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4 Ways To Go Bare – Down There

There is a gorgeous new work dress hanging in my closet that really showcases my fresh Autumn hair color and gives life to my paling skin tone who’s desperately missing summer.

I was thinking as I drove into work about how I’d like to wear my green dress (but not a real green dress, that’s cruel) to an event Thursday evening but winced as I debated bare legs vs. pantyhose at this time of year – which made me smirk at realizing just how First World Problem that is.

“If this is my biggest dilemma today, it’s going to be a good day.”

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Bare Legs won over circulatory-system-suppressing hose/tights/leg prisons that shred the instant I take them out of the package.

This time of year it can be tricky to have nude skin showing, and not just because of potentially (usually) chilly weather here in New England.  Flaky skin, prickly hairs, paler tone, and dull dry legs…those are the obstacles being presented by the beauty team neurons that run this part of my brain.

I consulted with Kim, our Aesthetics Expert, about how to best combat these issues and here’s what we came up with!

The Business Girl’s Guide To Bare Legs

1. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!

  • Use colorful scrubby gloves or mitts found at just about any store in a variety of price ranges & materials, and can be washed multiple times for re-use.
  • Try our “Bikini Bottom” body scrub for ingrown hairs – it’s great all over the body for a micro-scrub that uses pumice (crushed lava rock)
  • Make a DIY sugar or salt scrub at home. Use coffee grounds for a more gentle buffing, and use sea salt for skin conditions like psoriasis.

2. Wax on!

  • Waxing typically lasts longer than shaving so the 5 o’clock shadow won’t be peeking out around your pumps at your 6 pm networking event. Best done the day before an event so if you have any redness from the treatment, your skin has time to return to it’s normal shade of naked. Hair grows at different rates on different parts of the body, so keep an eye on all your waxing needs!

3. Watch me whip, watch me Spray Spray!

Being a supporter of the Melanoma Foundation of New England, we are always looking for UV tanning alternatives.

  • Use a lotion containing “DHA” (a derivative from sugar cane or beets) to gradually tan the skin with each daily application. There are several different options at your local drugstore to choose from!
  • Kahuna Bay Bronze Sunless Tanning Spray is a “tan in a can” that you apply yourself to targeted areas. (For best results, do on Sunday nights to have tan legs all week.)
  • Get a spray tan from a local professional. This is your best option for full body, even coverage. (Follow the 24-48 hour rule – do the tan 24-48 hours before the event for best results!)

4. Slather it on!

  • A hand & body lotion like our “Cashmere” is quick & easy to apply. It has a soft finish and doesn’t leave you greasy.
  • Natural Oils like grapeseed, coconut, or sunflower oil are nourishing to dry, sensitive skin and can give a nice shine to your legs. Grapeseed sinks in quickly with a dry finish, coconut oil spreads well but will sit on top longer so be prepared to blot with a towel if you need to get dressed quickly, and sunflower is helpful for psoriasis. Bonus – they can all be found in your local grocery store in the cooking aisle – top shelf!
  • Body butter is a thicker, heavier moisturizing cream. It’s great for feet, knees, and elbows all year long, and excellent for long-lasting softness. Try “Valley Girl” for a fluffy, whipped body butter alternative!

Enjoy being bare this winter, if you dare!

XO

Leanne

[photo credit: www.betterthanstock.com by The Business Betties]

Social Spa trends

“It used to be that people went to spas to get away from it all and from each other. In recent years however spas have evolved to also cater to more social clients and serve as more common venues for bachelorette parties, book clubs and other get -togethers.”

–  American Spa March 2014

Looks like Skin Catering is spot on with its trends.

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Friday Night Scrub Club at SkinCatering

Giving the Gift of Wellness

Recently I read a blog post on the Huffington Post by Christella Morris about giving experiences as presents, instead of things.

Many retailers, and small business like my own, rely on gift giving during the holiday season to pay their employees (and their bills) during the slower months.  But I get what Christella is saying, and luckily I am in the spa industry where our services ARE magical experiences you can give.

When purchasing a gift certificate, you can choose a specific service experience, or you can simply do a dollar amount so your loved one can choose what they need to make them feel better.

This season, consider our new 6 week wellness program as a gift! 

The gift of better health is a win-win because in the end, everyone is happy.

Wellness Program

 

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Have a magical day, every day,

not just this holiday season!

#catertoyourspirit

Cater To Your Holiday Spirit

SkinCatering holiday spirit

SkinCatering is your one stop destination for all your holiday needs.

This season, treat your loved ones to an experience that will leave them reeling in the magic of holiday bliss through SkinCatering’s spa services, gift certificates, or products.

This December SkinCatering is giving away a deluxe spa retreat including a massage, facial and gift bag stocked with the spa’s independent product line, to one deserving individual. Nominate yourself, your family, or your friends, for this incredible experience by submitting an image or story that reflects why this individual deserves an escape.

Send us your nominations today via email at info@SkinCatering.com. We will post on Facebook. The story with the most “Likes” wins!

Deadline for submissions is 7am on December 18th, winner to be announced on December 20th by noon.

SkinCatering is always ready to cater to your spirit; especially the holiday one!

Oh The Places You Will Go: 30+ Interesting facts about Springfield, Mass

Interesting Fact Number 1:

  • SkinCatering is opening it’s 2nd location in Springfield, MA in November 2013!

Yes, you read that correctly! My team and I have the honor of supporting, and caring for, the busy people of Springfield, Massachusetts.

So where will we be exactly?

Tower Square is the name of this special building that will house our 1600 square foot spa & skincare operation.

It’s located in the heart of downtown Springfield at 1500 Main Street.  Attached to the Marriott Hotel, Sheraton Hotel, and Mass Mutual, Tower Square has a 3 level parking garage, food court, restaurant (Currents), private dining club (The Colony Club), sports bar (Champions) and best of all…it’s within walking distance for most of our existing clientele that work in the area!

The view of our building from Main Street(photo courtesy of Tower Square)

The view of our building from Main Street
(photo courtesy of Tower Square)

I have a special love of Springfield, as this is where my grandparents were born and raised.

My grandma Shirley worked at the very first Friendly’s Ice Cream restaurant! She made the best Root Beer Floats when I was little.

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My grandparents, Fred & Shirley

While I grew up in Canada and visited Hampden County almost every summer, I’ve spent a lot of time here in the 16 years I’ve lived in the Pioneer Valley.  True to it’s historic reputation for innovative progress, I’ve pleasantly watched as positive changes have been made by people embracing the Revitalization of Springfield.  I am thrilled to be a part of it!

Before work, on your lunch break, or after work, you can schedule a full appointment or an express session at a time that fits your busy schedule.

Here are some great pictures of our second location:

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The view of our building from the Memorial Bridge
(photo courtesy of The Marriott)

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A sunset view of our building from the Agawam side of the river
(photo courtesy of destination360.com)

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A morning view of the Basketball Hall of Fame & Connecticut River, from one of the buildings in downtown Springfield. (photo courtesy of The Creative Strategy Agency’s instagram pic)

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A view of downtown Springfield & Tower Square on a crisp, Autumn morning.
(again, photo courtesy of The Creative Strategy Agency’s instagram pic)

More amazing pictures of the Springfield city skyline, can be found at:

Adam Belson’s Flickr Page

For our Boston friends wondering where Springfield, the 3rd largest city in Massachusetts and 4th largest in New England, is – It’s on the west side – between Worcester & The Berkshires!

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The other 29+ Fun Facts About Springfield, Massachusetts:

  • The Hartford-Springfield region is known as the Knowledge Corridor because it has the 2nd highest concentration of higher-learning institutions in the United States.
  • Recently, Springfield has become home to a number of biotech firms and high-speed computing centers. As of 2009 Springfield ranks as the 24th most important high-tech center in the United States.
  • In 1777,  George Washington and Henry Knox founded the United States’ National Armory in Springfield, which produced the first American musket in 1794, and later the famous Springfield rifle. (The Pentagon shut down the armory in 1968.)
  • In addition to its nicknames, Hoop City, The City of Progress, and The City of Homes, Springfield is also known as The City of Firsts because of it’s many innovations:

    • The first use of interchangeable parts and the assembly line in manufacturing, (1819, Thomas Blanchard)
    • The first American horseless car, (1825, Thomas Blanchard)
    • The discovery and patent of vulcanized rubber, (1844, Charles Goodyear)
    • The first American gasoline-powered car, (1893, Duryea Brothers) which in 1895 won the first automobile race in Chicago, Illinois.
    • The first successful motorcycle company, (1901, “Indian Motorcycle Company”)
    • Forest Park housed the United States’ first public swimming pool (1899)
    • The first and most widely read American-English dictionary, Merriam Webster, was created in Springfield (1806)
  • The world’s second-most-popular sport, basketball,  was created in Springfield (1891, Dr. James Naismith.)
  • Famous children’s author, Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka “Dr. Seuss”) was born in Springfield, which inspired much of his work.
  • Springfield is home to Massachusetts’ largest Fortune 100 company, Mass Mutual Financial Group.
  • Is home to the world’s largest producer of handguns, Smith & Wesson, founded in 1852.
  • Springfield serves as the headquarters of the professional American Hockey League, the NHL’s minor league. (My personal favorite fact!)
  • The Springfield Indians of the American Hockey League (now located in Peoria, Illinois) was the oldest minor league hockey franchise in existence.  In 1994 the team relocated to Worcester and was replaced by the current Springfield Falcons, who play at the Mass Mutual Center.
  • Forest Park is one of the United States’ largest urban parks and also one of its most historically important urban parks. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted – the famed designer of New York City’s Central Park – Forest Park is nearly as large, and similarly diverse.
  • Springfield resident Mr. Everett Barney invented the clip-on ice skate and popularized the roller skate during the 19th century.
  • Springfield is home to Massachusetts’ 3rd largest employer, Baystate Health, with over 10,000 employees.
  • WWLP is the oldest TV station to air regularly scheduled programming in the market, launching its schedule on March 17, 1953, on Channel 61. (Now in Chicopee, MA)
  • Springfield was home to the first commercially licensed radio station in the United States, and the oldest radio station of any kind in New England: WBZ, which broadcast live from Springfield’s luxurious Hotel Kimball at 140 Chestnut Street, (now the Kimball Towers Condominiums) before moving to Boston in 1931.
  • Friendly Ice Cream Corporation – Founded in Springfield, 1935 (now located in Wilbraham, MA)
  • Good Housekeeping Magazine – Founded in Springfield in 1885.
  • Goodyear Tires – Founded in Springfield in 1844
  • Milton Bradley Company (maker of games like Memory, Battleship, Operation, and Candyland) – established in Springfield in 1860 (now located in East Longmeadow, MA)
  • Rolls-Royce of America Inc. was formed in 1919 in Springfield. A manufacturing plant was set up on Hendee Street.  The factory’s 1,200 employees produced 1,703 Silver Ghosts and 1,241 Phantoms. The 1929 stock market crash lead to the plant’s closure in 1931. The 1996 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur Springfield Edition was made to commemorate Rolls-Royce of America’s 75th anniversary.
  • Sheraton Hotels and Resorts – founded in Springfield in 1937 with the purchase of The Stonehaven Hotel, and later the famous Hotel Kimball.
  • In 1968 Springfield Technical Community College was founded behind the Springfield Armory National Park. It is the only “technical” community college in Massachusetts, and was founded to continue Springfield’s traditional of technical innovation.
  • The Quadrangle, a cluster of  5 museums and a library (paid for by Andrew Carnegie) that surrounds a sculptural garden, includes the first American-made planetarium, designed and built (1937) by Frank Korkosz, and the most extensive collection of Chinese cloisonne outside of China.
  • Volleyball was invented in nearby Holyoke, MA but it’s first exhibition match was held in 1896 at the International YMCA Training School, now known as Springfield College.

Famous musicians from Springfield include:

  • Blues legend Taj Mahal
  • The band Staind and its front-man Aaron Lewis
  • The band Shadows Fall
  • Linda Perry, former leader singer of 4 Non Blondes and now famous songwriter and producer
  • Taj Mahal’s sister, Carole Fredericks, a soul singer very popular in France
  • Numerous jazz musicians, including Joe Morello, drummer for the Dave Brubeck Quartet; Phil Woods, saxophonist for Quincy Jones; Tony MacAlpine, keyboardist and guitarist with Steve Vai; and Paul Weston, composer for Frank Sinatra, among many others

Watch our facebook page to see pictures as we move in and as we share news of special events!

CHEERS!

Kim toasts to our success!