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Elemental Aesthetics

Dealing with Internal Heat, Age and Blood Toxicity

Mothers’ Day reminds us of the unconditional love and guidance we receive.  Our parents and ancestors have bestowed upon us among other attributes, the characteristics of our skin.  Our skin colour and tone reveals their geography and climate and the thickness of our skin reveals their diet.  

Our features, reflected in our individualized energy, known in Ayurveda as Doshas, hint at our temperament, our belief system as well as our susceptibility to certain illnesses.   We can take this legacy and use it to help us thrive beautifully in our current environment and to communicate with our mind body spirit.

Over the years, Pure + Simple has become a specialist in skin redness, Rosacea, acne, and skin sensitivity.  With an understanding of our mind body connection, some clients with inflamed skin can enhance skincare results by finding mental respite while others can benefit from a change in diet.  We have eschewed focusing on the symptoms of redness to avoid treating our clients generically and ineffectively.   Instead we concentrate on solutions that are individualized and effective long term without side effects.  

The three main causes of skin sensitivity are internal heat, aging skin, and high blood toxicity levels.   Holistic Vanity, an organic skincare line, was developed to concentrate on these three to successfully reduce the appearance of inflamed skin.   

Holistic Vanity Rosacea Care was formulated for clients with internal heat.   The products from cleanser to moisturizer were formulated with anti-inflammatory ingredients like aloe vera, green tea, calendula, and turmeric.   Facial treatments for these type A’s personalities require results and relaxation as in Pure + Simple’s Urban Renewal Facial.  It targets inflamed skin with a detoxifying anti-inflammatory mask and a hydrating healing mask and offers much needed relaxation with a hand and foot massage.  For dramatic and long-term reduction of redness, the best treatment is IPL to target dilated capillaries.

Skin redness caused by dry, aging skin requires anti-inflammatory and hydrating ingredients like honey, hyaluronic acid, collagen and algae.  Holistic Vanity Damage Care offers those with dry sensitive skin skincare that is made with healing and anti-aging ingredients like rosehips and sea buckthorn to increase skin health and appearance.  Recommended treatments for these very sensitive, gentle individuals include facials that offer high hydration with gentle, hydrating exfoliation like sea salt microdermabrasion.  A vegetarian diet can be helpful in maintaining hydration levels.

Skin redness and rosacea caused by toxin accumulation require purification with skin calming.   Holistic Vanity’s Acne Care line provides the dual benefits in a simple skincare regimen. Detoxifying black mud is combined with aloe vera in the Purifying Black Mud Cleanser.  Purifying organic pine needle enhances cooling mint in the Anti-Bac Pine Mint Skin Tonic.  A recommendation facial with detoxifying exfoliation like sea salt microdermabrasion and calming action with blue LED light can be found in the Clear Complexion Facial. Detoxification can be supported by reducing foods like dairy, sugars and fats in your diet.

As you pursue your own unique beauty, you will become more self-aware and find your connection to the past.

Jean Eng is an Ayurvedic skincare specialist and the co-founder of Pure+Simple, a Canadian spa chain and retailer of natural beauty products.