Baby It's Cold Outside

The People's Skincare Newsletter, Vol. 11, No. 3 August 2018

Inside this issue:

Greetings everyone and Happy Holidays! I hope your fall has been memorable and now we’re knee-deep in December celebrations of all persuasions.

Holiday Savings from Epionce

Who doesn’t like to save on your favorite products?! Through the end of December, Epionce offers 20% off of the following signature products: Renewal Facial Cream, Renewal Lite Facial Lotion, Renewal Facial Lotion, Intensive Nourishing Cream and Intense Defense Serum. If these are your steady skin savers then now is a great time to stock up.

You can order through the website and use my shopping code 20090528 to receive your discount. I can also mail to you directly if you email me your order by December 29th.

New Product Releases

I was awaiting with great anticipation when Epionce hinted this summer that they were releasing two new products. The announcement is great news for those with acne! Since that is not really my client base, I was hoping for ….oh….a new anti-aging miracle in a jar but that may still be in the pipeline. Let me tell you about the two new acne products in case you have a child, grandchild, or adult friend who’s battling breakouts:

Purifying Wash & Purifying Spot Gel are an acne-fighting duo that helps rapidly clear skin without overdrying while reducing redness. They are clinically proven to improve acne symptoms by 85%! The Purifying Wash is a refreshing cleansing gel for daily use while the Purifying Spot Gel targets stubborn acne in adult skin. No harsh ingredients like benzoyl peroxide are used in either product; adults with acne find most OTC acne products geared for oily younger skin which leaves sensitive, dry adult skin looking an irritated mess. The new Wash and Gel are formulated for adult skin that is acne-prone.

You can order the Purifying Wash & Purifying Spot Gel directly from using my code 20090528. I’ve decided not to stock these two items in my St. George inventory as it doesn’t fit my client profile but I can order them for you if you prefer. Knowing how thoroughly Epionce researches new products before their release, I’m sure they are as safe and effective as all other products in this medical skincare line.

Integrative Dermatology

What? Does Western medicine meet Eastern??? Well, according to a recent article in Dermatology News, an online site I subscribe to, that is just the case. I will be quoting liberally from this article by dermatologists Naissan Wesley and Lily Talakoub. Here goes:

“In October of this year, the first ever Integrative Dermatology Symposium was held in Sacramento, CA, bringing together board-certified dermatologists and practitioners of Ayurvedic, Naturopathic, and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in one place. This was the first time in the U.S. that practitioners from these different areas of medicine were brought together to discuss and learn different approaches to skin care and treatment of dermatologic diseases.

“Of all the medical specialities, it is presumed that dermatology is the most inherently holistic. By examining the hair, skin, and nails, we are able to diagnose internal organ diseases such as liver failure (jaundice, veins on stomach), thyroid disease, and infectious diseases (cutaneous manifestations of HIV), diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome (acne, hirsutism), just to name a few. We are also able to treat cutaneous conditions such as psoriasis with biologic medications, treatment that in turn also benefits internal manifestations such as joint, cardiovascular and metabolic disease. In TCM and Ayurveda, the skin, hair, body type and tongue can also be analyzed to diagnose and treat disease.

"Salve and skin care routines that would be considered natural or holistic have been “prescribed” by Western dermatologists with an MD license for many years. Most medicines initially come from nature and it is only in the past century with the boom in the pharmaceutical industry and development of synthetic RX medications that people have forgotten this. Some of this boom has been needed to treat enormous populations as natural resources can be scarce, and in some cases only an extract of the plant may be needed for treatment where other elements may be ineffective or even harmful.

"Epsom salt soaks and wet to dry soaks are used to draw out and treat infections. Bleach baths are often used to decrease bacterial load and calm inflammation when treating eczema. In Mohs surgery, Dr. Frederick Mohs initially used a zinc chloride paste on non melanoma skin cancers in between stages whereas now frozen section processing and cosmetic reconstruction make Mohs surgery what it is today. In the days of Hippocrates, food was medicine. If you were “red in the face”, your blood was deemed too acidic and alkaline-forming foods (or “cold foods”) were given. This has now again come full circle with rosacea and evidence supporting a link between disease flares or improvement related to foods and the gut microbiome.

"The rediscovery of ancient treatments through the study of ethnobotany, Ayurveda and TCM has been fascinating as most of these approaches focus not just on the skin but on treating the patient as a whole, with the effects ultimately benefiting the skin. With the many advances in Western medicine over the past 2,000 years, starting with Hippocrates, it will be interesting to see how we, in the field of dermatology, can still learn from and potentially integrate medicine that originated 3,000-5,000 years ago in Ayurveda and 2,000 years ago in TCM that is still practiced today.” Dermatology News, Nov. 15, 2018.

Note: I’d be really interested if any of you have encountered “holistic” dermatologists and what conditions/remedies were helpful (if they were). I will mention that Dr. Thornfeldt of Epionce does use only medicinal botanicals to formulate his skincare line. He’s been ahead of the curve with efficacious “natural” skincare.

Dermaplaning: Pros & Cons

I ran across an interesting article in the trade journal MedEsthetics about the popularity of Dermaplaning as a hair-removal technique. Dermaplaning is a physical exfoliation method that requires the use of a sterile surgical scalpel to gently shave and remove the top layer of the skin (the stratum corner) as well as the thin, vellus hair (peach fuzz). The treatment results in smooth, fresh and brighter skin; it allows the dead skin cell buildup to be removed along with facial hair. Products used afterwards will penetrate more quickly, giving faster results for cellular recovery.

Here are the pros and cons:


  • Painless exfoliation that stimulates cellular turnover with little to no downtime
  • Can be performed prior to treatments like facials, laser, microdermabrasion and peels for better product penetration
  • Can be performed regularly, as frequently as every month
  • Helps makeup go on smoothly and more evenly
  • Can help lighten post inflammatory scars from past acne
  • Does not make the hair grow back thicker or darker


  • It is more expensive than waxing
  • The results might not be as long-lasting as other hair removal methods such as waxing as the hair is not removed from the root
  • Results will differ depending on an individuals hair-growth cycle
  • Not everyone is a candidate: clients with active and cystic acne should avoid it as well as anyone with hirsutism, a condition of excessive male-pattern hair growth in women

I have been doing dermaplaning for clients (and myself) for about four years. Haven’t lost anyone yet! Seriously, the facial skin feels smooth, clean and silky after a treatment and is wonderful preparation for better product penetration of serums and moisturizers. It is one of my clients' favorites.

Odds and Ends

This has been a year of education and road trips for me and I plan to continue that into 2019 and on if my body and brain can continue to handle it. Last March I went to Santa Fe for a Road Scholar program on Cold War spying, in May I was in Nashville for an Epionce conference then drove up to Kentucky for some distillery tours, then in September/October, I drove back to Kentucky for a Road Scholar program on the bourbon industry. While in Louisville, I attended a workshop at Moonshine University to become a Certified Bourbon Steward which really means that I know a tiny bit more than I did about this fascinating “spirit world”. When I returned to St. George, I approached our #1 rated Utah cooking school to see if they’d like to partner on bourbon education. I about fainted when they said yes! The chefs and I plan to do these events into 2019 so of course I’ve rationalized more trips to learn about bourbon. This is my best career reinvention yet!

As always, I’m so appreciative of your interest and support. I wish you an amazing Christmas and a New Year full of family, friends and good health.


Peels to the People