My Favorite Products


I thought it would be fun to post a few of the products that I love to use. I know before I became an Esthetician, I was always curious about the products my Esthetician used. I never could seem to get a straight answer from her. Now I know why! It’s because we are always trying out different products and we are always discovering new and exciting ingredients, protocols and technology. How can we just settle on any one product line? We can’t! So I decided that I will be posting a regular update on my favorite new or old product discoveries on a regular basis. Just a little help to satisfy anyones curiosity!

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Dead Sea Minerals Body Polish~

The first one pictured above, is an invigorating all in one Face and Body Polish from the Dead Sea Warehouse. It is loaded with minerals and gives the face and body an amazing stimulating exfoliating treatment. Skin feels soft, smooth and hydrated afterwards. As far as a facial exfoliant is concerned, I noticed visibly smaller pores after my first use.

If you are prone to eczema or itchy dry skin, then your body will love this product! The best way to use it is on dry skin. So I suggest rinsing off in the shower with some soap and water first. Go ahead and use your regular cleanser on your face while in the shower. Afterwards, step out of the shower onto a big towel, towel dry face and body thoroughly, make sure to pin your hair up! Then squirt a generous amount onto your hands, rub the product onto the skin from the feet up toward the heart in a circular motion. You may want to use exfoliating gloves during the body treatment.

If product dries too quickly, go ahead and add a little water. Once you are finished exfoliating your body all over, remove your exfoliating gloves. Look into a mirror (I prefer a magnified one), add a small amount of polish into your hands and begin exfoliating your face in circular motions. Make sure to get that T-Zone area where dead skin likes to hang around! Afterwards, get back in the shower and rinse off the product.

~Unrefined Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

Unrefined Organic Virgin Coconut oil is easy to find in the cooking oil section of may health food stores. It has a plethora  of uses that move beyond cooking and right into your bathroom, which is where I always keep a jar underneath the sink. An excellent replacement for body lotions as well as a moisturizer for dry brittle hair ends. During the Winter months I will often times use coconut on my skin before bed and after cleansing. Skin can be a bit oily during the Summer months, coconut oil is a great Winter time moisturizer in the evening before bed. It helps alleviate dry tight skin, acts as a barrier (if you accidentally over exfoliate or get razor burn), is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal,  anti-viral, aids in the healing process, and slows down elastin loss. There’s much more, but I will stop there!

~Exfoliating Gloves

Exfoliating gloves are a must if you want to get a really good deep down body scrub. I start from the bottom and work my way up toward the heart. This helps with lymphatic drainage as well. I love to use these gloves whenever I am using any type of body scrub. Be careful not to overdo it or you will have patches of sore skin! Two to three times a week is good. And NEVER use these gloves on your face, they are much too harsh. It is very hard to know how intense you are exfoliating with these gloves on, so avoid the delicate skin of the face….I do, however gently go over my neck area, but very gently! Make sure to use a good moisturizer after exfoliating. Coconut oil is a great one! But any one will do.

~Dr. Singha’s Mustard Bath

I LOVE Dr. Singha’s Mustard Bath. Mustard seed and essential oils open up the pores and help the body to eliminate toxins. Circulation is stimulated. Yes, this will make the skin red in places, but the benefits far outweigh that little inconvenience. Have embarrassing “Bacne”? Then you will love this bath potion!

~Tea Tree Oil

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Tea Tree oil, the Australian Oil is best. It is supposed to be the purest form. You can actually mix a drop of this with your moisturizer in the evening to help clear up acne. Got “bacne”?, then use after your mustard bath! Be sure not to use too much as it can also be drying and cause flaking. Moderation is the key. A few nights a week or every other day. You can also add a few drops to your favorite shampoo to help fight dandruff. There are so many uses for this. It’s anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, makes a great mouthwash, can be used to treat bronchitis and other ailments.

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~Auromere Licorice Toothpaste

Want your teeth to be as white as a professional whitening treatment? Despite many of the specials on tooth whitening that spas are always advertising, I’ve never had a whitening treatment because I am paranoid of the gum damage it can cause. Ever see a person with receding gums?  No thanks! A natural healthy way to whiten your teeth is “Auromere” toothpaste. I use the “Licorice” flavored one because “Licorice” is known for it’s natural whitening abilities…Everything in this toothpaste is natural.

I will be posting more of my favorite products in the future.

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Home Grown Beautiful Skin


Did you know that you can make a very effective facial masque at home with a few common items from your refrigerator and/or cupboard? Actually in many ways this is better than what you may purchase in a store or Spa. Some Spa’s actually make similar products on their own to use on their clients. Think about it…if you use something from home it is much fresher and many times with more “active” ingredients than something you may find in a jar with or without preservatives (natural or unnatural).

There are many items that you can use in an at home face masque. I will just be talking about a few of them. So here is a list of the things that I chose to use in this particular masque I made….

1. 1 TBSP Organic unfiltered Coconut Oil

2. 1 TBSP Unfiltered Raw Honey (filtered may be used, however raw is much better do to the enzymes in it)

3. 1 Tsp Cinnamon

4. 2 TBSP Plain Yogurt (full fat is best)

5. 1/4 Cup Oatmeal ( ground in a blender)

You may add milk or more yogurt to desired consistency.

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First, grind up your oatmeal (1/4 cup or more if desired) in the blender into a powder. Put the oatmeal into a bowl and add your honey (about a Tablespoon or more if desired).

You can add your other ingredients in any order desired, measuring is not really necessary, just think about what you desire more in your masque…Example, Add more Honey if you want hydration and exfoliation from enzymes, more yogurt for acne and irritated inflamed skin etc.

The Finished Product

Some additional add on’s….Raw milk or milk powder, Sea Salt (may be added for exfoliating with in the shower), Brown Sugar, Almond Oil, Sesame Oil.

ABOUT THE INGREDIENTS……..

1. Coconut Oil
http://products.mercola.com/coconut-oil/

Coconut oil is ideal for skin care. It helps protect your skin from the aging effects of free radicals, and can help improve the appearance of skin with its anti-aging benefits.

2. Raw Honey
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/raw-honey-benefits-for-skin.html

Great for oily acneic skin, or dehydrated skin. Anti-aging benefits. Check link for even more numerous benefits!

3. Cinnamon
http://www.livestrong.com/article/91597-benefits-ground-cinnamon-skin/

Great for dry skin, circulation, plumping, acne and more!

4. Yogurt

http://www.ehow.com/about_5139582_skin-benefits-yogurt.html

kills bacteria on the skin (acne), Soothing, hydrating, moisturizing.

5. Oatmeal
http://www.smartskincare.com/treatments/topical/betaglucan.html

Has an anti-wrinkle effect on the skin, great for irritated inflamed skin, exfoliating and more!

Give it your own spin and add some of the add on’s suggested or look up some other homemade masques online!

Until Next time….More Secrets yet to be revealed. See you soon!

Caroline;)

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Micro Needling for Skin


I couldn’t wait to use mine, and noticed results, yes, immediately! My skin felt tighter, my pores looked smaller. It takes a full 14 days for the collagen activity I set off to complete its cycle. So, it will only get better over the next 2 weeks.

I was so excited to come home on Tuesday from a busy day at the Spa to find my new “Micro Needling Device” I had bought from Amazon. I explored this treatment a few years ago and decided to put it on hold for a bit while I investigated other options for helping my skin to produce collagen (skin plumping protein). You have probably heard about how our skin slows collagen production with age and begins to sink in some places and lose the firm plumpness of our youth.

This is a way I can manipulate my skin at home at a very affordable cost! The device can be called several names such as “Micro Needling”, “Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), “Derma-Roller”. What people don’t realize is how valuable this little $29.00 gadget can be. I am familiar with a Day Spa in a very affluent area that sells this “treatment” along with a professional peel solution application at a hefty price tag of $150.00!!!

This little hand-held device has several micro needles on a roller that put tiny holes in to the skins’ surface. If you have ever explored laser therapy than you are familiar with lasers that put tiny pin holes in the skin. This causes the skin cells to go in to repair mode, fibroblast activity (firing off collagen proteins), plumping and healing the skin, making acne scars fade, reducing wrinkles, stretch marks much less noticeable, refining the pores, etc.

The tiny pinholes left behind after using the roller help to increase absorption of products up to 400%. New skin is regenerated without removing the dermis or damaging the epidermis while improving skin’s elasticity & texture by promoting collagen formation.

Instructions are usually included.

Results are similar to fractional and resurfacing lasers, but without the issues of ablation, heat and necessary downtime. Heat is one of the main causes of hyperpigmentation (uneven dark patches on the skin). I couldn’t wait to use mine, and noticed results, Yes, immmediately! My skin felt tighter, my pores looked smaller. It takes a full 14 days for the collagen activity I set off to complete its cycle. So, it will only get better over the next 2 weeks.

I plan on using my device 3-4 times a week in the evenings. Luckily, as a Professional Aesthetition, I have access to professional grade peel solutions and was able to treat my skin with a solution along with a “Hyaluronic Serum” for hydration and added plumping results. You can get great results with ”Hyaluronic” serums purchased on the internet or at your local health food store. A good antioxidant Vitamin C Serum would make a great addition to your Micro Needle Therapy. Make sure to follow instructions carefully, never apply a professional peel solution without the help or aid of a professional.

I started by cleansing my skin with an organic cleanser, then exfoliating it with some of Eminence’s Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant.

This step is important because you want make sure skin is cleaned thoroughly and any surface dead skin cells removed for proper penetration of the micro needling device as well as the products you apply afterwards.

After using my micro needling device I spritzed my skin with some toner. Because I felt like my skin was sunburned after my treatment (a normal reaction), I decided to apply a ”Calm Skin Masque” with Arnica by Eminence Organics Skincare.

I finished up by applying some Eminence Grapefruit-C Gel and some soothing Stone Crop Moisturizer along with my favorite Wild Plum Eye Cream.

Please feel free to send me any questions you may have about this home therapy device. I look forward to sharing more Spa Secrets with you next week!

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Hyperpigmentation: is a common, usually harmless condition in which patches of skin become darker in color than the normal surrounding skin.

Hyaluronic Acid: Hyaluronic acid is a polysaccharide. It is a thick, slimy substance. Our bodies produce it naturally in abundance, but it can also be made synthetically. Hyaluronic acid is often used in plastic surgery by injection of a product called Restylane to erase wrinkles and plump up lips.

Just Another Day With My Skin


Rosacea back in ‘2005. So, needless to say, whenever I see a person in my
treatment room with this type of skin, I sympathize immediately!

This morning I decided to steep some Red Rose Tea to use as a cleansing agent. Don’t let the delicate appearance fool you! Roses are known for their ability to detoxify the skin, flushing out impurities, tightening and toning and even adding a radiant glow!

After steeping my tea for about 10-12 minutes, I decided to add some to a small bottle to “spritz” on to my skin throughout the day.

You can also spritz your tea on to your skin to seal in your make up or even just to give your skin a little pick up throughout your day. I wouldn’t go past the 24 hour mark before brewing some more though!

After cleansing my skin and rinsing with my Red Rose Tea, I decided to smooth on some “Unfiltered Raw Honey” that I had picked up at Sprouts. I found this big bottle for only $9.99! And was very surprised to find Wild Raw Honey at such a bargain price!

Why Honey? You may ask. Honey, especially raw and unfiltered, has live enzymes that exfoliate and nourish the skin. It also has the ability to hydrate, soften and soothe the skin. Something my skin needed after the ravages of the hot Texas Sun! The Sun draws water out of your skin leaving it dehydrated, revealing facial lines and making it look older than it should.

On my way now to finish the rest of my morning routine. I hope you have enjoyed and learned something from my post!