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
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
Baths can be much more than just relaxing!
Baths can be truly therapeutic. I want to share with you some of my favorite baths. A recipe for headaches, cleansing, and beautifying as well as emergency baths for sunburns, leg cramps, and feminine health.
Essential oils are concentrated plant essences that have the power to inspire balance to our body and mind.
I want to share an amazing bath elixir that will help relieve energy draining headaches. Headaches can be caused by anything from seasonal allergies to anxiety and stress. Hormonal fluctuations, menstrual cycles, and lack of sleep can also cause headache tension.
The essential oil lavender is a commonly known choice to relieve stress in general but when you’re targeting a headache, we should get a bit more specific. Many of my patients suffer from sinus congestion due to internal and external stressors. Below is my favorite concoction for a treatment bath that relieves headaches due to congested sinuses.
Mix the following together then slowly pour into a warm bath.
–Peppermint oil – 10 drops
–Eucalyptus oil – 5 drops
–Sesame seed oil – 1 Tbsp.
Make sure to relax for 30 to 40 minutes to allow for the oils to do their magic. The eucalyptus oil helps decongest the airways and the sinuses while peppermint oil provides pain relief. Be aware the eucalyptus oil is a very strong, so take care not to splash the bath water in your eyes – it may cause irritation.
Goat’s milk is one of my favorite beauty gifts from Mother Nature! When I was a little girl, a local healer told me to drink a glass of goat’s milk a day and that I would always stay young. I still add it to my shakes and I love using it on my skin. It’s an ingredient that has become more popular in the past few years. It creates a transforming beauty bath when you immerse yourself in a tub filled with warm water and 2-4 cups of organic goat’s milk.
It will help soften and smooth your skin. Milk contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that can help loosen the bonds that hold onto old, dead skin cells. Your skin will feel silky smooth and look brighter! A milk bath helps exfoliate your skin without any scrubbing, so if your like me and can’t handle dry brushing or harsh scrubs, you don’t have to worry about irritating your skin but will still get the smooth results.
You now have a clean canvas so your products penetrate the skin more effectively, so your moisturizer does a better job of keeping your skin hydrated. Milk also contains fats and proteins that can help boost your skin’s moisture even after you’re done soaking.
It’s also uber calming! The proteins whey and casein found in milk, as well as the amino acids, lactic acid and vitamins A, D and E, all work together to help reduce redness and itchiness. Great emergency soak if you get a dose of poison oak on a vacation!
Epsom salt is rich in both magnesium and sulfate. Magnesium and sulfate can be easily absorbed through the skin and taken up into the bloodstream, so it’s an excellent external way to detox and get out any harmful and unnatural substances.
This bath stimulates your lymph system and encourages increased oxygen and blood flow to your body. Sulfates stimulate the pancreas to form digestive enzymes necessary to detoxify the body. The soak also neutralizes toxins, protecting the body from heavy metals.
Magnesium in the Epson salts are uplifting to our mood because deficiencies in magnesium can cause significant damage to nerves, which manifest in symptoms associated with depression. Magnesium salt also promotes gastric activity in the intestines, which provides a laxative effect. The stimulation of movement in the gut and colon further promotes detoxification processes.
The Sulfates are beneficial for the health of joints, skin, and nervous tissue. Sulfates also bind toxic impurities in the liver to render them less hazardous.
Spend at least 40 minutes to soak in the tub. Allow 20 minutes of treatment to pull toxins out of your body through the skin. The second 20 minutes allows for the absorption of minerals to occur. 1- ½ cups for a full bath.
Quick Cramp Relief:
A muscle often locks up for no apparent reason; the root cause is a chemical signal from the nervous system that tells the muscle to contract. You’re probably running low on potassium, magnesium, and calcium – the minerals that help to regulate activity in your nerves and muscles. Many people that suffer from chronic cramping know to sip on some tonic water before bedtime because it contains quinine. This can be beneficial to sip on but also can be used as a soak. A Tonic Water bath a great way to help you get through the night f you’re on vacation or traveling for work. Head straight to the mini bar and grab a few tonic waters and add it to your bath. You should feel a bit of relief shortly!
Apple Cider Vinegar contains antiseptic properties that kill germs and relieve pain. It also helps to balance the pH of sunburned skin and reduces the blisters after burning. It acts as an astringent that shrinks or constricts the blood tissues which in turn reduces the inflammation caused by sunburn, creating instant relief. Apple cider vinegar acts as a wonderful cooling and moisturizing agent that makes the skin release the pent-up heat.
Apple Cider Vinegar or ACV to us hippies is rich in B-vitamins, Vitamin C and trace minerals, making it nourishing to skin.
Added benefit: it will also make you smell sweeter! It will help kill the bacteria that contribute to body odor and create an environment where odor is less likely to thrive in the future.
For sunburn relief, add 2 cups of Apple Cider Vinegar to a full bath and soak for 10 -20 minutes.
Baking soda baths are a useful remedy to fight against many feminine health issues as it maintains a pH balance in the body. Anything that upsets the pH of your vagina will worsen the situation. Substances like semen or menstrual blood are Alkaline. A sitz bath with baking soda, which buffers pH levels, can help reduce the pH of your vagina and decrease the irritation.
A full bath can also help soften your skin and also remove chlorine from your skin and hair.
Add 3 tablespoon to sitz bath- about 2-3 inches high in water or 6 tablespoons to a full bath. Soak for 20 minutes.
I hope these baths inspire you to take the time for self care and relaxation for you to create the true whole body health you deserve.
~My article was also published by LVBX Magazine.
Among the sundry disappointments of 2016, it was supposed to be the year I was going to stop picking zits and cruising for blackheads. From January 1 forward, I was never going to fall asleep without washing my face, and I was going to do a detox mask at least once a week, followed by a hydration mask, followed by some sort of spray made out of ocean water and ground up dinosaur bones. It was the year I was going to be a grown-ass woman and fall in step with Alicia Keys’ no-makeup movement.
But of course, you know how that story goes. Life gets in the way, and you can’t help but touch your face after eating fries (or help but eat fries, period). The inevitable disappointment of your acne not magically disappearing after a single mask rattles your confidence in the entire skincare industry, and besides, popping zits is disturbingly pleasurable.
Enter Mia Belle, who’d like to have some real talk about the way we treat our skin and stop our obsessions with quick fixes. The paramedical aesthetician set up her practice in Beverly Hills a year and a half ago and has built up a super devoted clientele that can’t get enough of her holistic approach to treating skin in a way that is highly specific to you and your lifestyle. Raised in the South Bay near San Jose, Mia grew up a “hippie at heart, but also a big geek,” fascinated by beauty products and aromatherapy, but with an abiding interest in physics and and chemistry in school; it was these two seemingly separate interests that formed the tracks upon which her career path would follow.
After high school, Mia attended the famed Esalen Institute in Big Sur, where she studied energy healing and massage, and then followed that up with courses at UCLA on chemistry and what goes into creating skincare products. All the while, Mia was pursuing her love of travel while expanding her education, consulting with renowned skincare specialists in Montreal, Paris, London, Norway and Iceland. She went on to work in some of the top dermatology centers in Los Angeles, such as Ole Henriksen and Lancer Dermatology. But after working closely in an industry that was increasingly becoming enamored with fillers and lasers, Mia became more committed than ever to what she views as the most effective way of treating your skin: holistic methods that change your skin on a molecular level. What does this mean, exactly? Well, for starters, it begins with your bone marrow: “You have to think of the bone structure first. When you age, the bone starts to thin, then the muscle starts to shift off the bone, and then the fascia tissue and the muscle starts to weaken, and then the fat on top of the muscle gets thinner, and then the epidermis isn't working right, and then the dermis, so you have to hit all of those layers of the face. You have to think of what's going on each level that is hitting it. It's just like a house. You don't want to just change the paint on the house and then you have a foundation and pipes that don't work.”
This philosophical backbone of Mia’s practice, coupled with her insistence on focused, attentive relationships with her clients, draws a stark parallel to a dominant “medspa” skincare industry focused on quick, short-term results. She’s been featured on Oprah, Extra and Access Hollywood, and she talked with Girlboss recently about her unique methods, how she goes about building such strong relationships with her clients, things you can do to keep your skin from hating you when you travel, and what’s in store next:
So, you’re a little bit of a renegade when it comes to skincare, and that’s a lot of what sets you apart. The industry is pushing botox, and you’re pushing bone marrow health. As a business person, how do you get people on board with your methods when there are so many experts advocating for lasers and injections?
Everyone's doing Botox and filler at 19, and crazy lasers that do nothing for you. They make you look great for a month and then it makes you look horrible six months later. That was my reason for opening up my own clinic; [at the previous places I worked it was always] "Everyone get everything done every other week, and just sell, sell, sell." I didn't feel like it was right, so that's why I opened up my own place. I think the number one thing that I do is I really try to educate my patients about what I'm doing and why and empowering them to figure out to intuitively take care of their health on every level. I don't just say to someone, "Stop eating this. Do this." I tell them, "Listen to your body. Let's try this, let's try that." I make them be a part of it. I think that's how I gain their trust and how they get their results.
It really is a holistic process of the skin. You're taking into consideration the genetic background of somebody, their stress levels, their lifestyles, their hormones, their food, everything. For me, what I felt was missing was that no one had an imagination, no one was into making the treatments and products super individualized, which is so important. Because someone comes to me with rosacea, say, and every product line out there has these two things you're supposed to use, and every derm tells them there are two lasers you're supposed to use. But in fact, everyone has to be treated in such a different way.
Dermal Bonding is something you developed for your practice. How do you describe it to prospective or new clients?
Obviously, when people come in, they want to aesthetically look better. That's the number one thing. They don't want to have the fine lines, or they feel dry or they have acne. I know it's a broad term, but it's just for me to be like, “OK, so you have acne, but why?” Because it's a symptom. If you have blackheads, why do you have blackheads? You're not holding enough water or you're not holding enough oil or it’s a hormone thing or it’s a blood thing. You have to not just treat the symptom of things; you have to really go after the cause or you're not going to change the skin on that molecular level.
That being said, it is harder as a business model in a sense, because you have to commit more time with me. We're going to try to really change your skin. It's not going to happen in one session.
Do you sense that other people are following your lead and that there could be a shift in the way dermatology practices go about treating patients? Or are you pretty much a lone rebel out there?
I'm very fortunate because I work for myself, so I don't have to answer to a doctor or a corporation. I will say, there are one or two doctors here in Beverly Hills that are plastic surgeons that actually kind of are on the same page. Together, we're trying to create a new voice in the industry, because the fact of the matter is that filler is horrible for your face. People don't want to say that in our industry, because it's such a big money maker and everyone gets mad at you. People don't want to say lasers are really ineffective, but they're so ineffective. But again, you're talking against your colleagues and you're talking against these big companies.
I think you have to be delicate about it. It’s all about education. You have to educate people. I'm lucky because being in Southern California, especially Beverly Hills, my patients are savvy. That's why they like working with me. They've gone through all the BS. They could go anywhere, they could pay anybody, they could fly to Paris for their treatment, but they come to me because they respect the fact that I do make an individual choice for them. I empower them with education and so then they get it, they get what I do.
What have been some of the biggest challenges of building your business, and specifically, one that goes against industry norms?
Again, it comes back to education. People will read something online and they think something's great and every big company is going to advertise that same laser, or every person's going to do it on TV. I don't know if it's a challenge, but I think the most important thing that I've found in making my business successful is being able to build a true relationship with somebody and having that trust. If you work in a corporate setting with what I do with service and health, it's really hard to create that trusting relationship in those atmospheres. You have to create a relationship with somebody that's actually authentic and not just me flashing smoke and mirrors, or a red carpet facial that makes you look pretty for two seconds. In the past, that’s what people would do, right? I think it's about building a really authentic, invested relationship with the right audience.
You’re a one-woman show—you book all your own appointments, handle all of the business aspects of things, and of course, create treatment plans. What happens when this grows to a point where you can’t do it all?
Rather than me having a bunch of people work under me, I'd rather educate other new skin care professionals, because I don't think of it as a competition. I think the more of us that are doing good work, the stronger it makes the industry. I'm going to start educating and doing classes and things like that for other estheticians all around the world. I just got back from Australia where I trained people in Sydney for a week, actually. I think people in my industry who are first drawn to it really do want to help people and they want to give people results; that's why we're in the industry, right? My passion lies more is empowering other people.
Speaking of Australia, that’s a long-ass flight. How do you take care of your skin when you’re traveling?
It's about protecting it from environmental stresses. When I was in Australia, the ozone layer is depleted and the sun there is like nothing I've ever experienced in my life. You have to take stuff like that into consideration. I always make sure that I have a veil on my skin so I'm not getting the dry air and the germs. And of course, sleep. Sleep is so number one. Get it while you can. Try to sleep on the plane. Try to take a little nap in the Uber. You want to just take little cat naps if you can, because otherwise your body doesn't have time to repair. It's a lot of stress on your body when you're traveling. You're switching time zones, you're changing electromagnetic grids on the planet, it's a big deal on your body.
Any advice you can pass on to girls looking to strike out and start something on their own?
Just do it. I really, honestly believe that if you have passion for what you do, that if you're good at what you do and you come from an authentic place, you will attract patients or clients. It's so hard to have your own individual voice when you work under other people. I think clients and patients are so hungry to be with technicians or doctors that really believe in them and that have an authentic agenda. I do. It's priceless and you will be successful if you stay true to who you are, always. That's your brand. Your authenticity, that's your brand.