Sugar Me Love: Loving the Skin We’re InSep 30, 2021 10:00AM ● By Suzie Agrillo
In Conversation with Dr. Alexandra Porter
You co-founded Sugar Me Love. Tell us more about that collaboration.
The conception of Sugar Me Love was made possible through a partnership with Dr. Alie Buckmire, owner and director of Om Yoga Tucson. My strength, yoga practice and discipline were developed at Om Yoga and as part of this evolution, I was inspired by Dr. Buckmire to start living consciously, with greater purpose, and together we created Sugar Me Love.
What does a typical naturopathic appointment entail?
Evaluation includes: review of past two years of lab work, ordering of new labs as indicated and review of current health concerns, diet and lifestyle.
How would you characterize your approach to medicine?
My approach is different. It’s the three of us: you, me and the higher self. The third element of spirit provides the synergy of putting our heads together, and we’re an investigative team. It is essential to me that patients feel like they’re not just a number. My ability to be creative to heal is never-ending. I care about you, and want to help you, whatever health issues exist.
What is Bowen therapy?
If you’re feeling stressed, suffer from pain or other ailments, Bowen therapy could be the answer for a fresh start and a first step toward feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and out of pain. Developed in Australia, Bowen therapy is a gentle, hands-on treatment at the heart of naturopathic medicine in that it reduces the “fight or flight” (sympathetic) nervous system, while stimulating the “rest and digest” (parasympathetic) nervous system.
Is sugaring less painful than regular waxing?
It is absolutely less painful. Chemicals in wax cause it to stick to healthy skin layers, while sugaring sticks only to the dead skin cells, resulting in being less painful and having glowing and rejuvenated skin. It is also less painful because the hair is removed in the direction of hair growth, unlike waxing.
What facials do you offer and what are their benefits?
Our facial treatments are a deeply relaxing experience that you will find are the perfect way to de-stress and give your skin some much needed attention and care. Each of our facial treatments are performed exclusively with Beautycounter products and covers the skin of the face, neck and décolletage.
Why do you use Beautycounter products?
We are the only studio in Tucson that uses Beautycounter products for facials. These products are highly effective and beneficial for all skin types and conditions. They also go above and beyond when it comes to ingredient safety, banning 1,800 toxic ingredients from their formulations.
What was your last indulgence?
Brownies. I love brownies, but when I make them, I use almond and coconut flour, ground up sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds, cocoa and zucchini in addition to some sugar.
What about supplements like Omega-3 fish oils?
I use supplements sparingly. I’m more like an old school family doctor, focusing on a connection with my patients. For fish oils, I use two companies who only sell to doctors. The supplements are sourced in environmentally friendly ways and are tested to be free of contamination as well as processed in a fashion to not make the oil go rancid (heat, pressure and exposure to light).
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I go to yoga or core strengthening every day at 6:15 a.m. as a component of Ayurvedic medicine. Deepak Chopra put Ayurvedic medicine on the map, but it’s a medical system from India that has been used for thousands of years.
What book is on your nightstand right now?
Relentless Solution Focus: Train Your Mind to Conquer Stress, Pressure and Underperformance by Jason Selk and Ellen Reid. It’s about reworking from a problem base to a solution base.
Do you have a favorite quote or motto you can share?
Every day is a conversation with ourselves. Our bodies are talking to us, and we must listen.
Sugar Me Love is located at 3640 E. Ft. Lowell Rd., in Tucson. Connect at 520-230-1907, [email protected] or SugarMeLoveTucson.com. See ad, page 20.
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