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Wellbeing | It's All About You!

Wellness, and wellbeing in general, is something I've been curious about for a while. (It's all over Pinterest!) It seems to encompass the whole natural skincare movement. And while I've always been attracted to the holistic aspects of nursing - treating the whole person as opposed to just the "sick part" - it seems to me that there is a whole lot of marketing behind WELLNESS. And very little science.

Don't get me wrong.

I know science isn't always right. We're always learning. For example, scientists have been after a cure for Alzheimer's for years. No one knew / knows the cause, but if you follow the studies, it's looking more and more like Alzheimer's is caused by a virus. (Neurosurgeons have a much higher rate than the rest of us, so maybe they're exposed during surgery?) A vaccine is in animal testing right now and hopefully will make it to the human testing phase.

And sometimes what we're told is just plain wrong. Like when we were all told to follow a high carb, low fat diet. Now some people blame that exact advice for the huge spike in diabetes. I still feel angry about that one! It's also why I'm hesitant to publish any articles about diets or weight loss.

But I digress.

Natural and wellness / wellbeing seem to go hand in hand right now. The biggest problem I see with this is that the people in sales and marketing know that all things "natural" or "organic" sell. They know that if they can convince you their product is better or safer, you'll buy. But just like anything else, sometimes the product is good. Sometimes it isn't.

Some marketers use the lack of a standard definition to their advantage. They know many people assume the word "organic" means the same thing in cosmetics as it does in food. I know I did! But it's just not true. Learn more in our post, How to Tell if Your Organic Skincare Really Is Organic.

That's what I'm trying to do with this WELLBEING category - sort out what really works from all the marketing hype. It's hard because often there aren't studies to back products. If I can't find any proof, I'll tell you. But remember, a lack of proof isn't definitive. It may just mean that no one has spent the money to prove their product works YET. It could also mean that we don't know how or why a product works.

Here's an example. Many people think that peptides in skincare don't work; but there's good reason to believe that they do! Based on the scientific rules that we currently use (The 500 Dalton Rule for Skin Penetration), peptides shouldn't work because the molecules are too large to penetrate skin. Yet somehow peptides DO penetrate the top layer of skin. They send signals to our cells to tell them how to function - allowing neuropeptide skincare products like Erasa XEP 30 to make my wrinkles look so much better!

So without further ado, below you'll find some articles about wellness and wellbeing. I hope they help! Thanks for reading!

Amy Takken, RN & Founder, Masterpiece Skin Restoration

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Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) & Menopause | Why Treatment Is Changing

By Amy Takken, RN / May 22, 2019

I’d been feeling crummy for a few years. I didn’t really know what was wrong, but I felt like my body had been hijacked. It wasn’t acting the way it usually did. I wasn’t sleeping, so my friends got used to seeing emails sent at 3 a.m. I started having problems recalling things that I […]

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8 Science-Based Health Benefits Of Meditation You Didn’t Know About

By Amy Takken, RN / December 12, 2018

This post has been reviewed for accuracy by Amy Takken, RN. This is a guest post by Rhys McKay. From the outside looking in, meditation doesn’t look like much. However, meditation is so much more than just sitting quietly for a few minutes at a time. It’s about focusing your energies, breathing more mindfully, and […]

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3 Healthy Resolutions for 2020 That Just Keep Giving!

By Amy Takken, RN / December 21, 2017

Photo courtesy of Unsplash & Bewakoof.com Official. This is a guest post by Julie Morris. 2020 | Time for New Resolutions! The most popular 2017 New Year’s Resolutions focused on getting healthy, according to the data collected by the digital marketing firm iQuanti. And the get-healthy goal is likely to finish at or near the […]

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Tattoo Safety | 13 Ways to Stay Healthy When You Get a Tattoo

By Amy Takken, RN / October 31, 2017

Tattoos can be really beautiful. But they should be safe – and they shouldn’t affect your health! There are lots of things that I love about tattoos. I love it when they’re beautiful, like the one in the picture on the left. And I love that they’re being used to camouflage mastectomy and c-section scars. […]

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14 Low Cost (& No Cost!) Beauty Tips for Your Skin

By Amy Takken, RN / December 17, 2016

Beauty Tips for Great Skin These days, celebrities are busy showing off their makeup free selfies. They’re getting so much attention that I could see easily see this trend going mainstream. So how can you get glowing skin – and skip the foundation? And is there a way to do it without spending a fortune? These beauty […]

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4 Ways Sugar Damages Skin + 9 Ways to Fix It!

By Amy Takken, RN / October 5, 2016

Sugar Damages Your Skin From the Inside Out. Most of us feel guilty eating the occasional cupcake – they’re so YUMMY! Sometimes indulging is worth it! But in recent years scientists discovered that – in addition to packing on the pounds – sugar damages skin. So if you were looking for that little extra incentive […]

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Physical Sunscreen vs. Chemical | Which Is Better?

By Amy Takken, RN / June 30, 2016

Physical Sunscreen? Chemical Sunscreen? How do you choose? These days something as simple as choosing a sunscreen can be very confusing. There’s too much conflicting information. For example, the Environmental Working Group’s 2016 Sunscreen Guide advises against using oxybenzone, octinoxate, and other chemical sunscreens. But Consumer Reports found chemical sunscreens performed better than physical sunscreens: “In four […]

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Do Dairy Products & Milk Cause Acne?

By Amy Takken, RN / June 11, 2016

First, Let’s Talk About Acne Acne is the most common skin disease of our western civilization. It affects over 85% of teenagers.  And 54% of women over the age of 25 have acne. For years we were told that diet does not affect acne. But more recently that theory has changed. Several studies have shown that the […]

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How to Tell If Your Organic Skin Care Really Is Organic

By Amy Takken, RN / May 17, 2016

Organic Skin Care? Synthetic Skin Care? Which is better? There’s a misconception that all things natural or organic are good for you and all things synthetic are harmful. Marketers play on these fears to get you to buy their “natural” or “organic” skin care products. Many so called organic skin care products do contain some […]

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