skin/gut

From our Director

BE GENTLE ON YOUR SELF

Not many people know how I got started in beauty, and how I came to open MISS FOX. In fact, it was complete disenchantment with the the beauty industry that set in motion my journey to create a “better kind of beauty therapy”.

If you were with me 10 years ago, you would have found me working in corporate Melbourne, pausing the daily grind only for the occasional manicure, post-work bubbles or to fuel my increasingly-concerning shoe shopping addiction.

Fast forward a year from there, and a low moment of intense body criticism (we’ve all been there) saw me book in for a semi-invasive, semi-disastrous treatment to “slim and tone my body in just one session”. Having booked with the “best” clinic in town, I wasn’t expecting the extreme side effects and pain from these “natural injections”, but more so the lack of care or concern when things went horribly pear-shaped (which they literally did, and trust me, this was not the desired shape).

Although the event was scarring — both emotionally and physically — in that time I made a decision: that I would make it my mission to offer beauty therapy that was, first and foremost safe, and backed by excellence in customer care. That’s why our treatments at MISS FOX run with the strictest quality and safety measures, are completely non-invasive, and are supported with a 5-star level of customer service. One of my very favourite treatments now are our radio-frequency body contouring treatments (Venus Legacy) because not only did they help repair some of the damage from the invasive procedure, it is a smarter and completely non-invasive way to look and feel better.

Since we opened 8 years ago, MISS FOX has also evolved to a offer a more holistic, no-trauma approach to beauty therapy. Current science is showing that the more aggressive the treatment, the more thinning and inflammation — and the more the skin prematurely ages. That is why we have turned the industry on its head and said no to invasive and aggressive skin treatments such as laser resurfacing, skin needling, microdermabrasion (aka skin sandpapering), injections, glycolic, salicylic and retinoic acids, and even gritty manual exfoliants. 

Instead, we offer treatments and products that partner with the body, to build skin and internal health and stimulate change gently and naturally, using some of the world’s most intelligent ingredients and technologies. Explore our non-acid peels, non-invasive skin tools, LED light rejuvenation, holistic skin analysis, and even internal supplementation and nutrition for gut health. We’ve also partnered with experts in their field to offer you special events and services to assist you on an emotional level in life, love and career - we call it the mind-beauty connection.

All in all, MISS FOX wouldn’t be what it is today without some great challenges, obstacles and lessons. So remember, the crappy thing that happens today could be paving the way for the good things coming tomorrow. Trust the process. Be patient with yourself. Be kind to your self …and for goodness sake, be gentle on your skin.

— Victoria Fox, Founder/Director, MISS FOX Melbourne

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Health & Wellbeing

THE GUT/SKIN CONNECTION

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When it comes to taking care of our skin the first thing that usually jumps to mind are the various cleansers and serums that we use topically. These products are vital for thoroughly cleaning the skin and delivering crucial ingredients for happy glowing skin. However, this is only half the battle. So much of our outer beauty is regulated by our inner health, in particular our gut health.

When I talk about gut health, I am referring to all stages of digestion and function. From the hydrochloric acid in your stomach to the diversity of bacteria in your bowel, it all needs to be strong and balanced to function at its best.

Over recent years there has been an increased interest in the gut/skin axis (or the gut/skin connection) which is changing the way we view skin health and improve clinical outcomes. The human body is fascinating! The way it works to keep its self in balance and carry out its functions tirelessly everyday – never stopping for a break, it is truly a wonder to behold.  It is therefore important to treat it with respect and appreciate when we may need to give a little helping hand when things get tough.

Have you ever noticed how after a night of heavy drinking or fast food you wake up to an unwanted breakout or tired dehydrated skin? This is because poor dietary and lifestyle choices can lead to intestinal permeability (commonly called leaky gut) which can cause a whole host of problems.

When the protective barrier that lines our digestive track becomes damaged an increased passage of antigens can enter into the body. Over time this can lead to a vicious cycle of inflammation and tissue damage. If we also have a degree of dysbiosis (overgrowth of bad bacteria), which are releasing endotoxins, further inflammation and loss of barrier function will occur.

This cycle results in the nervous system releasing substance P in the gut and skin which increases sebum production (the oil in your skin). An overgrowth of the bacterium Propionibacterium acnes further triggers inflammatory pathways leading to blackheads, pimples, lines and wrinkles.

But luckily, we can stop this process. Your skin care routine prescribed by your skin therapist is still crucially important but investigating and treating the underlying cause is a central step which shouldn’t be over looked. High strength broad spectrum probiotics, digestive enzymes and anti-inflammatory ingredients will all help to rebalance, strengthen and heal the gut, resulting in a healthy and happy body inside and out!

Jessica Bayes BHSc (NutMed), Dip (BTh), ANTA

Clinical Nutritionist, Wellness Coach and Skin Therapist. 

MISS FOX stocks a selection of excellent internal supplements from Bioceuticals and Osmosis. Book a Skin Analysis with Jessica and our team for personalised recommendations.