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March 6,2017

Seasonal Transition Skin Care

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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

March 1,2017

March Class & Workshop Schedule

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We are proud to publish our March Schedule.  As always, we have lots of yoga & Pilates classes to choose from.  We are also offering several group sound healing sessions, and we have Gus, our acupuncturist, two weekends – the weekend of March 4-5 and also March 18-19.  In fact, we are having quite the hullaballoo the weekend of the 18-19, and we hope you’ll plan to attend.  We’ll have guest speakers, seminars, classes, special yoga classes and workshops, and Hannah Maguire – a local community herbalist who will also be offering private consultations.  More details for the Health & Wellness Weekend to come, but in the meantime, we are scheduling appointments for private acupuncture sessions with Gus, and private herbal consultations with Hannah.

Enjoy!

xo Allison

September 1,2016

September Yoga & Pilates Schedule

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The schedule is ready for September!  We hope to see you on the mat at a yoga or Pilates class.  We are also happy to have some special workshops coming up.

We have a Beginners Yoga workshop on Tuesday, September 13th at 7:30 pm, taught by Sheray Efaw – WV YogaGirl.  You can call 304.997.5356 to register in advance, or use the MindBody website or app to sign-up.

xo Allison

July 27,2016

Repair & Protect – a New Collection from Eminence

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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.

ROSEHIP & LEMONGRASS REPAIR BALM
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.

ROSEHIP & LEMONGRASS SOOTHING HYDRATOR FOR FACE & BODY
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.

COMING SOON: ROSEHIP & LEMONGRASS LIP BALM SPF 15
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

November 26,2015

Pure Inventions Water Enhancements

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Introducing another new line of products that we have introduced.  And, another product we found at iSPA.  Water is so important.  Our lives are so busy.  It is common to not get enough water to drink.  It’s common to not slow down enough during the busy work day and hustle and bustle of the weekend to make sure that you are really hydrating your body and taking the time for your body to do its jobs of rejuvenating, digesting, and healing.

Pure Inventions water enhancements were developed by a pair of clinical nutritionists who wanted to provide a healthy alternative to flavored water drinks.  A lot of flavored waters are falsely promoted as being healthy when they’re really loaded with artificial sweeteners, flavors, and chemicals.  A lot of times, these drinks will contain an unhealthy amount of sugars and carbohydrates.  Pure Inventions water enhancements are free of artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners.  They are gluten free and contain stevia as an all-natural sweetener.  In addition, they contain beneficial ingredients, vitamins, minerals, and other supplements.  So far, we have already sold out of our original order, and are happy to be re-stocked in time for the holidays.

Below is a list and description of the flavors we carry:

Pure Coconut Water is delicious and a great way to get yourself and anyone in your world to drink more water while enjoying the added benefits! Enjoy at the gym, in a water bottle, lunch box water bottles, golf course and beach hydration! In sparkling water with fresh lime – the most delicious and healthy way to hydrate!

A delicious, refreshing healthy alternative to high sugared , high calorie, bitter tasting cranberry juices – especially delicious in ice cold water or sparkling water with a squeeze of lemon! Or try it in hot water with a cinnamon stick for a delicious after dinner “toddy”! Enjoy at home or on the go a smart way to hydrate and provide your body with healthy antioxidants!

Love your liver, with a daily dose of detox. Enjoy daily as an enhancement to a protein shake or green drink or just in a glass of water. Great every day for an easy way to support optimal health!

When sleep is not easy. Enjoy NIGHT to help you get a restful sleep with natural botanicals – this delicious pear flavor will surely help you achieve your sweet dreams naturally. Supports restful sleep naturally. Ideal blend of Melatonin, Valerian root and L-Theanine for restful sleep with Lavender and Peppermint Essential Oils

A delicious, refreshing healthy alternative to high sugared, high calorie pomegranate juices – especially delicious in sparkling water with a squeeze of lemon! Enjoy at home or on the go a smart way to hydrate and provide your body with healthy antioxidants!

This is a great way to get your greens – greens are so important for healthy red blood cells and immune support! Add PI greens daily to a shake, fresh green juices but best of all it’s delicious on its own- great way to energize the start of your day!

Tranquility is a little miracle to have around when life has you feeling a little anxious or stressed out…enjoy in hot or cold water to help you calm down, relax and unwind. Whether it’s before getting on a plane, after a challenging day at work, when dealing with one of life’s bumps in the road or to simply enjoy when looking for a nice way to end your day – enjoy as a great any day beverage.

 

We hope to have all of the flavors available to “taste test” at our Holiday Open House.  Hope to see you there!

xo Allison

November 8,2015

Raindrop Technique

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REJUVENATE THE MIND.  BALANCE THE BODY.

We are excited to introduce the Young Living’s proprietary Raindrop Technique.

The treatment offers a unique, targeted massage and energy approach with pure, authentic essential oils for a deeply harmonizing, rejuvenating, and relaxing experience. The technique, developed by Young Living Founder and CEO D. Gary Young, draws from his experience with Lakota wellness traditions and provides a revolutionary means of nurturing harmony—physically, mentally, and emotionally.

This signature process takes approximately 1 hour to complete and is $90.  Please contact us to schedule.


July 19,2015

The Fountain of Truth

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Want the secret to longer lasting youthful looking skin?

The beautiful Sophia Loren who gracefully aged

The answer is simpler than you think, it breaks down to  2-factors: How hard you live (lifestyle), and What you put in your body. This all sounds very cliché, however, when I was taking a Theatrical Make-up Class in college we really focused on the aging process. Basically the 2-factors listed above can affect how you age and how it will ultimately affect your skin. Sun-lovers,stress, alcohol, smoking, sleep, and genetics all play a big part in the breakdown of your skin. Here are some tips and tricks to aid in slowing down the aging process and possibly even reversing some of the damage

WATER

I cannot stress enough the major role water plays in the appearance of your skin. It not only hydrates and provides necessary nutrients, but is also acts as a plumping and glow agent to your skin. We all loathe cellulite…water also helps diminish the appearance of dimpling. Aim for at least 1oz per pound. So for example if you weigh 150lbs, aim to drink 150oz. This can be a challenging task, a great way to start is by purchasing a water bottle that holds 48oz or more, and partially freezing it so it stays cold. Add lemon, lime, mint, or cucumber for a little zest. This will ease the hassle of ensuring your getting in your daily need.

 

NEVER SKIMP ON CLEANSING

We all get tired and lazy, but washing your face 2-3x a day (depending on your PH balance & lifestyle) is crucial to removing sweat and make-up which can clog pores. Washing your face should be like brushing your teeth..a must! On a daily basis upon waking, after working out, before bed these are times which are most definitely necessary. There are so many cleansers on the market, perhaps you don’t know which one is right for you.

The protective antioxidants in our Red Currant Exfoliating Cleanser will energize your skin’s look and feel. The secret ingredient is our exclusive Youth Shield Antioxidant Complex, which hydrates and invigorates skin to give it that look of elasticity. Tea tree oil helps prevent the look of breakouts and finely ground olive seed gently exfoliates for revitalized and fresher looking skin.

For those with even the most sensitive skin, our Stone Crop Gel Wash washes away impurities without drying out the skin. The oil-free extracts help even skin tone and minimize the appearance of blemishes to leave a healthy complexion.

 

Brighten the appearance of skin and reduce the signs of aging with the help of our Bright Skin Cleanser. For normal to dry skin types, this cleanser uses two actives – Gigawhite and a Natural Hydroquinone Alternative – to give skin the appearance of being brighter and younger looking.

TONE & MOISTURIZE

At a younger age I would just wash my face, it wasn’t until I started repping for a cosmetic company that I fully understood how import it is to use toner and moisturize daily. Toner removes all the dirt, oil, and grime that your face wash didn’t get.  Followed by properly moisturzing. Why is a moisturizer so important? Using moisturizer has proven benefits for the skin over the long haul. Hydration is what allows skin to function at peak performance. Skin cells in this condition can rapidly repair themselves and turnover fresh cells, which means huge anti-aging benefits down the road. In this study from the British Journal of Dermatology, those who used moisturizer were found to develop wrinkles at a fraction of the rate of those with dry skin (birchbox).  There are so many varieties on the market. Sometimes because our skin changes throughout seasons, aging, exposure, etc..trial of different kinds can be beneficial to finding out what works the best for your skin.

Glo minerals has a wide variety of toners for every skin type

 

GET YOUR GLOW ON

30minutes of donating a little sweat to the fitness gods can pay off more than one way. Sure, most of exercise to stay fit and maintain a healthy lifestyle, but getting the blood pumping can seriously benefit your complexion. By increasing blood flow, exercise helps nourish skin cells and keep them vital. “Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body, including the skin,” says Ellen Marmur, MD, author of Simple Skin Beauty: Every Woman’s Guide to a Lifetime of Healthy, Gorgeous Skin and associate professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. So go ahead and don’t be afraid to sweat a little.

The colors and names alone will grab your attention! Eminence has a wide abudance of AMAZING moisturizes. My personal fav is the Rose Hips Whip Moisturizer

 

MASQUE IT

There’s nothing I love better than a good detoxifying mask! Once a week after a workout I, when my pores are open, I’ll wash my face with warm water and cleanser than apply Eminence’s Balancing Masque Duo. The best thing about this mask is, I can actually feel it working. It has two sides: Charcoal T-Zone Purifier and Eminence Pomelo Cheek Treatment. This masque duo was formulated to mattify the oily t-zone while drawing out deep down impurities and leaving skin refreshed, clear and hydrated.

Eminence Balancing Duo Masque leaves your skin glowing, feeling bright and clean!

OTHER TIPS

Get regular facials! Not only will it relax you, but also good to “rebalance” your skin one to two times a month. Discuss your aging conerns with both your Esthetician and your Dermatologist, they can guide in the right direction to minimize your aging ales.

Get your Zzzz’s! Those who are well rested are less stressed, more energetic, and more positive, playing a huge part on dark circles,and fine lines and wrinkles.

Relax! Aging is a part of life, but you can do it gracefully or you can panic!!! Gracefully is a lot more serene.

 

October 6,2012

Health Food Report

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Lately I’ve been trying to be strict about eating gluten & dairy-free.  I have a lot of food sensitivities, and I am trying to re-engage myself in the kitchen making new things that are delicious and don’t upset my stomach.  I have found a wonderful new website called Elana’s Pantry that features recipes that are gluten-free, paleo, and more!  The above photograph is her Paleo Pumpkin Bread, which is absolutely delicious, and exactly the kind of food I’m craving this time of year.

I quickly ordered her cookbook.  All of the recipes use almond-flour and are gluten-free.  There are pizza crusts, pie crusts, breads, and lots of delicious foods that I can’t wait to make.

Other ingredients I’ve found to be helpful are:

Honeyville Blanched Almond Flour

Canned Organic Pumpkin

Fine Ground Celtic Sea Salt

There are additional products that Elana recommends, and I’m slowly trying to re-stock my pantry and make my own creations in the kitchen.  Last night, for example, I grabbed brown rice penne pasta, dredged thin chicken breast in egg wash and almond meal, sauteed that in olive oil until crispy.  Then I grabbed a jar of Muir Glen Organic marinara sauce, shoved in a mix of spinach and arugula leaves, added some more sea salt and Italian spices and simmered until the greens wilted.  I served it up, and it was really filling and delicious.

Here’s to healthier eating!  What are your favorite gluten & dairy-free recipes?

xo Allison

September 24,2012

Public Service Announcement

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I am going to share some personal information with you.  I have been obsessed with this information for months now, ever since I got a diagnosis for “leaky gut syndrome.”  Most medical professionals don’t believe this diagnosis exists.  However, I have always been a bit of a conspiracy theorist, so of course I believe in it.  Recently, I happened upon this article about Candida Albicans.

I received my diagnosis in February, after Valentine’s Day, and for at least 4 months ate only protein (meat) and green vegetables.  The good news is that I dropped about 12-16 lbs., the bad news is that by the end of May I fell of the wagon and spent my summer eating   whatever I wanted.  I was hungry!  Needless to say, it is September, and my stomach is pi$$ed.

So, being the OCD internet researcher that I am, I found this system and I am really crossing my fingers that it will work.  I’ll definitely keep you posted.

People who know me probably think I am radical about nutrition, and they would be right.  I am radical, but also human, so I do slip up from time to time.  But, I always regain focus and try to be more disciplined about my nutrition.  I have recently said that if I didn’t love my job as an esthetician, I would probably go back to school to be a holistic nutritionist.  In talking to clients, I find that many of you are concerned about nutrition as well.  Many of you have asked me to share some of my tips with you, which is what I’m trying to do.

I am convinced that almost everyone has problems with candida (even men), but it just hasn’t manifested itself into a physical symptom.  I encourage you to read up on this issue and see what you think.  As always feedback is always appreciated.  I am looking for answers, so please feel free to comment and share any knowledge you can contribute.  Also, if you have any remedies that work, I’d love to hear about them.

Thank you!

xo Allison