Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Normal Skin needs TLC too!

Boucher: Diana Leaving Her Bath

I often have the question posed to me, "How often should I get a facial?"

The skin takes approximately one month to renew itself. During this period, cells are migrating from deep below the surface. By the end of roughly 33 days, a new layer of old skin cells have migrated to the surface of the skin. In order to maintain freshness and a healthy complexion, a professional cleansing once a month will remove dead cells, exfoliate patchiness and keep your skin looking soft.

Even though you brush your teeth and floss twice or three times a day, regular visits to the dentist are necessary to remove deep down plaque. Just as your hair shows regrowth, your skin also requires maintenance facials in order to allow the natural removal of old skin cells so that newer skin shines forth.

Mature, Dry, Dull Skin

Mature skin, dry skin, dull skin all are very responsive to hydration. These types of conditions need extra attention during the hottest months of summer.. In order to avoid more lines caused by the August sun, it is essential to feed the face with whole, nourishing products that protect the dermal matrix without creating build up. There is no more effective skin treatment to be found than floral blossom toners and honey. They never weight the skin down while at the same time, these lovely botanicals drench your pores with moisture and cooling liquid florals.

Photo: Titian: Venus

Just so darn sensitive!

Sensitive skin and Rosacea sufferers deserve better! Between that hot sun and your own body's reactions to just about everything, it's time you discovered how effective the natural combination of pure raw honey and floral toners can be on your poor, overwrought face.

The most important practice you can incorporate into your skin care program (besides obtaining a floral toning mist) is: A monthly soothing facial treatment. This helps to regulate inflammatory responses to outer irritants.

The Summer sun is either your best friend or worst enemy. Which would you like it to be?

Over-active? Broken Out? Honey Blossom Treatments will help

Despite the heat of August, oily, overactive skin is still vulnerable to the sun. It is especially important for those folks with oily skin and break outs to stick to an easily maintained cleansing regime twice a day.

If you also regularly use a product containing salicylic acid or benzyl peroxide, the months of July and August can see an increase in surface dryness with an underlying condition of over activity to balance out the parched skin surface.

Doing this with regular monthly visits to me for professional fine tuning will keep the surface of your skin hydrated while staving off excess oils and keep your skin free from bacteria, the number one cause of breakouts.

Doing this will reduce sebaceous over activity.

Hydrosols, Nature's Fountain of Youth and Healing

Every skin care treatment I perform uses hydrosols. These precious liquid by-products of steam distillation are the gentlest, most affirmative botanical toners available to us. these liquids are the result of the water used create essential oils. The steam from the process is re-directed into a collection vessel and can be used to tone the skin.

I never dilute or adulterate my hydrosols. Depending upon the time of year, we can select from a variety of toning hydrosols.

This time of year, I am using Jasmine and Rose Hydrosols. These divinely fragrant waters refresh the skin while providing a sweet burst of nectar scented liquid. The skin accepts and absorbs these toners with no sensitivity and no extra load of preservatives or chemicals.

My Bulgarian And Indian Rose Hydrosols calm over-heated skin while assisting in easing red and inflamed flushing.

I use my Jasmine Hydrosol, - in addition to its glorious aroma - for its ability to soothe mature, over-exposed complexions. There is truly nothing more luxurious feeling than the sensation of being drenched in Jasmine!

Other Hydrosols I use for my skin care services include
  • Lavender (Anti-inflammatory, soothing, calming)
  • Rosemary (Stimulating, cleansing, detoxifying)
  • Rose Geranium (Mature conditions, Rosacea)
  • Calendula (broken skin, lesions)

The Honey Blossom Reparative Treatment

The month of August, as all my newsletter subscribers know, is quite compromising if you don't take extra precautions to protect your face.

I have combined Raw local honey with the finest Rose and Jasmine Hydrosols found on earth to protect mature, dry, sensitive skin as well as clear and hydrate oily, broken out complexions.

This luxurious, nourishing and protection service is only $25.00 from July 23 through August 21, 2007

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More About Honey (Continued from my newsletter)

I already mentioned in my newsletter that August relates to skin conditions that are vulnerable to heat.

The skincare service I designed for this period specifically addresses these concerns.

There is no way I could have designed a service to assist all of my clients without including honey. This miraculous substance has been used throughout history as a wound healing unguent.

Honey is the main ingredient in Ambrosia, a mythical sweet nectar drunk by the Gods and Goddesses of all civilizations. It was used to clean and disinfect wounds, preserve beauty, and even as recently as 2005, there was a study siting honey's superiority over drugs in the case of serious burns. Honey heals the skin, mends the pores and reduces the likelihood of post wound reactions.

Here is an excerpt from an article that lists naturally occurring hydrogen peroxide as a reaction to using honey on a wound

Honey is a traditional topical treatment for infected wounds. It can be effective on antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.

Honey is produced from many different floral sources and its antibacterial activity varies with origin and processing. Honey selected for clinical use should be evaluated on the basis of antibacterial activity levels determined by laboratory testing.

The antibacterial properties of honey include the release of low levels of hydrogen peroxide. Some honeys have an additional phytochemical antibacterial component.

Many authors support the use of honey in infected wounds and some suggest its prophylactic use on the wounds of patients susceptible to MRSA and other antibiotic-resistant bacteria.