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Green Science Masque-Age

Woman getting facial.

The Aveda Green Science Masque-Age is one of my favorite products that Aveda has to offer. It is a great product to use during the massage portion of a facial for any skin type, as well as 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 for an excellent natural moisturizer. Jojoba is said to be the closest oil in molecule structure in size to the natural sebum our skin produces, making it easy to penetrate nutrients deeply into the skin. In addition to its hydrating properties, it also promotes collagen production.

  • Murumuru Butter

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

  • Brazil Nut Oil

    This oil is very good for aging skin, giving it a natural 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.

Cucumber Toner

Grated Cucumber

This super easy cucumber toner naturally smooths and softens the skin. Cucumber has many beauty benefits such as fading dark circles, reducing eye puffiness, treating sunburn, tightening open pores, and much more! Let’s hop right into this recipe.

Ingredients

  • ½ cucumber peeled and grated
  • 3 tablespoons witch hazel
  • 2 tablespoons distilled water

Method

Add ingredients to a blender. Once mixture is well blended, filter liquid through a strainer to remove any cucumber chunks. Put in a glass bottle with lid and store in the refrigerator for maximum freshness.

Magnificent Moroccan Argan Oil

Making Argan Oil in Marrakech, Morocco

In the last few years, it seems like the hottest ingredient in the beauty industry is Moroccan argan oil, and let me just say I’m a believer!

I use argan oil on my hair every single day. I love the smell of the products, I love the shine and moisture it gives my constantly dried-out hair, and I love that it’s everywhere!

When it comes to hair, argan oil is a great product to calm frizzy ends, add moisture to dry hair, and add a little shine. You can apply to your hair while it is still damp for an all over treatment or apply just to your dry ends after your hair is dry.

If you’re dealing with dry scalp, apply some argan oil to a cotton ball, and dab your scalp with the oil; if the packaging is convenient, apply the oil directly to the scalp from the bottle. If you do this before bed, you’ll give the oil plenty of time to moisturize your scalp before you wash your hair in the morning. Or if you’re like me—I can never seem to get rid of a dry scalp—wash your hair in the morning and apply oil to the scalp before using your regular hair products, allowing the nutrients to seep in all day long.

Now I’ve been hearing a lot about the benefits of argan oil in the hair care industry, but being a believer and constant user of pure essential oils, I was interested in its effects on the skin. It might seem scary to apply a pure oil to your face, especially if you have finicky skin, but cultures have been doing just that for centuries and it’s left their skin smooth, clear, and visibly more radiant.

Products that work for the face almost always can be applied to the entire body’s skin, and argan oil is no different. You can use argan oil as a full body moisturizer, applying just as you would a body lotion or cream. Apply the oil right after you get out of your shower for best moisturizing results.

Argan oil is great to use on your hands as well, especially on your cuticles and nails if they are prone to cracking and peeling.

Basically, if your body is lacking moisture anywhere, argan oil will be your best friend. It sure is mine!

Wellness

Illustration - Wellness Wheel

Wellness relieves your stress and anxiety while letting in confidence and pure happiness. It is about becoming one with your mind, body, and spirit. It can be expressed through many things like yoga, meditation, dancing, saying positive things out loud, and more. There are so many different dimensions of wellness, but the most important and common ones are social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational, and physical wellness. There are different levels of stress that we may go through day to day, hour to hour, and need help to decompress. Each dimension of wellness needs to be addressed to complete wellness and to relieve your stress.

  • Social wellness is the ability to maintain and establish a positive relationship. Whether it be a friend, family member, or significant other, it is important to connect and find that positive balance so that you can be a peace with your inner social wellness.
  • Emotional wellness targets your inner emotions and challenges you to let them out. This wellness pushes you to let out your emotions and express whatever you may be feeling to truly find yourself and be accepting of who you are.
  • Spiritual wellness is the ability to find peace and harmony in your life. Being able to have a belief and have confidence in it is a powerful thing.
  • Environmental wellness means having respect for the environment generally and taking care of your surroundings. This is a good way to have a positive impact on something and to make you feel good about yourself.
  • Occupational wellness involves finding a balance between your career and your personal life. Taking care of your work is a good thing but enjoying your life is important too.
  • Physical wellness is the ability to live without any physical stress or anxiety. Things like stretching and yoga, or even mediation can help with physical wellness but, more importantly, all of the dimensions.

It is important to find time for wellness within your day as well as finding peace within yourself to perform your day with peace and happiness.

Five Skin Vitamins

Five Skin Vitamins

  1. Vitamin A: Also commonly called Retinol, this vitamin is found is almost all topical acne medications. It forces your skin cells to “turn over.” This means fresh new cells are pushed to the surface, leaving your skin rejuvenated. Vitamin A will help reduce wrinkles by firming and tightening the skin. Be cautious because Retinol can be harsh on the skin. Protect that new layer of skin with an SPF of at least 30! Foods like sweet potatoes, carrots, dark leafy greens, cantaloupe, lettuce, and dried apricots are good sources of this vitamin.

  2. Vitamin C: Vitamin C is your key to anti-aging skincare. Not only does it help fight against free radicals, but it also adds density, tightness, and glow to the skin, while eliminating uneven skin tone. Great sources of vitamin C include papayas, red bell pepper, broccoli, kale, oranges, strawberries, and cauliflower.

  3. Vitamin D: Our bodies do not naturally create it. In fact, to produce vitamin D ourselves, we need to have direct exposure to sunlight or UV rays. Research has shown that sufficient levels of vitamin D in the skin help minimize acne, boost elasticity, stimulate collagen production, enhance radiance, and lessen lines and the appearance of dark spots. This vitamin can be found in foods like salmon, fortified cereals, milk, eggs, mushrooms, and tuna.

  4. Vitamin E: This vitamin is essential to keeping your skin moisturized and is also an antioxidant known for neutralizing free radicals, protecting your collagen, and repairing your skin. Our bodies naturally create vitamin E, which is secreted on the surface of our skin as an oily substance seven days after consuming a vitamin E rich food. It creates a protective layer on our skin’s surface. Vitamin E rich foods include tofu, spinach, nuts, avocados, shrimp, olive oil, and cooked broccoli.

  5. Vitamin K: Vitamin K helps control blood clotting and helps your circulatory system, which is one of the main causes of puffiness under eyes. Applied topically, it can also help with popping veins. It may also contain retinol which thickens the skin and helps bulk up the translucent layer under the eye. Great sources of vitamin K include kale, spinach, broccoli, asparagus, brussels sprouts, and collard greens.

Aveda Enlightener Blonde Finish Protective Toners

Aveda Protective Toner Group

With the Summer now upon us, we see a transition to lighter shades of hair color; blonde with trends like ombre and balayage capture our guests’ attention.

Aveda’s Global Creative Director Antoinette Beenders remarks, “Blonde is having a moment now, but it’s refined to be just the right tone for you. Whether you feel like channeling your inner rock star, bombshell, or flower child, there’s something for everyone.”

As part of their Rare Bloom collection, Aveda has their new Aveda Enlightener Blonde Finish Protective Toners. They are designed to help each guest achieve their perfect customized shade of blonde lasting up to four weeks. The toner is 96% naturally derived and contains Aveda’s signature blend of protecting oils: certified organic sunflower oil, castor, and jojoba oil.

How is Aveda able to achieve perfect blonde results for every guest?

After achieving the desired lift result using Aveda Enlightener, the hair is then shampooed, towel-dried, and treated with Aveda’s Damage Remedy Equalizing Solution in order to rebuild, strengthen, and prepare the hair for even saturation of the toner. Then one of three “pre-blended” shades of toner are massaged through the hair and left to process for five minutes. Having an exact process time allows the Aveda Enlightener Blonde Finish Protective Toners to create the perfect shade of blonde every time.

The three pre-blended Aveda Enlightener Blonde Finish Protective Toner shades are:

  • Ash—Violet-based
  • Beige—Violet/yellow-based
  • Gold—Yellow/orange-based

“This is clearly not your basic blonde,” says Ian Michael Black, Aveda Global Artistic Director, Hair Color. “Our new Enlightener Blonde Finish Protective Toners give us the ability to refine blonde hair and really create customized and unique looks.”

The CIDESCO Experience

CIDESCO BannerWhen I enrolled at the Cinta Aveda Institute, I had no idea how much I would fall in love with the esthetics world.

As my time in school dwindled, I realized that I yearned to delve deeper into skincare. This thirst led me to continue my education in advanced skincare and more by seeking CIDESCO certification, an international beauty therapy diploma. The CIDESCO program gives another 900 hours of expertise including massage therapy, anatomy, and physiology, dermatology, chemistry, cosmetic science, ingredient knowledge, machines, electricity, as well as a personal thesis and an additional subject of your choice.

As I am rounding out the last of my 1500 hours, I couldn’t be more thankful for my experience and for all that I have learned. I am especially grateful for the wonderful educators that I have had. My teachers all have had decades of training as well as loads of hands-on experience, and they have given me precious knowledge that I will bring with me into the field.

If you are thinking of doing CIDESCO, or are not yet sure, I highly recommend this training. A CIDESCO certification brings a great deal of prestige in the industry. It is intense and involves a lot of work but, by the end of the experience, you will be a more well-rounded, knowledgeable, and polished practitioner.

Trendy Hair for Summer

Hairstyle that's casual and styled up

What hairstyles and trends are you picking up on this summer? Do you wanna go lighter, darker, longer, shorter, or maybe even really short?

Well, this has definitely been a year of trying new bizarre ideas for hairstyles. For one example, the half bun where the bottom half of your hair is down and the other half is up in either a tight or messy bun. I, myself, would never try that look but it is considered a new trend for summer.

Another would be the casual braid look. You can sport a mean fishtail or even a milk braid and then loosen it up in random spots and pull tiny strings out here and there to give it that messy casual look. A fishtail is perfect for summer because it is tight enough to almost last you a whole day, but loose enough to give you some edge.

Ponytails are always nice because you can do so much with them. The hot trend for this summer is to have a nice swept low pony for going out on evenings to avoid the hassle of up-dos but to also give that elegant glow to your outfit. Another would be the no part, swept back high ponytail or up-do. It shows off your face more and gives that fresh face look a chance.

One of my favorite looks is the medium-length slightly wavy, loosely curled, and lightly balayage hair. This style gives you the perfect beachy look without even trying. All you have to do is scrunch your end a bit when you get out of the shower, let it air dry, and then add some loose natural looking curls, and you are good to go. The balayage will give it that sun-kissed look and salty sea texture.

Take a look at the hair section of glamourmagazine.co.uk for some neat style ideas.

Getting the Perfect Haircut

Woman's Hair Cut with Many Hands

Let’s face it: at least once in our lives, we’ve had a post-salon meltdown. A bad haircut can ruin your day—or many days if it takes awhile to grow out. But that bad experience can be avoided. Here are some simple tips to get the right haircut, and clear communication with your stylist is the key.

Bring plenty of pictures. They give the stylist a general sense of the look and feel you’re going for. Not all stylists are mind-readers and a great visual is worth a thousand words.

Be realistic. A lot of celebrities’ hairstyles look amazing because of hair extensions, Photoshop, lighting, and the attention of a glam squad. If you know a celebrity has a similar hair texture and hair length to yours, then you can probably achieve something similar. Don’t expect the outcome to look exactly like your picture.

Saying “I’d like it short” can mean shoulder-length or even chin length to some stylists. Short. Long. Medium. These words mean different things to different people. Instead, physically show your stylist by using your hair and establish how much length you’d like to remove. Then they won’t take too little or too much off your hair.

Hopefully using these tips can help you better communicate the style and look you want and better establish a long-lasting bond with your next stylist.

The goal is to use good communication to establish a long-lasting bond with a stylist that you trust.

Pineapple: Beauty Fruit

Pineapple

Not only is pineapple tasty, but it’s also great for hair, skin, and nails!

Pineapples are full of important antioxidants, which work to prevent cell damage within the body by fighting against free radicals. When you are getting enough antioxidants in your diet, you are working toward preventing several chronic diseases and conditions, such as heart disease, various cancers, atherosclerosis, and arthritis.

Additionally, this fruit helps to keep the skin flexible and firm because it increases collagen synthesis. It contains vitamin C and amino acids and these are all skin-friendly nutrients.

You can apply fresh pineapple directly to your face to reap the benefits.

Furthermore, this fruit contains high amounts of anti-inflammatory substances and vitamin C, both of which fight the causes of acne. The vitamin C helps to improve your body’s ability to heal while the anti-inflammatory substances help to prevent new breakouts and a worsening of current ones.

You can also use the pineapples wedges to naturally exfoliate the skin so that your complexion and tone always look their best.

Pineapple water assists with hydrating the skin.

Pineapple is great for your nails because it moisturizes and assists with cell renewal.

Finally, pineapple is great for your hair because it hydrates dull hair as well as prevents hair loss. The vitamin C content in this fruit helps to fight against hair loss. Simply eat some pineapple each day to strengthen your hair follicles from the inside out.

So eat pineapple and set some to the side and incorporate it into your beauty regime.