At Alchemy, I have the luxury of creating skincare treats & facials services that support the needs of your skin because I am not beholden to a particular product line.
A lot of places you go have to fit your skin into a pre-determined set of product lines. And some of those places literally slap on products and walk away - even charging extra for treating the décolleté (That’s like only nourishing the flower and not the stem)...
Maintaining the delicate balance of the skins acid mantle is our first priority. Next, to treat related concerns like signs of aging, pigmentation, blemishes and dryness... much of this is done with massage. Integrating massage into the facial experience is not just relaxing: it encourages the integumentary system (skin, liver, endocrine systems) to work in complement for a healthier glow.
It’s true, I do make and sell products. They are designed to become part of the system of home care rituals you have already established. To support your home care programs - - Alchemy products are elegant in their simplicity, with the fewest possible ingredients and no synthetics. All of my products are customizable.
Read more below about the Acid Mantle & about the GLOW Cambrian Blue Clay mask... reserve your appointment for a Nourishning or Shavasana Facial here.
THE ACID MANTLE
The acid mantle is a thin barrier layer, the interface between you and the outside world. A very thin, slightly acidic film that protects you from bacteria, viruses and other contaminants.
It might not sound pretty, but a healthy acid mantle is your body's first-line of defense. Breakdowns in the acid mantle cause dry, sensitive, irritated, cracked skin which is susceptible to infections.The layer is made up of "friendly secretions" sebum, perspiration and lactic acid.
The pH of healthy skin is between 4.5 and 5.5, which is slightly acidic: water is 7.0, or neutral, and lemon juice 2.0 which is pretty darned acidic.
In healthy, balanced skin, there is also a chemical that helps dead skin cells to slough. Imbalances are caused by diet and environment, conditions like eczema, and well-meaning (but off kilter) skin care.
It turns out, all skin is sensitive skin; imbalances cause reactivity which results in overly dry, or overly oily skin. Returning to balanced skin requires a nuanced touch, and time - - facials, massage, yoga, and gentle care.
It may be helpful to think of the skin, not as a type (oily, dry, combination), but as a state. The state the skin is at this time, and treat accordingly - being gentle to avoid breakdowns in the acid mantle.
CAMBRIAN BLUE CLAY
A gentle deep cleansing and nourishing mask pack.
The GLOW Cambrian Blue Clay Mask is fortified with the coveted blue clay from the earth's Cambrian age.
A lot of the gunk that sticks to our skin is fat soluble, so whipped shea & cacao butter dissolve debris AND nourish and soften the skin. The raw Organic Honey is super anti-bacterial and provides a little bit of 'barrier function -against moisture loss.
And the Blue Clay which proponents agree is super mineralizing, gentle enough for a damaged acid mantle, boots metabolism and reduces signs of aging. with trace levels of silver (which starves viruses/bacterium of oxygen).
(essential oils of rosemary, bergamot, clary sage, frankincense and marjoram)
*contains sweet almond oil