Winter Skin Tips! January 06 2017
I shared some skin-saving tips to get your skin through the winter for LVBX Magazine. XO
~Winter can be harsh, but beautiful. It’s important to feed our skin what it needs with the change of the seasons.
In the Winter, we need to help protect it from the cold, dry air by creating a superior barrier, strengthening the dermis and epidermis, and target keeping in hydration and our pigment balanced.
There are a lot of go-to ingredients to feed your skin for winter, but my favorites for homecare are: time-released peptides, anti-oxidants, transforming growth factors and niacinamides.
–Energizes our cells
–New collagen synthesis
–Regulates epidermal ceramide synthesis which benefits the epidermal barrier
–Supports fully functioning stratum corneum
–Increases blood flow to the cells, increasing the nutrients to the cells
–Anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, protection from UVB rays by protecting collagen
–Protects telomeres from shortening
–Reduces lipid peroxidation
–Reduces production of melanin
–Protects from UV-A damage
–Stimulates longevity proteins called sirtuins
–Reinforces capillaries by boosting cutaneous microcirculation
–Helps maintain optimal level of hyaluronic acid to preserve suppleness and elasticity
TGF-8 growth factor:
–Equalizes skin tone and pigment
–Controls proliferation, cellular differentiation
–Strengthens proper skin functions
–Signals collagen production
–Promotes thicker, stronger skin
As far as diet goes, add more omegas and anti-oxidants to keep your skin stronger and supple head to toe. Warm up with tasty adaptogen teas to boost your immunity and mood.
You can also support your skin by running your humidifiers to combat the extra dry air. Infuse some palo santo for immunity support or nutmeg for any aches and pains. If you want to indulge in a bath, add some goat’s milk and a few drops of rose hip oil to hydrate.
Enjoy this wonderful time of year and let’s get ready to ring in the new year with strong and beautiful faces.
Our Pre-Wedding skincare plan for Louise Roe! December 13 2016
Beauty and fashion maven Louise Roe shared the bridal bootcamp we created for her!
~As you guys might already know, my wedding is just a few weeks away! I’ve had my final dress fitting and am keeping up on my workouts and healthy eating leading up to the big day, and I’m also taking extra good care of my skin to get ready for all the photographs and memories we’ll be making. Today I’m dishing on some pre-wedding skincare secrets that, in my opinion, are truly life-savers for anti-aging and for lifting your skin. My good friend Mia owns Mia Belle Skin in Beverly Hills, and she always has the newest and most effective skincare treatments that the industry has to offer. In the town where Botox is king, she helps people avoid it completely by offering natural, non-invasive ways to keep your skin youthful. Read below for info on each treatment, and make sure to book an appointment with Mia if you live in LA!
Bio Lift: This treatment uses Bio-Dynamic advanced Micro-Current energy to lift and tone the muscles of the face. It’s a pain free alternative to therapies like Ulthera and they help assist in face lifts lasting longer. Volume loss is not the major factor in the beginning signs of aging, but actually muscle laxity. The muscles sag first, then the skin. Fillers can help create an illusion of lifting but its usually not a volume issue for younger women, but its the muscle losing it’s tone. Keeping the muscles toned creates that beautiful jawline and high cheek bones that looks great in photos. Mia recommends to start with these treatments 2-3 months before a big event or wedding
This is also the BioLift, but with a smaller roller designed for the eye area. This treatment is a great alternative to botox and can be a quick lift that can last for about 4 weeks. Mia says that is a favorite with brides who might not want to experiment with Botox before the big day. Lifting the brow makes us look happier and more refreshed, this is especially helpful for brides that are stressed and not getting enough sleep while planning their wedding. On certain settings, she can even help fix bad results from Botox or filler!
This the cool fusion facial. Mia uses her custom blended beauty whips to prep the face with hydration and vitamins, delivering a luxurious, cool mist to the face. This creates an anti-inflammatory response in the skin, taking down any edema-puffiness, especially around the eye. It releases a phenomenal anti-aging response, stimulates collagen and tightens up the pores giving you and amazing glow and canvas for make-up. Many of my brides do this between 1-3 days before the wedding.
Thanks for your support Louise and trusting us with your beautiful face!
My article published my LVBX Magazine 6/21/16 June 23 2016
"Get Your Skin summer Ready!"
Most of us take great care in keeping our faces looking their best. Then, all of a sudden, we notice our body isn’t looking quite so good.
Many of my patients, like many of you reading this, want to feel empowered with knowing what we can do to get our bodies looking as vital and youthful on the outside to match how vital and youthful we feel on the inside.
There are many options for treatments, but you will get the most out of them if you prepare properly first. This is an important step many patients skip in their treatment plan.
Start four weeks prior with supporting your skin from the inside with high performing supplements such as:
Omegas: to protect from mitochondrial breakdown.
Antioxidants: to protect from cell damage and collagen and to support our connective tissues. Make sure that in particular, your digestive system, liver and adrenal glands are healthy and supported so they’re not draining your bodies natural rejuvenation processes.
Add electrolyte water and beauty foods high in vitamin A such as, sweet potatoes, carrots and butternut squash. Lessening your sodium and alcohol intake is one of the most important diet changes you can make to see a difference in the hydration of your skin.
Make sure you’re exfoliating! Our cells turn over at a slower rate each year, so we need to help inspire new cells with daily exfoliation. You can use a homemade sugar scrub, practice dry brushing, or purchase a mechanical body brush.
Exfoliating creates a prepped canvas for your topicals. I’m a huge fan of serums versus old school body lotions. Your skin can more readily absorb and utilize them. Use serums packed with fatty acids, powerful antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and vitamins, my favorites are B3, B5, C, D3, E, and K.
Add yoga or pilates to your exercise routine. You have to support all the layers of the body to have the fittest skin, from the inside bones to the epidermis. These disciplines help strengthen the connective tissues and help make everything look tight and right!
Now your skin will be ready to get the most out of clinical body treatments.
Different areas of the body tend to respond better to certain treatments or modalities.
The knees and elbows improve the most with muscle lifting treatments and peels. (Ulthera, microcurrent, cosmelan peel.)
Muscle laxity will be more visible in these areas and you need to make sure you target both the muscle and the skin to get real results.
The abdomen responds well with heat therapies such as radio frequency and ultrasound. (Thermage, venus freeze) The heat inspires the heat shock proteins and the fibroblasts to create collagen. A lot of patients want to also target fat burning in this area, but you have to consider that any volume loss can create laxity in the skin.
The thighs and buttocks respond well to heat and suction. (Viora) Make sure the suction isn’t too aggressive, this can lead to weakened blood vessels and more trauma than desired to the tissue. The suction can help lessen the appearance of cellulite and help relive water retention, creating a more pleasing aesthetic to the eye and be smoother to the touch.
Keep in mind that if you’ve had liposuction in these areas, the integrity of the tissue can be a bit compromised and you may have to be more patience before you see results.
LED treatments have become trendy for the body. You want to make sure the bulbs are binned to create the perfect therapeutic wave length for real results. The photodynamic light therapy helps regenerate the skin by stimulating collagen and elastin production. (best on market MAX LED technologies)
It has also been proven that certain wavelengths, such as 635 nanometers, can trigger the body’s own natural ability to breakdown fat; a process called lipolysis. During this process the body can release fatty acids which are then used by the body during exercise. Although, I believe it’s best utilized for skin rejuvenation.
Cryotherapy is also trending as an anti-aging skin treatment. This “cold therapy” stimulates growth factors and relieves the body of depleting inflammation. Freezing temperatures send the body into a “survival mode,” which causes blood supply to flow to the most vital organs to relay more oxygen and nutrients. All this supports and feeds the skin.
Some patients respond very well to a mix of modalities. I’ve seen great results with mixing radio frequency and CIT, or needling in the same treatment , or hand piece to tone the skin. This is also especially helpful in wound or scar revision where there’s a loss in pigment, or hypopigmentation.
Keep in mind that your body is half of the chemistry. You need to do your part in prepping for these treatments and you might have to spend a little time and money before you find what works best for you.
Remember to enjoy your body and be grateful for it everyday. Be gentle and loving to yourself, knowing that living a vital lifestyle is truly a beautiful venture.
Photo courtesy of LVBX Magazine