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ReisaM: August 2009 Archives

Dealing with the information deluge:  learning when to padde out, when to ride the wave and when to relax on the beach.

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The Lash Lowdown


Giving you the skinny on the thick!

I highly recommend liquid soap over bar form.  Bar soaps can harbor bacteria, which you then spread onto whatever part of the body it contacts.  Now, if you share the bar, the consequences worsen.  When you use liquid soap with a pump dispenser, you are not contaminating the soap within the bottle.  This adds up to a cleaner you, especially if you have breakout problems.

Contamination issues are present whenever you use a product that requires dipping (and double dipping!).  Best to wash hands before putting your fingers in that jar, cake, etc.  This applies to all things including moisturizer and makeup.  On a relative note, it's not advisable to pump the mascara wand in the mascara tube as this may also create contamination problems.

So, to summarize:  it's best to use a liquid soap at the sink or in the shower.  Your skin will thank you with its healthy glow!


To Stop is To Start


In taking pause, we are able to continue better.


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Reisa Mehlman

As a New York State Licensed Aesthetician, New York State Licensed Nail Specialist, and the Director of Living Well Healing Arts Center & Spa, Reisa combines her love of spa services and healing arts to achieve optimum skin and nail health, create greater overall wellness and bring forth our optimal, individual beauty.

"I believe that the day spa should be an instant getaway; a place that is quiet without being stuffy, relaxed, elegant and yet entirely comfy. You should feel warm and welcome, surrounded by people who care about you and what they are doing. This is the environment we strive to create at Living Well Healing Arts Center & Spa. Here, you are never just the "next" number; we allow ample time for your services, offer a flexible schedule and can be reached after hours. After all, to me, spa craft is not really a business, it's a lifestyle." Read more...

Dr. Sarah Lobisco

SARAH LOBISCO, ND, is a graduate of the University of Bridgeport’s College of Naturopathic Medicine (UBCNM). She is licensed in Vermont as a naturopathic doctor and holds a Bachelor of Psychology from State University of New York at Geneseo. Dr. LoBisco speaks professionally on integrative medical topics, has several journal publications, and is a candidate for postdoctoral certification in functional medicine. She currently incorporates her training in holistic medical practices and conventional medicine through writing as well as through her position as Director of Clinical Education for a highly-esteemed nutraceutical and medical food company.*Dr. LoBisco’s recent blogs about living naturally in our complex world and on the applications of essential oils can be found at Her book, BreakFree Medicine, is set for release this year. *

*Currently, Dr. LoBisco is not seeing new clients or practicing naturopathic medicine with private consultation work. Although she holds a license in VT, her current role is to provide support for clinical education and technical support on natural products, exclusive of any medical or diagnostic consultations or services. Read more...