Farm to Skin: Sourcing CBD for Cannabis Infused Topicals

As cannabis infused products are flooding the marketplace – from vape pens to edibles to topicals – it’s important to know the source of the cannabis used in products that you consume.

Lately, there’s an increased incidence of tainted batches of cannabis popping up on the market. Banned pesticides are being used by growers, and as a result, consumers are becoming ill. According to The Globe and Mail, it was reported that a group of veterans are amassing a file of evidence detailing illnesses after exposure to tainted cannabis products. Their symptoms allegedly include becoming bedridden, nausea and breathing difficulties.

In Colorado, for example, companies are supposed to voluntarily destroy tainted cannabis. If they don’t, the state will destroy it, according to a policy statement issued by the Colorado Departments of Agriculture, Public Health, and Revenue. Currently, there are no federal guidelines on pesticide use on cannabis.

Cannaisseur Brands embodies the farm to skin movement in all aspects of our production cycle. Our premium, organic CBD is sourced directly from our strategic growing partners. We have direct access to the farm, workers, and laboratory processing for our CBD.

Furthermore, we undergo strict quality control measures to ensure that all batches of CBD used in our products are tested for pesticides, microbial (yeast, mold, mildew), and residual solvents. Our open door policy affords us the ability to share our lab testing results with anyone!

We guarantee that Aryn’s Essentials is a safe, reliable and therapeutic product that delivers the best cannabis therapy on the market. Our ingredients are naturally derived and we only use premium organic CBD from our growing partners. Because we put our consumers first, and value their experience with our products, we stand by 100% farm to skin traceability in everything that we do.

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5 Steps to Soft, Fresh, Youthful Lips

OUR LIPS are one of the places on our body that start showing signs of aging first, and are most commonly forgotten in our skin care routine. Here are some simple steps to keep those puckers plump without resorting to cosmetic procedures or injectables.

1. EXFOLIATE them. Your lips don’t have any sweat or sebaceous glands, so they lack the protective layer of sweat and body oils that the rest of the skin on your body has. This causes the lips to become dry and dehydrated easily. Exfoliating them with a gentle sugar scrub once or twice a week will help them shed the dead skin layer and smooth out their texture.

2. APPLY a collagen stimulating lip serum on them twice a day. Look for one that has peptides and hyaluronic acid that draw moisture to your skin, keeping them soft and full.

3. USE SPF daily. It’s just as important to apply a sunscreen right over the top of your lips as it is your face and chest, especially when you will be out in the sun for increased amounts of time.

4. BALM them up at night. Use a natural lip balm at night before bed to keep them hydrated. Some balms have SPF in them so you can use them both morning and night.

5. DRINK water and lots of it. Proper hydration is crucial for overall skin health and has
tremendous anti-aging benefits.

Need to know how to add this into your skin care routine?

Here is your skin and lip care routine:

MORNING:
1. Cleanse face, neck and décolleté.
2. Tone face, neck and décolleté.
3. Treat skin with serums. (Apply Collagen Lip Therapy)
4. Moisturize face, neck and décolleté.
5. Protect skin. (Apply SPF to face, lips, neck, décolleté)

NIGHT:
1. Cleanse face, neck and décolleté.
2. Exfoliate face, lips, neck and décolleté two times a week.
3. Treat skin with serums. (Apply Collagen Lip Therapy)
4. Moisturize face, lips, neck and décolleté. (Use Lip Balm)

BAM.

Leona Baisley

Leona Baisley

Vivid Complexion

Leona Baisley Vivid Complexion Having been licensed esthetician for over 8 years, Leona has worked for a variety of spas and wax only salons. She is passionate about skin care, waxing and education for both the professional and the client. She has over 4 years of wax training experience for large organizations and is in the beginning stages of creating her own education classes that will help licensed estheticians and cosmetologists grow their businesses and compete with the top professionals in the industry.

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My Experience with Cannabis infused Massage Oil

My name is Michelle Rozzen and I’ve been a licensed massage therapist in Los Angeles for over 11 years.

I specialize in modalities such as Sports Massage, Deep Tissue, Thai, Cranio-Sacral, Lomi Lomi and I include Reiki, LED light therapy and Cupping as complimentary services in my practice. My clients range from those in the entertainment industry, athletes, to the sick and injured.

I’m always on the forefront of new therapies to offer to my clients and have been looking for a natural CBD massage oil to use in my practice. I heard about the benefits of a cannabis infused massage, especially ones using CBD (cannabidiol). That’s when I came across Aryn’s Essentials. When I first started using it I tested on myself before using on my clients. I applied it to my arms and hands that were inflamed from working so much and I needed something to reduce pain. After applying Aryn’s Essentials CBD massage oil my hands and my wrists and everything in my arms were so relaxed!

Then I started introducing Aryn’s Essentials to my clients and they saw a reduction in inflammation and aches and pains almost immediately! What I really like about this product is that it not only provides maximum relief to my clients, but it’s emollient and very hydrating. So many of my clients have reported that their skin feels so soft and moisturized for up to 24 hours after the massage.

Another feature that I like about Aryn’s Essentials is that it’s available in a variety of scents using pure essential oils. It’s available in Green Tea and Cucumber, Peppermint, Lavender, and Eucalyptus and Unscented. My favorites are Lavender and Peppermint!

I will continue to use Aryn’s Essentials in my practice and I encourage others to give it a try!

In Love and Light,

Michelle

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Meet the Team at COSMEDIX

The Spa Industry Association is supported across the Globe by our wonderful Sponsors and behind every company are real people, doing real work…we wouldn’t be able to support you our members, without their help.

Let’s meet a few of them! 

Ryan Christopher:

 
Where do you live and what is a favorite travel destination? 

I live in Atlanta, and have the pleasure of traveling regularly with COSMEDIX. One of my favorite travel destinations is Alberta, Canada. I visit all three Fairmont hotel properties nestled in the Canadian Rockies and enjoy the scenic road trip in between each of them. As much as I love the ocean lapping up on the beach, the mountain tops can be even more serene and grounding.

 

What is your favorite hobby and how do you spend your free time? 

When I’m not working I’m spending time with family. My 7 year old godson keeps me running every weekend with basketball, baseball, cub scouts, and any other activity he can get his hands on! 

What excites you about being part of the COSMEDIX team? 
I love being part of a team that makes a difference in people’s lives. A skincare brand like COSMEDIX can lift a client’s self esteem by correcting skin issues with their formulas. It can also improve a spa owners quality of life by providing a successful business partnership. Working to make a positive difference in anything is always worth it. 
Rachel Sullivan

Rachel Sullivan:

Where do you live and what is a favorite travel destination?

I live in Atlanta, GA and I love to travel all over the world. I love exploring other cultures and trying new dishes and experiences. My favorite travel destination is the Caribbean because I love warm weather, relaxing on the beach and swimming in the pristine, crystal-blue waters.

 

What is your favorite hobby and how do you spend your free time?

I love kickboxing. It is great exercise that pushes me past my limits and keeps me in shape. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and pets!

What excites you about being part of the COSMEDIX team? I love developing products for Cosmedix because I’m very passionate about skin care. As a cosmetic chemist, I love discovering new ingredients and technology to advance our products and creating clinically effective products that deliver results. I’m excited to be part of an incredible team that is equally passionate about our amazing products!

A little more about the team…

Ryan Christopher, Global Education Director: As the Global Education Director, Ryan Christopher brings to COSMEDIX over 13 years of professional skin care experience working with the skin in practice and in theory. Christopher is a licensed and ITEC certified practitioner that formerly served as the director of education at a learning institution creating curriculum and setting the foundation for the next generation of aestheticians. With COSMEDIX, he will take his full service spa experience to the next level with the creation of global online and regional training seminars to help those around the world partner with us to change the face of cosmetics with better skin service and care.

Rachel Sullivan, Director of Product Development, is an accomplished R&D chemist with a diverse background and unique skill set that bridges the gap between science and marketing. Rachel joined ASTRAL HEALTH & BEAUTY in 2015 to drive innovation and boost speed-to-market success for all three of ASTRAL’s brands. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Emory University and has created reactive materials for the Department of Defense, patented novel encapsulation techniques for active ingredients in the medical and cosmetic industries, and has formulated advanced anti-aging skin care products and color cosmetics. Rachel has a proven track record of bringing high-quality, innovative products to the marketplace and is dedicated to bringing excellence to her team.

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Can a spa help with your allergies?

At certain times of year, we can all start to feel a little under the weather. As the temperature goes from cold to warm – and then sometimes annoyingly back to cold again – our bodies can react in increasingly frustrating ways. Allergies are also prevalent, a constant blight on many of our lives, and sometimes all we want is a little pampering, a little ‘me’ time. Spas can certainly help with this, and through different treatments they can help those affected. So let’s look at what can be done with the help of your favourite spa to combat allergies.

Facials
Facials

A part of every good facial is a massage of the facial and neck muscles which can have a positive effect on allergy symptoms” – Spa Industry Association

We can all appreciate a little attentiveness now and then, and nothing says pampering like a nice calming facial. These treatments can help us to feel good even in the best of times – their relaxing nature and benefits for the skin are always welcome. Facials can also be absolutely beneficial for those affected by allergies. If the correct products are used and the right pressure is applied to certain points and areas, they can really help to relieve sinus congestion and other causations of allergies such as headaches.

Massage
Massage

It is generally known that there is some correlation between stress and allergies. When you’re stressed, certain chemicals can be released into your bloodstream that can negatively affect your immune responses. If you leave stress unchecked your immune system can indeed further deteriorate, making your allergies worse. Therefore you will absolutely want to avoid and combat stress. There is no better way of doing this on your next Yorkshire set spa day then by taking that much needed time for yourself and indulging in a stress reducing massage.

The fine folks at the Spa Industry Association spoke to us about the positive affects massages can have on those with allergies.

“There a number of ways that a spa visit can help a person with allergies. From the relaxing effects of a massage which may be able to help with head and neck tension, and “stuffiness” to aromatherapy.

Head and neck relaxation-massaging of the face may relieve tension, pain, reduce sinus tension and prevent headaches”.

Allergies normally occur when your body encounters harmful substances that are seen to be hostile to its well being, then reacting with inflammation. Massages can help to alleviate this by benefiting circulation and applying force to pressure-points, therefore relieving sinus congestion. Massage isn’t a cure but it can be thoroughly beneficial, helping you to take control of your bodily reactions.

Sauna
Sauna

A popular part of any pampering weekend is the much beloved sauna. A good steam can do wonders and has become part of the essential ‘me time’ itinerary, and can definitely benefit those suffering from allergies. The comfort that they provide, the sweating out of all those bad toxins, cleansing yourself of your ills, and relieving stress, can benefit in a very practical sense, and mentally as well. Likewise, wet saunas or similar high moisture treatments can also be very helpful to those with allergies and other respiratory problems by helping to relieve congestion.

There are some issues with saunas however; many provide an inherently dry environment that can hinder effectiveness on certain allergies and sometimes even irritate. Depending on your situation they can indeed help or hamper ones’ heath. As with all treatments, it is never a bad idea to consult your spa beforehand, stating your situation so that they can best advise you on treatments to effectively help with any allergies or issues.

Don’t go when sick
Don't go with feeling ill

During the volatile months of the year, in terms of temperature, and the damp conditions that this part of the world oh so likes to provide, it’s not just allergies that can get us down but general sickness too. Those of us suffering with flu or merely the common cold deserve some pampering as well, but unfortunately, a spa isn’t the place to go when suffering this way. The contagious nature of these illnesses can easily spread in a spa like environment, so the imperative is on each individual to consider others around them, and not pass along sickness to those trying to enjoy the facilities.

However, in the comfort of your own home, a nice hot shower/sauna/bath with the use of certain ingredients like eucalyptus can certainly be a great option while you are on the mend. And then once you are feeling well again, head on down to the spa to make sure you are in tip top shape to tackle the world once more.

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