Skin Discolorations & Dark Spots


With age, all skin types can develop discolorations, also known as hyper-pigmentation. Caused by years of chronic UV exposure, hormonal fluctuations, and inflammation, these discolorations and uneven skin tone are often more of a skin concern than other signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. Over time, discolorations can be deeply rooted in the skin, making them susceptible to re occurrence, even with successful aesthetic treatments (Skin Ceuticals, Web 2013). Skin discolorations and dark spots appear when excess and irregular production of melanin, the pigment that gives skin color, occurs. Successful treatment for skin discolorations and dark spots require exfoliating the surface of the skin and reducing melanin production and transfer to the keratinocytes, cells in the upper layers of the skin. I would like to recommend a comprehensive, three step regimen to treating your skin discolorations. These include: a brightening treatment, an antioxidant, as well as a broad spectrum sunscreen. Phloretin CF provides advanced protection against free radicals and helps diminish discolorations, the Advanced Pigment Regulator helps fade discoloration, improve firmness, and reveal your healthier radiant skin (Skin Ceuticals, Web 2013). Lastly, Skin Ceuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50 shields skin from UV rays to prevent dark spots and contains a translucent color sphere for a more even, luminous complexion.



Nannie’s Tea is a favorite at all of our Skin Sense spa locations. It always makes me feel like home. It has been passed down from generation to generation. My Grandmother (Nannie), passed it on to me. Although Nannie is no longer with us, I know that she absolutely would love that I have shared her wonderful recipe with all of our Skin Sense guests. The cinnamon, cloves, orange, and other wonderful ingredients were a combination she enjoyed sharing with her family and friends. There is no better time to take Nannie’s Tea than the fall. The weather is just beginning to change, and there’s a wonderful crispness in the air. Skin Sense offers Nannie’s Tea throughout the day for you to enjoy before, between, and after your spa treatments. Relax in our relaxation area, curl up on our comfy sofas or chairs with a blanket over your lap, and enjoy a warm cup of Nannie’s Tea while reading a book or enjoying our soothing music. We also offer Nannie’s Tea to take home to extend your spa experience. Our Nannie’s Tea Kits contain the special ingredients. Brew this delicious concoction for yourself or for friends. Nannie’s Tea is a must for fall and is great with our Skin Scentual Nannie’s Tea Candle! We look forward to your next spa visit, enjoy your tea this fall season!



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Labor Day Weekend

This Labor Day weekend welcomes cookouts, barbecues, and an exclusive, spa wide boutique sale at Skin Sense, a day spa! We are offering you 40% towards all Spa Ritual and Dermalogica products, Kama Sutra body products, select Hay House Books, and more! Offer valid up to September 1st, 2013! We hope you have a safe and wonderful holiday!


Hydration & Correction


Proper hydration is imperative for optimal skin health and appearance. Dehydrated skin is rough and flaky, and dryness accentuates the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Though symptoms may be similar, dehydrated skin is different than dry skin. Dry skin does not produce enough oil and feels tight. Dehydrated skin lacks the humectants needed to look and feel smooth (Web. Skin Ceuticals).

Hyaluronic acid is a natural humectant that can hold 1,000 times its weight in water. Because it helps skin attract moisture and smooth rough texture upon contact, hyaluronic acid is an ideal moisturizing ingredient for dry and dehydrated skin. In addition to plumping skin, hyaluronic acid instantly leaves skin looking and feeling supple.

Dry and dehydrated skin can be corrected by supplying emollients that add oil, or humectants that draw water into the skin. Replenishing the skin’s moisture level also restores and reinforces the skins barrier. When this barrier works correctly, it reduces moisture loss that leads to dehydration, and reduces sensitivity by preventing irritants from entering the skin. As a result, skin looks, feels, and performs better. proper hydration also helps to prevent and correct signs of aging (Web. Skin Ceuticals).

The wonderful Hydrating B5 Gel is available in any Skin Sense boutique! It’s amazing!

Regeneration Bath

I would like to share you a recent post from Peaceful Daily.  If you sometimes feel like your aura needs to be cleared or reset, try taking a 30 minute Clearing Bath for mind regeneration. This bath is truly wonderful and absolutely magical!

Try it at home:

  • 1 lb. of baking soda
  • 1/2 lb. of sea salt
  • 5 cups of apple cider vinegar
  • light a candle and kiss your worries good night!


Hot & Spicy Guacamole


One of my favorite dishes to make in the summer is guacamole because it is fresh, light and goes well with a Corona or any cool beverage! You will need:

  • 2 avocados (fairly ripe)
  • 1 tomato
  • half of a red onion
  • 1 jalapeno (leave the seeds in, otherwise your cheating!) Sometimes I add an additional 1/2 jalapeno for extra spice!
  • Himalayan salt (couple pinches)
  • Juice of a whole lemon

If you are not a fan of spicy food, you can OMIT the jalapeno and the recipe is just as delicious!

Setting Goals

At Skin Sense, we believe in “Bringing Balance to Life” to our guests and to our wonderful management and staff. Today’s blog features Katie , our Inventory Manager, who likes to focus on health, fitness, and well being.

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Hey you! Do you need a ladder to reach that goal? Now I’m the first person to say that you should set goals – I set goals for the year for the month, for the week, for the day… heck sometimes even for the hour! You should definitely set goals, but I think a lot of us set ourselves up for failure. Here’s the thing; if you want to set a goal you may just need a ladder to help you get there. Think of the rungs as mini challenges that are going to help you climb higher and higher. Challenges are the obstacles that are going to get in the way of reaching our goal. We have to overcome those and WE CAN! Try this for size:

Set a goal… come on now just don’t pick some two word sentence goal, tell me why you want it! Get down deeper to the heart of it. Why do you want it? What do you want it for? Are you committed? Are you excited? You have got to get all this information out if you want to have enough excitement and energy to get you there. Now that you have thought this through a little, what are your obstacles and what are your “Action Steps” to get you to the next rung? Let;s look a little deeper into this.

Obstacles/mini challenges for you to overcome. Let’s use the example of losing weight. Well what mini challenges might you face? How about eating right? What is your action plan? Your action plan is to make a food log. With a food log you can start seeing what you are eating, when you are eating, your habits, patterns, etc. From this you can start tweaking your diet, but if you don’t record it there is really no way to analyze or help you grow from it, so you need to work on this food log. Now, I’m not saying you should not work out while your are doing this food log, no you should but you need to concentrate and really make this log a habit. Once you have got it down and you are eating healthy, you can then move onto the next rung.

Every rung is going to be different for each person. We all have our own challenges, our own fears to deal with. You need to figure them out and get them out in the open if you are going to achieve your ultimate goal. Next step, share your mini challenges and goals! Tell your friends and family! Use a profile network like “FMN”. Get yourself connected to others that can help you help yourself. I’m telling you, it works! I don’t care if some of my Facebook friends are tired of seeing my goals, or have seen every single one of my workouts posted. That’s how I get to the next rung.; that’s how I succeed! I visualize myself every moment climbing a ladder, reaching my goal. Each rung makes me happier and more excited. You have to have that excitement to keep you going! If you get stuck or scared, remind yourself of how you will feel once you get there. From the beginning to the absolute end, you need to VISUALIZE yourself succeeding and reaching your goal climbing ladder! You can have anything you want! You just have to go out and make it happen!

The Perfect SPF Pair

rby-skinceuticals-physical-fusion-uv-defense-spf-50-lgnJuly is quickly approaching and with it brings barbeques, beaches, sports, and everything else that we love outdoors. I am usually at the lake. I love to water ski, so I am on the water all day in full sun, which means that I have to have good sun protection. I have a great combination that keeps my face, neck and décolleté safe all season. I pair together Skin Ceuticals Physical Fusion 50; I like it because it feels light, and Jane Iredale’s Powder Me SPF. It takes two simple steps; apply the Physical Fusion, which can look a little light in color because of the zinc oxide; next apply The Powder Me SPF using your shade or you may choose translucent. Now your skin is safe from the sun and both are waterproof, leaving your skin looking radiant all day long. I re-apply periodically all day long, but find it lasts longer if you do not wipe your face. For extra care choose a chic sun hat for that extra block.

Please enjoy a happy and safe fourth of July!