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Spring Cleanse

September 22nd, 2016 by admin.ripple

Spring Cleanse – Spring is a time of renewal, recharge and rejuvenation; the season for a full body and soul spring cleanse. This time of year it’s natural to want to

Spring Cleanse

Spring Cleanse

do a bit of a cleanse to shake off those winter doldrums and clean out our bodies the way we do our closets. Summer is coming, which means bikini weather and the desire to look toned, healthy and glowing. Refresh your body with a spring cleanse and feel lighter and more glowing, inside and out.

There are so many fad cleanses out there that it can be a bit daunting to figure out where to start, and how you can realistically commit to a program and complete it. Here at Ripple we love good food, so a full-on fast seems unlikely; and given our hectic schedules, it can be difficult to find time for long periods of mental and spiritual cleansing. We have found some inexpensive and relatively easy ways for you to reap all the benefits of a spring cleanse without breaking the bank or forcing you to carve out time you don’t have.

Body Spring Cleanse

  1. Hydration

Start every day with an 8-ounce glass of water with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Try adding a dash of cayenne for a guaranteed way to get your blood moving. Staying hydrated stops you from overeating, and it is best to drink lots of water before and after meals. Water also helps the body detoxify, which keeps the digestive system healthy. Sip on teas and water throughout the day. A Ripple favourite is cold mint tea with lemon. The lemon juice helps cleanse the liver and aides its ability to remove toxins and fats from the body.

  1. Simple Meals

Eat a very simple diet for seven days: a high-quality protein from food (not a nutrient supplement shake), good-quality fat, and some lightly steamed or raw veggies at each meal, including breakfast. Do not skip meals. Eating simple whole foods in their whole form is best. Processed foods are depleted of valuable nutrients and packed full of chemicals and sugars. Retrain your taste buds to enjoy a fresh carrot or simple slices of cucumber with lemon juice and sea salt.

Body Spring Cleanse

Body Spring Cleanse

  1. Fibre

Eating high-fibre foods helps the body stay full. Fibre helps the body eliminate toxins and keeps the digestive system healthy so that the nutrients can be properly absorbed into the body. Good examples are lentils, beans, collard greens, grapefruit, asparagus, broccoli, and cauliflower.

  1. Variety

Try to incorporate a variety of food into your meals (try rotating greens and choosing new fruits). Doing this helps us access an array of nutrients. How we prepare them can also affect this; ideally, eat a mixture of raw and cooked.

  1. Things to Avoid

For a spring cleanse to work most effectively, it is recommended that you avoid certain foods. This is not to say that you should totally cut all of these off your diet – we prefer gently easing into something healthier. Limit the following from your diet and find alternatives where possible:

  • Sugar – the highs and lows from sugar cause the body to hold onto weight. Sugar also depresses the immune system and wreaks havoc on many other internal functions. Instead of soft and energy drinks, and if you don’t enjoy drinking plain water, try switch to something less sugar-loaded – soda water with a splash of lime juice, for example; or a healthy green vegetable juice (cucumber, kale, celery, lemon, ginger).
  • Alcohol – what? No alcohol? We understand that giving up entirely can be difficult, so instead of going cold turkey, how about aiming to cut down to a light beer, or one glass of wine instead of three.
  • Caffeine – caffeine has plenty of benefits, but when doing a spring cleanse, we would recommend giving your liver a break by avoiding caffeine, or limiting yourself to one coffee instead of five. Try herbal teas instead.
  • Dairy and gluten – these are common triggers of inflammation, and when cleansing it is good to take them out of the diet to give your body a chance to reset. If you notice a big difference, continue to leave them out.
  • Processed food – always avoid these, not just during a detox.
  1. Exercise

Exercise, sleep and not stressing are all incredibly important and can help lower levels of cortisol, a hormone responsible for fat formation in the body. Cortisol levels increase when we are stressed or tired. Exercise reduces cortisol levels and is necessary for detoxification and overall health of the cardiovascular system. It also helps facilitate the movement of toxins out of the body. Every day, complete 30 to 45 minutes of exercise, followed by deep breathing and stretching.

  1. Treat Your Body Right

Detoxification can be aided by dry brushing, saunas and steam baths and cold showers. They are an excellent way to help release toxins. They are also all great for increasing the health and appearance of the skin before summer and for encouraging stress reduction.

  1. Massage

And our all-time cleansing tip is to simply get a massage. Massage is a sensational way to clean out the toxins in your body, as it works on your lymphatic system, increases the blood flow around your body, helps with your digestive system and generally pumps your body full of endorphins and other feel good chemicals the healthy way.

Mind Spring Cleanse

Mind Spring Cleanse

Mind Spring Cleanse

Cleansing the mind by shedding negative thoughts and perceptions can take a weight off your whole being. There is a school of psychology today called positive psychology, whose sole focus is to help people do mind cleanses. Positive psychology helps get rid of negative thoughts by helping people get rid of the judgments they form about things that are happening in their lives. Try these techniques, which may help:

  • Three Good Things – try writing down three things that are going well and why. Do this every day for a week.
  • Signature Strengths – try writing down what you believe are your personal strengths (eg. kindness, loyalty), and then use them in a different way daily.
  • Rant Write-down – take several minutes each week and write down every negative thought that comes to mind. Then take that piece of paper and tear it up or bury it. It really helps, give it a try.

Soul Spring Cleanse

A spring cleanse is not complete without a soul cleanse. Soul cleansing lightens the spirit and helps leave you feeling clear, purposeful and content.

  1. Meditation

Try meditating every day, even if it is just a minute or two. All you have to do to meditate is sit quietly for a few moments and let the thoughts come and go and

Soul Spring Cleanse

Soul Spring Cleanse

breathe deeply. Be sure to turn off your phone, computer or whatever distracts you. Just be still with yourself.

  1. Gratitude

Each day upon waking up, try asking yourself what you’re grateful for. Gratitude lifts the spirit and fills the soul with positivity.

  1. Service

Try being of service by giving back to others, no matter in how small a way. Find an organization in your community (or beyond) that speaks to your soul and one that you feel you can really contribute to.

So there you have it – our easy way of cleaning out your body, mind and soul. Try it for a few days, and you will soon find yourself doing it effortlessly.

 

Beauty Tips

September 21st, 2016 by admin.ripple

Here Are Some Of Our Favourite Beauty Tips

Beauty Tips

Beauty Tips

We asked some of our beauty therapists what their favourite hints and tips were, here is what they said …

  1. For soft feet, lather them up with a rich body cream or petroleum jelly just before bed, pop on some cotton socks and go to sleep. By morning your feet will be smoother than baby skin.
  2. Make you nail polish dry faster by dipping your freshly painted nails in iced water for a couple of minutes.
  3. It’s always best to do 2 thin coats of polish, than 1 thick coat. Thick coats of polish are what cause polish to peel off.
  4. The best time to apply body moisturizer is right after the shower while your skin is still slightly damp. Your skin will drink it in.
  5. For volume in your hair, apply your shampoo under your hair at the nape of your neck and work the lather up into the rest of your hair.
  6. Your showers should always be warm (not piping hot) as the heat can dry out your hair and skin causing damage.
  7. Giving your hair a blast of cold water at the end of your shower helps to close up the cuticles which helps promote shine.
  8. The best time to wax or pluck your brows is right after a shower when your pores are still open. This will allow the hair to remove more easily and less
    Beauty Tips From Ripple

    Beauty Tips From Ripple

    painfully.

  9. Don’t rub your hair dry with the towel, but pat it dry. Rubbing can cause breakage and unwanted frizz.
  10. Avoid using too much heat on your hair, such as with styling tools and hair dryers, as this the biggest cause of damage to hair. At the least, let your hair air dry naturally before using styling tools and use on a low heat setting.
  11. Hair masks are a great way of replenishing dry, damaged hair. To reap the full benefits of a hair mask, once on your hair cover with a shower cap to promote steaming.
  12. Take your makeup off every night before bed. Night time is when your skin regenerates and makeup prevents your skin from renewing itself, therefore resulting in dull skin and maybe even breakouts.
  13. Put together a basic skin care routine that you know you can do every morning and night. To keep it simple, all you need is a cleanser, toner and moisturiser.
  14. Educate yourself on what your skin type is. This will help determine the best skin care routine, makeup products and tips and tricks to get the best out of your skin.
  15. If you have a big pimple and no pimple cream, use your toothpaste! Apply to the pimple and leave overnight and by morning it will be dried out.

    Our favourite beauty tips

    Our favourite beauty tips

  16. Apply concealer after your foundation, as most of the time your foundation will cover your spots and this will prevent you from caking up with two layers of cover.
  17. For more bright and awake eyes, use a flesh coloured eyeliner on your lower waterline. This will make the whites of your eyes appear larger.
  18. Primers are your best friend. You can get primers for your face, eyelids, eyelashes and even lips. They work just like they sound; laying down a base on your skin that gives a smooth and even surface and prolongs the wear of your makeup.
  19. Wash your makeup brushes once a week; replace your towel often, as well as your pillow cases. These are key places where bacteria can grow and cause breakouts.
  20. Everyone says it, but drink lots of water!

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Exercise And Health

September 20th, 2016 by admin.ripple

Exercise and health have long been proven to have a close beneficial relationship. However, many people are less active nowadays, partly

Excercise And Health

Excercise And Health

because technology has made our lives easier. We drive cars or take public transport. We entertain ourselves in front of a TV or computer screen.

We move around less and burn off less energy than people used to. Research suggests that many adults spend more than seven hours a day sitting down, at work, on transport or in their leisure time. There is increasing evidence that inactivity and lack of exercise has adverse effects on health in the long term. So why is exercise so important, and how can we ensure we do enough of it given our hectic lives? Here we explain the top health benefits of exercise, and explore some of our favourite activities.

Benefits of Exercise and Heath

  1. Health Conditions or Diseases

Worried about heart disease? Hoping to prevent high blood pressure? No matter what your current weight, being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good”, cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This keeps your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases. In fact, regular physical activity can help you prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, arthritis and falls.

  1. Weight Control

    Benefits of Excercise And Health

    Benefits of Excercise And Health

Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn. You don’t need to set aside large chunks of time for exercise to reap weight-loss benefits. If you can’t do an actual workout, get more active throughout the day in simple ways — by taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking instead of driving where possible, or revving up your household chores.

  1. Improves Mood and Reduces Stress

One of the most common mental benefits of exercise is stress relief. Working up a sweat can help manage physical and mental stress. Exercise also increases concentrations of norepinephrine, a chemical that can moderate the brain’s response to stress.  Exercise also releases endorphins, which create feelings of happiness and euphoria. Studies have shown that exercise can even alleviate symptoms among the clinically depressed. So go ahead and get sweaty – working out can reduce stress, boost the body’s ability to deal with mental tension, and instantly boost overall mood.

Types of Excercise And Health

Types of Excercise And Health

  1. Improves Self-Confidence

On a very basic level, physical fitness can boost self-esteem and improve positive self-image. Regardless of weight, size, gender or age, exercise can quickly elevate a person’s perception of his or her attractiveness or self-worth. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.

  1. Increases Relaxation and Promotes Better Sleep

Struggling to fall asleep? Or to stay asleep? Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep.

  1. Exercise and Healthy Brains

Exercise can prevent cognitive decline, boost brainpower and sharpen memory. As aging and degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s kill off brain cells, the brain actually shrinks, losing many important brain functions in the process. While exercise and a healthy diet can’t cure Alzheimer’s, they can help shore up the brain against cognitive decline that begins after age 45. Various studies on mice and men have shown that cardiovascular exercise can create new brain cells and improve overall brain performance. Regular physical activity also boosts memory and the ability to learn new things.

  1. Improves Circulation

Proper blood circulation plays a vital role in general health. The bloodstream continuously transports oxygen and nutrients to the brain, skin, and vital organs in the body. When your circulation is reduced, various diseases such as varicose veins, kidney disease, and even stroke may occur. However, exercise plays a vital role in improving blood circulation. Regardless of your age or physical abilities, regular exercise to promote circulation has beneficial effects. Improving and maintaining blood circulation builds a strong heart muscle and also improves the efficiency of your body, ensuring that both the arms and legs receive oxygen and other vital nutrients.

  1. Exercise and Healthy Skin

Regular exercise is one of the keys to healthy skin. By increasing blood flow, exercise helps nourish skin cells and keep them vital. In addition to providing oxygen, blood flow also helps carry away waste products, including free radicals, from working cells. By increasing blood flow, a bout of exercise helps flush cellular debris out of the system – think of it as cleansing your skin from the inside. Exercise has also been shown to ease stress, and by decreasing stress, some conditions that can be exacerbated by stress can show some improvement, such as acne and eczema.

Our Favourite Exercise And Health Activities

Our Favourite Exercise And Health Activities

Our Favourite Exercise And Health Activities

Exercise and health evidently have a very clear beneficial link. Exercise does not have to involve Olympic-levels of skill, or require you to dedicate hours every day to it. The benefits of exercise are yours for the taking, regardless of your age, sex or physical ability.

  1. Walking and Cycling

For most of us, the easiest way to get moving is to incorporate physical activity into our everyday lives, such as walking or cycling instead of using the car. Daily activities such as walking or riding a bicycle strengthen and enlarge the heart muscle, improving the pumping efficiency and thereby improving circulation.

  1. Other Cardio Activities

Apart from walking or cycling, if you are looking for activity at a higher intensity so that you can reap greater benefits, try running, swimming, kickboxing, or skipping rope, to name a few.

  1. Yoga and Pilates

Yoga and Pilates might not seem like high intensity workouts, but they bring multiple benefits for circulation, stress-relief, anxiety-alleviation, physical flexibility and mindfulness.

  1. Enjoy the Great Outdoors

If the idea of working out in a gym turns you off, try taking that workout outside. Find an outdoor workout that fits your style, whether it’s rock-climbing, hiking, kayaking, or just taking a jog in the park. Plus, all that Vitamin D acquired from soaking up the sun (while wearing sunscreen, of course) can lessen the likelihood of experiencing depressive symptoms.

The Bottom Line

Exercise and physical activity can be fun. It gives you a chance to unwind, enjoy the outdoors or simply engage in activities that make you happy. At the same time, you can reap the many health benefits that exercise offers. Physical activity can also help you connect with family or friends in a fun social setting. Find a physical activity you enjoy, and start noticing the difference it makes.

 

 

Day Spa Forster

September 16th, 2016 by admin.ripple

Day Spa Forster – Less than 4 hours’ drive north of Sydney, Forster is the jewel of the NSW North Coast and the beating heart of the Great

Day Spa Forster

Day Spa Forster

Lakes region. Arrive in Forster and you will instantly see why people love coming back. The beaches around Forster are all fantastic, with family-friendly spots as well as beaches ideal for surfing and fishing.

With its huge range of accommodation from private ocean view houses to apartments to lakeside camping, award winning restaurants, and the wide variety of experiences and activities available for people of all ages and abilities, it is not difficult to understand why Ripple loves this town so much. Whale-watching, scuba diving and beachcombing aside, there are also fabulous options for those who are looking for a bit of relaxation and rejuvenation. Here are our favourite spa and massage treatments in the area.

  1. Seashell massage

With its proximity to the sea and access to wonderful beaches, Forster is the perfect setting to try a seashell massage. Sea shells have an uplifting natural energy. Using a mix of reef shells – including speckled cowries, exquisite ginger scallops, lions paw fans and elegant sun dial shells – this style of massage taps into the energy of the shells whilst giving a deep and calming massage. The shells are used in a mix of ways. Some like the cowries are heated, and aromatherapy oils are poured into the crevasse to warm before being trickled onto the body. The smooth domed surface is also used with hands on massage to release muscles. The shells are used both to de-stress and for deeper tissue work.

Other shells like the lions paw and scarlet coloured scallops are heated and placed on the body to warm the chakras and also the hands during the massage. Smaller more delicate sun dial and cockles are used to release lines in the face, whilst cones and olives unlock tension in the neck and shoulders. Top tip: combine this luscious experience with a full-body exfoliation, hydrating facial, warm foot soak, and stress-releasing foot reflexology massage, for a full-body spa package like no other.

  1. Russian deep tissue massage

    Massages in Forster

    Massages in Forster

After a day of rigorous water-sport, it is only understandable that you should be feeling soreness and aches in muscles you’d forgotten existed. This is when a deep tissue massage by a qualified and experienced deep tissue massage therapist would really do the trick. The focus in deep tissue massage is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints), and is great for releasing chronic muscle tension.

Ripple’s Russian deep tissue massage uses unique methods such as creating friction (where the top half of the fingers is used to massage along the back) and also involves the rocking and movement of the body to release stress. This style of massage is very effective for reducing stress as it encourages surrendering your body to the massage, so that your body learns to relax and unwind. It is a very slow, peaceful style of massage that is perfect for those of you wanting to escape the stresses of modern living. You will find your mood uplifted and your body greatly relaxed after a session of deep tissue massage.

  1. Hot stone massage

Hot stone massage is a specialty massage where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones as an extension of their own hands, or by placing them on the body. The heat can be both deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles so the therapist can work more deeply, more quickly.

Hot stone massage therapy melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness, increases flexibility, increases circulation and metabolism, and provides relief from pain associated with fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other chronic conditions. This is one of our most popular, decadent and nurturing treatments, especially during colder seasons. Volcanic stones are used with aromatherapy oils to give you an amazing, pampering and healing massage experience.

  1. Pedispa

    Pedicure

    Pedicure

Amidst the hustle and bustle of our hectic lives, it is often easy to neglect our feet – we spend all day walking around on them, keep them enclosed in shoes all the time, and promptly forget them when we sit down. It is only when we take time away from our busy schedules that we remember that our feet need some love as well.

A highly popular treatment, the hour-long Ripple pedispa indulgence is a wonderful way to treat your neglected and overworked feet to much-deserved pampering. Deeply nourishing and hydrating, this aromatic foot ritual includes a foot soak, an exfoliating foot scrub, a foot massage and a deluxe pedicure.

  1. Hydrotherapy

Whether you’re juggling work and family, recovering from a joint or muscle injury, or simply needing to unwind from the day’s stresses, spa hydrotherapy provides relaxation, healing effects and nourishing rejuvenation. The heat from the warm water improves circulation and speeds recovery in damaged tissue; the buoyancy achieved in the spa reduces effects of pressure on joints and spine; while the massage relieves muscle tension and alleviates stress.

A hydrotherapy session can be combined with other spa treatments such as full body exfoliation treatments, facials, or full body massage. Hydrotherapy can relax and ready muscles to receive massage and prepare the skin’s pores to better absorb ingredients that may be used during a facial or body treatment.

  1. Kahuna massage

In the Hawaiian tradition, a Kahuna is a healer. This Hawaiian-style massage is a deep and rhythmic massage which consists of long flowing, continuous strokes to energise and harmonise the body mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. It is a sacred celebration of life that creates harmony on all levels of being and releases energy blockages to restore flow and balance. It is deeply relaxing, reflecting the flow and ebb of the sea.

  1. Babymoon and pregnancy spa packages

Pregnancy and preparations for a new baby can be stressful and exhausting for both parents-to-be, and the Great Lakes region is the perfect backdrop for a getaway before bub arrives, to take some time to reconnect with your partner and enjoy some time out from the preparations. Our Babymoon packages include deluxe pregnancy massages and beauty treatments by our skilled and experienced therapists, and ensure that you are pampered, nurtured and relaxed for a smoother and easier birth.

  1. Organic green clay facial

Skin is the largest organ on the human body, and it is often our facial skin that shows the first signs of stress, hormonal imbalances or tiredness. Facials are a fantastic way of rejuvenating and cleansing the skin and restoring hydration. The Ripple organic green clay and cucumber facial is highly popular as it uses an oil rich clay high in minerals, suitable for even the most sensitive skin, and gently cleanses congested and problematic skin.

The mask also nourishes the skin with macadamia oil and shea butter, leaving you feeling utterly rejuvenated. The one hour facial includes an amazingly relaxing head and face massage to relieve any tension or stress, guaranteed to make you feel lighter and very refreshed.

In a region with so many options for the outdoor-lover and water sport aficionado, there is also just as much to offer to those looking for a bit more relaxation. Come and experience for yourself why Ripple loves this coastal town so much.

 

Spa Retreat

September 8th, 2016 by admin.ripple

Spa Retreat – Most of us nowadays lead hectic and stressful lives, and a spa retreat often seems like an indulgence rather than necessity.

Spa Retreat

Spa Retreat

A spa retreat does not have to mean leaving home and staying in a hotel or resort for days.

For the time-poor or budget-conscious, a spa retreat could simply last a weekend, several hours or even just an hour. The important thing is to turn your mind away from work, chores or the daily grind, and simply being mindful and surrendering yourself to relaxation.

Here are some options that do not require too much time, and in fact do not even require you to leave the home.

  1. Babymoon And Pregnancy Spa Retreat

Pregnancy and preparations for a new baby can be stressful and exhausting for both parents-to-be, and babymoon is the perfect chance for a getaway before bub arrives, to take some time to reconnect with your partner and enjoy some time out from the preparations. Our Babymoon packages include deluxe pregnancy massages and beauty treatments by our skilled and experienced therapists, and ensure that you are pampered, nurtured and relaxed for a smoother and easier birth.

  1. Couples Spa Retreat

    Couples Spa Retreat

    Couples Spa Retreat

It is important to take time to reconnect with your partner every now and then, to spend time together away from the daily routine of work and life. The Ripple Ultimate Couples Spa Retreat is one of our most popular packages simply because it is a wonderful chance for couples to reconnect and recharge at the same time.

For 4 hours, each of you will enjoy, at the same time, exquisite massages from Ripple’s range, a deeply relaxing foot soak and reflexology massage, face masks, body scrubs, a divine traditional Indian head massage, topped off with a beautifully gift wrapped gift box full of Ripple products for you to enjoy after your getaway. The perfect way to spend quality time with your loved one while enjoying some much needed relaxation.

  1. Blokes Spa Retreat

While massage is of benefit for both men and women, women are often more likely to address their health issues and indulge in massage to treat themselves. A lot of men shy away from massages because they either get embarrassed that they will be seen by their male friends, or they simply are uncomfortable in what is seen as the female environment of the day spa. However, men can definitely benefit from regular massage. Here at Ripple we have created an indulgent day spa experience in the comfort of your home, where our male clientele can enjoy the relaxation of a good massage without any hassles or embarrassment. We even have a wonderful manly scent using sandalwood that leaves you smelling more like a bloke and less like a field of flowers. There are many massage options to choose from, including remedial massage, Russian deep tissue massage, foot reflexology massage, Indian head massage, to name a few.

  1. Hydrotherapy

    Hydrotherapy Spa Retreat

    Hydrotherapy Spa Retreat

Whether you’re juggling work and family, recovering from a joint or muscle injury, or simply needing to unwind from the day’s stresses, spa hydrotherapy provides relaxation, healing effects and nourishing rejuvenation. The heat from the warm water improves circulation and speeds recovery in damaged tissue; the buoyancy achieved in the spa reduces effects of pressure on joints and spine; while the massage relieves muscle tension and alleviates stress.

A hydrotherapy session can be combined with other spa treatments such as full body exfoliation treatments, facials, or full body massage. Hydrotherapy can relax and ready muscles to receive massage and prepare the skin’s pores to better absorb ingredients that may be used during a facial or body treatment.

  1. Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone massage is a specialty massage where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones as an extension of their own hands, or by placing them on the body. The heat can be both deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles so the therapist can work more deeply, more quickly.

Hot stone massage therapy melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness, increases flexibility, increases circulation and metabolism, and provides relief from pain associated with fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other chronic conditions. This is one of our most popular, decadent and nurturing treatments. Volcanic stones are used with aromatherapy oils to give you an amazing, pampering and healing massage experience.

  1. Facial Treatment

    Facial Spa

    Facial Spa

Skin is the largest organ on the human body, and it is often our facial skin that shows the first signs of stress, hormonal imbalances or tiredness.

Facials are a fantastic way of rejuvenating and cleansing the skin and restoring hydration. The Ripple organic green clay and cucumber facial is highly popular as it uses an oil-rich clay high in minerals, suitable for even the most sensitive skin, and gently cleanses congested and problematic skin.

The mask also nourishes the skin with macadamia oil and shea butter, leaving you feeling utterly rejuvenated. The one hour facial includes an amazingly relaxing head and face massage to relieve any tension or stress, guaranteed to make you feel lighter and very refreshed.

  1. Pedispa

Amidst the hustle and bustle of our hectic lives, it is often easy to neglect our feet – we spend all day walking around on them, keep them enclosed in shoes all the time, and promptly forget them when we sit down. It is only when we take time away from our busy schedules, that we remember that our feet need some love as well. A highly popular treatment, the hour-long Ripple pedispa indulgence is a wonderful way to treat your neglected and overworked feet to much-deserved pampering. Deeply nourishing and hydrating, this aromatic foot ritual includes a foot soak, an exfoliating foot scrub, a foot massage and a deluxe pedicure. Your feet will thank you for it.

  1. Yoga spa retreat

Yoga has a long and rich history, and its health and wellbeing effects have long been known. Yoga spa retreats are designed to help refresh your life and re-energise you. Starting off with a yoga session where the physicality of movement is used to bring flow, release blockages and enhance flexibility, this is followed by a sound bath immersion, where sound vibrations are used to bring balance and generate resonance through your entire being.

Though this is not a massage treatment, we at Ripple cannot help but like the sound of raising vibrations to shift out old energies (no pun intended). You start off with a yoga session where the physicality of movement is used to bring flow, release blockages and enhance flexibility; this can then be followed by a massage to further help you regain awareness of your body, and to consciously allow your tension to slip away.

As you can see, a spa retreat doesn’t need to be an extravagant holiday, as there are many options to suit any budget and any schedule. Whether you’re after a day of bliss, a spa vacation or pampering weekend, it is worth investing time on your health and wellbeing, as the benefits are incredible. It is more than okay to give yourself permission to look after your body and soul.

 

Skin Care

September 6th, 2016 by admin.ripple

Skin Care – Well winter has passed, Spring is here and most of us have probably noticed an increased susceptibility to dry, cracked and

Skin Care Tips

Skin Care Tips

irritated skin over the colder months. But have you ever wondered exactly why this happens?

Our skin is a water-containing barrier that protects us from our environment. The water content of the skin varies depending on gender, age and where on the body we’re looking at.

Because the skin is porous, water vapour is constantly lost through the skin via evaporation. Low humidity and windy environments – which is what we are exposed to in winter – accelerate this non-sweating water loss through the skin. Water loss is further hastened by direct heat that blows on the skin, which is what happens when we turn on heaters in the car and at home.

While dry skin looks and feels less than desirable, it also increases itchiness and flaking, and this can trigger eczema. Itching may also result in secondary infection in the skin. So aside from turning down the heater, what else can you do to avoid dry skin this winter? Here are our top skin care tips for maintaining healthy, hydrated skin.

Skin Care Tip 1 – Internal hydration

Skin Care Hydration

Skin Care Hydration

Dry skin typically experiences a breakdown of the skin barrier functions due to inflammation, as well as a build-up of dead skin cells. The number one solution is to keep skin well hydrated from the inside:

  1. Eat plenty of essential fatty acids (EFAs), particularly omega-3 and omega-6, which keep skin hydrated and clarified. A deficiency in both of these may result in dry, inflamed skin, whiteheads and blackheads. EFAs are important building blocks for the cell walls in our bodies, and assist in keeping skin moisturised, smooth and healthy. They also have anti-inflammatory effects and can relieve eczema symptoms. Good, delicious sources include oily fish, raw seeds, nuts, avocados, as well as supplements like pure fish oil, flaxseed oil and evening primrose oil.
  2. Avoid dehydration by drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water a day, and minimising your intake of caffeinated drinks and alcohol, which are dehydrating.

Skin Care Tip 2 – Topical relief

  1. Check your skin care regimen. Avoid creams or products that contain highly active ingredients, especially if your skin is
    Skin Care Nourishment

    Skin Care Nourishment

    itchy or flaky. Use a gentle cleanser that won’t strip the skin. Avoid soap and use soap-free wash instead – soap-free washes do the job of removing dirt but leave the body’s natural and much-needed oils behind. Soap-free washes also don’t contain strong alkaline solutions that are harsh on our skin. Swap your daily body lotion for oil, which seems to have better affinity with the skin, and is more effective at keeping skin moisturised.

  2. Moisturise at least once a day. Use a quality moisturiser that will dose the skin with lipids and reinforce its protective barrier. Choose fragrance-free products to avoid potential irritation. Using moisturiser two to three minutes after a shower will give the best results, and creams are more effective at hydration than lotions. If you have a greater tendency to develop dry skin, try applying moisturiser twice a day during winter.
  3. Use lip balm. Lips are also very prone to drying and cracking with winter winds and cold temperatures, and this can get very uncomfortable, and even painful. Instead of licking your lips or pulling off flaking skin, use lip balm as often as you can.
  4. Exfoliate weekly if possible. When skin is cold, it doesn’t function as well, and natural shedding slows down. This means that lotions and products become less effective, as the barrier of dead cells builds up and prevents absorption. Regular exfoliation will counteract the build-up of dead skin cells, and allow the skin to soak up all the wonderful moisture in the oils, lotions or creams that you apply.
  5. Follow exfoliation with a hydrating mask or facial, such as a collagen face mask, which will infuse the skin with moisture and help to sooth any itchiness, stinging or flaking.

Skin Care – Additional tips

  1. If you are prone to eczema, avoid wearing wool directly against your skin as this can irritate your skin, which can trigger eczema.
  2. If the skin on your hands is prone to drying out and cracking due to exposure to winter conditions, protect your hands with gloves. This will prevent the skin from cracking and drying. In addition, moisturise after each time you wash your hands, to replenish the lost moisture.
  3. Use a humidifier to replace the moisture lost from the air. If you’re in a warmer area, try placing a bowl of water in the corner of each room. This will put humidity back into the air, and ensure that your skin doesn’t dry out.

Try these skin care treatments

Skin Care Treatments

Skin Care Treatments

Facials are a fantastic way of rejuvenating and cleansing the skin and restoring hydration:

  1. Organic green clay facial

The Ripple organic green clay and cucumber facial is highly popular as it uses an oil rich clay high in minerals, suitable for even the most sensitive skin, and gently cleanses congested and problematic skin. The mask also nourishes the skin with macadamia oil and shea butter, leaving you feeling utterly rejuvenated. The one hour facial includes an amazingly relaxing head and face massage to relieve any tension or stress, guaranteed to make you feel lighter and very refreshed.

  1. Anti-ageing collagen facial

Experience instant results with this intensive treatment for fine lines and skin damage. The collagen hydrating mask infuses vital moisture and nourishment for full facial rejuvenation.

  1. Walnut, lime and tangerine body scrub

Smooth your skin with our handmade walnut, lime and tangerine exfoliation. Nourishing cream base, walnut shell to remove rough skin and lime and tangerine essential oil to detoxify and cleanse.

Finally, try to get enough sleep, avoid activities that dry out the skin further such as smoking or steaming your skin, and turn down the heater that’s blasting dehydrating air directly onto your skin.

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Day Spa Gosford

August 26th, 2016 by admin.ripple

Day Spa Gosford – Gosford is a town on the New South Wales Central Coast, known for an alluring surround of beaches, parks and natural attractions. Its mild

Day Spa Gosford

Day Spa Gosford

climate, ocean beaches, bushland and proximity to Sydney and Newcastle have made Gosford a popular holiday destination and prosperous business centre.

Whether you prefer bush, beach or cultural and culinary experiences, Gosford has something to offer. Have a lazy lunch in one of the many great restaurants; enjoy a relaxing day in a beautiful garden, gallery or museum; swim or surf at one of many pristine beaches; or immerse yourself in the area by exploring the natural beauty of the surrounding national parks.

With a wide range of accommodation and activities to choose from, Ripple loves this laid-back town for so many reasons. Here is a selection of our favourite day spa treatments in this coastal town.

Top Day Spa Gosford Treatments

  1. Manicure/ Handspa

Manicures are one of life’s small pleasures. For some, it’s an essential part of their monthly or even weekly beauty regimen. For others, it’s reserved for special occasions. Changing the colour and even shape of our nails can also change the way we feel about ourselves and our image. In this popular holiday destination, a manicure is a quick way to pamper yourself without having to take too much time away from your busy tourist schedule. Our most popular treatment here is the one-hour handspa – complete hand rejuvenation with a luxurious manicure, aromatherapy exfoliation, steamed hot towels, hand and arm massage.

  1. Hot Stone Massage

    Gosford Hot Stone Massage

    Gosford Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone massage is a specialty massage where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones as an extension of their own hands, or by placing them on the body. The heat can be both deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles so the therapist can work more deeply, more quickly. Hot stone massage therapy melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness, increases flexibility, increases circulation and metabolism, and provides relief from pain associated with fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other chronic conditions. This is one of our most popular, decadent and nurturing treatments. Volcanic stones are used with aromatherapy oils to give you an amazing, pampering and healing massage experience.

  1. Pedispa

Amidst the hustle and bustle of our hectic lives, it is often easy to neglect our feet – we spend all day walking around on them, keep them enclosed in shoes all the time, and promptly forget them when we sit down. It is only when we take time away from our busy schedules, that we remember that our feet need some love as well. A highly popular treatment, the hour-long Ripple pedispa indulgence is a wonderful way to treat your neglected and overworked feet to much-deserved pampering. Deeply nourishing and hydrating, this aromatic foot ritual includes a foot soak, an exfoliating foot scrub, a foot massage and a deluxe pedicure. Your feet will thank you for it.

  1. Microdermabrasion Facial

The natural ageing process, combined with env

Gosford Massage

Gosford Massage

ironmental factors like stress, smoking and sun exposure, all have a dramatic effect on our skin. Many of us wish for the skin of younger years and it is possible to restore it – simply with a complete facial treatment using the microdermabrasion process, to give skin back its healthy natural glow, clarify the skin, and reduce wrinkles.

Using the latest technology, you can now treat yourself to a microdermabrasion treatment that is entirely crystal free, is non-invasive, and which also stimulates circulation and blood flow, thus encouraging collagen and elastin production. The process works by removing dead outer skin layers and unwanted skin cells. This is finished off with a hydrating mask and a relaxing head and neck massage. The result is smooth, fresh and super soft skin, and a wonderfully exfoliating and hydrating experience.

  1. Hydrotherapy Spa Treatment

Whether you’re juggling work and family, recovering from a joint or muscle injury, or simply needing to unwind from the day’s stresses, spa hydrotherapy provides both relaxation, healing effects and nourishing rejuvenation. The heat from  the warm water improves circulation and speeds recovery in damaged tissue; the buoyancy achieved in the spa reduces effects of pressure on joints and spine; while the massage relieves muscle tension and alleviates stress. In this therapeutic total body wellness experience, the very latest in water therapy technology is used in a hydrotherapy spa to deliver total relaxation and rejuvenation.

Allow yourself to drift away as your hydrotherapist soothingly massages your scalp and neck while gentle mist and steam combine with essential oils to cleanse your pores, leaving your entire body feeling refreshed and recharged. A hydrotherapy session can be combined with other spa treatments such as full body exfoliation treatments, facials, or full body massage. Hydrotherapy can relax and ready muscles to receive massage and prepare the skin’s pores to better absorb ingredients that may be used during a facial or body treatment.

  1. Babymoon Packages

Pregnancy and preparations for a new baby can be stressful and exhausting for both parents-to-be, and the Central Coast is the perfect backdrop for a getaway before bub arrives, to take some time to reconnect with your partner and enjoy some time out from the preparations. Our Babymoon packages include deluxe pregnancy massages and beauty treatments by our skilled and experienced therapists, and ensure that you are pampered, nurtured and relaxed for a smoother and easier birth.

  1. Couples Spa Retreat

    Couples Spa Retreat

    Couples Spa Retreat

Picture yourself on a well-deserved weekend getaway with your beloved. You’ve had a full and busy day, beginning with an early morning hot air balloon ride, followed by a scrumptious breakfast of local produce, and an afternoon spent wandering through the local national park. Neither of you feel like venturing out again after such a wonderful day outdoors, and that’s just as well because you’re both soon relaxing under the expert hands of two massage therapists in the comfort of your hotel room.

With Gosford being such a relaxing getaway, the Ripple Ultimate Couples Spa Retreat is one of our top treatments here. For 4 hours, each of you will enjoy, at the same time, exquisite massages from Ripple’s range, a deeply relaxing foot soak and reflexology massage, face masks, body scrubs, a divine traditional Indian head massage, topped off with a beautifully gift wrapped gift box full of Ripple products for you to enjoy after your getaway. The perfect way to spend quality time with your loved one while enjoying some much needed relaxation.

  1. Indian Head Massage

Indian head massage, or Champissage (champi is the Hindi word for head massage), is a massage therapy that is based on the ancient healing system of Ayurveda. Indian head massage focuses on treating the patient using massage techniques on the face, head, neck, upper arms and shoulders. It uses gentle massage strokes on these areas to stimulate the nerves, loosen up tight muscles, and relax superficial tissues. There are multiple benefits to receiving regular head massages, including: relieving muscle tension; improving circulation; relieving insomnia; promoting healthy hair growth; improving mental performance; stimulating the lymphatic system and alleviating stress and anxiety; and promoting a deep and lasting sense of peace and tranquility. Lie back for a healing rest as your back, shoulders, arms and head are taken on a journey to wellbeing.

In this laid-back town, you will find the ideal atmosphere to recharge and rejuvenate. Breathe in the sea air; wander through the bushland; and feel your body respond and relax to the serenity around you.

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Vitamin D Benefits

August 22nd, 2016 by admin.ripple

Vitamin D Benefits – Many of us lead sedentary, indoor-bound lives; and when we do venture outside, we are reminded by the media and health experts to slap

Vitamin D Benefits

Vitamin D Benefits

on the sunscreen. Picture yourself taking a break; turning away from the computer, putting away those books you were reading, or perhaps turning off your mobile device.

Now walk outside, into the sunshine (leave that sunscreen for now); find a nice patch of grass, and perhaps lie down on it. Feel the warmth of the sun on your upturned face, your bare arms… Doesn’t that make you feel better already? You may not think about it very much, but when you’re soaking up the sun’s rays, you’re also soaking up vitamin D.

It’s sometimes called the “sunshine vitamin” because it’s produced in your skin in response to sunlight. Vitamin D has multiple roles in the body, but because of the growing fears of harmful UV rays, it is estimated that about half the global population is vitamin D deficient. So why is it so good, and why should we give ourselves sensible sun exposure on a regular basis?

Vitamin D Benefits For Health

Vitamin D Health Benefits

Vitamin D Health Benefits

  1. Building strong bones and teeth

Perhaps the most vital benefit of Vitamin D is regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorous, and facilitating normal immune system function. Getting a sufficient amount of vitamin D is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases. If your body doesn’t get enough vitamin D, you’re at risk of developing bone abnormalities such as soft bones (osteomalacia) or fragile bones (osteoporosis).

  1. Immune support

Vitamin D supports the “killer cells” of the immune system.  These are important for seeking out and destroying pathogens. These “Killer cells” lie dormant around the body until they’re needed to fend off an invader.  They rely on signals from the body to be activated.  Vitamin D is one of the most important ingredients for these signals.  Vitamin D plays a role in the cell’s ability to go into alert mode, and tells the cell to calm down when the job is done.  If the “Killer cell” continues to rampage through the body, it can cause collateral damage and may contribute to autoimmune disorders.

  1. Fighting disease

    Fighting Disease

    Fighting Disease

In addition to its primary benefits, research suggests that vitamin D may also play a role in: reducing your risk of multiple sclerosis; decreasing your chance of developing heart disease; regulating insulin levels and aiding diabetes management; supporting lung function and cardiovascular health; and even helping to reduce your likelihood of developing the flu.

  1. Fighting depression

Research has shown that vitamin D might play an important role in regulating mood and warding off depression. In one study, scientists found that people with depression who received vitamin D supplements noticed an improvement in their symptoms. In another study of people with fibromyalgia, researchers found vitamin D deficiency was more common in those who were also experiencing anxiety and depression.

  1. Helping with weight loss

Consider adding vitamin D supplements to your diet if you’re trying to lose weight or prevent heart disease. In one study, people who took a daily vitamin D supplement did not lose a significant amount of weight, but were able to improve their heart disease risk markers. People taking a daily calcium and vitamin D supplement have also been shown to be able to lose more weight than subjects taking a placebo supplement. Extra calcium and vitamin D likely have an appetite-suppressing effect.

  1. Influencing genes involved in cancer development

    Vitamin D Deficiency

    Vitamin D Deficiency

Activated vitamin D is one of the most potent inhibitors of cancer cell growth, and can influence the expression of genes involved in cancer development. For example, seventy percent of women with breast cancer are vitamin D deficient.  Vitamin D has been shown to prevent breast cancer cell growth and decrease the expression of cancer causing genes.

How do you know you are Vitamin D-ficient?

Many lifestyle and environmental factors can affect your ability to get sufficient amounts of vitamin D through the sun alone. These factors include: pollution; use of sunscreen; spending more time indoors; living in big cities where buildings block sunlight; having darker skin.

These factors contribute to vitamin D deficiency in an increasing number of people. The symptoms of a vitamin D deficiency in adults include: general tiredness, aches and pains; severe bone or muscle pain or weakness that may cause difficulty climbing stairs; stress fractures, especially in the legs, pelvis, and hips.

Where to get Vitamin D

Your body produces vitamin D naturally when it is directly exposed to sunlight. This doesn’t mean you need to get out there and expose your bare skin all day, everyday. A little can go a long way. All you need is about 10 minutes a day of midday, pre-sunscreen sun exposure. If natural sun exposure is difficult where you live or based on your lifestyle, you can also get it through certain foods and supplements to ensure adequate levels of the vitamin in your blood. Foods that contain vitamin D include: oily fish like salmon and sardines; egg yolk; and fortified foods such as milk, cereal, yogurt and orange juice.

The bottom line

With such a wide range of health benefits, and considering how easy it is to ensure we have a steady supply, it is rather surprising that so many of us are actually vitamin D deficient. Yes, we need to be careful about the sun’s harmful rays; at the same time, however, we need to remember that sunshine can boost our immune systems, help us build strong bones, avoid major diseases, and simply feel better about life. So the next sunny day when you have a few moments to spare, before picking up your phone, turning on the TV, or doing those chores that you’ve been meaning to do – open the door, head outside, soak in some of those glorious rays, and let your body produce the vitamin D that you need.

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Day Spa Yarra Valley

July 30th, 2016 by admin.ripple

Day Spa Yarra Valley – Less than an hour from Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is a whole life experience away, offering quality local food and

Yarra Valley Day Spa

Yarra Valley Day Spa

wine, breathtaking scenery, romantic hideaways and indulgent adventures.

Not only is the Yarra Valley recognised as one of the world’s premier wine growing regions… It is also a beautiful setting for recharging and relaxing, to feel your cares and worries drift away as you surrender to the peace and tranquility of this magical region. Here are our top day spa treatments in the area.

  1. Hens Party and Girls Weekend packages

Our most popular treatment in the Yarra Valley is by far the Ripple Day Spa Yarra Valley massage and beauty packages. As the region has so much to offer in terms of luxury accommodation, gorgeous settings for special occasions and multiple opportunities for gourmet and fine dining, the Yarra Valley is a popular destination for weddings and ladies wanting a relaxing getaway with their girlfriends. If you’re staying for the weekend in a luxury holiday house for your hens weekend, the last thing you’d want to do is to leave the comfort of the house to get to a clinic or spa.

Of course you would prefer to savour every moment with your best friends, sipping champagne while enjoying massages and facials. Ripple can help you organise the entire pamper session, with massage and beauty treatments to suit everyone and every budget.

Our mobile therapists can come to your accommodation and set everything up for you so that you can fully enjoy your time with family and friends, with all of the relaxation and none of the hassle.

Yarra Valley Spa

Yarra Valley Spa

  1. Couples Spa Retreat

Picture yourself on a well-deserved weekend getaway with your beloved. You’ve had a full and busy day, beginning with an early morning stroll through a national park, followed by a scrumptious breakfast of local produce, and an afternoon spent sampling your way through the food and wine trails in Valley. Neither of you feel like venturing out again after such a wonderful day outdoors, and that’s just as well because you’re both soon relaxing under the expert hands of two massage therapists in the comfort of your hotel room.

With the Yarra Valley being such a popular relaxing getaway, the Ripple Ultimate Couples Spa Retreat is one of our top treatments here. For 4 hours, each of you will enjoy, at the same time, exquisite massages from Ripple’s range, a deeply relaxing foot soak and reflexology massage, face masks, body scrubs, a divine traditional Indian head massage, topped off with a beautifully gift wrapped gift box full of Ripple products for you to enjoy after your getaway.

The perfect way to spend quality time with your loved one while enjoying some much needed relaxation.

  1. Grape massage

In such a rich wine region, it is only fitting that you are able to indulge in a warm grape massage here. An antioxidant-rich grape balm, made from locally grown Shiraz grapes, is massaged onto the skin and integrated into relaxation massage techniques.

The red wine grapes are said to slow down the ageing process, replenish the skin with nutrients, and offer complete rejuvenation to the skin. This is a deeply hydrating, soothing and calming treatment, ideal for those seeking relaxation with added anti-inflammatory benefits from the wine grapes.

  1. Babymoon packages

    Spa Yarra Valley

    Spa Yarra Valley

Pregnancy and preparations for a new baby can be stressful and exhausting for both parents-to-be, and the Yarra Valley is the perfect backdrop for a getaway before bub arrives, to take some time to reconnect with your partner and enjoy some time out from the preparations.

Our Babymoon packages include deluxe pregnancy massages and beauty treatments by our skilled and experienced therapists, and ensure that you are pampered, nurtured and relaxed for a smoother and easier birth.

  1. Hydrotherapy spa treatment

In this therapeutic total body wellness experience, the very latest in water therapy technology is used in a hydrotherapy spa to deliver total relaxation and rejuvenation. Whether you’re juggling work and family, recovering from a joint or muscle injury, or simply needing to unwind from the day’s stresses, spa hydrotherapy can help ease your tension.

The heat from the warm water improves circulation and speeds recovery in damaged tissue; the buoyancy achieved in the spa reduces effects of pressure on joints and spine; while the massage relieves muscle tension and alleviates stress.

Allow yourself to drift away as your hydrotherapist soothingly massages your scalp and neck while gentle mist and steam combine with essential oils to cleanse your pores, leaving your entire body feeling refreshed and recharged.

A hydrotherapy session can be combined with other spa treatments such as full body exfoliation treatments, facials, or full body massage.

Girls Weekend Yarra Valley

Girls Weekend Yarra Valley

  1. Microdermabrasion facial

The natural ageing process, combined with environmental factors like stress, smoking and sun exposure, all have a dramatic effect on our skin. Many of us wish for the skin of younger years and it is possible to restore it – simply with a complete facial treatment using the microdermabrasion process, to give skin back its healthy natural glow, clarify the skin, and reduce wrinkles.

Using the latest technology, you can now treat yourself to a microdermabrasion treatment that is entirely crystal free, is non-invasive, and which also stimulates circulation and blood flow, thus encouraging collagen and elastin production. The process works by removing dead outer skin layers and unwanted skin cells.

This is finished off with a hydrating mask and a relaxing head and neck massage. The result is smooth, fresh and super soft skin, and a wonderfully exfoliating and hydrating experience.

  1. Pedispa

Amidst the hustle and bustle of our hectic lives, it is often easy to neglect our feet – we spend all day walking around on them, keep them enclosed in shoes all the time, and promptly forget them when we sit down.

It is only when we take time away from our busy schedules, that we remember that our feet need some love as well.

A highly popular treatment, the hour-long Ripple pedispa indulgence is a wonderful way to treat your neglected and overworked feet to much-deserved pampering. Deeply nourishing and hydrating, this aromatic foot ritual includes a foot soak, an exfoliating foot scrub, a foot massage and a deluxe pedicure. Your feet will thank you for it.

  1. Organic green clay facial

    Healesville Day Spa

    Healesville Day Spa

Skin is the largest organ on the human body, and it is often our facial skin that shows the first signs of stress, hormonal imbalances or tiredness.

Facials are a fantastic way of rejuvenating and cleansing the skin and restoring hydration. The Ripple organic green clay and cucumber facial is highly popular as it uses an oil rich clay high in minerals, suitable for even the most sensitive skin, and gently cleanses congested and problematic skin.

The mask also nourishes the skin with macadamia oil and shea butter, leaving you feeling utterly rejuvenated. The one hour facial includes an amazingly relaxing head and face massage to relieve any tension or stress, guaranteed to make you feel lighter and very refreshed.

Hide away from the world in the Yarra Valley’s lush natural havens and let us spoil you with the pampering you need and deserve.

 

Avocado Nutrition

July 23rd, 2016 by admin.ripple

Avocado Nutrition

Is avocado good for your skin and if so, what makes it so amazing?

Avocado Nutrition

Avocado Nutrition

While using avocado directly on the face is a popular natural beauty treatment, many have found that just eating avocado regularly can do wonders for their complexion.

Avocados are rich in healthy fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants that can improve your skin from the inside. There are also some wonderful avocado benefits for general health. Here are some of the top avocado nutrition benefits for your skin and health… even more reasons to eat one of nature’s healthiest foods!

  1. Antioxidant Carotenoids

Avocados are a great source of antioxidant carotenoids like alpha-carotene, beta carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin and lutein. These free-radical quenching compounds provide protection for your skin from environmental damage that leads to fine lines, wrinkles and other visible signs of aging. High amounts of carotenoids in your diet have been shown to improve skin’s density, thickness, tone and general appearance.

  1. Vitamin C

You may be surprised to know that avocado contains good amounts of vitamin C for healthy skin. As well as having strong antioxidant properties, vitamin C is needed for the creation of elastin and collagen, which bind your skin cells together and maintain their firmness and structure.

  1. Vitamin E

Vitamin E is another skin antioxidant. Vitamin E assists in preventing free radical damage from oxidizing fats in your skin cells that lead to aging skin. Research studies have also shown that vitamin E can reduce the effects of UVA and UVB radiation from excessive sun exposure on your skin. As with most things, natural is better – Vitamin E is much more beneficial for you and your skin when it’s obtained from natural sources like avocados.

  1. Moisturising effects

    Avocado tips

    Avocado tips

One of the main avocado benefits for skin comes from their high oleic acid content. This monounsaturated fatty acid maintains moisture in the epidermal layer of your skin, helping to make it soft and hydrated. An omega-9 fat, oleic acid is also involved in regenerating damaged skin cells and reducing facial redness and irritation. People who suffer from skin irritation and dryness regularly could certainly benefit from eating more avocado for skin health and moisturisation. Omega-9 fatty acids are one of the building blocks of a healthy complexion and avocados (and avocado oil), are a great source of this skin moisturising fat.

  1. Blood Pressure

Many people don’t get enough of the mineral potassium in their diet. This deficiency can lead to high blood pressure, which is in turn a significant risk factor for heart attack, stroke and kidney disease. Avocados are particularly rich in potassium, and a good food to eat to maintain normal blood pressure and lower the risk of kidney failure and heart disease. Aside from healthy blood pressure, the oleic acid and dietary fiber in avocados help normalize blood sugar levels, providing further benefits for heart health and lowering the risk of diabetes. The benefits of this area of avocado nutrition are amazing.

6.Benefits for Pregnant Women

Avocado during pregnancy

Avocado during pregnancy

Avocado is a particularly important food for women who are pregnant, and those trying to get pregnant, due to its high concentrations of folate, or folic acid. This B vitamin is needed to prevent birth defects like spina bifida and doctors advise women to get high amounts of folate both before and during pregnancy. Avocados contain around 45 mcg of folate per half a cup, which is more than any other fruit, making them a great food source for moms to be.

  1. Avocado for Constipation

Despite their creamy texture, avocados are actually a high fibre food. This fibre is great for improving digestion, encouraging regular bowel movements and to help prevent constipation. If you’ve been having problems with constipation or diarrhoea, then getting more fibre-rich foods like avocados can definitely help keep you regular.

  1. Benefits for Weight Loss

Many people would be surprised that a food so high in fat and calories would be recommended for weight loss. However, research has shown that avocado’s monounsaturated fatty acids are much more likely to be used as slow burning energy than stored as body fat. This steady energy and the feeling satiated fullness that you get from eating an avocado is one of the reasons they are so good at reducing hunger and appetite. It’s also why including more foods in your diet that are high in healthy fats and less with processed carbohydrates makes such a big difference when you want to lose weight.

  1. Cardiovascular health

Coronary heart disease is still one of the biggest killers in developed countries. Studies have shown that high consumption of pro-inflammatory processed vegetable oils are a significant risk factor in cardiovascular disease. Experts advise lowering polyunsaturated fat intake and increasing the amount of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids in your diet. Avocado is an excellent source of monounsaturated oleic acid. Research has shown this beneficial form of fat reduces dangerous LDL cholesterol in the blood at the same time as increasing the more beneficial HDL cholesterol. As well as lowering LDL cholesterol, studies have found eating avocado can also decrease high blood triglyceride levels, another common predictor of cardiovascular problems.

A diet high in avocado is good for your skin, particularly your face, in the way its fatty acids moisturize and soften your skin cells. Avocados can also help in aiding digestion, lowering the risk of heart disease and diabetes, as well as losing weight. If you need any more reason to add or increase the amount of avocado in your diet… they are delicious! Try them on their own, in a smoothie, in salads or anyway you like. Your body will thank you for it!