From practicing acupuncture to preaching about adaptogens, these women are expanding the definition of wellness.

By Kate Sandoval Box and Erin Reimel
March 20, 2020
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Wellness used to be all about hitting the gym and sticking to a healthy diet—but not anymore. Today, there’s a more holistic, well-rounded approach to looking and feeling good that combines medicine, skin care, and mindfulness. And these six women are driving this forward-thinking space. Here's what you need to know about them.

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Amanda Chantal Bacon, Founder of Moon Juice

Amanda Chantal Bacon

Follow her: @amandachantalbacon

On feeling better:

“While I was training as a fine-dining chef, I experimented with my diet and witnessed how medicinal foods could radically help my autoimmune condition. I started Moon Juice to share remedies that taste great but also enhance your skin, brain, body, and spirit. The brand is also an agent for the healing, beauty, longevity, and elevated consciousness we all seek.”

Experience her beauty foods:

“My favorite daily, morning tonic is one teaspoon sex dust, one teaspoon spirit dust, one teaspoon cacao, and eight ounces almond or coconut milk. Blend on high, and sip in bliss.” Drop these adaptogen-blend sachets (Buy It, $35, anthropologie.com) into your coffee, tea, or smoothie for a wellness boost.

How she nourishes herself:

“I regularly get blood and hormone analyses with a functional doctor as well as acupuncture and lymphatic stimulation at Ricari Studios in Beverly Hills. I also do full-body LED light therapy with a Joovv light at home. And daily walking, meditation, and proper sleep are musts.”

Claudia Mata, founder of Vertly

Claudia Mata

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How she discovered cannabidiol:

“I’m an herbalist. My husband is a nutritionist and a yogi, and his family is in the cannabis industry. He was using CBD to help relieve pain from old athletic injuries; I was looking for clean, plant-powered skin care. We realized that CBD would do both.” (Related: Does Cannabis Belong In Your Skin-Care Products?)

Her advice for using it:

“Start with topical products, like an oil or a cream. Then consider an ingestible. The combo is ideal because you can use the skin-care formula to pinpoint a particularly inflamed area and the ingestible to relieve the entire body. Everyone responds to CBD differently, so you may need to experiment with dosing.”

Her daily wellness routine:

“Every night I apply my Vertly face serum (Buy It, $110, bloomingdales.com) and then drink a CBD tincture. In the morning, I have herbal tea. It’s a blend of herbs like nettles, gotu kola, horsetail, and red raspberry that I’ve soaked overnight. It’s helped my digestion and my skin’s appearance so much.

Sadie Adams, Facialist and Founder of Take Care

Sadie Adams

Follow her: @takecare.bodymind

Her signature facial moves:

“Energy work, massage, and micro-currents. Together, these can balance energy channels and support conscious body-mind integration. The current is a simulation of the body’s vibration. It activates the cells and can enhance communication between the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones.” (It's also a facial technique loved by Hailey Bieber.)

What she sees as she works:

“A holistic facial recognizes the connection between internal processes and external signals. My teacher Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen often says, ‘If you want to see the wind, look at the sand.’ So if you want a hint at what’s going on inside your body, look at your complexion.”

A technique worth emulating:

“Massage the sides of the head, ears, jawline, and collarbone, working from the center of the face and then out toward your ears to encourage lymphatic drainage. Feel the way your hands connect and receive information.”

Tiffany Lester, M.D., Internal Medicine Doctor and Nue Co. Medical Adviser

Tiffany Lester

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How she’s like a forensic expert:

“A conventional doctor is like a firefighter: necessary for saving lives in times of crisis and trained to solve the problem at hand. As a functional doctor, I’m focusing on the cause of the fire and working to prevent more from starting.”

Her secret to helping patients feel healthier in the long term:

“I spend a lot of time listening to their stories. That’s how I connect the dots to figure out the root of their issue. I think people are tired of getting Band-Aids for their chronic conditions and still not feeling well. If you are not getting the answers you need from your doctor, go find one who thinks outside the box.”

What she thinks most people should do:

“Add a magnesium supplement to your routine—up to 80 percent of the U.S. population is deficient in the mineral. It helps calm the nervous system, so we digest food better, sleep more soundly, and keep our bones and heart healthy.”

Elizabeth Dorow and Amanda Arapoglou, Founders of Ona Organics

Elizabeth Dorow and Amanda Arapoglou

Follow her: @onaorganics

Why they created their brand:

“We have been friends for years and share an interest in self-healing. Elizabeth farmed Moringa and was blown away by the plant’s healing properties, which led her to become an herbalist. Amanda became a mom and didn’t have the same amount of time to dedicate to self-care. So we created a Moringa-based skin-care line that you apply as a ritual to help you fit in a moment of mindfulness.” (Here's what you need to know about Moringa and it's benefits.)

How they glow inside and out:

“As Ayurvedic principles state, wellness is a delicate balance between mind, body, and spirit. If you nourish and heal your skin, you’ll restore the radiance and vitality within.”

Their daily ritual:

“We close our eyes, take a deep breath through the nose, and exhale through the mouth as we move through the steps of our skin-care ritual. The scent of the therapeutic oils bring our minds into the present moment and give us a sense of calm." Try Ona Organics Radiance Facial Oil (Buy It, $60, onaorganics.com) to prevent signs of premature aging and embracing inner-peace.

Elizabeth Trattner, Acupuncturist

Elizabeth Trattner

Follow her: @dreliztratts

Why her work is so personal:

“While in school, I became chronically ill. I turned to an integrative approach. I identified food allergies and environmental sensitivities and removed them. Acupuncture, exercise, meditation, herbal medicine, crystal therapy, and Chinese medicine helped me manage my health. It saved my life.”

The treatment we all need:

“Acupuncture. Those who practice it believe that energy, or qi, flows up and down the body’s meridians. Sometimes it gets unbalanced, which can cause illness. Acupuncture restores homeostasis, helps strengthen the immune system, and releases endorphins and serotonin to boost your mood.” (Related: Why You Should Try Acupuncture—Even If You Don't Need Pain Relief)

On her Instagram-famous gemstone facial:

“The treatment is a combination of acupuncture and crystal therapy. The fine needles create micro-traumas that spur skin cell turnover, while gemstones promote healing.”

Source: Shape Magazine, March 2020 issue
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