Sometimes, the key to a youthful, fresh and healthy complexion and mane can’t be achieved through products alone – instead, supplementing great face and hair products with nutrient-dense “superfoods” is just the match – and just what the doctor ordered.
Now, we all hear a lot about all of these great “superfoods” and it seems like every other week, there is a new superfood darling that we all absolutely must start eating in order improve skin complexion and promote healthy hair growth. Enough is enough! We’re cutting through the fuss and muss to give you the true breakdown of what foods truly are super!
5 Super Foods for Super Hair & Skin:
Health benefits: These action-packed berries but blueberries to shame. One of the main essential vitamins, polyphenols, reduces inflammation, minimizes wrinkles and acne and increases healthy circulation
Eat me!: Bake into muffins, add to your morning smoothie, top your yogurt parfait!
Health benefits: Vitamin C to improve collagen production for both skin and hair, helping to keep split ends at bay and nourish your skin for a plumper, youthful glow.
Eat me!: Throw into your favorite salad, pasta sauce, Asian stir-fry, or eat with a tub of hummus for a delicious snack.
Health benefits: Packed with Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and beta-carotene, spinach is the secret weapon for keeping those wrinkles away. All three vitamins work in tandem to protect your skin from the harmful aging UV rays.
Eat me!: Make Pop-eye proud and add spinach to your salads, sandwiches, and soups. Or, throw into a pan over medium head and wilt down for the tried and true spinach side dish.
Health benefits: These legumes are loaded with protein and iron, which are essential for full-bodied hair and strong locks.
Eat me!: Lentil soup is a perfect way to get your fill of these healthy legumes, and warm up during the colder winter months. Add to any salad or serve as a side dish along with your healthy dinner.
Health benefits: These nuts are one of the best sources of Vitamin E, which is a vital nutrient that helps the skin ward off damaging free radicals as well as protect from the sun’s damaging rays.
Eat me!: Add almonds to your favorite salads, backed goods, cereal, or just grab ‘em by the handful! Eat them in moderation however, since almonds are calorie-dense.
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day stress that we all have in our lives. Whether it’s stress relating to our job and deadlines, our friendships and romantic relationships, financial concerns, etc, stress often creeps into our lives and can wreak havoc on our emotional and physical state. While stress triggers are more than likely not going away, there are some things that you can do to deal with your stress in positive, constructive ways to get your mind off of the tough stuff. Check out our tricks of the trade to help you stress less, and enjoy life more:
1. Laugh – out loud!
Don’t be afraid to have a good laugh and add some humor to your life. Laughter can be a great coping mechanism for a stressful day. So grab a friend and go see a comedy show or the latest Judd Apatow movie. Laughter can truly be the best medicine for the soul.
2. Own up to the truth
Say goodbye to your guilty conscious that is likely causing you anxiety and stress, and therefore weighing on you both emotionally and physically. When you conceal the truth, you are creating mental strain and stress. Clear the air and fess up to mistakes you’ve made or lies you’ve told. Remember, honesty is always the best policy – and the best way to avoid stress.
3. Making a list, checking it twice
You may be overwhelmed by the sheer number of “to-do” items swirling around in your brain. Grab a pen and paper and start writing everything down that you want to accomplish at the beginning of each week. Keeping a written record of things that need to be done will help you avoid missed deadlines, as well. Plus, it feels really great when you can cross something off of your list. Stress, no more.
4. Indulge that sweet tooth
True fact: sugar has been proven to improve mental performance in high-stress situations. Scientists suggest that glucose may help the brain absorb tryptophan, which helps to boost serotonin levels that help to improve your mood. While you’ll want to consume sugar in moderation, a little bit a chocolate could be just what you need.
5. Hit the gym
When stress creeps into our lives, a constructive way to deal with the pressure is to go to the gym to let off steam. Hop on the treadmill or participate in your favorite workout class to help clear your head and focus on your mind/body connection. You’ll feel reenergized and revitalized – and ready to kick stress to the curb.
6. This kiss, this kiss!
Sometimes, a kiss cures what’s stressing you. A 10-second kiss can help to satisfy your innate need for physical connection, helping you to feel less isolated and in turn, more confident to address the stress in your life. Plus, a kiss is one of the best ways to release endorphins which will help put you in a great mood.
Follow these 6 tips and you’ll be well on your way to relieving stress in your life. But if that’s not enough and you need a good ‘ol massage to help you relax, we’re here to help! Book a massage appointment with one of our fabulous massage therapists.
Urban Nirvana is excited to introduce GloPROFESSIONAL Therapeutics to Mount Pleasant, SC! And because we want all of our Mt. Pleasant clients to try out this great skin care line, we are offering some great freebies and discounts at Urban Nirvana! This results-based line of skincare, offered only in Charleston and Mt. Pleasant, is a great addition to our other skincare products. We are so excited about it that we want to offer some extras so you can try it out and see what you think!
Book now by calling us at 843-881-1160
PROMOTION #1 — 50% OFF Retinol + C Peel
Our first promotion we have running for the rest of January is a special treatment to be added on to your Fast Break Facial or your Classic Facial. For just $25 (50% savings!!) you will receive Glo Professional’s Retinol + C Peel to transform and rejuvenate your skin, leaving you with beautiful results.
PROMOTION #2 — Buy $85 or more in Glo products and receive a free gift
Our second promotion we have running for the rest of January is a FREE product of your choice when you purchase $85 or more in Glo products! Choose between the following:
Glo Pumpkin Enzyme Scrub
Glo Conditioning Milk Cleanser
Glo Purifying Cleanser
Glo Eye Restore
Glo Renew Serum
Glo Refresh Facial Polish
The free item is limited to 1 per guest.
It’s dreary and cold outside. We’ve spent the past month eating foods a little too rich and heavy, and chances are, its noon and we are still trying to recover from the cocktails we were loving last night. We hear all the time that changing up our workouts is fun and exhilarating and that is totally true when we are working out and feeling good about ourselves! It is when we feel “BLAH” that we all need an extra to push to get us up and moving and out of the holiday hibernation period that comes every November-December! We put together a list of 5 PROVEN ways to
trick motivate yourself into working out! Whether you belong to a gym, have a neighborhood you enjoy walking or live in a cramped apartment, these things can get us all up and at ‘em!
If you are like me, you give yourself a dangling carrot to run toward when you are working out. “If I stop at 2 miles, I don’t get anything, but if I make it 3 miles I am rewarding myself with a manicure!” This works, but this is definitely NOT new advice. Exercise scientists however, have come up with a new motivator. Double it. Research has shown that when a person couples two positive experiences together, the effort during the workout drastically increases. So go get a manicure but also go with a friend you have wanted to catch up with! It will make your workout feel more successful and you’ll relate more positive feelings with your hard work at the gym!
Now don’t run to Starbucks for a double mocha frapp. 3 ounces of black coffee can increase your workout effort by 32% according to research at the University of Buffalo. It’s all about the caffeine! Don’t like coffee? Green tea and caffeinated water will have the same effect.
Sticks and stones may break my bones but words MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE! Is there a quote or phrase that uplifts your spirits or gets you motivated? Write it down and put it somewhere you’ll see it and read it throughout the day. A quote that pumps me up is - “The real workout starts when you want to stop!”
Download a fitness app. Invest in a heart rate monitor. Pick up a pedometer. Whatever your workout of choice is, there is a numerical device out there that will track your progress. When you can physically see the work you are doing (versus simply feeling it) you will naturally have more motivation to keep going. SEEING the numbers is a form of instant gratification and since working out produces LONG TERM results, sometimes its hard to stay focused in the moment. Numbers help with that!
When you don’t feel like working out, commit yourself to an exercise you are already CONFIDENT doing. That way, when you are finished, you will feel GOOD about it! Changing up your workouts is a great thing to do but it’s not always good when you are just getting back into working out. If you enjoy running but aren’t so sure about lifting weights, hold off on the weights until you’re mentally ready to try something new. Instead, run a route you’ve run 100 times. Exercises you know by heart are the best ways to ease back into it.
Everything On Sale.
Including gift cards.
No quantity limits.
It is Urban Nirvana’s annual anniversary sale! It is such a great excuse for us to celebrate and to reward our loyal clients who have made our business what it is today!
And it’s just in time for the holidays.
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If you are reading this, you are about to get some insider tips straight from me, an Urban Nirvana addict who knows how to best take advantage of the sale. I’m going to list some examples of clients who know how to get their money’s worth on this day!
1. Buying Your Home Goods in Bulk – Our best selling fragrances are Thymes and Archipelago candles and diffusers. If you know you use these home fragrances year round, stock up tomorrow!! It will be hundreds of dollars in savings!
2. Holiday shopping for all the ladies in your life – We offer unique, hand-crafted jewelry, belts, tops, dresses, pajama wear and intimates. We carry handbags, coin purses and carry-on bags. We have body sprays, lotions and oils that every woman loves. We really have something for everyone and our clients come in and can finish the holiday shopping for their moms, grandmoms, sisters, girlfriends and wives!
3. One word. (well, really two words.) HANKY. PANKY. – Laaaaaaaadies. Hello! We are STOCKED with hanky pankies. Buy your panties in bulk for the year and you’ll save so much money!! And now we carry their camisoles too!
4. Buying GIFT CARDS - We have a client who comes in on our sale day and buys more than 50 gift cards, all the same price. Then he gives them out throughout the year as gifts to his family, his friends, his staff members, his prospective clients…he saves $625 – Whhhhhaaat?! Yes.
5. Buying SERIES and PACKAGES – On any normal day, when you buy a series of services or package deals we offer, you get a discount. But on our sale day, you not only get the original series discount but you also get the sale day 25% off discount as well!! We have lots of clients who wait until this day, and buy series of massages to last them throughout the year. Let’s break it down. If you buy a series of 10 massages, you receive $100 off what it would be to buy the massages individually. So if you buy a series of 10 massages on the sale day, you not only receive that $100 off, but you receive almost $200 off the final price in addition to that!! If you buy a 20 pack, it is $200 initially…but on the sale day, you get that $200 off plus more than $350 off with your 25% discount. $550 in massage savings? Woah.
6. Pre-paying and scheduling future appointments – To all my women out there…if you come in for waxing every single month, go ahead and pre-pay for those appointments and get them scheduled now! If you schedule 12 maintenance Brazilians tomorrow, you’ll save $140!! If you know you get a monthly facial treatment and schedule them for the year, you will save $260.
7. All of our best-selling hair, skin and beauty products – Moroccan Oil. Skin Ceuticals Serums. Jack Black. Crabtree and Evelyn goodies. Glo. Pureology Hair Masks. Bumble and Bumble styling creams. Most business don’t put their best-sellers on sale. We do. Because we love you.
WHEN: Thursday, November 21 (tomorrow!)
WHERE: Every Urban Nirvana Day Spas and Urban Nirvana Hair
WHAT TIME: 8am – 8:15pm (special hours!)
DETAILS: The sale includes everything in the store! Gift cards (yes, gift cards, can you believe it?? Who discounts their gift cards? We do!) retail items, all Thursday’s appointments and all future bookings when paid for tomorrow, AND ALL SERIES! So if you purchase a series, you not only get the series discount, you receive an additional 25% off!!!!
See y’all tomorrow!!
A spa addict