Healthy Skin Awareness Month

Tip 4 : Moisturize

By: Johnetta Verile Wilborn

Proper hydration aids the dermis and hypodermis.  The external moisturizing seals in the moisture and protects against free radicals, and harmful uv rays. Moisturizing is a daily (2x) must especially during the winter months.  For the face, you may opt for a moisturizer with or without sunscreen. If you opt without make sure to wear sunscreen year round.  I prefer a moisturizer with out and then after absorption I apply a separate sunscreen.  I find my skin stays hydrated throughout the day better. Hydrating the skin at night is an excellent for penetration.  

My favorite moisturizer (face): 

1. Naturopathica’s Vitamin C Revitalizing Complex

2. Naturopathica’s Lavender Protective Moisturizer SPF 15

My favorite moisturizer (body):

1. Home Health Almond Glow® Rose Skin Lotion





Healthy Skin Awareness Month

Tip #3 – Nighttime regime

by: Johnetta Verile Wilborn

Every women’s magazine has a quote from a supermodel stating I never go to bed with my makeup on as a skin secret.  Our skin cells renew every 14 to 30 days. During the nighttime is when the skin repairs and renews the most. Three essential things must happen for healthy skin; sleep (7-8 hours), cleanse and treat.  


Our bodies can function on less however over time our skin will begin to display fatigue not only under the eye area but in its ability to repair and renew.  As a result, you may find yourself booking more peels and microdermabrasion.  A thorough cleanse of the skin followed by toning (face), repair/renew serum (face), moisturize  prior to sleeping will not only provide healthier skin but the process will calm the body and mind and make falling and staying asleep easier.

Sleep Aids: Relaxing spa music, eye mask and change your pillow case often 


Nightly cleanse is crucial to rid the skin of makeup, oil and dirt build up all of which if remain will absorb into pores increasing the possibility of blemishes. Considering that the nighttime is when is skin cells repair and renew the most it is optimal time for treatment of areas such as acneic skin, dry skin or pigmentation whether hypo/hyper.  This goes for you body as well shower before bed can assist in falling to sleep faster and staying sleep longer. Add a few drops of your favorite calming essential oil (lavender, chamomile) around the drain to begin the unwind process.

My Favorite Cleanser: Face ~ Jurlique’s foaming cleanser and Naturopathica’s aloe cleansing gel and oat facial polish

My Favorite Cleanser : Body ~ Dr.Bronner’s Magic Soap Tea Tree oil and Canus Goat Milk (bar soap, milk bath and body wash) 


This is optimal time to treat areas of the skin This is where it gets exciting for me.  I have seasonal treatment for my skin. I use a plant stem cell serum nightly for the first month of every season. For fall/winter treatment, a serum that targets your area of concern and a heavier moisturizer is ideal; make good use of that extra hour.  For spring/summer, a serum that targets your area of concern and a lighter moisturizer. 

My favorite fall serum: Naturopathica’s Neroli clarifying serum (no longer made I purchased enough to last during my search)

My favorite quarterly serum: Naturopathica’s plant stem cell serum – nightly for 30 days and you will see a difference


Healthy Skin Awareness Month

Tip 2 – Nutrition

Balanced nutrition provides the necessary nutrients the skin cells need to assist in cell repair and defend against cell damage from both free radicals and environmental. Eating for healthy skin is essential. This is not a no carb/no sugar eating plan but a balanced food suggestion for fueling your body for healthy skin.  Foods that assist with cell repair and defend against cell damage are Salmon (wild caught or pill form). Foods that hinder cellulite are pineapples, bananas, chili peppers, green tea. Foods high in vitamin E such as almonds.  Foods high in antioxidants such as dark chocolate, as if we needed a reason to eat chocolate.  Leafy Greens such as Collard Greens and spinach have a good dosage of folate which assist in the renewal of skin cells.  Sweet potatoes have a high amount of vitamin C which is an essential vitamin for collagen production and assist with smoothing out wrinkles.  Tomatoes due to there lycopene content are excellent choice for anti-aging.  A diet rich in leafy greens, omega 3,6 and 9, vitamin E, vitamin C, folate and lycopene are essential for healthy skin.  

Healthy Skin Meal : Grilled Salmon severed over sauteed spinach and a baked sweet potato – Delicious


November is Healthy Skin Month Tip 1 – Hydration

  1. Hydration
    1. Ideally consuming half your body weight in ounces provides enough hydration for your body.  Consuming caffeinated beverages will increase this amount as caffeinate is diuretic. Physical exercise will increase your body’s need for additional hydration.  For example a one hundred twenty-five pound adult would at a minimum need 75 ounces of water daily to maintain proper hydration.  If you add a morning cup of coffee, then an additional eight ounces.  If you are a runner, then depending on distance and duration you will need to add additional ounces of water to correlate to your physical activity.
    2. Proper hydration aids the skin’s healthy appearance by preventing dehydration and dull and dry skin
    3. Hydrated skin is achieved by water consumption and moisturize and it is vital to glowing skin for both.


November is Healthy Skin Month by Johnetta Verile Wilborn

Skin is the largest organ of the body. Our skin protects us from microbes and the elements, helps regulate body temperature, and permits the sensations of touch, heat and cold. The skin has three layers; epidermis, dermis and hypodermis.  The epidermis is the outermost layer of skin providing a waterproof barrier and creates our skin tone.  The dermis is beneath the epidermis containing tough connective tissue, hair follicles and sweat glands.  The hypodermis is a deeper subcutaneous tissue made of fat and connective tissue. This knowledge of skin is useful in achieving and maintaining healthy skin.  The epidermis is what is visible to the eye however some of the concerns of the skin that are visible such as cellulite, acne, hyperpigmentation may need to be addressed in the dermis and hypodermis.  Our skin cells (epidermis) regenerate every 14 to 30 days and with this valuable knowledge here are tips for achieving and maintaining healthy skin. Five tips to achieve healthy skin year round: hydration, nutrition, night regime, exfoliate and moisturize/protect. Our new esthetician, Ancill McDonald, one must have is sunscreen.


The Perfect Pucker (DIY)


As winter steadily approaches, we will be sharing our favorite remedies to keep your skin healthy, happy and hydrated.  One of our favorite recipes to prevent (or fix) chapped lips is outlined below, and requires only three ingredients we’re sure you can find in your pantry.

Arnetta’s Luxury Lip Scrub

1/2 tsp olive oil (or coconut oil)

2 tbsp. granulated sugar

1 tsp honey

Once ingredients are mixed, apply a silver dollar-sized amount to lips (I prefer warming in the microwave for ten seconds to add a little luxury).  Slowly massage for 1 minute and remove with a damp wash cloth or paper towel.