"She said what?!?"
For almost 8 years now, clients have told me I give them so much information. It was mentioned (more than once) I should have a page where I can post these "pearls" of wisdom so...8 years later this is that page! Not really sure of format at the moment but scroll through and see what's here. I'll include links to several references when possible. I'll always be adding new things so...stay tuned!
Skin Care Instructions:
More than likely you received samples of my skin care during a first time facial service. Here are instructions for each item:
Tri-Chai or Gently Clearing Cleansers:
- Using a damp esthetics sponge, dispense approximately a dime to nickle sized amount of cleanser on edge of sponge and spread by folding the sponge. You may also use just your clean hands instead of a sponge if you have sensitive skin.
- Dampen face slightly and using light, circular motion cleanse entire face.
- Splash with warm water and pat dry with clean towel. You may also run the sponge under warm water to clear the sponge of cleanser, and use it to gently remove cleanser from face.
- Gently Clearing Cleanser may be used as a spot treatment on active breakouts by putting a drop on the infected area and allowing it to sit for at least 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
Balanced Calm or Gently Clearing Toner:
- After cleansing, lightly mist over face (avoiding eye area). You may use your hands to press the toner into your skin.
Helpful hint: if you keep the toner a bit damp and apply moisturizer right after, you'll use way less moisturizer and it acts as a delivery mechanism to draw the toner into the skin.
- For acne prone skin or rosacea, use twice daily after cleansing and gently patting dry.
- Pour small amount of coillodal silver into palm and rub so it is well dispersed across palms, then gently press into face - especially effected areas.
- Follow with a gentle moisturizer while skin is still damp (helps to use less moisturizer and get the most benefit).
Fresh Blooms Moisturizer:
- While toner is still damp, apply a small amount of moisturizer to entire face and lightly massage until mostly absorbed.
- Everyone's skin is different. If your face feels a bit oily, more than likely you applied too much moisturizer. Next time try a bit less until you are satisfied with how it feels on your face. This moisturizer was created for both a day and night time usage and works with both the Tri-Chai and Gently Clearing lines.
Spring and summer usually mean organic tea toners during facials. Tea toners are gentle and amazing for skin that is stressed, super sensitive or had too much wind or sun. The best thing about them is how easy they are to put together...just make tea!
I also included a bit of info on each of the botanicals I use so you can figure out which ones may work best for you.
The steps to follow include:
- Always use distilled water (tap waters or bottled water for drinking may have pollutants in them - you don't want that absorbing into your face!)
- Always use organic botanicals or tea blends. They should be hexane free and certified organic
- Always keep finished tea toners in the refrigerator as they oxidize quickly if left at room temperature
- Always make sure to strain all solid matter before pouring into a clean, sterile misting bottle
- If using whole berries or larger petals from dried flowers (i.e. hibiscus or calendula) it's easier to pulse them with a small, clean coffee grinder (I have one I specifically use for botanicals and it only cost about $15). The goal is to make it smaller but not powderize so that it's easy to strain once it has steeped.
- Start out with about 1/2 teaspoon of each dried ingredient. Once you've made tea toner a couple of times you'll get a feel for combinations that work best for your face.
These are very easy to make at home! Below are a couple recipes of combinations I have used in the past:
- Yerba mate, rooibos, sea buckthorn berry, calendula
- Hibiscus, rooibos, calendula, yerba mate
- Chaga, blueberry, rooibos, calendula, chamomile
- Calendula, rooibos, chamomile, yerba mate
Yerba mate: Caffiene in this tea assists in reducing dark circles and puffiness under eyes, contains vitamins A, B1, C and E for antioxidants and cellular production and anti-aging benefits...and much more. I use this and calendula in almost every tea toner I make!
Sea buckthorn berry: A superfood for your skin! Source of Omega 3, 6 and 9 to help keep skin hydrated, aids in healing, antioxidants to protect skin from environmental stressors.
Rooibos: This is such a help for eczema and acne. Almost every site I visited spoke about removing itchiness, flaky dryness and assisting in healing acne. Very high in antioxidants! I really love to use this in toners!
During a facial service, we normally have a chance to chat about diet, household things, DIY, pretty much everything. What follows are things I have found that have work for me with attached references of where I found the information.