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The secret to successful Fall skin

on October 9, 2014

Fall in New England (Home)

 Just like that, Fall has arrived. Although this summer was mild compared to some in Middle Tennessee, it feels good to put away hot weather clothes and drag out jeans, boots and sweaters. For those of you following my blog and receiving treatments at About Face – this is a good time to remember that I am a big fan of seasonal skin care.

 Towards the end of October, if you are a Retin A user (or want to be), cooler temps mean better skin conditions for use. If you tried it before but your skin reacted with peeling and the “lizard” look, you might be encouraged to try it again in cooler temperatures. If you are sensitive/reactive – try applying Retin A to areas where age shows up most on the face (smile lines, between the brows, and upper forehead or jowls). Remember this product is not for everyone, and should be used in moderation. If you need assistance in determining if you would benefit from Retin A, schedule a consultation or facial and we’ll make a decision together.

 Fall temperatures commonly mean turning on the heating system. With this comes dryer air and – sometimes dry skin. Perhaps you didn’t need a moisturizer all summer long, but now you do. Do not skip moisturizer during this time. I love using grape seed oil (see products page to the right) – and adding a drop or two of Lavender Essential oil to it. This will nourish and moisturize your skin, as well as soften fine lines and give your skin a much smoother appearance. Thanks to our friends at Epicurean Olive Oils, we now have 2 ounce “try it before you buy it” Grapeseed oil bottles, exclusively at About Face (not available in their store). This is also a fantastic size for travel. They are $6.

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Don’t forget your body! Remember the best way to treat a skin condition is to prevent it. A little extra moisturizer can prevent dry flaking skin for both face and body. Make your own DIY body butter at home, or pick on up at About Face. For $10 you can moisturize all winter long.

DIY Whipped Body Butter

What you’ll need:
 Shea butter
Coconut Oil
Jojoba oil – an ounce or so OR – vitamin E oil for an extra kick
Essential oils of choice (i.e. tea tree oil, lavender, etc.)
 How to:
Mix equal parts of shea butter and coconut oil (you can add jojoba oil here too if you like) in a double boiler.
Allow mixture to melt, remove from heat, and add essential oil if using (we like tea tree and lavender).
Allow to cool completely (about half an hour). Oil mixture will begin to solidify. Once it is partially solidified:
Whip on medium speed for several minutes. Mixture will take on a nice, whipped, buttery texture.
Place in airtight containers and apply at night or after bathing/showering.
Fall will most likely bring seasonal allergies and sinus issues. Now is a great time to have preventative ear candling. Ear candling, also called ear coning or thermal-auricular therapy, is an aesthetic service to improve general health and well-being by lighting one end of a hollow beeswax candle and placing the other end in the ear canal. Of course this removes wax build-up, but also removes pollen and clients report that it improves ear trouble, sinus trouble, tmj and snoring. It is listed on the scheduler under aesthetic services. Schedule by clicking here.
 Here is the October special you’ve been waiting for:
Purchase  3 Laser Genesis, 3 Dermaplane treatments and 3 hand rejuvenation (exfoliation, brown spot removal for the hands) and a take home hand cream! This package would retail at $690 of individual services and $18 for hand cream – but is on special this week for $375. Purchase this week – use whenever (services do not expire).
brown spots
Happy Fall
~ Lori

One response to “The secret to successful Fall skin

  1. Beverly O Davis says:

    Love all of your wonderful tips!!


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