Skin Care

March 6,2017

Seasonal Transition Skin Care


So, we’re at that time of year, in between seasons, when the weather is confused and so is our skin.  I want to highlight a few products that are sure to keep your skin fresh and clear, and ready to transition into the season.

Pear & Poppyseed Microderm Polisher

This is a pretty amazing, somewhat aggressive exfoliant.  This is Eminence’s answer to microdermabrasion.  In fact, they compare the results of two swipes of a microderm machine with a manual exfoliation (at home) for 5-10 minutes.  Éminence Pear and Poppy Seed Microderm Polisher exfoliates and smoothes while protecting the complexion from damaging free radicals that cause premature aging. Its skin brightening formula polishes dull, dry skin for a rejuvenated appearance. All that’s left is a soft, supple complexion.

Ideal for most skin types, this microdermabrasion scrub is formulated with natural ingredients to polish the complexion. Poppy seeds and fine walnut gently exfoliate, apricot kernel oil softens and soothes skin, alfalfa extract nourishes and green tea, pear and apple extracts offer antioxidant protection from free radicals.

When your skin seems confused, or just blah, this is the product for you.  Slough away dead skin, and brighten things back up.  Ideal use is once a week.

Hungarian Herbal Mud Treatment

I am loving Hungarian Herbal Mud right now.  I just feel like my skin needs stimulated, but I also need some mud to help detoxify, and draw out impurities, oil, and toxins from my skin.  This spicy hot treatment is exactly what I need when my skin is confused, dull, and I have some stray blemishes here and there.

World-famous Hungarian thermal mud benefits all skin types by naturally detoxifying the skin, opening pores, eliminating toxins and increasing circulation. Cinnamon gives antibacterial properties, ivy is high in vitamin C, sage tones and heals, and paprika gives stimulation and natural antioxidants. Skin will be left soft, supple and glowing from within.

Lime Stimulating Masque

If blemishes aren’t your problem, but aging and hormonal skin are, this is the treatment for you.  Everyone can benefit from this stimulating, hormone-balancing treatment, but it’s especially beneficial if you want firmer, lifted skin and that rosy glow that comes from a great facial with some heat stimulation.

Revitalize and brighten your complexion with our Lime Stimulating Masque. The natural phytohormones and vitamins will leave your skin appearing rosy with increased circulation. Note that this active masque will leave a normal redness for up to two hours after treatment.

Strawberry Rhubarb Masque

My all-time favorite masque, and a favorite to sleep in as an overnight treatment.  This masque very gently exfoliates the skin with lactic acid, but also will plump up fine lines with hyaluronic acid.  I wake up and my skin is as smooth as a baby’s bottom….seriously.  This masque is beautiful for all skin types, as nearly everyone’s skin is dehydrated.

This rich and moisturizing mask revives the skin for a truly replenishing treatment. Strawberry extract exfoliates and penetrates pores to remove dirt and impurities and reveal new skin cells, while rhubarb tones and heals. The antioxidant-rich mask helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and hydrate the skin for a truly fresh face.

Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil

The Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil is an effective facial treatment comprised of a blend of results-oriented actives and ingredients that provide intense hydration and protection. Designed as a complementary product to the Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Serum, this facial oil fights the signs of aging, smooths wrinkles and hydrates deeply. For use with all skin types.

Increase collagen production and soothe skin with Eminence Rosehip Triple C + E Firming Oil. With its multiple botanical forms of vitamins C and E, including rosehip, jojoba and seabuckthorn oils, this non-greasy facial oil provides intense hydration while protecting skin against environmental stressors. The nourishing formula also helps to fight glycation and improve the appearance of redness and inflammation, making it ideal for sensitive skin. With regular use, you can diminish fine lines and wrinkles and achieve a healthy, youthful complexion.

Enjoy all these seasonal & transitional favorites.  These are all amazing to add to your Eminence collection.  You can request the use of any and all of these products when you come in for a customized Eminence facial at Riversong Spa.

xo Allison

September 8,2016

Age Corrective Ultra // Advanced Instant Lift fX


Eminence Organic Skin Care has launched a new collection that is formulated to instantly lift, firm, tighten, and dramatically improve the appearance of puffy, tired eyes, sagging skin, and even the deepest expression lines.

Featuring firming and lifting hibiscus, botanical peptides, and a unique ice wine active, these products deliver results in minutes, and show long-lasting improvements over time.

This premium eye treatment has the most immediate and visible results for under-eye bags, dark circles and tired-looking eyes.  Use the cooling stainless steel rollerball applicator to massage elastin-preserving hibiscus into the areas around the eye, and watch  as an ice wine active instantly lifts and tightens.  Designed to visibly smooth wrinkles and reduce swelling, the natural peptides and caffeine combine forces to de-puff and minimize dark under eye circles.  Layer a hydrating eye cream over top to transform tired-looking eyes in a flash.

Instant firming and lifting for the neck an décolletage.  It’s one of the most tell-tale areas to show signs of aging, yet one of the most difficult to treat.  Rejuvenate and tighten the delicate neck and décolletage area with this blend of hibiscus and botanical hyaluronic acid to keep skin firm and rich in moisture.  The all-natural active ingredients in this potent neck cream give sagging skin a stimulating boost from paprika, and the tightening properties of edelweiss ensure the neck is smooth and instantly lifted.

As a natural alternative to lipofilling, Voluformworks on multiple layers of the skin to instantly fill lines from the inside out while stevia extract minimizes the stress-induced muscle reactions that cause wrinkles to form.  The innovative curved tip applicator helps this potent treatment to work like Mother Nature’s line eraser, plumping the skin with botanical peptides and delaying further formation and deepening of fine lines with camel oleacera extract.  Expect both immediate and long-lasting, more youthful results.

And here’s the adorable, limited edition Gift With Purchase…you get deluxe, age corrective travel sizes of Bamboo Firming Fluid AND Neroli Age Corrective Eye Serum.

Stop in today, and also schedule one of our customized Anti-Aging Signature Facials, which will feature these products!

xo Allison

July 27,2016

Repair & Protect – a New Collection from Eminence


Summer is in full swing, and it seems like everyone I know is off to the beach, their favorite theme park, or spending days at the ball field.   However, along with the benefits of fresh air and activity come the sobering negatives of UV exposure, pollution and harsh elements. Daily aggressors in your environment – including sun, wind, water and snow – exacerbate skin conditions, taking their toll on your complexion and drying out your skin.

To defend yourself against the harshness of the elements, we introduce the Repair and Protect Collection. Our latest line-up of products is specifically formulated to combat environmental stressors including UV rays and the drying effects of pollution, wind, and rain. This collection is your secret weapon against the elements and anything else the seasons throw your way.

This revolutionary super balm uses the power of Natural Repair Complex to fight dry skin caused by elemental exposure. A few dabs of this ultra-rich cream will repair, soothe and reduce redness for dry skin.

A lightweight moisturizer for both face and body, this hydrator can be used under the Repair Balm to lock in moisture, repair dry skin and reduce redness caused by dryness. Camphor and menthol also generate a cooling sensation, perfect for refreshing the face and body after exposure to the elements.

Repair and protect when you’re on the go or at the beach.REPAIR & PROTECT STARTER SET
Repair and protect when you’re on the go or at the beach. Including the Stone Crop Gel Wash, Rosehip & Lemongrass Soothing Hydrator, Rosehip & Lemongrass Repair Balm and Tropical Vanilla Day Cream SPF 32, this collection of products is a perfect introduction and ideal for travel.

Look out for the Rosehip & Lemongrass Lip Balm SPF 15 which will be joining the collection soon. The rosehip oil in this organic treatment soothes weather-ravaged dry lips, rejuvenating lavender helps restore softness, while zinc oxide provides natural SPF 15 protection against the sun’s harmful rays. This balm helps tone, repair and refresh dry lips.

Are you a Winter Warrior, Urban Commuter, Beach Goddess or Outdoor Enthusiast? Let us know in the comments which product you would like to try.

 We can’t wait for you to try out our new facial -

Organic Rosehip & Lemongrass Facial

This summer fresh facial gives the ultimate healing and protection for all skin types. A synergy of organic ingredients including Rosehip and Rosemary will give 2X faster cell regeneration. Revel in healthy skin with this all new organic facial.

Hope to see you soon!

xo Allison

March 18,2016

Beauty Prep Collection


This Beauty Prep Collection features a trio of high-performance skin care, featuring Face Cleanser, Toner and Moisturizer.  It is specifically designed to optimize the wear and longevity of mineral makeup. Each is designed to prepare, protect and pump skin full of hydration so that makeup goes on smoother and lasts longer. Both the cleanser and toner possess the ECOCERT Natural and Organic Cosmetics certification. BeautyPrep Face Cleanser is a no-rinse cleansing micellar water and all-over makeup remover with dual cucumber extracts in liposome form. BeautyPrep Face Toner contains organic lemon grass, apple, pear, carrot and coconut water to balance pH and restore the surface of the skin. BeautyPrep Face Moisturizer features four different organic rose stem cell extracts, each with a different function to cater to all skin types.

We will have this collection to test, sample, and purchase at our Spring Launch Event on March 26th.  We hope you’ll stop by and check it out!

December 18,2015

These are a Few of my Favorite Things!


Less than 7 days til Christmas, and the panic has set in! I know, I am right there with you! But there are so many great gift options available for everyone, you need not to worry. Here are some of my favorite products I’m lusting over, to add to your Christmas Wish List!

Lash Extensions, are not only a huge timesaver, but also provide you the look of glamour 247. I cannot tell you how great it is to go to the grocery store and no have to put on an ounce of makeup. Lash extensions come in a variety of lengths, fullness, and heaviness. To find the look that best suits your look make an appointment with Riversong Spa…..or ask the hubs for a Gift Certificate to make 2016 a New You in the New Year!


This handy little device is your ticket to a more youthful appearance! Change the way your skin looks as little as 60 days! FDA-cleared and clinically-tested for improved facial contour, skin tone, and wrinkle reduction to give you a more radiant, younger looking appearance.
Natural, non-invasive facial-lift using microcurrent technology
Visible results that are long-lasting with continued use
Easy to use in as little as 5-minutes a day
Designed with interchangeable anti-aging treatment attachments
Professional quality results in the comfort of your home. Although this hot ticket item carries a price tag, the long term benefits and avoiding regular trips to your dermatologist are worth it!

*NEW** To Riversong, this little beads will not only compliment your boho style but also are your inner vibes. What do you gravitate towards? Where do your intentions lie? Mala beads go way beyond just jewelry, they also serve a meaning, positive energy, and purpose. The perfect gift for a friend or even yourself!

This Set is a Game Changer! If you’ve never had the opportunity to try Eminence now is your chance! This time of year skin needs all the TLC it can get. Perfect duo will remove and smooth out rough and dry skin, and then moisturize and fight aging.


*NEW to Riversong Spa, this little bottle of heaven makes a perfect gift option! 90% Natural – Vegan – Gluten Free
This Shea Butter whip is a jarful of comfort! Our lightest, fluffiest scent will swirl you into a dreamlike state with mint-julep, cream and just a hint of lavender. It’s fresh, but uplifting and delicious at the same time. Try this cream if you’ve gotten too much sun – it swooshes burning sunburn pain into a cool oasis. Just like our other shea butter creams, the supple butters and Vitamin E packed Jojoba and Soybean oils calm even the severest of dry skin, without a hint of a greasy feel. You’ll be 100% silky soft (are dare we say – cuddly!). Arrives in an adorable gift box printed with soy-based inks (FarmHouse Fresh).

Wow Your Brows; with Jane Iredale’s brow kit (available in 3 different colors) this mini brow kit allows you to tame, fill,[gallery order="DESC" columns="2"]



November 8,2015

Now Offering Microdermabrasion


It’s exciting to finally be able to announce that we are now offering diamond peel microdermabrasion!  Check out our spa services page for more information on description of services and pricing.  We offer several facials ranging from mini facials to signature anti-aging experiences.  We are also offering microdermabrasion as an add-on to other facial services.

How Does It Work?

Microdermabrasion, also referred to as mechanical exfoliation or micro resurfacing, is a method for facial rejuvenation that uses a mechanical medium for exfoliation along with adjustable suction to sweep away the outermost layer of dead skin cells from the epidermis. It is a non-invasive procedure, which is performed in-office by a trained skin care professional. Candidates include individuals struggling with sun damage, acne prone and blotchy skin, fine scars, slight wrinkles, keratoses, large pores, non-inflamed whiteheads caused by keratin-clogged pores, or unfavorable skin texture.

The exfoliation and suctioning disrupts the skin’s surface causing cell division. As the skin cells divide fibroblast activity is stimulated leading to collagen production, which leads to thicker, firmer skin. Human skin sloughs off at a slower rate with age, so the exfoliation of several layers of the stratum corneum (surface skin layers) leaves skin fresh and radiant. Microdermabrasion can be done to decrease the appearance of superficial hyperpigmentation, photo-damage, diminish fine lines, wrinkles, and shallow acne scars, which helps to even out the texture. Removing the dead skin will aid in the penetration of skin care products by up to 50% and makeup will go on much more smoothly.

Diamond Peel Microdermabrasion vs. Standard Microdermabrasion

Introduced to the US market in 1996, standard microdermabrasion uses a device like a fine sandblaster to spray tiny aluminum oxide crystals across the face, mixing gentle abrasion with suction to remove the dead, outer layer of skin. The primary difference between microderm and the diamond peel is that Microdermabrasion involves the skin being “sandblasted” by aluminum oxide crystals to remove the top layer of the skin while the diamond peel’s diamond tipped wands uses a particle-free method that can yield greater results with less down time.

The diamond derm abrasion system, on the other hand, replaces the micro-crystal flow with a disposable or reusable diamond tip wand. Areas closer to the eyes and mouth can be abraded more accurately with diamond abrasion (no risk of stray crystals causing damage or being ingested).

Diamond microderm machines usually come with tipped wands of varied size and coarseness for different skin types and depths of resurfacing. The wand tip is made of natural diamond chips which polish the skin and remove dead cells, which are then vacuumed back into a waste filter. Many professionals prefer natural diamond tips because they are easier to control and don’t irritate the skin (natural minerals are less likely to trigger adverse reactions).

Are There Risks and Side Effects?

There aren’t many risks with microdermabrasion if you are a “healthy” adult and the skin care professional uses the level appropriate for your skin. Striping can occur in clients with very sensitive skin. Avoid the treatment in cases of inflamed acne. Be aware that bleeding can occur on skin with some forms of acne or recently shaved skin, which can indicate that the levels may be too high.

How Many Treatments Should I Do?

A normal course of treatments varies between 6-10 at approximately 2-3 week intervals. It is recommended that you schedule an additional treatment every 1-3 months to maintain your skins condition. Most individuals actually feel and see a difference just after two or three treatments, but schedule additional treatments to increase this improvement. Combining this treatment process with a good SPF 30 sunblock and high-quality skin products will help you maintain your improved skin. Be advised, raised or deeply pitted skin areas (possibly from old severe acne scars) and darker pigmented areas will require multiple treatments over extended amounts of time. While Microdermabrasion helps superficial problems, it is not the cure all for heavily damaged skin; it is a noninvasive technique for those of you who do not need a serious laser or chemical peel treatment.

After Treatment

Deep exfoliation usually leaves the skin tighter and drier afterward. A hydrating serum, moisturizer and sunscreen are essential post-diamond peel/microderm treatments to ensure glowing skin. Some redness can be expected afterwards, however this is not likely to persist more than a few hours. The sensation of having a mild windburn or sunburn will also pass after a few hours. Applying a high quality moisturizer and hydrating serum will help the healing process. Avoid sun exposure for 5-7 days after a treatment and make sure to use SPF 30 sunblock, as exposure to UV radiation is one of the key factors in speeding the skin aging process.

November 1,2015

Got Hormonal Acne?


I have been an esthetician long enough to have seen my fair share of stubborn, painful, hard-to-treat hormonal acne.  This kind of acne affects women of all ages, from childbearing years to post-menopausal.  The blemishes can range from spotty cystic types to a very inflamed all-over rash type of acne, with several larger cystic places.  Sounds really painful, right?  Not to mention, adult acne can be embarrassing too.  In today’s post, I want to share my tried and true remedies for hormonal acne.

1.  Give up dairy.  No one wants to do this, but it works.  There is a ton of information on the world wide web that can justify this advice, so I suggest you google it.  Bottom line, dairy has hormones (no matter what kind you are ingesting) and is inflammatory.

2. Use 8 Greens Phyto Masque from Eminence Organic Skin Care.  This is a masque that helps with balancing hormonal skin.  You can use to up several times a week.

3. Start taking the Skin Accumax supplement.  Jane Iredale – the skincare makeup has started distributing this product in the US, and it has amazing results.  You take 4 pills a day for 14 weeks, and are guaranteed to see improved results.

4.  Get facials at least every 8 weeks, and more often if you can.  Getting facials and working with an esthetician really helps.  I know that I specialize in all-natural and organic remedies and have years of experience.  Professionals really do have good advice, and getting professional treatments really does help-whether you need a peel, microdermabrasion, extractions, or need another recommendation.

5.  Use spot treatments.  Eminence offers several products to help blemishes.  Herbal Spot Serum and Clear Skin Booster-Serum  dry, heal, and fade scarring.  These serums contain ingredients like willow bark and tea tree oil to treat and heal skin.  Eucalyptus Cleanser and Mineral Cleansing Concentrate can also be used to cleanse skin and spot treat.  These cleansers are very effective as a spot treatment, when applied morning and night.  They will literally dry up a cystic blemish in about three days, which prevents a lot of the damaging scarring from being able to form.

Hope this gives you some hope to improved skin.  There really are helpful solutions out there, and organic ones at that.

xo Allison


October 28,2015

NuFace Intro Pricing & Packages


Ok, so hopefully you’ve checked out some of the NuFace videos I’ve shared.  I’m going to continue today with a little more information, some before & after results photos, and introductory pricing for your own PRO home system.  You may see similar-looking machines at other online store and retailers…however, when you purchase from a licensed esthetician (like me!), you can actually purchase the PRO machine – just like what I use in the treatment room.  It has a stronger current and is professional strength.

Some amazing Before & After photos…

And, the part you’ve been waiting for…

Introductory Pricing & Packages

The good news is that I’m offering the first round of pre-orders at a 20% discount.  This special goes from now until next Friday, November 6th.  Here goes…



All the benefits of a microcurrent treatment packed into a petite, portable, and powerful device. Our travel-friendly mini is the perfect facial-lift companion while on-the-go or for an introduction to microcurrent.






E-mail to pre-order.

NuFace Microcurrent Technology


What is microcurrent?

Microcurrent is one of the hottest innovations in the anti-aging industry and is used in top spas and medical offices for facial contouring, toning and firming of aging skin. Microcurrent is a low-level current that mimics the body’s natural current and can provide both instant and cumulative results. Because microcurrent works sub-sensory, the treatment is soothing and most clients feel nothing at all.  It is a safe and effective technology for clients who wish to attain and maintain a healthier, younger looking appearance. The results can be so dramatic that microcurrent treatments are often referred to as the “5 Minute Facial-lift.”

Microcurrent has been used with patients experiencing a form of nerve-paralysis, leading to atrophied, sagging facial muscles. The low-level current retrained their muscles, suggesting a new anti-aging application for the aesthetic industry.

I first became interested in microcurrent when I was in school for esthetics, and always knew it would be my first “machine purchase.”    I am sharing a video from Tracie Martyn, who I first saw on an Oprah show, as she was featured as celebrity facialist to the stars.  She inspired me years ago to incorporate some of these techniques into a more holistic facial to offer someone for everyone.  I’ve finally reached a point in my career where I believe using machines like microdermabrasion and microcurrent can offer unbelievable results with non-invasive procedures.

Luckily, technological advances have made it easier for everyone to have access to microcurrent technology, and now  anyone can purchase a handheld, portable microcurrent device.  I am going to offer some holiday specials on purchasing a device, and I can’t wait for you to book a treatment where I will incorporate microdermabrasion and 20 minutes of microcurrent technology and LED red light therapy into a facial.

Watch this video on the 5-Minute Facial-Lift – this is the original professional Trinity device:

This video shows how to use the Eye & Lip attachment:

And finally, definitely a MUST-HAVE attachment, the Wrinkle Reducer Red LED light therapy attachment:

More to come with before & after photos, package prices, and more!

xo Allison

P.S.  Can you tell I’m excited?  Are you?

October 10,2015

FALL in Love


The subtle changes of crisper air, sporting boots rather than flip flops, and less time spent in the sunlight…all these things point that FALL has arrived! This time of the year is a little bitter sweet for me, I love sunshine! But it’s nice to give my skin a break and enjoy the benefits of bronzer. There are so many AMAZING items that have/will be hitting the shelves of Riversong Spa…these are items you won’t want to miss out on!

First up Glo Minerals Lip Crayons!!! I love this product because of it’s intense long lasting colour! Most of the colours shown are bold statement colours, but can be toned down simply by adding a sheer gloss. 

Lip Crayon in Bombshell topped with peach gloss

Finish off and refresh your look with Jane Iredales Smell the Roses Hydrating Spray. I love this product not only because it smells wonderful, but also because it benefits and hydrates your skin with each application. This limited edition product is one you most definitely will not want to miss out on. 

Another fantastic element to add to Fall is an intense eye! Glo Minerals just put out a great variety of Fall eye shadows that can be taken from a light every day eye to intense sultry eye. I’m lusting over the potential of these long lasting color options!! To get the most versatility, purchase all four! 

One of the most important items to consider is skin care by Eminence, since using all Eminence my skin has changed drastically! Recently they released Exfoliating Peels; with four options best suited for your skin type. See amazing results in the vibrance and resurfacing of your skin in two weeks. Trust me when I say…this is a game changer for your face!!

Don’t forget the “Tools to the Trade..” How you apply your products is just as important as what your product is. Proper tools can polish your application, leaving the product more blended and even. Both Jane Iredale and Glo Minerals have amazing brushes for a flawless application, especially when it comes to foundation and concealer. 

Set the ambience of your environment  with Root Legacy Candles. With a wide selection of amazing and unique scents, these candles set the tone for any occasion. Really there a nice addition to every room to add “smell goods” and relaxation to the air.


 Shop online or make an appointment to try before you buy all your Fall Must haves at Riversong Spa!