How is Himalayan Salt good for you?

himalayan heartsHimalayan Salt products were all the craze this holiday season. Did you get a salt lamp or a bath soak and are you curious to know what all the buzz is about?

Well, take a minute to learn about the many therapeutic virtues of this amazing element!

What is Himalayan salt anyway and why is it so special?
Himalayan salt is considered to be the most pure form of whole salt on the planet. Formed from the primordial sea during a time of intense tectonic pressure, the salt has been maturing over the past 250 million years and is rich in magnesium, iron, calcium and potassium.

Himalayan Salt Benefits the Body via Salt Lamps, Salt Scrubs, Wraps & Soaks, Salt Stone Massage and even in cooking by:
Stimulating Circulation                        Reducing Inflammation
Relaxing the Body                              Calming the Nervous System
Lowering Blood Pressure                     Improving Sleep
Soothing Sore Muscles                        Increasing a sense of well-being
Removing Toxins from the Body           Improving Immune Support
Reducing the Signs of Aging                Exfoliating the skin

Benefits of…
Himalayan Salt for SOAKING
A detoxifying Himalayan salt bath will stimulate your circulation, clear sinuses and respiratory ailments and soothe sore muscles. Additionally, because of its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, a Himalayan salt soak can soothe painful and/or itchy bites, rashes and skin conditions. Himalayan salt contains 80+ nourishing and skin-friendly minerals, so a bath will provide a healing and amazingly therapeutic experience for both body and soul. When you get a massage, your therapist manipulates muscles, fat and tissue increasing the circulation and the flow of lymph. This process releases toxins trapped between the muscle fibers and cells. A Himalayan salt soak following a massage will help to draw out these toxins more efficiently while feeding your skin with healthy minerals.

Spa treatments that feature Himalayan salts stimulate cellular regeneration and moisturize and plump the superficial layers of the skin creating a barrier from harmful free radicals in the air. Exfoliation using Himalayan salt opens the pores, reduces surface dead skin and alleviates the look of cellulite. This dimpling can occur, even if you are relatively thin, due to the fascia getting tight/bound around the muscle or simply needing some manipulation. Whether a Himalayan Salt Stone Massage, Body Wrap or Scrub, this super nutrient will leave you with a long-lasting healthy glow and leave you feeling grounded due to its Earth-like resonating frequency of 8 hertz.

Himalayan Salt for COOKING
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, promotes bone strength, prevents muscle cramps, promotes sinus, respiratory and blood sugar health, regulates water content throughout the body, helps regulate blood pressure and vascular health, stimulates serotonin production which assists in healthy sleep patterns, is so much healthier than table and/or sea salt and so much more!

Himalayan Salt LAMPS
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. 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. This translates to relief from a myriad of symptoms including asthma, allergies and sinusitis, reduction of symptoms of migraines, depression, ADD and anxiety.

You can find Himalayan salt lamps just about anywhere now a days, but beware – they are not all created equal! The low-end models use night light bulbs to warm the salt which does just that – simply warms it. In order to be effective, the salt must get and remain hot. The bases of the cheaper models are often less safe and stable and are mass produced in China using questionable labor practices. Be sure to purchase a quality Himalayan salt lamp to reap the full benefits. Our lamps are from Aloha Bay, an employee owned company that employs only “fair trade” labor. The lamps are of superior quality made with sturdy bases and fitted with oven lamp bulbs which heat the salt to an optimum temperature for maximum results. The sockets, cords and toggle switches are “UL” listed and meet strict performance standards and safety guidelines. This is of the utmost importance, as Himalayan Salt lamps should be left on at all times to ensure the effectiveness of the benefits and also to maintain the integrity of the crystal. Dampness and humidity will cause the crystal to weep and it can melt or crack so it is important to keep the crystal heated at all times. Whether you chose a beautiful salmon pink, orange or whiter Himalayan salt lamp you will love the glow and positive effect it will have on your body, mind and spirit. Choose the color that appeals to you. Differences in color can be attributed to the color of the salt veins deep inside the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. Typical vein colors include white, pink, orange, and red. Therefore, the color of the crystal depends on what vein it was mined from. White salt lamps are more rare but no more effective than other colors.
Visit us today for your own Himalayan salt treatment or stop by our Spa shops to purchase Himalayan salt products for your home.

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SANDWICH at the Dan’l Webster Inn  |  (508) 833-3211
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6 Skin-Care Ingredients Recommended by Dermatologists

face cream2Despite the numerous ingredients in products – some which are straight-forward and others unrecognizable – dermatologists say it really boils down to these 6 key skin-care ingredients that make the difference:

  1. Retinol – considered the gold standard for anti-aging because of its ability to stimulate collagen production which creates youthful, plump skin. Retinol does not require a prescription and should not be used by breastfeeding or pregnant women.
    OUR FAVORITES: Biopelle Retriderm .05%, .75% and 1%; GMC Medical Retinol .05% and 1% 
  2. Hyaluronic Acid – this acid occurs naturally in the body and is most prevalent in the space between cells. It begins to diminish after age 40. Serums and moisturizers are highly effective and help restore that dewey, youthful look.
    OUR FAVORITES: GMC Medical Intense Moisture Serum; GM Collin Hydramucine Serum and Treating Mist; HydroPeptide Face Lift 
  3. Tretinoin (more commonly known as Retin-A) – available only by prescription. In the Retinol and vitamin A family, when used regularly, this topical cream has been proven in multiple studies to reduce acne, increase collagen and thicken the skin to decrease wrinkles.
  4. Glycolic Acid – the most common of the alpha hydroxy acids, glycolic acid safely removes the outer layer of dead skin cells helping to reveal fresh, new skin. It also helps lighten skin discoloration and age spots.
    OUR FAVORITES: Biopelle Exfoliating Home Peel; GM Collin Intensive Exfoliating Gel; HydroPeptide Exfoliating Cleanser 
  5. Vitamin C – a powerful antioxidant, new research shows that vitamin C not only neutralizes free radicals, but also reverses DNA damage.
    OUR FAVORITES: Biopelle XCP Brightening Serum; GMC Medical Antioxidant Serums 10 and 20; GM Collin Vitamin C Serum with Peptides; HydoPeptide Polish and Peel 
  6. Niacinamide – wonderful for UV protection and hyperpigmentation repair, its anti-inflammatory properties are also effective in evening skin-tone and reducing redness.
    OUR FAVORITES: Biopelle KNR Serum; GM Collin Active Exfoliating Powder; HydroPeptide Even Out

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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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6 Tips for a Fabulous Face

Young pretty woman receiving face massage

Gorgeous, radiant skin isn’t just in your genes. You can take an active part in maintaining your youthful glow. Women with beautiful skin tend to have these six regimens in common:

  1. Cleanse gently once a day - unless you have oily skin, you only need to wash your face in the evening with a quality cleanser like G.M. Collin or HydroPeptide. Simply splash your face with lukewarm water in the morning. If your skin is oily, cleanse morning and evening.
  2. Reapply sunscreen - you know the harmful effects of the sun so you use a moisturizer with SPF of at least 30 every morning, but did you know that the sun-shielding ingredients only last for about 2 hours? To keep skin protected, reapply! Jane Iredale mineral foundation contains SPF and is light on the skin.
  3.  Sweat it out - getting your heart pumping once a day helps your skin glow. Exercise improves your circulation and increases the oxygen in your body which in turn improves your complexion.
  4. Rev up with retinol - a derivative of vitamin A, retinol has been proven to boost collagen which reduces fine lines and speeds cell turnover to even out discoloration
  5. Rest for beauty - at least 7 hours of sleep per night is needed for beautiful skin. Cortisol, the stress hormone, ages the skin and can cause acne. Sleep reduces the cortisol level in your body. Our favorite product for retinol is Biopelle. It is gentle enough for sensitive skin, yet highly effective.
  6. Get facials - they are key in the fight against fine lines and wrinkles. When the skin is well exfoliated, the top layer of dead skin comes off revealing a glowing complexion. Plus, removing those dead cells helps boost the immune system of the skin and improves circulation which helps refine pores and lessen wrinkles.

Start implementing these face savers today and call or reserve your facial appointment online with one of our skin care specialists. They will be happy to assist in creating a plan to help you achieve optimal results for your specific skin type.


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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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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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