How To Choose The Right Hydration for the Season

As we reach for different, more hydrating skin care products to off set the dry, cold air of this season, I would like to highlight some skin care ingredients you should be introducing, and point out which ingredients that could be sabotaging your efforts at obtaining smooth clear skin.

Reading labels and choosing clean green products play an important part in maintaining a clear glowing complexion. I realize navigating your way through an ingredient list can be intimidating with so many long and often unpronounceable scientific words. Keep in mind the first 5 ingredients will make up the bulk of the formula. That is most often where the hydrating ingredients will be listed. One bonus of choosing green beauty products, is the labels are much easier to read!

Watch out for ingredients like Phthalates and Parabens as they play different roles in their outcome of how they affect your skin. They both enter the blood stream through absorption of the skin and as a result, are proven to alter hormonal balance in our bodies and act as endocrine system disruptors. Those of you who suffer from acne breakouts close to your period should be extra cautious to choose clean, non-toxic beauty products! When reading labels watch out for Phthalates as they are usually noted on ingredient lists as acronyms like DBP (dibutylphthalate) and DMP (dimethylphthalate). Parabens are usually easier to spot as the word “paraben” will be within the ingredient listed like Methylparaben, and Ethylparaben to name a few.

Another ingredient to be aware of is Propylene Glycol. This is a strong skin irritant, and has been implicated in contact dermatitis. The ingredient can inhibit skin cell growth and damage cell membranes, causing rashes, dry skin, and surface damage. Definitely not what we want in our skin care products if we are looking to promote healthy glowing skin.

Did you know that our skin needs 70% water and 30% oil to maintain its balance? So, what can we do to have happy healthy and balanced skin? Apart from drinking half our body weight in ounces of clean filtered water daily. A great choice to increase water content in the skin is Hyaluronic Acid!  

This is an amazing ingredient to look for in facial products. The name makes it look like it could be really aggressive and irritating, but it’s not. It is naturally found in our skin and has the ability to hold 1000 times it’s weight in water! As we age our cells loose the ability to hold moisture, because our natural stores decline. Applying Hyaluronic Acid products daily will help plump the surface of the skin and soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Adding this to your skincare routine will make your skin feel hydrated, soft and comfortable in the cold winter months. Find this on the ingredient list as Sodium Hyaluronate and Hyaluronic Acid.

Providing your skin with ultimate hydration can have positive impact, especially for oily, problematic skin. The belief that drying out the skin’s surface will assist in clearing up acne breakouts, is not the case! Dryness and dehydration can cause your skin to overproduce oil, which in turn, can aggravate problem skin. This condition of dehydrated, tight skin will hold on to blackheads and make them nearly impossible to remove! if you want to get the most out of your facials, and have nice clear glowing skin, it’s imperative to keep your skin hydrated with the right water to oil ratio. Applying the right oils and moisturizers topically, will help to soften skin along with loosening congestion like blackheads, making them easier to remove. When a blemish is left in the skin to fester for too long, inflammation can damage the surrounding cells and stretch out the pore. These two elements combined with time, could leave behind an unsightly scar. Who wants that? Nobody!

I need to talk about coconut oil, ahhh we all love coconut oil. It is super trendy, everyone is using it! Cooking with it, and slathering it on head to toe. It is a fantastic moisturizer for those with severely dry skin with absolutely no risk of developing acne. Read your skin care product ingredient list, as it can be hidden in your products under different names, look for Butylene Glycol Cocoate, Caprylic/Capric/Coco Glycerides, and Cocoglycerides just to name a few.

For those of you who break out, but want all the wonderful antibacterial benefits of coconut oil, look for MCT oil; which stands for Medium Chain Triglyceride. It is the unsaturated version of coconut oil, that is liquid at room temperature. I personally love this oil, it is odourless, doesn’t stain, and absorbs completely with no oily residue. Read the labels as there are some MCT oils that are made from sunflower seed. This is still ok to apply on acne prone skin, but with out the added antibacterial, antifungal benefits. MCT oil in products is labeled as Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride.

Pro Tip: For the ultimate hydration boost, always apply oil, serum, or moisturizer on top of moist skin! Using a alcohol free toning mist makes this an easy thing to do. Just spray and work quickly before the mist evaporates, and apply your first layer of hydration. I recommend applying the lightest texture serum to the heaviest cream.

One last thing on oils, you only need a 1-4 drops! You would need less if your skin is oily, more if your skin is dry. Using too much of a good thing can sabotage your beautiful complexion, so use oil sparingly.

I hope this helps you find comfort in the cold dry winter months ahead. Please contact me if you have any additional questions! I’m here to help!

Yours truly, Mei-Lana RHN

Sculptural Face Lifting Massage will make you Sparkle like Megan Markle 

I heard a rumour months ago… that Megan Markle and many celebrities have been using Sculptural Face Lifting Massage to achieve a princess worthy glow for years. This treatment is now available at Glow with Mei!! 

I’m convinced that if it wasn’t for Meghan Markle announcing to the press that her secret to maintaining her youthful complexion, was Sculptural Face Lifting Massage, than this type of treatment wouldn’t be so popular today. With Meghan having been an actress prior to her now being a part of the royal family, it all makes complete sense to me.  Most actresses prefer holistic alternatives to invasive surgical lifting procedures to keep their appearances up, as they need to keep all their face muscles in working order to accentuate strong facial expressions. Crucial for their Oscar winning performances.

Sculptural Face Lifting Massage has been dubbed as “nature’s answer to botox and filler” The facial fitness achieved strengthens muscles, to lift the face and correct it’s form and remove unnecessary sagging. This technique is taught by Yakov Gershkovich, a leading specialist in the field of facial aesthetic’s in Israel and a recognized authority on natural rejuvenation and facial manipulation worldwide. 

He is the god of face massage! This massage technique works the muscle tissue, ligaments and bones from the chest up to the forehead, bringing increased blood circulation, which provides the dermal layers with oxygen and nutrients. This is a deep tissue massage and with the inclusion of intra-oral (Buccal) massage where the cheek muscles are massaged simultaneously, inside and out from within the oral cavity. 

With continuous application of this massage technique, you will see muscle tone and elasticity be restored. Skin becomes smoother with the natural production of collagen, which reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and improves skin texture. The natural shape of the face becomes more defined, lifted, with a more youthful appearance, as well as releasing muscle tension.

When we look good we feel good. There is an interconnection between the way feel and how we look. Some believe that a build up of negative emotions are stored in our muscles over our lifetime, which can have an impact on how we look.  Sculptural Face Lifting Massage works on a much deeper level.  By working out the kinks in the muscles and facial structure, it can provide an enormous emotional release, improve overall health and wellbeing. 

If your ready to sparkle like Meghan Markle, try this one of a kind Face Lifting Massage for yourself! Book your treatment today! http://glowwithmei.com/appointments.html 

Yours truly,

Mei xo

What is CBD? Why You Need To Use It For Healthy Skin

Ready to dip your toes into the CBD oil trend? By now, we’ve all become aware of the fact that there are healing properties in medicinal cannabis. It’s a hot topic right now, it’s everywhere. But what exactly does it do? And more so, what can it do for your skin?

CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is extracted from the cannabis sativa plant. Not to be confused with the other compound extracted from the same plant, THC, the psychoactive component that gets you stoned. One thing you need to know is that, CBD will NOT get you high!

Let me start by sharing with you why I started using CBD products. I have mentioned in other blog posts about how I’m a night owl and how I ALWAYS have to force myself to go to sleep at a reasonable time. It almost feels like I get a second wind at night and find it hard to wind down, even after I drink my sleepy tea! At one point, My doctor even prescribed sleeping pills, but I chose not to take them to avoid feeling groggy and who wants to take prescription meds if you don’t have to right?!

I had a friend tell me about her experience with taking CBD at night to relieve her anxiety and help her sleep. I gave it a try, and wow I have to say, it works AMAZINGLY for me! I take it an hour before I want to get to sleep and it results in the best “sleeping beauty” type of sleep and arising feeling super refreshed, not groggy at all the next day. LOVE LOVE.

Shortly after my positive experiences with CBD began, Seaflora Wild Organic Seaweed Skincare, (the line I use in my treatment room) launched their topical CBD products. I was stoked!

In the beauty industry, topical CBD has proven to be a very useful ingredient as it’s anti-inflammatory properties and essential fatty acids help to prevent oxidative stress on the skin. It offers a lot of the same properties as retinoids, but unlike retinoids, does not cause excessive flaking and inflammation as the skin acclimates to treatment. This renders the addition of CBD in beauty products to be much more therapeutic as well as age-defying.

Research suggests that CBD can reduce the occurrence of acne breakouts! It has the ability to limit and regulate sebum production, preventing excessive amounts of oils mixing with dirt and pollution which creates and initiates acne. This research by Olah et al., 2014, suggests that CBD prevented human cebocytes (the cells that produce sebum) from producing too much sebum. (1)

There’s more…CBD has pain killing properties! This makes topical application of CBD great for post workouts, sprains and strains and arthritis. It also reduces swelling and inflammation. So I needed to try this out for myself and I started testing them on my sore muscles after my hard workouts and I have also taken the Seaflora CBD oil to my massage therapist to use on me. I find CBD works great! Yay! I feel the difference, I recover faster from my work outs and my massages are elevated to a even more therapeutic, tension relieving treatment.

Speaking of therapeutic, be sure to only buy CBD products from trusted retailers to ensure quality and efficacy. Purchasing CBD products from a convenience store or gas station is risky as you could be purchasing fake, potentially toxic CBD that is not safe for you, or anyone for that matter. CBD in Canada must come from a licensed producer registered in the country to be considered legal. Seaflora Skincare only purchases CO2 extracted CBD Isolate, from Organic Hemp from local Licensed Producers. CBD isolate, which is CO2 extracted has no chemical residue and is used because it offers the most potent and bioavailable penetration when applied topically.

Here are the reported skin benefits:

  • Improved moisturization
  • Improved skin barrier
  • Skin soothing/anti-inflammatory
  • Antipruritic
  • Acne/oil control
  • Treating psoriasis/atopic dermatitis
  • Enhanced skin repair and cell regeneration
  • Anti-aging effects
  • Stronger hair follicles and overall healthier hair
  • Reduced stress, anxiety and their direct effects
  • Improved skin health and appearance
  • Reduce the appearance of dark spots

Sounds like we have a superhero, multi-use product to add to our medicine cabinets! Right?

Yours Truly,
Mei-Lana Chow RHN xoxo

My Top 10 Tips on How to Keep your Skin Clear: Naturally

I’m dedicating this post for all my clients who have faced challenges in their quest to have clear, bright radiant skin! What I love most about being a Skincare Specialist and Holistic Nutritionist, is that I have built long lasting relationships with you, my clients, and that we get to work together, to uncover the things that could be dulling your overall glow. I’m reaching beyond what happens in the Natural Facial treatment room, to what is happening in your kitchen, everyday.

Keep in mind…Healthy, well nourished skin requires less work!

Have you ever considered that perhaps what you eat on a daily basis can have an effect on your skin?

Think of this scenario, you go to a birthday party, and eat that delicious birthday cake or indulge in a yummy cheesy piece of lasagna and wake up the next day with a new blemish or rosacea flare up? The truth is, that having clear skin might all lie in the food choices you make every day.

The body is always looking to achieve homeostasis. When our bodies are low on nutrients, exposed to allergens and dehydrated, our skin can look sallow and dull. When we have an abundance of the right nutrients and ultimate hydration, our bodies function optimally and our skin will GLOW. Glowing skin is always smoother, brighter, with less wrinkles, less red rough patches, and less brown spots.

Lifestyle, food choices, overall hydration and genetics play a role on your glowing compexion. Your skin at the end of the day is a reflection of your internal health.

I encourage you to eat whole, unrefined, unprocessed foods that have all the vital nutrients in complete balance, which aids in proper assimilation and absorption. Your skin has a better chance looking smooth and radiant with removing the sludgy residue that junk food, trans fats, sugar and conventional dairy leaves behind. When your digestive system is running smoothly with good quality foods and there are no food sensitives at play, you can usually get away with little indulgences. We all need to live a little right?

Below I give you my top 10 tips on how to gain more control on your glow! Hope you’re ready for the challenge, I have faith in you that you can make these adjustments to your daily life to see the results you deserve. Clear Radiant skin!

  1. Eat more fresh veggies and fruit, this keeps your skin hydrated and provides antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, crucial for smooth radiant skin. Also add foods that correct acne problems like turmeric, ginger, green tea, nuts, dark purple and red foods like grapes, berries, beets, carrots dark green like kale and spinach. Check out my blog Eat Like Your Skin Depends On It for more information on how to eat clean.
  2. Keep a food journal. You bite it, You write it! Keeping track of everything you eat can assist you in recognizing what your body is reacting to. Write down what you eat, and also how you feel (stress level), skin reactions, and frequency of bowel movements. Sometimes it takes 24-48 hours for symptoms like pimples and rashes to surface. Looking back on your food journal will help provide insight and remind you of what you ate. One thing to note here, is that stress shuts down the digestive system. Learning to manage stress and release one self from anxiety and worry can be a key to healing the body. Meditation, and exercise can help with this.
  3. Elimination diet. Once you have an idea about what foods you react to, you can then eliminate one by one and test out how you look and feel. Contact me for additional information on this process.
  4. Consider doing a liver cleanse. Spring time is wonderful time to this. The signs of an over loaded liver can show up on your face with acne, blotches and eczema. I recommend CanPrev Detox-Pro or Sisu Milk Thistle complex supplements for a minimum of 3 weeks. These supplements along with consuming liver supporting foods like broccoli sprouts, garlic, artichoke, greens and beets and the elimination of sugar, gluten, alcohol, dairy and caffeine.
  5. Watch sugar consumption. For most people the combination of refined wheat and white sugar can be the worst! Avoid cakes and pastries etc if you want to have smooth, firm skin. Simple sugars spike blood sugar, increases insulin and throws hormones off balance which can result in acne breakouts. Sugar is also the one thing that breaks down the skin structure as it hardens and snaps collagen peptides resulting in loose sagging skin.
  6. Stay away from dairy. It’s confirmed, dairy causes acne. Try cutting out ALL dairy (even in your morning coffee) for 2 weeks and check out the difference it has on your skin!
  7. Take digestive enzymes, especially when consuming foods in question or you know cause digestive upsets or breakouts. This will help to prevent excess stress on the digestive system which translates into less stress that shows up on your face.
  8. Increase healthy anti inflammatory fats like Omega 3 fish oil and omega 6 Evening Primrose Oil. I recommend Bend skincare. The Anti-Aging formula will calm inflammation in the body and allow the healing process to begin. Then as it heals itself, support its rebuilding by using Marine collagen + Co-Factors to support the strengthening of collagen structures of your skin to improve its overall condition and tone. Contact me if you are interested in purchasing.
  9. Take acne fighting supplements like Evening Primerose Oil 1000-1500 2xdaily – Zinc Citrate 30mg daily – Vitamin A 25,000 IU a day *only 3 months* Not while pregnant – Vitamin E mix tocopherols *not alpha tocopherol* 400 IU daily – Vitamin D 1000 IU daily – Probitoic, especially with Lactobacillus acidophilus (I recommend Progressive: Perfect Probiotic with Prebiotic Regular strength)
  10. Don’t touch or pick your face! This is where Deep Cleansing Natural Facials come in to play, ultimately helping to prevent scaring and manage clogging’s so you don’t have to pick and dig at your own skin. Let the professionals take care of tricky extractions! Also, keep your cell phone clean by wiping it down with alcohol, wash eye glasses and sunglasses with dish soap everyday and change pillow cases often.

This process can feel like its taking forever to see results, but trust me, good things come to those who are persistent and have patience. This approach is not a bandaid effect like most conventional methods, this is you getting to know your body and what it reacts to. That way you will gain the personal power of choice and control what you expose your body to!

Boost your efforts with additional guidance from me! Please don’t hesitate to reach out. I’m here to help you through this whole process. I want to see you glow with confidence and beauty for many years to come!

Yours Truly,
Mei-Lana Chow RHN xoxo

Curious? What LED Light can do for you!

For those of you who know me from working at the Dermatology clinic, KNOW that I am a firm believer in the benefits of light energy for skincare rehabilitation.

The light treatment I will be obsessing over in this blog post with you is …LED!  Light Emitting Diode.
OK I know…You may be asking yourself, “What can LED light therapy do for me?”  Let me give you the details.

The lights are computer chips encased in a glass like resin. These “bulbs” emit therapeutic coloured wavelengths of light energy. This light therapy is not ultra violet so it doesn’t damage skin, instead it stimulates your skin to rejuvenate itself! It was originally developed to rehabilitate and encourage the healing of skin due to trauma, like burns or surgery.

Here is the cool part, the light energy is translated into ATP (adenosine triphosphate) inside your skin cells, which is the fuel that the cell uses to do its job. The ATP is used by fibroblast cells in the dermis layer which have the job of producing collagen (which give the skin fullness or that plumped look) and elastin (which give the skin the ability to bounce back). Sounds great right? That’s not all, the light also stimulates Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) which is the body’s most powerful natural antioxidant enzyme that plays a critical role in reducing the oxidative damage and inflammation.

What??!! LED gives the cells a ‘full tank of fuel’ and these fibroblast cells start to produce collagen and elastin like when we were 20-25 years old,” Sounds freaking awesome to me!… How does that sound to you?

Different colours of light will promote different reactions in your skin. It’s scientifically proven that Red Light Rays stimulate collagen and elastin production by increasing the blood circulation. This translates to less wrinkles, sagging skin and reduces sun damage!!

The blue rays are proven to kill acne-causing bacteria which results in a speedy elimination of acne breakouts and a prevention of new acne breakouts! With both the Red & Blue lights you can say bye bye to those nasty pimples!

Here are the health benefits of each of the 7 settings below:

  • Red – Stimulates the growth of collagen. Collagen is an essential protein that used to repair damaged tissues and to repair the old tissues. This helps with removing fine lines, shrinking pores, reducing wrinkles, saggy skin & healing acne.
  • Blue – Bacteria in acne contains Porphyrins; because of the high affinity with wave length, the blue light is able to kill Porphyrins. In addition, the blue light is very effective for hypersensitivity.
  • Green – Balances your skin pigment, reduces fine lines, improves aging skin, speeds up the healing process of wounds, and lightens the skin.
  • Yellow – Improves the exchange of oxygen in the skin cells with it’s special 590mm wavelength. Corrects decomposing pigment, promotes lymphatic drainage, improves rough skin.
  • Purple – Combines the benefits of both the red light and blue light! This mode is particularly effective at removing acne!
  • Clear Blue – Enhances cell energy gradually, and has an amazing metabolism facilitating effect!

My knowledge on light and laser therapy goes back 12 years and have I extensive experience at using this technology. I am confident you will want to add this to every facial you receive from now on!
LED Photon Therapy is the latest beauty trend, and is now available at Glow with Mei.

Book your LED Micro GLOW Facial today! or Add this popular light treatment to any facial (in place of the mask) for $50
Consistency of exposure to the LED light accelerates and is necessary to see results. Recommended protocol depends on severity of skin condition being treated. 20 to 30 treatments may be required along with appropriate home care protocol to obtain ultimate results. Consultation is required.

LED light 30mins- $65

Package of 10 $520 – 2 free!
Package of 5  $260 – 1 free!

I look forward to seeing you soon!
Mei-Lana Chow RHN xoxo

Seed Cycling: The Natural Cure for Hormonal Breakouts?

Seed Cycling: The Natural Cure for Hormonal Breakouts?

In my 18 years of Aesthetics I have seen how many of my clients have tried to manage hormonal breakouts with birth control pills and topical prescriptions. Sadly, these methods just mask the root cause of the symptoms.

Don’t give up! There’s more you can do to have a balanced body and clear skin!

Could something as simple as eating SEEDS, help to balance hormones naturally?

GOOD BYE, mood swings, bloating, cramping, PMS and hormonal acne?

HELLO, happy days and smooth glowing skin?

What IS Seed Cycling anyway?

Flax, pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame seeds are rotated throughout the month. The concept behind the cycling is that the seeds contain lignan’s that help to bind and excrete excess hormones. On the other hand they also, contain minerals, vitamins and essential fatty acids that support the production of hormones at different phases of your cycle.

Eating seeds in a certain format can ultimately help your body find balance! The result? A more even mood and clear radiant skin!

Basic principles:

Estrogen and progesterone balance are key to healthy body. Too little estrogen can lead to a thin uterine lining or a lack of ovulation and too much estrogen can cause irregular periods, depression and PMS symptoms.  Progesterone is essential for getting pregnant and sustaining pregnancy, a deficiency has been linked to symptoms of PMS, fatigue, irregular periods and recurrent miscarriages.

Ok, with that said…

The female body is dominated by estrogen for the first half (day 1-14) of the cycle, and the later half (days 15-28) is dominated by progesterone.

Seeds for Estrogen Days 1-14:

Flax and pumpkin seeds are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which allow the smooth transmission of hormones throughout the body.

Flax contains lignans, which blocks the absorption of and assists the elimination of excess estrogen out of the body.

The high zinc, calcium and magnesium content in pumpkin seeds allows the body to release progesterone, reduce cramping and clear the skin.

The combination of these two processes allows for the balance between the two hormones.

Seeds for Progesterone Days 15-28:

During the second half of the cycle, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds will encourage the production of progesterone.

Sesame seeds are high in zinc, calcium and omega 6 fatty acids which are essential to progesterone production. As well as, reducing acne, headaches, cramping.

Sunflower seeds are rich in Vitamin B6 and selenium which support the liver, having a positive effect on the reduction of breakouts and removing excess hormones and toxins. Also rich in magnesium, which works with calcium to reduce cramps and calm mood. Just like the flax seeds the lignans in the sesame seeds deter excess estrogen production.

Keep in mind, this part is very important! ONLY consume the seeds appropriate for your cycle on the given weeks. Aim to avoid sunflower and sesame seeds during the first half of your cycle and pumpkin and flax seeds during the second half.

Look for raw, unsalted versions of each of the seeds mentioned above. The first 14 days of your cycle have one tablespoon each of ground flax seeds and ground pumpkin seeds daily. In the latter half of your cycle, work in one tablespoon each of ground raw sesame seeds and sunflower seeds. Grinding the seeds breaks down the tough outer layers and makes their nutrients more easily accessible to the body.

Add to smoothies, salads or soups or even blend with water or juice for a quick drink. Make a sauce, salad dressing or your own tahini or seed butter. Go ahead, get creative!

Smoothies, dips/spreads, dressings, sprinkle on yogurt, salads are great vehicles for your seed regimen.

Daily dosages:

Days 1 -14 add 1tbsp. of ground flax meal and 1 tbsp. of pumpkin seeds.

On Days 15-28 add 1 tbsp. sesame seeds and 1 tbsp. of sunflower seeds.

 

For extra support add 1500 mg of fish oil (EPA+DHA) to days 1-14

Add evening prime rose oil (EPO) to days 15-28

And ONE last suggestion!

Did you know Paraben’s, phthalate’s, and artificial fragrances etc. found in every day beauty products absorb through your skin, alter the natural rhythm of hormones and are also toxic? Scary right?

So, if you’re going to give seed cycling a go, I would highly recommend  switching to (if you haven’t already) natural facial products, and only go for organic holistic facials, which prevent further alteration of your hormones.

Hormones can take a while to balance using natural methods, be patient and give yourself at least 3 months.

Please! Let me know how you do, or if you have any questions. I’m here to help!

glowwithmei@gmail.com

Yours truely,

Mei-Lana Chow RHN

Top 6 Healthy Habits to Make you Glow

Anyone who knows me well, will say… Mei is all about living life to the fullest and has zero room for missing opportunities!  I always say or do anything that makes me feel like I’m on the right path of being and owning my authentic self. No regrets; sometimes fast, sometimes slow.

When I was super young my Mum used to say to me… Mei-Lana listen to your body! If you’re tired, sleep! If you’re hungry eat!

This used to annoy me. Because I was always too caught up, living in the moment, way too BUSY to listen to my own body.

Now…fast forward… to my time I spent in the CSNN class room. Where I learned that nutritional deficiencies are the root cause of most diseases.

Here’s the deal: With what I learned, we all have habits that deplete our bodies of specific amino acids, minerals and vitamins.

Excessive sun exposure will break down our skin and cause free radical damage. Drinking alcohol will rid the body of B vitamins (the list goes on). Exercise will burn sugars, but we need protein to rehabilitate and rebuild our bodies.

If we pay attention (like listen to our bodies) it will give us signs and symptoms
in which we can help ourselves to heal and replenish.

Today I would like to share with you, My Top 6 Healthy Habits.
Here’s the deaI, I incorporate these easy habits into my life every day… to achieve my ultimate glow! Get your glow on, and join me!

  1. I eat greens at every meal.
  2. I wash my face every night.
  3. At home, cook with high flash point oils, like grape seed oil, coconut.
  4. I eat fermented foods and take a probiotic, and Vitamin B complex every day.
  5. I slow down and recoginze how to be grateful and positive; Its really your choice.
  6. I apply honey to my face every other night.

Soothe your skin and your gut

Hello Friends and Beauty Enthusiasts!

My name is Mei-Lana. Thank you for dropping in on my first blog post!

I have been working as an Aesthetician for 16 years, 10 of those years as a Medical Aesthetician at a Dermatologist office in Toronto. I am also Registered Holistic Nutritionist, a Bellanina facelift massage specialist, and now FINALLY a blogger 🙂

I know what you’re thinking..I sound all over the place! but the common thread here is, I know SKIN, how to take care of it, how to keep it looking great while keeping you feeling even better.

I would like to share what I have learned through out my years working as a skin care specialist. I would love to help you find what YOU really need for your skin to stay healthy and vibrant!  I highlighted YOU because…There are to many different opinions and theory’s as to what works to make your skin glow… but the thing is … what works for one person won’t necessarily work for the next. Sometimes we have to blend all sorts of method’s to find the right fit to achieve beautiful lasting illuminating results.

I truly believe that beautiful glowing skin is a by-product of a healthy body. And a healthy body begins with gut health and is supported with healthy lifestyle choices and habits!

The number one thing I always recommend to my clients is to start taking a high quality probiotic every day. Look for probiotic that deliver 20 to 50 billion live organisms per dose and contain a combination of different strains of lactobacillus and bifidobacteria. Take as directed, preferably once or twice daily with meals. This “friendly bacteria’ helps to keep your digestion running smoothly and also will have a direct impact on the clarity and tone of your skin.

Another way to incorporate gut friendly probiotics into our daily food choices is to eat fermented foods! Sauerkraut, kim chi, organic yogurt and kefir, kombucha…yummm!!!

One thing I must point out though!!! is the fact that, some people are unable to properly digest milk proteins, this can irritate their bodies creating an abundance of mucus in the tissues and ultimately having an “ugly” impact on their complexion. If you suffer from cystic or even mild acne, cutting out all dairy might just clear up your skin!! Try cutting out ALL sources of dairy from your diet for a minimum of 2 weeks.  Betcha you’ll notice less breakouts 😉

Now I’m going to put a spin on this… and suggest you also put the same food you’re eating for a health body and put it on your skin for a healthy glowing complexion! YUP!!

I have honestly had the most complements on my skin the days after I apply this mask on my face. I also put this mask on my boyfriend once after came home from surfing in November. Yes, He surfs in the icy waters of Ontario, with a wet suit of course! He just loves catching waves!!! Well this one time he came home with a serious case of wind burn. His skin was so irritated it was screaming out for the soothing, anti-inflammatory nature of this mask. I mixed it up and smothered it all over his face, left it for 15 min, washed it off and BAM his skin looked and felt normal again!

Sooooo this is definitely a must try…. Especially if your skin is inflamed, irritated or acne prone.

 

Turmeric Mask for glowing skin:

1 tsp. Turmeric powder

1 tsp. Raw honey

1 tsp. organic yogurt, milk

Mix all together in a small dish, if it is too runny, add more turmeric powder. Apply to face for 10-15 mins. Splash with water and gently wash off with a dark coloured wash cloth. Follow with applying a light weight natural moisturizer.

  • Turmeric is a powerful anti-oxidant, is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial
  • Raw unpasteurized honey is antibacterial, moisturizing and softening
  • The lactic acid in the milk product will gently exfoliate the skin
  • If you suffer from acne, use cooled green or black tea instead of yogurt!

*Be careful with blonde or white hair and light towels etc. as the turmeric can stain!!

 

Ok Friends and Beauty Enthusiasts, that’s it for today! I’ll be back soon with more helpful tips on how to feel great and keep your skin glowing!

Mei-Lana Chow, RHN xoxox