My Story of How I Got into The Wellness Business

on Sunday, 12 October 2014. Posted in General Care, Well Being

My Story of How I Got into The Wellness Business

Many of you when coming to my office and looking at all the titles I have on my wall, which include one masters, two post-graduates, and numerous certifications and diplomas, have asked me, “why so many and how did you land on the wellness business?”. To me this is a very legitimate question, given that while I was an undergraduate, I obtained a degree in Economics from an Ivy League University, followed by an MBA from a prestigious university in Canada, and work experience in the largest companies of this country. Furthermore, I went on and obtained a CFA and a CFP®: all indicatives of a very strong financial background. On the other hand, I didn’t stop there and got licensed in the aesthetics and laser world and worked towards additional certifications, including my current one in progress, the Registered Nurse Degree. To many this was not only a dramatic career change, but a waste of energy and resources. However, in time, I have been able to see how all of this is connected; almost as if some invisible hand was guiding me and shaping me into the person I am today.

I didn’t necessarily want all those degrees. The only goal I had clear at age seventeen was that I wanted to own my business, and that I wanted to start my family. I got my degree in Economics, because I didn’t really know what to study. Living in a small city made me fantasize about the world at large, so to me discovering this world was my main motivation at the time. My degree landed me a job at one of the largest companies of the world in the finance department. Of course, this was all new to me, coming from a very traditional family of Engineers. Yet this was only the beginning… after my years as an undergraduate, I ended up moving from Philadelphia to the Dominican Republic to Montreal to Boston to the Dominican Republic and to Miami, including four months in Asia. Each step required me to adjust and reinvent myself, and as I tried to figure things out, I continued collecting degrees. However, given my traditional background, once I had picked a career, I was supposed to do that for the rest of my life…

Life went on and I formed my family. I realized that to meet the demands of family life, the only way possible was by having the flexibility that being a business owner gives people. The desire of owning a business was too strong, and I found myself longing for that independence. That’s when the importance of my financial background became apparent to me. Not only did I have the background, but also the experience to run a business. The missing link was the business idea… and this would only come by paying attention to what life was showing me at the time. This opened a whole new “Box of Pandoras”. Again, I was exploring new waters.

So I ended up managing part-time a medical office, to adjust the demands of my family life. Managing a medical office was new to me, and this is when I fell in love with the field of aesthetics and wellness. Curing disease was okay…not too exciting, not too dull. There are many reasons for that, which I will cover in a future blog, but preventing disease and maintaining your well being, as we age gracefully, is fascinating. Not only do you apply it to yourself and you are cognizant of little things that you can do to improve your quality of life, but especially you learn to see the person as a whole. Yes we all want to be beautiful and look “forever young”, but beauty requires a whole person approach and complete focus on all aspects of a person. And this is where my background adds to all of it. Not only am I now able to successfully manage an office, but I can apply the principles that I learned before, including those discovered as a financial planner: when you look at a financial situation, you have to consider not only current cash flow, but insurance, investment, and all other needs… The same applies to prevention and wellness. Beauty comes from the inside out. It is the culmination of a process that reflects how much we love ourselves. If we love ourselves, we will exercise, eat healthy, sleep well, control stress levels, build a healthy environment and relationships, and of course take care of our appearance.

To make a story short, one day as I sat in the medical office I was managing, David suggested I get trained in the aesthetics equipment and actually do the procedures myself to be able to better manage the office. That was the beginning. To learn to walk we first have to crawl, and that was my first crawling experience as a business owner. One thing led to the other, and as my personal life started to crumble, I passionately followed my dream and started my own wellness practice. The rest is history…

I realized that life doesn’t cease to marvel me….once our minds are clear, unimaginable doors just open up and it is in the worst of these circumstances that when we dig deep enough we find the courage to be ourselves and answer our questions. It all made sense. I was now using EVERYTHING I had learned before and every step of the way felt like a grand ploy to take me where I am today…

Melasma Treatments

on Sunday, 05 October 2014. Posted in Skin Care, General Care, Well Being

Melasma is a skin disorder that causes discoloration on the skin. More often than not, Melasma appears on the face in the form of dark patches, making your skin tone uneven. Although the symptoms of this disorder are superficial, you may have a genetic predisposition to Melasma; as it has been recorded to be more prominent in people with tan skin tones than in those with light or dark skin tones. Other components that increase your risk of developing Melasma include sun exposure; hormonal changes experienced during pregnancy or through the use of oral contraceptives and strong skin care products.

Treating Melasma generally begins with protecting your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. In addition to wearing sun block daily and reapplying throughout your day, use hats or parasols when you’re outside to avoid direct sun exposure. You should also invest in topical solutions like facial cleansers and moisturizers for sensitive skin. Some products contain ingredients that aggravate the skin and trigger a persistent appearance of Melasma.

Dermatologists often prescribe creams that fight the symptoms of Melasma more aggressively.

Because Melasma is a biological skin disorder, there is no internal cure and although some patients only experience temporary skin discoloration, others may have symptoms that require long-term treatment. This is nothing to fear because the solution to your problem exists in so many accessible methods.

Apart from the preventative measures, there are professional procedures that help diminish the appearance of existing blotches. Depending on the sensitivity of your skin, an aesthetician or expert will recommend one or two types of procedures. A Chemical Peel , which is the application of glycolic acid to your skin. It removes the top, Melasma affected layer of your skin and makes way for new skin cells to develop. Other pigmentation removal treatments gradually removes to top layer of your skin to reduce or completely eliminate the appearance of uneven skin tones.

Understanding your skin condition is vital in the treatment process but trusting professionals to help you overcome such a common disorder will facilitate a quicker restoration of gorgeous, healthy skin!

Melasma

on Sunday, 28 September 2014. Posted in Skin Rejuvenation, Skin Care

What causes it?

Melasma

If you’re noticing light to dark brown or gray patches on your skin, you may have Melasma. Melasma is a common skin disorder that affects 1 in 4 women globally and 1 in 20 men. It is typically seen on people with a natural brown skin tone but has affected those with lighter, fair skin and darker, black skin. In simple terms, the condition is a form of hyperpigmentation that causes the skin to produce more melanin (the formulation of pigment – skin color) in certain areas of your body, primarily the face. For most people, these patches become embarrassingly noticeable and can lead to lowered self-esteem.

Although Melasma is not life-threatening, it must be cared for to avoid more serious diseases like Melanoma. The causes of Melasma remain obscure but it has been linked to genetics. An increased amount of patients have disclosed that other relatives have suffered from Melasma in the past. Heredity is a big factor but there are other elements that increase your risk of developing Melasma.

Sun Exposure

Sun exposure is one of the leading causes of Melasma. Your skin is affected in two ways when you don’t protect yourself against the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. One, the direct sunlight can trigger Melasma blotches to appear darker. Two, the heat given from the sun aggravates the sensitivity of your skin if you’re already genetically predisposed to the skin disorder, which is something you can also experience indoors in places like a factories or the kitchen while you are cooking.

Hormonal Changes

During pregnancy or while taking oral contraceptives, women experience hormonal changes. These hormonal changes are usually due to an increased amount of certain hormones that accelerate the production of normal melanin and reinforce the symptoms of Melasma. The symptoms are usually temporary and the dark patches tend to go away after giving birth or ceasing to take oral contraceptives.

The Use of Cosmetics

Certain skin care products contain ingredients that agitate the sensitivity of your skin, primarily scented cleansers and lotions. Other products like soaps that give your skin a small stinging sensation or make-up brands that offer alcohol based products also irritate skin that is prone to Melasma.

The Sun is the Primary Cause of Aging

on Sunday, 21 September 2014. Posted in Skin Rejuvenation, Skin Care

The Sun is the Primary Cause of Aging

The battle against aging is a concept as ancient as the extinction of dinosaurs. At some point, we all come to terms with the fact that we will grow old but we will do so gracefully. There are preventative measures we can take to ensure that our skin continues to appear youthful and the most significant of all is protecting ourselves from the sun.

As the summer comes to end and we begin to prepare for winter, our skin is most likely recovering from all the sunny days we spent outdoors. The sun damage our skin experiences can be as lasting as all the memories you made throughout the summer but the damaging effects are not a result of a few days out in the sunlight, rather prolonged periods of excessive sun exposure.

Although they are signs of deterioration beneath the epidermis, some of us welcome the cute freckles that appear after a fun beach day. Others aren’t as fortuitous; heavy sun exposure has proven to destroy the collagen tissue and the elasticity of your skin, which is one of the causes of wrinkles and sagging skin. With increased dehydration from the sun, those wrinkles become more pronounced. Both, freckles and wrinkles indicate that your skin is becoming weak and more prone to Sunspots, Melasma or Lentigo. These are not just aging spots but skin conditions that can potentially lead to serious forms of skin cancer.

Prevent the damage from without

Incorporate skin rituals and habits that can help you prevent your skin from suffering from long-term damage. Sun block and moisturizers are vital to keep your skin from drying out. Don’t let impurities sit on the epidermis for too long, cleanse and gently exfoliate your skin regularly. When the fall season begins, invest in rejuvenating procedures like peels to rid the skin of dead cells and make space for new, healthy cells.

Prevent skin complications from within

Our over-all wellness includes caring for health and being that toxins are released through our pores, what we ingest is just as important as the products you spread all over your body. It’s crucial to drink plenty of water, especially during the summer to prevent dehydration. Eat well and find meals that are rich in vitamin A and C.

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