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Ways to Use Essential Oils

When I started making my own natural hair products, I read an article about essential oils and learned that they have so many different uses. It’s interesting what you can do with a few different oils!

Generally

  • Natural all-purpose cleaner—Add a few drops of lemon oil and tea tree oil to warm water and use to spray counter tops to naturally disinfect.
  • Natural mosquito repellent—Rub one drop each of lemongrass oil, citronella oil, and eucalyptus oil together with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil to make a natural bug spray.
  • Sports gear—If your kids play sports, add two drops of tea tree oil, two drops of lemon essential oil, together with baking soda to jerseys, cleats, and other sports gear.
  • Homemade peppermint patties—Use peppermint oil, coconut oil, dark chocolate, and raw honey to make real peppermint treats.
  • Washing machine—Add 10 to 20 drops of your favorite scent per load.
  • Vacuum cleaner—Add 5 to 10 drops of your favorite oil in the vacuum bag.
  • Homemade sunscreen—Mix coconut oil, zinc oxide, Shea butter, helichrysum oil, and lavender essential oil and store in a squeeze bottle to make homemade sunscreen.
  • Eliminate shower curtain scum—Using a 16-ounce spray bottle, use four drops of eucalyptus essential oil and four drops of tea tree oil together with warm water and spray onto your shower for natural mold killing action.
  • Clean burnt pans—Use lemon oil and boiling water to help remove burnt food from pots and pans.
  • Wonderful smelling home—Diffuse clove, rosemary, and orange essential oils when guests come over and they will talk about how amazing your house smells.
  • Carpet cleaner—Mix 20 drops of tea tree oil with Borax for homemade carpet powder.
  • Eliminate mold—Add tea tree oil to a diffuser to kill mold in the air and other pathogens.
  • Reduce anxiety—Diffuse lavender essential oil around your home to reduce feelings of stress and tension.

Beauty

  • Reduce cellulite—Mix five drops of grapefruit essential oil with two teaspoons of coconut oil. Massage into dimpled areas.
  • Acne face wash—Mix tea tree oil with raw honey and rub on face. Then rinse off with water.
  • Homemade shampoo—Mix lavender oil, rosemary oil, aloe vera gel, and coconut milk.
  • Sugar scrub—Mix a few drops of an essential oil with almond oil, and rock salt or sugar to make your own salt or sugar scrub.
  • Homemade toothpaste—Combine sea salt, baking soda, coconut oil, xylitol, and peppermint essential oil
  • Body spray—Add 5-10 drops to four ounces of water and use as a fragrant body spray.
  • Itchy scalp—Add lavender, cedar wood, or basil to shampoo to reduce itch.
  • Thicken hair—Add rosemary to your shampoo to naturally thicken hair and increase volume.
  • Strengthen nails—Mix 10 drops of frankincense, myrrh, and lemon into two tablespoons of vitamin E oil, rub on cuticles.
  • Reduce wrinkles—Mix three to five drops of sandalwood, geranium, lavender, and frankincense with an unscented lotion and apply to face. Avoid getting in your eyes.
  • Teeth whitener—Combine lemon essential oil, coconut oil, and fresh strawberries then rub on teeth. Rinse after two minutes.
  • Cure dandruff—Mix five drops of rosemary and lavender to three tablespoons of unscented oil. Massage into scalp and leave on for 10 minutes. Shampoo mixture out.
  • Reduce stretch marks—mix five drops of frankincense, myrrh, and grapefruit with coconut oil and apply to stretch marks.
  • Reduce age spots—Put on frankincense essential oil three times daily directly on skin to improve sunspots and age spots.
  • For oily hair—Mix 10 drops of ylang ylang, lime, and rosemary oil with two ounces of unscented oil. Massage it into the scalp two to three times per week. Wash out as usual.
  • Heal dry cracked feet—Add three drops of lavender oil to two tablespoons of coconut oil. Apply to feet at night and put on socks.

Spa

  • Body butter lotion—Mix coconut oil, Shea butter, magnesium oil, and essential oils for moisturizing body lotion.
  • Homemade lip balm—Combine coconut oil, beeswax, and lavender oil for an amazing healing balm for chapped lips.
  • Relieve tension—Help to relieve anxiety by using a single drop of lavender oil on your hands, rub them together, and cup your hands to your nose, and let the smell flood your senses.
  • Massage therapy—Use a few drops of cedar wood or lavender oil, mixed with an unscented lotion during a relaxation massage.
  • Immediate relaxation—Apply two to four drops of chamomile, lavender, and peppermint essential oil to the temples for a cooling effect and immediate relaxation.
  • Detox bath—Mix lavender oil, Epsom salts, and sea salt to a warm bath to cleanse and rejuvenate body.
  • Sauna therapy—Add two drops of your favorite essential oil into two cups of water in a sauna.
  • Calm upset child—Help sooth and calm children by adding lavender or chamomile to their stuffed animals.
  • Foot bath—Add a few drops in a large bowl of warm water. Lemon or eucalyptus oil works great.
  • Improve depression—To boost mood and relieve depression, add rose oil to baths, inhalations, and diffusers to improve mood.
  • Yoga and Pilates—To relax during yoga or meditation, inhale lavender or sandalwood before class. Also, mix clove and citrus essential oil to clean yoga mats.
  • Mint chocolate cocoa—Add two to three drops of peppermint oil to hot cocoa for instant minty chocolate.

Makeup Artists Don’t Need to Wear Makeup

I believe makeup should be used as a tool to enhance natural beauty, not as a mask to hide behind. I would like to reset the standard—makeup artists should be skincare professionals and have some background knowledge of what skincare products can do to improve the canvas upon which they work. But they don’t need to wear makeup themselves when they work.

In the world of esthetics, it is our job to help uplift and encourage the confidence and inner radiance of our client. We wear black as an industry standard and, in my opinion, it is so we blend into the shadows and make our clients shine. When our clients leave our chair, we want them to feel like they are as beautiful as they can be.

Wearing makeup is often done to show that we have the answers to help our clients find what makes them feel beautiful. But I don’t we need to wear makeup ourselves. Instead, we need to exude the passion and confidence in our skills. Hopefully our skin is clear. Our kind, helpful personalities are all we need to help our clients in finding the right colors for their personal color palette to achieve the look they want.

In the film and television industry, makeup artists work hours that are very long. Their days can start as early as it takes to get everyone done and camera ready for the time the day’s first scene is scheduled to shoot. In my life, that has been as early as 3:30 am or sometimes even an all-nighter. Our job is to care for the talent and their look, not for ourselves. If a makeup artist was on set and dolled-up over the top, it could be considered a distraction to the crew members—it tends to be a male dominated field — or the actors who don’t want a member of the crew stealing the spotlight.

Makeup artists should be able to talk about their products with confidence and ease. Most importantly, they should be able to use their true skills to use the makeup on the client. Since we are in the beauty world, some makeup artists want to show that they are up with the latest trends and always have a full face on. I’m not trying to take anything away from anyone. But I’d like to suggest that a bare, fresh face is something to be valued and acceptable in the workplace for makeup artists and skincare professionals.A makeup artist applies makeup on a woman.

Manuka Honey: The Miracle Ingredient

Honey in JarsManuka honey is known all over the world for its soothing, healing, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties. It is produced from the nectar of wild manuka trees in New Zealand. The manuka tree is also known as the tea tree, which many people know of for the powerful anti-inflammatory oil that it produces.

Manuka honey has been known to heal acne as well as wounds and even stomach ulcers. Manuka Honey is also a humectant, meaning that it helps the skin retain moisture, making it perfect for dry, flaky, irritated skin including eczema. It also helps balance the skin’s pH and contains amino acids that help to exfoliate the skin. In recent studies, Manuka honey has been shown to promote healthy structural growth collagen in skin cells, making it ideal for aging skin.

This honey is a jack of all trades, great for dry skin, inflamed skin, aging skin, and acne-prone skin types. It is different from other raw honeys because it has stronger antibacterial properties. Manuka honey contains an enzyme called glucose oxidiase, which produces the antibacterial, antimicrobial ingredient commonly known as hydrogen peroxide.

Manuka honey comes in different bioactivity strengths ranging from 5 to 25. The higher the strength, the stronger the antibacterial properties. It is best to use a strength of 12+ or above when using the honey topically on the skin. It is also best to use raw, organic, and non pasteurized honey because pasteurization kills the enzymes that make it good for the skin.

Manuka honey can be used in many ways. It can be used as a face wash, or as a masque, or a spot treatment. When used as a mask, it is best to apply and leave on face for 20 to 30 minutes. Or spot treat and leave on overnight.

Lingo

Immiscible. Surfactants. Hydrophilic. Miscible.

Four words that, a year ago, I never thought would be useful in my life. Now I’ve written those words on flash cards, with the definitions on the back, and find myself flipping the cards over and over and over again until the words are ingrained into my vocabulary. How funny would it be if I actually got to use any of these words in a normal conversation?

Humans are born with 300 bones; an adult human has only 206, 14 of which are in the face. Glycerin, which I only knew as nitro-glycerin, is used as a moisturizer in skin and body creams. I’ve been using it my whole life!

This program has opened my eyes to a world beyond cutting hair. The work is hard, the days are arduous, but I have fallen in love with the science behind the beauty.

What to Expect when Enrolling in the Institute

Exterior, Cinta Aveda Institute

I started my journey here at the Cinta Aveda Institute last October in the Cosmetology program. This last year has been one of the craziest, busiest, most exciting years yet, and it’s all thanks to this school! We hear it all the time: “Going to beauty school is going to be some of the best times of your life!” It’s so true! I have gotten a great education, and met some of my best friends, while attending cosmetology school. Here’s a run down of my experience.

The program begins in the Introduction phase and, from there, you work your way up to Alpha, Beta, and all the way through to Gamma—the final phase. During your time at the Institute, you learn everything from facials, nails, hair care, product knowledge, cutting, and chemical services. This is a breakdown of what each phase includes:

  • Introduction is exactly what it sounds like: the basics. In Intro, you are a scared little puppy version of your future self. You know nothing and that’s okay; you’re not alone in your lack of knowledge! For most of us, I think, this was the hardest part of school: feeling unsure of yourself. But you quickly realize it doesn’t last long. After the educators have drilled all of the color theory and haircutting basics into your memory, you move on to the next phase: Alpha.
  • Alpha is the first time you work with real guests: people who are actually paying for you to play with their hair! This portion of the program is when you make the majority of your mistakes and learn through trial and error. It’s great!
  • In Beta, you are literally moving up, meaning you are now on the third floor: the salon floor. This marks your halfway point in the program. All of the hard stuff is over with, or at least that’s what you’ve convinced yourself. You still get the occasional tricky guest who you don’t know how to deal with or a service you have avoided this entire time—*cough cough* a perm!—but it really is all about perfecting and feeling confident in what you already know.
  • Now on to Gamma, which is the final phase, and the last step in completing your education. Gamma is all about the State Board! We do theory in the morning, and guests in the afternoon. The theory time consists of State Board written theory and running through all of the practical operations that will be on your licensing examination. This is the second most important part of your experience here at the Institute, right after learning the basics in intro, because it prepares you to pass the State Board and become a licensed cosmetologist. Yea! So if you are looking to get the complete package out of your cosmetology education, the Cinta Aveda Institute is probably the place for you!

Ectomorph

If your body type is primarily ectomorphic, you are most likely on the thinner side, with slim shoulders, and a fast metabolism. You find it hard to gain weight. To some this may seem ideal; however, with this body type you can still fall into the category of “skinny fat” or you can have a hard time gaining weight to get the shapely physique you desire.

In order to achieve more muscle mass and definition, it is in an ectomorph’s best interest to eat a dense calorie diet and do workouts that focus on larger muscle groups.

Some examples of food that are both high in calories and high in nutrition are: chicken, turkey, safflower oil, peanut oil, almond butter, dark chocolate, quinoa, brown rice, and tuna steak.

As for workouts, they should be less cardio; and more isometric, strength-based exercises, such as: bench presses, leg presses, calf raises, lying leg curls, and squats. For an ectomorph, it is all about building and maintaining muscle to get their ideal shape.

Although most people are a combination of two or more types, more weight training and repetitive movements with a dense caloric diet will yield you the results you desire.

High Frequency

High Frequency Machine

High Frequency Machine

I have recently been using the high frequency machine on my face and have become obsessed. The results I’m getting are fantastic! My skin has improved drastically from just a couple of treatments. I can see the breakouts on my face disappearing and my fine lines getting smoother and less visible.

The high frequency machine is used to help:

  • stubborn acne
  • shrink enlarged pores
  • reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and cellulite
  • decongest puffy eyes
  • fade dark eye circles
  • rejuvenate the condition of the scalp for improved hair growth

High frequency is considered an essential skin rejuvenating treatment in the skin care industry. It stimulates cell renewal and assists with improved skin care product penetration and absorption by gently warming the tissues of the skin.

High frequency facial machines work in conjunction with high frequency electrodes which are made of clear tempered glass. The electrodes come in a variety different shapes and sizes to facilitate the treatment of various contours of the face and body. A mild low level alternating electrical current is generated by the high frequency machine which then passes through the attached glass electrode upon contact with the skin. The electrical current ignites the gas inside the electrode and healing electrical light energy is produced. When mixed with the air outside of the electrode, the electrical current creates and infuses the skin with purifying and rejuvenating oxygen molecules and a therapeutic zapping or tingling sensation is experienced.

The benefits are amazing and I would highly suggest getting a high frequency facial.

Twelve Uses for Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a cactus plant that is very well known for its skin healing properties. The plant secretes a clear gel from its leaves that has multiple uses. I have listed twelve ways Aloe Vera can be useful in your life.

Aloe Vera Leaf

  1. It is soothing and can treat burns from hot tools, the oven, or sunburned skin.
  2. It can treat cuts due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-biotic, anti-bacteria, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties.
  3. All those “anti” properties above can also help with oral health such as bleeding gums and mouth ulcers.
  4. It can heal skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
  5. It helps with stretch marks by repairing the skin.
  6. It is a moisturizer. It is fast-absorbing and hydrates the skin well.
  7. It helps with the itchiness from insect bites
  8. It improves digestion when taken internally. It helps with issues such as constipation or diarrhea.
  9. It assists in detoxifying the body by absorbing toxins in the intestinal tract, which can speed up the body’s metabolism.
  10. It is high in vitamins and minerals and can naturally increase what the body is lacking.
  11. It not only helps repair dry and damaged hair, but also with building strength in the hair.
  12. It improves elasticity and has antioxidants to battle free radicals which slows the aging process.

Food Used for Beauty

One of the most surprising things I learned while in school is how food can be used in your skincare regimen.

  • Tea: Cold compresses made out of tea bags can relieve pain and reduce redness from a sunburn and calm down allergic reactions. Earl Grey tea bags are great for the eye area. The caffeine helps to shrink blood vessels underneath the skin and eliminate darkness around the eye area. Spray cool green tea onto your face twice a day to draw out impurities, shrink large pores, and get a healthy glow.
  • Lemon: For brighter, softer skin, use fresh lemon juice on any area of your body, including the knees, elbows, and face to brighten up and soften your skin. Make a moisturizing mask for dry skin by mixing equal amounts of honey, lemon, and olive oil. Apply the mixture to dry areas on the skin and allow it to dry for about 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Take a lemon and slice it in half, rub the juice all over your face, and wait five minutes before rinsing it off with cold water.
  • Lemons have antibacterial properties, making them a perfect blackhead fix. Blackheads are caused by clogged pores, and the acid from the lemons helps to exfoliate the skin.
  • Coconut Oil: For softer, smoother, shiny hair, simple apply coconut oil throughout your hair, then go to bed and rinse out the following morning. Coconut oil can also be used as a moisturizer or lotion on rough spots.

My Outer Peace Experience

The Story

At the age of seven, I can remember being mesmerized watching my father wash his face and apply hydrating cream. It was our first bonding moment that I can remember, and what started me in my love for skincare.

Then, like the majority of us, at age of 15 I started having basic teenage acne. What did I do? I hopped on the Proactive wagon and it worked perfectly for me. It cleared everything up. I was an excellent candidate for Proactive because my face produced so much oil that I had no drying and could use the entire system flawlessly.

Aveda Outer Peace Line

The Challenge

As I got older, I felt that I had outgrown the acne stage of my life because of the significant decrease in breakouts. I began researching different products that I should be using for cleansing and I wanted to incorporate some anti-aging products as well. I began toying with other products, getting samples and so on. But the challenge was that the products all caused me to have massive breakouts. This reaction made me think…hmmm…I still have acne.

The Answer

After some education on my skin type and how excessive oily skin works, I tried Aveda’s Outer Peace line. I was not disappointed. In three weeks, my oil production decreased and my skin looked better than it ever had-even when I was using Proactive. When using Proactive, I tended to have somce redness to my skin, and that went away with the Outer Peace product.

I rarely break out, and when I do, it is most often due to the food I have eaten. Did I mention that the smell is amazing?