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Best face forward-the aging situation. My experience & a first step with Teosyal!

 

Who googled the last word in my title?  Don’t be embarassed if you did….I didn’t know what it was either at first.

I thought by 2015, people would be ‘over’ the whole dermal filler/neuromodulator “stigma” but lo and behold, I still get raised eyebrows when I talk about it.  I have a BIG soapbox to stand up on regarding this topic and I will be doing that-just not in this post.  This is an EXPERIENCE post.  Please keep that in mind as you read!

Since you googled Teosyal, I’m sure you have an idea of what I’m going to be talking about here. I’m in my 40’s now and have been noticing that my skin is losing it’s elasticity and brightness, and starting to droop quite a bit.  I have also noticed dark undereye circles.  I have made major changes to my diet, stepped up my skincare game, and have been drinking water, and taking my vitamins.  That only gets a girl so far though….so I decided to take it to the next level.  Here we go….

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WHAT IS TEOSYAL®?

Teosyal is a full range of injectable dermal fillers made of biodegradeable hyaluronic acid

WHAT IS HYALURONIC ACID?

Hyaluronic acid is a natural skin component. It acts like a sponge and retains large quantities of water to keep the skin plumped and soft. One HA molecule can hold 1000 times it’s weight in water. In the filler syringes, HA comes in the form of a gel.

Age, stress, hormonal changes, harmful effects of UV rays, oxidants and environment all play a role in depleting our skin of collagen, elastin and especially hyaluronic acid. We lose 50% of our bodies hyaluronic acid between the ages of 40-50. The dermis breaks down, causing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, loss of volume, and sagging.

My experience:

I have raved about Dr. Cory Torgerson more than once on various social media platforms.  His office and staff alone deserve their very own blog post (and they will be getting one).  To make sure my skin was at its absolute best and brightest prior to my Teosyal appointment, I had a SilkPeel Dermalinfusion which was incredible.  I’m going to try to explain this treatment the best I can.

SilkPeel Dermalinfusion is a non-invasive skin rejuvenation procedure. It is the ONLY procedure that provides simultaneous exfoliation, evacuation, and delivery of ‘condition-specific’ topicals (for example, if your skin is oily, you will get a certain topical, if it’s dull, you get a different topical. A topical is a product applied to the skin).

The SilkPeel took approximately 30 minutes. My skin was super smooth and VERY clean.  It isn’t irritating like Microdermabrasion and I like the fact that the tool does the work and EVENLY exfoliates and treats every inch of my face.

Teosyal:

QUICK FACTS:

  • Did you know that 5 syringes of filler, equals only 1 teaspoon of product? That’s why you need more than 1 syringe to get the results you are looking for! Although each molecule holds 1000 times it’s weight in water, to get best results, most people need 2-5 syringes to get the results they are looking for!
  • Teosyal is the most natural looking and feeling product, because it integrates naturally into your tissue, allowing for dynamic and natural expression.
  • Teosyal is the purest filler on the market, resulting in less swelling!
  • Depending on the area injected, Teosyal can last anywhere from 6-18 months.

 

My turn-back-the-clock experience included  Teosyal Ultimate and Teosyal Redensity to give me some beautiful volume in my cheeks and provide me with that “I just got my beauty rest” type look  under my eyes too. 

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I’m sure I don’t need to write out which photo is before and which photo is after.  Keep reading to see how I look now!

My thoughts:

I won’t lie, this isn’t a pain-free procedure but it’s not intense or prolonged discomfort.   It feels like exactly what it is….a needle in your face.  I can compare it to having blood drawn or getting a shot.  The whole kit and kaboodle took 15 minutes and there are instant results.  If you are fair skinned, have thin skin (like me) don’t be incredibly shocked if you see a “baby bruise” or two.  This is normal and will fade in a short time.  Also, please note….Hyaluronic acid is attracted to water so you may see some slight swelling.  Again, give the product some time to ‘settle in’ -I’m a big fan of soft ice packs on the areas that were corrected.

Overall, this was a great choice for me.  I recently posted a photo of myself on Facebook and it’s a side by side.  The photo on the left was me 4 years ago (from an article on the website ChickAdvisor) and the photo on the right is me currently.

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While there was nothing ‘wrong’ with my photo from the past, I can’t help but notice the current photo is so much brighter and fresher.  It represents ME and how I feel, not my age.  I know that I can’t stop the aging process and I don’t want to …..but I do like knowing that I’m the best version of myself that I can be.  Teosyal helps me achieve that.  It’s one more ‘care item’ I’m adding to my list.   There is absolutely nothing ‘wrong’ with wanting to look the best I can be-and I do recommend Teosyal products. The best way to find out if this is right for you is to speak to a professional, in my case I always recommend Dr. Cory Torgerson..

Stay tuned for more about my anti-aging journey with #Teosyal and Clarion Medical Technologies.  I personally would like to thank Dr. Torgerson, Clarion Medical Technologies, and the staff at The Clinic at Yorkville for being kind, knowlegable, and supportive. I am so thankful to have been able to participate in this opportunity and look forward to sharing more posts, information with all of my readers!

I would love to hear your thoughts-have you had any experience with dermal fillers and/or neuromodulators?

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Being awesomer…..with Joy McCarthy

In the spirit of trying to ‘be better’, I thought I’d share this book with you.  I actually know this woman and have been to several of her workshops/talks.  I’m sharing it with you because if you really want to make a change, this is a great place to start.  Should you not want to invest in the book, scroll down to the bottom of the post for website information, where Joy shares recipes and tips for better living.

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Joyous Health is a fresh new approach to eating that will change the way you think about food and what you eat, offering a simple and practical path to creating a healthy lifestyle. Holistic nutritionist Joy McCarthy, creator of the popular blog Joyous Health, explains how to eat and live joyously with amazing results, both inside and out:

• improved digestion
• increased energy and zest for life
• sleeping like a baby
• glowing skin and shiny hair
• balanced hormones
• weight loss and increased libido
• lowered blood pressure and cholesterol
• feeling fabulous every day
Joyous Health celebrates eating delicious, clean whole foods. Featuring beautiful color photography, the book contains 80 recipes with pure ingredients and tasty combinations, including Carrot Cake Smoothie, Coconut Flour Banana Pancakes, Thai Beet Soup, Curry Chicken Burgers and Double Chocolate Gluten-Free Cookies.
I personally love this book-and I’ve done a 10-day detox with Joy (online) that was fantastic.  While some of her suggestions are a bit extreme, I’ve found that starting slow and making small changes has made a big difference in how I feel physically AND mentally.
You can find Joy:
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What a great way……to spend a Monday night! MissAvaCado at Tips Nail Bar and the benefits of avocados for beauty!

Anyone who follows me on instagram knows that my nail game is TIGHT.  When Miss Sandy Avvari & Janine Falcon asked me if I’d like to learn more about avocado and beauty treatments, I was all over it!

I’m no stranger to Tips Nail Bar-but haven’t been since their recent (fairly) renovation.  Allow me to show you around briefly.

 

Tips Nail Bar

Tips Nail Bar

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Nice, eh (look I used a Canadian word!)?  Now, onto Miss Ava Cado:

Miss Ava Cado

Miss Ava Cado

I learned a lot about the benefits of using avocados in beauty treatments-specifically in a hand treatment. Here is the recipe for the treatment I received:

1/4 fully ripened avocado

1 egg white

2 tablespoons rolled oats (highly absorbtive)

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions:

In shallow bowl, mash avocado until smooth. Add egg white, oats, and lemon juice.   Massage into hands, leave on for 20 minutes, rinse with warm water.

So, I must say that this not only leaves my hands super soft, but that it brightens them….must be the lemon juice!  I highly recommend it.

After the avocado hand treatment

After the avocado hand treatment

There’s also a recipe for a hair mask (which I didn’t get but I’m up for trying this weekend).  If the hair mask works even half as well as the hand treatment, I am SOLD.

1 full ripened avocado

1 egg yolk (tip: do the hand treatment and the hair mask on the same day!)

1/2 teaspoon olive oil (I’m probably going to try argan oil)

Directions:

In shallow bowl, mash avocado until smooth.  Add egg yolk and oil, stir until combined. Divide hair into sections, apply mixture to hair by massaging into each section, concentrating on ends.  Allow to penetrate 30 minutes, rinse with warm water.

And why stop there?  How about some Face masks with avocado?

Add avocado to yogurt, honey to make a moisturizing mask.  Add lemon juice and egg white to avocado for a mask to balance oily skin!

Of course, avocados are yummy to eat as well:

avacado snacks!

avacado snacks!

Although it may not be ‘new’ news, don’t overlook avocados when it comes to beauty!!

For  more information on beauty with avocado & food recipes:  www.missavacado.ca

 

Thank you to Tips Nail Bar , Janine Falcon, and Sandy Avvari for inviting me!

 

Pre-detox jitters

this is it!!! last junk food day!

It’s detox time for me. Again.  I’ve got the ‘pre-detox’ blues.  Why?  I don’t know-this isn’t my first time!  I endure this process twice a year, with excellent results!

For some reason, this time is different and I can’t quite put my finger on it! For now, I am going to lump it under “I’m not in the right frame of mind”.  But what IS the right frame of mind?  Is it the preparation?  Is it the spiritual connection between mind and body?  Do I need to “set my intentions” as anjali_handa so eloquently wrote?

And is there ever an “ideal” time for detox?  I know that I have always missed “Canadian Thanksgiving” because of some kind of wellness/cleansing/detox situation. Is this going to be my new tradition?

Well I certainly better figure it out soon-as my anticipated start date is tomorrow.  I’ll be shopping for my “detox-friendly” foods, and thinking about all the reasons that I am really going through with this (did I mention it’s six weeks long?).  My yoga schedule is in hand, I have secured sauna/steam room time and put out the S.O.S. to joyoushealth and drjohndempster!  Hmmmm maybe I am ready!

I sense a breakthrough!

*random note* HUGE shout-outs to my mexi-CAN Paola for passing her Canadian citizenship test with flying colors!  That girl is going places!!!