Spring clean your skin with Clarisonic and the perfect mask

Season changes are the perfect time to take a look at your skin care.  Often changes in your skin, like increased oil or dryness act like nature’s reminder to re-evaluate your routine!

One of the best ways go deep clean your skin at home is to use a Clarisonic brush daily.  The Clarisonic Mia (available for retail at the spa) cleans 6x more than your hands alone.  The Clarisonic Smart Profile that we use in our EV Signature Facials cleans 11x more than your hands. Many of our employees shared their thoughts on their Clarisonics:

Katie: “I love my Clarisonic because I get a deeper cleanse which makes it so my products can penetrate deeper in my skin so I can receive maximum benefits from them.”

Lydia says: “Once a week I like to do an “at home facial” and adding the Mia to my routine is important for a deeper clean because it’s hard to do a proper steaming at home so this is a great way to get the job done.”

Cassandra says: “I use either the sensitive or acne brush every evening. It helps keep the acne under control and really keeps the blackheads away. I love using it at night because I can feel and see that all my makeup is off!

Teresa: “I have the Clarisonic Smart profile. I use it almost every day. I love the way it’s made my very sensitive skin feel and look. The timer and change of pressure with this particular model is very helpful for me. Definitely a Smart purchase!”

Cassie: “I thought the Clarisonic would feel like a chore to use, but because you can keep it in the shower (the charge lasts awhile) it is really easy to use and it is great for helping remove post-workout grime and post bike-ride dirt and dust.  Strangely, I also feel like the gentle vibrations over my sinuses when I use the Clarisonic have helped me stay sinus-infection free for the first winter I can remember in 15 years.”


Adding a weekly mask to your skin care routine is also a great way to deep clean pores.  I asked Camille, our treatment manager and Licensed Esthetician which masks are best for which skin types.

  • For sensitive skin, she recommends the Farmhouse Fresh Pajama Paste to soothe, tighten, even, and hydrate skin.
  • For maximum age-defying, she recommends either the Farmhouse Fresh Chocolate Sundae Best mask which infuses skin with coQ10 to lift, firm, and tighten, or the Derma E Anti-Wrinkle Mask which uses Glycolic Acid to gently exfoliate the skin, refine pores, and firm skin.
  • For a deep pore cleanse, choose the Farmhouse Fresh Splendid Dirt mask which is great to unclog pores, or the Farmhouse Fresh Sand Your Ground mask which doubles as an exfoliation treatment.

Lydia, a Licensed Esthetician, suggests that you wash your skin, then apply your mask and leave on 10-15 minutes and remove in the shower.  The steam and shower water will make it easier to loosen the mask.  The easier and more hassle-free, the more likely you will be to stick with it.

masksOne more great way to deep clean your pores for spring is to book a facial with a licensed esthetican.  In addition to a cleanse, mask, steam, exfoliation, massage, and hydrating treatment, estheticians can also manually extract pores, a gentle way to help unclog pores without causing scarring or infection.  To learn more or to schedule a facial at East Village Spa, click here!

The benefits of quiet during a spa service

Many of our guests for massage and facial services at the spa prefer to completely zone out and enjoy much needed quiet time, without the harassing buzz of e-mail alerts or demands of family or co-workers.

Sometimes guests ask if it is rude if they relax quietly and the answer is a big, resounding NO!  If quietly venting about your stress to your therapist helps you to relax, then by all means, feel free, but don’t feel like we expect you to talk or you have to engage your massage therapist or esthetician in conversation.


The truth is, your service will usually be much more beneficial with longer lasting results if you do take some time to quiet your mind. Your therapist can focus more on what he or she is doing and can really concentrate and “listen” to your tissue and feel for subtle changes in the muscles.  If you zone out our doze off, your muscles tend to relax a bit more to allow for deeper work because your mind isn’t telling your muscles to tighten up or hold tension patterns.

If quieting the mind doesn’t come easily for you or if you find yourself needing to squeeze in a short massage between meetings, we’d like to offer a few ideas to help get into the right frame of mind to relax during your spa services.

1. If at all possible, arrive 5-10 minutes early so you can read a magazine, sip some tea or water, and feel like you’ve had a minute to transition to a spa frame of mind.

2. Leave your phone in the car or at home.  Just knowing it is nearby can be enough to keep someone out of the zone and an unexpected beep or buzz can startle you back to reality.

3. When your therapist leaves you to disrobe and climb under the sheets, take a moment to enjoy the peaceful feeling of being alone and take some slow, deep breaths as you set an intention for your service and repeat it to yourself.  Ideas include “I will let my mind rest,” or “I will let my tension go.”

4.  During your massage, continue taking slow deep breaths and focus on the way your body feels and responds during the service.

A great resource on the benefits of a quiet treatment is the article The Healing Effects of Massage Mind.  Click here to read the article.  Click here to book your next spa service and mental vacation.


Should you try Nia?

When our massage therapist and certified Nia instructor Allison Peterson first approached me about teaching Nia at the spa, I wasn’t sure what to think because it seemed so out of our element, but upon further research, it seems like Nia is the perfect complement to our existing wellness services!

Nia was developed in the 1980s as a way to provide aerobic, stretching, and strength training in a safe, non-impact format.  Nia is set to music and draws from various forms of dance, healing arts, and martial arts.  Nia enthusiasts enjoy that the workout is both energizing and relaxing at the same time.

Alison recently did demonstrations of Nia at a spa event and it was a hit with the attendees!  It was my first sample of the technique and I could pinpoint from the movements she guided us through exactly where my low back aches were stemming from.

Allison Peterson demonstrates Nia to spa party attendees

Allison Peterson demonstrates Nia to spa party attendees

Nia is great for all fitness levels and will serve as a perfect way for people who are seeing our massage therapists to help with pain, balance and flexibility.  Nia is even an appropriate fitness class for people who have Parkinson’s Disease, MS, arthritis and certain musculoskeletal conditions.

For an idea of the kinds of movements that make up a Nia class, watch this great video:

Class size is limited.  We are offering two 8-week sessions of classes. one on Thursday mornings 8:00-9:15 am and one Monday evenings from 5:30-6:15.  We recommend signing up for as many classes as you can, but recognize that life, meetings, and vacations happen so you can sign up for individual classes online here, as opposed to committing to the entire 8-week session!  Individual classes are just $15 and space is limited to 10 per class.

Thursday morning session starts April 2, 2015, Monday evening session starts April 6, 2015.