Linking Factors: Obesity and Skin

Written by Dr. Rehka Kumar
Obesity is increasing in prevalence globally; both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the United States. National Institutes of Health (NIH) have labeled obesity an epidemic.1,2 More than one-third (36.5%) of adults in the United States are obese and, if obesity trends continue, 22% of people around the world will be overweight or obese by 2045.3…
Life is a competition, but it is not a race against anyone else. The real journey is against yourself and your unrealized potential. It is not about the competition out there or competing against the person next to you, but rather, it is about chasing your future self. Be your own kind of fighter in what you are trying to accomplish. Our fear most often…

Modern Wellness: Clean Beauty Explained

Written by Leilah Mundt, founder and CEO of Crème Collective
The skin care industry is buzzing about the concept of clean beauty. Analysts estimate that the market value of the clean beauty industry will double in the next five years, making this trend one that professionals and retailers cannot ignore. Largely driven by growing consumer demand over the past five to seven years, more products and brands claim to be cleaner than ever before. But…

Sleepy Skin Care: Melatonin Benefits and Best Practices

Written by Cindy Clark, L.E., aesthetics instructor at Von Lee International School of Aesthetics and founder of Afterglow Skin and Waxing
Melatonin is a naturally-produced hormone that is secreted by the pineal gland to aid the body in its nightly sleep cycle. Although it is inherent to the body, melatonin begins to deplete with age. Often, an individual may experience insomnia due to stressors such as work-life balance, travel, and grief. Over-the-counter sleep aids like melatonin can help those who are sleep-deprived to get better-quality sleep.…
Understanding your body and skin and being able to read the signs they send is incredibly important – even more so as a skin care professional, since you can find out a lot about clients just by taking a good look at their skin. This article will discuss how many vitamin deficiencies first manifest. It is important to notice these signs early so they can…
Tuesday, 21 May 2019 04:46

Skin Cancer Prevention: Heightening Awareness

Written by René Serbon
Today the public has more information than ever before about the dangers of ultraviolet radiation and, yet, the statistics surrounding skin cancer is staggering. It is alarming, in fact, because it is a type of cancer that is quite preventable – yet, the numbers climb. As we just came out of Melanoma Awareness month (May), I am sure happy that a few more people have…

Round 3: Fight with Heart

Written by Delilah Matos
Living a great life can sometimes seem like a constant fight. No matter what issues you’re facing, there’s an underlying truth that applies to all of us: we have to learn how to fight wholeheartedly for what we want. Yes, wholeheartedly. Things will not just happen on their own. You need a plan, determination, and to be willing to put in the work. Maybe you…
With cutaneous resurfacing there are various options depending on the condition of the skin and desired clinical outcomes. There are three types of exfoliating agents commonly used to resurface the skin. Keratolytic agents, keratocoagulant agents, and proteolytic agents. Keratolytic agents, such as hydroxy acids, work by breaking apart the bonds that hold skin cells together or by dissolving cellular glue. Keratolytic agents include hydroxy acids…
When it comes to making a career choice to work with oncology clients, the decision can be rewarding in many ways. If considering this path, here are the answers to 10 questions many aestheticians ponder before taking the plunge. Is it scary to work with an oncology client? No. An oncology client is a client. They just have different skin conditions and needs right now…
Always on the alert for natural solutions to health and well-being, I was excited to explore the trendy eating philosophy, intermittent fasting (IF). In my efforts to maintain a healthy weight, I have tried many diets and trends, including: low-fat, no carbohydrates, calorie restriction, paleo, juice fasting, a raw food diet, and many others. Before jumping in and giving intermittent fasting a try, I sat…
Humans are in a new age, where customization and personalization can play a major role in how the body is maintained. From customized diets to DNA testing, the ability people have to understand their genetic makeup is impacting the choices they make, the products they use, and the personalized changes they can implement to maximize results. However, the ability to customize goes beyond the unique…
In recent years, acupressure and acupuncture have moved from a little-known, holistic health practice to a proven, mainstream, medical treatment. Acupressure (much like acupuncture, but without using needles) is a 5,000-year-old Chinese medical practice used to relieve pain, reduce stress, and promote health and wellness through unblocking or stimulating certain meridians (or Qi) found all over the body and face. Treating the acupoints of the…
Trying the cuisines of cultures from around the world introduces new herbs and spices into the diet, many of which have unique health benefits. For instance, saffron is common in South Asian and Middle Eastern dishes. This high-end herb is said to prevent cancer, improve vision, and boost heart and brain function. It can also be used as the basis of many DIY skin treatments…
Wednesday, 04 April 2018 15:40

Reflexology for Cancer Clients

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Reflexology is an effective form of therapeutic foot treatment that aims to treat the client from a mind-body-spirit perspective. Reflexology cannot isolate a disease such as cancer and treat it symptomatically, nor does it work on a problem organ or body system. This treatment works with a focus of inducing a state of balance and harmony. As a holistic therapy, reflexology aims to treat the…
It is common knowledge that daily decisions, like eating a balanced diet and exercising, are essential for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. However, it is also important to prioritize taking good care of the skin. An easy, daily addition to any lifestyle that can boost and support healthy skin is taking supplements. And, not only will skin benefit, but overall health will benefit, as well. Four…
Wednesday, 28 February 2018 10:46

Skin Cancer Doesn’t Discriminate: Finding the Best Treatment Options for a Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer Diagnosis

Written by Christopher V. Crosby, M.D., Ph.D., FAAD, FACMS
While it seems logical that people who live in sunny, warm states – like Florida, California, or Texas – would have the highest incidence of skin cancer, the facts prove otherwise. The Centers for Disease Control reports that those who live in Utah, Delaware, Vermont, Minnesota, and Idaho have some of the highest rates of skin cancer. Why? It is most likely because they have…

Understanding Hydrosols and Essential Oils

Written by Rachelle Dupree, marketing, communication, and design for Vivoderm Natural Skincare
Many aestheticians and spa owners today are looking to new trends and technology to increase their client base and services. In light of the growing organic lifestyle preferences, why not look to ancient remedies. as well? Aromatherapy and treating ailments with essential oils is a practice thousands of years old that has seen a resurgence of popularity in the last few decades. A lesser-known component…
The process of detoxification can come in numerous forms, but the underlying goal is to rid the body of toxins to improve its natural processes. Think of the word “toxin” as an all-encompassing term for any substance that impacts a person’s health and body in a negative way. People are constantly breathing in pollutants or ingesting synthetic ingredients that are harmful to their bodies. The…

Delivery of Skin Nutrition: Topical and Internal

Written by Dana Laurie, formulation developer for Pink Horizons Botanical Skin Care
Several skin issues surface because of various factors that include the environment, genetics, and nutritional contributors. Arguably, nutrition plays the largest role in skin health because it is the one factor that individuals have the most control over. Nutrients in the skin come from consuming certain foods and vitamins, as well as the topical application of products. The nutrients people feed their skin are extremely…
Oxygen is the lifeblood of the human body. It performs a number of roles in the body, most importantly among them is converting the nutrients the body consumes into energy. Every cell in the body requires oxygen to function properly, including skin cells. In healthy conditions, oxygen stimulates circulation and respiration, supports cellular energy and vitality, and gives a plump, radiant appearance. But is the air people breathe…
The eyes are the windows of the soul. They reflect a spectrum of emotions, from the light of joy and surprise to the tears of sorrow and loss. The skin around the eyes tends to be thin and produces the least amount of sebum, priming the eye area for premature aging.

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