I must admit that I have been perplexed about what to write for my May post. Given the chaotic time we are all confronting with the Coronavirus challenge, it seemed impossible to figure out what could be important enough to share via Beauty Topics.
On further reflection, I decided that it is important that we not lose ourselves in this formidable challenge by denying ourselves self pampering and what we do ‘normally’ (observing certain restrictions). A sense of continuity is most important when our world has been turned upside down. It’s the little personal rituals that keep us centered when we are figuring out our new terrain. In keeping with that idea, I think taking care of ourselves should include how we look on the outside, and how we feel on the inside as we navigate through life’s eruptions – new and old.
Below are some suggestions for you to explore, and to help you look and feel better.
For your body
For your makeup
For your mind and well-being
Wishing you Peace & Wellness,
Those who rely on hair salon specialists, flexible schedulers, and beauty professionals are facing major adjustments in managing their own hair and other things at this time. We are learning all over again what brought us to the salons in the first place: we are not nearly as proficient at performing those beauty tasks as the professionals whom we rely on. However, rather than feeling sorry for this “beauty reality check”, it occurred to me that this might be a good time to offer sincere thanks to those specialists who take such good care of us. Have you tried lately to do your nails, hand or feet, or tried waxing your own face, or managing your hair so that it looks more than just presentable? These are not welcome challenges.
In recent days, the people who have jobs in hair/beauty salons have not only “NOT” been able to give us luxury treatments, to which we have become accustomed, some of them may even have been stripped of their livelihoods by way of collateral damage.After all, this is exactly the kind of work where the professional performs in close proximity with the client. With little to no “prior notice”, COVID19, has intruded itself into that very private space. Until the last possible appointments, these reliable professionals continued to entertain our shared stories, our “prepared reality”, by applying their creative talents to our faces, hair, nails, and above all to our egos. Now, many of them find themselves in the position of having to apply for unemployment benefits. Some are wondering, no doubt, how they will manage the near and distant futures of their bill payments, childcare, etc. For some it is the challenge of a lifetime.
I searched the www for some ideas on what these beauty professionals suggest that their customers do during this crisis. I am impressed with their care and attention to our needs even during this period.
♦ you can manage your hair until the salons are open again.
♦ there are ways for you to maintain your hair color.
Continue reading HairBlues: To our Professionals with Gratitude
The news lately about COVID-19 has been disturbing. However, I want to take a “mindful time-out“ to put visual concepts of beauty in this post to remind us that our planet is still filled with beauty. And, once again to remind us that we must try to see more than our current troubles.
As some of you know from following HairBlues, I am a certified aromatherapist, grounded in the wellness remedies of plant therapy and essential oils. So, in this post I want to introduce you to the essential oil, ‘May Chang‘. In my own experience, one whiff of ‘May Chang‘ essential oil quickly reminds me of peace and calmness. I am aware that because I live on this planet, there are those who distill the plants and flowers. Their work and process bring this fine oil to me. I am further comforted by the accumulated knowledge of those who work with essential oils at a level that I have a newfound respect for. In the meantime I benefit from that knowledge source: one can find solace even when there is much at stake by taking a “mindful time-out“ to breathe. Continue reading Time Out for May Chang
Everywhere I turn lately, it appears Essential Oils are all the rage, and they are a huge money maker. In addition, whenever I sign-up for an aromatherapy webinar people from all over the world are in attendance, looking for solutions and remedies to support their mind, body and spirit well-being.
As a certified aromatherapist and trainer, this topic comes to me voiced as concerns from those who are purchasing ‘essential oils’ without having any knowledge of how to ascertain when a product is ‘authentic’.
The task of ascertaining “authenticity” in this product is formidable because, given the circumstances in today’s USA market, these oils are not regulated by the USDA unless they are ‘certified organic’. (https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/organic/labeling)
As starter conclusions in this formidable task about “authenticity” in essential oils is that these oils are not synthetically produced.
So what is the difference? Essential Oils are acquired from plants, by various distilling methods. In addition, essentials oils are known to have the added impact of therapeutic benefits, which can be useful in enhancing your mind, body, and spirit when used properly and safely. When you are purchasing essential oils look for the ‘botanical‘ name along with the common name. For example: Lavender (common name), has the botanical name Lavandula angustifolia
Continue reading Is Your Essential Oil Authentic?
It was a very hot and sunny day when I went for a walking exercise and ‘mindfulness‘ escape. I was about to cross a street when two women who were driving a convertible car stopped to let me cross. They were brown-skin , and neither person had on a hat. I suspect they probably did not have on sunscreen because they were dressed very nicely. As beautiful as they looked, I was concerned to think that they had not ‘protected’ themselves from the sun while in the car. Consequently, I walked back to tell one of the women that she should protect her head and put on a hat. Continue reading Is Sunscreen for Darker Skin People Necessary?
How many glasses of water have you drunk today?
Did you know that drinking water to hydrate your body is not the only beverage that will satisfy the daily requirement? That’s right, coffee, beer and other soft drinks also qualify for getting liquids into your body. However, what I learned by reading about various ways to get that ‘boring glass of water’ into this body is that you can get your water by eating other food items as well! Yaaay! Yes! How about eating some yogurt, which is 95% water? Don’t like yogurt? There’s more you can eat to satisfy the water requirement. For example, watermelon (92% water), lettuce (95% water), one medium apple (84% water).
Continue reading Drinking Water for Your Health & Well-being
I am not sure that I’ve ever thought about changing my skincare routine during summer months. Have you?
Try considering the steps/techniques below during this transitional period.
I searched the www for answers. One dermatologist, Dr. Cynthia Bailey, based in California suggested, that we may need to stop using exfoliating skin care products such as scrubs and rough cloths, retinoid products and even glycolic acid products so that your skin can thicken up to better deflect UV rays.
Wikihow had a formula on how to choose a sunscreen: Use the SPF that’s right for you. Think about how quickly you burn on a sunny day. Multiply that number in minutes by the sun protection factor (SPF) of the sunscreen you’re considering. The result will tell you the maximum amount of time the sunscreen will keep you protected.
WebMD advises: Sunburns –They’re uncomfortable, to be sure. But they can also cause premature aging and lead to skin cancer. Your best bet is to limit how much sun you get — especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when those rays are at their strongest.
There’s so much to know about how to care for your skin during this transitional period and during the summer months. For product suggestions, click the link below.
Happy New Year from HairBlues !
Now that you have written all of your New Year’s resolutions, and have committed to carrying through with those intentions, I’d like to make another suggestion that you may not have thought about.
I am talking about getting a skin checkup as part of your yearly healthwise plan.
You might be surprised to find out that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer there is. It’s incredibly prevalent; some skin-care statistics show that 2-3 million instances of skin cancer will be diagnosed globally every year. The good news is that skin cancer can be treated as long as it’s caught early… Read More »Source: Why You Should Get a Yearly Skin Cancer Exam – Leading MCW Continue reading Healthwise: New Year Checkups!
Have you ever considered massage therapy as part of your wellness routine? What if I told you massage therapy could provide the following: pain relief; reduction in stress; better sleep; and, lower blood pressure. Just to name a few benefits.
Here are some findings:
American Massage Therapy Association
♦ Specific to osteoarthritis in the knee, a research study funded by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) found that a 60-minute “dose” of Swedish massage therapy performed once a week for pain was both optimal and practical.5
♦ Two recent clinical studies report that patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy in their feet can significantly benefit from foot massage. Each study relied on a different massage technique, although both shared similarly positive conclusions.
♦Though limited, there have been a few studies that point to a positive connection between massage and migraine relief.
Note: Before your insurance will pay for the massage, you must provide proof from your primary health care physician that it is a medically necessary procedure. Continue reading Massage & Wellness
‘Thinking you are unable to meditate is a little like thinking you are unable to breathe, or to concentrate or relax.’ Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go, There You Are
This is the continuation of last month’s post about ‘Mindfulness’ and whether there is a difference compared to mediation. I searched the www for help in clarifying if they are the same thing. Below is one explanation, which I hope helps 🙂
Meditation is when you intentionally set aside time to do something that’s good for you, and there are all kinds of meditations. Mindfulness is both a general awareness of the world and a formal meditation practice. It’s two things, not one. Meditation and mindfulness overlap in mindfulness meditation, which is one of the most popular types of meditation. Source: What’s Actually the Difference Between Mindfulness and Meditation?
If you are still not convinced that you should explore mindfulness/meditation, here are some of the benefits I found: alleviates chronic pain; reduces stress; an, regulates emotions in the brain. In addition, scientists and psychologists are also on board with the idea that these results can be gained by meditating. Source: http://www.awaken.com/2017/01/benefits-of-meditation-2/
Continue reading Meditation Anyone?