How To Honey Mask At Home

Honey Lift Massage at Home Treatment

1. Wash hands to remove oils and dry thoroughly.
2. You may want to wrap your hair in a hand towel and tuck it so as not to get any honey in your hair.

3. Wash face using circular motion strokes for about 2 minutes. This is experienced as ‘massage’ so take your time. Rinse with water three times.

4. Dry the face thoroughly as well as your hands. (Honey will not become sticky with a damp face or damp hands).

5. Place 1.5 teaspoon of Honey in the tips of your fingers, rub your fingers together and smooth it on all over your face (avoiding the eyes and neck).

6. Start by whipping the cheeks lightly with open fingers to somewhat ‘fan’ the face while you are ‘airing’ the honey to get it to become sticky. Once it starts becoming sticky, begin random tapping all over the face. Continue for 2 minutes or so.

7. Tap over areas of congestion (nose, chin, forehead) and pump fine lines and wrinkles. With all the active stimulation, your skin will probably be pink. Now, relax with Honey on your face for up to 20 minutes.

8. To remove the Honey, first wet your hands and begin to rub the sticky Honey until it starts to feel silky. Once silky, remove the product with soft face cloth and then cleanse and tone. Without cleansing, the Honey will leave a sticky residue on the face.

9. Apply Eye Cream, Serum and Moisturizer. Then remove the headwrap towel and your Honey Lift Massage at Home Treatment is complete!

 

Results You Will Experience

A light exfoliation of the skin
Helps to smooth fine lines
Improves Circulation: stimulates the synthesis of collagen
Super Hydration: provides moisture and nourishment for dry, dull skin
Acts as an antioxidant
Increased Immune response to the face: Antibacterial and antimicrobial
Assists the skin to naturally express congested sebum (clogged pores)
Refreshing feeling to the face and relaxation to the body

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

Eat like your skin depends on it!

Want healthy Glowing skin? Create a healthy body!

How do you create a healthy body? By making smart food and lifestyle choices. We’ve all heard it before… stay out of the sun, don’t smoke, or drink alcohol, don’t eat refined sugar, or processed foods. Why eliminate these things? Because they cause inflammation in the body.

Inflammation is a beauty killer, and this occurs when your body is stressed. The trigger could be stress from work, it could be from eating nutrient deficient processed foods, or it could be from eating foods that you’re allergic to, the list goes on. Everyone is exposed to things that can stress their bodies out, let me help you find more balance and bring back your personal power of choice.
Below I have listed 4 healthy food groups that reduce inflammation, are packed with nutrients, and that contribute to clear, youthful skin. Incorporating all these foods daily and eliminating the beauty killer’s REALLY does make your body healthy and skin more radiant!

#1 Greens! Ohh those glorious greens! Green leafy vegetables give you a nutritional boost!
Greens are totally affordable, easy to prepare, and gives you basically every micronutrient your body will need! Greens are full of antioxidants and anticancer compounds, proven to fight Heart disease, Diabetes, Arthritis, Alzheimers, Stroke. The antioxidants are especially important for your skin because they neutralize free radicals! The vitamin content in greens goes through the roof with A and B vitamins, that help to fight acne, and repair damaged skin. Greens are also rich in Folate, Beta-carotene, Vitamin E, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium. These are all the beauty vitamins in one place!!
Fatten up those greens! Add grass fed butter, ghee, raw olive oil to assist the absorption of fat soluble vitamins, and add satiating power!
Eat more: Broccoli, Lettuce, Arugula, Spinach, Kale, Collards, Dandelion greens, Beet greens, Spinach, Watercress, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, bok choy. Eat raw, add to smoothies, sautéed, baked/roasted.

#2 Don’t be afraid of the sugar in fruit! Second to greens, fruit is the most nutrient dense beauty superfood!
If you want glowing radiant skin, always eat the whole fruit! When the whole fruit is eaten, it has lots a fibre to slow down the absorption of sugar. The fibre and water content in fruit helps to fill you up, aids digestion, and keeps energy levels up. Avoid “dead” pasteurized fruit juice in the grocery store which contains only sugar, artificial colour and flavours. FRESH juice is the only exception to the rule, which still contains some enzymes, vitamins and minerals. Be careful with consuming these liquid calories, as it won’t provide you with that same feeling of fullness the whole fruit would.

Did you know that consuming too much refined sugar is linked to sagging skin, wrinkles and also acne? eeek! There is something that happens in your skin when you consume too much white refined sugar, this my friends, is appropriately called Advanced Glycation End (AGE) This is when sugar molecules bind to proteins in the skin, creating inflammation, causing collagen and elastin to harden, clump up, weaken and breakdown.

The solution? Really, really try hard to eliminate candies, pastries, and cakes etc. Once your taste buds readjust, you will enjoy fruit soooo much more! Try to alternate your fruits. The rotation of different varieties will expose you to the different combinations of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. A great way to start your day is with fresh or frozen fruit! Add to smoothies, top granola, or organic unsweetened yogurt or dairy free yogurt, and add hemp seeds, or nuts.
Keep in mind serving size does count here. Aim for 1 cup of fruit per serving and consume no more than 5 servings of fruit per day.
Eat more: Apples, Peaches, Pears, Papaya, Pineapple, Mango, Berries, Banana, Grapes, Cherries, Oranges, Lemon, Cantaloupe, Plums, Papaya, Pineapple, Grapefruit, Avocado, Tomatoes.

#3 Fats keep your Skin Plump and Radiant! Eating the right kinds of fats are crucial to having amazing skin!
They call them essential fatty acids (EFAs) because they are essential to life, and are only available from food sources. These are the Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, helping your body to produce healthy cells, including skin cells. They also aid the production of sebum, which keeps your skin hydrated and youthful.
If your not consuming enough in your diet, your skin will be dry, dehydrated, inflamed, and more prone to breakouts and eczema. Inflammation in the body is the underlying link to acne, psoriasis, rosacea, and eczema. Eating too much processed foods will result in an imbalance of these oils as they contain mostly Omega-6 fatty acids. When the balance of 3 and 6 are off, inflammation runs rampant in your body.
The solution? Avoid processed foods and focus on consuming NATURAL, whole, fatty foods!
Eat more: Fatty fish, Coconuts, Olive oil, Organic Grass fed Butter and Ghee, Avocados, Brazil nuts, Almonds, Walnuts, Flax, Hemp, Sunflower, or Pumpkin seeds. Eat nuts and seeds raw, and cook with high flash point oils like Avocado or Coconut, Grape Seed Oil.

#4 Funky Fermented Foods! Healthy skin starts with a healthy digestive tract.
When you begin to consume fermented foods on a daily basis, you are flooding your body with feel good probiotics, vitamins and live enzymes. Fermented foods have been used for centuries to heal us from the inside out by aiding digestion, fighting disease and bringing us vital nutrition. They provide your body with good bacteria, which we want plenty of in our intestines. This good bacteria is extremely beneficial for the entire body by giving us strength, vitality, reducing signs of early aging and creating a brighter, more clear even skin tone.
Eat More: Kombucha, Miso, Organic unsweetened yogurt, unpasteurized Kimchi and Sauerkraut from the refrigeration section in the grocery store.

Just one more thing…

Stay hydrated with plain old filtered Water! Ok, I know water is not a food, but I have to mention it, because we would not exist without water!

We are made of 70% water. If we did not have clean water to drink, then we would die. Now think about what happens to your body when it’s dehydrated, you become groggy, headache set in, energy decreases, your lips crack, your mouth feels dry like sand paper, you become lethargic and moody. Every cell in your body is suffering a slow death!
Water yourself! To stay hydrated you need to drink half your body weight in ounces in a day. The key is to drink water before you feel any signs of dehydration. Caffeine, salt and sugar will dehydrate your body, you will need to drink 2 glasses of water to replace the lost water from consuming just one of these beverages. I’m not saying caffeine is bad, just replace the water so your body doesn’t suffer.
Matcha tea and Moringa leaf powder have an abundance of minerals, vitamins and are packed with antioxidant power! These drinks will protect cells and skin from damaging effects of free radicals and can decrease wrinkles and promote the quality and quantity of collagen and elastin. If you want to drink something to provide an energy boost, choose these healthy drinks in place of coffee.
I hope this post has provided some inspiration and knowledge for you to start eating like your skin depends on it! Keep in mind, I would like to see you all eating more of these foods listed above, however, I encourage these as high lights to reduce overall inflammation. A balanced diet with lean protein, whole grains and vegetables are necessary for building your healthy body. Balance is key!
Please don’t hesitate to email me if you have any questions at glowwithmei@gmail.com
Yours truly,
Mei-Lana Chow RHN xo

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