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Feb 26 2015

Our Team's Surprising Response to a Beauty Question

Recently, we posed a question to the staff at Nuovo: “What the one Aveda product you can’t live without?” We assumed most of our stylists (and other team members) would immediately start rattling off the hair-care products they hold most dear (they do work with them every day, after all). So we were pleasantly surprised to find out how many of our team members also named Aveda skin care as their ultimate go-to products. Here are some of their responses:


Terry McKee, Owner

Green Science Lifting Serum. ‘Cause it works better than products costing almost ten times the amount!”

Why He’s Right: Green Science Lifting Serum is specially formulated to help promote surface skin cell turnover, hydration, and visible skin firmness. In addition to its moisturizing properties, studies have shown Lifting Serum ingredient argan oil to be successful in controlling oil production, making it a safe product for oily and combination skin alike.

The Bonus: Aveda sources its argon oil fairly and sustainably, allowing Moroccan women to not only have a job and income, but also to contribute to the preservation of the forest.


 Christy Hutson, Salon Leader

Tourmaline Charged Radiant Skin Refiner. I LOVE the way my skin feels after I use it! I also can't live without Pure Comfort Eye Makeup Remover. Effective but gentle!”

Why She’s Right: Let’s start with the Aveda’s Tourmaline Charged Radiant Skin Refiner,which uses bamboo extract to exfoliate and tourmaline to energize, leaving skin smooth and radiant. As with any exfoliating product, don’t overdo it. This one in particular should be used twice weekly at most.

As for Pure Comfort Eye Makeup Remover? Soothing botanical extracts like organic cucumber and camomile sweep your makeup away without stripping any of the good stuff along with it.

 The Bonus: While many popular exfoliating products including earth-damaging microbeads, Aveda is committed to formulating their products —including Tourmaline Charged Radiant Skin Refiner—without them.


Holly E. Adams, Salon Leader

Tourmaline Charged Exfoliating Cleanser and the new Energizing Eye Creme! I use them every day and love them both.

Why She’s Right: Not to be confused with its sister product (above), this exfoliating cleanser can be used every day to increase cell turnover and remove impurities. This is thanks to nourishing mango butter, a fatty-acid rich skin conditioner that prevents skin from feeling stripped.

And don’t even get us started on our love for Botanical Kinetics Energizing Eye crème. The “energizing” claims are valid — this product contains actual coffee bean extract to give undereye bags the same jolt of caffeine you crave in the morning.

The Bonus: Don’t worry — the jojoba beads in the cleanser are biodegradable, and therefore don’t pose the same threat to the environment as plastic microbeads. The emollient moisturizers in each product means they spread better, so less is more.


Tom Tolliver, Master Nail Artist

Hand Relief Night Renewal Serum. It actually plumps the skin and reduces signs of aging. Works virtually overnight. Amazing!”

Why He’s Right: To protect skin’s natural moisture barrier, Hand Relief Night Renewal Serum contains andiroba oil, an Amazonian medicinal oil long used to soothe skin conditions and reduce discoloration. (Read: banish dark spots.) To sweeten the deal, try this pre-bed ritual.

The Bonus: Aveda sources their andiron oil from Marajó, an island located at the mouth of the Amazon river in Brazil. The area and its inhabitants’ ability to make a living have suffered due to clear cutting and other harmful, unsustainable practices. Aveda and its supplier have helped to change that by partnering with a co-op, guaranteeing volume, prices, and seasonal income to gatherers and their families.


Marissa Dean, Hairstylist & Makeup Artist

Green Science Replenishing Toner. It makes my skin feel like silk!”

Why She’s Right: This milky toner feels more like a lotion going on, but exfoliates with naturally derived salicylic acid and glucosamine. It avoids the over-drying pitfall of many toners by soothing with aloe and leaving a thin veil of moisture behind on the skin.

The Bonus: Like the rest of the Green Science line, this product contains organic argon oil. Another product, another way to change lives! (Yours and theirs.)


If you’re curious about Aveda’s skin care offerings, do yourself a favor, my dear . . .  waltz to your nearest Nuovo location and ask to touch, smell, feel and sample them! Your skin is the largest organ on your body, so do it (and you) a favor and give it the nourishing, replenishing, plant-derived care it craves.



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