Skinfood; skin cravings decoded

Is your skin flaking? Breaking out?  Red and patchy?  It’s a cry for help from your complexion and we’re here to help you decode what you need to make peace with your skin.  Continue reading “Skinfood; skin cravings decoded”


Spring Clean the Skin

It seems that Spring has *finally* arrived, summer isn’t too far away!  If your skin looks like it’s still in winter, it’s time for a Skin Cleanse.  Deep cleaning the skin helps to slough away dead skin cells that are hanging on (like extra weight from the holidays) and prepares the skin to readily accept the hydration you apply, allowing for radiant skin that helps you look younger!

Step 1: Deep Cleansing

Washing away the surface bacteria, oil and grime every day is critical to a good skincare routine.  But sometimes, we need to go deeper.  Thoroughly cleanse the skin with a powerful, but gentle cleanser.  Preferably a dual-action cleanser that will give you both the surface clean and has an exfoliator for pores and deep seated oil.  Once the skin is clean we like to use the TEI Spa Sonic Spatula with a lavender mist to further eradicate contaminants that may lead to breakouts or a dull appearance.


Step 2: Ingredients Matter

Using cheap moisturizers puts cheap ingredients on your skin.  While not all cheap ingredients are necessarily bad, they can open the opportunity for bad things to happen to your skin.  Cosmetic grade products may contain upto 70% bacteria (gross!!); Pharmaceutical grade products are required by law to contain less than 1%.  Make sure you’re using a product that doesn’t have just 1 or 2 great ingredients, but all of them!

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Step 3: Layers

Two is better than 1.  No matter how amazing and effective your moisturizer might be, you’ll get the most functionality out of it by pairing it with an equally powerful serum. A great rule of thumb to follow; always apply the lightest products first.  By applying the targeted serum first, you allow the moisturizer to help lock in additional moisture. This is incredibly important for those with very dry and/or mature complexions!

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Step 4: Specialty Skincare

Are you particularly concerned about a specific area?  The fine lines around the eyes? Maybe the hyper-pigmentation on your cheeks?  Or the lines on your neck?  Adding a specialty cream to your skincare cocktail is recommended, even in our 20-30’s to help prevent the irreversible breakdown of collagen and elastin.  Be sure to pick a product that is developed for your skin type and avoid products with hydroquinone.

Step 5: Fiercely Protect

Sun block is a girls very best friend.  Men and Children too!  Protect your skin from ultraviolet rays that can cause discoloration and lead to skin cancer.  Free radicals attack your skin cells and lead to a breakdown in the skin, allowing the appearance of pesky fine lines and wrinkles.  Remember to wear sunblock everyday, and reapply if you have continued outside sun exposure.

3 ways to soothe dry, chapped skin

We feel cold, but we don’t mind it, because we will not come to harm. And if we wrapped up against the cold, we wouldn’t feel other things, like the bright tingle of the stars, or the music of the Aurora, or best of all the silky feeling of moonlight on our skin. It’s worth being cold for that. ~Philip Pullman, Northern Lights

Winter is a beautiful time of year.  Unfortunately my skin doesn’t have the same attitude about the cold temperatures and biting wind.  The constant fluctuation between the cold  outdoors and the dry, warm heat of the indoors deals havoc on our skin.  To combat these conditions we have 3 ways to feed, heal and deeply nourish the skin.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate


“Dehydration makes your skin look more dry and wrinkled, which can be improved with proper hydration” –Kenneth Ellner, Dermatologist, WebMD

Water is essential for your complexion and your health, make sure you are getting the recommended 5-8 glasses per day.  Remember, alcohol depletes the water in your body, so if you imbibe this holiday season, drink even more water!


Lipids perform by locking natural moisture into the skin. Lipids work best when applied soon after soaking, bathing, or showering. At this time, your skin will retain some of the moisture from the water, and a lipid-based moisturizer will provide a barrier to excessive moisture loss.

dry eyeAreas of the body should be treated differently, the thin, sensitive skin around your eyes is not the same as your legs because of tissue and fat layers that lie underneath.  Get specialized nourishing products to really focus on your problem areas.  Our favorite for the eyes and face are found here.  A great recommendation for the body is this one.

Vitamin Boost

RAO-New-Packaging-SmallStarting from the inside, out we need to provide our bodies with vitamins that will amp our skin’s ability to renew itself with protective antioxidant vitamins, and restore moisture for fewer fine lines or damaged skin.  Omega 3’s, Avocado oils and Vitamin C infuse needed nutrients into the skin allowing for radiant, glowing skin all winter long.  2-3 times a week boost the health of your skin with a night-time treatment of RAO essential oil that will help to restore much needed hydration to the skin.