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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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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!

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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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DIY Body scrubs – and what you need to know

First, what an amazing week we have had at About Face. I have the pleasure of gifting $20 for each new client referral to my favorite non-profit, Clinton’s Club, in honor of the referring client – in a pay-it-forward random act of kindness. To learn more about Clinton’s Club, visit (www.clintonsclub.org). This week, I wrote a check for $60! These $60-$80 a week donations do not sound like much, but it means the world to local pediatric cancer families when they are faced with the choice of paying utilities when they need every penny to travel to treatments. Thank-YOU.

My goal is to use this blog space for sharing DIY treatments, tips and a few of my favorite things. Most importantly, as a resource that we can all refer back to when needed. After 16 years of working in women’s healthcare and/or medical aesthetics, there really isn’t much I haven’t seen or heard – really. If you have a question or need a solution – post it here, or utilize the contact us page and send a note if you would like to remain anonymous. I will address common skin care concerns and easy fixes for any concern. Before we get to the “good stuff” about body exfoliation, remember there is already good stuff posted on the side bar to the right. Under products, you’ll find retail products that I endorse, and where to find them. If you have not “liked” the About Face facebook page, be sure to check it out – there are recipes, tips and treasures there, too. I am blessed with amazing clients, who are not only friends – but who often weave webs of support to and for each other. I have felt for many years that it was time to get back to basics and ensure that sense of “small community” even in larger cities and towns. Most, but not all (shout-out to my male clients!) are women, and these are not ordinary women! Amazing. Supportive. Beautiful.

I am told that my skincare and anti-aging philosophy and treatments are unique. I can assure you I am not the treatment provider with the most clients ever, but, I tend to not lose clients either. When you read the product tab to the right, you’ll find I’m not a product junky – and often make most of my personal treatments in a DIY fashion. Good skin care does not have to be expensive! Of course, there are always vacations and “excursion plurges” spa treatments, and that’s okay, but the truth of the matter is – the best relationships – are consistent relationships. Not a day (or even an hour!) goes by where a client hasn’t emailed, facebook”ed”, or texted a question or a “what is going on with this plus 30 acne”? Most start out like this…”I am at _______ spa and they want to do a ________ on me. Can I do that”? If it’s no, it’s no! But, we’ll go through their menu of services and select something that can be fun, pampering – even therapeutic – without wrecking your face (and my work!). I can’t even begin to describe the amount of dollars that have been saved with this practice. I get to know your skin, your lifestyle – and I’ve been trained on how your particular skin type will age. If you don’t think there are places out there that will perform treatments that in fact, age your skin by 10 years – think again. Be careful! Knowing what to do is important, but knowing what not to do is as equally important.

Now on to the really good stuff. This weekend is body exfoliation recipe weekend around here. If you have an appointment this week, you’ll leave with a take home of this fantastic stuff!

Body exfoliation.

You’re doing this right? I’m sure you’ve all had a pedicure before and have experienced actual weight loss with all the skin that can be removed from your feet. Right? Phew. Well, many clients make the mistake of ignoring their body. Please don’t. There is nothing worse than the line of demarcation that appears when the face is glowing and the body looks 15 years older. So – why? How?

Rid thy waste!

Skin is a major organ of elimination just like the kidneys and colon discarding more than one pound of waste every day.
If the skin’s pores become choked by billions of dead skin cells,  uric acid and other impurities will begin to build up in the body. When this occurs, the other eliminative organs such as the kidneys and the liver have to increase their workload and can become overworked.

Cellulite. Everyone has some. Even the perfect bodies. You can very easily assist the elimination of cellulite by brushing your body with a pure natural bristled brush in just 5 minutes a day. Dry body brushing increases circulation, improves metabolism, eliminates dead skin cells, and helps the body”s natural detoxification process. Each morning, gently brush your skin in small circular patterns, especially in the areas where cellulite appear. Some of us with sluggish lymphatic systems can stimulate both lymph and blood circulation to remove any impurities from under the skin’s surface. This manual process encourages the reduction on the appearance of cellulite by breaking up fatty deposits underneath the skin’s surface i in addition to decongesting all the systems of the body. After several days you will begin to notice that your skin feels softer and the texture much more even. Good-bye orange peel!  Bonus: body brushing is also an excellent remedy for ingrown hair.

The best method
Use your body brush on dry skin only. Begin at the soles of your feet and continue working up the front and back of the legs in an upward direction towards the heart using long, gentle sweeping strokes. (Do not work head to toe, or you’ll risk pooling of fluids at the ankles). The pressure should be invigorating, but not uncomfortable at all. Move on to the hands and arms including the tummy and back but do not brush over your face and chest. Finish with your neck and scalp. There are several essential oils that naturally increase circulation. These are: juniper, geranium, ginger, lavender, and rosemary. If you dry brush for several days and feel like you need a boost, add a few drops of one of the above oils to the bristles of your brush and start brushing!

DIY kick-start body exfoliation

Let’s say, it’s been a while since you’ve exfoliated any area of your body above your ankles and below your neck, in – a very long time. Let’s not break out the oscillating sander from the garage or work shop just yet. Start with an easy to make (with stuff already in most kitchens) full body scrub in your shower. The recipe below is my absolute favorite! It leaves the skin incredibly soft and smooth and smells amazing! This one can be a little messy–so be prepared to wipe down your shower/tub afterwards.

Ingredients:

Brown Sugar

2 cups of ground coffee (I use freshly ground from coffee beans because they are coarser, but for my reuse & re-purpose fans, you absolutely may also use previously brewed coffee grounds – (just know the scrub will be a smoother consistency).
1/2 cup brown sugar (if you like a more coarse scrub – brown sugar in the raw is a good choice too)
3 tbsp. Coconut or Grapeseed oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions: 

Combine all of the ingredients with oil always last and mix well. That’s it. Store in an air tight container (for up to one month, but best to make just before needed).

To use: 

I use loofah gloves for this. Lightly rinse your body. Apply scrub to your body using loofah gloves in the same method as dry brushing (toe to head) and massage into your skin. For more calloused areas (feet, elbows) slightly more pressure is okay. Once I am covered toe to neck, I remove the gloves and rinse them off. I allow the scrub to stay in place while I shampoo and condition my hair. I then put the gloves back on and rinse the scrub off. I use the gloves to nudge any product down the drain and throw the gloves in the wash. (I always use bleach on my gloves, but I do not think this is necessary). In addition, many clients opt to not put one towel through the dryer (or washer with liquid) fabric softener. This leaves the towel not as soft and helps slough skin off while drying. Good client offered tip!

Why coffee?

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Coffee body scrubs are beneficial since they help eradicate cellulite when the caffeine in them comes into contact with the surface of the skin. The coffee grounds improve circulation as the caffeine draws out unneeded fluids on a cellular level. The orange peel look is congested fat cells that harden over time. Caffeine helps redistribute fat cells, making them easier to flush out through the lymphatics. and decrease the formation of more cellulite.

Body Scrub ingredients for different skin types:

This coffee scrub can also be made using coarse sea salt instead of sugar. There really is not a wrong choice – just a more qualified choice for specific skin types. Very oily skin or skin prone to acne should use salt versus sugar in their scrub. If you have skin prone to acne, do not shave prior to using the salt version (ouch!). All other skin types may use sugar. If you are prone to broken blood vessels, I suggest using the softer ingredients (even grinding the sugars and coffee grounds).

I have figured that this scrub costs about $2 per treatment. Have you ever purchased a body scrub? Most retailers charge between $18-$40 for the take home product and $100-$150 for an in-spa body treatment using the same ingredients. Save those dollars for laser!

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