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The human body was designed to heal and repair itself through its own immune system. Most of the time, it does an excellent job of doing so without outside help. However, there are many factors that interfere with the immune system’s ability to protect the body from invaders – some of which we cannot control and some of which we can control to a certain…
This month I want to talk about balance. I did say balance, and I did not mean standing on one foot with your other leg out in front of you. I mean balance in your life. When I accepted the opportunity to write this monthly column on health and wellness and its direct impact on you, the aesthetician, it prompted me to do a bit…
Geranium is a bushy perennial shrub belonging to the Pelargonium genus which is very extensive family including over 200 species. Most originate from South Africa but it is Pelargonium graveolens of the Reunion Islands which is thought to produce the oil of highest quality, often referred to as Bourbon geranium. The unfortunate side of this fine quality oil is that today it is often blended…
How often have you heard somebody say to stop and smell the roses? Well, how often have you actually done it? And I do not mean the roses on your desk from Valentine's Day or your birthday; but the fragrant, soft petaled beauties growing in your garden (or even someone else's)! Taking It for Granted It is not very often that we think about how…
When we think of these two essential oils, Sweet Orange (citrus sinensis) and Mandarin (citrus reticulata), the words that come to mind are joy, happy, uplifting and optimism. These oils are absolute favorites in the spa, being safe, nontoxic and are oils that all clients can benefit from. The therapeutic value of orange was first identified in Ancient China, where for centuries the dried peel…
This month I want to talk about exercise and you. Yes, I mean you – the professional aesthetician. Now, I do not want to preach, but I am going to and I have to tell you how critical exercise is to you and your life. Any time I broach this topic, the non-exercisers immediately come out with “I do not have time,” “It does not…
The aromatherapy tree, botanical name, Citrus aurantium var. amara, is unique to aromatherapy production. The tree earns its name because three different essential oils are obtained from the same plant: Neroli, from the beautiful blossoms; Petitgrain, from the leaves; and Bitter Orange, from the peel of the fruit. Despite the fact that the bitter orange tree looks very similar to Citrus sinensis (the tree from…
Each organ in the human body plays an important and unique function. Similar to the organs in the body, our cells contain a compilation of distinctive organelles, each playing an important role in the health and function of the cell. The mitochondria are of particular importance to cell health as they function primarily to produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the energy of the cell. It is…
Clients come to the spa for several reasons. Some come with specific skin care goals, while some come just to relax. Others come to receive treatments and purchase products made with luxurious, therapeutic, efficacious, and often rare ingredients that are not available in the mass market due to cost and other factors. Some of these ingredients are products of the latest, most cutting-edge innovations in…
Most of us educate about the products and treatments used in client care, but when our clients walk away from us, what understanding do they have of the nutrition needed for great skin? It is not yesteryear when skin care consisted of cleansers, toners and moisturizers. It is much different today and turning away from what is ultimately going to have a large impact in…
In the United States, guidance surrounding a product's shelf life can be quite vague. That is because there is no government regulation requiring manufacturers to print expiration dates on the labels of cosmetic products (the category that includes skin care products). This factor has led to a generally blasé attitude among consumers, who tend to hold onto products (especially more expensive ones) until they have…
Vitamin Q, also known as ubiquinone, ubidercarenone and coenzyme Q (CoQ10), is an oil-soluble, vitamin substance that is present in eukaryotic cells, mostly located in the mitochondria. This plays a major role in the electron transport chain and participates in aerobic cellular respiration, results in creating energy in the form of ATP. In the human body, energy is created 95 percent of time from this…
Scientists long ago discovered a class of naturally occurring organic pigments called carotenoids that are crucial for human health. Alpha-, beta- and gamma-carotene are the most popular carotenoids which are converted to vitamin A in the human body. Recently one of the carotenoids called astaxanthin has brought increased attention as a "super nutrient" for human body and skin health. Astaxanthin is a dark red powder…
The mineral sulfur (S) is found abundantly in nature, the foods we eat, and the human body. Although avoided by some for its pungent smell, sulfur can be skin's best friend by helping heal a variety of conditions. Naturally antiseptic and antibacterial, sulfur is one of nature's most important minerals and one of man's oldest beauty remedies. As far back as Hippocrates' day, people have…
Tea tree oil is an essential oil distilled from the leaves of the melaluca plant which is native to Australia. This oil has a triple antiseptic effect by its ability to fight bacteria, fungi and some viruses. Speaking about bacteria, it also reduces the production of sebum in the sebaceous glands which reduces the production of the bacteria known to cause blemishes. It is believed…
Red clover grows wild in Europe, Asia and the U.S. This perennial herb is beneficial for anti-aging formulations and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It contains numerous nutrients including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine and vitamin C. Herbalists use red clover oil to treat skin conditions like acne, rosacea and eczema. The red flowers contain therapeutic isoflavones that simulate the effects of estrogen…
How do we achieve healthy skin? Is it just using the right skin care products? Or is it using a sunscreen with a SPF of 30+ every day? It is not quite that easy. Healthy skin begins with a healthy stratum corneum, the outer most layer of skin that serves as a barrier against desiccation and environmental stressors. The stratum corneum (SC) was once thought…
Historically it has been one of the most important commodities to humankind, used in everything from food to cleaning products to cosmeceuticals. It is also the sixth most abundant element in the Earth's crust. What is this miracle element? Sodium. Sodium is an essential nutrient that regulates blood volume, blood pressure and our pH, and in the world of aesthetics it has a number of…
Traditionally vitamin K is considered to be a key beauty vitamin, along with vitamins A, C and E. In fact, the discovery of vitamin K was hailed with a Nobel Prize in 1943. It is often used in five percent concentrations in skin care formulations for stretch marks, scars, rosacea and couperose because it improves the elasticity of blood vessels. In my practice, I love…
For years, skin care practitioners have known that regular use of benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and other topicals offer effective acne treatments. We have also known that certain peptides, some botanicals and vitamin C can help brighten the skin, even tone and ease pigmentation problems. But combining these and other topicals with specific nutrients – or, in some cases, avoiding certain foods and supplements –…
Minerals are among the most important elements needed by the body. They are directly and indirectly involved in every bodily and skin process. Along with amino acids (protein), minerals are the basic building blocks of every cell in the body. RNA/DNA, the blueprints to each cell, does not function properly without certain minerals. Enzymes will not form nor function properly without the minerals they require…

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