Pregnancy and your Skin: Expectations and treatments

 

My Botique is currently going through a baby boom! And we couldn’t be happier. Nurse Sandika has 2 happy little ones, Nurse Danielle gave birth last year to a healthy baby girl, and Nurse Aline is ready to pop with her first little bundle of joy. So naturally, with the girls all being so skin obsessed, we have delved deep into what skin conditions to expect whilst pregnant and how to keep said conditions under control. 

Pregnancy hormones cause your pores to secrete excess oil, making you vulnerable to heat rash, skin discolouration and acne. Add to that your suppressed immunity (to protect your baby) and stretched blood vessels, you have a recipe for surface inflammation. Urgh like expecting Mum’s don’t have enough to worry about.

But before you start feeling powerless about your out-of-control pubescent-like skin, rest assured there are steps you can take for any skin changes you experience while you’re pregnant:

1- Cleanse and exfoliate. Wash with a gentle cleanser 2-3 times a day to keep pregnancy pimples/acne at bay. 

Once a week Exfoliate very gently too and finish off with an oil-free moisturizer. Remember overly stripped skin is more prone to breakouts.

Stay away from active ingredients such as Retinols and Vitamin B’s and Cs and swap them for salicylic acid (2%) or benzoyl peroxide.

*A top tip from one of our Nurses*- Honey Masks twice a week help control inflammation and has antibacterial properties.

2- Your diet. Stick to an appropriate pregnancy diet which contains the right balance of nutrients. Seeing how you can’t use Active ingredients topically, it’s so important to nourish your skin from the inside. 

The Mums and Mums-to-be at My Botique are in agreeance that the 2 most important nutrients to help your skin whilst pregnant is Zinc and Vitamin A.

Foods rich in Zinc and pregnancy safe are-

  • meat, including beef, pork, and poultry
  • beans
  • nuts and seeds

Foods rich in Vitamin A and pregnancy safe are-

  • beef liver
  • chicken
  • vegetables, such as spinach, broccoli, sweet potato, and carrot
  • fruits, such as cantaloupe and apricots

3- Hydrate. Make H20 your new best friend and your skin will thank you with a healthy glow. 

4- Make-up. Look for the words “noncomedogenic” and “unscented” when you’re buying makeup. So basically avoid Parabens, Retinol and Fragrances. Not only are these bad for the bub as far as absorption is concerned, but it will also irritate your skin ending in further inflammation and discolouration. Instead, turn to BB creams and CC creams.

As a cosmetic Injection clinic, it is also worth pointing out that pregnant and breastfeeding mums can not be treated with anti-wrinkle injections or dermal fillers. Laser treatments are also off the books, as well as microdermabrasions and chemical peels. Nobody understands these sacrifices more than our My Botique Mums, but when you’re holding your beautiful little bub in your arms, it’s all worth it. And rest assured, My Botique will always be supporting you and waiting to treat you when you are ready. 

So what is available at My Botique for expecting Mum’s? Our range of Masks are fantastic at rejuvenating the skin, adding hydration and tone. We also offer B12 shots which is an imperative vitamin for the health of Baby and Mum. And finally, our range of skincare from Aspect Dr has some fantastic mild options to add to your daily skincare regime. 

For more information, book a no-obligation consultation with our medical professionals. 

Book online at www.mybotique.com.au or call the clinic on 9905 3237

 

Nicci’s Dream Journey to Ninja Warrior and Beyond

It is My Botique’s pleasure to introduce Nicci, a mother and personal trainer hailing from the Northern Beaches of Sydney who risked her livelihood and that of her families, to follow her dreams. 

Nicci is an inspiration to us all, not only when it comes to her outstanding fitness achievements (ninja warrior, dragon boat racing and NZ adventure medalist), but also when it comes to taking the leap into a life-changing decision that takes an insurmountable amount of confidence and drive to achieve. 

Have a read of her story, as well as her advice to get you up and moving, and the benefits of training when it comes to the quality of your skin. 


Hailing from the UK, I originally studied Sciences at university which initially took me down the path of project and operational management in the world of pharmaceuticals, which in turn lead to a successful career in Digital marketing.

A few years later, which included a move to Australia, followed by the birth of my 3 beautiful children, and a tally of sporting achievements, my occupation focus seemed to shift. I had just finished a gruelling 8hr adventure race in NZ, and despite winning a medal for my efforts, I was filled with dread. I was unable to place it at first, but then it clicked- I resented the fact of having to go back to my desk job. Why would I do something (daily!) that I dreaded so much? I gave myself a kick up the butt and followed my own advice I give others… follow your dreams!

I needed something that aligned my passions and previous life experiences … science, biology, fitness, understanding human behaviour, and helping people reach their goals. My Ninja Warrior training experience (and five seconds of fame) allowed me the privilege of meeting some amazing humans, especially befriending a group of inspirational Personal Trainers. It was a light bulb moment and it became so very clear that my path now lead me down a career change to become a Personal Trainer. There was nothing I could do but pursue my new calling. This new found goal surged through me and I couldn’t stop it even if I wanted to.  I resigned from my digital media company, researched PT courses, talked to my PT friends and I was back to studying again 2 weeks later! I qualified as an AIF Master Trainer Cert III/IV and Nicci the Personal Trainer was born!

I have been asked if it was daunting to give up everything and start again, and yes absolutely! Not everything is roses especially if you have family or other commitments that you need to work around. You have the associated financial drop, and time is a precious commodity. You need to study again plus keep up your own training, and then there are kids activities, pickups/drop-offs from kindy, as well as normal daily living commitments. Timetables inevitably change (or get turned upside down), so everyone in my family had to learn how to juggle. 

What I love most about being a PT is that I can be there to motivate my clients, push them, and teach them about our human body – your human body! I can help my clients be the best they can be in each session, and I cherish the opportunity.  The most rewarding and satisfying outcome is witnessing my clients seeing a positive change in themselves- a shift in mindset that also dominoes down to your entire family. Mum or Dad aren’t so tired and angry anymore. Their sleep is better. They have more energy to play with the kids. Not to mention the amazing physical changes like hitting milestones like being able to fit into that little black dress you’ve been staring at in your wardrobe for the last couple of years. Everything brings enormous pride (as it should) and the understanding that, Yes, anyone can really do anything if you put your mind to it. To know that I have played a part in that is extremely motivating.

What I love is that exercise is beneficial in so many ways. For example:

1) When you are not at your best, you suffer from low self-esteem and low self-confidence. It will be evident in what you wear and how you act around people, and how you go about your everyday lives. You begin to lose who you are. Exercise can help. It is a powerful depression fighter, it promotes all kinds of changes in the brain, including neural growth, reduces inflammation, and new activity patterns that promote feelings of calm and well-being. It releases endorphins, which are powerful chemicals in your brain that energizes you and makes you feel good. Exercise gives you a higher self-esteem. Regular activity is an investment in your mind, body, and soul. When it becomes habit, it can foster your sense of self-worth and make you feel strong and powerful. You’ll feel better about your appearance and, by meeting even small exercise goals, you’ll feel a sense of achievement.

2) Exercise is a natural and effective anti-anxiety treatment and stress reliever. It relieves tension, stress, boosts physical and mental energy, and enhances well-being. Physical activity also helps to relax the muscles and relieve tension in the body. Since the body and mind are so closely linked, when your body feels better so too, will your mind.

3) Exercise gives you a sharper memory and stronger thinking power. The same endorphins that make you feel better will also help you concentrate, and you become mentally sharper.

4) Exercise stimulates the growth of new brain cells and can help prevent age-related decline. An interesting bit of research from a 2014 study (by researchers at Canada’s McMaster University) found that exercising can actually reverse skin ageing (even when it’s taken up later in life), and that people who exercised regularly exhibited younger-looking skin than their peers

5) Exercise gives you a better sleep. Even short bursts of exercise in the morning or afternoon can help regulate your sleep patterns.

6) Exercise gives you more energy. Increasing your heart rate several times a week will give you more get-up-and-go. Start off with just a few minutes of exercise per day, and increase your workout as you feel more energized.

7) Regular exercise helps tone muscles, of course. Firmer muscles help you look (and therefore feel) better.

8) Exercise will help with the health of your skin. By increasing blood flow, exercise helps nourish skin cells. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body, including the skin, in addition to providing oxygen, blood flow also helps carry away waste products, including free radicals, from working cells. Therefore a good workout will flush some of that cellular debris out of the system! Therefore you can think of it as cleansing your skin from the inside out…!

Apart from your liver, the skin is the biggest detoxifying agent. Sweating removes toxins which not only makes you feel better, it rejuvenates your skin. So when we push ourselves, and you bring on a good sweat from a session, you are increasing the blood flow and sending vital essential nutrients, hormones and increased oxygen to our skin. This gives you that healthy glow. So many many many benefits!

I have created the company Tonic and Tribe (TNT) to offer total body functional training with mobility to everyone and anyone. My ultimate aim is to get the message across that whatever you dream, whatever you want to do, you really can do it. Neither age nor weight are disqualifiers when it comes to fitness. Jump outside of that comfort zone, push your boundaries and simply do your very best at whatever you want to do in life. You are succeeding by just giving it a go!


My Botique would like to thank Nicci and her very personal and professional insights into the world of fitness and her journey to becoming a PT. If you would like to know more about Nicci and Tonic and Tribe you can visit www.tonicandtribe.com.au or email Nicci directly on Nicci@tonicandtribe.com.au

Nicci treated her skin to a Microdermabrasion and Lactic Acid Peel with Nurse Sandika-

From Hashimoto’s to Health Coach: My Holistic Healing Journey

We are so proud and blessed to have had the opportunity to speak with Sarah Kneebone of @mojohealthspace. Her journey to health is nothing but inspiring and we are so glad to be able to share that journey with our loyal My Botique clients.

Sarah is a Hashimoto’s warrior and holistic health coach. She is passionate about helping women who feel lost and overwhelmed by their Hashimoto’s diagnosis to unleash the vibrant, thriving woman they’re meant to be. Since evolving from surviving to thriving in her own health journey, Sarah focuses on healing from the inside out by working holistically on mind, body, and soul. Have a read below, and get pumped about your own journey to optimal health.


 

Hello! My name is Sarah Kneebone – a Hashimoto’s warrior and certified health coach. I’m sharing my health journey to help raise awareness about an autoimmune condition that is on the rise (affecting about 5% of the world’s population – mostly women – and present in 9/10 cases of hypothyroidism) AND to show you that healing is possible. Living with vibrant, thriving health is possible. Becoming the best version of you, by empowering yourself with information and taking consistent action towards your goals, is possible too.

My Health Journey

As a child and young adult, I mostly enjoyed excellent health. This was until about four years ago when I went through a breakup, moved my life over to Australia and took on a high-pressure job. I had always been a people pleaser and perfectionist, so when I was faced with a big work project, I let it take over my life and sense of self to the point where I completely ignored the signs that my body was struggling.

Doctors thought I had the flu and prescribed me with bed rest – it turned out I had a kidney infection. This wasn’t diagnosed until the point that I was in the emergency room. After a lumbar puncture procedure was performed to check for meningitis and I’d spent 24 hours on an antibiotic drip, the doctors discovered that we were too late and the kidney infection had spread to my blood – I had septicaemia (blood poisoning).

Recovery from this acute infection took weeks, and after that point, my immune system was never the same. For the next nine months, I experienced almost monthly UTIs, thrush, sinus infections, and more. Doctors told me that nothing was wrong and kept putting me back on antibiotics but I knew something wasn’t right.

I became my own health detective by reading extensively, listening to podcasts and getting testing done until one day, I self-diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and managed to convince a doctor to do the test which confirmed it. And so began my holistic healing journey… one that started with food and became about total transformation.

My diagnosis was both a eureka moment and a cry-fest all in one! It marked the end of a life I once knew but birthed the opportunity for me to get to know myself better; to build a stronger relationship with my body, mind, and spirit. What did I really want out of life? Where had I been ignoring my needs or denying my truth in order to fit in with people or society’s expectations?

This was an opportunity for deep healing and personal growth. An opportunity for dynamic change that came at the age of 23 – what a gift!

Turning Pain Into Purpose

The beautiful thing is that this experience – from rock bottom crisis to becoming the healthiest, happiest version of me – taught me so much. It sounds strange to say that I am grateful for it but in many ways, I truly am.

Firstly, I learned how important it is to set boundaries and value yourself. This process forced me to look at my anxious tendencies, low self-esteem, and self-worth issues in a way that has changed my life for the better. I believe it is no coincidence that people who are diagnosed with Hashimoto’s are often those who strive for achievement and perfection. This disease teaches you to practise self-care and slow down.

Hashimoto’s has also been the wake-up call I needed to change the direction of my life. I knew I wasn’t living in alignment with who I truly was but I kept doing it because I listened to society’s “shoulds”. I have made big changes in many aspects of my life to make sure it feels bursting with purpose and fulfilling for my soul – something which everybody deserves to feel. I re-evaluated relationships, developed a spiritual practice, overhauled my diet and approach to exercise, and even switched careers by leaving my “sensible” marketing manager role and training to become a certified health coach.

I love being able to spend my days inspiring, supporting, and guiding women to heal holistically from Hashimoto’s – a condition that can be reversed and put into remission with the right root cause treatment approach and dietary, lifestyle, and mindset changes. In fact, I live 95% of my life feeling better and brighter than I ever did before! I’m living proof that it can be done and it makes my heart happy to be able to share this information with the world.

Symptoms of Hashimoto’s

Thyroid hormone is present within every single cell of the body. That’s why, when left untreated or unmanaged, those with the condition can end up feeling pretty rubbish!

Unsurprisingly, as the autoimmune response ebbs and flows, symptoms do too. You can swing between hypothyroid and hyperthyroid symptoms which can include:

  • Weight gain or the inability to lose weight
  • Fatigue and tiredness
  • Puffiness and swelling
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Constipation
  • Brain fog and poor memory
  • Cold sensitivity and body temperature fluctuations
  • Infertility or difficulty getting pregnant
  • Hair loss or thinning, brittle hair (and nails)
  • Irregular or heavy periods
  • Depression, anxiety, and mood swings
  • Heart rate changes
  • Neck swelling and hoarse voice

How to Thrive with Hashimoto’s

Here are my top tips for healing and thriving with Hashimoto’s to help you get started today:

  • Don’t freak out! There is so much that can be done (and Google isn’t always your friend!).
  • Pick up Izabella Wentz’ books. These are a great starting point.
  • Build a support team. This could include a functional doctor, a coach, a naturopath, an acupuncturist, and of course, loving relationships with family, your partner, others in the chronic health community, and friends.
  • Think about how you can optimise your diet, lifestyle, and daily routine alongside the help of a health professional who can guide you.
  • Explore the root cause and triggers of your condition. This is vital because Hashimoto’s is not simply a thyroid problem, but an immune system problem.
  • Remember, health is not a destination — it’s a journey. There will be highs and lows, good days and bad days, but don’t beat yourself up over the flare-ups or the belief that you could have done something differently.
  • Be your own health advocate and invest in your health – it’s the most important asset you have!

Becoming Vibrant + Thriving Again

If you or someone you know is struggling with Hashimoto’s, I’m here to help! I coach women on a 1:1 basis through my 3-month personalised health coaching program – Vibrant + Thriving – to help Hashimoto’s warriors heal, regain energy and mental clarity, increase self-confidence, and build more balance into their lives.

During our time together, we will dive into everything from diet to lifestyle factors like stress, relationships, career, spirituality, and exercise. We will also explore one of the greatest missing links: mindset and emotional healing.

This program is always tailored to YOU. It is my commitment to be your personal cheerleader and support system! I will motivate and inspire you to create lasting lifestyle changes that will lead you to vibrant, thriving health. Let’s get your mojo back today.

 

Butt Lift with Sculptra

Sculptra Butt Lift is a revolutionary non-surgical alternative to a traditional butt lift or a Brazilian butt lift, that is designed to enhance the shape of your derriere. It increases the volume of your buttocks, promotes collagen growth, tightens and reduces fine lines, wrinkles, and cellulite.

Sculptra is a poly-L-lactic acid injectable filler. Unlike hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvéderm and Restylane, which provide immediate results by physically lifting the skin, Sculptra works more gradually by stimulating collagen production over the course of several months.

An immediate plumping effect can be noticed after the injections have been performed, however the skin returns to its normal state a few days later. It’s only then that the magic begins, as the microparticles are absorbed into the skin and the body is coaxed into reproducing lost collagen.

The treatment begins with a My Botique Medical Professional getting a clear understanding of shape the client is after.  Some patients want round, C-shaped buttocks, others want a more laterally full buttock… or a combination of both. The client is then marked-up according to various anatomical “landmarks” to determine the injection points. 

After a topical numbing agent is applied for 20 minutes, the skin is cleaned thoroughly and the injections take place. From start to finish the entire booking takes 45 minutes. And results can last anywhere between 2-5 years!

Prices start from $3000

Sculptra is also GREAT for face sculpting, particularly cheeks and jaw. Let me know if you are keen to know more, and I’ll write a blog post about it- amie@mybotique.com.au