Category Archive: Hydrating

Beat The Heat Beauty

At Anushka, nestled in the heart of the Palm Beaches, it’s not just hot in the summer months: it’s sweltering. And let’s “face” it, beauty takes a back seat to soaring temperatures, unrelenting humidity and the sun’s beating rays. But, the Anushka experts, who have over 40 years in the beauty biz, have the answers to keeping your cool summer look alive and well. In fact, many of the tips we heard encouraged our beach babes to work with the heat instead of against it. Check out our top tips from our own experts.

“To preserve your beautiful color, before swimming in a chlorinated pool, rinse with cool water. Believe it or not, hair will not be able to absorb chlorine when it is first wet!” says Anushka’s Shawn Butner, Master Colorist, who is also an expert artist in Balayage Color Treatment. To tame your tresses, opt for a Keratin Blowout ($199 and up), a less intense “smoothing” option which helps for those who want a “little help” in the summer months to ward off the inevitable humidity.

The natural elements of Summer: Sun, wind and surf, dehydrate hair so visit your stylist for a restorative conditioning treatment (we recommend Kerastase, $38) or opt for a rich formula at your beauty supply store. To keep the “beach wave” look alive, try a texturizing spray, like Bumble & Bumble’s Surf Spray ($26), which is a favorite of our Master Stylist, Celete Salas, who’s styling techniques are so in demand, her clients to fly her halfway across the world for a cut and blowout!

For the face, we asked Makeup Artist, Aesthetician and Lashologist, Ellie Malmin, for her go-to summer beauty tips. “Make summer beauty a breeze by choosing the right makeup and treatments that last long into late summer nights and give you the ultimate freedom.”

 Start with eyelash and brow extensions, which are naturally waterproof and look like your very own. This ultra low maintenance solution will make you say “so long” to your eye pencil by brightening the eyes from sun up to sundown, and last up to 3 weeks! ($250 and up for a full set). Add a brow or lash tint for and easy, semi-permanent look you won’t have to touch up for weeks!

Opt for face makeup that is ultra sheer and youthful to compliment your easy breezy summer look. For all day coverage, try an airbrush makeup solution that will withstand the heat and water. Finally, finish with a sheer plumping lip gloss for a perfect pout.

For nutrition and body, we went right to the guru herself, Anushka, who has been reshaping women and men from the inside out since 1974. Her ultimate juice is a must to look swimsuit sexy this summer.

“As far as beauty goes, we often neglect the most foundational part, which is what goes IN first! Start your day off right by powering up your vitamin, mineral and antioxidant intake by swishing down a super smoothie! Anushka recommend her Beauty Detox Smoothie. Start with 2 cups of water and add: 4-5 cups of baby spinach (fresh), 4-5 cups of arugula or kale, 3 medium celery stalks, 2 squirts lemon juice, 2 rings fresh pineapple, 1 medium banana, and 10-16 drops of stevia.

“Beauty is a reflection of inner health and wellbeing. It is harmony and balance: a delicate relationship between spiritual, emotional and physical aspects to bring your best features forward and express a healthy appearance and attitude.”, says Anushka.

To learn more about the Anushka Spa, Salon & Cosmedical Centre, call one of our client concierges at 561.820.0500 or dive into all that is Anushka on our online site AnushkaSpa.com. For any of the products listed above, browse our online catalogue at Shop.AnushkaSpa.com were every order receives a luxurious gift with purchase.

 

Beauty Through The Ages

There are radiant rewards to maintaining proper skincare throughout your adult life. The pursuit of a perfect complexion may be just at the end of a well thought out routine that evolves with age. The key is to start early and continue concentrating on maintaining a healthy skincare routine as your body and environment changes. While we are consummately searching for the fountain of youth, at times in the eye of a needle, there are plenty of highly advanced topical products and techniques that can help you avoid invasive anti-aging procedures and help your skin live a longer, healthier and happier life.

Tackling Your 20’s

It’s never too early to begin a youth-retaining skin regimen. You should be cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing your skin regularly to maintain the healthiest complexion – not just at night – but also in the morning. Choose products that are loaded with antioxidants and vitamins. During this time, when you may be more likely to be lurking late into the early morning hours rather than catching up on beauty sleep, don’t let your habits affect your beauty regimen: never go to sleep with your make up on! This bad behavior wreaks havoc on your skin, blocking pores with trapped oil and dirt leading to breakouts. Start searching for an aesthetician during this time to visit once a month. Like any other doctor, a licensed aesthetician will be able to give you a personal prescription for your very own skincare routine. Visiting them once a month will help to maintain the beauty of your skin and will help you to tackle challenges as they arise.

Thriving 30’s

Exfoliation becomes more essential at this stage, when you skin texture begins to change. The formation of lines appear at this time too, so exfoliating is especially important as this will help to reduce the appearance of those lines. Exfoliating will also help to diminish skin discolorations, which will become more prevalent as your skin is exposed to more years of environmental hazards. In addition, hormones and pregnancy can dramatically change your skins tone and texture during this time. Adopt products loaded with vitamins and collagen. Go to the experts and book a light peel at your doctor or aestheticians office to help firm your skin and reduce the appearance of lines.

Fabulous 40’s

In this stage, you need to be concerned with defending your skin from environmental influences and what has become the result of natural aging. You may notice that the lines around your eyes and mouth don’t disappear as they used to. Keep certain ingredients in mind that promote firmness, elasticity and collagen like retinol, retinyl palmitate, soy, wheat protein, marine algae and peptides. Ask your aesthetician about adding a growth factor to your routine to help slow down the aging of skin cells as well. For instant firming, check out techniques on how to give yourself a rejuvenating at-home facial massage. This technique will naturally help to firm the skin and tone up the underlying muscles and tissue. Plus, is feels incredibly wonderful, too!

Fruitful 50’s

When many people have decided that damage cannot be reversed, we defiantly proclaim that it is in your 50’s when some of sciences best anti-aging regimens can be used to rewind the clock and keep your skin looking youthful and resilient. Powerful anti-aging potions include ingredients such as peptides, retinoids, alpha hydroxy and amino acids, which can remove damage from the past and radically slow down the aging process. Add a peptide-rich serum under your SPF daily to help build collagen. A hyaluronic acid will help to lock in well needed moisture as well. At night, apply a retinoid before your moisturizer and ask your doctor or aesthetician about a product that contains phytoestrogen; an ingredient that helps with hormonal aging.

What we should all know, regardless of age, is that 80% of what makes us look older comes from sun damage. Protect your skin daily with at least an SPF 15 moisturizer which contains zinc or titanium oxide. If you don’t already have one, find an aesthetician you love who can give you the best advice for your skin. Finally, don’t smoke and keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water. These two things alone will help to keep your skin looking luminescent and youthful, while helping your body remain hydrated and healthy.

To book a consultation with one of our expert aestheticians, call 561.820.0500 or book your treatment online at Book.AnushkaSpa.com.

 

8 Summer Beauty Hacks For 2015

Anushka’s experts share summer beauty tips and DIY tricks to protect your hair from the elements of summer and create easy, elegant styles in a snap.

1. Make Your Own DIY Salt Spray For Oceanic Waves

Use Your Own DIY Salt Spray to make Waves

Use Your Own DIY Salt Spray to make Waves

Recipe 1: Simple Salt Spray

Take 20 oz. of seltzer water and a teaspoon of sea salt. Mix them together and pour it into a spray bottle.

Recipe 2: Polynesian Blend

Dissolve 1 teaspoon of sea salt into 1 cup of hot water. Mix 1 teaspoon of coconut oil with 1 tablespoon of hair gel. Add 1 teaspoon or 1 tablespoon (depending on how dry your hair is). Whisk together, pour into a bottle and enjoy Hawaiian tropic tresses.

2. Create An Easy, Elegant Updo With Just A Headband

Create an enchanting updo on the run with just a headband

Create an enchanting updo on the run with just a headband

Place a headband on, preferably with an elastic band that holds tight onto the back side of your head. Simply begin picking up 1 inch thick sections or so and tucking them up and around the bottom of the headband until it is all secured up and away from your neck. This style is also a great way to achieve beach curls when assembled with damp hair first.

3. Protect Your Hair From Damaging Chlorine With…Tap Water?

Just add water to protect your hair from chlorine

Just add water to protect your hair from chlorine

Believe it or not, by simply rinsing your hair off before you hit the pool, you’ll be able to ward off hair-destroying toxins like chlorine. Why? Your porous hair will soak up the water first, which will help deter it from soaking in the pool water afterward. Beauty experts also mention that spraying a leave in conditioner (when your shower or smartwater is out of reach) for the same protective power.

4. Choose The Right Products To Fight Off Summer’s Elements

The Anushka Spathecary carries a variety of sulfate and alcohol-free products shop.anushkaspa.com

The Anushka Spathecary carries a variety of sulfate and alcohol-free products shop.anushkaspa.com

When hair becomes dry, it soaks up the moisture in the atmosphere, causing frizzy ends and drying the cuticle. Properly hydrating your hair with the right, specifically engineered hair products will help prevent this and leave you with sleek strands through the heat of the summer. Choose products with the following callouts: hydrating, anti-humidity, sulfate-free, UV protection, and alcohol-free. Speaking of alcohol, not only is it bad for your body but it wreaks havoc on your hair!

5. Sun Powered Conditioning Masque

Anushka recommends restorative masques from Oribe, Davines and Kerastase

Anushka recommends restorative masques from Oribe, Davines and Kerastase

While we don’t recommend over exposing your hair and scalp to the suns powerful rays, but there is a way to take advantage of that energy to give you more hydrated hair. Create your own “Sun Masque” by using a well-engineered, deep conditioning treatment, like Davines’ “NouNou” ($37 for 9oz.). This nourishing masque will help to repair dry, processed or brittle hair with active ingredients like tomato extract formulated in Italy.

6. Elegant Updo: Upside Down French Braid Ballerina Bun

This style is perfect after you've left the beach, when hair is easy to style infused with salt from the sea!

This style is perfect after you’ve left the beach, when hair is easy to style infused with salt from the sea!

Create this gorgeous updo easily with damp hair or 2-3 day old hair for the right hold (also works great after the beach when the sun and sweat has made your hair perfect for styling!)

    1. Flip head upside down and comb upward, removing hair from the neck
    2. Select a section of hair at the nape of the neck and separate it into 3 pieces
    3. Criss cross the sections like a regular braid, and afterward, beginning from one side, grab additional hair from each side of the braid and twist together again (do not add hair to the center piece.
    4. Continue this until you reach the crown of the head
    5. Gather ALL of the hair and tie into a high pony tail
    6. Using a chignon or your own version, create a bun around the base of the pony tail

7. SPF: Scalp Protecting Formulas

Create your own hair SPF by mixing sunscreen and water into a spray bottle.

Create your own hair SPF by mixing sunscreen and water into a spray bottle.

SPF for your hair is often overlooked. In order to maintain the integrity of your color and to preserve the moisture in your hair, beauty experts across the globe recommend you add a hair SPF into your beach bag. If you’re not able to purchase a fancy version, or are short on time, simply mix a bit of sunscreen with some water into a spray bottle and voila.

8. Cooling Shampoos & Conditioners

Choose products with peppermint, green tea mint or aloe for a refreshing experience.

Choose products with peppermint, green tea mint or aloe for a refreshing experience.

What could be more enjoyable in the heat of the summer than experiencing the cooling power of peppermint and tea tree extracts in your shampoo? There are a number of very well made shampoos, conditioners and body washes that are rich in effervescent ingredients, opening up your pores and senses after a long day in the heat. We recommend Organix Tea Tree Mint Shampoo, which you can snag at any Whole Foods Store.