Healthy Lymph, Healthy Skin!

Your lymphatic system is responsible for removing toxins from the body. However, slowed digestion and excessive stress or toxic build up can put a strain on your liver and that can create stagnant lymph. I find that many of my clients experience stagnant lymph, especially in the glands around the neck. This can lead to lowered immunity, puffy eyes, and other skin issues like breakouts.

Lymphatic drainage massage is highly recommended in each facial treatment for those experiencing stagnant lymph. In between facials, however, there are several ways to keep your lymphatic system healthy!

Dry brushing: I talk about this all the time! Dry brushing daily before each shower or bath is the simplest way to keep the lymphatic system in good shape. It also aids in diminishing cellulite – if you needed an extra reason to do it!

Essential Oils: this is one of my very favorite ways to enhance my home beauty and health routines. Essential oils are natural, gentle yet potent ingredients. Tiny enough to travel through the pores and into the bloodstream, when you apply them to the surface of the skin. My healthy lymph blend includes Orange, Grapefruit, Cypress and Frankincense. Added to a roller bottle with fractionated coconut oil, this blend can be applied directly over any grouping of lymph nodes (like underarms and on sides of neck under earlobes.) You can also add these to body oil or lotion after bathing to aid in healthy skin! *The only essential oils I recommend using are Young Living essential oils because they are superior in quality and purity.

Regular aerobic exercise: this is important for many reasons, one of them being healthy lymph drainage. It encourages movement of the lymph to help with detoxification and reduce stagnation. Jumping, swimming, running, brisk walking, and skating are just a few ways to get things moving!

Plenty of water: Lymph is fluid, so in order to maintain healthy function, you need to stay well hydrated. Lots of water throughout the day ensures healthy lymphatic fluid. Aim for 2-3 liters each day, drinking half the amount before lunch.

Red Rhassoul Clay: Ancient Beauty Secret

Rhassoul Clay, from the Atlas mountains of Morocco, has been used to help keep skin healthy and beautiful for centuries. In fact, this natural mineral clay has been used on the skin since the eighth century and has been a favorite among the hammams or bath houses!

Touted for it’s cleansing, mineralizing and moisturizing benefits, rhassoul clay makes a wonderful masking base. It’s a great source of silica, iron, magnesium, potassium, sodium, lithium, and trace elements. I love to add in rosewater, raw honey, avocado oil or chickweed….or use it solo diluted with water to make a thin paste. In fact, here’s one of my recipes:

1 tbsp rhassoul clay (powdered)
2 drops rose or orange essential oil (* I ONLY recommend using Young living oils for their strength, safety and purity)
2 tbsp filtered water
1 tsp raw organic honey

Blend all ingredients together, adding more water to thin if desired.
Apply to clean, damp skin for 15 minutes and rinse thoroughly with wash cloth.
Follow with moisture trmt or serum.

This month’s facial special highlights this amazing red clay in mask form. Contact Jennifer to schedule your appointment today!

Bringing Essential Oils Home

Thirteen years ago, while studying in Paris I fell in love with the holistic approach to wellness. I used to wander through the local organic food markets, quietly sit in the beautiful gardens, and stop into corner pharmacies. Yep, you heard that right. Pharmacies are a lot different in France. Each one I visited had a compounding area lined with herbs, homeopathic remedies and essential oils instead of shelves lined with over-the-counter medications. Ok, there were some OTC medications available, but holistic remedies were just as well represented. This completely inspired me as a budding esthetician. What impressed me so much about observing French culture was this inherent knowledge of the importance of self care. Yes, the French are known for smoking and drinking lots of red wine…but they are also known for eating local organic food, spending time outside daily, taking good care of their skin, and using herbs and essential oils as medicine. Bien-etre is a French term meaning “to be well.” It was something I very much wanted to incorporate into my work as an esthetician in the States.

I was especially drawn to the use of essential oils in skin and body care, so I became certified in aromatherapy and started using oils in my facials. The oils that came most highly recommended by my school and the therapists working with me were Young Living Essential Oils. They were recommended because of their potency and purity. Ten years later (after working in several prestigious spas and as an national skincare educator), I started my own holistic skincare practice…and named it bien-etre.

I am still using these oils regularly to help nourish skin, reduce stress and calm the mind in my facial treatments and I am excited to announce that bien-etre skincare is now offering Young Living essential oils for home use as well! I have used these oils for the past decade because of their quality and strength. Yes, there are other essential oil companies I also love. However, Young Living’s experience, quality, organic farming practices and ease of use make them my personal and professional choice. (They are currently used in more than 50 hospitals in the country and well respected by thousands of professionals.) These are the oils I use on my skin and on my family. There are special oils that can be used for everything from wrinkles and Acne to Eczema and irritation.

If you are interested in using essential oils to enhance your skincare routine, I’d be happy to show you the ropes and get you started with some essential oils you can use at home in between your facials! You can contact me anytime at

By the way…here’s a much younger version of myself soaking up the Parisian experience. Enjoy!

Oil Pulling Adventure

Ok…I’m going to try oil pulling! It’s a centuries old tradition, and making a comeback in a big way. I have been hearing about it for months now but hadnt taken the plunge because I knew that it would be a commitment of 20 minutes every day for 30 days. So, as soon as we get back into town I’m going to start swishing organic coconut oil every morning. I will let you know how I feel in 30 days!
For more information on oil pulling, check out this wonderful article from the free people blog, of all places!

Apple Cider Vinegar Beauty Tricks

photo courtesy of Anytime Fitness (Pinterest)
I just adore Pinterest as a medium for sharing natural beauty secrets. Apple cider vinegar is such a wonderful ingredient for so many uses. From house cleaning to health to beautiful skin…ACV serves so many purposes. Better yet? It’s healthy and inexpensive. So, if you are interested in what ACV has to offer beyond a killer salad dressing, pin this bad boy to your Pinterest board or simply print it out the old fashioned way!

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