Why Sugaring is Better Than Waxing

Here at Glam and Go, LLC we feel it is very important to educate about Why Sugaring is Better  Than Waxing!

Many people, both men and women have facial or body hair they would rather not have. They don’t like it and would like to have it removed. They are many ways to remove unwanted hair: shaving, waxing, laser, tweezing, threading and sugaring. Today I want to focus on the pros and cons of Shaving vs. Sugaring. I want to talk about shaving because it is the most common form of hair removal. Probably because it is usually convenient and easy for most people to simply grab a razor and cut the hair down to the level of the skin. It would be like mowing the grass to the level of the ground. Mowing the grass is very similar to shaving in the way it reduces the length of the hair or grass as the case may be.

However, although it may be more convenient there are definitely some drawbacks to shaving. One statistic I think is interesting is the cost and frequency of shaving for women. Women who shave can spend up to $10,000 dollars in their lifetime on the items needed for shaving! 10K !!! That is a LOT of razors and shaving cream ladies! And most women shave 12 times a month!! That is a LOT of time spent in the shower or bath removing hair. Well, actually the hair isn’t really being removed, it is really just being shortened. So 10k a year, and 12 times a month to shorten the hair. It is still there, in the skin, just waiting to pop through. Which it will..…every time.

Also, shaving is time-consuming and can be rough on skin. Think about it: scraping your skin with a sharp razor. Cutting yourself and wearing down skin cells can occur. Not to mention, exposure to all the chemicals in shaving cream or soap can build up over time.

However, I think the thing I hear the most from my clients is the fact that they have decided to try sugaring because they are just really tired of the razor bumps they get when they shave. Red, itchy, painful……YUCK! I can’t think why anyone would want that!

Enter Sugaring.

 

What exactly IS Sugaring and how is it done?

Sugaring is one of the oldest forms of hair removal around. It dates back to Cleopatra’s time, and is gaining more and more practitioners and clients! The Sugaring technique uses a sugar paste made from sugar, lemon juice and water. This paste has NO sticky resins, chemicals, preservatives and dyes that conventional “strip” or “hard” wax contains. This makes it a lovely natural alternative that works even for clients with very sensitive skin!

The paste is warmed to room temperature, and applied against the direction of hair growth. It is then removed with a “flick” of the Esthetician’s hand. It is removed with the natural direction of the hair growth. Also, the sugar paste never adheres to live skin, but only to dead skin cells. The paste permeates into the hair follicle, effectively removing the hair and the inner root sheath (the white, waxy bulb you find at the end of your hair shaft). This removal is also a gentle, yet effective exfoliating treatment that leaves your skin silky, sweet and smooth after the process.

Where on your body can you get Sugared?

Anywhere, really! Legs, arms, bikini area, lips, even underarms—anywhere you’d like to remove hair as long as the hair is long enough to pull out. So what is the appropriate length? Sugaring requires one-eighth inch of hair, about the length of a grain of rice. This is the length it typically grows just five to seven days after shaving.

However because I like to be COMPLETELY transparent I also want to mention the pros and cons of Sugaring.

Pros:

  • Helps reduce the risk of ingrown hairs
  • Gently exfoliates while improving the appearance of skin tone and texture
  • Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive
  • Sugar paste is all-natural and hypoallergenic
  • Results last up to 4-6 weeks and if performed regularly, can lead to permanency
  • Hair only needs to be 1/8th inch long to be sugared
  • The mixture is water-soluble, so it washes off with water if any residue is left behind
  • Sugaring is eco-friendly and cost efficient. It requires no strips, popsicles sticks for applying or any other waste that is necessary for conventional waxing procedures

Cons:

  • Can take longer than traditional waxing, depending on body area being treated.
  • You need to ensure you are seeing a Certified Sugarist, because if not performed well, hair breakage and irritation to the skin is possible

While there are some cons to Sugaring the Pros greatly outweigh them!

So if you are curious, or convinced that Sugaring might be for you, I suggest you go ahead and book an appointment with Suffolk, Virginia’s sweetest spa, Glam and Go LLC, and gain more confidence with your body as our expert Sugarists rid you of that unwanted hair.

 

 

Deal With the Stresses of Running a Business

It’s hard to avoid stressful situations completely when you’re running a business. However, there are a few things you might be doing that can increase those situations significantly. The big takeaway here is that you should be looking at areas of your work life that are causing you problems and doing something about it. If you are stressed while working, ill health, poor performance, and a struggling business may not be too far away.

We’ve covered dealing with stress and looking after your health before on this blog. But today, ‘were going to look at some practical things you can do to reduce your stress levels, start enjoying being a business owner again, and get some of your life back.

 

 

Tap into your self motivation

A lot of the stress you feel as a business owner is that you have a whole bunch of things to do and little time to do it. And the consequences of that can be severe – you lose motivation and have to go through a period of feeling low. It’s important that you are able to lift yourself out of gloomy periods, and remember that you are in this because you love what you do. Have this in mind all day, every day, and you will find yourself getting through the tough periods a lot quicker and easier.

Get help

A lot of small business owners take on far too many tasks, when there is really no need – and the likelihood is that you will just spread yourself thin. So, think of areas where you don’t have expertise, or that take up far too much of your valuable time. For example, perhaps technology isn’t your thing, and you would benefit from outsourcing to an IT support company. Maybe you waste hours – or even days – poring over your SEO stats when a professional digital marketing company could do a better and faster job than you. Ultimately, this will free up your time to focus on what you are good at, and the as the confidence returns, the stress will diminish.

Take time out

This one can be tricky for small business owners, who feel nothing less than guilty when they aren’t working on their companies. However, it’s critical that you take time out. Not only can you step back and take stock of what you have achieved and what you need to do, but you will find scheduling a time out once in a while refreshes the body, mind and soul. Whether you use that time for leisure, catching up with friends, exercise – or a mixture of all three – it’s essential you have down time.

Find a support system

Finally, ensure you have support around you outside of the work environment. Family and friends are a good idea to watch your back, of course, but also consider extending your network. Mentors who have experience in your industry can prove invaluable if you need to offload and get advice on something specific. And hooking up with like minded others at networking events can be beneficial, too. Ultimately, spending time with others is a great way to destress and talk things through – which will be good for releasing some mental pressure.

What Is Mushroom Coffee?

So, What Is Mushroom Coffee?

 

Pretty sure that you’re thinking of regular coffee beans with chunks of mushrooms sitting in it, like the kind you may put on pizza or in your pasta sauce but, that is wildly wrong. Not only are there no dried-up chunks of mushroom mixed in with your coffee beans but they aren’t the kind you would use for cooking. Let’s go over how mushroom coffee is made, the kind of mushrooms used, and what this new trend actually is.

What Kind of Mushrooms Are Used?

The kind of mushrooms harvested for mushroom coffee aren’t the kind that are used in cooking. Rather, they are mostly found in Chinese medicine and supplements for their well-documented health benefits.  The most common mushrooms found in mushroom coffee are typically Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps, and Chaga. These three mushrooms are nutrient rich and are known to better your health by boosting the immune and respiratory systems, increasing various organ functions, and reduce the risk of a host of diseases.

They’ve been found in many Chinese teas and so it was only a matter of time before they were blended with our morning brew. Most of the Western world has two cups of coffee, at least, daily and fusing our love of the caffeine bean with these mushrooms guarantees a healthy infusion daily as well. Speaking of caffeine, adding these mushrooms cuts down on the amount in your morning cup of joe without robbing you of your morning perk either. The same can be said about the antioxidants naturally found in coffee beans, the mushrooms added increases the amount and as we know, antioxidants help fight cancer cells.

So, if these super mushrooms aren’t chopped up, dried out, and thrown into your bag of coffee beans then how are they added to it?

 

How Do the Mushrooms Get into the Coffee?

There are a few methods by which people get the mushrooms in with the coffee beans and it ultimately depends on what the company is going for in terms of taste and texture Let’s break down the three primary ways one would make mushroom coffee:

Mushroom Powder: this method is also used with tea blends and is exactly how it sounds. The mushrooms are dried out and turned to a powder that is then mixed with hot water, steeping the coffee beans to soak up the nutrients of the mushroom.

Pulverized Mushrooms: This is the closest to having chunks of mushrooms in your coffee. What they do is take pieces of one of the mushrooms discussed above and dry them out before crushing them into almost dust then mix them into the beans or coffee grounds. When you add water to make your mushroom coffee the tiny pieces and powder steep into the coffee beans, giving you the flavor and benefits of the mushrooms.

Mushroom Extracts: If you know anything about essential oils then you have the jist of this process. There are quite a few ways to create an essential oil but they all typically involve heating up water to simmer with the mushrooms. The steam rising contains the essence of the mushroom, the flavors and the nutrients, which travels into a tube leading it to settle into cold water. The oil would be on top of the cold water to harvest. Once the mushroom extract is gathered it is added to the coffee beans or grounds which then binds to the coffee itself. Grinding the beans in the morning releases the oils into the ground, getting you your mushroom coffee.

We’ve discussed what kind of mushrooms and how they get into your morning brew, but what about the coffee beans?

 

What Kind of Coffee Is in Mushroom Coffee?

We know there are several types of coffee beans and ways to roast that affect the flavor of your coffee cup, so this is half the battle in making mushroom coffee. The most common coffee is Arabica and that is because they are the most dominant coffee in the world, as well as the most popular. That is probably the one you’ll find most when shopping for mushroom coffee, but there may be others. All coffee brands state what kind of roast and bean they use, so if you’re looking for another flavor just read the label. But, remember that each coffee beans carries its own flavor and if you’re making mushroom coffee you have to know how all those tastes will mingle.

Now that we’ve summarized what mushroom coffee is you won’t be so flabbergasted when seeing it online or in a health-food store. If you’re worried about tasting the same flavors you’d expect from a mushroom pizza, put those concerns aside; it’s still coffee. The difference is that mushroom coffee cuts way down on caffeine, has a plethora of added health benefits, and you still get the energy boost. It’s the no jitter coffee that does more than adding some fuel to the morning and give you a small boost of antioxidants. You could think of mushroom coffee as a suped-up coffee blend, a drinkable investment in overall health.

That is mushroom coffee.