Peptides

Peptides

Oligopeptides are one of the newest innovations in skincare. Similar to retinol, they revitalize skin at a molecular level, but oligopeptides do it better with few if any of the negative side effects of retinol. You see, as we age our skin doesn’t produce proteins–like collagen (pictured above)–as well as it does when we are younger. Oligopeptides are, like proteins, made up of chains of amino acids. However when they are short peptide chains they can bind with the skin and tell it to produce more collagen and other proteins that help to plump and smooth skin. Because collagen makes up a large majority of the skin and provides the.

Niagara Falls and Negative Ions

Niagara Falls and Negative Ions

    When I was in my late teens, I visited Niagara Falls–one of the world’s natural wonders. Since then, I have been drawn back many times. Of course it is no secret that these falls are a sight to behold, but for me it was more than that. I always felt there was something in the air that made me feel better; no doubt it was the refreshing mist spraying from the falls, coupled with the soothing sound of the water crashing on the rocks below. Recently I mentioned this to someone, who informed me that it isn’t just the mist. Niagara Falls produces negative ions in massive quantities. After some.

Lin’s Favs ~ Multivitamin Power Exfoliant by Dermoligica

Lin’s Favs ~ Multivitamin Power Exfoliant by Dermoligica

I have used this natural face exfoliant since before I started my brick and mortar spa and continue to use it to this day. I cannot say enough good things about it. It exfoliates using a non-abrasive formula to slough off dead skin and dirt without redness or irritation. Its formula includes salicylic acid–amazing for fighting pimples–and vitamins A, C, and E. These vitamins, along with botanical extracts and essential oils leave skin refreshed, with improved tone and texture. And unlike other peels, there’s no down time! There are no artificial colors or scents in any of Dermologica’s products, making them great for sensitive or break out prone skin. One jar, when.

Healthy Living ~ Smoothies

Healthy Living ~ Smoothies

Smoothies are, if you make them with the right ingredients, extremely healthy snacks or even meals! (We love them for the summer when it’s just too hot to turn on the oven.) But it can be intimidating making them. How do you know you are adding the right ingredients? Here are some tips: Don’t add ice cream or frozen yogurt. Yes, those make smoothies taste great but they also make them glorified milkshakes with too many calories and too much fat to make up for the nutrition of the fruit and veg. Use juice (pomegranate for an antioxidant boost), skim milk, buttermilk, or non-dairy milks like soy or almond milk.

Flavors of Tuscany

Flavors of Tuscany

I draw inspiration from many different places when I develop my Signature Design Themes. When creating my Tuscan inspired theme, Essence of Tuscany, I found myself inspired by the landscapes and architecture; the sights and sounds; but most of all, I was inspired by the flavors of Tuscany. Italian cuisine is always delicious and Tuscany does not disappoint. It is filled with fresh flavors drawn from the rich bounty of the region. I have already featured two savory dishes, but I felt that passing references were not enough to do justice to everyone’s favorite food: ice cream! Tuscany’s ice creams, like their savory dishes, showcase fresh flavors. I’ve been scouring the.

Tuscany Design Theme ~ A Preview

Tuscany Design Theme ~ A Preview

Benvenuto. Welcome to Tuscany. A light breeze wafts past a row of Cyprus trees and in though the open doors. It carries with it the scent of night blooming jasmine and sage. The natural stucco walls of the room you are standing in are adorned with classic Italian Renaissance artwork… See what happens next when we launch our second full Signature Spa Design Theme inspired by Tuscany. All LMB’s spa plans are full of inspiration for every part of starting your own spa: from decorating treatment rooms to installing HVAC systems to choosing menu items our plans help you every step of the way. In “Tuscany” why not plant your own.

Signature Design Themes

Last year I wrote that new trends were hitting the spa business. “Time is of the Essence” is one trend that has stuck. That is to say, people are still busy; they may even be too busy to fit in a traditional spa treatment. So spas are adapting and creating shorter programs and 2 in 1 treatment plans, not to mention they are staying open longer and opening in more convenient locations for busy travelers and business people. This means that spas are adapting. They are renovating to meet this demand. They are opening new outlets—at new venues like airports. And perhaps some people are getting tired of this daily.

Healthy Living~Eggs

Healthy Living~Eggs

Happy Easter from all of us at LMB Spa Consulting! To celebrate we are taking a look at one of the foods most often associated with the holiday: eggs. Eggs are often grabbed as a quick hot breakfast–often on breakfast sandwiches. But eggs shouldn’t be overlooked as a delicious, inexpensive, and healthy meal. Whether scrambled or over easy for breakfast or in a hearty omelet for dinner, eggs are a delicious and important source of nutrition. Taken as a whole, eggs are considered to be a complete source of protein as they contain all eight essential amino acids–including those our body cannot synthesize and, therefore, we must take in though.

Beauty Comes From Within

Beauty comes from within. These words inspire and inform my lifestyle and my business. That is why my spa plans and custom designs are created to tend to customer’s whole bodies–internal health and peace informs external beauty. It is also why I choose ingredients that nourish the skin and the body for truly radiant beauty. So when you read my posts on yoga or trying to eat organic, try to embrace whatever makes you feel healthy and beautiful and you will shine.

Healthy Living~White Tea

Tea is undeniably healthy. It is hydrating. It doesn’t contain high levels of caffeine like coffee–but it has enough to heighten brain activity. It is delicious with little to no added sugar or fat (i.e. milk). In addition, tea made from the camellia sinensis plant–black, green, white, oolong, and pu-erh–contain antioxidants called flavonoids. These antioxidants help protect against free-radicals, which are believed to contribute to cancer, heart disease, and visible signs of aging. White tea, the purest form of the tea leaf, is known to contain the highest levels of flavonoids. There is no downside to drinking tea and plenty of upside. Still, drinking white tea–lighter and typically more perfumed than.