3 local Edmond businesses you may not know about, but need to!

I’m deviating a little from the normal skincare topics to bring you 3 local Edmond businesses that you may not know about, but definitely need to!

 

I’ll preface this by saying I am not a social media influencer, nor do I care to be. This is not a “collaboration”, I’m not being paid, and I’m not receiving products or services in exchange for mentioning them. These are local businesses that I support regularly because I love them, and they add value to my life in our Oklahoma town. I hope they do the same for you.

 

  • Deep Roots Massage and Wellness 

Where do I begin. I’ve gotten a monthly massage for years, and when I moved here to Edmond in Feb 2017…well, I didn’t know what to do. Finding a new massage therapist is tough. We’ve all spent money on facials and massages that are underwhelming, to say the least. I browsed #edmondok on Instagram here and there, and came across this fantastic account. 3 months later I booked a massage with Lacey, and I haven’t looked back. 

This is not a medical office. This is like a mini soul vacation up in north Edmond, between the cabin in the woods, the crystals, the essential oils. Lacey has that great balance where the pressure doesn’t hurt, but the knots are all gone. She’s a solo business owner, and all online booking like I am, so booking and managing your appointments is easy. Follow her at @deeprootswellness on Instagram, and if you vibe with her, book an appointment. Don’t wait too long though, because she’s popular and she’s busy. 

 

 

  • Urban Agrarian, Edmond Location. 

 

Oklahoma sourced produce, cheese, meat, eggs, milk, kombucha, ferments, etc. Most of it is organic. It’s an absolute treasure for us here. I used to go to the downtown OKC location on Sundays, and I was delighted when they opened a location on Broadway in Edmond. The lettuce. The peaches. The bread. Because it’s small and local, sometimes they run out of stuff, so when they post that they have local strawberries, hustle down there. They’ll be gone by lunch. I recently bought these spicy pickles that are made in Owasso, and I can’t stay out of them. The peaches come from Porter, which is about 10 minutes from my hometown of Muskogee. They’re good. Get some. 

Find them here – https://www.urbanagrarian.com/

 

 

  • The Botanical Bar

 

Do you like live houseplants? Do you drive all the way to Trader Joes or Whole Foods for fresh flowers? Do you like garden related gift items? Do you have a hankering to learn how to make your own Christmas wreath with fresh greenery? I did, and I took a class and made one. Call me Martha Stewart now. 

You need The Botanical Bar in your life as well. Guys, the classes are so fun. I’m an introvert, and I just sign up and go alone anyway, and they have wine and we make our flower arrangements, or wreaths, or succulent gardens, and chat with strangers and it’s a blast. 

Secret tip – they get peonies in stock sometimes. Yep, just down the road, 33rd and Santa Fe, behind Emory Anne Interiors. Go in and check it out. Find them here on Instagram – @botanicalbaredmond

And if you want to go to a class but you don’t want to go alone, let me know! Let’s go together 🙂 

WHY bar soap isn’t the best option for your face

Hope your summer is off to a beautiful start! Coming to your inbox today to chat about bar soap and why it’s best to not use it on your face!

Your skin typically stays around a pH or 4.5-5.5, and bar soap usually falls around a 9, which is VERY alkaline. What this means for your skin, is that it’s stripping your natural barrier away, leaving you dehydrated and causing irritation and sensitivity.

Many times, people who think they just have sensitive skin can simply change to a professional cleanser and moisturizer that support and repair, rather than strip, and see tremendous improvement, quickly.

If you need help picking a cleanser for your skin, I carry 6 at the spa, so you can find the perfect fit. My current faves are an orange gel cleanser, and an apricot cleansing cream. You’ll think you’ve died and gone to fruit heaven every time you wash your face.

Just a little reminder that I have switched to a landline, and will no longer receive texts. If you have questions, ALWAYS feel free to call me at the number at the top of the newsletter, and I’ll return your call ASAP during business hours.

Do you know the #1 external cause of aging skin?

THANK YOU to everyone who entered the facial giveaway last month! Mary Katherine Venters is the lucky winner! You’ve got a 60 minute facial waiting for you 🙂

Do you know what the #1 external cause of aging is? It’s sun exposure! Sun exposure breaks down the collagen and elastin that keep skin young. Of course lots of factors go into how and why we age, like genes, dietary habits, skincare habits (or lack of), but the best step you can take to slow it all down is to simply wear sunscreen every day, rain or shine. Don’t leave your bathroom in the morning without it. Headed to the beach or the lake? Pack a hat AND some sunscreen.

Now this is not always a popular thing to say in the skincare community, but I also believe in living your life. Sometimes embracing the moment lands you with a little extra sun damage on your chest, to remember that awesome vacation with family or friends.

I’m not going to rip you a new one for this. Protect your skin when you can, and go out there a live your best life. Just know that there’s not much I can do in a facial while you have a sunburn.

Little reminder that appointments book up fast these days, approx 3-4 weeks out, so plan ahead as much as you can for scheduling!

Have a beautiful April, and see you soon

~Sarah

Spring cleaning your skincare ritual

Hello and happy spring!

It’s time to do some spring cleaning, and be sure to not leave your skincare out. Here are few simple tips for going into a new season!

Toss old products. Most skincare products have a one year expiration date after opening, ESPECIALLY sunscreen, so be sure to use as directed by your esthetician, and get it used up before it expires.

Speaking of sunscreen, now is a good time to find a new one, before lake and beach season starts. Protect the investment you’ve made in your skin over the winter with your skincare treatments, and don’t leave the house without it. I have one I love, that goes on very matte and doesn’t get greasy. It’s available at the spa if you need one!

Be ready to switch over to a lighter moisturizer, as humidity increases.

Antioxidants provide an extra boost of protection from the sun and other environmental factors that age the skin, so consider adding one into your morning skincare ritual.

Finally, book a facial with your esthetician and get your skin professionally exfoliated and hydrated. It will feel amazing after the winter season!

I can milk a goat, and other important things

So the other day, my boyfriend’s mom asked me if I liked goat cheese and it brought back a whole flood of memories! All through my teen years, my family and I lived on 35 acres a little ways outside of Muskogee and we had a MASSIVE organic garden, free range chickens, and yes, milk goats. Usually my brother was the one to take care of them, but on occasion, I had to do it. So if you need a team member in a goat milking contest, I’m your girl. It’s all in the thumbs. Side note – homemade cheese is soooo good!

But, as my acne clients know, cutting out all dairy products for a time can really help your skin. Whey and soy protein especially can be a disaster when you want a clear face, so dairy free is definitely the way to go. I recently found a great acne safe option in Califia Farms, and their almond milk creamer is really amazing! You can find it in most grocery stores 🙂 If you try it, you’ll have to let me know what you think!

I have so many NEW things coming soon to the studio that I’m jazzed about, keep in touch with me on my Instagram page! Hope to see you soon!

Hello, Oklahoma City!

Hi there, brow babes! I’m Sarah 🙂 There are so many new faces on my social media pages since I moved to Oklahoma City a month ago, and I need to introduce myself!

That’s me there, on the right, with my little sister at Thanksgiving 2016. LOOK at her gorgeous brows!!

I’ve been a licensed esthetician for 9 years, and specializing in brow design for a little over 6 years. I had no plans to specialize in brows, since I originally got into the field of esthetics to be a makeup artist for film and theatre, and move to LA or NYC. Teenage dreams, right? After growing up in Muskogee, I wanted to go somewhere glamorous, but I ended up just over the river in Arkansas for 9 years, and my first job was at a place that specialized in brows. Since I opened my own business in 2014, I’ve taken countless continuing education classes for brows and skin, and now I’m back in Oklahoma City and I’m blissfully happy to be here! Isn’t it weird how our plans change?

So now I’ve set up shop inside Sola Salons in Edmond, where I can wax brows and encourage healthy skin, dabble in makeup, and make new connections.

I’m a dog mama to a little stinker named Lulu, lover of small local coffee shops and garden centers, product junkie and tester of new things, scuba diver and ocean lover, and I will occasionally pull out a Harry Potter quote if the situation is just right.

I’d love the opportunity to meet you and earn your business! I promise to take good care of you 🙂 Don’t know how to fill in your brows? I can help you with that. Need a customized skincare routine for busy moms? I’ve got that too! OKC ladies, I’m always looking for new places to eat and shop, and I love to support other women in business. If you have some favorites, come find me on Instagram and tag me in!

Have an awesome weekend,

Sarah

Ps, you can find me on Facebook HERE, and on Yelp HERE

Brow Waxing – What To Look For To Find A Brow Artist

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Before and after brow waxing, at Sarah McDaniel Aesthetics, Fort Smith Arkansas

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Before and after brow waxing, at Sarah McDaniel Aesthetics in Fort Smith Arkansas

With a new round of highschool grads this year, I’ve put together a few tips for finding a brow artist for those leaving for college far away, or my clients moving to another state this summer, or those of you just too far away to come see me 😉 Brow waxing is important – don’t just go anywhere!

1. Search Instagram and Google for brow waxing artists on your area. We’re proud of the work we do, and usually have lots of before and after photos. I would say there’s really not a wrong way or right way to do brows. It’s an art, and every one has a different style. You just want to find one that really speaks to YOU! If you can’t find before and after photos, email the salon and ask for some. If they don’t have any, move on. You don’t want to gamble with your eyebrows.

2. Word of mouth is the BEST way to find an aesthetician. Love your friends eyebrows? Ask her where she got them done!

3. Do not hesitate to ask about their sanitation procedures before you go in. Your aesthetician should have a clean room, a clean wax pot, wear clean gloves for every service, and use a clean wax stick every time they dip into the wax pot. Double dipping is not good!

4. We have a pretty good network, and I was able to send a client to a dear friend of mine on the West Coast for the summer, where I know she’ll be in good hands. I’ve had referrals here in Arkansas from friends in Chicago. Basically, it’s a small world and we’re always happy to help a client out. Ask us if we know anyone where you’re headed. Chances are, we do 🙂

Are you in the Fort Smith area? Book your appointment online here and come see me!

~Sarah

How to Pick Your Facial

One of the most common questions I get here at my studio in Fort Smith, Arkansas, is “what facial should I schedule?” I know I get overwhelmed when I have too many choices. When you’re not super familiar with something, how are you supposed to know what you need? I’ve designed my facial menu to make it SUPER easy to pick what you want. Big, long, complicated spa menus just aren’t my thing.

*This is for my facial menu only, so with other spas you still might want to call to learn the ropes*

I’ve broken it down into 3 levels. Each level can be customized to whatever YOUR skin needs that day. I have so much cool stuff to help get you the beautiful skin you want and deserve. We can do dermaplaning, microdermabrasion, microcurrent, enzyme peels, special active blends and masks, etc. All you need to choose is how much time you want to spend with me, and then you can relax and let me customize a plan and take care of you!

~The Red Carpet~ My longest and most luxurious facial! This one is approx. 90 minutes, and covers everything. Deep cleanse, custom exfoliation, microcurrent if needed, lovely masks and serums. You get to change into a spa robe and listen to bird/flute music, and it includes a hydrating hand treatment and lots of shoulder massage and essential oils that smell delicious. When I was coming up with this one, I tried it out on a friend and she was snoring at the end of her appointment, so I think it was a success 😉

~The Signature~ At 60 minutes, this is an abbreviated version of the Red Carpet facial. You still change into a robe and get the bird/flute music and shoulder massage, deep cleanse, custom exfoliation and mask.

~The Lunchtime~ At 45 minutes, for the lady on the go. You don’t change for this facial, I just tuck a drape into your collar and we spend targeted time on your face. Deep cleanse, exfoliation (usually microdermabrasion or dermaplaning), mask, serum, sun protection. Due to the time, no massage is included, but it’s still a relaxing break for busy ladies, AND you leave with beautiful glowy skin.

So your choice is simple – 90 minutes with massage, 60 minutes with massage, or a 45 minute express facial 🙂

Book it now right here.