.com.
Beauty should be good for you .
This past weekend I ventured to Downtown Sacramento for a peace of mind and quiet. Have you ever had a moment of clarity and felt like you needed to be cleansed? This is what Asha provided me.In silent surroundings all I could do was think. I was calm, and at ease . My mind was uncluttered and ready to receive stimulation.
With all my senses tingling and brain neurons firing I came to acceptance. Accepting things I cannot change and enjoying what has and had been placed before me. On this day I enjoyed myself.
Let’s take a dip.........
Asha from the exterior looks like a quaint home but when you open the doors you’re greeted by a smiling staff in a warm lobby . Might I add they are very effective in the checking in process. Keeping it digital ( which I love ) tablets are given where your information is stored. In exchange for your identification a locker key is given, then you are escorted to the changing area ( currently under construction 🚧 due to expansion.) Your escort then goes over policies and procedures for the bathhouse.
What you’ll find
•1 plunging pool
•1 dry sauna
•1 wet steam room
•Showers are in 2 locations in the bathhouse
•Water station is provided.
•Towels can be provided
•Water shoes can be provided
•Seating is also provided
•Massage is available
The skin benefits of the sauna show sweating has a cleansing effect. The heavy sweating induced in a sauna has a cleansing effect on pores and glands, flushing out toxins and impurities. The result is a healthier skin, less prone to acne, blackheads and pimples. However if you are currently experiencing inflammation I’d reduce the time spent in the heat.
Taking time for yourself is key! If you don’t make time for yourself you lose sight of focus. I’m a mother, wife and a business owner losing focus happens daily when you hold many titles. Asha reminded me of who I was and what I needed. I needed to get back to me, the individual. Gia and Gia alone.
Next up on my list......Asha Yoga Studio which is located right behind the bathhouse. Asha is offering up mental, physical and spiritual healing.
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On Instagram @ashaurbanbaths