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4 Benefits of Bergamot Oil

There are a lot of essential oils out there. One of my favorites is bergamot. There are so many benefits from using bergamot oil in your everyday light. Bergamot has a very sweet smell and it is very citrusy. It’s also very refreshing. I love putting it on after I get out of the shower or bathtub. So what can Bergamot oils do for you?

1) Bergamot is a natural anti-depressant and stimulant. Bergamot creates a feeling of freshness and joy and energy. In cases of depression it helps with sadness by improving blood flow and circulation. The stimulations also increases the secretions of digestive juices, biles, and insulin by basically acting as a natural digestion aider.

2) The oil is also known to be an antibiotic and disinfectant. Bergamot inhibits the growth of germs and virus and fungi. The oil also prevents infections including those on the skin. Bergamot also reduces the feeling of pain in the body. Another one of the great qualities of bergamot is that it can reduce nervous tension and it can treat ailments such associated with stress such as sleepiness and high blood pressure.

3) The oil is also a cicatirsant which means it aids in pigmentation issues and leaves your skin tone attractive and even in tone. You can use is on the after effects on long term acne post inflammatory hyper pigmentation.

4) Bergamot is also a popular as a natural deodorant. You have to be careful with un-natural deodorants because the lymph nodes in your under arms can easily absorb the toxins and fillers and nasty crud in those drug store brands. Nothing to worry about when bergamot is absorbed by the body! You get all the benefits from the oil flowing around in your body and you will smell great and natural!

A Few Words of Caution: Bergamot oil must be protected from sunlight, because bergaptene, one of its components, becomes poisonous if exposed to sunlight. That is why the oil should always be stored in dark bottles in dark places. Exposure to sunlight should even be avoided after it is applied or rubbed onto the skin, at least until it absorbs into your skin

9 Benefits of Patchouli Oil

TZtIkLag5PsLv2JY2nQSRlObBCaceLfLosQIWZ6pKJcPatchouli oil is my favorite of all the essential oils. The scent is the most relaxing thing in the world to me. I really enjoy rubbing it into my scarf so I can enjoy the scent all day. The best and most common benefit of patchouli oil is that it relieves stress! It is known to help with anxiety and also enhance the senses. Regular use of patchouli oil will keep you peaceful and calm. Here are some of the benefits to this oil:

1) Patchoulis fragrance also appeals to the soul and touches the mind directly. You will often find it used in perfumes and incenses.
2) The oil can also be used for massages and aromatherapy. Patchouli oil massages stimulate and relax the mind and relax the nerves.
3) Patchouli can really help people with depression.
4) Patchouli also has many healing properties.
5) The oil can help prevent infections from getting worse.
6) It is also known to have helped people with dermatitis and eczema and psoriasis.
7) The oil also has anti- aging properties.
8) The oil helps you looking young and healthy!
9) Also patchouli has been known to help acne scarring, dry skin and wrinkles.

Overall, my favorite thing about the oil has to be the way it makes me feel after I have put it on. It takes me to my favorite happy place, somewhere in the hills around my house surrounded by a redwoods. I love that the scent feels somewhat earthy and fresh. There are so many different essential oils and I feel there is one for everyone. There is something extremely spiritual about smelling and choosing an essential oil. The oil you choose will no doubt become a part apart of your life.

Here is a little more history on Patchouli oil:

Patchouli has been around for literally ages. Over the years people have discovered many uses of the oil, ranging from medical uses to cosmetics. The popularity of patchouli reached its peak during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Patchouli originates from southeast Asia and the herb grows wild in Sumatra and Java at an altitude of 3,000 feet. However, the cultivation of the herb is extensive in lower tropical jungles. The plant grows to be three feet tall and has a very strong stem with little hairy leaves. To extract the oil the plant is harvested two times a year, sometimes three. The best oil quality is considered to extracted during the rainy season. The process of the extraction involves hand picking the leaves, bailing the leaves, and then followed by draining in the shade. Afterwards, a few days of fermentation is needed. Then the oil is extraxted through steam disillation process. Patchouli is one of the rare essential oils that actually gets better with age! As the oil ages into a deep amber from a light yellow, the fragrance becomes smoother and richer. Patchouli over the years has been used for insect repellant as well as in cosmetics.

Benefits of Using a Toner

Toners seem to be underrated and I’ve noticed that a lot of my clients either don’t use them or understand very little about the benefits of incorporating a toner in their beauty routine. Some people think that creams are enough, but that isn’t always the case. Here are some facts about toners and the reasons why they are so important.

One of the worst things you can do to your skin is upset the PH balance of your Acid Mantle (the top layer of skin). The most common way is by using products that are too alkaline (hint: most soaps). Although these soaps help clean the skin and can feel great, it actually is changing the balance of the PH level of the skin. Disrupting the acid mantle can weaken the skin’s immune system, can cause premature aging, or can cause a host of inflammatory skin conditions such as acne.

The ideal PH for the Acid Mantle is slightly acidic between 4 and 6.5. Using a toner after cleansing helps to balance the Acid Mantle, and soothes the skin.

Aveda’s Botanicals Kinetic Skin Firming Toner

This toner is my favorite. It not only balances the PH level of the acid mantle, but it hydrates your skin as well. It is infused with sodium hyaluronate, echinacea, rosewater for hydration, and it is very soothing. It is also excellent for all skin types. By adding this one small step each day will change the health of your skin. I highly recommend starting to use a toner after each cleanse.

My Top Three Favorite Skin Care Products from Aveda

Everyone who has ever used Aveda knows that every ingredient in their products are natural, safe, and leaves you feeling beautiful.

Aveda oils smell delicious and also serve to improve your skin. After being enrolled in the Esthiology Program at the Cinta Aveda Institute and having months of practice on myself and others, these are some of my choices for their top products and why.

Botanicals Kinetics Exfoliant:

This is a non-abrasive liquid that helps exfoliate the surface cells for a smooth and clear complexion. I love how this product keeps my skin smooth without stripping it! To keep your skin looking fresh we all need to exfoliate more, so this is a great step to add to your beauty regimen.

Your skin will look softer, smoother, and more supple. BK Exfoliant is great for all skin types, and can be used one to two times a week after cleansing.

Intensive Hydrating Masque:

This is my favorite Masque with Aveda! Everyone needs to moisturize and sometimes just using creams are not enough. It’s a great way to pamper yourself in between facial visits, using it after traveling on a plane, or giving your skin more of an intensive boost of moisture. It contains Hyaluronic Acid in it that will smooth and plump your skin. It is more than 1,000 times more moisturizing then your regular moisturizer! Remember, when you hydrate your skin, you keep it looking young! This masque is also great for all skin types.

Beautifying Composition Oil:

Most people think that if you put oil on your skin you will break out. NOT true! Our skin is actually lipid-loving and if you properly moisturize with the proper oil, it can keep your skin balanced. Sometimes your skin can be too oily because the sebaceous glands are working overtime to send moisture to the acid mantle to balance out the PH level.

I like to apply it before I use my moisturizer as a chap stick all over my body. The Beautifying oil has a lovely aroma of rosemary and bergamot that I can smell all throughout my day.

Guest Blogger, A Beautiful Whim: How to Get your Makeup to Last Longer with Aveda Botanical Kinetics

June 15, 2015
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botanicalKinetics_600x500One of the most common questions I get asked about wearing makeup is how to get the makeup to last longer and how to achieve a flawless finish.  The answer is not to seal your face with a finishing spray or apply heavy base products.  The key to long lasting and flawless makeup lies within how you care for your skin and prepare it for the application of makeup.  Usually, makeup gets applied during the morning rush and sometimes there’s simply not enough time to incorporate steps into the morning routine that set the stage for a day where makeup still looks good by the lunch hour.  Aveda’s botanical kinetics skim firming and toning agent will consolidate more timely steps in the preparation process and also address common skin concerns including dry and oily skin.  The toning mist is a versatile, natural product that can be used regardless of skin type.

Let’s focus on the morning routine for a moment.  The necessary steps to produce the best cosmetic result are to cleanse, tone, and moisturize. Typically, when using moisturizers you need to wait 10-15 minutes before proceeding with your makeup application so the skin can fully absorb the product.  Otherwise, your makeup doesn’t blend well or adhere to your skin.  This prevents you from achieving a flawless finish.  Also, do you know what’s in the moisturizers and other products you are using?   Often, they can produce superficial and temporary results from chemicals additives.  What’s the result?  Eventually, your skin produces more oil and pores becomes clogged leading to break outs.

I hear a lot of complaints from people indicating within four to five hours of applying their makeup, it appears to have worn off or it breaks up as the skin produces oil.  It’s especially problematic during warm and humid weather.  We’ve all been there!  You start applying powder to improve the coverage and reduce shine but the next thing you know, the powder is caked on and the makeup looks patchy.  What was intended to beautify has resulted in an obvious mess. Personally, I have gone as far as removing and reapplying products midday (secretly in a bathroom stall) but this an unrealistic solution.  It’s simply a matter of having the right balance of time and products and understanding what your skin really needs.

skin tonerTo achieve a flawless finish and get longer lasting wear from your makeup, adequate hydration and a good toner can be applied to cleanse the skin, minimizing the production of oil and keeping your skin healthy.  The quality of your cosmetics and the techniques used to apply them also factor in but regardless of the quality of your cosmetics, if you aren’t caring for your skin properly, you’ve set yourself up for disappointment. The Aveda botanical kinetics toning agent is a regular part of my morning and evening regimen, instead of applying a separate toner and moisturizer. You can see in these photos from one of my makeup tutorials that I achieved a flawless makeup application using the Aveda product to prepare my skin and this makeup lasted all day.  I often spray the Aveda mist on my face and neck to prepare my skin and I use a moisturizer at night.  A good toner and moisturizer are certainly beneficial and highly recommended but it’s important to know what is in those products that you are applying to your skin.  Look closely at the products you are using today.  The ingredients appearing first on the list is what the makes up a majority of the product.  Do you know what they are?  You may be using products that contain harmful additives causing you to chase cycles of dryness, breakouts, and effects of product build up on your skin.

I love the clean and refreshing feel I’m left with after using the Aveda product.  Witch hazel, white oak, and peppermint leave my skin feeling awake and revitalized and the mist contains natural moisturizing agents.  This simple spray creates the perfect canvas for makeup. Skin is hydrated, ph-balanced, and absent of unnecessary products with mystery ingredients.  While the Aveda mist is ideal for all skin types, those with oily skin will notice a reduction in oil build up with regular use.  Before applying your makeup, cleanse your face and spray your neck and face with the mist.  Gentry pat it into your skin with clean fingers and begin your normal makeup routine.  It’s as simple as that.  For best results, also apply the product after your nightly cleanse.  I’d like to know if you can resist applying it only twice daily; I keep a bottle on my nightstand and use it more frequently because I love the herbal scent and the refreshing feeling after I spray it on my skin.  By the way, you don’t have to limit the use of the product to your face.  I like to spray the mist on my chest and occasionally the back of my neck as well.  Have you used the Aveda botanical toning mist and if so, what do you love about it?

3 ways to apply Aveda’s Beautifying Oil

beautifying_oil (2)Before Attending Cinta-Aveda Institute, I used a variety of different brands and products to remove my makeup. I started using Vaseline and a makeup removing cleanser from Nu Skin then I switched to Neutrogena oil free makeup remover and cleansing wipes and then, I switched to Garnier Fructis makeup wipes. Some of those products dried out my skin or some did not fully remove my makeup, especially around the eyes.

When I began learning about Aveda’s products in my intro class and we started performing facials on one another, I fell in love with Aveda’s beautifying oil because it was the perfect makeup remover. It literally removes everything including waterproof mascara. It has worked better than any of the other products I’ve listed above and is also very versatile. You can use it as a makeup remover for the entire face. It can also be used as a pre-cleanse and massage oil.

When using Aveda Beautifying Oil, I recommend these three ways to apply the product:

1) use a wet cotton rounds and apply a moderate amount of the beautifying oil to the cotton rounds
2) begin removing foundation or powder from the face by first weting your face
3) then apply the beautifying oil and proceed with an Aveda cleanser of your choice. I prefer the All Sensitive Cleanser or the Botanical Kinetics Cream Cleanser.

Some other additional ways that I use the beautifying oil are to add moisture to my scalp and the ends of my hair before I take a shower. Did I also mention that it smells fantastic? The balanced aroma consists of lavender, rosemary and bergamot. Other great ingredients include organic soybean oil, organic olive oil and organic safflower oil. This product also relieves dryness, restores moisture, and leaves the skin feeling soft and supple. We sell this amazing item in our experience center for $30, however if you are a student you can use your discount to try it out. Have fun giving it a try!

What’s not to love about Control Force Firm Hair Spray?

aveda control sprayI’ve always had a problem with hair spray. It’s usually flaky, never holds my style or smells bad. But, Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hairspray provides maximum hold, control, 24-hour humidity resistance, with a net zero impact on the environment and above all, smells good.

I absolutely love that with this product I can still brush through hair. The hair keep its style, doesn’t flake, and keeps a nice strong hold. No matter if you have curly hair, straight, or wavy, Control Force is a great way to keep your style looking great and lasting longer. The spray also helps fight frizz and prevent static with a fast drying flake resistant formula.

It is best to apply this product about 10 inches from your hair and try not to stay in one spot for too long. Once again, you won’t regret investing in this prodcut–it’s optimized sprayer provides a fine mist and ensures a controlled application.

Top Products To Use For Getting the Perfect Pomp

Pompadour Poof haircutThe pompadour has definitely made a comeback in the last couple of years and it requires products that are going to provide a lot of support and hold.

The first product you want to use is Aveda Men’s pomade, which is the most essential. Once the wet hair is blow-dried to a state of 100% dryness, take a healthy scoop of pomade with one finger and run through the hair in all directions until the pomade is evenly distributed. The hair is now ready to be sculpted into the pomp shape by using any grooming comb.

For extra flatness on the sides, another great product I recommend is to use Aveda Control Paste. It is dime-sized to help literally paste the hair flat.

To finish your perfect pomp, I then recommend spraying Aveda Air Control all over to set the hair.

The relationship of these three products is seamless when executing this style not just functionally, but also aromatically, providing a fresh scent of spearmint and leaving the client feeling ready to go.

Men’s Hair Care

Aveda's Men's Care Products

Let’s face it, most men are clueless, when it comes to anything beauty or hair-related.

So here are some useful tips and tricks that every guy should have in his hair care arsenal. These are the products you need, fellas!

The first product you need is a good daily shampoo. The Aveda Men’s Pure-Formance Shampoo is great for daily use to exfoliate your scalp and keep it healthy and flake-free. It is infused with 100 percent naturally derived walnut shells and jojoba beads.

The next product you need is a conditioner and you can pair your shampoo with the Aveda Men’s Pure-Formance Conditioner to keep your hair soft and moisturized. This conditioner is proven by 72 percent of users to leave your hair feeling less greasy and oily. 62 percent of people have also found that it leaves their scalp feeling less irritable and itchy.

Now on to styling. I have two favorite products when it comes to Men’s styling, Control Paste and Brilliant Humectant Pomade. Before deciding on the right styling product for you, assess your needs. Do you like to accentuate your curls, smooth out frizz, have strong hold, or use a product that’s light and flexible? The Brilliant Humectant Pomade is great for curly hair or defining your style and adding shine, while the Control Paste is perfect for all hair types and has a matte finish with a strong but natural looking hold.

Enbrightenment for Skin Lightening and Hyperpigmentation

Aveda Enbrightenment Skincare Line of Products

I love Aveda’s Enbrightenment line simply for the way it feels! Not only does this line of products leave your skin feeling great; it brightens the skin, helping to even out the tone and fade dark spots. The cleanser is amazing. It’s creamy and non-stripping, leaving skin feeling moisturized and hydrated. The toner is just as wonderful. It’s alcohol free and hydrating, prepping the skin for the correcting serum and moisturizing lotion or cream. Though both the lotion and cream moisturize the skin without being too oily, the cream is a bit heavier: best for those with drier skin.

As a budding esthetician, and a lover of this line, I had to investigate the ingredients to see what makes these products rich and creamy while brightening the skin. Aloe barbadensis leaf is known for its healing benefits, and it is the first ingredient in all of the products in the line. In addition to aloe, featured ingredients include caprylic triglycerides, shea butter, and rice bran oil, helping to make this line feel silky, while moisturizing and nourishing your skin. Because they are brightening products, I expected to see familiar lightening ingredients like kojic acid, licorice root or glycolic acid, but I didn’t. Instead, there were ingredients that I wasn’t familiar with such as genetian root extract, mulberry leaf, and aphyllum nodsum leaf extract. I decided to go to the Aveda website to see if they were the active skin brightening ingredients. This is what they had to say:

100% naturally derived Plant-Powered Brightening Blend including Ascorbyl Glucoside (a vitamin C derivative), mulberry root, and grape extracts to help diminish the appearance of discoloration and dark spots.

Salicylic Acid and Glucosamine help promote surface cell turnover.

A soothing aroma made predominantly with organic lavender, sustainably sourced sandalwood, organic rose geranium and organic rosemary essential oils also helps soothe and calm the skin.

Step 3 in the enbrightenment skin care system which is clinically proven to improve skin’s clarity by 52% and diminish the appearance of dark spots by 34%

Beta-Hydroxy Acid (Salicylic Acid)

Salicylic acid exfoliates skin and can improve its texture and color. It also helps with acne.

Sounds great right?! But do these ingredients alone help to lighten the skin? Are they effective in lightening all types of hyperpigmentation? And how do they compare to other types of lightening agents and methods?

Before beginning a skin lightening regime, it’s important to know the cause of discoloration, and the best way to treat it. There are many things to consider. Choosing natural versus synthetic ingredients may effect the amount of time you need to use the product before seeing results, or the type of results you should expect to see with prolonged use. You also need to consider the complimentary care you’ll need in order to maintain the results. Finally, you need to be aware of contraindications, or possible allergies to certain ingredients.

Hyperpigmentation

Being natural, the ingredients in the “brightening blend” gently help to even out skin tone, fading dark spots—hyperpigmentation—caused by sun damage. The Enbrightenment line may not be beneficial for other forms of hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage can appear in a number of ways: lentigenes, chloasma, and melasma.

Solar lentigenes are small yellow-brown spots caused by exposure to the sun. Chloasma, also called liver spots, is increased pigmentation from sun exposure or from other causes. Melasma, a type of chloasma, is triggered by hormones often occurring during pregnancy or because of the use of birth control. It appears on the face during pregnancy. It usually fades over time, but is worsened with sun exposure. It is also said to be more prevalent in men and women of Native American descent (on the forearms) and in men and women of German or Russian Jewish descent (on the face).

Solar-caused hyperpigmentation usually effects the top layers of the epidermis and can be effectively treated with natural ingredients. However if the damage is deep and effects the dermis, more aggressive treatment may be necessary. Lasers, microdermabrasion, chemical peels and ingredients like hydroquinone may be used when seeking more aggressive treatments.

A Closer Look at Aveda’s Ingredients

Ascorbyl glucoside, a stable form of vitamin C, is made by combining vitamin C with glucose. It is an antioxidant and, when applied on the skin, it breaks down into L-ascorbic acid (pure vitamin C) which has powerful antioxidant properties and inhibits the synthesis of melanin.

Mulberry leaf extract is a tyrosinase inhibitor which aids in reducing melanin production. It’s non-irritating to the skin, and works best in combination with other skin lighteners.

Grape seed extract is effective in lightening skin pigmentation due to UV radiation. Taking grape seed extract internally is also effective in reducing hyper pigmentation due to melasma when taken for 6 months.

Salicylic acid exfoliates the skin, helping to promote greater skin clarity and luminosity.

Beta hydroxy acids are less irritating than alpha-hydroxy acids, yet have similar results in improving skin texture and color. However, people who are allergic to salycylates (found in aspirin) should not use products containing salicylic acid. Salicylic acid can be absorbed into the bloodstream and may cause an allergic reaction or contact dermatitis. Pregnant or nursing women should not use products containing salicylic acid.

Other great ingredients in the Enbrightenment line that help to reduce hyper pigmentation are ascophyllum nodsum extract and aloe vera. Ascophyllum nodosum extract, a seaweed, actively reduces melanin synthesis and pigmentation of synthesized melanins. It also eliminates the pigmented scales. It offers anti-radical protection against aging of skin.

Aleosin, is a C-glucosylated 5-methylchromone, a component of the aloe vera plant. It is a naturally mild tyrosinase inhibitor, with no cytotoxicity recorded. It is best combined with other ingredients, due to its hydrophilic (has an affinity for water) nature.

It may take up to eight weeks, or several months of regular use, before seeing results. However, your complexion will look dewy, hydrated and have a noticeable glow and brightness immediately after first use. For added results, using the Enbrightenment Intensive Massage Masque once every two weeks boost the effects of the line. To maintain results, use a moisturizer with SPF to protect your skin from the sun and reoccurring hyperpigmentation.

Like I said, this line is amazing! I highly recommend it.

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?

Why Tone? Not Talking at the Gym!

The most frequently asked questions after a facial are “Why should I use toner?” or “What does toner even do?” Toner is your skin’s newest best friend, ladies and gentlemen. Once you get close to toner you will never let her go! People who use toner swear by it!

So you’ve already got your skin care routine: wash, dry, done. On occasion, you might put moisturizer on if your skin feels dry. But that’s about it, right? Well, think of toner as the second step to your cleansing routine. Adding toner to your regimen can easily help you with any dryness or over oiliness. When you think toner think of this key word: “balance”.

Here’s a little “Toner 101” to get us started. Everyone’s skin has an acid mantle made from sweat and oil that is naturally produced all day and night. We often strip away at the acid mantle when we cleanse the skin, changing the balance of the skin’s pH. Using a toner helps bring your skin back to the natural, perfect combo where oily meets dry!

Toner is also like a huge drink of water for your skin. Take a look at your skin up close in a mirror for a moment. Give a little push on your nose with your finger. Do you see lines? How about on your forehead? Yep! Your skin’s dehydrated! It’s okay, no need to worry. About 99.9% of people have dehydrated skin. Toner helps drench your skin with hydration.

When choosing a toner, you want one that is going to work with your skin. If your skin is dry, you will want a moisture-rich toner. Aveda’s Botanical Kinetics Skin Firming/Toning Agent is perfectly suited for people with aged or drying skin. It cools and hydrates the skin. It is also a spray bottle toner so you can keep it in your purse and refresh your face all day long with a simple spritz. If you wear makeup, there’s no need to worry: spray right over it! The toner will set your makeup and give a nice, clean refreshing splash of confidence!

If you have an oily skin type, you will want to choose a toner like Aveda’s Botanical Kinetics Toning Mist. It helps minimize oil buildup on the skin. It’s a mild astringent, so it won’t over-dry your skin. Once again, it’s all about helping keep the perfect balance without stripping the skin of its natural healthy oils.

The Aroma Sensory Journey

Woman getting head massage.

As an Alpha Esti student performing elemental nature facials, my guests will often comment on how good everything smells. I agree, and I believe that the aroma-therapeutic benefit of an Aveda facial makes for an exceptional sensory experience.

Some of Aveda’s signature aromas are highlighted in The Botanical Kinetics line.

The toning mist and the Botanical Kinetics skin firming/toning agent both contain a calming aroma featuring rosewater.

The Botanical Kinetics liquid exfoliant is enhanced with soothing and familiar aromas of Lavender extract, Witch Hazel extract, Chamomile extract, and Melissa Officinalis (Balm Mint) extract.

While the use of essential oils are becoming more widely recognized as therapeutic, plant and flower extracts have always been an integral part of Ayurvedic healing practices. According to Ayurvedic traditions, there are essential oils that benefit each elemental nature type:

  • Infinity/air: Typically susceptible to dry skin, anxiety, and hypersensitivity. Avoid sharp or strongly perfumed essential oils. Use warm, energizing oils such as camphor, cinnamon, and cypress; combined with the stabilizing, calming oils such as sandalwood, jasmine, or rose; blended in sesame oil, as a carrier oil.
  • Fire: Prone to inflammatory skin diseases; would benefit from cooling, calming oils; flowery fragrances such as gardenia, jasmine, mint, rose, or sandalwood blended in a cooling carrier like coconut oil.
  • Water/Earth: Typically oily or combo skin types; would benefit from warm, light, stimulating oils such as sage, basil, cedar, pine, myrrh in very light carrier oils.

Over centuries and across cultures, the belief holds that essential oils have the ability to advance wellness, enhance product efficacy, and bring a deeply relaxing sensory experience.

Treating Rosacea with Aveda

Suffers of rosacea know that it can be tricky finding the right products to calm inflammation and reduce redness. Though the cause of rosacea is unknown, it is treatable. At Aveda, we take a synergetic approach to healing and relieving the effects of skin conditions such as rosacea. Our customizable services, treatments, and products address imbalances in a person’s “elemental nature.”

Aveda, steeped in the wisdom of Ayurveda, not only treats the skin topically, but internally. This holistic approach brings the mind, body, and spirit into balance. We do this by coming to understand a person’s “elemental nature”—an imbalance in their constitution based on the elements, similar to doshas in Ayurveda. The elements fire, earth, ether, water, and air are expressed as:

  • Fire: Sensitive, inflamed, irritated skin.
  • Water/Earth: Oily, combination skin.
  • Infinity/Air: Dry, dehydrated, combination skin.

When the skin is out of balance, it may exhibit any of the above traits. Rosacea, being “fire”, is characterized by dilation of blood vessels; redness; and dry, sensitive skin, that may sting or burn, on the nose and cheeks. It appears in adults over thirty. If severe, it is accompanied by papules and pustules. And, in rare cases, rosacea that is not treated may cause permanent effects, such as thickening of the skin or loss of vision. It may also cause knobby bumps on the nose, called rhinophyma. Over time, it can give the nose a swollen, waxy look. But most cases of rosacea don’t progress this far.

Aveda brings rosacea into balance in several ways: products, treatments, helpful tips, and recommendations. Aveda’s sensitive line is a great first step to balancing the condition. It has caprylic triglycerides, jojoba, and soy bean oils that leave the skin feeling moisturized without an oily feeling. And it doesn’t have essential oils and fragrances that may irritate the skin. Because rosacea’s elemental nature is fire, removing the product with a cool cloth is recommended.

The deep herbal cleansing clay mask blended with a liquid exfoliant should be used once or twice a month as a gentle refinement. It has herbal extracts of marshmallow root, and red clover leaf in the mask help to sooth and balance skin, while the kaolin clay—the gentlest clay that is good for all skin types—adds minerals to the skin while tightening pores. The liquid exfoliant gently removes dead cells helping to soften skin.

If the skin is very inflamed and irritated, I recommend using Aveda comforting tea as a cool compress daily to help reduce heat and irritation before applying the refinement mask. It contains licorice root that soothes and brightens the skin, helping to even out tone, while reducing redness. It also contains cooling peppermint, which calms inflammation. And, of course, enjoying a cup at home, or after each service, is a relaxing way to help bring down inflammation internally.

Which leads us to addressing external ways of bringing down inflammation.

While applying the compress, recommend that your client avoid spicy foods, alcohol, and caffeine, as these things may trigger inflammation. And if they are finding avoiding these things difficult to do, suggest that they keep them to a minimum.

Stress may also trigger rosacea. In the spa, we take our guest on Aveda’s signature “aroma sensory journey,” inviting our guest to enjoy fragrant essential oils, bringing them into a state of relaxation. Your guest may repeat this at home. We offer single note essential oils that may be inhaled directly from the bottle or in the palm of their hand. The single note is blended with oil and can be worn as perfume, worn on skin or in hair, added to other Aveda products, or added to a bath.

As estheticians, using the balancing infusion oil for sensitive skin and the cooling treatment mask is the way to go. Use the balancing oil before the treatment mask to boost its effect. The oat, chamomile, and calendula extracts, along with the borage, sunflower oils, and lecithin, help to heal and nourish the skin. The balancing oil balances the skin, preparing it for the cooling mask, helping it to reduce inflammation. At home, however, if the client isn’t applying a mask, suggest they apply the balancing oil before using the comforting tea cooling compress.

The cooling mask is a combination of the herbal science remedy, a blend of millet seed flour, oat kernel flour, and lavender, combined with the intensive hydrating mask. The main ingredient is aloe. It is an amazing treatment mask that reduces inflammation and redness instantly. If their rosacea isn’t severe and they aren’t experiencing sensitives, the addition of Aveda’s lavender single note intensifies the masks effectiveness. The herbal science remedy isn’t sold to the public. To achieve similar results at home, suggest that they use the intensive hydrating mask. It is gentle enough to allow for daily use, or to use as an overnight treatment, until their inflammation subsides.

If their rosacea isn’t severe and they have no essential oil senstivities, the Enbrightenment line is amazing. It has a number of herbal extracts, and vegetable and essential oils that are known for relieving inflammation, exfoliating the skin, evening out tone, and moisturizing the skin. This line has no alcohol, which is great for those with rosacea, as alcohol may irritate the skin. Be mindful though that the Enbrightenment has salicylic acid and, if the rosacea is irritated, this can aggravate the condition.

Many people have combination skin and, if the person has rosacea with other skin conditions, the treatment and recommendations have to be customized. The use of steam or heat during facials should be minimized or avoided altogether when treating clients with fire elemental natures. Remind your client of this when they are caring for their skin at home.

Whether in the spa or at home, treating rosacea is made easy with Aveda.

Wellness with Lavender Essential Oils

In my esthetician program, during the intro phase, I was first introduced to essential oils and how the body reacts to them. At the beginning of the day, we would always start off with wellness, with a guided meditation to put us in a positive mood.

Wellness generally means a healthy balance of the mind, body, and spirit that results in an overall feeling of well-being. Aveda is centered around Ayurveda which is an ancient holistic system of healing that strives to create balance in body, mind, and spirit, which is something I like most about Aveda. Not only are you using the best products but there is a greater balance within them.

I had never done any type of meditation to bring myself into a healthy balance, but I have seen how much it helps in my daily life. I continue to do guided meditations with essential oils at home.

One of my favorite oils to use on myself is Aveda’s essential oil in lavender. I notice most of my clients choose that scent as well during their treatment. Lavender essential oil has a fresh, sweet, floral aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Lavender is an adaptogen, which is a unique group of herbal ingredients to help improve health, and therefore can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances. Not only does it help to relax the body and mind but it is also soothing for the skin.

I highly recommend, when you come in to a get a facial, that you choose the lavender essential oil to relax and de-stress during your treatment!

Lip Saver

Aveda Lip Saver

One of my favorite products at Aveda is Lip Saver. It’s a wonderful product packed full of natural ingredients like castor, jojoba, and sunflower oils; and shea butter. They help heal and sooth your lips. I’ve used a number of lip balms, like Sugar by Fresh, Dr. Hauska, and Pangea. They all worked great, but were really expensive. My friends thought I was crazy for spending so much money on lip balms, but I thought they were worth it because my lips were chapped.

Though I’d used Aveda’s hair products, I had never used Aveda’s skin care products until I began attending the Institute. Once I tried Lip Saver, I was amazed! It worked wonders for my lips. It cost way less than the other brands and, in my opinion, worked better. My lips were protected all day with one application.

What makes Lip Saver stand out from the rest is its combination of oils. Castor oil, the first ingredient, is one of the strongest ingredients for healing chapped lips. It is rich in Vitamin E, antioxidants, and minerals that boost skin health. It also contains triglyceride fatty acids that are known for their antiviral and antibacterial properties. Triglycerides are helpful to the skin, as they help it to restore its natural moisture balance, keeping the skin moisturized during winter months.

Jojoba oil is a liquid wax containing essentially all wax esters, Vitamin E, and phospholipids. It’s very similar to sebum-the oil that humans secrete to lubricate skin and hair-and can be used to moisturize dry skin. It is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, hypoallergenic, non-toxic and non-comedogenic.

Sunflower oil, high in beta-carotin (a source of retinol-Vitamin A), protects the skin from wrinkles, fine lines, and sunburns. The antioxidants in beta-carotin help prevent premature aging caused by exposure to the sun by neutralizing free radicals.

Shea Butter has an exceptionally large “healing fraction,” setting it apart from other oils and butters. The healing fraction contains important nutrients, vitamins, and other valuable phytonutrients required for healing. Because Shea Butter has a large healing fraction, and moisturizing fraction, regular use of this natural oil can treat many skin problems, including blemishes, wrinkles, itching, sunburns, small skin wounds, eczema, skin allergies, insect bites, frost bite, and other skin conditions. It is because of these unique healing properties that the Shea tree got its name, the Karite tree, which means the Tree of Life.

I recommend Lip Saver to all my clients, and have found they are as happy with it as I am.

Styling: Is it Necessary to Use Product?

The answer to that is yes! Product is everything. It can be the difference between beautiful soft locks and a boring frumpy do.

Some people think that if they don’t heat-style their hair, it means that they don’t need to use products. But that is definitely a myth! This doesn’t mean you have to go to the store and buy 15 different products for each hairstyle—there are a few products that are great for any hair type and style!

My go to product for any hair type is the Aveda Dry Remedy Oil. I love this stuff! It’s extremely concentrated, so you only need about two drops on fine hair and three to five on medium to coarser hair. This product can be used on wet or dry hair and helps moisturize, soften, and reduce frizz. It’s great for wash and go or heat-styling.

Another product that I find extremely versatile is Brilliant Damage Control. It is a light-weight product that comes in a mist form. It’s used as a heat protectant, detangler, and helps protect your hair from damage due to UV rays. You can apply this product on towel-dried hair.

The last product that I’m going to touch on is the Light Elements Defining Whip. Defining Whip is for dry hair only and is a great way to finish your style. Whether you have air-dried your hair and want to seal your natural wave or curl, or you have just blow-dried your hair sleek and straight, this is the product to use! Its mousse-like qualities provide the perfect smooth finish to conceal frizz and fly-aways without weighing your hair down.

My Beauty Routine Pre- and Post-Aveda

Before I began my program, I prided myself on my great beauty routine. I thought I had the perfect combination of products to make my skin look its best.

Then I started Cinta Aveda. I learned that cleansing your face twice a day, applying astringent, and moisturizing in the morning was just the tip of a huge expensive iceberg of skin care products.

During intro I learned the importance of applying a primer to the skin before makeup so the makeup doesn’t absorb into the skin. Then I added a hair oil to help combat frizz. Then there’s a specialized conditioner just for my hair type. Of course, no beauty routine is complete without two forms of exfoliation—chemical and mechanical—so there goes two more products added to my over flowing bathroom. Eye cream is a necessity for everyone, so next that was added. Then there’s a specialized concealer for my dark under-eye circles.

But what should I use to apply that concealer? So I added a fancy extra-fluffy concealer brush. And cleansers—no you can’t just have one, you need three—one for the morning, one for the night, and one to spit treat those problem pimples.

In conclusion, my products went from fitting in a small makeup bag to needing their own shelf in my bathroom.Still from How to Marry a Millionaire: Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe at a  Dressing Table, while Lauren Bacall stands nearby.

Product Review: Aveda’s Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant

You may be cleansing, moisturizing, and using sunscreen. But if you’re not exfoliating, your skin isn’t as healthy as is could be.

When you exfoliate your skin, you are removing the dead skin cells that are lying on your skin’s surface. As we age, the process of cell turnover slows down, which means that the body is slower in shedding old surface skin cells to generate new ones. When you don’t exfoliate, old skin cells on the surface leave your skin looking dull, rough, and dry, and can result in excess oil and clogged pores, which, in turn, leads to blemishes and acne.

Exfoliation can be performed mechanically, by using abrasive scrubs or brushes such as the Clarisonic. Or exfoliation can be performed chemically by using cleaners, toners, and scrubs. These chemical exfoliants contain special kinds of acids that dissolve and remove the dead skin cells without scrubbing.

Aveda’s Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant is a chemical exfoliant. It is a non-abrasive liquid that wipes away dead skin cells. When using this exfoliant, you will notice that it leaves the skin looking soft, smooth, and supple, and gives the skin a healthy glow!

One of the main ingredients is salicylic acid which is naturally derived. Therefore, it is not drying to the skin. It also has properties of lavender, which soothes stressed skin and is both refreshing and relaxing to the body and mind.

I would highly recommend this product, since it’s great for people of all skin types to keep your skin younger!

Products That Deposit Color with Every Use

A great way to maintain your hair color, and keep it looking fresh and vibrant, is by using products that deposit color with every use. Each time you use one of these conditioners, it deposits color and tones the hair.

Aveda carries a number of products that work with every color. Black mulva—for black hair, blue malva—for blue tint, camomile—for blondes, clove—for brown hair, and madder root—for red hair.

  • Black Malva deposits dark brown and black cool tones to the hair, this is great for anyone who wants to cancel out any red hues.
  • Blue Malva is similar in the sense that it is also great for anyone who loves cool tones, but this product is a lot lighter. It’s great for blondes with naturally copper-ish hues that prefer cool or natural tones.
  • Camomile is meant for blondes as well, although this conditioner deposits a gorgeous golden tone with organically grown camomile and calendula.
  • Clove enriches warm tones in brown to dark blonde hair.
  • Madder Root can be used on brunettes or red heads and deposits a red hue to the hair. It also deep conditions and leaves the hair feeling softer and more manageable.

These products are the perfect way to keep your hair looking shiny, soft and vibrant in-between each salon visits. They’re also great for anyone who can’t come in every six weeks and likes to spread out their appointments to every eight weeks.