Addiction + Collagen’s Worst Enemy [must read]

Hello there!
Q: Noticing wrinkles, some deep lines or sagging in your skin?

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Sugar may be one of the culprits.

Yes, sugar is classified as America’s top addiction, but you may not realize you have MORE POWER THAN YOU THINK when it' comes to taking control of advanced aging skin.

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What Happens When You Eat Sugar?

Regular cellular hits of all kinds of sugar can trigger a cascade of physiological events that may ultimately cause inflammation, AGE factors from glycation and flare up issues.

Collagen’s Natural Enemy | AGE

Wrinkles and sagging skin are a partial byproduct of the process known as glycation, in which excess sugar molecules attach themselves to collagen fibers and ultimately cause them to lose their strength and flexibility (we call these bondings AGEs, or advanced glycosylation end products).

The result? Skin becomes less elastic and more vulnerable to sun damage, fine lines and sagging.

Sneaky Sugars are found in high-glycemic carbohydrates such as breads, starches, potatoes, baked goods, pastas, desserts and soda, are rapidly converted to glucose in your bloodstream.

The Effects Are More Than Just Skin Deep

While wrinkled skin is one of the visible signs of AGEs, most degenerative diseases are affected one way or another by disease-producing glycation reactions.

In fact, AGEs lie at the very heart of the aging process—from the skin to the brain—and can be responsible for wrinkles, heart disease, cancer, diabetes and more, including age-related memory loss and even Alzheimer’s disease.

Simply put, the formation of AGEs is responsible for both internal and external damage to the body…and sugar is the primary culprit.

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With a few nutrition changes, you can get beautiful skin in no time!

INFLAMMATION

Sugar ruins your skin by causing inflammation in the body. Sugar causes blood sugar levels to surge and plummet, which leads to inflammation. All sugars such as white and brown sugar, agave syrup, molasses, maple syrup, and honey, are to be looked for.

Opt in for fresh fruit or the natural sweetener Stevia instead.

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WRINKLES

Sugar’s inflammatory properties also lead to wrinkles. Collagen is what keeps your skin looking young and wrinkle-free but sugar attacks collagen, eating it on a cellular level. This dehydrates your skin and makes it look dull. And, of course, dehydration also leads to premature wrinkles.

BLOOD SUGAR IMBALANCE

Whenever you eat foods with a high sugar content, your blood sugar rises rapidly and falls rapidly. When you experience this sugar crash, you often feel hungry, shaky, and moody. Every time this happens, your body experiences internal stress, which often leads to breakouts.

Stabilize your blood sugar levels, eat meals that contain plenty of fiber, protein, and healthy fats.

FREE RADICALS

Free radicals cause inflammation and disease in the body. Studies have linked high-sugar foods and high-sugar diets with creating free radicals in the body. Antioxidants are important fighters in the war against free radicals, and foods with natural sugars, such as fruits and vegetables, are excellent sources.

Avoiding foods with added sweeteners, to boost your antioxidant levels and help your body win its fight against free radicals. H2 water is incredible to squash free radicals.

REDNESS AND RASHES

The inflammatory properties of sugar also cause red, irritated skin. Many people who suffer from rashes or are prone to yeast imbalances can blame their issues on a diet loaded with sugar.

Clear it up by removing refined and added sugars and focus on cruciferous green veggies and fiber-rich foods.

DEHYDRATION

Sugar sucks the water from your body’s cells, leading to dry, puffy skin and those terrible under-eye circles that we all hate.

Invest in H2 rich water to instantly oxygenate your skin.

DIGESTION PROBLEMS

Sugar is very hard on your digestive tract and creates inflammation and flora imbalances in the gut, and any time food doesn’t digest well, it shows in your skin.

Reducing sugar leads to a better functioning digestive tract, fewer food cravings, and better skin.

So there ya go! If you have any questions about how to set up your skin for success, contact us - and our SKIN PRO’s will help you align a inflammation free skin care regime + matched with your new awareness on sugar and it’s impact on our skin! Email: Hello@beautyecology.com

The Tittie Committe [Thermography RSVP]

EARLY DETECTION MEANS LIFE

Join Us for our upcoming Thermography Screening Event November 2nd

Details below | Share with a bosom buddy | RSVP

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, and the risk increases with age. Risk heightens when we have a close relative inflicted by this disease, in addition to women without children, and those who have had their first child after age 30.

However, in this fox trott TOX - ic world, we’re all at risk of developing cancer. Current research indicates that 1 in every 8 women in the US will get breast cancer in their lifetime.

Can we win? I believe WE CAN, and t’s all about awareness and prevention.

We hosted a Thermography Imaging event back in our old SW MPLS location - and it was a HUGE HiT. It’s now time to bring it into beautiful Wayzata. Learn more about Thermography and save your spot for this great opportunity - gaining sense of ease and empowerment at the same time.


WHAT IS THERMOGRAPHY?

Thermograms are incredibly powerful and reliable for early cancer detection (and many other health nuances which you’ll see below).

Thermograms can be used for successful diagnosis, treatment, & prognosis.  They are completely painless, non-invasive and take less than 15 minutes for a thorough reading.

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MAMMOGRAMS VS THERMOGRAPHY


Unlike mammograms, thermograms emit no harmful ionizing radiation.  Mammograms are one of the more dangerous medical tools due to the very high amounts of ionizing radiation. Thermograms use infrared technology that is completely safe.

They also do not compress the breast tissue like mammograms.  This compression that takes place during mammograms can cause cancer cells to break off create a malignant spread through the bloodstream.

The use of Digital Infrared Imaging is based on the principle that metabolic activity and vascular circulation in both pre-cancerous tissue and the area surrounding a developing breast cancer is almost always higher than in normal breast tissue.

Infrared cameras and sophisticated computers detect, analyze, and produce high-resolution images of temperature variations, and may be among the earliest signs of breast cancer and/or a pre-cancerous state of the breast.

Since the absolute prevention of breast cancer has not become a reality as of yet, efforts must be directed at detecting breast cancer at its earliest stage.

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WHAT MAKES DIGITAL INFRARED IMAGING SO UNIQUE

While mammography, ultrasound, MRI, and other structural imaging tools rely primarily on finding the physical tumor, DII is detecting minute variations in normal blood vessel activity and may find thermal signs suggesting a pre-cancerous state of the breast or the presence an early tumor that is not yet large enough to be detected by physical examination, mammography, or other types of structural imaging.

Certain types of cancers will not be detected (approximately 20%) by mammography for various reasons, but some of these cancers can be discovered by DII.


THERMOGRAPHY IMAGE EXAMPLE

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WHO REVIEWS YOUR IMAGE?
Rest assured, your image is digitally produced, and interpreted by qualified doctors. Abnormalities or changes in infrared images provide invaluable information. This is particularly true in patients with dense breasts, non-specific physical or mammographic findings, or women with a previous history of breast surgery or radiation.

BETTER TOGETHER? WHEN BREAST THERMOGRAPHY & MAMMOGRAPHY JOIN FORCES

Thermography does not replace mammography and mammography does not replace DII, the tests can greatly complement each other. Since it has been determined that 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer, we must use every means possible to detect cancers when there is the greatest chance for survival. Proper use of breast self-exams, physician exams, DII, and mammography together provide the earliest detection system available to date. If treated in the earliest stages, cure rates greater than 95% are possible.


IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THE BOOB

OTHER REASONS FOR USING THERMOGRAPHY

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  • Arthritis: Thermography can help you detect early signs of arthritis -- and differentiate between osteoarthritis and more severe forms like rheumatoid. Effective early treatment strategies can then be implemented, before you experience further degeneration.

  • Neck and Back Pain: Thermal pain patterns ‘light up' white and red hot on a scan in the involved area. You can get relief faster and begin restorative care that more precisely targets the correct area.

  • Dental Issues: If you have TMJ, gum disease, or an infected tooth, this will show up on a thermal scan as white or red hot.

  • Sinus Issues & Headaches: Significant heat in your forehead or sinus region revealed on a thermal scan is an indicator that these systems in your body are not functioning properly.

  • Immune Dysfunction, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue: The immune system correlates to the T1 andT2 areas of your spine -- high levels of heat in that region can indicate immune dysfunction. On the other hand, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and aching joints are just a few complaints that correlate to cool patterns seen at this area.

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS): This condition is often misdiagnosed. For instance, you may think you have CTS, yet the scan shows your neck is referring pain from a different affected area. This will help you get the most appropriate treatment.

  • Digestive Disorders: Irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis and Crohn's disease are often visible with thermography. If you're able to address these conditions early on, you'll find that health restoration is much more likely.

  • Other Conditions: Including bursitis, herniated discs, ligament or muscle tear, lupus, nerve problems, whiplash, stroke screening, cancer, and many, many others.


NOW THAT IS EMPOWERING! IF YOU’RE READY TO GRAB YOUR SAFE SCREENING……

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Next steps:

  1. Please email me directly at hello@beautyecology.com - Suggest times best for you from 1pm to 8:30pm.

  2. I will reply with available times for you to confirm.

  3. I will send you all Q/A information and how to prep for your thermogram.

  4. Cheers! All set. Please bring the forms when you come. You’re an incredible woman for taking your ownership of your health!


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What’s Your Hair Color Personality? [Inspiration Inside]


Hey beaute’ …. Question for ya.

- Do blondes really have more fun?

- Are redheads more prone to an explosive temper?

Have you noticed a difference in your attitude after changing your hair color?

Ok, it’s absolutely nutty nonsense to depict a full personality profile by the color of your hair. But… there’s a BUT.

We’ve all had times in our lives (and I’ve humbly helped you act on it) where we go through a life trauma or transition that evokes a reaction in our soul that drives us to make an erratic change.

For fun of it - there’s a bit of data science that has been collected over the year when it comes to you - and your chosen hair color.

Join me - let’s talk hair color + your personality- and I’ll even leave you with some technical information for you to share with (ME) or your hair colorist.


You’re the Cool Girl

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You consider yourself low key even though at time the legs are paddling a mile-a-minute underwater —because you know what you want and how to get it.

You’re monochrome mad for a dirty blonde beige — but that’s as dirty as it gets. You like your filters Cool, your days Warm and your nights filled with your bffs overflowing with cocktails.

Color your personality with ash blonde or brunette.
Suits: Cool Skin Tones, Blue eyes and Pinkish Cheeks.
Maintenance: Chill in personality + No hurry color care!

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The Bold and Beautiful

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You come in three words: bright, bold and badass. You’re a romantic wild child who loves to ramp up the vibrancy to full blast. Boring has NOTHING on you. You love your red lipstick, sassy wardrobe and you’re committed to your Strawberry, Plum hues an Rose Gold jewelry and 2.0 cheater glasses.

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Color your personality with Dark Copper Blonde, Intense Red Mahogany, and soft Rose Golds.
Suits: Copper and Reds for Warm Skin Tones. Plum and Violets for Cool Skin Tones.
Maintenance: You could choose to be soft and sweet with Rose Gold or turning up the shock factor with intense red. Upkeep is high maintenance due to red being the first to go in the color matrix. (Not at Beauty Ecology of course - keep what you pay for with our color technology).


The Dark and Mysterious

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Being a Brunette, brown haired babe runs deep. You have a soft confidence and honor your impeccably shaped eyebrows and perfectly finished eyeliner. that irrepressible strength that flows through your veins, however, your real strength is your self awareness and ambition.

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Color your personality with rich Golden Brown, Bold Dark Cool Blue Black or sweet R&B Ebony Brown.
Suits: Cool and Warm Skin Tones.
Maintenance: If attempting to tame grays, this look could bring you to a closer relationship with your colorist - or fancy free in letting it go if just richening up the tones from time to time.


I’m Every Woman

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Your top badd-ass line? I woke up like this. Your essentials? A pair of jeans, a white shirt, sexy long chain necklace and a good book after a long walk. You love your natural neutrals, comfort and your personal mantra is simplicity. As is your hair color, pigmented with effortless hues that looks like you’re a flower child saturated in shine.

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Color your personality with rich Beige Brown, Honey Hilights or blended Medium Brown Blended Lowlights to de-fuse those popping grays.
Suits
: Cool and Warm Skin Tones Alike.
Maintenance: Medium to Low - Highlight or Lowlight - that simple!


That Golden Girl

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Oh my honey, you fill the room with sunshine every time you walk in - you’re just golden! The love and warmth encompasses those around you. There’s no exception for your hair color - it is representative of sun kissed hues and rich firing tones.

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Color your personality with rich Golden Brown, Honey Hilights or a rich all over color.
Suits: Warm Skin Tones
Maintenance: Medium care on this look - if you’re already warm, accent the tones, richen it up - and let it go! Cool to start out? Step it up and highlight to brighten that sun-kissed look - medium maintenance on this strategy.


Thanks for joining - did it resonate with you? Again, it’s maybe nutty nonsense, but hopefully you grabbed some inspiration along the way!

Ready to BOOK IT?
Reach out at hello@beautyecology.com or TXT 612-386-4044

Follow us on the GRAM for more inspiration!

What it all comes down to? A Healthy Scalp [bonus inside]

Natural Ingredients Are Only Beneficial [ IF ] They Are Bioavailable!
I'm pretty sure you agree there's countless hair and scalp products on the market today that state they contain natural ingredients. But far too often, the individual botanical may not convey any noticeable effect.

When I develop or revise any Evoq product, the delivery system and the preservations of it's natural ingredients (yes), but even more so, it's critical the bioactivity is preserved for short and long term results.  

For example:

This is why we invest in Vitamin C Esther (lipid encapsulated) versus ascorbic acid, (vitamin c form that goes rancid upon oxygenation).


So.... how's YOUR scalp? 

When it comes to your scalp and the extension thereof [ HAIR ] .....


At Beauty Ecology we help you resolve everything from dandruff, psoriasis, over oily scalp, and hair loss - we know how to recognize when your scalp needs that extra attention.   

Our gentle Chelation System in our Scalp Clarifying + Remedy Treatment is definitely my favorite (and client go to) when it comes to treating the hair and scalp.   Here's what to expect if you put it to work:

- Removing excess and trapped oils
- Product build up 
- Hard water and chlorine
- Prep for hair color for longer lasting and more vibrancy

The KEY here is to remember, the health of your scalp displays many cause and effects, but it is the very place HEALTHY HAIR STARTS.  This means the rate of growth and vitality of your cuticle strength also starts here. 

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- 78.9% noticed visible increase in Hair Diameter & Thickness

- 71% of satisfaction and desired continual use

- Outperforms Minoxidil by 90% in medical based clinical trial

Clarifying Pre-Wash


AHA + Willow Bark: ­Helps clear the follicles of excessive dead cell build up, allowing room for thicker hair growth.

Zinc Complex:  Reduce scalp irritation and employ scalp balance with this natural UV protectant infusion for the most advanced scalp ailments.

Seed Oil Concentrate:  Nourish and support the scalp with an infusion of free radical quenching and anti­-inflammatory benefits.


HAIR GROWTH ACTIVATION


FREE UP OF PRODUCT BUILD UP + HARD WATER  


Thanks for being the INFORMED BEAUTY you are! If you’d like more information on our scalp treatments, products or to make an appointment - please email me at hello@beautyecology.com.

Leaky Face? Setting Healthy Skin Boundaries.


At some point in time, as women and natural care givers, we’ve struggled with knowing the extent of our own boundaries - right? Many times we don’t even know we’re venturing outside of our boundaries, later we find ourselves tired, agitated and often times just plain ANGRY.

With this same unconscious when it comes to protecting our soul - it’s the same when it comes to our SKIN. That’s right, the boundaries of your skin - that create the ultimate protective barrier - for happy, healthy and joyous skin.

* Don’t forget to scroll all the way to the bottom for my #1 Suggestion! *


Addressing Boundaries + Barriers - in our skin.

The stratum corneum is the outermost layer of the epidermis, consisting of dead cells (corneocytes). This layer is composed of 15–20 layers of flattened cells and skin sebum. Shingles on a house - in which protects and keeps damage out of its interior is a great visual as it pertains to the stratum corneum and dermal relationship.

Sebum, skin cells and lipids represent the food source that makes up our natural healthy bacteria, which gives the skin it’s homeostasis. 

The Skin’s Microbiome + Leaky Gut and [FACE]

Think of bacteria as your daily “professional skin aesthetician.”


The microbes micromanage our skin’s fundamental health by which stimulate secretion and cell turnover which stimulates our pores to keep our skin supple. Just like watching a “leaky face,” we cannot look past the possibility of a leaky gut which are commonly the cause blackheads, psoriasis and can be further damaged by rancid oils that are clogging oils, increase acne prone skin. 


LISTEN UP

 

Here’s a quick explainer video and detailed context below to further understand how to keep the biome and skin barrier optimized, plump and luminous.

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The Skin’s Natural ECOSYSTEM knows how to tend for itself. 

Again, our outer barrier protects the body from the external environment and is designed to hold water in and keep bacteria, microbes, and other external invaders out.

The strength and integrity of this barrier not only keeps our skin looking healthy and moisturized, it also plays a role in its clarity.

The Structure of The Stratum Corneum

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The dead skin cells “bricks” and the intercellular matrix (the lipids and fatty acids – aka sebum) make up the mortar. These waterproofing lipids are what keep skin hydrated, soft, and firm in appearance by preventing the evaporation of the water it absorbs from the environment and the deeper layers of the skin. It holds the water in and keeps bacteria (including acne bacteria!) and other impurities out.

What if holes and cracks occur?
Obviously water evaporates and escapes. This is when the skin becomes compromised and barrier repair is needed in order to prevent dehydration and bacteria from getting into the cracks.

Your Re-birthing Process
Using its own natural exfoliation process known as desquamation, fresh skin cells migrate from the bottom layer of the epidermis to the outer most layer of the skin. This process is wholly dependent on adequate hydration, so when this process gets disrupted, the skin becomes rough, scaly, and dry in appearance.

Unclogging Pores
If the outer most barrier isn’t repaired, the skin becomes dehydrated (even if you have oily skin), tightens and holds onto dead skin cells. Say “hello to clogged pores!” Bacteria is added to the concoction and makes a perfect soup for your body to react and attack those bacteria in which cascades quickly into inflammation.

** Therefore, even if you’ve cleaned up your lifestyle and still have acne, chances are you have a damaged outer most skin barrier.

The Outward Signs and Symptoms of a Barrier Damage

Many skin conditions can be exacerbated by a damaged stratum corneum. These include:

• Acne
• Dermatitis
• Dry skin
• Eczema
• Flaky skin
• Inflammation
• Itchiness
• Premature aging
• Psoriasis
• Redness
• Rosacea
• Scaly skin
• Sensitive skin
• Tightness

It is thought that over 70% of people who suffer from acne have some degree of damage to their outer most barrier.

Even those with oily skin can have dehydrated skin, so don’t be fooled by oily skin and hydration levels! ANY skin type can become dehydrated because the outer most barrier has been altered causing it to lose its ability to retain moisture.


So, What Causes a Damaged Barrier to Begin With?

There are several reasons why your outer most barrier may begin to deteriorate:

1. Constantly stripping away sebum
2. Cumulative damage that has affected the skin cell renewal cycle
3. Environmental conditions like dry, cold or hot weather, and wind
4. Not enough physical exercise
5. Not enough sleep
6. Nutritional deficiencies
7. Over-exfoliation
8. Over-washing your face
9. Poor diet high in processed foods and sugar
10. Stress
11. Sun damage
12. Unprotected winter skin
13. Using harsh products on your skin
14. Using hot water when washing and rinsing your1 face
15. Using too many chemicals on your skin

Experiencing any of the above for too long can start to alter the structures within the skin that are responsible for moisture retention and balance.


THE RECIPE FOR RE-HYDRATION

All this information tells us that we need to achieve balanced hydration within our skin cells in order to repair the outer most skin barrier.

The first steps you want to take are things like lowering stress, getting quality sleep, exercising regularly, drinking enough water daily, and eating a clean healthy diet.

Cleansing:
While improving those aspects of your life, you should begin taking steps towards improving your skincare routine like using cooler water to wash and rinse, switching to a gentle cleanser, avoiding harsh exfoliants or over exfoliating, and allowing your skin to recover its hydration levels.

Water Content + Temperature
The worst thing you can do is use hot water or steam on your face, washing too often, stripping your skin’s oils, or scrubbing your skin too often. All this will do is dry out, strip, and damage the outer most barrier making it harder for your skin to hold onto water.

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Harsh chemicals in your face/beauty products can weaken and strip the skin and cause irritation and deterioration of the lipid layer.

Tearing Down Your Protective Barrier
”Even if your skin pro says it’s A-OK,” beware of the motives. Using harsh exfoliants and over-doing micro-needling and peels can actually scratch open the skin (microscopically) and allow water to evaporate.

UV Protect!
Wear your daily sunscreen if you plan on being out in the sun. 20 Minutes of raw sun is fab for natural Vitamin D needs, but anything over this is detrimental short and long term.


Up-level Your Skin Hydration

Aside from the above, here are a few tips to quickly repair your barrier:

1. Barrier restoring ingredients
Lipids are excellent ingredients to use as they tend to mimic those found in the stratum corneum. The best ones to use are those that contain ceramides and are rich in linoleic acid such as baobab, evening primrose, rose hip seed oil, safflower oil (high linoleic acid), shea butter, and sunflower oil (high linoleic acid). Most, if not all Evoq Skin products contain ceramide rich nutrients.

2. Humectants
Humectants are essential for repairing the outer most barrier as they attract water from deep below the epidermis as well as from humidity in our environment. This moisture is drawn into the stratum corneum where it holds in moisture and repairs the skin.

Some of the best humectants include glycerin and hyaluronic acid. These are found in all of our Booster Serums.

Avoid synthetic humectants like:

• Polyethylene glycol (PEGs) – a petroleum byproduct that dries out the skin over time
• Propylene glycol – the synthetic version of glycerin, also a petroleum byproduct known to irritate the skin
• Urea – a preservative that releases formaldehyde; a known carcinogen that can cause dermatitis (there is naturally occurring urea in the skin which is part of the natural moisturizing factor of the skin or NMF)

3. Skin identical ingredients
Using ingredients like peptides, sea algae and omegas will help restore the acid mantle and balance the skin’s natural moisturizing factor.

4. Skin protectants – aka “occlusives.”
Ingredients like shea butter, avocado oil, sunflower oil, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, squalene, evening primrose oil, and baobab oil are all wonderful emollients and are rich in phytosterols that heal and buffer the skin against dehydration.

Learn more about our TOP ceramide-rich skin protectant will help keep your skin soft, supple, and firm in appearance.

-SOLUTION-

Our Youth Renew Oil is superior for repairing your lipid barrier - not allowing hydration to leak and keeping your skin bright, plump and luminous. 

** Cold­pressed, organic fruit seed oils rank high in omegas and naturally derived antioxidants that create the “power of 10” anti­-aging benefits. Infuses your skin with omega fatty acids that protect and improve your skin from sensitivities, skin allergies, and environmental aging while enhancing cellular metabolic functions.


XO
Thanks for joining me on yet another skin lesson! Let me know if you have any questions on setting healthy barriers in your skin + life! E: Kassandra@beautyecology.com XO MUCH LOVE!

Thank you, Holistic Health Herbalist

Fall Hair Tips & Trends

Fall hair trends are on the prowl - and our saloon chairs have been buzzing with brunette's and golden beauties already! 

This quick trend read is for all of you ladies that are not quite ready to bid your highlights goodbye.  

I suggest keeping your face light and bright while dosing down with rich brown behind and under to bring color into the face, plump up your cuticle and to usher in a season of soul renewal. 


FALL TRENDS |  BE Natural & Youth Renewal Hair Color

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If you've followed our instagram stories this summer and caught me hitting the trail rides this summer on my favorite horse pal (Rebel) - then you'll get this is my all time fav!

Hats off and yeehaw to this beautiful image - as a horse lover, cowgirl and obsessive colorist and   - this photo says it best.  


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Honestly want to tell her to SMILE, but for all intensive purposes, exposing this fabulous, soft approach to  winding down a blend of beige blonde and beige brunette.  


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Much like my gal in the cowgirl hat, this technique is along the same lines.  Framing the face only is a strategic way to hide gray on your six week marathon, brighten the face and richen up the rest of the crown and crowd.  


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This lovely is a all-star on pinterest.  Many of my clients adore her bright blonde tenacity - as do I!   If you're a ash blonde to begin with, amping it up with our keratin - brass free - mineral clay is the way to go.   As fall comes near, throwing in a few icy brunettes makes the blonde pop even more.  


SUPERIOR COLOR + METHODOLICAL TECHNIQUE

 

@beautyecology only offers the best of the BEST when it comes to color and quality.

 NO hidden chemicals, ammonia, ppd, or peroxide.  We rehab your hair and it just gets better - time after time...

 Email | hello@beautyecology.com | or Text  | 612-386-4044 |  to book your rich + healthy color!

Look Younger While Living Longer (a plastic surgeon's perspective)

As a beauty and health professional, I get all types of questions form our guests about what I think about botox, lasers and potential natural alternatives.  While I am not here to position my opinion (every case is personal and individual), I thought this podcast would help add to the conversation on botox, skin health and "aging" tactics. 

The Episode

This episode explores the question of how we can maintain a naturally youthful look as we get older. Brett — a New York City oculofacial plastic surgeon who specializes in both non-surgical and surgical cosmetic and reconstructive procedures of the eyes and face — shares some remarkably practical advice on everything from the most extensive procedural options, down to the simple steps one can do themselves, starting today, that can make a tremendous impact.  

Check out this podcast hosted by Peter Attia showcasing Brett Kotlus, MD.  I've also left the show notes to skim through the chit chat. 


The Discussion Outlined

  • History of medical training that led to Brett’s current interests [5:00];
  • What changes occur that make skin look older over time? [8:00];
  • How to avoid the “unnatural” look associated with cosmetic surgery [17:00];
  • Facial augmentation, fixing eye-bags, and picking the right provider [22:15];
  • Common botox mistakes, and how to do it right [37:30];
  • Protect and rejuvenate your skin with these 3 main tools [46:30];
  • Latest trends in cosmetic industry, botox, cryolipolysis, the various forms of facials, and PRP [1:05:00];
  • Importance of picking a provider you trust, rather than a device you want [1:31:30];
  • Future of the cosmetic field [1:33:00]; and
  • More.

Dont miss our awesome discount below to get started NOW on healthy, long term aging to cover all the fundamental levels of the dermis and its critical regenerative abilities.  

You can find all show notes and the PODCAST HERE. 


My Final Comments

On a professional level in the skin industry, it's a delight to see Brett commenting on UV protection, the power of the RIGHT kind of vitamin C (although I much prefer C-Ester due to it being enveloped in fatty acids to travel deep and deliver), and more education on the great tactics of Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP).

Really, the critical piece to capture on healthy aging come down to drinking plenty of water, quality nutrition, fresh air with doses of healthy sun, moving our body for detoxification and ridding old negative thought patterns.  

In closing, here are my top HIGH POWERED skin solutions with levels of actives need for true skin transformation - when used consistently.  


 

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    SEA PEARL EXTRACT­    Works to slough away dull epidermal cells and reveal a brighter, more luminous complexion.   ISOTONIC SEA WATER­    Infuses skin with essential minerals and trace elements needed for healthy skin.   SHEA BUTTER + SUNFLOWER   Protects skin from everyday toxins and promotes cell renewal, while soothing dryness, dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis with Vitamins A and E.

 

SEA PEARL EXTRACT­ 

Works to slough away dull epidermal cells and reveal a brighter, more luminous complexion.

ISOTONIC SEA WATER­ 

Infuses skin with essential minerals and trace elements needed for healthy skin.

SHEA BUTTER + SUNFLOWER

Protects skin from everyday toxins and promotes cell renewal, while soothing dryness, dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis with Vitamins A and E.

 

BOTANICAL STEM CELLS OF NARCISSUS AND MADONNA LILY­ 

educes skin discoloration by inhibiting the transfer of melanosomes, which can create dark spots. 

VITAMIN C ESTERS

Gently brighten skin to reduce dark spots and scars, and regulates oil production.

LIQUID OXYGEN ­ 

Decreases the look of fine lines and wrinkles by increasing skin’s volume

    HIBISCUS SYRIACUS, RUTIN, & IRIS PALLIDA STEM CELL EXTRACTS­    Plant­ based stem cell extracts stimulate cellular turnover, giving skin a younger, fresher look and feel.   SODIUM HYALURONATE­    Locks in moisture to plump up wrinkles, leaving skin looking firmer, and helping to diminish the appearance of fine lines.   NANNOCHLOROPSIS ALGAE EXTRACT (OMEGA­ 7 FATTY ACIDS)­    An anti­-inflammatory extract of algae that reduces redness and calms irritated skin.

 

HIBISCUS SYRIACUS, RUTIN, & IRIS PALLIDA STEM CELL EXTRACTS­ 

Plant­ based stem cell extracts stimulate cellular turnover, giving skin a younger, fresher look and feel.

SODIUM HYALURONATE­ 

Locks in moisture to plump up wrinkles, leaving skin looking firmer, and helping to diminish the appearance of fine lines.

NANNOCHLOROPSIS ALGAE EXTRACT (OMEGA­ 7 FATTY ACIDS)­ 

An anti­-inflammatory extract of algae that reduces redness and calms irritated skin.

    HIBISCUS MALIC ACID   Natural acids increase cell turnover to support fresher, younger, smoother looking skin.   MARINE CRISTE EXTRACT OR “SEA RETINOL”    Patented Sea Retinol visibly smoothes wrinkles and creates a radiant complexion.   LIQUID OXYGEN (PERFLUORODECALIN)    Decreases the look of fine lines and wrinkles by increasing skin’s volume and improves the look of dark circles over time.   

 

HIBISCUS MALIC ACID

Natural acids increase cell turnover to support fresher, younger, smoother looking skin.

MARINE CRISTE EXTRACT OR “SEA RETINOL” 

Patented Sea Retinol visibly smoothes wrinkles and creates a radiant complexion.

LIQUID OXYGEN (PERFLUORODECALIN) 

Decreases the look of fine lines and wrinkles by increasing skin’s volume and improves the look of dark circles over time.

 

    25% NON­-NANO ZINC OXIDE 35 SPF­    Reduces visibility of skin damage by eliminating free radicals that increase the risk of skin cancer. Safe for the whole family.    VITAMIN D3 (CHOLECALCIFEROL)­    Traditional sunscreens block natural intake of vitamin D but our Primer is infused with it to offset what your skin doesn’t take in on its own.   SUNFLOWER SEED (VITAMIN E)    ­ Naturally a UV absorbent, it reduces the appearance of wrinkles and lightens dark, under­eye circles and scars.

 

25% NON­-NANO ZINC OXIDE 35 SPF­ 

Reduces visibility of skin damage by eliminating free radicals that increase the risk of skin cancer. Safe for the whole family. 

VITAMIN D3 (CHOLECALCIFEROL)­ 

Traditional sunscreens block natural intake of vitamin D but our Primer is infused with it to offset what your skin doesn’t take in on its own.

SUNFLOWER SEED (VITAMIN E)

­Naturally a UV absorbent, it reduces the appearance of wrinkles and lightens dark, under­eye circles and scars.

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    CANNA-PEDIA | Cannabis Terms & Definitions

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    Analgesic

    An analgesic is any drug or compound which acts on the peripheral and central nervous systems for the purpose of pain relief. Analgesic drugs are distinct from anesthetics, which have a temporary effect and often completely eliminate sensation or cause unconsciousness. Research into CBD’s effects on humans suggests that it may be an effective analgesic for pain caused by inflammation as well as chronic pain due to illness or injury.

    Anandamide

    Anandamide (N-arachidonoylethanolamine or AEA) is a neurotransmitter which plays a role in mood regulation. The word originates from the Sanskrit word ananda, which translates to “joy, bliss, delight.” Research has shown that CBD can lead to elevated anandamide levels. CBD is being studied for its therapeutic use in treating anxiety, depression, addiction and other related ailments.

    Anorectic

    An anorectic is a drug which reduces appetite. Anorectics are also known as anorexics, anorexigens, anorexiants or appetite suppressants. Studies suggest that CBD has anorectic properties and may have potential as a therapy for the treatment of habitual overeating and obesity.

    Anti-epileptic

    Anti-epileptics (AEDs), also known as anticonvulsants, are the most commonly used drugs for treatment of epilepsy. AEDs are also known to be mood stabilizers and are increasingly being used in the treatment of conditions such as bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder, as well as for the treatment of neuropathic pain. CBD has been proven in Phase I clinical trials to reduce seizures in patients with intractable epilepsy. Many U.S. states have already approved the use of CBD as an anti-epileptic.

    Anti-inflammatory, Inflammation

    An anti-inflammatory is a substance which has the ability to reduce inflammation. Inflammation is a natural response of the body to injury or illness. Inflammation often manifests as pain, swelling, redness and heat. Many pain relievers work by reducing inflammation, as opposed to opioids, which block pain signaling to the brain. As shown in numerous studies, one of CBD’s most prominent therapeutic properties is its ability to reduce inflammation.

    Anti-insomnia

    Anti-insomnia drugs are used to treat sleep disorders. They are intended to induce sleep and prevent premature waking. A variety of studies have shown that CBD may have anti-insomnia properties, and many patients with insomnia claim CBD helps them to fall asleep faster and sleep better.

    Anti-ischemic

    Anti-ischemic drugs are used to control myocardial ischemia in patients with coronary artery disease. Ischemia is a restriction in blood supply to tissues, which causes a shortage of oxygen required for cellular metabolism. This condition also reduces the availability of nutrients and the removal of metabolic wastes. Research is ongoing as to whether CBD may be an effective anti-ischemic with therapeutic benefits for patients with cardiovascular conditions.

    Antipsychotic

    Antipsychotic drugs are used to manage psychosis such as delusions, hallucinations, paranoia, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and are increasingly being used to treat non-psychotic disorders. Pharmaceutical antipsychotics are known to cause unwanted side effects such as involuntary movement disorders, gynecomastia and metabolic syndrome. Research indicates that CBD may have therapeutic properties which may be useful in assisting the treatment of psychosis. Some U.S. states have approved the use of CBD in the treatment of psychosis.

    Antispasmodic

    Antispasmodic drugs are used to suppresses muscle spasms or to prevent spasms of the stomach, intestine or urinary bladder. Recent research indicates that CBD may have antispasmodic properties and may be useful for the treatment of spastic muscles and for improving digestive motility issues.

    Antibacterial

    Antibacterial drugs, also known as antibiotics, either kill or inhibit the growth of bacteria and are used in the treatment and prevention of bacterial infections. Some experts consider antibacterials to be external disinfectants such as antibacterial soap, while antibiotics are used as internal medicine. Studies have shown that CBD possesses antibacterial properties.

    Antidepressant

    Antidepressant drugs are used to treat major depressive disorder, dysthymia, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders, chronic pain, neuropathic pain and, in some cases, dysmenorrhoea (painful menstruation), snoring, migraines, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD/ADD), addiction, dependence and sleep disorders. Many of these ailments are characterized by low levels of anandamide in the brain. CBD has been shown in lab studies to increase levels of anandamide.

    Antidiabetic

    Antidiabetics are drugs used to treat diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels. Researchers have shown that CBD has the ability to lower blood sugar in animal studies and further research is investigating whether CBD may be useful in treating and preventing diabetes in humans.

    Antiemetic

    Antiemetic drugs are used to reduce vomiting and nausea caused by conditions such as motion sickness as well as the side effects of opioids and medications used in chemotherapy. Research suggests that oral application of CBD may be an effective antiemetic.

    Antifungal

    Antifungal compounds, also known as antimycotics, are pharmaceutical fungicides used to treat and prevent fungal conditions such as athlete’s foot, ringworm and candidiasis (thrush), as well as serious systemic infections including cryptococcal meningitis. Studies have shown that CBD possesses antifungal properties and may prove to be useful for these conditions.

    Antipsoriatic

    Antipsoriatic drugs are used to treat a skin condition known as psoriasis. Numerous studies have attested to CBD’s antipsoriatic properties, suggesting that it may be a useful compound in treating this common skin disorder.

    Anxiolytic

    Anxiolytic drugs are used to prevent or treat a number of forms of anxiety. Patients suffering from anxiety often have reduced anandamide levels in the brain. CBD has been shown in numerous studies to increase anandamide levels. The treatment of anxiety, including PTSD, is the most common reason given for using CBD. Many U.S. states have approved the use of CBD to treat PTSD and other anxiety-related disorders.

    Biphasic

    The term biphasic refers to a compound’s propensity to have different effects depending on the dosage being administered. Researchers have shown that, used at lower doses, CBD promotes alertness while at higher doses it promotes sleep.

    Cannabidiol (CBD)

    Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a phytocannabinoid (a cannabinoid produced in plants), most commonly extracted from industrial hemp, which has been shown to act as a neuromodulating molecule mimicking the effects of certain endocannabinoids(those produced naturally by the human body). CBD has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial properties, among others.

    Cannabinoid

    Cannabinoids are a class of molecules which have neuromodulating effects in the human body. Endocannabinoids are those produced by the human body, whereas phytocannabinoids are those produced by plants such as cannabis. CBD is a phytocannabinoid compound.

    Cannabis

    Cannabis is a species of plant which produces phytocannabinoids, such as CBD, which is known to have medicinally therapeutic benefits. Phytocannabinoids have been shown to mimic the effects of signaling molecules known as endocannabinoids, which are naturally produced by the human body. Hemp and marijuana are both varieties of cannabis.

    Cannabinoid Receptor

    Cannabinoid receptors are of a class of cell membrane receptors which interact with both endocannabinoids (human cannabinoids) and phytocannabinoids (plant-derived cannabinoids)There are two types of cannabinoid receptors in the human endocannabinoid system — CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are found mainly in the brain and central nervous system, and CB2 are found throughout the body, especially in the cells or other major organs. The endocannabinoid system is involved in a variety of physiological processes including modulation of appetite, pain-sensation, mood and memory.

    CBD Oil

    CBD oil refers to either the essential oil extracted from CBD-rich cannabis varieties such as hemp, or medicinal oils which have been infused with CBD. CBD oil is commonly used for its supplemental and medicinal benefits.

    CBDa

    CBDa is the acid form of cannabidiol. When heated to a certain temperature for a certain amount of time, CBDa is converted into CBD. The process of converting CBDa into CBD is known as decarboxylation.

    CBD-Rich

    This term refers to the essential extract of a hemp plant which is high in CBD.

    CBD Enriched

    This term refers to a product which has been enriched by infusing it with CBD.

    Cannabidivarin (CBDv)

    Cannabidivarin, or CBDv, is a non-psychotropic cannabinoid found in Cannabis. CBDv is thought to have therapeutic properties similar to those of CBD such as reducing nausea.

    CBD Concentrate, CBD Distillate

    CBD concentrate or CBD distillate refers to a distilled reduction of raw hemp extract. A distillation process is used to remove waxes and other compounds to produce a product with a higher-than-natural concentration of CBD.

    CBD Isolate

    CBD Isolate is a crystalline form of pure CBD which is made by subjecting hemp extract to a series of distillation processes which remove all other compounds leaving behind only pure CBD. CBD isolate is often used in CBD-enrichedpreparations such as vape oil.

    Decarboxylation

    Decarboxylation refers to a process by which a carbon atom is removed from a carbon chain in CBDa, converting it to CBD, which is more easily absorbed and metabolized by the human body. This is usually done by exposing the compound to higher temperatures for a period of time.

    Edibles

    This term refers to edible preparations that have been infused with CBD, such as candies and baked goods. CBD-infused edibles are often used to treat ailments of the stomach and intestines.

    Endocannabinoid

    An endocannabinoid is a cannabinoid compound produced naturally by the human body. Endocannabinoids are part of the human endocannabinoid system, or ECS.

    Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

    The human endocannabinoid system, or ECS, consists of cannabinoid compounds produced by the human body and their associated cannabinoid receptors. The ECS acts as a signaling system which has the ability to modulate a number of physiological processes on a cellular level.

    Entourage Effect

    This term refers to the combined overall therapeutic effects produced by the active compounds found in CBD-rich hemp extracts such as cannabinoids and terpenes, each of which has its own particular set of effects.

    Essential Oil

    Essential oil refers to an oil which has been extracted from a plant. In the case of hemp, this essential oil contains a host of cannabinoids and terpenes as well as other compounds such as chlorophyll. Some extraction processes remove compounds such as chlorophyll while leaving the cannabinoids and terpenes intact.

    Extract, Extraction

    An extract is the end product of an essential oil extraction process. In the case of hemp, the essential oils are extracted using a solvent such as supercritical CO2 or ethanol. The resulting product is referred to as hemp extract.

    Full Spectrum

    A full spectrum CBD oil is a product which contains a variety of cannabinoids and terpenesFull spectrum oils are valued for their part in the entourage effect.

    Gel Capsule, Gelcap

    A gel capsule, also known as a gelcap, is a capsule made from gelatin and other ingredients which contains a medicine or supplement —  in this case, CBD oil — to be administered orally.

    Hemp Oil / Hemp Seed Oil

    Hemp seed oil, also sometimes referred to as simply hemp oil, is the oil produced by pressing hemp seeds. It is not to be confused with the plant’s essential oils,which are extracted from the plant’s flowers and leaves. Hemp seed oil contains neither cannabinoids nor terpenes; however, it is rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fatty acids, and is often used as a base for producing CBD oil.

    Hemp, Agricultural Hemp, Industrial Hemp

    Hemp is a variety of cannabis which is used for agricultural and industrial purposes such as textiles, construction materials, biofuels and food. Unlike marijuana, another variety of cannabis, hemp contains negligible amounts of the psychotropic cannabinoid, THC.

    Homeostasis

    This term refers to a state of human physiology in which a variety of physiological processes are well balanced, producing a state of good health. CBD is often used to maintain or promote a state of homeostasis.

    Immunomodulator

    An immunomodulator is a chemical agent which is used to modify human immune response or improve the functioning of the immune system. Research suggests that CBD possesses immunomodulation properties.

    Inhaler

    An inhaler is a medical device which is used to administer a measured dose of a medicinal compound such as CBD via the lungs. Inhalers are used primarily to treat asthma and other forms of lung inflammation.

    Intestinal Prokinetic

    Intestinal prokinetics are drugs used to treat intestinal motility disorders. Some researchers believe that these conditions may be the result of an endocannabinoiddeficiency and that CBD may be useful in treating them.

    Marijuana

    Marijuana is a variety of cannabis which contains high levels of THC, a psychotropiccannabinoid. Marijuana is not to be confused with hemp, which has negligible amounts of THC.

    MCT Oil

    This term refers to medium-chain triglycerides, a form of saturated fatty acids. Commonly made from coconut oil, MCTs provide a variety of health benefits including improved cognitive function and weight management. MCT oil is often used as an ingredient or base for CBD-enriched oils.

    Metabolism

    This term refers to the life-sustaining chemical processes which occur within cells, such as the conversion of sugars and fats to energy and the elimination of wastes. It can also refer to the combined chemical reactions which sustain living organisms. The endocannabinoid system is thought to be involved in the regulation of some of these processes.

    Metabolite

    A metabolite is the waste product of a compound which has been through the process of metabolism.

    Nanoencapsulation, Microencapsulation

    Nanoencapsulation and microencapsulation are processes by which CBD oil is converted into a water-soluble preparation by encapsulating the oil in microscopic beads of an emulsifier or wax, allowing them to be more readily absorbed into the bloodstream.

    Neuroprotectant

    This term refers to a compound’s ability to protect or repair neurons and other nerves in the central nervous system from various types of damage. CBD has been shown in multiple lab studies to have neuroprotective properties.

    Neuropathic Pain

    Neuropathic pain refers to a type of chronic pain which results from damage to the central nervous system, caused by conditions such as diabetes. Research studies have shown that CBD may be a useful therapeutic agent in the treatment of neuropathic pain and many U.S. states have approved the use of CBD as a treatment for neuropathic pain.

    Neurotransmitter

    A neurotransmitter is a chemical substance released from the synapses where nerves connect to other nerves, muscles or other structures, triggering an impulse. Research has shown that CBD may be an effective modulator of neurotransmitters such as anandamide.

    Phytocannabinoid

    Phytocannabinoids are cannabinoids produced by plants such as hemp. CBD is a phytocannabinoid which has the ability to mimic cannabinoids produced naturally by the human body, which we call endocannabinoids.

    Psychoactive, Non-Psychoactive

    A psychoactive drug or chemical is one that changes brain function and results in alterations in mood or behavior such as relieving anxiety. CBD is psychoactive in that it can alter mood and may reduce anxiety. Many U.S. states have approved the use of CBD to treat anxiety-related conditions such as PTSD.

    Psychotoxic, Non-psychotoxic

    A psychotoxic drug or chemical is one that produces detrimental effects on brain function such as causing psychosis, depression, anxiety or hallucinations. CBD is non-psychotoxic.

    Psychotropic, Non-psychotropic

    A psychotropic drug or chemical is one that alters brain function in such a way as to cause changes in cognition and behavior like causing a high or euphoric feeling. THC is psychotropic. CBD is non-psychotropic.

    Sublingual

    A sublingual medication or supplement is one that is administered under the tongue and absorbed into the bloodstream via capillaries in the tissues on the inside of the mouth. A liquid sublingual such as CBD oil is often referred to as a tincture.

    Terpenes, Terpenoids

    Terpenes are oily compounds produced by plants such as cannabis which give it it’s aromas and flavors. Many terpenes are physiologically active when consumed. For example, a terpene called limonene is responsible for the smell of citrus fruits and can have an uplifting effect on mood. A terpenoid is a metabolite of a terpene.

    THC: Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol

    THC is the psychotropic cannabinoid produced in marijuana which causes a feeling of euphoria. Hemp, hemp extract and CBD oil made from hemp extract do not generally contain THC.

    Tincture

    A tincture is a liquid preparation such as CBD oil which can be administered sublingually.

    Topical

    A topical is a liquid, cream or balm that is applied externally to the skin and absorbed into the body. CBD infused topicals are used to treat skin conditions as well as to reduce inflammation and relax tense muscles.

    Toxic, Non-toxic

    A toxic substance is one that is poisonous or harmful to human tissue and organs.CBD is non-toxic.

    Transdermal

    A transdermal preparation is one that is applied to the skin via a patch. The active ingredient is then absorbed into the bloodstream via the skin. CBD can be administered in the form of a transdermal patch.

    Vaporizer, Vape, Vaping

    A vaporizer, or vape, is an implement which atomizes or gasifies a solid or liquid substance so that it may be inhaled and absorbed into the bloodstream via the lungs. Oils used in vaporizers are often referred to as vape oilVaping is the act of using a vaporizer. Vape oils can be infused with full spectrum CBD oil or CBD isolate.

    Vasorelaxant

    A vasorelaxant is any drug or compound used for its ability to relax arteries, veins and capillaries for the purpose of lowering blood pressure. CBD has been shown in numerous studies to exhibit vasorelaxant properties.


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