Located in the heart of San Francisco, Thienna Ho is a woman of many talents. Not only is she a doctor and one of the world’s leading experts in skin health, but a world-record holding athlete who has been featured in the Guinness Book of World Records four times. She is also the author of two successful books and an inventor. In fact, she invented a lip pump device called CandyLipz which works to plump your lips without the use of needles, drugs or risk. Recently, I had the opportunity to chat with the amazing Thienna Ho herself. Here is what she had to say…
Sarah Afshar: First and foremost, I have to say that your lip plumping device is the best there is. Everything from the packaging to everything it does for the lips. Truly outstanding.
Thienna Ho: Thank you Sarah. I am so glad you love CandyLipz inside and out. I invented CandyLipz because I needed to resolve various problems with my lips. If it didn’t solve these problems, I would have terminated this project a long time ago. After I turned 35, I noticed that my lips were drooping and my philtrum appeared much longer. Knowing that I was already born with a long philtrum, I knew aging was not going to be kind to me. At the time, I was very frustrated that there was no natural method on the market to help me. My desire to correct my lips problems propelled me to where I am today. As they say, “Necessity is the Mother of Invention.” In my case, it was pure desperation and fear of aging! The day that I solved my lip problems, I was so happy that words could not ever describe my feeling. If I have to express it, I would say I was happier than the day I was rescued by the US navy vessel in the Pacific Ocean when I thought I was dying at sea after my refugee boat was attacked 5 times by Thai pirate during our journey to the USA and the day I got married to my high school sweetheart. Okay. I take the last statements back. These are all epic and joyous moments in my life and I hope my invention will bring you a moment of bliss and joy as well.
SA: Absolutely. You are amazing. You know, Fall is here, Winter is near, and before you know, Christmas will be here. Temperatures fluctuate and yet are colder during this time of year. What are some tips you would like to share for caring for your lips this holiday season?
TH: Hot and cold temperatures expand and contract your lips. Just like the wood frames of your home swell in hot temperatures and contract in cold weather. Even metals such as brass expand in hot weather and contract when it gets cold. Evolutionary biologists have proposed a theory
that people who live in colder climates have evolved thinner lips to avoid frostbite, whereas people who live in hot climates have fuller lips because they need to keep the body cool. According to scientists, your skin expands and contracts so that your bodies remain near 98.6
degrees F. Thus, when it’s cold outside, your blood vessels contract to keep the blood near the surface of your skin from becoming too cold. When it’s hot outside, your blood vessels expand to encourage heat loss. Well, we all want to have luscious plumped lips and to keep them plump is an art! Here are the 5 must-do tips you can use to prevent lip shrinkage in cold temperature.
My first tip is to make bone broth soups (Beef or Chicken) and have a few delicious bowls daily! It is rich in collagen, minerals, and electrolytes which help your lips stay big and plumped during the cold weather. You can jazz it up by adding vegetables, legumes and roots such as potatoes, lima beans, Swiss chard, carrots, onions, and celery. It is very easy to cook. Have a slow cooker on and you can have your bone broth soup daily. This is a must. My second tip is to start your day with a delicious smoothie treat with banana, avocado, a splash of coconut water, almond milk, cashew milk or whole milk. Your lips will sure thank you for it. My third tip is to avoid all caffeinated-containing beverages and sugary sodas. Believe it or not, they shrink your lips!
My fourth tip is very important. It is very important to stay hydrated. This does not mean you should drink so much water that you are over
hydrated. If you pee too frequently, it is a signal that you are over hydrated. When this occurs, your lips won’t plump! Find your healthy fluid balance. When you are on target, your lips appear plump and youthful. My fifth tip is to drink hot water with a squeeze of fresh lemon. It is amazing. Believe it or not, drinking cold water will shrink your lips.
SA: Wow, thank you for sharing those amazing tips with me. I have to ask, what is the worst thing one can do this holiday season for their lips?
TH: I learned that stress is the number one factor that can affect your lips poorly! If they look deflated and/or they are resistant to lip plumping, try to learn to manage your stress right away. Did you know that biopsies of lab mice revealed that stress caused their skin to thin out due to degradation and loss of muscle fibers, collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid production? Researchers speculate that stress might be the primary cause of loss in skin thickness and plumpness. The next time you feel anxious or under extreme stress, take a look at your lips, they shrivel to half of their size. What would happen if you have chronic stress?
How do you combat stress? It is a simple practice of self-healing through positive feelings such as love, caring, being grateful, and having compassion. This practice is nothing new. I have been doing this for years! What we know today about the science of the heart is that heart produces a 50 times more powerful electromagnetic field (EMF) than the brain and its EMF can be detected 15 feet beyond the body. When you genuinely feel the love, gratitude, care, and compassion emotions, you produce a positive cardio-electromagnetic field. This energy permeates throughout your whole body. It reduces your stress and facilitate healing in your body and other people you touch. This mind-blowing discovery has recently been reported by neuro-physicists. Here are a few quick tips on how to jump start a positive energy field.
It is very important that your feeling is real, as it must be genuine and you must feel all the positive emotions for this to work! If you lie to yourself, it will not work. Thinking about it will not work. It must be felt! For example, try to remember what it is like to feel love, be in love, or give love. Search your memory banks and feel that emotion. It is important to submerge yourself into this moment for at least 15 minutes and tell yourself how much love you feel for yourself, your spouse, etc… Repeat your message while you connect that feeling from the heart to your words (brain). Next time when you are under stress, you know how to eliminate it. They say, “love heals all.” Science reveals that this might be the case.
SA: I will definitely try that. I know the holidays can be a very stressful time for people this year. Now I have to ask, do you have any plans for 2016 and the CandyLipz brand?
TH: Yes. We are going have a mini version of the Original Apple CandyLipz. It is half the size of the original plumper. You can use it as a touchup plumping tool. Since it is smaller, you can carry it in your purse on a night out. You are going to love it!
SA: Sounds so exciting. I cannot wait! For all of those beauty enthusiasts reading this interview, what would you like them to know?
TH: CandyLipz is not just a lip plumping tool. It was invented as a lip exercise tool for myself. All lips age after the age of 18. Some lips age faster than others. Using CandyLipz is a great way to prevent and restore the appearance of aging lips. When you first start out using CandyLipz, your skin is not as strong so expect to get cupping marks on your lips and mouth. Once your skin strengthens, the marks will not return with continuous use of the lip plumper. Like any exercise routine, you do your session in sets. With lip exercise, you do interval exercise within 1 or 2
minutes session. For example, if your skin isn’t so strong, you can do 30 seconds and rest for 15 seconds and repeat until you complete your set time. Go at your own pace. After your lips get stronger, you can increase your time. There is a misconception about the marks first-time users get on and around the mouth. Most people think they are bruises. However, cupping marks may not be bruises. Here is why. A bruise is an area of skin discoloration resulting from broken blood vessels due to trauma. The timing and sequence of color changes of bruises have been known for over 100 years in forensic medical data and they are used as markers in physical abuse cases.
Bruises start out reddish and progress to bluish, then purplish that fades to brown, then green to yellow before dissipating. It normally takes over 2 weeks to resolve a bruise. On the other hand, cupping marks fade away within 7 days or less without turning green-yellow regardless of how dark the cupping marks started out. These findings suggest that no external or internal damage has taken place. When your blood vessels are broken, the body produces very specific compounds that cause the skin to turn green and yellow. Lip cupping exercise, in theory, simply expands the capillaries, making them more porous which causes some blood to leak into the surrounding tissues, resulting in some temporary skin discoloration. With frequent and continuous use, my theory is that the capillaries expand and get denser. This would explain why the cupping marks do not return.
I should mention CandyLipz is adapted from an ancient Chinese healing practice called cupping. This has been around for thousands of years and is considered safe. Furthermore, we conducted an extensive clinical trial with an independent lab and dermatologist that proved lip cupping is safe. You can find the trial reports on our site, CandyLipz.com. I am still in love with my lip exercising plumper after 4 years! I know you are going to enjoy your lip exercise tool too. If you do not have time, remember to do one good session before you go to sleep. Happy CandyLipping. Thank you for reading my interview. My love and gratitude to you, Sarah, and the Examiner.