Two Great Approaches to Skincare from an M.D. and an Herbalist

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Forget the stereotype that beauty professionals are, well, stupid, because quite a few of us are super nerdy when it comes to our profession. We want to know the how's and the why's behind issues like hair color mishaps, hair thinning, dandruff, itchy or dry scalps, and skin concerns.  We love to recommend products to fix this or that issue because, like Scooby Doo and his gang, we love to solve a good mystery. We also genuinely want our clients to feel and look good on the daily, not just when they leave the salon.

While the right products can be incredibly helpful for hair or skin challenges, most do not offer a permanent solution because hair and skin problems are typically rooted in our lifestyle and inner health. The Ahh, Book It series highlights a few books a month that address beauty, nutrition, wellness, yoga, self-care, or business from a holistic perspective.

 

ON THE NIGHTSTAND

The Beauty of Dirty Skin: The Surprising Science of Looking and Feeling Radiant from the Inside Out by Whitney Bowe, MD

What it's all about | Dr. Bowe is a dermatologist on a mission to help her patients see the connection between gut health and glowing skin. This book is heavy on the science end of things, as Bowe is a leading researcher in the field of the microbiome as it relates to the skin. If you've been wondering which probiotic to take for acne, eczema, redness, and more, this is your guide.

What I love about it | The skincare geek in me loves the research. I enjoy a happy anecdote as much as the next gal (hello infomercials!), but it's so great to read the science behind the success stories from a leading researcher and practicing doctor. Bowe recommends both natural and synthetic solutions for skincare concerns, and she makes a very strong case for poor nutrition and lifestyle being linked to most skin problems. The book contains dietary recommendations for skin health, a guide to supplements, addressing stress-triggered skin problems, and finding your ideal skincare routine.

For more details on the gut-skin-axis, check out the blog post The Best Probiotics for Your Skin.

To purchase the book, visit Whitney Bowe.


Healing Tonics: Next-Level Juices, Smoothies and Elixirs for Health and Wellness by Adriana Ayales

What it’s all about | Adriana Ayales is an herbalist and founder of Anima Mundi Herbals. She was born and raised in Costa Rica, where she learned first-hand the powerful effects of medicinal herbs. In Healing Tonics, she takes this information and shares it in easy-to-follow recipes for everyday health.

What I love about it | Herbal tonics, elixirs, and adaptogens are all the rage these days, but that doesn’t mean we know how to use them! Adriana breaks things down for the herbal newbie to understand. She also includes a chapter on herbal skincare, which of course, I love!