Musings from Raspberry Moon – July 2017 Newsletter

Happy 4th Everyone!

Happy Fourth of July!I hope everyone is having a fun and safe summer so far! Things have been moving right along here at Raspberry Moon. I have been working on lots of different things over the last year to improve your experience with me.

If you have not had a chance to experience the new Viktoria De’Ann Peptide line you are missing out! That stuff is amazing and can help your skin look and feel amazing no matter what your skincare type.

I just received a new shipment of sunscreens called Reef Safe. I’m super excited about these new sunscreens and they have an awesome baby line. More information is below and you will see things posted on Facebook and Instagram over the next few weeks.

But first, keep reading for some important skincare news and changes.

Love,

Nicole and Smokey


Introducing Skin Script Skincare Line to Replace Saucy Chica Skincare

Skin Script SkincareOne of the biggest decisions I’ve made to date is to discontinue my Saucy Chica Skincare line. This has been a very hard decision to make and has been on my mind for a long time.

As many of you know, I don’t let things go very easily, but I am very confident that you will find products you love in our new Skin Script Line! Many of you have been experiencing their products in your facial treatments over the last year. I attended their training in April to get a closer look at the company after using and liking their products. I was super impressed with the class and it just sealed the deal for me.

I know we all resist change, myself included, but I really think this will help more people have healthy, happy skin at a price that will leave us all feeling good! There are products for my vegan people, and my soy-, nut-, and gluten-sensitive people will all have great options as well. And everyone will love how affordable this line is! The most expensive product (which of course has been my favorite moisturizer so far) is the Peptide Moisturizer at $50; most products range from $15 to $30ish.

The packaging is lovely! All the serums and moisturizers are in easy to dispense pumps and most have an area where you can actually see how much product is left! No matter what your skin challenges are, I have products that will work for you.

If you have a Saucy Chica product you love, ask me which Skin Script product will be your new love! And if you’ve never tried our in-house skincare, now’s the time to find a favorite Skin Script treatment!


Facial of the Month: Boardwalk Smoothie Facial

Boardwalk Smoothie FacialCoconut and seaweed scents trigger the memory to think of boardwalks and the gentle lapping of ocean waves. The papaya enzyme dissolves dead skin while coconut softens skin. Coconut leaves the skin silky smooth and soft texture. The Seaweed Mask has a cooling and purifying effect – your “cool dip in the ocean.”

Coconut/Papaya Enzyme: Coconut and papaya enzymes dissolve dead skin cells revealing healthy soft skin. The small molecular structure of coconut allows for easy absorption through the skin giving it a soft, smooth texture. Ideal for dry, rough and wrinkled skin.

Seaweed Mask with Chamomile: Seaweed is full of lipids, proteins, minerals, and vitamins which easily absorb to moisturize and nourish the skin. The benefits of seaweed to the skin include re-balancing, nourishing, hydrating, cell regeneration, detoxifying, purifying, oxygenating, and re-mineralizing. Chamomile is an anti-inflammatory to calm and sooth erythema (redness) and sensitive skin.

Your one hour Boardwalk Smoothie Facial is only $70


The Role of Essential Fatty Acids in Skincare

Essential Fatty Acids or EFA’s are polyunsaturated fatty acids that we ingest because the body needs them for good health. Unfortunately, the body can’t synthesize them. There are 2 fatty acids essential to us humans – alpha-linolenic acid (an Omega-3 Acid) and linoleic acid (an Omega-6 Acid). Our cell membranes are made up of EFA’s. They communicate with other cells; they transfer nutrients in and out of cells and they protect cell organelles.

So why do we need EFA’s and how do we get them?

Foods high in Omega 3sOmega 3s are:

  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Anti-proliferative (just means they calm the cells)
  • Anti-thrombotic (smooths the blood)
  • Vasodilatory (keeps veins flexible)
  • Anti-arrhythmic (helps the heart beat)

Omega-3s can be found in Halibut, Herring, Mackerel, Oysters, Salmon, Sardines, Trout, Tuna, Vegetables – especially green leafy ones, Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts, Flax, Walnuts, and Chia Seeds

Omega-6s are:

  • Pro-Inflammatory
  • Cell Proliferation
  • Pro-Thrombotic
  • Vasoconstrictive
  • Pro-arrhythmic

Omega 6s are found in Meats and modern Vegetable Oils.

Sadly the American diet mostly consists of Omega-6s, at an almost 15:1 ratio! Healthy intake is 4:1 – Omega 6 to Omega 3, of course more Omega 3s is better.

Studies show that omega 3s help prevent heart disease and stroke, may help control lupus, eczema, and rheumatoid arthritis, and may protect against cancer.

How do you know if you are low in EFA’s?

The body needs omega 3 fatty acids

Below is a list of Essential Fatty Acid Deficiency signs relating to skin health:

  • Rough or dry ‘bumpy’ skin
  • Dry, dull or ‘lifeless’ brittle hair and dandruff
  • Soft, peeling or brittle nails

How do I increase my EFA’s internally?

  • Eat Foods High in Omega-3s
  • Decrease Omega-6s
  • May need a high grade Fish Oil Supplement

How to increase EFA’s topically?

  • Omega 3s will help the skin retain more water and will help our skin’s acid mantle stay strong. Be sure to use skincare that has EFA’s from linoleic acid, linseed oil, choline, cermaides, phosphatidylcholine.
  • Microcurrent and LED treatments also help enhance our cell membranes, they gently stimulate the epidermis.
  • Skin Script Cacteen Balancing Moisturizer – for Normal/Combo Skin, Sensitive Skin, Dry, Acne. This is great for men to use after shaving.
    • Moisturizes and restores skin integrity
    • Soothes irritated and sensitized skin
    • Protects from environmental stress

Reef Safe Sun Screens from Tropical Seas

Reef Safe sunscreens are Proven Coral Safe & Non Toxic to Sea Life. They also biodegrade in Oceans, Lakes, & Rivers. Want to read all about their testing? Check out https://tropicalseas.myshopify.com/pages/real-science

Reef Safe SPF50 sprayRaspberry Moon is currently carrying the following products and I am hoping to carry more of their line soon.

Reef Safe™ Oxybenzone Free Eco-Friendly Sprayable SPF 50 Biodegradable Sunscreen and Reef Babies® Oxybenzone Free Eco-Friendly Sprayable SPF 30 Biodegradable Sunscreen

$15.00 each. For every purchase in July, You will receive a free Dolphin Bottle Opener Key Fob!

Our version of the continuous sprays, in an Eco-Friendly formula! Our fine mist sprayer delivers even, water resistant protection at an affordable price.

  • NEW Oxybenzone Free Sunscreen Formula
  • UVA & UVB Broad Spectrum Protection
  • Water Resistant up to 80 minutes
  • Light Coconut Fragrance
  • Biodegrades in Oceans, Lakes & RiversReef Babies SPF30 spray
  • Non-toxic to Sealife
  • Proven Coral Safe by Mote Marine Laboratories
  • Bait Safe ~ Won’t Kill or Contaminate your bait!
  • Eco-Friendly – Biodegradable Formula!

And for all those little babies, we have a full line of care:

  • SPF50 Sunscreen Lotion
  • Baby Lotion
  • Baby Oil
  • Baby Wash
  • Baby Shampoo
  • Baby Detangling Conditioner Spray

All items range from $6 to $8 and we have adorable 6 piece or 2 piece sets with little pirate rubber duckies! These make great baby shower gifts at only $16 for the 2 piece sets or $35 for the 6 piece set!


Salsa at Sunset

Raspberry Moon is a proud sponsor again this year of the Salsa at Sunset event coordinated by Upstate International.

This is a free event open to the public. I unfortunately am missing the July event, but hope to see some of you on August 12!

Salsa at Sunset


 Appointments and Online Booking

Did you know that we now have an online booking system? Check it out at www.RaspberryMoonST.com (click the Book Your Appointment button on the right). This system enables us to send appointment confirmations, reminders, and allows you to change your appointment.

I do my best to get everyone in at their preferred times. If for any reason you are unable to make your appointment please let me know a minimum of 2 days beforehand. You will receive an email when you book your appointment and should also receive your appointment reminders via email 2 days beforehand.  Please be sure to check your spam folder and add us to your safe list! Remember this is a courtesy reminder, not reading your emails is not a good reason for missing your appointments. If you do not show up for your appointment you will be charged the full service or if cancel with less than 24 hour notice you will be charged a $25 fee. I understand emergencies happen but we all need to respect each other’s time.

Out of the office:

  • July 5 to July 15 – Annual Trip with Mom and Niece
  • July 31 to August 2 – Mom is here for just a few days to help me work on the house!
  • Oct 7 to 9 – Skincare Tradeshow in Atlanta, GA
  • Nov 12 to 13 – Skincare Tradeshow in Hickory, NC
  • Nov 23 to 27 – Cleaning and getting ready for the holidays!
  • Dec 23 to 26 – PA for Christmas

Sundays I will be working through the rest of the year:

  • July 23
  • August 20
  • Sept 24
  • Oct 22
  • Nov 19
  • Dec 17

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