Thursday, February 15, 2018


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While Spring is less than forty days from now, Winter’s vengeance is still wreaking havoc across the U.S.  My area is under a Weather Watch and supposedly ten or more inches of now will be dumped over the next few days.

My skin is taking a beating from the harsh affects of dry indoor humidity and frigid temp, and while I’m no fan of heat and humidity, I find myself anxiously lying in wait for the arrival of warmer temps and the return of all that nature has to offer. 

Today’s edition features some wonderful products that treat and heal winter weary skin, like the luxurious new Crème Hydra Summum from Guinot Paris, and Lansinoh, pure Lanolin products from HPA, a company that is mom-tested and approved; lastly, there’s the tantalizing and transformative Winter Collection 2018 from industry icon Jane Iredale.  This remarkable kit will diminish the pallor of winter weary skin with subtle beauty.  Lastly, I’m shining the SPA-tlight on some wonderful wellness related treatment therapies and programs at The Spa at Carillon Miami Wellness Resort.

~ Winter Wonder Products ~

Guinot Crème Hydra Summum
Guinot’s Crème Hydra Summum is a new luxurious facial moisturizer that uses intense hydration to fight the effects of aging, such as wrinkles and dull skin.  This rich cream has a beautiful texture that is non-greasy and was quickly absorbed without leaving any residue; hydration levels remained throughout the day.  Skin is healthy looking with a luminous glow.  Key ingredients include the proprietary Hydralogic Complex, which creates a barrier to lock-in moisture, and stimulate circulation for a bright and luminous healthy glow.  Other ingredients include proprietary Hydration Complex – Aquasilanol, which fortifies the structure of the skin barrier while helping increase the skin’s capacity to store water, and restores the flow of water, and their proprietary Anti-Ageing Molecule – Hyaluronic Acid, which enables the skin to increase its water storage capacity.  Other ingredients include Sweet Almond Oil, Vitamin E, and Glycerin.  My skin was visibly improved after the first few times I used it as a day cream and as a night cream; the unevenness of my dry patches became balanced through regular use; the texture of my skin was silky to the touch; it was also great used in the orbital regions and wasn’t at all irritating to the eye.  

Jane Iredale Winter Collection 2018 ~ Cool GreatShape Contour Kit, Warm GreatShape Contour Kit, Rose Gold Contour Brush, and Rose Gold Blending/Contouring Brush
You can always count on the genius of this iconic brand to come up with the right mix of products that are perfect for the season at hand, and which also address season-specific issues.  Winter’s frigid temps and lack of consistent sunlight always make skin appear pale and washed out.  Adding luster and subtle beauty to combat these issues by using professional tools and makeup that Contour, Shape, Color, and Highlight are exactly what the Winter Collection 2018 is all about.  The professional application tools include a Contour Brush for sculpting and contouring; its straight edge and densely packed synthetic bristles allow for precision application of makeup to transform the shape and contour of the face; there’s also a Blending/Contouring Brush; its angled edge and medium density synthetic bristles also for a beautiful sweep and application of just the right amount of makeup for blending, highlighting, and subtle contouring.  Each GreatShape Contour Kit is available in either Warm or Cool Matte Shades that perfectly complement any skin tone.   Each Kit contains a Highlighter, Blusher, and Contour for both Warm and Cool skintones.  The Warm Kit includes a Highlighter in Warm Matte Champagne, a Blusher in Matte Peach, and a Contour in Medium Matte Warm Brown.  The Cool Kit includes a Highlighter in Cool Matte Vanilla, a Blusher in Soft Cool Pink, and a Contour in Medium Matte Brown.  Each Kit also comes with a beautifully illustrated brochure on tips and tricks to achieve just the right look regardless of your face shape (e.g. oval, long, rectangular/oblong, round, triangle, heart, diamond, or square.)  There’s also an informational video on YouTube at  For more information and outstanding renderings on application how-to “enhancement techniques” using these new tools that match different shaped faces), visit

Lansinoh HPA Lanolin and Lanolin Minis
While this product was developed for the special needs of lactating moms, hands down it’s a winner for addressing and treating the extremes of parched dry skin.  The products are made from pure lanolin, which is one of nature’s soothing and restorative super intense moisturizers.  Lanolin is a wax naturally secreted by the sebaceous glands of wool-bearing animals.  Used by humans, it comes from domestic sheep breeds that are raised specifically for their wool.  It also prevents and treats skin that’s been ravaged by the harsh affects of frigid temps, super dry air, and repetitive irritation.  For more information, visit


(Salsa Instructors Alicia Ibarguren and Rafael Cintro)
The Spa at Carillon Miami Wellness Resort
Carillon Miami Wellness Resort continues to be the preferred destination for those in search of a comprehensive destination that restores, invigorates, and renews.  Their exceptional programs also address wellness medicine, exercise physiology, physical therapy, nutrition, acupuncture, emotional well-being, environmental health, and educational workshops.  Carillon Miami Wellness Resort is currently offering a variety of unique treatments and programs geared for couples that will definitely be a much-needed diversion from the winter blues and a wonderful opportunity to focus on areas that need a gentle tweaking.  The restorative treatments and programs include Couple’s Salsa, Couple’s Workout RX, Couple’s Acupuncture, Feng Shui Bed Thwacking, Couple’s Spa Day, and Couple’s Turkish Rhassoul.  For more information, visit

~ In Closing ~

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Don’t let the extremes of winter get you down; embrace the season knowing that Spring and Summer aren’t that far off from enjoying.  That’s it for this edition.  Until the next one, remember to take care of yourself and those you love.

By Terry Herman

Recipient of the 2017 Feedspot’s “Top 40 Spa Blogs and Websites By Spa Professionals”

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 three Facebook Groups, Wild Food Society, Spa College, and North Shore Opera Hour.  Awards have included Feedspot’s 2017 "Top 40 Spa Blogs and Websites By Spa Professionals", and first prize for Rockford CVB Travel Media Showcase article, “Sensory Connect”.  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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