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Veronica's 70th Birthday

On turning 70, I can only tell you that I believe we can age gracefully, not fighting or denying the fact that your energy level does go down a bit.

It’s even more important remaining physically active and appreciating this stage of life as a new adventure. I appreciate the little girl that still lives in me, who always wants to know and see what’s beyond the bend in the road, and figure a way to get there.

I am deeply grateful that my younger self had the courage to do things that were not easy, or comfortable at times. I’m grateful for my friends, family, and those strong women who helped me stay on the path.

I’ve personally never thought of aging as beauty-related, even though I’m in the beauty business. I’ve always related aging to experience, lessons learned, and wisdom gained. When I look in the mirror as a 70 year old, I never think, ‘Wow, I look older and my skin doesn’t look like it did in my twenties’. I just see me at the current stage of who I am today. I reflect on what I’ve been able to accomplish over the years and what I still hope to accomplish over the next year. To me, aging is a beautiful part of life’s progression towards learning and becoming a better version of ourselves. It’s about being in good health, caring about your happiness, and staying fit.

Beauty products will help, but they are only a part of keeping the whole body and mind in shape. Fresh unprocessed food, a lot of movement, de-stressing rituals, spa treatments, a good night’s sleep, and good skin care products are the right combination for me. Aging is beauty, we should embrace it. My journey as a skin healer grew from having bad skin, so learning about self-love and care, to gravitating towards internal wellness of the mind and body brought me to where I am today. Beauty is not reflected by age, it’s reflected by the health of your energy from within, revealing your inner light.

Kendall (my granddaughter) and I will be going to Vietnam in April with Operation Smile. And congratulations to Kendall on her graduation from Auburn University, class of 2018! While I have never been on an Operation Smile medical mission before, I have always felt a deep connection to this group of doctors who travel to third world countries and provide life-saving reconstructive cleft surgeries. These volunteers give babies around the world a chance to live normal lives that are healthier and more fulfilling.

Dr. William Magee and his team of surgeons

A child’s cleft lip or palate can be repaired for $240, and in as few as 45 minutes. Kendall is 22 and is pursuing a medical career. Nothing makes me happier than joining Dr. William Magee and his wife, Kathleen Magee (a nurse and clinical social worker) on this mission. They founded Operation Smile in1982, and have dedicated their lives to helping children with cleft palates. They saw a need and Operation Smile was born.

Kathleen Magee, Dr. Bill Magee, Veronica

Kendall and I are honored to be going on this mission. On my 70th we raised over $27,000 in our silent auction for Operation Smile. Thank you to everyone who donated to Operation Smile. A special thank you to Jennifer Naylor for her delicious food, Shamra and Brian Strange for the wine from Strange Family Vineyard, and Cindy Crawford for the Casimigos Tequila. Here’s to 70 candles!

With love & gratitude,
Veronica

“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” – Khalil Gibran

Spring Clean Your Winter Routine

Spring

Spring is here, and that means it’s time to change your skin care routine. In the dry winter months our skin requires a heavier moisturizer.

Warmer temperatures causes the skin’s natural oil production to increase, this means using a lighter moisturizer and even more sun protection. To have the best skin this season, you’ll want to make some adjustments on how you treat your skin.

Here are 4 suggestions to spring clean your skincare regimen.

Exfoliate & Mask

Skin is less sensitive when the humidity is higher because there is more moisture in the air.
Use a scrub or light exfoliating peel to brighten and smooth the appearance of your skin. This will give you a smooth canvas for your makeup, and help your treatment products be more effective and do their job. Our new Charcoal Glow Mask is a scrub & mask all-in-one!

Glow Mask

Lighter Moisturizer

Warmer temperatures result in oiler skin, so switch to a lighter moisturizer in the Spring.
Use a lightweight moisturizer that provides hydration and nourishes your skin while your sleeping.

Hydrating Night Cream

Add an Antioxidant Serum

Everyone should incorporate a serum into their skin routine. Even when you use sunscreen, your skin is exposed to damaging free radicals. Air pollution, toxins and UV exposure all create free radicals that lead to environmental damage. An antioxidant serum will help counteract that damage and help keep your skin younger. A good serum will also boost clarity and brighten your skin.

Seaweed Peptide Serum

Spring Clean Your Pores with a Professional Facial

I recommend seeing an esthetician and getting a professional facial after the winter months.
It’s an excellent way to jump start your complexion after the winter months. Remember, Spring cleaning is not just for your house, your skincare regimen also needs an overhaul.

Facial

Wishing you a Bright & Happy Spring!

Love,
Veronica

“Elegance is the only beauty, that never fades.” – Audrey Hepburn

Winter Skin Tips From Veronica

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, now is the time to show your love – to your skin!!

Colder temperatures can wreak havoc on your skin, both on the face and body. It gets flaky, dry, and can be painful and itchy. Here are a few of my tips on keeping your body’s largest organ hydrated and healthy during the winter months.

Use products that are gentle on your face and body during the winter months. Without cleansing, your products can’t do their job. It’s important to use a cleanser that softens water and gently rids the skin of impurities without stripping the skin of it’s normal pH.

Fresh Mint Wash

Keep your environment from being too dry. Our skin is the barrier that keeps water inside of your body. When it is cold and dry, water evaporates off the surface of our skin faster. Use a humidifier to prevent dryness and drink extra water. Humidifiers are a good way to add moisture back into your home, especially if you use a fireplace or heater.

Exfoliate less than you would normally, your skin barrier is going to be compromised because of the cold air and dryness.

Twice a week is enough during the winter months.

Skin care

Avoid hot baths and showers. In the winter months, taking hot showers and not moisturizing can dry out your skin. If the skin is not moisturized immediately, the skin surface gets exposed to air, resulting in ‘winter itch’.

Hot water dehydrates our skin, so after you pat dry, moisturize your face and body. Use products that contain hyaluronic acid to keep the barrier of your skin from losing a lot of water. Don’t go outside in the cold with damp skin. If your skin is damp and you go out in the cold, it’s going to chap more. It’s just like when you lick your lips, it makes the problem worse.

Use your moisturizer often. Using a good moisturizer is crucial for keeping skin hydrated throughout the winter. I recommend using face and body oils for your skin type during the winter months. Use a cream moisturizer after to help trap in the hydration. There is a body oil for every skin type. My favorites are coconut or a light sesame seed oil.

Happy Valentine’s Day Beauties!

Love,
Veronica

Veronica and Carl

Veronica & Carl with Venus de Milo (the Greek Goddess of Beauty & Love)

“The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” – Audrey Hepburn

Happy Holidays!

Montana Ave

I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season!

I am thrilled to share that I have opened my third skincare spa on the beautiful Montana Avenue in Santa Monica! We will be offering customized facials, body treatments, and the latest technology in anti-gravity therapies, ultrasound, radio-frequency, and facial treatments. Our skincare boutique includes the latest in skincare products in the world.

Spa Suite

I have been fortunate to be in an industry that I am passionate about and love. I am grateful to all my mentors that encouraged me to embark on this great beauty journey.

I feel blessed to have created a concept that helps make your skin look it’s most youthful, by using the best technologies and products that are gentle and yet effective to deliver results.

I want to share four things I am incredibly thankful for;

  1. All of my employees and their passion, hard work, and dedication to me and Veronica Skin Care.
  2. My family, and great friends I have met in my life. They truly are my inspiration.
  3. Our clients from the last 38 years. Their continued dedication and loyalty fills my heart.
  4. Lastly, I am thankful for my health, and everyone who has inspired me to move forward in building my business. Having had terrible skin in my youth, I find it exceptional joyful in helping others with their skin care problems.

Thankful

Wishing you a beautiful holiday season and a new year filled with hope and joy.

With love,
Veronica

“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” – Kahlil Gabran

How To Enhance And Keep Your Summer Glow

summer skin glow

If you’re looking to enhance and keep your skin’s natural glow from the summer, here are a few tips (besides a sunscreen and a 4′ brimmed hat) that will help.

Apply your facial products to the back of the neck all the way up to your hairline. Gravity affects that area too, especially when you wear your hair up, and the sun exposure breaking down collagen and elastin. Applying products to the back side of the neck will help prevent sagging in the front and should be treated as an extension of that area.

I love using a mask at least twice a week to keep skin bright and clear. You can make your own. Put a few slices of pumpkin in a food processor, add 2 teaspoons of plain yogurt and honey. Apply the mask and cover the eye with cold green tea bags (it reduces puffiness). Let it sit for 15 minutes. Remove the mask with a warm, damp towel. The yogurt also helps heal sunburned, damaged skin.

To extend your summer tan, incorporate raw carrots into your snack routine. Carrots contain a very potent antioxidant called carotene that promotes the coloration of the skin, and when you have several servings in your diet, it warms up your natural skin tone to help your tan last longer.

raw carrots, hydrating mist and jade rollers

Keep a hydrating mist in your purse. Misting the skin throughout the day will cool it off and balance nature’s harsh elements by keeping it calm and hydrated. I love Jane Iredale’s Lemongrass Spray.

Apply eye cream with a jade stone. This ancient beauty ritual from Japan is known to drain toxins from the eye area, increase blood circulation and help with puffiness.

One of the most important things to remember to do after sunbathing is to rinse your body with fresh water to remove salt and/or chlorine from the skin. These two elements will dry out the skin quickly.

Hope everyone is having a fun summer and I can’t wait to tell you about our 3rd new location opening this Fall!

A girl’s gotta spa and you deserve to be pampered!

Love,
Veronica

“I regret taking such good care of my skin.” – said no one ever

GIVE YOUR VALENTINE THE GIFT OF SPA!

Valentine’s Day is here and Veronica Day Spa has the perfect Valentine’s gift of pampering for your sweetheart!

What better way to celebrate love than giving your loved one a special Valentine’s Day at the spa!

spa

The greatest gift on Valentine’s Day is the gift of pampering with relaxing massages, soothing facials, sauna, acupuncture or a private yoga or tai chi class with our master teachers. Your loved one will leave feeling rejuvenated, relaxed, refreshed and truly special. During this time of the year even the most beauty conscious neglect their skin form time to time.

relaxing massages, soothing facials and yoga

The latest facial to get the A list all excited is the new HydraFacial. The entire HydraFacial is performed using a vacuum based skin abrasion tip which is loaded with various serums prescribed according to your needs and specially formulated to target and combat different skin complaints. The probe removes dead skin cells while bathing the healthy underlying skin with antioxidants deep into the skin – exactly where they can take effect. Your main skincare woes targeted in one quick and easy session.

HydraFacial is tailored to your individual skincare needs, meaning you will receive a customized treatment suited to your skin’s requirements. If you like the results and hate fluff then the HydraFacial is the perfect facial for skin maintenance. The results are pretty addictive, even if you only manage this treatment once every couple months your skin will thank you for it.

We are experts on helping you put together your gift of love. A little bit of planning will go a long way, and your Valentine will surely appreciate your efforts. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a special person in your life, give the gift no one returns; the gift of relaxation, the Veronica Spa Gift Certificate. Gift cards are available in any denomination and can be used for any service or combination of services – there’s something for everyone on our spa menu!

relaxing massages, soothing facials and yogaWith each Gift Certificate you’ll get a free Veronica Aromatherapy Bergamot & Jasmine Candle.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

With love and gratitude,
Veronica

“For me the only things of interests are those linked to the heart.” – Audrey Hepburn

Recipe for Beauty Sleep

We all know the basics of a good diet, exercise and good grooming, but a consistent sleep schedule and nighttime routine is also a key to your health.

Just getting the recommended 7-8 hour quantity of sleep is not always enough, it’s the quality of sleep that’s important. Turning and tossing, waking up throughout the night, and restlessness can be a big problem.

beauty sleep

Your mind can keep you up when your body really wants to rest.

A few routines help me get a good nights sleep.

An aromatherapy bath helps calm the mind and body. Lavender, orange blossom and chamomile are my favorites. A few drops in your bath water is all you need. Lavender is stress-reducing, orange blossom is calming and reduces anxiety (it’s in our aromatherapy candles), and chamomile relaxes and promotes restfulness.

Lighting a candle and turning off the electricity also helps the mind and body relax.

aromatherapy bath

Magnesium is the second most abundant element in the human cell and helps to regulate over 300 enzyme actions in the body. Most people are magnesium deficient. If our magnesium level gets too low, it can disrupt our REM sleep and lower our serotonin production. Magnesium levels fall at night, so to help increase intake, it’s important to eat magnesium rich foods like dark leafy greens, fish, nuts and seeds. One of the most efficient ways for the body to absorb key minerals is topically. Bathing in Epsom Salts will detoxify and rebalance the body.

According to the National Academy of Sciences, magnesium deficiency helps account to high rates of heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, arthritis and joint pain. digestive maladies, stress-related illnesses, chronic fatigue and a number of other ailments. Who knew?!

While there are many different brands of Epsom Salts, they are all the same product chemically, and can be found at most drug stores.

Add two cups of Epsom salts to your bath water with a few drops of your favorite essential oils, light a candle and soak for at least 15 minutes in your bath. Do this three times weekly.

If you are pregnant or have any health concerns, please check with your doctor before using Epsom Salts.

We all have such busy days, but taking the time for a beautiful bath can be good for your soul…your immune system… and your sleep!

Wishing you health and wellness!

Love,
Veronica

“Sleep is the best meditation.” – Dalai Lama

Acne, Not Just For Teens

Adult acne is not just for teens. A 2012 study, published in the Journal of Women’s Health, reported that 27% of adults had clinical acne, while an additional 29% experience mild acne.

Adult acne is different than the traditional flair-ups experienced during the teen years. Most often it is linked to stress, inflammation, hormonal imbalances, as well as environmental and dietary factors.

tips for healthy looking clear skin

Tips for healthy looking clear skin:

  • Wash your face morning and night
  • Exercise
  • Drink lots of pure spring water and enjoy a diet rich in detoxifying greens and green juices.
  • Take Vitamins and essential nutrients like zinc, magnesium and essential fatty acids.
  • Protect with sunscreen, 4 inch brimmed hat and uv sunglasses
  • Moisturize am and pm
  • Monthly deep cleansing facials

My answer to tinted moisturizers that won’t break you out is the Veronica Mineral Sheer Tint BB Cream. A tinted moisturizer, sunscreen and antioxidant lotion that gives a lightweight coverage that evens out your complexion.

Veronica Mineral Sheer Tint BB Cream
ginseng

Evens skin tone with a sheer natural radiance, as it nourishes, moisturizes and protects. The Veronica Mineral Sheer Tint BB Cream brightens the skin while protecting against free radicals and gives you a little color! This ultra-sheer cream gives your skin a extra boost of Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc, Lysine and other vital elements. Potent Ginkgo Biloba, Ginseng and Vitamins A and E protect against free radical damage while hydrating skin.

The perfect ‘Barely There Glow’ glides on effortlessly to create a water-resistant veil of natural-looking coverage

A healthy lifestyle and consistent daily habits are important to achieve beautiful skin, through every stage of life.

Love,
Veronica

Healthy skin is a reflection of your overall wellness – Veronica

Spring Cleaning From The Inside Out

There are many reasons I use a far infrared sauna, and skin rejuvenation is just one of them.

When your body produces sweat via the deep sweating you experience in a far infrared sauna, the rate at which dead skin cells are replaced can be increased. At the same time, heavy sweating helps to remove bacteria out to the epidermal layer of the skin and the sweat ducts.

spring infrared sauna

This pore cleaning also causes increased capillary circulation, which can give the skin a younger, healthier-looking appearance. When you sweat, the movement of fluid to the skin delivers mineral-rich nutrients and helps to fill spaces around the cells, increasing firmness and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. So by continually flushing waste throughout skin cells via the use of the sauna, you increase skin health, tone and cleanse the pores.

Not only does it help your skin stay healthy and young, it also helps purify the body from the inside out, eliminating metals and toxins that are stored in fat cells (sushi anyone?), which can release toxins. This helps your heart health, muscular pain relief, fat loss, immune system, relaxation and better sleep, increased cardiovascular performance and increased stress resilience. It helps with weight loss and our Endermologie clients love it. And, what better way to detox before a facial or massage treatment. It makes all and any of our treatments better.

spring infrared sauna

So, can you blame me for being addicted to my far infrared sauna? I pop in during the day, even if I have a few minutes, it always makes me feel better.

I like to use SkinCeuticals Body Tightening Concentrate after my sauna. It’s formulated for toning and tightening the skin on the body and I love the way if feels.

It has an instant cooing effect and helps keep my skin hydrated and firm. It’s also paraben and fragrance free!

spring infrared sauna

Happy Spring!
Veronica

Oh, and we just celebrated Olivia’s number 5 😉

spring infrared sauna

Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!” – Robin Williams

The Secret To Beautiful Eyes

One of the first places we start showing our age is the eyes.

As we age, our muscles weaken and can no longer hold up our skin as tightly. This results in the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. ThermiSmooth uses radio frequency to heat the skin and stimulate the natural production of collagen. This helps strengthen and thicken the skin to improve its overall quality and appearance. The new ThermiSmooth is a non-invasive way to lift and smooth the skin of the face without any pain or downtime. It’s the ideal treatment for the fine skin around the eyes and lips.

Our Medical Director, Dr. Talia Emery will be demonstrating the ThermiSmooth on ExtraTV December 11th.

ThermiSmooth

Speaking of eyes…

How you take your makeup off at night is important. Pulling and tugging on the sensitive skin around the eyes can wear and tear, and over time cause more wrinkles and aging of the eyes. With so many mascaras out there, you would think it would be easy to find one that you love. Unfortunately, it’s hard to find. I have high expectations, and want volume, no clumps, all day curl without flakes, and no smudging. It seems that I would use a mascara for about a six months, and then move on to find a better one. Now you can condition your lashes while making them thicker without clumps! VolumeX Mascara creates natural and lavish lashes that look natural.

A patented V-shaped brush lifts and curls lashes from root to tip. Packed with ultra condoning vitamins A, E & Panthenol creates body and volume.

VolumeX Mascara

ExtraTV will be doing a giveaway of the Veronica VolumnX Mascara, V Peptide Eye Cream and Pro Pallette Concealer on December 11th!

Veronica and Carl

Wishing you and your loved ones peace, joy and health this holiday season, and throughout 2016!

Love,
Veronica

“Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder” – Anonymous