~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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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!