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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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How to Tell If Your Organic Skin Care Really Is Organic

By Amy Takken, RN / May 17, 2016

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.

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How Nail Polish Affects Nails + 15 Steps to Healthy Nails!

By Amy Takken, RN / January 31, 2016

Oh, how I love nail polish! When my little girls and I go to Sephora, they apply a different color polish to each finger. It’s VERY colorful!

I especially love how long enamel looks good on my toes. But I noticed my toenails were turning yellow with white spots. They looked awful! All I wanted to do was cover them with more polish. It made me wonder how nail polish affects nails. I did some research and here’s what I found.

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10 Ways to Prevent Wrinkles in Colorado

By Amy Takken, RN / October 10, 2015

People Who Live in Colorado Have a Higher Risk of Wrinkles Than People Living in Other States. RoC Skincare published their 2016 wrinkle ranking for United States cities. The rankings are meant to inform people about their risk for wrinkles AND to be a call for prevention. A high score indicates cities where skin is […]

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10 Ways to Ensure You Don’t Buy Counterfeit Skin Care Products

By Amy Takken, RN / January 24, 2016

Counterfeit Skin Care Products Are Becoming More & More Common. Margie uses Obagi products from her dermatologist’s office. She loves what they do for her skin and wants to continue using them. But last month Margie’s husband, Joe, lost his job. Their health insurance rates have skyrocketed, and money is really tight. Determined to keep […]

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Is Your Nail Salon Safe? 12 Things to Look for in Your Salon

By Amy Takken, RN / February 3, 2016

You take your health seriously. Your nail salon should too. A nail salon is a wonderful place to pamper yourself when the services are done well. Unfortunately, not all nail salons are adequately cleaned or sanitized. Sometimes their nail technicians are not well trained. Salons can be a breeding ground for mold, bacteria and fungal […]

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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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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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