Friday, April 11, 2014

SPRING FINDS ~ PART ONE


 
In my “Spring Lifestyle Transitioning Tips” (March 21, 2014), I present a comprehensive overview of tips on transitioning into the new spring season.  I also offer suggestions on how to adapt to seasonal changes and applied to lifestyle, products, and regimens.  In today’s article, I’m featuring products that are ideal for the new spring season; these products treat the skin and the senses for your seasonal awakening.

~ Spring Seasonal Treats ~


Crabtree & Evelyn Skin Conditioning English Honey and Peach Blossom Collection ~ Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy, Moisturising Cream, and All Purpose Balm ~ For centuries, honey has been prized for its many health benefits; two of them include honey’s natural hydrating and anti-bacterial properties.  Peaches are rich in the anti-oxidant Vitamin C, which has anti-aging benefits to the skin.  Crabtree & Evelyn has combined the beneficial properties of both Honey and Peach in this fabulous new spring collection that is gentle to skin, including hydration, suppleness, firmness, overall texture, and diminished wrinkles.  The Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy was quickly absorbed without leaving any tackiness; skin was deeply hydrated; key ingredients include macadamia seed oil, honey, peach flower extract, shea butter, lime peel extract, coconut fruit extract, apricot fruit extract, Vitamin E, Rosa Damascena flower extract, and grapefruit extract.  The Moisturising Cream was exceptional, whether used day or night; it had a silky texture and was quickly absorbed, without any tackiness; hydration levels were well maintained throughout the day; key ingredients include shea butter, glycerin, peach flower extract, wild honey extract, and blue agave yeast extract.  The All Purpose Balm is a wonderful all-around Balm that can be used on targeted areas that are prone to being dry, chapped or parched (e.g. lips, face, cuticles, or elbows).  I primarily used it on my lips and loved how soothed and hydrated the parched skin felt after applying it; key ingredients include shea butter, wildflower extract, beeswax, and carrot oil.  All three of these products are great to take along for spot applications; the delicious aroma of honey and peach make this a yummy trio of must-haves.  http://www.crabtree-evelyn.com/


Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup Magic Hour Collection ~ PurePressed Eye Shadow Triple in Golden Girl and In Touch Highlighter in Comfort ~ I eagerly await the new color palettes from this iconic brand; it never disappoints.  Jane Iredale products are formulated to treat skin gently without any additives or synthetic fillers and are sun-safe; colors flatter all skin tones with rich tones that can be taken from subtle to glam effortlessly, whether it’s a day look or an evening looking; the results are always natural looking and flawless.  The Magic Hour Collection offers spring’s finest colors and product ranges that also transition from season to season.  The Eye Shadow Triple in Golden Girl offers a trio of warm tones with a hint of gold in each; colors never crease or fade; there’s a muted taupe, golden, and brown, each with gold highlights; colors can be worn individually, or blended to create a custom look.  The Highlighter goes from a cream to a powder, while adding just the right amount of accent without appearing garish; the peachy-coral color with hints of glimmer brightens and flatters all skin tones; I used it under my brow and on my cheekbones.  Loved my new look; these two products took my look from winter-dull to spring-brighthttps://janeiredale.com/

 
LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics Limited Edition Easter Goodies ~ The all-natural line of handmade soaps and skin caring products has a wide following of all ages.  These latest seasonal treats will definitely have greatest appeal among the younger and young at heart crowd; the whimsical shapes of bath products have fragrances that are intensely sweet.  The assorted shapes of bath treats included the Golden Egg Bath Melt Bomb, Bunny Bubble Bar, Carrot Bar, Brightside Bubble Bar, and Fluffy Egg Bath Bomb.  These seasonal eco-conscious products make bath time fun and cutesy.  http://www.lushusa.com/

 
PUR attitude X8 Skin Perfecter Exfoliating Caviar ~ This product gently exfoliated and polished skin effectively, without causing any irritation; it can be used alone or mixed with a preferred cleanser; I’d alternate some applications as a standalone product, or mixed with my cleanser; while both were effective my face felt cleanest when using the product along; I noticed my pores appeared more refined and the texture of my skin, noticeably smoother and refreshed; key ingredients include ultramarines (caviar) and jojoba ester beads, which self-adjust to avoid over-exfoliation, which will lead to irritation.  The product doesn’t have any harmful chemical or additives, including dyes and fragrances, in its formulation.

 
TNT Cosmetics Robert Hensley Collection ~ Although not familiar with this mineral makeup company, I received a number of samples from their extensive offerings; what was sent to me, however, was a bit difficult matching some of them with the variety of color options available in their standard collections and their new Robert Henseley Collection, celebrity makeup artist.  Most of the sample colors were vibrant and trendy, however, using miniscule amounts added a subtle hint of color to my fair skin; these loose mineral makeup colors can be taken from subtle to glam, depending on intensity of application.  Overall, I do enjoy the benefits of mineral makeup; these include easier blending and application for intensity of hue, layering and customization; ease of transforming them from loose to liquid by adding a bit of water to use as eyeliner; formulations that are safe, gentle and non-irritating; and, better adherence of colors, eliminating creasing or fading. http://www.2tcosmetics.com/home.html

~ Lastly ~

The new spring season is a great time and excuse to explore, treat, and try different products that just might become your new favorites and mainstays for seasons to come; all of these products will transition nicely from one season to the other.  In “Part Two”, I’ll introduce you to more “Spring Finds”, so stay tuned!

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.  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.  She also served as a Group Manager for the popular LinkedIn group, The Spa Buzz.  Her social media outreach includes Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Cision Seek or Shout, Plaxo, Red Room, Pinterest, and Tripatini.  Be sure to read her food, wine and culinary digital magazine, TERRY’S SECOND HELPINGS.  You can email her at terrysspabeautywellness@gmail.com.

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(Introductory photo by Joseph D. Herman; all other photos as represented by the specific brand.)

Friday, March 21, 2014

SPRING LIFESTYLE TRANSITIONING TIPS



As I write this, the calendar indicates that it’s officially the first day of spring, yet when I awakened, it was snowing and unseasonably cold.  At this rate, I think the accumulated snow won’t melt until mid-April, which is probably when the temps will finally begin warming up.  

It’s definitely been a harsh and wicked winter, so anything that reminds me of spring, like birds chirping or new growth poking their cute little green heads through the nearly thawed ground, will be welcome reminders of the new season.

Whenever a season transitions into another, I’m reminded of how these changes impact virtually every aspect of my life.  Following are some helpful tips I’ve developed over the years that will help you transition from winter into spring, and even into summer.  Springtime is a time for renewal in purpose of self, so renew and enjoy my tips and all that this beautiful new season has to offer.    

  
*Change your skin and body care regimens and products.  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. 
*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.
*Consider using chilled face 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. 
*Chill your toner and spritz away for a pick-me-up throughout the day.  Chilled rosewater, even the culinary type, is also a great refresher.
*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.
*Continue using products with a sunscreen/SPF rating to protect the skin from UVA/UVB rays.  If uncertain, consult a dermatologist or esthetician.
*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 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.
*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.
*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.
*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.


Lastly, 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 addition to writing and reviewing, she is also a management consultant and motivational speaker.  She also serves on EXPERIENCE | PREMCHIT Journeys In Retreat To Wellness Advisory Board, which is comprised of ten international experts in various fields of wellness and spa.  She also serves as a Group Manager for the popular LinkedIn group, The Spa Buzz.  You can email her at terrysspabeautywellness@gmail.com.

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(All photos by Joseph D. Herman.)

Friday, February 21, 2014

WINTER DOLDRUM PERKS ~ PART TWO



(“One of the earliest images showing a frozen Niagara Falls, in sepia tones, is thought to be from 1911 or 1912, though skeptics have questioned its authenticity because its photographer is unknown.”)  
  
With much of the nation in winter’s continuing and unrelenting grip, skin continues being assaulted with frigid temps, fierce winds, and dry air.  Spring may be less than two month’s away, but a much-needed break from these climatological attacks is in order.  I’ve rounded up a number of products that tackle issues related to skincare and body care during this difficult time.  Hopefully you’ll find some new products to consider looking into, or even trying. 

For the Face

The delicate and fragile tissue on the face, under the eyes and neck are especially vulnerable to the often-nasty attacks of winter’s frigid winds and chilling temps.  Since the tissue is more easily dried out, it needs extra TLC to combat the attacks and keep the tissue always on the ready, no matter what the time of day.  The following products offer added protection and relief during these challenging times.  And, don’t forget to use your sunscreen or products that include one in their formulation.  The sun’s harmful rays don’t take a vacation, just because it’s winter.

Adventuress Fearlessly Refreshing Facial Wipes ~ Gently removes all traces of makeup; can also be used as a general facial cleanser that’s also refreshing.  Key ingredients include witch hazel, aloe leaf, chamomile extract, licorice root extract, and rosemary leaf extract.  http://www.goadventuress.com/

 
Colleen Rothschild Beauty Discovery Collection ~ These products were anti-aging hits with me.  Formulated by skincare guru, Colleen Rothschild, the key to their high performance is her patented delivery system Level E3, which intensifies and extends the efficacy of ingredients without degrading in performance.  The Discovery Collection includes a handy travel bag and travel sizes of Radiant Cleansing Balm, Clarifying Detox Mask, Dual Enzyme Polish, Extreme Recovery Cream, Sheer Renewal Cream, Face Oil No.9, and a 100% Cotton Muslin Cleansing Cloth.  Key ingredients throughout the product range include black seed oil, moringa oil, marula oil, Omega 3, 6 and 9, glycolic acid, vitamin C, comfrey extract, AHA complex, hyaluronic acid, and multi-fruit complex.  The ingredient profiles combine the best of science and nature without irritating finicky skin, like mine.  While I enjoyed using each product, my favorites were the Cleansing Balm, Recovery Cream, Renewal Cream, and Face Oil. http://www.colleenrothschild.com/


Miracle Skin Transformer Miracle Balm Skin Soothing Creamy Oil ~ An ideal product for winter-weary and dry skin that’s in need of healing and moisturizing.  It soothed and calmed dry patches on my face, and also worked wonders on my overly dry hands and cuticles.  This very dense formula only requires a small amount warmed between the palms of the hands and then applied to areas that some extra attention.  There are some thirty individual healing and moisturizing oils.  Key ingredients include manuka honey, Japanese licorice root, evening primrose oil, shea butter, jojoba, organic palm, monoi and moringa butters, Blue Mountain sage oil, toil, coconut oil, and olive oil.  http://www.miracleskintransformer.com/

 
Skin Authority Skin Cleansing System ~ The skincare market offers many home cleansing systems to choose from; each has differing performance standards, design aspects, and price points.  Some units at the lower price range are more superficial than substantial in their performance.  What I loved about this Skin Cleansing System was that its performance exceeded the price point (currently only $59!) comparative to other units where some are triple in cost.  The System’s features were amazing and the performance efficacy, outstanding.  The battery operated System has two variable speeds, plus an oscillating feature; three changeable cleansing heads, including a brush, exfoliator and one that targets difficult to reach places like the nose, which can also be used to apply foundation; the unit is also ergonomically designed, easy to hold, and also ambidextrous.  I loved the deep cleansing of the rotating brush head, but when it was set on the oscillating feature, the gently brushing better penetrated the pores.  Using all three brush heads definitely left my skin scrupulously cleansed and primed for ease of application of my preferred skincare products.  Its appearance was healthier with an improved texture.  http://www.skinauthority.com/

For the Body

Drying skin, whether it’s on the body, hands, feet, and especially cracked heels, needs more TLC during this challenging time; exfoliation and moisturization are your best defenses against winter’s assaults.  The following is great for your winter-weather arsenal.

 
L’Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Soft Cream, Vanilla Bouquet ~ This super moisturizing Soft Cream is ideal for all those winter-parched areas on the entire body.  The scent profile is fresh and light, reminiscent of spring.  Product is quickly absorbed and non greasy, without leaving any tacky residue.  My skin was super-hydrated and soothed.  Key ingredients include shea butter, sunflower seed oil, rosemary leaf extract, vanilla flower extract, and vitamin E.  http://www.loccitane.com/

For the Lips

The fragile and delicate tissue of the lips is especially vulnerable to the harsh assaults of winter.  If this area is kept properly hydrated, painful cracking and flaking will occur.  Following are two must-have products that deliver super hydration, while also adding a hint of color, which automatically brightens the face.


 
Miracle Skin Transformer Lip Rewind Advanced Peptide Lip Treatment ~ This hint of pink color, Love, intensified my natural lip color, while drenching the winter-ravaged dry skin with super-charged moisturizers; there was a subtle tingling from the volumizer oils.  The twist barrel delivers just the right amount of treatment.  Key ingredients include menthol and peppermint oil, coconut oil, pomegranate and shea butters, and vitamin E.  http://www.miracleskintransformer.com/

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip & Tuck ~ This splash of subtle red adds a real pop of color to winter-pale lips and brightens the face.  Delicate dry tissue is drenched with intense moisturizers.  Key ingredients include copper, macadamia seed oil, and vitamin E http://www.osmotics.com

For the Digits

Winter may bring about the blahs, but that’s no excuse for not having a spiffy manicure or pedicure, where digits go glam to brighten up winter’s pallor.  The current trend for color palettes is to showcase the color of the year from Pantone, Radiant Orchid.  This is a beautiful hue in the purple family palette that can be taken from subtle to intense, especially when the color is infused in makeup. 
  
Mineral Fusion Rock Cress, Amethyst, and Meteor Shower ~ The color range definitely mutes the dreary side of winter with a pop of spring color and can go from subtle to wow in a mani or pedi with flare and finesse.  These vegan-friendly products celebrate the varying hues of purple in colors that add a pop of color to winter-pale nails on hands and feet.  They’re also free of formaldehyde, toluene, camphor and dibutyl phthalate free and ideally suited for those with allergies to these additives, or are eco-conscious.  http://www.mineralfusion.com/

~ In Closing ~

Using products formulated to one’s skin type is important, but just as important is finding products with formulations that are best suited for the individual seasons.  The more intense and harsher the season, such as winter, the more “fortified” and “heartier” the formulas need to be to protect, hydrate and reinforce the delicate tissue from frigid temps and super dry humidity levels.  Be good to your skin and it will serve you well for years to come.

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.  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, stress and time management.  Her work has been published extensively in print and online 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 currently serves on EXPERIENCE | PREMCHIT Journeys In Retreat To Wellness Advisory Board, which is comprised of ten international experts in various fields of wellness and spa.  She also served as a Group Manager for the popular LinkedIn group, The Spa Buzz.  Be sure to read her food, wine and culinary digital magazine, TERRY’S SECOND HELPINGS.  You can email her at terrysspabeautywellness@gmail.com.

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(Introductory photo credit, www.dailymail.co.uk; other photo credits as represented by the specific brand.)

Monday, February 10, 2014

WINTER DOLDRUM PERKS ~ PART ONE




“One of the earliest images showing a frozen Niagara Falls, in sepia tones, is thought to be from 1911 or 1912, though skeptics have questioned its authenticity because its photographer is unknown.”
 
With much of the nation in winter’s unrelenting grip, skin is being constantly assaulted with frigid temps and dry air.  Spring may be less than two month’s away, but a much-needed break from these climatological attacks is in order.  I’ve rounded up a number of products that tackle issues related to skincare and body care during this difficult time.  Hopefully you’ll find some new products to consider looking into, or even trying. 

For the Face

The delicate and fragile tissue on the face, under the eyes and neck are especially vulnerable to the often-nasty attacks of winter’s frigid winds and chilling temps.  Since the tissue is more easily dried out, it needs extra TLC to combat the attacks and keep the tissue always on the ready, no matter what the time of day.  The following products offer added protection and relief during these challenging times.  And, don’t forget to use your sunscreen or products that include one in their formulation.  The sun’s harmful rays don’t take a vacation, just because it’s winter.

Apothederm Moisturizing Cream ~ This very dense cream was extremely soothing to winter-weary skin.  The dense formula needs to be warmed up between palms before applying for ease of application, otherwise, its drags on the skin.  Key ingredients include palmitoyl hexapeptide-14, shea butter, soybean oil, vitamins C and E, rosemary extract, panthenol, sunflower seed oil, and green tea.  If too much of the product is used, it doesn’t absorb well and leaves a tacky residue; using a small amount, my thirsty skin quickly absorbed the Cream without any residue; was also non-irritating.  http://apothederm.com/

 
Adventuress Vividly Restorative Skin Purifier ~ This is an ideal all year moisturizer.  The consistency is serum-like and went on easily, making my skin feel silky and like a protective barrier had just been applied to it.  Product was quickly absorbed and left no residue; was also non-irritating.  Key ingredients include quince seed, willow bark extract, witch hazel, bilberry extract, sugar cam extract, sugar maple extract, orange and lemon fruit extracts, and olive leaf extract.  http://www.goadventuress.com



From the Lab Beauty Elixir No. 602 and Eye Serum No. 603 ~ A “members only” program where each month, a member can expect to receive one to three products (skin, body, or hair); quantities are sufficient for a one month period with an option for the member to purchase additional products.  Products received are pre-market and in the luxury brand range; these “no name” products are designated with a “number”.  The products I tried were very favorable; non-irritating, visible improvement to skin texture and fine lines and wrinkles, non-greasy and quickly absorbed.  These anti-aging products are formulated with key ingredients that include stem cell peptide, hematite extract, squalane, zinc, magnesium, copper, larch extract, vitamins A and E, Argan oil, sunflower seed oil, shea butter, and orange and lemon peel oil.   

Sublime Beauty Collagen Serum ~ The key to this product is the synthetic peptide, Matrixyl, which has been found to be an effective alternative to retinol.  Other ingredients include collagen, aloe, Panax ginseng root extract, and shitake mushrooms.  This cooling serum glides on and is quickly absorbed without leaving any greasy or tacky residue; works well alone, or with any moisturizer; non-irritating as well.  http://sublime-beauty.net/

For the Body

Drying skin, whether it’s on the body, hands, feet, and especially cracked heels, needs more TLC during this challenging time; exfoliation and moisturization are your best defenses against winter’s assaults.  The following products are great for your winter-weather arsenal.

Pevonia Botanica Mango-Passion Fruit De-Aging Mist ~ Hydrate, replenish, rejuvenate, prevent and repair visible signs of aging with this lightweight, aromatic mist. Its delicious aroma is reminiscent of warmer and balmier temps.  This product left my skin feeling silky and hydrated without any tackiness, and was also absorbed quickly.  The De-Aging Mist will definitely transport you to a tropical clime and banish the winter blahs; key ingredients include aloe leaf, chamomile, pomegranate extract, mango fruit extract, passion fruit extract, panthenol, and calendula.  Other effective formulated anti-aging products within this range are available in both the Mango-Passion Fruit and Papaya-Pineapple aroma profiles; they include De-Aging Body Balm and De-Aging Saltmousse.  http://www.pevonia.com/

BioELIXIA Body Shaper Exfoliating Body Polish, Body Shaper Radiance Body Cleanser, and Body Shaper Firming Toning Body Lotion ~ These Australian products have a proprietary formulation (TPM® Dermal Delivery Technology) that targets and delivers ingredients to areas where they’re needed the most.  Body Shaper Exfoliating Body Polish key ingredients include Hyadisine, Vitamin E, and sweet almond oil.  Body Shaper Radiance Body Cleanser key ingredients include Trehalose, mineral copper PCA, glycolic fruit acid, and lactic acid.  Body Shaper Firming Toning Body Lotion key ingredients include caffeine, salicylic acid, and Pullulan.  All products were gentle, non-irritating, and left skin silky and firm; hydration levels remained throughout the day; products also had fresh and uplifting aromas.  https://www.bioelixia.com/us/

Neutrogena Rainbath Renewing Shower and Bath Gel, Pear & Green Tea ~ A favorite for years, this Shower and Bath Gel gently cleanses without drying skin; the fresh and uplifting scent of Pear & Green Tea makes you forget that it’s winter.  http://www.neutrogena.com/

For the Hair

Squished hair from either a scarf or hat covering is an all too-common complaint during winter.  It’s either keep the coif beautiful or squish the hairstyle and keep warm.  Then there’s keeping the hair conditioned and shampooed to lock in moisture and not add to brittle or dry hair, which leads to breakage and split ends.  The following products keep hair at their maximum-best during winter’s assaults.
 
Angelo David VOL Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner ~ This is a must-have duo for is ideal for adding volume, while locking in moisture and protecting hair from breakage and split ends. Key ingredients include honey, avocado, silk amino acids, Evening Primrose, hops, and vitamin E.  The uplifting aroma is another departure from thoughts of winter. http://www.angelodavid.com/

~ In Closing ~

Using products formulated to one’s skin type is important, but just as important is finding products with formulations that are best suited for the individual seasons.  The more intense and harsher the season, such as winter, the more “fortified” and “heartier” the formulas need to be to protect, hydrate and reinforce the delicate tissue from frigid temps and super dry humidity levels.  Be good to your skin and it will serve you well for years to come.

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.  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, stress and time management.  Her work has been published extensively in print and online 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 currently serves on EXPERIENCE | PREMCHIT Journeys In Retreat To Wellness Advisory Board, which is comprised of ten international experts in various fields of wellness and spa.  She also served as a Group Manager for the popular LinkedIn group, The Spa Buzz.  Be sure to read her food, wine and culinary digital magazine, TERRY’S SECOND HELPINGS.  You can email her at terrysspabeautywellness@gmail.com.

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(Introductory photo credit, www.dailymail.co.uk; all othercredits, as represented by the specific brand.)

N.B.  Google’s blog platform is incompatible with my Mac OS X and Firefox browser latest software versions, which is why some web links appear in different colors and why when attempting to have embedded images their sizing is consistent and/or can’t be sized.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

HAVE SPA WILL TRAVEL

 
 
As the Polar Vortex continues its stranglehold on much of the nation, thoughts of traveling to a warmer clime have become imperative.  As a spa aficionado, however, it’s not always practical to travel to a location that has a full-service spa, including if you’re doing an overnight at a friend’s home.  Not to worry.  The next best thing is to take the spa with you regardless of your destination, and create a spa-like experience in your room; when booking your room, try to also get a room that has a soaking tub or Jacuzzi in it, to maximize the in-spa experience.  The following kits are ideal for creating an in-room spa experience and include sufficient product quantity for several uses.   
 
The products in each of these kits met my performance criteria… 
·       Products should be gentle and non-irritating.
·       Products should treat and condition the skin and improve texture and tone.
·       Products should be quickly absorbed and replenish hydration levels without leaving any greasy or tacky residue.
·       Products should have aromatherapeutic properties based on the use of natural or organic pure essential oils, which benefit relaxation and other favorable performance attributes.

Other points to keep in mind… 
·       Bring exfoliation gloves or a mitt to elevate the efficacy of any cleansing or exfoliation product used.
·       Bring your favorite CD of relaxation music, or download your favorite music to your mobile device.
·       Bing your favorite tea and make a nice hot cup to sip and savor as you cap off your in-room travel spa experience.
·       For those of you flying, product containers must conform to the TSA mandated three-ounce size and placed in a see-through one-quart plastic container for your carry-on.
·       If you’re hosting an overnight guest, consider having one of these kits in a welcome basket along with other handy guest needs. 
·       Keep the empty containers and refill them with your favorite products for your next trip. 
·       You can also invest in travel kits that have empty containers and then fill them with your favorite products for your next getaway.

Aromafloria ~ Stress Less Spa Rescue Kit ~ Included in this kit are Bath Salts, Foaming Bubble Bath, Foaming Salt Glow Body Polish, and Bath & Body Massage Oil.  Each product is infused with healing and relaxing essential oils of Lavender, Chamomile and Sage.  There’s even a handy how-to recipe card for The Perfect Bath.  http://aromafloria.com/default.aspx
 
Dr. Hauschka ~ Daily Body Care Kit ~ Included in this kit are Hand Cream, Lavender Sandalwood Calming Body Wash, Quince Body Moisturizer, Rose Body Moisturizer, Lemon Lemongrass Body Oil, and Rose Body Oil.  All products come in a reusable tin.  http://drhauschka.com/
 
JAMU & Organic Spa Rituals ~ Spa To Go ~ Included are Traditional Scrub and Organic Oil in choice of essential oils; I prefer Thai Lemongrass, which helps to detoxify.  Included is a handy “To Go” presentation box.  http://jamuspa.com/

 
Pevonia Botanica ~ Spa At Home Essentials ~ Included in this kit are Anti-Stress Bath & Shower Gel, Silky Skin Body Scrub, Bath Salts with Essential Anti-Stress Oil (Lavender, Orange, Ylang Ylang, Balsam Fir), Preserve Body Moisturizer, and a Lavender Votive.  Products come in a cute quilted cloth carrying pouch and a guide on how to achieve the ultimate spa-at-home experience. http://www.pevonia.com/

Red Flower ~ Japanese Onsen Sento Set ~ Included in this kit are Yuzu Mimosa Sea Algae Wash, Ohana Gingergrass Bamboo Scrub, Rose Camellia Plum Soft Water Mist, Kinmoxei Wild Lime Silk Oil, Plum Blossom Silk Cream, and a mini Wild Cherry Blossom Rice Buff.   There’s also a reusable woven fabric pouch.  http://www.redflower.com/

~ In Closing ~

Remember to try and set aside some personal time each day so you can take care of yourself, unwind and decompress, even if it’s only for ten minutes.  You’ve earned this time and you deserve it.  Think of it as an investment in your health and well-being.

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.  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, stress and time management.  Her work has been published extensively in print and online 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 currently serves on EXPERIENCE | PREMCHIT Journeys In Retreat To Wellness Advisory Board, which is comprised of ten international experts in various fields of wellness and spa.  She also served as a Group Manager for the popular LinkedIn group, The Spa Buzz.  Be sure to read her food, wine and culinary digital magazine, TERRY’S SECOND HELPINGS.  You can email her at terrysspabeautywellness@gmail.com.

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