Building a Better Breakfast

Breakfast: doesn’t it seem like everyone has a different opinion about which morning meal choice is best? Among the NAA founders, our go-to breakfast picks vary widely, and we think that’s natural, as all of us have different bodies and constitutions. One thing we agree on is that our AM food and drink choices have a major impact on our day—and our skin. And we're certain that many of the ‘traditional’ breakfasts marketed to us aren’t at all what our bodies want to take in in the morning! Ahead, we show you some of the skin-healthy and nourishing breakfast choices that we reach for on busy weekday mornings. And we add in some new breakfast ideas that might inspire you— and us too!— to shake up our breakfast routine this week.

When you’ve finished reading through our picks, tell us, what’s your preferred weekday breakfast, and why?

NAA Better Breakfast Picks


I love a smoothie in the morning, after I’ve had a cup of warm lemon water with ginger and turmeric to warm up my body. My smoothies vary, but they all must have some combination of healthy fats, protein, and veggies (usually leafy greens/broccoli stems, or pumpkin/winter squash). This combination supports stable blood sugar all day long, which is key for clear, glowing skin! Smoothies are also an easy way for me to add many different nutrient-dense foods into one meal that tastes great, fills me up, and travels easily. Because it’s pre-blended, smoothies tend to be easy for me to digest as well. I always add a few nuts or seeds that are not blended for crunch and to remind me to chew, which supports digestion and the breakdown of food as well. If it’s not a smoothie day, I also love scrambled pastured eggs with mushrooms and herbs (my go-to recipe is on page 29 of Eat Pretty Every Day!).


Breakfast at my house is often dog food! This is a good thing, as my dogs routinely eat healthier than my home’s humans. I simply adapt the the fresh ingredients I have already prepared for the canines, adding in a generous serving of greens and fresh spices to make my own hearty meal. Lately, that has meant Japanese red sweet potatoes and free-range turkey that I warm in the pan with a bit of coconut oil  and a generous amount of Rogan Josh seasoning (paprika, garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander, pepper, cayenne, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and saffron) and two big handfuls of spinach or chard. YUM! I actually have quite an “anything-goes” approach to my morning meal, and have been known to eat cold dinner leftovers right from their containers. In the summer, or anytime when I am not feeling quite as carnivorous, I love to dip fresh cucumber slices in my homemade avocado hummus.


Confession time: I’ve never been one for the ‘traditional’ breakfast, and for many years skipped it because I didn’t like many typical breakfast foods--eggs, oatmeal, home fries? No thank you. For most of my life, even if I’d try to eat common breakfast breadstuffs like pancakes or waffles, my stomach would get upset. Later on I learned that I have gluten sensitivity, so that’s likely why. But for whatever reason, my body got used to not eating right upon waking, and even with the availability of gluten-free choices now, I still don’t gravitate towards breakfast foods OR eat first thing. What I do is drink a full 16 oz glass of room temperature water upon waking to rehydrate myself and begin alkalizing accumulated overnight stomach acids. Then I have some warm water with lemon, and an hour later or so, I’ll have either a green smoothie or a fresh salad and a mug of either homemade bone broth, chicken vegetable soup, or vegetable broth with a bowl of matcha. I leave about 2 hours between this mid-morning meal and my lunch, and that’s worked really well to keep me satisfied and energized.


5 more skin-healthy breakfasts to add to your repertoire

  1. For a hot, comforting breakfast, swap oatmeal for quinoa, buckwheat, or millet hot cereal.
  2. To make things quick, reach for dinner leftovers. They're usually protein-packed!
  3. Go savory with a breakfast taco. Start with avocado, greens, eggs, and salsa, and put it all into an organic corn shell.
  4. Satisfy a sweet tooth with chia pudding, topped with spices and fresh fruit.
  5. Go for a smoothie bowl, topped with raw nuts and seeds for extra skin-healthy fats.
*This post contains affiliate links

Member on a Mission: Abby Mason

We’re incredibly proud of NAA members and the unique ways that they apply Nutritional Aesthetics® 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, Abby Mason, is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She's also the author of two books, including “Passionate Wellness – Simple Tips to Transform Your Health for a Balanced Life.” Abby specializes in working with women who have digestive and skin sensitivities.  Each of her clients is given a personalized wellness plan with simple and sustainable nutrition and lifestyle shifts so that they can look and feel vibrant from the inside out.  According to Abby, her clients "love that they can finally have more energy, better skin quality, happy tummies, improved sleep and reduced stress."

We spoke to Abby about the role that Nutritional Aesthetics® plays in her business and her approach to skin health:


What excites you the most about the Nutritional Aesthetics® Alliance?

Abby Mason:

I love being a member of the Nutritional Aesthetics® Alliance because membership is loaded with valuable information about how to be the healthiest version of yourself.  In the past I dealt with digestive problems and sensitive skin.  I was able to heal my skin issues by understanding which foods help my body thrive and which foods were causing my skin to be reactive.  Our skin is a window to what is going on inside our body so the connection between the right nutrition for my individual needs and my skin was very powerful.  I love being a part of the NAA community where I feel supported and inspired about the integrative approach to healthy and radiant skin.


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

Abby Mason:

There is always new information coming out about skincare, nutrition, and wellness, and the NAA is my go-to for constantly educating myself so that I can in turn pass the knowledge on to my clients.  Nutritional Aesthetics® is key for me as a Health Coach.  I work with my clients on creating wellness from a mind, body, soul and skin approach.  It is all connected and it is so important to have balance in all areas of your life.  I recently received certification as a Boutique Skincare Designer.  I am very excited to begin the process of developing my own skincare line.  I love that I can create skincare that is GMO free, organic, natural and most importantly, does what it is supposed to do.  I have heard Rachael Pontillo say time and again that the aging process is a gift and a beautiful thing to be embraced and celebrated.  I fully believe this.  Being part of the healthy transformations in my client’s lives, and coming up with products that will give my clients reactive free, glowing skin are some of the greatest joys in my professional life.  The name of my business is Passionate Wellness by Abby.  I want all of the people who come to me for support to understand how to passionately be well so that they can live long and full lives.


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 ___________________.

Abby Mason:

For optimal skin health, I wish people would do more of educating themselves about the harmful ingredients in their skincare, as well as the processed foods they are consuming, and less of trying to find the next big “anti-aging” tool/technique.  One of the most beneficial things we can do to have healthy skin is to eat whole, seasonal, local and organic as much as possible.  Eating a rainbow of fruits and veggies each day is really important to boost and improve your skin’s health.  Each color of fruits and vegetables supports different organ systems/parts of the body.  For example, orange colored produce supports immune health, reproductive health and skin health.  The other thing we can do is to use skincare products that contain the best ingredients.  These are the ingredients that won’t cause adverse reactions topically and/or internally which can lead to so many health problems.  Being mindfully aware of what you put in and on your body will give you that radiant glow from the inside out!

Leave a comment about aromatherapy in the spa!We want to hear from you!

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

Which foods help your clients' skin to thrive?

NAA Pre-Wedding Spa Guide

Whether you’re a guest, a member of the wedding party, or the radiant bride herself, wedding season heightens everyone’s desire to show off flawless skin. If your pre-wedding plans involve a visit to a spa or salon, there are likely to be questions on your mind— from what services are ideal just before you want to look photo-ready, to guidelines for ensuring foolproof makeup. We recommend a gentle approach to your wedding day skin, as too much too close to the event can add more stress to the day. Overall we believe that a pre-wedding facial can be a powerful ritual for relaxation and de-stressing, even beyond its ability to help you and your skin look a certain way on your wedding. Try one and we bet you’ll agree!


Pre-Wedding Spa FAQ:

Q: Should I schedule a day-before wedding facial?

A: The truth is, even a gentle facial can lead to minor breakouts, so it’s not the best idea to get a facial right before your wedding. If you have a favorite facial that always makes you glow, schedule that service at least a week before the big day. Instead of clay masks that are meant to absorb toxins/debris from the skin, focus on hydrating masks and packs that add hydration and nutrients.


Q: Should I look for a facial that focuses on exfoliation to really make my skin glow?

A: Not necessarily. Any exfoliation that you receive should be very gentle. Look for enzyme exfoliation over scrubs and peels. In general, opt for gentle treatments that are non-invasive and aimed to improve overall tone such as lymphatic drainage, gua sha, and acupressure.


Q: Are there any facials that I should definitely avoid right before my wedding?

A: As a general rule, skip treatments with suction! Even though it may sound like appealing technology, your safest bet is to avoid microdermabrasion or vacuum treatments. Even on a low setting, accidents like broken capillaries and bruising can happen—and cause unwanted stress when they’re highly visible on your skin. Also avoid chemical exfoliation and acid peels; it’s not always possible to predict how the skin will react or how long inflammation will remain.


Q: What spa treatments are best to de-stress ahead of the event?

A: Beyond your favorite full-body massage, which can lower the collagen-degrading stress hormone cortisol in your body and release feel-good neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine (as will as give you a mini immune boost!), we love gentle facial and head massages with carrier oils to relax your muscles and mind.


Q: What guidelines should I keep in mind for my my professional makeup?

A: Always have a schedule a trial makeup session well ahead of time, and be sure you’re happy with the look both in person and in photographs before the wedding. Your style is your preference, but it’s important to understand that more and/or different makeup than you’re used to in everyday life is used for weddings. If you’re being photographed you want to look your best up close, from a distance, and on camera, and often in different types of lighting. Be sure your makeup artist has experience doing makeup for photography and video if you’re having video taken, and ask your photographer and videographer if they have any recommendations or requests for makeup. And always have a plan for touch ups— if you’re the bride, ask a bridesmaid to be on touch up duty!


Leave a comment about aromatherapy in the spa!We want to hear from you!

What are your best wedding-day spa tips?

What questions do you have about prepping your skin if you’re attending a big event this year?

Helping Clients Get Unstuck

We’ve all been there: a mental block, lack of preparedness, a case of self-sabotage, or even circumstances beyond our control cause us to reach a place of ‘stuckness.’ As coaches, we’ve helped dozens of clients move past barriers, and we’ve worked hard and sought help to move beyond our own. This week, we share what we’ve learned, revealing our top tips for helping clients— or ourselves— get unstuck or move past stubbornness. Spring is the season for rebirth and reinvention, so get inspired!

Jolene’s tips:

  1. Free your mind. Encourage creativity, & play to work through barriers. Oftentimes removing focus from the barrier at hand is the most powerful way to move beyond it. Encourage your client to release self-judgement and take time to relax, get creative, and play, whether that means creating abstract art, taking a dance class, or trying a new recipe. After a period of creative release, try again to approach the barrier with new perspective.
  2. Break it down. Sometimes a large task or looming goal forms an instant barrier in our minds. To make success easier, and more achievable, create small, step by step goals that serve as a roadmap. While you’re at it, build in a reward as incentive to get to your goal.
  3. Look around, and within. Explore the spectrum of ‘primary foods’— the aspects of your life, beyond food, that nourish and sustain you—to see if there’s another area of need that could be contributing to your stuckness. Look at your creativity, spirituality, finances, career, relationships, and physical activity, among other areas, and ask if those areas could use some attention to help you feel more balanced and move beyond barriers that you’re feeling.

Tisha’s tips:

  1. Ask for help. So many of life’s challenges and ‘stuck places,’ big and small, can be met with more grace or efficiency if we ask for assistance. So, even if you think you should or could handle it yourself, ask for help. First, gently swallow any stubborn prideful resistance. Then, get as clear as possible about just how someone could best assist you. Can you enlist an expert to delegate this task to? Can you ask a friend to provide you with some one-on-one hand holding? Do you need a family member to give you some space or time?  Take a deep breath and ask.
  2. Step into the light. No, that is not a metaphor. I mean literally. Step away from the computer, turn off the cell phone, put down the to-do list and go outside. Take some time to turn your face up to the sky. Breathe. I know very few stuck spaces that a little sunlight stroll or a moonlight soak can’t shift just a bit.
  3. Stop saying you are stuck. Neuroscience has proven that what we think about our situation (hopelessness or stuck) affects how we feel and therefore colors what resources we can bring to changing the situation. Dropping the shaming or self-criticising words we use to define our situation might help shift our behavior. So, instead of pushing on a door in desperate or angry exasperation, try opening the door toward you with a friendly greeting, like, “hello you mysterious growth opportunity” or “hi, you pre-action stage.”

Rachael’s tips:

  1. Think about another time in your life when you were ‘stuck’ in something, but overcame it. How did you do it back then? What patterns or behaviors existed back then for that situation that allowed you to move past that challenge? What’s in your way for the current one? What behaviors from back then can you translate to the current situation now?
  2. Journal through what it truly is that’s keeping you stuck. What are you afraid will happen if you move forward? Are you afraid you’ll screw up/fail? Are you afraid you’ll succeed? Are you afraid of being judged for succeeding or failing? Is what you think you want really what you actually want? Are you clear on what it is that you want? Because if you’re not, that could be why you’re stuck!
  3. Practice telling yourself that what you want is already yours. Use an affirmation such as “I am intuitively guided to the right opportunities at the right time, and I have all the support and resources I need to get the success/abundance/health/love, etc. that I want and deserve for the greatest good. For this I am thankful, I let it be so, and so it is."


Further reading:

We recommend these books for even more helpful information and inspiration on getting unstuck!

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

The Skinny on Sprouted Grains

Depending on who you ask, or what diet you personally follow, you’ve probably found that grains have become a controversial subject. While grains used to form the foundation of the dietary ‘food pyramid,’ they are now completely shunned in some diets, and reduced or restricted in others. So what’s the skinny on grains, where skin health is concerned?
At the NAA, we feel there’s much more to the conversation than simply a ‘healthy or ‘unhealthy’ label for grains as a whole. We recommend that you consider the type of grain, its origin, whether or not it contains any compounds like gluten that could potentially be inflammatory to the skin and the body, and how it’s prepared, before adding or eliminating it. This week, we take a closer look at one manner of preparing grains—sprouting—to give you inspiration for including the most skin-friendly grains in your diet.

What are sprouted grains?

Grains (which are the seeds of a plant —think a kernel of rice or a grain of quinoa) that have been soaked long enough to sprout are called ‘sprouted grains.’ The soaking and sprouting process reduces a grain’s starch level, as the grain uses some of the energy from its starch to sprout to life. This reduction in starch can make the grain more easily digestible. Soaking and sprouting also increases a grain’s antioxidant and nutrient levels and makes levels of some nutrients, like zinc, iron, and magnesium, more bioavailable, likely because soaking reduces levels of phytic acid and other enzyme inhibitors in grains that interfere with mineral absorption. Look around your grocery store, and you’ll likely see increasing numbers of sprouted grain products— from breads to crackers to chips.

Can sprouted grains benefit my skin?

Sprouted grains absolutely can be an excellent choice for healthy skin—as long as the grain itself is a food that agrees with your body. Sprouting wheat, for example, can make its mineral content easier to absorb, and make it easier to digest on the whole, but it will not eliminate the protein gluten that creates inflammation in some bodies. Any food that creates inflammation can contribute to unwanted skin reactions. On the whole, it appears that sprouted grains may have a lower glycemic response that unsprouted grains, which gives them an advantage for skin health, in addition to the higher levels of skin-nourishing nutrients that they offer. We think that sprouted grains can be a great addition to your healthy skin diet, especially if you choose sprouted versions of grains that are nutrient-dense, like quinoa, teff, and millet— and especially if you consume them in moderate quantities.

Want to learn more about sprouted grains, and sprout your own?

Further Reading:
The Everything Sprouted Grain Book
The Sprouted Kitchen

NAA File Box

Inside the NAA File Box: Nutritional Aesthetics Pillars

For those of you who have yet to experience our NAA file cards, and for those who just want to know more about the foundation of Nutritional Aesthetics, check out our overview of the pillars of our integrative approach to skin health, ahead.

Nutritional Aesthetics® Pillars

  • NAA in Practice. From social media best practices to case studies, this is the essential knowledge for Nutritional Aesthetics-focused coaches and aestheticians.
  • Gut Microbiome. This developing body of knowledge examines the influence of digestion and the microbiome on skin health.
  • Nutrition Basics. Nutrition directly influences skin health, and here we explore those specific connections and the evolving body of evidence that supports it.
  • Skin Anatomy & Physiology. To understand the skin’s behavior, it’s essential to know it inside and out; we take a magnifying glass to the layers of the skin to deepen your knowledge of its structure and function.
  • NAA Integrative Approaches. Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, reiki and herbalism—the list of influences on Nutritional Aesthetics are many, and we explore them here.
  • Emotions & Mindset Matter. In this category we explore the powerful connection between emotions, thoughts, and our skin health.
  • Products, Ingredients & Treatments. What goes on your skin goes in your body; here we look at the topical and internal influence of products and the treatments that deliver them.
  • Stress & Your Skin. Stress, in its many forms, affects the skin and its behavior, and in this category we break down those connections.
  • Hormones & Skin Health. Hormones play a big role in glowing skin, so this is a topic that we love exploring, for women and men alike.
  • Lifestyle Practices. Sleep, exercise, your environment— here we look at the lifestyle influences on skin health.


Not an NAA member yet? Check out the details on membership and its many perks, including the NAA file box and other Nutritional Aesthetics-related educational resources, here.

Carrier Oil Closeup: Sunflower Oil

If you regularly read your skincare labels, it should come as no surprise that the bright, cheerful sunflower provides one of the oils most commonly used on skin: sunflower oil. The sunflower, or Helianthus annuus, produces the nutrient-dense seeds from which the sweet, mildly scented, and yellow-hued oil is extracted. Are you curious as to why sunflower oil shows up in so many skincare products—as well as in so many kitchens? Here’s a look at the many benefits of this calming, moisturizing carrier oil:

History and origins of sunflower oil

Parts of the sunflower, including its oil, were used thousands of years ago by native american tribes. An early patent for the extraction of sunflower oil from sunflower seeds was granted as far back as 1716 in England. In the 20th century, sunflower oil was historically produced in Eastern Europe, primarily in Russia, but also in Bulgaria, Hungary, and Poland. Today it’s more widely produced.

Why choose sunflower oil for your skin?

Sunflower oil has pleasant, mild scent that makes it a good base for essential oils, and it’s also excellent for making infused oils and for facial and body massage and moisturization. It’s known for its emollient properties, which help skin retain moisture. A study in Pediatric Dermatology also found that sunflower oil helps skin produce more ceramides and cholesterol, which improve its hydration overall. Sunflower oil, though highly nourishing and moisturizing, is also light and absorbs well. Sunflower oil is considered to be an excellent match for drier, more sensitive skin, especially since its high antioxidant value and antiinflammatory properties can help soothe inflammatory skin conditions like eczema. On oily skin types, however, it may clog pores. Sunflower oil is highly regarded for its vitamin E content, which gives it some of its antioxidant value and protective benefits, as well as vitamins A, and D. It also contains the essential fatty acids oleic, stearic, linoleic, and palmitic acids, as well as omega-6 fatty acids.

What to consider when using sunflower oil:

Look for cold pressed and unrefined sunflower oil when possible. It’s more common to find expeller-pressed and refined sunflower oils in stores. Sunflower oil has a long shelf-life as long as it’s stored away from heat and light, which quickly cause it to go rancid. Sunflower oil is often substituted for olive oil or almond oil, both in the kitchen and as a carrier oil. It can withstand high heat cooking.

Sunflower oil: Did you know?

Sunflower oil naturally contains lecithin. Lecithin is commonly used in natural skincare as well as in food for its mild antimicrobial, binding, emulsifying, thickening, and nutrient delivery-enhancing properties. However, most lecithin on the market is either egg or soy derived, which is not always desirable. Sunflower lecithin is becoming a highly sought after source of this multifunctional ingredient.

Leave a comment about aromatherapy in the spa!

We want to hear from you!

What's your favorite product with sunflower oil?

Do you use it more often in your skincare routine, or in your kitchen?


Additional Sources:

Sunflower: the Skin Protector, Annmarie Gianni Skincare

2 Ways to Use Sunflower Seed Oil for Smoother Skin, Prevention

Webinar: The Magic Mirror of Clean Skin

Look in the mirror: what is your skin telling you? Skin is our magic mirror, one that gives clues about the overall health of our bodies. At the NAA, we believe that one key to healthy skin is inner and outer nourishment.

To find out more about what your skin, and the skin of your clients, is really saying, join us for a special webinar co-hosted by Rachael Pontillo (this is part of Rachael's Spring Skincare Summit series) and the Nutritional Aesthetics Alliance, and featuring Dr. Trevor Cates.

Dr. Cates is a naturopathic doctor, also known as “The Spa Dr." She has worked with world-renowned spas and sees patients in her private practice in Park City, Utah with a focus on graceful aging and glowing skin. She has been featured on The Doctors, Extra, First for Women, Mind Body Green and is host of THE SPA DR. Podcast. Her new book Clean Skin from Within will be released this month.

In this webinar, Dr. Cates covered:

- #1 cause of most skin conditions, as well as the underlying factors behind other common skin issues.

- Problems with conventional skincare products, and alternatives to seek out

- Best and worst foods for skin health

-The 5 important skin types to know

-How to create a 2-week plan for 'clean skin'

,The Magic Mirror of Clean Skin webinar replay, featuring Dr. Trevor Cates is available for replay for NAA members in the NAA member resources library.

Want to become an NAA member?

Click here for 2017 membership information.

What to Look for in a Continuing Education Program

At the NAA, our mission has always been to educate and inspire. We consider ourselves and our members to be lifelong learners. While Nutritional Aesthetics® is our educational focus, we know that learning takes many forms in our diverse lives, both personally and professionally. Whether you’re seeking to build on your current professional certifications, or you want to develop a new skill or hobby, continuing education opportunities abound. But it’s essential to choose wisely. This week, we walk you through some of the most important things to consider when considering your next continuing education opportunity.

We'd like to preface our post with one key note: if it’s professional education you seek, above all else have a clear understanding of what you’ll leave your program with, in terms of scope of practice within your state. Many online programs both in nutrition and aesthetics teach material that can only be practiced by practitioners carrying specific state-issued professional licenses in certain states, and regulation around those licenses is not standard across all states in either field.

Is Your Continuing Education Personal or Professional? Consider This:

  • First, be clear on what your needs and wants are. Are you looking to take a course for personal enrichment? Or are you hoping as a business owner to utilize more extensive hands on education to expand your offerings?
  • Not all continuing education programs in nutrition, coaching, or aesthetics are created equal. Nor are they targeting the same learners for the same reasons. It is up to the you to make sure that your goals as a learner are matched to the program you choose.
  • Keep in mind that a health coaching or nutrition certification conferred by a supplement company, or granted after a short-term workshop, is not likely to deliver adequate education or practicum to be able to add the service/modality to your resume or menu. Look instead for adequate practical education in addition to theory.
  • Aesthetics continuing education that is brand-specific may provide in-depth training on a particular product, brand, or treatment. It may help you use and sell the products of the sponsoring brand more effectively. However in general it will not grow your scope of practice or breadth of knowledge as a skincare professional.
  • If industry-specific accreditations are your priority, research carefully. Many online programs get accreditations from organizations that have nothing to do with the actual field of practice or industry, making the accreditation more marketing than meaningful.

How to Get the Most from Your Continuing Education

  • Find out who developed, and who teaches, the course you’re eyeing. Is the informing philosophy/perspective of the course instructors and content clearly outlined? If you serve a wide client demographic, a program taught from one perspective can be limiting, as clients do not have the same needs. Often an integrated approach requiring multiple modalities, tools, or approaches is what’s needed.
  • Have the course instructor(s) disclosed relevant financial and strategic relationships related to the course content? Disclosures can help you determine if the instructor has a bias toward certain products, services or practices in the program. Bias, of course, is acceptable, but only if it's disclosed can you make well informed decisions.
  • Find out how often course material is updated and how long you will retain access to course resources. Education you purchase in an ever-changing industry could become obsolete rather quickly.
  • What is the course’s refund or cancellation policy? If this course does not meet your needs despite your analysis before signing up, can you exit gracefully?

Ready to continue your education? Remember, simply because you learn a skill or earn a certification doesn’t mean you’re allowed to use it unless you also have an up-to-date state-issued license granting you the ability to practice in that way. Stay informed of your legal rights, especially if after continuing your education, you plan to take on the role of educator or practitioner in any capacity.

Leave a comment about aromatherapy in the spa!We want to hear from you!

Where do you look for continuing education?

And what subjects are you hoping to learn more about in the future?

Member on a Mission: Pat Rorke

We’re incredibly proud of NAA members and the unique ways that they apply Nutritional Aesthetics® 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, Pat Rorke, is a licensed aesthetician and owner of Spa Rockaway, a "holistic, heart-centered" spa located in Rockaway Park, New York. Pat is also certified reiki and face yoga, and applies her knowledge of these modalities to her facial treatments. She has developed her own 'Skin Fitness Program' for her clients that targets skin health from the inside and outside, and includes muscle strengthening.

We spoke to Pat about the role that Nutritional Aesthetics® plays in her business and her approach to skin health:


What excites you the most about the Nutritional Aesthetics Alliance?

Pat Rorke:

The NAA is my go-to place for information to help my clients achieve healthy skin from the inside and outside.  As an aesthetician I love the energy work passed along to my clients through facials to help them feel peaceful and relaxed. I believe in skin fitness and as a certified face yoga instructor I help clients to learn facial exercises to target all layers of the skin along with strengthening the muscles in the face to enhance the skin’s natural glow. A full circuit of non-invasive treatments along with pure and simple ingredients is the foundation of my holistic approach to health and beauty. The knowledge I continue to receive from the NAA keeps me growing with the help of their continuing education on all topics for healthy skin.


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

Pat Rorke:

Nutritional Aesthetics has given me the confidence to formulate my own skincare line "Skin Holistic," which will be ready to launch this spring. I can find all the information in one place that I need to continue to grow my practice instead of searching all over the internet.  I know that anything from this Association has been fully researched and has true integrity at its best.


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 ___________________.”

Pat Rorke:

For optimal skin health, I wish people would focus more on putting healthy ingredients onto their skin. It's important to avoid all the toxic fillers in products that do nothing for skin health while working out those facial muscles with regular facials along with face exercises.  And I wish people would do less worrying about trying to look like someone else's face in a magazine—when that just isn't that unique person called you! Some of the most beautiful and strongest women I've ever known had a line or two on their faces and the brightest smiles and eyes I've ever seen.


Leave a comment about aromatherapy in the spa!We want to hear from you!

How do you apply Nutritional Aesthetics principles to your work?

What additional skills or modalities influence your skincare treatments?