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Aromatherapy and the Summer

Posted on: June 30th, 2017

As the temperatures and humidity go up, you may be wondering what you can do to bring your body heat down a notch. Essential oils are a huge trend and there are many ways they can help! At USTA, we expand the skillset of all our students with a clear understanding of aromatherapy with the safe and therapeutic uses of oils for clients. Students are taught how to make body care products for both personal and professional use. We thought we would share a couple of recipes for you to use this summer!

Aromatherapy Recipes for Summer

Cooling oils – Peppermint, Spearmint, Lemongrass and Eucalyptus

Carrier oils – Grapeseed, Sweet Almond, Coconut Oil (Fractionated)

Calming oils – Lavender, Geranium, Ylang Ylang

For massages on your feet, neck or back this summer, combine a few drops of the cooling oils with a carrier oil and you’ll be left both relaxed and cooled off for quite a while! The peppermint oil mix will be quite a refreshing reward to your feet at the end of the day.

For a mid-day cool down when you can’t make it to the pool, add a few drops of any cooling coil to a spray bottle filled with water and keep it in your refrigerator. Whenever your body calls for it, stop by your fridge, close your eyes and give your face and/or chest a quick spritz. You can also get a travel size spray bottle and add a couple drops of cooling oil along with a calming oil for sticky hot days you will be at the fair, or on a road trip.

Your body and mind will be both cooled and calmed from the heat this summer using these aromatherapy tips and recipes! Here at USTA, we are always up to date with popular trends in aesthetics and massage therapy. We look forward to helping train and guide you into a successful career in either massage therapy or aesthetics. To learn more, contact us at 630-968-6800, option 1 to speak with an admissions representative today!

May your week be balanced with aromatherapy!

Energize Yourself with Independence Day Smoothies

Posted on: June 23rd, 2017

With Fourth of July coming up this next week, we wanted pay homage with a recipe for an amazing red, white, and blue smoothies that will set you up for a healthy, delicious and energized Independence Day! This recipe is packed with skin benefits. Greek Yogurt is one of the best foods to eat for clear skin, and detoxify your pores. Berries are filled with antioxidants and Vitamin C which gives your radiant skin and healthy hair. Almond Milk is full of Vitamin E, which has an anti-aging quality as it is another antioxidant and contains Elastin.

 

INDEPENDENCE DAY SMOOTHIES RECIPE

Layers

1/3 frozen banana

1/2 C strawberries

1/4 C greek yogurt

1/4 C unsweetened almond milk

White Layers

1/3 frozen banana

2 Tbps. unsweetened coconut flakes

1/4 C greek yogurt

1/4 C unsweetened almond milk

Blue Layers

1/3 frozen banana

1/2 C blueberries

1/4 C greek yogurt

1/4 C unsweetened almond milk

For best results, put your glass in the freezer for 5 minutes. You’ll want to blend each layer separately in a high blender, then pour, one layer at a time, into your glass and re-freeze the glass for 5 minutes again allowing the smoothie layer to thicken before adding the next layer. Another option is to serve your smoothies in glasses by the flavor to have a variety of red, white and blue! 

You’ll be set to serve fabulous red, white and blue smoothies with this healthy but delicious recipe. Here at USTA, we are always up to date with popular trends in aesthetics and massage therapy. We look forward to helping train and guide you into a successful career in either massage therapy or aesthetics. To learn more, contact us at 630-968-6800, option 1 to speak with an admissions representative today!

May your Fourth of July be memorable!

Summertime with Eyelash Extensions

Posted on: June 18th, 2017

Eyelash extensions are one of the top recent beauty trends as they give your eyes more va-va-voom! Students in our aesthetics program are trained in eyelash extensions at no additional cost! It is very important to make sure you get your lashes done by a licensed esthetician as they will know the proper techniques to apply them.

Here are a few tips if you are considering getting your lashes extended and want to wake up to longer, thicker, fuller lashes. 

TIPS FOR EYELASH EXTENSIONS DURING THE SUMMER

  • Avoid water for 24-48 hours – You’ll want to book your appointment in between trips to the pool as you’ll not want to be playing Marco Polo for a couple days. Avoid water you say? Does that mean just the pool? No. Try not to go to hot yoga, steam rooms, and hot showers.
  • Don’t pull on them – As they will take a couple days to get used to, you may have the temptation to tug at them. Try not to, as that will only loosen the glue and shift them.
  • Reshape them daily – Like your eyebrows, you’ll want to reshape your lashes with a light spoolie brush so they stay aligned and also to keep your natural lashes groomed.   
  • Gentle facials – Since you won’t want to be tugging on your face near your eyes (and why would you want to anyway, it’s not good for our facial skin which is gentle and thin), you’ll want to clean your eyelids with either diluted baby shampoo daily or a soft oil-free facial cleanse wipe.
  • Avoid oil-based products near eyes – Oil-based products like water-proof mascara and certain eye creams are not recommended because they will also loosen the adhesives and your new look won’t last as long.

You’ll be ready for your fun and flirty new look by knowing what to expect and how to care for your eyelash extensions. Here at USTA, we are always up to date with popular trends in aesthetics and massage therapy. We look forward to helping train and guide you into a successful career in either massage therapy or aesthetics. To learn more, contact us at 630-968-6800, option 1 to speak with an admissions representative today!

Longer, thicker, fuller, lashes are so much more convenient now!

Maintain Summer Skin Glow

Posted on: June 9th, 2017

Even though you are preparing to show more skin this month with summer here, don’t forget that the face and the eyes are the first thing people are going to look at! You’ll want to take the time to have your skin ready for action this summer with these tips focusing on clarity, smoothness and most of all — glow!

4 SUMMER SKIN TIPS

 

  • EXFOLIATE – Exfoliation is crucial for your skin especially during the summer as it removes the dead skin cells and prevents backup, which then allows the moisturizers and water to hydrate your skin! You’ll want to exfoliate before applying a toner, moisturizer or any makeup and always add a cream with SPF afterward. We recommend the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Exfoliating Body Scrub!
  • APPLICATION – Most people think once is enough when applying moisturizer and sunscreen to the skin. During the summer you definitely want to re-apply every two hours. There are many types of sunscreen out on the market based on skin conditions and sensitivities. We recommend Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF30 or Super Sensitive Shield SPF30.
  • REPAIR AND TREAT – Should you run into problems with the sun burning your skin and notice brown spots, coarse skin, wrinkles, etc., you definitely will want to treat these as soon as possible. Load your skin with a hydrating skin cream that has age-fighting ingredients as these have collagen and will work to treat the burns or damage. We recommend the Dermalogica Power Rich line, Multi-Vitamin Power Recovery Masque, and MAP-15 Regenerator.
  • HYDRATE – The easiest thing you can do all summer is hydrate your skin, drinking tons of water. You can also keep your skin hydrated with weekly masques and toner spritz. These will rejuvenate the pores and work alongside the moisturizer. We recommend Dermalogica Antioxidant HydraMist and Skin Hydrating Masque.

We are happy to partner with Dermalogica and all of our clients receive the right Dermalogica product line based on their skin during their treatment. Here at USTA, we are always up to date with popular trends in aesthetics and massage therapy.  Our nationally accredited program has an upcoming start date for aesthetics on June 19, 2017! We look forward to helping train and guide you into a successful career in either massage therapy or aesthetics. To learn more, contact us at 630-968-6800, option 1 to speak with an admissions representative today!

May your skin glow this summer along with your smile!

Infused Waters for Bright Glowing Skin

Posted on: June 2nd, 2017

As the summer is upon us, our skin needs even more water than the standard amount we always hear, “drink 8 glasses per day.” As it is, most people find it quite difficult to make it to even 3 glasses per day, according to Live Strong. You may be curious about the Infused Water recipes popping up all over Facebook these days. Are there real skin and health benefits or is this just another trend? Studies show that each combination of infused water has benefits for the body as well as the mind and it helps us drink quite a bit more water than we normally would.

INFUSED WATER RECIPES

FOR THE SKIN

  • Cucumber Lime and Mint – This is what is served at most spas! Mint and Cucumbers are known for the fresh taste and benefits by providing more hydration, while reducing bloating. Lime gives bursts of Vitamin C which will give you that glow.
  • Orange Blueberry and Basil – Fruits like orange and grapefruit happen to be antioxidants and are key to the formation of collagen. Blueberries have cancer preventatives.
  • Lemon Raspberry and Rosemary – Raspberries happen to have Vitamin C like Citrus Fruits so they do the same wonders with collagen and antioxidants. They also reduce inflammation which is great in the summer!
  • Watermelon Honeydew and Rosemary – Watermelon helps with the aging process since it is contains lots of lycopene. Rosemary is a good source of iron, vitamin B6 and calcium so it will help boost immune and circulatory systems.
  • Mango Ginger – Mangoes happen to have loads of Vitamin A and C, so they help maintain healthy skin and boost metabolism while the Ginger heals pain.

To make your waters, you will want to gather your ingredients and wash them well. Try not to use bruised fruits or herbs that do not look fresh. Use filtered or pH balanced water and fill in a glass jar with a lid. Don’t keep the ingredients in the water over 24 hours, as they will form a cloud and become bitter.

Here at USTA, we are always up to date with popular trends in aesthetics and massage therapy. Our nationally accredited program has an upcoming start date for aesthetics on June 19, 2017! We look forward to helping train and guide you into a successful career in either massage therapy or aesthetics. To learn more, contact us at 630-968-6800, option 1 to speak with an admissions representative today!

Are you ready to infuse more youth to your skin?