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The Spray Tanning of Today

   What historical events gave rise to the joy of being able to have bronzed tanned skin throughout the year along with the quicker results achieved today with spray tanning?  We should all thank Coco Chanel for when she arrived on port from a vacation cruise; she had no idea that upon landing,  photographers and fans would cause such a roar and believe she was up to some new fashion trend.  Prior to this time and close to the late nineteenth century, the look for women emphasized wearing elaborate clothing, often delicate and also called for them to have white alabaster skin. This was most often associated with the upper classes that wished to differentiate themselves from laborers or outdoor gardeners. Women often attended special galas and in order to make some contrast with their delicate color dresses, would have to pinch their cheeks or lips in order to not look so pale while greeting friends or making an entrance.  That all changed, for upon arriving in America from Europe most people were developing the country and growing enterprises; a perfect place for the fashion designer that to this day her name brand has unquestionable equity.  In the West in particular people were busy building homesteads that often brought plenty of time outdoors, required more practical clothing and consequently gave more leisure time under bright blue skies.  

The look for tan skin gave rise to the popularity of deep cut back dresses, accentuating accessories, and eventually one of a kind swimwear when women were finally allowed to sun bathe in public. Tanning lotions and spray on tans were not available at the time, so long hours would be spent outside and most often not accessible to everyone.  “…fashions became adornments for bronzed skin, and by 1946, women could tan their skin publicly in as little as a bikini.” (Sara Pendergast, 2000). The rest is bikini and fashion history or one could say under the same breath a more glamorous full figure style.  Today, tanning is just as much fun as it was yesterday and more so with the quick process of spray on tanning. Colors and hues are more natural and transformed since the 1990’s.  Tanning solutions use natural carbohydrates that react with the skin’s own natural proteins to create the soft bronzed golden tan look. Below is an after picture by a local client that received a spray tan. Stay tuned for our next article on holistic body bronzing that does not use spray aerosol for a more subtle and gentle approach to bronzing your skin prior to that next awesome event on your planner.
Article by Theresa Nielsen, Licensed Esthetician.

After a spray tan photo


Harris, Marvin. “The Rites of Summer: History of the Sun Tan.” Natural History. August 1973, 20-2.

Madsen, Axel. Coco Chanel: A Biography. London: Bloomsbury, 1990. Comprehensive account of Chanel’s life.

Mauriès, Patrick. Jewellery by CHANEL. London: Thames and Hudson, Inc., 1993.

Tanning. Sara Pendergast. St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. Ed. Sara Pendergast and Tom Pendergast. Vol. 4.  Detroit: St. James Press, 2000. p603-605. Word Count: 2111.


The Cell Membrane and Beneficial Role of Natural Skin care Ingredients

The Cell, Biochemistry, Cells and Life The cell membranes of both plants and animals are more concerned with cell to cell communication; signaling via receptors and influencing daily metabolic processes by allowing, receiving or blocking passage of certain molecules. “This regulatory ability is one of the most complex and amazing features of the cell membrane”. (The Cell, Kara Rogers, pg. 30). For example, olfactory cells receptors in the nasal passageway receive signals on their cell membrane about a certain type of scent. There are several scent receptors on the membranes of these cells where most are dormant and only activated when the scent is experienced. (, Smell). The body also recognizes pleasant and beneficial frequencies from plants which are at the base in the study of essential oils. The cells on the epidermis and throughout the body receive, accept and or reject substances found inside or out of the cell via the extracellular matrix. The key is to have a favorable environment productive for growth and efficient for its metabolism. A daily balanced skin care is at the base of forming a favorable skin care environment.

From its inception, life on earth depended on water found on the atmosphere. To this day water is necessary for optimal metabolic functions and the transport of waste via the interstitial fluids and circulatory system. The start of the cycle arose from photons via the electromagnetic energy of the sun and later absorbed by single cell green algae via photosynthesis and that of developed plants. This provided the starches or food necessary for both humans and animals. Energy therefore is at the source of effective metabolism and how inanimate inorganic particles such as atoms, electrons and protons recombined from water and light energy leading to starches in plants forming organic substances. Everything necessary for mans survival is already found in nature. The complex molecules and specialized substances from nature to this day affect tissues, respiration, oxidation and body repair. Tissues rebuild and breakdown through oxidation for part of metabolism and nature itself provided us with all that we needed to maintain its balance. For example, if the skin is harshly stripped of oils the body signals for more oil production at its surface. This is at the base for the need in balanced skin care and ph that does not disrupt the protective acid mantle.

It’s amazing how beautiful and simple, yet often complex our life cycle leads us back to nature and how important it is for us to appreciate it and care for it. The cell as a small unit is also very simple yet complex for responsible for many specific cellular functions.  Its membrane is composed of proteins and fatty-acid based lipids. The lipids are of two types; phospholipids and sterols (a type of cholesterol substance) which dissolves easily in organic solvents while the other region is mainly attracted to water. “This amphiphilic property of having dual attraction, i.e., containing both a lipid soluble and a water soluble region is basic to the role of lipids as building blocks of the cellular membranes…This array of proteins, sterols, and phospholipids is organized into a liquid crystal, a structure that lends itself readily to rapid cell growth.” (The Cell, Kara Rogers, pages 30-35). This also shows the importance on balancing the right type of fats such as omega 6’s, 9’s and omega 3’s in the body. This duality in sided for lipids or water attraction protects the cell and allows or blocks certain types of fluids. Also, note that most organic and natural skin care ingredients are more readily recognized by the body and that water is also needed as a carrier for all beneficial ingredients since the cell membrane is both attracted to water and the  many organic molecules to include important proteins and or fatty acids. Skin health as we see is both affected internally from a sound balanced nutrition and topically via a favorable response both in the cellular and extracellular matrix. Plants found on nature have always influenced our skin health. Assisting the epidermis and underlying tissues with balance and recognizable cell membrane signaling is one of the many beneficial roles derived from natural skin care ingredients.

This is part II of the Cell series article and an independent blog. Author Theresa Nielsen Licensed Esthetician and an independent contractor for Mychelle Dermaceuticals.


Dowdey, Sarah. How Smell Works. (2007). Retrieved from smell2.htm

The Cell. (2011). Kara Rogers et al., Britannica Encyclopedia. (First Edition) New York, NY:  Britannica Educational Publishing and Rosen Educational Services.

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Understanding the Cell for Natural Skin and Body Care

 The Cell book for understaning more about the importance of the cell for better health and skin care 

The cell membrane is what protects the inside contents of the cells and what allows for bringing in nutrients for cell division, growth and excreting wastes. It also allows for communication via receptors that receive specific molecules needed for cellular metabolism and as a group around other cells differentiate to form specific tissues. The cells in the human body form four primary tissues which are the epithelium, connective, muscle and neural tissue. These primary tissues give rise to all organs and fluids in the body. The epithelium produces skin, gut, glands and hair, whereas the connective tissue gives rise to fibroblasts, bone, blood and fat cells. (Joseph Panno, The Cell). Fibroblasts help form collagen and elastin that help keep the dermis healthy and strong and the circulatory system helps bring in oxygen and assists in excreting wastes via the circulatory and lymphatic system. “The lymphatic system is the waste disposal and drainage system for the body tissues. Lymphatic capillaries serve as drains and join and form the larger lymphatic vessels. Some cellular products pass into the lymphatic capillaries. Before these substances reach the veins, they are filtered through lymph nodes and then returned to the blood. The lymph carries nourishment from the blood to the cells and removes waste from the cells.” (Joel Gerson, Textbook for Professional Estheticians, pg 75). As we could see exercise is very important for facial and body care and great to make part of a good skin care regimen. For example, often eyes could get puffy when the lymphatics are not absorbing and transporting fluids adequately and a light not heavy moisturizer is best for the delicate eye area.  A good pillow in such a situation is also great that could help elevate the head so as not to be totally flat so lymphatics do not pool due to sluggish circulation. It is equally important to wash pillows and or fluff up as needed throughout the year.

Our body and its cells are indeed part of all beauty found from life on earth and more importantly shares a symbiotic relationship with all plants from nature.  Today we are learning more about caring for the environment and at the same time utilizing that which nature itself provided for us to use in caring for our internal and external needs. Plants and their photosynthesis have been at the pinnacle of skin care research not just since the first marketed product; but today via plant stem cell research. In the International Journal for Applied Science, D. Schmid, et al. reviewed a study on plant stem cells for the skin and hair. It was found that regenerative epigenic factors in plant stem cells do have a positive effect on human stem cells and contribute to tissue repair. (Collagen, Plant Stem Cell Extracts). Stay tuned for part two in which a summary of plant and epidermal cells relationship for better skin care will be covered.  By understanding more about the cells we could more knowledgeably care about our body and understand more the effectiveness in natural skin care.


D. Schmid, et al. (2008). Plant Stem Cell Extract for Longevity of Skin and Hair. SOFW Journal: English Edition. Pages 134-35.  Retrieved from

Joel Gerson. Standard Text Book for Professional Estheticians. Albany NY: Milady Publishing.

Joseph Panno, PhD. The Cell: Evolution of the First Organism. (2005). New York: Facts on File, Inc.

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The skin: Largest Organ of the Body and First Line of Defense.

Cells are the most basic unit of all living things from the single cell organism to the multi-cellular human beings in existence everywhere. When grouped together; specialized cells form tissues, which later form organs, which then form systems such as the circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, muscular, excretory etc. (Milady: Textbook Professional Estheticians, 1999).The cell membrane protects the inner content of the cells and allows the exchange of extracellular fluids in and going out from it for balance. However, free-radicals often interfere with the cell membrane stability when oxidation occurs via losing stable electrons from pollutants, ultraviolet radiation, body metabolism processes, stress, and or cigarette smoke among others. The key is to have a healthy nutrition from the inside by consuming healthy whole foods and also from the outside by applying nutritional topical solutions that are effective via composition and compatibility with the skin exterior. Natural skin care that helps keep the cells stable while preventing the breakdown of collagen and help the cellular matrix fluids function at optimal performance is one of the effective ways at preventing skin damage from occurring. Each positive action we take does have a positive cumulative effect that eventually will lead to a great complexion and radiance. Free radicals not only contribute to wrinkle formation but also to age spots, sagging skin, acne, sensitivity, redness, dryness and general irritation. Sun protection to prevent against UVA (aging rays) and UVB (the burning rays) and topical skin care that saturates the skin with beneficial ingredients against pollutants, toxins and oxidative reactions are beneficial for damage prevention. At Mychelle Dermaceuticals all products have been formulated to assist in preventing skin damage effortlessly, affordably and most importantly effectively via advanced skin care research and formulated natural skin products that really work for specific skin types to include all/ combination type skins with serums, creams and exfoliates rooted with nature.

In brief, the integumentary system is the one comprised of the skin and its appendages such as hair, nails, sebaceous glands, and sweat glands. (Memmler Wood, The Human Body in Health & Disease). The primary function of this system is to protect the immune system (first line of defense against germs entering the body), main receptor for sensory perception and a barrier to the passage of water, chemicals or other intruding microbes via its acidic ph of around 5.5.  Its other secondary functions are thermoregulation, endocrine function, communication (yes, the body communicates what it needs) absorption, excretion and secretion. The greatest fact about the skin is that it is the largest organ in the body. “An organ is a structure that contains at least two different types of tissue functioning together for a common purpose.  There are many different organs in the body: the liver, kidneys, heart, even your skin is an organ.  In fact, the skin is the largest organ in the human body…” (, 1999). We could conclude then that it is very important to care for our most visible and largest organ facing the external environment; our beautiful skin, the first line of defense against environmental assaults and oxidative stress. Enjoy and care for it!


Memmler Wood. The Human Body in Health & Disease. (5th Ed.) CA: Lippincott Co. Press.

Joel Gerson. Standard Text Book for Professional Estheticians. Albany NY: Milady Publishing. Basic Anatomy: Tissues and Organs. (1999). Retrieved from

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Welcome to Natural Cosmetics and Skin Care.

This will be an exciting blog to let everyone know about special skin care events happening in Colorado and periodically across other states. Today the closer we are to nature the more harmonious we tend to feel. As many today know; Colorado has been part of the top 10 states that enjoys natural skin care  products, innovative business models and a population that for centuries sets an example in caring naturally for the environment; which is often reflected via the beautiful resorts, renown international tourism and natural sport activities. I am a licensed esthetician with several years experience in the field and excited to be part of the beauty industry and business consulting. This is an independent blog in which to share information and industry activities.


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