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silverwash__62196_stdOne wash and my skin actually felt smoother. One scrub and my flaky skin dissipated. One slathering of sunscreen/moisturizer and I was hooked. Sonya Dakar's new organic skin care line is heating up the green product field. The celebrity-friendly products by facialist to the stars, Sonya Dakar, have always been a favorite of mine. But with such steep prices I was never able to keep the products stocked in my bathroom. Recently, I received some samples which I used up in a mere three days.

And so, for those three days, my skin looked noticeably different. In the past, I was a die-hard fan of the original Sonya Dakar line, but now trying this green line, I've found that it seems to work just as well, if not better. The Silver Clarifying Wash, geared toward acne-prone skin, scrubs away dirt and leaves a smooth finish. It's a stand out product for anyone whose skin feels jaded by other products that don't work or strip the skin of moisture and leave it a peeling mess. The Sensi Wash for sensitive skin is just as effective. (My only complaint is that it seems like you need to use a quarter-size dollop to really have enough product to clean your face. This might be fine for some, but with the high prices, I found that to be somewhat annoying, as you'll go through product rather quickly this way.) The Detox Micro Scrub is gentle and effective, and the Daily Face Shield sunblock instantly soothed my skin. Overall consensus: If you can afford it, an investment in this line of green products is well worth it. If the budget is tight, even consider investing in just one item of the line. I think even one product will make a difference in your skin.

 

To order products, visit sonyadakarskinclinic.com or visit SUDzzz Lil' Day Spa at 1221 Old San Jose Road, Soquel, 476-2662.
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In defense of Valentine’s Day

 

“be(ing) of love (a little) more careful”—e.e. cummings

Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

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