Monday, November 29, 2010

The move Complete

Yes!  I have finished the move to my "New" Treatment Room.  I think it is way nice - warm, comfortable, and calming.  What theme did I choose?  Non that I previously mentioned.  It is a enveloping, earthy feel with dark brown ceiling, mocha'ish color on the walls with accents of black and some white. 

I need to sell my current facial/massage bed so that I can bring my new one in.  If anyone knows of anyone needing to make a purchase tell them to check mine out.  It is electric hydraulic, white - in excellent physicial condition.  The new one I have purchased is just bigger - not necessarily better.  Since I am now situated where I will not be moving again I feel confident in purchasing a big, non-movable bed.  IMG00081-20101116-1810

It was truly a nightmare getting my new room built out.  It's too bad that some construction people give the industry a bad rep.  The guy I hired came highly recommended, however I wouldn't recommend him to anyone.  He over committed and over-stated his ability.  What he said should have taken 3 days ended taking 5 horrible, nerve wracking weeks!  My lesson learned is to go to the very last job site and question those individuals.  I think that would be the best reference.  Very valuable lesson here for me.  Thankfully I don't think I'll need any construction done for a long, long time.

My new room has been met with wonderful comments from previous clients - of course new clients don't know any different.  For several days I felt almost like I was working in someone else's space - didn't remember where I had moved things.  It's much better now for me and I am absolutely thrilled to show it off.  I hope YOU'LL come for a visit real soon.
News flash:  I have begun to carry to fun line of trendy and classic jewelry - - - the line is Guy and Eva from California.  Please take a look and consider for Christmas gifts.  Go to:
I know you will love, love, love the items available.  I have found the pieces to be even prettier in real life!  Limited pieces are available to see in my practice.

As Thanksgiving has just passed, I want to say THANK YOU to all that have so faithfully supported and encouraged me on this journey.  I hope you were able to enjoy some wonderful with friends and family and will be able to do it again at Christmas.  I was blessed to have my younger brother and his wife, their 2 boys and one precious wife.  We all gathered with about 60 others down in the Country - deep in the heart of Hopkins.  We had cousins, aunts, uncles, Pas and Nanas, and many more with us.  Just a wonderful time.  Now that's reason to be thankful!

So . . . this is a brief update and what I am thinking about today . . . just another day in my life!  God Bless

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Beauty Sleep? Really? Really!

pumpkin queen Ahhh Autumn!  My favorite time of the year.  Just a hint of crispness and oh the beauty of an October sky.  Now THIS is football weather!  For me, it’s also good sleeping weather.  My body just seems to soak up the beauty fall day and I am full of energy and good will.  But to snuggle down into clean sheets – just utopia for me!  Here’s the really good news:  Getting adequate sleep can almost provide a FREE FACELIFT every night!  Sleep could actually be referred to as a “Cosmetic Prescription,” because with good sleep you’ll really see vast improvement in your complexion.  It is absolutely an all natural anti-aging solution!

I’ve written before what lack of sleep can do.  Pay attention, friends.  Taking note of the affect sleep has on your appearance and overall well-being is important – especially if (like my two boys) going to sleep and staying asleep is an ongoing issue.  This COULD be clues to other health issues.  Consider the following indicators that you are not getting enough ZZZZ’s:


sleep deprived!

  • LOSS OF FACIAL COLOR   -   Sleep deprivation lowers blood circulation, making you look pale and washed out.
  • LIFELESS, LIMP HAIR     -     Because sleep loss caused decreased blood circulation, fewer vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients are circulated to reach hair follicles, causing hair to weaken, break and even fall out.
  • UNDER-EYE BAGS    -           Many sleep disorders cause swelling (edema:  accumulation of excess fluid) in the under eye area, as well as other parts of your body.
  • DARK CIRCLES    -                Dark rings under your eyes are simply blood circulation or even pooling under the surface.  Some people are genetically  inclined to dark under eye circles.  Sleep loss only adds to it.
  • RED EYES     -                       When your eyes remain open, your eye are simply prone to dryness and irritation.  This caused inflammation, which causes your blood vessels to dilate, causing the appearance of red and bloodshot eyes. 
  • WEIGHT GAIN      -                Are you kidding me?  Nope!  Lack of sleep can actually cause you to gain weight!  Inadequate sleep creates an imbalance of the two digestive hormones that control the feelings of hunger and appetite.


sleep counting sheep So . . . what to do?  I’m sharing this article from Mayo Clinic on getting a  better night’s sleep:

10 tips for better sleep

If you're having trouble sleeping, change your sleep habits for a better night's rest.

By Mayo Clinic staff

Feeling crabby lately? It could be you aren't getting enough sleep. Work, household responsibilities and child care can make sleep difficult to come by. Factor in other unexpected challenges, such as financial worries, layoffs, relationship issues or an illness, and quality sleep may be even more elusive.

You may not be able to control or eliminate all of the factors that interfere with your sleep, but you can create an environment and adopt habits that encourage a more restful night. Try these suggestions if you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep:

  1. Go to bed and get up at about the same time every day, even on the weekends. Sticking to a schedule helps reinforce your body's sleep-wake cycle and can help you fall asleep more easily at night.
  2. Don't eat or drink large amounts before bedtime. Eat a light dinner at least two hours before sleeping. If you're prone to heartburn, avoid spicy or fatty foods, which can make your heartburn flare and prevent a restful sleep. Also, limit how much you drink before bed. Too much liquid can cause you to wake up repeatedly during the night for trips to the toilet.
  3. Avoid nicotine, caffeine and alcohol in the evening. These are stimulants that can keep you awake. Smokers often experience withdrawal symptoms at night, and smoking in bed is dangerous. Avoid caffeine for eight hours before your planned bedtime. Your body doesn't store caffeine, but it takes many hours to eliminate the stimulant and its effects. And although often believed to be a sedative, alcohol actually disrupts sleep.
  4. Exercise regularly. Regular physical activity, especially aerobic exercise, can help you fall asleep faster and make your sleep more restful. However, for some people, exercising right before bed may make getting to sleep more difficult.
  5. Make your bedroom cool, dark, quiet and comfortable. Create a room that's ideal for sleeping. Adjust the lighting, temperature, humidity and noise levelsleep clock to your preferences. Use blackout curtains, eye covers, earplugs, extra blankets, a fan or white-noise generator, a humidifier or other devices to create an environment that suits your needs.
  6. Sleep primarily at night. Daytime naps may steal hours from nighttime slumber. Limit daytime sleep to about a half-hour and make it during midafternoon. If you work nights, keep your window coverings closed so that sunlight, which adjusts the body's internal clock, doesn't interrupt your sleep. If you have a day job and sleep at night, but still have trouble waking up, leave the window coverings open and let the sunlight help awaken you.
  7. Choose a comfortable mattress and pillow. Features of a good bed are subjective and differ for each person. But make sure you have a bed that's comfortable. If you share your bed, make sure there's enough room for two. Children and pets are often disruptive, so you may need to set limits on how often they sleep in bed with you.
  8. Start a relaxing bedtime routine. Do the same things each night to tell your body it's time to wind down. This may include taking a warm bath or shower, reading a book, or listening to soothing music. Relaxing activities done with lowered lights can help ease the transition between wakefulness and sleepiness.
  9. Go to bed when you're tired and turn out the lights. If you don't fall asleep within 15 to 20 minutes, get up and do something else. Go back to bed when you're tired. Don't agonize over falling asleep. The stress will only prevent sleep.
  10. Use sleeping pills only as a last resort. Check with your doctor before taking any sleep medications. He or she can make sure the pills won't interact with your other medications or with an existing medical condition. Your doctor can also help you determine the best dosage. If you do take a sleep medication, reduce the dosage gradually when you want to quit, and never mix alcohol and sleeping pills. If you feel sleepy or dizzy during the day, talk to your doctor about changing the dosage or discontinuing the pills.

Nearly everyone has occasional sleepless nights. But if you have trouble sleeping on a regular or frequent basis, see latteyour doctor. You could have a sleep disorder, such as obstructive sleep apnea or restless legs syndrome. Identifying and treating the cause of your sleep disturbance can help get you back on the road to a good night's sleep.


As I’m sipping on my iced (it is still warm outside after all) pumpkin spiced latte, this is what I’m thinking about today.  Just another day in my life!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

“Spa-ing” and the Metro Sexual Man

Oh, Good Griefman facial!  Men!  First off, have you noticed that as a man ages he becomes, “more distinguished?”  As the only girl growing up in a house full of males and again with male children in my own adult life, here’s what I know – men are looking in the mirror, too - a lot.  “Distinguished” or not, grown up men are concerned with graying strands, the hairbrush full of hairs turning loose, lines and wrinkles, as well as sagging skin everywhereWomen do not own that.  The difference is, most women don’t hesitate to do something about it.  From the local Wal-mart to the most exclusive med spa, women simply do it!  Encouraging news for men is that there are more and more comfortable options for them.  I have even been able to get my own manly man of a husband into a spa.  First time he went kicking and screaming.  Next time he actually asked to go.

Interesting news is that day spas are reporting that their male clientele has grown over thirty percent in recent years. You may be surprised to learn that this includes not only corporate-climbing, white-collar executives,  but the blue-collar gentleman as well. It seems men from every walk of life are now evolving to understand the benefits that women have reaped from visiting day spas for years.  Because many men have a tendency to feel intimidated or apprehensive about spending time or money on services that involve a type of upkeep that has traditionally been considered only female, spas have helped break this stereotype by creating new male-focused treatments and products.   I invite you to visit my booking site (  to see the Manly Man Menu.  I have named the services after actors you’ll recognize.  I offer THE JOHN WAYNE, THE CLINT EASTWOOD, THE SAM ELLIOTT and THE TOM SELLECK.  Just by naming the treatments in a non-threatening way the male client feels more comfortable about venturing in.

gpi I have written a previous blog about the different types of spas.  The resort or destination spa may choose to market themselves as a “health retreat” in an effort to breakdown  the female oriented stereotype of visiting a spa and offer packages geared especially for men that include golf, hiking, and other outdoor sports.  Now my husband would easily go for that!  I have mentioned THE GROVE PARK INN ( in previous blogs.  It is located just up the road in Asheville, NC – a pretty short drive up Interstate 26.  Their fabulous spa has a wonderful offering to the gents – they have 3+ amazing pools to attract macho type people – a salt water pool, a lap pool, and an outside “current” pool.  In addition, the plunge pools with the terrific waterfalls are absolutely wonderful as they beat down on tired backs and shoulders.  Nestled in the lovely NC mountains, GPI offers a great golf course, tennis, hiking etc.  Then there are the spa treatments themselves.  The key is just to get the men in to try one treatment and typically you have them hooked.  Seriously, my man stayed with me last time for several hours.  That is huge!

For men, the key is to eliminate most of the “fluff” stuff – and I say “most” because they do like pampering, too – just in a more subtle way.  I have found with my male clients, I just need to get to it – get it done.  Men want the same results as women just in a more condensed time.  I have one male client that when ever he calls to make the appointment says, “I have a few minutes to spare, early in the morning.  Can you work me in?”  What he is essentially saying to me is, “I like early morning before the spa gets busy and filled with a lot of women.  I want to get in and get out.” and most importantly, “I want this, need this, and hope you’ll respond to my needs.” 

 man microd The biggest example of the different offering in my practice for men and women is this:  I offer a lovely microdermabrasion facial treatment on my menu.  It doesn’t specify for women only, but it is a full hour with relaxing facial massage, masque and diamond microdermabrasion.  The description flows with yummy, appealing verbiage on the benefits of this superior spa treatment.  On the Manly Man Menu, I offer THE CLINT EASTWOOD  QUICKIE MICRODERM, a 30 minute cleansing, Diamond Microdermabrasion to remove imperfections, blemishes, wrinkles, cleans pores, and lighten hyperpigmentation followed with sunscreen application.  Short.  To the point. 

See, the thing is - men have skin.  No surprise in that.  Men have skin that ages just like women have skin that ages. Men are concerned with looking their best today and tomorrow.  This isn’t new.  What IS new is that they are finally doing something about it besides sneaking in their wives, girlfriends bathroom and covertly using their “stuff”. 

And you thought paying someone to help you look and feel your best was just for women?  Not anymore.  Males are having cosmetic surgery and injectables like Botox and dermal fillers more than ever before.  It’s OK.  I welcome the guys to visit me at m.d. Skin.  ( My treatment room isn’t pink and frilly.  It is calm and welcoming, and the services for male clients are essential and beneficial.

This is what I am thinking about today.  Just another day in my life - - -

Monday, September 6, 2010

Happy Labor Day . . . work hard but play (and laugh) harder

Reprint from 2010 It’s Labor Day 2010.

United States

Labor Day Parade, Union Square, New York, 1882
Main article: Labor Day
Labor Day is a United States federal holiday that falls on the first Monday of September.[5] It is customarily viewed as the end of the summer, especially of the vacation season;[6] many schools open for the year in the week after Labor Day.[7] The United States also adopted the tradition of not wearing white after Labor Day.[citation needed][clarification needed] This is the time when the Navy switches from their white uniforms to their Navy blue uniforms
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.  To read more about the history of Labor Day here is a good link.
A day of celebration for workers is upon us, and that got me to thinking about today’s workforce.  I know I have had various jobs and then a long time career in the stressed-lady business world.  I know how hard people work and the stress workers are under.  Workers are constantly under pressure to produce, reports to be made, presentations to be given, numbers to achieve.  It is tough and many times it’s a dog-eat-dog workplace.  Yikes.  It’s no wonder we are a stressed out society.  After we “clock out” at the workplace, if you are a woman, wife, mother, your 2nd job begins.  We are suffering from both physical and mental fatigue.  
We’ve heard that stress will kill you.  That’s absolutely true.  We’ve all had the bosses from the depth’s of Hades, and as business owners, we'll, that’s a story unto it’s self. I have suffered headaches, back, shoulder and neck aches.  I know people that have suffered Irritable bowel syndrome from job stress.  One guy I know personally suffered a heart attack while on the jobsite. 
So what are the signs that you are suffering from over-stress?  There are many signs of stress overload – both physical and mental.
Common Physical Signs
  • Headache
  • Excessive Fatigue
  • Gastrointestinal Changes
  • Change in Focus or Concentration
  • Sexual Changes – both increased or deceased desire
  • Sleep disturbances
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Excessive Sweating
  • Hands Shaking
  • Anxiety
  • Heart Palpitations
Common Mental Signs
  • Irritability
  • Change in eating habits – eating more or eating less
  • Harsh Temperament
  • Increase in smoking
  • Increase of alcohol consumption
  • Isolation
  • Compulsive Behavior like shopping or taking physical risks
  • Difficulty in Communication
Then their are soBad_Dreamme common indicators that often go overlooked
•  Weird, unpleasant dreams. When stressed, people sleep lighter and wake up more often, which disrupts the sleep process and allows negative dreams to hang around all night. When your mind gets overloaded with anxiety and doesn't know how to process it, a bad dream can be its way to work through the stressful experience so it becomes less threatening.
• An achy, sore mouth or jaw.  This can be a sign of teeth grinding, which some people do in their sleep when they’re experiencing a lot of stress. I know I am guilty of this when I am stressed out, as many people are.  Your dentist can make a mouth guard just for this.  I have one and, unfortunately, need to use it every night. On top of that, tension weakens your immune system which allows bacteria in your mouth to grow and eventually cause gum irritation and inflammation.
• Headaches hanging around even on the weekends. When stress levels suddenly drop, it often triggers a headache or even a migraine. When you spend your week stressed out and suddenly relax as the weekend comes, that headache could be telling you that something isn’t right with your stress levels and can help pinpoint what it is that’s stressing you out. 
• Severe period cramps. A study out of Harvard found that women under high levels of stress are 50% more likely to have severe menstrual cramps than those who are relaxed and report low stress levels.
And, of course, the most important issue related to stress in MY Business is how stress affects the skin.  Though stress has been known to trigger or aggravate existing skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, warts, cold sores, and blisters, it most commonly causes three specific skin reactions: hives, itching, and acne along with the appearance of aging skin.
Allergies are the most common cause of hives, but stress has been known to make hives appear as well. My BFF, Jenny has called me more than once in a panic saying, “I’m broken out in hives!” During times of stress, histamines are released into the bloodstream, which can cause hives or small bumps to appear on the skin. In some cases, the hives will not be noticeable, but the skin will be very itchy. Usually, an antihistamine or a soothing lotion will help.   If you know you are prone to this, I suggest keeping Benadryl handy.
Though these reactions are common, most people who are under stress will find themselves afflicted with acne. Stress releases certain chemicals within the body that stimulate sebaceous (oil) glands. The excess sebum tends to clog pores and irritate skin, causing acne to form.
During times of stress, the flow of blood is directed to areas of the body that are considered vital for responding to the stress that we are under. At the same old women mask time, blood is withdrawn from areas that are considered non-essential, such as, unfortunately, your skin. Bear in mind that the skin is the largest organ of your body and one of the most sensitive areas, as well. During times of stress, the skin is constantly being starved of both blood and oxygen, which causes the skin to take on a dull and lifeless appearance resulting in tired, old, ageing looking skin.
In addition to changing the skin’s natural appearance, continuous stress can increase cortisone secretion, which suppresses our immune system. Once the skin’s defense is lowered, it becomes extremely susceptible to irritation from outside pollutants.
Since stress also affects more than just our immune system, it may impact the body’s ability to properly digest food (the GI problems in our list above). This can impact the health of the skin, as well as the health of the entire body. When food is not properly digested, the nutrients are not absorbed as they should be, allowing undigested impurities to remain and accumulate in the body.
So what’s a sane person to do to tackle all this stress in our normal lives?  Learn to laugh at yourself. You'll overcome so many problems in life and you'll deal with stress so much more easily if you can develop a sense of humor.  A sense of humor is essential for handling the stresses of life. The ability to find something funny in times of tension and stress is an essential key to dealing with difficult situations.  Yeah, I know.  Sometimes that is easier said than done.  Sometimes you just need a cry, scream, kick or punch something.  Well, go ahead!  Do it!  Just not to someone.  I gave my son a hammer one time and told him to go whack a tree outside till he felt better.  Poor tree! 
I’ve written before on personal wellness and about how therapeutic a facial with massage can be.  That one hour can seriously help with the symptoms of your stress.  Just by getting the oxygen and blood pumping back into your face, neck and shoulders can be a huge relief to your skin and overall well being.  The massage with properly applied acupressure can be amazing to a stress out individual.
thank-you Tomorrow, when you go back to work think back to this blog.  Remember to laugh loud and often. Keep your stress in check by the simple act of counting to ten before you reply to someone.  Keep your voice low – just right above whisper level.  Breathe in . .  . breathe out.  Deep and slow.  Each breath pulling your stomach into your spine.  In through your nose.  Slowly release through your mouth.  Then . . . make your appointment with me!  Really, I can help!
Here’s to all the millions of people that keep our lives moving – the folks we rarely see and if we do, even more rarely show appreciation.  Our postal workers, the garbage people, the utility workers.  Thank you.  And to those who’s path we cross daily, you keep our world turning.  To you, whatever your job.  I appreciate you.  God Bless each American Worker and here’s to putting more  people back to work real soon!
My thoughts this Labor Day . . . just another day in my life!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Thoughts on my business - - -


I’m 5 months old.  Never thought I would already be in a position of expansion, change of direction, or personal conflict so early in the game.  Nothing bad, mind  you, but lots of thoughts pinging around in my pea brain.  I was approached last night with the possibility of change involving a physician.  This change would allow me to offer medical procedures like Botox injections, fillers, lasers, and other physician assisted treatments.  Yes, this is something I have thoknocking on doorught about.  Since I have a medical background and am comfortable in a medical setting, this wouldn’t be such a stretch.  Hum . . . what do you think, my peeps?  Would anyone want to receive these services in my little baby, fledgling practice?  Too soon?  Maybe.  I don’t know.

In previous post,  you have read about my intention to add massage services.  The “right” massage therapist hasn’t knocked at my door . . . yet.   It would so completely fabulous to be able to offer full spa packages.  Imagine having an amazing deep cleansing and refreshing facial, de-toxing body wrap, relaxing full body massage, and end with delicious mani/pedi.  Right now packages are incomplete without massage, and, boy!  This girl LOVES a massage herself!

Adding massage therapy means a lot of changes.  Moving, for one.  Not necessarily to a different geographic location (hopefully), but into a different location within SABRE.  This wonderful place houses the master stylists, Sally, Brenda (thus SaBre), Joy, Jenny, Darlene and Andrea.  They are all so talented and wonderful women, to boot!  THE PERFECT 10 consists of probably the best nail artist in the State, Terry, as well as Mary and Pat.  I added m.d. Skin to the mix in May of this year.  So, together we offer hair services, nail services and skincare.  See a glaring omission?  Massage.  Massage is the only thing missing from full service.  Oh . . . hum!  Timing is everything.  Right now, Sabre is working on repair of the nail salon - Ceiling melt down several months ago.The nail girls have been working up front within the salon.  This has been a kind of good change.  It seems to have added a certain spark of electricity. 

So . . . since this move of the nail business from the back to the front, I have been approached about moving my practice from the center of the building to the 00213535 very back room.  This MIGHT be a good thing.  The room is much bigger and I could add a shower for wet treatments.  It also means more money for room improvements.  I’m only 5 months old.  There isn’t any money (yet) for doing these things.  I could come up with it, but . . . is it the right time to do this? 

THE PERFECT TEN is weighing their options, too.  Stay where they are?  Go back where they were?  Changes.  Changes.  Changes. 

If I add massage therapy, it would require room sharing or more build out.  Again, spending more money.  It would increase business, but I’m still building my own portion with skincare.  Unless a therapist comes with clientele I have to consider could m.d. Skin support a brand new person just starting out?  Of course, this missing massage therapist would have to be a very special individual in order to join this team.  Talented?  Sure.  But a good mix to us is vital.  No drama wanted here.  Just superior ability, high integrity, respectful of other business within our walls, and over all fabulous!  Not too much to ask.  Right?  Am I dreaming?  Maybe, but if one doesn’t dream, and dream big (!), well . . . what’s the point?

In addition, there is opportunity to go into partnership within an existing medical practice.  I tell you about this only because the opportunity exist.  I really am not even entertaining the idea.  It’s just another piece of the story.

Conflicts!  I hate conflicts!  Why can’t we all just get along and support/encourage one another?  When I started m.d. Skin I had a Facebook Fan page for the business.  I was advised to shut down the fan page and create a Facebook page just for m.d. Skin.  I did that,  as well as a terrific website (, and I am very proud of it, thanks to Fowler Creative Online (  She has my personal FB page linked to the m.d. Skin FB page.  Well (!) it seemed to me that it was the smartest thing to have them both  (business and personal) promoting m.d. Skin.  In hindsight I should have sent a message to everyone telling them that I was deleting personal contacts and to “re-friend” me if they wanted to stay on my friends contact list.  I didn’t do that and some people are mad, upset, whatever you want to call it.  Most people, in fact, simply sent a new friend request and all is well.  Some, however, won’t speak to me because of “de-friending.” Really?  Over Facebook? 

Here’s something interesting relating to that . . . last year my FB was hacked into and my FB was shut down BY FACEBOOK.  Took about 2 or 3 months to get back up.  I lots just about all my FB friends.  Not a single person got mad.  I did get lots of questions like, “What happened?  I thought we were already friends.”  “Hey!  did you delete me?”  But most  just send another friend request without any questions or comments. 

The silliness of some people is just amazing!  Losing real friends because of Facebook communications is beyond reason!  Sounds more like an excuse if you ask me.  What do you think? Starting a new business is stressful enough without this added drama.00424427

You will find people that will support and encourage you through thick and thin.  I have been so surprised and thrilled by some people that I never expected to, that have become wonderful clients.  I have also met some interesting and delightful new people as a result of m.d. Skin.  It’s just so darn sad to learn that there are some people you thought were loyal and true friends that just aren’t there for you.  I guess really that the saying “That’s life!” is true.  Live and learn.  It does hurt though, I won’t lie!  I think that this is personal growth . . . at it’s finest.

My goal is to offer the absolute best skincare in a personal and individual way, in a fresh, relaxing and clean environment, with integrity and commitment to each client that visits my practice.  I commit to trying my utmost to exceed expectations every time.  Change is positive and inevitable.  The question is, “When?”   I want to make good, healthy decisions regarding my business, my family, my life. 

The good thing is that no decisions have to be made today.  Thank goodness!  These are some of my thoughts today . . . just another day in my life!

5 Essential Keys to Wellness (

5 Essential Keys to Wellness

Spa experts share their tips for reaching your health potential—and getting there might be easier than you think.

by Isabelle Gullo


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Photo by: Marili Forastier/Getty Images

1. Eat Wholesome Food

A healthy diet not only boosts overall wellness but also helps prevent disease. According to physician and alternative health proponent Andrew Weil (who regularly holds wellness-related seminars at Miraval Arizona and is the mind behind the anti-inflammatory diet), a range of illnesses—including heart disease, arthritis, and some cancers—are partly caused by chronic inflammation in the body.

“While genetic predisposition and lifestyle factors like stress and lack of exercise promote inflammation, poor diet is the main contributor,” stresses Weil. Consequently, he recommends consuming foods that help reduce inflammation and improve immune function. For instance, berries, oranges, tomatoes, kale, and spinach contain disease-fighting antioxidants. Slow-to-digest, whole-grain carbohydrates like oats, whole wheat, barley, and brown rice are also on his list of ideal foods because they provide essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. In addition, Weil suggests eating cold-water fish—which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that lower risk of heart disease, hypertension, and joint pain—as well as vegetable proteins like beans, nuts, lentils, and fermented whole soy products. “These contain healthier fats and fewer toxins than most animal proteins,” he says. 

2. Choose the Right Beverages

Registered dietitian Wendy Bazilian, head of the nutrition program at Golden Door in Escondido, California, and author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet, notes that hydration is vital for most bodily functions. Although water is best, for more flavorful options she suggests all-natural beverages that are largely water-based and free of artificial sweeteners to avoid drinking empty calories. 

Those with a sweet tooth should skip sodas in favor of organic juices or fruit smoothies, which are ripe with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. For everyday refreshment, Bazilian likes a mocktail with coconut water, tart cherry juice, sparkling water, and a squeeze of lime. “It’s all-natural, low in calories, less sweet than juices or sodas, and even comes with some electrolytes,” she says.

Low-fat and nonfat milk also get Bazilian’s thumbs up because they pack essential nutrients, protein, and carbs to provide energy; potassium to balance blood pressure; and calcium and vitamin D to strengthen bones. Unsweetened almond milk, though not as nutrient-rich as regular milk, is a good nondairy, low-calorie alternative. 

3. Boost Health With Essential Nutrients

Even if the majority of foods you eat are unprocessed or certified organic, you’re probably not getting all you need from your diet. Supplements and medicinal plant ingredients can help bridge the gap. 

Leslee Vogal, nutritionist and herbalist at Mii amo, a destination spa at Enchantment, suggests taking a high-quality, food-based multivitamin daily. In addition, she recommends that healthy adults get at least 1,000 to 2,000 mg of omega-3 fatty acids for brain and heart health; 2,000 to 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 to improve bone strength, mood, cognitive function, and endocrine balance; and 200 to 400 mg of magnesium to support the nervous system and promote muscle relaxation.

Botanicals and spices also offer healing benefits. For example, numerous studies on echinacea have shown it helps alleviate cold symptoms and respiratory infections, while ginger has been proved to significantly reduce nausea, especially in pregnant women. And antioxidant-loaded rosemary, turmeric, thyme, garlic, and ginger come with endless wellness perks, from enhancing memory to balancing blood glucose levels to increasing heart health. 

Adaptogens are among Vogal’s herbal musts; these plants build the body’s resistance to stress, trauma, anxiety, and fatigue. Her favorites: ashwagandha, astragalus, and reishi and miatake mushrooms. Still, before deciding what supplements to take, consult a registered dietitian or a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to find out what works best for you.

4. Work Out for Multiple Payoffs

No health regimen is complete without exercise. A good workout—whether it’s a power walk through the park, an uphill bike ride, or an elliptical session at the gym—can improve mood, strengthen the heart and lungs, reduce stress, and promote weight loss, to name a few perks. 

“Do cardio for at least forty minutes three days a week at sixty-five to eighty-five percent of your maximum heart rate,” recommends Kirkland Shave, program director, life coach, and trainer at Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat & Health Spa in British Columbia. For a balanced routine, include 20 minutes of resistance training twice a week, doing pushups, squats, and core work such as Pilates to build muscle, maintain bone density, and promote good posture. 

To reap additional benefits, exercise outdoors: The fresh air cleanses your lungs by bringing more oxygen into the body, which helps to improve energy and bring clarity. Plus, notes Shave, “The natural beauty will inspire you to stick to your routine.” 

5. Calm the Mind With Meditation

Spiritual health is just as important as diet and exercise. Meditation in particular can lower stress and help regulate emotions. It has also been proved to restore brain synapses, as happens naturally during sleep. 

Anne Irving, a yoga therapist and wellness consultant at Lake Austin Spa Resort, suggests exploring different types of meditation, including seated meditation for those who prefer to practice alone, moving meditation like yoga and tai chi for active people in search of stress relief, or guided meditation for beginners and those who thrive in a group setting. 

Irving adds that like choosing healthy foods or working out at the gym, meditation should be a daily practice. “Every single day we can tone our bodies, train our brains, and stretch our self-awareness,” she says

Monday, August 30, 2010

September brings MICRO WEDNESDAYS!



Book any 50 minute facial and receive a microdermabrasion of your face - FREE!  That's a $110 value.  This offer is good through September only, so book your appointment right away.

Booking your appointment couldn't be easier.  See the "Book Now" tab on this page?  Simply click that button.  You'll get a drop down menu of services offered and times available.  Choose what works for you.  Fill in the blanks with your contact information and be sure to provide your email address.  That way you'll even receive a reminder email the day before your appointment.

If the page you are viewing doesn’t show the “Book Now” button, then go to my website: or my Face Book fan page:  You’ll see that tab on both of those pages.

Hey, do me a favor, friends.  Would you please share the word about m.d. Skin with all of your friends, family members, co-workers?  I’ll reward you with a $10 credit toward any service for every referral that comes to see me.  You can build them up/save them for any treatment you would like to have.  Your referral will have to tell me you referred them and I’ll keep a record for you.  Thanks so much!

This is Monday, August 30th and just another day in my life!  What have you been doing?

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Spa 411 – What to expect when “Spa-ing”

Even though I am not a full spa (Yet!) I can offer information on proper etiquette.  I do consider myself a professional “Spa-er.”  There are few things more pleasurable than a day at a wonderful spa.  With my career with Avon Products Inc, I was fortunate to be able to travel far and wide.  The very first thing I would always do upon checking in any hotel was to book spa services.  I have experienced spas from New York to San Francisco, from cruise spas, to tiny little out of the way day spas.  I have had amazing services, some “not memorable” treatments and truly bad, bad, bad experiences in spas.  That make me pretty well versed on this subject.

grove_park_inn_resort___spa_png There are some lovely facilities right here in Columbia.  My little place isn’t big, but I think I offer wonderful services.  Our city is located conveniently to major interstates that  can take me to one of my favorite, close-by “Resort Spas,” the Grove Park Inn (, in Asheville, North Carolina.  I’ll address the different types of spas in just a minute.  One thing to remember, spas are for relaxing, de-stressing,  and re-centering.  Who doesn’t need that?





Most professional spas do not take walk-ins, so it is important that you make your appointment beforehand.  If you are traveling to a resort or destination you should be sure and plan your spa visit(s) just like making your hotel reservations.  Most of the time, you can ask the reservation agent to do that for you or ask to be transferred to the spa.  Most spas have a website with their service menu available to make it easy for you to choose your desired service.  You should plan to arrive at your appointment, at minimum, 15 minutes early and many spas ask for 30 minutes to an hour prior.  This is so that you can have time to complete an in-take form (information form)  and wind down before services.  You may be offered some healthy, light refreshments in a relaxing room.  This is just a good time to mentally prepare for your service and “park” your worries.  If you are late to your appointment most spas will try to accommodate you, but your service will be only during the scheduled appointment time (if allowable) and you will be charged the full appointment fee.  Most spas require a 24 hr cancellation notice.  Check their cancellation policy to see fees associated, but it is typical to be charged if you cancel without a 24 hr notice.  There is no excuse for NO SHOWS!  Most spas have a policy that no shows are charged the full fee for services booked.  Remember, that time is allotted for you and no one else.  Just be courteous with your appointment time.  I offer online booking on my website.  You’ll find a “book now” tab.  It is extremely user friendly and clients get an email reminder the day before. http://;jsessionid=1fbw6tqpkzz8q.cb2?


In my place, you just get me, but in big facilities you’ll find both male and female massage therapist and aestheticians.  You have the option to request one or the other.  It’s all about which you are more comfortable with.  And, that leads me to . . .

. . . ATTIRE


spa wrapYou may be taken to a locker room where you will be given a robe and spa shoes/slippers to change into.  In large spas that is usually the case.  In smaller facilities and singular practitioners it will be more common to be taken into the treatment room and provided with a wrap, or, as with the case of body massage, will be asked to undress (to your comfort level) and go ahead and slip under the sheets.  Full nudity is a scary issue for some people and you should never be asked to do something you are not comfortable with.  It is suggested that you don’t wear a lot of jewelry to your appointment, as you will be instructed to take it all off.  The spa will not be held liable for lost jewelry and you surly wouldn’t want to have your Grandmother’s engagement ring misplaced.  In my practice I have a separate bath/dressing room with hooks to hang your clothing.  I also have a small receptacle  for you to place your jewelry in.  On a related note, please, please, please refrain from wearing fragrance on the day of your appointment.



It’s common courtesy to come clean.  What that means is, don’t come sweaty from your gym workout!  If you are coming for a bikini or Brazilian wax, think about it. Your therapist is all up in your “stuff.”  Be clean!  Freshly saved skin might become irritated when products are applied and manipulated.  It is suggested that you either shave after your treatment or about 24 hours prior.  Again, remember . . . don’t come wearing your favorite fragrance.  What you dfrustrated-woman-holding-cellphone-hp-thumb-250x250early love might not be pleasing to others.  In addition, if you are receiving Aromatherapy, your fragrance might not be a good combination and you will not benefit as you should from your service. 



Do I really need to address this?  Well, yes I do.  As much as I depend on my cell phone, it would so rude for me to interrupt your treatment to take a call.  It goes the other way, as well.  Even if you don’t answer the phone, the ringing is very disruptive.  You cannot relax while your phone is ringing away.  In some spas, NO CELL PHONE ALLOWED signs are posted and you will be asked to leave if you do not adhere.  Turning off your cell phone upon arrival, is simply the best policy. 



You will be asked to complete an intake form upon arrival.  This information form is typically fairly detailed, asking personal information and history.  You may not realize the importance of this information to your treatment, however many medications, conditions, and prior history can affect your skin, as well as with product interactions.  Your therapist desires a wonderful spa experience for you.  Having a negative reaction to product or treatment wouldn’t be a good thing.  In addition, even common things you may not consider a factor,  like fillers, injectables, Retin-A and other products, can actually cause a negative treatment outcome.  Certain medical conditions must be considered prior to receiving spa treatments.  Prior reactions or known allergies must be noted  and discussed for your benefit.

If you are uncomfortable at any time during your spa visit, it is up to you to speak up.  From the greeting you receive when you arrive, to music played in your treatment room, to the final good-bye, it is important to communicate the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Don’t be afraid to ask for deeper or lighter touch during a massage.  Tell your therapist if you are cold or hot.  Provide honest feedback at the conclusion of your service.  It’s the only way you will completely enjoy your experience and look forward to your next.  Your therapist really wants to know. Really

When your service is concluded, your therapist will tell you to take your time getting up.  That doesn’t mean take a nap and let me know when you are finished.  Remember that there are other clients coming after you.  The reason they want you to get up slowly is because you might be light headed, maybe a little woozy after your treatment.  Sit up slowly and get your balance before you bound up off the table.  Get dressed.  Make sure you have all of your belongings INCLUDING YOUR JEWELRY, and open your treatment room door.  You may have been instructed to meet your therapist outside your door or even to have a seat in the treatment room.  Usually, at this time, you’ll have a brief recap of what your therapist did and what products were used.  If you have questions, comments or concerns please bring them up at this time.  Don’t leave wondering what that wonderful product was, or why she kept spraying something on you.  Tell her what you loved . . . or what you didn’t.  Ask if she has a treatment plan in mind for you.  Her goal is better skin, better relaxation, and most importantly, a return visit!


It’s not a good idea to eat a big heavy meal right before a visit to a spa.  I suggest a light meal and drink plenty of fluids, especially after a spa service.



YOU are our guest when you are in our spas.  Your time is scheduled for you.  Unless you are scheduled for couples treatments you are typically the only other person in the treatment room with the therapist.  This is for your privacy and with the intention of providing you with 100% of the therapist’s attention.

We know your children are precious – mine certainly are – but they can be a distraction in a spa.  They can also be a concern for safety.  Please DO NOT BRING YOUR CHILDREN to a spa appointment.  It’s just not appropriate.  This is the time for you to book a babysitter along with your spa appointment.  Spa time is time for you to relax and enjoy every little thing, not worrying that your kids are taken care of.  Let them have their fun and play time, too, during your special time.



Did you L-O-V-E  it?  Was is a pleasurable experience? 

What is a Gratuity?

Brief and Straightforward Guide: What is a Gratuity?

A gratuity, or tip, is a small monetary gift given to a service worker in acknowledgment for his or her service. Many people refer to a gratuity as a tip, especially in reference to service workers. Gratuities show gratefulness and appreciation on the part of the customer, rewarding the employee for hard work and also ensuring excellent service in the future. Typically, the amount of a gratuity is a percentage of the total paid for services; this percentage varies, depending on the quality of the service and the industry. 

I have clients ask me all the time if they should give me a tip.  Yikes!  There is no gracious way to say, “Yes!”  I will either feel greedy or think you didn’t really enjoy your service if you don’t tip.  Here is the rule of thumb with spas:  15% – 20% of full listed service cost, even if a discount is given.    You don’t receive discounted effort on your therapist part. Your therapist still gave the same service that she would have at full fee.  Remember a tip is never required, but a way to show how much you enjoyed your treatment. 

I’m ending with a link to SPA CODE OF CONDUCT.  It’s a lot of what I wrote in this blog, but in a more condensed way.  This link is for International Spa Association’s Code of Ethics and what members pledge to provide to you, as a guest.

Friday, August 27, 2010

The REAL Facial Facts! Common Facial Misconceptions


Well, I think I might have heard it all. As a licensed esthetician and owner of m.d. Skin, I frequently find myself telling clients and potential clients about the benefits of and de-mystifying facial treatments. A lot of times I have to separate the facts from the fiction.  It really is quite amazing that there are so many rumors and untruths about esthetic treatments. So, here’s a brief summery about the most common falsehoods.

It’s normal to break out after a facial.

This is probably the most common of all facial myths.There is absolutely no reason you should break out after a facial, providing you are giving all necessary information upfront about allergies and medications you might be using. 

If there is a breakout it’s because the technician used the wrong products, causing irritation and inflammation, or because they did not do extractions correctly. If the client experiences rash or redness after a facial the first thing to consider is product allergy.    Only this morning  I got an email from a precious new client that  was red, rashy and swollen the day after her very one and only facial (and it had to be with me!).  She didn’t know she had a citrus acid allergy.  Yikes!  Going forward she has been advised to be very careful in reading ingredients list and to avoid citrus in any topical products.  She must only use products specifically formulated to sensitive skin.  Unfortunately, I was the practioner that had to find that out for her.  I’m sorry that happened on my watch. But, that is a possibility when using new products – whether over-the-counter or not. 

When an esthetician performs extractions, they will look at each blemish, blackhead or breakout and then determine if it can be safely extracted. If the esthetician thinks that it’s ready to come out, then she will begin to gently push around the area, carefully and gently working the debris out.  This is not always comfortable, but when done properly, the clients skin looks better immediately and will not leave further scarring. If, after applying gentle pressure, the gunk and impurities are not budging, then it should be left alone. If the esthetician tries to force it, you can end up with a broken follicle wall and the spreading of bacteria into other follicles or even a scar.

extraction Extractions  hurt!

While extractions are not the most pleasant part of the facial, but they should not cause a great deal of pain. If the esthetician is using too much pressure, ask her to go a little easier on your skin.  Having said that, extractions on the nose are the hardest.  There is little area to push on and the client has to take breaths through their mouth.  This part should only take a few minutes and is certainly bearable.  Your skin will thank you for it!

Can’t I do these treatments at home cheaper?

Home care is extremely important to your skin and you can and should do many treatments at home.  You can’t get the same results at home, however, that you can at the hands of a professional esthetician. Estheticians attend specialized schools and have to pass State Board Examinations to be able to practice in their field.  They have been trained to analyze your skin and correctly diagnose each area and determine the best course of treatment specifically for you. In addition, professional estheticians have products that are available ONLY to licensed professionals.

Here’s an interesting fact:  According to a recent study, over 50% of women incorrectly identified their skin type. Using the incorrect products for your skin type can throw off the balance of the skin and cause adverse reactions.

I have to spend a ton of money and purchase every product my esthetician recommends!

sanitas The professional esthetician should always tell you why she is recommending that you take home products that day. Part of her job is education. If she can’t give you a well thought out and intelligent answer, then you may want to pass on that purchase. Take the name of the product home and do your own research online. In my practice I sell SANITAS skin care products.  I encourage you to educate yourself at

Never be afraid to tell your esthetician that you are on a budget and ask what one product she feels will be most beneficial. I try to always tell my clients what I think is the singular one product I used in their treatment that day that will be most helpful in their home care.  It’s ok to ask about drugstore brands and what over-the-counter brands will work well with your skin.

Your skin’s health and appearance are very important to your overall well being, but you shouldn’t have to take out a loan in order to take care of it. There are things that work at all price points.  There are also products that are completely unnecessary and even harmful.  Talk to your esthetician about any products you have heard  and have questions about.  Just ASK!

My esthetician slapped something on my face and left the room!

I think there is no excuse for this!   I firmly believe that your esthetician should be with you in the treatment room 100% of the time. Some of the products we use are aggressive. To leave when any product is on the skin, especially an acid or enzyme, is inexcusable!

Usually, estheticians leave because they are working on two clients in two separate rooms at one time. Places where this “herd em in, herd em out” mentality exists should be avoided, in my opinion. Your skin is too important to be treated without 100% attention.

I explain to my clients before beginning any service that I will never leave the room.  It’s ok to ask your technician before the treatment begins if she will remain in the room throughout your service. It’s been known for a client to experience claustrophobia during a full body treatment.  In addition with body services there is the possibility of over heating.  A professional esthetician will want to monitor this at all times.

They use OIL on my face for massage.  Oil causes breakouts!

I understand where this misconception comes from. We have been taught that oil is bad. Oil causes blemishes. That is not always correct.

We all have oil from our skin.  That oil (Sebum) lubricates our skin and provides a protective barrier against bacteria and particulate matter. Clients view that oil on their face is bad and then create further oily skin issues by scrubbing so much away that our body responds by over-producing even more sebum. It creates a vicious cycle.  Using the correct products for oily skin types will help with that, however the oil used on the face during massage is not the same.  Some massage oils are grape seed oil, olive oil, apricot kernel, jojoba and there are many others. These are not like cooking oils!  The oils used in professional skin care are similar to the oils our bodies produce. Since breakouts don’t come from oil specifically, the addition of these products to the skin serves to provide lubrication and deep moisturization.  I can write an entire blog on Emu oil and Jojoba and how beneficial they are to human skin.  I encourage you to look up those specific oils online if you have time.  I think you’ll enjoy learning about them.  They are my products of choice.

Going to an esthetician is for the wealthy and just for pampering.  You have to see a dermatologists if you want real results.

The first thing I would say about this is that facials are stress-relieving and extremely therapeutic – doctor visits are not typically stress-relieving, in my view.  You only have to experience one good facial, one time, and become a believer!  In addition, seeing an esthetician can provide immediate improvement to your complexion.  Even those clients under the care of a derm doc find that facials have helped keep their skin balanced and their trips to the doctor fewer and farther in between. Estheticians are uniquely qualified to work with the client on daily skin care regimens, teaching better homecare for their skin.

sunDermatologists sometimes see the condition and not how the skin as a whole needs to be treated. They are far too  busy to instruct their patients on proper home care. They prescribe necessary medications. Estheticians cannot prescribe pharmaceuticals and in no way take the place of a dermatologist.

I think that it is absolutely essential  for everyone to see their dermatologist at least once a year for a skin cancer check.  In our sunny southern state it is absolutely VITAL!  From a personal standpoint, I share that I was a sun tanner until very recently and know the damage I have done to my skin. Never again!  That is why the only tan I get is from an airbrush machine.  Because I believe so strongly in staying out of the sun, I offer professional airbrush tanning and use organic solutions that won’t damage the skin.  

Why should I have to  discuss my medications with an esthetician? It’s really none of their business to know the medications I take!   

I know it seems strange, but many medications have side effects that affect the skin. Most commonly, medications result in drier, more sensitive skin. I recall a client of the esthetics school I attended that under the magnifying lamp had skin that  looked just like a dry, arid dessert.  She was on long-term antibiotics that did a number on her skin.  This is not uncommon in the least.  Many drugs also result in super sensitivity to topical products and sunlight.  Your skin care professional should know that prior to applying certain products on your skin.

If your technician is unaware that you are using Retin-A from your dermatologist, using the wrong product or treatment could be detrimental. All medicines need to be addressed, although antibiotics, birth control pills, acne medication, and antivirals should be especially noted.


And this is what is on my mind today – another day in my life!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wednesday, August 25th

It’s very hard whenbest mattress logo both parties in a marriage are small business owners (Big sigh). Of course, one half of this marriage started a new business in the worst economic downturn in memory. The other half of this marriage is trying to maintain an 85 year old family business during the worst economic downturn in modern history (Bigger sigh!). Sometimes . . . it seems a little tense in this household.

Having said that, I am so positive, excited, and motivated about m.d. Skin. There have been so many good things going on for me this week. Thankfully school has started. That means that all those people that said they’ll be in to see me after school starts will start to call. My phone will be ringing off the hook! OK . . . that’s wishful thinking, but . . . my appointment book DOES seem to be looking a bit better.

Listen! Even though I might grumble and complain, I really know how blessed I have been – since day 1! I have given my tithe back to God, paid my rent every single month, credit cards are paid and supplies are bought as needed. How many new businesses – even in good times – can say that?

Today’s social media make marketing a business so much easier than generations of old. I started with around 85 Face Book Fans last weekend. Today I have 215. This rapid increase is due to You should check out this site and see what you facebook find interesting. It’s filled with good stuff related to social events around Columbia, networking for businesses, and just plain fun. Now if even a quarter of those actually translated into clients I would be a very happy new business owner! Some are going to make an appointment soon; it’s just a waiting game. I have to stay with it and continue to keep my name out there.

Twitter is antwitterother animal all together. I was just about to throw in the towel 2 weeks ago when I got my first “nibble,” then another, and another. Last night I mistakenly tweeted that  today was my “last” day. I meant to say “late” day. I got lots of tweets saying, “What???” “R u closing?” “No, I haven’t been able to get over 2 u yet!” So, see. People are paying attention. Perseverance is my friend (and patience is a virtue). I have told you before about my lack of patience. I’m working on it though. I’m not going anywhere!WXRY

I sat down with Kris Esker of WXRY (99.3) this afternoon. We are working on a little advertising campaign. Stay turned on this. Should be a lot of fun for everyone. I just hope it  means an increase in business and name awareness. Name “branding” is a really important part of building any business.

Tomorrow is going to be another awesome day. I start with Midlands Business Women Breakfast, then a really busy (with actual clients) day! So looking forward to it.

I want to end with saying how wonderful it was to end my day today with Lauren. I haven’t seen her in a very long time and it was a real pleasure to treat her to her first facial. Was an actual treat for me. Congratulations on her upcoming wedding and I wish for her all the wonderful blessings God has planned for them both.

So this is Wednesday and just another day in my life! Can’t hardly wait for tomorrow

Monday, August 23, 2010

Marvelous Monday – 8/23/2010

Mondays are my personal days.  Everybody needs one.  Saturday my husband is pulling me in his direction – whatever that might be.  Sunday is out of session – church, family and so forth.  But Monday, even though it is household chore day, I claim it as “mine.”  Today it was.

keurig6 I didn’t sleep well last night and planned to sleep late.  At 7 o’clock, as usual, my eyes pop wide open and there is nothing to do but go ahead and get up.  Coffee, (Oh my Keurig, – if you don’t have one, you really, really should) and the newspaper.  Lazy and slow

Dressed in my gym clothes and took clean laundry to the shop.  Since I had FUN FRIDAY offering $7 brow wax, waxing was all I did. On waxing days like that I strip my table so had to makeup the bed.  Aaaand, that’s about all the work I did.

therapeutic-massage Off to the gym with Sally.  We did our usual workout, walked our typical mile and called it a day.  I had an important appointment.  A massage!  Yes!  I was the very first person to purchase the Deal Mobs massage offer August 9th.  I gotta tell you . . . it was terrific!  Candy Pennington of FRAME WORKS (inside the Brick House Gym) is really, really strong.  She worked me over, I tell you!  Her specialty is Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular Sports Massage.  Wow!  She got into places . . . oooo boy!  I HIGHLY recommend Candy.  Her number is 803-603-5602.  Call her if you’re serious about muscle aches..

I’m going to work on getting Buddy committed to trying her. Poor old man (tee hee hee)!  He ices himself down every single night.  I’m not kidding.  No way is he going to give up tennis nor golf, but every time he plays, he pays!  I think Ms. Candy can help.  I’ll let you know.

That’s about all the good stuff I have to tell today.  The rest of the afternoon was dedicated to washing the dogs, cleaning THAT up and just general house stuff.  Not too much fun.

I did, however, commit to my first little advertising campaign.  I will be featured on SOCIAL COLUMBIA ( for the next two weeks.  If you go there and book your appointment for a facial before August 31st, click on the “Book Now” tab and write in the memo section “I saw this on Social Columbia” you’ll get a $20 discount off the regular facial price.

Bret-Michaels-SF My plans for tonight are to watch the Miss Universe Pageant.  Bret Michaels is hosting.  I think that will be fun.  I’m so glad he isn’t suffering any obvious ill effects from his run-in earlier this year.  Never was much of a fun of his till then.  Now I kinda admire him.  Got a better picture of him through his time on The Apprentice.

I sure would love to have feedback from you on this and other blogs I have written.  In addition, if there is any subject matter that you would like me to write about, please let me know.  I want to provide interesting, timely and valuable information.  Tell me what interests you, preferably regarding skin care, make up and your personal overall wellbeing.

For this day in my life, I took time for my personal wellbeing.  I hope you’ll plan on doing that, too.  . 

Sunday, August 22, 2010

What is Rosacea and How to Camouflage?


As I said in yesterday’s post (or day before), here is a little something on Rosacea.


What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a disorder of the skin that is characterized by abnormal facial redness, small visible blood vessels, and pimples.. It is an intermittent condition that can be triggered by stress, alcohol or even changes in the weather. There are treatment options that can be discussed with a dermatologist and many rosacea cover options come onto the market all the time.

Knowing what works to hide the redness without causing irritation and further stress is the key to covering rosacea. 

I had a lovely lady come see me last week that had physician diagnosed Rosacea.  I say “Physician Diagnosed” because not all facial redness is true rosacea.  It has kind of become a catch phrase like Kleenex. I provided my client with a Sanitas Rosacea Facial and she loved it.  She said that this was the first facial she had ever had where she didn’t leave blood red.  Hum!  What was different?  Well, the products are unique to m.d. Skin in our area, but the biggest difference we determined was heat, or lack of heat.  No steam or hot towels.  In addition, I didn’t massage, rub, or pull the affected areas of her face.  She enjoyed the treatment and left with a lovely glowing complexion.

Helpful Tips


Stay away from streaming hot water!  Lukewarm temps are going to be best for you and sensitive skincare products are suggested. Stay away from products like soap, creams and lotions with fragrance. When you wash your face use your fingertips rather than a wash cloth and rinse with lukewarm water. Pat your face gently with an absorbent cotton towel - don’t rub, and allow it to dry thoroughly before applying anything else

If you are using any topical medication that has been prescribed by your Dermatologist apply gently and allow it to dry for 10 minutes before applying any sunscreen or makeup.

Redness-Solutions-Group-4-297x300 A green primer neutralizes redness.  Use  only on the affected areas. Again, using your finger tips (I think the pointer finger and ring finger have the best touch), pat, pat, pat onto your skin.  You may also use a green concealer sparingly to camouflage the redness.

Sunscreen is an absolute must – everyday regardless of bright and sunny skies or dark, rainy and overcast!  Make it a rule to never, ever, leave your house without a broad spectrum sunscreen!

Mineral Makeup is a good option for clients with Rosacea. Clinique carries a complete line of Redness Solutions that has primer, cleansers, mineral makeup and more.  I’m not promoting that particular line, however, it’s commonly found in most department stores. Using products that are specialized to the Rosacea client is always the best way to go.  They can help repair and protect your skin.


Remember this - - -


  • Always apply the product with your fingertips, rather than a brush, to avoid irritating the rosacea.

  • The products you want and need can typically be found at the makeup counter in department stores, drug stores and if necessary look online.  It’s not hard to find.  The hardest part is taking your time to find the right shades.  How to find the right hue?  Well, it’s best to shop with a bare face.  Yes, I know you are yelling at the computer screen right now, but testing color foundation over your existing makeup is really next to impossible.  If you can’t go completely bare (I really couldn’t either) at least go bare on your forehead.  The skin of your forehead is typically slightly darker than the rest of your face (really, go look).  It’s better err on the slightly darker side.  Before you make your final selection step outside with a hand mirror.  Natural light is key.

  • Look for products that have been tested on  rosacea patients and read through the consumer comments and reviews. Avoid any that have comments and warnings about burning and stinging.

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That’s all for today.  This is Sunday afternoon and another day in my life!

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