If Morgan Freeman Wore Sun Block

Anti-aging Secrets I wish I Knew About


Mole are 100% Preventable

I’m always so surprised at the amount of people that don’t wear sunblock.

 Or will admittedly only where it, “sometimes.”

I know, “sometimes” means never.

Sunblock is the most undefined product that is recommended for daily use.  You don’t see it working, you don’t know if it is working, but over time if you haven’t used sunblock you will most likely see the affects of not having used sun protection.

The effects of the sun are subtle, but over time, will age and hyper-pigment the skin.  So often I hear people say that moles and hyper-pigmentation is hereditary.  The only reason these symptoms of the sun are hereditary is because no one in the family is wearing sunblock.

The key ingredients that you should look for are Zinc and Titanium Dioxide.  These ingredients create a full spectrum, that means it will protect you from UVA (aging), UVB (burning), and UVC (cancer) rays.

Typically I like to keep the SPF right in the range of 20 -30.  The reason for me is I feel fooled into believing that I don’t need to reapply after a couple of hours if I’ve been out hiking all day.  For me, the 50 SPF and 70 SPFs seem like over kill. But if you are at a high risk of skin cancer or have found to have skin cancer, of course you will need the higher SPFs.


My other reason for using products with Zinc oxide is known for its noncomedogenic and antimicrobial properties that can enhance wound healing. Titanium Dioxide full spectrum block that is noncomedogenic, doesn’t clog your pores.

Here are some of my favorites.

gloTherapeutics Solar Shade SPF 50

Solar Shade SPF 50_sensitive

This lightweight blend of natural, mineral sunscreens glides on skin and absorbs quickly, providing broad spectrum protection to shield against sun damage and prevent photo-aging.

Here’s why I like it so much.  You need so little, put it on after your moisturizer and it makes a great primer for your foundation.  For an oily skin it can even be used as just your moisturizer.

Sanitas Progressive Skin Health,  Solar Block SPF 17

Sanitas  Solar Block has always been one of my favorites.

Sanítas offers a unique approach to sun protection. Many sun care products feature toxic chemicals that do not offer full spectrum protection from the sun and can actually accelerate the aging process.  Sanítas does not formulate productsgetsanitas-solarblock1 using toxic sunscreen chemicals or drugs. They feature topically delivered sun protection nutrients that respect the skin and enhance its inherent ability to protect itself.  In addition to providing full protection from UVA, UVB and UVC rays, Sanítas Solar Block nourishes and heals the skin with ingredients such as Zinc Oxide and anti-aging vitamins.

Now here’s why I love Solar Block.  A pea size dollop protects my face neck and hands.  Less is more with Sanitas and I have a smoother even surface to apply my make up.  I also use Solar Block to finish all my skin care services at my salon.  I wouldn’t trust any other product to protect my clients.

TIZO SheerFoam™ Sun Protection SPF 30 Non-TintedTizoSheerFoamNonTint

My new favorite.  It’s light, it foams.  So cool!!

The gentlest mineral sunscreen uniquely formulated to provide sheer, weightless, non-greasy protection from the sun’s harmful UVA-UVB rays.

TiZO ShearFoam™ SPF 30 is formulated with multiple particle sizes of micronized titanium dioxide and zinc oxide into a light foam sunscreen that applies smooth and clear. Its easy application glides on skin for uniform, complete coverage for maximum protection. Formulated for all skin types, this product is free of oils, fragrances, preservatives, and chemical sunscreens. It Contains the #1 and #2 rated sunscreen filters resulting in excellent, broad spectrum protection to help prevent pre-mature skin aging, sun-induced wrinkles and loss of firmness.

I’ve been taking it to the pool with me to protect my face and tattoo.   Then use it to protect my face neck and hands on the way out.  Because it foams it just melts when you put it on and fabulous under my make up.

Garden Goddess Organics, Everyday Natural Sunscreen Continuous Spray

Using naturally occurring minerals and organic, plant-based ingredients, our zinc and titanium-based spray sunscreen provides powerful sun preveryday-natural-sunscreen-6oz-continuous-spray-goddess-garden-organics_largeotection naturally! Our formula is biodegradable, reef safe, and non-nano so you can rest easy while you enjoy the sun without worry.

I picked this product up before I went to St. Martin at the beginning of the year.  Although all the before mentioned sunblocks are great for everyday where for face, neck and hands, I would not recommend them for your whole body on the beach.

Running late and trying to get all the small errands done before I left I realized I didn’t have a sunblock.  I was at Sprouts getting my snacks for the plane, I ran over to the skin care isle and grab this product.

When I woke the next morning, my first full day in St. Martin, I made my coffee and prepared to spend the next few hours at the beach.  Made my coffee and before getting dressed I sprayed myself from head to toe with Garden Goddess, 30 SPF.  I then threw it in my bag with my book and my water and a few other necessities for the beach, drank my coffee and away I went.

I ate breakfast, I soaked up the sun, I swam in the ocean.  About 4 hours later I returned to my condo.  I failed to follow my own recommendations of reapplying, but I wasn’t burnt, scorched, and no bugs had bitten me.

I figured it was just a fluke.

I was more than cautious going forward.

Wow!!  I never burned, scorched, no bugs had bitten me.  I came home with best tan ever.  In other words I didn’t look like a burnt up penny.

With so many options for sun protection there is no reason that you shouldn’t find one to fit your needs.



Mercury Retrograde

Quick guide to getting through to May 25th


Renew, Relax, Reevaluate, Release, Revise

I’ve had to realize that mercury retrograde is not my enemy.

It’s a time to “Re”

I renew my commitment to myself, and my purpose.  I relax and take it easy, not making any hasty decisions, I reevaluate the decisions that I have made and perhaps release myself from the bonds that hold me down or keep me from soaring.  And finally, I revise any plans going forward that will keep me on my journey and authentic path.

Mercury Retrograde pre-shadow phase was around a week ago.  That’s when I’m assuming things started going wacky for you. Computers stop working properly, communication began to be a challenge.  It’s not you, it’s Mercury.

Mercury Retrograde occurs when it is moving backwards, into its shadow, and thus communication, scheduling, transportation and judgment becomes cloudy or error prone. As much as outer work is challenged by Mercury Retrograde, introspection and inner work is very supported. Take advantage of Mercury Retrograde by clearing your own tendencies to get caught up in your own shadows and those of others.

In essence, keep smiling, and understand you have no control right now.  Go clean your closet, it will all be over the last week of May.

mercury madness

Spring in Colorado

Klippen überwindenWe’ve leaped and we’ve sprang,  how many of us are still on course with our goals for the year.

I hope you haven’t thought of your New’s Years goals as a resolution, because if you  have, you’ve forgotten or pushed aside the thought by the time Mardi Gras came around.

We are nearing close to mid year and it’s not unheard of to hear that pre-new years voice of what you would like to accomplish this year.

Not loose weight, not be your better self, like Oprah claims.  Notice even those commercials have stopped.

One significant obtainable goal.

You still have 7 and a half months left.

Get on it.

You can do it!

My Favorite At Home Peel

Love, love, love Sanitas Brightening Peel Pads.

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Immediately my skin feels the tingle and feels so fresh.  I like to exfoliate at night so when I wake up my skin is smooth, bright and soft.

The Brightening Peel Pads work on several different levels. The Glycolic Acid exfoliates and stimulates new growth; Salicylic Acid, dissolves oils, is anti-bacterial and an anti-inflammatory; Lactic Acid is a natural humectant, softens and reduces hyper-pigmentation; Witch Hazel tightens pores and stimulates circulation.

My skin is on the sensitive side so I use them about every 3rd night.  Even for the most resilient skin I would not recommend use more than every other night.  I like to follow the peel with Sanitas Skincare Re-vita-lize Mask.  Vitamins A, C, D, E and K and CoQ10 enhance collagen production, firm the skin and helps the skin bounce back.


At Home Peels

Peel once a week, no more than every other day.
Peel once a week, no more than every other day.

My first thought on at home peels is to leave it to the professionals.  Since I know the majority of you will ignore that advice I want to give you do-it-yourself clients some guidance.

Please understand the peel process should be done sparingly.  You always should let your skin recover and give your skin the nutrients to recover.

I’ve been reading the directions of some of the more popular at home peel products.  They all advise to peel daily.

Please don’t.

What will happen?

Using acids on your skin daily without a break will dry out your skin, thin your skin, make your skin less resilient.

When you peel at home start slow, once a week, build up to every other day. If your skin starts to get dry, back off the frequency of the peeling.

Always peel at night so your skin has time to recover, you don’t want to peel your skin and then go out into the sun.  A solar block is a must!  With out a proper sunscreen you risk hyper-pigmentation and increased lines and wrinkles.


Peels, we’re talking professional, with a therapist.

Peels, one of my favorite services to do and receive.

Chemical Peel @Accent-Beauty
Shed the old skin and grow the new.

I’ve been reading so many articles about peels, encouraging and debunking myths, but without any clear understanding of what you’re doing to your skin, or, more importantly how often, what recovery products should be used and that sun protection is paramount.


First, what is a peel and why do you need one?

A peel is a microscopic injuring to your skin sending the signal to repair. When your skin repairs itself, it starts to stimulates your natural growth factors, fiberblasts, building collogen, elastin, stimulating your natural moisture factors, and hyaruronic acid development, essentially encouraging new cell growth. As in any kind of injury the recovery process is where caution is needed.

There are so many peels available from the light superficial peels to deep aggressive peels done only under medical supervision. Let’s talk about the light and superficial right now.Sanitas Skincare, Accent Beauty, Denver

A light peel is appropriate on a monthly basis. Three months in a row is generally the sweet spot.  Then take a break for a couple of months. The peels your skin would enjoy on a monthly schedule would be lactic (sour milk), mandelic (almonds), glycolic (fruit acids) no lower in PH than 3.0 or in the range of 30%.

no noNow here is the trick to having a successful peel, the recovery. Once you have a peel you need to be gentle to your skin. That means no scrubs, no acids, retinols for ten days to two weeks. You have to let your skin recover.

Let me say it again.

You have to let your skin recover. Please think of continuous exfoliation like re-injuring a scar. When you re-injure a scar it starts the create scar tissue and it no longer becomes a superficial wound and your skin will start to protect itself either by building thicker and thicker skin or the opposite start breaking down and loose elasticity and resiliency.

Accent Beauty can peel everyone in DenverWho can get a peel?


All skin-types, all ethnicities, all skin conditions can benefit from a peel.  It is the best way to brighten, lighten, reduce scaring, reduce and eliminate hyper-pigmentation. reduce fine lines and wrinkles and make your skin more resilient.


Age Definance

Sanitas Skincare
Sanitas Progressive Skin Health

What are Peptides?

Peptides are proteins, chains of amino acids that help your skin build and maintain collagen and elastin.  They help stimulate your skins natural ability to synthesize hyaluronic acid development , peptides even help protect the skin from free radicals, pollution and ultraviolet rays.

Here’s what all that means…

9 or so years ago when Sanitas developed the PeptiDerm Ani-aging Serum, the formulator said to me

“Nora, it’s going to take those lines around your eyes away.”

I thought,  Yikes!! I have lines around my eyes?

Well, I used it down to last drop of the first sample bottle.  My mother accused me of getting Botox.  Yah!!  I’ve been using it religiously ever since.

As time went on, Sanitas came out with the PeptiDerm Eye Treatment and the PeptiDerm Moisturizing Cream followed.  They work independently but are designed to enhance each other.  You will have  significant success layering all three.

Now here’s where the real fun begins.  The PeptiDerm Eye Treatment is the most concentrated, 50% peptides.  Massage it in don’t just pad it on.  Spot treat with  your serum, the fines lines on forehead and folds of the mouth.

Then a thin layer of PeptiDerm Moisturizing Cream, 40% peptides, is going to hold the matrix of your skin together.  The combination is poetic.

Trust me, it works.  Your skin will be youthful and resilient.

Let’s enhance what you’re doing at home with an Anti-aging Facial.  I have the 90% PeptiDerm in my arsenal of weapons.

See you soon!


Or just get relaxed

What Kind of Facial Do I Need?

“What kind of facial do I need, and how often?”

I have oily skin and I’m breaking out. I have normal skin and I have hyper-pigmentation. I have dry skin, and I’m breaking out.  I have combination skin, I have some blackheads and clogged pores.  With all these scenarios plus 100 others,  you need at least a european facial, in our salon it would be the Facial Extraordinaire, but to target specific conditions we have several distinct facials for you to choose.

Oily skin  needs nourishment and hydration not drying out.
Oily skin needs nourishment and hydration not drying out.

Oily skin  and breaking out, let’s do a facial that will target the oil production, dissolve the sebum (pore clogging oils)  a Salicylic Cleanser to cleanse and an enzyme mask, Sanitas Papaya Pineapple Mask or the Sanitas Cranberry Enzyme Mask would be used to open up the pores to do extractions.  Your treatment mask would include products that will nourish and revive the skin, not dry it out, I like Tea Tree Mask.   Sanitas Tea Tree Mask is a stimulating, anti-bacterial mask formulated to dissolve sebum, tighten pores and speed the healing of blemishes.   The biggest misconception with oily skin is that it needs to be dried out, drying out oily skin signals the skin to make more oil.  Moisturize, yes I said moisturize,  with an oil free moisturizer over a retinol  treatment.  This is our Acne Facial.

Depending on the amount of acne.  one or two pimples does not make a need for an acne facial.  The oily acneic skin does better when it is nourished. Now, if it is a case of grade 3 or 4 acne, that is when you sign on for an acne facial.

For severe acne Galvanic (a negative electrical current) maybe used to break up some of the cystic acne.  No, it won’t hurt, but it will melt away those underneath the skin nodes that just won’t go away.  I’ll see you once a month.

Normal skin minimal oil production, minimal shine,  you lucky people that have no pressing skin concerns, minor acne, minor hyper-pigmentation.  You still need a facial. No need to be aggressive but a good exfoliation at least every season will help keep your skin youthful and vibrant.  The Facial Extraordinaire would be perfect for you.

Normal Skin needs nourishment  and peptides to prevent aging.
Normal Skin needs nourishment and peptides to prevent aging.

For normal skin I like to start out with my Glycolic Cleanser.  It is an exfoliating cleansers that starts the process of exfoliation preparing the skin for the exfoliating mask or scrub.  Nourishment, again is the key.  A vitamin mask, add some peptides to really keep the skin resilient.

The main thing that normal skin people need to realize is all though they generally don’t have the kind of issues that other skin types have,  they tend to not take care of their skin the way other skin types do.  Just grabbing whatever products that are in the shower will be your down fall, not giving your skin the pampering and nourishment it deserves will age your skin

I’ll see you every 4-6 weeks to once a season.  As the season turns and our skin starts looking dry and  dull,  the moisturizers aren’t moisturizing, and your skin is starting to look like it might be combination, that is you signal to get a facial.


Combination skin, oily in the T-zone, dry on the checks, or maybe oily on the cheeks and forehead and dry in random places.  Your facial is going to be designed to even out your oily production  while hydrating your dry areas.  Lactic acid is great for this.  Lactic is natural humectant designed to exfoliate but geared to stimulate your skins natural ability to retain moisture.  Depending on sensitivity we can use a more aggressive mask like

Combination skin needs evening out with exfoliation and hydration.
Combination skin needs evening out with exfoliation and hydration.

Sanitas Papaya Pineapple Mask or the Sanitas Cranberry Enzyme Mask would be appropriate.  After extractions, a mixture of Sanitas Tea Tree and Re-vita-lize Mask for anti-bacterial and nourishment.  Yes the clay in the Sanitas Tea Tree Mask will help the oil production but the Sanitas Revitalize Mask will nourish and hydrate and help cellular renewal.  I’ll see you as often every 4-6 weeks to once a season.

Dry skin, we are going to hydrate and nurture you.  Whether  you are dry from over exfoliation, atmosphere, medications or health issues, we are going to treat your skin like the delicate flower that it is.  You will want an mildly exfoliating cleanser, and a gentle exfoliating mask but the key to this facial would be the nourishment.  Hyaluronic Acid would be layered under the treatment mask and moisturizer would be Sanitas Topical C to help heal.

For you I would choose the Hydrating Facial and I’ll see you every 4-6 weeks.

Book now and begin your quest to beautiful skin.



Nora getting a facial.

Why do I need a Facial?

I was 43 when I had my first facial. I, like most people thought that facials were just a pampering treatment that didn’t really have a place in the real world. A procedure designated for the rich or pampered or both. To my surprise, it relieved my skin of the blackheads and superficial acne, it brightened my skin and made it softer and smoother.

Nora getting a facial.

Now granted, it wasn’t that my skin was bad, it just wasn’t good. Whenever I washed my face I could feel the acne just under the surface of my skin. It drove me crazy. When people said I had beautiful skin, I would say thank you but I would think, “don’t you see all this acne?”

The first facial took all that away. Wow, who knew? I had always thought that getting a facial would just make the problem worse.

So what did the facial technically do? A cleanser to take the surface dirt off, a second cleanse to start the process of exfoliation. An enzyme mask is used to dissolves the dead skin cells encouraging skin turnover and new cell growth. A scrub can be used as a manual exfoliation to do the same thing. It opens up the pores, letting the skin breath and extract. The esthetician will help with that process by squeezing the skin. When finished with extractions a nourishment mask is used to help the skin regenerate and heal itself.

This is the first step in your personal quest for beautiful skin.


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