It Starts from Within: Tips for Improving Internal & External Beauty

In a world filled with so much emphasis on beauty and social media it is important to find the balance. However I am a firm believer in that true beauty starts on the inside. Treating your body like a temple and truly taking care of it will make you feel good and present your best self!

I am so happy to have guest blogger, Alex Berger from The Berger Bungalow

back again to share her insight on this topic. As well as some great tips from All Cure Spine and Sports Medicine located in Monroe, NJ.

Your external appearance is so important because it is the first thing that people judge you on. The minute you walk in a door, you automatically get judged based on what you are wearing and what you look like. This is one of many reasons why I love doing hair and makeup so much. I believe that just a little bit of fashion, great makeup, and a really good hairstyle can not only show others that you are ready for the day, but it can also improve your mood, your confidence, and your overall happiness, which is so very important. Because of this (as well as many other reasons), I truly believe that external beauty matters, but also that internal beauty matters just as much.

Chispa Magazine says, “Now some of us believe that beauty fades over the ages and do all they can to prevent this. Those people who think so have the potential to really lose their beauty getting older. And vice versa those who realize that beauty is something that we can’t see, measure and touch with the physical eye not only save but also improve their beauty over the ages. Therein lies the main difference between the external and internal appearance. As the inner depends only on us—our self-instruction and self-improvement, but the outer everyone can improve today with the help of plastic surgery, a qualified beautician, an amazing tattoo design etc. A skilled plastic surgeon can make your face and body beautiful, but he can’t improve your sense of humor or correct the level of anger and greed. A good beautician can smooth out the wrinkles on your face or prevent sunspots and skin pigmentation but she can’t take out all violence and jealousy from your soul.”

Now, this is not saying that internal beauty is more important than outer beauty at all, but to me, it just means that both really need to be fostered as much as possible. Here are a few ways that you can work on improving and maintaining both your internal and external beauty:

Eating Well

Eating well can improve both your internal and external beauty, but I wanted to focus more on external beauty for this one. Eating healthy foods that are high in antioxidants such as berries, leafy greens, squash, tomatoes, and more, help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, as well as reduce the free radicals in your body that attack tissues and promote premature aging. This will improve the way your body looks, which in turn, improves your confidence and your overall mindset. Although we are focusing on external improvements, the result of those external changes will improve your overall happiness and mindset about yourself, resulting in an improvement of internal beauty.

Focus on Mindful Practices

Mindful practices such as yoga, breathing techniques, meditation, and journaling can really help manifest your internal beauty and confidence. According to Art of Living, “Interestingly, science has proven that our breath and emotions are connected. Every emotion has a specific rhythm of breath; both influence each other. When you’re angry, you breathe faster and when you’re sad, your exhalations are longer than your inhalations. When you are happy, your breath is expanded. Science also says that you can change how you feel simply by changing the pattern of your breath. With regular practice of different breathing techniques like Alternate Nostril Breathing, Bellows Breath, Shining Head Breath, and life transforming Sudarshan Kriya, you can unlock this power of breath to experience your innate happiness and positive emotions to enrich your beauty. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a global humanitarian and spiritual master, popularly known as The Guru of Joy, says, “For external beauty, you put on things; for real beauty, you have to drop all the things. For external beauty you have to have make-up; for your real beauty you only have to realize that you are made-up! Just wake up and see that you are beautiful. The innocence in you is so beautiful. The dance in you is so beautiful.”

Heal Your Body

If you are dealing with depression, excessive stress, pain, lyme disease, or other issues that cause you to be held back from optimum health and happiness, it’s time to do something about it and luckily, there are simple ways to improve heal your body and improve your internal and external beauty. For example, massage can help with relaxation, tension, and stress-relief and acupuncture can help with many different issues such as, back pain, neck pain, infertility, lyme disease, bipolar disorder, life transitions, emotional health, and even arthritis. The family-owned practice based out of New Jersey, AllCure Spine & Sports Medicine says, “We’re on a mission to add health, balance, and success to your life.

Achieving maximum health is more than the absence of an illness. Authentic human health also includes the fulfillment of potential — potential for healing, creativity, wisdom, love, friendship, family, career, spirituality, physical fitness, leadership, and more. We’ll listen carefully to you before creating a treatment approach to address your unique needs. Your comfort, dignity, and confidentiality are always among our highest priorities. Our offices are designed to be an oasis for healing.” Owner and clinic director, Dr. Anthony Alfieri “strongly believes in an integrated approach to physical rehabilitation and pain management. Having four different type of doctors under one roof, is not only convenient for the patient, but it is helpful for treatment plans to allow for fast and effective outcomes. He feels that each patient’s experience with AllCure Spine & Sports Medicine will maximize their ability to not only get better, but to stay better.”

Eliminate Negativity

Eliminating negativity in your life is a must for improving internal and external beauty. Negativity causes stress which has a huge effect on your mental state. Like we discussed above, your internal beauty definitely affects your external beauty and vise versa. If you are stressed frequently, you are more prone to blemishes, wrinkles, gray hair, and premature aging. So, let’s eliminate the stresses and negativity in your life, in order to keep your skin wrinkle and blemish-free. This will also improve your happiness in your life, which is never a bad thing.

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Look & Learn with Ted Gibson

Ted Gibson is a true pioneer in the beauty industry and truth be told my all time favorite stylist.

Ted Gibson taught a Look and Learn at Reche Academy in Metuchen, NJ all about learning the secrets of styling celebrity, runway, fashion and editorial hair. In addition learning his tips and tricks to creating “celebrity” hairstyles.

Ted Gibson is well known for his work on Angelina Jolie, Zoe Saldana, and Anne Hathaway to name a few. He also is the hair stylist for the show What Not to Wear.

He started the session with introductions from the him and the class and then provided tips on how to be an outstanding stylist and provide a red carpet experience.

Ted did a curling iron set on the model and went over three different and versatile looks that were quick to do and very fashion forward.

Lisa Marie Vendemia, owner of Reche Academy said, “Our evening with Ted was an inspiring and exciting once in a lifetime experience. We were able to connect with one of the top celebrity hairstylists to date. The time Ted Gibson and his Artistic Team spent sharing their experiences and talent was greatly appreciated. I personally walked away from our evening feeling a renewed energy not only for my craft but also for my spirit!”

It was the best night ever for me to meet Ted and tell him how much he has influenced me and my career. I learned so much from him at this event. He is always amazing to be around

For more information on Ted Gibson and his salon check out his Instagram page @tedgibson

Reche Salon & Hair Academy is located at 279 Central Avenue in Metuchen, NJ. Follow their social media on Instagram @rechehairteam

Hair on Fleet

What if I told you that there is a product that will prep and finish your hair in one bottle? Make room in your product drawer for NAVY Hair Care’s Style Navigating Prep & Finishing Spray. It is sure to be a staple in your haircare routine.

Being a hairstylist I get to test a lot of products, and I’m happy to say that I am obsessed with this spray! I use it on myself and my clients and the results are gorgeous.

The spray is a micro mist that fights off static and controls frizz. It is great on all hair types and can be used on wet or dry hair. Offers UV and thermal protection and will prolong the life of your style. I have been able to go three days with my blowouts since using this product! I also love how it leaves the hair shiny, conditioned and no product build up. The hair is left bouncy and touchable not sticky or hard like other products. It also smells so good!

I also love that the spray is made in the USA 🇺🇸! It is not tested on animals and the packaging is eco-friendly. It is also formulated without sulfates, parabens, mineral oils, phthalates and petroleum.

Priced just right at $25!

Be prepared to be a #ForceofNavy

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Expert Tips & Tricks to Remedy a Nasty Sunburn

Summer is in full swing and with that comes the occasional sunburn. emerginC’s Training Director, Kimberly Sampson shares some tips and tricks on how to avoid inflammation, redness and soreness associated with sunburn below:

Skin redness during sun exposure is our body’s natural immune system response to skin cell’s excess exposure to ultra-violet sun rays. Skin redness occurs when there is an increase of capillary blood flow and skin is burned. Our body’s natural immune defense, or histamines, are released which helps calm skin inflammation – resulting in skin sensitivity and warmth from sunburn. 

 Kimberly’s Sunburn Remedies:

1. When addressing sunburn look for calming, soothing, and healing ingredients in skin care such as aloe, seaweed, tea extracts, hyaluronic acid, ceramides, botanical oils and extracts. Choose a nourishing body butter such as emerginC’s grape stem cell, white tea, and seaweed body butter that will help moisturize and reduce skin redness.

2. Taking a cool shower and applying a post-sun skin care product such as emerginC’s grape stem cell, white tea, and seaweed body butter and/or hydra-repair capsules to face, neck, and chest area will help begin the healing process from sunburn. 

3. A good natural remedy: Soak a soft fabric cloth in milk or collodial oatmeal and apply to areas of redness to help calm skin. Both milk and collodial oatmeal contain healing and natural anti-inflammatory ingredients to help address sunburn relief. 

Kimberly’s Recommended Products for Sunburn Relief:

active hydrating complex

A unique gel-base moisturizer containing aloe, glycerin, vitamin B, sodium PCA, matricaria extract creates a natural cooling sensation which helps hydrate, soothe, and protect sun- parched skin. ($53)

grape stem cell, white tea + seaweed body butter

The grape stem cell, white tea, and seaweed body butter contains antioxidant rich kombucha, green and white teas, spirulina, anti-aging grape stem cells, soothing and moisturizing aloe and glycerin and seaweed to help moisturize and nourish sunburn while helping to prevent sun damage. ($45)

hydra-repair capsules

Liquid gel capsules containing avocado oil, ceramides, vitamins E and A helps restore skin’s natural moisture balance, providing instant hydration and nourishing relief to dry, sun burned skin. Apply daily prior to moisturizer/sunscreen or directly after sun exposure for sun relief. ($92.50)

SPF 30+

A physical sunscreen containing anti-oxidant rich vitamins and botanicals to help protect skin against UVA/UVB rays while helping to reduce redness and skin sensitivity. Bonus, the SPF 30+ is formulated for face and body and can be used all year long. ($38)

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Summer Skincare Tips from Jan Marini

Jan Marini, CEO of Jan Marini Skin Research, is a pioneer in the professional skincare arena. She has more than three decades of experience researching and developing new and innovative skincare technologies.  Below are three of her top beauty tips to help keep skin protected and youthful during the summer months.


Protect Your Hair

·        Sun exposure breaks down the Disulfide bonds in hair, causing color fading (think of that $200 color service), brittleness and breakage. Remember, your scalp is an extension of the same skin that is on your face and it requires the same attention! Cumulative sun exposure, throughout the year, damages and ages the scalp and, as a result, compromises and decreases the factors that promote luxurious, full, healthy hair. 

·        Be sure to use a conditioner or leave-on spray that contains a sun protectant…and, wear a hat!


Protect Your Lips

·        Your lips are one of the most vulnerable and most exposed areas and, often, the most forgotten.

·        To prevent skin cancer while keeping your lips soft, hydrated and supple, generously massage sun protectant into the lip area.

sunblock and legs

sunblock and legs

Your Skin Continues to Age in the Summer Months

·        There is a widely spread misconception that it is wise to stop using glycolics, retinols, etc., during the summer months.  Not the case! These powerful, gold standard tools can prevent a significant amount of damage, and repair damage that hasn’t yet surfaced while reversing superficial signs of aging and enabling skin to more effectively respond to UV radiation.

·        Remember, your skin ages every day and you need to consistently apply medically and clinically validated topicals that can truly assist in keeping your skin looking healthy, vibrant, refined, hydrated and luminous. Taking a break, especially during a period of more intense sun exposure, only compounds the aging process and further compromises your skin’s ability to repair and rejuvenate. 

For more information on Jan Marini and her product line go to