Ask Maria about Aveda

Posted by Maria on May 13, 2010 under Ayurveda & Elemental Nature, Esthetics School, Ingredients, Skin Care, Uncategorized, Wellness | 4 Comments to Read

by Maria Koropecky

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My business, Homespunspa, is all about recipes for sleep and beauty. I believe taking care of your skin and hair is essential for health and wellness. Since I’ve started my esthetics training at the Aveda Institute, I’ve learned a thing or two about skin care and I’d like to pass the information on to my blog readers. So, if there’s anyone out there who’d like some guidance on skin, hair and body products from Aveda, please email me and tell me your skin and hair concerns, your age, line of work, diet, a photo and anything else you think might be relevant, and I’ll write my recommendations highlighting which Aveda products will be most beneficial to you.

So far, I’ve already received two letters from my readers. Maybe you can relate.

Dear Maria,

My name is Florence and I came across your blog as I was looking for some home spa recipes. I see you’re a student at the Aveda Institute and I was wondering if you could give me some advice on my skin care and hair care.

I’m 19 and I think I have pretty normal skin. I may get the odd breakout every now and then but I’m more concerned that my skin looks dull and can be dry in spots.

I work as a waitress at Mel’s Diner, a busy restaurant on the highway that has a smoking section for all of the truckers. After my shift, I get to eat anything on the menu – usually, it’s a cheeseburger and fries and a Pepsi. Then I come home and take a hot, hot shower. On my days off, I like to suntan on my deck – I like the heat – that’s why I live in the South. I know though, that I might get wrinkles if I keep this up.

I’m attaching a picture of me with my red hair in a pony tail for you. When my hair is down, it’s long and thick and very straight. I’ve noticed my hair has been breaking a lot since I started this job.

Anyway, I hope that’s enough info for you. Thanks in advance, Florence from Phoenix.

Dear Florence,

Thanks for your interest in my blog. I’d be happy to offer you some advice on your skin care, hair care and body care.

Elemental Nature

Because you said you work in a busy restaurant and that you have normal to dry skin, I suspect your Elemental Nature is mostly Infinity/Air which means you should focus on calming yourself when things get crazy and out of balance. (For more details on Infinity and Air Natures, please see my blog post, What is your Elemental Nature? dated May 3, 2010).

Hair Care

Because you said your hair is red, long, thick and very straight and you like to wear it in a pony tail which has been causing some breakage and damage, I recommend Aveda’s Damage Remedy Restructuring Shampoo and Conditioner because they help repair all types of dry and damaged hair. The shampoo contains babassu and coconut which are kind to damaged hair. And they both have quinoa protein which helps strengthen and repair hair from the inside out. Just shampoo and rinse and condition and rinse.

In terms of hair styling, try the Brilliant Damage Control. It protects from thermal and Ultra Violet damage and reduces breakage. It’s also good for all hair types. Just spray onto towel-dried hair.

I also think the Sun Care After-Sun Hair Masque which moisturizes and revives sun-exposed hair would be a good choice for you. Once a week or so, apply the treatment evenly to damp hair, leave on for two to five minutes and rinse. The formula contains:

  • morikueTM protein which helps restore weakened hair;
  • tamanu oil, certified organic shea butter, coconut and palm oils which moisturize hair;
  • an anti-oxidizing blend of green tea extract, certified organic sunflower seed oil and vitamin E which help protect against free radicals; and
  • the neroli and ylang ylang impart a tropical aroma!

Also, while you’re sun tanning, I strongly recommend using the Sun Care Protective Hair Veil which protects hair from sun exposure for up to 16 hours. It minimizes damage and dryness and is good for all hair types. Just spray it on dry or damp hair before going out into the sun and also throughout the day.

Body Care

Try using the Sun Care and Body Cleanser.  As you can see, it doubles as a shampoo and a body wash.

To moisturize your body, I recommend the Replenishing Body Moisturizer – an Aveda Best Seller. It restores suppleness to dry skin with a hydrating blend of vitamins, natural humectants and oils—including meadowfoam. I also strongly urge you to not use such hot water in the shower from now on. Your skin and hair will thank you for years to come on that tip alone.

Skin Care

As for your skin care, because you said you have normal skin with few breakouts but your skin appears dull and has dry spots and you like to suntan, I recommend, the entire Tourmaline Charged product family, especially since the Tourmaline Charged line has the distinction of having moisturizing sunscreen with SPF 15. Next time you go sun tanning, apply the Tourmaline Charged Protecting Lotion SPF 15 to your body since it’s an oil-free moisturizer which hydrates and protects skin from sun and environmental damage. Just place a small amount on fingertips and apply over your face and neck.

Tourmaline is a mineral that boosts skin’s radiance. For a cleanser, I recommend the Tourmaline Charged Exfoliating Cleanser with exfoliating jojoba beads because exfoliating regularly helps increase cell turn over which will reveal radiant and conditioned skin. This should help with your dry spots.

For a toner, I recommend the Botanical Kinetics Skin Firming/Toning Agent with soothing echinacea and rosewater. It helps balance and hydrate normal to dry skin. Just spray it on 10 to 12 inches from your face in the mornings.

In the evenings, for the exfoliating step (instead of the toning step), I suggest using Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant. This non-abrasive liquid dissolves dead cells on the surface of your skin, to reveal a smoother, complexion beneath. To use, wipe a small amount across your face and neck with a cotton ball. Do not rinse.

For a treatment, try the Tourmaline Charged Radiance Fluid because it smoothes away dullness and reveals a fresher, more radiant complexion. It contains yeast extract which boosts skin renewal and clary sage which encourages natural cellular turnover. Simply spray a few drops on your fingertips and apply a thin layer over your face and neck in the mornings and evenings.

For your eyes, I advise using the Tourmaline Charged Eye Crème which minimizes the appearance of dark circles and infuses the eye area with radiance and moisture. Using a small amount of the eye crème, gently pat a small amount around the eyes with your ring fingers each morning and evening. You’ll definitely enjoy the aroma of the lime and organic petitgrain essential oils.

For a moisturizer, I recommend the Tourmaline Charged Hydrating Crème. Like the name says, it hydrates. It also adds radiance to normal and dry skin types. It will also serve as a protective barrier while you’re working in the smoking section at Mel’s Diner. Place a small amount on your fingertips and apply over your face and neck, in the am and pm.

And for a masque, the Tourmaline Charged Radiance Masque will work well for you since it sheds dull, dead surface cells and leaves the skin smooth and radiant. The masque’s ingredients include shiitake extract, avocado oil, muru butter and lycopene, from tomatoes. The formula is also aroma-neutral so it can be customized with your favorite Balancing Infusion. Apply to your cleansed face and neck, leave on for 7 to 8 minutes and then rinse. Use as needed.

And finally to top it all off, I recommend Aveda’s Lip Saver SPF 15. This handy lip balm delivers lasting moisture relief to dry lips and I like the taste of the refreshing cinnamon leaf, clove and anise oils.

You can buy any of these products online at http://www.aveda.com/ or at your local Aveda salon.

Also, here is some bonus information for your Infinity/Air Elemental Nature:

Foods to Favour in your diet include:

  • Sweet: breads, pasta, meat, fish, milk, cream
  • Sour: citrus, cheese, yogurt
  • Salty: sea salt, tamari, seaweeds, pickled foods

Hey, what do ya know, cheeseburgers suit your Elemental Nature!

Foods to Reduce in the diet include:

  • Pungent: peppers, ginger, onions, garlic, curries, spices
  • Bitter: kale, spinach, broccoli, coffee, chocolate
  • Astringent: beans, legumes, tea, cabbage, cauliflower

When you’re feeling nervous, anxious, or manic, try an aerobics class or a hot bath or a calming meditation.

I hope this helps. Please let me know once you start seeing and feeling an improvement.

Dear Maria:

My name is Roberto and my co-worker at the fish plant suggested I contact you. I want to find out what Aveda products would best work on my skin and hair. I’m 25 and I’d say I have combination skin because my nose and forehead are kind of oily but my cheeks are dry and the skin flakes a bit – especially in the winter months. I’m also starting to notice faint fine lines around my eyes and my ex-girlfriend once told me I have a “thick” skin texture, whatever that means. Here is an old picture (same ex-girlfriend is throwing laundry on me) but my dark brown hair is a lot longer these days, more shoulder length. I wish it was curlier. I shower several times a day in warm water and I use soap on my skin but I only wash my hair every 3 days. I eat mostly California rolls and a lot of fresh fish and rice. I hope you can point me in the right direction. Thanks, Roberto.

Dear Roberto,

Thanks for writing. I’d be happy to offer you some advice on your skin care, hair care and body care.

Elemental Nature

Because you said you have combination skin as well as a thick skin texture, I suspect your Elemental Nature is mostly Water/Earth which means you should work on bumping up your activity level and boosting your energy when you’re feeling out of balance. To learn more about your Water and Earth natures, please see my blog post, What is your Elemental Nature? dated May 3, 2010.

Hair Care

Because you said your hair is dark brown and curly, but not curly enough, I recommend Aveda’s Be Curly Shampoo and Conditioner. With ingredients like wheat protein and organic aloe, your curls will be more defined than ever. Just shampoo and rinse and condition and rinse.

Body Care

As for body care, since you’re already showering with soap, why not try using the Aveda Men Soap. It’s an all-in-one shower bar with a deodorizing and energizing aroma. This “soap-free” soap can be used on the face, body and hair and it’s perfect after a workout if you have a gym membership and don’t want to carry a lot of products around with you. And it’s ideal for all types of skin and hair, including combination skin, like yours. Unfortunately, this product is no longer available online, but you can still find it at your local Aveda salon.

Afterwards, I recommend applying the Rosemary Mint Body Lotion. Made with organic rosemary and peppermint, it invigorates the senses — which is a great benefit for Water/Earths.

Skin Care

As for your skin care, you mentioned you have combination skin — or oily skin on the T-zone and dry skin on your cheeks, especially in winter. As the winter season has passed, I’m going to address your oily to normal skin first.

For a cleanser, I recommend the Botanical Kinetics Purifying Gel Cleanser which was designed for normal to oily skin and is enriched with camomile, lavender and anti-oxidant vitamin E. To use, place a small amount of gel on your fingertips and apply evenly over your damp face and neck, morning and night.

For a toner, I recommend the cooling and refreshing Botanical Kinetics Toning Mist for normal to oily skin. This spray on mist helps hydrate and balance your skin while minimizing surface oil build-up and the white oak, witch hazel and peppermint provide mild astringent benefits. Spray 10 to 12 inches from your face in the mornings.

In the evenings, for the exfoliating step, I suggest using Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant. This non-abrasive liquid dissolves dead cells on the surface of your skin and reveals a smoother, complexion beneath and it’s good for all skin types, including both dry and oily or combination. Using a cotton ball, apply a small amount across your face and neck. Do not rinse.

For a treatment, I really like the Green Science Line Minimizer. It helps boost natural collagen production and minimizes the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Apply directly to lines and wrinkles on your face and neck and gently press or massage into your skin in the evenings before bed.

For your eyes, I recommend the Green Science Firming Eye Crème. With organic argan oil and cactus, it helps to moisturize skin and smooth fine lines and works really well with the Green Science Line Minimizer. To apply, gently smooth under and around your eyes using your ring fingers in the am and pm. It’s safe for use on the eyelids.

For a moisturizer, choose the mineral-rich Tourmaline Charged Protecting Lotion with SPF 15. It’s an oil-free moisturizer which hydrates and protects oily skin from the sun and environment. On the other hand, if it’s winter and you’d like to concentrate on your dry skin, use the Tourmaline Charged Hydrating Crème. For each moisturizer, place a small amount on your fingertips and apply over your face and neck in the mornings and evenings.

And for a masque, I recommend the Deep Cleansing Herbal Clay Masque which will absorb excess oil and impurities and will clarify and condition your skin. Apply to your face and neck as needed, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 5 to 7 minutes. Remove with a shammy and warm water. Apply a thin layer for oily skin and a thicker layer for dry skin areas.

You can buy these products online at http://www.aveda.com/ or at your local Aveda salon.

Also, here’s some bonus information for your Water/Earth Elemental Nature:

Foods to Favour in the diet:

  • Pungent: peppers, ginger, onions, garlic, curries, spices
  • Bitter: kale, spinach, broccoli, coffee, chocolate
  • Astringent: beans, legumes, tea, cabbage, cauliflower

Foods to Reduce in the diet:

  • Sweet: breads, pasta, meat, fish, milk, cream
  • Sour: citrus, cheese, yogurt
  • Salty: sea salt, tamari, seaweeds, pickled foods

Unfortunately, your love of rice and fish is not ideal for your Elemental Nature. Instead of eating sushi, daily, I’d reserve it for once or twice a week and would opt for food that would give you more energy.

When you’re feeling lethargic, depressed or low in energy, try playing a team sport like soccer that will help get your heart rate up and will get you into a community environment.

I hope this helps. Please let me know about your progress. – Maria

And P.S. — I think your new girlfriend will be super impressed!

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