Wellness

ECOCOCO Introduces Crystal Skin Healing

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We hope that by now you’re familiar with the latest addition to the PBS collective - ECOCOCO! Australian owned and made, ECOCOCO is a wellness and lifestyle brand developed with natural, organic and performance based ingredients with certified organic coconut being the brand’s hero ingredient. Their signature treatments are designed to fit into any salon’s current business model and draw on wellness philosophies from all over the world, including Thai and Chinese rituals and Ayurvedic medicinal remedies. It’s no surprise then that ECOCOCO’s professional treatments also include the ancient art of crystal skin healing - a practise that dates back to the Middle Ages, 7th century China, ancient Egypt and India, and beyond.

The use of crystals in the wellness realm is nothing new, but in the past few years they’ve seen a huge rise in popularity, thanks in part to crystal-loving celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Bella Hadid, Victoria Beckham and Miranda Kerr. The power of positive energy is everywhere these days and bringing crystals into your salon space and using them in your treatments is great way to cater to clients who subscribe to their benefits (or at least their beauty!). In other words, if you’ve ever thought about incorporating crystals into your salon in any way, now’s the time to do it!

ECOCOCO offer a range of crystal products, designed to be used in various treatments to enhance skin appearance and client wellbeing, and we’re pleased to announce that these are available for purchase by all PBS salons.

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ROSE QUARTZ FACIAL CRYSTAL

Perhaps the crystal most synonymous with the current wellness movement, rose quartz is the ultimate beauty crystal, believed to reduce impurities and stress in the skin. ECOCOCO’s rose quartz face crystal is designed for use in a soothing massage (a gentler version of the ancient Chinese practice of gua sha) aimed at increasing microcirculation, thereby plumping and smoothing skin and encouraging cell rejuvenation.

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ROSE QUARTZ & AMAZONITE PALM STONES

Designed to fit in the palm of your hand, palm stones are versatile pieces that can be incorporated into treatments in a number of ways. Whether held by clients during treatment or placed on various parts of the face or body during facials and massages, ECOCOCO’s palm stones can be a comforting and grounding tool for your clients

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JADE EYE MUSHROOM

A highly calming stone, jade is great for use on irritated and inflamed skin and is thought to improve skin elasticity. ECOCOCO’s jade eye mushrooms are designed to be used below the orbital bone in gentle gliding movements that encourage lymphatic drainage and reduce puffiness and the appearance of fine lines.

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JADE EYE MASK

The coolness and weight of this mask helps reduce pore size, decreases puffiness and relax fine lines. ECOCOCO recommend keeping it in the fridge for ultimate results.


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BLUE CALCITE BODY MASSAGER

This large, smooth crystal feels beautiful in your hand and is thought to clear negative energy, promote physical healing, and encourage rest and relaxation, making it the perfect ECOCOCO piece for use in massages.

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LAVA HOT STONES

Help relieve muscle tension and pain whilst reducing stress and anxiety with ECOCOCO’s hot stones – a simple but luxurious addition to pedicures and massages.

Eat Your Way to Healthy Skin

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The power of nutrition to transform skin from within cannot be overestimated, says Janine Tait, founder of Bestow Beauty. Here, she explains why it is important for therapists and their clients to become educated in the holistic approach to treating problem skin.

When you run into a problem with your skin, what is the first thing you do?

Most women instinctively look for a new skincare product or treatment. While of course, the right topical skincare strategy is essential, it is still only half of the story.

A holistic approach to skincare is about considering the whole person and viewing skin as a reflection of your life. It is all about identifying and addressing underlying nutritional and lifestyle factors which are contributing to skin problems, and wreaking havoc on how the body feels. Quick-fix methods can often make temporary improvements, but from my experience, genuine skin transformation is only possible when you work from within.

Our skin needs a wide range of nutrients in order to thrive, heal and resist premature ageing. Dull, lifeless, inflamed or spotty skin are indications that your body is not getting enough of the nutrients it needs for optimal health, or that poor diet is actively working against a clear complexion.

As holistic skincare therapists, we need to tackle skin nutrition by following two paths. Firstly, we need to nourish the skin from within with the essential nutrients required for skin health. Secondly, we need to remove the food and drinks which inflame and aggravate skin. ‘Heating’ foods are a particular food group that must be addressed when working with those who struggle with inflammatory skin conditions like acne, rosacea, eczema, dermatitis or overall redness and sensitivity.

Avoid Foods that Heat the Skin

There are certain foods that can heat and inflame the skin from within, often causing flare ups of rosacea or breakouts. Common ‘heating’ culprits are caffeine, alcohol, and spicy food, but even strawberries and oranges can have an inflaming effect. Other major foods to avoid are chocolate, peanuts and curry. These foods are called vasodilators – ‘vaso’ referring to the blood and, and ‘dilating’ meaning to expand. They sensitise skin by increasing blood flow through the fine capillary system that feeds the skin cells. Obviously, this will exacerbate sensitive skin and cause it to immediately react.

  • Coffee

  • Alcohol

  • Chocolate

  • Peanuts

  • Chilli

  • Paprika

  • Curry

  • Oranges

  • Strawberries

Alternatives

The Bestow way of eating avoids all heating foods and uses healthy alternatives instead to nourish and support beautiful skin. If you want to overcome skin problems like acne, rosacea, dermatitis or congested skin, in addition to avoiding the above foods, you should also be looking for skin-friendly alternatives to reduce ‘flare ups’. Drinks such as herbal teas, dandelion or turmeric lattes are great alternatives to coffee.

Raw nuts such as almonds or Brazil nuts are an excellent replacement for salted peanuts, and less ‘spicy’ spices like cinnamon and ginger are great substitutes for chilli. Unlike other ‘heating’ citrus fruits (such as orange), lemons boost digestion and provide plentiful amounts of vitamin C, an important antioxidant that is vital for the production of collagen.

Bestow Beauty’s range of organic superfood powders, oils, herbal teas and recipe cookbooks are perfect for overcoming several skin problems. Each delicious, skin-friendly Bestow recipe avoids heating and congesting foods, and opts for soothing alternatives instead, focusing not on what you can’t eat, but what you CAN eat.

Like all wellness journeys, learning to work holistically requires change, patience and dedication in the beginning, but it is truly a beautiful way to live.

  • Herbal teas (without orange peel)

  • Dandelion or turmeric lattes

  • Kombucha

  • Medjool dates

  • Figs

  • Tahini

  • Almond paste

  • Raw unsalted nuts (almonds or Brazil nuts)

  • Fresh herbs and less 'spicy' spices (ginger, cloves, nutmeg, mace, cardamom, cinnamon, cumin, coriander and mustard seeds)

  • Dark grape juice

  • Lemon juice


Janine Tait is New Zealand’s leading dermo-nutritionist and founder of Bestow Beauty, which offers a beautiful range or organic super-food blends, recipes and rituals to nourish skin from within. She is also a respected leader within the Slow Beauty movement which champions a holistic approach to skincare.

For more information on Bestow Beauty call, 1800 625 387 or visit http://www.probeautysolutions.com.au/bestow-beauty/

Lük Beautifood now distributed by PBS

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Our mission is to give every woman the opportunity to cultivate her natural beauty without compromising her health and well-being.
— Cindy Luken, founder of Lük Beautifood.

We are proud to announce that Australian owned and made beauty brand, Lük Beautifood, is now officially part of the PBS collective of brands!

With their foundations built on harnessing the beauty of food, Lük Beautifood is a natural lipstick line that cultivates wholefoods and nutrient active ingredients to create their signature Lip Nourish Lipsticks.

Jumping on the coattails of the booming wellness trend, Lük has found success with their 100% natural toxin-free nourishing ingredients, made from healthy foods like avocado oil, ginger, citrus, cocoa butter, lemon and mint oils, and many more.

More and more women are realising that beauty is a natural extension of health, which can be heavily affected by the products you use daily.
— Cindy Luken

Did you know? With 60% of topical skincare products being absorbed through the skin and by licking your lips, we can be digesting toxic or synthetic ingredients with have associations with endocrine disruptors and carcinogenic materials. Lük Beautifood turns this on its head by applying nutritional science to create modern, healthy and multi-sensory lip products that will nourish your lips as much as they heal.

After realising women wanted the opportunity to cultivate natural beauty without compromising on health or wellbeing, Cindy Luken – a food scientist and chef in her own right – used her knowledge to develop toxin-free lipsticks in 2012. Following much trial and error in her test kitchen, experimenting with delicious food active ingredients, Luken knew she had caught onto something that would change the traditional cosmetics market.

“Our products are made from organic ingredients that you could literally eat, without a second thought. And when you consider that the average woman ingests 1.7kg of lipstick in her lifetime, that’s pretty important!” says Luken.

The range…

Lük’s range of 12 sheer shades flatter any skin tone. From the perfect nudes and neutrals in the range, to the mouth-watering colours, it is simply to find a beautiful shade to enhance your own beauty and create a healthy, natural look.

The collection feeds the lips with nutrients, protective antioxidants and anti-inflammatory's while providing lasting hydration and protection.

  • Avocado, sesame oils and cacao butter deeply moisturise lips.

  • Beeswax and lecithin lock in moisture.

  • Ginger and spices are rich in anti-inflammatory's.

  • Citrus rich in Vitamin C helps neutralise free radicals.

If you wish to learn more about Lük Beautifood, we’d be happy to help! Call now 1800 625 387!

Balance your skin from the inside out with Bestow Beauty.

Because what you put on your skin is only half the story! 

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Do you have a client that is doing everything right and still not getting results with their skin? Dermo-nutrition could be the solution.

Our skin requires certain specific nutrients to be healthy, heal efficiently and prevent premature ageing. Dull, lifeless, inflamed or spotty skin means your body simply isn’t getting enough of these essential vitamins and minerals. After several years working as a holistic skincare therapist, Janine Tait, founder of Bestow Beauty, noticed that some of her clients were struggling to work the right foods consistently into their diet, and they weren’t achieving the results that they should have been.

My clients were inspired by the idea of nourishing their skin from within, but I became aware that our modern diet wasn’t always adequate to supply these. I realised I needed to create a range of skin-specific super foods that made it easy and practical for them to do so and Bestow Beauty was born.
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Working from within

The reality is that your skin, as your largest organ, is a reflection of your life and your overall health. Many people forget that your skin is a living, breathing organ – just like your heart or lungs. It is the barrier between your body and the outside world and is affected by what you eat, what you drink, where you go, and your overall health, as well as what you apply topically.

In addition, the trend towards ‘fast beauty’ – think botox, fillers, laser treatments and other fast-acting technologies, can also have drawbacks for the skin.

In contrast, the Slow Beauty movement describes a fast-growing sub-culture of beauty therapists who have lost faith in the ‘quick-fix’, often invasive procedures that abound in the beauty industry and are drawn to a more holistic approach to skincare.

A trend that can’t be ignored, dermo-nutrition looks at beauty from the inside out and champions solutions through nutrition. It is the exact opposite of the fast-beauty world, where the demand for quick topical fixes causes us to race against time, and to fight ageing only from the surface.

When dealing with long-term skin problems, it is integral to consider the internal situation. The skin will seldom malfunction of its own accord; and is often a response to a change from within the body. It is crucial to look beyond topical skincare solutions, delve even deeper than food choices, and ask the right questions of your clients to get to the bottom of their skincare problems.

What is Bestow?

Bestow is a philosophy of skincare, organic supplements and tasty, healthy recipes lovingly created to support inner health and outer beauty. Focusing on a holistic view, Bestow is treating the skin from within using natural ingredients.

This daily supplement provides a balanced source of the important nutritional building blocks your body needs to produce good quality collagen and elastin; your skin's natural, anti-ageing fibres. Just as importantly, Beauty from Beneath also contains key vitamins and minerals that support the proper functioning of the skin.

Integrating Dermo Nutrition into your business

While the concept of treating skin from within is gaining traction, if it is still relatively new to you, don’t be intimidated! Incorporating dermo nutrition into your salon or spa offering is just another service you can integrate into your business to give your clients what they want – gorgeous, glowing skin!

It can be used in conjunction, of course, with any topical treatments or procedures that you offer, and in addition to the wonderful skincare results your clients will no doubt experience, they’ll probably also be left brimming with extra energy and vitality.

We guarantee your clients will thank you!