Problem skin, Rachel Reishman thought, was the bane of teenagers, not women in their 20s.
"I was just in a period of tremendous breakout all the time," says the 23-year-old Central Point resident.
Her skin bumpy, blotchy and red, Reishman tried a parade of skin-care products and sought facials from several estheticians — all in vain.
"I didn't feel like my skin was improving or changing."
Frustrated, Reishman made an appointment with Jessica Schubert, an Ashland esthetician who uses all-natural and organic skin-care products. With Schubert's help, Reishman discovered that her facial imperfections were far from skin-deep.
"It is totally, 100-percent controlled by diet," says Schubert.
An esthetician for 11 years, Schubert, 37, has developed an approach to health and beauty inspired in part by her father, a nutritionist and educator for Metagenics, a California-based supplement company. After working in day spas and clinical settings in Colorado, Schubert moved five years ago to Ashland, where she experienced "a rededication, a reawakening to the herbal world."
Basing her new business around herbal, organic treatments and products, Schubert filled a void she found lacking in other skin-care settings — dietary counseling.
"The nutritional side of skin care has exploded," Schubert says.
In the decade since chemical peels were all the rage, the latest approaches to glowing skin are gleaned from nature, Schubert says. Sound diets for healthy skin are frequent lecture topics at the conferences Schubert attends every year. At the same time, organic skin care has become a booming trend.
"It's the future of skin care; it's the future of our food," Schubert says.
Their skin's future, Schubert's clients soon discover, is directly tied to the dietary habits of today. Starting with an initial questionnaire, Schubert uncovers vices like alcohol and caffeine and shortcomings like ambivalence to drinking water.
She encourages eating a wide spectrum of fruits and vegetables, particularly those richest in antioxidants, and discourages consumption of dairy products, other than yogurt, which naturally contains beneficial bacteria. Green tea, Schubert says, offers superior support for skin, one reason for sharing a pot with her clients before each session at Abasha Restorative Organic Skin Care and Expert Waxing.
"Caffeine dries out the skin," Schubert says. "Green tea is such a great alternative."