• Pamela Froman

Health and Beauty 2019

This time of year is the perfect way to review new beauty and health trends. Some people are striving for the most enhanced version of themselves while others want to create a natural look. There are alternative treatments to be had as well as beauty secrets that create a new you!

Natural Beauty Trends

The secret to having a young and fresh appearance lies in natural products. The cosmetic industry has seen a large portion of items go green or clean. And they actually work! 

Activated Charcoal has many detoxifying properties. It is created by burning and cooling a source of carbon, after which it is activated with oxygen or steam. Once ‘activated’, it becomes highly absorbent attracting toxins in the body, binding it to the material, and flushing it out. Activated charcoal whitens teeth and reduces bad breath, and makes your pores smaller and cleaner. The new trend is using charcoal in face masks, which binds dirt to the mask and helps clear oil and dirt.

Jojoba Oil is a liquid wax perfect for skin ailments. Add Jojoba Oil to your skin twice daily, and enjoy improved hydration, cell regeneration, and wrinkle reduction. Because its chemical compound is very similar to our skin’s, it is able to penetrate and moisturize deeply, while its antibacterial properties fight acne. Jojoba oil is also a hair treatment. Add a couple of drops to your conditioner or run through damp hair, and you will restore moisture. 

Crystals have long been lauded for healing properties. Most recently, the trend of rose quartz face rollers are being used to aid in the reduction of wrinkles and puffiness. Massage a rose-quartz stone or roller against your face once a week, and you will smooth fine lines and wrinkles, while also soothing your skin.  

Cannabis (CBD) products are creating a wave in the beauty industry – and you won’t get high! CBD oils and hemp-infused products have healing properties while improving hydration, minimizing moisture loss, and decreasing inflammation. When applied topically, CBD oil can assist in maintaining and reducing oil production, which helps avoid breakouts. Hemp oil also contains anti-aging properties.

Alternative Treatments

Here's a closer look at some of the most popular alternative treatments out there in spa and health centers.

Cupping Therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts cups on your skin to create suction. People get it for many purposes, such as pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and even deep-tissue massage. Cupping therapy is trendy, but it’s not new. It dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures.

Applying colored lights in a bath or shower is called Chromatherapy. Combining this approach with Hydrotherapy and massage creates soothing effects. During the massage, wavelengths of light are targeted on each of the body’s seven chakras. The claim is that it improves overall health.

Craniosacral Therapy allows a practitioner to massage the head and manipulate the neck and spine. The process is based on the belief that the cranium’s bones are like hard gills that can shift to relieve pressure. This gentle, hands-on method improves the functioning of the central nervous system.

A hollow candle is placed in the ear and burned in an Ear Candling treatment. The claim is that it clears sinuses, cleanses auras, stimulates energy flow and gets rid of problems ranging from wax buildup to ringing in the ears.

Aromatherapy is when essential oils are diffused, burned, dropped in baths, or massaged into the skin. This holistic healing treatment promotes health and well-being. Aromatherapy is thought of as both an art and a science. It fights infections, pain, stress, and even foul moods.

Biofeedback is a mind-body technique that involves using visual or auditory feedback to gain control over involuntary bodily functions. This may include your heart rate, muscle tension, blood flow, pain and even blood pressure. You are connected to a device with sensors that provide feedback about specific parts of your body. The practice can relieve afflictions ranging from asthma to anxiety.

An alternative medicine called energy healing, Reiki practitioners use a technique called palm healing. This hands-on healing channels a "universal energy" through the palms of the practitioner to the patient in order to encourage emotional or physical curative reactions.

Reflexology is a form of massage that involves applying pressure to the hands and feet to produce changes and benefits in other areas of the body. The underlying theory is that there are certain points on the feet and hands that are connected energetically to specific organs and body parts. By applying pressure, a reflexologist removes energy blockages and promotes health.

Foreign Culture Beauty Secrets

There are some amazing beauty secrets from across the globe. But you don't need to travel in a plane to get these tips and tricks. Here are some awesome techniques straight from the locals!

Green is good. In Japan, matcha tea isn't just for drinking. Women there put the tea powder in their hair to minimize thinning and amp up shine.

During a traditional Hindu wedding in India, the bride uses a turmeric paste on her face and hands in the Haldi ceremony. This is a symbolic gesture – turmeric's color resembles that of the planet Jupiter, representing prosperity and success. But turmeric has some bonus side effects: Glowing and dewy skin! 

In Mexico, nectar from the agave plant is mixed with oatmeal or cooked rice and turned into a facial scrub. This creation taps into the plant's moisturizing attributes, and offers anti-aging and healing properties.

Peru and Ecuador are all about the power of aloe. It's used to treat dry skin, scalp, and hair problems. You can also apply it directly from the plant, and it's perfect to relieve the skin after a sunburn or rash.

Native to Australia, the kakadu plum is high in vitamin C and is often an ingredient in face creams. It prevents skin aging, breakouts, and even heals pimples overnight.

Zanzibar is located off the coast of East Africa. There, seaweed is used to make soap because it's full of healthy vitamins A and B12, as well as iron and zinc. It's purifying and moisturizing.

Acai berries are a beauty staple in Brazil. Rich in vitamins A, B, C, and E, these small antioxidant packed berries help prevent aging. Brazilians use them mashed up as a facial cream.

In Morocco, rhassoul clay removes impurities and detoxifies the skin. Locals mix the clay with water to create a paste. Combining steam from the bath in combination with the clay purifies the body.

The Snapchat Look

The age of the selfie is creating a new trend. Girls are using filters to enhance their look to achieve a “fake” appearance. Who needs botox and plastic surgery, creams and potions that promise to make you look amazing? You can look flawless – well, at least on your phone.

Here are a few of the most popular airbrushing apps.

FaceTune’s wide range of superpowers include getting rid of wrinkles, whitening your teeth, disguising bald spots with hair, making pimples disappear and reshaping your face and body to make you slimmer and taller.

The SkinneePix app observes your facial features – and then shaves 15 lbs off your face. The creators say that the point of the app is to help people lose weight by showing them what they would look like if they were slimmer.

It's the ultimate beauty contest. The Golden Beauty Meter app will scan your selfie and give you a score 1 out of 10 after discerning your picture. This is not an airbrushing app, but it will probably make you want to perfect your selfies before checking it out!

BeautyPlus makes acne disappear, makes you taller and slimmer, and make your eyes look brighter along with a host of other photo-retouching options. This app even comes with a “whitening” feature – so you can lighten up your skin tone if you so desire.

FaceLab will literally do plastic surgery on your face. It reshapes your face, refines jaw lines, heightens your cheek bones and brows, and even reshapes your nose. It will also offer up flawless skin and even has the option to add digital make-up.

Instagram Stars of Beauty and Makeup

Beauty influencers are a huge trend. These guys and gals provide makeup and beauty products and tutorials on YouTube and Instagram. They also launch product lines and collaborate with popular brands.

Chrisspy has 3.5 million Instagram followers and the recognition that goes along with those sensational numbers. She started out working at MAC Cosmetics and then started posting her makeup images online to teach others. The rest is history. Now, Chrisspy promotes brands like Urban Decay and speaks on beauty panels.

Amra Olević is an influencer that collaborates with Anastasia Beverly Hills, and who has created her own palette with the brand. She has five million Instagram followers, and most recently began working with Lip Land cosmetics on a liquid lipstick line.

Naomi Giannopoulos is another Instagram influencer, with 7.9 million followers. She's has launched her own faux lash line and nail line, Vegas Nay Lashes and Nails by Vegas Nay, and has worked with with Too Faced on a limited edition palette.

Karen Sarahi Gonzalez also started by working in MAC Cosmetics before branching out on her own. She's now has a following of 3.2 million on Instagram and partners with brands like NYX Cosmetics, Garnier and Dermalogica.

With a following of 2.1 million on Instagram, Shayla Mitchell is known for her video tutorials, which are short, informative and to the point. Mitchell works with The Estée Edit, Maybelline and Quay Australia. She is a star on the rise!

Canadian makeup artist Samantha Ravndahl has 2.4 million followers on Instagram and works with brands like NYX Cosmetics, REN, Biotherm and Lancôme. We expect great things from her.

Stay beautiful, healthy, energized and happy!

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