Skin

Elimination Effect

Beauty From The Inside Out

Do you often wonder why a skin blemish has not resolved or why acne outbreaks continue in spite of countless therapies? If so, you may need to dig a bit deeper and look inside—inside your body, that is. Good digestive health and the health of your colon can mean healthy skin.

The question is, how?

Both the colon and skin are responsible for absorbing and releasing chemicals, water, and other metabolic products. The colon is the largest internal organ in the body. Its function is specifically to absorb food, nutrients, and water.

Touching the Surface

In our work, skin is unavoidable. You can talk about muscles or motor nerves; trigger points or tsubos; meninges or organs; fascia, fluids, or chi — any and all of the body’s elements that fascinate us — but on your way you always go through the skin.

Feeding the Skin

Oils and More

Massage training typically gives considerably more focus to learning about muscles and bones than it does to the skin. But skin is not just a surface envelope for the really important functions within. It is a complex physiological system that affects every other system in the body. This integumentary system protects, contains, feels, communicates, absorbs, digests, filters, secretes, excretes, heats, cools, and breathes. Skin is what massage therapists most directly contact, and it is important to realize our impact both on it and the whole person.

Keeping an Eye on Irritating Ingredients

Ask the Expert

Q: I've heard some ingredients in skin care products can be irritating and even toxic. Is this true?

A: According to the Food and Drug Administration's website, "The regulatory requirements governing the sale of cosmetics are not as stringent as those that apply to other FDA-regulated products. Manufacturers may use any ingredient or raw material, except for color additives and a few prohibited substances, to market a product without a government review or approval."

Coenzyme Q10

The Wrinkle Cure

Air pollutants, toxins, cigarette smoke, cell metabolism, exposure to the sun, and other environmental factors initiate free radicals, which can cause dangerous reactions that destroy cells and damage DNA, proteins, and fats. Free radicals also interfere with collagen production and integrity, resulting in loss of elasticity and, ultimately, aging skin. Although this is a natural and unavoidable by-product of metabolism, an overabundance of free radical damage can cause premature aging and wrinkles. Fortunately, there’s a nutritional way to fight the elements.

Slather on the Sun

Safe and Effective Sunless Tanners

Thanks to the perpetual bronze glow of celebrities like Paris Hilton, the desire for a year-round tan is as popular as ever. Sure a little sun exposure is healthy, and frankly it’s necessary for producing bone-building vitamin D. But sun tanning is simply not an option if your clients want to ward off premature aging and skin cancer. That’s where tanning products come in. Sunless tanners can provide your clients with that sun-kissed look any time of year.

Free to be Happy

Flower Essences Ease the Mind and Rejuvenate the Spirit

Homeopathy is a wellness practice based on the idea that like cures like. For example, if you were experiencing symptoms of a sinus infection, you would take a remedy that contains traces of a particular substance that, when taken at full strength, mimics your symptoms. However, the remedy is so diluted it will simply signal your immune system to create antibodies to fight the infection, working in much the same way vaccines do.