Apr 08 2019
How Does Botox Work? Why I Got Botox And Why It Works!
Hi my name is Stacy and I am 40! Which means that Botox is my new best friend. So is Dr. Bryan McIntosh, (@drbryanmcintosh on Instagram), as you can tell from the video! I wanted to make this for you so you can watch Botox in action. The needle is scary but it doesn’t hurt much at all.
I had my first Botox experience when I was 36 and I didn’t notice a huge difference but it did feel good to know that I was doing a little age prevention. I did it again when I was 38 and currently I have been going in every 4 to 5 months keep everything fresh and in place.
Here’s my honest thoughts about it, I love the way it makes me feel like I’ve been getting really good sleep at night. I like the way it keeps my eyes from looking really tired and saggy and I also like that I know I’m preventing deeper wrinkles from forming by keeping those muscles from moving so much.
Every time I leave the doctors office I get a new lease on life. Almost that same feeling like you’ve gone to the mall and spent $500 on new clothes. It gives me that same high if you well. Retail therapy and Botox therapy, it feels the same.
So here’s the common concerns and also the benefits! You can find more information here: Benefits of Botox
WHAT COSMETIC USE OF BOTOX DOES NOT DO:
Paralyze or freeze your face
Fill in deep lines and wrinkles
Create abnormal facial expressions
Prevent you from smiling
WHAT COSMETIC USE OF BOTOX DOES DO:
Decreases forehead lines
Minimizes frown lines
Prevents crow’s feet
Leaves your face relaxed and refreshed
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Mar 09 2017
Glowing Skin is NOT wrinkles, pimples and age spots — we dislike them all!!!
I would know, I used to have horrible skin. Acne and I were close friends much to my dismay.. like the big, cystic and painful acne. I would want to call in sick to work acne. I took all measures growing up trying to ditch it. Two rounds of Accutane, every prescription gel, retinol, and cream possible. Most of it did nothing!!! Glowing skin seemed like a fantasy world I would never be a part of. Talk about a confidence killer!! Don’t even get me started on wrinkles… no bueno!
But over the years, as I’ve followed this path toward a healthier lifestyle, I’ve found solutions to help all my skin problems nearly disappear. I’m a makeup artist and esthetician by trade and still had a hard time troubleshooting my skin. Until I changed my nutrition. You see, our skin is the largest organ we have. If it is having problems, that’s a sign something’s not right on the inside. Now I’ve got beautiful, healthy and glowing skin I can be dang proud of and the best part is that I was able to get here naturally!
I want to share four tips that I’ve followed, that will help you not only start improving the health and look of your skin now, but also how to help undo any damage you’ve done, to return it to that glowing skin we all want.
Tip #1: Say Goodbye to Gluten
This is my number one, absolute must tip to having amazing, glowing skin! Here’s the deal with gluten, not all gluten is made the same. Over the years, it’s been modified to cause more damage then actually add healthy nutrition to our body. Especially in the U.S., today’s gluten is more of a stress inducer for your body. It causes inflammation in most of us and some more sensitive to it than others, but let’s just say I won’t touch the stuff with a ten-foot pole. All those added stressors on our system means wrinkles, acne, brown spots — and let’s be real… nobody wants that.
The stress in your body caused by gluten causes your skin to look dull and aged. Did you know that gluten is possibly linked to psoriasis, patchy skin and eczema? I’m just saying. I went gluten-free 4 years ago and not only does my tummy look less bloated, my skin has never looked better.
Before you start to think you can’t handle one more project to tackle like going gluten-free, let me tell you it’s WAY easier than you may think! There are so many healthy alternatives to gluten products, you just have to know what to look for. You can get all of my tips, tricks, and downloads in this FREE private Facebook Group. I love sharing what I’ve learned with anyone who needs it. I’ll accept your request asap Gluten-Free Sisters FB Group!!
Tip #2: Roots and Fruits
Root vegetables and fruits are pretty close to the Fountain of Youth. You should be eating these regularly! Eating root veggies and beautiful fruits, flood the bloodstream with nutrients that your body needs to make glowing skin! Your skin is clearer, the whites of your eyes are brighter, you sleep better — so why wouldn’t you eat them?
I know there are some people out there who say, “Should we really be eating fruits and root vegetables? Those have a lot of sugar in them.” Let’s get real for a second, it’s MUCH better than grabbing a granola bar full of preservatives and sugars. The sugars you’re supposed to avoid are things like high fructose corn syrup and the junk that’s in your processed foods. If you’re eating things like beets, sweet potatoes, parsnips, carrots, cherries, blueberries, raspberries, plums, pineapples, you’re doing your body GOOD! Your body and skin will thank you for it by looking beautiful and feeling radiant.
It’s also worth mentioning that your brain runs on pure glucose. If you’re cutting out root vegetables and fruits from your diet, your body is going to feel it.
Tip #3: Watch the Oils
All the nasty oils in everything like Canola Oil, Sunflower Oil, etc., these are all stressors and toxins to your body. Did you know that the stress and toxins produced by oils and gluten actually prevents collagen from developing? No wonder so many people are struggling with getting and maintaining healthy skin! I use organic cold-pressed olive oil in my salad dressings and avocado or coconut oil for heated cooking. You don’t want to over heat olive oil or it turns rancid.
Remember how I mentioned our skin will tell us when something is off? If you’re eating those sugars, processed foods, fast food and cooking with all that oil that turns toxic and rancid, your body will give you signals to let you know something’s not right. We must read labels and educate ourselves to be in our BEST health NOW.
Tip #4: Silky sleep
I’m a side sleeper and my cheeks stay planted against the pillow at night. Fortunately, I’m sleeping on a silk pillowcase. I’ve had it for almost 8 years and it looks brand new and I don’t have to worry about getting those nasty sleep wrinkles. Here’s the thing, if you’re sleeping on cotton sheets or anything other than silk, those are harder surfaces and can create wrinkles if your skin is smudged against the fabric all night. With silk sheets, your skin glides and doesn’t scrunch, so it helps to prevent those wrinkles that give you a forced, aged look. It’s great for preventing breakage on your hair and that’s how I originally learned about the benefits (shout out to my stylist!). http://shop.nordstrom.com/slipsilk-pure-silk-pillowcase
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Bonus Tip: Stay hydrated!
Your skin is not going to look good if it’s not hydrated.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially if you’ve got a sweet tooth, skip the soda and opt for things like Kombucha, La Croix or Zevia. I also love 1/2 lemon squeezed into an 8 oz glass of water first thing in the morning.
Above all else, remember your body is a miracle!! It knows how to work and it wants to work and function to be vibrant and healthy. You just need to help it get there and stay that way. Stop treating your body like a garbage can, putting junk into it and start treating it like the gift it is. Then you will have that glowing skin you’ve always wanted!!
Nov 13 2016
How To Prep Kale!
Nom nom! If you have a hard time choking down kale, you have got to test this out. I have tried a ton of different variations when it comes to this leafy goodness. I would recommend this one because my entire family, husband, daughter and son all love it.
We all know in the back of our minds how important these dark leafy greens are for us, yeah? My favorite part is that kale has antioxidants to fight off cancer, tons of minerals and vitamins, and fiber to help aid weight loss!
You ready? Here goes!
De-stem the kale leaves by pulling the leaves off with your hand. Roll the kale leaves into a ball and chop it on up. Then roughly chop pumpkin seeds, almonds, dried cranberries or cherries to throw in.
For the dressing, squeeze two small lemons into a bowl, add 1 Tbsp aged Balsamic vinegar (I buy Safeway brand), 2 Tbsp olive oil, S & P to taste, 1-2 tsp honey and that’s it!
Once you mix it all, throw it in the fridge for a minute and enjoy! I think it tastes even better on day 2 and 3! Please, let me know what you think! Also, I love hearing other people’s ideas! I would love to hear yours! Kale is a staple in our household, my husband has it at least 5 times a week, I have it around 4 and the kids at least 3. It really is amazing to watch my kids actually eat this healthy, I never in a million years thought this would happen. I grew up eating okay, but nothing like we do now. It is amazing to see my kids stay healthy and if they do get sick, get back on track quickly.
Tell me….are you #TeamKale ????
Nov 03 2016
Collagen, where have you been all my life?!!
As an esthetician, I am always looking for ways to help my skin. The crazy part is that I found the most unique way of helping your skin, while trying to heal my gut.
I’ve had a lot of stomach issues and skin issues throughout my life. I think not knowing I had a gluten allergy for most my life has really had a compounding affect on my body. So, as I have been working to heal myself, I am in a constant state of learning.
I have consistently been making bone broth and then having collagen. The exact brand is Great Lakes Collagen. Who knew it would not only help my gut, but really help my skin! It has been awesome! I make my own bone broth, but I also buy bone broth at the grocery store as a supplement.