Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Transitioning from summer into fall often brings about personal care challenges that are exacerbated by dryness and dehydration; both of which impact skin and hair.  In my article, “Redux:  Fall Transitioning Tips” (October 2, 2014), I provided tips, recommendations, and insight on issues related to this general topic.  I think of summer as a time of using all-things lighter, and fall as a time of using all-things more intense to complement temperature and humidity levels.  

When seasons change, especially summer to fall, skin and hair becomes dehydrated due to colder temperatures and decreased humidity levels.  Because of this, skin and hair requires restoration of lost nutrients and hydration levels; this is achieved by using products specifically formulated with ingredients that combat these affects.  The seasonal change also affects the appearance and color of skin tone; with the right color products, a loss of summer glow is easily restored with the right color palette of color products that add a vibrant and healthy fall glow. The following products beautifully address these seasonal concerns and are perfect indulgences for this “Fall Must-Have Luxuries” edition. 

~ Indulgent Skincare ~

Kat Burki Raw Beauty Power Trio Radiance Oil and Rose Hip Revitalizing Serum ~ Both of these new products are must-haves in one’s arsenal of skincare products that deliver results, restore, and in my case, offer visibly improved conditions.  The Power Trio Radiance Oil delivered exceptional hydration without leaving any tacky or greasy residue; absorption level was outstanding.  Key ingredients include Raspberry Seed Oil, Kukui Nut Oil, Tamanu Oil, vitamins A, C, E.  The Rose Hip Revitalizing Serum effectively balanced my skin’s texture, improved circulation, added luminosity to my skin, and hydrated beautifully; the absorption level was also outstanding, without leaving any residue.  Key ingredients include the Kat Burki Raw Beauty proprietary KB5 Herb Blend (Gotu Kola, Arnica, Calendula, Lavender, and Chamomile), Rose Hip Seed Oil, and vitamins C and E.  Powerful ingredients that aid in skin regeneration and circulation, improving skin texture, while firming.  Both of these all-natural products provided hydration, broad-spectrum UV protection, and healing of environmentally compromised delicate tissue while diminishing signs of aging.  After my review period, my skin was noticeably improved and hydration levels were maintained throughout the entire day.  I had to noticeable inset vertical lines in the middle of my brow area that were diminished to the point that I not only could barely notice them, but I also could barely feel them.  I thoroughly enjoyed using both of these products, whether used individually, or together.

~ Indulgent Haircare ~

PHYTO Huile Suprême Rich Soothing Oil and Huile Soyeuse Rich Smoothing Oil ~ For summer hair that’s been overly dried by too much sun and chlorine, proper restoration is especially needed before the ravages of diminished humidity and cold that contribute to overly drying of the hair.  Dry hair contributes to a loss of natural luster and vibrancy; hair is difficult to manage and goes limp; the scalp becomes dry and itchy.  Dry, cold air, combined with diminished humidity is an environmental foe of healthy hair.  Both the Huile Suprême Rich Soothing Oil and Huile Soyeuse Rich Smoothing Oil are ideal products in combatting the ill effects of fall’s cold weather assaults.  Both treatment products restore, nourish, and revitalize dry or damaged hair; the products are also great styling aids, adding manageability, smoothness, and luster.  All I needed was a small amount of product to restore the vibrancy, bounce, and appearance.  Key ingredients in Huile Suprême include Macadamia Oil, Roucou Oil, and Botanical Squalane.  Key ingredients in the Huile Soyeuse include Calendula Oil, Rosemary Oil, and Mallow Extract.  Using these products also gave a healthy appearance to my summer stressed hair.  I was definitely ready for the new season of colder temps and drier humidity levels.

~ Indulgent Macquiage ~

Jane Iredale Mineral Cosmetics City Nights Collection ~ For twenty years, this eponymous brand has never disappointed dermatologists, plastic surgeons, spa and esthetic professionals, and the general public.  Jane Iredale Mineral Cosmetics has consistently offered the best and brightest in safe and healthy products for the skin.  Each turn of the season always signals another gorgeous color palette collection of products that reflect the best of the new season’s colors that go from natural to glam with ease.  This year’s offering, City Nights Collection, celebrates falls finest in rich pigmented colors that definitely add warmth and glow to a daytime or nighttime look.  The City Nights Collection includes the Celebrate Eye Shadow Trio palette in a glistening rose-gold mirrored compact; PurePressed Eye Shadow tones in the Shadow Trio include Mist (highlight/under brow), Toast (eyelid), and Port (contour); a handy sponge-tip applicator is also included; the colors are subtle with just a hint of sparkle.  Next, there’s the Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner in Purple and Green; these easy glide on colors can go from fine line to glam smudge and add a depth of color that accentuates the eyes without looking garish.  Lastly, there are two mainstay lip colors to use alone, or together to create a customized look; there’s PureGloss Lip Gloss in Kir Royale, a beautiful shimmery rose-mauve, and PureMoist Lipstick in Katrina, a rich burnished umber; PureGloss Lip Gloss and PureMoist Lipstick also have beneficial and restorative ingredients like avocado, jojoba esters, moringa and sunflower.  For more inspiration on how-to achieve various looks using the many wonderful products in this line, go to YouTube and use the search criteria Jane Iredale for a full listing of online videos.

~ In Closing ~

These products are must-haves for taking care of skin, hair, and color as you transition into the fall season.  An added benefit is that these products will also transition nicely from the fall into the winter season.  While these products are practical, they’re also indulgent and luxurious...there's nothing wrong with investing in luxurious products, especially when they perform double-duty!  

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, 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


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