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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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DIY slimming wraps


Ready? I’m going to outline how to make a DIY body wrap that really works and costs less than $3 per wrap!

In a 4 ounce glass container (NO plastic, the oils will break down the plastic):

1/2 bottle of doTERRA Slim & Sassy Metabolic Oil Blend which is 7.5 ml

1/2 bottle of doTERRA Grapefruit Oil which is also 7.5ml

Fill the glass container to the top with the carrier oil of choice. I prefer fractionated coconut oil.

slim and sassy

Ready to wrap your waist?

Okay, almost! Take a warm to hot shower if possible. This opens the pores up therefore your wrap blend will be more easily absorbed. The next step is an absolute must if you are a doubter. Take your measurements. Write them down. I usually measure in 3 places. At the waist (right at the belly button) and then two inches below and above the belly button. It is okay to use a sharpie to mark the exact spots if you need too.

Massage the Slim & Sassy Body Wrap oil onto your waist. Always apply in the direction of your heart (this means rub or massage upward strokes towards the heart while applying). This stimulates the lymphatic system and improves immune function as well.

Please do not skip this next step! Cover your body with a light fabric (like an old tee shirt) or thin cotton pajamas. Next, wrap your waist with several layers of Glad Press and Seal wrap. This is the kind with tiny little grippers on it. glad seal

Wrap just tight enough to keep the fabric in place, breathing is important! Essential oils break down petrochemicals (in plastic), therefore, it is so incredibly important to put a barrier between your skin and the press and seal.  Without this barrier, the plastic could breakdown and actually be driven into your body, creating greater toxicity.  Please be safe, use a light barrier!

Drink a minimum of 16 ounces of water while your wrap is on and at least 70 ounces of water the next day. This will help flush out all of the toxins. If you are not well hydrated, this wrap can backfire and add inches!

Leave your wrap in place for at least 45 minutes (but overnight is preferred). It is okay to feel some tingle while the wrap is on, it should only tingle for the first several minutes. The ingredients are active, therefore it is normal to feel a slight tingle.

Remove wrap and measure again. Compare to your measurements pre-wrap. Do a happy dance.


Bask in the ever so glorious delight of your smooth, soft skin and be simply amazed at the number of inches you lost! Call your best girlfriend and tell her all about it.

The only way to improve this wrap is to be sure you are dry brushing…I know my clients are each morning, right? If you need a refresher course in dry brushing, click here.

To purchase these products, click here. You will be directed to the About Face page on doTerra’s ordering website.

If you would like any of the above mentioned products available for you at your next appointment, email: thatwoodardgirl12@gmail.com.


See you soon!




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Dry brushing and DIY Cellulite Cream



Dry brushing. Everyone does this right? I’ve been dry brushing my skin for several years, and I simply was not aware that not every woman on the planet was aware of this simple, extremely effective DIY body basic!

It is customary for blog posts to be created as a direct result of conversations inside the treatment room. Last week we were busy discussing laser hair removal and somehow the softness of the skin was brought up.  After 14 years of treating with medical lasers, it doesn’t take a stretch of the imagination that I have had hair removal – well, everywhere. We were discussing my arms specifically (which used to be really hairy with a light blonde-light brown hair mix). The client wanted to know if there was a need to treat in the future, or if there were any skin disruptions, was it soft, etc. The client asked if the softness of my skin was due to laser hair removal. Although, hair-free skin is indeed softer, my hair removal was over 10 years ago. As the conversation progressed I found myself repeating my daily routine for my own skin (body, not face). I realized that in addition to the DIY body butter I use (click here for recipe) as posted on the lovely Rachel Holder’s blog at holderingherown.com, that I only use the body butter if not treating for cellulite. As I tend to do, I was on to the next laser treatment and in a post-note sort of thought-out-loud statement added “in addition to dry skin brushing”.


In the world of holistic beauty treatments, dry brushing is kind of the genesis of all body skincare — it’s the one thing that people with glowy effortlessly gorgeous skin do – everyday. When I heard about this years ago, it seemed like something that I would definitely not enjoy. They wanted me to take a dry scratchy brush with no product and brush it over my already sensitive red skin? Yes, that’s correct. They insisted it would make it softer. “Right” I thought and discarded that almost as soon as I heard it. On his very next visit, the skin care professional that I trained under for over a decade asked how often I replaced my dry brush? I’m sorry, my what? My attention was then captured. Admittedly, the first few times I tried dry brushing, I didn’t spend much time on it because initially it felt a little torture-esq. However, with a recent considerable amount of weight loss and a sluggish lymphatic system I was dedicated to dry brushing daily for 30 days. I measured various body areas and took photos (scary photos!).


1. Removal of dry skin. Let’s face it – we spend a great deal of time on the appearance of our face, but largely ignore the skin on our body. Dry brushing is fantastic for whole body exfoliation. The good news is, that’s not all it’s good for.

2. Say good-bye to cellulite! Of course it’s easy to think that cellulite is a problem reserved for individuals who are over-weight. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. The truth is – cellulite is experienced by those with a sluggish lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is responsible for eliminating (cellular) waste products.  Hundreds of miles of lymphatic tubules transport cellular waste to your blood for elimination, (this is called lymphatic drainage). In addition to the aesthetic presentation of cellulite, if your lymphatic system is not working properly, waste and toxins will build up and can make you sick. Lymphatic congestion is a major factor leading to inflammation and disease. By stimulating your lymphatic system and helping it release toxins, dry skin brushing is a powerful detoxification aid. If you have the body type that is characterized by sluggish lymphatics, dry brushing will wake up the lymphatic system and get the lymph flowing freely. (If you are not sure of your primary body type, ask during your next visit, these body types have been studied specifically for the treatment of your skin – there are 4 primary body morphologies: Sanguine, Lymphatic, Nervous & Bilious).

3.  When you dry brush your skin, it increases circulation to your skin, which encourages the elimination of metabolic waste. If this waste is not properly eliminated, cellulite (or fatty deposits under the skin). Dry brushing will help eliminate toxins as well as more evenly distribute any fat cells.



1. Purchase a natural bristled brush (like the one pictured above).  These should not cost more than $10. It is better to have one with a handle for hard to reach spots (mine has a detachable long handle).

2. Brush your skin once a day, preferably in the morning before you shower.

3. Start at your feet and use long upward strokes  always towards your heart.

4. Be sure to go over the armpit area really well – there are many lymph nodes here.

5.  Brush over an area several times – just remember the point of dry brushing is stimulation, not irritation. It is normal for the skin to be slightly red immediately after brushing.

6. When you get above your heart, brush downwards towards your heart.

7. Dry brush at least once per day before you shower or bathe. After you shower, apply the DIY body butter from above. For an added punch – make this DIY Cellulite cream and apply after towelling dry.

DIY Cellulite Cream

What you’ll need:&

  • 3/4 cup Coconut Oil
  • 2 tablespoons of shaved Beeswax
  • 3 tablespoons of Witch Hazel
  • 10 drops Juniper oil
  • 10 drops Rosemary oil
  • 30 drops Grapefruit or peppermint oil
  • 30 drops Cypress oil

How to:

  • Mix together all of the essential oils and the witch hazel. Stir until well blended.
  • Over low heat and using a double broiler, melt the beeswax & coconut oil together. (This gives you a creamy base).
  • Once the beeswax has melted, add the oil mixture to the beeswax & coconut oil blend.
  • Pour into a resealable jar and store in a cool place. *Preferably glass. I use a wide mouth mason jar).

This homemade cellulite cream packs a powerful punch, thanks to the amazing essential oils!  Why? Well, Juniper is a diuretic and purifier while also being a great circulation stimulator. Rosemary is essential for increasing blood flow throughout the body which significantly reduces the appearance of cellulite over time and it is also great for flushing out your lymphatic system and getting rid of water retention. Cyprus and grapefruit essential oils are both effective towards increasing circulation, relieving fluid retention and flushing toxins from your skin. Witch hazel is a crucial ingredient, as it helps refine and tighten your skin.  Having a more even-toned surface will deflect some of the visual effects of cellulite.

*It is not recommended to use this DIY cellulite cream while pregnant. If you have varicose veins (not spider veins) that are rope like, do not dry brush nor use this Cellulite cream.


As part of Summer Skin Camp we’ve been providing cellulite treatments in the treatment room as well. Slightly different from being at home. First, we start with cleansing and exfoliation of the area to be treated as we teach you to dry brush. Next we apply the slimming solution to the body area being treated. We then wrap the area in plastic wrap and add a thermal blanket that activates the slimming treatment. After this solution is hot toweled off, our Cellulite Treatment cream is applied and clients take home a jar of their own. This service is now a part of our regular menu offering for $175. This includes any laser service for your face during the wrap (might as well not let this time go to waste!). From today through Saturday, June 28th we are offering the cellulite body wrap service (along with any laser service for the face) with take home treatment cream and dry skin brush for $125!  (This service can not be combined with other offers).

goodbye cellulite


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.


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


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?


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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