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March Madness, Skincare-Style

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Arlene Manning, aesthetician and owner of the elite spa, Head To Toe by Arlene in Marietta, urges you to stop the March Madness – at least when it comes to your skin.

The largest organ on your body, your skin is subjected to dirt, pollution, UV rays, wind, heat, cold and the combination of “gunk” found in a variety of products you try with the best of intentions. But Arlene’s mission is to educate you about how to take care of your skin for the long-term, so it takes care of you by feeling fresh and looking younger throughout your lifetime.

March ushers in the season of transition, when we turn off the heat, spend more time outdoors and start tanning or waxing in preparation for the summer months.

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You can help your skin look its best if you remember four simple steps:

Exfoliate – Skin cells go through a continuous cycle of forming, aging and shedding. In fact, healthy skin renews itself completely about every 28 days.

Proper exfoliation techniques keep your skin free from the accumulation of old, dead skin cells, which make your skin look dull and can clog your pores. Arlene recommends a professional exfoliation procedure at least once a month, and home care using the Clarisonic Pro cleansing brush to remove dirt and dead skin daily.

Hydrate – Your skin contains 70% water, and a host of situations can result in loss of moisture – including environmental exposure, poor nutrition, illness and not drinking enough water.

Arlene uses the HydraFacial system that both exfoliates and hydrates the skin, giving you a healthier, more youthful

HydraFacial

appearance after just one treatment!

Refresh – over-the-counter products can build up on your skin, leaving it looking dull and feeling tight. “Over-the-counter products sit on your skin and don’t penetrate the epidermis (outer layer),” Arlene says. Some products can actually make the situation worse – causing dry skin to be more irritated, for example.

“Mass-produced products are one-size-fits-all, but your skin is unique to you,” she says. Arlene recommends working with a professional who understands your lifestyle, your skin’s history, and will explain which products and treatments will offer the best results.

Protect – Spring break and the upcoming summer swimsuit season require preparation. Baring tender winter skin to the harmful effects of the sun can result in burned, irritated skin in the short term, and the potential of wrinkles, discoloration and skin cancer in the long term.

“No matter what season it is, make sunscreen a part of your daily routine,” Arlene says. She recommends B. Kamins sunscreen, part of a full line of pharmaceutical products developed by a dermatological chemist to provide the best protective and restorative effects for your skin.

It would truly be March Madness to go through the entire month without taking some time to pamper yourself with a facial and skin care consultation with Arlene.

Call today – 770-973-7270 or visit our website Head To Toe by Arlene.

Remember to ask about our spa packages – the perfect way to start the season with your tennis team, ladies’ group, co-workers or friends!

Have A Vajazzling Valentine’s Day!

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Massage – check.

Waxing – check.

Sparkly lady parts – ch… What?

That’s right! Valentine’s Day is getting a little sparklier this year, thanks to genuine Swarovski crystals applied directly to your skin for the glitzy, glamorous gift to share with your special someone this holiday.

While tattoos are one way to permanently make a skin statement, Vajazzling is the hottest trend to hit below the belt – or on

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the shoulder, hip or wherever you want to add a hint of sparkle!

This sexy, shimmery accessory is known as “skin jewelry,”and can be used alone or as a complement to traditional ink-style body art. While celebrities are sparkling in more camera-ready places (think Lady Gaga’s crystal-encrusted cheekbones), Swarovski is gaining popularity in styles that mimic French bikinis, butterflies and more in other bling-worthy locations (see Jennifer Love Hewitt\’s interview with George Lopez about “precious lady” crystals – where the term “vajazzling” was introduced!)

Head To Toe by Arlene is offering Vajazzling for Valentine’s Day in a variety of styles, applied wherever you would like to add a little extra glitz for the holiday.

Your quality Vajazzle accessory, properly applied by Arlene, should last one to two weeks, and can be saved and re-applied. For best results in the bikini area, Arlene recommends a professional bikini or Brazilian wax before applying the crystal accessories.

Curious? You should be!

Check it out at Head To Toe by Arlene today and give your special someone the Valentine’s Day surprise they won’t soon forget! Call 770.973.7270 or visit our website for more information.

The Girls of Summer – Waxing vs. Shaving

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

One of the greatest things about being an esthetician is helping people see the benefits of a regular beauty regimen and how it not only makes them look and feel more attractive but how it can simplify their lives.

Hair removal tops the list of holding equal benefits in the beauty and convenience realms. Let’s face it, razors are absolutely archaic! If you haven’t tried waxing, skip the horror stories you’ve heard – when waxing is done regularly by a specialist, it becomes as natural as brushing your teeth or washing your hair.

Razors Are Not Your Friend!

Still not convinced? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of razors versus waxing:

  • Planning a trip to the beach or some other tropical locale? Just try and get past airport security with a traditional razor tucked into your travel bag! On the other hand, if you’ve been maintaining your leg, underarm and bikini wax treatments, you won’t give body hair a second thought as you’re sailing through security or slipping into your swimsuit or cocktail dress.
  • If you’ve planned ahead, perhaps you shaved before your trip. Now you have to worry about those uncomfortable bumps, grow-backs and ingrown hairs that are a given when you work with a razor. Sure, there are products on the market that will help alleviate the discomfort and redness, but you’ll have to treat it again the next time you shave – which will be in the next 24 to 48 hours. (Click Here for your Before & After Photos by TendSkin).
  • You’ve invested in your TendSkin lotion and you’re not worried about bumps or ingrown hairs for the moment, but you’re running the razor over your legs or underarms to get ready for that nice dinner out when – OUCH! – you know what I’m talking about. You’ve got one of those little tiny razor nicks that stings like crazy and gushes an amazing amount of blood for something so small. Now you’re adding a Band-Aid to your evening attire – not exactly Red Carpet, darling!
  • Regardless of your hair removal method, do yourself the favor of making SUNSCREEN a part of your daily regimen. Image Skincare Daily Defense Moisturizer with SPF 35 is what I recommend. Make sure your sunscreen contains a MINIMUM 35 SPF to protect your skin from sun damage, and reapply as needed.

Save yourself the hassle and work in a visit to Head To Toe By Arlene before your next razor date. You’ll save time and discomfort… and wonder why you didn’t do it sooner!

Head To Toe By Arlene is your full-service beauty and skin-care spa, located conveniently in Marietta. You’ll appreciate the expert, personalized service and the knowledge and skill that comes from a lifetime of experience!

Have a Beautiful Spring Break

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

March is here already – wasn’t it only yesterday we were griping about being snowed in? Now is the time to face facts: shedding season is here.

We’re not talking about Spot or Fluffy, but it’s a good idea to follow their lead when it comes to skin care, particularely if you’re planning a Spring Break. It’s just a matter of weeks before you’ll be shedding the protective layer of clothing you’ve worn all winter and prepare to be bare in your favorite bikini.

Just a few reminders about baring your heart, soul and skin on the beach:

REMEMBER TO USE PROTECTION

Even the weaker sun of springtime can be cruel to your winter-weary skin. Spending hours on the shore with your friends is great, until you look in theB. Kamins sunscreenmirror and face a reflection that’s red, blotchy and peeling from sun damage. Regardless of the other rules you heed or dismiss on your Spring Break, sunscreen use is absolutely essential. Skipping your sunscreen when you have fun in the sun can mean an entire warm season of skin problems, and a lifetime of sun spots, premature aging and increased risk of skin cancer.

Arlene recommends B Kamins Bio-Maple sunbar sunscreen (spf 30). It’s fragrance-free and oil-free – perfect for use on face and body. And it’s great for everyday wear and outdoor activities – including popular Spring Break entertainment like beach volleyball and people-watching. If you do happen to get wet, be sure to reapply to maintain maximum protection from the sun.

YOU NEVER KNOW WHO’S LOOKING

Tell the truth: how diligent were you about maintaining your bikini waxing regimen since last fall? It’s okay. We’ve all been there. It’s easy to live in denial about the importance of bikini line maintenance when you’re covered head to toe in thermals, wools and fleece. But like a beautiful butterfly emerging from its winter time cocoon, you’ll want your Spring Break body to look its beachy best – and that doesn’t include unsightly razor bumps, ingrown hairs and raxor burn that comes from do-it-yourself bikini line hair removal.

Lucky for you, Arlene has Tend Skin Liquid, the skin care solution (for both women and men) that reduces the appearance of skin redness, bumps and ingrown hairs on faces, necks, legs and bikini lines. Simply apply to dry skin at night – Tend Skin works its magic while you sleep, and you’ll see results in the first 24 hours!

But you can avoid the bumps and burns if you visit Arlene in the weeks leading up to your beach vacation for a professional wax treatment. Using your Tend Skin in conjunction with waxing will give you a smooth, sexy bikini line so you can worry about other things – like how you’ll do with your first surfing or parasailing lesson.

HAVE FUN

Planning on a hometown Spring Break? No worries! Head to Toe by Arlene is the perfect place to plan a girls’ getaway for a few hours. Relax around the pool – even if it’s a bit too chilly for a swim – and enjoy a relaxing massage. (Repeat as necessary!)

Whether you’re booking seaside accommodations or just needing an escape from the daily grind, Head to Toe by Arlene is the answer to enjoying your Spring Break.

Visit www.headtotoebyarlene.com or call 770-973-7270 to reserve your spot today!

**Online special offer for March – bring or refer a friend who becomes a Head to Toe by Arlene client and you’ll receive 10% off your next wax treatment as a thank-you for your referral!**

Resolve to Look Great-Make a Spa Date!

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

The holidays are behind us, it’s another Auld Lang Syne, and with it comes what seems like the longest month of theyear – complete with post-holiday pounds and a list of seemingly impossible New Year’s Resolutions.

But Head To Toe By Arlene is here to help you make easy work of some of the toughest items on your resolution list:

  1. Maintain a Healthy Glow
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    Clarisonic Pro

    You have to turn on the heat in the house and the office, but the result is dry, flaky, itchy skin. A visit to

    Arlene will have your skin looking hydrated and healthy in no time! With a full line of skin care products – and a soothing facial – you can beat the heat in style, making you the envy of all your friends, family and co-workers. To maintain your look at home, ask Arlene about the Clarisonic Pro.

  2. Get Out of Town

    Escaping the inevitable snow and ice that hits metro Atlanta in January is a great idea. When you book that ticket to a warmer locale, make sure you also make an appointment with Arlene for a complete waxing treatment so you look smooth and sexy in your swim wear and shorts! (more…)

A Fresh Face and a Thankful Heart

Monday, October 25th, 2010

October is now in the rear-view mirror, which means we’re getting ready to host or visit with family and friends for a day of traditional Thanksgiving feast, fellowship and football.

With a million things on the to-do list, it’s easy to let personal pampering fall by the wayside. But remember that taking care of yourself will help you feel refreshed and relaxed, making the holiday more enjoyable.

Before you hop on the plane or open your doors, make an appointment to spend an afternoon with another close friend, Arlene Manning at Head to Toe by Arlene, who will help you look great for your holiday with an essential Enzyme Peel, Acid Peel or Chemical Peel, used to treat various skin conditions. Your treatment will help repair damaged skin cells and reveal a fresh layer of new skin that has improved texture, tone and color, a perfect way to minimize summer sun damage and keep you looking great for the upcoming season of festivities!

To improve skin texture, treat pre-cancerous cells, diminish fine lines and acne scarring and exfoliate the skin, choose Arlene’s A+ Peel, featuring a treatment of Retinoic Acid in different levels for different skin types. While slight irritation is a normal part of the process, having your treatment done now, in early November, will ensure that your skin will look radiant come Turkey Day!

For treatment of scars from acne or injury, reduce hyperpigmentation and fine lines and minimize problem acne, choose a Diamond Peel, which promotes cellular turnover for fresh, smooth skin.

Unless you’re donning a bikini to serve this year’s Thanksgiving feast, waxing is likely as far from your mind as the sandy beaches of Maui, but this is the perfect time of year to continue or begin your waxing regimen for next summer. “The more you wax, the slower hair will grow,” says Arlene. So starting now will ensure a smooth bikini line when swimsuit weather returns – which will be sooner than you can say, “Pass the Sweet Potato Pie!”

Add a visit to Head to Toe by Arlene to your holiday to-do list. Your investment in yourself will last longer than the sip of eggnog or spoonful of mashed potatoes and gravy – and you’ll be glowing for the rest of the season!

Call today for your appointment: 770-973-7270.

Quote for the season: “Thanksgiving dinners take 18 hours to prepare. They are consumed in 12 minutes. Half-times take 12 minutes. This is not a coincidence.” – Erma Bombeck

Red, White & Blue of Summer Skin

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

With the 4th of July just around the corner, we’ve all got Red, White & Blue on the brain, preparing for our favorite summer holiday.

While Red, White & Blue are fantastic for fireworks, flags and even foods (depending on which ones!), these colors are particularly problematic when it comes to skin care.

Red can mean anything from sunburn to rashes, bug bites or rosacea, and the key to controlling each of these is limiting exposure to the things that cause them. Sunburn is easily controlled by limiting peak-hour exposure to the sun, wearing appropriate clothing and applying sunscreen.

“I recommend B. Kamins unscented sunscreen 30,” says Arlene Manning of Head to Toe by Arlene. “Unscented is very important for preventing rosacea irritation.” It also helps avoid the possibility of allergic reactions and rashes, and attraction of bugs that can sting.

Clarisonic Skin Brush also has been shown safe and gentle enough for people with rosacea in cleaning the skin and alleviating redness. B. Kamins also carries a non-prescription medicated cover that helps to eliminate the appearance of rosacea.

Hypopigmentation is a loss of pigment in areas of the skin, often caused by skin infections, blisters, burns or other trauma to your skin, causing areas of the skin to appear white. Exposure to the sun can cause this condition as well.

“Image has a tinted sunscreen moisturizer that is organic that can be worn over the affected areas while the body regenerates the pigment,” Arlene says.

 Blue tones down red. There are camouflage products with blue to reduce the appearance of redness, Arlene says. Makeup by Arlene has a blue-toned camouflage product that can help when you’ve experienced too much sun or have a rosacea flare-up.

So enjoy the holiday without fear of wearing the patriotic colors too close to home on your skin, by following these simple tips, guidelines and product recommendations from Head to Toe by Arlene.

Treat yourself to a relaxing spa treatment, bikini wax or rosacea facial and enjoy your summer to the utmost. Call 770-973-7270 today  for an appointment.

Sage Advice from Arlene This Mother’s Day

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Apart from showering their offspring with love and affection, mothers around the world dispense the advice that both helps their children grow into responsible adults and often makes us laugh!

How often have you heard these sage words from your own mother?

Don’t make that face or it will stay that way!”

Make sure you wear clean underwear; you never know who will see it if you’re in an accident!”

If everyone else jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge, would you do it too?”

Sage advice also applies to choosing your Mother’s Day gift.

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 9th, so be sure to remember Mom with a gift that illustrates how much you care and how much of her advice you’ve taken to heart.

She’ll be happy that her face will “stay that way” with a rejuvenating, relaxing facial at Head to Toe by Arlene that will leave Mom simply glowing!

With swimsuit season upon us, it’s not so much the clean underwear that’s important, but ensuring that the bikini line is smooth and clean with an expert hair removal treatment at Head to Toe by Arlene.

If everyone else is giving flowers and chocolate, be an original with a gift certificate for Mom for a day of pampering at your favorite spa: Head to Toe by Arlene.

A word of advice for Mother’s Day: call today to schedule an appointment for yourself or your Mom, 770-973-7270. Or visit www.headtotoebyarlene.com. We’re now on Facebook! Become a fan and share us with your Friends!

The ABCs of Waxing

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Avoid the irritation of shaving.  When you use a razor, it cuts hairs off at the surface of the skin, leaving the hair follicles the opportunity to begin growing immediately. This creates little bumps and redness that are not only unattractive but irritating to the skin.

Brazilian bikinis. The Brazilian bikini has become extremely popular in the last 10 years with appearances in “Sex In the City” and other pop culture media. Look your best in this style with a quality, professional wax treatment.

Cleaner look. Getting to the follicle of the hair is key to the longevity of your smooth look. Waxing allows for removal of the hair deep into the follicle, so re-growth is slower and softer.

Delay of growth. Again, treatment from the follicle delays growth, so you can enjoy your smooth look for a longer period of time.

Easier maintenance. Messy razors, soaps and depilatories are a thing of the past when you discover the ease and affordability of waxing.

Freedom from ingrown hairs. Tend Skin®, along with waxing eliminates ingrown hairs.

Great sex appeal! If you feel sexy, you will be more attractive. Waxing allows you to feel cleaner, smoother and more comfortable in your own skin!

Hairless!   Enough said!

Independence from razors! Razors are costly, messy and can result in nicks and infections. Waxing at Head to Toe by Arlene is completely sanitary!

Just Call for an Appointment!               770-973-7270.