<![CDATA[NATURAL BEAUTY MEDICAL AESTHETICS - Blog: Beauty, Wellness & Positivity]]>Sat, 25 Sep 2021 23:45:59 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[Great Skin...Have Faith in the Process!]]>Sun, 19 Sep 2021 05:00:00 GMThttp://naturalbeautymedicalaesthetics.ca/beauty-wellness--positivity/great-skinhave-faith-in-the-process
                 Faith in the process and It Will Pay Off!

Daily attention to skincare, quality oral collagen, healthy diet, physical activity, and stress management...and regular visits to your medical aesthetics provider ♥️

Beautiful skin is definitely possible But does require disciplined effort...Not necessarily a lot of time or copious products, but investment of regularly caring for your skin and quality medical grade products.

Want to know more, book a complementary consultation and consider trying Alastin Skincare line from our website.

Cindy Fehr RN(NP)
<![CDATA[Nourish to Flourish!]]>Fri, 17 Sep 2021 17:04:17 GMThttp://naturalbeautymedicalaesthetics.ca/beauty-wellness--positivity/nourish-to-flourish
                                 You are what you eat!

​Yes, what your mother told growing up is true...a healthy diet leads to a healthy mind, body, and SKIN. As our largest organ, our skin is a mirror to how the rest of our body is doing.

If you properly nourish your body with reducing your intake of processed foods, improve your water and collagen intake, You Will See A Difference ♥️

There is no better day to start than today, so put down that donut or handful of chips (full of free radicals) and pick up a glass of water and some fresh veggies or fruit (full of antioxidants)!

Start your path to glowing skin today 💋

Cindy Fehr RN(NP)
<![CDATA[Microneedling Myths]]>Wed, 01 Sep 2021 05:00:00 GMThttp://naturalbeautymedicalaesthetics.ca/beauty-wellness--positivity/microneedling-myths
                          Microneedling is for Everyone!

​Microneedling improves:
- fine lines & wrinkles
- pore size
- acne scarring
- stretch marks
- melasma
- sun damage spots
- hyperpigmentation
- skin laxity from decreased collagen and elastin
- Confidence In Your Skin

For that added kick of collagen stimulation, add platelet rich plasma (PRP) with super growth factors.
                           Microneedling does NOT hurt!

Yes, it is a procedure that uses tiny sharp needles (12 in the device I use) to strategically injure your skin (that's what stimulates collagen), I always use a topical numbing cream before to ensure your procedure us as pleasant and relaxing as possible. I have even had a few clients fall asleep during their treatment 😊

After the microneedling is complete you then get a facial massage with either your own PRP or a serum, and then a couple soothing topical to aid in healing and skin restoration.

The whole process takes between 60-90 minutes and down time is 1-2 days. Then the transformation begins and new healthy skin leads to a naturally beautiful glow 🥰

    Nope, no lasting holes...instead, you get GLOWING Skin 

Yes, we do use very fine surgical needles to create targeted injury to your skin...this is what stimulates the collagen regeneration!

No, it won't hurt. I use topical numbing cream beforehand to make the procedure very comfortable.

Yes, you may have a few areas of mild bleeding but you won't look all bloody leaving the spa. I cleanse and add topical serums and creams for healing and comfort.

Yes, you will need to protect yourself from the sun and wear SPF everyday!

Yes, you will experience mild peeling usually day 4 and that is why planning is everything! We never recommend completing any major medical aesthetics procedures right before a big event...a minimum of 2 week prep is best!

Yes, more than one treatment is recommended when starting out with microneedling and then maintenance treatments every 6-12 months for best long lasting results.

Yes, you need to space other treatments out from microneedling...a minimum of 2 weeks after tox or fillers is best.

Love the skin you're in with a relaxing microneedling session to help lessen pore size, improve uneven tone & dullness, and scar reduction...just a few of my favorite things for microneedling ♥️

Ready to book your microneedling appointment? Click the "Book Now" button below for your complimentary consultation or microneedling session.  
<![CDATA[The Power of a Positive Attitude]]>Sat, 17 Apr 2021 05:00:00 GMThttp://naturalbeautymedicalaesthetics.ca/beauty-wellness--positivity/the-power-of-a-positive-attitude

​I truly believe that our brain is the most powerful organ we have... it is likely the most complex as well. Not only is it responsible for our conscious thoughts and actions, it controls our subconsciousness.  It is the combination of these that impacts how we experience the world AND how the world impacts our holistic being (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual)

Take a moment... I want you to think about your last couple days. Now tell me, what thoughts fill your head? Would you label them as positive, or negative?
Now let's say you are walking down the street with these thoughts. Do you think anyone who would meet you would be able to tell you what’s on your mind?
The answer to number one is up to you. But, the answer number two can be pretty generic. Although people will not be able to tell you exactly what you think, they may more or less have an idea of how you are feeling.
Thoughts are very powerful. They affect your general attitude. The attitude you carry reflects on your appearance, too – unless, of course, you are a great actor.

​Attitudes Multiply
And it doesn't end there. Your attitude can also affect people around you...it can be positively or negatively infectious.
The type of attitude you carry depends on you. It can be either positive or negative... beneficial or detrimental.
Positive thoughts have a filling effect. They are invigorating effect. Plus, the people around a person carrying positive thoughts are usually energized by this type of attitude.
Negative thoughts on the other hand have a sapping effect on other people. Aside from making you look gloomy and sad, negative thoughts can turn a meeting or gathering that is meant to be positive and uplifting, into a dreaded energy sucking time.
A positive attitude attracts people, while a negative attitude repels them. People tend to shy away from those who carry a negative attitude.

How You See the World
Impacts Your Attitude

We can also define attitude as the way of looking at the world. If you choose to focus on the negative things in the world, more or less you have a negative attitude brewing up. However, if you choose to focus on the positive things, you are more likely to carry a positive attitude.
You have much to gain from a very positive attitude. For one, studies have shown that a positive attitude promotes better health. Those with this kind of attitude also have more friends. Projecting a positive attitude also helps a person handle stress and problems better than those who have a negative attitude. While a storm can be brewing around you, calm people can withstand it, use willpower to get through it, and when they get pushed down, get back up and bounce back. 
A positive attitude begins with a healthy self-image. If you love the way you are and are satisfied, confident, and self-assured, you also make others around feel the same way. A positive mental attitude can help you see what you have to offer and seek ways to contribute.
A negative attitude, on the other hand, has, of course, an opposite effect. So, carrying a negative attitude has a twofold drawback. You feel bad about yourself, and this energy transfers onto others.

Happy Thoughts Breed a Healthy Attitude

If you want to have a positive attitude, you have to feature healthy thoughts. This can seem very hard to do nowadays given our third wave of the covid-19 pandemic and being inundated with negative or unrealistic media feeds. 
Although it is almost impossible to shelter ourselves from the negative things around us, you can still carry a positive attitude by focusing on the good people and events around you, the positive small steps you might be taking to move forward, and the joyful things in life.
And this positive attitude you now carry can be of benefit to other people. Now I'm not saying you need to be that bubbly, optimistic do-gooder person. You can have a positive impact on others by trying to see opportunities during difficult times... by simply smiling, nodding, or waving to others as you go about your day!  
If a positive attitude is lovely, why do people choose to adopt a negative attitude instead? One who carries a negative or pessimistic attitude may be actually sending a signal for attention. Before you get me wrong, feeling sad, angry, or gloomy is not wrong itself. But dwelling on these thoughts for far too long is not healthy either. Shifting perspective can be very empowering - seeing problems as something you can overcome, not simply to endure.

There are definitely going to be times where being positive is going to be hard and take extra effort and focus... and it is these times that grow us and set the tone for further positive dynamics and soon the momentum can shift group think from negative to positive AND from being a recipient of the world effects TO impacting how the world can impact others while improving your own environment.

You do not have much to lose by adopting a healthy, positive attitude. Studies show that such an attitude actually retards aging (less furrows and stress lines on our face), makes you healthier, helps you develop a better stress coping mechanism, and has a very positive effect on all the people you meet every day. So, what's not to like about a positive attitude? 

So now that you understand the importance of a positive attitude... how can you cultivate it in your life?
5 Steps Toward a Positive Attitude Life
1️⃣  Committing to a positive attitude shift: I truly believe that no one person really wants to live in pessimism and negativity. Now that you've committed to positivity, write positive affirmation everywhere (words, pictures, thoughts) - in your day timer, on your mirror, on your desk, as a calendar reminder, as a screen saver on your phone or computer. Positivity breeds positivity so surround yourself with positive reflections.

2️⃣  Taking time for self-reflection: on past and current situations and events -  how you reacted to them and how they impacted your attitude. Taking time to reflect on how you could have reacted differently or chosen different more positive approach. 

3️⃣  Take time to practice self-love by improving yourself through: 
        a)  Exercise which stimulates healthy brain chemicals, builds energy for each day, and improves self-confidence as our body shape and tone improves.
        b)  Nutrition - clean eating with a balanced diet and limiting processed foods can help improve energy and mental wellbeing. Vitamin & mineral deficiencies (e.g. B12, omegas) are associated with mental fog and worsening mood. 
     c)  Self-growth - get inspired by reading a new book, learning a new skill or hobby, advancing a current skill or area of knowledge

4️⃣  Practicing Positivity - when you catch yourself in a negative state, having a negative reaction, or self-doubt, take a moment... take a moment to acknowledge the thought and identify your part in these feelings/reaction. Okay, now cut yourself some slack for being in this negative state, but then commend yourself for being committed to change. Now think about how to alter your thinking, approach, feelings to shift to a more positive state. You And Only You are responsible for your reactions and You Have The Power to shift to a more positive state. 

5️⃣  Surround yourself with positive people - their positivity will rub off on you. To further improve, ask them to keep you accountable for your attitude - give you feedback when your attitude shifts to the negative side of life. You must be open to this feedback and be willing to go back to previous steps to once again shift to more positivity!
Happiness is a Mood
Positivity is a Mindset!
I hope to see you soon at Shear Bliss Salon and Spa. 

Don't forget to check out the rest of our website for more information on medical aesthetics and wellness treatments, and our Alastin skincare line.

Take care and find joy in every day!

Cindy Fehr RN(NP) 
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<![CDATA[10 Foods to Eat Your Stress Goodbye]]>Fri, 02 Apr 2021 05:00:00 GMThttp://naturalbeautymedicalaesthetics.ca/beauty-wellness--positivity/10-foods-to-eat-your-stress-goodbye
When you’re stressed out, do you turn to ‘comfort’ foods – pastas, take-out, fatty foods, sweet foods, and alcohol. Let’s face it – we’ve all found some comfort in a tasty meal and a bottle of beer or glass of wine when we’ve been stressed out or upset about something. However, this isn’t a good permanent solution.
When you’re turning to unhealthy foods you can feel better temporarily, but in the long run, you will feel worse. When your body isn’t getting the right nutrition, you can begin to feel less energetic, more lethargic, and in some cases less able to concentrate and focus. All of this can lead to even more stress.

Foods that Fight Stress
If you’ve been feeling more stressed out than usual lately, it’s important to know which foods are best to choose and which to avoid when it comes to combating stress and helping you to deal with feelings of stress and anxiety. The best way to fight stress is to have a healthy, balanced diet which includes a moderate amount of each of the different food groups.
Filling up on foods such as whole grains, leafy vegetables, and lean proteins as the basic staples of the diet is the best way to ensure that your body gets the optimum amounts of nutrients to fight both physical and mental health problems. When it comes to choosing the foods to eat, some have a range of great properties which help the body to combat stress. Choosing these stress-busting foods will help to heal and calm your mind permanently, rather than providing a temporary fix.
Some of the best stress-fighting foods include:
Avocados – Avocados are a creamy and versatile fruit which can be eaten in a range of different ways whether you enjoy it raw, made into sauces, dressings and dips, or in a smoothie. These nutrient-dense fruits have the properties to stress-proof your body, thanks to their high glutathione content which specifically blocks the intestinal absorption of certain fats which cause oxidative damage. Avocados also contain higher levels of vitamin E, folate, and beta-carotene than any other fruit, which boosts their stress-busting properties. However, be careful with portion control when eating avocado, as it is high in fat.
Blueberries – If you’re feeling stressed out and reaching for the snacks, swapping sweets for one of the best superfoods is a great way to help you deal with your stress levels and achieve a higher level of calm. Blueberries have some of the highest levels of antioxidants, especially antho-cyanin, which means that this berry has been linked to a wide range of health benefits including sharper cognition, better focus, and a clearer mind – all of which can help you to better deal with stress.
Chamomile Tea – Of course, it’s not all about what you’re eating when it comes to managing stress; what you’re drinking can also alleviate or worsen the stress you're feeling. Drinking liquids which are high in sugars and caffeine, such as coffee, energy drinks or soda, can actually increase your stress levels if consumed regularly. Chamomile tea has long been used as a natural bedtime soother, and it has also been used in clinical trials, which determined that chamomile tea is effective in reducing the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder.
Chocolate – Although it’s usually seen as an unhealthy treat, there is an undeniable link between chocolate and our mood. Studies have shown that eating chocolate can actually make you happier. However, that doesn’t mean that you can start munching on chocolate bars every time you're stressed out – chocolate works best as a de-stressor when eaten in moderation and as part of a healthy and balanced diet. Dark chocolate in particular is best for you, as it contains more flavonols and polyphenols, two hugely important antioxidants which can help combat stress, more than many fruit juices.
Beef – Grass-fed beef is not only kinder to the planet and to animals, it’s also good for people, too. Grass-fed beef has a huge range of antioxidants, including beta-carotene and Vit-amins C and E, which can help your body to fight stress and anxiety. If you’re looking for more reasons to spend a little more money on organic, grass-fed beef, it’s also lower in fat than grain-fed beef whilst being higher in omega-3.
Oatmeal – Oatmeal is great in that it can be a filling comfort food, but also has a large number of healthy properties to actually make you feel better from the inside out. A complex carbohydrate, eating oatmeal causes your brain to produce higher levels of the feel-good chemical serotonin, helping you to feel calmer and less stressed. Studies have shown that kids who choose oatmeal for breakfast tend to be much sharper throughout the morning in school compared to kids who had alternative morning meals.
Walnuts – If you’re looking for a healthy snacking option which will help you to stay better in control of your stress levels, walnuts are a great choice. There is no denying the sweet, pleasant flavor of walnuts and they can be a tasty snack for in-between meals or as part of a desert. A versatile nut, walnuts are great for salads, or add them to a sweet treat such as coffee and walnut cake.

Pistachios – another food which is great for snacking on and can also help to combat stress and anxiety in the long term is pistachios. Studies have found that simply eating two small, snack-size portions of pistachios per day can lower vascular constriction when you are stressed, putting less pressure on your heart by further dilating your arteries. Along with this, the rhythmic, repetitive act of shelling pistachios can actually be quite therapeutic!
Green Leafy Vegetables – leafy, green vegetables should be a pivotal part of anyone’s diet. Along with helping to combat stress, leafy greens are full of nutrients and antioxidants which help to fight off disease and leave your body feeling healthier and more energized. Dark leafy greens, for example spinach, are especially good for you since they are rich in folate, which helps your body to produce more mood-regulating neurotransmitters such as serotonin, which is a ‘feel-good’ chemical. Making leafy greens a part of your diet will help you to feel happier and less stressed out overall.
Fermented foods – last but not least, eating fermented foods such as yogurt can help to keep your gut healthy, which actually in turn will help to improve your mental health and reduce stress levels. The beneficial bacteria which are found in fermented foods such as yogurt actually have a direct effect on your brain chemistry and transmit positive mood and behavior regulating signals to your brain via the vagus nerve.

Putting Together Your Diet Plan
Planning your meals wisely is key to not only staying physically fit and healthy, but also to staying mentally strong and being able to best manage your levels of stress. Knowing which foods to avoid and which are the best to reach for to snack on when you’re feeling worried and anxious is important to helping you get control over your emotions and fears.
When you’re feeling stressed, you may be tempted to reach for classic ‘comfort foods’ – usually foods which are laden with sugar, very starchy, or greasy. However, although these foods can make you feel momentarily better, they will actually make you feel worse in the long run.
Having stress-busting snacks such as fresh berries, dark chocolate, yogurt, walnuts or pistachios, or even a fruit smoothie with avocado and leafy greens in it can help you to feel better in both the short and long term when it comes to stress. When it comes to combating and dealing with stress in the long run, it’s important to make sure that for the most part, you are eating a diet which is healthy and balanced.
In order to stay on track, it’s a good idea to make a meal plan for your week and plan ahead to make sure that you have a good selection of these stress-busting foods in your kitchen to make meals and snacks from when you’re feeling like stress-eating. Making sure that the majority of your meals include foods such as lean proteins and leafy green vegetables will not only make you feel healthier overall, but can improve your mental health and stress levels, too.
A good example of a healthy, stress-busting menu would be:
Breakfast: Oatmeal with berries or a fruit smoothie with avocado and berries
Mid-morning snack: Natural yogurt with fruit or a handful of pistachio nuts
Lunch: A whole-grain pasta salad filled with plenty of leafy greens
Afternoon snack: Dark chocolate
Dinner: Grass-fed beef with vegetables
Before bed: Chamomile tea
Of course, you don’t need to stick to this menu – but it gives you a good idea! Remember to exercise good portion control when eating foods such as nuts, chocolate, yogurt or avocado! As the saying goes, you are what you eat – so make sure that first and foremost, you’re filling yourself up with foods which are good for your mental health.
Consistency is key...and progress is the goal!

I hope to see you soon at Shear Bliss Salon and Spa. 

Don't forget to check out the rest of our website for more information on medical aesthetics and wellness treatments, or our Alastin skincare line.

Take care and find joy in every day!

Cindy Fehr RN(NP) 
<![CDATA[Key Ingredients for Fighting Your Skin's Visible Signs of Aging]]>Mon, 15 Mar 2021 05:00:00 GMThttp://naturalbeautymedicalaesthetics.ca/beauty-wellness--positivity/key-ingredients-for-fighting-your-skins-visible-signs-of-aging
Your Skin: 
The skin is the largest organ of the body, and is significantly affected by the aging process. Estrogen receptors have been detected on the cellular components of the skin and lower levels of estrogen influence the skin-cell metabolism.  Changes in the skin collagen leads to diminished elasticity and skin strength. There is a distinct reduction of collagen production after menopause. Changes in vascularity are found following menopause. Dermal blood flow decreases significantly in postmenopausal women.
Repair functions in skin are regulated by a group of chemicals called 'cytokines'.  Included in these are epidermal cell growth factor (ECGF), transforming growth factor (TGF), and angiogenesis factor (AF). AF stimulates the rebuilding of the microvascular system within the skin. TGF and ECGF stimulate rapid cell growth for the replacement of dead or damaged cells.

The Role of Sun Exposure:
​Excessive exposure to UV rays causes oxidation of the collagen and elastin fibers in this skin.  This, in turn, causes 'crosslinking'.  Crosslinking causes the collagen in the skin to become tangled and stiffen.  This results in sagging and loss of skin elasticity, and allows facial expressions to put deep lines and wrinkles in the skin.  Some of this UV damage can be prevented by the use of sunscreen and sunblock. 
Some of this damage can be reversed by the use of chemical peels, laser treatments,  microneedling, and microdermabrasion - where the outer layer of the skin is purposefully injured with either acidic formulas, lasers, needles, or mechanical devices.  This targeted injury then helps to remove the damaged layers and stimulates the production of a stronger, thicker layer of skin, with healthy collagen. 

Benefits of Skincare:

​Prescription grade skincare, like Alastin with TriHex® technology, can also help remove old damaged collagen and elastin while restoring an optimal environment for new collagen and elastin production. This results in:
  • smoother skin texture
  • more hydrated skin
  • enhanced skin elasticity
  • stronger skin barrier to protect against future damage
  • improved appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and thin skin
  • damaged skin barrier protection 
Available on Natural Beauty Medical Aesthetics website or through Cindy at Shear Bliss
Free Radicals:
Free radicals are molecules created by oxidative chemical reactions within the body. These free radicals damage cellular DNA and cause mutations of the skin cells. Free radical damage can be prevented by the use of antioxidants, both internally and topically. Antioxidants attract and bind these free radical molecules, rendering them harmless. Examples of topical antioxidants include vitamins A (retinol), C & E, resveratrol, selenium, and green tea extract.
Premature skin aging can be avoided by preventing excess exposure to sunlight and pollutants, as well as providing skin with the nutrients it needs to repair itself.  Provide your skin with the building blocks it needs by maintaining adequate consumption of major antioxidant nutraceuticals.
Nutrition for Aging Skin:
ZINC: Zinc is required for collagen production and elastin synthesis, as well as DNA repair. Zinc is required for  the production of certain proteins that remove damaged or mutated tissue as well as for superoxide dismutase, a powerful antioxidant. Great dietary sources of zinc include mushrooms, oysters, lean sources of meat, dairy, green veggies, nuts, & dark chocolate.
COPPER: Copper helps to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, helps to thicken the dermis, and increases vascularity and oxygenation. Dietary sources include beef, oysters, unsweetened chocolate, potatoes, mushrooms, nuts, & seeds.
SULFUR: Sulfur is a component of the protein Keratin found in nails, hair and skin. Sulfur is essential for the production of collagen and it is required for the production of the connective tissues. Dietary sources include meat, eggs, seafood, allium veggies (e.g. garlic, leeks, onions, scallions, shallots), cruciferous veggies (e.g. broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, radishes), and whole grains. 
Vitamin A: Also known as retinol.  A serious lack or excess intake can cause dry, rough skin, among other problems. Good sources come from dairy, eggs, green leafy veggies, and oily fish.
Vitamin C: Known for its antioxidant with photoprotective properties when topically applied.  Dietary sources, while not directly linked to photoprotection are potent antioxidants fighting inflammation and oxidative stress. Sources include citrus fruit, peppers, berries, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and potatoes.
Vitamin D:  Vitamin D has been shown to reverse skin damage and increase wound healing. While there are a few dietary sources (oily fish, red meat, egg yolks), Vitamin D is primarily produced in the body in response to sunlight, and has been shown to have a beneficial effect on skin repair and hair growth.  Those residing in the northern hemisphere often need Vitamin D supplementation.
Vitamin E: Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant.  Experiments show that it may protect against the degradation of collagen, and prevent skin damage by environmental insult and aging.
CoQ10 (Ubiquinone): Internal and topical application of CoQ10 has a beneficial effect of preventing photoaging. CoQ10 penetrates into the top layers of the skin and reduces the level of oxidation. Reduction in wrinkle depth following CoQ10 application has also been shown in clinical trials. CoQ10 prevents oxidative DNA damage and suppresses the degradation of collagen. Dietary sources include oily fish, organ meats, and whole grains.

Lycopene: A carotenoid readily found in tomato paste, watermelon, pink grapefruit, mangos, sweet red peppers, & asparagus. It helps protect the skin against photo (sun) damage and environmental pollutants. 

Lutein: A carotenoid found in green leafy vegetables, egg yolks, corn, and durum wheat, that protects the fibroblasts - from which collagen is synthesized, structural framework for tissues is produced, and plays a role in wound healing.

I hope to see you soon at Shear Bliss Salon and Spa. 

Don't forget to check out the rest of our website for more information on medical aesthetics and wellness treatments, or our Alastin skincare line.

Take care and find joy in every day!

Cindy Fehr RN(NP)

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<![CDATA[Healthy Skin]]>Mon, 01 Mar 2021 06:00:00 GMThttp://naturalbeautymedicalaesthetics.ca/beauty-wellness--positivity/healthy-skin
What Is Healthy Skin?
  • Looks and feels smooth without breaks in the surface
  • Feels warm (not hot or cold) 
  • Is not red or patchy
  • Is neither dry & flaky, nor moist and wrinkled​​
Why Is Healthy Skin Important? 
  • It is our largest vital organ - covering approximately 3000 square inches of the average adult
  • It has several important functions
    • Protection - Through a thick, acidic and waterproof outer layer, the skin helps protect against bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeast, radiation, and chemical attack. Melanin helps protect against ultra violet rays.
    • SensationSkin helps detect changes in the environment such as heat, cold, touch, pressure and pain.
    • Heat Regulation - Skin helps to keep the body at a constant temperature of 37℃ by dilation (widening) and constriction (narrowing) of blood vessels. Sweat also helps keep the body cool while a fat layer within the skin and raising of hair on the skin's surface help insulate and keep the body warm.
    • Absorption - Having pores and hair channels through which the skin can absorb chemicals (good and bad) into small blood vessels in the skin.
    • Secretion - Of sebum (oil) to keep skin lubricated and has acidic properties.
    • Excretion - Of waste products such as lactic acid, urea, and salts through perspiration.
    • Vitamin D Production - Through a reaction of sunlight on the skin producing a chemical reaction that ultimately increases vitamin D in the body. 

​11 Great Habits For Healthy, Youthful Skin?
  • ​​Hydration - 2 litres for women and 3 litres for men.
  • Eating a Healthy & Balanced Diet - The gut is more important than we thought in terms of contributing to our immune system and health hormones for mood and skin health. Good food in helps achieve a healthy glow to your skin. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. 
  • Regular Exercise - helps to stimulate the lymphatic system, which keeps everything moving, dilates blood vessels which in turn helps nutrition & oxygen to feed new cells.
  • Daily Sun Protection - Daily SPF 30 to protect against damaging UVA (aging) and UVB (cancer causing) rays that inflame and dry our skin.
  • Optimized Skincare - Check out our Alastin products
    • ​Remember to wash your face twice daily with a gentle cleanser.
    • Start your day with an antioxidant (e.g. vitamin C serum or Alastin's  Restorative Skin Complex) and moisturizer with SPF - If outside don't forget to reapply your SPF every 2-3 hours.
    • In the evening, after washing, add a retinol (start low potency and twice 
      weekly to prevent dry and flaky skin); Alastin has a moisturizing retinol so two in one product.
    • Moisturize to restore your skin overnight.
    • Exfoliate once or twice weekly to help get rid of dead skin that limits how much of your skincare products actually get absorbed to where they are needed.
  • Shave Carefully - Shaving can injure the skin and hair follicles if not properly lubricated before AND after.  Go in the direction of hair growth...or better yet, consider waxing, sugaring, or laser hair removal.
  • Quit Smoking - Because your skin is worth it! Smoking narrows blood vessels in the skin which depletes the skin of oxygen, nutrients and vitamin C (an antioxidant that aids in reducing inflammation), and accelerates the rate at which collagen and elastin are broken down.
  • Limit Alcohol Intake - A systematic review research study (a reliable evidence source) linked a dose-dependent intake of alcohol and risk for non-melanoma type skin cancers (basal and squamous cell skin cancers).
  • Keep Stress In Check - Research suggests that stress can impact the quantity of sebum (oil) produced and this can lead to breakouts. While the study focused on teenagers, it may also translate to other age groups as well.
  • Get Sufficient Sleep - Aim for 7 hours a night. Sleep is a time for skin restoration and studies link those with poor sleep time with increased signs of skin aging and poorer barrier function. This results in more wrinkles and lines, darkness under the eyes, and duller complexion.
  • Change Your Mask Regularly - As we continue with pandemic precautions, face masks (cloth, paper, and other components) are a daily experience. Remember that you need to change it at minimum daily! Oils, makeup and bacteria collect on masks which can contribute to breakouts, rashes, and skin infections.

​50 is FABULOUS!
Love the skin you're in by investing in quality skincare and visiting your medical aesthetics practitioner regularly.
<![CDATA[The Wonder of Collagen]]>Mon, 15 Feb 2021 06:00:00 GMThttp://naturalbeautymedicalaesthetics.ca/beauty-wellness--positivity/the-wonder-of-collagenWhat Is Collagen?

​Collagen is a strong, insoluble, and fibrous protein that makes up one third of the protein in our bodies. It is made up of the amino acids glycine and proline. There are numerous different types of collagen (at least 16 types), but 80% to 90% of collagen in the body belongs to types I, II, and III. 

The word collagen derives from the Greek word kolla, which means glue. Collagen plays a major role in building your bones, skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments; it is what holds our body together. When it comes to our skin, collagen makes up the middle layer called the dermis.  It helps it feel and look tight, taught, and youthful. Collagen is a key support structure in your skin, with its network of fibres that provides a framework for the growth of cells and blood vessels.
What Happens To Collagen As We Age?

Unfortunately, as we age, our production of collagen (starting in our 30s) naturally decreases (1% per year), and our body makes lower-quality collagen as we age as well. This causes visible signs of ageing such as sagging skin, lines, and wrinkles as well as the weakening of other cartilage-rich areas such as our joints. Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent this inevitable process of ageing.
Other Contributors To Collagen Destruction

  • High sugar diet: A diet high in sugar increases to production of advanced glycation end products (AGEs). AGEs lead to collagen that is dry, brittle, and weak. It is important to reduce or eliminate artificial sugars, highly processed foods, and pesticides that all contribute to AGEs. 
  • Smoking: Many of the chemicals present in tobacco smoke damage both collagen and elastin. Nicotine constricts blood vessels in the outer layers of the skin, which decreases the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to the middle and lower levels where cells grow from.
  • Sun exposure: Ultraviolet rays in sunlight cause collagen to break down at an increased rate, and promoting the accumulation of abnormal elastin, which also breaks down collagen.
How Does Our Body Make Collagen?

All proteins are made up of tiny molecules called amino acids. When you eat protein, your body breaks it down into its individual amino acids. Because of this, eating collagen doesn't directly increase collagen levels inside the body. Instead, it supplies your body with the building blocks needed to create its own collagen. ​
What Are Common Sources of Collagen?

While the most abundant source of collagen is found in animal foods (beef, pork, poultry, fish, egg whites), collagen can also be found in gelatin, bone broth, and within plant proteins (e.g. legumes, soy, quinoa).

Collagen supplements, as well as the collagen being sprinkled into various food products, is usually derived from the skin, hide, tendons, bones, cartilage, or other connective tissues of cows, pigs, chicken, or fish.  Collagen found in supplements has already been broken down, or hydrolyzed (also called collagen peptides), which is why it's thought to be absorbed more efficiently than the collagen in foods​.

Whether you ingest a collagen supplement or a steak, the body recognizes it as protein and breaks it down into amino acids in the digestive system.

Many cosmetic products containing collagen, including creams and powders, claim to revitalize the skin and make it stronger. Unfortunately, collagen molecules are too big to be absorbed through the skin, but on the bright side, collagen does have outstanding moisturising effects, so not all is lost.
What Are Potential Benefits Of Collagen Ingestion?
  • Improved muscle mass - Strength training with collagen supplementation may result in better results than simply lifting weights alone¹
  • Joint support - There is a growing body of research reporting improved function and pain levels for those with osteoarthritis who ingest collagen²
  • Improvements in skin -  Collagen ingestion may improve skin hydration, elasticity, roughness, and density when compared with a placebo³
  • Keeping bones healthy - Collagen ingestion can potentially have positive effects on increasing bone density when taken as an adjunct therapy⁴
  • Stronger nails - While there are only small non-randomized control studies, it is thought that collagen intake can help decrease rough, ragged, and peeling nails⁵
  • Improved hair growth - While research is limited, there is large anecdotal support for hair strength and improved density with those experiencing hair thinning⁵
How Does Medical Aesthetics Stimulate Collagen?

Collagen is stimulated naturally by our body as part of the natural healing process. Medical aesthetics uses targeted tissue injury and products to support natural collagen stimulation within the skin.

Examples include:
  • Microneedling (AKA collagen induction therapy) - Using fine sterile needles to gently puncture the skin, microneedling creates small, controlled injury that triggers a boost in collagen production through the natural healing process.
  • Injected Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) - PRP is a concentrated source of platelets, growth factors and cytokines produced naturally in your own body.  It uses these natural stimulating factors to rejuvenate the skin in a gradual effect, taking a few months to see results.
  • Collagen Stimulating Injectables - Bio-stimulatory aesthetic treatments include Sculptra® Aesthetic (injectable poly-L-lactic acid), RADIESSE® (Calcium Hydroxylapatite), used improve the contours of the skin, fill out depressions, and replenish volume in the face.
  • Nonsurgical PDO (polydioxanone) Threads - A type of medical-grade dissolvable suture that is inserted into the dermal layer of skin, stimulating new collagen as it dissolves.
  • Laser Skin Treatments - Heat the skin, causing collagen to constrict, making skin look tighter, more firm, and less crepey; lasers also stimulate the production of collagen and elastin in the skin.
  • Ultherapy - Delivers focused ultrasound energy to the surface of the skin. This energy triggers a natural response under the skin, jumpstarting the regenerative process that produces fresh, new collagen.
What Does The Research Say?

There’s an amazing amount of subjective evidence saying collagen is great, but there’s not a lot of science to prove it.  As the use of nutraceuticals (including collagen) for skincare has been rising,  clinical studies regarding the potential effects of collagen-based dietary supplements on skin are increasing. Preliminary results are promising for the short and long-term use of oral collagen supplements for wound healing and skin aging. ⁶Oral collagen supplements were noted to increase skin elasticity, hydration, and dermal collagen density.  It thought that collagen supplements are generally safe, having no reported adverse events.⁶

Oral supplementation with collagen peptides is effective in improving hallmarks of skin aging.⁷ At present, it is impossible to ingest a specific collagen (through meat, plant, or supplementation sources) that individually targets different areas of the body (e.g. joints, skin, nails, etc.). Instead, research supports more generalized improvement of body effects when collagen sources are increased. Essentially, taking in sources of collagen will have a generalized improvement in your joints, nails, hair, and skin. 
¹ Bolke, L., Schlippe, G., Gerb, J., & Voss, W. (2019). A Collagen Supplement Improves Skin Hydration, Elasticity, Roughness, and Density: Results of a Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Blind Study. Nutrients11(10), 2494. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11102494
² Bello, A. E., & Oesser, S. (2006). Collagen hydrolysate for the treatment of osteoarthritis and other joint disorders: a review of the literature. Current medical research and opinion22(11), 2221–2232. https://doi.org/10.1185/030079906X148373
³ Proksch, E., Segger, D., Degwert, J., Schunck, M., Zague, V., & Oesser, S. (2014). Oral supplementation of specific collagen peptides has beneficial effects on human skin physiology: a double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Skin pharmacology and physiology27(1), 47–55. https://doi.org/10.1159/000351376
⁴ Porfírio, E. & Bernardes Fanaro, G (2016). Collagen supplementation as a complementary therapy for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis: a systematic review. Brazilian Journal of Geriatrics and Gerontology, 19(1):153-164. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1809-9823.2016.14145 ​
⁵Wadyka, S. (2020). The real deal on collagen. Can popping a pill or eating foods with collagen improve your skin, hair, nails, or joints? Consumer Reports. The Real Deal on Collagen - Consumer Reports
⁵ Choi, F. D., Sung, C. T., Juhasz, M. L., & Mesinkovsk, N. A. (2019). Oral Collagen Supplementation: A Systematic Review of Dermatological Applications. Journal of drugs in dermatology : JDD18(1), 9–16.
⁶ Asserin, J., Lati, E., Shioya, T., & Prawitt, J. (2015). The effect of oral collagen peptide supplementation on skin moisture and the dermal collagen network: evidence from an ex vivo model and randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials. Journal of cosmetic dermatology14(4), 291–301. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocd.12174
<![CDATA[The Value of a Medical Aesthetics Consultation]]>Mon, 01 Feb 2021 01:42:45 GMThttp://naturalbeautymedicalaesthetics.ca/beauty-wellness--positivity/the-value-of-a-medical-aesthetics-consultation
Are you considering a cosmetic procedure? Are you wanting to address concerns reflected to you in your mirror and on video conferences since Covid-19 pandemic lockdown? Have you spent hours researching your options on Google websites? Look no further…Read on to gain insights into next steps toward a refreshed and refined appearance.

Our goal at Natural Beauty Medical Aesthetics is to personalize your experience to help you achieve the results you are wanting to see. We provide a complimentary comprehensive consultation to review what we believe is needed to accomplish your goals. We do not provide one-size-fits-all treatments. Everyone is unique and so is the type and amount of recommended treatment/product (e.g tox, injectable fillers, prp, microneedling, chemical peels, etc.). At the end of the consultation, you will have a clear idea of what is recommended for optimal results, along with an itemized cost estimation. We understand that not everyone’s budgets allow for full treatment at one appointment and that’s okay. We will stage out treatment areas so that over time you progress toward your optimum results. Remember though that nothing in medical aesthetics is a ‘one and done’ treatment. All procedures require maintenance to keep the same level of enhancement and polished look.

Highlighting Your Signature Trait and Addressing Areas of Concern

Everyone has a feature or facial characteristic they like most about themselves or that others have noted as particularly striking. We are also all created with some asymmetry and disproportion – No one has naturally perfect features!  Social media filters create the illusion that perfection is everywhere, but IT IS NOT! Our role at Natural Beauty Medical Aesthetics is to help highlight areas you love and supporting neighbouring areas of disproportion or asymmetry that may be detracting from your signature features. Progress toward perfection is more realistic. As they say, Rome was not built in a day…nor is facial restoration and refinement.

Aging Effects on our Appearance

As we age (this begins in our 20’s – sorry!), we lose facial volume and collagen (which supports elasticity and skin firmness). The result is drooping, sagging and hollowness. Did you know that we lose about 1% of our collagen each year after the age of 30? This can make us look tired and aged. Customized treatment plans can help restore this volume loss and skin tightness. Our comprehensive treatment plan will outline the areas for treatment, types of product/procedure, and dosages recommended for optimum results.  It is then up to you!

Cost versus Investment

I always get questions about cost for procedures, often with a focus on product cost per unit or syringe. The fact is that you are investing in medical treatments on a canvas you wear every day! Everyone invests in accessories – jewelry, handbags, seasonal clothes, shoes, etc. How much do you spend on these accessories? How much do you invest in makeup to cover your so-called flaws? What if you reinvested that financial resource into high grade aesthetics treatments and medical grade skincare? You show your face (and neck and décolletage) everyday, so why not invest in your face like you do your expensive foundation pieces. You save for these right?! So instead why not save for your medical aesthetic procedures and skincare.

The Importance of Skincare

Talking about skincare, this investment is so very important. Do you go to the orthodontist and invest thousands of dollars on that perfect smile and then stop brushing your teeth? Nope, I doubt that! So why would you invest in medical aesthetic treatments and then cheap out on grocery store skincare? Don’t get me wrong, there are some great cosmetic grade products out there, but if you want to help stabilize that collagen degradation and refine that skin crepiness, tone or pigmentation changes, consider investing in medical grade skincare. Unlike cosmeceuticals (typically purchased at stores), medical skincare must go through rigorous research (like all pharmaceutical grade medications) before being approved by Health Canada. Medical grade skincare offers greater amounts of active ingredients that are high grade and, like prescription grade medications, are only available through regulated health professionals (e.g. physicians and nurse practitioners). This leads to consistently predictable results, often quicker than cosmeceuticals can offer.

Contact Us for Your Complimentary Consultation Today

So, are your ready to invest in your most valuable assets that everyone sees every day? The best way to find out more about the benefits of customized medical aesthetic treatments and skincare is to make an appointment with Cindy at Shear Bliss Salon & Day Spa. Cindy will be happy to review your goals and strategize a treatment plan that will optimize your features and restore lost structure so that you can look and feel your best! Contact us today to book your consultation. See you soon!

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