Carrier Oil Close-Up: Cranberry Seed Oil

Have you heard that having balanced omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids in your diet is beneficial for your overall health? Guess what? They are also beneficial for your skin. It is important to make sure your internal intake contains an appropriate ratio of all omegas due to their demonstrated benefits on health such as improved moods and reduced inflammation among other things. For smooth, resilient skin, It's not enough to get your omega fatty acids through food; you need them topically as well. The best way for this is though carrier oils that can penetrate the skin and deliver these micronutrients. While it's important to know that different carrier oils have slightly different compositions, we love cranberry seed oil for topical skincare, because of how balanced its own unique fatty acid profile is.

Why is it important to have the correct balance of Omegas-3, 6, and 9 in your skincare?

For those who are curious why omega-3s (ex: alpha-Linolenic acid, Eicosapentaenoic acid) are essential for skin health: these fatty acids help reduce inflammation, and support skin elasticity. Omega-6 (gamma linoleic acid is the most common one) keeps nutrients flowing throughout cells, which is so important to support healthy skin function as we age. And finally, omega-9 helps to protect us against free radical damage caused by pollution and sun exposure. Omega-9 (most commonly oleic and erucic acids) also touts anti-inflammatory benefits.

When properly balanced in an oil like cranberry seed oil, these fatty acids promote a healthy inflammation response.

About skin inflammation:

While it's not the sole root cause of every skin concern, inflammation is at least partially linked to issues like acne, eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, and even premature skin aging. Some causes of skin inflammation itself have to do with internal factors like diet and stress, many are external such as pollution, sunburn, excessive cleansing, and harsh exfoliation.

Inflammation also has an adverse effect on the skin's barrier, which makes the skin more susceptible to sensitivity, irritation, flare-ups, breakouts, and hyperpigmentation. It is primarily a lipid barrier, comprised mainly of fatty acids.

Here's a little analogy from CNAP student Vicki Parra to help you explain the importance of barrier function to your clients:

Think about a fence meant to keep nosy neighbors out. In order to have an effective fence, it needs to be continuous, with no holes or gaps. Your skin is like that too. Its various cells arrange themselves in a way that their cell membranes essentially put up a “fence” to keep either allow or deny entrance into the body. In order for this "skin barrier fence" to function optimally, it can't have gaps.

If your cell membranes are lacking (this is typically due to poor diet, dehydration, stress), that means your skin barrier isn't as strong as it should be. There may be gaps or weakness in the membrane. While we need to improve cellular growth and function from the inside out with food, we can also help fortify our cells on the surface by applying balanced carrier oils like cranberry seed oil.

More about the skin benefits of cranberry seed oil:

Cranberry seed oil is pressed from the seeds of the Vaccinium macrocarpon fruit. It is a mildly-scented oil, with a golden to greenish-gold color, and is known as the only carrier oil with the correct ratio of Omegas 3, 6, and 9. In addition to the above mentioned benefits, this also means that cranberry seed oil absorbs quickly and moisturizes efficiently for most skin types.

Cranberry seed oil is also rich in organic acids such as benzoic acid and ursolic acid, which add to its anti-inflammatory benefits. It's also rich with polyphenols--including Pro-Vitamin A carotenoid antioxidants (the specific group of antioxidants that convert to retinol)--phytosterols, Vitamin E (both tocopherols and tocotrienols), and Vitamin K.

Fun fact about cranberry seed oil:

cranberry seed oil is pressed from the seeds of cranberriesCranberry seed oil is considered a "newer" carrier oil. "Previously, cranberry seeds were treated as the leftovers of cranberry fruit production, but in 1992, Bernard Lager developed a method to cold-press the oil from the tiny seeds of the tart berries. It takes approximately 31 pounds of cranberries to produce one half ounce of cranberry seed oil."

Are you interested in learning more about how micronutrients like fatty acids affect the skin's function?

We teach about topics like these, and MUCH MORE, extensively in our professionally accredited Certified Nutritional Aesthetics Practitioner® Training Program! Click HERE to learn more and start your journey to becoming a CNAP today!

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5 Summer Makeup Do’s and Don’ts

Summer is upon us and that can mean many things. Aestheticians and other skin wellness practitioners know that it’s not a time to neglect beauty routines and makeup care. Summer comes with its own beauty considerations that your clients might not be aware of! If you read our last article, “9 Essential Summer Skincare Tips,” you’ll know that summer skincare is still a priority. Along with skincare, which is the base for healthy and glowing skin, summer makeup needs can also change due to humidity, more sunshine, and a switch in your daily routine. 

There are several factors to keep in mind to get the best out of your cosmetics. Before we take the plunge into our ‘do’s and don’ts’ of summer makeup, we want to address clean beauty. Everyday Health goes over a ‘comprehensive guide’ for clean beauty. They point out how “many ingredients used in [skincare] products may affect our health.” This is due to the fact that we “use about 10 personal-care products a day” which amounts “to 126 different ingredients.” Not only is it beneficial to recognize how many products we put on our faces every day, but also to choose products that don't cause health issues, but rather are good for your health. 

Below are 5 summer makeup do’s and don’ts to give you and your clients the best results:

1. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen

sunscreen shown on different skin tonesMany people are eager to enjoy longer and brighter days outside which is great for mental health, but it also means more risk of sunburns. It’s natural for skin to tan in the summer months, but tans actually indicate damaged skin. It can take less than half an hour “for UV rays to damage your skin,” even though “the effects may not be visible for up to 12 hours.” Properly applying and regularly reapplying sunscreen is vital, especially during the summer months when skin needs added protection. Damaged skin could become skin cancer over time.

Several cosmetic brands have foundations and powders with SPF protection built in, so that this type of makeup gives consumers extra coverage. It’s best to guide clients toward tinted moisturizers, foundations, and other products marketed as sunscreen products. However, be sure to remind your clients about the importance of re-applying sunscreen regularly for it to stay effective. One of the most common summer makeup mistakes is applying SPF sunscreen or powder just once, and thinking it's enough to protect you all day--it is not.

2. Do be careful with talc cosmetic products

Hot, humid weather leads to more sweat and and sebum production. Because of this, many people tend to pack on powders to cut down on the shine. The problem is that many powder-based products contain talc as an ingredient. Talcum produces that matte, powdery consistency that people love. However, in past testing of various products, like setting powders, eyeshadow and makeup palettes, researchers discovered asbestos in various talc cosmetics. 

If makeup does have asbestos, it could lead to asbestos-related diseases, including cancer. This is one example of a type of hidden toxicant that could slip into makeup. Understanding how this happens and paying attention to what products clients and patients buy can reduce these risks. Read those labels!

3. Don’t wear mascara 

mascara shown with water droplets What we really mean is don’t wear just any mascara. As mentioned before, humid and sticky weather can ruin makeup, and it’s not always recommended to constantly wear pore-blocking and thickly applied layers.

Waterproof mascara can alleviate any fears of raccoon eyes--but it can be hard to find clean formulations. It’s part of switching to a lighter makeup that can prepare the skin for a lasting look. Two the cleaner waterproof mascara brands we like are Mineral Fusion Waterproof Mascara in Raven, and Ere Perez Avocado Waterproof Mascara.

4. Do try a light makeup look

Lighter makeup for summer works well. As with waterproof mascara, exchanging some heavier cosmetic products for ones that perform better in the summer is ideal. Tinted moisturizers can easily replace heavier foundations. For example, lip stains are preferred for hotter days over sticky lip glosses or thick lipsticks. The summer months are also a time to focus more on skincare. Clean beauty is one of the primary ways to start this. 

5. Don’t be afraid to switch up your routine

It’s clear that clean beauty and summer provide a compelling reason to switch up makeup routines. Asbestos is not the only lingering concern in beauty. Other toxicants in conventional makeup lines could be a reason for a summer switch. Parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, sulfates, triclosan, irritants, and potential carcinogens are all ingredients that could go undetected if we ignore beauty labels.

How to you switch up your summer makeup and skincare routine?

Leave a comment about aromatherapy in the spa!Do you go for a more minimalist summer makeup look? How do you change your spa offerings for summer? Please tell us in the comments below!



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9 Essential Summer Skincare Tips

For most of us, summer means more outdoor fun, sunbathing, parties, and free time. However, not everything about this season is that peachy. Your skin is the first to suffer because of high temperatures and sun exposure. It gets oilier, more prone to breakouts, rougher, dry, sweaty, and exposed to UV damage. To keep it in good shape, you need to adapt your skincare routine to summer conditions. 

Here are some summer skincare tips that will help you not only to protect your skin, but also preserve a radiant, healthy glow.

Say yes to sunscreen

Many of people use sunscreen only when they plan to spend the entire day outdoors at the beach or the pool. Well, we have news for you! The sun is there even when you are walking with your friends or going to work. 

The sun is at its prime between 10 AM and 4 PM, and even on a cloudy day, the UVA and UVB rays can reach our skin. Besides the risk of premature aging, there are a lot of serious health concerns linked to exposure to these elements. Skin cancer is the most frequent. In fact, studies have shown that 1 in 5 Americans develops skin cancer by the age of 70, and two Americans die of skin cancer every hour.  

That’s why you need to apply sunscreen every day, whenever you go out, regardless of whether it’s hot and sunny or not. The sun protection factor (SPF) should be at least 30. Also, make sure to reapply your sunscreen liberally (about one shotglass full for full body application) every two hours, and after swimming or lots of sweating (like from exercising outside).

Exfoliate with care

summer skincare tip--exfoliate with careWhile it might seem intuitive to exfoliate more often in the summer, we actually exercise caution with exfoliation in your summer skincare routine. This is not something you should do every day, because it will leave your skin more exposed to sun rays.

The stratum corneum (the outermost layer of the epidermis) is the skin's armor. It protects the delicate cells in the deeper layers (such as the melanocytes, which are what produce melanin pigment) from the elements. Removing corneocytes (the "dead" skin cells on the surface) removes that protection, and makes the skin more susceptible to all types of sun damage such as sunburn, hyperpigmentation, and even skin cancer. It’s better to include exfoliating in your weekly routine (or even less often than that!). Also, be gentle, and avoid gritty scrubs and harsh chemical peels.

Be diligent with your moisturizer

jar of face creamWe rarely forget to apply moisturizer during winter because we feel our skin drying up in the cold. However, even if your skin feels greasy in the summer because of all that sunscreen, it doesn’t mean it is hydrated.

Also, during the summer, you often spend time in air-conditioned rooms and tend to shower more often, which can dry out and irritate your skin. If you feel your standard moisturizer is too heavy for you during the summer, opt for a light emulsion or use an oil serum made of lightweight carrier oils such as rosehip or jojoba.

Fill your water bottle

We can’t emphasize enough the importance of internal hydration. Getting the right amount of H2O can help your skin endure the conditions and avoid dehydration. Drinking enough water also improves the look of your skin. Your usual eight glasses might not be enough during the hot summer days because you will be losing a lot of water from sweating. Make sure you always keep a full bottle of water at your side.

Don’t show all of your skin

summer skincare tip--wear a big floppy hat like the woman in this pictureIt’s summer, and most of us can’t wait to get rid of all those layers and let our skin see some sun. Unfortunately, however, that leaves us exposed to harmful UV rays.

Opt for breathable clothes whenever you can. There are even some UPF-rated clothing brands that can provide solid protection. Shield your face and head with a wide-brimmed hat and your eyes with sunglasses.

Use mineral makeup

Even during the hottest days, many women enjoy wearing makeup. However, your usual products might be too heavy for your face during the summer months. Mineral makeup provides smooth, lightweight, and matte coverage. It is made of natural materials and adds an extra layer of sun protection, as most contain ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. However, mineral makeup is not meant to be a substitute for sunscreen, as SPF itself is not guaranteed simply by adding mineral ingredients into the formulation. Even if the label says it contains SPF (which means the product has undergone the FDA testing needed to accurately measure the SPF), in order to be effective, it would need to be reapplied regularly throughout the day while outdoors.

Don’t miss a spot

woman applying sunscreen by poolSunscreen application needs to be thorough, and consistent. It is not meant to be applied to the "sun-kissed" areas of the body, or like a makeup highlighter (sorry, Gwyneth). There are some commonly neglected areas of the face and body when it comes to sunscreen application.

So, while you are rubbing your legs, arms, and face, make sure you also get to the lips, the tops of your feet, eyelids, back of neck, ears, and any parts of exposed scalp. 

And if sun damage still happens?

Regardless of how hard you try, the sun can be stronger than you. If that happens, don’t just wait for the sunburns to go away. As soon as you spot or feel a burn developing, head to the nearest shade. A pain reliever can help soothe the inflammation, but you should still apply moisturizer and lotion. Aloe vera can be helpful when applied directly to the burn spot. And there’s also the old remedy of a cool, refreshing oatmeal or green tea bath. However, if you develop blisters, fever, or nausea, you’ll need to see a doctor.

Hopefully, it won’t come to that. Following the previous summer skincare tips is the best possible prevention. They will help you not only avoid sunburn but also keep your skin healthy, glowing, and young for a long time.

What summer skincare tips would you add to this list?

Leave a comment about aromatherapy in the spa!Please tell us your favorite summer skincare tips in the comments below!

About the author:

Sarah Kaminski is a life enjoyer, positivity seeker, and a curiosity enthusiast. She is passionate about an eco-friendly lifestyle and adores her cats. She is an avid reader who loves to travel when time allows. Connect with Sarah on Twitter @SarahKaminski10.


successful skincare business owner celebrating with laptop

Are You Running a Skincare Business or Hobby?

You know the famous quote from Field of Dreams-"if you build it, they will come." While we're all for manifestation and the Law of Attraction, the reality is that it's not that simple. There are a LOT of steps between "if you build it" and "they will come." So many passionate and talented aestheticians, health coaches, and skin wellness practitioners start a skincare business or coaching practice and get frustrated when clients don't magically appear out of the woodwork.

"If you build it they will come" written on paperThe business either doesn’t grow as fast as they thought it would, or it never takes off at all. The truth is that 20% of small businesses fail in their first year, and only 50% of those who make it past their first year are still in business after 5 years. At the 10 year mark, only 20% of THOSE businesses are still in business. Notice we don’t say thriving, just "still in business." At some point, they blame the business and throw in the towel; pivoting to another new business, or returning to a typical 9 to 5 job.

What's the secret sauce for a successful skincare business?

Is it a fancy business degree? Is it a generous angel investor? Is it a high tech website or large team?

These things can help, but they are absolutely not required for success. That being said, growing and sustaining a successful skincare business or coaching practice does require certain skills aside from working with clients. Planning, time management, and organization are key; as are self-motivation. Skills like marketing and technology can either be learned or hired out along the way--but the right mindset and habits are what set successful skincare business owners apart from hobbyists and side hustlers.

Get intentional with your skincare business

business plan notebook with cup of coffeeWhat is your vision for your skincare business, health coaching, or skin wellness practice? What is your vision for what your skincare business does for you? Who does your business serve? We know it’s so tempting to say, "I just want to help people," but it has to be about more than that. What keeps you motivated to show up when you won’t want to--and trust us, there will be days you won't feel like showing up!

How many hours a week do you work hands-on or face-to-face with clients? How many hours a week do you work behind the scenes? How do you proportion that time? Did you know that most successful skincare business owners spend as many hours working ON their business (behind the scenes with organization, planning, marketing, following up, innovating, etc) as they spend working IN their business (with clients) per week?

Consistency is key

Most skincare businesses and health coaching practices start as a side hustle, and grow slowly over time. Many newbies still have to work a full-time job to pay the bills while building their dream. Others have young children at home or other family obligations that divide their time and energy. All of this is completely fine, by the way.

However, there will come a point where you'll want your skincare business to evolve beyond a hobby or side hustle. In order to do that, consistency is key. Ask yourself how consistently you show up with the hours you do have available?

Back in 15 note on doorHere's a little exercise to put it into perspective. Imagine you heard about a great new boutique in town and decide to check it out. You check their website for their hours of operation, and go during the time it says they're open. You arrive at the boutique to find a note taped to the door that they are closed because the workers decided they needed a break You wait 15 minutes, and no one comes to open the store, so you leave.

You may forgive that once, but what happens if you try to go the next day and once again, you find that same note on the door? Would you wait again, or move on to another store where the workers show up and work?

What happens if you try a local restaurant a few times, and every time the experience was different? One time, the food was good but the service was slow. The next time, the service was good, but the food was overcooked--and so on. How many chances would you give that restaurant? At what point would you go to Yelp and notice that the bad reviews were about this inconsistency? Consistency and commitment matter.

Of course there are multiple other keys to a successful skincare business or health coaching practice.

You have to be clear on who your business serves, what problems it solves, and why that matters. You have to know how to attract new ideal clients consistently, and encourage them to rebook and refer on the regular.

Is it more than you thought? We understand. Starting and growing a skincare business or skin wellness practice can be overwhelming. But if you operate and grow with intention and show up consistently, you will be well on your way to a successful and sustainable business!

By the way--our Advisory Board member, Jackie Johnson taught a fantastic webinar about business planning, goal setting, action steps, consistency, etc. That full presentation is available exclusively to NAA Members and CNAP Students on demand in their NAA Webinar Library.

What do you find most challenging about growing your aesthetics, health coaching, or skin wellness practice?

We'd love to hear your experience. Please tell us in the comments below!

About the author:

CNAPVicki Parra of Why Not You Skincare student, Vicki Parra, is a licensed aesthetician, molecular biologist, and is the founder and formulator of Why Not You Skincare–a plant-based line of fully customizable skincare products that gives you a voice in your skincare. Connect further with Vicki on her website and Instagram.

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Carrier Oil Close-Up: Meadowfoam Seed Oil

When comparing carrier oils, it's not just about "is this oil comedogenic?" or "is this oil good for _____ skin issue?" To make an informed decision for any carrier oil, you need to look at its chemical composition to determine its usefulness for the particular task at hand or client in question. While the therapeutic value of the oil is key, it's also necessary to determine the oil's environmental impact and stability. Meadowfoam seed oil is an example of a carrier oil that ticks off many of those boxes.

The market has been abuzz about meadowfoam seed oil for good reason.

Meadowfoam flowersWhat’s amazing about meadowfoam seed oil is not only its shelf life which we will get to in a minute, but also its environmental impact.

Meadowfoam (Limnanthes alba) seed oil is produced from the seeds of white meadowfoam flowers (that kind of resemble a sunny side up egg). It is a plant that is helpful to the farmer and yields a beautiful oil. It was initially used to replace sperm whale oil in cosmetics. Then farmers started using it in crop rotation, because it helps promote soil resistance to pathogens, and naturally controls weed populations. The leftover seeds that have been extracted will then be fed to the cows as part of their diet, so very little of this plant’s life cycle is wasted.

It's both budget and eco-friendly.

Not only is meadowfoam seed oil ecologically smart but it's budget friendly. Its price point is on the lower side compared to other carrier oils, but meadowfoam's real claim to fame is its incredible shelf stability. Many carrier oils are notoriously unstable, meaning their fatty acids and unsaponifiables are highly susceptible to oxidation and degradation. Those oils either require fast formulation, refrigeration or storage in expensive violet UV glass bottles, or an antioxidant added to avoid it going rancid after a couple of months. Some oils are so delicate that even if you keep them in the refrigerator, once applied to the skin, they oxidize rapidly, which contributes to inflammation and clogged pores.

That's not the case with meadowfoam, which is shelf stable without refrigeration or other interventions for 5 years. So you can purchase bulk quantities of meadow foam seed oil and get years of safe use out of it without having to worry about rancidity (it's incredibly frustrating to have to pitch carrier oil that has gone bad before you can use it).

What makes a carrier oil like meadowfoam so stable?

Single bond hydrocarbon chain makes a very stable oil like meadowfoam seed oil
The green spheres represent single bonded carbon atoms. The white spheres are the stabilizing hydrogen atoms.

It all comes down to its chemistry. What makes a carrier oil stable or unstable has to do with its carbon backbone--or carbon chain. The more carbon atoms on the chain, the more stable the oil is, since there are more opportunities for stabilizing hydrogen atoms to bond to them.

Ninety-seven percent of this unique oil's chemical composition is made up by 20+ carbon atoms, which qualifies it as an extremely long carbon chain, or an incredibly stable carrier oil. This is what gives it its 5+ year shelf life. In addition, the oil has naturally occurring tocopherol (Vitamin E), which naturally provides antioxidant support to boost its stability.

What this means in practical benefits is that meadowfoam seed oil won’t go rancid in the bottle, on the shelf, or your skin.

How to use meadowfoam seed oil

Meadowfoam seed oil isn't just stable on its own, but it's also a great stabilizer for other carrier oils that you love (such as rosehip seed oil), but are more delicate and prone to rancidity. Blending delicate oils with a stable oil like meadowfoam seed oil helps make the entire blend more shelf stable. This way you can still reap the rewards of the fragile oils, without worry.

Aside from its stability, eco-friendliness, and cost effectiveness, meadowfoam is also nourishing in its own right. It's rich in phytosterols, and carotenoid antioxidants, and other phytonutrients and skin-healthy fatty acids.

We recommend cold-pressed meadowfoam seed oil, as the extraction process allows the phytonutrients to stay intact more than solvent extraction or expeller pressing. This allows your skin to get more benefit from this amazing plant oil.

How does meadowfoam seed oil feel?

Meadowfoam seed oil benefitsAn oil that has this much stability might lead you to think that meadowfoam's super heavy and viscous. Quite the contrary! It glides on beautifully and absorbs quickly for most skin types and combinations.

Is meadowfoam seed oil worth adding to your collection?

There is really very little negative about this oil. The only potential downside is how challenging it can be to find a cold-pressed, organic version. This is due to meadowfoam's increased use in farming taking priority over its use in cosmetics.

So with its beneficial ecological impact, long shelf life, and affordable price point, you can buy it in bulk quantities without having to worry about it going rancid before you can use it.

Because of all these benefits, we consider meadowfoam seed oil a slam dunk addition to your treatment room and skincare routine.

What's your experience with meadowfoam seed oil?

How do you use it in your skincare business or practice? We'd love to hear from you in the comments below!

About the author:

CNAPVicki Parra of Why Not You Skincare student, Vicki Parra, is a licensed aesthetician, molecular biologist, and is the founder and formulator of Why Not You Skincare--a plant-based line of fully customizable skincare products that gives you a voice in your skincare. Connect further with Vicki on her website and Instagram.

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9 Ways to Help Your Body Detox Naturally

"Detox" and "cleansing" are two of the most common buzzwords in the world of skin wellness during the spring and summer months. Many of our Certified Nutritional Aesthetics Practitioners® report that detox programs and seasonal cleanses are some of the most common topics that they get asked about from their clients. They are rampant on social media among wellness bloggers and influencers. Juice cleanses and detox programs are also widely available anywhere from the supplement aisle at the health food store, to spas and wellness centers, to doctors' offices, to health websites. But do these programs work? Are they safe? What are the risks?

Daily smoothies are a great way to help the body detox naturally.While doing a structured cleanse or detox program for a set period of time may be beneficial for some people, it’s not always a good idea for others. Most cleanses extremely restrictive and specific diets, herbs, and supplements and do not take into account a person's state of health and mental wellbeing.

According to a 2019 article in the Wall Street Journal, many dietitians have real concerns about these "clean eating" trends, because of increased prevalence of an eating disorder called "orthorexia nervosa. an eating disorder concerned with an obsession with health, wellness and clean eating. Orthorexia involves food and nutrient restriction, which can lead to lowered metabolism, lowered sex hormones and loss of menstruation, brittle hair and dry skin, bone loss, and cardiovascular issues."

A 2018 study also uncovered a link between juice cleanse diets and orthorexia, as well as purging disorder. The study's conclusion noted that "in the non-clinical environment, there is an institutionalization of eating habits that are dangerous to the health. This 'detox' is not only physiologically harmful, but it is not proved to provide long-term help in mental health either. As a solution, we advocate developing an appropriate health communication plan for misconceptions about healthy lifestyle and eating, and also a promotion of psychotherapeutic opportunities."

NAA Advisory Board Member and Clinical Nutritionist, Jennifer Fugo, has serious concerns about DIY cleanses and restrictive diets. She says:

Jennifer Fugo"As a clinical nutritionist, I find the overuse of detoxes and elimination diets to be incredibly troubling specifically because of the damage that they can cause. While I realize that people mean well, excessive elimination of various foods from one's diet (without clear cause) can lead to nutrient deficiencies, orthorexia, and increased reactivity to food (making it really difficult to reintroduce later on). All of this increases stress and other factors that can actually end up making your skin worse... and worst-case scenario, can land you in the hospital."

For more information from Jennifer on this topic, check out this episode of The Healthy Skin Show.

Is it possible to help support detox naturally, without juice cleanses and detox programs?

Our philosophy is that detoxification should be supported on a regular basis through the diet and lifestyle methods. While a cleanse or detox may be appropriate for some people, an overall healthy lifestyle is best to achieve and maintain desired results. Integrating healthy eating and lifestyle habits into your lifestyle will help you achieve results over time. You will likely be able to sustain these methods for the long-term since they fit right into your daily life.

Here are our top 9 ways to help your body detox naturally:

1. Add more greens into the diet…have green smoothies with breakfasts and for afternoon snacks, have a big salad with every meal, have sautéed or steamed greens as a side dish, etc.

2. Make sure you drink enough water at room temperature or warmer. Warm water helps to “unclog the drains,” as one of our favorite teachers Dr. John Douillard says.

3. Add more whole grains into your diet like brown rice and quinoa–the fiber helps move waste out of the body.

4. Add raw, fermented foods into your diet like a good quality probiotic, kombucha, raw sauerkraut or cultured veggies, coconut water or almond milk kefir (not a big fan of milk kefir or yogurt because the dairy is mucus forming and acidic), or raw apple cider vinegar

5. Add movement like rebounding, jogging, kundalini or power yoga, dance, or other types of exercise.

6. Dry brushing of the skin is great for helping the lymphatic system transport waste to be filtered and then eliminated.

7. Weekly salt baths (preferably after dry brushing) are fantastic to help the body detox through the skin.

8. Practice daily breathing exercises like pranayama or Dr. Andrew Weil’s 4-7-8 breathing technique HERE–deep breathing is great for stress management, and spiritual and emotional wellness, but it is also great for detoxifying the blood and the respiratory system.

9. Switch to natural and organic household cleaning and personal care products. Consuming substances like pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics and hormones in animal products, preservatives, synthetic fragrances, endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and other nasties is very hard on our bodies. The human body was not designed to handle the amount of environmental toxicants we face on a regular basis. The more we can reduce our intake of these toxicants, the more efficiently the body can handle the endotoxins that it produces on its own, or that have already accumulated.

The more you can do to support your body's overall health on a daily basis, the more efficiently it can detox naturally.

We're not saying to never do a cleanse or go on a detox again. However, we do feel that they are too often used as a substitute for overall healthy living. A seasonal cleanse cannot undo the effects of an otherwise unhealthy year; but with the right support from a licensed or properly qualified nutrition or healthcare professional, they might be a good jump start for those new to healthy eating, or for overall maintenance.

What's your experience with juice cleanses or detox programs?

Leave a comment about aromatherapy in the spa!Have you ever tried one? Do your clients ask you about them? What are your thoughts or questions? Please share in the comments below.

Disclaimer: The information in this article and on this website is for educational and informational purposes only. It is not to be taken as personal nutrition or medical advice, nor it is a substitute for seeking services from a licensed nutritionist or healthcare professional. We highly recommend discussing questions or concerns about your personal eating habits and health with your preferred licensed healthcare professional.

Jackie Johnson joins the Nutritional Aesthetics Alliance's Advisory Board

Advisory Board Highlight: Jackie Johnson

We are so excited to welcome Jackie Johnson to the Nutritional Aesthetics® Alliance's Advisory Board! We have been searching for an herbalist and farmer for the Board, who not only shares our passion for advancing an integrative approach to healthy skin, but also who has a deep understanding of the importance of nutrient density (and how where/how plants are grown affects that), and the role of herbs in skincare and skin wellness. Jackie certainly fit that bill!

Jackie Johnson is a Holistic Brand Strategist who founded Wildling Dreams Consulting. Jackie's credentials also include a 15-year career in business and management, helping grow retail, hospitality and fitness companies before striking out on her own to create luxury wellness products she wasn't finding in the marketplace.

Her story is a narrative of finding herself at age 20, after literally losing her hair from stress and cheap beauty care products. She was at an all-time low in self-confidence because so much of her life was falling apart. Her journey is about finding her way back to health, which has manifested into her becoming a farmer, and formulating the Wildling Botanicals skincare line, Wildling Herbs. Through her businesses, she brings a much-needed perspective to the beauty world by joining nature and business together, so that she can empower others in health and wellness brands to do the same.

We love Jackie's story, and we are honored to welcome her to our Advisory Board!

As we do with all our Advisory Board members, we asked Jackie to share why she wanted to be part of the Nutritional Aesthetics® Alliance:

The Nutritional Aesthetics Alliance:

What excites you the most about The Nutritional Aesthetics Alliance?

Jackie Johnson:

I love mentoring emerging entrepreneurs. I remember the excitement and challenges of formulating and launching my first brand. I wish I had someone to bounce ideas off, or just mastermind ideas with.

Jackie Johnson joins the Nutritional Aesthetics Alliance Advisory BoardThe NAA:

How has Nutritional Aesthetics (integrating nutrition and lifestyle changes with skincare and self-care) impacted your practice and/or work?

Jackie Johnson:

I believe our skin is a reflection of our health. Our skin is our largest organ. What we put on our skin does end up in our bodies. I have learned firsthand how harsh chemicals can cause hair loss and skin issues that affect our self-esteem and confidence. Getting back to nature in our skincare, self-care, and everything we do isn’t just safer, but can save us from long-term health issues.

The NAA:

Complete the sentence: “For optimal skin health, I wish people would do more of ___________________, and less of ___________________.”

Jackie Johnson:

For optimal skin health, I wish people would do more of preventive self-care, and less of reactive self-care.

We are so grateful to have Jackie Johnson on our Advisory Board!

Jackie has already presented a wonderful webinar, "Creating A Wholelistic Business," for the Nutritional Aesthetics® Alliance, which is now available along with the other amazing titles in our Webinar Library for NAA members and CNAP students. We look forward to more collaborations with Jackie in the near future!

Connect with Jackie Johnson:


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The Nutritional Aesthetics Alliance Receives Professional Accreditation!

We are so excited to announce that The Nutritional Aesthetics® Alliance has received professional accreditation from the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP), and is now recognized as a Higher Learning Institute by their Board.

AADP certificate of Professional Accreditation for the Nutritional Aesthetics Alliance

In today's virtual world, there are many opportunities to learn online, and there are not many organizations overseeing the quality of education provided outside of traditional colleges and universities.

It can be especially difficult in industries as niche as ours (we literally wrote the textbook on Nutritional Aesthetics®), where each state has different requirements in terms of licensure and hours. While we could have opted for one of the umbrella "distance learning" accreditations, instead, we preferred to seek accreditation from an organization that not only is familiar with the wellness industry, but who has been setting and maintaining high quality standards for many years.

The AADP met those criteria, since they have been overseeing wellness education since 1990--long before the influx of online courses began. They have observed and been part of the transition between traditional learning models and institutions and virtual learning. They have given their stamp of approval to many fine schools such as the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition®, and ASTECC. We are proud to be recognized alongside these institutions.

About the AADP:

The AADP was established in 1990. Its mission is to promote an enhanced professional image and prestige among practitioners of traditional and non-traditional therapies and methodologies. The AADP is recognized by both traditional and non-traditional holistic schools and  colleges worldwide as an independent accrediting board for alternative health  educational institutions and programs.

What does professional accreditation mean?

It is a long and expensive process for schools and colleges to be approved by the U.S. Department of  Education (DOE). Many schools that have received accreditation by the DOE sought professional accreditation first. The AADP has provided professional accreditation status to many schools  that now are recognized by the DOE and Private Post-Secondary Educational agencies.  

accreditedProfessional accreditation can give the school the prestige and acceptance that many prospective students and graduates seek. Accreditation is offered for a two-year period and is renewable upon further evaluation at the end of the accreditation period. In addition, accredited schools are monitored during the period they are accredited, and may forfeit their accreditation if they do not consistently adhere to the guidelines, rules and regulations of the organization.

Professional accreditation is a process that gives public recognition to educational institutions that meet standards of quality set by the AADP. It is a voluntary, non-governmental means of assessing  and certifying institutional quality. In other words, institutions that receive professional accreditation “deliver on what they promise students.”  

Voluntary standards the AADP looks at when awarding professional accreditation to an educational institution:

  • Have clearly defined and well-stated learning objectives. 
  • Offer educationally sound and up-to-date courses. 
  • Provide outstanding educational services to students. 
  • Have demonstrated student success and satisfaction. 
  • Have a competent advisory staff
  • Promotes its courses truthfully. 
  • Have an effective research and self-improvement program.  

Professional accreditation is sometimes called "program accreditation," and is also known as "specialized accreditation." Professional agencies are voluntary associations that are not covered by federal regulations. This type of accreditation is often associated with national professional associations, such as  the American Bar Association which accredits law schools, the American Medical Association which accredits allopathic medical programs and so on. 

Professional accreditation promises students that the institution they elected to study with is a reputable one that will provide a quality education. 

It is not, however, a guarantee that your course work will be accepted by other educational institutions or state agencies, although this frequently can happen.

What professional accreditation means for CNAP students and graduates:

Higher EducationGraduates of our Certified Nutritional Aesthetics Practitioner® Training Program will be eligible to apply to be board certified holistic health practitioners by the AADP. Being AADP board certified offers benefits such as free client referrals, a nationally published membership listing, connections with licensed laboratories for non-invasive tests(if that's within your scope of practice), a referral for professional liability insurance, consultations on how to start or increase a practice,  state licensing board assistance where applicable, and more. 

Whether or not you decide to pursue AADP board certification after earning your CNAP, you can be proud and assured that you received quality education from a professionally accredited institution of higher learning.

We are so proud of our program, our students, and our graduates. We have dedicated a substantial amount of time, money, and resources into creating high quality, unique curriculum, with the opportunities to attend classes live. We are honored to have those efforts recognized, with professional accreditation from the AADP.

Start your CNAP journey today!

open enrollment for the CNAP Training ProgramLearn more about our program, download our detailed syllabus, and enroll HERE.

We offer open, rolling enrollment, so you can begin your Nutritional Aesthetics® education today!



How to Help Your Clients Eat More Vegetables

Let's be real. If you were to ask anyone to tell you one thing they know they should do to be healthier, there's a solid chance that their response would be "eat more veggies." In general, most people know that they should eat more vegetables on a daily basis--but they don't. Why is that? The response we've gotten from many of our clients is that they don't think they like vegetables, and they don't know what to do with them to make them taste good. What we have found after years of working with clients of our own, and hearing feedback from our CNAP graduates on what they hear from their clients is that most negative associations with vegetables are because they were either improperly prepared, or under-seasoned. So today, we wanted to provide some simple veggie hacks to help you--and your clients--eat more veggies daily.

How to prepare vegetables for maximum flavor and nutritional value

Most people who express distaste or dislike of vegetables have only had them cooked incorrectly--usually boiled to the point that they have no texture, color, or flavor left. Sometimes they are served alone, in that sad, bland state--or someone might try to rescue them with things like salt, pepper, and butter. Aside from the poor flavor and texture, overcooked mushy veggies also have almost none of their nutrients left intact. In fact, there's probably more nutrients in the water in which they were cooked at that point! There really is no benefit to eating poorly prepared, overcooked veggies.

woman preparing vegetablesInstead, we recommend that people eat more vegetables raw, steamed, or lightly sautéed. Not all veggies are appropriate to eat raw (like root veggies and most cruciferous veggies), but it's a good idea to try to incorporate some raw vegetables into your meals daily.

When you steam or lightly sauté vegetables, only do so until the vegetables brighten in color, and that the texture softens to the point that they are palatable, but still have some bite. This way you not only retain the flavor and texture, but you also retain the nutritional value of the food. 

Give your vegetables variety with different seasonings

It's time to give the tired old salt, pepper, butter seasoning combo a rest. There's a whole world of herbs, spices, condiments, and healthy oils that all give your vegetables a different personality and flavor profile. For example, if you want to give your veggies an Asian twist, try seasoning with low-sodium tamari (a gluten-free fermented soy product like soy sauce), brown miso, umeboshi plum vinegar, dulse flakes (sea vegetable), and sesame oil. For a Mediterranean angle, try adding herbs like basil and parsley into a veggie stir fry with grapeseed oil or olive oil, and a squeeze of fresh lemon. For a Tex/Mex flavor profile, try avocado oil, cilantro and lime. 

These might not be flavors that you grew up eating, so you might have to take a bit of a leap of faith--but you're sure to find a flavor profile that helps you enjoy eating vegetables more. These herbs, spices, oils, condiments are available in health food stores and can be expensive, so we recommend buying a new one each week until you have a nice collection.

Make trying new vegetables fun!

We encourage you to make your vegetable trying experience a little more fun by adding in the element of surprise. One way to do that is to sign up for a weekly fresh, organic mixed produce delivery from a local co-op. You can preview the "menu" every week and make substitutions if you feel you want, but we recommend keeping at least one vegetable that you're less familiar with and use this as an opportunity to experiment.

Vegetable stir fryEach week, find recipes for veggie dishes (appetizers, main courses or sides) with whatever comes in that box,  whether you are familiar with it or not, and whether you think you like it or not. It's like being the star of your own episode of "Chopped" in your very own kitchen! Experiment with delicious warm and cold salads, veggie stir fry dishes, and soups with your weekly mystery ingredients.

When you eat more vegetables, the benefits are immeasurable

Consuming large amounts of fresh, organic vegetables (and fruits too) on a daily basis provides you with many of the essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants your body needs to heal itself, fend off bacterial and viral infections, maintain its optimal weight, and build healthy skin cells from within.

By incorporating more fresh vegetables into your daily diet, you are also increasing hydration, and reducing the amount of acid in your body, which in turn will help reduce the inflammation in your body. This can also help reduce acne breakouts, as well as rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis flare-ups. The nutrients you get from these plant foods are more bioavailable than those you would get from supplements as well, meaning they are more easily absorbed and utilized by the body. If you get the majority of your nutrients from food sources, you spend less money on expensive supplements.

Change it up

Eat more vegetables with herbs and spices for flavorWe all get stuck in food ruts from time to time, where we feel like we are cooking and eating the same types of foods all the time. This happens for many reasons: convenience, comfort level, cooking ability, tradition, etc.; but it is not healthy to keep eating the same things all the time.

Eating should be a fun and even adventurous experience for you and for your clients. They say "variety is the spice of life" for a reason! So find new ways to eat more vegetables!

Do you want to learn more ways to help your clients implement healthy skin lifestyle changes?

Check out our Certified Nutritional Aesthetics Practitioner® Training Program! This interactive, virtual 9-month program is designed to teach aestheticians, health coaches, and other skin wellness pros to help their clients achieve optimal skin results with an integrative approach. Helping clients implement healthy changes is a huge focus of what we teach!

Jodie Pappas of Clean Kiss

NAA Member on A Mission: Jodie Pappas

We’re incredibly proud of NAA members and Certified Nutritional Aesthetics Practitioner students, and the unique ways that they apply the Nutritional Aesthetics® philosophy in their personal and professional lives. It’s our goal to support them and share their wisdom by highlighting their stories with you in a periodic ‘Member on a Mission’ feature. Our latest featured member is Jodie Pappas, Founder and Skincare Chef of Clean Kiss. 

Jodie hit a turning point in her life twenty-plus years ago when she was struggling with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) that caused infertility and other medical issues affecting her health. She turned to natural health and food to help her clean up her life, overcome PCOS and is eternally grateful for the birth of not one, but three daughters (a singleton and later twins). She is also indebted to another life altering experience that helped her become who she is today when one of her beautiful twins was born with a rare medical condition that required major reconstructive skull surgery and treatment through Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto.

Jodie Pappas of Clean KissThrough these medical struggles, Jodie always sought for a natural solution. Jodie is known as a Family Natural Health Expert and is a published Author of Your Family Health Organizer (2007, Robert Rose Publishing Inc.). She has been a featured guest on City TV's Breakfast Television, Global TV Morning, CTV, CHCH, Rogers TV, and countless radio shows in many cities across Canada and the USA informing parents about becoming advocates and taking charge of their families' health for over a decade.

As a small child, Jodie can recall her father digging and pruning in his garden and it was his passion that inspired Jodie to love nature and to want to grow her own harvest that she could also cook up for her family.  Formulating natural skincare and appreciating the holistic benefits of plant-based nutrition, is just an extension of the beautiful things we can create from mother earth.

Jodie has a BA in Psychology, Certificate in Human Resources Management, Certificate in Organic Skincare Formulation, a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200), is currently studying Nutritional Aesthetics® towards being a Certified Nutritional Aesthetics Practitioner® (CNAP).  

Jodie has leveraged her passion for wellness through clean living and a balanced lifestyle of yoga and fitness, and organic gardening. The creation of her natural skincare product line, Clean Kiss, is an extension of her advocacy for families to take charge of their health by reading labels, teaching that “What you put ON your body, goes IN your body” and encouraging them to find healthy personal care products that REALLY work!

We spoke to Certified Nutritional Aesthetics Practitioner student, Jodie Pappas, about the role that Nutritional Aesthetics® plays in her business and her integrative approach to skin health:

Nutritional Aesthetics® Alliance:

What excites you the most about the Nutritional Aesthetics Alliance?

Jodie Pappas:

I have been an avid student of nutrition as a means to greater health for as long as I can remember. Actually, when I think about it, it has been twenty years in the making since I first was diagnosed with fertility issues stemming from PCOS. At that time, I made some radical lifestyle changes including switching to a whole foods, plant-based diet and ensuring my body was getting the nutrients in needed at each and every meal. It is this passion that led me to start my own natural skincare brand, Clean Kiss, back in 2014. Making clean formulations that are free from toxins combined with healthy, balanced eating truly is the secret to glowing skin, energy and longevity.

For the last several years, I was looking for more specialized nutritional education to add to my credentials. I explored many programs and nothing ever felt like quite the right fit for what I hoped to do with it. My ultimate goal has been, and continues to be, to marry up the science of nutrition with the art and science of beautiful, handcrafted natural skincare to be able to help other women get the skin they truly desire. I want women to know that non-toxic, topical solutions are only part of the puzzle and that living a healthy lifestyle is the other part of it if they want skin that ages gracefully.

When I discovered the Nutritional Aesthetics Alliance's CNAP Training Program, I finally felt it all come together for me! This was the program I was looking for and feel that through the extensive curriculum I will be able to advise my clients how to use nutrition, lifestyle and non-toxic topical skincare solutions to meet their goals.

I enjoy being guided by Rachael because of her vast and expansive experience and knowledge base. The value I get out of the program is incredible.


How do you apply Nutritional Aesthetics® principles to your work?

Jodie Pappas:

I am working on developing a series of workshops for my clients of Clean Kiss that incorporates nutrition, lifestyle choices and non-toxic skincare so that they may bring all of these elements together to achieve their health and skin goals.

I also wish to start offering private one-on-one consultations with women who wish to delve deeper into a customized plan for themselves.

I’ve already starting incorporating more nutritional tips in my marketing to lay the groundwork for my future plans, even though I am only halfway through the CNAP.


Please complete this sentence, and elaborate as much as you wish: “For optimal skin health, I wish people would do more of ___________________, and less of ___________________.”

Jodie Pappas:

For optimal skin health, I wish people would do more of: The four simple principles of health, such as drinking more fresh water and/or herbal teas, wearing sunscreen every day, reading product labels to steer clear of toxic ingredients, and eating the rainbow of colorful foods on their plate at every meal.

I wish people would do less of: Eating refined carbohydrates (the white foods such as sugars, pastas, rice) which prematurely age the skin, staying up too late leading to inadequate rest, stressing less and finding way to manage their stress through yoga and meditation.

We are so grateful to Jodie for being a dedicated CNAP student and Lifetime Member of the Nutritional Aesthetics® Alliance!

Connect with Jodie Pappas:

Join our Mission:

Learn more about NAA Membership HERE, and our Certified Nutritional Aesthetics Practitioner® Training Program HERE.

We’d love to feature YOU as an upcoming Member on a Mission!

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