How To Find The Perfect Skin Care Routine For Your Skin Type

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I have never been very good at knowing what type of skin care routine is best for me.

On top of that, I have sensitive skin so I am often afraid to try new products. That’s why I used the same face wash and moisturizer for years and years!

But then, I developed rosacea acne as an adult. When this started happening, I treated it like teenage acne and I tried to fix it myself. I went to the drug store to buy some acne washes and creams and thought that would fix it.


If You Develop Skin Issues: See A Dermatologist

After the acne washes and creams ended up making it worse, I finally decided to call my dermatologist. I have been a patient there for a long time because of my sensitive skin so I should have known better and went there first. But, you know… I was busy and thought I would find a quick fix at the drug store.

After seeing my dermatologist at Trillium Creek Dermatology, I found out I had rosacea acne. That means that all the things I tried for acne flared up my rosacea and made it worse. (In other words, I should have made an appointment sooner). My dermatologist helped me get my acne under control with medicine for a quick(er) fix. However, she advised that I take preventative measures so that I wouldn’t need to be on medicine long-term. She advised that the best thing to do is to have a good skin care routine that works for my particular skin type.

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Skin Consultation With H&H Science

H&H Science Boutique is located in the Trillium Creek Dermatology office, so I headed over there to pick up the facial cleanser that my doctor recommended. In doing so I was thrilled to learn that they do skin consultations to help you discover the right skin care for your particular skin type.

*Be sure to read all the way through this post to get a special offer on H&H Science products & services. 

I set up a meeting with Heather Funk who walked me through the 4 step process of the skin consultation. She was so detailed and informative in describing each product, the benefits, and why it would be valuable for me.

Heather also explained the order in which each product should be applied. Then, she provided pamphlets and wrote all the steps down. That way, I was sure to have it right when I got home with the products.

H&H Science Products Designed By Women: Mother & Daughter

The really cool thing is that Heather and her mom, Helen, are the ones that have created the H&H Science product lines (note the reason for H&H, Helen & Heather). Heather is a beauty skin care expert. Her mom, Helen, is a nationally noted, board-certified dermatologist that has been practicing for over 35 years. She is truly an expert in dermatology and has been my dermatologist for years!

I think it is so great that the H&H Science products are designed by women that are truly skin care experts! The products are all medical-grade. Which means that they contain higher levels of active ingredients and are therefore more effective than over the counter products. You can read more about their products on their website, here! 

The Value In Having A Skin Consultation

I found tremendous value in having this skin consultation with Heather. As I mentioned, she helped me understand my skin type and find the exact products that would work the best for me.

Raise your hand if you have bought products only to get them home and find out they don’t work for you. I know I have. So many of us have drawers or bags full of beauty products that don’t work for us. That’s a lot of wasted money.

That’s why I see tremendous value in this service. You have an expert to help you find the right products. You also can feel confident in the product itself, knowing that it was designed by ladies that are experts!

Bonus: H&H Science Can Help With Make Up Too

The big thing that I discovered in my consultation was that I am not wearing sun screen everyday and I really should be. We all should be. Especially those of us that have fair skin like me.

H&H Science also has a make up line and they have a BB Cream that has sun screen SPF 50+ in it. After my consultation, Heather introduced me to Jenna who is the make up artist at H&H Science Boutique. Jenna showed me how to apply the BB Cream and applied my face make up for me that day. I was able to ask her questions about how to apply certain products as well as when and how to use them.

Jenna is on the left and is the H&H Science Make Up Artist. Heather is on the right and is the beauty skin expert that does the skin consultations and is the co-founder of the H&H Science Product Lines.

If you are like me, and are not an expert at make up, I think you will find that part of the consult very helpful as well. I was so pleased with my experience of the skin and make up consultation!

Having a make up line means that H&H Science Boutique can be your one stop shop for skin care and make up. I know you will discover that everyone there are extremely helpful and informative.

To learn more about H&H Science Boutique or to schedule an appointment for a skin consultation, head over to their website or give them a call at 330.722.5477. They have locations in Medina and Wooster and one opening this Spring in Wadsworth!

**Until the end of February, H&H Science Boutique is offering Akron Ohio Moms Readers a complimentary skin care consultation with make-up application and/or a 30% off your entire purchase (one time use)! Be sure to mention Akron Ohio Moms to get this special! 

Anti-Aging Snacks For The New Year

The new year is a perfect opportunity for those who want a fresh start. You may have tried to make a change in the past, but then decided to postpone it until next week, or maybe even next month. Next thing you know, it is months later and you never accomplished the goal you wanted to achieve so long ago. Now is a great time to sit down and plan out goals and lifestyle changes that you want to make this year, and actually work to accomplish them! 

 A lot of New Years Resolutions include changing one’s diet in order to achieve the body that they have been dreaming of. But, have you thought about changing your diet to foods that help fight your skin’s biological clock? It is important to make healthy choices and choose foods that nourish not only our body, but our skin as well. So, what foods can you eat that benefit both your body and your skin?

1. Berries

It is no surprise that collagen is important in order to maintain a fuller and younger appearance. Berries, such as strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, are high in Vitamin C and antioxidants, which both aid in collagen formation. Snacking on berries will help produce more collagen, which we produce less-and-less of as we get older.

2. Nuts

Nuts not only keep you feeling fuller, longer, but they can also help with anti-aging. Nuts are a great source of antioxidants, and minerals, which provide numerous benefits for our immune system, body and even skin!

3. Low-Sugar Snacks

Having excess sugar in your diet can make you age faster than you’d like. It can cause chronic inflammation and contribute to wrinkles as well. Instead of going for the chocolate cake, try going for low-sugar snacks, such as carrots, celery or crackers. This will help regulate your sugar levels when you are craving a snack.

4. Oily Fish

Fish is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which help your skin stay firm. Fish, such as salmon, white fish and tilapia, are high in Vitamin D, which helps your immune system, cancer prevention and gives you the same benefits of being in the sun (in a way that is much better for your skin). 

5. Greek Yogurt

Keeping your immune system in good shape will help prevent breakouts and skin issues. Yogurt serves the same purpose of a probiotic and regulates the absorption of nutrients from your gut. 


Think Pink This October With H&H Science

As we are a locally owned and operated company, we wanted to do something to give back at a local level this October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

The Mary Grace Memorial Foundation was founded in the spring of 2005, soon after Mary Grace, a young mother of three children, lost her battle with breast cancer. This organization was founded to memorialize Mary, and to also raise money to help members of this community who are battling any form of cancer. Since it’s inception, it has assisted nearly 400 families with their fight against cancer by providing financial assistance when it was most needed. 

This is truly an organization that brings the community together for the greater good. They hold an annual Race With Grace, a 5k run and run walk. The 13th annual Race With Grace took place on September 17, 2017, where there were 1,400 participants.

From now until October 14th, we will give 10% of every purchase made at H&H Science to the Mary Grace Memorial Foundation. Also, purchase $250 or more and we will give you a FREE PINK Sonic Facial Cleansing Device. 



Today Is The Day: Tips From My Trainer

Hi everyone!

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My name is Kim Kessler. I am a personal trainer and nutrition counselor at Hutch Sports in Medina, Ohio.  I am extremely passionate about working with women (and girls) of all ages.  I want to empower women to believe in themselves and be the best version they can be throughhealthy eating and strength training.

As women, it is harder for us to build and maintain muscle.  We have more of the hormones that cause us to hold on to fat.  With that, we also have low levels of testosterone, the hormone that assists in building muscle.  When we reach the age of 50, we begin to lose 10% of our muscle mass each decade.  To combat this, we need to strength train and consume enough quality protein. Strength training also helps maintain bone density, in order to prevent osteoporosis.

In regards to nutrition, eating protein with every meal is important, as it helps to maintain muscle and will keep you feeling fuller, longer. Aim for 20-30 grams of protein per meal. Protein includes your meats, seafood, eggs, tofu, beans, and peanuts.

Secondly, NEVER skip breakfast!  It is important to get your metabolism going again in the morning after a night of sleep.  Try to eat frequently throughout the day with small, controlled meals. Do not go more than four hours without eating.  If you eat your three main meals throughout the day, you can enjoy two protein based snacks.  A great snack can be greek yogurt or hummus.

Make sure you are drinking enough water.  Every metabolic process in our body requires water.  If you are dehydrated, you will hinder the weight loss process.  Research shows that individuals that drink two cups of water before their meals consume 75% less calories than those who do not.

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You need to move!  Every day you should do 30 minutes of physical activity.  Go enjoy a walk, ride a bike, or jog.  Add strength training 2-3 times a week.  The more muscle you have, the more calories you will burn.  Some women worry that they will “bulk up, which is not the case.  Genetics prevents this “bulk,” as we simply do not have enough testosterone to build huge quantities of muscle mass.  You will tone your body and get healthy in the process.  You can begin strength training by doing body weight exercises, then progressing to dumbbells.  Once you begin, you will actually look forward to exercising because you will love the way it makes you feel afterward.  I always hear people say that they are too tired to exercise.  I make sure to tell them that when you start exercising, you will be less tired!

According to a Chinese proverb, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best day is today.”

So with that being said…make today that day!

I know we all need a treat once in awhile.  Here my recipe for Protein Brownies!

Protein Brownies



  • ‌6 overripe bananas
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup chocolate protein powder (I use UMP because it has zero sugar and 4g of carbs. Plus it tastes great!)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mash 6 overripe bananas. Mix mashed bananas with the other ingredients and pour into a greased 8×8 in. pan.  Bake for 30 minutes*.  Enjoy.

*Baking time may vary


If I can ever be of assistance to you on your journey to better health and fitness, please reach out to me at 330-310-0523.

-Kim Kessler

Vitamin C Shopping Spree

Vitamin C is one of the most important micronutrients, as it benefits your immune system, reduces your risk of heart disease and prevents wrinkled and saggy skin! It is recommended that you consume at least 65 to 90 mg of Vitamin C per day. It is found in numerous tasty foods, making it that much easier to eat something good for not only your body, but your skin as well.

In order to keep it short and sweet, the following are just a few of the foods that are high in Vitamin C, and can also be added into recipes to make delicious and healthy meals:

Kale: Just one cup of kale contains 134% of the Vitamin C you need daily. This dark, leafy green is perfect to add to your salads.

Berries: Blackberries, blueberries and strawberries are all packed with Vitamin C, with strawberries containing the most. There is 17% of the daily Vitamin C you need in just one strawberry, therefore you only need six to get enough for the day!

Kiwis: Kiwis contain 64 mg of Vitamin C per fruit, meaning just one kiwi will get you the daily recommended amount of the important micronutrient.

Bell Peppers: Colored bell peppers contain 183 mg of Vitamin C per 100 grams of peppers. This is more the 3 times the amount that is recommended per day.

Citrus Fruits: Grapefruits and oranges contain the same amount of Vitamin C, while lemons and clementines deliver a lower amount (roughly 60-75% of the recommended value).

Broccoli: Broccoli is packed with antioxidants AND Vitamin C. One cup of chopped and steamed broccoli contains 135% of your recommended daily dose of Vitamin C.

Try these recipes for a meal packed with Vitamin C!

Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

  • 1.5 cups coconut water
  • 2 kiwis
  • 1.5 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice

The Vitamin C Salad

  • 1/4 head of lettuce (either iceberg or Romaine)
  • 1 cup of fresh kale
  • 1/4 cup fresh strawberries (diced)
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • Small handful of pepitas
  • Feel free to add clementine slices and Raspberry or Strawberry Vinaigrette Dressing.

Mango Salsa

  • 1 mango (diced)
  • 3 roma tomatoes (diced)
  • 1/4 cup red onion (minced)
  • 1 jalapeño (de-seeded and minced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro (minced)
  • 1 lime (juiced)