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The Best Way to Remove Makeup

A good daily cleansing routine will help you maintain your skins luster and regenerative abilities. It can help you fight back the aging effects.

Whether you wear a little or a lot, you'll need to remove that makeup every day. If you go to bed with makeup on, you run the risk of causing breakouts from clogging pores. Not to mention the mess you'll make on your pillow case.

But even if you don't wear any makeup at all, you will still expose your face to the daily grime from air pollution, dirt, hand contact, and dead skin cells to name a few. All of this can build up and cause your pores to clog and your skin to look dull and tired.

Just how many times a day should you wash your face? Once, twice, three times?

Once is enough, twice is okay but not required, three times is bordering on an obsession. The main thing is to make sure you are using a cleansing agent that is effective enough to wash away the debris yet mild enough that it wont strip your skin. Your face should feel fresh and hydrated.

We recommend washing with soap once a day before bed and using a toner to refresh in the morning before applying your moisturizer.

What to do about eye makeup

Eye make up can be a great deal more intense to deal with and a bit of a challenge when you try to remove it. It's made to go on and stay on looking fresh all day. It needs to look flawless even though we blink 10 to 20 times per minute. Not to mention the fact that we want a mascara that wont run dark streaks down our cheeks at the first tear. So you can imagine that makeup this long lasting will not be easy to remove.

You could try it with soap but I would not recommend that as my first pick. First, you don't want to get soap in your eye as it may cause stinging irritations. Secondly you should never rub your eye as this pulls and tugs and stretches the skin which is counter productive if you are wanting to naturally fight off wrinkling.

Another option are the litany of synthetic specialized and often overpriced concoctions focused on eye makeup remover. But there may be a better way.

We recommend you give nature a try and use a more planet friendly approach. Use your favorite oil or one of the Très Spa Naked oil or our Hair oil, or just grab your favorite oil out of the kitchen cabinet. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Oil up a cotton round or a fabric cloth

    You can find organic cotton rounds or you may choose to use washable cloths. I would suggest a bamboo or organic cotton.

  2. Gently press to the eye

    You'll want to press the oil to the eyelid and lashes to let it work with the makeup. Give it a gentle wiggle to get into all of the cracks and creases.

  3. Gently swipe down

    With a rolling motion, gently wipe down and out.

  4. Repeat steps 1 through 3

    Depending on how much makeup you have on, you may need to repeat a few times.

  5. Wash face with mild soapy water

    Now that you have liberated your face, it's time to wash away any residual oil and any remnants of makeup left behind.


We are not your Doctor

The Très Spa website may contain articles on science, or medical topics; however, no warranty is made that any of the articles are accurate.There is absolutely no assurance that any statement contained or cited in an article touching on science or medical matters is true, correct, precise, or up-to-date. The overwhelming majority of such articles are written, in part or in whole, by nonprofessionals. Even if a statement made about science or medicine is accurate, it may not apply to you or your symptoms.

The information provided at Très Spa is, at best, of a general nature and cannot substitute for the advice of a medical professional (for instance, a qualified doctor/physician, nurse, pharmacist/chemist, and so on). None of the individual contributors, nor anyone else connected to Très Spa can take any responsibility for the results or consequences of any attempt to use or adopt any of the information presented on this web site.

Nothing on Très Spa's site or included as part of any project or product of Très Spa, should be construed as an attempt to offer or render a medical opinion or otherwise engage in the practice of medicine.

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How to create a steam treatment

My favorite treatment room in the spa is the steam room. I always love to get to the spa earlier than my massage appointment so I can bounce between the sauna and the steam room. If you have ever spent any time in one, then you know the way it makes you feel. Some benefits of steaming are increases in circulation, removes toxins below the surface, relaxes the muscles, relieves stiff joints, releases stress, and opens sinuses. And the benefits of steaming extend to our entire body.

You don't have to have a special room built or invest in expensive equipment to be able to experience your own mini steam treatment at home. All you need is a little heat and a little ingenuity!

Face Steam

Time needed: 25 minutes.

A little steam action may be just what you need to help open those pores and soften any trapped debris. It's also a great way to relax and unwind with some aroma therapy. There are a couple of different techniques you could use to do this. Steam bowl or Towel wrap. Both work well.

  1. Gather up the tools you will need

    All you need is warm to hot water, clean towels – I like tea sized or super soft washcloths for wrapping my face, and a bowl big enough to either soak your tea size towels in or hold your face over for steaming.
    Do you want to add aroma therapy to your steam? Here is where you can really have some fun! What about adding some essential oils or botanical plant matter to your steam.

  2. Boil water

    Here is where you can really have some fun! What about adding some essential oils or botanical plant matter to your steam? Why have just plain water when you can spruce it up a bit, maybe even with a bit of Spruce! Place a couple of drops of essential oils or about a 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of plant material in a bowl and pour in the boiling water.

  3. Wrap or Hover Choose one

    If you decide to Wrap – simply submerge your towels in the herb infused water to soak it through. Wring out excess water, now lay back and wrap the towel around your face. I also like to drape my neck and décolleté. If your towels get cold or you want more time, you can reheat them in the microwave.
    If you decide to HoverPlease make sure to close your eyes before you hover over the bowl! While the steam is rising, hover your face over the bowl and cover your head with a towel big enough to create a tent over you and the bowl, trapping the steam inside.

  4. Rest for 20 minutes

    It takes a little bit of time for the steam to soften your skin so spend at least 20 minutes steaming. Once you are done, you could follow with a cooling mist or simply moisturize.

Hair Steam

Lock in hydration with a little steam action. A good steam will amplify your deep condition and help you support soft strong hair. Steam heat also can help with scalp circulation and encourage growth. If you have damaged hair or scalp, you may want to try this once a week but no more than two times. Too much water can actually dilute your natural defenses and turn around to weaken your hair. It's a good example of too much of a good thing is not so good.

Time needed:15 to 30 minutes

  1. Start with moist hair – Steam comes for heat and water so you'll want to start with damp hair. For a water steam, either wash your hair with our Organic Shampoo or dampen your hair with one of our planet friendly Hair Hydros.
  2. Add Botanical Power – Mask, Oil, or Infusion. Coat your hair with the nourishment of your choice from root to tip.
  3. Cap it to activate – In order to create heat you need to wrap or cap your hair under some form of protection that will allow heat to build a little. Personally I like towels when my hair is short because they still let air in and out but you could use a shower cap. This is what I use under the towel when my hair is long. It's the only way to make sure the heat and the treatment gets to all of my hair.
  4. Steam it – 20 minutes is all you really need for all the magic to happen. A little more or a little less is fine.
  5. Unwrap – Unwrap your steam treatment and either rinse out or wash out the mask, oil, gel or botanical. If you opted for a water only infused steam treatment then you really do not need to wash it out. In fact you can just dry your hair, style it and go.

Body Steam

It's hard to replicate the steam room at home, even harder to replicate a sauna. My recommendation is to head out to the spa for this. You can always purchase a day pass to just use the facilities. Some of the most common benefits of steam rooms are reduces stress, relaxes muscles, improved circulation which reduces blood pressure, helps purge toxins, and softens skin which helps the skin repair itself naturally. Turns out, there are some things you can do at home that emulate the benefits of a sauna.

Personally I found that there is nothing better than a lovely shower or a scrumptious bath to make me feel amazing inside and out. I have tried several of the at home treatments and I have found nothing better than a simple bath with Très Spa tub treats or a soothing shower with an organic soap and an added bonus of one of our amazing body scrubs.

  • Steamy Shower – The easiest and least time consuming of any of the at home sauna solutions is the shower. To make it even more spa quality and to make you feel like you are at the sauna, I recommend you use the Invigorate Aromatic mist to add the opening aromatic essential oils, alternatively you could use one of the fizzes as a shower fizz. Just remember to step carefully as it may make the shower floor slippery. To use the mist, simply spray a washcloth and hang it in the shower where the heat and steam can get to it but it is safe from the water stream. You don't want to wash it down the drain. You could also spray the shower curtain.
  • Steam Bath– This is my favorite treat. A nice long warm bath with aroma therapy works wonders for you Mind, Body, & Spirit. Start out with a bath that is as hot as you can handle since you want to be able to stretch out and relax for 20 minutes. I add the milk bath for the essential fats in the coconut milk and the minerals in the salts for skin nourishment, detoxification, and muscle relaxation. I use the bath fizzies for additional minerals, skin softening, and aroma therapy. I really doesn't get any better than this! You can find all of the ones I use in our bath collections line.
  • Sauna Suit – These are suits you wear. There are a couple of types out there. One looks like silver jogging suits with elastic cuffs so the only parts that stick out are your feet and hands and your head and neck. The other is made of neoprene. They work by trapping in heat causing you to sweat and simulating a steam sauna. Typically used to reduce but what you really lose is just water. The benefit for the skin is the same as spending time in the spa. These suits can be used over and over again as they are easy enough to wash. This is what I use when I want to do a herbal body mask.
  • Wraps – These are isolation or full body wraps that people may use to target a specific area of the body. Typically used to reduce but what you really lose is just water. A full body mineral wrap is an amazing treatment you can get at a spa but not one easy to replicate at home. It involves covering your body head to toe in a body mask then covering that with a wrap. I've had treatments that used warm wet organic cotton and ones where they used something like a saran wrap (not very planet friendly). Both work but I have never tried to even try to attempt this on my own. I save this treatment for a visit to the spa. You could do it, but why bother? Why not just indulge yourself with a spa day?!
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What a toner is and why you should use one

At Très Spa, we valued the true purpose of what a toner should be for everyone; a tool to help support fresh healthy faces. When formulated correctly a toner can help you maintain glowing soft skin. They don't need to be abrasive or drying. There is no need to use harsh alcohols that leave you feeling dried out and stinging.

A toner formulated the Très Spa way will leave you feeling clean and fresh. You should feel nourished and hydrated. This is the third step in our 4 Steps to a Healthy Glowing Face is the toner.

Cleanse

Years ago toners were typically designed to address acne and oily skin conditions but the newer generation of toners, like the one's Très Spa creates, are changing the tide. Our formulations do not have the synthesized astringents typically found in other toners. We use the botanical hydros that serve multiple functions. The plants have natural astringents and other therapeutic properties that come together to give the toners the ability to cleanse and soothe at the same time.

To use one as a cleanser, simply mist a cotton cloth or swab and wipe it over your face.

Try it instead of the traditional soap and water. Works great for outdoor adventurers who may not have access to water since you wont need any to activate the toners cleansing affect.

Nourish

Toners supply a ready source of bio nutrients to the skins surface making them instantly nourishing. The fine misting nature also makes them very refreshing and soothing.

Hydrate

Because they are water based, they offer an instant hydrating sensation. But this does not replace the need for a hydrating oil or cream. Water based products tend to fade rapidly so even though you get the immediate hydration, you will want to follow it up with a robust hydrating oil that has the day long staying power. For Très Spa, that would be our Defiance! face cream or any one of our custom blended Face Oils.

Pores appear smaller

Tres Spa in Harmony with Nature Neroli-flowers

It wont shrink your pores, nothing will, but it can minimize their appearance. Keeping your skin clean and clear of debris makes skin appear smoother. Stimulation through exfoliation can help you maintain clear skin pores.

Clear skin always has the appearance of fine skin with a luster or glow.


We are not your Doctor

The Très Spa website may contain articles on science, or medical topics; however, no warranty is made that any of the articles are accurate.There is absolutely no assurance that any statement contained or cited in an article touching on science or medical matters is true, correct, precise, or up-to-date. The overwhelming majority of such articles are written, in part or in whole, by nonprofessionals. Even if a statement made about science or medicine is accurate, it may not apply to you or your symptoms.

The information provided at Très Spa is, at best, of a general nature and cannot substitute for the advice of a medical professional (for instance, a qualified doctor/physician, nurse, pharmacist/chemist, and so on). None of the individual contributors, nor anyone else connected to Très Spa can take any responsibility for the results or consequences of any attempt to use or adopt any of the information presented on this web site.

Nothing on Très Spa's site or included as part of any project or product of Très Spa, should be construed as an attempt to offer or render a medical opinion or otherwise engage in the practice of medicine.

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Creating products in harmony

Once we have the idea of a product type and the application, then the fun of exploration begins. An idea or concept only gets you so far. Now is the time to put in the real work.

Our development process

Experimentation – This is where we hit the books and study each one of the potential ingredients. We have an idea of the basic product but we need to know what we are trying to solve with it. Based on that information we need to research potential ingredients. The list may be very long at first but eventually it gets thinned down to a beneficial blend. Once the ingredients are selected then it's a matter of creating the right balance. Fine tuning to measure out what the optimal percentage of one ingredient over the other in the total formulation.

We also spend time researching and designing product packaging if the product we are creating is completely novel from anything we currently create.

Trials – Depending on the product being developed, there can be several revisions of testing. It starts with the internal team and a couple of extras that are close to Très Spa. Feedback is compiled and any new adjustments are made then a new version is sent out. Once it passes this level of test group, it then goes out to the larger Beta Test crew. Then the cycle repeats until we have a product that we can all be proud of.

Release – Once all testing is passed and all adjustments have been made to the formula, the packaging and labels come next.

Retirement – Once in a while we decide to retire a product or a variation. We may bring it back at a later day, but we feel it is important to clear out one thing before starting a new one.

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Inspiration

Our desire is to solve a need

Très Spa Organic Conditioning Shampoo Rosemary Tea Tree & a kiss of Mint Bar

Our usual inspiration for products comes from a need. For example, one summer was particularly hot and we thought it would be nice to feel a little cooler so we created our organic dusting powders. Or that time we went on the “No Poo” kick and decided to ditch the bottle shampoo. This is how our Hair Hydros got developed and then the subsequent organic conditioning shampoos.

Sometimes it comes from our customer requests. We would have never done deodorant sticks unless our customers kept requesting it. But when we did create a stick, we made it a multipurpose stick suitable for runners. Runners need sticks that will not irritate and can be used to prevent chaffing skin or even be used safely on broken skin.

Our product ideas never come from following what others are doing. In fact, some things we intentionally stall at delivering because we don't want to be influenced by others.