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May 12, 2015


SPA-INTEL: How-to facial at home

“As much as monthly facials are important for your skin and soul, it is still important to take care of your face and neck during the weeks while you are away from your aesthetician.” 

Meet IN-expert: Gena, skin-health guru, makeup artist and aesthetician with over 20 years of experience, so much that she has helped develop several Intelligent Nutrients’ products.

Beyond lather, rinse, moisturize, repeat – Gena shares her pro-tips to help preserve your precious post-facial glow.


Wednesday nights? Sunday mornings? Whatever works best for you – schedule yourself weekly time to treat for mini-facials at home.

1. Start with the basics.

  • Cleanse with your favorite cleanser — we offer options suited to all skin types.
  • Mist your skin with the tonic of your choice. Tonics tone/balance sensitive areas and boost overall glow.

2. Mask for 6-minutes.

  • And a nickel amount of the Refining Micro Polish: lightly massage the face and neck with damp fingers or a cleansing brush for 3 minutes, the jojoba beads will slough off the dead skin cell build up to smooth skin. Leave on for another 3-4 minutes as a mask.

Tip: Gently steam your face while masking for more stimulation. This is a perfect time to relax in a bath. Or if you’re pressed for time, Gena encourages multi-tasking masking in the shower: leave the Micro Polish on your face and neck while you wash your hair and body, then rinse off – the extra time and steam will soften skin.

Remove the mask with warm water.

3. Add the glow.

  • Next, after rinsing off the mask, mist the skin again with your tonic of choice.
  • Add 1 pump of the Detoxifying Glycolic Gel working into the skin until it all has absorbed – to exfoliate and brighten skin.
  • These products instantly give skin a fresh, dewy look and feel – the perfect quick pick-me up before a night out.
  • For a finishing touch, Gena recommends applying 2 or 3 pumps of the Renewal Complex Eye Gel to the face then place cool compresses or a cold hand towel on top.

Tip: Keep your Renewal Complex Eye Gel in the refrigerator, so when you go to apply it either all over the face or just around the eyes and lips, the skin will feel nice and firm. Wipe off remaining Eye Gel.

4. Finishing touches.


If you can’t quite splurge for the complete collection, here are Gena’s top-three must have IN skin products:

  1. Plant Stem Cell Science™ Nourishing Tonic
  2. Intellimune® Super Seed Science™ Renewing Oil Serum
  3. Plant Stem Cell Science™ Detoxifying Glycolic Gel

“Last summer I solely used these products and had so many compliments on my skin!”


“INFLAMMATION can equal INFLAM-AGING! Fight free radicals and keep inflammation down with Intellimune® Oil and Seed Powder Complex! Two teaspoons of this super-antioxidant and omega blend are equivalent to the seeds of 10 pounds of grapes, raspberries or cranberries plus omega fatty acids. Also: move your body every day!! Dance, go for an early morning walk or jump on your bike and go ride. Move your body in a way that feels good.”



Five Questions for Nicole Rechelbacher, IN Co-Owner

We caught up with our fearless leader & daughter of Horst Rechelbacher, founder of Intelligent Nutrients and Aveda.

Q: How was your childhood different from others?
A: How wasn’t it? My friends thought my dad looked like John Lennon. He was flying all over the world, cooking clove shampoo in our sink, inviting Tibetan monks and Native elders over, and telling us to eat organic instead of OREOS. We didn’t have a picket fence, we had a mandala.

Q: How did growing with an entrepreneur change your worldview?
A: Creativity was a way of life for us—but so was hustle. I was cutting hair in high school. I was schlepping to shows and assisting him onstage. I was doing makeup backstage at hair shows and photo shoots. All while my friends were working jobs as lifeguards or retail.

Dad was never impressed by who people said they were. He was impressed by what you did. And that instilled a big work ethic in me.

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