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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.

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.

Relaxing Rituals for the Evening

Aveda Lavender Fleurs Oil

After a long day, it can be difficult to unwind. Taking a quiet moment for yourself before bed can be the difference between a sleepless night and a refreshing night of sleep. Here are four bedtime rituals you can practice at the end of the day to maintain wellness and restore balance to your body and mind.

  1. Aveda Lavender Fleurs Oil

    The sweet, earthy scent of Lavender is one of the most calming aromas. Put a few drops of this oil on your pillow case before bed for a relaxing night of sleep. This oil can also be used in a warm bath or mixed in with a lotion.

  2. Nutmeg Face Mask

    Nutmeg calms the mind and is one of the best remedies for sound sleep. Mix equal parts nutmeg with honey. Use as a face mask and leave on for 7 to 10 minutes and then remove. Not only does this mask smell good and relax the senses, it also has hydrating and protecting properties for the skin.

  3. Unplug Yourself

    Studies have shown that you should turn off your electronics at least 20 minutes before bed. The blue light produced by electronics is stimulating to the brain and tricks your brain into thinking it is still daytime. A helpful tip is to try to avoid using your phone as an alarm. This might be hard, but it helps avoid middle of the night Facebook sessions and receiving late night texts or calls.

  4. Practice Reflection

    It is easy for anxiety to get in the way of a restful night of sleep. The practice of reflection at the end of the day can help clear your mind and help you let go of any stressful events that occurred during your day. If you keep a journal or just give yourself a few quiet moments to reflect, it can be so important for both your body and your mind.

Balancing Morning Rituals

Aveda Blue Oil

No matter how busy or fast-paced life may get, it is important to take some time out of your morning for yourself, to get centered and ready to take on the day ahead. Even if you have just a few minutes, a little bit of wellness can change the nature of your entire day. Here are some quick, stress-free rituals for the morning.

  1. Blue Oil Balancing Concentrate

    This Aveda blend of peppermint and chamomile helps to relieve stress and increases your energy level. Rub a few drops of this oil into the palms of your hands. Cover your mouth and nose with your hands and take three deep inhalations. This is the perfect ritual for those on-the-go and can also be used on the skin for a cooling sensation that helps with muscle relief.

  2. Camel Pose

    Camel pose is a yoga pose that opens up the air passages in your lungs and gives you a deep back stretch. This is perfect to do just as you wake up. To perform this pose, sit on your knees. Reach your hands back and hold your ankles. Arch your back and lean your head back. Hold for 15 seconds and repeat 3 times.

  3. Drink a Glass of Warm Lemon Water

    Drinking a glass of water in the morning is a great alternative to tea or coffee and helps to rehydrate your body. Lemon also helps digestion and the warmth of the water will help calm and warm the body.

  4. Seven Minutes of Exercise

    Exercise in the morning is very important because it releases stress relieving hormones called endorphins. Recent studies show that seven minutes is just enough to get your energy up without making you groggy for the rest of the day.

Implementing just one or all of these rituals into your morning routine can give you a fresh start to your day and help your body and mind feel revitalized.