Understanding the different shades of Green Beauty from a Holistic Esthetician's point of view.
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As you may know, a subject that’s extremely close to my heart is green beauty and living a toxin-free life. The two go hand in hand together and more and more folks are choosing natural and organic options for their skin care regimens. This makes my heart smile.
Today, my friend Savita Bettaglio, a Holistic Esthetician and certified Massage Therapist, will focus on the different shades of green within a professional facial treatment, but please stay tuned for upcoming posts where she will touch on green products and professional training.
Did you know there are many shades of green beauty? Here’s a little insight on what the different shades mean and how they’ve evolved over time. This may help you to decide which shade you’d like to be based on your lifestyle.
INTERVIEW WITH SAVITA BETTAGLIO:
LW: Is Green Beauty a fad or do you think it has staying power?
SB: Some green beauty practices have been around for centuries. Take Ayurvedic skin care, for instance. This beauty regimen is derived from medicinal practices that began in India over 5,000 years ago. Fast forward to today and it’s a billion dollar industry where celebrities like Cameron Diaz are writing books about the topic. Gweneth Paltrow’s Goop empire alone just revealed that market sources pinned it’s revenue to $45 million in 2017.
LW: So, what do you think this means? Is it only for the rich and famous now?
SB: Green Beauty is a huge movement and a big buzz word in the beauty industry right now. Yet for someone who was born into a family committed to holistic health before it was trendy, I hope it is a sign that we are becoming more aware of our own vitality and its integral connection to nature. The good news is there is something for everyone regardless of income.
LW: How have things changed recently?
SB: When I started my holistic skin care training nine years ago, there were only a handful of green beauty product available. Now I’m a member of a private group of over 4,000 national and international wholistic skin care professionals. One member (Jaya Savannah) came up with the different shades of green concept, and we often discuss the light vs. dark green side of holistic skin care and products. It’s a huge industry now!
Within this group, a small number of us call ourselves the Radical Facialists, a name derived from Fiona Harlowe (Intuitive Skin Care) and what she describes as “those who break free from traditional skin care methodologies to treat the skin and soul in a non-conventional way and support the self healing of the client.”
LW: OMG I can’t tell you how much I love the term Radical Facialists. And I love what it stands for! It’s so much more than just applying an organic serum to our face, isn’t it?
SB: Yes. And this is important to me because knowledge is power, and I believe the more you stand in your own power when taking care of your skin, the better your choices will be — for you and the planet.
LW: Tell us about the Three Shades of Green Beauty you mentioned.
SB: There are three areas that scratch the surface when considering the various shades of green beauty. Simply put, I think of green beauty products as a range of Light Green (a sprinkle of natural maybe organic ingredients and unknown sourcing) to Medium Green (organic, single constituent ingredients sometimes made in a lab) to Dark Green (all organic, known sourcing, transparent company and whole plant ingredients).
LW: I love how you broke that down into a simple understanding. I think there is so much consumer confusion when it comes to choosing beauty products and services.
SB: it’s super confusing and takes either someone you trust to be doing the research on your behalf or being your own advocate/investigator and using an app like this one from the EWG. For a more in depth answer focusing on the Shades of Green treatments, here is a snippet of one of our green beauty experts, Angela Peck (Wholistic Skin and Care).
“Typically when you hear of holistic esthetics, you see estheticians who are practicing on the light green side, sometimes medium green. Typically light green involves using more natural products with machines, peels, and sometimes also being certified in some type of nutrition coaching.
As one moves more into medium green, there may be less machines and peels, and more organic, herbal-based products.
With dark green, there are no machines (though sometimes there might be LED and/or a steamer), no peels, and products are not what one typically thinks of as a PRO line. Instead they’re made up entirely of essential oils, carrier oils, and herbs – many times created by a skin-specific herbalist. Hands-on treatments are the focus — such as Eastern therapies – acupressure, Vodder MLD, Connective Tissue Massage, Aromatherapy Certification, Herbalist certification, Ayurveda certification, various types of facelifting face massage, and so on.
There’s also a very sustainable focus on every single aspect of the business — from the material that sheets and towels are made of, as well as shipping materials, conserving water and how fairly everyone along the line of products is being cared for and compensated.”
LW: This makes so much sense. Dark Green means they really walk the talk.
SB: Many who aren’t aware of the Dark Green side of the spectrum assume that it’s not as effective and this is why I want to create more awareness around this possibility in skin care. Of course, not practicing the Dark Green side of skincare doesn’t mean you’re doing something wrong, but like I said, knowledge is power. And most people don’t really understand what we do or know we’re out there.
LW: So, what you’re saying is that we can have beautiful skin without peels and machines?
SB: Absolutely. We can approach any of the same skin conditions with a wide range of herbal treatments and hands-on techniques without machines, peels, or extractions. Sadly estheticians in the US aren’t aware of this possibility. In fact, they are rarely even taught the power of face massage, with the inclusion of various tools like poultices, compresses, gua sha tools, jade rollers, and such.
Knowing your options when it comes to eco-beauty is a gift. The Pro Wholistic group has been instrumental in guiding me along a path I knew I was on, but didn’t always have a map for. I hope this information inspires you to find what resonates with your heart and health on your self-care journey.
LW: Can you share a Dark Green home ritual with my readers to get them started?
SB: Yes! Here is a great Spring Ritual:
In the Spring, our body starts to wake up just like the flowers. A little “fertilizer” for the skin is a great way to support your body’s natural detoxification process.
- Set aside 30 minutes.
- Set an intention. It could be as simple as “I am making myself the priority right now.”
- Boil enough water to make a cup of tea and fill a medium size mixing bowl.
- Gather some Organic skin loving herbs. You can buy these ahead of time in bulk at the co-op or local health food store. (A few skin loving options: Organic Nettle, Rose, Chamomile, Rooibos Hibiscus, Red Clover, Chaste Berry, Burdock. All of these herbs are like superfood for the skin — high in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins along with soothing and hydrating qualities.) Or simply use the chamomile/ lavender blend from Traditional Medicinals.
- Get a towel and prepare a mask.
Here are a few masks that I love:
- Brightening Mask by LWPO (Super high in Vitamin C)
- Activated Coconut Charcoal Face Mask by Isas Restoratives (great for congested skin)
- Manuka Honey (amazing for dry or dull skin)
- Make your cup of tea and face steam bath.
- Steam your face over the mixing bowl of herbs (towel tent).
- After a few minutes set aside the face steam (you can strain and use the tea in a bath that same day) and apply your mask.
- Let your mask set while you sip your tea.
- Remove your mask.
- Apply a good hydrosol (favorites are Evan Healy and Rose by Veriditas by Pranarōm).
- Apply a good oil serum massaging it in for at least 5 minutes. You can use your hands, a Gua Sha tool or jade roller (my favorite serums are all of the LWPO ones, Khus Khus and MyHavtorn. For assistance with Gua Sha tools or Jade Rollers-feel free to e-mail me)
- Apply your balm or moisturizer.
Now…take a look at your glowing face and give thanks for the nutrition it has just received!
LW: Thanks Savita! I’m going to do this beautiful ritual tonight!
Living a toxin-free and green lifestyle is a major component to Living Well Through Chaos. We are highly vulnerable to chemicals in our beauty, hair and personal care products, and indoor/outdoor environments. This can have a decidedly negative affect on our bodies including cancers, respiratory, hormonal, and skin conditions. The good news is that we have more control over the unwanted affects than we think. While we can’t escape every toxin out there we can certainly support our bodies and our health by choosing chemical-free whenever possible. This is an aspect of Living Well! When we Live Well, chaos has less of an opportunity to affect us, and subsequently, those around us.