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March 2010

Taryn talks bridal beauty

In honor of Taryn’s weekend nuptials in St. Lucia, we thought we’d pick her brain and get a few beauty tips for brides. 

And believe us, she had a LOT to say.

Skincare: “All planning should start the second you get engaged. I suggest women start getting facials about six months before their wedding (especially if they have never had a facial before) and to start new regimen of skincare products.”

Hair: Taryn also weighed in on the rest of your appearance. “Don’t change your hairdresser and don’t do anything overly drastic that can’t be fixed in the allotted amount of time. You don’t want to shock yourself or someone else.”

Nails: And don’t forget about your nails! Your hands are going to get a lot of attention."Everyone grabs your hand to see your ring, the photographer may want close-ups. Start nail care a month before with a manicure, then follow up with another one two weeks before, and finally the day before your wedding. You can use a mild scrub or P50 (it’s an exfoliant) and then treat with a nail oil. Keep everything soft and moisturize as much as you can. And another thing: don’t paint your nails with red, neon, or dark polish or anything that may stain your nails."

Makeup: You probably already know to do a trial run with makeup. However, when selecting a makeup artist, go to someone who doesn’t’ freak you out with their own makeup. Experiment and play with looks you want to try. Think about the flowers and colors of your wedding and plan accordingly (don’t pick a crazy red lipstick if you are going with ethereal pink flowers). Take photos with your makeup on, taking into account the various lighting you might have on your wedding day and what sort of look your fiancé prefers. “If you are normally a natural girl, this is not the time to try a smoky eye. You want to look like your best self.”

Tan: “Don’t do mystic tan ever. Do a spray-tan trial three to four months before your wedding to make sure you don’t get rashy or blotchy. If you are doing it at home, don’t go for a dark tan right away if you’re really fair. Go for a light or medium lotion and build a tan over a couple of weeks. Before applying, shave and exfoliate thoroughly. Wait an hour or so after a bath or shower (so your pores close) and then moisturize with a regular lotion at your heels, knees, elbows, any place that could stain your skin darker. Avoiding your face, apply the self-tanner in a circular motion to avoid streaks and then following the directions, let the self-tanner dry before getting dressed.”

Next up: how to pack for your destination wedding!



Skincare secrets

Woman-rising-hair-shower-fb When chatting with a client about recurring breakouts, Taryn had a few insights. If you are breaking out along your chin or hairline or even your back, your conditioner might be the culprit. Who knew? To avoid this problem, wash your face, chest, and back after conditioning your hair to make sure any residue is washed away.

And if one cheek consistently breaks out, it might be due to how you sleep. If you sleep on the same side every night or if you turn your head the same way when sleeping on your stomach, change your pillowcase every couple of days.



Kneipp for all that ails you

Yhst-97190650557817_2094_2854102You’ve probably heard of Kneipp products before. After all, they’ve been around since 1891. Now you can experience these naturopathic healing remedies because we are carrying an array of Kneipp’s therapeutic bath products and lotions!

Taryn loves the Sparkling Herbal Bath Tablets, fizzy disks that release essential oils when they hit the warm water in the tub.

 We also love the highly concentrated herbal baths. The Lavender Balancing Herbal Bath is a delicious shade of blue that disseminates into the water and surrounds you with its balancing powers. Lavender fights physical and mental fatigue and is relaxing to boot. Of course, we have loads of other types of baths to address all that ails you: orange & linden blossom soothes jangled nerves while rosemary exhilarates and stimulates circulation. We also carry Herbal Body Washes and Body Lotions.

Come in and sample the holistic, healing world of Kneipp.


Introducing Huiles & Baumes

Creme-douce-main-2If you've been in the spa lately, you'll know that the staff has been anxiously awaiting the first shipment of Huiles & Baumes. Jill first spotted the line in Aix-en-Provence (yeah, we're jealous too) and couldn't wait to get it into the spa and to you. And it's been worth the wait. Jill and Robyn are obsessed with the softening hand cream, which leaves a dry coating that has to be sampled to be believed. And for someone like Robyn, who washes her hands "like 8,000 times a day", the long-lasting cream is a godsend.

The cream is loaded up with all sorts of great ingredients, including rose hip oil from Chile (anti-aging, anti-wrinkle, and healing), calendula (anti-inflammatory and healing), aloe vera (refreshing and toning), sesame, chamomile, French rose, lavender, ylang ylang, and geranium. 99.1 percent of the ingredients come from organic farming. The entire line is free of parabens, preservatives, colorants, perfumes, and petroleum ingredients

We'll be showcasing all the Huiles & Baumes products in the coming weeks but if you're in lower Queen Anne, swing in and try them out. We have testers at the front desk (which makes it easy for Robyn to reach). 


Skincare in your 40s

Jill weighs in caring for your skin when you’re a busy woman in your 40s.

“First of all, I always recommend using fish oils because they help to keep a natural moisture factor in the skin and boost healthy cells coming to the surface. I also recommend black current seed oil supplements, which contain Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, powerful mechanisms that work on a cellular level. The oil also an anti-inflammatory, and anything that alleviates inflammation in the body will improve your skin’s overall health and appearance.

Consistency is key when it comes to cleansing. To get micro-circulation up, you should massage your skin in an upward, outward direction as you cleanse in the morning and evening. The thing I hear most is that people do not take time to wash their face at night before bed. I get it—kids and/or a career can wipe you out. This is a huge mistake. Be consistent with your nighttime routine, and your skin will look completely different: it will be clearer with less edema (i.e. puffiness) in the morning.

JB_SALON_U4J9805Serums—usually applied under a moisturizer at home—are also really important as you get into your 40s. A true active serum will plump up epidermis and create a healthy, protective acid mantle on your skin. If that’s in place, skin is not as vulnerable to wrinkles and lines.”
Next up:
Jill talks about internal inflammation and its effect on the skin.

Skincare for 20-somethings

Main_image1 While good skincare habits are recommended for any age, we asked Taryn—an esthetician in her 20s who lives in a lively urban setting—for her advice for young professional gals about town. Here’s what she had to say…

“Using SPF is important, as is having a basic routine. Use a great cleanser and wash your face twice a day. So many women my age don’t—they party, come home, and go to bed. I don’t care how tired or drunk you are, wash your hands first (bars are dirty!) and then wash your face. If that’s all you can do, at least do that.

“There’s a misconception that if you have oily skin, you don’t need moisturizer. Moisturizer doesn’t contain oil, it contains water and moisture. It’s hydrating. Oil and water—two totally different things.

“Just because you’re thin doesn’t mean you’re healthy. Look into supplements because many women aren’t getting the right nutrients, especially if we are eating poorly. You will see a difference in your skin when you’re eating right and taking care of your health.

And, “drink lots of water.”

In addition, Taryn raves about Biologique Recherche’s Masque Vivant. “It’s the most amazing mask. It makes me feel so clean: it pulls impurities and calms redness in the skin. Mix with a pinch of baking soda and it really goes to work. It activates the mask and emulsifies the fat in your pores so it goes in deeper and pushes out the gunk in your skin.” And isn’t that what we all want?


The Importance of pH

JB_SALON_U4J9811When talking with a client recently, I sort of blew her mind when I discussed pH. No one seems to talk about the importance of a balanced pH when it comes to skin. People mention it but few know what it means.
When your "acid mantle" (or oil-to-water content) is in balance, your skin is normalized and it doesn't have to work so hard to maintain health. When you have a slightly alkaline level, you don't produce the bacteria that acne thrives in. When you have the right pH, your skin not only normalizes, it glows and thrives.

That’s where Biologique Recherche’s P50 comes in. Your skin’s pH changes throughout the day so the P50 keeps bringing it back to normal. But other things are necessary to maintain your pH level. In addition to the P50, never use soap or foaming products—get over the need to have squeaky clean skin. The skin needs to be cleansed morning and night, yes, but not overwashed. And avoid products with perfumes in them. Fragrances can irritate sensitive skin and throw off the pH level.