Let’s face it – with the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it can be easy to forget to give yourself a break. Just like a machine needs all of its parts to work, we need to make sure we’re taking care of ourselves fully from the outside in. With the sunny city of Orlando at our disposal, it’s easy to do just that. Here are some ways to give yourself “me-time.”

Salons

Nothing beats the feel of a great haircut, but it can be hard to find a stylist or salon that understands your hair. Educe Salon in the Mills District of Orlando knows that not two heads of hair are the same. From personalized consultations to the hottest hair trends, this salon offers plenty of options to take your hair to the next level. Their salon also stocks the highest quality of hair care products, such as Bumble & Bumble and Kerastase.

Looking for a bigger change? Jacq & Jack in Lake Nona not only offers hair services, but they also have a barbershop, nail salon, and a coffee shop. Services also include body waxing and eyelash extensions. Why settle for one type of service when you can get multiple all in the same afternoon? And while you’re pampering yourself in their shop, get some puppy therapy as well – the coffee shop portion of the salon is pet friendly.

Exercise Studios and Gyms

It’s been scientifically proven that exercise boosts your mood and Barre3 in Winter Park knows how to get your heart pumping. Combining cardio with the gracefulness of ballet, these full-body workouts not only build your muscles, they help build your inner peace. The studio specializes in finding your balance through your workouts and in life, and aims to create a positive experience that lasts past your session.

CKO Kickboxing in the Thornton Park area of downtown offers a workout for those who are looking for more of a challenge. These high-energy workouts burn calories fast by mixing short-interval cardio with heavyweight punching bags for maximum impact. Don’t worry – you don’t need to be kickboxing pro to join as they offer classes for all experience levels.

Cafes and Bistros

 

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It’s simple, if you want to feel good, you’ll need to eat good and, in Orlando, it’s as easy as it sounds. With plenty of rain and sunshine here, it’s not hard to find restaurants that serve fresh and local-sourced food on a daily basis. Clean Juice, with locations all over the city, offers visitors healthy and organic options, from acai bowls to smoothies to cold-pressed juices. Every menu item is certified USDA Organic and certain ingredients are rotated seasonally.

If you want to give yourself extra me-time instead of being on the go, find solace in Proper & Wild, a new vegan bistro located in historic downtown Winter Park. Locally owned and chef-driven, the menu is 100% vegan – no meat or animal byproducts found here. Instead, creative dishes featuring seasonal fruits and vegetables play center stage. The café also offers a happy hour and brunch menu, so you can enjoy a healthy meal no matter the time of day.

Facials and Skin Rejuvenation

If you feel great on the inside, wouldn’t you want the outside to reflect it? Rebuilding Life Esthetics in Lake Mary provides a variety of services, including facials, peels, micro needling, and LED treatments. Have stubborn skin or simply want to refresh before a big event? The spa’s very own licensed aestheticians are trained to give personalized treatments for every patient and can guide you step by step on how to achieve your perfect glow.

With crazy schedules and being pulled in all directions, it’s important to take a step back every once in a while, and treat yourself to something special. Orlando is a perfect location to take a moment for yourself – from salons to spas and everything in between, you won’t have any trouble finding your moment of Zen.

Chemical Peels and You

 Whether it’s due to sun exposure, age, acne or stress, everyone experiences problems with their skin. With the many factors of day-to-day life impacting our skin, we are bound to have issues that we wish we could simply erase. Luckily, chemical peels have introduced a way to correct skin imperfections fast and pain free. We’ve answered our most common questions when it comes to chemical peels to help guide you through the process.

What Is a Chemical Peel?

 The chemical peel process comes down to this: chemical peels coat the skin, sit for a set amount of time depending on the type of peel, and are removed to reveal a new layer of soft, bright skin. Different peels can minimize crow’s feet, smooth wrinkles, and firm the skin around the eyes and lips. As a minimally invasive procedure, chemical peels are a convenient way to get the smooth, blemish-free skin you’ve always wanted.

What Are the Benefits of Chemical Peels?

Chemical peels are a great option for those looking to improve their skin quickly without a long healing process. Along with evening skin discoloration, preventing acne and healing acne scars, peels can also reverse visible signs of aging. Your skin will be left brighter and glowing with little to no effort and lasting results are achieved in as little as 30 minutes.

Though you can do an at-home chemical peel, it is recommended that they are performed by an esthetician. Professional chemical peels penetrate the skin, removing oils, dirt and other agents clogging the pores. These peels have longer lasting results compared to those done at-home. It is best to allow a doctor or specialist do this cosmetic procedure for you instead of doing it on your own.

Which Chemical Peel Is Best for My Skin?

There are many different types of chemical peels, each benefiting specific skin types and issues. Before you have a consultation with your esthetician focus on your skin and take note of your problem areas. Do your research on the different peels the office of your choice has available and begin to think through which addresses your skin imperfections.

Here’s a quick guide to find out which skin peel may be best for you.

Beta peels aim to help balance the skin’s natural oils and acne in both younger and older patients.

Pigment balancing peels brighten discolored areas and are best for those with dark spots and acne scarring. This peel process must be performed more than once for the most noticeable results.

Glycolic peels penetrate the pores the deepest of all peels. It has proven to be a beneficial choice for exfoliating and rejuvenating the skin.

Lactic peels are an excellent option for patients with dry, sensitive skin who experience complications with different skincare products. This peel is cultivated from milk, making it gentler on the skin than other peels.

Vitalize peels are a great choice for first-time patients. They help improve the skin’s overall evenness and fight signs of aging and sun damage.

If you are experiencing problems in areas other than the face, there are also smoothing body peel procedures available for the back, chest, arms and legs. Be sure to explore your options and discuss all possibilities for your treatment with your esthetician.

How Is the Recovery Process?  

In most cases, it will only take around ten days for your skin to go through the healing process after a chemical peel. Still, you must continue to give your skin some special attention in the months following a peel procedure.

Keeping your skin moisturized using antibiotic creams and ointments, minimal sunlight exposure, and using sunscreen regularly will ensure the prolonged health of your skin. Though it’s very rare, watch for signs of scarring like redness, bumps and blisters and contact your doctor if you see any causes for concern.

Is My Skin Ready for a Peel?

It is important to prepare your skin prior to a peel. Using skincare products with similar ingredients to the peel of your choice will help prep your skin.

People with naturally darker skin tones are more prone to developing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation after a peel procedure. This happens when the skin has a reverse reaction to the treatment, darkening spots instead of lightening them. Darker skin tones have taken better to superficial peels that have an exfoliating effect and do not penetrate the skin as deeply. Be sure to discuss your options with your esthetician in a consultation before booking an appointment. 

If you have previously had a peel, you must wait for the skin to properly heal before having another to prevent skin irritation. If you are pregnant or nursing, it is recommended that you don’t get a chemical peel.

How Long Will the Results Last? 

How long the results of your chemical peel last depend on the type of peel you had and the state of your skin at the time of your peel. If you allow your skin to heal properly following a chemical peel, you will have the most long-lasting and satisfying results.

Lighter peels that only penetrate the skin superficially will usually last up to two months, while deep chemical peels can give you results lasting up to ten years. Your esthetician will likely put you on a schedule for future procedures if needed in order to keep your skin glowing and smooth without apparent lapses in visits.

There are many factors to consider when getting a chemical peel. Do your research prior to going in to see a esthetician for a consultation to make sure you know the ins-and-outs of the process and which peel will be best for your skin. If you still have questions about chemical peels, contact an esthetician today.

First Facial? What to Expect Before You Go

It’s normal to feel pre-show jitters before any firsts, but when it comes to your first facial, you can leave any worries or nervousness at home. In the words of Dr. Michael Kaminer, “The typical facial is designed to exfoliate, hydrate and in some cases open blocked pores.” Let’s peel back information on what to expect both during and after your first facial and build confidence.

Before You Go

Booking a facial experience for the first time, you want to ensure you are prepared to be honest about your skin and your daily routine. Is your skin sensitive to anything? Do you put on any specific creams every day? Take note of what you use regularly on your face and tell your esthetician prior to the facial. Make sure to also analyze your diet and lifestyle to really figure out where some of your skin issues root from.

Create an end goal for your face—what issues are you trying to address? Do you want to reduce inflammation or restore hydration? Are there a few wrinkles you’re not loving or maybe some dryness? Being clear with your facial goals will help your esthetician understand your skincare needs and determine which facial option is best.

At the Appointment

When going to the spa for your first facial, or any facial, it’s suggested to be makeup free. The esthetician will have you fill out a form of your skin history and discuss your facial options and the process will begin.

Most facials will start off with a thorough cleansing. Your esthetician will steam and clean your skin, then move on to your specific facial. The facial you chose will work for your skin goals—chemical peels, hydration facials, stem cell facials, etc. Depending on the path taken, these facials will work to either exfoliate or moisturize and sometimes extract.

The extraction, also known as when the esthetician becomes Dr. Pimple Popper, is where some people become hesitant with facials. This comes after the facial towards the end of the appointment. The process of the extraction is to rid your skin of all the whiteheads and blackheads, getting as much gunk out as possible. It is completely normal to feel slight pain during the extraction, however if you feel any serious pain, say something.

Once It’s All Over

Your skin might be a bit sensitive depending on the treatment you received, so ask your esthetician what post-treatment soaps and lotions you should use. You may also be more sensitive to the sun, so sunscreen is definitely recommended as an aftercare product.

Your first facial treatment will not be a cure-all, so don’t expect perfect glowing skin after this first time around. But like anything else, if you’re willing to put in the effort, you can get your skin looking how you want it in no time, and we want to help you get there. Call Orlando Esthetics or schedule an appointment online today.