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April 22, 2019

Our age shows on our hands - just like anywhere else on our body. Exposure to the elements and sun, harsh products and manual work all manifest themselves especially on our hands. We are not saying, start behaving like a hand model. But whenever you put your serum, moisturizer, sunscreen, night cream, face-oil or other goodies on your face (neck and precious décolletage) simply massage any leftover residue into your hands. And let your hands speak to your age the same as your face. 

April 18, 2019

Lately, a lot of people have been mentioning Witch Hazel to me. They are using it after they wash their face, or at night, or to treat razor burn, … and usually follow up with “So, is it good for you?” Let’s shed some light on this natural remedy:

A longtime staple of the beauty industry, witch hazel has gone in and out of favor over the years and is now hailed again as the hot “new” ingredient of 2019.

The witch hazel plants are flowering shrubs native to North America. Plant extracts can be used as an ointment; leaves, bark and twigs and can be processed into a liquid, commonly known as Witch Hazel.

Witch Hazel is anti-inflammatory, soothing and rich in anti-oxidants. Check, check, check for what we want in skincare.

One main grou...

April 15, 2019

Botanicals in skin care have been around as long as anyone can remember. Today, we can enhance their benefits through amazing technology such as stem cell extraction. Here we look at plants that have inherent characteristics that would be beneficial in skincare. One example is the beautiful Edelweiss flower. It growth in the harsh climatic conditions of the European Alps in high altitudes. It is such equipped with inherent protection from high-intensity UV rays. Edelweiss extract has a high concentration of flavonoids and phenolic acid that aid in fighting UV damage. Edelweiss stem cells have a high concentration of antioxidant properties, stimulate our own stem cells, and help in the production of hyaluronic acid and prevent co...

April 10, 2019

Willow bark form the White Willow Tree has been used for centuries to treat aches and pains. It contains a natural chemical called salicin that blocks specific hormones that regulate inflammation. Today, an oxidized version known as Salicylic Acid is a staple in acne fighting skincare. Why?

Acne primarily results from an overproduction of sebum (oil secreted from pores) paired with an abnormally high rate of desquamation (shedding of skin cells) in individuals that lack enzymes breaking down the cellular glue. The result are clogged pores, in which acne bacteria can grow. 

Salicylic Acid is a lipophilic, or oil-soluble acid. This means it can break down sebum - the skin's own oils. It is also kreatolitic, meaning it can break down...

April 8, 2019

Research suggests that spending time in green spaces – parks, forests and mountains – and blue spaces – rivers, canals, lakes and coastline – reduces physical stress and enhances mental wellbeing. What better place to take care of yourself than beautiful Vermont? #unplugged 😘

April 3, 2019

Vitamin C, also known as Ascorbic Acid, is an essential nutrient for the body. It stimulates production of immune system cells, and increases levels of circulating antibodies within the blood. It further helps to maintain blood vessel walls and thus prevents cardiovascular disease. Vitamin C also helps the body deal with stress. Ascorbic Acid aids the production of collagen, a protein that supports cell growth and gives skin its firmness and strength. Vitamin C helps the skin repair itself and thus aids the creation of scar tissue, as well as the diminishment of acne scars, and the treatment of hyper-pigmentation by slowing down the production of melanin.

A Powerful Antioxidant

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant: it slows the rat...

March 25, 2019

One of the most common complaints we hear as estheticians is that clients become frustrated with their friend's skincare recommendations or the latest craze. Every skin is different and has different needs. What might feel wonderful and bring great results for one person, might not work for someone else at all. A proper skin analysis will determine your skin type, inform you about skin conditions, and leave you with professional recommendations on how to treat them. In order to see results, be a little patient. Our skin cells regenerate every 28 (they slow down with age) - so give a regiment about three months to see if it works for you. (Unless, of course, if you experience any adverse reactions due to for example allergies) 

March 20, 2019

Meet the new Skinvigoration Facial! Pepperberry extract, jojoba beads and hyaluronic acid will leave your skin glowing, firmed and plumped. Phyto-endorphins stimulate the skin's well being and defend the skin against the effects of stress - a major contributor to aging. Happy skin for sure! I like to pair it with the Signature Lift Peel for a deeper exfoliation. This light lunchtime peel is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin. 

Exfoliation, detoxification, hydration, oxygenation, free-radical fighting anti-oxidants, phyto-endorphins and relaxation - this facial has it all.

March 18, 2019

Vitamins A, C and E can put you ahead of the curve in the skin game. Why? Vitamin A - retinoids - reduce wrinkles, fade brown spots, and smooth the skin. Apply at night and lay off if irritations occur. Vitamin C helps fight free radicals that trigger wrinkling and sagging, smoothes and firms skin and fades brown spots. Apply in the morning as Vitamin C has inherent sun protection. Vitamin E helps retain skin moisture, promotes healing and neutralizes damaging free radicals. Look for a serum or face oil as a boost to the daily skincare routine.

March 13, 2019

Let us introduce you to another skincare superhero: Hyaluronic Acid (HA). 

Hyaluronic Acid is a hydrating substance naturally occurring in the skin that keeps it plump and youthful. It aids in collagen synthesis, retains skin moisture and is a key piece in cell generation. Sounds great, right? Except that 80% of Hyaluronic Acid in the skin is lost between the ages of 40 – 80.

So, let’s do something about it and give our skin what it needs. Hyaluronic Acid is considered a miracle moisturizer as it can hold 1000 times its weight in water and addresses both intrinsic aging as well as extrinsic aging from sun damage, pollution and other stressors. As a humectant, it draws water out of the environment and locks it into the s...

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