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Holistic beauty a rip-off?

  • 6 years ago

Everyone I know has started some kind of "holistic" beauty regimen, and I'm the odd one out because I'm not sure if I believe that stuff really works to make you look good, get better health or skin care.  My gf's do Master Cleanse, Dr. Joshi and other detox diets, fasting, supplement packs and antioxidant-loading, ingestibles, and use essential oils and aromatherapy to "de-stress" skin. ...are they all getting ripped off? 

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Very true...don't believe the hype. The beauty industry is a massive marketing machine and very often the truth is stretched. Keep it simple with your skincare program, and avoid products that have incredibly long ingredient lists, contain parabens, phthalates, dye, perfume. Look for high levels of active ingredients. An example of a scam? How about collagen cream. The collagen molecule (in its full and active state) is too large to penetrate the skin and actually do anything. How about a collagen supplement? Well, it becomes digested and broken into amino acids, just like everything else....better off with a protein shake. I could go on and on.
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nice post.. Meltabs
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As I a hair colorist, I get to hear it all.  Here are a few of my favorite inside out beautification tips: A diet with anti-oxidants and omega-3 fatty acids will keep cells healthy and slow the aging process.  Fish oil not only keeps your skin and hair healthy but also reduces the risk of heart disease. Calcium and vitamin D keep our bones strong. A good night's sleep always works wonders. Exercise can lengthen your life, keep you strong, and stop the development of life-threatening conditions, such as osteoporosis. Making love often relieves stress, lifts spirits, induces sleep, and even counts as exercise. Biology face massage work with oil and collagen cream keeps eyelids from drooping and tones the face muscles. Self esteem - believe in who you are, express it with joy and enthusiam, feel secure, believe in the good of life, and never stop seeking growth and wisdom.  Self-esteem is "worth it" for your spirit.
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I would refer you first to my answer to a question about anti-oxidants on this site since it is very relevant to this question as well.  Any beauty routine should include taking care of the inside of the body as well as the outside. Keeping your inner body working well boils down to 2 major things: Anti-oxidants like Co Q 10, resveratrol, bromelain, some of the berry extracts A healthy dose of fish oil  Above and beyond that you are skirting in unproven territory and the rewards are not ususally going to be justified by the investment.  As a supplemnet designer, I am the first to admit that the health benefits of supplements taken internally are many, but one has to be realistic. Working backwards from most effective in terms of producing dramatic and immediate results we have: Surgery, Botox and fillers, such as Restylane Radiotherapy, such as "Accent" All of these are costly and have at least some potential side effects. Then you have creams, which generally produce some effect on fine wrinkles, but it's almost always short-lived and disappears when you stop using them. Finally, you have supplements taken internally which can augment and improve the effects of any and all of the above. Stick with the list I gave you above and you can't go wrong!  
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Do your research when it comes to hot trends. There are great and wonderful things you can do from the inside out to improve your skin and appearance. But don't jump on and off every bandwagon that passes through. The key to external beauty is whole body health. The internal steps that will make your skin radiate are: Drink plenty of water Eat whole foods Take whole food supplements (i.e. Garden of Life) Avoid sugar, caffeine and excessive drinking Don't smoke Get plenty of exercise Don't try every fast or cleanse on the market when they are hot. There are times in your life when you do need to do a juice fast or internal cleanse, but don't try it just to do it. If you have a build-up of toxins in your body from a period of heavy medication, or if you have had bad food habits and are making a change, a well balanced cleanse might be useful. But trying one cleanse after another will do more harm than benefit. A healthy diet, exercise, plenty of water and clean living will do more to improve your health than any fad. Externally, taking aromatherapy-based salt baths is a gentle method of detoxification that will not overload your system.
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Hi Jillian, I'm someone who has followed a lot of these trends for the last 20+ years. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. If you're a person who's healthy and in good shape, then your body might be able to tolerate the stress of these things. However, if you're body's been pushed to the edge, then some of these things might put you over. And once your body breaks down, it can take years to get your health back. I know, because I've been there. Therefore, approach these things with common sense, and caution. The number one best thing you can do for you body is to get 8 hours of sleep every night. It gives your system a chance to rejuvenate and clean itself out naturally. Too many vitamins, and too many 'cleansers,' can put stress on your body. The second item for good health is clean water. I'm lucky enough to have found an authentic chinese accupressurist who I see every other week. By looking at the tongue, and reading the multiple delicate pulses around the wrist area, she can diagnose if the liver, kidneys, spleen etc. are out of balance. Her gentle technique of rebalancing the body has given me more energy than any vitamins (and I've spent thousands on them) ever has. As a stylist behind the chair, I get exposed to everything you can imagine. And even with this year's brutal cold and flu season, I came out smelling like a rose. Therefore, if you're inclined to pursue alternative care, find someone who you can trust to gently, and affordably, guide you through. Otherwise it may cost you more than you ever imagined.
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