Alert…this one’s a nail biter!

sparitualA simple coat of nail polish can brighten a mood, disguise an unsightly break or dress up an outfit. A relaxing manicure or pedicure can be a perfect pick-me-up after a long week. But, hiding inside those pretty little bottles of beautiful color are some not-so-pretty little secrets.

Dubbed the Toxic Trio, many nail polishes claim to be non-toxic, but still contain one or more of three ingredients that have been

linked to problems ranging from skin irritation in people to birth defects in animals.

  1. Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) – a member of the phthalate group of chemicals, it is used as a solvent and fixative in nail polish. Presents a high risk to reproductive system through skin absorption and inhalation as well as a possible trigger for asthma attacks.
  2. Toluene – made from petroleum or coal tar, it is used to give the polish a smooth finish. Long-term exposure is linked to anemia, lowered blood cell count, liver or kidney damage and may be harmful to women who are pregnant.
  3. Formaldehyde – a known carcinogen, it is used as a hardener and preservative in polish. It is a skin, eye and respiratory irritant and has been associated with leukemia.
In addition to the harmful ingredients in products, there can be many risks associated with poorly sterilized instruments and equipment. “Quicky” nail salons often reuse or barely clean their instruments and simply dry out foot baths and finger bowls. This poses health risks for clients exposing them to contagious nail fungus and germs.So, what does this mean for your personal health? Well, fear not, you needn’t sacrifice your beautiful nails! There are safe products and clean spas happy to cater to your nail rituals!

We offer our guests a beautiful, pristine spa salon and non-toxic and/or certified organic products, including our nail polish! SpaRitual nail lacquers are vegan and free of DBP, toluene, camphor, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin. The company is committed to looking for ways to make sure their products are good for people and good for the planet. Our pedicure chairs are pipeless meaning they do not allow for germs to grow inside and they are completely sanitized after each use. All of our instruments are sterilized after each use as well. And, those that cannot be cleaned are discarded so each client receives new tools.

We may not be the cheapest nail salon, but we are certainly safer than the “quicky” options! Come see for yourself why clean and safe matter in the world of nail salons!

HYANNIS at the Cape Codder Resort  |  (508) 534-5501
SANDWICH at the Dan’l Webster Inn  |  (508) 833-3211
PLYMOUTH at the John Carver Inn  |  (508) 591-8213
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A microscope on…Microdermabrasion

before_after_faceDay in and day out, skin is exposed to the harsh elements of the environment. Over time, sun, chemicals, pollutants…they all take a toll leaving damaged skin in their wake. Microdermabrasion is an effective treatment to help reduce or eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, clogged or enlarged pores, dull skin, age/sun spots, hyper-pigmentation and light acne scars leaving you with smooth, beautiful skin.

One of the top 5 most popular non-surgical procedures, microdermabrasion painlessly removes the outermost layer of dead skin cells. The precision motion of the professional crystal tip gently erases and suctions damaged skin by removing dead cells from the top layer of skin called the stratum corneum. The body treats this exfoliation as a mild injury and rushes to replace the lost skin cells with new, healthy ones. With this resurfacing, the skin’s new surface cells look and feel smoother. Additionally, with the removal of the stratum corneum, the skin is more receptive to repairing creams. After the procedure, your esthetician will apply a soothing mask and high-quality,nourishing products that will penetrate more easily to the lower layers of skin. Your skin will feel noticeably smoother and you will experience no down-time.

Woman with spotty skin with deep pores and blackhead and healedStudies have shown that repeated microdermabrasion treatments at regular intervals may impact how the lower layers of skin grow, allowing for greater improvement over time.

It is extremely important to care for the delicate skin on the face and neck on a regular basis. If a routine regimen of quality home care and professional treatment are followed, the tell-tale signs of aging can be kept at bay and that beloved youthful look can be maintained. Come in to the Beach Plum Spa and “feed your face” in a whole new way…with a microdermabrasion treatment!

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New Infrared Saunas at Beach Plum Spa

infrared saunaComing Soon to the Beach Plum Spa in Hyannis…new Lockers with Infrared Saunas

To complete the overall Spa experience, we are offering new mens’ and womens’ locker rooms complete with state-of-the art, infrared sauna units. These new sauna units combine all the benefits of traditional saunas with the added benefits of infrared heating, chromotherapy and acoustic resonance therapy.

Infrared saunas are clinically proven to lower blood pressure, aid in weight loss through the increase of core temperature, reduce stress, detoxify the whole body, rejuvenate skin, relax muscles and aid in all types of recovery. Detoxification is particularly important to counteract all of the harmful chemicals and toxins present in our everyday environment.

The Chromotherapy modality uses lighting frequencies to adjust the body and bring health and harmony to body systems. Color imbalances within the body can manifest as mental or physical distress. Chromotherapy works on various energy points within the body to help re-establish its natural balance. Acoustic resonance therapy provides an additional level of healing by using sound vibration to bring you to a deeper state of relaxation.

So stay tuned, we’ll be offering this new feature to you in the very near future at the Beach Plum Spa!

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Blogs on our blog…

We are very honored to be featured recently on the Masshole Mommy blog and on the We3Travel blog. Take a moment to check out what they had to say!

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Himalayan Salts . . . Myth or Alternative Therapy?

himalayan heartsHave you seen the surge of Himalayan salt lamps and candle holders in the stores lately?  Do you ever wonder if they are just beautiful or if they have other benefits as well?

Besides giving your home or office a soft glow, salt lamps give off negative ions which help to neutralize the overabundance of positive ions created by our highly electronic environments. Spas and wellness centers have picked up on this trend and are taking it to the next level by building rooms with salt walls for therapeutic treatment with a variety of benefits. The positive effects of these negative ions supply a variety of health benefits including reducing and eliminating air-born allergens and infections, boosting serotonin levels, improving mental alertness and supporting the immune system.

Studies at Columbia University suggest that exposure to negatively charged ions help to relieve depression. Pierce Howard, Ph.D., author of The Owner’s Manual for the Brain says that negative ions increase oxygen flow to the brain resulting in higher alertness, deceased drowsiness and more mental acuity.

So, how does a salt lamp or salt wall room work? Typically these are made from salt crystals mined in the Himalayan region where salt deposits formed over 250 million years ago. These deposits are pure and untouched by pollutants and toxins. When warmed, the crystals attract water molecules. As the water molecules evaporate though the crystals the salt emits negative ions. These negative ions bond with positive ions in the air causing particles to drop out. The result is that there are fewer free floating positive ions around to carry pollutants, allergens and germs. With the added benefit of increased blood flow attributed to negative ions you can see how Himalayan salt can relive a myriad of symptoms including asthma, allergies and sinusitis, reduce symptoms of migraines, depression, ADD and anxiety.

Keeping one of these lamps in your home or office can provide a boost for your energy, health and happiness. The number of negative ions a salt lamp or salt candle holder can release depends on its size and how much you warm it with a tea light or electric bulb.  A night-light sized lamp is effective for offsetting the effects of your TV, computer or for a boost in the cleanliness of the air in your office or cubicle.

At the Beach Plum Spa we make scrubs and wraps using pure Himalayan salt because it contains the same 84 natural minerals and elements found in the human body. Himalayan crystal salt is superior to traditional salt because of its purity and it beauty. Choosing Himalayan salt for cooking is far superior to that of traditional table or sea salt and provides pure, toxin-free salt with essential trace minerals plus a unique ionic energy that is released when the salt is mixed with water. When used in cooking it helps to detoxify and balance hormones.

We’re crazy for Himalayan salt, at the Beach Plum Spa, because we’ve found that including it in our treatments enhances energy levels, improves concentration, supports weight loss and enhances sleep quality.

Visit us to try one of our amazing Himalayan salt treatments such as the Warm Himalayan Salt Stone Massage,  Organic Himalayan Salt Scrub with Essential Oil, Himalayan Salt Wrap, and the Himalayan Salt Stone Wrap and Massage for Hands & Feet. All of the salt remedy products that we use in our spa treatments, as well as Himalayan salt lamps, bath salts, table salt and more, are available for purchase in our spa shop.

 

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