If you have a valid student ID, and the new school year has you in need of a little beauty bliss, you're in luck. Now through the end of October, Bliss spas are giving students 20 percent off any service they offer, from facials to the well-beloved Poetic Waxing.You just have to sign up at the Bliss site, and then you can conveniently book your appointment online. If you're not currently enrolled, it almost makes you want to register for some college classes, doesn't it?
Yesterday on Tyra, Tyra Banks interviewed a bunch of women who take their kids to the spa all the time. This is not like taking your junior-high-aged daughter for a manicure; we're talking elementary school kids of both genders getting things like massages and facials every week. If I were wealthy, I might go to the spa a lot more often, but if you're spending tens of thousands of dollars "beautifying" your grade schoolers, then maybe you need to take a step back and think about how you're using that money. Do you think this is the kind of thing that's permissible if you have endless funds? Watch the mom explain herself here:
During his career as an esthetician, Marc Edward has performed literally thousands of facials. No surprise, then, that he has great advice on what kind of skin care actually works, and smart tips for soothing skin sensitized by cold weather. To check out his tips, just keep reading.
Marc Edward is one of skin care's rising stars. His facials have been voted Los Angeles's best, and he's scored features in magazines like Glamour and New Beauty; he even has his own product line. So I was glad to get a few minutes to pick his brain about spa care. He let me in on the newest skin care tech, what facials actually work best, and what kind of treatments you absolutely shouldn't try at home. To get the scoop, just keep reading.
Marc Edward has been voted top facialist in LA, his skincare line is in all the award shows' goody bags this year, and he'll be making appearances in next month's issues of both Glamour and Allure. Busy guy. Marc has the professional's take on what you can do to head a zit off before it becomes a big, gross problem, and he told me what supposedly "helpful" product that we're all using is actually a nightmare for your skin. For his acne advice, just keep reading.
This holiday season, find out how your skin can benefit from a Thanksgiving feast. Watch our video to see which fall ingredients make the best beauty boosters, and how to make a facial mask at home using a pumpkin. Finally, learn the benefits of swapping out your cucumber eye mask for sweet potatoes.
Our beauty correspondent Zelana goes to W's Bliss Spa in Hollywood to test out The Youth As We Know It facial, aka the "little black dress facial." This treatment is known to give celebrities that fresh, dewy glow — perfect for your next big night on the town. The expert technician will reveal what is involved in this treatment, and Zelana lets us know if this facial truly makes a dermal difference!
Our beauty correspondent Zelana goes to W's Bliss Spa in Hollywood to test out its The Youth As We Know It facial, aka the "Little Black Dress" facial. This treatment is known to give celebrities that fresh, dewy glow — perfect for your next big night on the town. The expert technician will reveal what is involved in this treatment, and Zelena lets us know if this facial truly makes a dermal difference. Watch now!
Placentas, also known as afterbirth, are full of protein, iron, and tons of vitamins and minerals, which, I will allow, make them excellent for the health of hair, skin, and nails. People have been using the placentas of sheep and horses as beauty aids for time immemorial, in fact. But guess what? We have a lot of nice ways to synthesize this stuff now, and you could also just use wheat protein and run-of-the-mill vitamins to get the same effect. I guess treatments like this are more natural, but to me, they're also gross. I used a placenta hair treatment once, and although it worked well, it was no better than some hot oil and a deep conditioner, and it smelled pretty funky. If you were offered a placenta facial, would you take it in all its "natural" glory?
Do you get regular facials? According to the International Spa Association, they are the third most popular spa service. However, some estheticians feel that dermatologists often downplay the effectiveness of their services, the New York Times reports. On the flip side, some dermatologists feel that facials create unrealistic expectations and are just not worth the cost. Fight!
"Getting a facial is a great cost to cut," Dr. Leslie Baumann, a dermatology professor at University of Miami, told the newspaper. "It’s not doing anything preventative or anything long term for your skin." (Baumann does acknowledge that estheticians offer great advice sunscreen and home-care regimens.)
Dermatologists also worry that facials are too one size fits all, although many estheticians now pick the service for the patient, as opposed to having the patient pick the service themselves. "At the end of the day whether you’re spending $40 or $400," said Celeste Hilling, the founder of Skin Authority, "if that facial doesn’t have active ingredients for what you want, it’s not worth it."
Personally, I enjoy facials, but go to the dermatologist when I need serious skin care. Do you think facials help your skin, or are they just a fun spa treatment?