I have struggled with acne on and off throughout my adult life. It has been extremely frustrating to say the least. There have been times when I have felt like I tried it all and nothing was working. From over the counter products to prescription acne treatments and skincare regimens designed to clear up my skin, I continued to wake up with new breakouts almost daily. I know first-hand that acne can truly affect your self-esteem, your confidence, and your motivation to do the things you love. I found myself hiding; not wanting to go to events, dinners with my family, or hanging out with my friends.
Acne also began to affect my work life. Working at Honolulu MedSpa, patients look to me for skin advice, they are looking for help with their skin struggles. I thought to myself, “how can I make any type of recommendation when I myself am struggling with painful acne, scaring and hyperpigmentation from sun damage? Why would anyone take skin-care advice from someone who does not have a handle on their own skin?”
Something had to change. I decided to reach out to Kanoe, our lead aesthetician and Sarah, our lead laser specialist for help.
Kanoe completely changed my skincare routine. She took me off the harsh products I was using as well as the prescription-based treatments. She mentioned this was to give my skin a rest and let it breathe. She placed me on a simple and clean regimen and minimized the number of products I was using. As my skin began to heal and become less irritated, we slowly incorporated other products to address my concerns. I was scheduled for monthly HydraFacial’s with blue light to clean my skin and address overactive bacteria. Kanoe spent the time to discuss lifestyle choices with me and explained that diet can affect the skin. We discussed removing foods that can cause acne flare ups such as dairy, whey, peanut butter, and certain types of sugar. I started adding Apple Cider Vinegar to my morning routine to help with the gut.
Now that my skin was clearing up and the days of waking up with new breakouts were behind me, it was time to address the scaring, texture and unwanted pigment. I met with Sarah and she recommended a combination of lights and lasers to address my acne, scaring and hyperpigmentation. She recommended six treatments of the Fotona laser acne series and four treatments of AFT/IPL.
This treatment protocol worked wonders on my skin. It was not a quick fix, but the results are phenomenal. Sarah was wonderful, she knew when and where to be conservative or aggressive with the lasers & IPL. She is so knowledgeable, and I trust her completely with my skin.
Sculptra was another aspect to my treatment. This product helps stimulate collagen production and I know it helped also helped to improve the texture & tone of my skin.
Nine months ago, I wanted to hide. I could not talk to patients about skincare and felt nervous if the topic even came up. My patients have seen me struggle with my skin. They have been so supportive and have noticed the positive changes. I know this because so many of my patients are now saying things like, “Wow, you look great!” “Your skin looks so good from the last time I saw you 3 months ago! What are you doing?” “I want skin like yours!”
This journey has taught me a lot. I know what it’s like to want immediate results but it’s just not realistic. I have learned that it takes time and a multi-modality approach to achieve the type of success I’ve had with my skin.
Thank you for reading about my journey. I wholeheartedly believe in what we do here at Honolulu MedSpa. Our entire team truly cares about the concerns our patients have and will do everything in their power to help you achieve your skincare goals.
Below is my treatment plan designed by Kanoe and Sarah:
How’s your New Year’s resolutions coming along? Are you hitting your goals, or have you gotten off track? Usually, more than half of all resolutions fail, but it’s all about creating goals that are achievable and realistic. Start off by doing small, life-changing measures and work your way up. You don’t need to try and do them all at once.
Here’s how to stay focused on your New Year’s Goals:
MAKE A LIST
Write down your goals where you will see them. When you see what you’re working towards you will start putting the focus in and that will help keep you on track.
Be realistic and start with goals that are easy to achieve. For example: Drink more water, meditate more, eat more plants, rather than eating out, cook more healthy foods, or go for a walk in the park. Small goals lead to big goals and that is what we want to work towards.
SET MANAGEABLE GOALS
Don’t create a list that is too difficult to achieve. Be realistic about your time and your lifestyle. If you have to get the kids to practice immediately after work, schedule time for yourself in the morning or take a walk while they are on the field. Be realistic and don’t be too hard on yourself if the unexpected comes up.
HOLD YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE
Get a family member or close friend to help you stay focused and accountable. Consider your needs and what keeps you motivated. If group settings work best for you take this into consideration before you plan your goals.
CELEBRATE YOUR SUCCESSES
By working on your list and crossing off the goals you have achieved, you gain confidence to tackle your next goal. Keep moving forward and know that there will be peaks and valleys along the way.
Never give up! As the months go on, it’s ok to revise it, tweak it and make it perfect for you!
Are you drinking celery juice too? It seems like everywhere you turn, everyone is drinking celery juice thanks to “Medical Medium” Anthony Williams. He is the creator of this global celery juice movement and a four time New York Times best-selling author. Even celebs including Kim Kardashian, Naomi Campbell and Pharrell are jumping on the celery juice bandwagon. If you’re wondering what all the hype is about, or just want to know some fun facts; read on as we share the real, raw reasons we’re loving our celery juice and why you may just want to give it a try too.
Celery is an excellent source of vitamins A, C and K and has powerful antioxidants. With excellent sources of alkaline minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium, this low calorie diet helps your body maintain its blood pH level.
Benefits of Celery Juice?
Anthony William insists that celery juice flushes out metal toxicity, pesticides and herbicides that are inside our liver. It helps to destroy bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that can cause diseases.
It also helps with…
Cleanses the body of toxicity
Lowers blood pressure
Helps with eczema, psoriasis and acne
Aids in weight loss
Helps with constipation
Improves Kidney function
Juicing VS. Blending:
There are two ways you can drink this. If you have a juicer, run one bunch of celery through it. If you have a blender, blend it in a high-speed blender until smooth, then strain well and drink immediately.
He recommends drinking 16 ounces on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. Wait at least 15 minutes after drinking your celery juice before consuming anything else. If you’re sensitive, and drinking 16 ounces is too much, start with a smaller amount and work your way up. Use organic celery whenever possible and wash well before juicing.
Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to go on a crazy diet or change everything you eat. It is simply about making healthier decisions and substituting or adding one new healthy habit at a time. No food can make you look younger and feel healthier overnight. But over time, getting the right nutrients can make a world of difference in how you feel about yourself.
Here are some recipes to help you meal plan to a healthier you:
BREAKFAST- GLOWING GREEN SMOOTHIE
This glowing green smoothie recipe is from the top celeb nutritionist, Kimberly Snyder in Hollywood. In one drink, you not only get the fuel to lose weight, but rejuvenate your skin, fight aging, and increase energy.
1 ½ cups water
1 head organic romaine lettuce, chopped
3 to 4 stalks organic celery
½ of large bunch of spinach
1 organic apple, cored and chopped
1 organic pear, cored and chopped
1 organic banana
Juice of ½ fresh organic lemon
Add water and chopped head of romaine to blender. Blend at a low speed until smooth. Add spinach, celery, apple and pear, blend at high speed. Finish with banana and lemon.
LUNCH- QUINOA AVOCADO SPINACH POWER SALAD
This nutritional vegan/gluten-free lunch is filling and energizing! With this powerful punch combination, you will find it will be a new quinoa favorite! Recipe from The Garden Grazer.
1 cup dry quinoa
2 medium avocados
3 oz. baby spinach
8 oz. cherry tomatoes
3 green onions
1-2 garlic gloves
2 tbsp. Red wine vinegar
⅛ tsp. Salt
Cook the quinoa according to package directions. Meanwhile, chop the spinach. Place in a large bowl. Mince garlic, and add to spinach. Slice the green onions, halve the cherry tomatoes, and dice the avocado. When quinoa is done cooking , add it to the spinach and toss. Add the green onions, tomatoes, red wine vinegar, and salt. Stir to combine. Add avocados and lightly toss.
DINNER- HEALTHY TURKEY LETTUCE WRAPS
This is inspired by PF Changs’ famous recipe, these healthy turkey lettuce wraps are quick, easy to make and are full of so much flavor! Recipe from Eat Yourself Skinny.
1 ¼ lb. fat-free lean ground turkey
1 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
⅛ tsp. Ground ginger
4 green onions, thinly sliced
1 can sliced water chestnuts, drained and chopped
3 tbsp hoisin sauce
2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tsp. Roasted red chili paste
Pinch of salt
12 boston lettuce leaves
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add turkey, garlic and ginger to the pan and cook for about 6 minutes or until turkey browned. Combine turkey mixture, onions and chopped water chestnuts in a large bowl, stirring well, and set aside. Meanwhile in a small bowl, whisk together hoisin, soy sauce, rice vinegar and roasted red chili paste and drizzle over the turkey mixture. Toss to coat completely. Add ¼ cup turkey mixture to each lettuce leave and serve.
We look forward to working with you on your health and wellness journey. Call us anytime for a complimentary consultation!
Everywhere you turn these days, you often see everyone on their phones, rather than engaging in one another. Things are more self-service, automated and tech driven nowadays. The human touch is one of the first senses we knew and plays a vital role in our physical and psychological health, yet the physical touch has lessened in our technology culture. As we become more and more connected to society through the digital world, it can impact communications, relationships and our day-to-day.
So just how do we get back to feeling that human touch that we actually crave so much? After all, that’s what we used to know.
It all starts with getting back to basics.
At dinner time, have a rule that everyone puts away their phones to talk about each other’s day, and play a game afterwards. This is a family bonding time where everyone gets to unwind and feel connected.
Ask a friend out to lunch. Relationships with friends are extremely important. They are there for you when you need them. It’s always so nice to greet them with a huge hug and afterall, who doesn’t want a hug? They say 12 hugs a day is important to the human touch for growth and powerful energy in the body.
Engage with our kids more. Kids won’t always be kids. Soon they will grow up before our eyes, and we will be wishing they were still our little babies. Let’s play that game of catch with them, have them be your sous chef, and most importantly, hug them often, rub their back for no reason, and put your arm around them when reading a book.
#TREATYOSELF to a spa day! Sometimes before we can give it our all to our families, friends and/or our job, we need to make sure we are mentally and physically existent. We need to de-stress our mind and body to recharge to be the best version of ourself.
While the Christmas parties have passed, we still all want to look our best for the upcoming New Year. New Year’s Eve is the perfect excuse to look extra fabulous, and by that we mean flawless skin, perfecting your pout and smoothing out your fine lines to get glowing for 2018!
Many of our treatments offer instant results with little to no downtime. Here are a few of our favorites:
This is one of our favorite treatments for an immediate glow to help brighten up your complexion and reduce pore size.This is a must-do for any event to get that “red carpet skin.” Not only is it safe and for every skin type, it also feels fantastic!
That New Year’s kiss is the perfect time to have those “kiss me” lips that look natural and full. You will see results immediately, but allow 2 weeks prior for full results to show. This will last up to 9-12 months.
We’re always wanting gorgeous lashes! Using this topical treatment that is FDA approved, patients experience longer, thicker and darker lashes in about 8 weeks with a daily application. The results will give you the most healthy, rockstar lashes that don’t require a weekly appointment.
We look forward to assisting you at anytime you feel ready! Call to schedule your complimentary consultation 808-528-0888