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Interview With Jolene Hart, Natural Beauty Expert

November 8, 2010

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Jolene Hart at the Natural Products Expo East convention. Jolene spoke at a Women in Naturals event that I attended and I was quite impressed. But what was more impressive was meeting her face to face after the program.

Jolene writes and teaches about natural beauty. But unlike some hippy granola peole that teach the importance of choosing organic and natural beauty products but they look less than desirable or just plain smell weird (come on, you know what I’m talking about!), Jolene is just beautiful. She’s the kind of person that I would actually take beauty advice from. And that’s saying a lot.

Jolene formerly worked on the beauty pages of People and InStyle.  Now she freelances, having written about beauty for notable publications such as Natural Solutions and The Huffington Post. But you don’t have to wait for her tips and tricks in the next major magazine to learn a thing or two about being beautiful without jeapordizing your health. As a certified Beauty & Health Coach, Jolene offers private beauty and health coaching, and of course you can always learn some great information on her blog, www.beautyiswellness.com.

I had the privelege of asking Jolene a few questions, and here is what she had to say:

Tell us a little bit about what you do and how you help women.

As a Beauty & Health Coach, I give women the tools to look and feel their best from the inside out. Through my company, Beauty Is Wellness, I help my clients address their health and beauty concerns– acne, weight gain, signs of aging, low energy, etc.– with personal support around nutrition, self care, exercise and natural beauty products. I’m also a writer and beauty editor for many publications, which helps me to advise my clients on the latest and greatest natural beauty products on the market!

How did you become passionate about helping women be beautiful while also being healthy?

As an adult I struggled with skin issues, many of them while I was working as a beauty writer for a national women’s magazine. So, while I had access to the best beauty products and treatments in the world, I never looked or felt my best. It wasn’t until I focused on the link between internal health and external beauty that my skin began to clear and glow, I had more energy than ever and my body returned to balance. From then on I wanted to help women look their best by becoming their healthiest, because the two absolutely go hand in hand!

What do you think is one of the biggest misconceptions about the traditional beauty industry?

At some point in the past, we started to believe that beauty products controlled the state of our skin, hair and nails, as if they had magical powers that could erase wrinkles or render our hair lush and strong. Truth is, conventional beauty products almost always overstate their benefits. When your body is nourished and healthy and you work toward being happy, fulfilled and balanced, you radiate beauty in a way that conventional products can’t begin to touch.

Do you have a secret beauty tip or an undiscovered product that works great?

My favorite beauty product is raw honey. It has amazing antibacterial properties, contains mild acids that loosen dead skin cells and is a natural humectant that deeply hydrates skin. A mask of raw honey (applied on clean skin for 20-30 minutes) is one secret to clear, smooth, glowing skin– more than many expensive face masks.

I also love starting the day with fresh squeezed lemon juice in warm or room temperature water. This detox drink supports liver function and alkalizes the body. Try it and you’ll see the benefits in your complexion! (Editors Note: I do this, too, and it works!!)

Now, let’s be honest. Can natural and organic beauty products really work as well as conventional ones?

I wondered the same thing when I started using only natural and organic products. The answer is a definite yes! The degree to which natural products support your skin, rather than work against it like many conventional products, is amazing. Instead of a hand cream with petroleum jelly, which simply forms a barrier on the skin’s surface, a natural hand cream might contain coconut oil, shea butter and essential oils, which penetrate and nourish skin in an entirely different way. Many conventional products contain cheap, synthetic versions of natural ingredients, so why not go for the real thing?

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