Wednesday, May 17, 2017

SPRING FORWARD ~ PART THREE


(From www.willowbudship.com.au)
Spring always brings with it skittish weather patterns.  In my area, it’s taken nearly two months for things to settle down and finally get into a cycle of warmth, resembling Spring.  Consistent rain and warmer temps have resulted in a profusion of new growth and exquisite green, plus a riot of blooming flowers.  The tease of Spring will quickly turn into Summer, so relishing and savoring Spring’s beauty will definitely add great pleasure to each day.

I’ve previously written about seasonal change and its impact on face, body, and hair, and about transitioning from one season to the next, using different products that are better suited for those seasonal changes.  Today’s edition features products that are perfect for transitioning into the new beginnings of Spring.  They include products for the face and body.  Featured in today’s edition are Abella Skin Care Cellution C Serum, Asmait Notable Parfum, Caudalie Beauty Elixir, Jane Iredale Spring and 2017 Collections, and Luster Power White Deep Stain Eraser Fluoride Toothpaste.  Enjoy reading about my latest product finds!

~ My Latest Product Finds ~
Abella Skin Care Cellution C Serum ~ Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, and has been proven to minimize the signs of aging, and increase the production of collagen.  I used Cellution C Serum as a spot-treatment on fine lines and wrinkles, and noticed that with consistent use, these issues were visibly minimized.  Because Vitamin C is water soluble, Cellution C Serum can also be diluted into a thinner consistency; the product can also be used as a facemask, when added to body moisturizer, you’ve created an age-minimizer body treatment.  Key ingredients include Vitamin C, Cucumber Extract, Citrus Extract, and Glycerin.  For more information, visit http://www.abellaskincare.com


Asmait Notable Parfum ~ A new season always calls for a fresh, new fragrance, and Notable is perfect for the new seasons of Spring to Summer.  This is a beautiful take on freshness, airy, and green.  Notable is an exquisite scent that isn’t cloying or permeating.  It’s light subtle freshness wears down beautifully without disintegrating the fragrance’s integrity.  Top notes: Lemon and Mandarin.  Heart Notes: Mint Leaves, Roman Chamomile, and Fruity Accord.  Base Notes:  Jasmine, Peach, White Cedarwood, and Musk.  For more information, visit https://www.asmaitskincare.com/perfume.html


Caudalie Beauty Elixir ~ I’ve loved using Beauty Elixir and have been a devotee of this extraordinary skincare product since the late-1990s.  I’ve used Beauty Elixir as a toner, cleanser, moisturizer, and refresher.  Its aroma is therapeutic and calming.  My Tip:  Store this in your refrigerator to keep it chilled, especially as temperatures warm-up; it’s great when you get overheated, or when experiencing a hot flash.  Key ingredients include Bitter Orange Flower Water, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Peppermint Oil, Balm Mint Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Grape Fruit Extract, and Vitamin E.  For more information, visit https://us.caudalie.com/beauty-elixir-2.html


Jane Iredale Spring 2017 Makeup Collection, On the Nude, and Summer 2017 Color Collection, Soothe, Restore and Shine ~ Jane Iredale consistently comes out with perfect seasonal color collections that exemplify the newness and freshness of the seasons.  The colors are always rich with mineral pigments that subtly enhance, while complementing all skintones.  


The Spring 2017 Makeup Collection enhances dull, winter-weary skin, giving new life through illuminating color products.  The Collection includes a Bronzer in Rose Dawn.  This is the perfect bronzer to brighten skin, while individual color components are just right for eyelids.  Key ingredients include Pine Bark Extract and Pomegranate ExtractPurePressed Eye Shadow Trio in Pink Quartz and Soft Kiss.  These colors are perfect when used individually, but for a stunning effect, combine them to enhance the unde rbrow area, in the crease, and as an all-over the lid; these beautiful colors can also be used individually.  Key ingredients include Pine Bark Extract and Pomegranate ExtractIn Touch Cream Blush in Candid.  This product is perfect on the cheeks, eyelids, or even in a pinch, as a subtle touch of lip color.  Key ingredients include Moringa Seed Oil, Tangerine Peel Oil, Vitamin C and Vitamin EPureMoist Lipstick in Susan and Lisa.  These are great on the lips, but in a pinch, perfectly at-home on the cheeks as a subtle blusher.  Key ingredients include Avocado Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Jojoba Esters, Pomegranate Extract, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Moringa Oil, and Vitamin E.  The Summer 2017 Makeup Collection includes three beautiful mouth-watering PureGloss Lip Glosses in Martini, Pink Lady, and Hot Cider.  These beautiful and subtle colors are like a cool thirst-quenching drink; worn alone, or on top of your lipstick, they add a soft shimmer to your lips.  Key ingredients include Avocado Oil, Moringa Seed Oil, Lemon Peel Oil, Jojoba Esters, Pomegranate Extract, Green Tea Leaf Extract, and Vitamin E.  For more information, visit https://janeiredale.com


Luster Power White Deep Stain Eraser Fluoride Toothpaste ~ This product is ideal daily dental maintenance product that cleans, protects, and refreshes; over time, it’ll also brighten your teeth.  Leaves mouth refreshed and protected, and is gentle for those with issues of oral sensitivity. For more information, visit http://www.lusterpremiumwhite.com/daily-maintenence

~ In Closing ~

(From www.homestratosphere.com)
Seasonal transitioning requires assessing the efficacy of all of your treatment products.  Those that worked well during the winter may not necessarily perform as well in the spring, or even summer.  Make sure to change your regimens and products to conform to changes brought about by seasonal transitioning and change.  That’s it for this edition.  Until the next one, remember to take care of yourself and those you love. 

Take the time to notice the rebirth of nature and enjoy it.  Celebrate and embrace the changes, because they’re a part of the cycle of life.

Don’t forget to read my most recent article, “Spring Lifestyle Transitioning Tips”.  In this seasonal gem, I share with you as an industry insider all of my expert tips, recommendations, and insights.  I cover everything…skin and body care, makeup, fragrance, wellness, health, and lifestyle.  It’s a potpourri of the best in seasonal lifestyle transitioning. 

That’s it for this edition.  Until the next one, remember to take care of yourself and those you love.

By Terry Herman

TERRY HERMAN is a recognized expert in the industry, and regularly covers issues that include business, management, operations, customer care, treatments, products, and trends. In the 1990s, she authored an extensive "Glossary of Spa Terminologies" and holds two copyright registrations on her authored work.  Consumer and trade publications have also interviewed her as an expert.  She also conducted an extensive nationally broadcasted interview tour on aspects of creating an at-home spa, interior design, music, stress and time management.  Her work has been published extensively in print and digital in both consumer and trade publications.  In addition to writing, reviewing and being interviewed as an expert, she is also a management consultant and motivational speaker.  She also served on the International Advisory Board for the former EXPERIENCE | PREMCHIT Journeys In Retreat To Wellness; the Advisory Board was comprised of ten international experts in various fields of wellness and spa.  She also served each of the Five Pillars Task Force groups for the Asia Pacific Spa & Wellness Council (APSWC).  She has been a Group Manager for the popular LinkedIn group, The Spa Buzz, and is currently an Administrator for two Facebook Groups, Wild Food Society and Spa College.  In addition to her blogs, her social media outreach includes Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Pinterest.  Be sure to read her food, wine and culinary digital magazine, TERRY’S SECOND HELPINGS.  Don’t forget to “Like” her Facebook Page, Terry’s Second Helpings.  Please note that the “Comment Section” has been disabled.  For additional information, email her at terrysspabeautywellness@gmail.com.

ALL MATERIALS COPYRIGHT PROTECTED

(Photo credits as indicated, or as represented by the specific brand.)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

SPRING LIFESTYLE TRANSITIONING TIPS

(Image from www.pinterest.com)
As I write this, Spring has officially arrived, and Winter’s final gasp is fading into a memory. 
Torrential rain and warming temps are encouraging new growth everywhere.  Spring flowers are blooming, as are fruit trees, while squirrels, duck, geese, and birds are scurrying about, taking advantage of the season’s return.

When seasons transitions from one into another, I’m also reminded of how these changes impact virtually every aspect of my life.  Following are some helpful tips I’ve developed over the years as an industry expert and insider that will help you transition from Winter into Spring, and even into Summer.  Enjoy!

Springtime is a time for renewal in purpose of self…so, take the time to renew yourself, while enjoying all that this beautiful new season has to offer.   

~ Skin and Body Care ~

(Image from www.fotografieshop.de)
Change your skin and body care regimens, including the products you’ve used.  Go with lighter formulations.  Warming temps also mean more humidity in the air, so you might need to forgo using a serum or booster, plus heavier-weight moisturizers, and just go with a light or medium-weight moisturizer.  Don’t forget to use a serum and eye care product that’s formulated to your skin type and the season.

Consider exfoliating less and reducing the intensity of your cleansing regimen.  If your regimen and product changes are too drastic, your skin will react; so, pay attention to what your skin might be telling you to do, or not to do; if your skin is easily irritated, then you need to tone down the exfoliation routine and get a gentler implement. 

A nice gentle exfoliator to consider is corn meal; when added to your cleanser, the delicate tissue won’t become irritated. 

Oil is another gentle way to cleanse the skin; use pure fruit and nut oils, and avoid anything with additives or synthetics, which are harsh and full of skin irritants and toxins.

Consider using chilled facial toners, or an essential oil-based spritzer to refresh the face and neck areas throughout the day, especially as temperatures heat up and humidity increases.  Try chilling rosewater, even the culinary type, as a great pick-me-up and refresher.

Consider dry brushing in the morning; not only does it exfoliate dead skin cells, but it also primes the pores for showering, while revving up the circulation; begin at the feet and work you way up to your chest, using circular motions.  After you come out of the shower, leave skin slightly damp and then apply your favorite moisturizer.

Continue using products with a SPF rating to protect the skin from UVA/UVB rays.  If uncertain as to what product will work best, consult a dermatologist or esthetician.

Even though the temps might be warming, don’t skip your regular skincare and body care regimens.  Treat the face and body as you did during winter, only a bit gentler, by adjusting the types of products and/or formulations you use.  `       

~ Fragrance and Beyond ~

(Imaage from www.flowergardenpictures.com)
Change the intensity of your fragrance.  Go with lighter formulations and scent profiles, such as florals or greens, versus woods, ambers, musk, etc.  Remember, as temperatures warm up and humidity levels increase, so too will your body heat, intensifying the fragrance, which could make it too cloying.

Both the weight of clothing fabric and color palettes should changeover from weightier-fabric materials with darker colors (e.g. wood, rayon, blends, cashmere, etc.), to that of lighter-weight fabrics (e.g. cotton, silk, natural fiber blends, etc.) that are more neutral or pastel in color; lighter weight fabrics and colors also keep the skin cooler, naturally.

~ Nature’s Voice ~

(Image from www.empressofdirt.net)
When in doubt, look to nature for cues on what to do.  For example, during the day when the sun’s rays are their strongest, most birds and other creatures have the good sense to seek shade and avoid rigorous activity. 

Take a cue from them, slow down and stay cooler.  Animals also begin shedding their winter “coats” to prepare for the warmer temperatures. 

What may have worked during the fall and winter, might not necessarily work in the spring and the lead-up to summer.

Consider bringing in the outdoors inside with multiple houseplants to remind you of the new season and the cycle of new growth.  Fresh flowers also brighten the spirit, so keep them close at hand.

~ Lifestyle and Wellness ~

(Image from www.wholeliving.com)
Lighten up on the types of foods you consume and continue drinking plenty of water to maintain a healthy digestive and circulatory system.  Warmer temps and heavier foods are more taxing on the digestive system.  

Up your intake of water; not only is this good for hydration, it also keeps the body temp better regulated and cooler; just make sure to avoid chilled liquids, because with over exposure to sun, the combination can lead to a life-threatening condition, a chilled stomach where the internal temperature of the stomach is lowered to less than your body temperature; I’m speaking from personal experience; a chilled stomach is a horrible affliction to have.

When over-heated or flushed, slow down and don’t over stress your body.  Try rubbing ice cubes over pressure points (nape of neck, inside wrists, behind knees, temples, arches, outer sides of Achilles heel, etc.) for relief.  Another way to get relief is to soak the feet in cool water, or to take cool showers.

Take leisurely walks and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.  The best times for doing this are early morning or at sunset, when it’s cooler and less humid.

Don’t forget to open those windows and let the balmy breezes and fresher air come indoor and envelope you.

~In Closing ~

(Image from www.pinterest.com)
Take the time to notice the rebirth of nature and enjoy it.  Celebrate and embrace the changes, because they’re a part of the cycle of life.

That’s it for this edition.  Until the next one, remember to take care of yourself and those you love.

By Terry Herman

TERRY HERMAN is a recognized expert in the industry, and regularly covers issues that include business, management, operations, customer care, treatments, products, and trends. In the 1990s, she authored an extensive "Glossary of Spa Terminologies" and holds two copyright registrations on her authored work.  Consumer and trade publications have also interviewed her as an expert.  She also conducted an extensive nationally broadcasted interview tour on aspects of creating an at-home spa, interior design, music, stress and time management.  Her work has been published extensively in print and digital in both consumer and trade publications.  In addition to writing, reviewing and being interviewed as an expert, she is also a management consultant and motivational speaker.  She also served on the International Advisory Board for the former EXPERIENCE | PREMCHIT Journeys In Retreat To Wellness; the Advisory Board was comprised of ten international experts in various fields of wellness and spa.  She also served each of the Five Pillars Task Force groups for the Asia Pacific Spa & Wellness Council (APSWC).  She has been a Group Manager for the popular LinkedIn group, The Spa Buzz, and is currently an Administrator for two Facebook Groups, Wild Food Society and Spa College.  In addition to her blogs, her social media outreach includes Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Pinterest.  Be sure to read her food, wine and culinary digital magazine, TERRY’S SECOND HELPINGS.  Don’t forget to “Like” her Facebook Page, Terry’s Second Helpings.  Please note that the “Comment Section” has been disabled.  For additional information, email her at terrysspabeautywellness@gmail.com.

ALL MATERIALS COPYRIGHT PROTECTED

(Photo credits as indicated, or as represented by the specific brand.)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

SPRING FORWARD ~ PART TWO


(Image from DeltaQueen50's Bucket)
Spring has officially, and finally arrived!  Although, in many parts of the nation, the weather remains finicky and temperatures have been acting like a roller coaster.  Looking outside of my windows, I notice small green buds beginning to sprout on the limbs of the crabapple trees.  Forsythia bushes are beginning to flourish, while Crocus, Daffodils, and Hyacinths are trying to show off their blooms.  And although Spring seems to have sprung, in some parts of the country today, there are snow blizzard warnings; even where I live, it’s back to Winter temps, with snow being predicted for later in the day. 

I’ve previously written about seasonal change and its impact on face, body, and hair, and about transitioning from one season to the next, using different products that are better suited for those seasonal changes.  Today’s edition features products that are perfect for transitioning into the new beginnings of spring.  They include products for the face and body.  Featured are Naturally `SASĒ Skincare, Zim’s Crème, Babytime Snuggly Lotion, PCA Skin C&E Strength, ExLinea Peptide Smoothing Serum, and R-OH Retinol Solutions Intensive Age Refining Treatment, and Pharmagel Pharma-C Vitamin C Age Defying Facial Serum.  Enjoy reading about my latest product finds!


(Lucille Ball c.1940s www.pinterest.com)
~ My Latest Product Finds ~

Episencial Babytime Snuggly Lotion, Cherry ~ This multi-purpose face and body cream is recommended for all ages.  I used this on my body.  Product was quickly absorbed, without leaving any greasy residue; hydration levels were well maintained throughout the day.  Key ingredients included Aloe Vera, Shea Butter, Cherry Butter, Safflower Seed Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, and Evening Primrose Oil.  Predominant aroma is faint cherry.  For more information, visit  https://www.diapers.com/p/episencial-babytime-snuggly-lotion-cherry-8-oz-312447


FiaFini Naturally `SASĒ Skincare ~ Hydra-Purifying Cleanser 3 In 1, and Advanced Hydra-Illuminating Skin Therapy 4 In 1 ~ These multi-purpose products are a great add to ones transitional skincare regimen.  The Cleanser functions as cleanser, exfoliator, and as a hydrating mask.  This Cleanser was gentle, and didn’t leave skin taught or dry; it left my skin with a subtle veil of hydration.  Key ingredients included Honey, Grapefruit Oil, Algae, Lactic Acid, and Lavender Oil.  The Skin Therapy is an all in one day and night moisturizer, serum, eye cream, and neck cream.  It was very gentle on my sensitive skin, especially around the delicate eye area; levels of hydration were maintained throughout the day; fine lines and wrinkles were minimized; overall texture was improved and appeared healthier, and brighter.  Key ingredients included Apricot Kernel Oil, Black Current Seed Oil, Murumuru Seed Butter, Daisy Flower Extract, Marula Seed Oil, Algae Extract, Lavender Oil, and Panthenol.  For more information, visit https://fiafini.com


Zim’s Max Crack Crème ~ Original Liquid Formula, and Creamy Daytime Formula ~ For sixty years, this remains a serious product for relieving and treating extremely dry and cracked skin.  I preferred using the Creamy Formula to the Liquid Formula, and applied it to my feet.  Product was quickly absorbed without leaving any greasy residue; I applied it in the morning and evening.  Key ingredients included Aloe Vera, Arnica Extract, Bay Oil, and Capric Triglyceride (extracted from coconut).  For more information, visit http://www.zimsusa.com

~ Worth Mentioning ~

(Image from www.zastavki.com)
Although my test period for skincare and body care products is between three to four weeks, for this grouping of products I only tested for one to two weeks; unfortunately, my sensitive skin didn’t tolerate these products beyond the abbreviated test period, and irritation, including peeling skin, resulted.  My comments are based on that abbreviated test period and aren’t necessarily indicative of what other individuals may experience using these same products.


PCA Skin C&E Strength Max, ExLinea Peptide Smoothing Serum, and R-OH Retinol Solutions Intensive Age Refining Treatment ~ The C&E Strength Max had a velvety consistency that was quickly absorbed without leaving any residue.  The Peptide Smoothing Serum had a silky consistency, and was quickly absorbed without leaving any residue.  The Retinol Solutions also had a silky consistency and was quickly absorbed without leaving any residue.  For more information, visit https://www.pcaskin.com



Pharmagel Pharma-C Vitamin C Age Defying Facial Serum ~ This product has a silky consistency that was quickly absorbed without leaving any residue.  For more information, visit https://www.pharmagel.net

~In Closing ~

(Image from www.wallpaperscraft.com)
Seasonal transitioning requires assessing the efficacy of all of your treatment products.  Those that worked well during the winter may not necessarily perform as well in the spring, or even summer.  Make sure to change your regimens and products to conform to changes brought about by seasonal transitioning and change.  That’s it for this edition.  Until the next one, remember to take care of yourself and those you love. 

Take the time to notice the rebirth of nature and enjoy it.  Celebrate and embrace the changes, because they’re a part of the cycle of life.

That’s it for this edition.  Until the next one, remember to take care of yourself and those you love.

By Terry Herman

TERRY HERMAN is a recognized expert in the industry, and regularly covers issues that include business, management, operations, customer care, treatments, products, and trends. In the 1990s, she authored an extensive "Glossary of Spa Terminologies" and holds two copyright registrations on her authored work.  Consumer and trade publications have also interviewed her as an expert.  She also conducted an extensive nationally broadcasted interview tour on aspects of creating an at-home spa, interior design, music, stress and time management.  Her work has been published extensively in print and digital in both consumer and trade publications.  In addition to writing, reviewing and being interviewed as an expert, she is also a management consultant and motivational speaker.  She also served on the International Advisory Board for the former EXPERIENCE | PREMCHIT Journeys In Retreat To Wellness; the Advisory Board was comprised of ten international experts in various fields of wellness and spa.  She also served each of the Five Pillars Task Force groups for the Asia Pacific Spa & Wellness Council (APSWC).  She has been a Group Manager for the popular LinkedIn group, The Spa Buzz, and is currently an Administrator for two Facebook Groups, Wild Food Society and Spa College.  In addition to her blogs, her social media outreach includes Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Pinterest.  Be sure to read her food, wine and culinary digital magazine, TERRY’S SECOND HELPINGS.  Don’t forget to “Like” her Facebook Page, Terry’s Second Helpings.  Please note that the “Comment Section” has been disabled.  For additional information, email her at terrysspabeautywellness@gmail.com.

ALL MATERIALS COPYRIGHT PROTECTED

(Photo credits as indicated, or as represented by the specific brand.)