Wednesday, August 17, 2016

SPA INCLUSION INTERRUPTED ~ AGE IS MORE THAN A NUMBER


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Many consider themselves to be a “senior” at the ripe “old age” of fifty.  I’ve heard of some “youngsters” barricading themselves in their apartments when they turned THIRTY, because they perceived their lives as being “over”.  Our culture is too superficially youth-oriented, instead of celebrating and placing esteem and value on “older” folks; that includes me, and I turned sixty-eight this past June 6th (make a note of that for next year’s celebration, and yes, I’m accepting gifts all year long in case you’re so inclined…but, I digress…).  I’ll admit that in the few weeks leading up to my (gasp!) fiftieth birthday, getting mail from AARP to join their organization now that I was becoming a “senior”, or getting pitches from car insurance companies on “senior” discounts, made me a bit indignant, and so much so, that I penned a rather comical article that ran in a Chicago women’s newspaper, “Today’s Chicago Woman”.

As I’ve aged, a certain amount of wisdom floods the senses and thankfully, makes me snicker at how inane I was all those decades ago when I knew everything and thought I was more than I actually was, and (sigh!) “younger”. 

SEGUE:  I fell in love with the spa industry in the late-1980s because of a personal connection with my first destination spa experience where I finally realized that I wasn’t going to be defined by the abuses I survived and that I was a person of substance and worth.  From that, I embarked on writing, making presentations, being interviewed, spa consulting, and spa and product reviewing.  In my presentations and interviews, the importance I stressed wasn’t so much the aspect of getting treatments that made a person feel good, although that was a big plus…no, getting a sense of restoration and personal identity was the point of the experience.  Back in those “early” days, I was definitely above the “expert” curve.

SEQUE:  I suffer from permanent injuries from multiple car accidents where people kept plowing into the rear of my car, and no, I didn’t have a sign that said, “Hit me”.  Multiple care accidents, multiple injuries on top of previous injuries, and multiple bouts of physical therapy revved up my “spa thinking” to a what-if!

When I was writing for a spa trade publication and had the pleasure of going on press trips to scope spa properties out, invariably the group I was with was often required to actively participate in fitness classes, to get a sense of what the guest would experience as part of their comprehensive spa experience.  Yikes, me, a fitness class, and with all of my permanent back injuries, including arthritis and general mobility issues?  Yes, that yikes!  I always approached the instructor and tried to explain my circumstances.  It was futile trying to explain to the fitness instructors or class leaders…they weren’t interested in my physical limitations, because to them I was either complaining, or anti-social, or just plain lazy…besides, they were a good fifteen to twenty years younger than me, and were more conditioned to leading tight young bodies, versus flabbier, injured, older bodies.  Many times I sat the class out or did a drastic movement alteration to the routine, so as to at least look like I was participating…funny thing, others close to my age were doing the same thing as I, but oddly enough, the youngster class “leader” was oblivious to our needs…clearly, their age and our age were at odds.  So, what’s wrong with this picture?

SEQUE:  I call this “spa inclusion interrupted”.  Much has been written (by others) about anti-aging this, or anti-aging that…surgery, injectables, supplements, smoothies, detox, creams, lotions, and potions, and whatever else can be marketed to the aging person, especially the health and wellness conscious spa goer to make them believe that they’re not aging and anything they can medically manipulate, drink, eat, or slap on their skin will somehow make them younger…just like they used to be...and reverse the dreaded aging process.  Well, it ain’t gonna’ happen, folks!  I find it ironic and hypocritical for an industry that is presumably founded on acceptance, tolerance, and inclusiveness, can often be anything of those aspects. 

Many have questioned how I could even have become involved in an industry that has those negative tendencies…especially experiencing a spa facility that often makes a person feel inadequate, self-conscious, judgmental, etc.  Well, it’s simple, really…for every negative there are many more positives and many in the industry are striving to make that a reality.  Even if an experience can instill in a person a sense of accomplishment, or personal assessment, or arriving in a point in their life they never would’ve had were it not for the experience, is worth any of the perceived or experienced negativity.

~ SENIOR MOMENTS WITH DEBRA K ~


Parlaying her success with her highly regarded website “Journey Into Wellbeing”, and expanding upon her far reaching impact on all-things spa and wellness, noted expert Debra Koerner will be hosting a program on PBS nationwide, beginning in November 2016.  The program, “Senior Moments”, will celebrate all-things aging, including practical and realistic advice on leading a fulfilled life and lifestyle at any age.  The program will be a “journey” into all aspects of aging…from nutrition, to fitness, to health and well being, to spa, and adaptive approaches based one’s individual needs. 

Debra K’s initial program will be centered around spa and wellness legend Deborah Szekely, a vibrant woman of ninety-four.  Dubbed the “Godmother of the Spa Industry”, she is also the person behind Mexico’s iconic “Rancho La Puerto”, a “destination and lifestyle spa” that began in the mid-1930s.  Both she and her husband, Edmond Szekely were visionaries in areas of wellness, health, lifestyle, sustainability, conservation, and natural and organic food; they both realized the importance of an inter-connecting relationship with these aspects, along with an environment of restoration, rejuvenation, and relaxation.  This vision led to the formation of  “Rancho La Puerto”.  Over the years, the destination spa has expanded and has continued enriching the lives of its guests and its staff.   This vision and its practical and realistic lifestyle components have been instrumental in the incredible longevity and vibrancy of Deborah Szekely, who continues spearheading the facility’s operation, as well as regularly teaching classes on health, wellness, and lifestyle.  Guests and staff revere her for her wisdom and gentleness and honesty; guests always leave in a better condition of “self” than when they first arrived.  The guest experience is definitely a “journey in self”, and one that’s transformative.  “Senior Moments” aims to impart those aspects on its viewers, as well. 

I’m looking forward to this new program, knowing that it will impact the lives of its viewers.  I wish Debra K every success with yet another formidable accomplishment in her young career, and am also hoping the program becomes a reoccurring series!  So, stay tuned…..

~ RESOURCES ~


For more information on “Senior Moments”, visit http://journeyintowellbeing.com/seniormoments/

For a glimpse into “Senior Moments”, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzwPq-VFbGw 

For more information on “Journey Into Wellbeing”, visit http://journeyintowellbeing.com

For more information on “Rancho La Puerto”, visit http://www.rancholapuerta.com

~ IN CLOSING ~

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Each person is different and ages differently…whether through genetics, or lifestyle choices…what may work for one person won’t necessarily work for another…we’re not all cut from the same cookie cutter dough, so to speak.  Any program, no matter who is leading it, is a guide, and meant as a guide of encouragement and inspiration. 

Lastly, be sure to consider seeking advice from your physical or medical practitioner before embarking on any fitness or dietary routine that may or may not be conducive to your particular medical or health conditions.  

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.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

SUMMER PRODUCT FINDS ~ PART THREE


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In a blink of the eye, Spring has disappeared.  Summer has now kicked into high gear with daily bouts of crystal blue skies, warm to steamy hot temperatures, bright and cheery sunshine, balmy breezes, and all-things outdoors.  As we continue transitioning from one season to another, finding new product discoveries to make that transition all the more enjoyable is what my latest is all about.  Here are my latest finds and must-haves.  Enjoy!

~ Summer Skincare ~

Summer skin can be stressed out skin, given the in and out effect of the summer’s heat and humidity, and the in and out plunge into air-conditioned cold and dryer temperatures.  The following products are ideal for your new summer skincare regiment.  These products will nourish and replenish your skin’s mantle with just the right polishing, toning, and moisturizing.


PurErb Bulgarian Rose Soothing Toner ~ I love anything with rose essential oil in it, and this incredible product not only refreshed me, but enlivened my senses with its deep rose aroma.  It was a real joy to use each and every time.  The aromatherapeutic properties of its complex and pure formulation make this the perfect summer refresher for the face that soothes and refreshes.  For an added affect, keep it chilled in your fridge and spritz away whenever you’re over-heated or in need of a quick pick-me-up.  Key ingredients include Bulgarian Rose Flower Water, Rose Geranium Flower Water, White Tea Water, Witch Hazel Water, Japanese Knotweed Root Extract, Azalea Flower Extract, Vitamin B5, Bulgarian Rose Flower Oil, Frankincense Oil, Rose Geranium Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Oregano Leaf Extract, Thyme Leaf Extract, Cinnamon Bark Extract, Olive Leaf Extract, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Peppermint Leaf Extract, Lavender Flower Extract, Goldenseal Root Extract, Lemon Peel Extract, and Edelweiss Plant Stem Cells.  For more information, visit https://www.purerbskincare.com


Reviva Labs Ultra Potency Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum ~ Loaded with antioxidants to fight free radicals, this beautiful serum can stand alone as is, or used under a moisturizer, day or night.  The rich, silky texture glides on, without causing any irritation, and is quickly absorbed without leaving any tacky or greasy residue.  I found it to be so gentle that even when used on the orbital bone as an under eye treatment, it didn’t cause my eyes to tear up.  My skin felt silky smooth, and fine lines and wrinkles were noticeably diminished; my skin also looked healthier and brighter.  Key ingredients include Vitamins C and E, COQ10, Sunflower Oil, Panthenol, Aloe Leaf Juice, Rosehip Oil, Hyaluronic Acid, Cocoa Butter, Borage Oil, Emblica Extract (Indian Gooseberry), Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), Fig Extract, Blueberry Extract, Cranberry Seed Oil, and Flaxseed Oil.  For more information, visit https://www.revivalabs.com

~ Summer Maquillage ~

If you enjoy the warmth of the summer sun to get that summer glow, don’t forget to protect your delicate skin from the ravages of the UVA/UVB with the duality of products that both protect and color enhance the summer skin.  Following are a few products to add to your daily makeup routine.


Jane Iredale Powder-Me SPF 30 Dry Sunscreen (Translucent) ~ This is the ideal all year round sun-safe product that has the distinguished Skin Cancer Foundation Recommended Seal for Daily Use.  I loved the sponge applicator that delivers a premeasured amount of product that gives a beautiful finish to the skin; full coverage that won’t fade or crease, or exaggerate skin imperfections.  The Broad spectrum SPF 30 formulation is water resistant for up to forty minutes, and protects against the sun’s harsh UVA/UVB.  This multi-purpose product is ideal for the face, body, or scalp, and is also safe to use on top of sunburn to soothe any inflammation.  Key ingredients include Mica, Aluminum Hydroxide, Titanium Dioxide (an FDA approved physical sunscreen active ingredient), Pomegranate Extract and Pine Bark ExtractSkin Cancer Foundation Recommended Seal for Daily Use.  For more information, visit https://janeiredale.com


Mineral Fusion Mineral Makeup 3-in-1 Color Stick (Rosette) and Eyeshadow Trio (Sultry) ~ Many prefer the burnished glow of a summer tan to brighten their face.  I prefer the subtle glow of mineral makeup colors that enhance and brighten.  Mineral Fusion Mineral Makeup does just that, while also providing healthy ingredients that are safe and gentle, and deliver hydration.  I tried their 3-in-1 Color Stick (Rosette).  This is the perfect multi-use product that gives just the right amount of brightening color, without being garish, while delivering hydration; the color will compliment most skin tones. Key ingredients include Glycerin, Pomegranate Extract, White Tea Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, and Licorice Extract. For a bit of eye color, the Eyeshadow Trio in Sultry was perfect. The Trio of Colors included Charcoal, Silver, and Cream; Charcoal and Cream, are both matte colors, while Silver has a hint of shimmer.  The Charcoal and Silver can be used as single colors, in the crease, or all over the lid for a more dramatic look; the Cream can be used as a highlighter, or all over the lid, for a muted look.  Each color glides on easily, and won’t fade or crease. Key ingredients include Vitamin E, Vitamin C, White Tea leaf Extract, Rooibos Red Tea Leaf Extract, Pomegranate Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Sea Kelp Extract, Aloe Vera Leaf Extract, and Elderberry Fruit Extract.  For more information, visit http://www.mineralfusion.com

~ In Closing ~

(Image from www.passands.com)
Each new season presents so many opportunities for change and renewal.  Finding what works for you might take a bit of time, but in the end, it’ll be well worth the effort.  Be sure to visit each website and check out their social media listings to obtain more product information, or to sign up for special emails and offers.  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 as a Group Manager for the popular LinkedIn group, The Spa Buzz.  In addition to her blogs, her social media outreach also includes Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.  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, you can email her at terrysspabeautywellness@gmail.com.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

SUMMER PRODUCT FINDS ~ PART TWO


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In a blink of the eye, Spring has disappeared.  Summer has now kicked into high gear with daily bouts of crystal blue skies, warm to steamy hot temperatures, bright and cheery sunshine, balmy breezes, and all-things outdoors.  As we continue transitioning from one season to another, finding new product discoveries to make that transition all the more enjoyable is what my latest is all about.  Here are a few finds sure to please.  Enjoy!

~ Summer Skincare ~

(Image from www.passands.com)
Summer skin can be stressed out skin, given the in and out effect of the summer’s heat and humidity, and the in and out plunge into air-conditioned cold and dryer temperatures.  The following products are ideal for your new summer skincare regiment.  These products will nourish and replenish your skin’s mantle with just the right polishing, toning, and moisturizing.

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare: Complete Clarity Daily Facial Exfoliating Polish and Recapture Day + IR Anti-Aging Treatment ~ I wasn’t that familiar with this celebrity line, but thought I’d try some of its targeted anti-aging products.  I tried the Complete Clarity Daily Facial Exfoliating Polish and Recapture Day + IR Anti-Aging Treatment.  Of these two, my favorite was the Complete Clarity Daily Exfoliating Polish.  I enjoyed the way it cleaned without stripping the skin; it was non-irritating and non-drying, and left my skin feeling fresh and clean.  Key ingredients include Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Salicylic Acid, Rose Extract, Apple Fruit Extract, Apricot Fruit Extract, Jasmine Flower Leaf Extract, Coffee Leaf/Seed Extract, Clove Flower Extract, Shea Butter, and Safflower Seed Oil.  The other product I tried, Recapture Day + IR Anti-Aging Treatment, left my skin texture feeling “matte and dry”, versus “hydrated and moisturized”; the product wasn’t irritating and did absorb quickly; fine lines and wrinkles were minimized, however.  Key ingredients include Glycerin, Algae Extract, Jojoba Seed Extract, Copper, Shea Butter, Chicory Root Extract, Apple Fruit Extract, Apricot Fruit Extract, Jasmine Flower Leaf Extract, Coffee Leaf Seed Extract, Clove Flower Extract, Rose Extract, and Sea Water.  This product has received the Seal of Recommendation from the Skin Cancer Foundation.  For more information, visit
https://christiebrinkleyauthenticskincare.com

7th Heaven Peel-Off Masks: Manuka Honey, Cucumber, and Black Seaweed ~ I enjoyed trying all three of these Peel-Off Masks.  The Manuka Honey did a wonderful job of leaving my skin feeling clean and hydrated without looking dull.  Key ingredients include Aloe Vera, Manuka Honey, and Jasmine.  The Cucumber was the ideal mask for a quick refreshing treatment that gently cleansed skin without drying it out.  Key ingredients include Cucumber, Lime Oil, and Pressed Flowers.  The Black Seaweed was ideal for placing on those areas that produced excess oil; left the areas clean and fresh without drying.  Key ingredients include Sea Salt, Lava Seaweed, and Sea Buckthorn.  I actually did my own customization of these Peel-Off Masks by applying the Manuka Honey to the dry areas, cheeks and jaw line; applying the Black Seaweed to my oily T-zone; and, applying the Cucumber to remaining normal areas.  For more information, visit https://www.my7thheaven.com

~ Summer Maquillage ~

(Image of Lucille Ball from www.queenofvintage.com)
If you enjoy the warmth of the summer sun to get that summer glow, don’t forget to protect your delicate skin from the ravages of the UVA/UVB with the duality of products that both protect and color enhance the summer skin.  Following are a few products to add to your daily makeup routine.

Mineral Fusion Mineral Makeup: Lipstick (New Crush) and Eyeshadow Trio (New Riviera) ~ While many may prefer the burnished glow of a summer tan to brighten their face, I prefer the subtle glow of mineral makeup colors that enhance and brighten.  Mineral Fusion Mineral Makeup does just that, while also providing healthy ingredients that are safe and gentle, and deliver hydration.  I tried their Lipstick in Crush, a subtle pink that reminded me of peony petals; my lips were drenched with moisturizing ingredients that kept my lips from drying from the effects of the harsh sun; you can also use this a blush, on the eyelid for a pop of color.  Key ingredients include Sunflower Seed Oil, Castor) Seed Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Cocoa Seed Butter, Coconut) Oil, Avocado Oil, Thyme Oil, Rosemary Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Cranberry Seed Oil, White Tea Leaf Oil, Honeybush Leaf Oil, Pomegranate Oil, and, Vitamin E; all oils are certified organic.  For a bit of color, I tried their Eyeshadow Trio in Riviera.  Colors included Taupe, Sand, and Teal; the Taupe is a matte color, while Sand and Teal have a hint of shimmer; the beauty of these beautiful colors is that you can use them individually, or combined for a customized look; colors glide on, don’t fade, or cake.  Key ingredients include Vitamin E, Vitamin C, White Tea leaf Extract, Rooibos Red Tea Leaf Extract, Pomegranate Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Sea Kelp Extract, Aloe Vera Leaf Extract, and Elderberry Fruit Extract.  For more information, visit http://www.mineralfusion.com

~ In Closing ~


Each new season presents so many opportunities for change and renewal.  Finding what works for you might take a bit of time, but in the end, it’ll be well worth the effort.  Be sure to visit each website and check out their social media listings to obtain more product information, or to sign up for special emails and offers.  

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 as a Group Manager for the popular LinkedIn group, The Spa Buzz.  In addition to her blogs, her social media outreach also includes Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.  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, you can email her at terrysspabeautywellness@gmail.com.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

SUMMER PRODUCT FINDS ~ PART ONE


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In a blink of the eye, Spring has disappeared.  Summer has now kicked into high gear with daily bouts of crystal blue skies, warm to steamy hot temperatures, bright and cheery sunshine, balmy breezes, and all-things outdoors.  As we continue transitioning from one season to another, finding new product discoveries to make that transition all the more enjoyable is what my latest is all about.  Here are a few finds sure to please.  Enjoy!

~ It's All About the Face ~

iS Clinical Youth Eye Complex ~ This product delivered results.  The light creamy texture wasn’t greasy or tacky.  It was non-irritating and provided hydration to the delicate under eye area throughout the day.  Over time, fine lines and wrinkles were noticeably diminished, and skin looked brighter; I applied any residue on my upper lip area, which helped to soften some of the vertical lines.  Key ingredients include Panthenol, vitamins A and E, and hydrolyzed soy and wheat proteins. http://www.isclinical.com/youth-eye-complex.html


Jane Iredale Summer Collection 2016 The Good Glow ~ The new seasonal palette of beautiful mineral makeup colors includes Moonglow Golden Bronzer (Golden Shades), Rose Dawn Bronzer (Cool Shades), Sunbeam Bronzer (Luminous Pink & Copper Shades), and Flirt Lip Drink Lip Balm SPF 15.  I opted for the Rose Dawn Bronzer and loved the hint of summer pink and soft taupe, which blended beautifully to give my skin a soft and brightening glow; each color, when used individually or blended for a customized effect, are perfect for accenting the lips, or eyelids.  Key ingredients include mica, pine bark extract, and pomegranate extract.  A real treat for the lips is the beautiful Flirt Lip Drink Lip Balm SPF 15, a soft pink with a hint of peach.  Lips are drenched with nourishing and hydrating key ingredients that include castor seed oil, carrot seed oil, avocado oil, lemon peel oil, vegetable oil, aloe leaf, lotus flower, green tea, coffee seed, and blackberry fruit extracts, plus vitamins C and Ehttps://janeiredale.com


Sisley Paris Botanical Skincare ~ Whenever I test my skincare or body care products, I prefer doing so over a three to four week period in order to gauge the product’s efficacy; that’s not always possible, because it requires sufficient amounts of products to execute the test; often, I receive small sample tubes or containers, which stretched, might cover three to five days, at best.  Over the years, I've received a number of prestige luxury brands to review.  For Sisley Paris Botanical Skincare, I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about them, and approached the company for test products; unfortunately they were only able to send me small sample containers, which curtailed a more thorough and for me, accurate assessment.  The comments I'm making take that into consideration.  Overall, because the test quantities were insufficient, I wasn’t able to accurate determine the specific product’s efficacy, other than to state that in general, the products were gentle, non-irritating, quickly absorbed, and didn’t leave any tacky residue.  The products I sampled were formulated within the brand’s Anti-Aging Care All Day All Year range, and included Essential Anti-Aging Day Care, Supreme Anti-Aging Night Eye Serum, White Lily Cleansing Milk,  Floral Toning Lotion, and Black Rose Cream Mask.  I will add, however, that upon trying the Black Rose Cream Mask, I could easily understand why it has a "cult" following; one time sold me!  http://www.sisley-paris.com/en-US/

~ In Closing ~

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Each new season presents so many opportunities for change and renewal.  Finding what works for you might take a bit of time, but in the end, it’ll be well worth the effort.  That’s it for this edition.  Until the next one, remember to take care of yourself and those you love.

By Terry Herman

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.

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