loved one

This has been my absolute favorite face cleanser for over 20 years. It seems to be discontinued. Where does a girl go when she needs to know answers to life's big questions like what do I use now?

She goes to one of her best friends. A friend that lives for creams and facials and all that fun stuff. This beautiful girl is one of my best friends. I think that she is also the best esthetician in Nashville. Every so often she writes down some of her thoughts on beauty (I have shared some of her past "news letters"). Karee can talk so this is a little long but worth it.

My Love of CHANGE!

As we go from Summer to Fall, there is something magical that happens inside me when I know we are close to a new season. I have always been one to celebrate the change of the simplest things. Ask any of my closest friends and they will tell you no one uses the word season more than me. I say all the time…well “this is for a season”. Whether I am referring to a hard time with one of my teens or most any reality of life, I tend to find great comfort in knowing this too will pass.

With cooler weather come different clothes, fun boots, new jeans and cozy sweaters for football games. Even the food we eat changes, as I have loved going to the farmers market and enjoying all the seasonal summer produce, I now look forward to what Fall brings. I love pumpkin muffins, spicy soups and many warm dishes. My palette craves richer flavors, smooth red wines instead of my crisp Summer favorite ice cold KENDALL JACKSON and getting out the chocolate brown furry blankets washed in Downy for the couches and new candles just makes me smile knowing we will all be curling up watching movies soon. Yes, it is clear I live through my senses in the smallest details and love it.

With bittersweet farewells from one season comes incredible excitement for the next.
As I am sitting here enjoying one of my summer favorites (Exotic Fruit Sorbet) from Publix, I can feel the excitement lessen with each bowl as I am wired for change. I recently read a study on people who embrace and desire change. It says they are 80% happier than those who master year round repetition and routine.

Getting out of our box in life, relationships, habits, communications and so on can be scary at times, but also incredibly healing and empowering. There is a difference between always searching for something new to be content and embracing simple little changes in the seasons of life.

Well…on to Fall Favorites.

In my job, as I evaluate the changes in skin, one thing I have continually noticed this season is congested skin. That could be due to humidly, heat, heavy sunscreens and perspiration. A lot of my clients pull back from their routines of chemical exfoliation for fear of sun damage.

As we approach Fall, I give my clients a serious summer tune up with a mini series of peels, deep cleansing treatments and some facial vacuuming. Yes, I said facial vacuuming. There is not one clogged pore once I finish with you. The skin can breathe and now better absorb products because the pores are clear.

At home, you can start with the Walgreens Brand of Alpha Hydroxy and perk that skin up. Used with some Retin A or Retinol at night, you can be on your way to better skin. Remember to see your skin therapist each season to have your skin evaluated on its condition and get professional recommendations on percentages of treatments, Glycolics and Retin A’s.

I always notice a difference in my hair when I change up my shampoos and conditioners. That goes the same for your skin care. The skin will eventually plateau out and not respond the same as it did at first with some of your creams and lotions. It is good to change them out depending on the condition of skin. I may use Oil of Olay Regenerist one month and then Cetaphil Lotion or Cream the next and go back to Oil of Olay after a period of change.

Beauty Must-Haves for Fall

Jemma Kidd tweezers, they are hands down my favorite

Shu Uemura lash curler (add a little heat from your blow dryer to get curly lashes)

Instead of doing Obaji for 6 months with many steps to get dark spots off I use Skin Rehab once a week or every two weeks for three nights and poof, they disappear. It is prescription strength magic in a jar. NO JOKE! I have not put one person on this that does not RAVE about their results. Caution! You will be super glossy and radiant. $150.00

For my hard-core skin folks I like the Counter Clockwise Peel MD for the really stubborn spots and great for Melasma. I can hardly keep this product in stock because people love that there is hardly any down time and no laser required. $600.00 The price includes a complete kit of at home products and a post treatment facial.

I love Therapy Systems Better than Cover concealer and Bobbi Brown’s eye corrector.

I can’t live without Revison Tinted 45 SPF, the color is great for fair skin and as I need more color for Fall I simply add a dab of Clinique no streak bronzer to it and wow…my Summer GLOW is back. Very soft dewy finish. I like Mac Select SPF15 if you are oily.

Frederic Frekkai dry shampoo brings movement and body to my hair with a plant-based formula free of sulfates, parabens, dyes, and synthetic fragrances, for days I just don’t have time to wash my hair but want to look great.

Regenerist Eye Lifting Serum or L’Oreal Collagen Repair is nice under concealer.
Stand by favorites.

Don't toss out the coffee grounds that brewed up your morning pot of java. A handful of moist grounds (organic is preferable) make for a fantastic facial exfoliant or all-over body scrub. Not only do the grounds physically slough off dead skin cells, but the remaining caffeine also tightens and firms pores, resulting in impossibly smooth skin. For dry skin, add 1-2 tablespoons of cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil.

Eucerin Therapy Plus Intensive Repair Body Lotion.
This is just a must for silky legs during cooler weather. I alternate with my favorite self tanner…Fake Bake and Voila, no need to give dry, ashy, colorless skin a second thought.

Mention this newsletter when you see me for any service and she will give you a 10% discount.
Karee Hays
Retief Skin Center
615 383-6092

PS Any one have a good cleanser that I can get at Walgreen's?


Elizabeth said...

oh, great tips! i can't wait to try some of them. have you tried looking on amazon.com for this? i know it seems crazy, but i have a razor that i can't find in stores any longer, but i can get it on there. i googled it in my search thinking maybe my local stores just didnt have it. good luck! p.s. i use cetaphil. my dermatologist recommended it

Darby said...

Kayce, What a fun post! Before I recommend my favorite washes... we are loving our KH and PB clothes... I'm thinking I could wear KH every day for the rest of my life and be a really happy girl! :) Every time I have it on people have asked "Where did you get that?" This post was really fun, loved hearing all of her expert advice. As for your question about face wash at Walgreen's... I have two favorites. My summer go-to is Avalon Oraganics Vitamin C Facial Cleanser


My winter go to is Purpose...


Love them both a lot !!

jora said...

i'm dying to know which skin rehab product she likes so much??

kathy said...

Purity from Philosophy. I have used it for years and love it. Not at Walgreens, but easier to get than when it was just at Nordstrom's.

Carter said...

yes! cetaphil from walgreen's is what my derm suggests. love revision too!

Carter said...

try cetaphil cleanser from walgreen's...my derm reccommends it. i also love revision!

City Chick said...

This is my first time posting on your blog-but I love it and read it almost daily. I am just not good at commenting. My favorite cleanser is..

Burt's Bees- Soap bark and Chammomile cleanser. It smells so good and tingles when you wash your face. I have purchased it at Walgreens and Target- $8! Amazing.

Also, I am a HUGE fan of your clothes. I have ordered 3 dresses and 1 skirt (sleveless ellen dress in denim, red and white checked dress(my favorite) and the pink and white stripe sleveless dress, and green wrap skirt). I am so happy to finally find some dresses that are flattering and classic. Thank you!

Katie Kobelinski
Minneapolis, MN

pve design said...

Lovely tips!
Did you know that "butternut squash" is really good for glowing skin? I think our culture is a little product happy and so many things are too harsh for the skin, or at least for my skin.
Have you tried cetaphil or purpose?
(I fell for some $$$$ cleanser and truthfully I am ashamed because it is too harsh for my skin.)

ellen said...

Discontinued? No way. I've used it for at least 20 years. I'm going to have to stock up.

reedquinn57 said...

For the liquid Neutrogena..check out Drugstore.com

the gardeners cottage said...

i tell all my clients to use cetaphil. it just doesn't soap up like the product you are used to and that bothers a lot of people.


Tiffany said...

I loved that tidbit about 80% of those who embrace change are happier. And I love all these tips. I've used Cetaphil, too, but I think I'll try something new.