no tricks, just treats: reward yourself with aviary's pumpkin facial

Alright, Atlanta. As you know, it’s pumpkin time. But pumpkin is not only for your porch or pie or, ahem, latte – it’s for your skin. All year around, we love our ALCHEMIST Smart Peel utilizing Sircuit's Youth Accelerator Pumpkin Enzyme Peel, but there’s something about the arrival of fall that makes it even better. And apart from it smelling good enough to eat, it comes loaded with healthy skin benefits.

By smartly targeting the skin’s receptors, the peel aids in getting rid of that icky free radical damage (which results in accelerated aging), and the power is really in the pumpkin. Concentrated pumpkin, or Cucurbita Pepo extract is rich in Beta Carotene and over 100 other nutrients. The other main ingredient, pumpkin ferment or Lactobacillus, works to exfoliate dead skin cells and impurities. All in all? It leaves your skin as vibrant as fall’s blue sky.

As a part of the facial, it’s a sure fire way to deeply cleanse pores, exfoliate and rehydrate. But seriously, don’t go eating it – we have a treat for you. If you show us this blog post upon receiving your Pumpkin Enzyme Peel, you’ll get $10 off, and, if you’re a member of Gilt City Atlanta, you can grab yourself the whole thing for $54 (not to mention the deals on Intraceuticals Rejuvenate + Atoxelene Oxygen Infusions and brow shaping that we’ve thrown in the treat basket as well).

Happy fall, friends!

wonder city, wonderfarm

Prepare to engage all five senses this coming Saturday at the first-ever Wonderfarm. A celebration of our unique community, Wonderfarm will combine farm food and local art to benefit two special Atlanta nonprofits – Community Farmers Markets and WonderRoot. The evening will include a seated dinner curated by Miller Union chef Steven Satterfield and feature more than 10 of Atlanta's most crave-worthy chefs. Interactive performances, demonstrations and installations organized by WonderRoot will also be in progress.

It is Community Farmers Markets’ mission to develop and strengthen farmers markets for long term sustainability and meaningful community impact. WonderRoot also believes in inspiring positive social change through uniting artists and community.

In addition to a delicious dinner and equally enticing art, Wonderfarm will include a cocktail reception and silent auction from your favorite local businesses. And did we mention that this is the first time that the new Krog Street Market opens its doors to the public?

Head over here for ticket information and how to get involved. This is an Atlanta evening not to miss.

triumph & disaster

New Zealand brand Triumph & Disaster is a men's skincare line that churns out products just as powerful as its name (inspired by a Rudyard Kipling poem none the less). Derived with nature but engineered with science, the brand fits the category of a modern day apothecary. They even have the cool packaging to prove it. Triumph & Disaster has a knack for finding ingredients that work, too. Blending local indigenous ingredients with scientifically proven and natural ingredients from everywhere from Polynesia to Australia, they've created a line of men's essentials. Their products range from peppermint scented Ritual Face Cleanser to close shave ensuring Old-Fashioned Shave Cream.

One of our favorite things about Triumph & Disaster is what is behind the brand (besides the handsome faces it's creating worldwide). Dion Nash founded the company on the simple belief that "ritual and preparation are worthy endeavors and that being well groomed is something of which to be proud." It's about time that men get some skincare loving, too.

Come in and snag your favorite essential or set up a facial to try it out. Here's to Triumph & Disaster, what Kipling called "two impostors just the same."

juniper ridge, scents for the adventurer in all of us

At Aviary, we have a deep love for the natural world. That's one of reasons that we're so excited about our new product line Juniper Ridge. The world's only wild fragrance company, Juniper Ridge creates pure fragrances from real plants, bark, moss, mushrooms and tree trimmings - all found while fearlessly hiking the back country. With scents named after the adventures themselves - Big Sur, Caruthers Canyon and Cascade Glacier to name a few - Juniper Ridge is both a unique concept and company. But what really sets them apart from the rest of the fragrance industry is their process. Juniper Ridge distills their colognes and perfumes, meaning that they handle every step of the process, from beginning to end. It always begins with hiking, capturing the smell of a particular wind or road or whisky-fueled campfire, and ends with a scent or harvest. Every product that comes out of Juniper Ridge's small workshop in Oakland, CA is so cared for that it's assigned a harvest number documenting everything from the plants that make up the fragrance to who collected them (go here to learn more about your bottle).

Declaring themselves hikers above all else, the folks at Juniper Ridge donate 10% of profits to various wilderness groups, in a mission to "keep the west coast wild" (and smelling sweet). Whether in the form of their signature cabin spray, cologne, perfume or incense, Juniper Ridge allows you to bring a little of the wilderness home.

jason elliott takes satmc on the road (and his motorcycle can be yours)

As most of you know, Jason is hard at work on his music when he's not spiffing up your locks at Aviary. His project, Spirits and the Melchizedek Children, has continued to grow and this past month, they released a new album entitled "So Happy, It's Sad." While Jason hit the road with SATMC last Thursday for a two-month tour, they need your help to continue recording, touring and creating. We'll miss having Jason in the nest, but we're so happy to see him fly. Head over here to check out the campaign and chip in where you can (there is some pretty cool stuff involved).

kelly painter, aviary's new esthetician

We are so pleased to welcome esthetician Kelly Painter to the Aviary nest. After refining her craft at Aveda Institute, Kelly worked locally for Sweetgrass Salon & Spa and Key Lime Pie. She also operated an independent practice in Charleston, SC. Now back in Atlanta, she brings over six years of experience to the treatment table – alongside comfort, laughter and a healing touch. Book an appointment here, get to know her a little better below and most importantly, welcome, Kelly! 1. After earning a BAS at Georgia State, you sought a career that you could look forward to every day. Do you feel you've found that? What would you say is most rewarding about your job?

It's definitely a career I look forward to everyday. My personality requires that I care for people. Making others happy, makes me happy (the epitome of a Virgo). The immediate gratification I experience through healing touch or transformative results is by far the most rewarding part of my job. I am able to see, hear and experience first hand how my craft helps clients. That makes me grateful and thankful to have found my passion.

2. What initially attracted you to Aviary?

Honestly... the adorable studio. I was meeting another potential job option in Studioplex and saw Aviary. I thought to myself, "what an adorable place... I want to work there!" Luckily, Amy was in the process of hiring another esthetician and fate brought us together. Plus, working with more organic and healthy products has been on my to-do list. I'm so thankful for this opportunity.

3. Do you have any favorite tunes to play in the treatment room?

I'm really into anything ambient and ethereal, it helps take the client to a different place (essential to total relaxation). Luckily with today's technology, programs like Pandora allow for an array of amazing music. Long gone are the days of listening to the same cheesy CD's on repeat... thank goodness!

4. As an Atlanta native, what are some of your favorite spots - food, adventure or otherwise?

Oh boy, this is a tough one. Some places I really miss (Everybody's Pizza had the best pizza salad!) but here's a short list of faves:

Food: I love hand-crafted cocktails and light snacks at Leon's, plus I'm perfecting my bocci ball skills. For yummy comfort food done with an elegant twist we {my family and boyfriend} always head to Babette's on N. Highland. Also, my boyfriend recently became Sous Chef at Fox Bros BBQ, so no complaints when some amazing BBQ makes it's way home!

Adventures: I'm originally from Stone Mountain, so any time spent walking our dog {Biscuit} at "the mountain" is special. It's a great retreat for me, and there's just something comforting about that big piece of granite. We are really into neighborhood exploring as well. There are so many awesome green spaces in Candler Park/Lake Claire area! But on rainy days you will find us at the movies. Midtown Arts and the local AMC have everything we need (including awesome popcorn)!

5. And lastly, if you were a bird, which bird would you be?

I have to say an Owl. Twice an owl has visited me (literally) and brought wisdom into a confusing time in my life. It's crazy how spirit animals do that. They are so magical and breathtaking to watch. Plus, who wouldn't want to turn their head all the way around?!

true love is an oxygen facial

Thanks to Karina Timmel and The Atlantan for including us in this month's "Beauty Boosts." After Karina came in for an oxygen facial (she went with the Intraceuticals Rejuvenate + Instant Infusion with Atoxelene treatment), she fell in love – you know, just in time for Valentine's Day. Head over here to book yours. See you soon!

our feathered friends: dana hazels seith goes behind the scenes at the clermont lounge

Ah, The Clermont Lounge. We all know it, love it or are at least curious about it. After all, it's an Atlanta landmark. Unchanged since it opened its doors in 1965, The Clermont has attracted visitors both near and far as well as has given them all stories to take home. What they haven't been able to take home, though, is photos. The venue has held a strict "no cameras" policy – until now. Our friend and writer Dana Hazels Seith along with photographer Artem Nazarov and designer Ryan Wood were given an all-access pass to document the legendary Atlanta dive, creating the artfully produced, conversation starting coffee table book No Cameras: The Clermont Lounge (available here). Here's a little peak at Dana's experience: So owners Tracey Brown and Kathi Martin commissioned you with this idea? Will you tell us a little about your reaction to such an interesting project? Had you known them previously?

I heard they were looking for someone to document their story (visually and with text). I was overwhelmed at first, both with the subject and just agreeing to such a tremendous task of spearheading: Finding a publisher, conducting interviews, researching, writing. I never met either Kathi or Tracey (or been inside the Clermont Lounge) prior to my role in the project. They are both amazing women and I’m proud to call them friends.

This was a collaborative effort as you worked alongside photographer Artem Nazarov and designer Ryan Wood. Have you working collaboratively before during your career as a writer? What was your experience?

I have worked collaboratively before, but never to this degree. Going from concept to book form is a massive undertaking and I’m grateful I was naive enough to go for it with all I had, but writing is just one component of what made this project. Photography from Artem and design from Ryan (both whom PC Press, my publisher, provided) completed the bigger picture, so to speak.

It must have been quite the adventure having an "all-access pass" to such a landmark/slice of history. Do you have any interesting stories you could share?

It was an adventure. So many memories and stories – too many to count, actually – some funny, some sad, some disappointing, some hilarious. It was a wild ride and one I’m very grateful for.

They say you'll never forget a night at the Clermont Lounge. Name one thing you'll never forget about the experience.

It’s not really one night, per se, but I’ll never forget the ladies who work there. They make the Clermont the Clermont and honestly, no amount of words or photographs in a book could fully do what they do justice.

My advice: Go. Tip generously. And have a night you’ll always remember.

What's next for you?

Like most working mothers, perfecting the art of doing what I love while trying to spend quality time with my family is top priority. I’ll always write in some capacity and continue to run my communications firm, danapop. But now that this project is done and there’s a tangible book, I think I can finally exhale a bit.

And lastly, if you were a bird, which bird would you be?

Ooh – this is tough, but I’d say an Osprey. They are birds of prey (often called sea hawks), ocean-dwellers favoring the coast, have a keen sense of vision, and an interesting ability to change their wing joints to adapt their surroundings (thanks, Wikipedia!).

I’d like to think I’m most of those things: smart, able to be flexible when needed, a strong sense of direction and internal compass, and someone drawn to the sea.

the oxygen facial deconstructed: rejuvenate daily serum

The magic of the Intraceuticals oxygen facial continues to woo us with the way that it immediately encourages more naturally hydrated and luminous skin. Because of this, we found it only right to dig in to what makes the treatment just so special – starting with the rejuvenate serum. The serum is, of course, a vital part of treatment, but it can also stand alone as a daily serum – even making the time in between facials that much more awesome. By delivering anti-aging ingredients such as vitamins A, C and E, green tea, panthenol (a provitamin of B5), squalane (a natural moisturizer) and a hyaluronic complex (sent from the tissue repair gods), the serum lifts, tones and hydrates. In turn, both skin's texture and vitality is improved in a poof. Because of these results, the rejuvenate serum is recommended to well, everyone – especially those battling dryness or those pesky fine lines and wrinkles.

We suggest applying the serum to face and neck at night as well as in the morning as it creates the ideal canvas for makeup application. So, whether of not you've experienced the coveted oxygen facial first hand, the rejuvenate serum stands proudly on it's own.

here's to the new year

As we bid farewell to 2013, we wanted to thank you for inspiring, supporting and encouraging us daily this past year. We look forward to 2014 being full of that same love and growth. Here's to you this new year! Love,

Your friends at Aviary

last-minute gift guide (don't worry, we've got ya covered)

As always, Christmas has snuck up on us and it being a mere week away doesn't mean we've got all of our gifts to give under the tree. Don't fret, though. We have something to bring a smile to everyone on your list. We promise. For the skin conscious - This is an easy one thanks to Clarisonic. The skin cleansing system who boasts the mantra, "Clearer skin is healthier skin," has been a favorite of ours for awhile. It works by using a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second, which, in turn, removes 6X more makeup and 2X more dirt than our hands ever could. There are options, too, with the Clarisonic Pro (perfect for the queen bee – as it is one itself – and is only available through estheticians), the Mia 2 (Pro's baby sister is the pick for the globe-trotter, complete with a handy travel case), the Clarisonic Opal (palm-sized and designed to help around the eyes) and the Clarisonic Face and Body (the ultimate all-over skin treat).

For the lock lover - A Mason Pearson hairbrush is one object every woman longs for. After all, we know the feeling. The not mass-produced, coveted brush originated in London in 1885 and hasn't changed much since – meaning it's an investment that will last for Christmases to come. The brushes come in four sizes, eight colors and three pads including Boar Bristle (for fine to normal locks), Boar Bristle and Nylon (for normal to thick locks) and Nylon (for those super thick locks) and promises to clean hair, stimulate the scalp and produce a healthy sheen. Yes, please, Santa.

For the one who has it all - Sometimes gift cards get a bad rap, but there's nothing bad about treating someone awesome to a hair cut or color, massage, facial or waxing complete with a therapist who will customize each treatment to address specific needs and wants. It'll even score them one of our favorite above mention gifts – without the stress of picking it out. And to that, we cheers the season of giving.

give thanks for great skin (our new favorite treatment)

We’re so excited to introduce you to Intraceuticals, our new line and oxygen facial. Often referred to as a “magic beauty machine”, the Intraceuticals oxygen machine and serums encourage natural, hydrated and luminous skin. Ready? The Aussie brand was pulled out from down under by Madonna’s go-to makeup artist Gina Brooke, so it’s no surprise that it’s a Hollywood favorite (and best kept secret - until now). Celebrities such as Molly Sims, Kim Kardashian and Rachel Zoe claim they can’t live without it. Not to mention Justin Timberlake’s honest testimonial, “It makes my skin look dope”. We’re just glad it’s not so under the radar anymore.

Why is the treatment just so coveted, though? Intraceuticals provides a new kind of oxygen treatment. First off, a techy machine uses oxygen under pressure to deliver a cocktail of vitamins and antioxidants into the skin, resulting in instant hydration, volume, firmness and a noticeable lift. Relaxing and beneficial even solo, the treatment is followed by the homecare application of the brand's three-step hyaluronic moisturizing system – revive, replenish, and protect. In the session, the products are layered to provide perfect hydrodynamics, resulting in deep and ongoing delivery of hydration as well as those ingredient perks.

We’re also offering rejuvenate with atoxelene or “no-tox botox”, so go ahead and get a jump on saying goodbye to those fine lines and wrinkles. Atoxelene uses a natural amino peptide to reduce wrinkle depth without the need for injections. Atoxelene is offered as a standalone or add-on to the Rejuvenate treatment.

Oxygen on its own has endless healing properties and Intraceuticals just bumps that up a notch. While it targets aging and dehydrated skin, it benefits every skin type and we’re especially smitten with its speedy results (more defined face contours right off the table, anyone?) Head over to our website for pricing information as well as to talk with our estheticians about the best options for your skin.

Let the social season begin!

francesca hernandez, aviary's newest esthetician

We are so excited to introduce you to Francesca, our newest esthetician. A true adventurer with a passion for holistic health, healing arts and beauty, Francesca has worked at reputable spas around Atlanta as well as a resort spa in Bermuda.  She's now entering her tenth year in the industry and we're thrilled she's decided to share her sense of exploration, inspiration and knowledge with us. Here's a little about her – in and out of the treatment room: What initially interested you in your craft? With your first degree in studio art, do you feel the two go hand in hand? I first became intrigued in aesthetics and massage in junior high after I saw an article in Seventeen Magazine about spa treatments. There was something so pleasing about self care and the tranquil images that it left an impression on me. I also started getting into my own aesthetic rituals around that time, which in turn helped with my confidence as a teenager. I would buy exfoliant and masks from The Body Shop with my allowance money and do facials on myself at home. The visual arts has always been a life long interest. It definitely goes together as both allow me to use my hands and be in the moment.

You were born in Louisiana, but spent your childhood between Puerto Rico and Florida. What brought you to Atlanta? I initially came to Atlanta in high school after my mom got a job at a college here. Since then I've lived in other places, but I always ended up coming back to Atlanta. It just offers a lot here in the way of activities and interests, plus you've got a lot of good nature spots to balance it out.

As an adventurer, what's one of your favorite places in the world? Paris. I've never seen another city so well designed. It was like someone laid out the city so that every angle looks like a scene from a painting. It's definitely worth a return visit.

How about in Atlanta? As a foodie I am eternally grateful for the Dekalb Farmer's Market. Their selection keeps getting better and its worth braving the crowds. The Atlanta Botanical Garden is another favorite. I just got back from seeing the scarecrows and the Imaginary Worlds exhibit. It is always a pleasure to hang out there.

And lastly, if you were a bird, what bird would you be? An owl, but maybe a baby owl. I tend to be a solitary thinker but I'm wise enough to know I don't know it all.

aviary's newest (full-time) bird: jenn jones

Remember when we announced that hairstylist and color specialist Jenn Jones was coming part-time to Aviary? Cue good hair because you can now find her here full-time (and we couldn't be more excited). A North Carolina native, Jenn studied at the Aveda Institute Chapel Hill, later honing her skills working at reputable studios such as Van Michael Salon of Atlanta, Mudhoney Hair Salon in New York City and the highly acclaimed alt-salon Graceland Brooklyn - where she still makes a regular appearance. Most recently, working as a stylist and instructor at the Aveda Institute Atlanta, Jenn has made Atlanta home with her her husband, photographer Raymond McCrea Jones, and their two young sons.

With over ten years of experience behind her, Jenn has locks on well, lockdown. She has a love of color - which shows through her expertise in techniques like balayge and being named Atlanta's best colorist by InStyle Magazine - and can make any dreamy 'do happen.

Jenn is available Sundays from 11:00-5:00, Mondays from 9:30-5:00 and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-7:00. Contact and booking information can be found here.

Welcome to the nest, Jenn!

growing pains

At Studioplex in Old Fourth Ward, we are surrounded by growth and, although exciting, it presents a few potential traffic problems that we want our clients to be aware of when arriving to our destination for services: Clients coming from Virginia Highlands and Inman Park may be delayed by the upcoming construction at 280 Elizabeth Street.

On the opposite side, Edgewood Bridge is down, which causes traffic to go through a bit of a maze to get around it. Construction continuing on Dekalb Avenue affects this side of town as well.

The Krog Street Market development at 99 Krog also creates delays in the area.

Lastly, the intersection in front of Studioplex (Lake/Irwin and Sampson/Auburn) is now a four way stop and has a knack for delaying traffic during peak traffic hours.

We know Atlanta traffic can be unpredictable and at times, frustrating, but please keep in mind our late arrival and cancellation policy as well as travel time to and from your service. Please call us if you are running behind or need to cancel - 24 hours notice to cancel or 48 hours is required for prime time appointments!

we are a best of citysearch nominee (and we need your help)

We've been nominated in both the Day Spa and Hair Coloring category for Best of Citysearch Spa & Beauty and we're beaming! Head over to Citysearch to place your vote. We sure would appreciate it. And, well, thank you, Atlanta, for all of your sweet love and support. We couldn't do it without ya! Ready, set, fly!

preserve your skin... anywhere

We’ve stumbled upon something brilliant, the newest addition to the Aviary product family, Preserve Skincare. We can give it to you in one word too. Simplicity. Because that’s what we’re all in need of, right?

Preserve Skincare serves up one thing only, the cleansing pad. It’s not your lazy day, drugstore run kinda cleansing pad though. Developed by two experienced estheticians in sunny San Fran, Preserve’s cleansing pads are all natural, ph-balanced pads made from purifying herbs and botanicals. And after two years in development, they’re ready for us (and we’re definitely ready for them).

The idea behind Preserve Skincare is as simple as the pads themselves. You know those nights when you come in late, kick of your shoes, and the absolute last thing you want to do is hang your sleepy head over the sink only to watch water and makeup remnants splatter everywhere? You can kiss those nights goodbye. The pads clean, tone, gently exfoliate, and remove that tired makeup with an easy, effective wipe. They can also be rinsed and reused for extra cleansing.

Remember, it’s important to keep that pretty skin of yours healthy and available in two soothing scents, Orange Blossom (all skin types) and Geranium Leaf (combination/oily skin), our new friends at Preserve have you covered. We know that it almost sounds too good to be true but publications like Style.com, Wallpaper, and SF Chronicle are even behind us on this one.

csa, d & a, and your new fresh food glow

You know what else spring means? It means unbelievably fresh food. And we have your weekly trip to the market beat. We’re proud to announce that we are in our 10th season of hosting CSA or Community Supported Agriculture. Starting on the 24th of this month, D & A Farm will be delivering the freshest organic fruits, veggies, melons, and mushrooms to our door every week to be picked up (and consumed) by you.

Since 1998, the idea of investing in a CSA has grown into a healthy phenomenon and all you have to do to get involved is sign up and drop by for your weekly box of D & A goodies. And don't worry about having too little or too much. Half and full shares are available. Half shares are $342 for the approaching 18 week season and feed those households of one or two. Full shares are great for households of four and are $630. But our favorite thing about it is the relationship it develops between the farmer and consumer. Not to mention, buying a “share” of D & A’s Spring/Summer harvest provides the farm with money early in the season, which keeps the cash flow up and our local farms alive. CSA is a way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer.

So, who’s D & A? Operated by Dave and Alan Bentoski, D & A is a 1st generation, small family farm right down the road in Zebulon, Georgia. On 19 acres of cultivated ground, D & A grows and markets over 80 varieties of certified organic foods. Currently, their food can be found also be found locally at Morningside Farmers Market, Zebulon’s Wednesday Market, and several local restaurants. We look forward to seeing you beaming with your fresh food glow!

here comes the sun

Finally, spring is here! Not only do we see it in Atlanta’s fine patio sitting, bicycle riding, beltline loving way, but in our hair and skin. Why? Spring brings along a big change in moisture balance. You know, the reason that city 800 miles from you makes your hair look better. Unlike the urge to sprint up the street for a King of Pops pop though, keeping your hair and skin healthy during the winter/spring transition is totally manageable.

Our friends over at EVO even have some tips and products. First off, they recommend their Happy Campers Hard-Working Moisturizer, a lightweight, leave-in moisturizer. The important thing here is the added sun protection that will keep your locks healthy during those beltline walks. Day of Grace Leave In Conditioner is the next smart move because (as EVO claims) it provides “100% more movement then a recently botoxed forehead”. Using a dab before styling will keep your hair in balance (and bounce). And lastly, EVO recommends Love Touch Shine Spray, their solution to dry, dull hair. As a weightless finishing spray, it magically adds both hold and shine. Thanks EVO!

We also recommend their Water Killer Dry Shampoo that we just got in to ease your “I wash my hair too much” woes. Skin takes a similar beating as we do the constant shuffle between outdoor warmth and humidity to indoor heat and dryness. To combat this “extreme combination” skin condition, Amy recommends 4 weeks of Dr. HauschkaRhythmic Night Conditioner ampoules as well as Dr. Hauschka’s Toned Day Cream as a perfect spring product. It moisturizes and protects all skin types with its unique blend of quince seed extract, beeswax, and rose petal wax. Have a balanced spring, friends (and don’t forget that sunscreen either).

into the bottle: arnica

This week we’re revisiting the “E” word. If you haven’t taken Condition up on last week’s deal, we may know one of the things stopping you. Exercise can be tough so it’s natural that muscles start feeling tight and joints begin to get a little stiff after a rigorous workout. That’s where arnica, another ingredient we’re thanking the earth for, comes in.

Arnica is in the sunflower family and has been used for centuries to relieve pain, revitalize after-physical activity, and even promote flexibility. It’s believed that the plant contains derivatives of thymol, which has anti-inflammatory effects so even those with arthritis are use it to reduce pain and swelling in joints. It is also loaded with compounds like flavonoids, silicic acid, tannins, carotenoids, and essential oils. These compounds make arnica a fantastic healer for skin and its own process of renewal and self-cleansing.

For us, arnica’s all natural soothing action along with its skin benefits makes it a superstar ingredient. Dr. Hauschka uses arnica as the main component in their Birch Arnica Body Oil and Sircuit in their refreshing gel moisturizer, Cool Aid. The best way to utilize arnica’s benefits is the massage it into the skin after exercise or those other strenuous activities. It’s soothing warmth will bring those muscles and joints back to live… so you can exercise again tomorrow.