As I was prepping for this August’s Ayuna Beauty Discovery a few months ago, I settled in for what I knew would be an enlightening meeting with Isabel Ramos and Begona San Juan, the two dynamic women behind Ayuna. As this is our second Discovery featuring Ayuna, I was excited for what was to come out of this conversation; from my previous experience, I knew that I would leave the meeting better off than when I came. How can you not when meeting with two women as empowering and intelligent as Isabel and Begona? An esthetician and a cosmetic chemist turned beauty brand founders, both women are explorers and teachers who thrive on the adventure of creating something beautiful that works. Ayuna, the minimalist beauty brand with an essentialist approach, crafts formulas backed by research and green chemistry, the principle of understanding science and technology to offer safer and more ecological alternatives to hazardous chemicals. In our hour and a half meeting, we talked about the use and benefits of our skin’s microbiome and how probiotics work to provide health benefits through living micro-organisms, while prebiotics are used by micro-organisms to and confer (or distribute) the good bacteria throughout our skin and, in Ayuna’s case, ‘hack the conversation’. When our bodies have the right balance of microbiota, our skin is healthy, but when there is an imbalance (dysbiosis), the micro-organisms become aggressive and could result in unhealthy skin conditions (like inflammation, acne and rocasea). Cool, right? I asked Isabel to share about it more in detail because if you’re like me, and you like to geek out on skincare, you want more directly from the source. Read Isabel’s answers to some common FAQs about the effects of pre- and probiotics on our skin.
When I think about how to be achieve super hydrated skin, images of water come to mind. Splashing my face in the morning, drinking my required 32 liters per day, even spritzing my skin with a refreshing hydrosol. What doesn’t come to my mind is oil. Oils deliver many important benefits to the skin, but they don’t penetrate into the deepest cellular layers the way water, or an emulsion that contains water as an ingredient, does. While oils are excellent to nourish and protect the top layer of our skin, lock in our natural moisture and prevent water from evaporating, oils do not actually hydrate. Only water can do this. But one needs the other, which is why oil and water are the two most fundamental ingredients for healthy skin.
A spa is a sacred space. It is a destination for health, restoration, celebration and moments of peace. Over the course of a 17 year career as a Spa Director, I also began to appreciate spa as a lifestyle, one … Continued
There’s no reason to hold off on supporting your system’s natural desire to detox. There are a number of self-nurturing beauty rituals – you may be doing already – that rev up the body’s capacity to flush out toxins and bring in the glow.
Skin is a fantastic communicator that often reveals our unspoken emotions to the world. Our faces turn pink with embarrassment or white with fear. Complexions can appear sallow, dry or as if aged overnight, especially during difficult times. Meditation addresses the underlying issues that create skin problems in the first place. An emerging field of research called psychodermatology studies the interaction between mind and skin, looking at the effects of emotions on the skin as well as disorders that have skin manifestations. By bridging the gap between our emotional and mental states with our overall health, meditation has many benefits.
Spas do more than offer relaxation. They also have your best health in mind. Whether you have one hour, one day or a whole week to spa (sign me up!) – or if you simply want to use these ideas for your own healthy lifestyle, spas are an inspired source for healthy habits that naturally detoxify body and mind.
Isn’t washing your face every day a detox program for your skin? Well, yes – but it’s not everything. Removing make-up and residue from the surface of skin is an important step in helping allow skin to naturally detox through your pores and prevent blemishes. Just as in a body detox, ingredients that clear the path and support your skin’s natural cleansing mechanisms – by physically removing debris from the surface and boosting circulation to stimulate removal of waste from tissues and cell regeneration – are worth incorporating into your everyday routines.
We’re on a mission to change the way you look at skincare. As we embark on a new year, I thought it was only appropriate to share my vision with you, and invite you to use less and love more, be beautiful, celebrate the heroes, elevate the standard and most of all, love your face. Hero On!
As I see the awareness of healthy skincare grow among women of all ages and backgrounds (and how far we have to go), I’m encouraged and enlivened by the women contributing to this conversation who have been personally affected by serious illnesses associated with environmental toxins. These capital-H Heroes have transformed their most challenging life experiences into beauty businesses that reflect their unequivocal dedication to ingredient awareness.
Cancer-related Villain Ingredients can be found in thousands of cosmetic products – from high-end to low. Be on the lookout for these hazardous health-disruptors in make-up removing wipes, self-tanners, body lotions, face and body washes, mascara, cosmetics, nail products, shampoos and conditioners, hair styling products, sunscreens and even products made for our kids.