I treat myself to a “self care” day at least once a month as a way to unwind, relax and feel revitalized. Usually, they’re at-home DIY procedures for more reasons than one: it’s cheap, convenient, fulfilling, and cheap. As we can all agree I’m sure, sometimes money haffi spend for the sake of a higher quality, long-term benefit. The advantage of having body care procedures professionally done is certified experts can help you understand what your body needs, plus create even greater relaxation, and the obvious – proper execution.

One overall benefit of traveler self care (and self care in general) include stress reduction, which is 1 big reason most of us opt to travel anyway! Regular professional spa services improve skin and body of both men and women in the long run. Here are a few ways that we can all benefit, travelers especially, and why some (like myself) make it a habit in the first place.

For my fellow travelers, aspiring travelers, and friends in Jamaica, if you’re in Kingston treat yuhself to a 10% discount on services at my go-to professionals Spa Aesthetique for the month of February (with the exception of waxing and nails)!

Massage Benefits

A massage can help with a variety of issues, including but not limited to relieving muscle pain and discomfort, while relaxing them. By stimulating blood circulation around muscles to increase oxygen and nutrition flow, massages improve conditioning and flexibility, plus accelerate injury recovery. Two times I vividly remember needing a massage was after a hike to Kwame Falls and a hike to the highest botanical garden in the Western hemisphere!

We all love to de-stress with a getaway now and then (which is why you’re here, yes?), but did you know that when stress is combined with sleep issues and poor nutrition, the impact is directed at the body’s immune system? It has been repeatedly suggested that regular professional massages help reduce stress as well as boost the immune system by increasing the protective white blood cells. Great news for those of us prone to become ill while traveling, I’m sure! Stress reduction is taken seriously at Spa Aesthetique, as the massage area requires silenced phones and hushed speaking keep the calming music heard.

Highly Recommended for Traveler Type: Hikers, Marathoners/Athletes

Spa Aesthetique Frequency Recommendation: Daily

Facial Benefits

Our skin is bombarded with harmful UV rays and toxic substances daily, which accumulate on the surface and clog pores meant to sweep out oil, dead cells, and more. Dead cells make the skin appear rough and dry if not removed, sometimes so much so that products cannot permeate it properly. The waste which accumulates daily should be cleared with a skin detox; daily face washing only won’t get the full job done.

A facial cleans, exfoliates, detoxifies, and nourishes skin to promote glowing complexion. Regular facials and face massages boost cell regeneration and promote collagen development to translate to healthier cells and a youthful face. It increases your skin’s ability to absorb products, like sunscreen (1 of my many must-have travel accessories after my 1st bad encounter with sunburn), effectively.

Exfoliation is a facial aspect where the dead cells are gently sloughed off. Spa Aesthetique does this with the help of pore-opening steaming with a textured rub followed by an aroma face mask with anti-inflammatory Tea Tree Oil to tighten. Extraction is another important facial aspect, which uses a tool to remove whiteheads and blackheads without harming skin, unlike when done yourself at home.

Highly Recommended for Traveler Type: Beach goers, Mountain lovers, Hikers, Marathoners/Athletes, City lovers

Spa Aesthetique Frequency Recommendation: Typically Monthly (based on user needs)

Body Polish Benefits

Body polishing is a way to pamper your skin and give it a healthy sheen. Dead skin, oil and dirt buildup appears dull and lackluster, sloughed off by the exfoliation process included in a body polish. It re-energizes the body by promoting blood flow and new cell growth to give rise to sheen that radiates from within, literally. The healthy, fresh skin cells and moisture addition keeps the body hydrated and ‘glowing’. Recommended to be coupled with a massage for full benefits.

Highly Recommended for Traveler Type: Hikers, City lovers, Beach & River goers, Luxury travelers

Spa Aesthetique Frequency Recommendation: Typically Monthly (based on user needs)

Hair Care Benefits

Hair is constantly exposed to the elements, and it may be surprising to know that ‘basic’ hair care is not as basic as you believe. It is normal for hair to shed daily, but over shedding and breakage are just two signs of hair in need of urgent care; many persons don’t realize the difference, but a professional would.

Fuller, longer, shinier hair is indeed possible if you treat it right. Hair can crave attention in a variety of ways; products and care methods should be tailored to your hair’s unique type and current condition. Incorrectly done at-home processes, especially on a regular basis, could be deteriorating your hair’s health more than you realize, and the longer that goes on is the more dramatic and lengthy the healing process.

Let’s do a quick test with a few questions to ask yourself:

  1. Did you know there are different types of shampoos and conditioners, and times to use them?
  2. Did you know moisturizer and oil have 2 distinct purposes, and are not interchangeable?
  3. Do you know when your hair needs protein vs moisture?

If your answer to any of the above questions is ‘no’, it further underscores why professional hair care is worth investing in as the needs of your hair changes.

Highly Recommended for Traveler Type: Beach goers, Mountain lovers, Cold Temperature chasers, Foodies

Spa Aesthetique Frequency Recommendation: Weekly

Waxing Benefits

Many persons tend to choose a side: waxing or shaving? Some persons use both, waxing to tend to certain body parts and shaving for others. Both have their advantages, with waxing being considered the faster and more convenient process. If you’ve never waxed before, it’s not as painful as you may imagine; and can even be almost painless in some areas if done professionally with quality products.

Waxing over Shaving

When hair surfaces on the skin it starts itching for many persons and gives a prickly sensation. The prickly feeling of growing hair is more noticeable after shaving because the razor cuts the hair in an angle. When compared to shaving, skin is less susceptible to irritations and nicks that can leave lasting scars. The friction from a razor promote inflammation and reactive discoloration, whereas waxing minimizes unsightly ingrown hairs, irritations and bumps which we all hate. Hair will take longer to reach the surface of the skin after being waxed, leaving you feeling sexier smoother for longer.

Highly Recommended for Traveler Type: Beach goers, Luxury traveler

Spa Aesthetique Frequency Recommendation: Monthly

Not included in February SimplyLocal.life discount at Spa Aesthetique

Nail Care Benefits

Our hands and feet are exposed to many elements and products daily (hands especially). It’s a good idea to have a deep cleaning so dead skin cells can be removed to encourage new growth, leaving your nails stronger and healthier. Have you ever spent a day(or night) walking barefoot on a beach and feeling how smooth your feet are and how white your toes look afterwards? Sand and sea salt in that case play the part of exfoliants. If you don’t take care of your hands and feet, you can experience dry skin that can result in painful sores and scarring.

During a professional manicure or pedicure, you also receive a relaxing hand or foot massage to improve blood circulation and joint mobility. Many persons underestimate cuticle health, which is meant to protect new nails from bacteria when they grow out from the root. The area around it is delicate, can get dry, damaged, and infected. Spa Aesthetique trims overgrown cuticles and tucks them in to look neat; getting rid of them completely like some do actually does more harm than good.

You can’t really spot some nail issues with an untrained eye the way a professional mani/pedicurist can. With regular manicures and pedicures, the chances of nails developing infections are reduced. I’ve actually had a nail infection I was unaware of in the past until a pedicurist informed me, so I can attest to this. Spotting these issues before they grow into problems can help treat and cure them faster.

Highly Recommended for Traveler Type: Hikers, Foodies, Luxury traveler

Spa Aesthetique Frequency Recommendation: Monthly

Not included in February SimplyLocal.life discount at Spa Aesthetique

What self-care procedures have you done at a spa and at home, and how did they benefit you personally?

Let me know in the comments 🙂

TREAT YUHSELF (WITH 10% OFF IN FEBRUARY)!

Get 10% OFF by visiting Spa Aesthetique and telling them SimplyLocal.life referred you! Valid for the month of February on all services except nail care and waxing.

Call 876-977-5126 or visit Suites 16-17 in Sovereign North, 29 Barbican Road for the ultimate in beauty care.

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