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How To Soothe Dry, Chapped Winter Skin

Feel like you are losing the battle against dry skin this winter, we can help.

Now that we are in full blown winter mode here in Vermont, the effects have started to set in. Dry, itchy, red skin kind of feeling like an alligator? Well we have the cure to bring your skin back to life!

Ren Lip Balm at Mini Spa VTChapped lips are a killer. It makes it nearly impossible to wear your favorite lipstick or eat your favorite foods. Try using Ren’s Vita Mineral lip balm. We all use it here at the Mini Spa and are in love.

Helpful Hint: Always put your lip balm on before going outside. They need to be protected right from the start.

Having some issues with dry chapped or even splitting of the skin on your hands?

It’s so hard to keep the moisture locked in. Well we have found the remedy. We now carry a new skin care line, Ahava. The hand cream is amazing. It can last through two hand washing, unheard of, right. And it has an all natural ingredient list straight from the dead sea.

Helpful hint: Don’t cut or clip those cracks on your fingers, try using a nail file or nail buffer to smooth them.

Taking good care of your skin all winter will make bringing in spring so much easier. And, we do live in Vermont, you never know when that first skin exposing warm day will strike so be ready.

Do your nails need time to breathe? Fact or fiction?

We’re often asked if nails need to take a break from polish to breathe.  This question has two answers: It’s a good idea to take a polish break, but not because your nails need to breathe.  Nails get all the oxygen they need from the blood supply underneath the nail in the nail bed, not from the nail surface.

Do nails need to breatheHowever, the nail surface can get dehydrated or a bit discolored from extended nail polish wear. These symptoms appear as a yellowish tint or white flakiness.  Don’t be alarmed!  They are not indicative of anything unhealthy or sinister going on with your nails.

Taking a break from polish for a month or two will allow the nail’s surface to rehydrate and for staining to wear away.  Winter is a great time to do this, especially for us Vermont pedicure fans, since our feet are covered by warm boots for many weeks!

Getting pedicures is still recommended to keep the skin of the feet healthy and supple, and instead of color opt for Nail Envy by OPI (or a similar nail strengthener) which will deposit vitamins into your nails while still giving them a shiny, finished look.

Well cared for winter feet easily become sandal-ready when the weather cooperates!

History of Nail Polish

We all love polishing our fingers and toes right? Well have you ever thought, “The person that came up with this stuff deserves a high five!” I know we have ;-). What we do know about the person who created our awesome polishes wasn’t so much a person but a group of people in the same country and culture. It was a symbol of rank and the higher class for not the ladies but the men, that’s right boys, the men were the ones that had the right to wear color on their fingers and it wasn’t until much later that women started tinting their nails to show their rank in society as well.

One of the first countries who started to use nail polish was China, it was typically made from things such as beeswax, egg whites, gelatin, vegetable dyes and gum Arabic. The Chinese would dip their hands in this mixture for hours, which would turn the nails red or pink. Then in ancient Egypt henna was used, henna would stain the nails orange and would eventually turn dark red or brown after the stain matured. As stated, having color on the nails was a symbol of rank in society and those colors varied, but Gold and silver were highly favored at first, later black and red became popular. By the turn of the 9th century, nails were tinted with scented red oils and polished or buffed with a chamois cloth.

History of Nail PolishFortunately, we no longer have to dip our hands in dye to get polish on our nails and it doesn’t matter where you rank in society or what gender you are. We all have the opportunity to get our nails painted whenever we want and the real people we get to thank is Cutex. In 1917 Cutex got inspired by automobile paint and changed the formula to produce the first modern nail polish that we know and love today. So, the next time you are at the pharmacy and you see a Cutex label with your freshly painted nails give that box a high five and say “Thanks Cutex, you are the “I’m Not Really A Waitress” on my nails and the sparkle on my toes and for that I will always love you.”

The History of Our Home: The Pomeroy House

Tootsies Mini Spa new home carries so much history and we’ve only been able to share bits and pieces with our clients. However, we thought it would be interesting to dive deeper and share our findings. When we came across this article written by Doug Porter, it felt as though we had struck gold. Hope you find it as interesting as we did!

166 Battery-Pomeroy House

by Doug Porter

Tootsies Mini Spa - Pomeroy HouseBuilt for Dr. John Pomeroy in 1796, this two-and-one-half story eaves-forward structure is one of Burlington’s oldest brick buildings. Dr. Pomeroy (1764-1844) came to Burlington in 1792, having practiced medicine in Cambridge, Vermont for five years prior to his move. Pomeroy lived in a log building on the north side of Pearl Street for a few months before he purchased this lot with an older building on it. Four years later, he demolished the older building and had this brick structure built.1 Dr. Pomeroy began training apprentices sometime before 1800, offering classes in his home. He was appointed to the chair of anatomy and surgery at UVM medical school in 1809 (the same year he received an honorary degree from the university), but continued to teach at home until 1822. Pomeroy was active in his practice and in the affairs of the university until 1823. He was invalided in the late 1830s and died in this house in 1844.2

As the south end of Battery became increasingly commercial and industrial in character, many of the longtime residents moved away. The waterfront became home to a growing population of Irish immigrants. In 1864, the house came into the possession of an Irish grocer named Patrick Cavanaugh, who bought the property from Pomeroy’s son. Cavanaugh prospered and bought up property in the area. These properties he let to poor tenants rent-free. When Cavanaugh died in 1879, his sister, Mary McLaughlin, inherited the Pomeroy house. The building remained in her family until 1941, when the Chittenden Bank acquired the place. The house was sold to Harold Holloway in 1950, and he converted the building to a bait shop. Holloway bought many decrepit Battery Street buildings and after his death in 1977, the properties were sold to a development team. Rehabilitation of the “Holloway Block” as this portion of Battery Street came to be known, began in 1981. The Pomeroy house was renovated as part of this project. The work included demolition of the rear wing, extensive window replacement, and recreation of the elliptical light over the front door.

1 A. M. Hemenway, Vermont Historical Gazetteer (Burlington, VT: 1867), vol 1, 495. See also W. S. Rann, History of Chittenden County Vermont (Syracuse, NY: D. Mason & Co, 1886), 758.

2 Hemenway, Vermont Historical Gazetteer, vol 1, 522. The National Register nomination suggests that the Burlington Savings Bank may have operated from this building soon after Pomeroy’s death, but Rann locates the bank at another address. Rann, History of Chittenden County Vermont, 455.

Dry, Itchy Feet – One Surprising Cause

We can FINALLY put away the winter boots and bring out the summer beauties. It’s always so much fun to go shopping in our own closets and put on the long forgotten summer dress and sandals! But have you ever wondered why your feet may get itchy or dry as soon as you start wearing your flip flops?

Is it possible last year’s bacteria is still living in your sandals?

Dry Itchy Feet Cure at Tootsies SpaWe’ve learned that it can be because of bacteria that’s been contentedly living there since you last wore them. Gross, I know, but it happens. Don’t fear, we have the cure! It’s called FootLogix antibacterial shoe deodorant spray and it does more than refresh your shoes, it kills bacteria that can cause skin cells to become dehydrated and flakey.

FootLogix Dry Itchy Feet Cure at Tootsies SpaSo before you slip into those gorgeous sandals your feet have been yearning for, protect yourself with FootLogix spray, one of many amazing FootLogix products we carry to keep your feet in tip-top shape for flip-flop season!

We Use Individual Foot Bath Liners Because We Care!

Hi Ladies!

Did you know we use individual foot bath liners for every pedicure? Why do we do this, you ask? Because at Tootsies sanitation is a top priority! We want our clients to know that their feet never touch a foot bath where someone else’s have touched and that your feet are in the best hands. Sure, those fancy massage pedicure chairs look enticing but how do you know if they have been properly cleaned and are free from bacteria? The answer, you don’t. Be rest assured that you can leave your worries at the door when you come to Tootsies! Soak away, knowing you’re in the care of professionals who put your health, well-being, and happiness above all! You can check out for more details.

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Tootsies Uses Beleva Foot Bath Liners