Thursday, March 12, 2015


Spring is almost officially here, and with it will come the return of fresher air, balmy breezes, sunny blue skies, and renewed growth.  All are welcoming signs of spring.  And, just like the freshness that spring reveals, the following products will help you to shake off those winter-weary doldrums.  Enjoy!

~ Renewed Skin ~

Amarte Skin Care Daily ExfoliPowder ~ Superfine micro particles in the Daily ExfoliPowder gently polish skin, revealing a refined texture, that’s refreshed and luminous.  The self-measured dose can be mixed with water to form a paste-like consistency, or added to a creamy cleanser; apply in circular motions.  Key ingredients include natural mung bean seed extract, rice bran extract, wheat bran extract, and pearl powder

Devera Naturals Multi-Vitamin Serum and Snow Flower Crème ~ These are ideal for revealing spring skin naturally and formulated with natural ingredients.  The Multi-Vitamin Serum was gentle and enveloped skin, adding a layer of comfort to my winter-stressed skin.  Key ingredients include Kukui oil, macadamia oil, olive oil, coconut water, vitamins A, C, E and F, algae, and lemon peel oil.  The Snow Flower Crème was also gentle and quickly absorbed without leaving any residue.  Hydration levels were maintained throughout the day.  Key ingredients include Edelweiss plant stem cells, macadamia oil, coconut oil, coconut water, goji berry extract, algae, and lemon peel extract.  Both products had a delightful citrus aroma that made me think of lemon frosting every time I used the products.  Overall, my skin felt smooth, firm, hydrated, and less irritated; fine lines and wrinkles were diminished.

Kat Burki Body Butter ~ This dense, rich Body Butter was quickly absorbed without leaving any tacky residue.  Immediate results of improved texture and levels of hydration on very dry areas, which were maintained throughout day.  Key ingredients include Proprietary Organic Herb Blend, Organic Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Natural Fragrance, Organic Beeswax, Organic Jojoba Oil, Tamanu Oil, Organic Borage Oil, Organic Flax Seed Oil, Organic Evening Primrose Oil, Organic Rose Hip Oil, Vitamin B5, Wildcrafted Arnica, Organic Lavender, Organic Calendula, Organic Chamomile, Grapeseed Oil, and Macadamia Nut Oil.  Skin texture was refined and deeply hydrated.

Korres Greek Yogurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial ~ More than a Sleeping Facial, it’s a restorative nighttime facial treatment in the form of an intense hydrating cream that nourishes and refines irritated skin texture.  This rich, natural product immediately soothes stressed skin gently, without irritating, and is quickly absorbed without leaving any tacky residue.  Key ingredients include Greek yogurt concentrated proteins, yogurt powder, soybean oil, vitamins C and E, aloe leaf, jojoba seed oil, and sunflower seed oil.  My “morning skin” was incredibly smooth and hydrated; fine lines and wrinkles were diminished; skin looked refreshed, firm, and luminous.

Nordic Beauty Organic Youth Collagen Peptide Crème ~ This rich dense product is formulated with natural and certified organic ingredients, the Peptide Crème hydrated and soothed my irritated dry skin immediately; it was quickly absorbed without leaving any tacky residue; fine lines and wrinkles were diminished and hydration levels were maintained throughout the day; skin was firm and luminous.  Key ingredients include marine collagen peptide, iris plant stem cells, arnica oil, Squalane, French green clay, Edelweiss extract, aloe vera gel, vitamin E, frankincense essential oil, myrrh essential oil, green tea extract, and hibiscus extract

~ Renewed Esthetics ~

Dermelect Anti-Aging Nail Care ~ Readying the hands for the season’s reveal, where the gloves are off, requires some TLC, the right products, and fresh, subtle colors.  The Dermelect Anti-Aging product range restores hydration to dry and weakening nails, while reinforcing them with therapeutic strengthening products.  The Anti-Aging range includes Rejuvenail (Fortifying Nail & Cuticle Treatment), Launchpad (Nail Strengthener), Revital-Oil (Nail & Cuticle Treatment), and Memento (Manicure Extender Top Coat).  The Nail Lacquers, perfect for transitioning from winter to spring, include formulas that are peptide infused, offering UV protection, extended wear, full coverage, and resistant to chipping, water and detergent; they’re also formulated without formaldehyde or toluene.  Fresh spring colors included Fant-A-Sea, a peachy gloss; Dune My Thing, a lavender matte; A Shore Thing, a blush pink sheer; and Lazy Daze, a buttery creamy gloss.  Your nails will blossom after treatment and color.

La Bella Donna Duo Lip Crayon, Baci-Baci Moisturizing Lip Sheer and Gina Magnifica Eyeshadow Compact ~ Leave it to this iconic mineral makeup line to continue offering exquisite products that complement all skin tones and seasons with gorgeous colors that go from subtle to glam.  The Gina Magnifica Eyeshadow Compact is a quad of colors that reveals nature’s best, and include a Matte Taupe, Cream, Peach, and Deep Earth; colors can be worn alone, used as an eyeliner, highlighter, or can be combined to create a custom look.  The Duo Lip Crayon is stunning in the color Luscious; one end is for lining and the other end for filling in color; or, use with a sheer gloss and add just a hint of beautiful color; comes with its own sharpener, another plus.  The Baci-Baci Moisturizing Lip Sheer in the color Olo, the season’s most effective neutral that can be worn alone to drench lips with hydration with the therapeutic ingredient properties ingredients like vitamins A, C and E, flower extracts, and collagen; pairs nicely with the Duo Lip Crayon

~ Seasonal Tips ~

Skincare ~ Gentle exfoliation is key to sloughing off dead skin cells, but be careful not to exfoliate too often, or use too-aggressive a product, or use a “heavy-handed” motion.  These “no-no’s” can easily irritate and even scratch the gentle facial tissue.  While the body naturally sloughs off dead skin cells every twenty-eight days, there’s nothing wrong with helping the process along with a gentle exfoliation product periodically.  Exfoliation isn’t needed daily, which can contribute to stimulating oil production and lead to breakouts.  Exfoliating too often also leads to drying out the skin and causing more irritation and sensitivity.

Body Care ~ Make sure to start your morning routine with a dry brushing.  With a circular motion, begin brushing at the feet and work your way upward, towards the heart.  Not only will this help stimulate circulation, it also aids in sloughing off dry skin cells.  Dry brushing is ideal prior to showering; towel dry, leaving skin slightly damp, and then slather on a moisturizer.

Color ~ Adding a pop of fresh color always enhances, while accentuating natural beauty.  The color palette for spring is fresh, subtle, and airy, and transitions nicely from the darkness of winter into the awakening brightness of spring.

~ In Closing ~

Be on the lookout for my upcoming feature articles that continue the spring theme…“Spring Lifestyle Transitioning Tips” and “More Spring/Summer Finds”. 

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.  Don’t forget to “Like” her Facebook Page, “Terry’s Second Helpings”.  You can email her at, or


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