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Inspired by the booming CBD industry, a local mom decided to launch an all-natural product to help women unwind at the end of the day in a healthy way. Read on to learn more.

Everyone needs time to relax, but with busy mom schedules it can often be difficult to find that time. To help you manage daily stress and anxiety and unwind at the end of the day in a healthy way, Lindsey Hogan founded Relax Mom, a CBD gummy company made for mamas.

“At a high level, we’re hoping to reinvent self-care for all mamas by providing simple, daily additions to their self-care routines and reminding women that self-care is essential to being their baddest selves,” she says.

Part of what inspired Hogan to launch her company, other than finding a healthy way to unwind at the end of the day, is the notion that women are constantly told to relax. 

“Point blank, it’s infuriating,” she says. “All women are out there accomplishing so much, asking for so little, and, at the end of the day, often putting their own needs last. Being told to relax is a slap in the face, which is where the name, Relax Mom, came from; we’re taking back the phrase and putting a positive connotation on it and actually providing a way to relax daily.”

The gummies from Relax Mom allow you to de-stress and take a deep breath when you need it the most, without feeling guilty. 

The journey to launching her own CBD gummy company wasn’t something that Hogan wanted to do just for those around her, but it became part of her own self-care plan. 

She’d heard about CBD helping children with seizures and then another benefit – CBD helps with the management of stress and anxiety.

“It’s something I’ve struggled with my whole life but, due to personal preference to eliminate prescriptions and stick with more natural methods, I never took anything for it,” she says. “Until I heard about the correlation between CBD and anxiety. I began taking CBD daily and couldn’t believe the difference. It was so subtle that I didn’t even truly understand how it was helping until I stopped taking it and realized without it how much quicker I was to feel that elephant on my chest in high-stress professional and personal situations.”

After she experienced the pros of CBD herself, Hogan decided that she needed to do something to introduce other women to these benefits. 

“Experiencing first-hand what an incredible, simple addition this could be for so many people, especially women who accomplish so much and often focus little on self-care, I knew this was something I wanted to share with them and anyone else who needed it,” she adds.

Every jar of CBD gummies from Relax Mom features an assortment of 5 flavors – pineapple, apple, orange, strawberry, and grape. And the flavors are what have made the product stand out against competitors. 

“We constantly get reviews and compliments on how delicious they are and how they’re more a daily treat because of the overall taste, size, texture and consistency compared to all other CBD gummies that are usually small, single-flavor, hemp aftertaste, soft texture and consistency,” she says.

CBD gummies also aren’t as available on the market as other CBD products, such as CBD oil. Plus, the gummies from Relax Mom are third-party tested, vegan, organic, all-natural, and created through a high-quality CBD extraction process to provide the highest-quality CBD and gummy. 

Hogan says that she’s currently working on a monthly subscription plan to make adding CBD to your self-care routine more effortless. “We already know many mamas are looking forward to this,” she says. 

To learn more about Relax Mom, visit You can also follow along on Instagram.

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We got the buzz on a local skincare and cosmetic company making plant-based, paraben-free products that help the declining pollinator population in the area.

Emily Hoskins, creator and owner of Green Bee Ohio, is a Cincinnati-based stay-at-home mom who saw an opportunity for a local and ethical skincare and cosmetic company. 

Hoskins was working towards her Master’s degree when she learned about the migration of the Monarch butterfly. “The story of these amazing insects inspired me to plant a pollinator garden,” says Hoskins. Since then, she adds, she has raised hundreds of Monarch butterflies in her garden in the last five years.

Before college, she had worked as a makeup artist and fell in love with helping women to feel comfortable and confident. To combine her background in makeup artistry and her passion for the preservation of pollinators, Hoskins created Green Bee Ohio. 

The company may be small, but the waves they are making are monumental, Hoskins says. In fact, Green Bee works to raise awareness of pollinator decline to the community by donating 10% of all sales to help preserve and protect pollinators such as honeybees and butterflies. 

Green Bee’s product line includes a facial cleanser, a facial moisturizer, two different skin serums, a facial mask, several shades of eye crayons, lip liners, brow pencils, and concealers. 

“Our hyaluronic acid serum is one that I am most proud of for being plant-based. Hyaluronic acid is a very popular skincare ingredient, but what many might not know is that is that in most commercial grade cosmetics, it is derived from cock’s combs, the red ‘hood’ on a rooster,” Hoskins explains. “The [hyaluronic acid] in Green Bee’s serum is a wheat enzyme, blended with organic coconut and jojoba oils.”

All of Green Bee’s products are produced and sourced in the U.S. This is important because many so-called “cruelty-free” cosmetic companies also sell their products in China where the government requires testing on animals by law. “I’m showing people that every day they have a choice to purchase an item from a big company that tests its overseas products on animals, or an item that was created by a local businesswoman using your dollar to support conservation and education efforts,” Hoskins says.

In approximately a month, Green Bee will be launching a brand new hemp-derived muscle rub and facial serum, aptly named Green Bee CBD. Make sure to keep up with the company on Facebook and Instagram to be the first to snag the new products, or head over to their website to shop their current line and read the conservation blog at

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Learn about the Cincinnati-based sister duo behind a this unique mobile salon concept.

One year ago, local sisters Meredith McCullough and Mallory Brackett decided to pursue their passion for hairstyling by creating their very own bridal hair business, M&M Hair Design. As you might have guessed, the “M&M” stands for “Mallory and Meredith”.

“My sister and I are 15 months apart. We both graduated from Paul Mitchell Cosmetology School back in 2007 and 2008. After working in a few salons, I landed a corporate job and kept advancing and my sister got married and had three children. A decade later, we got creative and wanted to be happy and fulfill our passion [for] helping others feel good,” declares McCullough, co-owner and stylist. 

Their vision led them to creating M&M Hair Design, an onsite wedding hair service boutique. Their services are mobile, meaning they will come to any venue or location in the Cincinnati, Dayton, or Columbus areas. 

M&M Hair Design offers hairstyling for brides, bridesmaids, mothers/mothers-in-law, and flower girls for the big day. They also offer styling for bachelorette parties as well as “Pin and Primp Princess Parties” for young girls that include hairstyling, craft-making, and goodie bags. They do offer trial styling services for brides and wedding parties to ensure everything is perfect before walking down the aisle. 

“[M&M Hair Design] is a company that my sister and I built together so every wedding we do, we have so much passion and fulfillment in making the bride and her wedding party happy and beautiful,” says McCullough. 

McCullough is also a real estate agent, and after building strong relationships with her clients, is often asked to help newlyweds find their first home together. “It is the most rewarding and blessed feeling in the world to me,” she says. 

McCullough and Brackett have managed to find their niche and work seamlessly together. Many might think that running a business with your sister would cause friction, but not for these two. According to McCullough, “our rapport is one of a kind. We listen to our clients and build more of a relationship [rather] than just a service. We are honest and do quality work. Plus, we are two of the coolest stylist sisters out there!”  

To inquire about M&M Hair Design’s styling services or see examples of their work, check out their Facebook page.

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All the way from California, Peaches Skincare brings a cure-all facial for all skin types at their new location in Montgomery.

Peaches Skin Care is a California-based skincare company that opened a new location in Montgomery.

From cystic acne and acne scars, dryness to oiliness, or fine lines to wrinkles, could there really be one fix-all facial? Lisa and Kent Pfeiffer, owners of Peaches Skincare, say they’ve created just that. 

In fact, they say it’s the secret to success that’s led to multiple locations across the country. With their first locations being in Santa Barbara, CA and Long Beach, CA, Peaches Skincare was created to give Midwestern clients a luxe but laid-back skincare experience. In July 2012, the Pfeiffers brought their California-like skincare to Cincinnati by opening their next location in the heart of Old Montgomery. 

“We liken ourselves to a luxury hotel, say, for example a Four Seasons or a Ritz Carlton; no matter which location you set foot into, you know that your experience will be phenomenal,” says Director of Operations, John Brinkley. “This is what we aim to achieve in our salons: a consistently superb and friendly experience. From the moment our clients walk through our vibrant pink door to the moment they leave, we attend to each detail of their experience with extreme care.” 

To go along with the consistency of the experience, the treatment offered is the main aspect that customers, and their skin, rely on. Brinkley says Peaches Skincare has a simple philosophy: only using wholesome and natural products and no invasive procedures, their treatment eliminates confusion by consisting of one facial that can effectively combat all skin conditions. 

This simplicity keeps loyal clients coming back, Brinkley says, and now those in Cincinnati can experience their favorite facial in a new location as they recently moved to a larger space in Montgomery. 

“Our new location offers all of the same natural skincare services and products that we are known for around the area, but adds four more treatment rooms in a bright and more conveniently located space,” Brinkley says. 

Now at 7840 Cooper Road in Old Montgomery, a block and a half away from the previous location, Brinkley says the new space offers updated amenities, more treatment space, more parking, and an improved waiting area. 

To learn more, visit

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Keeping your skin healthy is a constant struggle. No matter how hard you try using at-home methods like lotions, there comes a time when clinical treatment is a necessity, if you want to continue having healthy looking skin. The question is what type of clinical treatment do you need? You may have heard that lasers offer the best skincare treatments you can get, but is that true? Let’s find out. 


Why Lasers Are Popular Skincare Devices

Lasers are popular. There is no denying that. For about thirty years, skincare specialists have been using them to treat many different skin ailments. One reason for their popularity is their accuracy. Another is their speed. A single laser treatment involves a certified clinician pointing the laser at your in a systematic way. In less than a second, a laser can treat an area about quarter-sized. 


Lasers are also popular because of the number of skin conditions they can assist with. The versatility of lasers for cosmetic procedures is indisputable. There are ablative lasers used to perform laser peels. There are even laser procedures that can spot treat such issues as specific scars or mild wrinkles. Non-ablative lasers are available to revitalize your skin from the inside by triggering higher collagen production rates in your body as well. 


The Convenience of Having Laser Treatments

Laser treatments are also quite convenient. Each one typically takes under an hour to complete. There is also very little chance of serious side effects or any need for time off to recover. With no hospital admittance and limited minor side effects, such as temporary swelling, you can have laser treatment without disrupting your life too much. 


Not Everyone Can Have Laser Treatment 

Laser treatment may sound perfect for every occasion and person, but it is not. Lasers have limits. For example, severe skin sagging requires surgery to correct. Your skin type can also make you ineligible for laser procedures. Lasers produce heat, which can put you at risk for burns when your skin is excessively oily. Having skin that is too thin, too dry or otherwise places you at higher risk for side effects may also make laser treatment a poor choice.


If your skin is dark or you have certain conditions, such as active acne outbreaks, you also may not qualify for laser treatment. Most lasers are better at treating skin that is light. Additionally, dark skin means the laser has the potential to alter your skin pigment. That means you may have discolored skin patches after the treatment is over.


Clinical Skin Treatments That Offer Alternatives to Lasers

There are several clinical skin treatments that offer alternatives to lasers. Each option has its own benefits and drawbacks. Among them are microdermabrasion, chemical peels and intense pulsed light therapy. Sound wave treatment is even an option. However, most of those treatments are milder than laser therapy. Therefore, you might need five or six laser treatments to get desired results, but you might need more of those other treatments to achieve an equivalent goal.


Making a Final Choice About Clinical Skin Treatments

In some cases, it may be difficult to decide which clinical skin treatment is truly best for you. If two treatments seem equally beneficial, consider other factors. For example, they may differ in cost or time investment. Talking to a skincare clinician at your local clinic can also help you decide. After assessing your skin, he or she may have insights you hadn’t thought of. After such a consultation, you should be able to make a clear final decision.


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Meet the nurse-turned-aesthetician transforming faces through age-reversing dermatological procedures.

Jennifer Bleser, owner of Skin Esteem LLC in Fort Thomas, KY is not only an aesthetician and entrepreneur, but she also holds the titles of Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). 

Bleser worked as a Registered Nurse for nearly 20 years before becoming a consultant for Rodan and Fields skin products, wherein she discovered her passion for aesthetic dermatological procedures. In September of 2018, she opened Skin Esteem LLC. 

With all of her certifications, Bleser says she knows what her clients want and how to give them the best results. With one clinician at Skin Esteem LLC, Bleser says she “offers a tailored plan for each patient’s individual needs without the concern of getting a different provider each visit,” she explains. “The patient/provider relationship is very important to us here at Skin Esteem.”

This personal one-on-one experience keeps clients loyal to the company and to Bleser. “Follow up is key to having your patients satisfied and returning. Most aesthetic businesses collect their money and send the patient on their way, not knowing if the patient is completely satisfied,” Bleser says. For this reason, Skin Esteem always schedules follow-up consultations/phone calls to ensure patients are happy with the results of their procedure. 

By going out of the way to ensure patients are getting exactly what they want, Bleser says she has built many strong relationships. “By far the most rewarding part of owning Skin Esteem and being the practitioner there is my patients light up when they see their results! I’ve cried with my patients, laughed with them, and even provided somewhat of therapy sessions [for] them,” she explains. 

Personal relationships with your aesthetician, no crowded waiting room, and follow-ups to ensure your satisfaction are just some of the benefits of seeking out Skin Esteem’s services. 

Skin Esteem offers a variety of procedures meant to transform the face and reverse the signs of aging. Some of these procedures include Botoxâ/XeominâJuvedermâBeloteroâRadiesseâKybellaâ, and Sclerotherapy. 

Bleser says that she plans to expand Skin Esteem’s services in the future to include hormone replacement, wholistic pain therapy, and weight loss procedures. 

If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment or consultation with Bleser, you can do so on Skin Esteem’s website or call (859-957-5916). 

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Learn about a local organization inspiring you to feel healthy, empowered and beautiful through retreats, fitness meet-ups and a community of like-minded women. 

The Beauty Boost is a space for women to come together to help them feel healthy, empowered, and beautiful.

The Beauty Boost is appropriately named. Founder Rachel Kerr says she created The Beauty Boost to give women a community that helps you feel a boost of confidence and beauty – inside and out – after every interaction.

“A space for women to come together to feel healthy, empowered and beautiful. We do this through fitness, retreat getaways, workout and inspiration partners, life coaching and most importantly, surrounding you with a group of inspiring and like-minded women,” Kerr explains. “We’re your support to create the changes you need in your life. Our mission is to make women, just like you, feel beautiful in all areas of your life.” 

Kerr launched the business in 2015 and is based in Columbus, with community managers in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati.

The inspiration behind starting The Beauty Boost came from a passion to energize and recharge the community. “I heard so many friends talking about how much they disliked their jobs and dreaded their days. I listened to women put each other down and create competition. I searched for a community of inspiring and motivating women but couldn’t seem to find just what I was looking for,” Kerr says. “I would meet amazing women throughout the day who I knew would benefit from being connected to other amazing gals just like you. So I aimed to create a space where women with shared values could come together to motivate one another, inspire each other and create an overall happier lifestyle. That’s why The Beauty Boost was created.”

To Kerr, “Beauty means feeling strong, free and confident in our own skin,: she says. The business defines success by women realizing there is no perfect size or perfect way to live. “You are successful with beauty if you are happy and proud of yourself and are living your best, happiest life,” she explains. 

There are a variety of different services offered through The Beauty Boost and they include: Everyday Inspired Events, Everyday Inspired Facebook Page, Retreats, Membership, Taste of Fitness events, Empowerment Workshops, Socials, Paddleboard Series, Namaste + Craft events. To check out the events going on, go to:

“It is important for people to make the changes in their life they need to feel happy and beautiful in their own skin,” Kerr says. “It can be hard to do this on your own so having a support system and other women loving you for you is important, which is what we bring to the community.”

If you want to keep up with what’s going on with The Beauty Boost, follow them through their email list at: or their website.

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Learn about a microblading, waxing and lash extension expert who recently opened her own studio in Milford.

Minx Studio offers eyebrow microblading, eyelash extensions, and other services on Cincinnati’s East Side.

Megan Raabe was spending her days performing treatments at a local waxing center when she noticed a pattern of clients asking how to fill in their eyebrows after she waxed them. Many had been over-tweezing or over-waxing them, and were left with very sparse hairs. In 2016, Raabe discovered an up-and-coming treatment called microblading and she knew she had found the answer for her clients. 

Microblading has been all the rage in the past few years. Simply put, it’s a process of tattooing semi-permanent hair-like dashes within the eyebrow. It appears similar to what an eyebrow pencil would do, which is just drawing on fake hairs to fill in the brow, except it lasts one to three years depending on skin type.

After discovering this new treatment, Raabe went and immediately got certified to perform microblading. Shortly after, she got certified to do lash extensions as well and ended up opening her salon, Minx Studio, in April of 2017 in Milford. 

“I was the first person to offer both services on the East Side [of Cincinnati],” Raabe proudly declares. “Being able to offer lash extensions and permanent makeup in an unsaturated market sets me apart from everyone else.”

So why get microblading? “There are a multitude of eyebrow creams, powders, and pencils on the market, but it takes an expert to apply them in a way that looks natural. Also, just like other makeup, these can fade throughout the day and require touchups,” says Raabe. 

Although the process is similar to that of a tattoo, requiring ink to be deposited into the skin by needle, it’s far less painful. At Minx Studio, they apply a numbing cream to the area so clients only feel slight discomfort. 

Aside from microblading, Raabe also offers eyelash extensions, eyebrow and eyelash tinting, eyelash lifts, permanent nanoeyeliner, facial waxing, and makeup application.

“My favorite part about what I do is being able to make people feel better about the way they look. The eyes are the window to the soul – and I believe some lashes and fresh brows can make the biggest difference in someone’s face,” she states. 

Minx Studio is located at 137 Main St in Milford. To learn more, visit

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While there are many innovative procedures for healthier and younger looking skin, one of the most promising is microneedling treatment. Also known as collagen induction therapy, a small tool with tiny needles rolls on the skin. It is safe, convenient, and effective. If you are having second thoughts on giving this a shot, keep on reading and we’ll list down the compelling reasons to try it today. 


Before we start, if you are looking for top-notch providers of microneedling treatment in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, one of the best options that should be on your list is Coastal Skin Solutions. 


1. It Boosts Collagen 


Collagen delivers a long list of benefits for the body, including reversing the visible signs of skin aging. It makes the skin glowing and vibrant. However, as we grow older, the ability of the skin to produce collagen decreases. One of the best ways to address this is through microneedling treatment. The process is even made more effective with the use of Vitamin A and C creams, which help to achieve a more youthful complexion. 


2. It Lightens Acne Scars 


Over time, acne scars will lighten on their own. However, if you think that it is taking too long before they finally become less visible, you might benefit from trying microneedling treatment. However, it is important to note that this treatment works best only when you have depressed acne scars instead of raised. The treatment is more effective when Vitamin C serums are used. Aside from acne scars, it can also be great for surgical scars, burn scars, and stretch marks, among others. 


3. It Reduces Wrinkles 


Wrinkles are amongst the most common signs of skin aging. While there are many treatments promising to help get rid of wrinkles, microneedling is one option you might want to try. It stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, which are both crucial in making the skin look radiant to eliminate wrinkles. It triggers the production of new skin cells to hide the lines that are already existing on your face. 


4. It Reverses Sun Damage 


When it comes to the skin benefits of microneedling, one more thing worth highlighting is its ability to reverse sun damage. It also gets rid of dark pigmentation on the skin that is caused by sun exposure. This benefit can also be linked to the fact that microneedling boosts the collagen production of the skin. 


5. It Reduces the Size of Pores 


If you are looking for the best solution to shrink large pores, microneedling can also prove to be a promising alternative. Even if it pierces the skin thousands of times, you don’t have to worry that it will cause the pores to become larger. It stimulates the collagen production around the pores to make the skin plump and close the pores. 


With all the benefits above, now is the time to invest in a derma roller at home or schedule a microneedling treatment. It boosts the production of collagen, fades scars and dark spots and shrinks the pores, among other incredible benefits.  

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Aging is inevitable. Everyone grows older, but with the proper skincare and lifestyle habits, you can look younger than your years. Here are a few tips and tricks to maintain your youthful glow even as you age:


Pay Attention to Ingredients

A lot of the inexpensive products you can easily find in the drugstore or supermarket contain ingredients that can cause skin problems in the long run. These are cheap ingredients that are easy to mass produce, but are not necessarily the most skin friendly. One of the best ways to prevent early signs of skin aging is by paying attention to skincare ingredients and investing in the best organic beauty products like those offered by Well Within Beauty.


Look for plant-based, nourishing ingredients and steer clear from harsh sulfates, drying alcohols, and added fragrance, all of which can irritate your skin and cause dullness or breakouts. Long term use of irritating or disruptive ingredients can age your skin and make you look older than you really are. Well Within Beauty’s products are made from the finest ingredients that nature has to offer, to pamper your skin and keep it looking plump and youthful.


Add Antioxidants 

Antioxidants protect your skin for harmful free radicals that can damage your skin cells, leading to early signs of aging. They can be found in a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, and in other plant sources such as green tea. Increase your intake of antioxidant-rich foods, and choose products like an antioxidant moisturizer to maintain your youthful glow for longer.


Citrus fruits, berries and dark green leafy vegetables are full of antioxidants, while skincare products that contain ingredients like green tea are packed with antioxidants that are great for your skin. Incorporate more of these into your diet and your skincare routine to maintain your skin’s youthful glow, and to protect it from external factors that can age it faster.


Daily Sun Protection 

The sun’s powerful rays can cause the most damage to your skin if you don’t protect it daily. Overexposure to the sun can lead to sunburn, wrinkles, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and even skin cancer. A good sunscreen is one of the best anti aging skincare products you can invest in.


When buying a sunscreen, choose one with broad spectrum protection and an SPF of at least 30. In the hot summer months, choose a lightweight yet water resistant sunscreen that doesn’t give off a white cast. Be sure to apply sunscreen every day to keep your skin protected and looking youthful, even on overcast days and in winter. The sun’s rays are extremely penetrative, and can cut through clouds and glass to wreak havoc on your skin.


Aging is natural and not something to be afraid or ashamed of. But there’s also nothing wrong with wanting to maintain healthy, youthful skin for as long as you can, either. Follow these simple tips and practice good skincare habits consistently and patiently, and your skin will remain plump, youthful and healthy for longer, even as you grow older.