Thursday, January 22, 2015

WINTER LUXURY SKINCARE ~ PART ONE


~ TRÉSOR RARE ~

Nothing tests a person’s resolve to toughen it out, than a frigid winter that wrecks havoc on fragile skin.  Cold biting winds that sting, excessively dry outdoor and indoor temps, raw, chafed, and cracked skin can all spell disaster for skin’s balance and skincare regimen.  Having the right products, not only for your skin type, but also for the season, are key to effective and gentle cleansing, maintaining hydration levels, minimizing the effects of aging, and diminishing fine lines and wrinkles.

Today’s article features a recent product line I tested, Trésor Rare.  I can honestly state that these products ranked very high with me for being effective, hydrating, age diminishing, and results-driven.  Each product was an indulgent luxury for my skin and senses, and would be an ideal addition to anyone’s “age diminishing” skincare regimen.

~ About the Brand ~

“Trésor Rare, French for "Rare Treasure" is composed of the refining effectiveness of gemstones, exfoliating diamond dust and the smoothing properties of deep water pearls all meticulously mixed with plant stem cells, liposomes, phospholipids and selected Dead Sea Minerals sourced from around the world to form superb skin potions to form one of the rarest skincare in the world……”

~ The Ultimate Pearl Collection ~


Cleansing and Revitalizing Mousse ~ This exceptional cleanser begins as a foam and then transforms into a luxurious creamy consistency that removes all impurities and traces of makeup without drying fragile skin; it also tones and calms skin, while leaving it silky feeling and hydrated.
Facial Peel ~ This is the perfect peeling gel to gently cleanse delicate skin, while detoxifying and removing impurities without any irritating or drying; skin felt conditioned, silky, and hydrated and brightened; hydration levels were maintained throughout the day.  My skin felt and looked revitalized with improved circulation; skin felt refreshed and was definitely brighter and more luminous.
 
Protecting and Defending Cream ~ This is one of the more luxurious and beautiful creams I’ve experienced.  The duality of this exceptional cream not only protected my delicate skin with what felt like a barrier of insulation from the elements, but it also left my skin exceptionally hydrated, silky and firm; non-irritating and quickly absorbed without leaving any tacky or greasy residue; diminished fine lines and wrinkles; I especially loved how my dry patches on both cheeks and chin areas were left incredibly hydrated, making for a flawless appearing complexion. 

Protecting and Finishing Powder ~ This is a phenomenal product.  Although I controlled the application of this weightless transparent and matte finishing powder, micro particles of powder were dispersed as if I was using an airbrush; my skin was left with a porcelain-like finish, that evened out my skin tone, while minimizing pores and diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  A real WOW!

For additional information on Trésor Rare, visit http://tresor-rare.com

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; 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.  Her social media outreach includes Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, 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, or terry.herman@gmail.com.

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(Introductory photo of Rita Hayworth from wedo.co.uk.  All other photo credits as represented by the specific brand.)

Friday, January 16, 2015

SPA AT HOME


For over twenty years, I’ve been covering all-things spa.  The only genuine way to experience a spa and benefit from its overall environment, including treatment experiences, is to actually go to one and experience it.  It is possible, however, to replicate aspects of spa treatment experiences while in a home setting, provided planning, organizing, conditions and product mix come together as one, but again, it isn’t meant to replace an actual spa experience.  For example, just in the area of a treatment experience at the hands of a highly skilled, trained and experienced spa technician, it is impossible for one to replicate that individual’s touch and skill. 

The spa experience is sensory-driven and should engage the five senses of tactile, taste, auditory, visual and olfactory.  Then there are innate senses, such as emotion and psyche, which greatly rely on perception and imprinting recall.  When one’s senses are engaged, the efficacy of the experience is elevated.

Following are a number of products I recently tried that effectively transform your spa at home experience to one that captures the essence of a spa experience, as if you’re at one.  I’ve also included a few DIY tips and treats for you to also consider as part of your spa at home experience.  The products, tips and treats are all based on engaging various senses throughout the experience to magnify one’s sensory acuities.  So, get ready and go and get your spa on…..

~ DIY TIPS & TREATS ~

(Image, www.agirlsgottaspa.com)
TIPS ~
In General ~ Set aside time to disconnect from reality and create a new one that’s filled with relaxation and restorative indulgence.  Consider the type of relaxation music you want to listen to and then have it ready to play throughout your special time.  Prepare ahead of time the healthy fruit or veggie infused waters you’ll refresh yourself with throughout the day.  Begin your day with simple stretching movements, followed by introspection and contemplation.  Plan a light and healthy breakfast, such as green tea or an herbal tisane, Greek-style yogurt with fresh fruit and a nutrient-dense healthy muffin (same for a healthy lunch of a hearty salad).  Plan your time accordingly and block out any outside influences and the extraneous that might be disruptive to your relaxed rhythm.  Take the time to go for a walk and get reacquainted with nature and just having some personal time without anyone else seemingly bothering you.  If you have children, make arrangements for someone to take care of them while you’re restoring yourself.

TREATS ~
Dry Brushing ~ If you don’t have a body brush with firm bristles, consider buying one; in lieu of a firm-bristle body brush, a Loofah chunk or mitt is recommended.  Using one of these on dry skin is great for exfoliating and revving up the circulation.  Using circular small motions, begin from the feet and work your way up the body, towards the heart.   Make sure to avoid any sensitive areas, especially areas with broken skin.  Do not dry brush to recently shaved or sunburned skin, otherwise irritation will result.

Facial Scrub & Hydrator ~ You’ll need a gentle oil, such as almond, jojoba or olive, as well as corn meal.  Place a small amount of corn meal in the palm of your hand and to this add a small amount of the oil, or enough to make a paste.  Apply this to face and gently rub the skin using small circular motions with the fingertips.  Gently rinse off with warm water and blot dry.  The oil will provide sufficient hydration to the skin.

Pedi Soak ~ You’ll need a large bowl or basin (I use a large stainless bread mixing bowl), Epsom salts (or baking soda), a scented essential oil (optional), marbles (floral or conventional), Pedi paddle or super-fine grade sandpaper block (or a dish scrubby), and a gentle oil (almond, jojoba or olive).  Fill basin/bowl with warm water.  Add Epsom salts (or baking soda, or both), and any optional scented essential oils; mix all ingredients thoroughly.  Add marbles.  Soak feet in mix, taking time to gently rub the soles of your feet over the marbles to stimulate and revitalize the circulation; this is also great for giving oneself a foot massage.  After twenty to thirty minutes of soaking, remove feet and then dry; gently exfoliate any calloused areas (use a Pedi paddle, sandpaper block or dish scrubby); apply the oil to feet and moisturize (or use one of your body moisturizers); to keep the feet protected and to seal in the moisture, wear cotton socks.  This is an ideal treat prior to retiring for the evening.

Rosewater Toner ~ A culinary-grade Rosewater (available at specialty stores, Indian or Middle Eastern grocery stores, or in mass retail grocery chains with an import section) is an inexpensive alternative to facial-grade Rosewater, and it’s a very refreshing facial toner.  Transfer the Rosewater to a fine mister for ease of applying.  The culinary-grade is wonderful when chilled and sprayed on the face throughout the day as a quick pick-me-up. 

Witch Hazel & Rosewater Astringent Toner ~ Mix the culinary-grade Rosewater with Witch Hazel.  The gentle astringent property of the witch hazel in combination with the rosewater makes for a gentle finishing toner.  I use this mix especially during the summer or after a vigorous workout.  This is ideal for cooling down an over-heated face and as a refresher throughout the day. 

~ FROM THE OUTSIDE ~

(Image, www.phemomenon.com)
P. Allen Smith ~ Here’s a link to a YouTube DIY for a scrub and bath salts from this lifestyle, garden and food expert.  Both are double duty, since you can make them for yourself or make as nice gifts for someone special.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrVy9SzH4Eo

Members of the International SPA Association (ISPA) have found a silver lining to the inevitable sugar cravings. Spas and product companies are using sugar as a scrub aid to help relieve stress.  According to ISPA President Lynn McNees, “Sugar has many health benefits in spa treatments. Sugar can be used to exfoliate, increase circulation, improve skin tone, moisturize and restore balance to your skin.  Using sugar to benefit your skin will leave you feeling less guilty about giving in to your sugar cravings.”  http://www.experienceispa.com

Following are some “Sweet Spa Treatments” ISPA members offer their guests.  My Take:  Maybe you’ll get a few ideas on how to DIY some of these indulgent treats at home for yourself! 

Agua Serena Spa at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells in Indian Wells, Calif. offers a “Kai Body Polish” pairing salt with sugar to exfoliate skin and finishing with a body butter. 
Chill Spa Hotel Terra in Teton Village, Wyo. offers a “Mountain Glow Treatment” invigorating skin cells using a sugar and lemongrass oil scrub to massage the back, shoulders and arms.
Eau Spa in Manalapan, Fla. offers “Champagne Shimmer Body Luster” which uses a brown sugar to scrub and warm champagne oil to soften and hydrate new skin.
G2O Spa and Salon in Boston, Mass. offers “Bikini Beauty,” incorporating a sugar wax, which is gentler than regular wax and organic.
Massage Envy Spa with multiple locations nationwide offers “Sugar Foot Scrub Therapy” using the Bon Vital Lavender sugaring product to soothe and smooth rough, calloused feet.
One Ocean Resort and Spa in Atlantic Beach, Fla. offers “Waterlemonade Refresher Body Treatment” which uses a fresh watermelon-basil and vodka sugar scrub.
Red Door Spa with multiple locations nationwide offers “Orange & Pomegranate Sugar Body Glow Treatment” which incorporates the spa’s signature sugar orange-pomegranate body scrub.
Spa at Desert Springs in Palm Desert, Calif. offers “Desert Journey Signature Treatment” a light brown sugar scrub mixed with a body butter to hydrate and exfoliate.
Spa Evangeline at the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa, Fla. offers “Body Elixir Polish,” a fine-grain white and brown sugar-based polish by FarmHouse Fresh to exfoliate skin.
Spa Réveil in Austin, Texas offers the “Moroccan Purifying Ritual” which incorporates a sugar-based scrub with black olive, coffee, crushed almond, neroli, orange and lemon rind.
Spa Shiki at The Lodge of Four Seasons Resorts in Lake Ozark, Mo. offers a “Mandarin Green Tea Sugar Scrub” that sloughs dead skin from feet and relax the entire body.
Springs Eternal Spa at Omni Bedford Springs Resort in Bedford, Pa. offers “Sugar Maple Glow” including a sugar scrub and whipped body butter.
The Spa at Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, N.H. offers the “Herbal Body Treatment” including herbs from the resort’s own garden mixed with a sugar scrub.
The Spa at the Omni Homestead in Hot Springs, Va. offers the “Southern Harvest Apricot & Sweet Vanilla Wrap” with a sweet vanilla sugar scrub and an apricot body mask.
The Spa at Trump in Honolulu, Hawaii offers “Kaua’I and Clay Mask Treatment” by Malie Organic that works to slough off dead cells and ends with the clay body mask.
The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Va. offers “18th Century Colonial Orange and Ginger Scrub and Massage” which combines ginger and orange in a sugar scrub. 

~ IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU & YOU DESERVE IT ~

(Image, www.peaceandtranquilitymassage.com)
Prior to your spa at home experience, plan what you want to accomplish and organize your approach, and remember that taking time to regroup, unwind, decompress, relax and restore isn’t hedonistic ~ it’s an investment in self.  Don’t regret the time you’ve set aside for yourself.  And while spa at home may be all about you, you’ve earned this time and you definitely deserve it!

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; 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.  Her social media outreach includes Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, 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, or terry.herman@gmail.com.

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(Introductory photo from Spa and Salon Supplies Canada @beautyproviders.net; all other photo credits as indicated.)

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. 

Monday, January 5, 2015

WINTER DOLDRUM PERKS



With much of the nation in winter’s unrelenting grip, skin is being constantly assaulted with frigid temps and dry air.  While thoughts may be focused on the warming temps of spring, a much-needed break from these climatological attacks is in order by using products that that tackle issues related to skincare and body care during these difficult times. 

Today’s article focuses on oils for the face, body, and hair.  Oils were the first form of hydration, and prized for their ability to restore, heal, and nurture the delicate tissue that became dry due to the stresses of heat and cold.  For centuries, discerning individuals valued the benefits of hydration from naturally derived oils from fruits and nuts…think Olive, Coconut, Almond, Shea, Cocoa, Jojoba, Macadamia, Kukui, Argan, Hazelnut, etc.  Some of these oils you probably already have in your pantry…Olive Oil, Almond Oil, Coconut Oil…so, the next time you’re open to experiencing the healing and restorative hydration benefits of these pantry staples, try a little on your face, hands, or dry areas on your body.  Be careful not to use too much, since a little goes a long way. 

The great thing about using oils to restore hydration, or just to make the skin feel healthier, is that natural oils are multi-purpose, and can be used safely on the face, neck, body, and hair.  Hopefully you’ll find some new products to consider looking into, or even trying based on my latest finds and recommendations. 

For the Face

The delicate and fragile tissue on the face, 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 this in their formulation, since the sun’s harmful rays doesn’t take a vacation just because it’s winter.


Suki Skincare Balancing Facial Oil ~ This is an ideal light oil for restoring hydration to the face.  Some of the key ingredients include organic jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, sunflower seed oil, rice bran oil, safflower oil, and organic vitamin E.  Non-irritating and gentle; left skin drenched with hydration; quickly absorbed without leaving any tacky or greasy residue.  Ideal for face and neck; any residue was rubbed into my hands and cuticles.  http://sukiskincare.com

For the Body

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


G.M. Collin Body Treating Oil ~ This lovely aromatic oil beautifully hydrates the dry skin with ingredients like Eco-certified Argan Oil, Lupin Oil, and Macadamia Oil.  Added benefits also include calming stiff muscles, while improving elasticity and firmness; quickly absorbed without leaving any tacky or greasy residue.  http://www.gmcollin.com/en/

For Relaxation

Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you have to hibernate.  Winter’s challenges can be stressful and tiring, and a way to combat them is to enjoy a restorative respite.  A great way to tackle these is to create a relaxing environment that includes some basic inhalation therapy with calming and soothing natural aromas of lavender and chamomile.  These two aromas are calming and restorative and guaranteed to bring about the tranquility, calm, and de-stressing you need. 


ZzzQuil Plugged In Sleep Enhancer ~ The ZzzPads release natural lavender and chamomile, which is warmed by the low-level electrical current; each pad lasts for approximately eight hours of aroma emission. http://www.drugstore.com/zzzquil-plugged-in-sleep-enhancer/qxp534725

Others to Consider

FiaFini Pure Marula Oil https://fiafini.com/
Ila-Spa Face Oil for Glowing Radiance http://www.ila-spa.com
JAMU Asian Spa Rituals Thai Lemongrass Organic Massage, Body & Hair Oil http://jamuspa.com
Jurlique Rose Pure Essential Oil http://www.jurlique.com
Kat Burki Power Trio Radiance Oil http://katburki.com
Kate Somerville Dilo Oil http://www.katesomerville.com
Marula Pure Facial Oil http://marula.com
Moroccan Oil Treatment http://www.moroccanoil.com/usa/

In Closing

Using products formulated to one’s skin type is important, but just as important is also 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.

Happy New Year to you and your loved ones.  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; 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.  Her social media outreach includes Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, 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, or terry.herman@gmail.com.

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(Introductory photo credit from www.lenzartcompositions.com; all other photos 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.