I’m a Holistic Aesthetician. I don’t think most people know what that is, let alone what a Aesthetician is! I thought this title deserved explanation and time in the lime light. Especially with the popularity of Medical Aesthetics, Holistic Aesthetics polar opposite. Holistic approaches to skin care consider the health of the whole person, including nutrition, lifestyle, and emotional factors. Holistic Aestheticians are guided by a therapeutic model of prevention. We maintain a practice and philosophy to provide services that never alter the biological integrity of the skin. Holistic skincare is mindful to the functionality of the skin and what may stress the health of the skin.
As I care for my clients holistically, I also take a holistic approach in my personal life. Holistic wellness is associated with treatments and remedies that are natural, safe, and health-giving. Health of the skin isn’t simply superficial. So much more goes into the wellness of your skin then just a treatment or a product. Totality is the approach to health and wellness of the organ, skin. Your emotions, hormonal balance, nutrition, and what you put on your skin, synergistically make up the health of your skin.
What I love most about the holistic approach is it’s individualized. You look at the whole person, her lifestyle, diet, what is going on in her life. When you see the whole picture, then recommendations can follow such as: dietary changes, supplementation, stress reduction, hormonal balancing, and natural skin care products. A stressed skin can heal of any skin issues into full wellness. No one time treatment, or skin care product can beautify the skin long term, like the holistic approach does. The following quote is from a client who battled with skin breakouts for years before trying the holistic approach.
“I used to get peels to help my acne, I would see an improvement immediately, but it always came back about a month after. When I met Nicole she took me off harsh treatments and products, assessed the cause of my breakouts, and suggested the right treatments, skin care products, and lifestyle changes. My skin cleared and I have not had a problem since! That was nearly 10 years ago!”. -Abbey B.
Holistic wellness is making its way to the forefront, and we are seeing cancers managed, autoimmune diseases healed, mental illnesses reversed, chronic ailments relieved, and skin issues resolved. If you’re new to holistic wellness you’ll want to follow Kris Carr, whom healed her stage 4 breast cancer holistically, because her form of cancer could not be treated conventionally. Her documentary Crazy Sexy Cancer is a must see. You’ll also want to get to know Dr. Christaine Northrup M.D. OBGYN. She is a wealth of knowledge on women’s health, aging wellness, and how to care for your body & health holistically.
The skin is no exception to the holistic approach. The skin is a organ of the body. The largest organ in fact. The skin protects us from microbes and the elements, helps regulate body temperature, and permits the sensations of touch, heat, and cold. It is made up of seven critical layers. People often get disappointing results from their skincare regimens because they only treat one or two layers of skin. The holistic approach to skin care features a combination of a healthy diet and nutritional supplements along with natural topical skin care treatments, nourishing all seven layers for maximum anti-aging results.
Facial muscles and bone health are including factors in aging wellness. Facial muscles contribute movement and volume to the face. Over time, muscles atrophy, or shrink, contributing to a hollow look, while facial expressions create deep wrinkle creases in our foreheads, between our eyes, necks, and around our mouths. Treatments such as botox do exist that will temporarily paralyze certain muscles in the face to decrease the appearance of deep creases. But a less extreme remedy is facial exercises, which can help restore volume to the muscles much like lifting a dumbbell can increase the size of a biceps. Soon, I will be offering face yoga when I complete my certification, and will offer my clients an individual routine for her specific facial muscle needs.
As we age, bone metabolism slows. Bone cells are constantly dying and being replaced in a process known as bone metabolism. Osteoporosis is a disease of bone metabolism that results in thinning bones. Just as osteoporosis causes thinning of the hipbone, it can also thin the bones in your face. The jawbone and cheekbones are particularly affected as they start to get smaller, causing the skin to sag. In some people, this causes the appearance of jowls. And as facial bones shrink, eye sockets enlarge and fat bulges out, leading to puffiness and a hollow-eye look. To help maintain healthy bone strength, make sure you are getting the 1,000 to 1,300 mg of calcium you need per day. Nettle Leaf Infusions and Oat Straw Infusions are a great way of maintaining bone health and have been know to reverse bone loss! Watch this video to learn how to make an herbal infusion.
As a Holistic Aesthetician, I address the root cause of my clients’ skin issues and provide a customized protocol to completely transform not only their facial skin but the skin of the entire body. Who doesn’t want glowing, healthy, youthful skin? With the right wellness plan inside-out, incredible skin is achievable for everyone no matter what issue you may be struggling with. I’m happy to have introduced you to Holistic Aesthetics, and hope you’ll consider this approach the next time you’re looking to better your skin.
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