At-home facials for winter dry skin

tigycevkxcfkv8mdpnr3hmujFor those of us who live in cold winter climates, the life gets nearly sucked out of our skin on a daily basis. Below freezing temps & wind coupled with over-heated homes & offices halt the production of our naturally protective sebum [skin oil] and evaporates the water from our bodies. The result is skin that looks like the Bonneville Salt Flats, is irritable and prone to red rashes.

Simple measures at home, though, can erase this effect.  Keeping a good moisturizer on morning and night help maintain the skin but once it has lost it’s natural protective barrier then it needs treatment.  There is a mistake made by scrubbing away the visible dead skin cells; this only irritates the skin further.  The reintroduction of water to the surface cells then sealed in with sebum-like oil is what is needed.  The dry, dead skin cells will naturally release once the foundation of the skin is conditioned.

Following are a few facials that you can give yourself at home using my therapeutic products but you can also use substitutions if you are not able to acquire them from me.

DSC04882Quick Fix Shower Steam

  1. Apply a thick layer of Emolulite Cleanser to the face & neck while showering.  The glycerine in it absorbs the water from the air to plump the skin, the squalene oil in it clings to water too & conditions the skin naturally [because our skin’s own sebum contains squalene] and the blackberry seed oil feeds the skin with antioxidant protection.
  2. Remove cleanser with a warm wet washcloth.  Skin will feel soothed and plumped!  Apply moisturizer of choice.
  3. Substitutions: a mixture of honey and oil (be careful of thick, fatted oils that will clog the skin causing breakouts).  This will produce a similar effect yet not as pleasing nor as scientifically beneficial.

Relaxation Tub Facial

  1. Draw a bath for yourself, step in and, if possible, pull the curtain or close the door around you to allow steam to build up in the air.
  2. Wash face/neck with Purify Frothing Cleanser.
  3. Apply a medium-thick layer of Pumpkin Creme Masque.  Leave in place as your skin can tolerate, up to 8 minutes.  This will gently remove dead skin cells and stimulate blood flow to encourage healthy skin renewal while keeping the skin moist.  Remove product with a wash cloth and set aside.  Splash face with tub water to remove entirely.
  4. Apply a medium-thin layer of Lemon Honey Butter masque.  Leave in place for up to 15 minutes then splash off.  Towel dry face/neck when leaving tub.  Skin will be incredibly full and moist and rosy!  Apply moisturizer of choice.
  5. Substitutions: On clean skin apply a mixture of honey and oil (be careful of thick, fatted oils that will clog the skin causing breakouts) then remove by scrubbing a bit with a warm wet washcloth. This will produce a similar effect yet not as pleasing nor as scientifically beneficial.

Walk-around in-a-hurry facial

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  1. On clean skin apply a medium-thick layer of Maple Jolt Masque.   Leave in place for up to 15 minutes.  This masque is great used in the tub or shower but when in a hurry it is enhanced by body movement and even exercise! Benefits include stimulating blood flow to detox skin & encourage new cell growth and increase hydration in skin.
  2. Splash off with warm water and immediately, while skin is still slightly damp, apply 2 pumps of Glow and 5 drops of Top Dressing Oil.  Once dry apply moisturizer over this as needed.  Skin will be glowing and plumped.  Any redness will dissipate within one hour.

Enjoy!

Slow Food for your skin

Quick fix vs savored ritual. Our society is split over this. The Slow Food movement that started a while ago is becoming main stream now embracing local farmers and a proper table to sit down to. Yet our attitude towards the feeding of our skin seems to be the polar opposite. We want instantaneous results so we are drawn to the artificial quick fixes when in actuality, slower skin care rituals at home produce more lasting long-term benefits.

Holistic science does not support this idea of quick fixes to on-going skin conditions. Just like a rubber band and one of the laws of the universe, if you push the skin to its further most point, its immune functions engage to produce an equal and opposite reaction. This is the paradox of modern medicine; to treat one area often means we need to treat another area that reacts to the first treatment.

The value of slow home-care for your skin is measurable. The act of daily of applying skin topicals allows tissue to absorb, fill up and remain supported when it works to renew itself or has a crisis. Cosmetically, this looks differently than a one-time blast of creme (ie: because your skin felt lackluster)—the skin is rounded, smooth, translucent, and plumped full of dewy moisture. Scientifically, it looks different because it is different. Skin cells that are “fed” with the nutrients they loose with environment assault, are able to fight infection and are less likely to develop cancers.

Injecting fluids in the face to mimic this effect is just that; a mimic. It needs to be done over & over depressing each time in-between loosing the effect.

Taking epilepsy medication or antibiotics to avoid infected follicles [pimples] mimics healthy skin while causing ill-health in the whole body. The skin will continue to dysfunction without retraining it or eliminating the offending cause thus the need for meds becomes indefinite.

Continually peeling the skin may give a smooth appearance but depletes the skin; without support it continues to flatten thus forcing the perceived need to keep peeling.

And if you let those pre-cancerous keratosis form instead of keeping them at bay with good home care, the only answer is burning them off all the while damaging the skin and creating scaring.

The idea of taking some time each morning and night to care for one’s skin may seem foreign to some but the very act of slowing down, creates a ritual of self-care that nurtures the mind as well as the skin resulting in a peaceful glow that no needle can ever produce.

Thanks for reading, Jane

If you would like to receive my personal emails I send out each season outlining my own skin care routine with suggestions for others, please contact me directly and I will add you to my list!  jbalshaw@comcast.net

DAILY RITUALS:

Massage your face with a cleanser every morning to enliven and condition the skin.  Apply a serum that corrects and feeds the skin.  Moisturize on top if more is needed making sure that either your moisturizer or your make-up contains mineral SPF.

Remove all make-up every night, massage skin with cleanser followed by another serum and/or nourishing creme.  Your skin renews itself at night so don’t feed that process with stale make-up, treat it to a fresh helping of slow food.  🙂

 

Canterbury self-serve Barn Store opening

IMG_2403What does one esthetician do when so many of her good clients who need their skincare products are are so far away from her studio?

Mail order works, but for me personally, I like the experience of tactile shopping, exploring new products and having face to face time with the person I trust.  So I came up with a kitschy idea of carving out a space in my barn where I spend week-ends (located near my good client/friends) so they could still have me and have access to their product when I was not there.

Voila; the self-serve key-code access barn store!   Thanks for your interest everyone!FullSizeRenderFullSizeRenderFullSizeRenderFullSizeRender