Step 4 To Losing Weight - Ways To Put Your Best
I write about is derived from my feelings and personal experiences.
The only aspects of my articles which are not original thoughts
are the scientific studies that I've used to develop my opinions.
My physical appearance has always been important to me, even if
the attention I have given myself in the past has not always been
positive and healthy.
It's interesting how we find ourselves thinking back to the advice
our mothers and grandmothers once gave us. One piece of advice I
remember was that I should never pick my zits because it would infect
my skin and ruin my complexion. Because I never had skin blemishes
of any kind, it wasn't an issue for me as a young woman, so I took
my clear complexion for granted. In school, my friends who struggled
with acne always commented to me about my beautiful skin. Even though
I was glad that I had beautiful skin, I often felt self-conscious
about my looks. I was careful not to enhance my natural beauty,
and not smile too much. My parents made me very self-aware of my
looks and always said things to me that caused me to down play my
In the late 70's, I began to blossom as a young woman. Men were
physically attracted to me and I found that l enjoyed the attention
I received from them. I was often told how beautiful I was and what
beautiful skin I had. Eventually, I was noticed by a TV producer
who hired me to work on several television commercials in the Seattle
area. I performed on stage and also at different clubs in downtown
Seattle. During this time of my life, I didn't drink much alcohol,
but I still became a party girl who stayed out late and loved to
dance all night long!
Cocaine was a popular drug in the 1980's, and I began using cocaine
recreationally and also before shows on weekends. Cocaine kept me
awake at night and my fresh face began to look tired. I started
using nose spray to breathe, along with the cocaine which curbed
my appetite and gave me confidence. Because of my cocaine use I
was always congested, and the nose blowing gave me red rashes around
my nose and mouth. The confidence from the drug didn't last long,
but the drug use did. I slowly opted out of life and watched my
once perfect complexion go downhill.
Fortunately, I stopped using drugs. Once again, I took care of
myself and practiced a healthier lifestyle by eating fresh fruits
and vegetables, lean proteins and exercising regularly.
Eventually, I was married and had one child. Then I got divorced.
But, I found a job and I raised that child on my own. I remember
looking in the mirror one day and I noticing that my once perfect
complexion was now ruddy and discolored. There were ugly bumps on
its surface, skin tags on my neck and shoulders, and moles in ever
increasing numbers accumulating all over my face. I even had a few
zits that I picked, along with small growths that would burst near
the surface of the skin on my nose and bleed down my face. I also
had a few scars near my eye brow and chin that made me self-conscious,
even though nobody noticed unless I called attention to them myself.
The pimples mixed in with the freckles, the moles, and the bumps
all melted together into one unattractive and depressing sight that
I could see. As far as I was concerned, they were all zits! I no
longer had the youthful, beautiful skin I had taken for granted
all those years before. I felt sorry for myself because I hadn't
taken better care of what I had, before it was gone.
bumps and the growths multiplied as I got older. They became such
a problem for me that I sought help from a dermatologist in town.
It was fortunate that she happened to have some element of experience
in rare skin conditions and she believed it was possible that I
had Tuberous Sclerosis. She referred me on to a specialist at The
University of Washington and it was there that the diagnosis was
Tuberous Sclerosis is a very serious condition that causes benign
or malignant tumors to grow in major organs of the body. I had MRIs
performed on my brain, my eyes, my lungs, and my kidneys. Because
I appeared so healthy, they didn't perform an MRI on my heart. All
of my organs came back clear except for one kidney, which had two
small tumors in it. My skin suffered the most obvious damage from
the tumors, because they had spread across my nostrils and ears,
my cheeks, and my jawline. There were larger ones here and there,
but certain areas had clusters of tiny tumors growing on them. My
mother told me that she thought I was suffering from adult acne!
Nobody had heard of Tuberous Sclerosis.
The first thing I chose to do about my condition was to see another
specialist in the dermatology profession. He told me that he could
remove the larger ones first and then move onto the smaller clusters.
The process took about six months to complete and I was very happy
with the results, although it did leave small scars behind. I was
referred to a biologist who was working diligently on studies with
GHK and copper peptides for treating tumor growth, wound and scar
healing. Dr. Loren Pickart has a BA in Chemistry and Mathematics
and a PhD in Biochemistry. He has spent the last fifty years perfecting
his line of skin and hair products that include these unique molecules
in his product lines. I began using his products just over one year
ago and I have noticed incredible results!
The skin tags and bumps are gone. The tuberous growths are barely
noticeable. My skin has an even toned, smooth and healthy appearance
and the scars have diminished greatly. The deep crease between my
eyebrows is also barely visible (I used to be able to put my finger
nail into it). I no longer appear tired looking. Dr. Pickart's products
have actually remodeled my skin layer by layer. These products have
worked for me and I recommend them to you, or anyone who has suffered
from skin conditions or the natural signs of aging.
I do not have the luxury to afford chemical peels, plastic surgery,
Botox treatments, or any type of injectable fillers. I also do not
use expensive products on my face. The products I use are affordable
and I have my complexion looking healthy once again. Another benefit
is that I don't look as aged as other fifty year olds I know.
After I began to see the positive changes in my skin complexion,
I decided it was time to improve the texture and color of my hair.
I was a bright blond and the color had grown old and no longer looked
good on me. I'd been a brassy blond for thirty five years and I
was ready for a new look. I hired the skills of a young stylist
and color professional skilled in putting color back into bleached
blond hair. The process took another six months to achieve. The
interesting thing I learned was that, even at fifty years of age,
I have no gray hair. I'm pleased to know that the color I'm now
sporting is much more appealing for a woman my age, with my skin
tone and eye color.
My mother has been a hair dresser for more than fifty years, and
she has told me that women my age should never try and wear their
hair long. The rebel in me thought differently and I decided that
I would try. I began properly caring for my hair and growing it
out. At fifty, my complexion is healthier looking than it has been
in years, and my long hair looks and feels great!