Kick the Habit This Summer

Looking to achieve a goal this summer, besides finishing the beach read you picked up or mastering the perfect mojito? How about quitting smoking?

We know you’ve heard all about what smoking does to your heart, lungs, and other internal organs,  but what about the largest organ you have–your skin? Your skin relies on the intake of oxygen to function properly. When you smoke, the nicotine and other chemical in cigarettes restricts the blood vessels and severely limits the amount of oxygen available.

This results in:

  • Grey or yellow skin
  • Increased chance of psoriasis. You are between 20% and 60% more likely to have psoriasis depending on how long you smoke.
  • Yellow teeth and tooth loss.
  • Wrinkles and other signs of premature aging.
  • Thinner hair

Also it’s not just your face that turns yellow or grey, your fingers do too. Plus, your skin takes much longer to heal from scrapes and wounds, which in turn leads to more scarring.

If you do decide to quit smoking, your body will immediately begin to heal itself. The amount of time it takes to heal will depend on how long you’ve smoked.

Check out this image to learn more about the healing timeline following your decision to quit smoking:

 

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There are several ways to combat the signs of aging when you quit smoking, including regular chemical peels and facial treatments. We would also recommend using a collagen-building product, like PCA Skin’s Collagen Hydrator to reverse the damage.

If you are interested in scheduling your first treatment or if you have questions about our products, please comment or give us a call at 770-704-5614. We are happy to schedule a consultation to figure out your skin care needs.

It’s That Time of the Year Again: Sunscreen Time

While we think you ought to be wearing sunscreen year round, we like to remind our clients that it is VERY important to wear it during the summer months. We know you want to get some summer color, but the sun will seriously damage your skin- so slather on some all-natural sunscreen before heading out of doors.

Here are a few things to look for when picking a sunscreen to wear.

  • Broad Spectrum SPF 30 or Higher
  • Blocks Both UVA and UVB rays
  • Natural Sunscreen Using Zinc Oxide**

** avoid sunscreens that use a variety of chemicals for protection.

We are partial to PCA Skin’s Weightless Protection because you can apply it right before you put on make-up. Remember to put it on 30 minutes before you go outside and to get those easily forgotten places like ears, hands, feet, and underarms.

Don’t forget your hat and polarized sunglasses either!

 

What’s New: Emeralds and Ice Facial

We are so excited to be able to offer a brand new skincare treatment from the Elaine Sterling Institute!

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From ESI:

The Emeralds and Ice Facial is a multi-step, luxurious facial treatment that provides clients with clinical results. The Emerald Peel includes a blend of AHAs and precious minerals which restore the complexion through their exfoliating and nutritive properties. The treatment incorporates an Ice Massage which uses cool crystal globes to help soothe, tone and lift the skin.

Treatment Benefits

The Emeralds and Ice Facial is the perfect treatment for clients who want to reveal a more radiant complexion while addressing the address the signs of aging. Advanced clinical actives in Emerald Peel treat fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. The signature Ice Massage improves skin health through promoting lymphatic drainage and increasing circulation.

We are currently offering an introductory rate of only $100 for the Emeralds and Ice Facial! Click here to get yours today!

DIY Sugar Scrub Gift for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is getting closer and closer and, if you’re anything like me, you haven’t even started thinking about a gift yet. Not to worry, we still have time!

If you are feeling a little strapped for cash, check out this easy sugar scrub recipe to make for Mom. All you need is a pretty Ball jar (a lot of grocery stores sell pretty blue ones), sugar, olive oil, and some essential oils.

Easy DIY Sugar Scrub

Take 1/2 cup of sugar and mix with 1/2 cup of olive oil (organic for both if you can find it.)

Then add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil like citrus or lavender.

Voila! An easy gift for Mom without breaking the bank!

 

Remember if you have a little bit more money to spend, Practically Perfect offers a wide variety of services and packages for every budget. We also include complimentary mimosas and wine with each service. We know your Mom deserves the very best and we would love to treat her like a Queen. Book Now!

Spotlight on Estheticians: Briana & Tia

I hope you have really enjoyed the spotlights that we have been doing on the best spa and salon staff around! I have truly enjoyed writing them and will continue to do so as we grow in the future. The staff are the backbone of the spa and the reason that all of our clients feel Practically Perfect when they leave their service.

We will be wrapping up the last of the spotlights with a focus on two of our estheticians. I can’t say enough good things about either of them. Their smiles light up a room and the care and attention they devote to their craft is amazing.

Tia & Briana have been with Practically Perfect for awhile now and we are so blessed to have them working beside us each and every day.  We are sure that you have seen them at the spa or on Facebook or at one of the many events we have attended. They each have a loyal following of clients who choose only to see them.

Book Now with Tia and Briana or call 770-704-5614!

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Spotlight on an Esthetician: Lisa

“A true leader becomes great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.”

More than an esthetician, more than the boss lady, Lisa Furilla is Practically Perfect’s leader because she empowers us all to be the best at what we do. Her passion for her work and the diligent care she provides to clients and employees alike motivates all of us ever day.

Lisa IS also a wonderful esthetician, too. The countless positive reviews, testimonies, comments all attest to the fact that no matter what your skin woes might be, Lisa can fix them. Let’s take a look at her work more closely, shall we?

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Spotlight On An Esthetician: Madi

This sweet gal is a Jackie of many trades! From skincare to waxing to make-up, she really does it all with a smile on her face and happiness in her heart.

Madi is always willing to jump in and try new things, always eager to learn. That makes her the perfect fit with all of our dreamers and doers. She doesn’t toot her own horn often enough, but if you know her, you know just how great she is.

Check out some of Madi’s work below!

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The Elaine Sterling Institute and Practically Perfect Day Spa

Hi friends!

Some of you may know that I attended the Elaine Sterling Institute for my esthetician training. I credit the school for a lot of the success that we have had at Practically Perfect. Elaine is a wonderful role model and mentor and her passion for what she does inspired me to start this spa.

Now I’m excited to announce a partnership between us! Over the next year, we will be sharing stories and advice on EVERYTHING in the beauty world. The ESI blog will share our articles and we will share their excellent posts. We are so excited for this opportunity and know that you will be thrilled as well.

The first post will be up shortly. I’ve written on my experiences with ESI as a student and later how it influenced how I run my business.

I can’t wait for y’all to read it. In the meantime, check out the ESI blog.

Lots of love,

Lisa

Skincare Treatments During Pregnancy: What to Know

During pregnancy, your hormones are running rampant and usually they are running all over your face. Breakouts, especially around the chin and hairline, are common during while you are pregnant. You may even break out on your back, chest, and butt.

Although you are restricted in what treatments you can get (alas, no chemical peels), there are some things that we can do to help you get your glow back and they are all super easy:

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Dealing with Pimples: Popping and More

Even though it’s recommended to NOT pop a pimple, sometimes it is impossible to leave it alone and go about your life. No one wants a massive zit on their face and sometimes you just have to handle it. So if you have to get rid of it, this is the best way to go about it. (Remember to only use this on whiteheads. It won’t work on other types of pimples; it will just make them red and mad.)

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What Is A Hydra Fusion Facial?

(In no way associated with the villainous organization from the Marvel Universe.) 🙂

The Hydra Fusion Facial is actually the most amazing facial treatment that we provide at Practically Perfect. Not many spas have access to this technology, even in metro Atlanta. That’s why we are thrilled to have it available for our clients. But first, what is it?

  • AquaClean™ System–The Hydra Fusion Facial utilizes the AquaClean™ system which uses water and nutrients to first exfoliate and then hydrate the skin. The system is abrasion-free and does not dry or irritate the skin like other facial treatments can.
  • Aquaporins–When we were born, the water molecules in our skin cells were in perfect alignment within the aquaporin channels walls. This gave us the ideal elasticity and hydration in our skin. As we get older, our skin changes and the aquaporin proteins are reduced and it becomes harder for the body to hydrate the skin. This results in fine lines and wrinkles. The Hydra Fusion Facial cleans the bacteria from the skin and hydrates the healthy skin cells which reduces the appearance of wrinkles. Plus you get the most gorgeous glow!
  • Easy & Painless–With the Hydra Fusion Facial, there is no downtime, no redness, and no abrasive tools. It even takes care of white and blackheads! Not to mention, the more times you have the Hydra Fusion Facial, the better your results will be and the longer they will last.

Right now we are running an amazing deal on the Hydra Fusion Facial!

Hydra FusionFacial with a Peel

$200.00 each

Includes the one hour Hydra Fusion Facial and one layer of a customized chemical peel (specifically chosen for your skin type), as well as light therapy, and High Frequency.  Learn more about High Frequency.

OR BUY MORE AND SAVE!

$185 for a Series of 3 is $555.00

$165 for a Series of 6 at $990.00.

If you’d like to book your appointment or learn more, give us a call at 770-704-5614 or visit our Book Now page.

 

What Is A High Frequency Facial Treatment?

Hey, Meghan here again.

Have you ever had one of those awful, under the skin, painful pimples? The kind that just lurk there like some deep sea monster? Known as “blind pimples” because they have no head, they are always larger and more painful than the average pimple because the inflammation is deep down in the skin.

Did you know that there is a fast fix waiting at Practically Perfect? Seriously. The other day after finding one of these on my chin when I woke up, I stopped in at the spa to see if there was anything Lisa could do to make it not quite so Mount Vesuvius-like. She suggested we use the high frequency machine on it, which I had never tried before and it worked great.

But what exactly is it? Here a few things to know:

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Getting Your Brows Tinted: What to Know

Hey there, Meghan here posting for Lisa today and I thought we’d talk about eyebrow tinting. I recently started doing this at the spa and let me tell you that I LOVE the way it looks. Madi, Atiya, Lisa, and Briana all do an amazing job and I couldn’t be happier with my new slightly-darker brows.

I have always had very pale, fine eyebrows. So much so, that one time someone asked me where they were…like they had managed to escape from my forehead. We weren’t friends for a little bit after that. 🙂

But I digress. If you haven’t considered eyebrow tinting or if you have, but haven’t made an appointment yet, here are a few things to know:

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Getting Your Skin Ready for Winter

If you are anything like me, you might already feel your lips starting to chap in this cooler weather. Although we have had a lot of rain in North Georgia this week, my skin still feels parched. And every year, I struggle with a bright red nose from sneezing and blowing and cracked dry heels. I love this time of year, but it sure can be rough on the body.

This time around, things are going to be a little different though. I’m going to follow these five easy steps and keep my skin looking great even on the coldest day of the year.

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Top 5 Questions To Ask Before Getting Waxed

A painful bikini wax ranks right up at the top of the my list of fears. Having someone nonchalantly ripping out the hairs from a very tender part of your body is no fun whatsoever. (Yeowww.) This is why it’s important to get all the information you need before dropping trou.

First off, don’t have a glass of wine before your appointment to take the edge off. Alcohol will actually work as a stimulant and tighten the pores, thus making it harder to pull out the hair. Also don’t shave before your appointment. The hair needs to be 1/4 to 1/8 of an inch long in order for the best results (it also is quicker and easier to remove.) Lastly don’t workout before or after your appointment. Sweat will make it harder to remove hair and the friction from working out after can cause a reaction. Wait at least 24-48 hours after your wax to work out.

Now let’s get to the Top 5 Questions to discuss before getting waxed:

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Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Esthetician

Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Esthetician

If you haven’t ever been to see an esthetician before, you might have concerns about what actually happens when you are there. Any good service provider should be able to answer your questions, put you at ease, and make you feel great about your results. At Practically Perfect, we want you to feel completely comfortable every step of the way. So we sat down and brainstormed about the questions that we think you should ask us (if you’d like to.)

Of course, a lot of what we have listed here will get talked about during your appointment, but if we don’t hit on a topic or if you need more detail—talk to us. We want to be your skin’s best friend.

So here go the 5 questions you should ask:

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Getting to Know: Anne

Anne has been their since the beginning. In the little white house on Main Street, running the front desk, taking care of clients, making sure everything goes smoothly. She is the steady heartbeat on which we all rely. She knows when we need supplies, when we need a hug, and when we need our space. She is enthusiastic about her work, her friends, her family, and her garden.

Practically Perfect would not be the same without Anne. It would be like trying to work without the use of your hands. She is the true spirit of hospitality and graciousness and we love her dearly.

Get to know our gal by reading more!

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How To: Deal with Acne

You know what’s frustrating? Being in your 30s (or 40s, or 50s) and thinking that you have finally put the bane of any teenager’s existence, acne, behind you. Then suddenly you wake up with several massive pimples and you are 13 all over again.

It really isn’t fair. At all. You know if you pick at it, it will just turn red and you will have to go to work with a beacon on your face. If you squeeze it, it will be that much more angry and might lead to a scar.

So what can you do about it? Well as Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” So here are 4 easy ways to help prevent those pimples from becoming a reality.

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Getting to Know: Madi

“She’s a Dreamer, a Doer, a Thinker. She sees possibility everywhere.”

That quote might well have been written about Madi, our former front desk associate, esthetician in training, and now stylist assistant. She is the first to try new things, to learn new things, and to share new things. She keeps us laughing with her funny faces (and Face Swap) and her silliness.

When she isn’t working at the salon, she is with her beautiful baby girl, Ellie and her main squeeze, Chas. If you don’t know more about Madi, you really ought to read on.
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How To: Create a Smoky Eye

Ahhh, the elusive smoky eye look. We all want it and many of us struggle with creating it perfectly. No matter how many step by step eyeshadow compacts they make, it is still a struggle to arrange them perfectly on an eyelid. But fret no more, we have your answer!

We have made it pretty simple with basic instructions (and photos!) so you can do it at home.

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How To: Wash Your Face

It is our firm belief at Practically Perfect Day Spa that everyone should have a skincare regimen. Your skin is unique and we feel that your regimen should be customized to your needs. We use PCA Skin care products at the spa, which are fully customizable to each person. We pride ourselves on making sure the customer is well-informed when it comes to each product and how to use them correctly. Generally speaking, every regimen will consist of four different steps: Continue reading

Getting to Know: Briana

You may have gotten to know this free spirit at R&M Hoagie Shop in Downtown Canton or you may have seen her behind the front desk at the spa, but you might not know much about Briana DeLuca. First and foremost, our newest esthetician in training wants you to know that she is ALWAYS hungry. But secondly, you should know that she always goes the extra mile in whatever she does. She brings a lightness and vibrancy to Practically Perfect and we don’t know what we would do without her.

Want to know more about our resident gypsy? Read more!

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What is: A Body Treatment?

As we head into a new school year and, hopefully, out of an especially hot summer, you might be feeling a little worn out. All the sun, working in the yard, playing on the beach has probably taken a toll on your skin. If so, a body treatment might be just what your skin needs to feel rejuvenated and refreshed. If you haven’t ever had a body treatment, you might be wondering what exactly happens during one.

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Getting to Know: Lisa Furilla

Guest Post, y’all! The boss lady (as we lovingly call her) is taking a break from writing today, so we decided to write about her. You might know Lisa Furilla from her involvement in the Canton Main Street Program or from her work with Sean at Teasley Middle School. You might know her beautiful girls, Brooke and Brittany, or her sweet pups, Max and Betty. If you have visited the spa, chances are you have seen her smile from behind the desk.

She keeps everything running for us. She is our backbone and our pillar. She is practically perfect in every way.

Want to read more about Lisa? Read on.

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Wrinkles, Age Spots, Sun Damage–Oh my!

Our very first blog post is going to be about something near and dear to my heart- sunscreen and skin protection. Every year, 5 million people are treated for skin cancer in the United States and that number is going to get higher.

We love when summer is here and the sun is shining. Everyone is outside hanging by the pool, grilling burgers, or working in their yard. Hopefully, they all have sunscreen on, but most likely they have forgotten or they haven’t reapplied or they missed a spot. A recent study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology reported that the majority of Americans are not regularly applying sunscreen when they are outdoors. According the report, only 14.3% of men and 29.9% of women wear sunscreen when going outside for more than an hour.

Yikes. If you count yourself in the majority of people not wearing sunscreen regularly, here are some tips to help you choose the right sunscreen and apply it correctly:

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