If You Want Healthy Skin, Make Sure to Get These Key Nutrients

Healthy skin comes from a healthy body. In addition to getting quality rest and plenty of water, your diet and supplement routine can boost your skin tone and give you a glow. Here are a few nutrients you’ll want to consume in order to keep your skin healthy.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is crucial to fighting the damage of oxidative stress. Our world constantly exposes us to toxins that can leave your skin looking tired, dull and damaged. To keep that healthy glow, make sure that your diet is loaded with a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. Not only can this keep your skin looking healthier but Vitamin C has been shown to protect against skin cancers. In addition to citrus fruits and berries, chili peppers, kale, and broccoli are excellent sources of Vitamin C as well as other nutrients. Kohlrabi and bok choy are also a great addition to any diet and are loaded with this crucial vitamin.

Collagen

While collagen gets a lot of attention as a wrinkle fighter, it's actually crucial to maintaining healthy connective tissues throughout your body. Experts in functional medicine remind us that collagen can be taken both in supplement form and by improving our diets. To keep wrinkles at bay and maintain strong joints, consider adding cabbage and red vegetables to your diet. Carrots and citrus fruits are also a great source of collagen. Your body will thank you from the inside out! According to MBI Nutraceuticals, in addition to healthy skin, collagen is also important for increasing muscle mass, decreasing arthritis pain, protecting organs, easing joint pain, improving digestive health, strengthening nails, hair, and teeth, and improving liver health.

Carotenoids

Your skin is constantly exposed to oxidative stress. Free radicals in the body damage tissues unless your diet is full of antioxidants, which capture and carry off these damaging toxins. According to the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, to keep your intake of antioxidant carotenoids high, you should focus on colorful foods. Dark green leafy vegetables, bright orange yams, bold red tomatoes, and golden squash are gorgeous on your plate, delicious on the tongue and a boost to your tissues inside and out. No matter what your taste buds prefer, you can find fruits and vegetables that can keep your skin healthy.

One of the big challenges to maintaining your physical health in the modern world is that unhealthy choices are so easy. From hopping in the car for short trips to hitting the fast food lane, it's hard to eat what you know is best for your body. Simple steps such as preparing your own lunches, fixing meals ahead and always carrying a water bottle can go a long way to building a great set of healthy habits.


Five Secrets to a Stress-Proof Brain (the amygdala hijack)

When you’re stressed out, you feel thrown off balance. Your thoughts race as you imagine negative outcomes. Your heart pounds, and breathing gets shallow. Your muscles tighten. You feel as if you can’t sit still or think straight. Or you zone out with food, alcohol, or mindless TV. 

Alternatively, you drive yourself so hard that you live an unbalanced, unhealthy life. Sound familiar? You may want to get rid of stress, but you can’t. But you can learn to accept your stress and transform the way you think about it so you can benefit from its positive aspects. 

Here I describe how to put a stop to unhealthy responses to stress and become more cognitively and emotionally resilient.

Your Brain’s Stress Response

The first step is to understand your brain and body’s natural stress response.  Once you understand it, you can work on changing your stress mindset with new tools and ways of thinking that you practice every day.  Our brains possess neuroplasticity, which means they can be changed by experience and repeated practice of new ways of thinking.

The stress response begins when the amygdala - an almond shaped structure in the center of your brain - senses a threat.

 It reacts by initiating a cascade of neurotransmitters and hormones - like adrenaline, norepinephrine, and cortisol, that prepare your body for “fight or flight.” If your brain perceives that you can’t fight the stressor, the parasympathetic branch of your autonomic nervous system may initiate a “freeze” response.  The “fight, flight, freeze” response is very rapid. Your body may react to a snake in the path or an oncoming car, before you can even name what you’re facing.  

The “fight, flight, freeze”  response is adaptive to help you survive an immediate danger, but is problematic when you’re dealing with more complex, interpersonal or chronic stressors.  

When your amygdala “hijacks” your brain, you may say things you later regret, send off an angry email, scream at your partner, colleague, or child, drink too much, or behave in other impulsive, destructive ways. To be happy and successful in work, life, or love, you need to know how to get back on track when your amygdala hijacks your brain chemicals


Getting Back on Track When Your Amygdala Hijacks Your Brain

To get back on track, you need to use another part of your brain, called the prefrontal cortex. The prefrontal cortex, situated behind your forehead is the brain’s executive center. Located near the top of your brain, it receives information about the stressor more slowly than the amygdala.  

The prefrontal cortex is like the CEO of your brain. It can send a message to the amygdala telling it that everything is safe now so it can switch off “fight, flight, freeze.” It can also send messages to other parts of your brain to direct a mindful, effective response to the stressor. The strategies below can deliberately recruit your prefrontal cortex to take control of your stress reaction, rather than letting your amygdala be in charge.

Five Ways to Redirect Your Stress Response:

Slow Things Down - Learn to slow down and breathe before responding to the stressor so the prefrontal cortex has time to get on board.  This can help for many different types of stressors like when a colleague or partner criticizes you, when you open an unpaid bill, or when you are waiting for a medical test result.

Stay Mindful - Staying mindful means you deliberately redirect your mind from automatic worries and fears to a compassionate, accepting  “observer” stance. 

You may think: “Hmm, what’s happening here. Anger is arising in my chest.  I’m tempted to say something mean. Would that be a helpful thing to do right now?"  

Mindfulness works best when you have learned the skill by meditating regularly and practicing a mindful state of mind when you are not stressed. Brain studies show that  more mindful people have better communication between amygdala and prefrontal cortex when reacting to an emotional stressor. 

Find a Sense of Control - Studies in rats, monkeys, and humans show that our brains and bodies get more stressed out by uncontrollable, unpredictable events than by events we can anticipate and control.  So think about which aspects of this situation you can control and which you can’t and focus your energies on trying to effect change in the things that you can actually influence (while working on mindfully accepting those you can't).

Broaden Your View - When the amygdala triggers anxiety and negative emotions, this automatically narrows your mental perspective towards monitoring and avoiding the threat. As a result, you don’t think about  positive aspects of your life or creative ways of solving the problem. Is there a way to see your stressor as a challenge or growth opportunity instead? This can help you redirect your brain chemicals and energy towards mastering the stressful situation - which may actually enhance your motivation and effectiveness

Find the Right Mindset:  

Rather than focusing on avoiding stress, focus on what you can gain from the situation and the skills and strengths you have to master it.  When you make avoidance the goal, you will be less effective at solving the problem or finding resources to help. Think instead about active, positive ways to address the stressor and how you might learn and grow from dealing with it.

Gather more insights about the brain, body and beauty on teh @awakenbeautyhq Podcast! 

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The Brain + Body Connection 🧠 Is it all emotional?



Does your brain have you pain?

A study was conducted at the TUM School of Medicine, Munich. The team wanted to find the answer to the question, how does the duration of pain affect activities in the brain? They wanted to see into the brain and find out which parts responded to pain in the body.

The findings were incredible and bring great hope.

The Fascinating Study
Test subjects had painful heat applied to one hand over ten minutes. The heat varied. It was light for a time and stronger for a time. At first, the sensory part of the brain reacted to the pain. This is where your brain senses quick pain like pinching a finger in the door. This is what researchers expected to see. But then everything changed!

After just a few minutes, the pain stimuli moved to the frontal cortex. This is where emotions are stored. After the stimuli, it took just moments for the persistent pain to compound and add emotion to the mix.

So what? Why should we care about the location and how the brain reacts to pain?

This is key … and it may unlock the personal “ah-ha” for you when you feel or have the fear of pain coming into the mind and body.

Here’s how it works and what the study revealed in depth.

👉 the emotion uprise and ties into the pain

👉 the signal for pain is now anchored and prolongs after there is NO physical reason to feel it

👉 the brain continues the feedback loop to repeat - going and going and going, keeping the pain as if you’re feeling it, but your body has physically healed from the original injury or trauma.

Perhaps you can think of your own story here, or you’re sitting in emotional pain.

So, do you know someone who suffers from chronic pain - or do you experience pain often?

The good news is there are variable ways you can take control and break away from the Pain Roller Coaster you’re on.

Ok, let’s brain + body review!

  1. After a minutes of pain, the brain allows an emotional component to be a big part of ongoing pain.

  2. Studies share chronic pain is highly emotional, so freeing the emotions - like hypnosis, can alleviate most of many long, term pain problems.


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Rise to the Top with 15 Steps to Get to the Root of Hair Loss | Awaken Beauty Podcast Mini Ep


Hey beautiful - thanks for joining me!

Are you curious about how to stay ahead of THINNING, DEVITALIZED HAIR?

LISTEN UP - THE AWAKEN BEAUTY PODCAST

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As a salon owner, thinning hair specialist and product formulator, I hear you - and feel you.

Have hope, here are the show notes to our Awaken Beauty Podcast episode titled:

*Rise to the Top with 15 Steps to Get to the Root of Hair Loss *

Fact: Thirty percent of women report serious hair loss by age thirty. By age fifty, that statistic climbs to 50 percent.

It’s demoralizing, and conventional medicine often pats you on the back, murmuring, “You’re getting older; it’s normal.” As someone who has struggled personally with hair loss and heard that same message from a doctor, I find that answer completely unsatisfying and more importantly, unnecessary. So if you have hair loss, take heart, help is on the way.


Let’s start here.

Before I start looking for a solution to their hair loss in a box from the drugstore or a pill bottle from a dermatologist, I encourage clients to look inside their health and body.

Grab the plethora of tips below!

Getting to the Root: Causes of Hair Loss

Sometimes hair loss is associated with a simple root cause. Most of the time, there are hormonal imbalances such as thyroid, insulin, or testosterone. Occasionally, hair loss is linked to physical and emotional trauma, and probably dysregulation of cortisol.

I’ve also found underlying health conditions such as autoimmunity as the root cause.

To find a particular reason for hair loss, most functional medicine practitioners order a blood panel to test several hormones and conditions.

Correcting hair loss is all about sussing out the cause. For example, some women make too little thyroid hormone to grow their hair – and the body is trying to heal, making it a lower priority than, say, keeping your body warm.

Other women make too much of the male hormone testosterone and that causes balding, although the main culprit is a metabolite (daughter) of testosterone called (DHT)

Here are the most common causes of hair loss:

1. Low thyroid

Rapid hair loss can be an early sign of a thyroid problem, often first diagnosed in the beauty salon. In addition to thinning and shedding, your hair can become coarse, dry, and easily tangled.This kind of general hair loss will slow and eventually stop once your hormone levels are stabilized. But sometimes the problem continues even after treatment, especially if you’re taking levothyroxine, a synthetic hormone often used to treat hypothyroidism. Excessive or prolonged hair loss is a known side effect of this drug. Look into this if you’re still losing hair despite what your doctor calls sufficient treatment.

Do this: Work with a functional medicine practitioner with experience treating thyroid conditions. Get a full thyroid blood panel (see below). Sometimes micronutrient deficiencies such as low selenium or zinc are a reason for faulty thyroid function, or you may have autoimmune thyroiditis (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis), which needs to be addressed with a full functional medicine protocol. Because changes in dose can trigger hair loss, low and slow is the goal with any medication. Some people find their hair loss diminishes if they take Thyrolar, a synthetic combination of both thyroid hormones, T4 and T3.

2. Low iron, low lysine
In one study, 90 percent of women with thinning hair were deficient in iron and the amino acid lysine.1 Lysine helps transport iron, which is essential for many metabolic processes.

Do this: Measure your ferritin levels, the most sensitive indicator of iron in the body. You need a minimum of 40 to grow new hair, and a healthy range is 70–80. Make sure you get your daily dose of iron from grass-fed red meat and greens. Good sources of lysine are foods rich in protein. Add lysine to your diet with foods rich in protein, such as meat and poultry, soy, eggs, cheese (especially Parmesan), and some fish (cod, sardines). If you need additional doses of an iron supplement, be sure to have a functional medicine practitioner track your ferritin so you don’t get too much and trigger iron overload.

3. Androgenic alopecia
This is the most common type of hair loss and affects 30 percent of women.2 The typical pattern for hereditary female-pattern hair loss, or androgenic alopecia, is a widening part or noticeable thinning of hair, particularly over the mid-frontal portion of the scalp.

Sometimes women with androgenic alopecia have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Typical signs and symptoms are ovarian cysts, irregular periods, weight gain, blood sugar problems, infertility, and hair loss. The problem may be exacerbated in some patients taking drugs for thyroid problems. Approximately 22 percent of women with PCOS have androgenic alopecia.3

The good news is that you can often stop and even reverse the symptoms of hair loss once you balance your hormones.

Do this: Run the full blood panel (see below). This is where evening primrose oil can help. Besides inhibiting DHT, the main culprit behind androgenic alopecia, evening primrose oil is a good source of essential fatty acids, and the symptoms of hypothyroidism are quite similar to those for insufficient essential fatty acids. See The Hormone Cure, chapter 9, for the full protocol. Berberine and inositol may be helpful to reset hormones. As always, I advocate a “food first” strategy along with taking targeted supplements. If changing your food and supplement plan doesn’t result in more hair on your head, then discuss with your functional medicine practitioner if minoxidil might be a good idea. (Minoxidil or Rogaine is approved for women for this type of hair loss and available over the counter.)

4. Not enough protein
If you don’t get enough protein in your diet, your body may enter famine mode and shut down your hair growth. This may occur about two to three months after a drop in protein intake.

Do this: Eat clean protein from fish, grass-fed meat, eggs, and quinoa. Read The Hormone Reset Diet, page 232, for a more complete list.

5. Excess vitamin A
Maybe you just started taking a new multivitamin or started on a supplement containing vitamin A. You may have driven your vitamin A levels too high, which may trigger hair loss.

Do this: Total intake of vitamin A should be no more than 5,000 International Units (IU) per day. When you remove excess vitamin A, your hair should grow normally again.

6. Stress hormones—from physical or emotional stress
Any kind of physical or emotional trauma can trigger telogen effluvium: surgery, weight loss, eating disorder, car accident, illness, troubled marriage, sick kid. Hair grows on a programmed cycle that involves a growth phase, rest phase, and shedding phase. Big emotional and/or physical stressors can cause the hair to lock down in the shedding phase.

Do this: If you clear the stress, the telogen effluvium usually clears in three to six months as your body recovers.

7. Fluctuating female hormones of pregnancy, perimenopause, going on/off birth control pills
This may also cause telogen effluvium, especially if you have a family history of hair loss.

Do this: Keep hormones as stable as possible by mitigating stress. In pregnancy, if you lose more hair postpartum than before you got pregnant, see your healthcare professional and run the blood panel (see below) to see if there’s an underlying thyroid and/or autoimmune condition.

8. Menopause
Sadly, hair follicles can shrink in menopause, making the hair finer and more likely to shed. It’s called “miniaturization,” and it’s totally unfair. One study suggests that the ratio of estradiol-to-testosterone may influence hair loss in women and that low ratios may be the culprit in some cases.4

This ratio typically decreases during menopause. Not surprisingly, another study showed that women treated with bioidentical estradiol had less hair loss. 5

Do this: If you’re over forty, talk to your functional medicine practitioner about whether bioidentical estrogen may be right for you. You need to be followed by a gynecologist to make sure you stay safe and don’t develop side effects and adverse events, such as blood clots, endometrial cancer, stroke, breast cancer, heart disease.

9. Vitamin B deficiency
This can be exacerbated by stress or taking birth control pills, both of which deplete B vitamins in the body.

Do this: Between food intake and supplementation, you should be able to correct the problem. Rich sources of vitamin B include meat, fish, starchy vegetables, and some fruits.

10. Lack of fat
If you go low-fat in your food plan, you may consume fewer calories, nutrients, and more carbohydrates than your body requires. Most importantly, you may miss out on essential fatty acids, omega 3 and 6, which nourish the scalp and stabilize hair growth. The stress of restricting a macronutrient such as fat (or carbs or protein) may force more hair follicles to enter the telogen phase. Similar to the low thyroid state, your body gets the message to ration; there isn’t enough fuel to support the growth phase.

Do this: Maintain a balanced diet rich in “good” fats such as from coconut, avocado, and nuts—good for your hair and your health. Don’t skip out on macronutrients, but find the matching diet for your locks.

11. Autoimmunity
Sometimes the problem is alopecia areata, which appears as hair loss in round patches on the head, and sometimes the problem is autoimmune thyroiditis. Either way, the cause is an overactive immune system. The body misidentifies the hair as foreign and attacks it.

Do this: Work with a functional medicine clinician to reverse autoimmune thyroiditis. Consider starting an autoimmune protocol for food. In some cases, you may need to see a dermatologist for steroid injections.

12. Medications
Some medications such as beta-blockers, antidepressants, lithium, blood thinners, methotrexate, NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen) can cause hair loss.

Do this: If you’re taking one of these medications, talk to your medical professional about alternatives.

13. Overdoing hair care and products
Hair dye, frequent shampooing, other treatments, products, and vigorous styling can traumatize your hair follicles and lead to hair loss.

Do this: Wash your hair less often. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests that you let your hair air dry and limit hot devices (like flat irons and curling irons) to once per week or less. I know, I know, I love blowouts, too. Once per week, max!

14. Insulin resistance and blood sugar problems
Insulin, that helper hormone in charge of regulating blood sugar levels, also affects hair growth. Half of the female patients and 60 percent of male patients with androgenic alopecia have a constellation of signs and symptoms related to insulin resistance, blood sugar abnormalities, hypertension, and abnormal cholesterol.6 Another study found that androgenic alopecia may be an early marker of insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease in men.7 So it could be for women as well.

Do this: The good news is that cutting sugar and artificial sweeteners, being active, and losing weight can reverse insulin resistance and lower your chances of hair loss.

15. Aging
While the aging-related cause isn’t totally clear, it probably has to do with the hair follicle slowing down and getting depleted.

Do this: Well, we are all getting older. The key is your biological age as opposed to your chronological age. To learn more about an upcoming Ecourse on how to slow down aging and prevent hair loss, complete this quick questionnaire.

The blood panel I order
My advice is to try therapies aimed at the root cause of your hair loss first. Ask your doctor for my top blood tests, including these:

Complete blood count (a measure of whether you are anemic and your immune system is functioning)
Ferritin (the most sensitive test for iron stores in your body) – you may want to run a full iron panel
Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), free T3, free T4, and possibly, reverse T3, thyroid peroxidase antibodies, anti-thyroglobulin antibodies
Cortisol, ideally free and metabolized in a 4-point measurement in the urine
Fasting insulin and glucose
Testosterone (I prefer total and free testosterone in women with hair loss)
Antinuclear antibody (tells you whether the hair loss is related to an autoimmune condition)

Bottom line: When it comes to your hair loss and prescription therapies, we want to re-proportion your hormones, not search and destroy. So I highly recommend that you get to the root of your hair loss by finding the cause. Work with a collaborative health professional. View hair loss as an important message from your body that needs to be decoded. Often when you heal your hair loss, you heal other systems in your body, such as your gut, immune system, and endocrine system.

Now it’s your turn.
Have you experienced significant hair loss?

Did you find the root cause?

What solutions worked for you?

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Additional Support and Proof!

Listen and learn to this video more from leading PHD's from the 12th Annual SSEW Symposium, “The Exposome & Metabolic Health.” Speakers discussed the role of social relationships, chemicals found in everyday items like beauty and hair care products, and our food environments in encouraging negative health outcomes such as obesity and diabetes, breast cancer, and even Alzheimer’s. Listen Here


Limited Belief Meditation to get CLEAR

Welcome to this Mindfulness Meditation on THINKING ABOUT OUR THOUGHTS! 

What you’ll need: Notebook and a Pen 

Thinking about our thoughts.   

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Q: What are the things we tell ourselves on a daily basis. 

Q: Are they aligned with what we want? 

Q: Do they align with our inner core values? 

Thoughts create things and things create our reality.  

When we get clearer in our minds - we are better able to see in our mind's eye (our true authentic spirit self) what we truly want - and only then we are able to start to seeing clear actions to close the gaps in what we want that is true and right for us. 

Join me! Tune out and tune in.

Meditation Transcript

Stay inward -  (Its important not to compare our successes). 

What are the stories and limiting beliefs in what we desire?  

So let’s tune out and tune in by taking a moment and think about our thinking.   

 Take a moment with me to sit with yourself to turn inward and identify what may be some limiting beliefs right now that we can shift and get clear on.   

Closing your eyes, breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. 

 Taking the moment to relax and give time and space for your spirits and soul.  Feel your body relax, shoulders and tension in your eyes and jaw to relax. taking this moment for yourself.  opening your breath, even more, breathing out tension and in light through the center of your heart…that’s right.  

Now that you’re relaxed, bring in and allow two thoughts that are loving and true about yourself.  

“I feel calm in the midst of chaos.”

“I’m humorous and don’t take myself too seriously. “   

Great, now thank your true self for them - and now shifting, into 2 things that may be an inner voice that is not kind, to ourselves.  

So bringing up and allowing 2 things that come up now that are not productive or positive mind chatter to yourself.  

“I’m lazy and never get ahead.”  

“Everyone seems ahead of me and I feel behind” 

Great, now thank your truth and having the courage to look at them.  Seeing them side by side in complete neutrality - and understand we are not our thoughts but they are a guide to our inner subconscious.   

 Great….. Waking up from 1 to 5…counting 1. becoming more away, 2 thank you for this time. 3 shifting back into full presence  4 Fully Present 5. Fully awake.    

TAKE ACTION!
Now grab a notebook and write the negative thoughts and shit them to a positive one.

 “I dont have enough time” to “ I have all the time I need”   

 For the Positive, this is a sacred space to keep and remember and remind ourselves about our truth.  

This is a bank of love, compassion, and goodness to drink from.  

For more meditations like this, visit the Awaken Beauty Podcast! @awakenbeautyhq



Commonly Asked Questions About CBD Answered

Extracted from cannabis or hemp plants, Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a compound that provides users with analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective benefits. Many people are unsure of the facts surrounding CBD, and a lot of misinformation is circulating. Let's take a moment to look at some of the common questions regarding this compound and examine the answers.

Is it Marijuana?

Hemp is often confused with marijuana. While both compounds come from cannabis, they possess different chemical properties, are used for different purposes and are cultivated in different ways. The main uses of hemp include the production of oil that can provide pain relief, employment as a food ingredient and the manufacturing of clothes and other fabrics. Marijuana can consist of as much as 30 percent of the psychoactive compound THC that gives the plant its intoxicating effects. Hemp contains less than 0.3 percent of that psychoactive compound.

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Is it Legal?

The 2018 Farm Bill eliminated the federal prohibition against growing hemp. However, the bill left it up to the states to govern the growth and use of hemp as they see fit. At the moment, CBD is in a kind of legal grey area in certain states due to common misunderstandings. A product that is legal in one state may become illegal by traveling a few miles to cross the state line of a neighboring state. CBD is legal to use and possess in 44 of America's 50 states. Kansas, South Dakota, Nebraska, Idaho, West Virginia, and Indiana are the exceptions to this rule. You should also make sure to educate yourself on laws pertaining to driving while taking CBD.

What Conditions Does it Treat?

CBD has proven beneficial for a variety of issues, and the testimonials from users are seemingly endless. Pain relief is the most popular reason for CBD use. The compound has also demonstrated its benefits at aiding sufferers of depression and anxiety. The neuroprotective qualities of CBD have improved the quality of life for people with epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. Cancer patients have also found relief from taking CBD. From a beauty perspective, CBD is known to be beneficial for fighting acne, aging, dull skin, and redness.

Is CBD Safe?

CBD is tolerated well by most people and generally considered safe for consumption. However, there have been instances in which people have suffered side effects from the compound. Diarrhea, appetite changes and fatigue have been reported by people who do not tolerate CBD well. To ensure CBD does not negatively interact with something else, you should first speak to your doctor if you are taking other medications.

The use of CBD has exploded in popularity recently, but there are still many people who are unsure regarding the qualities of the compound and the legal atmosphere surrounding it. We hope that the basic information provided here regarding CBD and its usage will be helpful.

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THINNING HAIR 🕒 Do this while you still have time


HEY LADY!

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Tell me, have you ever looked at your scalp or at your brush and thought ...

OMG, is all of this hair loss normal?

Will my hair stop falling out?

Is this aging or stress, my hair is getting thinner!

Industry-wide,thinning hair a leading concern amongst salon clients,but few hairstylists know how to help a client get from here (helping to identify the source) to THERE (determining the best starting point, testing and solution-based options for the client).

I wish addressing thinning hair were as easy as just taking biotin, but it's not. 😔

| Fact |

40% of women have visible hair loss by the time they are age 40, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

I personally experienced losing over 50% of my hair in a short 2 weeks(literally) due to a perfect storm of stress and a health collapse (low hemoglobin). I remember not wanting to even touch my scalp, let along wash my hair.

Luckily, I had help to my kryptonite (Root Revival - explained below).

In fact, this power hitter is 2X'S MORE POWERFUL THAN MINOXIDIL and 100% NATURAL and DRUG-FREE!

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Life begins at the SCALP


ENTER ROOT REVIVAL'S Multi-therapeutic Regime,
while you still have time!

  • Help prevent hair loss

  • May rejuvenate damaged hair follicles

  • Aims to improve hair quality and texture

  • Helps to restore healthy hair growth cycles

    Can increase circulation and nutrition to scalp and hair follicles









How'd Evoq different from other hair loss products?


Our activator takes into account the entire follicle process fromstart to finish. Many other products have "mono" (one) ingredients that help hair loss, but often falls short or is over abrasive with salicylic acid to try to remove buildup - leaving the scalp dry and sensitive.

How's the Root Revival Activator work?


Hair Loss happens due to the stem cells of the hair follicle becoming less productive. Moreover, the fibroblasts located in the dermal papilla are less effective in transmitting information to the stem cells, in consequence, the matrix is not able to renew itself as before.

Evoq's Root Revival Activator targets the hair follicle cells to reactivate its division and stimulate anagen initial phase(growth)and decrease the effects of the telogen phase(fall).

Its action on several fronts enhances hair growth more than any other compound, even more(clinically proven 2x's more) than Minoxidil which is known for its side effects.

To make it easy - below is a chart that displays the power of this powerful scalp enhancer, followed by a client that's experience incredible regrowth!

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100% Natural Hair Growth Solution with Root Revival Activating Tonic

Reach out if you have any questions. Finding the root cause, combined with safe, toxic-free support is my passion and specialty. xo - Kassandra


Love and light! - Kassandra.






3 Reasons to Never Use Coconut Oil on Your Skin (bonus: 5 best skin oils)


Hello and welcome to The Awaken Beauty Podcast!

This mini-episode is a showstopper for sure!

I can guess you’ve probably purchased some coconut oil and slabbed it on your skin, thinking you’re getting the best and (cheap) skin benefit from this oil! OH NO HONEY, think again.

As a skincare creator, I absolutely understand the attraction to DIY products and keeping things simple. First off, our skin needs moisturizers to help prevent water loss. This is especially important for dry skin, dermatitis, aging and many other skin conditions.

I know it seems unavoidable since coconut oil is one (of many) natural oils that is often used as a moisturizer and seen as a miracle for everything! Just ask google. But the truth is, when applied to your skin, coconut oil can make your skin worse.

Don’t get me wrong I certainly use coconut oil in a myriad of ways! In this episode we’ll break down the top 3 ways coconut may make your skin worse in the long run and a bonus of what DIY oils to choose and a “Done For You option” I’ve developed and is found on Evoqbeauty.com

Enjoy, and let me know your thoughts!

On Today’s Episode, You’ll Awaken to:



👉 How 90%+ saturated fat is suffocating your skin

👉How the pH level of coconut disrupts your microbiome

👉What are great alternatives to coconut oil for the skin

👉Cannabis or CBD - is this a replacement for coconut?

👉How to integrate natural oils that nourish the skin into your life.



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