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Graceful negotiation for the signs of aging

Would you like tight firmer skin with no down time? If so, read on…

Last week, 11 clients who are on our email list took advantage of a special that was offered to me through a laser company. You see, during our laser delivery drama (one of our lasers was shipped to California for maintenance and returned to us broken), we were invited to train on and perform many BODY CONTOURING/SKIN TIGHTENING treatments using a combination of Laser/Light & RF (Radiofrequency) energy. Refirme is the use of Infrared and bipolar RF to bulk heat skin and attempt to shrink collagen fibers in the skin providing a way to tighten the skin AND sculpt the body. . I know many, many clients who have been waiting for this! With this laser, we are able to tighten and lift in the following areas:
face – jowl, crows feet, lines around the lips
neck / under the chin
arms/ “wings”
thighs – outer thighs/inner thighs
flank – “Love handles”

Note: If you are NOT on the email list, please click here and create a profile on schedulicity. This will ensure you get email specials that are not always posted elsewhere.

How does Refirme work?
Lori is highly trained to utilize this revolutionary technology to stimulate collagen production, tone muscles. This laser uses a combination of Infrared and bipolar RF to bulk heat skin and attempt to shrink collagen fibers in the skin providing a way to tighten the skin AND sculpt the body.

How often do I need to come in?
Once every three to four weeks x 2-3 treatments for optimal results. Maintenance is performed utilizing laser genesis.

How many treatments do I need?
You will see an improvement after each treatment, however, most clients report that they are most satisfied with 2-3 treatments.

Is it painful?
There is no pain or discomfort. It is however, cold. We do use ice/cooling gel as well as the built in cooling of the laser tip (that stays between 4-10% – that’s cold).

Is it safe?
Skin Tightening Technology is safe and effective. There is no recovery or downtime. Immediate results, best improvement when multiple treatments are performed in close intervals.

Can everyone have this treatment?
Yes, all skin types can have this treatment. Lori is specifically and extensively trained in skin of color. If you are pregnant or have a pace-maker, you are not a candidate for this treatment.

How long are the treatments?
Each area treated will take approximately 90 minutes per session.

Areas that can be treated:
Face, neck, Upper Chest, Hands, Upper Arms, Abs, Knees, love handles, neck/chin

Do I still need to exercise?
Umm, Yes. (Like I would say no). Skin tightening is a great boost for collagen for those over age 30, however – this treatment is not a miracle. If you leave and immediately gorge yourself or do anything that stretches the skin, well – you may need re-treatment. Come to the treatment plenty hydrated.

Here are some photos of clients that Lori treated last week. See for yourself the amazing results. All of these photos are taken immediately before and immediately after the first treatment. 

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refirme – crows feet

refirme - vertical lip lines

refirme – vertical lip lines

refirme - between the brow -

refirme – between the brow – “11’s”.

refirme - right side of neck

refirme – right side of neck

refirme - left side of neck

refirme – left side of neck

refirme - left side of neck

refirme – left side of neck

refirme neck (viewing left side of the neck)

refirme neck (viewing left side of the neck)

Now for the great news!  This treatment is one that is typically very costly -due to the fact that the “pulses” have to be purchased by the business (we called around Murfreesboro, Smyrna and Nashville to obtain the cost for the 5 spas that locally offer this treatment. Their prices ranged from $800 per “zone” to $1200 per “zone”. Most of them classify a “zone” as – one area on the face, the entire neck, only one side for love handle or above the knee on one leg (that seem a little crazy – who would purchase just one leg?) – another words, their price is really $1600).  Last week, clients were able to purchase any area for just $250! This was below cost – what I was charged for the pulses used is what clients paid, however in some cases – I did go over the pulse count to achieve the greatest results. I did not profit from these first 11 treatments, I passed 100% of the savings on to my clients. Since my original laser has not yet been returned to service (say a prayer for the technician who arrives from California today) – I have negotiated a pre-purchase price per pulse from the vendor. What this means is – they will allow me a one time purchase of “X” amount of pulses that I can bank. Each quarter, they download the number of pulses I have used and charge accordingly. For example, if I pre-purchase 5,000 pulses at a discounted rate and the first quarter I use 6,000 pulses – they will only charge me full price for the 1,000 overage. All of this to say – if you really want this service for yourself or to give as a gift, purchase an area of treatment for just $300! There is no limit to the number you can purchase! Due to the sensitive timing of their offer to me, all purchases must be complete before close of business Friday 9/25/15 and no exceptions can be made. If you do not have an appointment before Friday and would like to purchase, you may email Lori directly at “thatwoodardgirl12@gmail.com”, or PM the request via the About Face Facebook page. Keep in mind, that final negotiations have not yet taken place, but we believe that our regular full price per Refirme treatment will be $600.

I have been so pleased with this treatment, that I can’t see most of my clients needing more than 2 Refirme treatments for the face, and no more than 3 on any body area. As always, we can maintain the results of this collagen tightening boosting treatment with the use of laser genesis.  For those of you who are great readers and read this entire blog post – and whom love laser genesis as well – we are offering two additional bonus specials. These specials are as follows.

September Refirme package 1

2 refirme treatments – full retail value of $1200

6 laser genesis treatments – full retail value of $600

6 dermaplane treatments – full retail value of $300

Full retail value of $2100, special offer through 9/25/15 – $1380*

This package is intended for the face and will last clients a full year, although the price paid for the treatments within the package never expire. The order of the treatments would be – refirme twice in a row (approximately 3 weeks apart) and then laser genesis to continue the results and maintain overall tightness and healthy looking skin – free of redness, large pores and fine lines, too!

September Refirme package 2

3 refirme treatments – full retail value of $1800

6 laser genesis treatments – full retail value of $600

6 dermaplane treatments – full retail value of $300

3 tightening body wraps treatments in the same area as Refirme treatment – $300

Full retail value of $2700, special offer through 9/25/15 – $1765

This package is intended for the body and/or body face combination. The follow up treatments of laser genesis and dermaplane would be for the face – and the wraps for the body.

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Product review: Instantly Ageless

The video above was posted to my Facebook timeline asking for a review of sorts, from a high school friend. I’m sure she did not expect this review. In the field of aesthetics, the one thing we all can 100% count on is a new “product of the day” with extreme promises, miracle status, insert glory music and all. Is it true, and does it work for all? First, let me give you a little disclaimer. I am clinically trained and holistically balanced. Yes, I have sat in far too many “pharma” presentations. Do some of their drugs deliver? YES. Do I, or any of the Physicians I have ever worked with blindly follow them along like Lemmings? NO. We do not take kick-backs (that’s actually illegal) and they do not get paid for writing prescriptions. I am a believer in eastern medicine. I am also a believer in western medicine and I long for the day they live in perfect harmony. I know the services I deliver are unique. I know that most “professional advisers” will tell me my business model will fail because I refuse to sell ridiculously expensive 6 step skincare lines. To this I say: “watch me”. In business school, I had a mentor who was MIT educated. I mentioned “well rounded” students in a conversation, to which he replied: “MIT didn’t much care if you were “well-rounded” (for the program I entered), as much as our ability to focus on Math”. That has stuck with me. I sell laser. A laser platform that cost more than many homes – and one that I have spent more years training on than I have mothered my son.  Delivering safe, efficacious anti-aging medical laser treatments is my focus. Do I recommend products? Sure. “As needed” and very specific to you. I will always believe that those who take to main stream media and recommend “skincare” lines – whether they be “natural” or “chemical” are delivering a bit of fraud. UNLESS, they have studied skin, have credentials, know how tissue responds (well, or poorly) to any product or service, as well as review any medications & supplements you take (and know what that means, or what the contraindications are) – you should regard them as, perhaps, the same you would a girlfriend. But not your skincare professional. What is the difference? Training. Education. The ability and knowledge to know when to tap out. To a Physician. (Personally, I have a supervising Physician who has been in this field for almost 30 years, and then a medical director to also meet the State of TN guidelines. In my past, I have opened, assisted with the opening, or act as the Practice Administrator for roughly 27 local medical practices. With few exceptions, I highly regard these Physicians and know the blessing that has been afforded to me with the ability to “curbside” text or call them. Of course, this is a two-way street. About Face, (all pun intended) is the best thing I have professionally done so far. If any of my strategist friends are worried, I just counted, I have 16 ninety-minute laser services to deliver by the close of business Monday. It’s going to be okay. (If you’re still worried, look how much fun & handsome my son is!)

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Ready for the review? Let’s break it down!

Water. First and largest ingredient (92%). Water is relatively free and you should be drinking plenty of it! Use COLD water compresses or ICE and the puffiness under your eyes will go away, too. Eyes are very vascular organs and often the puffiness is simply vessels that are swollen. If you ice the skin under your eyes, your makeup will apply flawlessly. Want to take ice to the next level? Buy yourself a jade roller. It looks like the photo below and is very inexpensive. As in $10. If you need one, let me know. Mine is kept in my freezer. Used religiously every morning. Roll down the face (right over your closed eyes) and you have instant lymphatic drainage for your face. 
jade roller
Sodium Silicate: Most commonly used in cements, passive fire protection, textile & lumber processing, refractories, and automobiles = and apparently now – for a volatile area of skin under your eyes. Help me, Lord! 
Magnesium Aluminum Silicate: has one of two meanings in skincare products. Either, the presence of a white chalk-like powder that occurs naturally in nature in soil clay, or manufactured industrially for use in products. This form of magnesium aluminum silicate is sometimes referred to as white clay, hectorite or kaolin. It is considered “generally safe”, but the FDA warns that it should be a very limited use. This products version is manufactured industrially.
Acetyl hexapeptide-8 (trade name Argireline and technically known as acetyl hexapeptide-3/Centerchem.  Argireline is a synthetic peptide that is manufactured in Spain. According to their Web site, “Argireline works through a unique mechanism which relaxes facial tension leading to a reduction in superficial facial lines and wrinkles with regular use. Argireline has been shown to moderate excessive catecholamines release.” Whether or not that is true when applied topically comes only from their information, read: there are no published research studies substantiating any use of Argireline topically on skin. So, what are Catecholamines? They are compounds in the body that serve as neurotransmitters such as epinephrine, adrenaline, and dopamine. Epinephrine is a substance that prepares the body to handle emergencies such as cold, fatigue, and shock. A deficiency of dopamine in the brain is responsible for the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. None of that sounds like something you want a cosmetic to inhibit or reduce, correct? If acetyl hexapeptide-8 really worked to relax your facial muscles, it would work all over the face, would it not? So why just pick on the eyes? If all the muscles in your face were relaxed you’d have a sagging mess! You will not have youthful skin, not to mention, following this logic – it would affect your hand if you apply it with your fingers, correct? If this is true and you’re not prepared to glove up each time you apply this product, then please do not apply mascara afterwards. Also, do not pick up a steaming cup of hot coffee near small children or animals – and DO NOT drive your children to school! Paralysis of muscles is no joke.
In regards to working “just like Botox”, regardless of your feelings about injectible Botox – there IS a clinical study that says, basically: NO. I’m surprised my friends at Allergan are not all over this statement.  The clinical study reveals that this ingredient is not even remotely as effective as Botox in reducing wrinkles. If you are a non-believer in clinical studies because of their funding source, simply remember that regardless of who one is paid by, clinical studies must be able to scientifically prove something, or not.  (Source:www.cremedevie.com/clinical_details.htm; International Journal of Cosmetic Science, October 2002
Phenoxyethanol. A chemical preservative (glycol ether) often used in dermatological products such as skin creams and sunscreen. It is a colorless oily liquid. It is abactericide (usually used in conjunction with quaternary ammonium compounds), often used in place of sodium azide in biological buffers because phenoxyethanol is lesstoxic and non-reactive with copper and lead. It is used in many applications such as cosmetics, vaccines and pharmaceuticals as a preservative.
Last ingredient besides artificial colors: Ethylhexylglycerin. This serves as a surfactant and preservant enhancer and acts as a safe preservative in minute amounts. It is a proven preservative-enhancer and is often used instead of controversial parabens, Synthetically derived from glycerin and works by reducing inter-facial tension on the cellular walls of micro-organisms, promoting their more rapid destruction and a wider spectrum activity. Known and published safety measures and side effects: “Although Ethylhexylglycerin is generally considered safe, it has been found to be an irritant to the skin in two studies, causing allergic contact dermatitis”. Beautiful, tight reactive skin around swollen eyes – just what your dermatologist or ophthalmologist wants to see! 
A quick glance at actual customer reviews shows and average of 3 stars. The most common complaint is that it works to smooth the skin around the eyes – until you apply make-up or any other liquid.
There you have it. My review. If you still think it’s worth a go, I noticed it ranges from $8 – $130 on Amazon.
What would I rather you do? Drink water, use ice or a jade roller, ingest a lot of Phytonutrients (carrots, even!) via juicing – and yes, another product I DO love, Juice Plus. But, that review is for another day.
Now, back to attempting to process the Laser Bikini line hair removal special ($250 for up to 12 treatments!) and 3 Cellulite shrinking body wraps with free laser genesis for the face ($300) – ends today, and I may crash this server. Happy Friday the 13th!
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Now, take your vitamins – OR wear them!

All of this talk about body butter! I’ve always used it, especially in the winter. I am always surprised that more people are not making their own versus spending *and I gasp…upwards of $38 for a very small spa quality butter. Spa quality, meaning luxurious feel and sometimes even an amazing smell, but still full of industrial chemicals. At About Face, we believe that quality doesn’t mean expensive and our proof is in our butters. We make a batch,  it sells out in minutes. Container sizes got all personal and competitive in the last few weeks with clients asking for larger jars to take home. As those jars waited “in-spa” ready to be picked up, clients would ask – how does she get a larger jar than me? Oh, how I love you all.  

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You should have my basic recipe by now. If you do not, use the search bar to find the recipe posted to this blog in the past. Let’s be clear, I want my own family to have skin that is soft, not-dry, scar free and beautiful – but, I also want it to be healthy and have no chemicals added to their bodies. So, here’s the “why” of making (or purchasing inexpensively at About Face) body butter.

1. First and foremost – very important! Everything you put on your skin is absorbed into your body. In most cases, ingredients pass through your liver within 20 minutes.  Using natural body butter recipes means you’re feeding your body vitamins and healthy oils every time you slide some on.
Body butters are rich in essential Omega 3 fats. Omega’s  moisturize your skin and do an over the top awesome job of helping to calm inflammation. (pay attention lymphatic folks, autoimmune disorder folks – ie – MS, Fibromyalgia, Psoriasis sufferers, etc).  Body butters also have high levels of antioxidants such as Vitamin C, E and A, which help reduce age-related skin damage.  Ready for this? Feed your skin good nutrients, keep the skin from unnecessary stretching due to inflammation and aging – plus have fabulous skin? Yes, please.

So, I knew I needed to make these, but how did I select and perfect the recipes? Trial, error and research – that’s how.  A disclaimer here, I grew up watching in the kitchen of my grandmother, Jennie Shaw Roberts. Gram Roberts was not only one of the most influential people in my life, she raised her siblings, her children – and even 4 grandchildren, as her own. Many of these years, she didn’t actually have enough (The Great Depression was real, folks).  Oh, baking or canning day when I was little! Gram always wore an apron – that we would “sneak” to untie. Every time we snuck, she’d exclaim – “oh dear me suds, how did my apron come untied” as we rolled away in fits of laughter.  Jennie rarely measured anything. Her written recipes (in her own handwriting) are some of my most favored treasures. The problem is – what is a tiche? A pinch? Is my pinch or tiche bigger than hers? Why can’t I get soft molasses cookies to look and taste like hers? Which version was my favorite? (her recipes have subscripts – such as, “these are the ones Uncle Bob likes”).  What in the world did she do to white frosting to make it so fluffy and not taste sweet like frosting? All of this to say, naturally, I rarely measure with exactness – anything. Fair warning! But here’s how I start:

Pick a base. Here are my top 3.

There are several bases that you can use in your body butter recipes – and they all have their own special properties.

1. Shea Butter (aka Karite Butter) is rich in essential fatty acids as well as antioxidant vitamins A and E – crucial for improving skin elasticity and fighting free radical damage. This base alone provides an estimated spf of 8, because it is rich in cinnamic acid – therefore, protecting the skin from UV rays. Remember, UV rays come from all sorts of things -not just sun exposure. Here are some other properties of Shea Butter.

  • Helps reduce wrinkles by moisturizing the skin and boosting cell regeneration and circulation. Read that one more time before you ask for body contouring services (that in my opinion, the technology just isn’t quite “there” yet – but it’s coming!)
  • Heals burns, sores, scars, eczema, psoriasis, dandruff and stretch marks.

Unrefined Shea butter keeps all its natural vitamins, but has a strong smell that some do not like. It disappears within minutes of applying to your skin. You can also buy refined shea butter (which doesn’t smell,) although the refining process reduces the vitamins. Go for the unrefined – and get your vitamins! Shea butter is not the best choice for clients with true nut or latex allergies. 

My favorite of all that I have tested in the past, comes from www.bettersheabutter.com (visit the site, learn more and order yours if you’re trying this at home).  “Like” their facebook page, by clicking here. Why do I like their product better? Well, for starters – it’s consistently good quality. Before finding better shea butter, I had routine experiences of receiving badly discolored (and once – even moldy!) shea butter.  Even better, they have offered a discount code for all About Face clients/blog readers! When you are checking out, place  “BSB15OFF” in the discount code section. We all love a good discount! You may order Better Shea Butter directly by clicking the Amazon.com Widget link below.

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source: better shea butter, facebook cover image.

Mango butter. Mango butter is obtained from the kernels of the mango tree. It possesses a high content of stearic acid, making it similar to cocoa butter. Mango butter is a great emollient and also provides protection against the sun. It will also prevent drying of the skin and formation of wrinkles. Mango butter reduces degeneration of skin cells and restores elasticity. Mango butter’s hardness makes it a great butter for stick formulations such as lip balm and lotion bars. It can be used “as is” to provide relief from the dryness of eczema and psoriasis.

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  • A relatively hard butter that is very hard to use on it’s own (have to combine with oils). It does apply and disperse evenly onto the skin once it’s warmed up in your hands.
  • Recommended for wrinkle reduction.  You will notice the disappearance of fine line wrinkles after 4 to 6 weeks of daily use.
  • Protects against UV radiation.

Soothing and moisturizing. Great for healing eczema, rashes, bug bites, sunburn, frostbite, cracked skin, stretch marks, prickly heat (and probably more that I haven’t tried it on yet)

Cocoa Butter. This oil is a hard solid at room temperature, making the term “butter” a bit confusing. It is an edible vegetable fat that is obtained from cocoa beans, and it has a very mild chocolatey aroma. Cocoa Butter is one of the most stable fats and also contains natural antioxidants. It is reputed to provide a barrier that helps retain and restore the moisture in your skin – therefore, if you don’t already have dry skin – this is the one to prevent getting it.  This butter is different than our other butters like Mango, which are soft to the touch. If you hold a piece of solid Cocoa Butter against your skin, it will start to melt in the way a chocolate bar does, but stays solid at room temperature. Because of these properties, I prefer working with pellets.

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  • Reduces symptoms of dermatitis and asthma by slowing the production of immuno globulin IgE (which aggravates skin problems and asthma)
  • Places a protective barrier between your skin and it’s environment. This is quite helpful since most of my clients live in Middle Tennessee and their ancestors lived in Europe! This butter is especially good for sun and wind damage (skiers, skydivers!)
  • Research shows that massage preparations using cocoa butter help relieve stress, boost immunity and prevent certain cancers

Helps reduce wrinkles and stretch marks by moisturizing the skin and boosting cell regeneration and circulation to the area.

After choosing the base from the three above, choose your oils at a 1:1 ratio. This means, if you use 8 oz of Shea, mango or cocoa butter, use a TOTAL of 8 oz of the other oils to match. I use vitamin e, Coconut and Grape seed oil from Epicurean Olive Oil a shoppe with current location of Murfreesboro, TN – and more locations to come in the future! (click here to learn more and/or to purchase)grape seed oil

After that – it’s all about what essential oils you’d like to add to your base body butter. I always use Melaleuca in every body butter, then add the oils for conditions I’d like to treat, or based on seasonal skin care needs. Mix the 1:1 ratio of base plus oils together, chill them out (place in fridge if you are not very patient, like me) and then add your essential oil choices. (do not add essential oils when base mixture is hot/warm. Cooking essential oils, reduces their efficacy – and that’s the whole point). Next, whip it. As in – until it’s white and fluffy and looks like whipped frosting. Store in air tight glass jars.

You may order essential oils by clicking here. Please register as a wellness advocate – even if for your own personal use. You will receive a great discount AND get a free product of the month just by ordering products for your own personal use (called the LRP). Even if you do nothing with it as a business, I highly recommend this as Essential Oils can be “top heavy” – meaning you have to pay for 250 drops of essential oils – and may only need 20 for a recipe. They’ll last a long time, but you will find as you navigate your way to cleaner, healthier living – you just have to have them all!

If the link above does not work for you or your web browser type, click here to order Better Shea Butter!

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12 days of Christmas

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I’ve always wondered why the 12 days of Christmas are discussed and executed prior to 12/25, and I guess it’s easy to see it’s about the “selling” of Christmas. I’ve never been able to sort this out in my mind and allow myself to participate until this year.

For those of you wondering – The origin (and counting of the Twelve Days of Christmas) is complicated.  It becomes complicated because of the differences in calendars, church traditions, and ways to observe this holy day in various cultures. In the Western church, Epiphany is usually celebrated as the time the Wise Men or Magi arrived to present gifts to the young Jesus (Matt. 2:1-12). Traditionally there were three Magi, probably from the fact of three gifts, even though the biblical narrative never says how many Magi came.  In some cultures, especially Hispanic and Latin American culture, January 6th is observed as Three Kings Day, or simply the Day of the Kings (Span: la Fiesta de Reyes, el Dia de los Tres Reyes, or el Dia de los Reyes Magos; Dutch: Driekoningendag).  Even though December 25th is celebrated as Christmas in these cultures, January 6th is often the day for giving gifts. In some places it is traditional to give Christmas gifts for each of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Since Eastern Orthodox traditions use a different religious calendar, they celebrate Christmas on January 7th and observe Epiphany or Theophany on January 19th. See how complicated different calendars can make it?

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It is my belief that Christmas begins on the evening of December 25th with the following day considered the First Day of Christmas (December 26th). Therefore, the twelve days of Christmas begin on December 26 and include (and end) on Epiphany -January 6th. So what does this have to do with skin? You are about to find out!

As many of you exchange gifts on 12/25, we’ve put our heads together and come up with a solution of how you can be a part of About Face’s 12 days of Christmas fun celebration! It’s really quite simple, but we’ll give you an example of how it can work.

We are encouraging those who would love a gift of great skin this year to send this post to your Secret Santa’s. Tell them you would love a gift certificate from About Face and provide them with our contact information. We will take care of the gift certificate (available to be loaded to current clients account, and/or printed and gifted). That seems pretty routine, right? But this is where it get’s to be even more fun – and their gift can multiply!

Starting 12/26 – About Face will post the 12 days of Christmas specials that will end on 1/6. We will list the regular retail value, the sale price for that day – AND the even further reduced price for gift certificate recipients for gift cards sold from 12/11-12/13/14.

For example: 12/26 we post a dermagenesis special. (Laser genesis plus dermaplane). Regular retail value $130. 1st days of Christmas sale price – $100. Gift card holders – $50! (*we are not saying this is actually the first day special, this is just an example). We also heard that the one day the special may be a customized body butter every month for a year – delivered to the gift receiver’s door!

We hope you’ll have as much fun as we do celebrating the 12 days of Christmas starting 12/26 and ending 1/6/15! Before you ask, yes – you may buy yourself a gift certificate.

Email requests to: thatwoodardgirl12@gmail.com, call or text 615.796.1915. Merry Christmas!

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Homemade sunscreen? Yes, please.

always wear sunscreen Hello everyone! (Especially those out there in blogland who have sent messages requesting a sunscreen recipe!). Sorry for the delay…I traveled last week to Denver to speak at the 22d annual ADAM Conference. I had two presentations, one on OSHA and laser safety and another on Marketing the Aesthetic practice. I met and/or got back in touch with some amazing people in the industry and I am always encouraged to see that there are great things happening in the field.

Back in Murfreesboro,  and back on point. Like I told the attendees at this years conference, I have found that the most success in marketing comes from marketing your own services, and much less from spending time marketing others products that have a high cost of goods sold (no profit margin, and no pay to promote someone else’s brand). We all know who they are. As a young professional, it made me crazy to spend time and money to promote other companies products. Then, as I grew professionally and gained a decade plus of experience actually treating skin, I found what alarmed me most were the ingredients in these products. My, my, my – clearly the FDA would never allow products with carcinogens (cancer causing) to be sold in the USA, right? Wrong! In fact, some of the ingredients in a well known retail line are banned in all European countries. Here’s a couple of hints: if you are told you need 6-8 steps for skincare, twice a day, every day – for the rest of your life. NO you don’t. If the same product line recommends a physical sunblock to be worn everyday after using their products, you should be concerned. You only need this because after using these products, your skin is in fact – more sensitive to light. Now, that’s scary!

So, what do you use? Well, for starters there are many oils and other natural ingredients that provide sun protection.  While most of these offer very low amounts of protection on their own, when added to your homemade sunscreen they nourish the skin and offer additional protection against the effects of excessive sun.

Shea butter – naturally protects the skin, making it absolutely perfect for use in a DIY sunscreen.

Coconut oil – contains natural SPF properties, and is available locally at Epicurean Olive Oil 

Take your pick from these oils: Jojoba oil, sunflower oil, or sesame oil – each one of these oils are easily absorbed into the skin and also provide natural sun protection. I like Jojoba oil for skin, but have also used sesame oil from Epicurean as well.

Vitamin E oil -is a natural preservative as well as nourishes and moisturizes skin. If you skip this ingredient, your sunscreen will most likely not be good for more than 2 weeks. With it – expect a 6 month shelf life.

Eucalyptus & lavender essential oils are very popular in DIY sunscreens  eucalyptus has a very low natural SPF and lavender is great for soothing and repairing skin. In my last batch, I used tea tree oil because of it’s amazing antibacterial/antifungal properties, as well as the fact that it is a natural bug repellent. For whatever reason, my kids and I attract bug bites. Almost any essential oil is okay, except – DO NOT use Citrus essential oils! Citrus essential oils will increase sensitivity to light.

Zinc oxide (non nano)  a powder form non-toxic, non-irritating, and very effective broad spectrum sunblock. The particles sit on the outermost layer of your skin, reflecting, scattering and absorbing UVA and UVB rays, protecting your skin. Be sure to use non nano zinc oxide to DIY your homemade sunscreen.

Important disclaimer: Nano or micronized zinc oxide has been treated to reduce the size of its particles, creating an ultrafine powder. We like it because when it is added to sunscreens it does not leave a white film on the skin. The problem with this is that the particles are so small they can enter the body through the skin, causing potential health problems. So, be sure to purchase a non nano zinc oxide that has particle sizes as large as possible. (I use 330nm). You must resist the urge to smell it when you get it the first time. I know how women, especially Mom’s are! This is a respiratory risk and this risk disappears as soon as it is mixed into a liquid. It is safe to be applied to the skin, but not to inhale! 

How to get the desired SPF

Different amounts of zinc oxide are needed depending on what SPF you want. Once you have chosen the SPF a little math is involved. The zinc oxide must be a certain percentage of the weight of your ingredients (before adding the zinc oxide). For this reason, it’s easiest to use a kitchen scale when making your sunscreen. For example, if you have 2 ounces of lotion and you’d like to make SPF 10 sunscreen, according to the values below you will need to add .2 ounces of zinc oxide to the lotion. Use the zinc oxide recommendations below.

SPF 6-11: Use 10% zinc oxide

SPF 12-19: Use 15% zinc oxide

SPF >20: Use 20% zinc oxide

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. coconut oil
  • 0.8 oz. shea butter
  • 0.1 oz. jojoba
  • 0.1 oz. Vitamin E oil
  • 30 drops essential oils, optional – I used 15 lavender, 10 eucalyptus, 5 tea tree
  • zinc oxide powder (I use .8 ounces to get an spf 40)

Directions:

Add coconut oil, shea butter, and jojoba oil to a double boiler. Heat gently until the shea butter melts. Remove from the double boiler and allow to cool.  Add zinc oxide, Vitamin E oil, and optional essential oils to the other ingredients. Stir well to combine.  At this point, you can store it in a dark colored jar in the refrigerator, OR – pour into shaped soap forms (this is the method I use). I allow them to harden, pop them out and then wrap them in wax paper and store in the fridge. I like this because you can take one out for each use needed. To use, hold in hands and as it warms up it will soften into a lotion.   (Ice cube trays work great too).

 

Here’s another hint: if you purchase zinc oxide, you can add the powder to any favorite lotion and turn it into a sunscreen!

sunscreen

 

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