How to: Cure your ugly cry!


Lets face it, Kim Kardashian isn’t the only one of us guilty of the dreaded “ugly cry.”(as you can see above! LOL - image found on google) You know that cry that goes from a gentle singular tear to massive amounts of blubbering that could cure a drought?  We’ve been ugly crying ever since our parents first told us “no”, when Rose let go of Jack, and every time your bills get automatically taken out of your bank account.  And even though an ugly cry feels nice and cathartic, the red nose, puffy eyes, and (if you wear mascara) the inevitable black streak marks on your cheeks isn’t a good look on anyone.  So here are some quick ways to slap some happy back on your face.

First things first: ditch the red eyes just like Rose ditched Jack straight in the Atlantic Ocean (no I’m still not over it) with some redness-relieving eye drops to reveal brighter, more awake-looking eyes.


Step #2: Remove your undereye makeup…and if you really cried yourself a river go ahead and just remove it all girl. Grab some Lash X protein removing pads to wipe your sorrows away.


Step #3: Rehydrate & Revitalize with Botanical Kinetics toning mist and the Tourmaline Charged radiance fluid to achieve a pretty glow. To decrease eye puffiness with Botanical Kinetics Energizing Eye Crème that has plant based caffeine and licorice root to de-puff and diminish dark circles.


Step#4: Grab the Aveda Inner light powder in your color, to even out your skin tone and appear more awake. Take the Illuminate Petal Essence shade run it in your inner-eye corner, cupids bow, and on top of your cheekbones for an added glow. Grab some blush, Mosscara and Nourishmint Lip Glaze of your choice (my favorite is Morning Rose) to take your look from “Um do you need a tissue?” to something soft and pretty. 


Don’t stress out about your ugly cry face; turn it into something beautiful! 




So you want to be blonde!?


It's that blonde time of year again.. I am sure you have been pinning away at those pinterest boards of yours trying to decide which blonde beauty best suits you. Well what you may or may not is that being blonde isn't quite that simple. Here are a few helpful hints and tips to help you along.

Platinum Blonde
Most people think blonde=platinum. Platinum blondes are best worn by those who are in the medium to light skin tones and normally possess those yellow undertones in there skin. However if you have darker skin tones you can also rock platinum hair and have a beautiful contrast of light hair and warm skin.

Multidimensional Blondes 
This choice is the most versatile with all skintones. It can create depth and texture, even making the thinnest of hair appear fuller. When choosing multiple colors be sure that they compliment eachother and are only a few shades either lighter or darker from one another.

Golden tones are extremely popular, but be careful when choosing this tone if you have neutral or yellow undertones it may wash you out or even appear too brassy. The golden tone best suits olive and rosy complexions because it gives richness and depth. 

SO when you sit in your stylist' chair for your next appointment and you are choosing that perfect shade of blonde remember to consider that in order to keep those blonde locks looking their best #1 the maintenance required to keep up your color, how often you need to come in or even how many sessions you will need to get to desired style. #2 at home care and products to keep your hair healthy and rich with moisture. #3 the tones that best suit you and your skin tone. That platinum hair may look great on your best friend but you may find that a golden tone looks best on you. Pictures are key to you and your stylist achieving and understanding your wants and needs.

Happy blonding!!



AA, BB, CC, and DD creams got you feeling DiZZy??

AA creams, BB creams, CC creams and their newest alphabet member, DD creams all claim to be all-in-one creams to replace products you currently use. While DD creams are the most recent to hit the market, we’re sure they won’t be the last letter in the alphabet soup to make its way into a cream.

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AA (Anti-Aging) creams claim anti-aging benefits using a hydrator and antioxidants. While these creams are good for the skin, the results can be minimal compared to professional skin care products.

BB (Beauty Balm) creams combine a moisturizer, sunscreen, primer and tint but often lack anti-aging benefits of AA creams.

CC (Color Correcting) creams are the new BB cream claiming better coverage with more skin nourishing ingredients.

DD (Dynamic Do-all) creams are the most recent to hit the market. These “dynamic do-all” products claim to combine your AA, BB and CC creams.

Did You Know?
Jan Marini Skin Research has had an AA+BB+CC+DD product for years with our ever popular Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant SPF30 in Sunkissed tints!

The fast-absorbing and weightless formula feels amazing and smells great
Antioxidant and skin rejuvenating ingredients prevent and reverse damage caused by the sun
Hyaluronic acid moisturizes the skin without feeling heavy or greasy
Microscopic sponges control oil throughout the day for optimal makeup wear
Sunkissed tints work on all skin tones reducing or even eliminating the need for foundationBroad-spectrum, water-resistant SPF30 protects the skin from premature aging for long-lasting youthful skin



Oil is Attractive


How does it work?

All skin secretes oil - even dry skin!. When cleansing with oils, the chemistry rule of “like dissolves like” (which means that one substance can attract, dissolve or break down substances similar to it) you are essentially removing all the icky, dirty oil from your skin, and replenishing it with clean, nourishing and moisturizing oil.

Why does it work?

Because oil does not have any harsh chemicals or stripping suds, your skin will retain the necessary moisture. This is extremely important BECAUSE: when you strip your skin and get that “Squeaky clean” feeling, you’re basically kicking your skin’s oil production into overdrive to compensate for the moisture you’ve removed. That leads to blackheads, whiteheads, excess oil, and increased sensitivity.

How do I Oil-Cleanse?

The Lotus favorite method is as follows:
Prepare: HAVE a bottle of Beautifying Oil Composition and a washcloth ready. (if you are signed up for our Pure Privilege program you can even get one FREE on your birthday!)

1. Cleanse: No need to pre-clean or remove your makeup! Simply dampen face with warm water, pour some oil into your palm and begin applying to your skin. Massage with light to medium pressure, but gently for about 1-2 minutes. Don’t press TOO hard, you are removing NOT massaging. Save the massage for clean skin (Everything feels better when someone else does it…try KATIE’S FACIALS! YUM!)

2. Rinse: turn the hot water on and while you wait for the water to get warm, let the oil sit on your skin. Dampen your cloth and place it over your face for a moment to let the steam feel great (UNLESS you have acne or rosacea, then use tepid water to avoid exacerbating your inflammation). Let it sit for a few seconds and gently begin to wipe away all of the oil. Rinse the washcloth and repeat until your skin is free of oil and makeup. A good splash at the end feels great too!

3. Your skin is now clean and free of dirt, environmental pollutants and oils! Follow up with your favorite Aveda toner, targeted serum and moisturizer. This is a great bed time ritual!


Team Lotus


Want thick, full hair? or Smooth, sleek hair?

Thanks to Aveda's latest innovation in hair products, we can get the look we want time after time, EVERY TIME!

Should I use THIS?
paul mitchell curling iron

or That?
flat iron

Unfortunately, I won’t be helping you solve that dilemma. Instead, I’m going to help you get thicker curls and smoother locks.

STEP ONE. Spend a good 30 minutes staring at your morning hair, debating between luscious, bouncy curls or smooth, sleek strands. Once you’ve made that MAKE IT OR BREAK IT decision, you’ll want to pick a couple of products to get you the perfect ‘do!

For thick bountiful curls: Pick up some Brilliant Damage Control and spray throughout hair wet, damp or dry. Grab some Pure Abundance Style Prep and spray that at the root of your damp hair(Skip if your hair is dry). Finally, grab the Holy Grail Thickening Tonic and spray through hair. You’ll want to use your blow drier to set the products and then curl as usual.

*Disclaimer: You will have thick, volumes of envy-worthy hair when you’re done! Please clear all pathways and take wide right turns!

For sleek, smooth hair: You’ll want to start off with damp hair for this one! First apply Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight from root to tip in ponytail-sized sections. Next, pump some Smooth Infusion Style-Prep throughout hair and spray Volumizing Tonic at the root. You’ll want to blow-dry with a paddle brush and finish off with your straightener and to keep your frizz in check all day, use ONE pump of Light Elements Smoothing Fluid on any flyaway and the ends of your hair!

*Voila! You have the perfect, sleek hair look. Prepare to be a head turner all day, and keep some extra shades on hand for those unable to tolerate your BLINDINGLY shiny locks!


iPhone = New Gym Buddy

Why is it the season associated with the most relaxation sends us into the biggest stress mode? Trying crazy fad diets, counting calories, hitting the gym twice a day, then binging back all those burned calories because “YOU EARNED IT!!” Have you noticed how it seems your dedication only lasts 4 LONG HARD days? “I CAN'T stay motivated!” “I DON’T HAVE TIME to keep up!” - the excuses just pour out of us.

Even #TeamLotus falls into that trap, so we dug down and established a FULLY COMMITTED wellness environment(Yoga and all!) We’ve been testing some popular wellness android and iPhone apps. Here is our take:

My Fitness Pal - This AWESOME Under Armor app helps us count our calories by giving us the ultimate food and exercise diary with an expansive database. Depending on your weight goals, age, height, and current weight, it gives you a calorie intake goal and subtracts calories as you log your food, adds calories as you log exercise and keeps you in check by notifying you when you eat good OR bad foods. Talk about the ultimate coach! It gets a Lotus 5-star rating!

Ultra Fitness - This app is instrumental in reaching your goals. It gives you workout ideas, meal plans and recipes. Never get bored with your food or exercise routines again! This ESPECIALLY gives those of us with little to no cooking skills the extra push towards a healthy lifestyle!

Run Keeper - This app is by far our favorite workout app (yes, we consider jogging a 12m mile running.) This app tracks your running, hiking, biking, canoeing whatever your favorite activity is) by using your location. It informs you of your distance, pace, time and calories burned. It also tracks your work out behavior and motivates you to keep sweating regularly! It’s a 6-star rating in our book!


Brand Name Argan oils vs. Dry Remedy Moisturizing Hair Oil

Whether you’re concerned with dryness, damage, frizz, or smoothness, we typically look to oils to help resolve that big hair issue. But have you ever noticed the vicious hair cycle that begins when you start to use serums? Day one hair is silky, smooth and tame. Day two hair is weighed down and a little greasy. Day three hair is UNBEARABLE; hair is almost clumpy with grease, weighed down, and looks terribly filthy. To counter that, you have to use a clarifying shampoo to remove the gunky residue. This strip/grease/strip/grease cycle leaves your hair dry, brittle and dull. BREAK THE VICIOUS CYCLE! Experience the difference with Aveda’s Dry Remedy Moisturizing Hair Oil. It’s a silicone free hair oil derived from the buriti nut. Because it doesn’t have silicones to force the oil to stay on the surface, your hair shaft completely absorbs the nourishing essential oils and stays light and silky. It’s especially good for dirty hair because it moisturizes dry, brittle ends. So increase the moisture of your hair by 41% in one use and get over that vicious cycle!

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The Cosmo Beauty Lab review Aveda Invati

A hair care system that promises to reduce hair loss by 33%? Cosmo’s Victoria Horn tries the products and treatment on her lifeless locks.


Lotus Day Spa & Salon is getting rave reviews on our Invati products, they give Yuma women back what they’ve lost, the confidence from a beautiful head of thick hair.  Call us at 928-345-4744 for a consultation and to try Invati today.


They say: A hair care system produced from 97% naturally derived ingredients, that reduces hair loss by 33%. The hero ingredient being turmeric, it is known to be a powerful spice for visibly ageing hair and scalps and is used as an anti-inflammatory because of its antioxidant properties. Combining the latest scientific advances, Aveda created Densiplex, a potent herbal mix of ingredients that help to energize and rehabilitate the scalp, in turn, preventing hair breakage.


The three step Invati regime is made up from an Exfoliating Shampoo, a Thickening Conditioner and a Scalp Revitalizer.


We say: Being a bottle blonde, I’ve always suffered with hair breakage and I definitely didn’t inherit the ‘thick hair gene’ from my mother. Instead, I have to put up with lifeless, lank locks, that don’t seem to grow, ever.


The Invati at-home regime

For one month I traded in my normal shampoo and conditioner, for the Invati three step system, and I must say, the results were quite impressive. The exfoliating shampoo is used to clean the scalp by removing the build-up of product residue and sebum. The thickening conditioner is massaged into the scalp rather than the roots, which scared me at first, because conditioner normally leaves my hair greasy if applied anywhere but the ends but it has been clinically proven to thicken hair by penetrating the root and strengthening it with natural amino acids and after blow-drying my hair I was pleasantly surprised with the healthy looking shine and weightlessness. The third step, the scalp revitalizer, is the strongest of the three products and uses turmeric and ginseng to revitalize the scalp around the hair follicles.


The product needs to be applied twice daily, which, for me, proved to be slightly difficult. It has a very strong, distinct smell, and with my busy schedule, I found it hard to make time to apply it on a morning and leave time for it to dry in, but always managed to apply it before bed. I found the best way to apply the spray was to section my hair evenly and cover each side of my head with eight squirts that covered the whole scalp, before massaging it in. I noticed that after using it, once it dried in (after about 30mins), my hair looked immediately thicker and had more volume because it had a slight lift at the roots, probably created from the massaging and to my disbelief, didn’t look greasy, at all.


After two weeks, I noticed a significant reduction in the amount of hair I used to lose when brushing alone. I no longer needed to remove the handful of hair from my Tangle Teezer that came with every brushing session. When the month was over, I felt like my hair had life back in it and definitely looked healthier. I know the products are a tad on the expensive side but I would really recommend the regime to anyone that worries about hair thinning and loss.


The Invati in-salon treatment

Aveda also offer a professional in-salon treatment, which is part of their Botanical Therapy Range. You can get the scalp detox treatment without moving from the salon chair. The treatment can be done alone or as an addition to your normal cut or colour. The pampering session isn’t only for those with hair loss problems; it can be used by regular customers who need the build-up of product residue removing from their scalp.


I thoroughly enjoyed the relaxing head massage and was impressed with the technician’s knowledge of the products. I left the salon with a beautiful bouncy blow-dry, hair that looked a shade lighter at the roots and felt denser and more refreshed than it had in years.

How To Get Beautiful Skin


Not everyone’s skin is the same. Using natural skin products, like Aveda, to cleanse and replenish your skin can help eliminate the guessing game caused by other brand name non-natural products. I recommend all our Lotus Day Spa & Salon Guests to cleanse their face twice a day to avoid breakouts and dryness.  Dryness is also one of the biggest challenges in desert climates like Yuma.


Even if wearing makeup isn’t your thing, get in the habit of cleaning your face twice daily. Having a clean face can help you achieve a natural glow. See below for two additional tips that will keep your skin healthy and refreshed in Yuma, AZ.


Stay Hydrated: Water is Your Friend!

Our bodies require water to function and one of the many functions water contributed to is balanced skin. Believe it or not the skin on your face can take a lot of harsh eliminates such as dehydration, pollution and constant sun exposure. The challenge is if you don’t stay hydrated, you will see increased signs of aging. Try to consume 8 to 10 glasses of water a day to keep your skin hydrated. Remember, when in doubt drink from the spout!


Apply Sunscreen Always!

Sunscreen is the most essential beauty tool needed; however, it always seems to be the one thing that is forgotten when packing for a fun summer vacation. Apply sunscreen every day and at times multiple times a day depending on how often you are in the sun. The skincare industry has made sunscreen a staple, check out products like Aveda, that offer sunscreen within foundation and moisturizers.


Not sure what natural products to use? No worries, come visit us at Lotus Day Spa & Salon in beautiful Yuma and we’d be happy to help you select the proper skincare products.

5 Tips For Clean Teen Skin


Nearly every teen suffers from breakouts at some point during puberty. During these years there is a surge of androgen hormones with in the body. Androgens stimulate the sebaceous glands creating an oilier complexion making teens more prone to breakouts.  According to the American Academy of Dermatology, Acne is the most common skin disorder in the U.S.


Teen and pre-teen acne typically can begin between the ages of 10 and 13.   It usually starts around the nose and can spread to the forehead and beyond.  As early as 9, girls and boys should start to  cleanse their faces every night before bed. If you are in your teens, this is a good time to begin taking care of your face the right way, so you can develop good skin care habits into adulthood.




1.  CLEANSE.   Daily facial cleansing is important. Sometimes, this alone can improve mild comedones. A comedo or acne lesion, (Zit) occurs when a plug of oil and dead skin cells become trapped with in a hair follicle.  Think Blackheads and whiteheads.   Using a mild cleanser containing some Salicylic Acid twice a day (morning and night) may help prevent your pores from getting clogged.  Never go to bed with your make-up on.  But don’t go overboard either. To much cleansing or scrubbing can actually irritate and stimulate your skin, producing more oil.   If your skin is very oily during the day, you can use acne pads or rice paper to absorb the oil.  This is great for boys or girls.  Boys can keep the rice paper in their pockets.  Aveda’s Outer Peace foam cleanser  cleans deep into pores dissolving make-up, oil, sebum and other impurities without over drying. The Outer Peace Acne Pads have been clinically proven to help eliminate blackheads and keep skin consistently clear.  It delivers medicine (salicylic acid) deep into the pores and helps prevent future breakouts.  This is one of my personal favorites. I use these pads myself and they never leave my skin feeling dry.


2.  MOISTURIZE.  Although your skin is oily, you still need to moisturize after cleansing using an oil free product.   Aveda’s Outer Peace Acne Relief lotion is a lightweight moisture-balancing lotion that also helps clear blemishes.  It minimized the appearance of pores and helps to prevent future breakouts.


3. ZIP POPPING  Please keep your hands off your face.  I know it’s tempting when you see that huge juicy zit on your face to pick, pop or squeeze.  But you can do considerable damage to your skin.  Remember, a pimple is temporary but a scar will last forever.   You can use a spot treatment if you need to.   Like Aveda’s Acne Spot Relief.  It will reduce the redness and swelling.


4. FACIALS The results you get from acne facial treatments depends on many factors.  How severe is your acne?  How often do you have the treatments done? How consistent are you with skin care regimens at home?  And how skilled is the esthetician?


Teens or adults with blackheads and other non-inflammatory blemishes may find regular facial treatments help reduce breakouts and keep skin looking smoother.  During a facial, your Lotus esthetician, performs extractions by manually removing pore blockages.  She will start by thoroughly cleansing your face. She will also apply masks and other products to reduce surface oil, remove dead skin cells, soothe or hydrate and will recommend some of these products for you to take home.  Your technician will know if a case of inflamed acne is beyond her expertise and will refer you to a dermatologist. Also if you are taking Accutane or Retin A, please consult your doctor about getting facials.


5. HOME CARE. You are more likely to keep a regime going at home if you have the right products.  Besides cleansing and moisturizing, using a weekly mask or exfoliator will encourage new skin to come to the surface faster.  Aveda’s Deep Cleansing Herbal Clay Masque will deep clean your pores.  And the Outer Peace Cooling masque will instantly calm skin and reduce redness.   When examining your skin, your Lotus technician can recommend the right Masque for you.   And always remember to protect your skin from the sun with sunscreen with a minimum SPF 15.  This will reduce your chances of skin cancer and premature aging.


For you girls, Lotus can also give you tips on the right make-up to use.  and always make sure to clean your make-up brushes a few times a week with mild soap and then spray them with rubbing alcohol. Otherwise your brush will be loaded with bacteria.  Use disposable applicators when possible.
Even if you are super busy,  try not to neglect your skin.  Developing good habits now can keep your skin looking healthy through most of your life.

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