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Holistic Beauty and Skin Health Part 3: A Whole Food Philosophy for Skin Care
By: Jimm Harrison
Posted: August 27, 2009, from the September 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
Editor’s note: This is the final installment in the three-part series running in the June, July and September issues of Skin Inc. magazine. The series introduces a total holistic concept to skin care, addressing issues that go beyond the limited common suggestions of mind, body and spirit. An expanded view and definition of holistic was presented in Part 1 of this series, and Part 2 discussed ways to incorporate holistic treatments into a spa. This third installment looks at how a whole food approach can benefit your skin care services.
Health-conscious people know food needs to be in its complete and whole form to get what nature intended to keep one healthy and vital. Processed food that has been bleached, refined or chemically manipulated has had nutrients stripped away, leaving its nutritious value minimized. Eating unprocessed foods is referred to as a whole food diet, and it is often the best diet for not only the health of the body, but also the health of the skin.
Knowing this, it makes sense to use this same philosophy—incorporating whole ingredients—in topical skin care. This is an especially advantageous unique selling point in a holistically minded, green spa.
Whole food philosophy in skin care
What does it mean to have a whole food philosophy in regard to skin care? First, it only pertains to botanical, or plant-based, skin care products. Secondly, it’s understood you are dealing with extracts, which are already a process away from a whole food or plant. A whole food-quality beauty product would, therefore, contain botanical extracts that have not been altered from their extracted states. Just as important, the extract must be in a usable form when applied topically—it’s not as simple as putting mashed food on someone’s face.
Diversity is also essential. A quality whole food diet involves a wide variety of food choices and combinations, such as carbs, fats and proteins, as well as eating foods of many colors. This variety should be matched in a whole food skin care philosophy by selecting a variation of extract types, colors and nutrients for use in treatments and services.