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Ingredient Intel: Turmeric is Beauty’s Best Bet

The secret is out. Turmeric is a holistic active that is as good taken in as it is when applied topically. Few single ingredients boast as many health benefits as this little golden nugget, making it a sure bet for health and beauty. Between beauty and nutrition, turmeric, Curcuma Longa, is probably the most common ingredient I come across when reading labels. These days, you don’t need to look far to find a turmeric latte, kombucha, tonic or tea. And the highly concentrated antioxidant is one of the most prevalent ingredients in beauty masks, oils and washes. Brands and formulators alike are adding turmeric into recipes every opportunity they get, and for good reason. Though conclusive studies are still preliminary, the research on turmeric to aid in the treatment of cancer, heart disease, ulcers and Alzheimer’s disease is promising. I’ve known for some time that turmeric was effective, but I didn’t fully realize its potential until I discovered it’s multi-functioning effect on my body and skin. read more

Hydrotherapy
at Home

Growing up in Hawaii, my daily ritual included a dip in the ocean. It was a part of the culture and was as habitual as brushing my teeth or eating breakfast. I knew instinctively that swimming in the ocean was good for my skin and body, but it wasn’t until I moved to the East Coast, thousands of miles away from my childhood paradise, that I understood the overall sense of wellbeing that came from the salt water. From mineral-replenishing ocean soaks to at-home hydrotherapy baths, our water rituals can support a healthy metabolism, circulation, reduce joint and muscle inflammation and boost endorphins. read more

Design your Beauty Sleep Ritual

We often reserve the term “Peak Performance” for endurance-related activities, from athletics to cognitive stamina. Particularly in our Western culture, how hard we push, and even how little we rest, has become synonymous with ambition. “Pulling an all-nighter” or “burning … Continuedread more

Oils That Cleanse

Years ago, the spa I worked for was implementing the oil-cleansing method into their facial practice. It was my first introduction to oil cleansing and I remember how uncomfortable I felt as the company’s trainer slathered and massaged thick oil directly onto my dry, makeup-covered skin, not once, but TWICE. That’s right – a double oil cleanse to make sure my skin was really clean. Having suffered from cystic acne for much of my life, I was skeptical of the process, and a bit terrified about how my skin would respond. While some estheticians at the spa embraced this new practice, others shunned it. I was intrigued, but it wasn’t something I was going to do regularly. And I didn’t, until a few years ago. read more

Cacao In Skincare

I’ll admit it. I’m a chocoholic. And I don’t feel the least bit of shame about it. Thanks to the raw cacao bean, this is a guiltless pleasure that makes me happy from the inside out, and surprisingly, from the outside … Continuedread more

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