Aromatherapy Personalization
Oct22

Aromatherapy Personalization

Aromatherapy personalization might seem intimidating; however, trying new oils and blends at the spa or for personal use isn’t as difficult as it sounds. The Olfactory system is complex and has been thoroughly studied throughout the ages. An odorant molecule is one that contains a scent, or stimulates smell perception. What characteristics of an odorant molecule leads the brain to the perception of a particular scent? Although...

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Native American Plants

Sochan A close relative to the sunflower, Sochan can grow up to 10 feet tall. It rivals with kale as a nutritional go to source of vitamins and minerals. Milder than spinach, Sochan has especially high levels of vitamin C and folic acid. Found in the south east,  Sochan flowers in a yellow-petaled green-headed coneflower.  Sochan is sustainable if picked correctly, removing lower leaves and not destroying the stalk Branch Lettuce Also...

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Bee Pollen
Aug11

Bee Pollen

Like most health food trends, this one is rooted in celebrity culture, with ex-Spice girl Victoria Beckham claiming it as the secret to her youthful glow. While we can’t corroborate that, what we do know is that it’s a rich source of anti-inflammatory antioxidants, and early animal studies have found it may be helpful in reducing cholesterol, healing wounds, and inhibiting tumor growth. Small human studies have also found it be...

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Buying Beauty Products
Aug11

Buying Beauty Products

Sometimes we still buy skin care products like we do our wine—because the labels are cool. But overall consumers are getting smarter about ingredients. We aren’t falling for things labeled “natural” or “green” without turning the bottle around and reading what’s in them. Arsenic and lead are also products of nature, after all! And while the U.S. government still hasn’t gotten around to regulating what we put on our skin, thanks...

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Hi-tech Beauty
Feb02

Hi-tech Beauty

Hi-tech beauty applications are seemingly everywhere from the salon to the spa to the department store counter.  What this boils down to is more personalized, effective skin care treatments, hair care applications and make-up strategies. Contextualized Reflection What’s not going away anytime soon? Smart mirrors. Using artificial intelligence and augmented reality, they allow consumers to virtually try on lipstick and eye shadow by...

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Ingredients banned from Cosmetics by the European Union
Jan16

Ingredients banned from Cosmetics by the European Union

Banned Cosmetic Ingredients The European Union has taken a stringent approach with regards to the regulation of cosmetic ingredients. Currently Europe has banned over 1300 substances from use in the cosmetics industry due to suspected risks to human health. The United States by comparison has only restricted the use of 11 ingredients. The majority of the European Union banned chemicals usually have complicated names with a number of...

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Hair and Nail Signs of Health
Apr06

Hair and Nail Signs of Health

What your body is telling you: Hair and nail signs to watch out for in your daily wellness routine. Nails Your nail bed appearance includes from your cuticles to the tips of your nails.  White spots on the nail typically indicate a nutritional deficiency.  This can be trace minerals, low calcium intake.  The condition known as “leukonychia” is a hotly debated topic.  Some say white spots are simply signs of damage to the matrix or...

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Peels
Feb07

Peels

I am often asked what I do to my skin.  One of my not-so-secret(s) is exfoliation including peels.  There are so many options out there now, if your team isn’t engaging in the power of peeling, you are missing out on a revenue stream that truly benefits clients. When choosing a peeling agent it is crucial to carefully select active agents.  Furthermore, an intake process is imperative to understand the client’s routine as well as...

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Codfish: The New Restorative
Jan10

Codfish: The New Restorative

Utilizing codfish harvested from the North Atlantic Ocean in a groundbreaking manner, innovative company Kerecis is an emerging leader in the global medical industry. “One gram of this is worth more than a gram of gold,” says Guðmundur Fertram Sigurjónsson, co-founder and CEO of Kerecis. Between his fingers he is holding a small, tough and colorless strip of fish skin. “A completely sustainable material, this is a byproduct of the...

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