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THE MINDFUL BEAUTY SERIES: MEET CHELSEA WILLIAMS

The Secret Diary of a Mindful Beauty

If you’re in the know about plant-based goodness and green natural beauty, That’s Chelsea, aka Chelsea A. Williams, will be no stranger to you. A force to be reckoned with, she’s a wellness warrior on a mission to improve the health of communities around her and to inspire change. And inspire she does.

A health communications strategist, media contributor, oh and avid blogger, Chelsea somehow manages to balance it all (she is a Libra afterall). She appears regularly as a thought leader in the mainstream media and is an ambassador for the W.E.L.L. Summit.

Described by ESSENCE magazine as helping to Defy all preconceived notions about living a plant-based lifestyle” (you just need to take a look at her mouthwatering recipes to see why), and commended by Beauty Independent for her presence “Bringing an underrepresented voice in a green beauty segment criticized for its lack of diversity”, Chelsea is a role model to many, amounting a series of accolades for her work.

With a Masters in Public Health Nutrition (MPH) and a leader of Live Sacred DC, a series of mindful wellness experiences for women in the District, it’s no wonder why.

Noodle lover, raw food fanatic and a constant source of daily motivation.

Ladies and gentlemen, That’s Chelsea…

 

What one word best describes you? 

Loving.

What’s your superpower? And your weakness? (because we’re all human)

My superpower: Discernment. Weakness: Overthinking

A moment that has defined you most in life? 

Making the decision to transition to a plant-based, non-toxic lifestyle has defined me most in life. I not only improved my overall health and well-being, but through this change, have helped improve the health of family members, friends, and now my readers. It’s truly a testament to the fact that our personal choices can positively impact others.

Your go to feel good ritual?  

I love being outdoors. While, it has not quite become a ritual for me, doing some form of physical outside activity daily energizes me and improves my outlook on life. Hiking and swimming at the beach are my favorite outdoor activities.

Your greatest passion? 

My greatest passion is learning more about plant-based living, sharing my knowledge, and teaching others how to improve their health and wellness literacy.

Who do you admire most and why? 

I admire Lalah Delia of Vibrate Higher Daily. Lalah is a spiritual writer and wellness educator. I have been following her work for years. I admire her emotional maturity and resilience.

Tell us something about yourself not many people know? You recently shared your story about being an only child and seeking solitude, showing a vulnerable side that often isn’t shared)

I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design with a minor in Advertising. I also can draw and paint (oil and acrylic) and have won several awards for my artwork.

What keeps you awake at night? 

My struggle with pursuing entrepreneurship full-time versus balancing entrepreneurship with my 9 to 5 keeps me awake at night.

You’ve struggled with your own health issues in the past suffering from Grave’s disease and more recently hypothyroidism. Can you tell us more about the role your diet has played in managing these conditions and how That’s Chelsea evolved

Since transitioning to a plant-based diet, I have experienced an increase in energy levels, improved digestion, better skin, longer and stronger hair, and better weight management (something that can be difficult for someone living with hypothyroidism.) That’s Chelsea originally started as a creative outlet. I knew I wanted to start a blog, but I didn’t want to share products or lifestyle practices that I knew were potentially harmful to others. That’s when I decided I would attempt to carve out my own lane.

You were recognised as one of The Daily Record’s Successful by 40 recipients for its Very Important Professional Awards last year and most recently nominated as Entrepreneurs Rock 2018’s Best Blogger, but what achievement are you most proud of to date?

 I am most proud of working toward a position that allows me to be an underrepresented voice in the green living community.

You say you sometimes feel unworthy of all the good things that come your way. Why is that? 

Although my work ethic is very strong, I recognize that I have been able to take advantage of certain opportunities in my entrepreneurial journey because I have more access to reliable transportation, healthy food, and education than some others in my community. Additionally, I am a lighter-skinned Black woman and colorism is very real, especially in the green beauty industry.

Health communications strategist, media contributor, wellness blogger and community activist.  What’s been your biggest transformation? 

My biggest transformation was changing my career path from graphic design to public health. I was always known as “the artist.” However, after dealing with my own personal health struggles, and early experiences working in the pharmaceutical industry, I found a new passion in the health and wellness industry. However, I could argue that sharing health-related information in a credible, yet fun and engaging way is an artform.

We like to think of ourselves as explorers and love to discover the unknown. You say you’ve recently been thinking about the next step for your business. What’s the next big adventure in store for you? 

I’m honestly not quite sure. I thought becoming a board-certified health coach would be my next step, but I decided that was not the route I wanted to take. I’m currently considering training to become an Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner, but I’m taking things one step at a time. Health and wellness is my life’s work. There’s no need for me to rush.

If you were a Luxe Botanics botanical, which one would you be? 

Camu Camu Berry

 

Thank you for leaving such a positive impact on everyone you meet Chelsea!

Naturally yours,

The Luxe Botanics Team

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Wellness. Where’s the Science?

What do you think of when you hear the word “wellness”?

You might envision your weekend nature hikes, morning meditation or daily golden milk latte. Maybe wellness is simply reclining on the couch and shutting off your phone. Or you might think of wellness as a total hoax (i.e. you don’t believe in seven-day green juice cleanses to “detox” your body and you’ll never understand the health claims behind vaginal jade eggs). [1]

Chances are you’re somewhere in between. Whatever side of the spectrum you skew towards, there’s one thing we can likely all agree on: wellness does not imply science.

With that said, in honour of World Science Day, we wanted to look more closely at the importance of science in the pursuit of wellness.

The Looming Problem With Wellness

More and more, the wellness industry is being scrutinized and criticized[2] by both health experts and consumers. That’s because the industry is increasingly making health claims, including those that are far-fetched (some are more subtle and others are even valid, making these claims more confusing than ever to the layperson).

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Once upon a time many of the wellness practices popular today were considered fringe customs of unconventional groups (e.g. “hippies”) but these days, wellness trends—from kale juice and herbal supplements to flower essences and crystals—have become the cool kid on the block. Even your most skeptical friend has probably tried bone broth or a cocktail infused with activated charcoal.

But let’s take a step back and ask: What exactly is wellness? And should it be brushed off?

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, wellness is “the quality or state of being in good health especially as an actively sought goal.”

And that’s a great goal.

The challenge is when wellness companies say their products will make changes like eliminate inflammation, cure depression or balance hormones when there is minimal or zero evidence to show it. We believe wellness should be approached with a scientific eye as you actively seek your wellness goals, whether that’s more energy, a happier mood or heathier skin.

How Wellness Can Be Achieved Through Skin Care – and Science

At Luxe Botanics, we rely on our core botanicals, Marula, Kigelia africana and Camu camu, to drive the efficacy of our formulas, undoubtedly drawing from nature to achieve positive visible changes.

But we don’t believe natural always equates to efficacy. Quality skin care begins—and ends—with science.

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A science-backed approach is one of the founding tenets of Luxe Botanics. (Our founder Jené Roestorf is a biotechnologist, so science naturally flows in her veins!). This is why our core botanicals and other beneficial ingredients we incorporate into our skin care are only those that have been extensively studied or proven—not to mention sustainable, certified organic and wild harvested whenever possible.

It is a promise to ourselves—and you —to maintain the highest standards when it comes to the scientific merit of our ingredients. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t all about wellness, too.

Wellness is the pursuit of feeling healthy. And we believe wellness is a means of self-care. One way to practice self-care and achieve wellness is investing and committing to a skincare ritual.

A skin care ritual is all about nurturing yourself in ways to feel more positive and relaxed inside and out, and nourishing the largest organ of your body by feeding it with nutrients that have demonstrated efficacy.

For us, wellness and science to go hand in hand. Because wellness isn’t achievable unless the tools you use are actually effective. This is what we aim to deliver at Luxe Botanics, and that is our promise to you.

Happy World Science Day!

 

Naturally yours,

The Luxe Botanics Team

 

 

[1] https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45426332

[2] https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/01/style/wellness-industrial-complex.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=wide-thumb&module=mini-moth&region=top-stories-below&WT.nav=top-stories-below&utm_source=Full+Newsletter&utm_campaign=51486451ea-

 


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Luxe Botanics: Approved Brand Of A Night For Green Beauty

One night. One incredible community. Good green fun.

Luxe Botanics is honoured to be approved as an official brand of A Night For Green Beauty.

Created in 2012 by Victoria Fantauzzi, co-founder of La Bella Figura Beauty, ANFGB is a celebration for the people creating green beauty and all lovers of safe, beautifully created personal care products.

On August 2, 2018 at 7pm EST a community of pioneering green beauty creators will unite online for a night focused on fresh ideas and education, showcasing why green beauty matters and the finest green and natural products directly to thousands of excited fans.

Follow us and our fellow green founders for the party of the year @anightforgreenbeauty, @luxebotanics and #ANFGB18 on Instagram

For the full brand line-up and exclusive #ANFGB18 offers visit A Night For Green Beauty’s brand page here.

 

What does it take to be ANFGB approved?

– Non-toxic INCI
– Product efficacy
– Company integrity
– Lovely packaging
– Mindful mindset
– Safe
– Quality ingredients that benefit people and the environment

 

What can you expect from Luxe Botanics?

At Luxe Botanics we’ll be celebrating our first ANFGB with IG tutorials from our Founder Jené, tribe only giveaways and IG stories where we’ll be exclusively sharing new innovation ideas with the chance to comment on what you’d like to see from us next.

Specific skincare concerns? DM us at @luxebotanics on IG and we’ll be on hand with advice on the best ritual for you.

To mark the night, we’ll also be offering 50% off our Award Winning serums (Marula and Kigelia) with any purchase of one full price. Use the code #ANFGB18 and be part of beauty activism giving back to local communities in Africa. (1% of serum sales also go towards The Clean Ribbon, supporting research into the safety of personal care products).

And for those new to the tribe, the first 40 who sign up for our newsletter at www.luxebotanics.com will receive complimentary samples of the Luxe Botanics range (US only).

Offers valid from August 2nd 7:00pm until August 3rd 11:59pm EST.

See you soon. We can’t wait to welcome you to the tribe!

Naturally yours,

 

The Luxe Botanics Team


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Face Yoga for Natural, Healthy Skin

Om shanti shanti shanti.

(That’s Sanskrit for peace for human kind, peace for all living and non-living beings, peace for the universe and peace for each and every thing in the whole cosmic world). But you knew that already didn’t you?

Yes, today is International Yoga Day and it would be amiss if we didn’t acknowledge this ancient practice that has stretched to the farthest reaches of the globe. Like what we did there?

And for good reason too. Yoga is known to improve strength, flexibility, balance and to boost physical and mental wellbeing. More than that, there are numerous studies which suggest regular practice can be beneficial for those with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains, depression and stress.

As a pretty clued up bunch, we know by now that healthy body = healthy skin and to achieve this state of equilibrium this is dependent on the inside out as it is outside in. It comes as no surprise then that a clinical trial published in JAMA Dermatology earlier this year discovered that facial yoga can indeed rejuvenate the appearance of skin. [1]

But what’s the science behind this? Just as yoga helps to improve the strength, flexibility and balance of your body, the same can be said for your skin. Regular facial exercises are thought to induce underlying muscle growth helping to tighten connections, fill out spaces that hollow over time and create greater fullness in the cheeks.

Participants in the study aged 40-65 years were tutored on 32 facial yoga exercises which they  practised for 30 minutes daily over eight weeks. From nine weeks to 20 they then reduced this to practicing every other day.

Great news right? The answer to healthy skin and it’s non-toxic and totally free! But for most of us, a 30 minute work-out can be challenging at the best of times let alone a work out just for our face.

  1. For those in a rush, check out three of BYRDIE’s recommended facial exercises here for plumper skin. [2] Move over downward dog. Fish lips, kiss face and the whistler are the moves of the moment.
  2. Or for those who like how we roll, check out our earlier blog on facial rolling to reduce under eye darkness, decrease puffiness and improve circulation to illuminate the skin.
  3. And we haven’t forgotten all you overachievers out there who want to go straight to the source. For your purists, Happy Face Yoga (which was used in the study) offers that full facial work out. [3]

Peace out tribe!

 

The Luxe Botanics Team

 

[1]https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamadermatology/article-abstract/2666801?redirect=true

[2] https://www.byrdie.co.uk/facial-exercise/slide3

[3] http://www.happyfaceyoga.com/


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The Mindful Beauty Series: Meet the Men Behind Clean Beauty Mart

Bonjour! Today we’re rather aptly celebrating all the great men in our life. Introducing Laurent and Julien, two thirds of the dynamic (and French if you hadn’t guessed) trio behind Clean Beauty Mart, LA’s newest clean beauty destination.

After attending Indie Beauty Expo LA 2017, meeting fellow indie beauty founders and finding a common need, what was intended as a reception area for OliverLaurent hair salon in Beverly Hills soon became a haven for clean beauty retail. Not even a year later, Clean Beauty Mart has opened two more stores in Laguna Beach and Mexico City (where third founder Oliver was born) with plans to expand across LA.

First and foremost hair stylists to the stars,  the self confessed newbies to the clean beauty scene are modest to a fault, but if their clientele are anything to go by (ahem Tom Ford and George Clooney to name a few) these tastemakers are destined to go far. The trio have struck a real chord with the community as they impart their newly found wisdom, creating a hub for those curious to discover the cleanest and most effective new brands.

Curious to find out more? Read on…

What one word best describes you?

Laurent: Motivated

Julien: Gregarious. I strongly enjoy interacting with people.

What’s your superpower? And your weakness? (because we’re all human)

Laurent: My personality. I am very social and bubbly and just a people person. I love people! My weakness would be my ambition to always want more and that can also, believe it or not, be my biggest weakness.

Julien: My superpower would be like Laurent, my personality and also the fact that I always try to be helpful to anyone in any manner I can. My biggest fault or weakness would be my impatience or impulsivity! It doesn’t show at first, but I am really trying hard to manage this better, and so far it’s been working.

A moment that has defined you most in life?

Laurent: My decision to move to America and pursue a career that I was passionate about, but at the same time, I had to make the decision to leave my country France.

Julien: When I met my wife because it meant leaving France for the USA. But it has been a really exciting journey and I do not regret it at all.

Your go to feel good ritual?

Laurent: Golf. Hitting a few balls always makes me feel good out on the course.

Julien: A simple nap! lol, when you’re a kid you never want to take one, but once you’re a grown-up, you wish you’d have time to take more. (laughs)

Your greatest passion?

Laurent: My passion is food! Who doesn’t love food? Not only do I love food but I am passionate about cooking. (laughs)

Julien: Traveling, hiking the outdoors. I really love all that you can do when traveling, the people you can meet, the food you can try and discover as well as learning about new cultures. It helps you become someone better!

Who do you admire most and why?

Laurent: I have great admiration for the late Bruno Pittini. He was my inspiration to be a hairstylist.

Julien: It may appear simple, but I’d say my parents because they worked hard all their life to provide for me and my brothers.

Tell us something about yourself not many people know (shhhh, we can keep a secret!)

Laurent: Something not a lot of people know about me is that I love the outdoors and enjoy four wheel driving on mountains.

Julien: Umm. That’s pretty difficult since I am kind of an open book and don’t keep many secrets. I’d say that I would really  love to have a “zen” retreat, like at a Tibetan temple or on a desert island (or almost desert!), with no technology around. A simple life.

What keeps you awake at night?

Laurent: At night after a day at the office when I am home and relaxed, I get to sit back relax and rethink my day. What changes should and shouldn’t be made. I am most creative at night and that’s when most of my greatest ideas have come to me.

Julien: I sleep pretty easily, but sometimes it happens that I wake up suddenly thinking of something. I then take the time to note it anywhere I can to remember it.

You opened the doors to Clean Beauty Mart only on October 2017. Each store is about building a community and is a place learn about clean beauty. What’s the greatest lesson you’ve learnt from the community in return?

Laurent: What I have learned from the community of Clean Beauty Mart is most of my clients are very passionate about products and the ingredients in them. It was amazing for me to see how many people were so informed and knowledgeable about the products.

Julien: Surprisingly, more people than I thought are looking for cleaner products. Since working with them in that regards, I have learnt a lot about a different way of life, way simpler and closer to Mother Nature. And I am trying my best to change my lifestyle closer to that because I strongly believe it will better myself.

You are totally into the science behind skincare (men after our own hearts!). You take pride in screening ingredients using only the cleanest and most effective products. During your fact-finding quest what was the most fascinating thing you uncovered?

Laurent: I was blown away by all of the natural ingredients that formulated such great products that not only smelled good but felt good.

Julien: I personally think that the simpler the ingredients are, the better the product will be. The textures are extremely pleasant, and we don’t get a headache from reading the ingredients lists.

Hairdressers, entrepreneurs, clean beauty community activists. What have been your biggest transformations?

Laurent: My biggest transformation has been creating Clean Beauty Mart.

Julien: Working in the Beauty industry. I am pretty new to it! I previously worked in many other sectors, but working in this particular and exciting industry has been my biggest transformation.

You’re all about experiences which is why you’ve set up a facial room in your stores. At your salon OliverLaurent you also allow customers to try products stocked at Clean Beauty Mart. What’s the best experience that you received from a brand?

Laurent: The best experiences are created by the those who love what they sell and stand by it. The people that believe and are excited about their products makes me excited.

Julien: All experiences will be different as each brand has its own story or has developed rituals of their own, but they all have one common point; the passion. And this is what we all love at Clean Beauty Mart, being able to share and transmit this passion towards cleaner and safer beauty for all.

We like to think of ourselves as explorers and love to discover the unknown. What’s been the biggest adventure you’ve been on or are yet do?

Laurent: It has always been on my list of adventures to climb Machu PIcchu. That will be my next adventure.

Julien: I love traveling the world, meeting new cultures and discovering new places. One of my biggest adventures into the unknown was a 2 month trip to China where most of the unplanned trips way outside the biggest cities you could find people speaking English! One more would be South America.

If you were a Luxe Botanics botanical, which one would you be?

Laurent: If I were a Luxe Botanics Botanical I would be one of the Marula Collection.

Julien: I think I’d be a Marula Hydrating Serum.

 

Happy Fathers Day to  all you dads out there!

Naturally yours,

 

The Luxe Botanics Team

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What the Heck is a Facial Roller?

We all can agree that keeping up with the latest and greatest beauty trends is hard work! From beauty gadgets to sheet masks, essences, 10-step skincare rituals and trending #sundayfacial hashtags — the list goes on. It sure is no easy task. And on that note, say hello to crystal facial rollers.

When these started popping up (or rolling out) in the realm of beauty and appeared more and more on some of our favorite beauty bloggers’ Instagram stories and feeds, we knew we were on to something. Here at Luxe Botanics, facial rolling is an important part of our daily ritual, and when our Rose Quartz Facial Roller is paired with our Camu Collection of cleansers, mist, serums and moisturisers, the results? Well, see for yourself.

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But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s go back to the basics and get crystal clear. See what we did there?  Yeah, you do. But, what the heck is facial rolling?

When we think of these ornamental minerals such as jade and rose quartz, we think of their spiritual and energetic qualities they harness. Jade is known as the stone for eternal youth and preservation while rose quartz is commonly used to wash out trapped toxic energies and emotions.

Dating back to the 17th century, facial rollers (more specifically in the form of jade) were used as a staple beauty tool amongst upper class members of the Chinese society. Why you ask? In addition to keeping around the “good spirits,” rolling these cool stones in an upwards motion on your forehead and down your neck can help combat puffiness, under-eye circles and dull looking skin. It wasn’t until recently, this tool became a popular accessory to one’s skincare routine in the beauty world.  Nowadays, while their imparting some good juju, they can also be used to help deflect electromagnetic radiation from our tech gadgets. Old, meet new.

Upon first glance, facial rollers may look a little funky but there’s a method to its quirky-sided madness. Most rollers typically have a larger stone to use on one’s cheeks and forehead and a smaller stone on the opposite end for one’s mouth and under eye area. When applied regularly to your a.m. or p.m. beauty routine, not only does the roller motion reduce under eye darkness but it also decreases puffiness, and helps to improve circulation through your lymph nodes and neck, also known as lymphatic drainage.

Better yet, you get a free facial massage out of it and it’s chemical free. Winning combo.

So, are you ready to let the good times roll? Feel free to put your roller in the fridge or freezer for some extra chill in your chill time. After you’ve washed your face and applied your favorite moisturiser or serum, apply light pressure and roll in an upwards motion for full absorption.

It’s better than cucumber slices, we promise.

Want to illuminate yourself more? Find out about how we roll with our Camu ritual.

Naturally yours,

The Luxe Botanics Team

[1] http://nymag.com/strategist/article/best-jade-roller-review.html

[2] https://www.wellandgood.com/good-looks/how-to-jade-rolling-clear-skin-ancient-beauty-practice/


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Ancient Latin American Superfoods

C’mon, we’re going on a trip.  Next stop: the Latin America.

What’s got us packing our bags you might be wondering? Well, Latin America is kind of a who’s who of the superfood and nutrients world.  It could also be called “favorite smoothie ingredients ground zero”… But that doesn’t have quite the same ring.

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From maca to chia seeds, yucca to açaí, cacao to lucuma, it’s really strength to strength down there. But on this adventure, we’re headed deep into the Amazon for one thing in particular. In search of what?  None other than the superfood superstar Camu camu.

This little berry is packing quite a powerful fruit punch.  Camu camu is both an extremely stable source of Vitamin C (watch out, Kakadu plum) and one of the highest, broad spectrum antioxidants on the planet (your move, goji berries).  Yep, nice combo ¹.

But it doesn’t stop there.  Camu camu is also packed with minerals and amino acids.  Flavonoids and ellagic acid act to neutralize free radicals.  It’s also anti-fungal and anti-bacterial which, particularly in tandem with it’s high levels of Vitamin C, help to boost the immune system.  Nature’s total package ².

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It’s no wonder then that Camu camu has been used for hundreds of years and prized by Amazonian Indians as a highly nutritious food source, medicinal remedy and longevity elixir.  Yep, understandable. 

Our Camu camu comes from deep within the Amazon jungle and is organically grown and extracted from the berry of the Camu camu tree (Myrciaria dubia).  But that’s just the beginning. Allow us to illuminate you.

And, of course, illuminate your skin as well.  We like to think of Camu camu as the ultimate skin brightener.  You can use it to even out skin tone and repair even damage caused by environmental stress. Thanks antioxidants.  All those anti-inflammatory properties means it diminishes imperfections and calms irritations.

We’re absolutely loving this botanical. And camu blame us?

Our Camu camu range has a strong supporting cast of ingredients ranging from avocado, jojoba and grape seed oil which nourish, revive and rejuvenate the complexion, to damascus rose water to calm, soothe irritation and quell imperfections.  Each of the ingredients in this all star line up works synergistically to enhance Camu camu’s properties. As they say, teamwork makes the dream work.

Speaking of teamwork, you could head down to Latin America.  You definitely could. But we’ve kind of got that part covered.  It’s a tough gig, but someone’s gotta do it.

Instead, save on airfare.  All you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy nature’s brightening powerhouse.  Breathe in the natural, earthy-floral scents and create a mindful space for relaxation to enjoy your illuminating moment.  You can even let your mind wander and imagine you’re deep in the Amazon jungle. Hey, we’re full of illuminating ideas.

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ILLUMINATE: CAMU Collection

Additional Sources:

http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0103-50532016001001838

http://article.sapub.org/10.5923.j.fph.20130301.05.html