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Through The Mirror is our video series in which we illuminate some of the magic that our friends and customers bring into the world, and how self-care is at the heart of their successes. In this video we peel back the layers of being a woman, mother, educator and healer with Kiana Reeves.

Through the Mirror: Kiana Reeves - YouTube

As the Head of Education at Foria, a Somatic Sex Educator and Full-Spectrum Doula, Kiana Reeves is single handedly changing the way we think about life at home after birth.

We sat down with the woman-of-the-hour to pick her brain and hear her thoughts on motherhood, sexuality and work-life balance.

Hi Kiana! We’re so glad you’re able to sit with us and talk about the incredible work that you’re doing. To start, can you tell us a little bit about what exactly it is that you do?

I work with women’s sexual health and wellness. I do a lot of pelvic work internally and externally and do things like vaginal steaming and other things that can support women's sexual and reproductive health.

How did you find this work?

I started out as a doula attending births and then I had two of my own children. After having my first, I really recognized that there was this lack of support, education and awareness on how to reintegrate the identity of being a mother and being a sexual person. The identity is kind of split for me and I think that’s a really common experience that women have. So I became a postpartum doula and even in that space there wasn’t quite enough education around particularly pelvic health.

I think about 3 or 4 years after becoming a doula I met my mentor by chance when I was working with the jade egg. I was at a meeting with somebody and I ran into her and she was like “Hi, I’m Kimberly!” She introduced herself as a vaginapractor and that blew my mind–I wanted to know everything. I immediately got a session with her and quickly realized how special the work was that she was doing.

A Vaginapractor? What’s that?

It’s a fusion of working with the nervous system and incorporating things like somatic experiencing for people who have experienced trauma. Then working with things like scar tissue and birth injury and a whole host of other tools that really educate and give people the tools they need to take home with them to have a regular self-care practice.

The field of female sexual health and wellness is an emerging field. There are so many practices that are becoming more and more common and accessible to people and for a long time I think especially in the wellness industry, sexuality hasn’t been addressed. It hasn’t really been incorporated in the holistic identity of what wellness is. I think that’s starting to change. There are different niches in areas that are bringing products, tools, conversation and education to the forefront and looking at the person as a whole. I think that’s really important.

What are your goals for the clients you work with?

When I talk about selfcare with my clients I talk a lot about the reproductive and sexual health aspects of it. But we’re also working on foundational practices to be able to address some of the biggest challenges that impact our sexuality. Things like stress and being able to tune into themselves and their desires. That doesn’t happen if you have layers and layers of that mental static that most people have of like of job and everyday work and everyday responsibilities. What we’re trying to do in the session is break down that static so people can recognize where they are in their essential self. I show them how to access their nervous system and how to redirect it when they get too upregulated or when they get really kind of frozen in things. I don’t know if that makes sense but it’s a kind of big view of how we approach it.

As a wellness practitioner dealing with clients, family and friends everyday, how do you personally incorporate wellness into your day?

You can imagine that as a mom my days are super full. Especially on weekdays where we’re getting up and we’re going straight into the hustle of school. Usually my morning wellness routine is pretty short. Usually it’s hot water with lemon, some ghee and maybe getting my feet in the dirt or taking in the morning air. My wellness rituals usually for me come at night and most of the time that’s a really hot really long bath with like 10 cups of Epsom Salt and all of my essential oils. I stay in there for a really long time and rub oil all over myself in the bath. And then I’ll also rub oil all over myself when I get out of the bath. Sometimes I’ll just pour castor oil on my head and get it all over so I’m just covered in oil. There’s something so healing about oil that I love. For me, feeling my body and having a moment to be naked, warm and touching myself, even if it’s not in a sexual way, is huge for me. That moment where I’m like this is me, I’m a person too, I’m not just a mom, I’m not just running around working and seeing clients and being with my kids.

What are some of the biggest lessons you’ve learned from your work and working with clients?

I think that in working with clients, what’s most interesting for me is the diversity of the stories that we all come with. Not one of my sessions has ever been the same. People will call me and say what can I expect in a session and I’m usually just like, “I actually have no idea because I need to know what your nervous system is doing and where you’re at in that day.” And obviously in working with the pelvis and with the genitals it is the most sensitive and tender and kind of emotional part of the body to interact with as a person interacting with someone else’s body. So for me what I learn every time is how much emotion we store in our bodies that we aren’t even aware of. When you approach that territory with the intent of allowing the unconscious to come up a little bit, it can be really emotional for most people even if they come in and are like I’m fine, I just want to explore and learn. I’d say 75% of the time my clients will well up with emotion and weep on my table for the beauty of connecting themselves in that way and sometimes also the pain of rediscovering something that’s really important to them that they’ve let go of.

What have you learned from balancing work and being a mom?

I think one of the main things that I’ve been learning over the last few years, especially as a working person with many jobs and titles, being a full time parent and trying to spend time with friends and have a relationship, is that there are all these details in life that always need tending to. And with that amount of, what I would say is a high amount of responsibility, I’ve been trying to excavate that and understand what is essential for me and my life. If I can boil everything down to its essence, what makes a really good, nourishing, deep and meaningful experience? And what I’m finding is that that is relationships. So the relationships I have with my kids and my friends and my family are at the core and heart of everything. I can have the most stressed-out day in the world and go have dinner with the people I love and decompress and laugh and I’ll feel everything melt away.

What also helps is being in nature. And not just like a minute in nature, which can be amazing and kind of soften things and allow stress to melt a little bit but I mean the kind of nature where you get so lost in the experience that your identity melts away enough to really channel that essential quality of yourself. You remember those things about you that make you human. Not your identity within the external world but who you really are. And I’ve been trying to learn how to operate from that place so that how I make decisions and who I engage with and what I spend my time doing, in this very precious limited amount of time that I have, becomes those things and only those things.

Ok, last question. How do you teach your kids to be in this world? What are the challenges of being a parent?

I think the thing that’s very incredible about parenting and inspiring but challenging is that there’s no handbook. I mean there are lots of handbooks, there are tons of books you could read but it’s really operating from that same place of internal authority, permission and knowing. If there’s anything that I could teach my kids it would be to keep that intactness in themselves to be able to know who they are and why they’re here and what they want and I try to do that in little ways. I try to listen to their experiences and their emotions and really honor that.

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Our new video series Face the Mirror offers a special glimpse into the daily rituals of some of our favorite artists, movers, and industry shakers. In each video, we will be diving deep into the inspiration that powers their creativity, and what fuels them to live a life of higher consciousness.

To kick things off, we’re so excited to introduce you to our dear friend, Erin Karr, the creative force behind EMK Ceramics. Erin’s work is deeply inspired by the organic world around her, and she draws heavily from earthly elements to create the beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces that you’ll find all over LA (including at OSEA).

Through the Mirror: EMK Ceramics - YouTube

 

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You Recycle. We Reward. Our new LA in-person recycling program.

We’re thrilled to launch the OSEA Skincare Studio Recycling Program. Sustainable practices are a key part of our ethos and we’re so happy that we can share this new initiative with you.

How it Works:
  • You bring back your empty OSEA products to our Venice Studio
  • For every 6 full size or 1oz travel size products returned, you receive a $40 treatment credit
  • We ensure that each glass bottle is recycled properly
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*For the time being, the recycling program is only available to individuals who are able to make in-person returns to our Venice Skincare Studio. We are working diligently to find solutions that will enable us to expand this service to our amazing global community.

 

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Our new video series Face the Mirror offers a special glimpse into the daily rituals of some of our favorite artists, movers, and industry shakers. In each video, we will be diving deep into the inspiration that powers their creativity, and what fuels them to live a life of higher consciousness.

To kick things off, we’re so excited to introduce you to our dear friend, Erin Karr, the creative force behind EMK Ceramics. Erin’s work is deeply inspired by the organic world around her, and she draws heavily from earthly elements to create the beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces that you’ll find all over LA (including at OSEA).

Face the Mirror: EMK Ceramics - YouTube

 

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Let’s discuss: dry brushing. A simple addition to your daily routine, the act of a quick and brisk brushing in the morning has been touted as an energizing start to both your system and your day and we couldn’t agree more.

For centuries, from Ancient Greece to Japan, bathing rituals have included a form of dry exfoliation to jumpstart the lymphatic system, soften skin and rejuvenate vitality. In Ancient Greece athletes competing in rigorous physical activity and competitions of strength used a skin-scraping method after bouts of exertion to stimulate the flow of energy, encourage vitality throughout the body and help remove the debris of the competition from the skin. Similarly in Japan, ancient bathing rituals included an intense dry body scrub down prior to bathing to ensure that dead skin cells were adequately removed, allowing the now softened skin to thrive in the following treatments. Suffice to say that dry brushing has been an active part of our collective bathing consciousness for quite some time and we can see why.

Taking just five minutes in the morning, before hopping in the shower, to brush your skin from your feet towards your heart can result in exhilarating changes over time.

 

The Benefits of Dry Brushing

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First and foremost, dry brushing in its most basic form is an excellent way to maintain daily body exfoliation. Using a firm, plant-based bristle brush can help slough off the outermost layer of dead skin cells to make way for fresh newer cells beneath. This daily exfoliation can help your skin feel and look smoother and more radiant as an even canvas is the key to glowing skin.


Stimulate & Tone
As we brush from our feet towards our hearts, our body is gently motivated and encouraged to promote circulation, which can result in a full body feeling of stimulation and rejuvenation. You may feel a boost in energy and overall vitality as you continue to brush consistently. Additionally, with better circulation our skin and bodies will appear firmer, fresher, more radiant and toned.

The Daily Practice

At this point we’ve covered the benefits as to why you may want to consider incorporating dry-brushing into your routine and now it’s time to discuss best practices.

Step 1: Find a Brush
First you want to find a dry brush that works for you and that you feel comfortable using since you will likely be using it every day. Once you have found your brush, the rest is simple.

Step 2: Work Your Way Up
In the morning, before hopping into the shower, run the brush gently yet firmly up from your feet towards your heart, working your way up your limbs and torso. Starting with your feet, work the brush up your shin and thigh with long fluid strokes. Apply a moderate pressure that’s comfortable and make sure to brush the soles and tops of your feet as well. After you have finished with your legs, brush over your derriere working towards the groin in circular motions.

Step 3: On to the Arms
Move on to brushing your arms, starting at your hands and working up towards the shoulder. Again, use long fluid strokes as you draw the brush up your arm. You will likely experience some flushing in your skin and that is perfectly normal. As we brush, our skin is stimulated and that pink flush is the visual cue that things are energizing and moving along.

Step 4: The Torso
Once you have brushed over your arms and legs, adjust the pressure of the brush as you begin to work over the torso. Gentle pressure should be used when brushing over the breasts so as not to disturb the delicate tissues of that area. Work in circular motions moving down towards the stomach.

Step 5: Finish It Off
After you have thoroughly brushed, simply hop in the shower and continue on with your routine. It’s that simple!

Quick, easy and effective, dry brushing is a daily act of self-care that can change the tone of the day in just a couple minutes. With consistent use you may find that you have more energy, you feel lighter and your skin is glowing. Who would say no to that?

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Argan Oil: Ancient Skin Care Secret

In the modern beauty world, argan oil is often referred to as “liquid gold”. The moniker comes partly from argan oil’s amber hue, but more so for the oil’s valuable medley of health benefits whether it’s ingested or applied topically. While culinary argan oil is used much like olive oil, and touts some of the same cardiovascular benefits, it is argan oil's ability to instantly hydrate and smooth skin that has earned it a reputation as a necessary part of your daily skin regime.

The Origins of Argan Oil

Argan oil, also known as “moroccan oil”, is extracted from the nut of the the argan tree fruit. Although the 80-million-year-old relic tree species Argania spinosa once covered large parts of Northern Africa, the tree nearly went extinct over 2 million years ago during the ice age. The surviving trees were located exclusively in the Souss valley region of Morocco where oil was made at the household level for cooking and for topical application dating back to the dawn of the first millennium.

 

Traditional preparation of argan oil is a tedious multi-step process which includes fruit picking and peeling, nut cracking, kernel roasting, grinding and several steps to collect the resulting oil. The labor intensive extraction process, and the fact that the oil itself did not preserve well, made argan oil unsuitable for distribution and it remained a household made luxury. These factors combined with a limited growing area resulted in argan oil and its benefits remaining a virtual secret even to regions as close as North Morocco.


Argan Oil Discovered Globally

In 1998, when UNESCO designated the argan forest a biosphere reserve, argan oil was still unknown worldwide and the Argania spinosa was on a short-list of possibly endangered trees due to deforestation and over use as fuel. Scientists knew the argan tree acted as a “green curtain” protecting much of Southern Morocco from the encroaching Sahara Desert and considered the disappearance of the tree an environmental disaster.

Intent on saving the argan tree, a multidisciplinary group came together in 1985 and developed what is known simply as the “Argan Oil Project” (AOP). A review of the project titled “The Argan Oil Project: Going From Utopia to Reality in 20 Years” explains the philosophy of the AOP:

 

The underlying idea of the project was based on the transformation of an environmental problem into an economic opportunity that would have to simultaneously and inevitably promote the preservation of the argan forest. The idea of the AOP was based on a simple observation: the rural population of the argan forest was not considering argan tree-related activities as an agricultural activity. Hence, the rural population was not preserving the tree. If argan tree cultivation could become a permanent source of revenue, local dwellers would protect the tree and even replant new ones. The battle against desertification could be won and population could get wealthier


Argan oil trading was the answer the AOP was looking for and over the next 20 years the project would help lead the way in sustainable argan oil cultivation, extraction, and quality control. The AOP successfully predicted that with argan oil as an income source, locals would create a virtuous circle by planting more trees effectively safeguarding the argan tree/forest.

New methods of extraction, such as cold pressing, along with new methods of testing argan oils for adulteration and preservation meant argan oil could reasonably leave the boundaries of Southern Morocco as a beauty product, and it wasn’t long before the world began hearing whispers of the benefits of “liquid gold” out of Morocco and argan oil skincare products began emerging.

Benefits of Argan Oil: The Science

The skin benefits of argan oil have been known anecdotally for thousands of years. Berber woman have been integrating the oil into beauty routines since 1500 BCE, applying it regularly to the face, nails, and hair, but awareness of argan oil outside of a tiny triangular area of Morocco only spans back a few decades. Global interest in argan oil has exploded in the beauty and world and even more recently the science community has take interest in learning more.

Natural Skin Protectant

Recent research on argan oil benefits is compelling and findings show applying argan oil to the skin can be more than a quick moisture fix. One study concluded that argan oil served as a natural protectant against sun damage. The antioxidant activity in argan oil was found to protect the skin from free radicals which prevented burns and hyperpigmentation.

Argan OIl for Moisture and Elasticity

A separate study on stretch marks concluded that application of an argan oil cream may be helpful in the prevention or early treatment of striae distensae (stretch marks), but many find the potential anti-aging benefits of argan oil to be the most exciting. A 2018 study showed that consistent daily use of argan oil dramatically improves skin elasticity, the key trait of plump youthful looking skin.

Argan Oil to Reduce Oiliness

Ironically, argan oil may also be the answer to some suffering from acne caused by an overproduction of oil (sebium production). Argan oil has shown to have fantastic anti-sebium properties and the vitamin E in argan oil is a natural anti-inflammatory. In one study on argan oil and acne, participants were given a daily application of an argan oil for four weeks resulting in anti-sebum activity, reduced greasiness and improved appearance of oily facial skin.

Finding the Right Argan Oil

The seemingly sudden worldwide attention on argan oil and its benefits has created a large influx of products containing the oil. Many products claiming to be “100 pure argan oil” may have used chemical extraction methods and unsustainable cultivation practices. In order to maintain the full benefits argan oil has to offer, and to uphold the original mission of sustainability set by the Argan Oil Project, source argan oil skincare products using only organic and sustainably harvested products like OSEA’s Undaria Argan Oil.

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A Little History

Historically, the bathhouse has played a major health role in many ancient cultures from Rome and Russia to Japan and Korea. And yet, the United States has been slow to warm, having believed that bathing was bad for health through the early nineteenth century. In American bath lore, they say that the first bath installed in a private home was in 1842 in Cincinnati, Ohio to a man named Adam Thompson. Prior, baths were thought to cause sickness and dissipation. But today, we know that the inverse is true. Baths are best known for their health benefits and overall mood enhancing qualities.

Within our OSEA wellness rituals, bathing steeps at the top of the list of simple ways to improve your self care. So today, we are sharing the reasons we believe in the positive impact of soaking in water on your body and mind as well as the tips and tricks we use to enhance the experience.

Why should I bathe?
  • Bathing can be a mood enhancer.
  • A study by Neil Morris at University of Wolverhampton in 2002 found that his subjects who bathed daily showed more optimism over time and overall positive psychological effects.

    Additionally, being horizontal in water emulates the sensory experience of being back in the womb which can be experienced as comforting and relaxing.

  • Sleep Better.
  • Our bodies’ temperature can naturally fall a little in the evening. A warm bath in the evening raises your core temperature. According to a 1997 study, the rapid post bath cool-down has a relaxing effect on the body, inviting a deep sleep.

  • Breath Deeper.
  • When you take a warm bath, the steam can move heat through your lungs and improve your nasal passageways by softening any blockages and relieving congestion.

  • Stress and other kinds of relief.
  • Heat helps with blood flow, and in a warm bath, your blood gets moving. This can positively impact symptoms associated with migraines and muscle tension.

    Enhance The Experience Set the mood. Dim the lights, light a candle, and put on your self-care crown. 
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    Indulge In A Generous Pour Of Your Bath Soak. Deepen your relaxation with Gigartina Therapy Bath - our secret to diminishing bodily stressors and flooding our skin with nutrients.
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    Sophisticate The Bath With An Oil. Undaria Algae Oil is a great companion to Gigartina Therapy Bath. A few pumps into hot water, and you can feel the effects of our deeply hydrating and revitalizing oil. Sensory aromatic heaven!
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    Top It Off With A Mask. Apply your White Algae Mask to brighten your skin, and soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
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    Massage for Vagus Nerve Stimulation 

    One of the simplest ways to increase your vagal tone is through massage. OSEA has developed a unique aromatic oil blend with the precious essences of Juniper, Chamomile, Lavender and Jojoba to inspire positivity and a sense of wellbeing in the mind and body when massaged gently onto the neck.

     

    Massage Technique to Increase Vagal Tone

    Stimulate your senses using OSEA's aromatic Vagus Nerve Oil by manually massaging your neck, focusing along the carotid sinus.  Follow these steps:



     

    Step 1: Begin with two pumps of vagus nerve oil into the hands and rub together 

    Step 2: Cup your hands to your nose and inhale deeply 

    Step 3: Starting at your clavicle, gently massage in an upward motion along the left side of your neck.

    Step 4: Repeat along the right side of your neck. 


    Step 5: With two fingers, gently rub behind your earlobes. 

    Step 6: Bring your hand to your chest interlacing your fingers.


    Step 7: Bring the interlaced fingers behind your head keeping your head straight, but bring your gaze fully to the right. Stay until you experience, a sensation of swallowing, a sigh or a yawn.

    Step 8: Repeat with the other side.

    This brings your autonomic nervous system (vagus nerve) into the parasympathetic, or relaxed, state.  

     

     

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    Our skin is the ultimate shield providing protection to our delicate internal organs by guarding against the sun’s damaging rays, chemicals, and temperature extremes. Needless to say, our skin is always on the job, and behind the scenes it’s constantly working to regenerate the new with old and stay balanced.

    The good news is that your skin wants to be in homeostasis and maintain the smooth, plump, radiant glow associated with youth. The bad news is that as we age and expose our skin to things like UV radiation, our bodies simply stop producing the same levels of certain substances. The result is what we often describe simply as “aging skin”, although the symptoms of imbalance can be seen at any age.

    Dry or rough skin, fine lines, lack of plumpness...all of these symptoms describe skin desperately in need of moisture, and it’s a sure sign that your skin cells are out of homeostasis. Because youthful skin maintains its resilience and pliability chiefly due to its high water content, it has been a major goal of scientists and layman alike to figure out just what creates and maintains moisture in the skin, and the results are in.

    It is a naturally occurring molecule named Hyaluronic Acid that is the star of your skin’s moisture making ingredients.

    What is Hyaluronic Acid?

    Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring polysaccharide found in our connective tissues, joints, eyes, and skin. The functions of hyaluronic acid include hydration, lubrication of joints and it also helps to provide the framework for cells to migrate, but the main feature of hyaluronic acid is its ability to attract and hold moisture in our cells.

    Essentially, the hyaluronic acid in our skin, acts as a moisture magnet and regulator with the ability to hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. A study published in The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology describes hyaluronic acid and its effect on skin as such:

    One of its most important properties is that it can attach and hold large amounts of moisture; approximately 6L of water in just lg. Hyaluronic acid is said to be an ultimate solution for moisture retention of the skin. Youthful skin is hydrated because it contains large amounts of HA in the dermis.

    Hyaluronic Acid for Youthful Skin

    Since the majority of our skin's dermis (like all of our tissues) is made up of water, and hyaluronic acid is our skin's water magnet, it makes logical sense that the result of decreased hyaluronic acid is a decrease in our skin's moisture. Unfortunately, we all begin to lose levels of HA as we age, and by the time we're adults the amount we produce may decrease to as little as 5% of where it once stood.  In fact, according to the a study titled, Hyaluronic Acid: A Key Molecule in Skin Aging,"the most dramatic histochemical change observed in senescent (aging) skin is the marked disappearance of epidermal HA".

    We don't yet know the reason for this change in HA homeostasis with aging, but the result is skin that is rougher, less plump, lines appear and our overall complexion may suffer. It's difficult to say where any one individual stands when it comes to HA production without a visit to a lab, but studies have shown that applying products containing hyaluronic acid resulted in a significant improvement of moisture.

    Sodium Hyaluronate: Small Molecule Hyaluronic Acid

    In one study titled "Efficacy of a New Topical Nano-Hyaluronic Acid in Humans" positive effects were especially noticeable when participants used a special "nano" version of hyaluronic acid. In this version of HA, also known as sodium hyaluronate, the HA molecule size is smaller and therefore far more penetrative. The study concluded that:

    The new nano-hyaluronic acid clearly demonstrated a significant benefit in decreasing the depth of wrinkles (up to 40%), and skin hydration (up to 96%) and skin firmness and elasticity were significantly enhanced (up to 55%) at the end of eight weeks.

    It's important to note that hyaluronic acid, and it's smaller molecule counterpart sodium hyaluronate, are only one part of a skin regime intent on increasing moisture. As they both act as moisture magnets it's imperative to use HA in conjunction with a facial moisturizer, serum, or oil.

     

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