Spa Spotlight: Serenity Skin Care

Serenity Skin Care uses only natural and organic products from local vendors.

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Leigh Pomerleau opened Serenity Skin Care just three months ago in Morrisville, NC. Her goal with this holistic studio is to help her clients relax and to heal them from the inside out. The spa offers waxing, facials (including back facials AKA bacials) makeup application, eyebrow tinting, reflexology and body scrubs. “I love giving facials because the clients see immediate results,” Leigh tells Spa Week Daily. “I just had a client who has severe rosacea. After getting a facial and using the products for a week, she told me that her skin looked the best it has in years.”

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Leigh uses De La Terre Skincare, Dawn Lorraine Conscious Skincare and Afterglow Cosmetics. All three brands are produced locally and made up of only raw, organic materials. “Beauty is so much more than skin deep,” Leigh tells us. “The products I use heal the skin rather than clear or mask problems.”

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These are the fabulous specials Serenity Skin Care is offering throughout September.

$55 Facial with Instant Facelift Massage (was $75)
$55 Body Scrub (was $75)
$55 Reflexology (was $75)

When you purchase any Afterglow Organic Infused Foundation in the studio, you can get an Organic Infused Blush for free through August 31!

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Laura Knipping is the Special Projects Editor at Spa Week Daily.

Are We Dreaming or Spa-ing?

Dashama and Michelle Joni Dream Hotel

What a day for a daydream! On my first day in Miami, after a delicious breakfast buffet of flavored fish oil, I took Dashama to The Dream Hotel in South Beach, home of the brand new Shala Spa. We ordered a light lunch and a few cocktails in our cozy cabana, then drifted into a dreamlike state with two truly incredible spa treatments. If you love poolside treatments, body scrubs with a dose of massage, and organic spices and essential oils, you must get your spa booty down to south beach and experience Shala Spa’s Beauty Bar. Another reason to visit is the facial line they use: Shankara, named by Spa Magazine “the most deserving skincare line to bring to the attention of spa goers.” It was one of the best facials of both mine and Dashama’s collective lives. As the hours passed, we couldn’t tell if we were awake or dreaming… until we realized we got this video. A perfect poolside spa day like this does, indeed, exist:

We spa’d, we swam… but no day is complete without stretching!

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Adventures in Coffee-Making

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By Photographer Robert Knapp www.modernartphotograph.com (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

I am now the proud owner of a coffee machine (early wedding gift) and attempted to make my first cup last night. I thought it would be easy, but it turns out there are many opportunities to make mistakes — and we made them all. It took my fiancé and I about 6 tries to get it right — that’s a whole lotta wasted beans!

The first time I opened up the filter to dump the leftover grinds, I felt too wasteful to do it. There had to be some way to use them, right? Well, 10 years as a beauty editor weren’t spent in vain, because I immediately thought of the perfect way to recycle them: Make a coffee body scrub.

Coffee grinds are soft enough to gently exfoliate your face and body. Caffeine is also thought to help reduce cellulite, specifically by helping your body metabolize fat, and reducing swelling.

Here’s the easy way to do it: Dump the extra grinds into a bowl, and add a small amount of milk to make the mixture creamy. If you like a clean-rinsing formula, leave it at that. If you want more intense pampering, add a little olive oil or honey. I already had a plastic drain cover in my shower, so I knew that would catch the grinds — if you don’t have one, I recommend you get one before trying this, as you don’t want to risk any plumbing issues.

Then, just scoop out a bit with your hands and scrub in a circular motion. My coffee-and-skim-milk scrub left my body so soft that I used it on my face, too — just be extra gentle (as always) until you see how your skin reacts. For easy clean-up, grab the shower head and rotate it around the perimeter of the tub at any grinds that accumulated there, and they’ll quickly wash right down into the drain catcher. Then simply dump that when you’re done, and enjoy your soft skin.

You can even make these in advance and store them in mason jars. Let us know if you have your own body scrub recipe (because we know many of you clever girls do!) and we’ll feature it in an upcoming post here. Email daily@spaweekmedia.com.

Spa Deals for an Oscar-Worthy Glow

010Perfect hair, eye-catching nails, smooth skin, lust-worthy eyelashes, a milky complexion… prepping for Hollywood’s biggest night can get tiring! Even if your elaborate plan involves sitting on the couch noshing on snacks and idolizing the fanfare from afar (that’s ours!), there’s no reason you can’t look and feel your best while doing it. So many stars will be flocking to the spa this weekend to ensure beauty perfection on all levels for the big event…while they might not need to take advantage of our spa deals, we think you’d be silly not to!

Spa like a celeb with these deals on red carpet-ready treatments:

$65 Eyelash Extensions at Albina’Spa in New York, NY (was $200)

$120 Partial Highlights and Haircut (Including Shampoo and Style) at Edge Salon & Spa in Arlington, VA (was $155)

$123 80 Minute Silhouette Body Treatment by Decleor at Agora Spa at The Stamford Marriott Hotel in Stamford, CT (was $175)

$75 i-Lipo at Channing’s Day Spa in Chicago, IL (was $175)

$48 Teeth Whitening Session at Stasi’s Skin in Los Angeles, CA (was $120)

$85 60 Minute Diamond Peel Dermabrasion Facial at Achelois Wellness Therapy Studio in Natick, MA (was $129)

$35 Organic SunFX Spray Tan at Endermologie by Kasey in Pasadena, CA (was $65)

$79 Guam Cellulite Reduction Massage at Beyond Beautiful Aesthetics in New York, NY (was $200)

$50 Hair Cut, Style and Color at Spa Mystyk in Villa Park, IL (was $105)

$15 Shellac Gel Manicure at Premier Atelier in Dallas, TX (was $45)

$20 Organic Manicure and Organic Pedicure at CarLeo Hair Salon in New York, NY (was $50)

$42 25 Minute Salt Glow Body Scrub at The Health Club at Hilton Anaheim in Anaheim, CA (was $85)

$12 Vitality Eyebrow Shaping at Vitality Wellness Spa in Wilmington, MA (was $20)

For more spa deals in your hometown visit SpaWeek.com now!

DIY At-Home Body Scrubs

We love body scrubs for their ability to exfoliate and refresh our skin all year round. And while we love to visit the spa for a professional treatment, DIY at-home scrubs can deliver similar results when you don’t have the time or money.

If you’re ready to whip up a little pampering, we’ve got just the recipe. All of the DIY body scrubs below are all-natural, and address common skincare issues with ingredients you may already have on hand:

Coffee Scrub for Cellulite

What You Need:

Used caffeinated coffee grounds (preferably warm)

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Olive Oil

Plastic Wrap

Cover bathroom floor with newspaper. Mix a ¼ cup of coffee grounds with tablespoon of olive oil. Apply with hands or loofah mitt. Wrap area with plastic wrap and wait 10-15 minutes. Remove plastic and brush off excess coffee. Shower with warm water. Repeat 2x per week.

For more info on this coffee scrub and other coffee treatments click here.

Milk and Honey Scrub for Dry Skin

What You Need:

1 cup of brown sugar

½ cup of honey

1 tablespoon of whole milk

Pour sugar into a bowl and slowly stir in honey, followed by milk. Apply mixture, avoiding eyes and hairline. Leave on for 10-20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.

For more info on this scrub click here.

Oatmeal and Avocado Scrub for Oily Skin

What You Need:

2 teaspoons of finely ground oatmeal

1 teaspoon of avocado

1 teaspoon of honey

Mix all ingredients together, forming a thick paste. Massage onto damp skin, using circular motions. Wash with warm water.

For more info on this scrub click here.

Spa Tip: Always remember to wear SPF – Everyday, and especially after your DIY treatments! Body scrubs expose new skin cells which can be extra sensitive to the sun.