Complexions & Reflections....

  • Dien Chan Multireflexology

    DIEN CHAN MULTIREFLEXOLOGYI spent the last Saturday, Sunday & Monday in March in a fascinating, intensive training on a technique called Dien Chan Multireflexology - the original method of Facial Reflexology.As a Licensed Esthetician, Yoga & Meditation Instructor and Holistic Health Advocate, I am always seeking ways to learn & understand more about overall health and how our health is reflected in the complexion. When an Esthetician colleague invited me to participate in the 3-...

  • How I take care of my skin & my self at (almost) 43!

    Another birthday is coming up quickly for me on Monday, March 11th ~ I Will Be 43 :) Recently someone asked me how I feel about my birthday, in general. The truth is, I love my birthday! I consider my birthday to be my personal New Year. A time to reflect on all that my life is and how it's all going. The time of year when momentum always seems to kick in for me as winter winds down and the light of springtime really starts to shine through the tunnel of winter's end....

  • How Do You Take Care Of Yourself?

    I am wondering....How do you take care of yourself? Do you have a commitment in place to prioritize your own well-being? Do you know, or rather, have you accepted what it means to put your own oxygen mask on, before attempting to help someone else?This is a struggle for so many of us. Doesn’t life seem to be incredibly full of work, responsibilities to meet, tasks to complete? Does it feel like the many ways we now have to communicate with each other might be creating M...

  • Do I look okay?

    How do I look? Do I look okay? Such loaded questions. These questions may seem innocuous enough, but they’re not always harmless!When you see your own reflection in the mirror, is your first reaction to smile at yourself and think, Wow, there I am - beautiful as ever! ?Or are you critical of your appearance? Do your eyes go straight to the places you deem unattractive and in need of major improvement?It’s kind of an automatic thing - to look at the parts of o...

  • Do you know about your Telomeres?

    Eight years ago, I was working as a Yoga Instructor and an Esthetician at Corepower Yoga and Spa in Edina, MN.Along with a few of my fabulous colleagues there, we held a Youthful Living workshop to discuss how Yoga keeps us younger and best skincare practices. We were honored to have Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones come speak at our workshop about what he learned about Youthful Living!The Blue Zones are the 5 places on the planet with the most centenarians (people aged 100+)Dan Buettner t...


    CLICK HERE FOR SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY GIFT CARD SPECIAL!Every year since 2012, I have offered this special: purchase a gift certificate for $100 and receive an additional $50 gift certificate (to be redeemed for services) for you or to gift to someone you love! In previous years, I made this online special live for one day only - on Small Business Saturday, but inevitably, I had people calling and emailing to express frustration or interest...due to limited time to spend online on a holida...


    The skin is our largest organ, and it’s the only organ we can see from the outside, which is why it makes perfect sense that what is happening on the inside is reflected through our skin. This is one of the methods our bodies use to communicate it’s state of health.Taking good care of your complexion is an act of caring for your whole self and your health. As it turns out, so many things we do for one aspect of our health have positive effects all over. So whether you&rsquo...

  • Fall Fever!

    I live in Minnesota, land of 10,000 lakes. We enjoy all 4 seasons here, though everyone definitely has their preferences. My favorite season is Autumn. At the end of our short, hot, humid, sweltering summertime, I am longing for the cool, crisp fall. I call it Fall Fever!We have incredible fall weather.

  • 31 Ways in 31 Days! Tips for Better Skincare & Self-care Between Facial Appointments

    1. Cleanse your skin every single night before bed (this can happen anytime between 4pm and bedtime! With wet fingertips, massage a dollop of cleanser into your skin, using small, gently circles.

  • What Is Microdermabrasion?

    Microdermabrasion is a form of exfoliation for the skin. It was developed in Italy in 1985, and was introduced to the United States in 1996. It grew in popularity quickly and has become a standard staple for many Estheticians. I’ll admit that I was a holdout on this technology for many years, likely due to my training at the Aveda Institute, where using newer technologies simply wasn’t part of the program or the school’s philosophy on how to treat the skin.

  • Meditation on Motherhood

    Happy Mother’s Day to ALL Mamas out there!8 years ago on Mother’s Day, 2010, I had my first date with Dan. 5 years later, our son was born on Father’s Day! This morning, I am meditating on motherhood….One of my dearest friends had her first baby a few weeks ago. I called to check in last night and hear about how these first whirlwind weeks of life with a newborn are going.

  • Skincare & Self care for Every Age & Stage - in your 40s!

    In your 40s:They say Life Begins at 40, so get ready to embrace this phase with all your might! Entering this decade is an amazing time in life, whatever is going on.When I turned 40, I was a new mother of a 9 month old baby. I spent my birthday at home with him and invited 5 of my closest girlfriends over for an amazing dinner prepared my sweet chef/husband.

  • Skincare & Self care for Every Age & Stage - in your 30s!

    In your 30s:STILL LEARNING, with a little more EARNING / Career Life / Family / Social Life / Skincare & Self Care StrategiesAt this stage in life, you’ll generally be full swing into work, maybe you’ll own a home, maybe you’ll have children or be planning for a family. Maybe you’ll be living a lively single life, enjoying the freedom that comes with a bit more earning power and visiting friends in far places. Whether you’re traveling or nesting, you may be...

  • Skincare & Self care for Every Age & Stage - in your 20s!

    Every Age & StageI've been hearing from clients that information about Skincare & Self care for specific ages & stages is of particular interest, so I've decided to do a blog series to address them, decade by decade, starting in your 20s!In Your 20s: LEARNING / College Life / Early working years / Social Life / Relationships/ Skincare & Self Care StrategiesI see young clients in their twenties, still young and fresh in views and physical form. Some still dealing...

  • Awesome Aging vs Anti-Aging

        The “Anti-Aging” rhetoric is a message that is infused into our society and into the minds of women everywhere. This propaganda beats the drum of “growing older is unattractive” and “stay looking youthful at any and all cost” and “your appearance defines you” and “You are losing value as you age”.NO. I don’t buy that and I don’t want you to, either.

  • Cults & Communities part 1

    On Saturday, my husband Dan & I had a rare evening to ourselves, with young Finnegan at Nana’s for the night.Should we see a movie?  We could go listen to some live music!  There’s new restaurants we could check out… We were undecided and wishing we had more energy for a night on the town.Suddenly, I received a timely text message from a friend:  “Have you watched Wild Wild Country yet?

  • Acne: Causes & Treatments

    Oh, Acne, you are such a huge, challenging condition and topic, because there is not one truth that fits all.Acne can be painful, persistent, incredibly stubborn and difficult to treat.Causes of Acne & breakouts include:Hormonal disruption & changes A bacterial disorder of the sebaceous (oil) glands Stress of all kinds Food & Diet can be a contributing factor, mainly because of the internal inflammation some foods cause in the bodyTypical treatments of Acne include:Ing...

  • Losing my father...Finding my path

                                 Do you believe things happen for a reason? Or that everything is happening randomly. moment to moment?Is Life about our choices?

  • Yoga Is Prayer and Self Care

    What is Yoga?  Yoga is Union with the Divine.Yoga is the philosophy of connection.We are all connected. That means our bodies, minds & spirits are One Thing. WE ARE ALL CONNECTED. That means All That IS, All who LIVE are One Thing.Yoga is the Infusion of Breath into Body.Yoga is a spiritual practice and a life improvement practice. Yoga Practice cleans up your life.Yoga is a creator of more time and energy.Yoga is Healing.Yoga is Awakening Awareness.Yoga expands empa...

  • SHAPES: Skin Basics

                                               Your Skin is your largest organ, and so incredibly multi functional.  When I taught my students at the Aveda Institute, I used the acronym SHAPES to teach them to remember the functions of the skin:SensationHeating & Cooling (Temperature Regulation)AbsorptionProtectionExcretionSecretionNo one told me about that acronym, I discovered it ...

  • March Moon & All That's New....

    March is my birthday month, so it's always a reflective time of year for me. It's kind of like my own personal New Year. This year, March has been absolutely and totally transformational. International Women's Day was a few weeks ago.

  • Happy 5th Anniversary to Complexions On Carter Skincare Boutique!

    Happy New Year!  I realize we are in February now. January flew by, as have the last FIVE years!

  • Summer Skincare Tips!

    SUMMERTIME IS HERE! A few simple tips for caring for your skin in the hottest months of the year: Wear Sunscreen ~ after the first sunny weekend I'm already seeing lots of scorched skin ~ we're not used to it so protect your skin by using a physical block - look for Zinc Oxide and Titanium dioxide as active ingredients - SPF 30 (my faves: Bio-shield Oil-free spf 30 w/ plant stem cells (PSC); Lira BB Tint; Image Oil-free Tinted Spf 30) Drink Water with Lemon~ keep hydrated from the inside out by ...

  • Plant Stem Cells - The Future of Skincare

    17 years ago I stepped onto my skincare path at the Aveda Institute of Minneapolis. At the time, the school was still owned by Aveda's Founder, Horst Rechelbacher. Attending the program at that time was a truly amazing experience for the 20-year old me, opening my eyes, ears and awareness to the philosophy of Ayurveda (Sanskrit for The Science of Life); Plant-based products; Organic eating; the many styles of Yoga; Essential Oils vs.

  • Dry? Dehydrated? Flaking Skin?

     This week (January 21st-25th, 2013) has been particularly tough on complexions all around Minnesota, with the extreme cold and record-breaking windchill temps! The lack of moisture in the air makes it hard to keep skin hydrated. 3 simple steps can help: 1.

  • Seasons Change!

    What an absolutely lovely fall we've been having! Blue skies, sunshine, yellow leaves falling around us ~ truly spectacular! However, this change marks another effect: cooler, crisper, DRY air (the drought is catching up to the Land of 10,000 Lakes!) and our precious complexions are feeling it, too.

  • Grand Opening Party Tomorrow!

    I can hardly contain my excitement for the event I've been anticipating for nearly 6 MONTHS!  The Grand Opening Garden Party Celebration along with my amazing Esthetician MJ Harden, my fabulous new neighbors Sharri Keller & Vanessa Carrera of Satori Photography (these two lovely ladies took all the photos here on the COC website!), friends, family, clients and anyone who wants to check out our new business spaces in Milton Square!  Product & Service Specials:  1 Product ::...

  • Summer Skin Love

    Since it's an early summer and the sun is shining ~ If there is one thing you can do to support your skin's natural ability to protect itself from UV radiation, it's having a love affair with Green Tea. It's a magic potion packed with antioxidants, has a bit of caffeine to stimulate your metabolism, fights & burns fat and helps your skin protect itself from the sun. So drink lots of hot OR iced green tea this summer!

  • Your Inner Goddess wants to take front and center!

    The sun is shining, birds are chirping, new life abounds in the gardens, and we put away our warm, heavy winter clothes and fill our closet with colorful, light summer clothes!  Lighten up even more with an exfoliating & hydrating Signature Facial, a bright & cheerful lip gloss, and the inner glow that comes naturally when you take time to pamper yourself.  You deserve it.  When you let the Goddess within rule your world, the results in your life are amazing!

  • You have ONE Face.

    Complexions On Carter Skincare Boutique is for the woman who believes that skincare = self care, and that the better care she gives herself, the better care she can offer others. Care for your Complexion with the very best the market has to offer. Find it at Complexions On Carter Skincare Boutique.

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