Over the last many decades topics like Peloids (muds), Shiatsu, cryotherapy, “mindfulness,”
balneotherapy, aromatherapy, guided imagery and Pressotherapy have been brought to fore where
these alternative modalities were in many instances only cultural in specific segments of the world. In
Western medicine, by contrast, what was thought to be “medical,” is now still integrated to the benefit
of the patient. However, like a rich array of foods for a celebration or a vibrant palette, the choices for
wellness are robust and interwoven.
Likewise, research is a patchwork. There is documentation from ancient Asia, trends from South Korea,
findings in the heart of the rainforest and professionals, practitioners and health-directed interpreters
passing around the data, wisdom, age-old ritual and never realized theocraticals.
The amount of research and data is staggering. Moreover, the research and findings are growing
collectively. At SPAA we are both conducting in house studies and white papers as well as sharing the
information out there.
Some of the information in our research section is about business. Some of the information is about
various forms of business within the umbrella of spa, wellness, fitness, nutrition, homeopathy and on
and on. We plan to make this an active and ever-changing area of our website. Please bring us both
your questions and your answers. With community and a higher good in mind, information shared is
Well BeingSkin care myths and truthsReinvigorating cosmeticLymphatic
Wellness, personal sociability, joy, getting outdoors and enjoying one’s life are now ranked as very important aspects of good health.
To gain a deeper insight into the existing research on the role of emotional well-being in health and the implications for public understanding, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), in collaboration with other National Institutes of Health (NIH) institutes, centers, and offices, cosponsored a roundtable discussion with the goal of advancing research in this area. Its focus was on issues in developing, testing, and implementing intervention strategies to promote emotional well-being.
Presentations focused on models of success, identified as follows:
Interventions that either produced better health outcomes through promotion of emotional resilience, including cases in which: (1) a component of emotional well-being is explicitly identified as the intervention target, or (2) a change in emotional well-being is found to be a mediator of change in health, or (3) interventions in which improvement of some aspect of emotional well-being itself was the desired outcome.
Skin Care Myths and Truths
Can a face masque really cleanse your liver? What is anti-aging for the aesthetician or dermatologist? What ingredients are effective and which are not? What would a scientist do to create optimal health with regard to the skin?
Reinvigorating cosmetic dermatology
Reinvigorating cosmetic dermatology with the nanoparticlerevolutionZoe Diana Draelos, MDEditor, Journal of Cosmetic DermatologyIt is said by many that cosmetic dermatology has hit aglass ceiling, meaning that few novel ingredients arebeing introduced for topical application, oral ingestion, orintradermal injection. Many new topical ingredients frommushrooms to salmon caviar to sea urchin spines togreen algae to knotweed have been placed in complexantiaging formulations. The problem is that they are allfunctioning as antioxidants. They are simply variants ofthe same old theme purporting that when antioxidantsfound in nature are applied to the skin surface, they candecrease dermal oxidative damage and prevent collagen destruction by highly energetic oxygen radicals.
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The lymphatic system is comprised of a network of vessels interrelated with lymphoid tissue, which has the holistic function to maintain the local physiologic environment for every cell in all tissues of the body. The lymphatic system maintains extracellular fluid homeostasis favorable for optimal tissue function, removing substances that arise due to metabolism or cell death, and optimizing immunity against bacteria, viruses, parasites, and other antigens. This article provides a comprehensive review of important findings over the past century along with recent advances in the understanding of the anatomy and physiology of lymphatic vessels, including tissue/organ specificity, development, mechanisms of lymph formation and transport, lymphangiogenesis, and the roles of lymphatics in disease.
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Marine Elements Utilized in Personal Care
The marine environment represents an underexploited resource for the discovery of novel products, despite its high level of biological and chemical diversity. With increasing awareness of the harmful effects of chronic ultraviolet exposure, and a universal desire to improve cosmetic appearance, the market for new cosmetic ingredients is growing, and current trends have generated a greater demand for products sourced from the environment. A growing number of novel molecules from marine flora and fauna exhibit potent and effective dermatological activities.
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Microplastics in cosmetic products
In January 2018, the European Commission initiated a restriction procedure on microplastics in cosmetic products. This article deals with the legal implications of a European Union (EU) restriction under the Regulation on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) in relation to the right to regulate in the EU and in the context of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
The presence of cellulite is an aesthetically unacceptable cosmetic problem for most post‐adolescent women. It is largely observed in the gluteal‐fermoral regions with its ‘orange‐peel’ or ‘cottage cheese’ appearance. It is not specific to overweight women although increased adipogenicity will exacerbate the condition. It is a complex problem involving the microcirculatory system and lymphatics, the extracellular matrix and the presence of excess subcutaneous fat that bulges into the dermis. It has been described as a normal condition that maximizes subcutaneous fat retention to ensure adequate caloric availability for pregnancy and lactation. Differences in the fibrous septae architecture that compartmentalize the adipose tissue have recently been reported in women with cellulite compared with men. Weight loss has been reported to improve the cellulite severity by surface topography measures although in obese subject’s skin dimpling does not seem to change appreciably.