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Inflammation 101


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This terrific article does such a great job of explaining the basics of how inflammation causes distress on the system. The author also points out the major causes of inflammation and how to avoid triggers using diet change and stress management. I’ve been saying this for years – inflammation is the root of all imbalance and any skin disturbance. Glad to see this getting more press and love the simplistic language and explanations in this article. read, enjoy and pass along the info to someone you love!

It’s ALL About the Lymph, baby!

This doctor’s video lecture does such a great job of simply explaining how the lymphatic system works and what it’s importance is for wellness. The healthier the lymphatic system is, the healthier your skin will be and the more radiant you will feel. I add a little manual lymph drainage into almost every single facial for my clients because I truly believe this is vital for skin health and total wellness. I look forward to more intensive MLD training this fall as well, so that I can provide even more benefit for my clients!

A Yogi’s beauty Secrets…


This chick rocks! I love the idea of respecting the feminine body and thinking of beauty as part of total wellness…beauty isnt the goal, wellness is the goal. Beauty is a wonderful side effect. What do you think of this yogi’s wellness tips and beauty routine? Could you handle cold showers, oil supplements every AM and daily exercise and stretching?

How Diet & Hormones Affect Your Acne

diet and acne

It’s no secret that I love Nadine Artemis of Living Libations. Nadine is an aromacologist and an all around expert in all things natural and gentle for the skin. Her explanation of how diet and hormone balance can affect acne and other issues is so simply stated that I had to post about it. You ARE what you eat and what you absorb! If you have been told by your dermatologist or esthetician that your diet plays no role in your skin issues, it’s time to find a new practitioner!

There are many things I can do topically as an esthetician to help strengthen, cleanse, soften and nourish my clients’ skin. However, without a nourishing diet, these benefits will be short lived and not fully realized. That is precisely why I am working hard to earn my Master’s degree in Holistic Nutrition. I plan on combining nutritional counseling, aromatherapy and skincare in a complete holistic wellness program for the skin. As a bonus, when you upgrade and clean up your diet while taking care of your skin – you will see not only prettier skin, but enjoy many health benefits as well!

Greenwashing in Cosmetics?


This article from Kristen Arnett’s Green Beauty Team discusses the topic of greenwashing in the current cosmetic industry. Greenwashing is the act of implying that a product or brand is more “green” or “natural” than it really is.

It’s greenwashing when a company or organization spends more time and money claiming to be “green” through advertising and marketing than actually implementing business practices that minimize environmental impact.

In some cases, the packaging and branding of skincare or bodycare is completely misleading. I tell my clients to always read labels and be mindful of the products they use. Unfortunately, we cannot rely on advertising and packaging to tell us which products are best for our skin, because they can be very misleading.

Some of the companies listed (and this list is not even half as long as it should be) may surprise you…let me know your thoughts!

Companies know that selling a product as eco-friendly, natural, or green is appealing for many consumers. This can be a grey area and not heavily regulated either. Instead of investing in green and organic ingredients however, they simply change their packaging and branding. Consult your natural practitioner or holistic esthetician, and read ingredient lists. It can be confusing but doesn’t have to be if you know what to look for.

Here’s a list of commonly used ingredients to avoid:

PEG, parfum, perfume, fragrance, EDTA, parabens, petroleum, aluminum, dioxins, PABA, DEET, etc – see graphic above for more!

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