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Avocado Face Mask

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I never thought it would happen, but I finally have to deal with dry skin. From a distance, age 27 always sounded too young—but my mother has dry skin! I still listen to Bright Eyes when no one’s around! And then I recently remembered that, well, my mom had me when she was 26, so maybe it’s not so ridiculous. So it goes.

After making sure I was eating enough healthy fats and drinking enough water, I even cracked open a few Chinese medicine textbooks  (long story, but working for a wonderful acupuncturist is basically what led me to go back to school to become an RD) to see if there were certain nourishing foods to include on my shopping list to address what I had going on or whether I was neglecting a certain flavor (sweet/sour/bitter/etc) I might benefit from using more. Say what you will about  Eastern medicine, but I think a balance of east-west is a very sane way to take care of ourselves.

Anyway, though I can’t say the yin-nourishing, “sweet” foods (like brown rice, cabbage, white mushrooms, and other things I swapped in for other foods) hurt, I wanted some quicker results (God bless America). A little “It’s okay…” blurb from Glamour magazine about using half the avocado for a face mask and eating the other half reminded me that nature really does provide some of the best beauty treatments around—f*** wandering the aisles of Duane Reade and emerging $40 poorer with an assortment of stuff that doesn’t work!

IMG_2132This face masks costs around 55 cents and made my skin feel amazing. It’s even better if you listen to whatever your guilty-pleasure music is because that’s, like, what girls do when we’re wearing face masks or something…Or you could just work on your super-nerdy stats assignment, like I did.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 a ripe avocado
  • ~2 tbsp honey

Directions: 

  1. Mash avocado in a bowl or other container. Stir in honey.
  2. Spread on face. Leave for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Wipe off mask with a damp washcloth and rinse.

Enjoy!

What’s your favorite at-home beauty ritual? 

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When to say "No"

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Working for an acupuncturist, I’ve been learning quite a bit about how practices are grown and maintained. One of the things I never knew about before was online marketing through services such as Google Adwords, which enables you to place bids on keywords so your company’s ad shows up when someone searches for that word or phrase.

Last night, while I was looking over recent activity, Chris commented on one of the keywords. 
“PMS weight gain?” Do people really come in for that
We ended up having an interesting conversation/debate about where the lines are drawn in terms of when a minor annoyance or discomfort becomes an issue worth seeking treatment for. What “counts” as a medical condition?
He is more of the “rock and roll, deal with it” camp, whereas I am hesitant to tell someone else to man up—especially a woman at the mercy of her hormones. I feel like everybody has different thresholds for pain and responds to triggers in various ways. How do I know that what feels like one of the less pleasant parts of life to me doesn’t equal a debilitating ailment to another person?
(This is why I could never work for an insurance company)
Still, that’s not to say Chris doesn’t have a point. It’s just hard to know when to say when. I always wonder how practitioners make that decision not to treat someone or whether to refer them to someone else. I feel like you really can’t teach that, that it’s a sense you have to develop through experience, being able to gauge whether a person who comes in for the first time would actually benefit from your services.
It makes me think of something a friend told me in college about palm readers. He said that several different palm readers have refused to read his palm, explaining that it’s “too old.” This has become how he decides for himself whether someone is for real. 
That sounds like a pretty good measurement to me. We don’t always like to hear “No,” especially in our “fix me now” culture, but sometimes that is exactly what we need to hear. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather hear someone tell me I am equipped to deal with my own issues or at least be pointed in the right direction to someone who can give me the help I need rather than just being given (for a fee), what I think I need or want.