10 HEALTH BENEFITS OF HAPPINESS

Happiness is special because it’s entirely up to you to determine what makes you happy and to identify that happiness.  Maybe happiness to you is a silly childhood memory.  Maybe it’s a special story of a beautiful place or person in your life.  Maybe it’s that moment every morning when you get to work, sit down, and take that first sip of coffee.  Or maybe it’s the thought of quitting your job and traveling the world.

dancing-woman-sunset-sunshine-happiness-prezent-moment-nowOver and over again we do not recognize all the happiness that is surrounding us. We can look at our memoires and feel no sense of joy or accomplishment. We can go through our daily routine and easily overlook countless reasons to be happy.  But why would you do that when you can choose to be happy? Choosing happiness is healthy, fun, and beneficial to those around you.  It can make you dance, laugh, scream and even cry.  Happiness is beautiful.

So often we fanaticize about living a life full of perpetual happiness.  We think about how great it would be if we lived with a heart exploding with joy and a constant smile on our face.  With the celebration of Happiness Happens Month this August, we are reminded that happiness is not just a dream but also a reality.  Throughout this month, people are encouraged to act upon their happiness by identify and expressing individual happiness and accepting and congratulating others in their personal happiness.  We should all embrace joy and help happiness happen with those around us!  This month we should strive to experience happiness – to taste, touch, hear, smell, and feel it on a daily basis.

A great way to get in touch with your personal happiness is through mindfulness mediation.  Mindfulness meditation helps us to be present with whatever is happening in our lives, no matter what it is.   It’s an openhearted way to find your own happiness!  Simply sit down, pay attention to your breathing, and when your attention wanders, return.  By following these simple steps, you can get to know yourself up close and personal.  Give it a try!

The science of happiness is increasingly suggesting a strong link between happiness and health.  Check out this list of health benefits that are caused by happiness!

  • Adds several years to life expectancy
  • Better sleeping habits
  • Lower heart rate
  • Lower levels of stress hormones
  • Lower levels of cytokines that are markers for disease
  • Lower rate of heart disease
  • More immune boosting blood cells
  • More emotional stability
  • Better sleeping habits
  • Stronger relationships

At Blooming Moon we make a effort daily to spread joy & happy feelings to our community. Join us!

SIMPLE BEAUTY PREP FOR FOR SUMMER

With temperatures soaring up to 100 degrees, Portlanders are retreating to the coast, lakes, rivers, and pools to cool down!
Looking and feeling good while you’re lounging by the water takes a little bit of preparation. We’re here to make your summer beauty prepping as easy as possible!

EXFOLIATION: Help your body get rid of dead skin cells and bare softer, smoother skin so you can show off your best skin possible this summer! Here at Blooming Moon we offer body scrub and polish treatments to gently remove rough skin and hydrate your new skin. We also carry 100% Pure body scrubs so you can exfoliate at home ($29). Take the time to exfoliate so your skin will look and feel soft, smooth and supple.

LASH & EYEBROW TINTING: With the heat and humidity, not to mention sweating and swimming, it hard to wear makeup during the summer months. Tinting your eyelashes and eyebrows will give you effortless perfection without mascara and brow powder. This quick and painless spa treatment will ease your fear of smudging and smearing. A stunning set of lashes and brows may be just a tint away!
Our vegetable based dyes last 4-5 weeks and comes in colors to match any hair color!!

MANICURES & PEDICURES: Now that it’s sandal season, it’s time to accessorize your look with a pedicure and manicure. Give your tootsies and hands a little TLC and visit us for a non-toxic, cruelty-free manicure and pedicure to keep your nails healthy and clean. An aromatherapy soak followed by nail shaping, cuticle care, moisturizing massage, and non-toxic nail polish of your choice will surely make your toes sparkle by the water!  Upgrade with some callus removal for only $5.

WAXING: Remember the grooming that you’ve neglected over the winter? It’s time to remove that unwanted hair from your legs, armpits, back, and bikini area. Waxing is a great alternative to shaving during the summertime. When you get a wax the hair is removed from the roots, which causes it to return in 3-8 weeks rather than just a few days. Therefore, you can enjoy that long weekend trip outdoors with out needing to shave and your skin will stay smoother, longer! Make a waxing appointment with one of our estheticians so you can enjoy summer activities without worries of unwanted hair!

Summer Skin and Beauty Must Haves!

As the temperatures continually rise with the upcoming arrival of summertime, our skin’s exposure to the sun intensifies. It’s essential to take extra special care of your skin in the next few months to avoid UV ray damage.   At Blooming Moon Spa we have a variety of skin care and beauty products that will provide sun protection to your skin.summer skin

Epicuren Sunscreen
Protecting your skin from the sun’s damaging rays is one of the most important things you can do to keep your skin looking younger, longer. Epicuren’s sun care line naturally protects your skin from UV-related damage. Each sunscreen should be used as the final step to your skincare routine and applied 20 minutes before sun exposure.

Zinc Oxide Perfecting Sunscreen – Not only will this product block the sun’s harmful UV rays, it will also lightly hydrate, reduce the appearance of dark spots, even your skin tone with daisy extract, and ‘perfect’ your skin’s overall look. This sunscreen is recommended for all skin types. SPF 27 | $47

Active Sport Treat Sunscreen – An FDA approved, water-resistant sunscreen that protects your skin from UVA and UVB rays. This is a great product for the adventurous type–recommended for dry,             normal, combination, and oily skin types.  SPF 30+ | $39

X-treme Cream Propolis Sunscreen – A moisturizing and immune supporting sunscreen that is powered by propolis! Propolis contains healing properties that are effective in treating sunburns, windburns and other skin sensitivites. This sunscreen is recommended for dry, normal, and combination skin types.     SPF 45+ | $47

Epicuren Anti-Aging Lip Balm
Adding a lip treatment into your daily beauty regime will help prevent the visible signs of aging that are caused by sun damage. Epicuren’s UV filtering, anti-aging lip moisturizer soothes and rejuvenates dry, chapped lips. The product’s ingredients also enhance collagen and moisture to maximize the appearance of plump lips.

SPF 15 | $13

100% Pure Tinted Moisturizer
When you use a tinted moisturizer daily, not only are you getting coverage to even out your skin tone, but you are also getting a moisturizer and a lot of sun protection! 100% Pure’s tinted moisturizers are colored naturally with fruit and vegetable pigments. The ingredient list also features many antioxidants that protect your face from environmental hazards. Simply dab onto a freshly cleansed face and gently rub into skin with your fingers or a brush. This product is recommended for all skin types. SPF 20 | $37

Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation
Alima Pure’s naturally produced Satin Matte Foundation is made from hypoallergenic ingredients and comes in 61 different shades. The foundation will reduce fine lines, cover up pores, and even out your skin tone. Although, this product has yet to be assessed by the FDA for its SPF level, two of the main ingredients are proven sun obstructers.  After washing and moisturizing your skin, apply the foundation with a brush in downward strokes on your face. This product is recommended for all skin types. $29

100% Pure Body Scrubs & Lotions
100% Pure’s organic scrubs and lotions are packed with antioxidants and skin smoothing oils to hydrate your summer skin.  These products are great to use after hair removal to replenish your skin’s nutrients.  Apply products in a circular motion into your skin.  Then, wash off the scrub or allow the lotion to soak in to feel hydrated! This product is recommend for all skin types.

Scrub $29, Lotion $18

8 Ways to Save the Planet

On days like today, we are reminded of all the special things this beautiful planet has to offer. Think back to a time where all you could say was “wow.” Earth Day is a day to reflect on those momentsearth that left us speechless.

You are in the middle of a thick forest when you finally see rays of sunshine breaking through the trees. Despite the aching of your muscles, you are running towards to the end of the trail. You reach the viewpoint. You quietly utter “wow” as your eyes wildly try to take in the entire view.

You dip your toes into the refreshing ocean water and you admire its stunning blue hues. Before you know it, a wild wave knocks you down. You surface from the waves. You quietly utter “wow” as you try to get the salt water out of your ears and the sand out of your swimsuit.

You are hurrying to an important meeting in the city. As you impatiently wait for the crosswalk signal to change, your eyes shift to the ground and you see a single flower blooming between the cracks of the sidewalk. You quietly utter “wow” as you appreciate the simplicity and splendor of the blossom.

Moments like these display humankind’s admiration of the Earth’s beauty and grandeur. We appreciate the Earth for giving us forests to explore, oceans to swim in, and flowers to smell. Despite our gratitude for it, we do not always value the Earth as highly as we should. If we want to continue to experience our “wow moments” here on Earth, we need to take steps to protect it! We’ve come up with 8 things you can do to save the planet.

 

  1. Discover your Carbon Footprint Your first step to protect the Earth is to determine the amount of carbon emissions that are a direct result of your lifestyle choices. Go to www.nature.org/greenliving/carboncalculator/ to see how your food, gas, and electricity usages affect your carbon footprint.
  2. Use Natural, Organic Products Most cleaning and beauty products are made of a mixture of synthetically produced chemicals. These products are harmful for the environment and your body. Here at Blooming Moon Spa we strictly use natural and organic products. They are significantly healthier for you and the planet. We think you should use them too!
  3. Buy Local Shopping locally is important for environmental and economic sustainability. When you chose to purchase goods or services from a local business, you reduce travel time and the need for shipping. If you are in the Portland area, stop by Blooming Moon Spa! We are a local business who supports other local businesses!
  4. Plant a Tree Over the past 50 years, about half the world’s original forests have been lost to deforestation. Trees are vital for the land, water, and air. When you plant a tree seed, remember that the smallest things can produce the largest forms of life this planet has to offer.
  5. Change your light. If everyone would replace regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs, Americans would save enough energy to light more than 2.5 million homes for a year. This is a quick, easy, and cheap way to help the environment. Light bulbs matter!
  6. Go Vegetarian Once a Week. It takes nearly 2,500 gallons of water to produce a pound of beef. On top of that, consider all the energy it takes to raise cattle and to transport meat. Implement Meatless Monday in your home today!
  7. Take Only Memories, Leave Only Footprints. When you are enjoying the beauty of the Earth’s natural settings always remember to treat it well! Never leave garbage or harm any form of wildlife. Treat the outdoors with respect, and nature in return will provide you with wonderful moments.
  8. Share! Share these tips with everyone! Tell your mom, your neighbor, your garbage man, your barista, and everyone in-between!