As the wind brings in cold air, the sun sets earlier and darkness leads the evening, mornings become crisp and early; we adjust so many things in our world to meet this new season.
Truly, gift giving is such a favorite thing of mine that I created this gift guide to help you! Gift ideas coming from contemplating who a person is … what they’d like … what they need, but won’t buy for themselves … how they’ll look when they open their present … how they’ll feel about their new gift! These things make me happy. And in a time when I know I need some happy, and I know my friends, family, loved ones need some happy, I’m pretty excited about my gift ideas this year. I’ve been so excited that I have been stocking the spa with so many great gift options!
This week, I got to talk to one of the most knowledgeable people I know regarding massage and esthetics, Kim!! Kim is our Senior Esthetician and Massage Therapist at Sanctuary Spa. We talked a bit about her Cidesco certification, (which is super amazing!!) what she does in her free time, and, of course her skincare routine, including what her fave products are right now. Can’t wait for you guys to hear more about Kim!
Sydney: So I know you have your Cidesco certification– which is kind of a big deal!! Can you tell me more about it and when/how you received it?
Sabrina: Hi Jill! Thanks again for taking some time to share with our spa friends! When we decided to create a Rhonda Allison sale of 25% off all products, I knew I had to chat with you to get the best tips! However, let’s start with where you started – where did your passion for skin care begin?
Jill: I’ve struggled with acne and other skin issues for most of my life which lead me to start researching skincare products. In time, I also studied ingredients and how they affect the skin. I’ve always loved trying new products and new services in the esthetics arena which is what really drives my passion. There are always new ingredients and treatments on the horizon so there is always something new to learn and experience.
I recently got to speak with Tamara, who’s absolutely the sweetest person ever, and is also an esthetician here at Sanctuary Spa! I learned so much about her in our chat. I’m excited to share with you guys. We talked about Tam’s favorite things. From working in this industry to what she does in her free time and her Knesko Skin product recommendations.
1. What’s your favorite part about working in this industry?
My favorite part is seeing guests’ confidence rise. When a guest and I find solutions and build regimens together. The result is not just youthful skin, but building their confidence and self esteem. I love helping people look and feel their best.
Tina is one of my all time favorite massage therapists, if you’ve ever had a massage with her, you know! She’s the kind of person that has the warmest energy that makes you feel so comfortable. I had the chance to dive a little deeper into some of Tina’s history with her move to Texas, Source Vital product preferences & her massage style, and even a glimpse into her personal side including how she practices and prioritizes self-care!
When you relocated from Louisiana did your skin/body experience any changes?
I, Annie, was excited to team up with our in house Brow Goddess herself, Courtney, to get her perspective on all things brows & JKC. With the quarantine still in effect for many, & brow goals waiting to happen, let’s get the flowing with Court!
Quick background about you, how did you get to become such a brow slayer, Brow Confidant?! I’ve always been obsessed with my own brows, specifically giving myself that high arch that everyone loved. Before I became an esthetician, I would always go to nail salons to try to get the perfectly sculpted brow and no one could ever achieve it. When I enrolled in school 11 years ago, that was one of my biggest focuses. From then on, I was the only person who ever sculpted my own brows and I was able to achieve what I wanted. My brows and I have been through a lot. With my own personal experience in mind, I always wanted to give my guests the same experience when they were entrusting me with their brows. I became obsessed with listening to their goals and working on making it happen for them! With doing cosmetic tattooing- I am able to make their brow dream a reality!
Create Your Spa Day at Home
We’re big believers in the importance of self-care by going to the Spa ;). It’s especially important to follow through at home. Having a skincare routine at home will ensure that you’re taking good care of your skin, and that your facial you received is maintained. It also allows you to take a few minutes to yourself to decompress after a long day, or of course if you’re getting ready for the day. The products that our estheticians use are available for purchase– which makes it so much easier to recreate your facial at home. I personally have oily skin, so finding that perfect skincare routine has definitely been a challenge. After many, many years of trial and error, I think I’m finally onto something! To all of my oily-skinned ladies (and guys,) here are a few of my skincare steps that have benefited my skin and also my well being.
In these challenging times, Sanctuary Spa’s Licensed Massage Therapist Eric would like to share a few tips to help us all through these challenging times:
Staying mentally stable.
With all that’s going on it’s very important to stay mentally stable. At this point, there is no time limit or guarantee when this crisis will end. Most of us are used to working and having a daily routine. A healthy productive positive routine keeps our minds occupied and gives us purpose and a sense of worth and peace. It’s essential that we keep positive and proactive, for it keeps our mind and spirit engaged and flowing. With the implementation of social distancing and modified work schedules, it’s easy to fall into depression anxiety and despair. Create your new routine balancing responsibilities and positivity.