Using specially-shaped stones, the IO estheticians bring this facial to life for our clients in a beautiful way. But what really is Gua Sha, and what do we know about the benefits to your face, neck and décolleté… and even your health?
We hydrate, we eat well, we run, walk, swim, do yoga, exercise machines, weights, moisturize, exfoliate… the list can be exhaustive of all the things we do to take care of our bodies and skin … but how about regular treatments? By and large, we consider massages and facials to be a “treat” (it’s in the name “treatments” for goodness sake) but it’s time to consider them as crucial to our wellness.
Throughout the year we talk about WELLNESS AT IO, but this month we focus on the often-elusive MAKING TIME FOR REGULAR WELLNESS. We are featuring stories about the importance of making massages and facials a regular part of your wellness routine.
This week, we spoke with Lynda R., a long-time client of our monthly membership program (12 years!) and asked her about the program, why she likes it, and her favorite tips!
In our midst at IO is a chocolatier. And not just any chocolate. This is some of the most beautiful, hand-crafted chocolate we’ve ever enjoyed: the highest quality, fair-trade cacao blended exquisitely with hand-crafted Ghee. Our blog this month is the result of our discussions with Ryan, the creator and co-founder of Night of the Sun. We discuss his journey from spreadsheets to chocolate, his inspirations, working with friends, and what might be next. And it wouldn’t be the IO blog without singing its wellness praises!
In this second of three winter skin strategies, we tackle an often-overlooked component: body work and massage therapy. While massage therapy is important for relieving certain stresses, muscle aches, nerve pain, and general relaxation throughout the year, stepping up your routine in the winter months will help you achieve healthier, younger skin during the driest of months.
June 04, 2018
What would you do for healthy, glowing skin? For me, all it took was 19 needles in my face, six in my scalp, and seven in and behind each of my ears to get skin that looked like the inside of a ripe peach.
Despite having Asian skin—you know, the kind that is fabled to show hardly even a whisper of a line until old age—my millennial eyes are beginning to detect a slight deflation in the youthful bounce that I thought would forever be mine. So when I was invited for an acupuncture facial—which touts itself as a holistic alternative to injectable fillers and Botox—with Anna Lee at International Orange's Fillmore Street spa,
Our bodies respond to cycles of seasonality like all living things. In the Chinese medicine model, Fall is associated with the element of Metal, which is responsible for developing ritual and engaged in the search for meaning and inspiration. The organs associated with this element are the lungs and the colon, so techniques for self-care orient to these areas.
“Give me a place to stand, and I will move the world.” Though not intended to be a philosophical remark, Greek mathematician Archimedes tapped into a deep spiritual truth: where there is stillness, there is power.
At IO, we are practiced in the art of prevention. While there's no way to entirely avoid environmental aggressors, there are ways to optimize the environment of your own skin, giving it a fighting chance against free radical attacks.
The goal of every sun goddess is to bronze, not burn, during the bright days of summer. And of course, we hope that our sun worship doesn’t leave any lasting marks on our skin. Will a safe non-nano zinc oxide SPF do the trick? It’s definitely a start, but skin experts at International Orange say it’s not enough, especially as the sun’s rays are striking hotter these days.