At times it seems as if Instagram is simply a fast-paced psychedelic buffet of influencers, funny cat videos, and memes. Every so often you will find an account that inspires you, or even better, informs you. There is one account that stands out from the crowd, and that is @MedicalMedium.
Anthony William is the man behind this account and the New York Times, bestselling author of 'Medical Medium", "Life-Changing Foods," "Thyroid Healing," and "Liver Rescue." According to his bio, Anthony was born with the unique ability to converse with Spirit of Compassion who provides him with extraordinarily accurate health information that’s often far ahead of its time. Since age four, when he shocked his family by announcing that his symptom-free grandmother had lung cancer (which medical testing soon confirmed), Anthony has been using his gift to “read” people’s conditions and tell them how to recover their health.
The Medical Medium account is a vital source of nutritional information for those looking towards natural remedies as well as a place for others to share their plant-based healing journeys. As an aesthetician, I am always interested in learning more about how I can empower my clients to support their skin health. Anthony shares a great deal of information about eczema and the struggles that his followers go through in their long healing process. One thing that I have taken from following this account is that we can change the course of our overall health and are not as entirely dependent upon steroids and pharmaceuticals as we may be led to believe. For more information about The Medical Medium head over to www.medicalmedium.com
Working with my clients to achieve optimal skin results brings me so much joy. I have the privilege to participate in and witness holistic transformations that lead to improved self-image and confidence. I want to let you in on a little secret though...It all starts on the inside.
I am not just talking about your diet and health (although that does play a part). I am referring to the "inside job" of everyday wellness which creates a beautiful life.
And morning rituals are where it all starts. How you choose to begin your day sets the tone so why not put some effort in it?
Taking 5, 10 or even 15 minutes in the morning to sit in silence and allow yourself to connect with universal energy can prepare you for your day. So often the noise from our day begins from the moment we open our eyes. We check our phones, we read emails and even reply to text messages before we have had a chance to wake up. Begin the day with a silent pause that allows you to check in with yourself.
Beginning the day with warm lemon water has endless benefits. Warm lemon water flushes the digestive system and hydrates the body. Increasing your water intake can also improve your skin quality. There is an epidemic of dehydration, and it impacts everything from digestion to energy level. Making hydration a priority in the morning will set the pace for the day.
For most of us, there are a large number of constrictions during the work week. We sit in the car, we are constricted in our work environment, and we are either in motion taking care of household needs or reclining when we arrive home in the evening. Even if we manage to fit in a yoga class or a workout we are still following someone else's direction. When do we move freely, fluidly and creatively throughout the day? Take the time to connect with your body in the morning and keep that movement flowing all throughout your day.
I'm not talking about a masterpiece here. I am saying create anything. All day long we consume food, information, noise, other people's energy...the list goes on! Create something. Start very small. Create a decadent breakfast. Create a gratitude list. Create a thank you note to send to someone in your life. Like I said, start small!
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We have all been pretty open to the idea of prevention when it comes to food and supplement choices. With skin, other than lessening our sun expose, most people do not understand the power of prevention.
Proper prevention is key to true skin-health and to keeping a youthful aesthetic to the face.
Let’s get the idea of Botox and fillers out of the way first and then we can talk about ways that we can prevent needing to chase our take more extreme measures to reverse undesirable states to our skin/face/body.
For some specific people Botox in conservative amounts can be preventative against deep prolapse – aka deeper “wrinkles” in particular areas of the face. For most people Botox will weaken the muscles of the face and create issues in the future such as drooping, a sunken look beneath the eyes or loss of tone to the muscle.
Especially if patients start too young! You are taking yourself down the rabbit hole and once you start – you will have to keep going!
When it comes to filler, you are stretching out the skin in the area you inject. We call this “pregnant face.” You’re ballooning out the skin. Which creates laxity. You’re also risking a lot of other things that will lessen the integrity of the skin, but that’s a whole other article!
You CAN reverse developments to your face without having to take risks with over-aggressive dermatological or surgical options. You may have to give it a few months but it’s worth the wait. Even if you only see a moderate improvement, we need to understand that we are preventing it from worsening and that alone is pretty amazing! It will also keep you from having “uncanny face” and you won’t have to deal with what can sometimes be horrific side effects. The professional term the medical industry uses is an “undesirable outcome.”
If you are just now starting off with your skin care plan, you’re in a better position than “undoing” habits and or past treatments. If you’re in your teens or 20’s you’re in an even more advantageous place.
(*Disclaimer: I truly believe that age is just a number and that it’s important for us to live outside of society’s programming. I’m using age here just to share what most likely one may need at different moments in life.)
It’s been studied that around 27 our skin and body start to run on different files so to speak biologically.
Before 27 you want to make sure to avoid too much sun exposure, and start taking take probiotics and omegas.
Start using products that promote proper water levels in your skin. Usually we create enough oil at this stage. You want to keep you skin strong by avoiding harsh products and over cleansing. Embrace the glow you might have – don’t force a matte look to your skin. Allow it to behave naturally. You may miss that glow later. You may also miss that “baby fat” you wanted to get rid of in your face! DO NOT buy into shrinking yourself to fit into the ridiculous skinny mold that still exists (unless you’re naturally skinny) – albeit less than in the past. When you lose a dramatic amount of fat, it returns pretty easily to the body but not the face!
Light exfoliating facials, and balancing facials will work well for you. If any acne scars show up, try needling before you try lasers.
Don’t over moisturize. Your face will stop producing what you need for moisture if you add too much to its environment.
In our next decade we want to add a very gentle form of Vitamin A.
Antioxidants and vitamin C is essential. At this point we may need to up our moisturizing game. Treatments like needling can be great when we add lighteners to address pigment issue that might be showing up. Yearly pigments peels are also helpful.
We really want to make sure that we keep our muscles toned. Micro and Nano current devices can provide amazing benefits.
In our next decade we want to maintain elasticity to the skin and make sure that all the layers of the face- the muscles to the epidermis are strong and connected.
Radio Frequency or thermal neurogenesis when used correctly can be the best option. Be very careful with lasers. Our skin is creating fewer lipids and holding less water. We also are more vulnerable to hypo/hyper pigmenting. Also be aware of any intense heat from aggressive treatments. It can cause scar tissue and or loss of fat in the face. This not only creates a loss of volume, but a loss of nutrient support to the face. Growth factors and collagen products should be adding to our routine.
Continuing on, we have to take into account hormones, more supportive supplements and possible surgical options. Patients are surprised when I mention mini or full facelifts as positive options for their future. I promise that you will look much more natural and yourself than with fillers. You need to know that there are some very talented surgeons that have very subtle and gentle procedure that allow your muscles to be placed back on the bones of the face where they once were! Not filler to puff out the face or strings to cause inflammation and swelling, but a truly artistic way to make you look like you have the face you were born with…. just 10 or 20 years earlier!
Many actresses and models get these procedures done in there 30’s. Many of these actresses and models are whom my patients say they want to look like because they look so natural. And they do look natural and just as pretty in person. Take into account that some of the great faces of the past that are thought of as a “natural beauties” had plastic surgery. Including Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe.
If you take measures to keep yourself youthful- body, mind and spirit, you may never need any type of surgery, aesthetic or otherwise. But know that the more you keep yourself strong and clean, the more options you have later on and the more successful any type for surgery will be.
My passion is to create a vital and beautiful life for myself and my patients. I believe the more we educate ourselves and the more options we have to chose from, the better our health and realities can be.
We live in a world full of amazing possibilities, let’s chose the most beautiful ones!
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
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!
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