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Foods To Make You Feel Beautiful

Beauty Foods

  • Olive Oil

    Extra virgin olive oil belongs in the kitchen and on your skin. Apply it directly to your skin; it’s got tons of vitamin E and good fats to give your skin all the moisture it needs.

  • Water

    Drinking water for skin hydration is a topic that is highly debated, so let’s break it down. Your skin is an organ and is made up of cells. Those cells (like most cells) are mostly made up of water. Without that water, cells and organs would not be able to function. You lose lots of water daily, naturally, so it’s important to rehydrate your body and your skin when that hydration is lost. The truth is that water will mostly likely reach all your other organs before it reaches your skin, so definitely make sure to drink a couple of extra glasses a day.

  • Avocados

    A fan of avocados? Great! These fruits are full of vitamins C, E and monounsaturated fats—great for locking in moisture and promoting over all skin health.

  • Fish

    Salmon, herring, trout, sardines, and mackerel all contain lots of omega-3s. Fish fats help to protect skin from the sun, reduce inflammation, and strengthen your skin’s cells.

  • Carrots

    Next time you take a trip to grocery store, steer towards some yellow and orange veggies. The reason certain veggies take on this color is because they have the antioxidant beta-carotene in them. This particular antioxidant helps to fight off the sun rays and other environmental aggressors and help prevent or soothe dry skin.

  • Spinach

    Dark leafy greens such as spinach and kale contain iron, omega-4s, and vitamins A, B and E. All of those not only help your skin’s overall health, but help give your immune system a nice boost.

  • Fruits

    The majority of fruits contain lots of vitamin A and C which helps to replenish your skin’s nutrients and promote collagen production.

  • Nuts

    In just one nut you will find omega 3s, vitamins A, B and E, minerals, monounsaturated fats, and antioxidants. Therefore, eating nuts throughout the day helps give your skin hydration, promote elasticity, protect you against free radical and pollutants, and regenerate cells.

  • Eggs

    Eggs have very high levels of protein which is great in aiding cell regeneration. They also contain sulfur and lutein, both of which help to promote skin hydration and elasticity.

Masks for Healthier Hair

Aveda Hair Products Collage

Thick, shiny, healthy hair is something many clients come seeking from their stylist. Every day on the salon floor, we find ourselves offering treatments to enhance the look and feel of hair. Whether it’s color treated, damaged by heat styling, or dry, there are botanical treatments we offer to address these issues. In the salon, we offer botanical treatments for specific issues. These include a relaxing scalp massage with oils blended to meet the needs of dry or irritated scalps. Then we follow it up with a shampoo, botanical serum, and mask. Finally, we finish with a beautiful blowout to display your treated tresses.

Most guests at our salon are well aware of these salon botanical treatments—and frequently request them—but it’s a great next step to try masks at home. This allows you continue the process of addressing whatever concerns you may have with your hair. Aveda offers five great hair masks:

  • Dry Remedy Moisture Mask

    This mask is terrific for dry hair and scalps. It contains buriti oil and has a light scent. It’s a great companion for the dry remedy shampoo and will help maintain hydrated hair.

  • Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Mask

    Helps address dull damaged hair. This mask is great for previously highlighted hair. I always recommend it to anyone who has bleached their hair and notices it becoming frizzy, brittle, or generally damaged by processing. Because this mask has quinoa protein in it to help damaged cuticles, it leaves the hair feeling strong and looking shiny.

  • Smooth Infusion Smoothing Masque

    Perfect for frizz-prone hair. This helps defend against humidity. Especially great if you’re travelling through humid climates and want to maintain your sleek style.

  • Be Curly Intensive Detangling Mask

    This is a great new addition that I have used on my own extremely curly hair. It makes blow drying my hair straight so much easier. It moisturizes with babasu oil and shea butter leaving your hair feeling nourished.

  • Color Conserve Strengthening Treatment

    This mask is perfect for a post color treatment and the sunflower and macadamia nut oils help seal in color.

So the next time you find your hair feeling less than fantastic, think about a mask that can be both relaxing and a great way to treat your hair’s needs.

Graduation Celebration

CAI Graduation Celebration

I participated in Celebration (aka my graduation). I didn’t think too much about it at time but, looking back and reflecting on the event, I’m so glad I participated in it.

I used my four-year-old son as my model and turned him into a ’50s psychobilly-esque dude. He strutted his stuff down a make-shift runway and got a loud unexpected roar of applause. I then sat him on my lap and listened to the speeches made by fellow soon-to-be graduates.

The types of relationships you build here at Cinta Aveda Institute amaze me. A lot of people go into professional programs with a one-track mind: get in, get out, get a job. You never anticipate the connections you unknowingly make.

The tight-knit community of beauty artists is a very special one. It’s as if there’s this unspoken bond. We all know we’re doing what we do not just to pay the bills but because we love our craft. We all know we have one of the best professions because we remain passionate about our work through our lifetime. I realized this during Celebration. You can tell you’ve joined a great profession when the people you’re supposed to be competing against for jobs are standing right next to you, cheering you on!

Light Therapy

Light Therapy Product

Light therapy, or LED therapy, comes with many benefits for the skin and are great additions to skin care regimens. LED therapy uses light energy to penetrate through to the deeper layers of the skin. It stimulates collagen production, boosts cellular metabolism, and can speed up cell repair.

There are different colored lights, each with their own specific function for the skin:

  • Red light therapy is great for treating both acne and wrinkles. It stimulates the fibroblasts to produce more collagen, which, in turn, plumps up the skin and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. It also reduces inflammation, boosts circulation in the skin, and controls sebum production.
  • Blue light therapy is used specifically for acne. The wavelengths of blue light kill the main acne-causing bacteria, Propionibacterium acnes.
  • Green light therapy is used to treat hyperpigmentation by reducing the overproduction of melanin.
  • Amber light therapy is used to treat redness and dilated capillaries but doesn’t penetrate as deep as the other colors, so is best if used in conjunction with other LED light colors.

The different LED colors can be used together in one treatment to treat multiple skin issues. They are, of course, best when used in conjunction with serums and creams to further treat the skin.

You can get light therapy treatment done at a spa, a dermatologist’s office, or through a personal handheld device to use at home. The LEDs on a personal device don’t tend to be as strong as those used professionally but are a more affordable option for more than occasional use.

Hair Color First-timers

Three Women with Colored Hair

If you are new to hair color and unsure of how to get started, here are some tips that will help you choose what’s right for you.

  • Evaluate your needs

    Are you low maintenance? Do you live a busy lifestyle? Do you want something permanent? These are all questions to take into consideration since some hair color needs to be touched up every two to six weeks depending on the style. Do you work somewhere conservative? You need to consider whether the color will be appropriate for your work and lifestyle.

  • Bring Lots of Pictures

    Visuals speak louder than words. A picture can help a stylist achieve something similar to what you want or even nail it. Never say “do whatever you think looks best”; a stylist may have an opinion about what would look good on you, but your opinion may be different.

  • Choose Colors

    Choose colors that compliment your skin tone. This can help you narrow down your choices.

Don’t be scared of change. Coloring your hair is a change that can be dramatic or subtle. Be prepared to embrace and have fun with it.

The Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid IllustrationAs we age, skin moisture can drop significantly, which makes the skin lose elasticity and expose the signs of aging on the skin. Hyaluronic acid (HA) plays a critical role in skin health with its unique ability to hold in moisture. Hyaluronic acid is a natural glycosaminoglycan (polysaccharides that are an important component of connective tissue) and is distributed widely throughout connective, neural, and epithelial tissue. Hyaluronic acid is a major component of skin, where it benefits tissue repair and protection. It is of the chief components of the extracellular matrix (the tissue that provides structural support to cells). It is able to penetrate the skin’s upper layers to improve and benefit the skin when applied topically. In short, hyaluronic acid supports many important areas of the body, with notable benefit to joints and skin.

Hyaluronic acid can be derived from multiple resources, foods, supplements, and HA powders. When applied in an HA cream or serum, hyaluronic acid forms an air permeable layer and penetrates into the dermis, thus boosting the elasticity and hydration of the skin. The protective barrier on the skin locks in moisture, which helps give the skin a youthful appearance. Moreover, hyaluronic acid further benefits the skin by helping protect against UVB rays (and the scavenging reactive oxygen species they generate). Among other effects, UVB can cause sunspots.

Look for these key properties in the various hyaluronic acid serums and creams. Prefer hyaluronic acid from a vegan source. More often than not, a “pure hyaluronic acid” serum will contain alcohol or preservatives that counteract the benefits of hyaluronic acid used as a topical. Avoid these products. Also avoid hyaluronic acid serums that also contain parabens, sulfates, or other ingredients that are harmful to the skin.

Green Science Masque-Age

Female Face with Esthetician's Hands

The Aveda Green Science Masque-Age is one of my all-time favorite Aveda products. It’s great to use during the massage or mask portion of a facial for any skin type. And it’s a great take-home product recommendation for a mature client who has dehydrated, dull, or wrinkled skin.

This masque/massage cream duo contains lots of hydrating and nutrient-rich ingredients including:

Jojoba Oil

This oil is very hydrating and makes an excellent natural moisturizer. Jojoba is said to be the closest oil in molecule structure size to the natural sebum our skin produces. That makes it easy for Jojoba to penetrate nutrients deeply into the skin. It has intensive hydrating properties and also promotes collagen production.

Murumuru Butter

This nourishing butter contains a powerful dose of antioxidants, preventing free radical damage that promotes skin aging. It is high in fatty acids as well as vitamin A, making it excellent for restoring the elasticity of aging skin.

Brazil Nut Oil

This oil is very good for aging skin, giving it a radiant, youthful glow. It contains vitamins A and E which act as antioxidants, minimizing the effects of free radical damage. This oil is also high in selenium, an antioxidant that aids in cell protection. In addition to its anti-aging properties, brazil nut oil is great for treating psoriasis, eczema, chronic dry skin, and other skin conditions.

Overall, this masque is a wonderful product choice for a mature client.

Baking Soda Beauty

Baking Soda

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of baking soda, Grandma’s cookies? Not anymore. Baking soda has become a major player in the beauty realm. It’s inexpensive, easy to find, and you probably already have it in your kitchen. Baking soda has many beauty uses; below are a few of them.

Clarifying Shampoo

If you use heavy hair products especially dry shampoo, your scalp most likely needs a deep exfoliating treatment every once and a while. Baking soda is a natural clarifier to cut right through all of that product buildup. Just add a small amount into your shampoo to give your hair and scalp a refreshing reboot.

Cuticle Care

Us girls (and guys) love our gel manicures, but sometimes they make our cuticles look a little worse for the wear, a small bit of baking soda mixed with warm water can whip them into place. Gently scrubbing your fingertips with this combo will exfoliate all of those dead, dry skin cells and leave you with healthier nail beds.

Exfoliant

For oily and acne-prone skin types, baking soda works as a great all-natural exfoliant. Just mix a little with some water in your palm, making a paste. Then gently scrub in circular motions to shed dead skin cells and reveal that glowing skin underneath.

Detox Bath

Baking soda also could be used in a detox bath to get deep into those pores. Mix it with equal parts sea salt and add your favorite essential oil for a spa indulgence.

Being an Esthetician

Woman Behind Fern, a photo by Allef Vinicius from Upsplash.

Esthiology derives from the idea of helping others express their inner beauty within themselves. I find beauty in helping others discover their own beauty. In the future, I plan to help skin cancer and burn victims find their outer physical beauty by introducing them to botanical healthy products and encouraging a healthy lifestyle to rehabilitate their skin. It’s not easy to be an esthetician; there’s plenty of hard work and dedication with little pay out in the beginning. You can work on multiple clients a day and feel as if no outcome is a given. However, soon you’ll find that your work is making an impact, and you’ll realize that you have the potential to aid people and really help them have healthier skin.

As a future esthetician, my goal is to deliver my knowledge of products and skin care to give someone a healthier skincare lifestyle. After attending Cinta Aveda Institute, my ability to treat and heal has increased exponentially. I now have the confidence to change an individual’s lifestyle as well as my own. Cinta Aveda Institute entrusted me with the knowledge to support my path to reaching out to those in need and aiding them into finding their inner and outer beauty.

My longer term goal is directed towards helping burn victims and giving them a chance to relocate themselves mentally and show them that their physical wounds do not matter to their true beauty. Practicing as an esthetician means a whole lot to me, and I plan on working rigorously to achieve my goals of helping others.

Five Essential Oils to Benefit Your Life

Oils in Bottles

The use of oils to treat various issues has been around the since Ancient Egyptians in 1500 B.C. The Bible also referencing remedies using oils. The oils can help with conditions from depression to fatigue, from skin issues to muscle tension.

There is an oil for almost everyone. Oils can have a healing effect mentally, emotionally, and physically. These five oils can benefit your life in a natural, easy, and effective way through the natural healing properties they possess.

  • Lavender is very versatile. Well known for its calming effects, lavender also works on cuts, bruises, and skin irritations. It can reduce stress hormones in your blood. Just add a few drops to your next warm bath or to your pillow for a good nights rest.
  • Tea Tree oil derives from Australia and is for topical use only. It is a natural antiseptic with many uses. Used as a natural deodorant by many, it also helps treat blemishes by dabbing onto skin with a cotton ball. It can be used for fungal infections such as athletes foot. It can be added to your shampoo to naturally prevent lice. The next time you’re camping, bring tea tree with you for ticks. A couple of drops on the tick and they will usually unlatch.
  • Peppermint is excellent for stimulating the mind and creating mental alertness. It is said that inhaling peppermint oil can improve mental alertness. Peppermint can be taken internally and it can help with indigestion by mixing a few drops into a glass of water.
  • Frankincense is one of the oils that has been around for thousands of years. Referenced in the Bible as a gift brought to Jesus, it was valued in ancient times because of its healing properties and uses as a perfume. People across North Africa and the Arab world still believe in the power of Frankincense and use the oil to help treat arthritis. As time has gone on, the rest of the world has been discovering its uses for depression, inflammation, immunity, alertness, and the healing of minor cuts and bug bites. Add a few drops to your next warm bath to ensure deep relaxation.
  • Lemon oil is probably one of the best known oils, and for a good reason. Adding a few drops to warm water in the morning can be a great and natural way to detoxify your body and boost mental alertness. It can also increase focus and concentration with its uplifting properties. Not only does it work from the inside, but also on the outside of the skin to help clear acne. Your pets will love you too by adding a few drops on the back of their neck to help keep fleas away and give them a nice fresh scent.

There are many more essential oils that have proven to provide positive effects on people for thousands of years. Explore these natural products and see how they can benefit your life.