What Is My Skin Type? | The 5 Different Skin Types

Your skin is your body’s largest organ and it is important that you care for it. The first step to skincare is understanding what type of skin you have. Is your skin oily? Is it dry? Are you sensitive to certain skincare ingredients? Knowing your skin type is a crucial step in determining what skincare products you should use and incorporate in your skincare routine.

It’s important to know that your skin type can change. Many things affect your skin type like ageing, hormonal changes and your environment. Doing a periodic “check-in” and recognizing changes in your skin can help keep your skin looking fresh and rejuvenated.

How To Tell What Skin Type You Have – The 5 Skin Types

 

Skin Type 1: Normal

“Normal” skin is used to describe well-balanced skin. This skin type is an even balance between oily and dry. While oiliness and dryness can be present, it is usually rare and easy to get rid of. If you have normal skin, you usually aren’t prone to breakouts or blemishes and have a well-moisturized t-zone. Pores are small and not easily visible in normal skin, as well. Though this skin type isn’t prone to breakouts and generally requires less maintenance, it is important to find the right skincare regimen to keep your skin looking its best. Those with normal skin should use products that don’t make their skin feel too greasy, perhaps a serum or water-based moisturizer. Similarly, it is important to avoid products that have skin drying qualities. Finding the right balance between the two is the key to keeping normal skin looking healthy and refreshed.

 

Skin Type 2: Dry

People with this skin type often experience patches and flaking. Pores are usually invisible and the skin may feel “tight.” Many with dry skin acquire premature wrinkles and regular irritation to the skin and “redness” to the skin. People with this skin type should avoid harsh cleansers and toners.

What causes dry skin?

There are a variety of causes of dry skin. Sometimes, it is the environment (season or location) – many places in the world with cold/dry air cause dryness in the skin. Other times, dry skin is hereditary or caused by genetics. (i.e. not producing enough sebum) Sebum is an oily substance produced in the skin’s oil glands and is responsible for keeping our skin soft.

 

Skin Type 3: Oily

“Oily” skin refers to skin that is often shiny and producing excess oil (sebum) from the skin’s oil glands. People with this skin type tend to suffer from excessive breakouts and very visible pores. Due to the excessive production of oil, the size of your pores and result in clogged pores which later become pimples or blemishes.

What causes oily skin?

Similar to dry skin, there are many factors that can play into oily skin. Oily skin is a mix of both genetic factors and hormonal changes. Many people have oily skin due to a genetic predisposition which causes their oil glands to produce a higher amount of sebum. This oil is produced in both hair and skin follicles. Hormonal changes are also a cause of oily skin. When there is a fluctuation in hormone levels, the body produces more sebum.

 

Skin Type 4: Combination

Combination skin refers to skin that is a mix between two different skin types. Dry/Oily combination skin is the most common, however, but can also be a mix of two other skin types. This skin type presents one skin type in certain areas of the face and another in others. While combination skin is the most common skin type, it is often hard to identify and treat. It is common in combination skin to have a shiny t-zone as these places typically possess more active oil glands than other areas like your cheeks. People with combination skin often find that chemically based products that contain benzoyl peroxide tend to make dry areas drier and cause the oily areas to have increased production of sebum. When caring for combination skin it is helpful to use two different moisturizers for the different areas of the face.

 

Skin Type 5: Sensitive

Sensitive skin type presents characteristics of all skin types but also deals with a great amount of irritation and redness. People with sensitive skin types are more prone to skin conditions like rosacea and eczema. Sensitive skin types are easily irritated and inflamed, so it is important to take the natural approach when it comes to finding the right skincare products. Avoid using harsh or drying products to prevent excess redness and inflammation of the skin.

 

How can I find the right skin care routine for my skin type?

We can help with that! Coastal Bliss facials are carefully curated to accommodate each and every skin type. Our skincare professionals can help you find out what skin type you have and recommend products that’ll help keep your skin glowing at all times! Book your Coastal Bliss facial here!

5 Spa Treatments That Make The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

Moms are basically everyone’s superhero. From changing diapers to booking your doctor’s appointments, mothers often don’t get the TLC they truly deserve. Luckily, the one day a year dedicated to celebrating mothers is coming up. And Coastal Bliss will help you gift your mom the TLC she desperately needs. If you are looking for some great Mother’s Day gift ideas, we’ve compiled a list of 5 spa treatments perfect for every type of mother:

 

5 Mother’s Day Spa Treatments Perfect For Every Type of Mom

 

The Workaholic/Boss Lady Mom

This mom is always on the go and it probably seems like she has a million jobs. She probably doesn’t get too much time to herself, because she’s constantly busy. This is why a Coastal Bliss “Bliss Massage” is perfect for helping her relieve some tension from her hectic lifestyle. The Coastal Bliss massage is only 50 minutes, which makes it the perfect “pick-me-up” without spending the entire day at the spa. Not to mention, we are completely mobile, so she won’t have to take time out of her busy schedule. Book a Coastal Bliss Express Massage for your mom here.

 

The Glamourous Mom

Is your mom all glitz, glamour, and totally fabulous? If your mom loves to make a statement, then we recommend the Bliss Makeup Session! If your mom is into cosmetics or just learning, Coastal Bliss offers both makeup lessons and makeup application to transform your momma into a whole new woman! And of course, you’ll have to take her out to dinner to show off her new look. Book a Coastal Bliss makeup session for you momma here.

 

The Sporty/Soccer Mom

Your mom is probably somewhere gathering hockey jerseys and soccer cleats. She also constantly has sports gear in the back of her vehicle, but she’s still the coolest mom out there. Her who’s kids are all about the sports, or maybe she’s into sports herself! Either way, for the mom who’s life is all sports– we recommend the Bliss Pedicure. Because she’s always on her feet, a foot massage could do her some good. And a nice coat of nail polish is a total home-run! Book a Bliss Pedicure for your mother here.

 

The New Mom/Mom-To-Be

Last, but not least, we have the mom-to-be or the new mom. While she hasn’t quite experienced the years of dealing with whacky children, she knows its coming and we have to get in that TLC ASAP. For a new mom or mom-to-be, we’d recommend the Ultimate Bliss Massage. Pregnancy isn’t easy, and we know mommy’s got aches and pains all over, so a full body massage is important for helping her body bounce back and feel normal again. The Ultimate Bliss Massage is 80-minutes of relaxation and designed to improve circulation, range of movement, relieve minor muscle pain, so she can kick those pregnancy pains. Book your mom-to-be Bliss Ultimate Massage here.

 

The Older Mom/Grandmother

Grandmothers need some TLC, too! For mother’s that have a little more life experience, we’d recommend the Ultimate Bliss Facial. Skincare is important, no matter what life stage you’re in. With the Ultimate Bliss Facial, your mom will receive a facial AND a complimentary full body massage, so she can alleviate stress and improve circulation. The Ultimate Bliss Facial is perfect for grandmothers and older mothers because it helps rejuvenate their skin and tackle any minor aches and pains. Book your mother’s day facial here.

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Why Mobile Spas Are the Way of the Future

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Massage therapy is a great way to give your body some much needed TLC. Spa services provide stress relief, relaxation and overall rejuvenation of the mind, body and soul. However, getting to the spa can often be a struggle with a hectic schedule. The thought of relaxation is so foreign to many people that are constantly on the go. However, mobile spa services might just be the answer to fixing this issue.

 

What is a mobile spa?

A mobile spa is an in-house spa service that comes to you! Whether at home, at a hotel, or in an office, mobile spas transform your location into a relaxing environment for you to get pampered and get some “me time”.

  

What are the advantages of a mobile spa?

  • Mobile spas are fuss-free ways to bring the spa to your home. No worries about the commute or traffic to the spa. You’ll be able to take that after-spa nap and bubble bath, directly after your session.
  • You’re in a place that you’re comfortable with, which will make it much easier to relax and de-stress and take yourself to that “happy place”.
  • You have your massage therapists undivided attention, and they can tailor your spa services to exactly what you need.
  • You have a spa service basically at your fingertips! All you need to do is book your session and let the relaxation come to you.
  • Mobile spa services are also perfect for pregnant women or new mothers that may not be able to leave the house conveniently.
  • Mobile spa services are also convenient for people with disabilities or limited mobility.
  • In-house spa services are perfect for a private couple’s spa day or a spa day for large groups, such as corporate massages.

 

Coastal Bliss Day Spa is taking the spa industry by storm and changing the way we’re able to get our self-care! To learn more about Coastal Bliss Mobile Spa treatments and what services we offer, visit our services page. To book your mobile spa services in Calgary or Campbell River, visit our booking page.

The Basic Steps to Skincare For Beginners

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Skincare can be very confusing for beginners. There are so many products and methods out there, that finding the right skincare routine for you can be really hard. Lucky for you, we at Coastal Bliss created a skincare “cheat sheet” to give you the basic steps to skincare and help you figure out what order to apply your skincare products.

If you’re looking to get further into your skincare routine and want to find products that work for you – visit our services page and book an one on one appointment with our skincare experts to create a personalized skin care routine for you!

 

Before we start, there are a few things to remember:

 

1. Keep It Simple

Start slow! Don’t go all out and buy the entire skincare aisle at your local beauty supply. If you’re new to skincare, we recommend starting with a basic routine: cleanse, tone, and moisturize/sunscreen. Products can be added/removed depending on what works for your skin or what your skin needs. Starting small can also help your skin get used to products – especially if you’ve always been a “soap and water” face washer. And if you have a bad reaction, the fewer products, the easier it’ll be to find the culprit!

 

2. Figure out your skin type!

Different skin types require different skincare products, so figure out your skin type to find the appropriate products for you.

 

 

The Basic Steps To Skincare
What order to apply your skincare products

 

 

Step 1: Cleanser

Splash your face with warm water and wash your face with a cleanser to get rid of any dirt on your face or in your pores.

 

Step 2: Toner

Next, use a toner. Many people skip toners and go right to step 3 over the assumption that toners are drying and strip the skin of protective oils. However, many toners have different uses, so finding the right toner for you is important.

 

Step 3: Antioxidant Serum

Antioxidant serums are concentrated treatments filled with nutrients to target specific areas on your face. Like toners, many different serums have different uses, so find one that’s right for your skin concerns.

 

Step 4: Eye Cream

Eye cream is an important step in maintaining youthful looking skin and keeping the skin on your eyelids thick and smooth.

 

Step 5: Spot Treatment

Spot treatments are commonly used for acne spots on the face. Acne spot treatments tend to have different active ingredients, so be sure to consult a dermatologist or skin care specialist to find the right one for you. Benzoyl Peroxide is a common ingredient in acne spot treatments and can dry out your skin, so remember to apply it to the spots you need it. If acne isn’t a concern of yours, you can skip right to the next step!

 

Step 6: Moisturizer or Night Cream

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Even if you have oily skin, moisturizing is a crucial step in your skincare routine. Skin care experts recommend applying moisturizer while your skin is still damp to lock in hydration from the water – avoiding areas were you’re using a spot treatment to avoid the active ingredients interfering with each other. If it’s night time, apply your night cream and stop here – if it’s day time, you have one more step!

 

Step 7: Sunscreen

Protect that skin! UV Rays from the sun can be very damaging to the skin over time and is known to cause skin diseases. Sunscreen is for more than just preventing sunburns! Even if you’re a person of colour and carry a little more melanin! SPF is very important and can help prevent discolouration and reduces hyperpigmentation.

 

If you’re ready to move deeper into your skin care routine, let us help! Book a facial and one-on-one with a skincare specialist at Coastal Bliss Day Spa and we’ll help you construct the perfect skincare routine. Healthy skin is happy skin!

5 Reasons Why Men Should Get Pedicures

5 Reasons Men Should Get Pedicures

Taking care of your hands and feet is important for all, but why are pedicures seen as a luxury only meant for women? Before we start, let’s debunk a common myth: Pedicures don’t mean nail polish. Often men believe a woman’s trip to the spa means picking a bright pink or red and having it applied to your toenails and fingernails. While that is an optional addition, the real purpose of a pedicure is to maintain the health of your feet.

No one likes rough, cracking, or smelly feet – which is exactly why taking the extra step of getting your feet cared for by a professional is extremely crucial in maintaining your overall health (and your overall sex appeal – knocking someone out with awful stench of your feet, isn’t very sexy.)

Of course, men pamper themselves in many other ways – such as getting a fresh haircut and lining up your beard and other body hair, but perhaps adding a pedicure to the mix might just take you the extra mile in feeling good all around – and here’s why:

Pedicures Improve Foot Health

“Who cares about the health of my feet? They’re covered in shoes and socks anyway!” Exactly! Your feet are covered with shoes and socks almost ALL DAY! Which can cause a build-up of sweat and bacteria, which causes diseases, such as Athlete’s Foot. Pedicures can help prevent such diseases and conditions that are caused by poor foot hygiene, as well as help eliminate odours and hard skin on the feet caused by every day activities.

 

Pedicures Help Relieve Stress

Ever wonder why women can spend an entire day at the spa? It’s a complete stress reliever! Many of the massages performed on your feet during a pedicure are curated to relieve stress and tension built up in that area. With today’s busy world and hectic schedules, having time to yourself can be a difficult task. Pedicures can be very therapeutic and a time for you to focus on “me time.”

 

male pedicure

 

Pedicures Help Relieve Foot Aches and Pains

There’s a reason professional athletes like Lebron James get pedicures. Many men have physically demanding jobs that require you to be on your feet all day. The massages you receive during a pedicure are made to help stimulate blood flow and relieve aches and tension in targeted areas of your foot. This helps prevent any physical problems in your feet before they occur.

 

Pedicures Prevent Annoying Ingrown Nails

Ingrown nails are terrible and painful, and if gone untreated, can cause serious infections in your bone. We’re often not paying attention while cutting our nails. Most times, we are doing it incorrectly which can cause ingrown nails. Your nail technician specializes in safely cutting your toenails to the correct length. Your technician will also bring attention to issues such as ingrown toenails and calluses, that often go unnoticed.

 

Pedicures Help Keep Your Feet Soft, Smooth & Odour-Free

During a pedicure, nail technicians use exfoliating scrubs and lotions to improve your skin texture and get rid of any dead skin cells or cracking on the feet. Which is especially common on the heels. Keeping your feet moisturized can prevent things such as blisters, cracking, and hangnails. Exfoliation also prevents and removes bacterial infections, which a regular wash is unlikely to get rid of. This not only keeps your feet smooth and healthy but also helps them remain odour free.

 

So, now that you’ve been given 5 reasons why men should get pedicures and you know that going to the spa for a pedicure doesn’t mean you’ll be leaving with pink sparkly toenails – it’s time to book your much-need pedi. Coastal Bliss Day Spa is a Calgary mobile spa that will bring your pedi right to your home. To book your male pedicure, visit our booking page or visit our services page to learn more about pedicures.