Natural Living

By Irene Fogarty

“Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul.”
- Douglas MacArthur

The horror of growing old has driven many a tormented soul in search of the fountain of youth. And I’m not talking about the Norma Desmond types. Today, Hollywood twenty-somethings are swapping names of cosmetic surgeons or flying to exclusive hideaway clinics where rejuvenation is a specialty. But not us. We all-natural goddesses stand strong as we shake our henna heads in defiance. We will not ever resort to that. Botox? The thought of injecting ourselves with botulism from cows makes one sh-udder. (Sorry couldn’t resist!)

But let’s be honest for one second. Aren’t you ever just a tad curious about some of the latest treatments that seem to be popping up every day. Treatments that promise to renew your skin’s elasticity, make your skin firmer, less stressed, less lined, more youthful?

Consider this. Imagine if you could get all the benefits of a surgical treatment without undergoing any surgery. Wouldn’t you want to find out about it? I believe there must be several all-natural, affordable, non-anesthetic, safe and most importantly effective procedures that can rejuvenate the skin and help us maintain our dewy complexions for just a little longer. Please!!!

In light of this, I’m going to interview all-natural, organic, health gurus, spa owners, skincare specialists, to see if these alternatives actually work. Each month, I will dedicate an article to a specific skincare line or spa, interview the owner, and talk specifically about her/his solutions to preserving skin, the natural way. Of course, (do I need to say this again?) it’s a lifestyle thing — the “you are what you eat” philosophy.

So if you’re not exercising regularly, eating healthily, or drinking tons of water daily, just skip this. You’re a lost cause and you might as well consider Botox and all those other cosmetic surgeries that the stars have already resorted to.

The products. The benefits. The results.

Name of product:
Kimberly Sayer’s Vitamin C Serum.

What it does:
Comprised of 12% concentration of stable Vitamin C with pure Calendula Extract, to smooth fine lines and wrinkles and brighten skin tone, while protecting against and reversing the effects of environmental damage

Benefits:
This gentle and chemical free formula contains only the finest, steam distilled organic ingredients such as pure plant oils and extracts from the earth and sea based on the theories of ancient apothecaries.

- Suitable for all skin types and ideal for those with dry or mature skin
- Brightens, tightens and tones
- Smoothes fine lines and wrinkles
- Heals blemishes
- Absorbs easily and creates a tight, smooth finish – making it ideal for use under make-up.

Key Ingredients:
- 12% concentration of Antioxidant vitamin C (Ascorbyl Palmitate) derived from Rose Hips
- Pure Calendula extracted using the super critical carbon dioxide process (only natural gas is used) to render it at its optimum and most potent medicinal state to soothe, smooth and heal the skin

How to Use:
Once or twice a day, apply a dime-sized droplet to clean hands and smooth over face and neck. Use day or night. Can be used as a substitute for moisturizer or night cream.

My Opinion:
This stuff works. I’ve been using it everyday before I leave for work after I clean my skin, and I can honestly say my skin looks firmer, less stressed, with lines less obvious. I love the fact that Kimberly’s formulas are easily absorb (the emulsifiers!) without leaving any “greasy” appearance. Instead your skin just glows naturally as the pores seem cleaner. I highly recommend this one, especially for dry, mature skin types. It’s like a thirst quenching drink for the skin!

Where can you buy it?
Henri Bendel, Whole Foods Markets, select spas and salons around the world. Also through website at http://www.kimberlysayer.com, or by calling 212.414.7701

Name of product:
Kimberly Sayer’s Hydrating Anti-Oxidant Facial Mask.

What it does:
This unique anti-aging leave-on treatment mask tightens, firms and hydrates the skin, leaving it soft and supple.

Benefits:
Gentle and chemical free, it contains only the finest, steam distilled organic ingredients such as pure plant oils and extracts based on the theories of ancient apothecaries.

- Ideal for dry, mature and/or sensitive skin
- Diminishes lines and wrinkles
- Protects against free radicals

Key Ingredients:
Contains Kimberly Sayer’s patented Plant Pseudocollagen (glycoprotein) –
a living, plant derived yeast that in nature actually holds plants in their upright position. In skin, it binds moisture on a cellular level, creating a firmer, younger looking appearance.

- Rose essential oil to stimulate cell turnover and soften the skin
- Anti-oxidant Vitamins A, C, E and Grapeseed extract to protect against free radicals
- Olive extract to soften and hydrate skin
- Ylang Ylang to reduce stress at a cellular level
- Apricot oil and Lavender water to balance the skin’s natural P.H. level
- Palmarosa oil to stimulate cell regeneration and alleviate stress
- Calendula to soothe skin
- Sea Algae extract which provides valuable nutrients to the skin and enhances it’s ability to hold moisture
- Rare Ugandan Shea Butter to soften skin

How to Use:
Apply to cleansed skin on face and neck twice weekly. Leave on treatment mask. Do NOT rinse

My Opinion:
You’ll love how this feels on your skin. It absorbs in quickly but it also moisturizes the skin deeply for a longtime without clogging pores, or giving a greasy veil that simply disguises lines and wrinkles like those other mineral based expensive “of the sea” creams. It’s perfect for those hangover days when your skin needs extra hydration. And it’s so easy to use. Just clean your skin and then apply this. No one will know you were out till all hours over indulging. Unless of course you tell them! After a week or so, I noticed a distinct difference in my skin’s texture: it was firmer, rejuvenated and more consistent in tone. Again, for perfect for more dryer, more mature skin types that need protection from sun, wind and free radicals.

Kimberly’s Anti- Aging Facials
In addition to the above products, Kimberly offers an anti-aging facial.
Using only aromatic oils that are hand blended for your individual needs and preferences. Kimberly feels the texture of your skin. She knows what you need more hydration, more extraction, more massage for better circulation. Leave it to her. You’re in good hands.

Organic Apothecary Facial (Skin Conditioning)
This exclusive KS method uses vital organic products to restore harmony and balance to the skin. Includes: skin analysis, gentle exfoliation, aromatic compresses and lymphatic massage, deep tissue cleansing, extraction of impurities, mask for rebalancing and light decollete and scalp massage.

All I can say is that you’ll leave not only feeling relaxed, but distressed and your skin will definitely thank you. Don’t be surprised if people ask you what you’re doing to look so good. You’ll glow for days with a less stressed, less lined appearance. Call Kimberly at 212-414-7701 or email her at info@kimberlysayer.com to book an appointment today. And be sure to say hello from me!

Originally published February 2006
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