Monday, February 28, 2011

Banned

Although doctors have recently stated that teenagers should be barred from tanning salons, I believe they should be banned all together.

Please, if they are not good for teenagers, they're not good for anyone.
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Teenagers should be barred from tanning salons to help prevent them from getting skin cancer, the American Academy of Pediatrics says.

Newsy video.

The country's largest group of pediatric doctors warned today that spending time in the tanning salon greatly increases the chances of getting melanoma, the most aggressive and deadly type of skin cancer. According to the group, melanoma is the second leading type of cancer among women in their 20s.

The new policy makes the American Academy of Pediatrics the latest medical group to campaign for increased regulation of tanning salons. In 2009, the World Health Organization classified tanning as a carcinogen and has also lobbied to bar teens from the popular practice. The American Medical Association and the American Academy of Dermatology support a ban as well.

Dr. Sophie Balk of Children's Hospital at Montefiore, the lead author of the new statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics, said the group is singling out teens because tanning has become trendy among teenage girls. According to research cited by Balk, nearly one out of four white women ages 13 to 19 has visited a tanning salon at least once.

"I would try and encourage people to love the skin they're in," Balk told AOL News in a phone interview today. She said the Academy is pushing for legislation that would bar teenagers under the age of 18 from using the tanning salons.

But the Indoor Tanning Association, which represents the tanning salon industry, says parents bear the ultimate responsibility for their children's health. John Overstreet, the association's executive director, noted that most states already require parental permission in tanning salons and said there is no need for increased regulation.

"I think parents can best determine whether or not their teenager should get a suntan," he told AOL News by phone today.

He said teens account for about 10 percent of the industry's clients. A ban, he said, "would definitely push some of these businesses over the edge."

Overstreet said some studies suggest that tanning in moderation can actually be healthy, by boosting vitamin D levels in the body.

According to the Academy of Pediatrics, however, recommending that teens seek out tanning to achieve healthy levels of vitamin D, which is vital to bone health, is irresponsible. Instead, the authors said, teens should consider taking supplements. "Why should you expose yourself to a carcinogen if you can go outside or take a supplement?" Balk said.

Each year, about 8,500 Americans die from melanoma, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

D.I.Y Reflexolgy

Gwyneth Paltrow's GOOP had a great article on at-home Reflexology treatment this week.

(But, when you really want to treat yourself at a spa, please schedule a Reflexology treatment. I think it is one of my all-time favorite spa services.)

Reflexology is defined in Webster’s Dictionary as "a system of massage used to relieve tension and treat illness, based on the theory that there are reflex points on the feet, hands and head linked to every part of the body." I was curious if we could get access to some at-home reflexology know-how for treating loved ones or even ourselves. Chantel C. Lucier, from NYC's beloved Angel Feet shares some of her vast knowledge on the subject below.
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Chantel’s tips for curative foot care at home:

There are a few reflexology points I find particularly effective for myself and in my reflexology practice. While my partner is not a reflexologist, if I am experiencing a headache, intense menstrual cramps or having a tummy ache there is nothing more relaxing then getting my feet rubbed.
Stress is linked to so many ailments, what better than a reflexology session (especially at home!) to calm the nervous system and send the message to the body to relax?! Reflexology has been found to be helpful in the reduction of tension and stress, promoting balance, improving circulation and can assist in one's own healing process. In Chantel's practice, she often teaches her clients the reflexology points where they're experiencing tension so they can continue to nurture themselves at home using reflexology.
Important note: Certified reflexologists don't massage or rub the feet; they have specific thumb and finger walking techniques that are the most effective when reflexing a point, but this is not to say that a little home care by a loved one is ineffectual. In fact, she really believes that reflexology is very effectual as a complimentary modality and excellent for self-care.

Headaches:

• Big toes, little toes, inside and belly of the foot. The big toes are where the head, brain, pituitary/pineal glands, & upper cervical spine (neck) reflexes are located. The tips of all the little toes too coincide with the head, brain and sinus reflexes (give more attention to these toes if you have a sinus headache).
• The spinal reflex resides along the inside or medial aspect of each foot, also very effective since the spine is where the nervous system is housed.
• Dehydration is a common cause of headaches too, sometimes hunger and/or a digestive issue might be a cause for a headache as well. In this case, the digestive system reflexes are located on the bottom or plantar aspect of the foot and can be reflexed accordingly.
• Since it is sometimes difficult to isolate where a headache might be emanating from, there is no harm in giving attention to all these areas. If you want to be really precise, refer to a reflexology map (see below)!
• Give attention to the sides of the heel (medial and lateral aspect of each foot); this is where the ovary and uterus reflexes can be found.
Maps courtesy of Angel Feet LLC
• The endocrine system consists of the pituitary gland, the thyroid and parathyroid glands, adrenal gland, pancreas, and ovaries. Refer to a reflexology map to better pinpoint where to reflex!

Tummy Ache

The area that corresponds to the digestive system reflexes is located on the bottom plantar aspect of each foot. Many of the reflexes to the integral organs that contribute and play key roles in the digestive process are all located here.
• This is a delicious area to give attention to in general as the arch of the foot can really use the care after a day in shoes pounding concrete as well. I refer to this area as the belly of the foot as it's the softer portion of the plantar aspect (between the ball and heel) of each foot.
• Again, refer to a map (below) for more precise reflexology points and where each organ reflex is located.

Reflexology Maps

If you are without a friend or partner, reflexes to every part of the body can be found in your hands too!! I often give myself mini reflexology sessions on the train to and from work. Here’s a link to a great map for the hands.

Menstrual Cramps:

I have always had very painful menstrual cramps. It was through receiving reflexology regularly that I discovered my menstrual discomfort was given relief and the associated back and joint pain decreased substantially. The areas that are most effective are the reflexes to the reproductive and endocrine systems.
• Give attention to the sides of the heel (medial and lateral aspect of each foot); this is where the ovary and uterus reflexes can be found.
• The endocrine system consists of the pituitary gland, the thyroid and parathyroid glands, adrenal gland, pancreas, and ovaries. Refer to a reflexology map to better pinpoint where to reflex!
  1. Brain
  2. Sinuses/Outer Ear
  3. Sinuses/Inner Ear/Eye
  4. Temple
  5. Pineal/Hypothalamus
  6. Pituitary
  7. Side of Neck
  8. Cervical Spine
  9. Shoulder/Arm
  10. Neck/Helper to Eye, Inner Ear, Eustachian Tube
  11. Neck/Thyroid/ Parathyroid/Tonsils
  12. Bronchial/Thyroid Helper
  13. Chest/Lung
  14. Heart
  15. Esophagus
  16. Thoracic Spine
  17. Diaphragm
  18. Solar Plexus
  19. Liver
  20. Gallbladder
  21. Stomach
  22. Spleen
  23. Adrenals
  24. Pancreas
  25. Kidneys
  26. Waist Line
  27. Ureter Tube
  28. Bladder
  29. Duodenum
  30. Small Intestine
  31. Appendix
  32. Ileocecal Valve
  33. Ascending Colon
  34. Hepatic Flexure
  35. Transverse Colon
  36. Splenic Flexure
  37. Descending Colon
  38. Sigmoid Colon
  39. Lumbar Spine
  40. Sacral Spine
  41. Coccyx
  42. Sciatic Nerve
  43. Upper Jaw/Teeth/Gums
  44. Lower Jaw/Teeth/Gums
  45. Neck/Throat/Tonsils/ Thyroid/Parathyroid
  46. Vocal Cords
  47. Inner Ear
  48. Lymph/Breast/Chest
  49. Chest/Breast/Mammary Glands
  50. Mid-Back
  51. Fallopian Tube/Vas Deferens/Seminal Vesicle
  52. Lymph/Groin
  53. Nose
  54. Thymus
  55. Penis/Vagina
  56. Uterus/Prostate
  57. Chronic Area- Reproductive/Rectum
  58. Leg/Knee/Hip/Lower Back Helper
  59. Hip/Sciatic
  60. Ovary/Testes

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Male Model Call

It isn't necessary to be a professional.

2 males needed. One dark complected male (no particular ethnicity, but dark skin is mandatory. No tanning). One white male (no tanning).

Ages of models 25-35.

Models must have a good physique.

$25 per hour and complimentary grooming product upon completion of each event.

Needed for a 3-hour store event & product demo and/or a 1-hour private party and product launch demo.

Dates:

April 1st. 8PM in Saint Paul - 1 hour event

May 19th. 6-9 PM in Edina - 3 hour event

Please send me an email with contact info & full body photo. If you're a match, I will contact you with details.

becky(at)stormsister(dot)biz

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Come Clean

Kinky-Curly Come Clean Shampoo now has a new and improved formula.

The United States Geological Survey states that 85% of homes in this country have hard water. Hard water can build up in the hair shaft and not only cause dry, brittle hair, but prevent your conditioners and styling products from working as they should.

KC had added a new ingredient to combat hard water issues called Phytic Acid.

Phytic Acid is an all natural replacement for EDTA and is derived from corn and soy. It softens the water by chelating (removing) hard water trace minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and iron.

Come Clean Shampoo now rinses better, foams better, and will remove hard water mineral build-up in the hair. It will leave your hair shiny and clean - without drying it out.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Herbal Escape

excerpt from American Spa Magazine.
by: Jessica Lyons

Ease your daily stresses with calming herbs.As winter wind and snow desiccates the skin—and, sometimes, the soul—most of us long for a soothing escape, be it lounging on a tropical beach or soaking in a tub, inhaling relaxing scents of calendula, chamomile, lavender, or valerian. Calming herbs do more than smell good, however, they offer medicinal benefits, as well.
Lavender has been used since ancient times as a remedy for insomnia, anxiety, depression, and fatigue. Scientific research has confirmed that the herb produces a calming and slightly sedative effect when its scent is inhaled. Chamomile, also used to soothe frayed nerves, helps relax muscle contractions and treat skin conditions. Studies have shown that it has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties, too. Calendula—or marigold—petals contain high-amounts of flavonoids, which are plant-based antioxidants that protect against cell-damaging free radicals. Calendula also helps speed the healing of wounds. Valerian, used to treat insomnia, anxiety, and restlessness since the second century A.D., helps regulate nerve cells and has a calming effect. “My clients come to the spa not only to heal and treat their skin but also to heal and treat the soul,” says Tammy Fender, esthetician and founder of Tammy Fender Holistic Skincare (Palm Beach, FL). “Herbal services offer holistic, therapeutic, and calming benefits clients are looking for when they book a treatment.”
Fender’s star clients include Jessica Alba, Julianne Moore, and Alicia Silverstone. But even non-celebrity spa-goers can appreciate herbal nourishment for winter skin. “I infuse my custom-blended products and treatments with herbs like chamomile and lavender,” says Fender.
Cold weather isn’t the only factor that can wreak havoc on the skin. Stress can, too, and both the mental and physical manifestations of stress can be calmed with certain herbs. Incorporating these ingredients is effective, because it provides a holistic approach, according to skincare experts. Herbal treatments can calm the skin and the mind. “In these economic times, stress reduction is the most requested service at our spa,” says Barbara Close, founder of Naturopathica. “We are seeing a rise in a lot of chronic stress-related symptoms such as insomnia, migraines, eczema, and more.”
Valerian, a tall flowering grassland plant, has been used for hundreds of years as a sleep aid.
In winter, many spas take advantage of their proximity to ski resorts. While the cold weather may make many of us long for warmer days to come, it does allow certain recreational activities—skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing—that can’t be enjoyed in balmy climates. And what better way to soothe sore après-ski muscles than with a calming soak and relaxing massage. “The herbal soak is a 15- to 20-minute treatment that is a wonderful way to precede a massage,” says Leber. “The soak, which is super relaxing, will prepare clients for the massage of their life. The client will be butter in the hands of the therapist.”
Cal-a-Vie Health Spa (Vista, CA) and Carmel Valley Ranch (CA) both grow lavender on site and use it in spa treatments to relieve stress, tension, anxiety, and insomnia and treat sore, aching muscles. Herbal medicine has been popular in many cultures of the world and is steadily growing in popularity in the U.S. Clients are turning to more natural ways to treat their bodies and are amazed at the wide range of benefits that herbs bring. Natural herbal treatments can wonderfully complement more modern techniques and equipment used in spas.
And, while calming herbs provide wonderful seasonal treatments to fit the needs of spa-goers in winter months, spas can highlight these services year-round. “Not only is lavender soothing but it also helps boost the immune system, which is important in the upcoming cold and flu season,” adds Mankowska-Allard. “For the summer season, it is good to know that lavender has been known to help soothe insect bites and sunburn.” Pollino advises altering soothing herbal treatments based on the time of year. While calming herbs may be best around high-stress holidays, “soothing herbs may be great for summertime when people are spending time in the sun or winter when they are spending time on the slopes,” she says.
Indeed, spa-goers can benefit from herbal treatments designed to soothe body and soul whether the temperature nears zero or 101 F.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Hotel Soap

What to Do With Hotel Soap

This actually reminded me of the Letters from A Nut series by Ted L. Nancy.

HIsterical.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Rave Reviews

Excerpt from the NONTOXIQUE blog

This year red carpet beauties gave NONTOXIQUE eco-luxe hand and nail care products rave reviews and two green thumbs up! A new favorite with Hollywood’s Green Nail Stylist Jenna Hipp.

Comments from the red carpet beauties:

“Can I get a gallon of that to slather over my whole body?”

“So luxurious! I feel like I’m at a spa!”

The NONTOXIQUE Serum and Nail & Cuticle Balm were used to pamper hands and nails with rich age-defying fruit and plant nutrition, leaving stars ready to hit the Awards and after parties with hydration and a sexy glow that would last the night.

“Mmmm, that smells so delicious what is it? It feels so nice!”

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Save the Dates!

March 28th begins a month of fun as we launch our very own product.
Every Monday, for four weeks, check out StormSister Spatique.  The big reveal is on April 18th.

And, our launch party will take place May 19th at the COOLEST boutique in the Twin Cites.You won't want to miss it.

Isn't beauty fun?

More info soon.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

IQ Meet IN

IN gets some love on Milkshake.

Intelligent Nutrients is the smartest way we know to take care of yourself. 

The mastermind behind Intelligent Nutrients is Horst M. Rechelbacher. Horst is an active environmentalist who changed the world of beauty. He founded the Aveda Corporation, a global plant-based cosmetic company, and revolutionized the industry. After selling Aveda to Estee Lauder. He created Intelligent Nutrients, a certified organic health and beauty company, to live to the highest standards of 100% food-based, safe, non-toxic and organic ingredients with leading scientists and physicians.

Intelligent Nutrients certified organic ingredients are actually grown at Rechelbacher’s farm in Wisconsin. All products are manufactured with 100% renewable energy and product testing is cruelty free.

This inspiring company produces affordable products for the whole body: soothing anti aging potions, conditioning hair products, and plant sourced aromatics. Intelligent Nutrients also take care of the body from the inside out with super antioxident suppliments.

Here’s the clincher....Horst Rechelbacher, donates ALL after-tax profits from sales of Intelligent Nutrient products to environmental and social causes.

Make Intelligent Nutrients a part of your daily regimen and we guarantee your IQ will go up a few points!