Have you ever dished out over a hundred dollars for a facial at a nice spa or resort only to see no or negative results? Sure it may have been relaxing, but there were no changes with your skin. Let’s talk about why I believe facials don’t work.
I myself am an esthetician. I offer facial treatments and design natural skincare products. However, I subscribe to a belief that may differ from what you have experience in the past. I believe in being a holistic esthetician. When I say holistic I’m referring to three main ways I view skin that go beyond just what you apply to it. I would never tell you that applying a product (even my product) could fix all of your skin issues. You are more complex than that!
The word holistic is defined as the following:
adjectivecharacterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.
This is most definitely the philosophy I subscribe myself and my clients to on a daily basis. Your skin will show how you live and any skin issues can usually be resolved by assessing those choices and adjusting accordingly. Let’s see what three overarching categories I look at and approach with care with most every client.
1) Diet and water intake
This is definitely something I discuss with every client. While I am in no way a nutritionist or doctor, I know that your skin is a reflection of what you put into your body. I’m also not a believer in one diet or one elimination when it comes to skin. You have probably heard, “if you cut our [insert food] your skin will clear up.” Most people that take that stance are coming from a personal experience or are selling something. Whatever that food may be, it will not be the same for everyone. Different bodies require different foods for optimal performance. You are unique.
I do believe in balance and nature. Never leaning heavy into one specific and diversifying your diet with natural whole foods can be benefit the skin absolutely. Also, I would always recommend checking with your doctor or a health professional before making drastic changes to your diet.
Water intake can also be different depending on the person. However, I could rule of thumb is about half your body in ounces. Even if you never hit this goal, I do believe that have high goals can be helpful. However, goals are not as helpful as process. Buy a reusable bottle that you will want to grab for multiple times per hour or download a water tracking app (this one is my favorite). A variant would be during pregnancy or breastfeeding when your body will require even more water!
Most of that which you do will be reflecting in your skin. From time spent outside to birth control and from the choice to wear sunglasses or use essential oils. Of course I recommend steering clear of smoking for the health of your skin, but most other lifestyle choices will be fine (sometimes even beneficial) for your skin. When my clients ask me about a dark spot or a sudden change in texture, I work through all recent lifestyle changes to discover the culprit. Small adjustments can make all the difference for your skin.
3) Emotional and mental state
I work with women living in all different stages of life. No matter which one you may be in certain stressors can aggravate skin issues. I look at hormonal imbalances as irritators making any existing skin issues worse. Also, from a holistic stand point I can assess how prepared a client is to maintain a routine. I love that even tiny steps with a home routine can change your skin which can lead to a change in emotional and mental well being. Never forget about the mind body connection. You need “you time” to be the very best version of yourself.
Through the end of May 2019 I’m offering a gift to new clients. Send me an email at: [email protected] if you are interested in seeing what holistic facial treatment can do for your skin.