My Dry Skin on my legs! Old Lady Style!

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So what it came down to and this is a bit embarrassing to admit I was NOT putting lotion on my legs and arms in my morning routine. It was, to say the least, or looked like what I call OLD LADY LEGS! Now I'm not making fun of old ladies, it's just obvious, it looks creepy, flakey, dry and in my case, the coloring was opaque. Yes, the skin on my legs was, to put it mildly DRY! My upper arm skin was DRY! I put all this effort on my skin yet the neck chest and other parts were looking rather scary! It's like the thought about shaving our legs in the winter! You know " Nobody will see so why bother! I pride myself on telling my clients don't worry about shaved legs, chipped toenail polish, or getting gussy up to come to see me, after all, I'm gonna mess up your hair and your skin will be blotchy. Yet after going on my morning walk and running a few errands  I was standing in line at the post office and got a glimpse of my exposed lower shins and GASPED I saw the old lady legs. That's NOT me! I put my dry oil on every night after I shower I do my facial ritual every evening and morning but I was neglecting my other fabulous parts. I mean just the act of slathering on a luxurious lotion all over is such a wonderful act of self-love! 

      What had happened? I was literally walking around with the OLD LADY LEG thing going on! Well it turns out there were other areas of my own making that were missing out on some tender loving extras, like my LED light that I know will help with my redness and blotchy-ness from menopause symptoms and red wine reactions but that extra 30 min was too time-consuming? REALLY I mean this is stuff that actually works? Why was I too busy to bother? When I do it I feel fabulous, when I take the time its up levels my day! 

                                     Moral of the story it takes just a few mins to up-level our lives and yes putting lotion on my body is an act of love, taking time to do my evening skincare reaps rewards. This is simple stuff. So what's one thing that will up-level your daily rituals? Start with one, it's that simple. For some it could be water, other daily movements, for me it's not having old lady dry skin legs!

Summer Essentials-This is NOT about SPF!!

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What is it YOU need to create for a  Summer of YOU!? A Summer of saying YES! to YOU! Not to sound like a broken record yet, we plan and take care of everyone's needs and wants for a Summer (let's be honest ) to keep kids busy? Have a great social Media post? Keep up with the Neighbors? Whatever the reason!  I say enough! I remember all those Augusts growing up when my Mother was giddy with excitement that school would be starting. She was exhausted with all the stuff my siblings and I were involved in!

I remember Summer camps, crafts, vacations and mostly swimming in the backyard with Friends. There were a lot of lazy days where we claimed boredom!

That seems to be taboo with today's form of mothering for the Summer. I know I'm generalizing yet what is it YOU need? You know, just like SPF, snacks and a beach towel?  What is it YOU need what are YOUR Summer Essentials!?

 Mine are a good BEACH READ, smut, sex, drama just a good ole fashion silly read. I need refreshing salads at least a few times a week. Like Asian chicken salad, Caprese salads, fresh fruit, and more fruit daily. I need to be outdoors, you all know about my morning cup of coffee out back. Water, all kinds of bodies of water ocean, lake, creek, the kiddie pool out back for my feet.  My essentials are a crisp glass of Sangria nothing too fancy but sangria none the less. I need an escape, whether that be a day trip on the ferry to SF or just a trip to the Mall to look at stationary ( I love me some cards to send out) and to get out of the heat.  Have a relaxing lunch at the Nordstrom’s Cafe (BTW best-kept secret in Sacramento) for food that is. What do YOU need? You know, I recently read a poem about a slow way of dying and it referred to doing the same things day in and day out. No room for adventure. Go back to your best summer memories. What new or old adventure are you secretly harboring?  Fill out a new kind of bucket list one just for Summer. Start with your Essentials then go big. I've included a sheet to get ya started. 

            Here's to you saying BEST SUMMER EVER! 

  ps IF YOU HAVEN’T BOOKED YOUR SUMMER ESSENTIAL FACIAL NOW THE TIME? 

     HOPE TO SHARE AND HEAR ABOUT ALL YOUR SUMMER ADVENTURES! 

Copy and paste the Summer Bucket List so you can fill out on your own:

Summer Bucket List

You deserve your OWN summer of Magic! Your own Summer Goals, Your own Bucket list of all that you desire for the Best Summer EVER!

 

As My Mentor Susan Hyatt says : ENVY is admiration that been highjacked, What gives you a pang of envy? And if we look at it, it can be a breadcrumb towards your right thing! 

List all the things you want to do this Summer?

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What are you craving?   What you crave you can create!

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Permission slip:

Give yourself permission to be decadent! With what you eat, what you DO, where you go, and how you move.  Identify what brings you OVER THE TOP pleasure, joy and say YES to YOU!  This is YOUR Summer of YOU! 

 

 

 

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Power of words!

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    How do you speak to yourself? Years ago when I went to see a holistic practitioner she caught me in a conversation where she pointed out my words! She warned me that my words were generating negative vibrations within my Soul/ Psyche. We had an interesting conversation about this energy and what it might be creating for me that was not-positive.

       Do negative words or feelings sometimes take over? I know by showing ourselves and are bodies gratitude on a daily basis, we help with those negative spirals we can sometime get into. Language and words are so IMPORTANT! Even Oprah is in on this one !  Here are some words of wisdom she shared in her Weight Watchers group. I think they're worth taking in.

Words can tear us down or lift us up. So here's another way we get to choose! We decide how we want to feel by the words we use and the things we say to ourselves and how we talk about ourselves. We would never talk about others in the ways we talk about ourselves.   Brene Brown mentions, treat yourself like you would your BFF. Its easy to sabotage ourselves with our words.

 Start loving on yourself! As women, we give and give and give so start to turn that around; go inward. I'm reading a book on Habits and there power. Part of creating the life we desire is all about cultivating positive habits and the research take us to these habit loops; we need cues and rewards.  Here's where I remind you to come in and treat yourself to my biz! http://www.jennelgarcia.com/  It really is that simple. Just set up an automatic way of loving and caring for yourself with  rewards , however that looks to you.

Pay Attention to all the ways your speak and treat yourself.  By becoming aware of the negative thoughts its easier to stop them in there tracks. Redirect with some GO TO! I love affirmations! I have a few at the ready when I start to get into my "crap". Have a daily hip hip hooray before you even start your day! Tony Robbins has one . 

Make paying attention a conscious effort - adjust - that's what most successful people I've studied are so good at. They always have  a buffer and they redirect and adjust all the time. Yes, some things require discipline and can be rigid, but most say that being flexible and aware give way for the good stuff. I call that the sweet spot ,  

I believe that slowly over time we get better at catching and notice change.  It takes practice to creates more strength and more thoughtful decision. And yes the yucky stuff will creep in (we're not perfect) 

   Just redirect.   Have fun with your words:-) 

Sometimes I just spoil all the fun...

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So I got an email the other day from my client asking me about a product being sold at Macys? She had a gift card burning a hole in her pocket and wanted to know my thoughts on the product. My first thought was CRAP! How am I gonna honestly answer this question without sounding like a Debbie Downer! I mean really a gift card is like this open invitations to go have some fun. In truth, I did not want to see her spend money (even if it was a gift card) on a PRODUCT from a dept store. What I did want for her was to get excited about something new and to enjoy her purchase/gift.

           You see Skincare products have come along way and yes some lines are now quite sophisticated meaning they are spending billions of dollars on science-based ingredients to put into their lines. So, in the end, you are not necessarily getting a total bogus product. You may be getting better ingredients but at what cost? At what percentage? Now here's where the nerdy girl in me comes in, and keep in mind it's not to spoil the fun! You are paying a price for that beautiful packaging. Yes just like a fine designer piece of clothing and a fancy hotel you will pay for an experience, and packaging is ONE! Believe it or not, we've all been there we've bought something cause it was soo soo pretty or cute or oh look I love this bottle yada yada yada. Now let's take about an ACTIVE ingredient, it's in there yet at what capacity is it being utilized (only a formulator or chemist would know) As an Esthetician I'm  privy to this. (IF I ASK?)

    In the end, I want you to love what your purchasing, as Susy Orman so advises Love what you are spending your money on!  As Marie Kondo says only keep what you love. See the theme. I want you to have the highest of standards at the most affordable price. So have fun with your money, invest in wonderful quality fun things, just know that I'm gonna be honest and at the end of the day, we are here to experience joy and pleasure and that is in the eye and wallet of the beholder. I'm really just here to help!

Spring Cleaning Fun!! (a fun assessment)

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Every 7 weeks I do this and it is a game changer!  Keep it simple, have fun and create some high vibe energy for spring!
 
ENERGIZED OR EXHAUSTED?


  The Universe rewards ACTION!!  It responds to our repetitive thoughts and actions whether they be positive OR negative!  Let's go for an energized, positive life.       

 Start with your Environment to assess what feeds you or depletes. 

 Is your environment filled with message's that energize you or exhaust?  By looking at your surroundings and doing an honest assessment, you can stop energy leaks!

Take a min and check in to assess. Below are some simple questions to get you thinking. Let's look at simple ways to ramp things up for Spring cleaning at its best. Have fun and give this a go.


BOOKS: List the last 3 books you purchased? Did you start them or finish them?

Most importantly How did they make you FEEL?

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MAGAZINES: Rummage up the latest 3.  Did you read the articles or just flip through the pages? Again, how did they make you FEEL? Energized or Exhausted? How did the headlines and stories make you feel?

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WEBSITES: List the 3 Websites you visit regularly! Next to each one list how they influence and affect you?  (Tip) do any of these give you Anxiety? Pressure? How do they affect your mood? Do they inspire and uplift?

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TELEVISION: List your top 3 that are your "GO TO". Do they inspire you to SEIZE the day? Do they disrupt your sleep? Nightmares?

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RELATIONSHIPS: Who are the top 3 People you spend the most time with, or who influence your life in a big way?

( Partner, a person you are dating, closest Friend, Colleague )

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Next, to each name write how their presence in your life affects your energy/mood? Drain you? Inspire? Make you feel empowered? Courageous? BE HONEST WITH THIS ONE!

COMMITMENTS: Look at your upcoming Calendar for the next week. Are there things you're NOT looking forward to doing?

Do they make you feel resentful? Drain you ? are they big distractions ( this is a good one to think about), or are they outright TOXIC? List 3 commitments that you would like to subtract from your life?  These could look like Carpool? Grocery store? Unnecessary emails? Book club? Bake sale? Facebook?
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Ok, Assess and Subtract.  Have fun!  Hopefully, this worksheet will shed some light on your environment and give you some new energy and focus. 

     NOTE: IF you're looking for more ENERGY...  Try CHANGE!!

Knowledge is YOUR Luxury!

I was reading a Vogue magazine the other day and there was a makeup Artist that was speaking of her new line of Makeup. I was intrigued because she was referring to knowing what goes into a product as the "New way of Beauty" I had to laugh cause that is what I've been doing in my biz for the last two decades!   Of course, a few celebrities chimed in and they praised her way of doing their makeup back in the early 90's and I thought to myself, she is clearly an artist with a gift and now she has taken it and created! plain and simple! Good for her! She went on to describe her skin issues that are in turn driving her independent choices and that in itself will aid in her creating a skin care line to follow.

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    Now due to her Celebrity connections as well as a famous Hubby she will sell and do well. I checked her product out and of course, only Barneys is selling her line as of now, until the next phase of science presents the next BEST THING! HUMMM!!! I'm just wondering how many of us are even aware of how we are making buying decisions and what is driving those choices. My hope is that knowledge is still POWER over luxury and that yes cost is a factor for MOST. and I'm glad for me that I too look for quality and compare cost and make a choice based on those (not just a celebrity) yet it is fun to watch them and get caught up in some of their hoopla I've admitted on more that one occasion my voyeurism of the all things Kardashian.

                Yes luxury is changing for us all essentialism and the need to simplify are on trend and I like it ? not fully embracing it myself I still fell the pull and I still believe knowledge is power. I too stop and look at Gwyneth Paltrow and think WOW she really has the marketing down with her Social Media campaign and her line of products both health and beauty related, but I still can't help shrug the belief that due to her Celebrity status we are drawn in, yet not using the luxury of knowledge to REALLY know what we're buying? we are still buying names and labels, along with packaging,  that I know for sure. 

Get out your dry brushes!!

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 Just like it sounds, take a dry brush with slightly stiff bristles (not too stiff) and brush the skin while skin is dry!
Now there is a particular method of how to do the strokes with the brush in order to get some lymphatic benefits. 
Why dry brush?   There are numerous benefits not to mention that it feels wonderful. Oh, by the way, we dry brush the skin (not the face) with every Signature Facial at Jenell's skin!  Warning not as enjoyable when performing on oneself, yet the benefits remain consistent.

                       Here are some of the many reasons one should include Dry brushing in your beauty Ritual.

                                 1. Let 's start with the fact that Dry Brushing aids in eliminating cellulite! Who

doesn’t like the sound of that!??

                                 2. Helps with Lymph

                                 3. Removes Dead skin cells

                                 4. Stimulates Hormone and oil-producing glands

                                 5. Tighten skin

                                 6. Stimulates Circulation

                                 7. Enhances the performance of the nervous system

                                 8. Aids in digestion when done on the tummy area

                                 9. Muscle quality is improved

                                10. It is just a simple way to rejuvenate the skin


Dry Brushing has been around forever and is such a great way to tend to the details of your health and beauty.

 So whether you try this at home or come in and let us treat ya? Be sure and put it on your to-do, or try list!


The power of lipstick!

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So Valentines is over, does that mean you put the pretty lingerie away along with the red lipstick? Dare to say NO! There is so much power behind a favorite or should I say a signature lipstick, more specifically, YOUR signature lip color. I believe we all need to have a good go at finding that perfect go-to color for day and a fabulous red for those other more daring days. I challenged myself on my day off a few weeks back to wear my daring red all day! Guess what happened? I got noticed! Wow! That was not my intention! But who could argue that getting noticed feels rather good? I also have been intentionally wearing my GO TO Red for months now and I love the effects, my skin shows up more clearly. I feel more powerful, purposeful it just feels GOOD! 

                I recently heard a beautiful story of a women dying of cancer and everyday she spent in the hospital until she passed, she put on her signature lip color. Even her son chastised her about the task, and she said she was not dead yet! Now that is style! Not to mention what a way to end ones life, looking and feeling as fabulous as we possibly can. Don't save ANYTHING for special occasions! Remind yourself daily that YOU are a Special occasion every single day! 

       Now go ahead and wear the red lipstick and the pretty lingerie, Just for you, Now! Not Someday!


From my Mentor to YOU!

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From my mentor, Susan Hyatt and the Author of BARE here are ten let's STOP for the year!  after all, we are becoming so much more! 


 1. How about we stop obsessing over food and instead Savor! There is SOOOO much research on how just the mere enjoyment in slowing down and truly savoring allows for digestion to kick in like no tomorrow. 

 2. How about STOP punishing ourselves for what we ate. Instead, move our bodies because it's amazing what our GOD-POD can do!

 3. How about we stop postponing experiences for a crazy reason like NO TIME! Have to get thinner! My husband won't like it!

     Instead, charge after big goals and make exciting dates and experiences RIGHT NOW!

4. Stop shaming ourselves and other women for being sexy. Instead, show off that sexy YOU, and expressing yourself the way you want!

 5. STOP waiting for someone else to make the first move! Instead, write your own permission slip for what it is you want and crave!

6. Stop making excuses and make art, make a difference, making your time count!

7. Stop tearing down other women and celebrating other women successes and be their cheerleader.

8. Stop teaching our Daughters to be GOOD, thin, and pretty, to fit in! Instead be brave, aim for the sky, make a scene and to go big!

9. Let's stop filling life with tedious unnecessary obligations, criticizing ourselves and others, nitpicking at things that don't really matter. Instead fill life up with fun, beauty, and pleasure that up levels our lives.

10. Stop hiding out, opting out! Sitting in the back, instead, show up, front row it, be all in! Starting Now! 


 I'm Honored to be certified in the BARE work and for those who want to take their personal lives a little deeper in the New year please inquire about joining me and some other fabulous Women for our Bare Workshop Starting in March. 


Big Dreams and Grand Schemes!

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When was the last time you thought of a big dream? You know the kind, the ones that seem so far beyond your wildest beliefs.

What exactly was it? Why was it so out of your grasp? Money? Time? Resources? Was it just so big that it just took you out of your body even to think it imaginable? This is where it can get kinda fun?  You see there are thousands of biggies that have come to fruition that at one time seemed so beyond the Universe and expectation. Yet they came to life! Often we trap ourselves in this box of the impossible before we even finish the dreaming part. 

Dreams can take on many shapes and sizes, I recently reached out to a Professional that I had been watching from afar and was secretly coveting her life, her clothes, her personality, I literally had a major GIRL CRUSH Probably one of the biggest I've ever had. She spoke to my SISTA SOUL and I knew I needed to work with her, I had drunk the KOOL-AID and I wanted more. It seemed kinda out of reach and yet I knew I had to step into a new thought and manifest like crazy to make it happen so I took the leap and boy the net appeared. Funny things happen when we leap. Mind you, I don't see myself as a leaper at all. I'm a doer but this was a biggie. Well, I have to tell you magic continues to happen and I know its cause I said YES to me yes to scary money and yet deep down I knew it wasn't just money but something so much more.

    What is it in your dreams that your standing on the sidelines watching, coveting, and wanting? You see this envy this type of jealousy I was observing, was also what drove me to GO for It! I wanted what she has.  That was the beauty of the envy. It was my reminder of all that I had and have desired. I had forgotten in all the other details that had crept into my life. I was going through the required motions not fully embracing what it was that I truly desired. She showed me and now well I'm kinda living out my dreams and some grand schemes are soon to follow. 

   NOTE: when you feel that urge to criticize or feel a bit of jealousy creep in KNOW THIS! It's just a clear path to all that you truly desire! Instead of bashing or get upset at these feelings, know that they are there to serve YOU! Seek out that person, observe her, embrace what it is to model what it is that she has. You will see MAGIC! She is there to teach you and guide your Sister Spirit in the directions of your true self!

Some tips on Aging!

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Aging gracefully is a huge part of my Mission here at Jenell's Skin. Your mindset and what your Parents gave ya help you to age well. Women who do it well have daily principals  that they have as there GO TO. Here are the top ten:

     1. Daily diligent Skincare- This is vital, with science on our side it really becomes a no-brainer, it’s critical that we have a trusted source as to not get confused and overwhelmed with all the information that is thrown at your inbox every sec.  Look for products with Peptides, Vita A and C, Eye cream. These are just some of the very basic that should be in your arsenal. In short, Peptides are repairing, Vit A  aids in collagen production and cell turnover.  Eye cream should be incorporated to aid in fine lines and wrinkles in an area that is so delicate due to few oil glands and thinner skin. 

     2. Have a simple go to for daily makeup- stay away from most powders; they settle and accentuate fine line and wrinkles. Go for tinted Moisturizers or cream foundations for coverage and added moisture.

      3. Sun Protection- Wide Brim Hats,  big sunglasses that cover your eyes and give you enough coverage that you're not squinting. Don't forget chest and the back of hands. From cancer to discoloration (which age us) the sun is not our friend. Note: Must reapply if out for long periods of time, not just when sweating or swimming. Sitting at a sporting event or just socializing  on the deck, those are when  we get more exposure than we think.

    4. Watch for Hair changes- Hormones and especially during menopause can cause hair to become thinner and more brittle. Look for hair care that nourishes strands, additional things like biotin help.

     5. A hair cut that complements YOU! The right cut can make your face appear younger, Soft side swept bangs can cover wrinkles on the forehead a bob that hits mid neck can distract from sagging.

   6. Dental care- as we age teeth stain or turn yellow or grey, especially for us coffee drinkers plus tea and red wine don't help. Keep whitening product on hand and add to your regular ritual.

   7. Combat stress- we know that stress plays a huge roll in how we look and age. A regular ritual of caring for our body and soul will aid in reducing and managing our stress levels.  Add Yoga and meditation to boost your mood and calm your mind. 


    8. Vices -have to have them yet keep to a minimum - too much Alcohol will get that rosacea triggered. Smoking breaks down collagen even second-hand smoke, not to mention wrinkles around the month and any up roar on the skin makes us look older. Large amounts of caffeine will dehydrate and increase anxiety; none of these add  youthfulness.

   9. Sleep- Gone are the days of wearing a badge of honor for pulling all-nighters. Sleep is essential to over all health and vitality and there is no substitute for BEAUTY SLEEP! Your building collagen elastin and your body is restoring essential building blocks for young healthy skin. 7 to 9 hours PERIOD!   

10. Healthy eating - this should include a good dose of whole food. It's not "we are what we eat" anymore. It's more like we are what we absorb! Paying attention to what works for the individual is vital to know your body and what it needs to feel good. This is different for everyone. If you're still struggling with all the latest info on food allergies intolerance etc and lost nutrients, seek out a specialist. My advice, listen to what your body is telling you! It's pretty telling! Our food habits are huge on how we age!

Resources:

  • Jenell's Skin for skincare ritual reboots and treatments to repair and to beautify your youthful You!  

  •  Spf - Circadia light day SPF 37 for a go to light yet moisturizing full protection

  •  Hair strengtheners Kevin Murphy

  •  Teeth whitening- White Duo Apa Beauty   $150

  •  Yoga- Check local Studios For Sacramento Yago Shala 

  •  Pillow cases that combat wrinkles and aid in holding moisture Circadia Pillow cases

  •  Healthy eating - ck out Plated, Purple carrot -  Both are in-home delivery 

  • http://www.jenellgarcia.com/

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Oprah got us on the list!

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  " If you do not take control over your time and your life, other people will gobble it up. if you don't prioritize yourself, you constantly start falling lower and lower on your list." -   Michelle Obama

         So I'm noticing a theme in my biz, it's pretty prevalent with my client base.  You see several Women shared stories of stepping to the left, one did so on Mothers Day the other to keep peace with a boyfriend over an ill behaved daughter and another had a gym owner not acknowledge her ability to listen to HER body when he asked her to do something that would  hurt her knees. Yes Oprah taught us to get on the " LIST" back in the 80's Ladies ( few decades ago ) WHY ARE WE STILL NOT ON TOP OF THAT BLOOMIN LIST? You see we still make the list, we still love checking all the things off that list (oh it feels soooo good!) Yet oh yeah we're on that list somewhere! It's just OOPS! I forgot ME! I call BULLSHIT! Sorry for the language yet seriously I'm just not getting this? Why are we still just on the list?

             Well, let's see We need to take care of the kids , we need to get food on the table laundry house errands homework oh and are regular job to boot. We are holding up the World but we still struggle with this WORTHY issue of being on top of the list of being our own priority, we nurture others and there is no energy to nurture ourselves. What will it take? And oh by the way if you think I have this "top of the list" thing down think again. I'm right next to you girl on the bottom half of the list NO 6 of 12 to do's, some days I don't even make it on the list, YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE? I'm not alone. 

               Here's the thing! Jenell's Skin is your place to take deep deserving breaths, to be reminded of your worth! To give you a place to rest, let go, and to nurture your spirit.  Jenell's Skin is there when you step left and forget to step forward for yourself  (I know you're there to get a facial) good for you, yet it's not enough! It is one way of honoring yourself and to care for YOU! And I thank you! You ladies and a few  of my Gents! You inspire me to be better, you remind me of the connection of our souls that need to stand in support of each other. My commitment to you is to get ya to the top of that list. 

In-completes! Busy verses Completion!

In-Completes! Busy verses Completion!

So have you ever noticed how many uncompleted tasks or projects you currently have? You know the ones that kinda linger and add a heaviness to your plate. It might not be a daily thing yet it's there underneath the surface, things like the drawer you've been meaning to clean out, or the high school girlfriend that you haven't stayed in touch with?  Or that disc from the Wedding of your Daughter that you've yet to put into an album (that you wanted to do for her) or the project that you spent money on and it is  STILL in the box waiting for you to get started. How about the bigger things like the job promotion you have to JUST fill out an application for or the Business you have wanted to start? The book or books you've been meaning to read or the class you always wanted to take or the hobby that looks interesting? 

     I know we all have something, some of us think about them, others well, we just stay busy, yes busy.  So are we busy or are we avoiding? Busy is easy, it takes very little effort yet can consume a lot of time, we can easily get lost in the business of the dishes, the laundry and the filling out the grocery list.  What about all the other little things that rob us of our energy because they need to be done. Well, the next step is that after we finish avoiding the stuff we have to do (like taxes) we go into overwhelm  mode. It is the natural progression, how about we just start with the junk drawer or your sock drawer, sometimes it just takes a baby step to change the trajectory of being stuck, we gain a level of momentum and we think, "Hey that was easy enough what's next?" It really can be that simple. I made a list of my own uncompleted tasks that just seem silly, now I'm gonna schedule a short amount of time to tackle ONE. Repeat SHORT amount of time. You see we are all famous for having BIG Plans and Super great ideas and when we think to start well, it's kinda a bit exhausting, The new science the new trend is SMALL SIGNIFICANT STEPS the 3 S.s. Let's start with the sock drawer. Then get some energy around completion! 

   What's on your list? 

Vitamin A? Gold Standard

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When you take home a product it's all about the thought of it working and working fast, let's get a realistic approach on usage and the REAL deal on how fast and how effective that Miracle in a bottle really should work. Certain treatments and products need time to work, Patience is a virtue in order for you to reap the rewards. One of the top ingredients for your skin has to be applied nightly. Let's face it we are tired the last thing we want to do is go through our beauty ritual. We need to be realistic about how long it takes for a product to show results and equally honest with ourselves about whether or not we are using it consistently. After all working out once a week is NOT gonna recap results.  Let's review:

   Retinols and Retinoids- otherwise known as Vit A,  results in 3 to 6 months usage Nightly due to the photosensitivity Undeniable the Gold standard for preventing signs of aging. Retinols over the counter are less powerful just like most product sold in drug and upper-end dept stores. Retinoic acid and retinoids are Prescription strength and therefore need to be monitored.

   how they work they increase the rate of cell turnover creating new cells, slough away dead skin cells that cause build up on the skin, therefore, making active products work harder to get into the skin.  this promotes new collagen that makes skin appear improved overall texture fine lines and wrinkles. always use at night and with sunscreen use to be even more important.

    Everyone should be using a form of this PERIOD! If you just are gonna do one thing this is the one.

        This may be the gold standard yet it is one ingredient that has gotten a reboot with a variety of formulations to offer more of a broad clientele use, there are several versions to accommodate one reaction and for ease in use. Gone are the days where we get and stay red and flake or are in constant peeling. Prescription forms are not necessary anymore. Which make use daily (for the max in benefits) no more layering it with moisturizers and use every other day due to reactions and sensitivities, We can find a formula that suits your skin type and needs. 

Gravitational Tissue Migration

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Well yes, that was one of the words that jumped out at me at the recent Trade Show I attended in San Jose this year. Yes, every year actually several times a year I attend some type of Education/ Biz Training, its part of the deal!

 As a proud Business Owner I get so excited to continue to expose myself and to learn "STUFF" it feeds my passion for the 

"BIZ OF SKIN" I won't bore ya with the Science of GTM (Gravitational tissue Migration) You probably have a good idea as to what that entails! nor will I go into details about Growth Factors, Peptides, and Stem Cells, or for that matter DNA repair. I will tell you that Science and Technology continue to impress and they are on our side when it comes to all the advances of aging and what we can do, to reverse, restore and improve the skin! Despite anything to do with GRAVITY....

             In a nutshell, I am actively adding not just IMPACTFUL treatments, I'm combining new ingredients, added to the retail and ensuring that Jenell's skin is on top of the Game! Mostly I want you the Client to understanding that I want only the best for YOU! So in today's blog, I want to briefly give ya a small tip to be thinking about.  So keep reading and the first few Clients that reach out with some Questions on how this can affect you and your next visit will receive a "Freebie Add-on " at your next Appt.

                 PREP! - HYDRATE- MITO-NUTRIENTS- GROWTH FACTORS -STEM CELLS-PEPTIDES1

                        Why Prep the skin? and why do we need Mito-nutrients? Mito-nutrients are food for the skin.  Also, we know how important Hydration is to the skin yet, why as part of the Prep?   So we have what is called our top layer of the skin ( Stratum Corneum) also known as the Dead layer. Dead! how do we get all the fabulous ingredients into the skin if we have this barrier of dead skin? PREP! Also, moisture allows for the skin to be more receptive to nutrients.   If the skin is tight, dehydrated, it takes all the moisture and just sucks it up, most of what is absorb stays attached to all the dead skin cells that will soon fall off, or stay attached and act as a barrier along with all the good stuff not getting to where it needs to go to be of value. Its all about delivery! So just a basic cleanse has far more impact on the skin than most give credit.  Remember that it's not just the barrier that causes issues, it can also create a build-up of products that can turn a great ingredient into a bad thing if left to just sit on the skin and not do its job. Kinda like SPF if we don't reapply the initial application, it really didn't get to do its job, we eventually get burned.

                So when you go to do your Skincare Ritual tonight I want you to think for a second, what is happening with each step?
  A. Is it working? B. Is it enough? (based on product, results, age) C. Are you doing all you can to get the results you want?

           I would love to know how you feel about your current Ritual? More importantly, have you changed it up recently? If so, how often do you switch it up? I also want to help you take a look at how the Seasons affect the need to switch things up, how your life cycles require for some changes as well.  GTM no way! Be sure and ASK? I would love to help! And you might just get a little Freebie!    

Comfort vs. Beauty

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So I started a bit of remodeling, and in the process learned a thing or two, in addition to feeling pretty confident with my own ability in some areas, I still felt that it was out of my expertise and sought out a Professional. Now I have a wonderful Gal that I highly recommend, I've utilized her numerous times with other projects including the Salon. Well with one particular room I had a large sectional that was too large for the space. I also had some favorite chairs that I just was not willing to part with and wanted those incorporated in the space. I gave the sectional to my daughter and picked out a beautiful sofa and reupholstered the beloved favorites. The room is beautiful!

           There is one problem, beauty aside (it is beautiful) it's just not as comfortable. So even with an expert, a trusted expert we missed the mark. Now I can go on and on about how fabulous my decorator is. It is not her expertise that is in question. The room is beautiful and more functional, what I neglected to do was think through and communicate to her that during Football Season that big oversized sectional that overtook the room was my Sunday spot to nap! Not only did it provide countless comfy naps, it fit everyone in my family for every Holiday. My new beauty fits three and as it looks wonderful, I miss my old comfy, practical couch.

            So this question of comfort over beauty? How often do we sacrifice something for beauty? Needless to say at my home I want it to be comfortable. Now when it comes to personal beauty there doesn't need to be any sacrifices, skincare should work for YOU, it should fit your lifestyle, budget and comfort level. Yes, I believe that my expertise will guide you yet, just like my old comfy sofa we can all miss the mark without the proper thought, questions and lifestyle consideration are taken into all aspects. I want you to love your skin and your skincare products and rituals. After all who wants to sacrifice money over comfort for anything?  

When did we buy into the LIE that forever youth is attainable?

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 Ahhh the Media, the endless lies of youthfulness and its magic lure. As far back as time, we have been mesmerized by the message and the belief that with hard work and lots of money we can attain forever young. Well, I for one know that no matter what our body changes, even the 105-year-old Yoga instructor has wrinkles, grey hair and is  practicing her art of yoga differently. She knows that her body has changed, she has honored it, she lives well. 

          So like everything skin, body, lifestyle, beliefs (if we want them too). I know I'm viewing my belief about my body very differently than even a few years ago, that my skin is telling me a thing or to about my life, that stress is really a form of anxiety and that I create it! And that my thoughts determine my life, that circumstances (certain ones) are out of my control, (like getting the salon finished).   I either think differently about them or I make it mean something, I choose. So my body is changing, my skin is seasonal, emotionally changing and the youthfulness I desire is starting to look different.  Change will come, how and what do you want it to look like and to mean? What is your skin telling you? With fall around the corner. School starting up again lets take a look at what's changing and reboot your ritual with a new treatment, product and a little love for your soul and your skin. 

       If you haven't seen the new space yet, swing by it's BEAUTIFUL! I have to say I think I out did myself! Book your appt today, and let's embrace all the changes coming. Honor your amazing body and all that it can do. Take extra care of yourself at every phase of change at Jenell's Skin. After all, change is GOOD! 

Seasonal Reboot! Why we need to change things up.

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So with each season comes changes, yes the obvious changes in temperature, we are getting into some cooler evenings and I'm noticing that the morning are cooler not yet crisp but it's subtle. Along with Seasonal changes come changes to our body are internal time clock, how our body responds to certain things food, products, even exercise and of course our skin.  As things are changing we too need to make adjustments as to how we are treating the skin and also what we are doing to the skin at the Salon with each visit. In the past I just switched up some of the product used during the treatment and as always would ask about your home care and how your skin was doing?

                   I realize to some, that is a loaded question? Oh, she's asking me so she can sell me a new product? Oh, maybe she's asking cause she wants me to do something different and I really just want a Facial? All valid thoughts yes! I ask cause changes need to happen if I'm doing my job (and yes some of you do the same thing every single time you see me) that's ok it's just there is so much more! More meaning we can move the needle a bit if we switch it up a bit. Stimulate a new response, this is vital to seeing positive changes in the skin as we deal with changes, aging, and lifestyle. So try something new. See what happens, it's like taking a different route to the same location, it generates a different feel. It's good for you and for your skin.

Sold a bill of goods

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So I went into a furniture store over the weekend and a lovely Saleslady and I started to chat. As usual, we spoke of Jenell's Skin and all that we do. I will tell you she was very open about a recent investment and came away with no results. She asks me about a few things that were on her radar like the Hydro Facial (which I proceeded to share my thoughts) and we just continue with a great discussion on how and what to spend in the world of Skincare. I left feeling excited about the opportunity to earn her Business yet more importantly I wanted to save her time and money on the things that really move that needle when it comes to results.

            Let's just take one trend that is out there and break it down. I'll go with the Hyrafacial First of all it is a very expensive piece of equipment for a Licenced Esthetician It is very popular with the Plastic surgery centers as well. So in order to recoup and profit they have to charge accordingly.  What does a hydra facial actually do? The market material and the sales rep will tell you that it is a Microdermabrasion that uses water and not only infuses the skin with serums yet it will do a double form of exfoliations one with a chemical and one with the actual physical part of the machine. meaning they use a type of handpiece that has a tip that is either a diamond tip or stainless steel to roughly remove dead skin from the surface all while doing the serum infusion. Ok, now you can do all of the above without a machine. It's that simple yet due to the fancy marketing and say Celebrity endorsements the machine sells and it attracts a certain business and clientele.  

             At what cost? Only for the consumer. I too can give you the same results at a fraction of the cost so you can do it repeatedly over time for maximum results  I want you to try something new at a reduced cost so you feel good about the cost in case your not that thrilled or better yet skeptical? Then it's not such a hit to the budget. What I do encourage is buying a series of everything to get the maximum benefit and the best possible price. You need to know what you are paying for and what it does. 

       In the end, the lovely sales lady paid $3000 for a CO2 laser and saw NO results one time stop for a lot of money. That is NOT OK!

           Please feel free to check in with me for all things Skin? I will navigate ya in the direction that will give you the best return on your investment. You deserve to love your skin and come away feeling fabulous!

S.S.S. Slough off Summer's Sins

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         Looking for something a little more unique? Look no further than this patent holding Enzyme. ok so there are a ton of enzymes out there, and if you're another professional Skin Therapist I know what your thinking, why is this so special? Well, what I love the most is the uniqueness of the treatment and the technology behind such a long-standing treatment. It not only eats (which is what enzymes do) it DIGESTS! (which I know of no other enzyme that does that) leaving the skin tone hydrated brighter refreshed and no dead skin left behind to flake off at a later time.   Overall radiant!

           There are two rounds to this treatment anywhere from 2 to 10 min under steam with the eater part first then once that is removed there is an additional 2-10 min under steam with the digester? (Is that a word?) There is a slight what I call STINGLE that's a made-up word for stings and tingles. Some feel a sting other not so much. Client sensation varies.

       Another favorite factor is that it is not just great for acne and aging, most can experience this treatment. I love that it is a Summer favorite to erase greyish winter complexion due to confined quarters, all the heat we experience in the winter months that dehydrated the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin) the skin as a whole gets seasonally beat up. Summer and all the sunny days accentuate further the lack of life in the skin. Dermolyse treats both these seasonal challenges. 

        When skin really needs that extra boost? Done three times within a short period of time 2-3 days we can achieve tighter pores, brighter more radiant refined skin, we can appease pimples and cysts. It also regulates oil. Aids in extractions (meaning not as painful to you and easier on your therapist ME!) And favors oxygenation. just breathing life and vitality back into your skin. I love Dermolyse!