My beauty secrets for stage and beyond

side 1: before I began skincare side 2: after 6 months with Alix
side 1: before I began skincare side 2: after 6 months with Alix. No filter on either. My first pic was after my first botox and she froze me so much the bottom of my face crinkled. Side 2 is after 1 year using Brooke at Dr. Rottler. I use less botox each time, because I see Alix.

Muscle is the fountain of youth! If you follow my blog, then you know I believe it, I live it.  Now skincare.. don’t backburner that!

I was a tanning bed girl for decades but I stopped that!
My skin was beginning to sag  as it was losing elasticity!
When I started competing, I wanted to bring my best package
so I began to focus more on my skin.

Facials, Peels
My very dear friend and client Alix Mancuso  is my esthetician.
We started working together a  year ago to revitalize my skin.
We do peels and collagen treatments.  I am noticing that the damaged skin is coming to the surface and my skin looks better with each peel!   Soon it will be clear from all the sun damage. I do my peels with no down time!

Anti-Gravity Face Lift
Alix  also started me on microcurrent face lifts. I do this with her
once a month.
Microcurrent anti gravity lifts are amazing. They retrain the muscles in your face. I have noticed great results from doing them.
They are NON-invasisve!  YES! You look tighter instantly. Results are cumulative!

I have an in home version of the Nu-face as well which I do for 5 minutes a day.  This is the one I’m using at home.  I wish mine was PINK! You can click to see more about it.

My nuface
My nuface

Alix is local to St. Louis and works at the Four Seasons Spa.
You can book her there! I hope you do. She is amazing, caring and one of the best people I know. Book here

I was a department store skin care girl for my whole life. I switch brands, buy bits and pieces here and there  and it was “ok”. When I started with Alix, she set me straight.  She was able to see that I was using the exact wrong types of products  and we changed courses. That made all the difference. This was shocking because I thought I knew my skin.  I was also piling on so many products!  A skin care  professional can look at your skin and give you the correct recommendations!  It matters! I had no idea!  Just like you need a good trainer/coach a skin care professional will change your life.

Good Products
I am loving the products I’m now using. Babor. These are available in
Alix’s spa  They are beyond fantastic.  The best anti-aging treatments!
The cleanser I was using was drying me out.  My exfoliant was TOO rough for my skin and I used it too often!  I probably damaged my skin by over use.  For cleansing I use Babor Hy-oil
and my skin never feels dry or tight.  I use the HSR lifting products
and the Mimical cream is fantastic post botox. It helps my botox last longer.

Babor HSR line is my holy grail!
Babor HSR line is my holy grail!

Botox: Yes.. I botox. I have done botox for 4 years.  I am using
Aurora Med Spa and my girl is Chelsea Becker! She is at the West Country location.

Aurora Medical Spa
13319 Manchester Road
Des Peres, MO 63131
(314) 822-1060
Visit our website

Be sure to sign up for Brilliant Distinctions. You will get discounts on your injections.
Aurora has a skin care club too for discounts. I’ve sent lots of people to them. They are very nice and Chelsea took a full hour for my consult!!

If you use my name at Aurora you can get a
$10 off your botox or $20 off microderm.

Sugar, etc.  I find my skin looks worse when I eat  lots sugar. I mean sugar like, candy cookies, etc.  I am IIFYM but I do try to keep my sugary treats to a minimum. I’m sure not everyone notices changes in their skin with sugar, but it makes a difference for me.

I drink over a gallon of water daily too. I notice a huge difference when I drink less!

I also take amazing vitamins, including biotin for my hair skin and nails.


The number 1 anti aging remedy


Everyone wants to look and feel  younger.  The anti-aging industry, much like the weight loss industry is  a giant money maker.  Dr. Oz boasts a new pill, cream or remedy nearly every day of the week.  Bear in mind that “Dr. Oz” gets a check.
Let’s talk science!

Strength training is the fountain of youth. 
Wait.. don’t shut down your browser just yet!
In a year long Tufts University study, Dr. Miriam Nelson found that participants who did a forty minute strength training session just twice a week garnered these results.

1. More confidence
2. Increased their metabolism by as much as 15%.
3. Lost 44% more weight than participants who dieted only.
4. Looked and felt 15-20 years younger.
5.Were able to repair bone density and reverse the damage of bone loss.

In our 30’s, we begin to lose bone density and muscle tissue. That is bad!
We have learned that the more muscle we have, the faster our metabolism is.  Strength training burns body fat and builds lean, efficient muscle tissue.  If left to our own sedentary selves, we could feasibly end up at age 70,with as much lean muscle in our WHOLE body as we currently have in our upper thigh.

Supple muscle and bone density are currency for youth. When you lift heavy, you over load the muscle. You must over load the muscle for it to grow. This is NOT the time for light weights.  No pink weights. Not here!  For our clients, we like to have them
lift at about 80 % percent of their 1 rep max.  If you are not sure how much that is, do not fret. If you are lifting a weight that is difficult while doing 6-8 reps, you are spot on.

What about my bone density?   Strength training helps build bone density and is preventative against osteoporosis. Simply put, when we lift heavy, we create little shards of bone. The bone repairs itself and it becomes stronger. The alarming thing about osteoporosis is that symptoms may not manifest until years later! The time to begin a program is immediately!

Strong backs equal youthfulness.
In my pilates practice,  we understand that our backs can determine if we are young or old.  A 25 year old with  a bad back is old. A 70 year old with a strong back is young. If you are vital and able to do more, you are  young no matter what your chronological  age.

Inactivity  leads to muscle waste. That’s a pathway to back injuries.
Here’s why.
If one muscle group is weaker, the opposing muscle group will try to take over for it.
Example: If your abdominals (core muscles) are very weak and you try to lift something heavy, you will notice that your back will kick in to do the work . Ouch!

We find many of our injuries happen in the simplest of motion.
I had a client who loved to entertain. However, her core was so weak, she was  not able to clean her house. I helped her develop strong abs so that the forward bend and twisting motion of vacuuming her carpets no longer became a potential injury.

She became younger because she became more mobile. She was 68 years old.

Having tight, lean sexy bodies is a by product of lifting for health. Being healthy is the least selfish thing we can do. Staying young means different things to different people. However, we KNOW that our bodies thrive when pushed to change. The good news is that you can build up to 105 percent of your  muscle well into your 70’s! It’s never too late
to start!

I encourage you to share this information with those you love. Help them to begin a strength training program. We must be advocates for our sisters.  If you need recommendations, please let me know. I’m happy to help. xoxo