Skin

The Last Three Steps

Aveda Botanical Kinetics

During our morning skincare routine, how many of us run out of time and rush out the door? ME Do you sometimes cut out the last steps of your routine? I’m here today to tell you to stop doing that! The last three steps—toning, serum, and moisturizer—are essential to the rest of your day.

  • Toning

    Toning is incredibly important to the last two steps. When cleansing, the skin becomes alkaline. This is good because it allows the skin to be thoroughly cleansed. However, if the skin is too alkaline for too long it can cause problems. The skins natural pH ranges from 4-5.5 and sometimes 6. The skin needs to be slightly acidic to fight off bacteria and to keep the natural acid mantle healthy. Toner helps return the skin to an acidic state. It also helps serum and moisturizer absorb better into the skin.

  • Serum

    Serum is your best friend if you don’t like too many steps in your skincare routine. It has the most concentrated ingredients. Especially when paired with a good toner, serum can penetrate the skin well. This will deliver the ingredients deeper into your skin and keep them working for you all day.

  • Moisturizer

    Moisturizers are also important to keep your skin healthy and balanced. If your skin is too dry, it can cause excess oil, and leave your skin open to bacteria. Moisturizers don’t have to be super thick or have complex ingredients, but they do need to have ingredients that work for your skin type. Dry skin may need something with more oils and butters, whereas oily skin needs ingredients like aloe vera and those which are lightly hydrating.

I know you’re super busy, but don’t skip these important steps.

Beauty Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric - Curcuma longa Roots

Turmeric, commonly known as haldi in India, is a spice derived from the roots of the Curcuma longa plant. This powder is deep orange-yellow in color and has a distinctly earthy, slightly bitter and slightly peppery taste, and a mustardy smell due to the presence of a substance called curcumin.

Turmeric is effective in the treatment of acne due to its antiseptic and antibacterial properties, which fight pimples and breakouts to provide a youthful glow to your skin. Turmeric facemask not only helps to clear acne scars and inflammation but also reduces oil secretion by sebaceous glands. Moreover, being a natural antiseptic, turmeric with milk is effective in treating skin conditions like poison ivy, eczema, and psoriasis. Eczema is a quite itchy and painful disease characterized by red scaly patches on the skin. Topical application of a mixture of Kasturi turmeric with milk can soothe the skin and reduce redness and inflammation.

Not only is turmeric great for the skin, it is also beneficial for hair. Applying a mixture of turmeric and olive oil on your scalp can treat dandruff and other scalp issues by removing debris and increasing circulation in the scalp. Additionally, it assists with the prevention of hair loss due to the activity of Curcumin, which is a component of turmeric that can inhibit the activity of “growth agent beta one” (TGF beta one) which causes the death of hair follicles resulting in hair loss. Furthermore, turmeric can be used in the treatment of various scalp conditions such as dermatitis and eczema that can lead to itchy, flaky skin, inflammation, and thinning hair. Cicatricial alopecia is a scalp ailment caused by inflammation that damages the hair follicles and prevents the growth of new hair. Fungal infections can also cause hair loss. Curcumin, an active ingredient in turmeric, is effective against these ailments due to its anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, antioxidant, antiseptic, and antibacterial properties. That’s a lot of properties!

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!

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.

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.

Acne and Outer Peace

Aveda Outer Peace Cleanser

Acne can be a difficult battle for both a client and an esthetician working to promote healthy skin. The Aveda Outer Peace line is a great line of products to recommend to clients struggling through breakouts. In order to give your client the best possible result, it is essential to know what is in this cleanser that makes it such a great option for an acne prone client.

The Outer Peace Cleanser contains many powerful, naturally derived ingredients including the following:

  1. Oat Amino Acids

    This is the active ingredient in the cleanser that makes it foam, also called a surfactant. Oat grain contains many vitamins and lipids that promote healthy skin. In recent studies, as many as seventeen amino acids have been found in oats. Oats give the skin moisture, protection, and have PH balancing properties.

  2. Saw Palmetto Fruit Extract

    Saw Palmetto is plant sterols, fatty acids, and bioflavonoids. It is rich in polysaccharides which are used by the body to aid in immune system efficiency and act as an anti inflammatory. Many studies have shown that Saw Palmetto is especially helpful in reducing hormonal acne because it inhibits the conversion of testosterone into DHT, which is one of hormonal acne’s main causes.

  3. Salicylic Acid

    Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxyl acid that is derived from wintergreen. It aids breakouts by dissolving the dead, keratinized skin cells to keep the pores unclogged, decreasing inflammation.

This cleanser is gentle yet effective on the skin. It thoroughly cleans the skin without over drying, which is a huge selling point for many people who struggle with acne or even just the occasional monthly breakout.

Five Benefits of Rosewater

Roses and Rosewater

Rosewater is an amazing ingredient to include in your beauty routine. It helps soften your skin and gives it a healthy glow. Rosewater can benefit your skin in many ways and it is very inexpensive. I’m going to share with you five beauty uses and benefits of rosewater. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to get healthy, beautiful skin.

  1. Reduce Eye Puffiness

    Apply rosewater on a cotton pad and gently place it on your eyes. It will help sooth the tender skin around your eyes, preventing or reduce under eye puffiness.

  2. Soften Dry Skin

    Ladies with dry skin can experience amazing benefits with rosewater. When rosewater is applied to the skin, you’ll notice the softening effect immediately.

  3. Makeup Remover

    Apply rosewater with a cotton pad and gently massage your face. For a more effective makeup remover, you can dampen a cotton pad with rosewater along with bit of coconut oil. It efficiently removes makeup and is gentle on the skin. Never rub harshly or stretch the skin while removing makeup.

  4. Natural Setting Spray

    Rosewater can be misted over makeup as a setting product, providing a healthy glow and beautiful dewy finish.

  5. Skin Toner

    The regular use of rosewater as a toner can help prevent wrinkles by slowing down the aging process, tightening those pesky pores, and adding a natural glow to the skin.

The Magic of DMAE

Dimethylaminoethanol Chemical Structure

Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE) is a nutritional substance that is a powerful anti-inflammatory and membrane stabilizer. DMAE is a precursor to acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that causes muscles to contract and tighten under the skin. Therefore, it can help maintain muscle tone in the face and body as we age, helping to prevent both sagging and drooping of the muscles under the skin.

Application of a DMAE-rich topical treatment results in almost instantaneous benefits. The skin looks firmer, lifted, less lined, and smoother. If a DMAE-containing lotion is spread on one side of the face, gently rubbed into the nasolabial fold, around the eye, forehead, under the chin, and on the neck, results can be seen in about 20 minutes. The side of the face and jaw line with the DMAE will appear more contoured, the eye will be open wider, the nasolabial fold lessened. The effect is dramatic. There will also be an immediate reduction in lines and wrinkles. DMAE is also outstanding in tightening up the dimpled skin on the back of the thighs and the upper arms.

Continued use of DMAE lightens the age spots that are commonly seen on the face and the back of hands and arms. These brown spots are formed from the accumulated lipofuscin deposits in the body. Lipofuscin is a waste product of the cells and usually appears in older people. Another age-defying effect of DMAE is its skin tightening action that slows down the natural sagging of the skin. Aside from plastic surgery, DMAE skin treatments seem to be among the most effective means to lift and tighten the appearance of facial skin.

DMAE is used mainly for optimization of brain performance and enhancement of positive, upbeat moods. Brain functions including thinking, memory, learning, and concentration also benefit from the long-term use of DMAE. Based on studies, surveys, and patient feedback, DMAE is a valuable and, frankly, amazing tool for making brain functions higher. As a bonus, it also gives the user a younger look through clear, even-toned skin that retains its elasticity even at an older age.

Fun Home Mask Recipes

Estheticians have used food for facial masks for many years now, but, these days, the ingredients have been a little more out of the norm. Usual ingredients are honey and avocado. But what about wine and acai berries? I did a little research and found two new and unusual at-home masks anyone can try out.

Red Wine in Glass

Resveratrol, a strong antioxidant found mainly in red wine but also in smaller amounts in white wine, may help to repair the damage caused by sun exposure that can lead to wrinkles and sagging skin, according to a growing body of scientific research. Kaolin clay draws out impurities, while the grapeseed oil moisturizes and hydrates, and the oat flour gently exfoliates.

Wrinkle Soothing Wine Mask

  • ¼ cup wine
  • ¼ cup kaolin clay1
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 1 tablespoon organic oat flour1

Combine all the ingredients. Apply to the face, neck, and décolletage. Rinse with warm water after 10 minutes.

  1. Available in health food stores.

Acai Berries

Berries are rich sources of polyphenols, a class of antioxidants that, besides being used as wrinkle fighters, have other benefits. They’re a strong astringent, so they tighten the skin and minimize pores. Fatty acids in high doses, like the ones found in acai berries, seem to fight hyperpigmentation. The sugar and the olive oil form a gentle scrub which also helps in removing dirt trapped in pores.

Pore Tightening Acai Berry Mask

  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons acai powder (or ¼ cup smashed acai berries)1
  • 10 fresh, whole blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or a mix
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil.

With a potato masher, mash the sugar and acai powder (or slush) with the berries. Slowly add the olive oil and combine coarsely with a whisk. Massage into the face. Leave on for about five minutes, then rinse with warm water.

  1. Available in health food stores.

Six Uses for Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

  1. Makeup Remover

    You have to get the raccoon eyes off somehow, but many makeup removers contain harsh chemicals that are very drying to your skin. It is recommended that you squeeze a bit of pure aloe gel onto a cotton ball and swipe away your makeup for a simple and effective alternative.

  2. Shaving Cream

    Pure aloe can be the perfect shaving cream: It’s antibacterial, which is great for nicks; it’s slippery, allowing for a nice close shave; and it moisturizes, too. You can use it on its own, or combine with other nourishing ingredients for a more luxe product.

  3. Soothing Ice Cubes

    Grab an ice cube tray, fill with aloe gel, and freeze. Pop them out and store in a freezer safe container. These are great after too much sun exposure, run-ins with your stove, bug bites, poison ivy, and even psoriasis.

  4. Exfoliator

    It’s not the most pleasant part of grooming, but exfoliation is important if you want to reveal glowing, fresh skin. Aloe is a great base for a homemade scrub because it helps soften your skin and supply oxygen to your cells, strengthening the tissue to create vibrant skin.

  5. Eyebrow Gel

    We love a strong brow and tidiness is key. Dip a clean mascara wand in some aloe vera gel and sweep over stray brows for serious stay-put power without getting hard or sticky.

  6. Hand Sanitizer

    Sick of your hand sanitizer drying out your hands? Mix ½ cup aloe vera gel, ¼ cup alcohol, and 20 drops of your favorite essential oil. Pour into a spritz bottle. The alcohol fights germs while the aloe soothes your skin.

Chemical Peels

Chemical Peel Application

Chemical peels are at the top of my list of favorite skin treatments. They are quick treatments that produce amazing results fast. They provide a deep exfoliation and speed up the cell turnover rate. Peels have so many great benefits. They can treat acne, hyperpigmentation, reduce acne scars, and treat fine lines and wrinkles. Chemical peels vary in strength and active ingredients so even someone with sensitive skin can use chemical peels.

There are three levels of chemical peels: light, medium, and deep. The pH level of a peel is what determines how deep it will penetrate into the skin. The lower the pH, the deeper the peel; the higher the pH, the lighter the peel.

Light peels only remove the first layer of the skin and they are good for treating mild acne scars, fine lines, sun damage, or if you have sensitive skin. Light peels are typically made with AHAs, BHAs, and fruit enzymes. Almost no recovery time is required.

Medium peels are usually made with trichloroacetic acid. They can be used to treat pigmentation and wrinkles. Recovery time is about a week.

Deep peels are usually made with carbolic acid and higher doses of trichloroacetic acid. They are good for treating scarring, pigmentation, wrinkles, and sun damage but on a much deeper level. Recovery time can take months.

Peels are best for light-skinned people who are not prone to hyperpigmentation. If you have darker skin and are prone to hyperpigmentation and do decide to get a chemical peel anyway, just be sure to use a lightening cream for post-treatment care and always wear sunscreen when going out. Some lightening ingredients to look for are hydroquinone, kojic acid, glutathione, mulberry, and papaya, to name a few.

Consult with your esthetician or a dermatologist to determine which peels are best for your skin.

Benefits of Cinnamon

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is proving to be a spice that not only adds flavor to various dishes but can also cure many infections and diseases. Several research studies are being conducted in various parts of the world about the benefits of cinnamon for diabetes, hair loss, cholesterol, memory, arthritis, skin, and more.

A topical application of cinnamon with honey has been used get rid pimples, ringworms, eczema, and other skin infections. This is a wonderful spice!

  • Anti Aging

    Cinnamon is said to improve fine lines by plumping the skin. This means that using cinnamon can stimulate blood vessels and bring blood to the surface of the skin.

    Use a mixture of three drops essential oil of cinnamon and two tablespoon olive oil or petroleum jelly. Apply this mixture to fine lines on the skin, taking care to avoid the eyes. The skin soon plumps out and fine lines become less visible. This can even be done to plump up lips and can be used as an alternative to lip gloss.

    Moreover, cinnamon used on the skin seems to increase collagen levels for up to six hours after it is applied. Breakdown of collagen causes the skin to lose elasticity and increases signs of aging. Cinnamon seems to increase collage expression on the skin through cinnamaldehyde, its main chemical component. Topical cinnamon creams could be used to activate growth factors IGF-1 and improve collagen expression.

  • Acne Treatment

    Cinnamon is said to help with treatment of acne and pimples. Mix one tablespoon of cinnamon powder and three tablespoons of honey and apply on pimples. Leave this paste overnight—or for twenty minutes—before washing with warm water. Acne scars can dry out and skin can get rejuvenated. This paste can also de-clog pores and bring oxygen and blood to the surface. However, because of the possibilities of skin irritation, this should not be used more than once a week. Additionally, cinnamon has antiseptic properties. If you have an open cut or wound, just dust a pinch of cinnamon over it. Bacteria will be killed and the wound heals faster.

The next time you are searching for a quick masque with multiple benefits, make sure you feature cinnamon.

Why Choose CIDESCO?

CIDESCO logo

If you are enrolling in the esthetics program at Aveda, you may be wondering: “Should I choose to do the CIDESCO program, and is it really worth the extra time commitment?” The answer is yes.

Having a background of CIDESCO not only makes you more employable, it gives you a thorough understanding of the body and the skin.

What You Learn:

  • In-depth anatomy of the body
  • The importance of diet and nutrition
  • body massage
  • body machines including body galvanic, body faradic, endermology, lymphatic drainage, and G5
  • body treatments and body wraps
  • Advanced skin analysis including ways to tell a person’s dietary habits, lifestyle, and ethnicity based on the appearance of their skin
  • Chemistry including molecular structure of ingredients, how products penetrate into the skin, and the importance of PH
  • In-depth knowledge of ingredients, giving you the ability to pick up any product and know exactly what is in it and for which skin type it is formulated
  • Machines for the face including galvanic, high frequency, face faradic, and lymphatic drainage
  • Manicuring and disorders of the nails
  • Eyelash and eyebrow tinting

Being a part of the CIDESCO program has given me valuable tools that I will carry with me through my entire career. It has allowed me to learn from seasoned estheticians who know all the secrets of the industry. It has given me the opportunity to travel and still be able to do what I love. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in esthetics.

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.

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.

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.

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.