Monday, January 5, 2015


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.

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.

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.

Others to Consider

FiaFini Pure Marula Oil
Ila-Spa Face Oil for Glowing Radiance
JAMU Asian Spa Rituals Thai Lemongrass Organic Massage, Body & Hair Oil
Jurlique Rose Pure Essential Oil
Kat Burki Power Trio Radiance Oil
Kate Somerville Dilo Oil
Marula Pure Facial Oil
Moroccan Oil Treatment

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, or


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