Wednesday, April 5, 2017


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Spring has officially, and finally arrived!  Although, in many parts of the nation, the weather remains finicky and temperatures have been acting like a roller coaster.  Looking outside of my windows, I notice small green buds beginning to sprout on the limbs of the crabapple trees.  Forsythia bushes are beginning to flourish, while Crocus, Daffodils, and Hyacinths are trying to show off their blooms.  And although Spring seems to have sprung, in some parts of the country today, there are snow blizzard warnings; even where I live, it’s back to Winter temps, with snow being predicted for later in the day. 

I’ve previously written about seasonal change and its impact on face, body, and hair, and about transitioning from one season to the next, using different products that are better suited for those seasonal changes.  Today’s edition features products that are perfect for transitioning into the new beginnings of spring.  They include products for the face and body.  Featured are Naturally `SASĒ Skincare, Zim’s Crème, Babytime Snuggly Lotion, PCA Skin C&E Strength, ExLinea Peptide Smoothing Serum, and R-OH Retinol Solutions Intensive Age Refining Treatment, and Pharmagel Pharma-C Vitamin C Age Defying Facial Serum.  Enjoy reading about my latest product finds!

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~ My Latest Product Finds ~

Episencial Babytime Snuggly Lotion, Cherry ~ This multi-purpose face and body cream is recommended for all ages.  I used this on my body.  Product was quickly absorbed, without leaving any greasy residue; hydration levels were well maintained throughout the day.  Key ingredients included Aloe Vera, Shea Butter, Cherry Butter, Safflower Seed Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, and Evening Primrose Oil.  Predominant aroma is faint cherry.  For more information, visit

FiaFini Naturally `SASĒ Skincare ~ Hydra-Purifying Cleanser 3 In 1, and Advanced Hydra-Illuminating Skin Therapy 4 In 1 ~ These multi-purpose products are a great add to ones transitional skincare regimen.  The Cleanser functions as cleanser, exfoliator, and as a hydrating mask.  This Cleanser was gentle, and didn’t leave skin taught or dry; it left my skin with a subtle veil of hydration.  Key ingredients included Honey, Grapefruit Oil, Algae, Lactic Acid, and Lavender Oil.  The Skin Therapy is an all in one day and night moisturizer, serum, eye cream, and neck cream.  It was very gentle on my sensitive skin, especially around the delicate eye area; levels of hydration were maintained throughout the day; fine lines and wrinkles were minimized; overall texture was improved and appeared healthier, and brighter.  Key ingredients included Apricot Kernel Oil, Black Current Seed Oil, Murumuru Seed Butter, Daisy Flower Extract, Marula Seed Oil, Algae Extract, Lavender Oil, and Panthenol.  For more information, visit

Zim’s Max Crack Crème ~ Original Liquid Formula, and Creamy Daytime Formula ~ For sixty years, this remains a serious product for relieving and treating extremely dry and cracked skin.  I preferred using the Creamy Formula to the Liquid Formula, and applied it to my feet.  Product was quickly absorbed without leaving any greasy residue; I applied it in the morning and evening.  Key ingredients included Aloe Vera, Arnica Extract, Bay Oil, and Capric Triglyceride (extracted from coconut).  For more information, visit

~ Worth Mentioning ~

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Although my test period for skincare and body care products is between three to four weeks, for this grouping of products I only tested for one to two weeks; unfortunately, my sensitive skin didn’t tolerate these products beyond the abbreviated test period, and irritation, including peeling skin, resulted.  My comments are based on that abbreviated test period and aren’t necessarily indicative of what other individuals may experience using these same products.

PCA Skin C&E Strength Max, ExLinea Peptide Smoothing Serum, and R-OH Retinol Solutions Intensive Age Refining Treatment ~ The C&E Strength Max had a velvety consistency that was quickly absorbed without leaving any residue.  The Peptide Smoothing Serum had a silky consistency, and was quickly absorbed without leaving any residue.  The Retinol Solutions also had a silky consistency and was quickly absorbed without leaving any residue.  For more information, visit

Pharmagel Pharma-C Vitamin C Age Defying Facial Serum ~ This product has a silky consistency that was quickly absorbed without leaving any residue.  For more information, visit

~In Closing ~

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Seasonal transitioning requires assessing the efficacy of all of your treatment products.  Those that worked well during the winter may not necessarily perform as well in the spring, or even summer.  Make sure to change your regimens and products to conform to changes brought about by seasonal transitioning and change.  That’s it for this edition.  Until the next one, remember to take care of yourself and those you love. 

Take the time to notice the rebirth of nature and enjoy it.  Celebrate and embrace the changes, because they’re a part of the cycle of life.

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


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