Acne treatment inside-out

As of late, I have been restless because there are skincare issues that need to be dealt with from a holistic perspective…which is taking into consideration the WHOLE BODY, NOT JUST THE SKIN AND WHAT WE PUT ON IT. This is why I work with Dr. Maggie Hunsicker, at Rodrock Chiropractic. She can help you find the source of the problem. Many times it is what we put in our bodies, breathe into our bodies and how we react to stress. Dr. Maggie can test hormones, stress/cortisol/adrenal burnout and for food allergies. You may be asking yourself…why does that matter, why can’t I get a facial or buy a serum and call it good?I support you and your journey and that is why I was up late reading, researching and networking with other healers last night! I happened to find this amazing woman online when I was looking up dates for acupuncture classes this fall. She is a celebrated acupuncturist and has a clinic in Golden, CO.  Please read below to see how this woman treats ACNE and other skin disorders. She is RIGHT ON! You may be surprised by what you didn’t know.

EFFECTIVE AND LASTING TREATMENTS FOR ACNE

by 

Karen Kurtak L.Ac. Dipl. Ac.

Unlike conventional dermatology, which has only a few tools and typically uses the same treatments on everyone, Chinese Medicine, which uses herbs and acupuncture, provides a system of diagnosis to identify and treat the root of the problem specific to the individual patient.  For those who have ever wondered why some people get only small pimples on their chin while others get deep, painful lesions on their neck and jaw line and still others have large red lesions all over, Chinese Medicine provides an explanation.  There are at least five separate root causes of acne in Chinese Medicine.  Each one can combine with any of the others to create an elaborate web of imbalances that are complicated by hormone fluctuations, stress, improper diet, and poor lifestyle choices.  The limited repertoire of available treatments typically used in conventional dermatology is often only effective only as long as the medication is used. Potentially curative conventional treatments, like Accutane (which was originally used as a chemotherapy drug to kill brain cancer cells) can be quite toxic, don’t always work and can lead to severe side effects.  Using herbs, acupuncture and nutrition, Chinese Medicine treats the root cause of acne along with any other imbalances, so the body becomes healthier and more resilient.  With time, little or no further treatment is necessary.  Treatment is very individualized and requires a lot of effort and participation from the patient.  However, the rewards of clear skin and renewed health are worth it.

Acne is very treatable condition using a combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine, German Biologic Drainage Remedies, nutritional therapy and dietary changes. Despite the fact that acne manifests on the skin, it is a condition that originates within the body.  It is not a superficial problem at all.  In fact, over the years I have observed several similarities between the root causes of acne and many autoimmune disorders.  There is an undeniable relationship between digestive health and skin health but there are numerous factors that can conspire to cause acne.  Below are the fundamental causes of acne that I have identified over the past decade and have translated into modern medicine concepts.

Debunking the Inflammation Myth

If there is inflammation, there is something causing it.  It’s time to let go of the myth that the immune system creates inflammation for no reason.  It is not the result of a “misguided” or “weakened” immune system.  These are Santa-Claus-like explanations that have no basis in logic or science.  Diseases of inflammation, including most autoimmune disease, always have a root cause that triggers the immune system to act.  Suppressing inflammation with herbal or conventional medicine without treating the cause is like clipping the wires to the “Check Engine” Light on your car’s dashboard.

Lymphatic Stagnation

Have you ever wondered why acne lesions tend to occur again and again the in same area?  It’s not a coincidence or a phenomenon.  It’s simply a problem with clearance in the lymphatic circulatory system.

As children, we have all experienced the mysterious, clear fluid that oozes from a skinned knee or elbow.  This is lymph fluid.  It moves through its own circulatory system that is separate from the blood.  As our blood is filtered through our capillaries, red blood cells are retained.  Almost everything else in the blood moves into the lymphatic system where nutrients are delivered to cells, old debris and cellular waste products are broken down, and bacteria and viruses are battled.  This is the major site in the body for immune function.  If it becomes stagnant or overwhelmed, the immune system can’t function properly.  Unlike our circulatory system, the lymphatic system lacks a pump.  It only moves when we move.  Think about it.  Do you feel better and more rested if you lie around all day or if you exercise?  Letting the lymphatic system stagnate is like not changing the water in a vase of flowers.  In skin disorders immune activity in the lymphatic vessels causes them become stagnate or blocked.  If the body is unable to resolve this, the inflammation from the immune activity backs up into the tissues surrounding the lymph vessels.   Sometimes it is so severe that the lymph nodes at the end of that vessel are swollen.  Lymphatic stagnation provides one piece of the puzzle for the causes of acne but it is rarely the only factor.

Digestive Imbalances and Damage

The complexity of the digestive system is truly mind-boggling.  It contains its own nervous system, its own immune system, its own microbiome and an array of glands and organs.  It is the primary site for production and storage of neurotransmitters and is our first line of defense against a constant influx of bacteria, viruses and things that simply don’t belong in a human being.  Cumulatively it is referred to as the gut.  It allows the Earth to become our body.  If the gut isn’t happy and thriving then the body isn’t happy and thriving.

Most skin disorders, including acne, appear when there is a fairly significant breach of the gut’s immune system.  This can happen for two reasons.  First, the amount of inflammation generated by the immune system of the gut can begin to spill over into other systems that cannot eliminate it.  As a result, inflammatory chemicals overload the lymph system and deposit in the skin.  This is common in cases where hormonal fluctuations make acne worse.  When hormone levels rise they compete with our body’s detoxification pathways especially the liver.  Interestingly, “bad” bacteria in the gut can reverse the detoxification processes of the liver leading to an overload of the entire system.

Another common breach occurs in the immune system of the gut known as the gut associated lymphoid tissue or GALT.  The GALT is a part of a larger system that is interconnected through the lymphatic system called the mucosa associated lymphoid tissue (MALT).  It is responsible for protecting the body from the enormous amount of antigens that we are constantly being exposed to.  The GALT initiates immune responses and inflammation by anything that the body deems an invader.  Undesirable bacteria, yeast, viruses and many food proteins like lectins from lentils and gliadin from wheat can all act as immune targets that can eventually overwhelm the GALT. As this happens, the inflammatory chemicals and sometimes the antigens themselves begin to overflow or “leak” into other parts of the body.  Once there is an overload of inflammation, it often causes more and more inflammation and damage to create a vicious cycle.

Leaky Gut Syndrome

The basic theory of Leaky Gut Syndrome is that damage occurs to the tight junctions between the cells that line the small and/or large intestines.  Normally, these cells act as a filter so that only fully digested nutrients can fit through these junctions.  If the tight junctions sustain damage, they can leak fragments of undigested proteins into the blood and lymph where the immune system recognizes them as invaders and then launches an immune attack.  In most cases, the immune system attacks these proteins the same way it attacks bacteria.  As a result, symptoms can be similar to bacterial infection.  For years, this theory was discounted by conventional medicine as quackery.  However, in 2008 a gastroenterologist named Dr. Alessio Fasano was studying the undeniable connection between autoimmune disease and Celiac disease.  His research confirmed the existence of “Leaky Gut Syndrome” and demonstrated the penetration of incompletely digested protein fragments into the body’s tissues.

Previous studies dating back over three decades demonstrated that radiolabeled protein fragments from foods like wheat could escape from the gut lumen and be deposited throughout the tissues of the body and even penetrate into the brain.

From over a decade of experience in treating acne, I estimate that Leaky Gut Syndrome causes 60-70% of severe acne cases.  This is especially true for people who have tried Accutane with disappointing results.  Truly healing this condition is complicated and can require several months for complete resolution.  However, once the key causes are identified most skin symptoms begin to resolve within weeks.  The key factors for treating this condition include the following steps:  Identifying and eliminating the original cause of the leakiness, clearing the inflammatory chemicals, repairing the leakiness and clearing any proteins that are still causing immune reactions in the skin.

Hormone Imbalances

While acne sufferers often experience a worsening of symptoms with hormone fluctuations, this is rarely the root of the problem.  However, it can provide wonderful clues of underlying causes.  One common scenario is a backup of the detoxification pathways of the liver.  The liver is responsible for clearing all organic-based substances from the blood.  This includes gasoline fumes, medications, solvents, alcohol and even our own hormones.  If acne symptoms are worse when hormone levels change or rise, it is likely that the problem is coming from an overwhelmed liver.  Interestingly, fructose, the sugar predominant in fruits, has been shown to create inflammation in the liver.  As a result, there is an increase in levels of inflammation throughout the body.  Here is a link to a previous article in my “What Matters” blog discussing the effects of fructose on the liver.

Hormone Therapy and Birth Control Pills

One of the most common conventional treatments for acne is the use of birth control pills.  Although it does not address the underlying cause of the inflammation, in many cases this can be an incredibly effective treatment.  Acne therapies that include Traditional Chinese Medicine and nutrition can be safely integrated to produce excellent results for patients who prefer to remain on hormone therapies.

Latent and Chronic Low-Grade Infections Elsewhere in the Body

In a previous section I discussed the possibility of the digestive system’s immune ability to be become overwhelmed. As this happens, inflammatory chemicals or triggers can begin to “overflow” and become a burden for other parts of the immune system.  This scenario can also happen when there are low-grade infections present in other tissues like the bladder, prostate, uterus, or even gums.

Cigarette Smokers

A few years ago some compelling studies demonstrated that the same immune system cells that attack bacteria (neutrophils) also attack pollutants from air.  Frequent exposure to smoke or air pollution causes ongoing inflammation in the lungs and skin as well as the artery walls.  In my experience, it is very difficult to treat acne in individuals who smoke more than one or two cigarettes per day.  We all have addictions.  Some are simply more socially acceptable than others.  There is no shame in having fallen victim to nicotine addiction.  Overcoming any addiction can be one of the greatest achievements of one’s life.  I offer effective, compassionate treatment, resources and support for acne suffers who wish to overcome this frustrating addiction.

Dietary Considerations

Diet plays a crucial factor in the resolution of acne.  If you are used to the “Standard American Diet” with lots of sodas, fruit, processed food, excessive grains, acidifying vegetables then be ready for some big changes.  Until there is a replacement for this magic pill, successful treatment of acne requires stringent but healthy dietary changes.   The rewards are worth it!!  Many of the dietary recommendations for treating acne parallel longevity nutrition strategies.  Seeing first hand the profound changes that come about from a truly healthy, anti-inflammatory diet provides a lifelong tool for creating health and longevity.  If you are not willing to make serious changes with the foods that you put into your body, then this treatment strategy is not for you.

CHINESE HERBS

Traditional Chinese herbal formulas are one of the most powerful tools for treating acne.  Unlike modern herbology, which relies on conventional diagnosis, Chinese herbal formulas are based on a sophisticated and complex system of diagnosis that treats the interconnection of the body’s systems.  It is not uncommon for a Traditional Chinese herbal prescription to contain 12 or more herbs.  These are usually mixed into a concentrated powder and prepared as a tea.

Safety of Chinese Herbs 

Most Chinese herbs are imported from China, which raises concerns about contaminants. All practitioners of Traditional Chinese Herbology receive extensive training in obtaining contaminant-free, high potency herbs.  All herbs used in my clinic (and by most Chinese herbalists) are obtained from companies with extremely high quality control standards.  Every batch of herbs is screened for over 100 different chemical contaminants and heavy metals.

A significant part of the four years of required training also involves extensive study of side effects and herb-drug interactions.   Conventional physicians receive no training in this field so it is up to us to make use of the constant influx of published studies to ensure safe use of our apothecary.  The general philosophy is “just because something is natural, doesn’t mean it is safe”.  This extensive education has resulted in Chinese Herbal Presciptionology having very few reports of side effects nationwide.  When used appropriately, Chinese herbs are extremely safe and effective.

Additional Benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

One of greatest strengths of Chinese Medicine is its inherent understanding of the body as a whole.  It is very rare to have only one symptom or manifestation for any problem.  There are usually several signs and symptoms that are connected to the main complaint.  In many cases, the patient isn’t even aware of these symptoms or doesn’t realize that these symptoms are not normal. When someone undergoes treatment for one condition in Chinese Medicine, all the other problems that are connected to that main condition will also resolve.  The benefits often include:

  • Clearer thinking
  • Improved energy
  • Enhanced sense of well being
  • More even emotions
  • Resolution of digestive disturbances
  • Improved sleep
  • Resolution of gynecological problems

What To Expect

Some acne conditions resolve much faster than others.  For this reason, the number of treatment steps and follow up varies extensively.  Acne that appears mostly on the surface of the skin without extensive redness can resolve in as little as three weeks.  Cystic acne or acne that accompanies PCOS can require 6-12 weeks for significant improvement and up to six months for lasting results.  Acne that worsens around the menstrual cycle can take as little as two weeks or as long as a couple of cycles to see marked improvement.  Acne that results in dark scarring often takes 4-6 weeks to see marked improvement of both the acne and the scarring.  Of course these are only generalizations.  I have seen patients with severe cystic acne have 90% resolution in four weeks.  Within the first three weeks, most people experience a reduction of inflammation, swelling, new lesions and reduced oiliness.  As a general rule, the longer the condition has been present, the longer it takes to resolve.  This is especially true when the inflammation has caused extensive scarring or damage to the capillary beds.

Things you can start doing today to improve your acne

Quit all processed foods and all foods that contain sugar, fructose, glucose, etc.

Quit coffee and black tea and replace it with green tea and herbal tea

Avoid artificial sweeteners

Avoid foods that contain hydrogenated oils (read labels)

Avoid alcohol

EPA/DHA fish oil capsules (take at least 6/day) – flax oil doesn’t work as well

Top 4 Reasons to get a Facial

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Top 4 Reasons to get a Facial…

1. It’s an immediate GLOW!
2. Circulation is increased drastically to move nutrients and oxygen to feed the skin.
3. Your cells speed up it’s metabolism and renews itself 28-48 days after a facial. 
4. Removal of dead skin cells, debris, impurities and toxins will eliminate the “barnacles” from building up, you know those old lady bumps! (skin tags, pigmentation, sebaceous hyperplasia, milia, blackheads,etc.)

It’s not about pampering or being vain! It’s about taking care of yourself for preventive, corrective and long term care with maximum benefits. Pur Aesthetics is an Organic Skin Fitness + Wellness Retreat Suite! We specialize in organic skincare that is medically effective and organically safe for acne, aging, hyperpigmented, rosacea and oncology skin. I don’t consider it being a spa, although I want you to feel relaxed and rejuvenated, I am mostly concerned with seeing results! So here’s the Skinny….

If you scheduled a monthly skin fitness facial many of you would not contemplate visiting the plastic surgeon for drastic measures. Too many people wait till it’s too late! Don’t let that be you! If I could go back to my early 20’s when I lived in St. Thomas I would have never let myself absorb the UV’s like I did or see the dermatologist for acne treatments. I would have told myself, “Girl! This is all you got so listen up! Eat clean, fresh organic foods, juice daily and get a facial!” 

Talk Nerdy to Me!

This is your skin cell…this is your skin cell on liposomes!

Are you excited yet? Well you should be! This is the fundamental core of your skin’s HEALTH! It’s Mad Science Monday and I’m going to break it down for you! Watch out Do or DIYers! We gotta go to the lab on this one because your products are only penetrating the strateum corneum (top layer of skin) 4-6%.

I hear often from bloggers and beauty gurus that “your skin absorbs everything and that is why drug patches work!” Well your skin does absorb but not in excess! I would be screwed if that were the case…I been in contact with gasoline, paint thinner, poo, etc. and thank goddess I’m ok! You ask how does that work? Well, your skin acts as a barrier to protect you from pathogens and harmful substances from getting in, but when your skin’s protective functions and skin’s barrier is wrecked you begin to see issues like rosacea, acne, pigmentation, aging, etc. This is why I practice CORNEOTHERAPY! Our mission statement is to PROTECT THE OUTER LAYER AND THE INNER LAYERS WILL BE JUST FINE! (okay i just made that up, but you get the point).

Whenever you see inflamed skin, regardless of cause, the stratum corneum is leaky and permeable. But, if you repair the stratum corneum, that tells the underlying tissues that they don’t have to keep reacting like there’s danger in the environment.” Albert Kligman, M.D., Ph.D.; 1919-2010

A keratinocyte cell (skin cell) has a double layer of lipid molecules. 45% phospholipids. The health of a cell depends on Essential Fatty Acids (phospholipids) for active and passive transfer of nutrients, oxygen and waste. Phospholipids are the main components in any cell membrane of the human body. ATTENTION: EVERYONE needs OMEGA-3 internally from flax seed oil or fish oil, especially those with ANY SKIN ISSUES. MY rant earlier on liposomes delivering active ingredients (e.g. drug patches, nicotine patches, birth control patches) increases penetration 600%. To the DIYers out there…it’s great you are making your own skincare but to be RESULTS driven you need a delivery agent and this can only be done in the lab by encasing actives into lipid molecules.

Phospholipids give the skin smoothness and elasticity. Hydrogenated phospholipids strengthen the natural skin barrier function leading to reduced moisture loss (TEWL). Natural phospholipids contain relatively high amounts of linoleic acid. The latter plays an important role in the human skin’s own synthesis of Ceramide 1, a lipid that is important for intact barrier function (keeping bacteria out.) This makes soybean-based phospholipids attractive because they are particularly rich in linoleic acid and are available in GMO-free quality. LIPOSOMES alone can help heal acne because it repairs damage to the cell’s structure and function.

LIPOSOMES ARE…
~natural and skin compatible
~biodegradable and therefore environmentally friendly
~toxicologically safe

Call Me Coach!

PA-get-the-skinnyI have laughed with you, I have cried with you and I have encouraged you to give it your all! Together we will do whatever it takes to get you to the finish line, because I want you to look and feel like a winner! Coaching comes from the heart and encourages YOU to succeed no matter what. We will never give up, we will always find answers and we will do the work together!  You are never alone because your coach CARES! I have answered text messages at midnight, I have hand delivered product when in need at an instant notice and I have bundled up care packages for those moving away thousands of miles to a different country. My passion for your skin fitness is INFINITE! I will go the distance, I will rise to the challenges and I will be there for YOU when in need! Here is what you can expect from our sessions…

::SKIN FITNESS COACHING::

This is a journey and it begins with taking the first step to healthy skin! Pur Aesthetics is a holistic and organic skincare practice that serves to heal your skin from within. We will work together to get to the root cause of your skincare issues. Many times products alone do not offer immediate satisfaction until we have addressed the root cause internally. Hormonal imbalances, candida, nutritional deficiencies, poor digestive health and stress are a few major concerns to identify when creating skin care solutions.

Liz Black is an expert in the field and is excited to share with you her passion for amazing skin! You may see her in person or schedule a consultation over the phone and/or Skype. If you are suffering from that four letter word called ACNE, rosacea, aging skin, pigmented skin or scarred skin and you are looking for results that will last without damaging your skin further with lasers, acids and carcinogenic chemicals; then CALL today or Schedule Online your SKIN FITNESS COACHING SESSION.

One session will include the following to help you get on the right holistic path to healthy vibrant looking skin!

  •  In depth skin and symptoms analysis
  • detailed skin care regimen
  • supplementation recommendations
  • diet + lifestyle recommendations
  • A treatment outline that is clear and concise to keep you motivated and on track
  • Take home packet of helpful information and resources
  • Get ‘THE SKINNY” Our FREE weekly newsletter with updates, tips, tricks and coaching advicePA-divider

Practice Safe SPF

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It’s heating up out there and I dare you to go bare without your protection! A little sun is good, perhaps an hour at the most, intermittently throughout the day, but if you are going outside during peak hours from 10-3 without protection then you are bound to get infection! YES, STD’s (Sun transmitted diseases) like CANCER! 

But be careful what protection you use because NOT all sunblocks are made the same! Many are riddled with chemicals that have increased the skin cancer rate so DON’T BE CHEATED by your basic brands such as…NEUTROGENA! If I hear another person tell me their Doctor said to use Neutrogena, I will lose it! And for the love of our lungs, put the aerosol can down…The 80’s called and they want it back! Here is what The Environmental Working Group says about this brand…

HIGH concerns: Multiple, additive exposure sourcesIrritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)MiscellaneousOccupational hazardsPersistence and bioaccumulation; MODERATE concerns:Biochemical or cellular level changesCancerEndocrine disruption,Contamination concernsOrgan system toxicity (non-reproductive);LOW concerns: Enhanced skin absorptionData gaps,EcotoxicologyNeurotoxicity! 

Sun protection is key to keeping your skin and body healthy. Overexposure leads to AGING=sun spots,  broken capillaries, and wrinkles. So make sure to always wear a natural protection with no chemicals, parabens, and carcinogens! We practice SAFE SPF with Osmosis shade $20 and Mineral Pressed Powders $34 to defend against the sun and to keep your skin young, beautiful and healthy!

What makes it ‘Organic?’

 

Currently the US has NO standards for ‘ORGANIC’ skin care! Can you believe it?! There is nothing that regulates the “organic” label on a product. You might have thought you bought a lotion or potion that was organic and it says USDA ORGANIC, but any company can put that on their product, even if one ingredient was organic the rest of the ingredients may be source from a pesticide laden farm!

Are you SHOCKED yet?! I know it kills me too! There are no regulating agencies for ORGANIC SKINCARE. This is why I went to Germany for a CERTIFIED COSMOS ORGANIC skin care line. Dr. Spiller is the GOLD STANDARD in ORGANIC SKINCARE! Each plant must be from a lineage of 5 generations organic. The farms and laboratory must abide by strict regulations and pass certification year after year…NOT just ONE and DONE!

I’m proud to have Dr. Spiller in my skin suite! My standards are very high and I demand the best for YOU! If you haven’t tried Dr. Spiller, I encourage you to try it because not only will you feel, smell and see a difference…it’s TRULY ORGANIC! COSMOS CERTIFICATION makes the US look like Donkeys! Don’t be fooled by advertising! Get the facts Jack! Stop buying ORGANIC DONKEYS! The industry needs to learn a lesson! So let’s pin the tail on the Donkey and shop smart!

 

WE ARE A GREEN SPA

  Art by Nuno Ferriera

We are committed to excellence and sustainability! Our practices support our precious Mother Earth and here is just 10 ways we support Her. We know we must model this to inspire and demonstrate to our children for the next 7 generations!

1. Conservation of water. We conserve every load of laundry for it’s use of water and energy. We fill the washer full with soiled laundry so we don’t do multiple loads. We wash with homemade Earth friendly soap that is safe for your skin and Her’s.

2. We only use products that are Natural, Organic and healing! All waxes, cosmetics, lotions, skincare, etc….everything we use and all the companies we work with must be EARTH CONSCIOUS!

3. We recycle PLASTIC, PAPER, GLASS, CARDBOARD, ETC. We throw away 1 small grocery size bag of trash per week and that is ALL!

4. We REFILL! Save your packaging and bring back for a refill. You can save $ too! I will subtract a few dollars off your total. If we can’t refill, know that the packaging is recyclable.

5. We have NATURAL LIGHTING and have NO need to turn on the lights and waste energy that increases carbon gases!

6. We are mindful of the temperature of the Spa. Our natural lighting and windows allow the spa to stay at a nice temperature without having to run the AC/Heat much. We can open windows to allow a breeze to flow through during warm days and during cold days, our natural lighting allows the Sun to warm the rooms. We only turn on when necessary!

7. We EDUCATE other businesses and clients of our practices…how to shop local, grow your own food, conserve resources, respect Mama Earth and live in peace and harmony with Her and others!

8.   We live a mile away from the Spa! We conserve emissions!

9. We STRIVE for EARTH CONSCIOUSNESS and to improve our practices. We never settle or rest. We constantly grow and EVOLVE to do better for HER and you!

10. WE LOVE EARTH MOTHER AS A CONSCIOUS SOUL! SHE IS ALIVE, LIKE YOU AND I. SHE NEEDS US! WE ARE HER CHILDREN. TAKE CARE OF HER AND SHE WILL TAKE CARE OF US!!!!!!!!!!

YOUR PARTNER IN SKIN HEALTH AND SUSTAINABILITY!

REIKI

   MY REIKI MASTER ANGELA & I

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After 8 years I finally earned my second degree in Reiki from my Master Angela (Pictured above). The lovely Angela is from Cyprus and her voice is so hypnotic she put me in a trance during meditations. It was a lovely spring day to learn how to heal with my hands! We spent most of our day outside in the Sun and on the ground! (I wish I could give every facial and reiki treatment outside! It just cleanses your chakras and grounds you.) I’m very honored and excited to help you heal your body and I encourage you to schedule a treatment with me. You will feel right as rain! Add this treatment to any facial for 30 minutes extra or schedule an hour long healing. Healings can also be non-local, so if you cannot make it to my skin suite, I will gladly send a healing to you!

MY OFFICIAL CERTIFICATE!

10151173_479996672123615_1966795091_n The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the  Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided  life force energy.”A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through  and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit  creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and  wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results. Reiki is a simple, natural and safe  method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been  effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a  beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic  techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery. While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it. Dr. Usui, the founder of the Reiki system of natural healing, recommended that one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures.

-International Center of Reiki Training

Spring Forward Skin!

 

In preparation for the warmer weather, the trees are beginning to shake off the winter frost and welcome the arrival of spring. Just like the trees, you’ve got some winter frost to shake off, so that you can have a spring in your step!

Make healthy skin a priority and reveal a radiant YOU. Whether you want to exfoliate or brighten your skin, we can tailor our products and treatments to address your skin’s needs.

Prep your skin for spring and bolster your inner and outer beauty with our PUR skin treatments.

I HAVE CREATED A SPRING FORWARD FACIAL TO REHAB FROM WINTER JUST FOR YOU…
1. double cleanse with clarisonic brush
2. enzyme peel under steam
3. ultrasonic cleansing to clear clogged pores. you can just see the debris pop out of your pores!
4. tonic to tighten and hydrate
5. ALGAE MASK that molds to your skin and peels off for beautiful soft supple smooth skin!

My skin is singing right now as I type, because I just tried it so I know it works!

Come see me today for a PUR refreshed face!

A Radiant Read!

How exciting it was to be featured in the “Checkout” Section of the Lawrence Journal World Newspaper!!! I was asked to show off 2014’s pantone color of the year, Radiant Orchid. As you can see in the picture my model is wearing the color on her eyes. You will find this a refreshing spring because all you need to wear is a SPLASH of color. No need to fuss over your makeup! It’s minimalist with one color in mind and you may choose any color you like!

 Here are just a few pictures taken during the application. This spring choose a color you like best and create the look without the fuss. Create the perfect canvas by applying your favorite foundation, bronze your cheeks, choose a soft color for your lips and save all the drama for your eyes!