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.

Phomollient Styling Foam

Aveda Product - Phomollient Styling Foam

As a hairstylist, we all have those favorite products that we just love to use. Phomollient just got recruited to your list!

This lightweight styling foam gives you everything you need for the perfect blowout. Weightless volume, light to medium hold, and shine–seriously, can it get any better? Yes, and it does! Phomollient can also give you a nice curl without weighing down your hair, leaving it greasy, or making it crunchy.

Since it is a lightweight foam, it allows you room to pair it with other products. I love to cocktail Phomollient with Aveda’s Volumizing Tonic. These two are definitely a dynamic duo and they never seem to fail me.

With key ingredients like honey, burdock, and marshmallow root, this product is great for fine to medium hair and leaves it smelling amazing! For the perfect round-brush blowout, I totally recommend this product.

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.

Utilizing Social Media

Social Media Apps

Social media plays an important role for branding us as individuals. As a student, we can utilize these networks now to help with our future jobs, clients, and so on. It’s free advertising for yourself and your brand.

Here are some tips for taking advantage of these powerful tools available just at our fingertips.

  • Create an Instagram Account: Make sure to document clients haircuts, colors, etc. Post these on your Instagram Account to get exposure. You may even gain lots of followers—and new clients who like your work and want to get their hair done by you. You can also post any promotions or model days going on at your salon or school.
  • Make a LinkedIn Profile. LinkedIn is a social media app for business professionals and students. On there, you can meet new people in the same industry and may even get offered jobs. Make sure you list your education and work experience. Also make sure your picture is professional looking and write a short bio about yourself. You can also list your skills there as well.
  • Use Facebook. Facebook can help keep friends and family up to date with what you’re doing at the salon and the services offered. Post photos of your work and any events or promotions happening at your salon or school.
  • Make a Pinterest: Post photos of your work with a watermark to get exposure. You can gain new potential clients this way and a watermark will help them find you or your salon.

Have fun and be creative with it!

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.

The Bob

Hair Style - The Bob‘The Bob’ is a classic haircut that will never go out of style. With so many angles and lengths to wear the ’do, there’s literally a bob hairstyle to fit any and everyone.

Of course, it’s not unusual to see multiple people with the same bob style, but what’s great about this trend is that the style is proving to be universally flattering. Regardless of age or face shape the classic bob just works, and it’s super easy to customize to anyone’s individual style.

Beauty

Beauty Word CloudMy definition of beauty is feeling beautiful inside and out and treating others the same way. To me beauty always has a powerful impact on humanity. Beauty surrounds and overwhelms everyday life and can really have a huge impact on you as a person. Beauty can boost your confidence and happiness or, in its absence, destroy your self worth and bring you down; that makes it powerful.

You—together with everyone else in the world—are beautiful in unique ways. There is beauty in more than you realize: different cultures, food, art, fashion, relationships, and more. Beauty comes from within and should be expressed in whatever way makes you happy.

In my life, I have a passion to want to help others without expecting anything in return. My beauty comes from hard work and little payoff, less sleep, and amazing results.

I wouldn’t change my view on beauty for the world and I am so appreciative of the confidence it has given me to feel love and compassion for others. It is unfortunate, though, that beauty can be a negative sometimes. Some people use their beauty to target and bully others. It is a shame that some take advantage of their beauty and waste it on hurting others or making others feel like they possess no beauty themselves. Never let others bring you down. As my girl Christina Aguilera would say, “You are beautiful, no matter what they say…cause words can’t bring you down.”

Swimming: A Real Work Out

Hair Splash in PoolI was part of a competitive swim team for six years. Not only did I make some of my best friends on the team, but, in a few months, I was in the best shape of my life. Swimming offers something no other aerobic exercise does: the ability to work your body without harsh impact to your skeletal system. Your body is lighter in the water—the deeper you are submerged, the less weight your body needs to support. When submerged up to your neck, 90% of your weight is supported by the pool. The pool is also the perfect place to work stiff muscles and sore joints, especially if you’re overweight or suffer from arthritis.

Unlike exercise machines in a gym—like a bicep curl or a bench press—that tend to isolate one body part at a time, swimming puts the body through a broad range of motions that helps joints and ligaments stay loose and flexible. The arms move in wide motions, the hips are engaged as the legs scissor through the water, and the head and spine twist from side to side. Plus, as you reach forward with every stroke, you’re lengthening your body, which is more efficient to move in the water and also helps give you a good stretch from head to toe.

To improve your flexibility beyond swimming, you might also want to finish your pool workout with a series of gentle stretches. The support of the water should help you maintain positions involving tricky balance such as a quadriceps stretch. Swimming truly is helpful for everyone and every body type.

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.