Thursday, September 15, 2016

SUMMER'S END ~ FALL'S BEGINNING


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I’m never sad when summer is winding down.  I’ve always preferred the cooler, even colder temps of fall/winter to those of summer…even as a young girl.  That being said, it’s already back to school for the kids, and most brick and mortar stores have already put out their seasonal merchandise for Halloween, Thanksgiving…and yes, even Hanukkah, and Christmas.  While I’m not quite ready for that type of transitioning, I’ll admit that the most recent products I’ve tested work well for the last days of summer, and will transition nicely into fall/winter.  Enjoy!

~ Face ~
 
Good Karma 4-in-One Face Cream is an ideal skincare cream to add to your daily regimen, and works beautifully as a face cream, serum, eye cream, and neck cream. It was gentle and non-irritating, and quickly absorbed without leaving any greasy or tacky residue; the rich, silky texture made this easy to apply, without having to tug at delicate face tissue; some other products I’ve tested have had too dense of a texture for ease of application.  Through consistent use, my fine lines and wrinkles were diminished, pores were minimized, and the texture and skintone felt firmer; my skin also looked healthier and more luminous.  The airless pump jar conveniently dispenses a single application of product, so there’s no waste, or cross-contamination from fingers touching the contents.  Key ingredients include Shea Butter, Sea Fennel Extract, Squalane, Sesame Seed Oil, Olive Fruit Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Avocado Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Vitamin E, Grape Seed Oil, Mango Seed Oil, Aloe Leaf Extract, Green Tea Extract, Chamomilla Flower Extract, Grapefruit Peel Oil, Witch Hazel, Vitamin B5, Date Seed Extract, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Blue Algae Extract, CoQ10, and Jojoba Seed Oil.  A portion of all sales supports Beauty Feeds the Beasts, a program that provides meals for rescued animals in shelters.  For more information, visit http://www.goodkarmaskincare.com/product/four-in-one-face-cream/

~ Body ~
 
Claus Porto ~ Claus Porto began as a Portuguese soap and perfume company in 1887, and has remained one of the world’s most respected and prestigious companies if its type; over the years, the company expanded its product line to include fragrance, diffusers, candles, hand cream, and men’s products.  The soaps, especially, are known for their rich and natural scents; the hard-milling artisan-crafted manufacturing process also allows for the soaps to retain their form and quality without degrading and tuning to “mush”; another hallmark of this luxury brand are its intricately designed lithographic wrappers.  Each of the soap’s scents utilizes superior quality pure essential oils from the rich flora of Portugal.  I had the pleasure of experiencing one of their mini-traveler soap gift sets.  The set I received contained eight, fifty-gram bars.  Each one had a distinctive beautiful wrapper depicting the fragrance nuance for each individual bar.  Included in this gift set were soaps scented with Pomegranate, Vetiver, Almond Milk, Tulip, Tuberose, Lemongrass, Lettuce, and Wild Moss.  These are perfect to leave on display in a decorative dish or basket, or tucked in a lingerie drawer, or tucked in a basket of goodies for an overnight guest, or as a take with while traveling.  I honestly couldn’t say which one I enjoyed the most, since each one evoked a different sensory experience; they were all beautiful.  For more information, visit https://clausporto.com/us/shop/collections/deco/


Moroccanoil Body Buff and Body Soufflé ~ Moroccanoil revolutionized hair care with its nourishing and restorative argan oil treatment products.  Their body care products expanded the company’s market capture and elevated Moroccanoil as the über argan oil company.  Each body care product is brimming with the goodness of super-hydrating wild-crafted argan oil; this natural oil is prized for its inherent properties like antioxidants, Omega fatty acids and vitamin E.  Key ingredients in the Body Buff included orange peel (for exfoliation), orange oil, avocado oil, sweet almond oil, safflower oil, sesame oil and grape seed oil.  The product was gentle and non-irritating, and thoroughly sloughed off dead skin cells; it rinsed well without leaving any residue; the oils drenched my skin with hydration and left my skin silky to the touch. Key ingredients in the Body Soufflé included shea butter, macadamia oil, aloe and oat protein; the product was quickly absorbed and didn’t leave any greasy or tacky residue; my skin felt revitalized and drenched with hydration; I loved the aroma of the product as well.  These products were wonderful, and restored and revitalized my dry skin.  The overall texture of my skin was noticeably improved.  For more information, visit http://www.moroccanoil.com/us_en/

~ Maquillage ~


Jane Iredale Fashion Forward Take Flight Fall Collection 2016, Smooth Affair For Eyes Eyeshadow, Retractable Brow Pencil, and PureMoist Lipstick ~ Only Jane Iredale can create some of the most beautiful seasonal makeup colors to transition any skintone from summer to fabulous fall.  Her Fashion Forward Fall Collection 2016 celebrates the turning of the leaves and nature’s muting of summer’s riot of color with an array of color-perfect products that can go from subtle to glam, to complement all skintones beautifully.  Smooth Affair For Eyes is available in colors that include Petal, a Sheer Pink; Lemon, a Matte Sheer Yellow; Naked, a Sheer Nude; Iced Brown, a Sheer Golden Brown; Canvas; Sheer Champagne; and, Gold, a Sheer Rich Gold.  These gorgeous Eyeshadows transform from cream to powder, and have a dual function of being a primer and also as a lid color.  They’re also smudge-proof and crease-proof, and will last all-day without having to make any bothersome touch-ups.  The colors also minimize fine lines, keeping eyes looking fresh.  Key ingredients include Natural Mineral Powders, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Coconut Oil.  Retractable Brow Pencil is available in natural colors that include Blonde, a Golden Brown; Brunette, a Reddish Brown; and, Dark Brunette, a Rich Chocolate Brown.  The Brow Pencil’s sleek design is easy to hold, and comes with a dual tip retractable self-sharpening color, and a precision spiral styling bristle brush.  The fine-tip Brow Pencil color is also waterproof, and glides on easily for precision application; it can also be used as eyeliner, and is easy to smudge for a customized color effect. Key ingredients include Natural Mineral Powders, Vitamin C, and Vitamin D.  PureMoist Lipstick celebrates the season with a beautiful new color, Cindy, a Classic Red that complements all skintones.  Key ingredients include Avocado Oil, Jojoba Esters, Moringa Oil Esters, Sunflower Seed Oil, Pomegranate Extract, Blackberry Fruit Extract, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Coffee Seed Extract, Cranberry Fruit Extract, and Vitamins C and E.  Here’s a link to a great how-to video that shows you how to get the Fashion Forward looks that are trending using this beautiful new palette of gorgeous colors for Fall 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJi6zQMCfCk  For more informative video tutorials, visit https://janeiredale.com/us/en/our-video-tutorials.htm and also https://janeiredale.com/us/en/buzz/youtube-beauty-gurus.htm  For more information, visit https://janeiredale.com

~ In Closing ~

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Transitioning from one season to the next calls for closer scrutiny of your product regimens, especially when it comes to face, body, and makeup palette.  What worked for one season won’t necessarily work for the next.  To unravel some of the confusion, I’ll be posting another article that goes into greater detail on changes, transitioning, and adapting to the new fall season.  It’ll be an all-encompassing article based on my years of expertise in the industry.  So, stay tuned, as “they” say….. 

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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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 ~

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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.  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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