Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Reduce Cellulite at home with Water Therapy and Heat

I have been thinking about how great it would be to be able to give yourself spa treamtments at home.
My motto is what you do everyday is what matters most. So while spa treamtments are wonderful, they don't do as much for wellness as your daily routines.
I have the advantage of knowing what can be done at home and just recently started packaging home spa treatments. The first of this was ElectroLast which mimics the microcurrent facials performed at spas. Now I am working on a cellulite massaging device to mimic the endermology toning treatments for cellulite. There is much that can be done without purchasing much of anything. Taking a bath each day is an under-used and under-valued water therapy that is great for overall wellness. In the colder months I indulge in a bath and put a half cup of Epsom Salts and a few drops of my favorite aromatherapy oil. Soaking for ten minutes or more gets the circulation going. Now I am working on the body wrap method that can be done at home. I just purchased an EverLast warm-up suit made to be used in saunas. Since I don't have a sauna, I am going to prepare the herbs I use for body wraps at the spa, soak 6 ace bandages for 10 minutes in the herbal solution, wrap my legs, buttocks and abdomen and enter into this loose fitted warm-up suit. I'll just lay down and meditate for a good 15 minutes and unwrap the bandages thereafter. Then I will slather on Cellaction Contour Gel and be on my way to a bathing suit ready body by February. (That's my goal in any case.) For you at home, try incorporating a warm bath at least once a week. Invest in a body brush and brush your skin from the ankles up towards the heart once a day. Massage a natural cellulite gel into your skin at night when the skin naturally heats up. And keep in touch with me, it will not be too long until I package an at home body wrap. As with any of my products, the first test is with me. Will keep you posted, pictures and all!

Monday, December 10, 2012

To Wax or Not to Wax?

Believe me when I tell you I have seen it all! I started waxing in my NYC spa in the early 1980's and had women, men, transgenders, you name it, all coming to remove hair that they didn't want. Whatever the reason may be to remove unwanted hair is not as important as whether or not there may be a better option. When it comes to waxing areas where the skin sits on a good strong bone, like the legs for instance, I am all for it. Since the skin is taught, there is not a lot of pulling on the skin and the results are usually great. For the more delicate areas, like the lip or the coochy, you have to more careful. The skin is looser in these areas and with frequent waxing can contribute to premature wrinkling. The skin around the upper lip is where most women will find their first lines.
Using hot wax, then taking a strip and pulling in the opposite direction of the hair growth is not ideal for keeping the skin toned.
The same applies for brazillian waxing. Hey, nature gave hair for a reason, it offers some protection. If you pull and pull on that oh so delicate skin, over time you will loose elasticity and wish you had your hair back! By it may be too late as when you wax often, the hair grows back finer. I have some suggestions that I think you find helpful. First off, if you have fine and light hair on your upper lip, consider trimming it. If your hair is dark, bleaching is a good option. For coarse hair, electrolysis and laser work well. Brazillian wax is great for special occasions and keep it to that. Go semi-hairless-ask for the landing strip-it leaves a small area of hair on the most delicate area of the bikini area. And if you must wax because you love the results, ask for hard wax. This type of wax is applied warm, then cools and is removed without using a strip cloth or any kind. It is easier on the skin, and causes less sensitivity.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Summer Foundation Customized with SPF

While most of us use make-up as a cover-up or as a means of creating a more even toned skin, we don't consider it a sunscreen.
I found out years ago that just wearing a pressed powder to the beach gave me better sun protection than my full sunscreen product.
What I didn't know was that it had a built in SPF of 17 or higher. This was way back in 1990 and I was the pale one on the beach-my girlfriends begged me to get a little color, but I came with my loose braids, a baseball cap and make-up on. Quite frankly, the make-up was pure vanity, I had no idea about how well it protected me from sundamage. Now moving on to years later...I created my own skin care line, and just launched a mineral based cosmetic line in the spa-AND the testing on the pressed and loose powders confirms it offers a SPF of 17. All the wonderful minerals, titanium and others are Natures SPF. OK, so the good news is protection. But I want you also to realize that you can customize these powders with your favorite toners, moisturizers or face oils. Depending on your skin, and the season (more humid climates add a lot of moisture to the skin...) you decide how to mix. I prefer to use the loose powder and I put a little bit in the palm of my hand, add one spritz of ISS Saturation Spray and a small pump of ISS Chain Reaction Moistuizer. I mix them together and apply with my fingertips to my face and neck. On top I take a large Kabuki brush and dip it in ISS pressed powder and work the brush around my face. It looks so natural that most people would think you were not wearing make-up at all. Beach friendly and perfect for your skin and summer!

Age Rebel: Preview "Summer Foundation Customized with SPF"

Age Rebel: Preview "Summer Foundation Customized with SPF"

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

My Review of Compu-Lift Machine by Silhouet-Tone

Originally submitted at Banner Therapy Products

Compu-Lift brings effective anti-aging treatment into the 21st century - Stimulates cellular regeneration through the use of Micro Currents.

This Machine is Simply Wonderful

By age rebel from Fairfield, CT on 5/15/2012


5out of 5

Pros: Effective, Simple to Use

Describe Yourself: Brand Buyer

I have been using the machine for six years at my spa and think it is the best skin care treatment for those who prefer a natural way to lift the skin. It is an alternative to Botox but in all honestly, I get those cleints who do both. Botox will not help the neck and jowls so this mahine takes care of those areas.It should only be used by a liscensed professional esthetician or nurse practioner/medical technician. Not for consumer use.


Friday, March 16, 2012

Join ISS for Wellness Week to Relax and Raise $ for Cancer

It's funny how you plant a seed and it blossoms. I have been thinking about how to simultaneously raise cancer awareness and money and it all came together. Spa Finders promotes a Wellness Week and this was a perfect venue for my spa. We partnered with them and are offering many great services at a low price of 50.00 the entire week of 3-19 through 3-25. I have been working on finding ways to offer wellness and beauty services at an affordable rate so people can benefit from treatments with more frequency, so I welcomed Spa Finders Wellness Week and created an event around it. On Wednesday, 3-21 Intelligent Skin Sense is having an afternoon event. Specialists will be at the spa from 3 to 7 to offer skin consultations, hair consultations, free mini-make-overs and much more. A highly recommended, neighboring dermatologist , Dr Jason McBean, volunteered to speak about skin cancer that evening at 5:30. Anyone who has a teenager should come. Skin Cancer is growing fastest amongst teens partly due the heavy use of suntan beds. I have a neice who already had a scare and had to have some skin removed surgically and was told to stay away from tanning beds. So if you know anyone who has recovered from cancer and wants some complimentary advice on how to take care of their skin after treatment, please send them by. If you are a care-giver, come in for the spa wellness treatments even if you are not a Spa Finder Member. ISS will honor the service special anyway.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Intelligent Skin Sense Partners with Spa Finders, Wellness Week

Unless you know someone who has cancer and you see first hand how ravaging the disease can be, you really don't know about cancer. I thought I knew how hard the disease hits people but when I saw my mother battle throat and tongue cancer, I became humbled pretty quickly. I always knew my mother was strong, but she is beyond strong, she is a Warrior Goddess. A year and a half later, my mother is still in recovery, learning to talk again, to swallow again and to eat again. This has inspired me to get involved with Cancer organizations and to learn more about oncology services that spas can provide. As the owner of Intelligent Skin Sense, I made it my mission to raise skin cancer awareness and my staff has certifications through CancerCares advanced training programs. This month Intelligent Skin Sense will partner with Spa Finders for Wellness Week, March 19th throughout March 25th. Services at the spa will be offered at discounted rates and 10% of all product sales will go directly to CancerCare. On March 21st the spa will host a wellness event geared towards patients recovering from cancer and it will be ongoing from 3-7PM. Dr. Jason McBean a neighboring dermatologist will speak in behalf of skin cancer awareness at 5:30 that evening.

To learn more about Wellness Week http://www.spafinder.com/wellnessweek/howitworks.htm
and to see last year’s Wellness Week video visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ojzzEBqoHA

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Women-Pay attention to the Rights you Earned....

I read this article which came at a time where I was thinking how important it is to pay attention to what politicians are dictating to our country about women's issues-in particular contraceptive, abortion and the likes. I have an opinion that is strong-I adopted my daughter and it wasn't easy. I had the means and the will and had a successful adoption but know wonderful people and families have not been so fortunate in the adoption process. I was single at the time when I pursued this but, as fate would have it, I met my further husband before I brought my daughter home. However, I saw so many children that were not lucky, they didn't get adopted, they live in orphanages in conditions that are not good. Most were born to under privileged women. Now there is nonsense talk amongst Republican's about taking away contraception and instituting abstinence. It's unrealistic to think that all these children that would be born if contraceptive were not available to teens, or poverty stricken women would have homes, to the contrary they would more likely wind up in an orphanage, or in foster homes. Many children that are put in foster care live in horrendous conditions, many children are sexually abused and exploited, and it's a large issue that gets pushed under the carpet but one that can not be ignored. Women already fought for their rights, to start taking a step backwards is ignorant. As it turned out I adopted my daughter from another country than the US for reasons that it was far too difficult and expensive. So in short, what do these Republican politicians propose to do with children who are homeless, or unwanted? And all this talk about the right to life when the same men vote for the death penalty is such an oxymoron. The paragraph below is taken from an article I read. It is worth reading.

Integral Life Art Gallery: Iconographies of Dharma | The Daily Evolver: Contraception and Politics http://bit.ly/x1wwOM #integral

This week's Daily Evolver looks at the recent election year ruckus concerning the Obama administration's attempt to get religious-affiliated hospitals and university health centers to pay for contraception. Although the question of whether women should have access to contraception was settled long ago and supported by the majority of women in the United States (including Catholics), the media war continues as both sides seek to define the issue of contraception as an advantage for them in an election year. The question remains whether Republican men are out of touch with the female electorate concerning this issue, and how that might affect Republican chances to unseat President Obama in the general election. What does this conflict have to say about our ongoing cultural evolution?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Low and Loose Ponytails make a come back.

I have long hair, a couple inches from the shoulders. When I have time to wash and blow dry my hair it looks great. But so often I run out the door and then my hair looks in need of a good short haircut.
" Let's face it, long hair is great when you are a teenager or have the time to style."

In my case neither applies. And I am not a fan of short hair as it lacks the versatility I like. So I have been experimenting. Over New Years I used a curing iron to make long loose waves. It was nice distraction from flat ironed hair (which I think looks awful on most people despite the trend). Even though the waves were fun it was time consuming. So this weekend after perusing the fashion magazines I stumbled upon an article in Allure which featured easy ponytail options. Yesterday was my ponytail debut! Got lots of compliments and it just may be my signature everyday DO!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Why I don't promote Facial Masks

I've been known to say I am not a fan of facial masks. It's not that I don't see their benefits, it's just I see more benefit in what one does daily with their skin rather than weekly. It's true when I say "it really matters what you put on your skin each day". Don't skimp on your cleanser as I can bet you it's not removed well enough which means some of it stays on your skin. So it best be good. A little tid bit, use a cotton pad dampened with water to remove your make-up and clean your skin. If the cotton is not pure white, then your skin is not cleansed yet.

But I can be reformed. The last two weeks have been stressful and I have made it a point to take a spa bath at home and put on a face mask. It does feel nice to have a mask on that smells great. As an esthetician I get it that after it dries it's over. But for that 10 minutes of tightening I feel revived. Aaahhh!

Home Recipe. Mix a tablespoon of plain yogurt, a 1/2 teaspoon of honey and add a squeeze of cucumber (you want the juice of the cucumber). This is nourishing and good for dehydrated and sensitive skin.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Everyday Cosmetic Tips

I'm an esthetician so naturally I want my skin to look good. But it's not always the case. Like most women juggling motherhood and a career I wake up tired sometimes, and my face shows it. Today was one of them. Last night my new Collie pup stayed up all night and so did I. I woke up puffy, the circles exaggerated under my eyes, and I felt sluggish all over. I practiced my home remedies this morning and they really work. I took a bath, exfoliated and applied a five minute masque, vigorously toweled dried and then dry brushed my body. This was followed by a stimulating contour gel application (have to plug mine as it does the trick-Cellaction Contour Gel) and made sure to include my tired feet. After getting dressed I was re-energized but my face was still tired looking. In addition to my normal moisturizing routine, I used a few tricks of the trade. You can easily do the same and believe me it works.
People will tell you that your skin looks great even when you know the truth underneath the carefully applied cosmetics.
Give these a go;

1) Use a loose mineral powder. Sprinkle a little powder (just enough to cover the center of your palm) and add to it a spritz of water (even better use your toner) and a tiny dollop of your moisturizer. Mix with your finger and apply evenly to your face. You can use a sponge to smooth it but I prefer my fingertips.

2) Apply a pink soft blush to the apple of your cheeks. It brightens your face just like when your were young!

3) Take a white eye pencil. Use it on the inner bottom lid. This opens up your eyes.

4) Use a violet/blue pencil on the inner and outer corners of your eye right at lash line. The bluer tones brighten the eyes and make the white of your eyes appear brighter.

5) Use navy mascara. I love navy mascara when I am tired It works to make your eyes sparkle. Concentrate on outer lashes so your lashes look fuller.

6) Stain your lips with a reddish lip stain and cover with a clear gloss.

That's it. No need for more. This daytime make-up is natural and designed to enhance your complexion. Our secret weapon for those challenging mornings.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

7 Tips to Jump Start Annual Wellness/Beauty Plan

It's this easy to get in Wellness/Beauty Shape

1. Clean skin only at night. Use cotton to clean your skin as you will know when your skin is clean-no fooling white cotton pads. Why only at night? Because your skin collected debris from the days activities and outside elemental pollutants. If you wear make-up, it's got to come off. When you wake up all you have is protective oils on your skin. If you want less, swipe skin with an herbal toner.

2. Splash your face each morning with cold water. I didn't originate this concept, nor did Ernest Laslow, but he certaintly launched the idea. It makes sense, the cold water helps reduce puffiness, adds color to the skin and helps the skin circulate and glow. And if your tired, you wake up quicker.

3. Slather on the moisturizer and eye cream before turning on your hair dryer. Seems logical but most people don't realize how damaging that dryer heat is to your skin.

4. Brush your skin as often as you brush your hair. That's right, your skin needs a brushing too. Same reason as your brush your hair, to make it glow. Dry brushing your skin will remove dead skin cells, improve upon overall circulation and help your skin look younger. Start at the base of your foot and brush upwards (always towards the east area). Three brush strokes per body part does the trick.

5. Oil your skin and hair. Wherever you don't wear clothes, add oil. Water and oil don't mix and that's good. Your skin is made up of oil which evaporates quickly. Most moisturizers are water base and protect your skin for only a few hours. Seal the moisture in with a light skin friendly oil like jojoba or wheat germ oil. I use ISS-Bare-It Oil for my face body and hair.

6. Towel Dry before exercise. Warm up with a good towel dry massage. Shower and use your towel to dry off your skin, exfoliate your skin and massage your skin. Grab the towel ends with each hand and vigorously massage your skin from head to toe. It's a great warm up to exercise.

7. Manage your hand care-whatever you use on your face, lays on your fingertips so work the extra product into your hands. Putting on hair glaze? Don't wipe the excess on a towel, put it on your hands too. Your hands need more protection than the rest of your body due to constant use ands washing. Having a special hand cream is nice but more important is to remember to treat your hands as special as your skin and hair and those products work well too.