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FIRES December 11 2017

 

 

Self-Care during changes to your environment is essential to your well-being.

 

We have been experiencing extreme fires in Southern California. It’s been heart warming to see our communities band together and care for one another. Even if you live miles away from the fires, the air quality is very straining to our health. There’s ash all over peoples homes, inside and out. The air is extremely dry. This has affected people’s immune systems, sinuses, energy levels and skin. Many patients have been coming in with lips so chapped that they’re bleeding. Many have such intense pressure and discomfort in the sinuses that they cant sleep well at night.

 

Whether you are around a natural disaster like this or if you travel to a different climate where it’s extremely dry, there are thing you can do to help stay healthy.

 

First you want to try and improve and control the quality of the air in your home. Blast air filters and humidifiers. Add frankincense to your aromatherapy humidifiers. This is a great oil to clear up your sinuses.

 

Now try and improve your internal environment. The brand “Host Defense” has a superior supplement containing chaga and reishi for lung health called “Breathe.”  Chaga and reishi is well known for its support of skin and lung functioning. In Eastern medicine they believe that the lungs have the strongest relationship to the skin than any other organ.

 

Up your omegas! This will help keep your skin juicy and protected.

 

Super-hydrating IV drips can also be beneficial. Add enzymes to your water and chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is a supportive antioxidant for the skin.

 Keep your showers and baths cool and short! Long, hot baths and showers dehydrate our skin. Add some Epson salts to your bath to help detox or oatmeal to help hydrate.

Making home masks with Greek yogurt and tons of Manuka honey will also help soothe your skin.

For topicals, I’m loving Luzern’s “Urban Defense Day Lotion.” It’s packed with protection against a toxic environment. It’s anti-pollution formula helps to neutralize the effects against pollutants such as smog and heavy metals.

I also have my patients mix old school Aquaphor with a bit of Luzern’s lip treatment to help heal their lips. Lip treatments alone will be too harsh.

 

I’m not a fan of strong massage or suction on the face, but a nice lymphatic drainage or a Nova Sonic treatment will clear out toxins and help “drain” your sinuses. If you have a Foreo, Nuface or Clarisonic at home, make sure and treat yourself. It will get the blood and lymph flowing which in turn will help to get nutrients and oxygen to the skin.

 I’ve lived through a few major fires in my life. They can be very transformative- not only to the land but to our body, mind, heart and spirit.

Let’s focus on keeping safe and healthy and allowing for the changes this will bring. I remember after the fires behind my house over a year ago, I went hiking with Casey Ann Hickey. We were blown away at the beauty and strength of what was growing out of the soot and debris. Vibrant green, purple and orange life just flowing out of the soil. That Spring the Hollywood Hills look like I was back in New Zealand.

 

If you want to help support these communities rebuild, please look into donating to Gentle Barn. www.gentlebarn.org

I know people involved with this group. You can be assured that your money will be used with integrity.

 

Wishing everyone a healthy and hopeful week. x


The Future of Skincare December 10 2017

Hello beauties!

I’ve been traveling around the world to experience and learn how the future of skincare will change the landscape of women’s health and the way we all care for our skin from head to toe, inside and out! I’m beyond proud of some of the amazing pioneers in our field. We are creating an advanced and trustworthy way to create true, protective and lasting benefits for the health of our skin. The way we treat our skin and our self-care beauty rituals will be entering into a new paradigm shortly. I look forward to taking these steps and sharing my knowledge with all of you!

 


Taking care of one of our favorite faces and co-creator of the KAYO skincare line. October 23 2017

Christine Bullock amazing to work with because she has such a passion and knowledge of health and fitness. She's not only a fitness star but also created the skincare line KAYO. This line is made for the body but packs the quality and results of a face line! She believes in keeping yourself clean and natural inside and out!

I strive to keep faces youthful by keeping the muscles toned and the skin plump and elastic. When faces look-hard-tight-bloated-uncanny, it looks done and worn out. A very conservative amount of botox or filler- if needed, has it's place as a way to tweak a slight architectural issue, but using it as a "liquid" facelift or as a volumizing technique will eventually result in an undesirable outcome. 

I especially see issues when patients treat their eye area. They try aggressive skin rejuvenating  treatments that force a "scar tissue" response versus a soft and plump response you can get from the skin with other inspiring treatments. The most troublesome is when they have undesirable reactions from filler around the eye. This can be a disaster! Unfortunately, many patients just don't know what they are signing up for or the possible side effects.

You want to target toning the muscle and the skin around the eye area, also inspiring optimal blood and lymph flow. I utilize many techniques but one of my most popular is the Bio-Lift.

The Bio-Lift electro stimulation technique is an amazing way to strengthen the muscles and tone  the skin around the eyes. Weakening the muscle around the eye area specially around the lower area with Botox  can cause the area to "pull down"- creating more of a sunken and dark appearance. This can tend  to make a face look less youthful. It can also result in a lack of movement which limits your ability to communicate and express to another person.

When we alter the face structurally and the movement of the face, this triggers a strange processing in our brain. Look up "Uncanny Face." Or you can look out for my blog regarding how our interactions with each other are being altered via the unnatural changes in our appearances.

Working with the original blueprint of your face is almost always the best route to creating beauty and vitality. I'm grateful for Christine Bullock, KAYO and all the other brands and skin way-showers that are adding goodness to this industry 

 


I don't use the word HEAL. September 04 2017

ALIGNMENT vs. HEAL

I try to never use the word “heal” in my practice. I don’t believe that anything needs to be healed. Everything is always as it should be in the given circumstances. If something isn’t function the way you want in your body or in your life, you must decide to create a way to inspire a change. But nothing is truly broken. Most likely when a patient comes to me because they want to “heal” something, it’s due to a misalignment of energy. It’s an energy crisis. If you simply find what’s draining the energy and/or inspire the area with outside energy and data, the body will respond. Our bodies want to be in alignment and flowing with energy. That’s the state it strives to be in. The body knows what to do in ways we cannot (always) comprehend. To make an example of the power of words as an intention: if you want to meditate on biohacking a disease or a personal experience, if you start off by saying that you want to "heal" it , you are tuning into the idea that something is weak or wrong. You're giving the power to what you don't want versus the aligned state you want to embody.This also translates into our personal lives. If I feel that my life isn’t flowing or vibing right, I just focus on the frequency of alignment and then I just get out of the way. It never ceases to amaze me what the human body and the universe is capable of imagining for us. The beauty and strength that is possible in our lives is spectacular!


Xriss wrote about our treatments for The Caviar Spoon! xx July 06 2017

 

~Xriss has one of my fav voices, and is now one of my fav faces. She came to my clinic to experience my treatments and wrote about it for The Caviar Spoon!
Read below.....

WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT: MIA BELLE SKIN
Being friends with Quincy Jones has allowed me the opportunity to do some really cool things with him. Last year, he took me to a Skrillex concert for my birthday. and he was the one who ended up really enjoying the concert. Whadda ya know! Last November, Q (as we like to call him) was invited to Sol Kerzner’s place for a birthday dinner party his wife was holding for him. Coincidentally, it was the same night as Election Day – worst night that week.
I was asked to join, as well, and I was so happy to oblige. Here’s the kicker of the whole night: Just as Q and I were both being greeted at the door by Mrs. Kerzner, out of nowhere pops out Judge Judy who walked over to shake our hands with a massive smile on her face. I like to believe I made her smile. Right as my starstruck jaw started to take back its natural position, the night went to a whole other level of randomness.
“Hello! Welcome!”
I turned around and it was Bette Midler, the face of my childhood. Was I dreaming this up?! Wow!
We were all introduced to one another and when dinnertime came, my seat at the table was right next to a gorgeous woman who struck me as a model. Her name was Mia Belle and my, my, did she carry her last name well. We got acquainted and she told me that she was in the cosmetics business. She wasn’t just a pretty face. She was quirky, curious, had that twinkle in her eye and was a very accepting person. Because I liked spending that time with her so much, I completely forgot about Ms. Sheindlin and Ms. Midler.
Before the night was over, we had exchanged phone numbers and followed each other on Instagram. Mia invited me to stop by her clinic sometime, which I did, leading me to this review.
THE REVIEW
Centrally located in Beverly Hills, California, Mia Belle Skin’s clinic is a small, comfortable and very welcoming space on the 4th floor of a beautiful building on Brighton Way. As many wrongly assume they’ll be receiving facial and body massages here, Mia makes it clear that she gives the skin a paramedical treatment. She is passionate about women’s wellbeing and specializes in the molecular function of one’s skin and the body’s health – and by “body”, I mean BODY.

She was not short of being bold in giving me a brief outline on another extremely important topic that she is very passionate about. A topic that we women might classify as “taboo” or be too shy to talk about. It is none other than the health of our big Vs. Girls, it is so important to take care of our “girls” down there!
Mia has been on Oprah, Extra, “E” Entertainment, KTLA and Access Hollywood, and that has all helped her grow in her popularity.
The high societal class area had a loud and flowing crowd downstairs. The building was very welcoming and signs clearly directed me on how to get to “Mia Belle Skin” – I was to go to Suite 416. Mia opened the door for me and the loudness from downstairs suddenly disappeared as she closed it behind me, welcomed me in. She offered some water while I waited as she was just finishing up with the previous booking. I sat on one of the chairs in the intimately sized 2x2 sq m waiting room which, of course, did not have a receptionist. Mia proceeded to go back inside the treatment room, closing the door behind her (which had her very simple and chic logo on it) in order to respect the privacy of her client (Go MIA!). I took that opportunity to look around a little bit.

It was very simple – there were no windows so it was a little darker than the usual waiting room. With just enough time to notice the few chairs, the very simple water station and a large bouquet of pink flowers, it was soon my turn to go as the lady right before me discreetly slipped out the back door.
As I was invited in, the first thing I noticed in the extremely well-lit room was a single brick wall. It was so chic, I felt like I was being welcomed into her cosy bubble that looked just like the mood board of her Instagram page. I noticed a few machines on one side of the room, the large comfortable-looking bed in the center with Mia’s chair directly behind the head area and the seating area by the window, right where you were to take your clothes off. Nobody could see in, of course.
The first thing she did was ask me what my skin type was like. She was gently persistent in her questions, prying out details like my food and water intake, what I personally find wrong with my skin and how it was reacting. I told her that I had had it pretty rough and bad since October and that I needed something to heal the obvious stress from malnourishment, lack of rest, hormonal acne, all the airplane rides, the under-hydration, the blackheads, the whiteheads, too much sun all at once and the headaches that caused my temperamental skin to look the way it did that day.
She asked me to take everything off from the waist up and lay down. I didn’t expect the bed to be so perfectly aligned to my body – it was smart foam and I was wowed. This was when I really knew that this was going to be Good with a capital “G”! Mia is super committed to her treatments and didn’t really speak very much unless she was elaborately answering my questions. She wanted me to enjoy the experience.

Let me just say: What a doll! She is very enthusiastic about what she does and I can tell she has a very deep passion for it. Which is why I loved how dedicated she was to her work. Serious, yet quirky. Love it! I can’t remember everything she was doing as I was really enjoying myself all the while trying to jot down notes in my head. What I can say, though, is that it was a great experience. Once she finished working her magic, Mia cleaned up my face very thoroughly and started to apply all sorts of creams I couldn’t for the life of me understand but really loved.
Mia takes such a personalized approach to each client that she doesn’t have an actual set menu of services. Her Dermal Bonding treatments take into consideration everything from your bones to your epidermis (hence all of the questions she asks you) and they are customized in such a way to treat your specific skin ailments, whether it’s pigment, scarring, or vascular health. Her specialty is reversing not-so-hot results from surgeries, lasers, Ulthera, fillers, and Botox.
I got so wrapped up in the actual treatment process that some of the finer details are fuzzy but I remember that she said my face wasn’t going to look great right away. But a few days after, I was glowing and felt like time had reversed. My skin is in great health now and I am following all the tips she gave me on how to eat for my skin type and the importance of drinking water consistently, exercising and leading a healthy lifestyle.


Le Clitoris- Animated Documentary about a very special part of being a woman. July 06 2017

 

 


Beauty is in the air! June 22 2017

 

Here I share my article LVBX Mag published on how the air we breathe effects our beauty.

Beauty is in the Air!

 

The air we breathe has a huge effect on the health of our skin. In Eastern traditions, the lungs are thought to have a direct connection to the skin and are taken into consideration in the treatment of all skin issues.

 

Many of you are lucky to live in areas where the air is clean and pristine. Others of us have to address the effects of living in a more toxic and draining environment. It’s important to address the quality of the air you breathe not only in your outside environment, but also inside your home and workplace. Taking the time to enhance the quality of the air you breathe will create a healthier future for your overall health and beauty. Below are some tips to help you create a beautiful climate for your body mind and spirit with every breath you take.

 

 

 

Just breathe.

Breathing exercises can help strengthen and cleanse your body and mind! Alternating deep breathing between each nostril, holding the breathe in certain rhythms or patterns can be very beneficial to the integrity of the health of the body, and it promotes better focus, energy levels, and deeper sleep. The Aetherius Society teaches a beautiful breathing practice. Deep yogic breathing and intense cardiovascular breathing are a great way to keep you body and skin fit!

 

 

Eat pretty.

You can also fortify yourself internally with supplements and food.

Host Defense’s “Breathe” is an excellent supplement for lung support. It’s a

blend of Chaga, Reishi and Cordyceps. Chaga is well known for its support of skin and lung functioning. Reishi supports breathing, cardiovascular system and endurance. Cordyceps is a lung tonic and for energy support. Again, if you support your lungs, you support your skin!

 

 

 

Recycle and Purify.

Research air filters to find the best one for you. There are many brands that target specific allergens, and take into consideration what model works best for your lifestyle. Some have more upkeep than others, and it’s very important to stay on schedule with replacing filters for superior benefits. I’ve recommended many of my patients to purchase a sleek or more compact air filter for their workspace. Especially if there’s construction going on anywhere in or outside the building. There are a lot of toxic byproducts being given off by many types of business activities that may just be a door away from you.

Many older buildings can also have mold.

 

Mold.

Mold spores enter the body through inhalation and ingestion, and can also be absorbed into the body through the skin. Mold spores that are inhaled have greater toxicity than those absorbed by the skin or ingested. Skin reactions can include: rashes, irritated patches discolored skin, over-sloughing, and elevated photosensitivity. It can create “odd” sensitive patches on the face. I have seen on patients a diminishing of the acid mantle of the skin. Exposure to mold can be very serious.

Please get in touch with your cities health department to test your living or workspace if you have even a slight suspicion that you may be living with mold.

 

 

 

Water heals.

The more moisture in the air, the more moisture in your skin. Standard humidifiers are too much upkeep for me! I’m so grateful that we now have aromatherapy humidifiers that are small enough to fit on a bedside table, but can run for up to 12 hours. This really helps to keep the air moist and us more hydrated during our beauty sleep. Add a few drops of therapeutic essential oils to get even more benefit. My latest beauty sleep mix is sweet eucalyptus, birch, and pine.

 

Making small changes in our everyday lifestyle can bring about big rewards. Living a conscious and strong life creates a more beautiful world for ourselves and everyone around us.

 

 

 

 


To peel or Not to peel. March 30 2017

Take a peek at my latest article published where I share advice on getting the perfect peel!

We predominately peel or exfoliate to help speed up cell turnover, to even out pigment, improve texture, soften micro-scarring, and to regulate the water and oil balance in the skin. The trick is to find the best skin plan in clinic and at home to achieve your desired results, while keeping your skin strong and vital.

Too much?

It’s not uncommon the hear horror stories about uber aggressive lasers and peels that left faces severely damaged. Or moderately unsatisfactory results, where the skin pigmented and lost a high amount of water content.

There is a time and place for strong peels. I perform a lot of strong peels either pre or post facelift procedures. If a patient neglected their skin and gets a lift, the skin and muscles look toned, but the appearance of the skin will still not look youthful.

It can also be a proper choice with particular acne or hyperpigmented patients.

Granted, if you take a more aggressive route, it is a process, and you can have some temporary adverse effects, but under the proper care, the result can be successful and safe. The key is to follow the aftercare and to make sure you are committed for the long haul.

Whether at home or under professional care, over exfoliating can create the illusion of smooth skin, but it’s not always adding to your skin health. Your skin can only recover so many times in its life. The “wound to heal” route has its limits and its dangers. Many times, skincare providers over peel to give their patients a sense of instant gratification, but ultimately, this takes away from the long-term integrity of the patient’s skin.

Too little?

When the skin isn’t turning over fast enough, this can exasperate acne, rosacea, pigment, and aging concerns.

With acne, slow turnover adds to blocking the hair follicle and “trapping” excess dirt, bacteria, and oils on the skin’s surface.

Rosacea is a very controversial subject in the industry, so I choose to keep my thoughts and treatments of the issue private between my patients and myself. That being said, it is mainstream practice to encourage rosacea patients to gently exfoliate.

Hyperpigmentation is a major concern of many of patients. Being based out of Beverly Hills, California, I have patients from diverse backgrounds, but we all have to deal with living in an environment consisting of strong solar exposure and heavy pollutants. With pigment, so many systems are at play. Your circulatory system, immune system, and barrier defense mechanisms, your hormones, diet, and stress levels, are also at play.

Exfoliating can be very beneficial in treating pigment.

That being said, since so many factors are at play, choosing the proper way to treat the pigment with exfoliation has to be individualized. A slow and steady treatment of chemical and physical exfoliation is historically the most advantageous.

Some patients are prone to hyperkeratosis; a thickening of the stratum corneum on the face and/or the body. This is very common to see on the elbows and knees.

KP – keratosis pilaris, is also very common. It’s a benign skin disorder. It causes numerous small, rough bumps around the hair follicle. I see this mostly on the upper arms and buttocks.

These concerns need to be addressed with proper ongoing physical and chemical exfoliating options.

Physical vs. Chemical

Physical exfoliation such as; dermaplaning, dermabrasion, scrubs, brushes, and shammy cloths are a great way to exfoliate for people that have allergies or sensitivities to chemicals, pregnant women, and for patients who don’t have the downtime to “peel.” It’s great anywhere on the body, but especially the back, arms, and hands. It’s instant, and you can take advantage of the barrier’s state, and infuse in beneficial serums, etc. As long as you repair the barrier and care for the skin responsibly post treatment, there are little undesirable reactions to be concerned about. Small knicks from the planing, or too high of suction on a vacuumed dermabrasion machine – which could cause bruising or weakening of the connective tissue – can be easily regulated by your technician.

Chemical peels are mostly solutions that will penetrate the skin to deliver ingredients that will target specific concerns. Don’t let the word chemical phase you. Chemical does not mean toxic!

From Thoughtco.com:

Question: What Is a Chemical?

Short answer: Everything is a chemical.

Long answer: A chemical is any substance consisting of matter. This includes any liquid, solid, or gas. A chemical is any pure substance or any mixture. It doesn’t matter whether it occurs naturally or is made artificially.

I could go on for hours (don’t worry, I won’t now!) on how misleading the branding of “chemical free” is! Water is a chemical! So if you read “chemical free” on a product, they are either lying or have ZERO knowledge of chemistry. Either way, I wouldn’t put my trust in that company.

Back to peels. Chemical exfoliants range from light fruit enzymes to phenol. The key to peels can be its ability to deliver ingredients to the lowest layers of the skin – where it needs to go, to create a true change in the climate of your skin.

Too traumatic of a peel can most commonly cause hyper/hypo pigmentation, or micro-scarring.

The bummer about stronger peels is the downtime. Luckily, there have been advances in peels where they’re left on for a few hours, where a lot of the digestion of the skin needed to take place occurs. Then a homecare product will keep infusing the skin with the necessary ingredients to get the desired results.

Heavy exfoliation is most often not necessary. Unfortunately, many patients are actually disappointed and don’t think they have had a good result unless heavy peeling occurs. This has lead to the creation of potentially “dangerous” peels that just add more phenol, or other corrosives to the mixture.

I’ve stopped using the term “peel” with many of my solutions. I believe it’s a bit outdated. The best solutions I use would be termed as: an application of beneficial ingredients that may create some flaking. That doesn’t have a tight ring to it, but I believe in respecting the patient’s intelligence and informing them of why I’m doing something. The best applications of peels should be thought of as treatments versus the old school term of a peel.

A mentor of mine, Ole Henriksen, told me that aestheticians would never use the word peel in the ‘80’s. It was a big no-no. It would scare the patient. Then in the ‘90’s when med spas took over, they wanted the aggressive connotation so they could create more wounding and charge more.

If you want to achieve true, vital skin health, you have to be a full and responsible participant. Understand the risks and rewards. Find an individualized skincare provider that treats you as a patient and not a number. Follow your instincts! You may not be an expert in skincare but on many levels, you know your skin better than anyone else. Find a provider that truly listens to you, and together you can create beautiful skin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Voyage L.A. visits Mia Belle Skin February 18 2017

 

 

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mia Belle.

Mia, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My passion lays in creating true vitality for myself and wanting to share what I create with my patients.I started off in branding, working with lines from the image to the science and chemistry of the product. I found such a strong disconnect between the doctors, chemists, practitioners, and patients. There was also a lack of being able to synergistically apply traditional and alternative dermatology to the treatments and products being offered. There were so many breakthroughs regarding formulations, technology and other findings, but nobody was putting it all together.

After working for a major Beverly Hills dermatologist, I decided to create my own practice where I could give the most advanced and individualized care to my patients. So many practices are all about the bottom line, with constantly changing staff and generic skin health plans.
There are so many exciting advancements in whole body health and I continue to study and travel the world to provide the best treatment and product options for my patients.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
My major struggle is to re-educate my patients! There are so many outlets that give biased and or completely bad skin health advice. Many patients have had catastrophic results from treatments that should have never been offered to them, Others have become disillusioned by products that give them little to no results. Fillers, lasers and Botox have become so overused and a common part of peoples “beauty routine.” Many people do not know the full and long term effects to these procedures, and I’m seeing more and more undesirable side effects from them. It’s still very taboo though to openly talk about this subject for many of us practitioners since it’s such a big money making machine for the industry. I do believe more people will start speaking out and we can start to offer better options for the patients.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with mia belle skin – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
It’s so important for me to create an authentic relationship with my patients. We both are investing in each other and I’m so grateful for all of them. I’m told that I give exceptionally individualized care. I make sure to know not just everything about my patients medical health but also their lifestyle, genetic make up and what their optimal results can be. I strive to create very bespoke and result driven treatments that create not only the best skin health for my patients but also the most youthful and beautiful aesthetic. To do this you need to really understand the structure of the face and all of the factors that can create true vitality starting from the bones to the epidermis. I’ve trademarked this philosophy as “DermalBonding.” You can’t just treat on factor in the wholistic practice of aesthetics.
I’m also proud and grateful that I’m able to reverse many undesirable results from surgeries and other facial treatments. It can be devastating to people to have their faces look distorted. Not looking like what you feel is your real self can have deep psychological effects on a person.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Hoping to keep up with my travels to offer the best in health treatments and to create a global dream team of vitality experts! I also hope to broaden my reach on women’s health issues. I’ve been a women’s health advocate since high school. About a year ago I added the ThermiVa treatment to my practice. It targets a plethora of women’s health issues and has given me a platform to let women know that there are a lot of safer and less invasive ways to deal with the issues they are suffering with. The lack of advancements and education in women’s health is shameful. So many women live in pain and a compromised quality of life and they don’t have to! The ThermiVa treatment is truly revolutionary and a blessing to many women!


Go makeup free and allow your skin to glow. February 11 2017

 

Want to rock a naked face?

Sleep in a few minutes longer every morning and let your true complexion shine.

We wear makeup to tweak things about or complexion. It’s not about “fixing” something unpleasing; it’s more about creating a strong, supportive climate for your skin. Imbalances can be a sign of weakness or disease. We can have our own desirable complexion by creating smooth texture, balanced pigment, and a healthy glow.

For a smooth texture, we want tight pores and plumed skin. First we need proper exfoliation. Retinols are a great go-to for almost any skin type. My ReFab product is a beautiful blend of retinols and TCA to create optimal exfoliation and support without undesirable irritation. If you can’t find a vitamin A that your skin loves, try an enzyme cleanser. I use a powdered enzyme with vitamin C a few times a week. You can also add a high quality salicylic cleanser just a few times a week to help with keeping your skin extra clean, pores toned, and lessen blackheads. Next, we want to make sure our skin is nice and plump! This will “fill” in fine lines, and make our under eyes and mouth area more youthful looking. Collagen serums, hyaluronic, and hydrators that prevent water loss will support this.

At Home: EGG WHITE AND SUGAR LACTIC MASK
I love the instant tone egg whites give to the face! I’ve been playing around with masks since I was a kid. I will share with you some of my favorites.

At Home: EGG WHITE TONING MASK
Whip up ONE EGG WHITE with 3 TABLESPOONS OF MILK. I prefer goat’s milk. Then softly fold in 2-2 ½ TABLESPOONS OF SUGAR. Feather onto the skin and leave on for 10-20 minutes. You will need to rinse off with warm water. I follow with a few passes of an ice cube over my face. Great before a big night or after one.

Pleasing pigment. Some of us are lucky to have a “fresh freckled” look, while others can have splotchy hyper and/or hypopigmentation. Vitamin C is a slow but effective way to support balanced pigment and should be used daily.

Arbutin is a great ingredient that is gentle but effective. It lightens the skin without thinning it out or causing redness and irritation. This spring I’m launching a treatment stick that you can apply over heavier pigment areas to lighten and reverse hyperpigmentation. You can also go the more aggressive route by using a very high hydroquinone from your dermatologist. It’s not my first choice because it’s bleaching versus changing how the skin truly acts. It’s also important to check your hormones. Some pigment is a result in hormonal surges. As far as clinical treatments go, I have historically seen that the skin responds better to peels versus lasers. Especially for darker skin types or mixed women, like me.

At Home: EGG WHITE BRIGHTEN MASK
Whip ONE EGG WHITE, 1 TEASPOON LEMON JUICE and 1 TEASPOON TUMERIC POWDER. Apply for 20 minutes and remove with warm water. If you’re applying before bed, you can gentle wipe off, apply your hydrator and go to sleep.

A healthy glow versus flushed, compromised skin. We want assure that we have healthy lymph and vascular systems, strong immunity to irritants, and a strong and thick collagen bed. To support this I have patients on a 12% B3 serum. B3 improves skins immunity functions by supporting the Langerhans cells. It helps to treat rosacea via creating this stronger immunity in the skin. It strengthens bold flow and can detox the skins of many irritants. It also promotes collagen synthesis. It also helps to regulate hydration in the skin. Sometimes flushing and rosacea can be a sign that there’s an improper balance of water in the skin.

If you aren’t getting results from homecare, check for allergies, issues with your gut, or anything that could be causing a histamine reaction.

Home Mask: NOURISHING EGG WHITE MASK
Whip together 1 EGG WHITE, 1/5 of an AVACADO, 1 TEASPOON GREEK YOGURT and a DROP of HONEY. Leave on for 15 minutes and remove with cool water.

Finally, find a great hydrator that will give you a veil of protection and will drip feed your skin all day with what your skin type needs.

Makeup can be fun way to express ourselves. Something to add to our already beautiful and healthy faces. But I promise you; it can also be an interesting shift to your routine to skip it sometimes. For some women, it can actually create a feeling of liberation. When things become routine, we sometimes lose sight as to why and how it became routine. Choice is Queen. Have fun with your face!

MIA-BELLE