Menopause: How it Changes Your Skin and Ayurvedic Solutions

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Menopause causes drastic changes in women’s bodies. According to Ayurveda, the transition into menopause is a Vata time. This is because it is a joint in time: a change from one phase to another and Vata governs the energy of change and movement. This means many women may experience Vata-dysfunction characteristics: scattered mental patterns, forgetfulness, over-sensitivity to our surroundings and insomnia. A Vata increase can increase leading to roughness and thinning of the skin and hair, frailness, dullness and dryness as well as brittleness of …

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How Poor Sleep Is Ruining Your Skin

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When you think of skincare, you often think of products, maybe if you’re a holistic thinker, vitamins and nutrition…but not usually a commitment to more sleep. Well, a good night’s rest is important for healthy skin. In my experience, when treating acne, rosacea and (especially) premature aging, looking at sleep is essential. Sleep and The Skin Proper sleep is needed to healing and repair the heart and blood vessels. In fact, chronic sleep deficiency increases the risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, …

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Mineral Vs. Conventional Sunscreens: What You Need to Know

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It boggles my mind that people still use chemical-based sunscreens. For years I have been shouting from the heavens about the dangers of these chemicals and why natural sunblock is better, safer and healthier for us. Even some of my own friends pull out the chemical-based stuff on the beach, to my chagrin, and I have to fight the urge to grab it out of their hands and hurl it into the ocean. If you still don’t know why I’m so passionate about this, here …

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Apply Mineral SPF Properly – No More White Streaks Ever Again!

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It boggles my mind that people still use chemical sunscreens. Between the potential hormone disruptors and carcinogens, I just don’t think its worth it. Read this for more info on why a mineral sunblock is essential! But even some of our own clients who are natural skincare enthusiasts have sheepishly admitted to using the chemical stuff. One reason for this is the finish of natural mineral sunblocks. Some higher mineral SPF products can get pretty thick and upon first application, be chalky. This is even …

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Calculating SPF – Understanding Sun Protection

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In my line of work I find that most people think one thing of SPF: the higher the better. But that is only half true. It does not mean more effective protection instead it refers to longer protection. When we really understand what “SPF” stands for and how it is determined, we can decide which situations make higher sun protection factors better and which ones actually do not require them to be high. I’m a stickler for people really knowing how their skincare functions so, …

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4 Things You Didn’t Know About Sun Protection

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Most of think of sun protection as wearing sunscreen…and maybe a hat if we’re really good. But as an esthetician and skincare formulator, I’m here to tell you that that’s not enough. Not only is slip, slap, slopping on sunblock enough, we need to understand how to use sunblock properly, how to choose the right one for our lifestyle and skin type, and finally, other sources of damage (that we never even think about!) Sound daunting? No you don’t need to take a course in …

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On Tracey Spicer – Can Cosmetics Teach Us About Self-Love?

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I’ve been seeing this story about Tracey Spicer around the interweb for a while now but it wasn’t until I saw this link on The Current (I love you Anna Maria!) that I really decided to sit down and contemplate it. Its a new year and I always try to take a moment at the beginning of each year to reflect on my life, views and values – and this prompted me to think about beauty. Sure, this is something I think about a lot…and …

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