Laser Genesis

Jeanne Novas MDby Jeanne Novas, MD

We have been offering Laser Genesis™ for over 10 years now!  Have you ever wondered what those ageless actresses do before the Academy Awards?  Well, they don’t just do facials on a regular basis – they do Laser Genesis!  We usually recommend a package of 3 to get started, but then continuing one treatment every 3-6 months keeps your skin at its best and slows the aging process.  Those of us who have done it over these past 10 years can tell you how nice it is, especially when combined with Biopelle® and other skin care products.

Good skin and appearance is not just a BOTOX® Cosmetic, filler, or a plastic surgery procedure – it’s a combination of ongoing treatments and skin care products.  We also promote beauty from within – make sure you are healthy and getting proper nutrition.  Some skin types may benefit from SkinPen® vs. Laser Genesis, or both. Talk to Tia and Denise, our aestheticians, and they can customize the best treatment care plan for you.

 

Biopelle®

Jeanne Novas MDby Jeanne Novas, MD

We are pleased to offer a new and effective skin care product! Physician-dispensed Biopelle® serums combine growth hormone, stem cells, isoretinol, glycoproteins and antioxidants.  It effectively brightens the skin, reduces hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and can rejuvenate your skin!  It’s a natural ingredient extracted from the eggs of  snails, which has been scientifically studied to dramatically help burn victims. 

Combine it with Laser Genesis or skin pen microneedling, and get great improvement in your skin!  We recommend a facial/skin consultation with our aesthetician to individualize your care and see what will work best for you.

May is Melanoma Cancer Detection month!

Denise Sepulvedaby Denise Sepulveda, LMA, CLT

It's getting to be that time of year again when more people are aware and should be aware of the importance of wearing a sunscreen. Wearing a good physical block is not only your best defense against anti-aging, it is also very important in protecting your skin from melanoma and skin cancer.

Everyone knows at least to put on an SPF daily in the morning but no one seems to understand that your skin sunscreen does not last all day. Sunscreen has to be reapplied often – not only when doing outdoor activities. It is easier now than ever to purchase a great sunscreen; there are so many to choose from.  Our favorite sunscreen here at the office is Elta MD®.

We have formulas for oily skin, acne prone, dry skin, tinted and untinted.  We also have a full body sunscreen that is water resistant up to 80 minutes. Intellishade® from Revision is New Beauty Magazine’s Beauty Choice Award Winner broad spectrum SPF 45.  We also carry Avene® 50 face SPF for sensitive skin.

All are available for you to test at our sunscreen bar.

 

Stretch Massage

Sherry Namenby Sherry Namen LMT, CMT

Hello, my name is Sherry Namen, and I teach Invigor - Stretch Therapy. I am a licensed and insured professional massage therapist - qualified in many different types of massage.

Invigor-Stretch Therapy offers many different types of stretch and massage, and focuses on giving the client time to recover from the stresses of everyday life, soft tissue injuries and pain.  Invigor-Stretch Therapy also offers Sports Therapy Massage, which involves increasing range of motion and joint flexibility which helps to alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body's soft tissues and joints during physical activity and life's everyday challenges. This treatment is not just for the sports person: anyone can benefit from invigorating stretch therapy, including people in physically demanding jobs and those suffering from injuries or stress related positions.

Stretch Massage is one of our September Spa Specials! Please call our office to schedule your stretch massage today! Call 847-304-0044 Ext. 2

Carbohydrates 101

by Komal Shah
Registered Dietician 

Carbohydrates provide the body with the fuel it needs for physical activity and for proper organ function.

Different compounds composed of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen are called “carbohydrates.”

There are two main categories:

Simple Carbohydrates:

  • Fructose (fruit sugar)
  • Dextrose or glucose
  • Sucrose (table sugar)

Complex Carbohydrates:

Include everything made of three or more linked sugars (starch and fiber).

Carbohydrates are found in fruits, vegetables, breads, cereals, grains, milk and milk products, foods containing added sugars (cakes, cookies, sugar-sweetened beverages).

Healthy Tips:

  • Follow a meal plan that gives you 45% to 65% of the calories as carbohydrates (1 gram of carbohydrate = 4 calories)
  • Start the day with whole grains
  • Use whole grain breads for lunch or snacks
  • Choose water instead of sugar-sweetened sodas
  • Have a piece of fruit for dessert and skip desserts with added sugar
  • Choose 4 oz of 100% fruit juice rather than a fruit drink
  • Make at least ½ of your grains whole grains

**Your daily diet should contain a balance of carbohydrate and protein. Remember – when choosing carbohydrates, choose quality!!**

 

Skin Pen Micro Needling

Denise Sepulvedaby Denise Sepulveda, LMA, CLT

Micro needling... The latest nonsurgical procedure with very little downtime for producing collagen. As we age the natural architecture of our skin deteriorates. Micro needling creates thousands of micro injuries to the skin to trigger the body’s natural wound healing process. This results in skin rejuvenation and the formation of collagen and elastin – the two proteins responsible for the structure of the skin. The outcome is better tone, brighter texture and youthful skin.

The skin pen micro needling procedure is safe for all skin types with little to no downtime. Post-procedure effects are similar to a mild to moderate sunburn. Best results are with 3 to 6 treatments, one month apart. I have experienced great results for myself and for my patients – the skin pen can help reverse years of sun damage, improve acne scarring and minimize fine lines and wrinkles. The skin pen can be used on the face neck and décolleté – also great for rejuvenation of the hands.

Massage and Pregnancy

Kendra NanfieldBy Kendra Nanfield
Massage Therapist 


Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains.  It can also improve labor outcomes and newborn health. 

Other benefits of prenatal massage:

  • Reduces back pain
  • Improve circulation
  • Reduces edema
  • Regulates hormones
  • Promotes better sleep

 

August Is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month

by Komal Shah, MS, RD, LDN, CLS

August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month.  The breastfeeding campaign, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, hopes to empower women to commit to breastfeeding by highlighting new research showing that babies who are exclusively breastfed for six months are less likely to develop ear infections, diarrhea, respiratory illnesses and may be less likely to develop childhood obesity. Breastfeeding is also linked to a lower risk of these health problems in women: Type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and postpartum depression.  Breastfeeding mothers enjoy a quicker recovery after childbirth, with reduced risk of postpartum bleeding.  During lactation, total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels may decline while the beneficial HDL cholesterol level remains high.

The benefits of breastfeeding begin from the first moments after childbirth and last for many years after breastfeeding ends.

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Beauty from Within – Collagen Supplements


Denise Sepulvedaby Denise Sepulveda,
Licensed Aesthetician
 

Collagen supplements are not new – they have been around for a long time. But as of late, they’ve increased tremendously in popularity, and people are seeing results because technology has greatly improved the quality.  I have been taking collagen supplements for the last two years now – I started out with the collagen chew, which are great tasting.  They also contain vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, which are very beneficial to your skin.

As I further researched, I found liquid collagen is much more absorbable – which in turn means it works faster.  Image Skincare recently introduced a liquid collagen supplement called YANA™  Clinical tests performed on the supplement show 100% of skin hydration in just 30 days. YANA also contains peptides, biotin, vitamins C and B6 in a blend of hyaluronic acid, green tea and organic pomegranate fruit extract.  Yana has a great citrus flavor and I’ve already seen a difference in my hair, skin and nails in just two short months.  

There are several other forms of collagen supplements to choose from – tablet or capsule form and powders to mix with juice or water.  I think it is very beneficial to incorporate a collagen supplement in everyone’s beauty regime...as I am a firm believer in "Beauty from the Inside Out."