July 2011

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Holistic Facials by Karina 

is the answer if you love facials!  With today's economy, it can be a
little challenging to manage your skin's needs while staying within your budget. We can definitely work together!  There are several pricing options available.  We can find the perfect skin care maintenance schedule for your pocketbook.   


  • Care about deep pore cleaning?
  • Concerned about acne?
  • Need an AHA, BHA peel? Enzyme peel?
  • Want to enjoy a luxurious face massage only?
  • Would love an extra 30 minute back massage?
  • Would love to relax and experience a 30 minute Reiki session with a facial?   

Structure your facial just the way you love it and you can afford it.   


First time clients facial:   $65

10-20% discount on skin care products


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Anger is an emotion that arises as a result of your inability to control something.  Give it a try.  Think about times in your past where you've gotten angry or agitated at something or someone.  


There is actually very little that we have control over.  Realize this and things will stop getting to you so much.  Life would be pretty boring if we always got what we wanted and everything just worked out. With that in mind, here are some tips anybody can  use whenever a situation arises.  


    1. Expect anger.  It's a normal emotion that will crop up every once in a while and should be expected.


   2. Visualize exhaling anger.  When angry, breathe in deeply and imagine that breath is soaking up the anger.  Then breathe out visualizing the anger leaving your body.


    3. Count to 10.  Create a gap between what's causing you to be angry and your response.  Slowly counting to 10 (or perhaps a higher number ;) ) can refocus your attention on something else.  That redirection of your attention can create enough of a gap for you to get composure.  It's all about responding - NOT reacting.


   4. Apologize and mean it. Apology should come from the heart and  be truly  honest.  


  5.  Forgive yourself. Don't beat yourself up too much. People get angry and it's a natural response.

Does it matter?  You're angry about something - does that something matter?  Are you going to remember this 5 years from now?  How much time are you willing to give up to the current feeling of anger? 5 minutes, 5 days, 5 years?


   6.  Move on.  Live in the present moment.  If you hang onto the anger, you'll be living in the past. Worse yet, you'll also be giving up your future by spending more time than you want to focusing on what triggered your anger.  The faster you can move on, the faster you can get on with life.


    7. Get sleep.  The next time you're angry ask yourself if you got enough sleep the night before.  If the answer is no, then perhaps you're not really angry at what just happened but are instead grumpy from a lack of sleep.  A full night's rest will put you in a good frame of mind and you will likely be less angry than otherwise.


 For something more substantial try reading American Psychological Association - Controlling Anger Before It Controls You.

Greetings! sun 

Summer has arrived in all of its glory.  I hope you enjoyed a safe, peaceful and happily memorable holiday.  


Please remember to always apply sunscreen to protect your skin.
- 90% of the signs affliated with "aging" skin are a result of sun overexposure
- UVA and UVB are strongest between 10:00am and 2:00pm
- The vast majority of UVA passes through clouds and window glass

- Ground surfaces such as sand and snow reflect most of the UVR Snow can reflect as much as 80% of the incident UVR
- Sunburn continues to develop 12-24 hours after exposure
- Even a few minutes of unprotected exposure can damage the cells that reside inside the epidermis in a way that can last for weeks

-There is no such a thing as a "safe" tan


Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! Moisturize from the inside out.

Acne Lesions


Keratinized and lipid materials make up these lesions. There is a change in the keratinization pattern.  Consequently, it causes an increase of keratinocytes in the follicle with increased lipid variation in sebum secretion.  A major contributing factor that causes inflammation are free fatty acids.


Inflamed lesions that vary in size and redness.  50% rise from normal appearing skin could be possible site of the micro-comedone.


They occur less frequently than papules and are more superficial.


A small, pearly firm non-inflammatory elevation of the skin due to retention of keratin in an oil gland duct blocked by a thin layer of epithelium.


Called P.acnes causes pustules.  Sometimes a yeast called Pityrosporum ovale has been found in acne lesions.  An inflammation response is caused from the bacteria, which causes leukocyte migration, the body's way of fighting this invasion. The bacterium die from increased lipid secretion. Waste products from the bacterium are highly irritating to the follicle. 

Is My Skin Dry or Dehydrated?

90% of what I see is actually dehydrated, not dry skin. It's essential to understand the difference between what causes skin to be dry in the first place.  Is it a temporary situation or one caused due to aging or other factors?  For example, environmental conditions such as winter heat, dry outside air and low humidity can cause epidermal water loss.  Lack of water, strenuous exercise, allergies, and menopausal changes are all factors that trigger dehydrated skin.  Dehydrated skin is normally a temporary condition that's easily corrected when the environmental factor is no longer a problem.  It may be corrected by adjusting a skin care regiment, adding in moisturizing ingredients that help protect the skin's barrier function.  Dehydrated skin is more common than skin that lacks lipids. In many cases, it's difficult to determine the difference between skin that truly lacks lipids and dehydrated skin.

Water/moisture is regulated by the internal workings of the skin. Humans are 70% water, thus, we need to replenish it from the inside.  Skin needs water to soften the protein that forms the skin barrier.  Water is provided thorough a slow transfer from the lower layers up to the top outer skin layers where it binds to tough protein to keep it soft. 


I am offering a terrific Hydrating Serum, made from Hyaluronic Acid.  It can be used for any skin type.  Please ask me about it. 


Oh, those dark circles under our eyes!  

















They drive us crazy.  We all know that we need to get enough sleep to begin with, but what else can help?  Treat your skin while you sleep.  Just before bed, lightly wet a washcloth with cold water and place it over your eyes.  By morning, you should see an improvement.  Apply cucumber slices or cool tea bags (no herbal tea, only black tea, and freshly made) to your eyes.  Cucumber slices are famous for their ability to reduce puffiness, and the tannin in tea has been found to reduce swelling and discoloration.  Leave on for 10 min.

Good to know


Prevent a headache

The 37g of  carbs in a medium potato can ease a tension headache by upping serotonin levels, as long as you keep the fat and protein below 2g.


Relieve allergies

Bromelain, an enzyme in pineapple, can ease symptoms of hay fever.               

Coughing too much?

2 tablespoons of thick, dark brown honey are more effective than OTC cough medicines at limiting the severity and frequency of a cough in children. Honey's an antioxidant and antimicrobial properties may soothe inflamed throat tissues.
At risk for kidney stones?

Load up on apricots. 8 dried apricot halves have 2g of fiber,

only 3mg of sodium and 325g of potassium - all of which help keep minerals from accumulating in urine and forming calcium oxalate stones (common type of kidney stones).
Dear Friend,
Thank you for your support and wonderful reviews.  May your summer be blessed.
To your healthy and beautiful skin,  


Karina Kara