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Q&A: Seasonal Cues Are Vital for Healthy Skin, Smart Investing

July 24, 2015
Seasonal living for beauty and trading

The Ticker Tape grabbed a few minutes with Elisabeth Thieriot—active investor, developer of seasonal skin care line Replete, and author of Be Fabulous At Any Age: Creating Ageless Skin Through Seasonal Living—for her views on health, aging, and the cycles of nature that dictate—or should dictate—how we live our lives.

Ticker Tape: Describe seasonal living and especially what you believe to be its benefits for skin, our largest organ.

E.T.: Each season is marked by a specific function for the skin to perform for the entire body’s systems. When the systems are undisturbed and supported, our skin always looks and feels its best since it is relaxed and not stressed, fighting to do its job. Your skin is the message board of your health.

Ticker Tape: Can you give us a couple examples of seasonal skin care?

E.T.: In the winter our sleep period is extended with the winter solstice, and we need more calcium to improve our quality of sleep. In spring, we need zinc because it builds up the body’s ability to handle the sun. As a natural sunscreen, zinc protects our skin during the spring and summer, so our cells don’t break down as quickly from excessive sun exposure. During the autumn, copper is important because it helps our body rebuild our summer-challenged collagen.

Sunscreen is a personal choice, but I don’t use it, at least not commercial brands. I wish consumers would pay closer attention to the potential risks from the chemical mix in most sunscreens. Regular commercial sunscreens block the sun, preventing our body from naturally producing vitamin D and other nutrients.

Ticker Tape: It sounds straightforward, but I’m guessing many of us still struggle to really listen to our bodies’ seasonal signals?

E.T.: Sure, because most are looking for answers outside their self, when they do not understand what’s happening in their body. Best is to learn how we function, then watch for the signals and follow with natural, commonsense responses. Skin renewal by stimulation is my preferred method rather than methods that force the removal of skin layers or temporarily smooth the skin.

Ticker Tape: How can “seasonal living” work effectively in a society that’s increasingly technology-driven? Tech-dependent, even. Technology ideally should buy us more time to reconnect with ourselves and the seasons, but it’s not clear that it does. Your thoughts on balancing seasonal living in an era when some folks may barely notice the changing of the seasons?

E.T.: That is true for those that have not yet learned how to use technology to their benefit within seasonal living habits. The ability to be mobile and work outside of the office or home is perfect to implement many new practices, such as trading while on the boat in the sun during the summer months, or by the pool, getting all needed happy vitamins for balance in body and mind.

Ticker Tape: We’re all getting older—if we’re lucky! And many would argue that aging is more a state of mind than a health condition. When it comes to embracing the beauty of aging, what can today’s parents and grandparents instill in the next generations—groups so subjected to photoshopped ideals they may not be able to distinguish reality from fantasy?

E.T.: This is a two-layer topic. First is the social artificial image, one that’s not even lived by the models. The ones that are comfortable within their own skin take best photos! It’s the energy of the person that shows on the print.

Second is the matter of being comfortable with ourselves at any age and making sure that we are well-nutrient-rich to preserve the beauty of the skin. Our skin is our calling card to the world and our self-image. This is the key to quality of life, especially given our current longevity.

Ticker Tape: Seasonality factors in how you live your life, Elisabeth. Share some of your thoughts on how seasonality impacts the moods of all consumers, which of course might impact how investors contemplate the stock picks they believe are linked to consumer decision-making.

E.T.: I look at seasonality in the market as normal rhythm of business sectors that become more or less active, seasonally. Tourism, for example, may reflect summer and holiday high volume. Long winter months, I believe, contribute to media stocks being more active. Recognizing how stocks can have their own seasons that correspond to our seasonal activities can help me plan entries and exits from my positions.

Thank you, Elisabeth!

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