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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Friday, August 20, 2010

Why is it important to clean your face at night or . . . never go to sleep with your makeup on!

No . . . this isn’t about messing up your pillow case! This is about your skin regenerating itself overnight. Really. It does that.

I had a client this week that, quite simply said, blew me away! And, not in a good way. She’s there for a European Facial. After getting her hair all tucked away, I began with a good surface cleansing, as usual. She was wearing very heavy makeup. The rinse water was really full of makeup after this first rinse so I changed out the water. Next was a deep pour cleansing. Sponge, rinse, sponge, rinse – the water was full of makeup again.

Looking under my (very) high-powered magnifying lamp, I was astonished to see her pores magnifying-lamp-166265 were still filled – completely impacted with makeup. I applied an enzyme masque for appropriate time, used a hand complexion brush, sponge, rinse, sponge, rinse. The brush was filled with makeup and still tons of makeup remained deep down into her pores! I truly have never seen such a thing.

Now, of course, we need a whole different consultation on home skincare. She tells me she never washes her face before bed. WHAT? Never? No, never.

Her reason was that she has Rosacea. She uses hardcore Dermablend and doesn’t wash it off at night. She applies it all over her face with a sponge every single day and doesn’t wash off the previous layer. Think about it. Not to beat up on this precious client, but it’s like spackling a nail hole over and over. Packing it in – tighter and tighter. Why in the world she isn’t a mess of blemishes is beyond me. She is beautiful . . . and very fortunate.

I’m going to write a future blog dedicated to Rosacea skincare and cover up, but this blog is going to be about cleansing your skin at home – every night!

First thing is how pimples, zits, blemishes, white heads, and blackheads are formed. Blackheads and whiteheads, professionally known as comedones, can be more numerous on the face and shoulders than red bumps filled with pus.

Pores – actually follicles – have oil glands feeding into them. In healthy skin, the oil lubricates the hair and surrounding tissue. When a pore gets filled with plugs of sebum (oil) and sloughed-off cells several things can happen. You know how an apple turns brown when it sits on a counter? That’s called oxidation. Same thing can happen to the “junk” filling or clogging a pore. It oxidizes – turns black. There you have a blackhead.

Now a whitehead doesn’t oxidize so you see a blemish that remains white. If this comedone acne face isn’t opened up and skin covers the clogged pore, the “junk” hardens and this is called a milia. It’s common to find milia around the eye area.

Pustules occur when there is a break in the follicle wall, white blood cells invade, and pus is formed.  A pustule is what most people consider a typical pimple or common zit.

OK . . . yuck! Got THAT out of the way. Now just imagine all of that normal stuff going on above AND continuing to pack makeup into those follicles, too. What a skin nightmare!

If you perspire at all at night, which most people do, then what do you think happens with the leftover makeup on your face? It mingles with the sweat, which can easily clog your pores. If your face becomes oily or sweaty, then all of that makeup that has mingled with these substances is transferred to your pillow, along with dead skin cells, which combined together, will ALSO clog up those pores, resulting in breakouts. If you don't wash your pillow case the next day or change it, then you are sleeping on the previous night's combination of makeup, sweat, oil and dead skin cells. It just keeps building up to more skincare bad dreams!

Your skin really does work hard at night to regenerate itself. Having something on your face that is unable to penetrate it (i.e. makeup) will slow down, if not stop, the regeneration process. My  sweet client was actually suffocating her skin! She is so lucky that she hasn’t had severe adverse reactions. As it is, she has very sandpaper texture to her lovely face. Most people would find that these bad habits can lead to premature aging, excess dehydration/dryness, and can lead to irritation, breakouts, and even true acne.

Finally, leaving on your makeup can easily cause eye infections due to makeup making it’s way into your eye.  It can cause dryness and thinning to your lashes or even loss of your eyelashes.

So . . . as you can see there really is no reason not to wash yponds-clean-sweep-0709-lg-300x300our face before bed. I would even suggest putting one of those containers of pre-moistened face wipes beside your bed just in case you forget. But don’t they say habits are formed by doing something over and over just three times? Or something like that.

Look for a future blog on night time moisturizing and treatment creams, Rosasea skin care, and camouflage makeup. But for now . . . this is just another day in my life!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Creating Personal Wellness Plan

Find Balance Within to Have Beautiful Skin


Sounds a little “new agey?”  Maybe.  However, most of us, me included, find ourselves, often, very off balance.  Women especially.  In raising children, a husband, jobs, running household, homework, etc. etc. etc.  we often say, “Balance?  Who are you kidding!”  But, we CAN create a personal wellness plan for better living and that even translates into more beautiful, glowing, healthy skin.  Really.


OK . . . think about this . . . taking care of ourselves has become a chore.  Gotta go to the dentist.  A chore,  Gotta schedule our mammogram.  A hardship.  Gotta go to the gym.  A nightmare.  (OK this one I agree with, we’ve already established how I feel about that!).  You see where I’m going with this.  Taking care of ourselves shouldn’t  be looked at like this.  Taking care of “the temple” should be an honor, our responsibility, a privilege.  We only have this one body and there are no “do overs” given.

Here are just a few thoughts are a personal wellness plan - - -

Relieve Stress for Life Balance

Stress is a KILLER and causes such a damage to our bodies. Many times when we become ill it is immediately after or during a stressful event. Stress can also cause our skin to breakout creating acne or just causing a general dullness in our complexion.. Balance in the body cannot be found if the body is carrying large amounts of stress.

Having a facial is a tremendous stress reliever.  A traditional European Facial includes a great deal of massage in areas that hold our stress:  neck, shoulders, upper back.  In addition, the facial massage helps to stimulate blood flow increasing overall feeling of well being.  Don’t discount just how beneficial it can be to you.

As much as I am loathe to agree, exercise is a great stress reliever.  It doesn’t have to mean sweating it out on a treadmill. . It could be yoga, Pilates, a walk or jog on our beautiful riverfront, or even a karate class. Often times we just need to find a way to get built up stress/aggression out. Another way is through professional massage. A great masseuse will be able to use their hands to manipulate the body to release stress that has been built up. Massage helps slow the body down and put it in a relaxing state. Our body heals when it is relaxed.

Facials, exercise and massage will benefit the skin by increasing blood flow and restoring the body to a healthy zone.

Hanging Out with Friends for Beautiful Skin

How can spending time with some close friends bring about beautiful skin? We don’t take enough time out to get together with good friends - for a night alone. With many responsibilities with work, family, and community activities, a night out might seem impossible to fit in. But by getting away, many times we choose healthy activities. Either a day at the spa (my personal favorite) or walking around at the mall ,all have benefits to our bodies. But more than anything, being able to share a fun time and laughter with a friend  relieves tension that is carried inside..  Of course, my buds know that just being together with a nice bottle of wine is pure stress relief for me.  Laughter, together with some BFFs is my #1 prescription.

Get a Good Night Sleep  - Every Night

Losing sleep is one of the most harmful things we do to our bodies. Lost sleep also impacts our appearance and it is not just because of dark circles and bags under the eyes. Sleep is essential to health.  During sleep, all of our muscles relax – including facial muscles. This will help smooth out skin and release tension that was put on the face during the day.  Getting the necessary 7-8 of sleep is the minimum amount anyone should have.

So . . . give this some thought.  Create a personal wellness plan for you and get balance to your life and family. What do you like to do?  Read? Take a class?  Bible Study?  Sing?  Go to the Library, Take a online class.  Become active in your church, Join the church choir. Many things that are needed are just plain common sense but ones we still ignore. First and most importantly, VALUE YOURSELF MORE!  Take time for YOU.  Meditate.  Pray. Maybe once you see the affects staring back at in the mirror – a more radiant, confident person – you’ll be a believer.

So . . . these are just some personal thoughts and this is just a day in my life.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tuesday, August 17 . . . Ho Hum . . .



Well . . . Back-to-School is REALLY not a good time for me in my new business.  You know after one has a full year to look back on you can plan for slow – to – nonexistent business.   “Yikes” is all I can say right now.

Here I sit in my beautiful room in a lovely salon twiddling my thumbs, so to speak.  The hair salon is slow, the nail salon is slow and it is making me CRAZY!  I have been known to be a fairly impatient individual (those that know me, stop laughing) and expect BIG things to happen rather sooner than later.  I know my business is just 3 months old, but I thought I would be busy – or at least busier – by now.

My encouragers tell me not to be discouraged or disappointed.  My intellect tells me it takes time to build a business.  I’m a fairly intelligent person so I really do know that to be the case.  I am a hard worker and want to be the best at what ever I do.  It is really hard for my days to be s-l-o-w.  My high energy self has a hard time just waiting.  I feel like I have to do “something”.

So . . . any ideas?  Any suggestions on what I can do to get me booked?  I would love to hear from you on this subject. 

On the benefit side of having no appointments is getting my hair done.  WhooHoo.  However, – this color is . . . well . . I just might should dry it before I make any statements.  Right now it’s a little different.

Good news on my Mom.  She is improving at a very advanced rate.  She is doing so well that she just might be able to go home tomorrow even without home PT.  That’s good news.  I told her about our Leisure Center here and she tells me that are TWO Senior Centers – very similar – very close to her home in Texas.  She said the rate for membership is $25 PER YEAR!!!  Holy Smoke!  What a deal.  Theycrying-face04 have swimming pools with in-pool fitness classes, trips, etc. etc. etc.  I will NOT let up on her till she joins up and give her daily calls on actually GOING.   What a pain in the butt I can be!

But see . . . I’m a doer – not a sitter and waiter.  Don’t get me wrong.  I have  appointments scheduled and have been told that my business is doing great for this point in existence.  I  am just not personally satisfied.  Waaa . . .  I hate hearing myself.  I shall just STOP!  I am blessed indeed.  Tomorrow (Scarlet) is another day.  After all . . . this is just a day in my life!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Got 30 minutes? Get glowing skin!

In a way microdermabrasion and chemical peels are very similar and many times they are combined services.  Microdermabrasion is quite simply, a mechanical peel.  In my practice I use diamond tip wands to gently abrade  the surface of the skin and then suction to exfoliate.  You may have heard of microdermabrasion using a stream of crystals.  That is certainly a method still commonly used today.

Microdermabrasion is effective in reducing fine lines and wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, age spots, acne scars, stretch marks and on other body parts requiring a smoother skin texture.

While microdermabrasion works well on superficial skin imperfections like fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, skin discoloration and some acne scarring, chemical peels come in different strengths that can penetrate much deeper.  In my practice, I will only apply mild chemical peels.  Deep peels sometime need an anesthetic as the discomfort can be pretty intense.  Microdermabrasion doesn’t hurt a bit – feels sorta like a cat’s tongue licking you with a little vacuum cleaning, as well.  Some clients say they feel a slight little tingly and warm sensation .


Both microdermabrasion and chemical peels can be used on face, neck, décolleté, back and hands.  To obtain the optimum results, both are most effective in a series of 6 weekly sessions and should be maintained about every 3 months or so.  I typically combine chemical peels with the microdermabrasion series.

The most commonly used chemical peels are Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid and Salicylic Acid.

Lactic Acid is derived from milk and is the mildest acid used in the practice of aesthetics.  It is already found in human cells so if used properly is found to be a very safe product.  Lactic Acid Peels can improve many conditions of the skin such as:

  • Sun Damage
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Fine Wrinkles
  • Mild Acne Scarring
  • Age Spots
  • Actinic Keratosis (A common sun-related skin growth frequently found on on fair-skinned individuals or people who encounter excessive sun exposure. Actinic keratoses generally measure between 2 to 6 millimeters in diameter and are usually red with white scaliness on top.
  • Brown Spots

Glycolic Acid is derived from sugar cane.and is the most commonly used peel.  Most over-the-counter Alpha Hydroxy Acids (or products containing AHAs) contain somewhere between 3 and 10% glycolic acid of one of the milder fruit acids.  Professional strength is a much high concentration and medical grade even more so.


  • Glycolic Peels help to reduce the depth of surface lines, smooth out rough skin texture, help fade brown spots and assist in drying out acne/blemished skin.
  • The naturally-occurring "fruit acids" in these treatments will remove dead cells and help unclog pores from the skin's surface.
  • Removing this top layer (where most visible wrinkles are) allows the healthier skin cells to come through, giving a smoother texture to skin and a glowing and radiant appearance.
  • Glycolic peels help correct sun damage and can also be used to treat the hands, neck and chest from sun damage.  They are also excellent for those with asphyxiated skin (dry on the surface, oily underneath), aging skin and smoker's skin.
  • Dry and thin skin often has a build up a dead cells that actually keep home care products from penetrating.  
  • Glycolic peels remove the surface buildup, hydrating the skin and giving it a more plump, "thicker" appearance.
  • Rosacea also improves with glycolic treatments as redness and inflammation subside substantially after the treatment.
  • The end result of any glycolic peel is an immediate tightening and brightening of the skin.
  • There is no downtime whatsoever with a glycolic peel.
  • You can actually receive a peel on your lunch hour and return to work.

Salicylic Acid Peel is used mainly to break down sebum, excessive oil buildup on skin with acne. 

There are other deeper peels available, however I choose to let qualified physicians administer these.


So there you go,  It’s what I was thinking about today.  Just another day in my life!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Saturday, August 14, 2010

I haven't posted in a few days. Not had a particularly wonderful week because of severe allergies (and a little asthma issue thrown in). Just not at my best. However, these have been many bright spots. My Mother's surgery went well and, as of last night, has been moved into a Rehab facility. I felt doubtful that she was just be discharged back to her home. Back surgery isn't just a "little" thing. I want to thank everyone that gave good wishes and promises of prayers for her.

My commitment to the gym has still held. I will finish this post then go change into my "sweat" clothes. The severe aversion to gyms and sweat hasn't changed, however! I REALLY don't like it one single bit, BUT, dang it (1!), I will get this poundage down

After gym torture, I am going to the movies with my buds, Sally and Julie. We are going to see "Eat, Pray, Love" with Julie Roberts. Looking forward to that. Should be a fun afternoon. Buddy is off playing 18 holes over at Cobblestone Park. I KNOW he is enjoying his day! Back in my nursing days, I used to work with a wonderful Doctor, Heyward Fouche. I adored that man. He always said, "Sugar, it never rains on the golf course." Every Wednesday, rain or shine, he was at the golf course! Buddy has adopted that attitude. Nothing comes between he and his golf. I'm glad. It's very good for him.

I spent some time this morning looking at some travel ideas. Buddy and I will celebrate our 30th Anniversary soon and I think we need a wonderful, amazing, romantic, and memorable trip. Any ideas? We'll probably end up right here in good ol Columbia, but . . . dreaming of something much better.

Regarding m.d. Skin . . . I had some lovely new clients this past week. One sweet lady had obvious rosacea, so I treated accordingly. We completed, she was amazed and said, "I have never left a facial without my face blood red". I didn't use any heat and treated with special serum. She was delighted. I think that was a new client, homerun.

Then, a new client, but not new acquaintance, enjoyed all the massage that came along with her facial. Great candidate for microdermabrasion. She will undergo the series after her kids are settled back in school. She will see GREAT results - guaranteed!

Of course I had a week of returning clients for various treatments. One said she looked forward to coming to me like looking forward to a vacation. Now that was a nice compliment!

Still thinking (and praying) about adding massage. The trouble is finding the right match. I so love the people that are a part of our building - the fabulous and talented hair peeps at Sabre Hair Art and the best nail talent I think I have ever seen with THE PERFECT TEN - personality, integrity and talent of any new person is vital! Of course, neatness/cleanliness of their work space PLUS personal/professional appearance is a huge concern. So . . . I guess that means I would want the entire package in a certified, licensed massage therapist. Where does one go to find that? When it's right, the right person will come along.

Looking at the clock, I see I am procrastinating the gym. I'll quit writing now and just get it done. I do have Julia Roberts to look forward to. So . . . this is just another day in my life!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Monday, August 9, 2010

Good Monday!

I have had people ask me how they can help me in growing my new business. That is simple . . . just share my information with all of your friends. Personal testimony is the greatest compliment and advertising any business can have.

I have to tell you about how awesome personal testimony and networking is. My client and friend, Sharon May, owns one of Columbia's premier restaurants, Hennessey's, on downtown Main Street. Sharon has made a commitment to helping me spread the word. She shares the good news about m.d. Skin with just about everyone she sees - and she comes in contact with A LOT of people. Of course, I tell everyone that if you want an amazing meal in Columbia, Hennessey's can't be beat - AND, Hennessey's has the absolute best crab cake ANYWHERE! Thanks to Sharon, I think I have added about 30 new contacts to my m.d. Skin FB fan page just in the last few days alone. Thank you so, so, so much, Sharon.

In addition to that, I have joined a wonderful women's business group. Women's b2 women's b is just a terrific way to get the word out of what your business has to offer. I have attended this group's meeting just 2 times (remember I just joined) and have added 5 new clients. Now I ask those 5 new clients to share personal testimony with just 3 others. I think that's reasonable, don't you. Everyone can tell just 3 people, right? See where this is going? 5 x 3 = 15 potential new clients.

So . . . I am encouraged. Very encouraged. Thank you to all that have supported me and continue to tell others. My goal is to get so busy have to bring in another wonderful Aesthetician.

Right now I am looking for a licensed massage therapist to join me. Wouldn't that be great? Facialist AND Massage . . . together. We will have complete spa services then. If anyone knows a good massage therapist that would like to have their own business, please refer them to me. I would so appreciate it. If this is the way "I should go" then the right individual will come along. When the time is right to add this service it will happen.

I have BIG visions for m.d. Skin LLC. I hope you'll come along with me as I grow.

My Mother is having major back surgery today in Dallas. I am distressed that I can't be there. Thankfully, my wonderful, amazing, awesome, great, and angelic sister (in-law, but 3who cares!) will be there in my place. She isn't scheduled till 1:30 (2:30 our time). That's a long time to wait . . . and will take 3-4 hours! Please say a prayer if you can. I know she'll be just fine. She has been in a lot of pain for quite sometime and this should fix her right up!


As I previously said, I'm committed to getting rid of about 20 pounds. The Tri-City Leisure Center is calling my name right now. I am going to call my workout buddy and get her moving. "Sallll-leeee!" We gotta go pump some fat . . . I mean iron! Lift some weight . . . I mean weights! You get the picture. This will be my 3rd time going. I know that doesn't sound like anything, but to me it's a big deal. Cause I HATE SWEAT! Really! It's 140 degrees outside and I'm going to a gym to sweat some more! Call me crazy!!!! And some people actually enjoy this? Who's crazy?

Well, it's early Monday and so far . . . this is just another day in my life!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

French Women Won't Get Fat, and Other Secrets

I have wanted to share this article from the NY Times, Thurs. 7-15-10 so . . .

PARIS - I often see an elderly woman in my Paris neighborhood waltzing down the street to her own imagined music, flashing a slightly demented smile. but she always wears a matching outfit, has great posture and is beautifully made up.

She clearly loves being herself. And she makes me think that in France, women might forget everything else as they age - but not their sense of style.

If there is a secret to aging well, the French women must know it. And even the average French woman seems to defy the notion that, as one grows older, you either have to disguise that process with Botox, eye-lifts, lip plumpers and all sorts of procedures that convey a desperate "youthful" look, or else just give up altogether and let the ravages of time take their toll.

While American women approach personal care with practical efficiency, the French women I know regard the pampering of their skin, hair and body as an enjoyable, gratifying ritual.

Looking attractive, at any age, is just what French women do. Beauty is a tradition handed down from generation to generation. "My grandmother always told me, 'Never neglect yourself, not even in the tiniest details,'" my friend Francoise said, with a sweeping gesture from her hair to her toes. The French actress, Leslie Caron, still Gigi-like at 79, told me mother's favorite saying: "Women's skin is too fair to go bare."

Though French men are clearly interested, beauty is a female topic. When, over dinner, I asked a grandmother of three how she managed to stay so beautiful, she deflected my question saying, "I never discuss these things in front of my husband."

The No 1 response to my informal survey of French women about years of magical aging is not gaining weight. Ever! It a French woman happens to see an additional kilogram or two on her bathroom scale, she will do whatever is necessary to force the needle back where it belongs. "I keep my weight steady, no ups and downs," says, Leslie Caron. "I avoid all excess." She claims to eat all kinds of foods in small - her friends say minuscule - portions, and she doesn't drink alcohol. It's not so much that "French women don't get fat," as the title of Mireille Guilliano's best-seller had it. Rather French women "Won't" get fat.

Not that they go to the gym. When my husband and I arrived in Paris and asked our personal banker - everyone has one - for gym recommendations, her response was: "Why? Gyms are a form of torture." The acceptable way to burn calories is to walk.

If French women don't walk enough to stay en forme, there is always a pill, lotion, a machine or a treatment to do the trick. Pharmacies have counters full of diet and figure-improvement remedies.

And French women also recommend facials, massages and spa "cures" in their campaign against wrinkles, cellulite, saggy bottoms, bellies and breasts.

As for makeup, French women of almost every age (except teenagers) regard less as best. The idea is to look as natural as possible: a little color on the eyelids, mascara, eyeliner and lip gloss.

Of course, it's easy to look natural if your skin is great. French femmes spend about $2.2 billion a year on facial skincare, as much as Spanish, German and British women put together.

But not on soap. Madame Figaro magazine recently quoted the French actress Lea Druckeras saying, "The day I stopped using soap, my life changed." She uses hydrating milk-cream.

For French women, aging seems to be a matter of mind over makeup. Francoise Sagan once wrote, "There is a certain age when a women must be beautiful to be loved, and then there comes a time when she must be loved to be beautiful." And French women are loved as they get older - most importantly, by themselves. Case is point: my loony neighbor - completely coordinated, perfectly made up and thoroughly French.
Anne Morrison


Ten ways to age like a French woman:

1) LOOK OUT FOR NO. 1: "French women are more elegant, more aware of their femininity," says Dr. Michel Soussaline, a Paris plastic surgeon. "They simply take care of themselves better."

2) KEEP IT NATURAL: Heavy makeup emphasizes wrinkles and pores. French women spend a lot on skin care and beauty products, but not always on the most expensive brands.

3) NO SOAP: French women use lotions and milk-creams.

4) THE WONDER OF WATER: French women swear by cold-water rinses.

5) DIET: French women of a certain age maintain their weight by eating carefully: fresh, never processed, foods, especially fruits and vegetables, in small portions, If les Francaises do put on the kilos, they take them off immediately - with the aid of pills or other treatments.

6) EXERCISE: Why? Go to a spa instead.

7) THE DOCTOR IS IN: French women love their dermatologists (and Aestheticians). As one friend put it, why take chances with over-the-counter skin remedies, when professionals can provide treatments that really work.

8) THE SURGEON IS IN: If French women opt for cosmetic surgery, the objective is to look like themselves - not someone 20 years younger.

9) THE LOOK: Paris, like New York, is becoming very informal, but French women never try to dress like their daughters. Accessories count: good jewelry, fantastic shoes or boots, and a scarf casually wrapped to conceal those neck wattles. And since French women tend to have great legs (with the help from varicose vein treatments) they wear more skirts and dresses then their U.S. Counterparts.

10) THINK SEXY: As the French writer Francois Sagan wrote, "A dress makes no sense unless it inspires men to take it off you." Buy some fun, new underwear. (NYT)

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Saturday, August 6, 2010

Every year on Tax Free Weekend Saturday I "get to" work at Best Mattress. It's the busiest sales day there and I write up orders, take payments, answer the phone and any other "gopher" things that need to be done. It's funny to me that the "regulars" there expect me to remember exactly what I did the previous year and how I did it. Not think, "oh, she's been busy for 52 weeks since the last time she was here and might need me to take just a minute and refresh her." Ohhh no . . . do I really have 3 heads when I ask a simple question???

Actually, it's not too bad. Kinda fun really. I get to meet a whole new set of people. It's always interesting to find out why they are there. Why they decided that they want/need a new mattress. New house? Guest room? Bad back? Not sleeping well? etc. etc. etc. Of course, back-to-school means USC students needing new mattresses - always. This year, we saw lots of families in the store. The last people I overheard as I was leaving were purchasing for a new mountain house. Cool! Wish I had one of those, don't you?

When I got back home this afternoon I sat down to catch up on emails and found that I might have hurt someone's feelings unintentionally. If it's you then I am very sorry.

I just purchased a pocket USB video camera from I just love looking through their stuff. Anyway, it was suggested to me that I make short videos of my business stuff and post. Things like client testimony, little proceedures, special events (might have to do some of those) and anything else that people might be interested in. So . . . that's what we're going to try and do. Stay tuned and check them out.

Having mentioned that, I finally saw a little video of the Social Columbia 2nd annual get together that Buddy and I attended last week. He and I both were interviewed about our businesses and both did a pretty good job, I think. However (and that's a BIG however), I was motifield when I saw how gigantic I looked. Cameras don't lie! I am F-A-T! Good thing I joined Tri-City Leisure Center last week. Commitment here!!!! Really!!! I actually went this morning BEFORE I saw that video. Now that I've seen it I am determined to get 10 or 15 pounds off my behind . . . and everywhere else that needs to trim down. I'll post on how that's going as well. Anyone else with me?

Kinda just rambling here, so . . . this is just another day in the life!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Loving Life, Friday, August 6, 2010

Typically I enjoy Fridays. Not that I don't love spending hours at the shop, but, Friday is my pilates day. Funny thing though - I went to my usual, every Friday at 2 pilates class - no one was there. Did I miss a memo? OK! Well . . . I have plenty to do. Usual mounds of busy day laundry and much more.

So . . . I've come home, started laundry and begun to work on e-marketing things . . . this blog is certainly a part of that, as well as a part of my personal therapy.

I started my day with a meeting with two wonderful young people that can . . . and will . . . help me with E "stuff". Susan Wilburn and Jarrett Holmes. They are really talented. I am sending them up to work with Buddy at Best Mattress, as well. I can't wait to get up and running with them. Actually they said that they really liked my website and my facebook pages (Thank you again, to KIM FOWLER AT FOWLER CREATIVE). My needs are to drive traffic to these sites and I know that they are just the ones to help with that.

My 1st client was just wonderful! She was not really a "spa" type of lady. I think I changed that for her. She said that she didn't realize just how wound up tight she was. Shortly, this client was limp as a dishrag. I could see exactly when she let go and decided she needed to relax. That's a beautiful thing for me. Got another convert!

This leads me to write about the benefits of professional massage - just as a way of reminder or maybe even education. What is a facial good for? Obviously a facial is good for tired, stressed, aging or acne skin. Regular facials can work on all of those things. There are many additional services a professional esthetician can provide like, microdermabrasion (I'll devote an entire blog to that sometime), waxing, body treatments/wraps, airbrush tanning and much, much more. However, I want to write now about the benefits of JUST facial massage - included with most facials.

Facial Massage can:
increase your circulation

improve your endurance

elevate your corpuscle count cor·pus·cle
a. An unattached body cell, such as a blood or lymph cell.
b. A rounded globular mass of cells, such as the pressure receptor on certain nerve endings.
2. A discrete particle, such as a photon or an electron.
3. A minute globular particlecles

pump fresh oxygen to your muscles

eliminate toxins from your blood

lower your blood pressure

create a resting state for your heart

lower your anxiety level

diminish nervous tension

see worry lines disappear

experience an overall relaxed state

feel your energy renewed

Lots of good stuff listed there, don't you think? I know I need regular stress therapy. I am so lucky to have a "sista" in the biz. My wonderful pal, Von Robertson and I, get to trade out services with one another. Thankful indeed.

Oh . . . washing machine just screamed at me to let me know it's time to move it over to the dryer. This is just another day in my life. I'm loving it!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

5 Simple Tricks to Looking Younger (from Shine 8-2-10)

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5 Simple Tricks to Looking Younger .

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Age can be so annoying. If birthdays were recyclable, we'd all be environmentalists. But is it worth going under the knife to fake away a few years? (The recent uptick in celebs on plastic-surgery benders is a little unnerving.) Don't worry: These six switches will make you look younger without a lot of drama.

Instead of: Soap and water
Try: Creams and lotions
Scrubbing your face actually dries and ages the skin. The new regimen? Cleanse gently, moisturize daily, swear by SPF 30, and think about an anti-aging cream."Over-the-counter products are best for people in their 20s and 30s," says Dale Isaacson, MD, associate clinical professor in the department of dermatology and medicine at George Washington Medical Center. "Once you get into your 40s, you probably need something stronger." Among the ingredients used to reduce fine lines and restore texture, so far vitamins C and A seem to stand out. In drugstore creams, look for L-ascorbic acid and retinol (the forms of vitamins C and A you want). At the prescription level, retinoids (like Retin A) have the most science behind them. Isaacson also uses formulations with high concentrations of vitamin C, growth hormones, and coffeeberry.

Instead of: Cover and hide
Try: Let there be light
Glopping concealer under your eyes (naturally, our first impulse) is the worst thing you can do, says Hollywood makeup artist Kerry Herta—it just enhances the crinkles. To hide the bags, dab a light-reflecting coverup, and don't use powder unless it's loose and finely milled. "If you've never curled your lashes, now is the time to start," Herta says. "It will give the illusion of a more open eye,"—as will building the mascara at the center of the lash. As for the rest of the face, "the compact has to go," she says. "Replace it with a liquid foundation." And brash lipstick can backfire; you'll look younger with soft colors and a little gloss on top. Or, if you just want a little oomph, try a tinted moisturizer. "The whole idea is to keep a luminosity to the skin rather than to mattify it," Herta says. "The look of youth is radiance."

Instead of: Dyeing darker
Try: A touch of shine
Yes, even if you're grey. In fact, that four-letter color can look edgy on the right person, especially with a few blond highlights, says Terrence Michael Renk, a stylist at J Beverly HIlls who works in TV and film. "More important than dyeing," he says, "is the texture: Young hair is shiny, and that gets lost when we age." Renk loves to glisten things up with glazes—clear or in warm demi-colors. Also the cut and a few well-placed highlights can counter facial sagging, he says. "And have some fun. One of the biggest trends right now is the 70s influence. There is nothing wrong with a 50-year-old woman putting a braid on one side of her head. "

Instead of: The "outfit"
Try: It's all about the right pieces
"If you're going to an event this summer, don't wear black pants, a dressy top, and a cardigan—it's very old lady-ish," says Charla Krupp, author of How Not to Look Old. Krupp's other "don'ts" include little suits and matchy-matchy getups. You'll look chic and younger, she says, in white pants and high heels, or a simple dress. And then, ladies, pile on the wrist candy—"a lot of bangles, a big thick watch, tons of teeny elasticized bracelets." Eyewear can make a big difference, too, she says. "Check out Annette Bening's glasses in The Kids Are All Right. (take a look.) Also, shake up the pedicure. "Red is so boring. Even wine, Wicked, and burgundies are getting stale. Put lavender on your toes. Blue, black...grey is really in." Whatever you do, just don't come off like you're trying too hard—which means, ta-ta, whirly skirts and mini bubble dresses. "Those look good if you're 12."

The Body
Instead of: Walking
Try: Walking backward
Don't get us wrong: Any exercise is good exercise. But moving nimbly is a subtle indicator of being young. "The key is motor plasticity," says Michael Gonzalez-Wallace, creator of the Super Body, Super Brain program. "You need to continue to train the brain circuits responsible for movement." That means, instead of just walking or jogging, which you do automatically, you should periodically throw in a balance or coordination challenge: Walk backward, play basketball, take a ballet class, stand on one foot with your eyes closed. "Try one new activity a week," Gonzalez-Wallace suggests. "You just need a few minutes."

Whatever you do, remember the bigger picture, says Stephanie Dolgoff, whose book, My Formerly Hot Life, comes out this month. "Dying your hair or filling in a frown line can definitely give you a little boost. But don't expect looking younger to make you happy. I saw a saying on a card once that said 'A smile is an instant facelift.' I rolled my eyes at the time, but it's true. When you laugh, you can't see the wrinkles."


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

My Family
RH Delaney III, Me, Logan Thomas Delaney and Buddy Delaney

This picture was taken at my son's wedding.  RH and I are very close, he was born on my 30th birthday.  I always say that I had no problems with turning 30 - I was asleep all that day.  When I woke up I was 30 and a Mother.  I really didn't think that was such a bad deal!
Logan will be a Junior at the University of South Carolina - College Baseball World Series CHAMPIONS - but that's for another blog.  Logan is my baby - though he really hates it when I say that.  Mom's you know though . . . once your baby . . . 

Buddy and I will celebrate our 30th anniversary in October.  Holy Smoke!  Really?  30 years?  We met on a blind date while students at USC.  And "they" said it would never last.  My husband runs his family business - he is 3rd generation to operate Best Mattress Company.  They have been handcrafting the "best" mattresses since 1928.  Of course, he isn't that old!!!  Funny thing  - there is still one employee working there that has been a part of the Best Mattress family since Buddy was a baby.  Now THAT'S longevity!

I have always loved make up, skincare, and stuff like that.  I'm a real girly girl and was just born that way.  That's not to say that Aesthetics is a "girly" thing now.  Don't misunderstand!  Skin care is for everyone that has skin.  The neat thing for me has been the number of men that have become clients.  I have been delighted with that!  Men have finally realized that they can actually take care of themselves better than ever before.  Some even actually enjoy regular manicures and even pedicures!

Anyway . . . I want to blog about my experiences in starting up a new business in this BRUTAL economic time!  I opened up in May of this year, not thinking of upcoming slow industry wide summer months that would nearly cause me to chew my own nails to bleeding nubs. 
Thank goodness for my supportative friends, Sally and Brenda!  They are the co-owners of SABRE HAIR ART and my landlords.  God blessed me with them as friends many, many years ago.  Sally actually was the one that encouraged me many years ago to persue my Aesthetics License.  After 20 years with AVON PRODUCTS INC and then 5 years with Dr. Kelly Scott Hynes at 20!20 Vision, I decided to jump in with both feet.  I attended Esthetics International, took South Carolina State Boards, got my license and hung out my shingle.

This journey has been FAB U LOUS!

Even with the slow summer months God has blessed me and my business in a mighty and humbling way!  No . . . I haven't given myself even one paycheck.
No . . . I haven't been able to go buy myself that new car I really, really want!
But yes!   I have been able to pay my rent, ON TIME, every single month AND I am able to purchase the necessary items I need for the business AND pay my two credit card bills!


I am blessed with wonderful friends - old and new - that have helped me with business cards, printed/professional service menus, a website, a facebook page and - - - best of all - - - client referrals.  Kim Fowler of Fowler Creative Online worked so hard on getting me all up online (including this blog).  I highly recommend her to anyone needing services such as she provides.  Mark Pointer designed my business logo and provided me with all my printed materials. 

Of couse my clients . . . oh boy!  They have been the BEST!  They have come from Sabre, from THE PERFECT 10 (the nail salon at Sabre), from friends, and most importantly, from client recommendations.  Thank you to each and every one!

Now . . . if everyone that says they are coming "when school starts" actually comes, I'll be so busy I won't hardly be able to keep up.  I'm looking forward to THAT day!

I'll post from time to time  on this blog  things that are happening in my business, in my personal life.  If I think it is interesting I'll blog about it.  I'll probably blog about things that are only interesting to me.  If you are reading along, just skip boring things.  I know I won't be interesting all the time . . . . see . . . I'm beginning to even bore myself here.

OK . . . that's about all . . . Just a day in the life . . .

God bless you today!

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