Archive for the ‘Beauty Caregiving’ Category

Clarification of the factors leading to “Makeup Artistry Intelligence

  • Entering into domain of more complex aesthetic concepts
  • Preponderance of problematic obstructions to aesthetic enhancements
  • Plentitude of cosmetic artistry knowledge
  • Social propensity –  emotional challenges
  • Warmth and control

Social Considerations of Aesthetic Conversion

Practitioners of Cosmetic Science

  • Taking profile readings and gauging temperature of client
  • Providing pathways for the attainment of personal enhancement / beauty personification in the physical realm
  • Assistance in bridging new states of identity – discovery and reflection
  • Strong sense of involvement
  • Hyper-sensitivity to unseen phenomena
  • Evaluation of subject’s expectations
  • Mindfulness of makeup subject’s concerns
  • Harsh scrutiny and submission

 Awareness of subject’s emotional stages and dynamics involved when moving toward greater self-acceptance

  • Adaptation to invisible forces of resistance involved in aesthetic transformation
  • Consideration of client’s self-appraisal of cosmetic enhancement
  • Helpful persuasion and positive reinforcement
  • Outgrowth observed
  • Triumph of treatment
  • Admiration of facial façade
  • Ultimate value attainment

Technical Approaches and Solutions Analyzed

  • Effect of different colors
  • Textures and tones
  • Technical precision – control over implements and cosmetic aids
  • Understanding of facial plane
  • Bringing order to disorder of facial features
  • Taking counter measures to neutralize imperfections
  • Attention to straight and right angles
  • Recognizing limitations of makeup artistry until it translates into effective learning exercise
  • Building up of subject’s technical skills through a well thought-out sequence of competencies
  • Assurance of transference of cosmetic talents and technical expertise

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As I am maturing I am becoming more concerned about the increased risk of acquiring heart disease and perhaps getting cancer; consequently, I find myself becoming more diligent about my eating habits.  For some time now, I have been looking for a resource that I could turn to in order to make healthier selections and better navigate through the aisles of my local supermarket.

Yesterday, I came across just the book I have been searching for: “Eat This Not That,” A Supermarket Survival Guide – The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution by David Zinczenko with Matt Goulding.  I cannot tell you how much I appreciate this amazing tool.  Thanks to all the research and the facts presented in the content of this terrific little guide I can quickly filter through the deceptive labels on so many food products so that I make much healthier choices for myself and my family.

What makes this publication so special for me as opposed to similar books on the subject, is the format that the information is laid out in.  Like a lot of other people, I am a very visual person.  I respond well to color and design when I read. I like to see images that correlate with content.  The text is very simple to understand and well-organized. Better yet, there are plenty of big, bold headers and red highlighted areas that make it easy to flip through quickly to retrieve specific information at a glance.

This book answers quite a few questions that I have been asking for some time. “Why am I gaining weight?” Certain parts of the book are dedicated to recognizing high-calorie and low-calorie foods within the same categories.  Not surprisingly, the book explains that what we do not know could, quite easily, put a good deal of additional pounds on us because we have no way of estimating the real calorie intake if we are not informed properly.

Some foods, of course are worse than others and this book not only points out the most awful ones but identifies the fat equivalent to drive the point home.  When I realized that I could have three chocolate candy bars in exchange for one cookie I began to really take notice. I thought I was pretty clear on what type of foods I should be eating, more specifically, things that are generally, labeled “all natural” or high fiber, selections  that I once considered adequate before reading the information in this book, now it appears my choices were not so wise.

I am a sucker for fresh produce.  I fall into a trap that I think a lot of other supermarket shoppers do too; we end up buying what looks healthy and radiant on the store’s shelves thinking it is going to be highly nutritious.  The book offers common sense rules for purchasing superlative fruits and vegetables and for storing fresh produce so that the maximum nutrients can be derived.

There is no limit to the benefits of this little gem.  It even illustrates a well-stocked refrigerator as practical means for organizing a variety of superlative food products and an array of tasty and not fatty high-calorie treats. Also included are some great tips for food accents, the top ten herbs and spices as well as the best vegetarian selections.

Some Other Helpful Resources:

Don’t Just Mange Food Shopping , Master it!


Unemployed Women Eating Right


Printable Shopping List


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In her book “In Your Face,” author Shari Graydon, describes the early indoctrination of young women to beauty. She cites the glorification of beauty as it is introduced to girls through fairy tales such as: “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and the story of “Cinderella.”  She touches on the Greek legends, Helen of Troy and Aphrodite.  Beauty of course, is not restricted to just the feminine gender, as she conveys through the stories in mythology.  Graydon mentions Adonis and how his physical beauty drew Aphrodite to him. She also explains the role his attractiveness supposedly played in his premature death. She speaks of Narcissus, and she describes “the emotional wreckage” he caused those to whom he rejected – telling of the revenge one of his suitors took because Narcissus was unable to feel anything else for anyone else.  How tragic it was the he became so confused and lost when he was unable to capture the heart of the image he fell so madly in love with. And, without realizing it, Narcissus had become enamored with an image that was that of his own. She relates how he eventually died of a broken heart. This myth is magnificent as a cautionary tale to all of us to fight against the lures of vanity and self-obsession.

Author Shari Graydon

Throughout her book, Graydon constantly points out the importance of recognizing the powers and the pitfalls of beauty.  It is clear that her intention is to make us more aware. She does not want us to be controlled by obsessive ideas stemming from our desires to always fit into the dictates that suggest we will be stunningly “beautiful.”  Her writing makes us more sensitive to the intense pressure from societal forces that can evoke negative feelings about our image.  As I turned the pages, I was reminded over-and-over again, that beauty is fickle because it has infinite descriptions, rendering it always illusive.

As Graydon reminds us,  every society has its own set of beauty rules.  Her book is a fascinating read because she attempts to describe why historically women have tried to comply with the dictates of fashion and trends. Her publication is intriguing in that it makes its readers question; what are the sources in our culture that shape our views about appearance and our personal focus of aesthetics.

Some of my favorite insights include, but are not limited to:

Beauty of the Ages – a section of Graydon’s book that takes us on a walk through the various decades so we can get a feel for how society viewed women and how we were expected to be.

Global body images – a trip around the world to learn more about beauty practices of past and present such as the intentional cuts on their skin that some African tribes make because they consider this ritual to result in “beautiful scarring”

The Limits of Beauty Diversity –  just how little any of us know about the broad range of beauty and all that the concept can encompass. How we are only experiencing a mere fraction of the art of aesthetics. How the few aesthetic images of beauty we are exposed to are preventing us from experiencing a wider interpretation of beautification.

Changes in hair fashion – how they are less in agreement with what constitutes “Great Hair.” I particularly, like the illustrations provided and how Graydon describes these clueless guidelines.

Beauty promises – associations made with “gift-with-purchase” cosmetic promotions

What I found in Graydon’s book most disturbing, was a section entitled “The Mean Spirit of Law” according to her book “Chicago city bylaws once imposed fines on people who were considered unsightly by those in power. From 1966 to 1974, a subsection of the vagrancy law dictated that people who were diseased, maimed, mutilated or anyway deformed so as to be an unsightly or a disgusting object” could be fined for appearing in public. The attitudes that led to the creation of such laws are shocking today. Now we use the legal system to protect people with disabilities from discrimination and ensure their full participation in every aspect of society.”

I thank Ms. Graydon for her research and her insistence on writing about beauty in a way that gives it more meaning and less superficiality. I applaud the manner in which she has written about such an important aspect of our culture, and of all cultures. I found this book in the children’s section of my local library – a rare find – it turned out to be “indeed.” I encourage the reading of “In Your Face,” discussing its contents and sharing it with others. I believe that it can be most useful for young women who are searching for a sense of themselves and using the medium of aesthetics as a tool with which to communicate self-expression.

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Hello There,

Aesthetic nursing articles can offer new and innovative approaches to client / patient care, in-depth analysis of research and therapeutic practice systems.  Aesthetic nurses who publish and provide theoretical papers and manuscripts address the need for continuous medical aesthetic promotion with an emphasis on educational preparation. Their efforts are leading the way for the expansion of aesthetic nursing and are making substantial contributions to the field and bringing much-needed awareness to the particulars of this new and exciting nursing specialty.

What follows are suggestions for articles that could be authored by aesthetic nurses with special interest in validating practices and principles of beauty management theory and treatment modalities in clinical settings.

1.       Skin care intervention for pregnant patients

2.       Effectiveness of chemical peeling on mature skin of women 55 plus

3.       Appraisal of the effects of aromatherapy and anxiety

4.       Management and response of adult acne

5.       How to improve aesthetic home care adherence

6.       Cosmetic rehabilitation – five years of progress

7.       Evidence of elevated esteem after appearance restoration counseling

8.       Skin care treatment preferences of teens

9.       Knowledge, attitudes and behaviors related to aesthetic image development

10.   Understanding the indications of interrupted sleep patterns and their effect on the skin

11.   Aesthetic technology – issues and techniques

12.    Making sense of post-operative skin care strategies

13.   Recommendations for building a medical aesthetic practice

14.   Perioral symptom management

15.   Accountability issues involving aesthetic-related therapies

16.   Age-related aesthetic concerns

17.   Basic knowledge of beautification procedures

18.   Ethical issues related to merchandising of skin treatment products in clinical settings

19.   Error reduction in laser treatments

20.   Aesthetic tele-coaching

21.   Applying research to aesthetic practice

22.   Cosmetic intervention for acute and traumatic scarring related to physical assaults and abuse

23.   Acne therapy – measured outcomes of controlled studies

24.   Disease related skin care treatment modalities

25.   Teaching aids for aesthetic nursing education

26.   Business principles for nurse practitioners in private practice

27.   Complex skin conditions – root cause analysis and therapeutic management

28.   Appearance restoration for post-burn injury patients – a conceptual framework

29.   Aesthetic nursing environments – cross-care giving and shared treatment spaces

30.   Advances in aesthetic therapies and their impact on cancer patients

31.   Aesthetic treatments as they relate to weight management

32.   Aesthetic assessment for the needs of patients after major weight loss

33.   Advance aesthetic care planning for burn injury survivors

34.   Aesthetic nursing interventions for dermatology patients

35.   Psychological factors associated with aging appearance related issues

More Information on the Subject of Aesthetic Nursing – Practices and Training

Aesthetic Nursing Program


Esthetic Skin Care Institute


An Assessment Tool for Nurses in Aesthetic Medicine


Introduction Video for All Nurses Site (largest social network for nurses)


How to Become an Aesthetic Nurse


Art and Aesthetics in Nursing


The United Kingdom’s number one Aesthetic Website


Aesthetic Nurse Employment OpportunitiesNurse Web


RN Master Aesthetician


AA Article Alley – Aesthetic Related Articles for Nurses


Elite AMBT provides Aesthetic Medical Training



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The social ramifications are many for those returning to their community after catastrophic episodes in their lives which have temporarily or permanently altered their appearance. Reentry requires special measures for their readjustment.

What follows is a list of invaluable intervention aids for optimum rehabilitation – Fostering and Supporting those in need of strategies that will help them to lead independent lives and will facilitate their greater adaptation back into society.

  • Social rehabilitation
  • Counseling for anticipated social reentry
  • Intensive therapy
  • Rehabilitation research
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychiatric rehabilitation
  • Countermeasures for learned helplessness
  • Pain control
  • Assistance to address and put an end to substance abuse
  • Appearance counseling for physical consequences of disease, wounds or injuries
  • Prosthetic restoration
  • Re-image identification
  • Gait training
  • Positive psychology
  • Life coaching
  • Antidotes to attitudinal problems
  • Relief for depression
  • Spiritual support
  • Sexual counseling
  • Support for other health problems
  • Nutritional considerations and requirements
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Support for family and marital readjustment

References and Resources

Principles of Psycho-Oncology


Operation Positive Transformation


Look Good…Feel Better


Disfigured Help Us Face Up to Disfigurement


Facial Disfigurement


Website for any and all issues related to disfigurement


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The action oriented approach to treatment modalities is sometimes difficult to gauge in terms of effectiveness and yet, it is the predominate factor with which the quality of our aesthetic treatments are judged.  What follows below is:

7 Testing Mechanisms Defined –

  • Coordination – practitioners ability to master manual movements and operate skin care equipment controls simultaneously
  • Precision – meticulous application (evenness) of skin peels and coverage of cosmetic treatment solutions, rapid and accurate hand movements to ensure complete coverage and to decrease application time and thereby, ease –  up short-lived distress
  • Human Touch – finger dexterity in rapid circular activity, stroking and tapping, including consistency in one’s focused direction of facial massage movement
  • Reaction time – alertness to signs of inflammation or, to complaints of residual discomfort and, anticipatory adjustments as fail / safe mechanisms
  • Speed of Treatment – uniformity in momentum of therapeutic pace
  • Arm –hand steadiness – maximization of exertion, degree of strength and / or gentleness of skin contact
  • Rate of success with aiming and resolution of plugging – consistent pursuit of follicular impactions and re-checking of expression of comedos and pustules within treatment allotment time

Not So Ordinary Aesthetic Related Information –

Patients of Courage – what the Plastic Surgeons are Contributing


Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Data Base


Aesthetic Company Profiles and Industry Reports


Conference for Futuristic Business Visionaries


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Good Day Everyone,

New Age and Alternative medicine healers are all about recognizing the body’s higher energies, controlling flow and proper balancing of life force.  Their intention is to assist others with their development by inspiring their own awareness, which ultimately, leads to a healthier life style and overall personal transformation.    Healing touch providers perceive the body in five ways:

  • As a spiritual body
  • Mental body
  • Emotional body
  • Etheric  body
  • Physical body

Healing techniques which are called energy healing include but are not limited to: Healing Touch, Reiki, Polarity Therapy, Bioenergy, Sakara, to name just a few.  The common denominator of all these healing applications is that the healing provider works with one or more of the client’s own energy fields or patterns to reinstate proper equilibrium and concurrence on many levels to promote physical healing.

To be a healing touch healer one has to understand the inner nature of their own actuality – who and what they are.  They must know with absolute certainty, that they have the healing instinct even when they are unsure what exactly they are called to do with it or, before they are essentially trained in how to use it.  This, awareness is essential for their further development as a novice energy-based healer so as they have a platform with which they can build on their natural intuitive abilities to become a well-qualified provider of healing touch applications.  A person who has decided to travel a healing path has to have a certain sense about who they are before they can be effective in the healing self-care and lives of others.

The way a professional with a healing spirit relates to the body is through sensing its energy fields.  To perpetuate healing he/she must modulate and manipulate one or more of the different energy bodies.  Some providers not only sense the subtle energy of the body but they can also see the overall shape of the person’s aura as well as any negative disturbances in these energy patterns (life forces) that might be the cause of a blockage – http://www.google.com/images?um=1&hl=en&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&tbs=isch:1&q=chakra&revid=15631507

There are more than a few techniques that fall under the heading of energy-based healing. A good deal of the time the person performing the techniques is being guided by spiritual inclination and not by a specific set of hand movements although; the training is highly structured and, not random in its practices and principles.

Healing touch (HT) energy-based treatments cover 30 integrated techniques practiced by a whole host of caregivers from: holistic physicians, nurses, multi-disciplined health care professionals and even lay persons who are trained in this healing practice.  The interventions include care for:

  • Mental well-being
  • Debilitating stress and various levels of nervous tension
  • Illness prevention
  • Management of sorrowfulness
  • The control of throbbing, stabbing or, chronic pain
  • Neck and back discomfort
  • Fear and apprehension
  • Wound care
  • Fracture healing

Therapeutic administrations are performed by a light touch to the body or by re-patterning the energy field a few inches above the body.  This care can be offered anywhere and is not restricted to a healing table but can also be given to persons sitting in a chair or to individuals who are bedridden.  What is most significant is that for the treatments to be complete the emotional and mental patterns of the person being cared for have to be addressed by the person as well. In other words, how a person feels and thinks about themselves and others is a strong determinant as to the efficacy of the treatment and its outcome.

Healing touch came into its own with the efforts of Janet Mentgen, RN, BSN, who was invited by her peers to develop the program, Batie, D. Howard, “Awakening the Healer Within” (2000) Llewellyn Publications.  In 1989 Mentgen was honored as holistic nurse of the year by the Holistic Nurses Association. Healing Touch was offered as a pilot program at the University of Tennessee and in Gainesville, Florida. In 1990 it became a certificate program of the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) – primarily for nurses. The techniques of Healing Touch are continued to be supported and became endorsed by the American Holistic Medical Association mostly for holistically oriented medical doctors.   The educational resources were available from the AHNA to develop Mentgen’s vision http://healing.about.com/od/famoushealers/p/mentgen.htm with her material into sequenced, multilevel workshops and comprehensive training sessions.

The widespread worldwide interest in HT resulted in certification in other countries.  A separate credentialing authority was required, and Healing Touch International, Inc. was formed in 1996 for quality uniformity standards.  http://www.biofieldbalancing.com/healing-touch.html

Take Care,


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Many clients come to us with hidden agendas. Wants and needs that most of the time they are unaware of.  So much of what transpires in the exchange of our services addresses these requirements whether they are spoken of or not.

  • Skin contact
  • Tenderness
  • Warmth
  • Caring
  • Protection
  • Security
  • Seclusion
  • Alone time

It is worth a moment’s excursion from our routine thoughts to suggest that we explore such demands which show up with the client who comes for treatments and that these items I have listed represent an inherent and essential need for what we have to offer in the therapeutic delivery of our aesthetic services.

When we meet these needs we enrich the client’s experience tenfold as the registered items on the list testify.  Our client’s show up with secrets, fears and hopes every time they cross over the entry of our establishments. It is the nature of our industry to nurture these otherwise pent-up emotions.  Unlike other fields such as psychology or psychiatry, we have our own special way of understanding and meeting these special needs. We meet the challenge to help our clients overcome their emotionally charged obstacles so they can return to a state of happiness through our touch and sensory mechanisms.

Providers of skin care and massage therapy have devoted much ingenuity to the discovery of methods that chiefly address these needs.  There is no absolute formula that can be reached (for every client at every visit) that will be in accordance with these very personal emotional necessities that come in the door with our clients.  Each person’s situation varies and each presents themselves for treatments with a specific underlying focus for care and that focal point can change from appointment-to-appointment depending on what emotions they have pent-up and have not been free to release.

Our job is not to analyze their circumstances or, to try to bring their problematic concerns to resolution but to listen and demonstrate the warmth and caring necessary to give them a feeling of protection and security while in our presence.  The environment we offer as aesthetic practitioners also contributes by creating a cocoon that provides our clients with the security, seclusion and alone time that is so hard to come by these days – mind, body and spirit.  There is no need to convince our clients that we care beyond the surface delivery of our administrations – our compassionate approaches are evidence of that fact.

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Good Morning,

There is nothing more rewarding than being able to help satisfy our aesthetic client’s desire for their completeness.  We do this in many ways but none as perfectly, as we do, by honoring their dignity when they are in our care.  With this in mind, the purpose of our therapy is to give our client’s the perfect aesthetic experience – one, that is so rich and so fulfilling that it brings to them total tranquility and self-acceptance.  It is only in this state of serene self-actualization that they can come face-to-face with the joyfulness of being themselves.  It is during these times with us that they experience an extraordinary sense of their dignity and a feeling of total completeness that they rarely can find elsewhere.

Here are just a few ways with which we can help our clients restore their dignity and satisfy their desire for completeness:

  • By consciously setting out to make a meaningful connection
  • By showing up for our sessions, remaining alert to their needs and, just being there for them
  • By treating them with a special reverence reserved for V.I.P’s
  • By continuing to give them this feeling of higher status whenever they are in our company
  • By providing a sense of enclosure and protection
  • Through the gentleness of our speech
  • Through the tenderness of our touch
  • By helping them breathe in relaxation and breathe out anxiety and stress
  • By eliminating paradoxical tensions that are such a regular part of their lives
  • By introducing imagery that evokes in them the most calming of thoughts
  • By taking them to higher levels of aesthetic –awareness
  • By offering them aids that will help reveal their greatest aesthetic potential
  • By unveiling hidden aspects of their beauty yet to be recognized by them
  • By helping them totally immerse themselves in the luxuriousness of our treatment applications
  • By integrating atmospheric music to add to the ambience of the occasion
  • By making time disappear so they do not know how much of it has lapsed
  • By uncovering their lightness of being by tapping into their sense of humor
  • By letting them know just how truly beautiful we think they are

Everything stated here is so critically important for helping our clients to feel a total sense of completeness  and profound clarity about their dignity. In approaching their aesthetic needs in this way, they will never think of their monetary investment in our goods and services as an impulsive act or an act of mere whimsy.  They will respect us, our therapeutic approaches and our home care regimens, but, even more importantly, their selves, for tapping into our aesthetic talents and utilizing our skills to assist them in refreshing and restoring their very own special beauty inspired by their feelings of total completeness.

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Hello There,

Because of all the liability there is a greater need than ever to be highly disciplined in our responsiveness and to be calm reactors.  We can temporarily avoid our client’s questions regarding our therapeutic efforts but ultimately, must never ignore them.  It is imperative to prevent confusion that we explain our methods and our motivations so that our clients will always be able to understand our course of action.

This is particularly true if a client makes insinuations about the safety or the efficacy of our procedures. A client’s doubt can paralyze our treatment powers and cause him or her to be even more inquisitive.  It is up to us to untangle our client’s innuendos to reveal what it is that he or she is really trying to say as opposed to just continuing our treatments in silence.

In order to address concerns in a way that does not further alarm our clients, we must boldly respond with conviction. Daring can mean the difference between defeat by default or delight from a result that was well acknowledged and accomplished in the minds of our clients.  While caution considers deliberation, influencing us to be hesitant in our remarks, daring, demands we be explicit about our therapeutic intentions and we do not refrain from standing behind them. To be strong and implicit about our treatment applications when we are being challenged by skepticism is most assuredly, a discipline.  When these incidents come up we should never be afraid or dismayed that a client would question our approaches. We must be above all else “calm reactors.”  We should never expect to be so preeminent in the eyes of our clients that we cannot be queried about our path of treatment.

Even a circumstance that seems trivial to us could escalate into something much more if we do not recognize the importance of addressing the issue brought up to us, right away, and, in a calm manner. We should always sense that there are greater issues involved, which could, if left unrequited, constitute a treatment crisis later on.  To respond graciously is a triumph. To become insulted, determined to set aside our client’s concerns or react with a harsh voice only adds to the client’s cynicism and does little to dismiss his or her treatment apprehensions.  If such an occasion should arise, rather than becoming overly sensitive and sullen we need to react calmly and sincerely in a way that offers our clients our reassurance as opposed to acting persecuted.  We must never allow ourselves to get self-protective when defending our treatment stance or it could lead to the strengthening of the client’s position, in other words, it could result in all kinds of wrong assumptions on his or her part. Subsequently, we all need to heed the discipline of calm reacting.

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