by Cynthia Tanner, LE
Environmental aggressions such as the assaults of wind and sun, can cause a delicate visage to lose its youthful glow and moist radiance.
Life’s stresses can cause us to feel devitalized and in need of restful rejuvenation.
A professional aromatherapy facial is a wonderful way to revive and refresh your complexion and your spirit. Having a facial treatment is a chance to take a break from your hectic activity — to relax and be transported to peaceful, healing renewal.
The first important steps toward beautiful healthy skin are cleansing to eliminate impurities, and exfoliation, to remove dead epidermal cells.
An aromatherapy facial begins with skin analysis to determine your skin type, and decide which essential oils to use for the facial treatment. For normal/sensitive skin, a lovely blend of camomile, lemon and sandalwood essential oils brings nourishment and balance, and for dry/dehydrated skin the blend of choice is basil, lavender and rosewood essential oils to energize and revitalize.
A soothing massage with essential oils of the face, neck, and shoulders helps to induce deep relaxation, melting away stress and tension.
Now a customized, herbal nutrient masque is applied with a silk brush, and remains on the skin while Jin Shin Do acupressure of the scalp allows for a deepening stress release. The masque is then gently removed with a warm lavender-infused towel, leaving the skin luminous and radiating health.
Your skin is now prepared to optimize the absorption of a nutrient rich serum, then protective cream is applied to complete the experience.
Cynthia Tanner, licensed esthetician since 1987, received training in advanced esthetics at Prima Facie Skincare Academy in San Francisco, and attended Sothys Institute in Burlingame, Ca.
Additional studies include micro-current rejuvenation, aromatherapy, and energy healing.
Cynthia offers facial treatments at her private beauty studio in the Seabright area of Santa Cruz. You can contact her at (831) 251-5570.