Glow Therapy: Candid Conversations With A Skin Specialist

So I’m having an event in NYC! Think of it as a TEDtalk for all things beauty and wellness related. I’ll be breaking down the functions of the skin, how you can get the most out of your seasonal skin care routines & much more. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask me any questions you might have about beauty (even professional questions). The best part is you will receive a free skin consultation from me as well! I hope to see all your beautiful faces there ❤ I’m so excited to meet you!

Here’s the link!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/glow-therapy-candid-conversations-with-a-skin-specialist-tickets-42162783019

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Coming Soon: Mask Mondays!

You know what pisses me off? Seeing tutorials and skin care vids of women with beat faces sparingly applying mask products to their face. As if they are completely unaware that the skin around their brows, mouth and eyes also needs to be tended to. After providing these women with one too many views, I have decided that I will begin a weekly Periscope broadcast featuring myself and some of my fav masks and other products. Those tuning in will be able to ask me health, beauty and wellness questions. So you’ve got a week to download the app and follow. Can’t wait to see you there!

Not into livestreams and such? No problem! I’ll bring the best questions, suggestions and ideas here for your consumption.

My Esthetic Journey

It started at 30,000 feet in the sky while I was working a flight. In one of my many former lives, I was a flight attendant. As a result of being overworked, my body was completely unbalanced, my sleep was irregular, my diet was horrible, my vitamin intake was dangerously low, I had chronic muscle pain, and my skin suffered. I was 21 years old. I have always had issues with anemia and menstrual pain. Every month (since the age of 9), I would get sick and have to call out of work or miss school to deal with uncontrollable fainting and vomiting. I was usually good about keeping track of my period, but this time, it snuck up on me like a thief in the night. I was fed up. I fought through the sickness, worked my flights for the day and immediately went to my hotel room to writhe in pain and research ways to change my life.

With the wonder that is the internet, I expanded my knowledge of natural health remedies, herbs, and wellness. I found out ways to improve my lifestyle and adjust to finding healthier options while I was out traveling. I learned basic food knowledge from documentaries like Forks Over Knives and Food Inc. The more I uncovered about the relationship between diet, self care, and beauty, the more interested I became in pursuing it as a career. I also began to heavily consider my future as a flight attendant. Was I willing to trade off my health for a lifestyle I wasn’t truly satisfied with? No. So, I took the steps to enroll in the esthetics program at Aveda Institute New York. I chose them because I felt their ayurvedic approach to skincare and company philosophy aligned the most with my interests.

Since completing the program almost 2 years ago, I expand my professional horizons by learning as much as I can from whomever I can at all times. This means attending lectures and hands on skincare courses. The best resource for that is The International Dermal Institute which offers courses in every major city. Also, subscribing to professional newsletters and publications is extremely helpful. They notify you of new technologies and methods related to your field. But the best teacher is always experience. Practice whatever your craft is on anyone who is willing to be your guinea pig. Try everything you can. Understand that nothing great was built in a day. Then go build!

 

Beauty Rest

I’ve been having trouble sleeping! I’m settling in to a new apartment so my new project is create an environment in my bedroom that promotes rest and knock out cold slumber. I don’t know about you but without 8-9 hours of sleep, I’m a wreck. My productivity goes down, my mood is crappy, and worst of all my skin suffers. The body does a lot of amazing things while we sleep like regenerate cells and produce hormones that help the body to perform. That’s why well rested people tend to  be healthier. 

That means that everything in my bedroom from the pillows to the air quality needs to be designed based on my body’s needs and personal preferences. Right now my most prized possession in my room is my Bionaire Air Purifier. Sleeping with air purifiers helps make your sleep healthier. It allows you to achieve a more meditative REM sleep and decreases the likelihood of illness. Other things such as aromatherapy, natural color schemes, and mattress firmness/softness can help increase the quality of your sleep. But the most important part of good beauty rest is being able to turn off your brain and tune out the world! Sweet Dreams ❤️

Major VAGINA Key Alert

In a typical work day, I see at least 10-15 vaginas. No, I’m not a peeping Tom or a gynecologist. I’m an esthetician. Part of my job is remove hair from the body with wax. This also means I deal with a lot of insecurities and concerns from my clients about things like the look, smell, or presentation of their vaginas. Many of the women (sometimes born male) that lay on my table have just been stumbling through life not knowing how to care for their vaginas. Most of them do not even know how it works. Here’s a few MAJOR things you should be doing to keep it cool, calm, and collected down there.

  1. Let its do its thing: this means as little picking & primping as possible. And absolutely NO DOUCHING. None of those flowery ass scented soaps because your vagina is not supposed to smell like a Victoria’s Secret perfume section. Its supposed to smell like you. Just warm water will do when it comes to cleaning it.
  2. Treat it like you treat your face: I say this in regards to skin care. Moisturize your vagina daily. Let it breathe. Exfoliate the bikini area once a week. Be sure that whatever products you’re using are non comedogenic (dont clog your pores). That means NO OILS WHATSOEVER!!!! My go to products for vaginal skin care are European Wax Center’s Ingrown Hair Serum as well as their Body Exfoliate.
  3. The garden effect: I call this last one the garden effect because I have no idea what else to call it. Take care of your vagina by creating conditions by which it can thrive (as you would a garden). Drink a lot of water. Eat foods that help cleanse it. Give it light/fresh air. As trendy as it seems to wear PINK and Calvin Klein’s to bed, your vagina will not thank you for it.

I hope these tips help your box shine bright like a diamond ❤ Chow

 

Self Care = Self Love

Anyone who knows me knows I love a good (or bad) crop top in the summer. Something about the hot sun beating down on my brown belly just makes me feel… powerful lol. One day, while riding in the elevator of my mother’s building, a neighbor (an older black woman) looked at my bare stomach and asked “Please tell me how you get your stomach flat like that!”. Me being the shy and goody ass person I am grins and tells her the truth “I don’t eat meat, try to stay away from processed foods, don’t eat much dairy, and drink lots of water”. She looked extremely disappointed. As if she wanted me to tell her which brand of SkinnyTea and waist trainer I wore. Her response was a dry “See that’s too much! I love my chicken and pork too much.” That women went on to die of a heart attack that very same evening. I’m lying. She’s probably still alive eating fried chicken with her bonnet on as we speak. That is neither here nor there.

To me, self care is equivalent to self love. The method(s) by which you care for the vessel that is your body says a lot about what you think about yourself and your own purpose. For example, if you believe your purpose is to be a runner, you will train and nourish your body in a manner that allows you to be the most efficient runner on the track. Bring to mind a purpose for your own body. What is it that you could do to prepare yourself for that purpose?

My point is, if you want to be the best version of yourself, there are no shortcuts. All of the work must be done from the inside out because life/change occurs in that very same motion. All change begins in the mind. My personal approach to beauty is the very same: from the inside out. Here, I will be sharing and exploring with you the world of beauty through some new and some old trends/traditions. You can ask me questions about anything (even if its not related to beauty). I’ll be sharing some of my favorite routines and products with you as well 🙂