Archive | September, 2011

Step 1: See a Professional

29 Sep


It’s easy to think you know how to take care of your skin, the media bombards women with “product knowledge.”  Healthcare is never cut in dry (fact for all you medline readers).  Without education and experience in a subject, we have no business self-diagnosing and dictating a plan of action.  It’s finding the right man for the right job.

Like in most aspects of healthcare, preventative care is not usually the route we choose.  Ever notice how European women have beautiful skin?  Part of the reason is because they see aestheticians.  Often.

Your skin is an organ; in fact, it’s the largest organ of your body.  It provides your body with:

  • Protection:  against pathogens
  •  Regulation: your body temperature
  • Controls evaporation:  moisture loss
  • Sensation: contains nerve endings for sensory
  •  Storage: for lipids and water
  • Absorption:  diffuses O2 and CO2
  • Resistance: acts as a water barrier

Case in point:  your skin has many vital roles physiologically.

Everyone’s skin is different, and there is no formula for “dry” or “oily.”  These characteristics are side effects of your physiology.  They are not going to go away unless you approach them at the dermal level.  A good aesthetician can explain to you your underlying physiology.  She can answer questions with medical information and explain what type of products you should be using.  (FYI: the title medical aesthetician doesn’t mean they’re good).

The path to maintaining flawless skin starts with an aesthetician.  It is an investment that will bring you decades of happiness.  You can trade in for a new car at any time, you can’t buy a new face (yet).

(P.S. a dermatologist is not an aesthetician).

Beauty Defined

28 Sep

What makes a person beautiful?

It is a combination of inner beauty (psychological factors) and outer beauty (physical attractiveness).  Beauty is defined with individual, cultural and universal standards which every single person desires to achieve.

Universally Beautiful

Throughout time and across cultures, there are several characteristics of physical attractiveness.  Boston or not, beauty is:

Boston Culture

Although we are ranked as one of the countries most intelligent cities, we don’t fare so well in the areas of physical attractiveness (or friendliness for that matter!).  It’s 2011 Boston!  You can be both smart AND beautiful.

Individual Ideals

We look in the mirror over 30 times a day focusing on “flaws” that do not fit our individual standard of beauty.  It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks – not your best friend, not your husband, not your mother – if something bothers you, it is significant.  Our conservative culture makes it difficult to attain our individual goals in beauty.  We have questions, but don’t know where to seek answers.  So, we rely on our best feature – our intelligence – and go on the internet, or read magazines.

The Beauty Industry

We spend half our paychecks trying to look good, we invest so much hope and money in the “next best thing” to fix our appearance, and continuously feel let down.  Companies and products capitalizing off a basic human need is a 14.5 billion dollar industry, and as a nurse, reminds me of our healthcare system!  The best of contemporary science and medicine offers the ability for us to achieve outer beauty.  As a provider of both healthcare and aesthetics, and as a woman who idolizes Barbie (not just because she’s blonde) it is my individual goal to help educate about aesthetics in a way our culture Boston culture understands – through science! 

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