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What You Need to Know About Laser Hair Removal

By Aesthetica Marketing Team @ Apr 20, 2016 | 0 comments

 

 

Laser hair removal is cost-effective

Laser hair removal is an excellent alternative to waxing, tweezing, and shaving, as it effectively destroys hair follicles, resulting in hair reduction. The permanence of laser hair removal makes it overall cost-effective and less time-consuming.

It doesn’t happen all at once

When undergoing laser hair removal, it is important to remember that it does not happen all at once. The process requires several sessions, which are spaced out with six to eight weeks in between each session. Hair grows in cycles of weeks and all the hairs do not grow in the same cycle; so while some hairs are dark and mature and ready to be lasered away, others are dormant and not ready to be removed. Once you complete your sessions, it’s usually necessary to have a future touch-up sessions as well.

If you start your treatments during the colder months, you’ll get through most of them while it’s still too cold to wear shorts, bathing suits, and shorter skirts. When summer finally does come around, you’ll be prepared to break out your more revealing clothing. If there happen to be any areas of noticeable hair, you can shave them away.

Pain and recovery after treatments

 

Levels of discomfort vary on areas being treated, texture of hair, as well as skin type. Patients with coarse and darker hair can experience more discomfort. After treatments, hair becomes thinner resulting in more comfortable treatments. We also use a cooling device that makes treatments more comfortable. Mild erythema (redness) and follicular adenoma (swelling around the hair follicle)  is something patients tend to experience after treatments. This typically only lasts a few hours, resulting in no downtime.

Aesthetica wants to make sure laser hair removal is affordable for everyone, that’s why we offer a laser removal membership plan. These plans range from 18 to 24 months and start at $23 per month. As with all of Aesthetica’s membership plans, this plan is  hassle free and there are no long-term commitments required.

ZO® Skin Health

By Aesthetica Marketing Team @ Mar 16, 2016 | 0 comments

As a medical spa, our goal is to provide you the best service with the best products available. When you come in for a relaxing day, we want you to leave the most relaxed you’ve felt in years, and that same concept applies as we take care of your skin.

ZO Skin Health

As you come to us for the best skin care possible, we make sure that we have the products that you need to feel rejuvenated and radiant. That is why we decided to become a select distributor of the ZO® Skin Health product line.

This line is a unique brand with a history of nearly 20 years. In 1988, Dr. Zein Obagi pioneered the concept of skin health and shattered the status quo when he conceived of, and brought to market, a line of medical skincare products that transformed aging skin.

Dr. Obagi has since started a new company, called ZO® Skin Health.  With this new company Dr. Obagi has created a new lineup of products which continue to advance skincare to new heights with continuous research and state-of-the-art formulas. Here at Aesthetica Medical Spa, we have the privilege of being one of four ZO® Skin Health distributors in Utah and the only distributor in Utah county.

Some of the elements of the ZO® Skin Health line include:

  • Potent antioxidants to neutralize damaging free radicals
  • DNA and barrier repair enzymes to boost your body’s natural defenses
  • Proprietary hydrators and conditioners for less irritation and inflammation
  • Advanced peptides to stimulate collagen and elastin production for increased skin density

The ZO® Skin Health line-up is more effective with calming agents for less irritation. And it is significantly less expensive than other medical grade skin care products.

One of the top selling products in this line is Retamax™Active Vitamin A Micro Emulsion. This is a lightweight, high potency retinol lotion that helps reverse the signs of skin aging. This product has many benefits, which include:

  • Helping reduce lines and wrinkles in the skin
  • Supporting a more even skin tone
  • Providing antioxidant and anti-irritant properties
  • Helping skin renew itself

Come in today to try out the amazing lineup of ZO® Skin Health products.  Our aestheticians are happy to answer any questions you may have and would love to provide you with personalized skincare recommendations.

Celebrating 10 Years

By Aesthetica Marketing Team @ Mar 3, 2016 | 0 comments

This month, Aesthetica Medical Spa is celebrating its 10 year anniversary! For the past 10 years, we have had the pleasure of serving our local and worldwide communities, and we wouldn’t change it for anything. Enhancing lives and empowering confident women since 2006, we have the best job, business, and industry in the world.

Thank you for letting us serve you for the past decade. We love making a difference in our world and in the lives of our clients and we want to continue to make a difference in the next 10 years and beyond. In alignment with March also being women in history month, we want to continue doing our part in building up women. Our passion is empowering women to stand in the world confident and powerful. With all of our experience, we have seen the power a woman has and the difference that she can make, when she feels beautiful, confident, and ready to take on the world.

We never could have made it this far if it wasn’t for all of our wonderful clients and supporters, and we want to say thank you. Thank you for a wonderful decade. Thank you for your drive to be better, for your desire to be confident and for your passion to live life to the fullest. To share our gratitude with you, and to celebrate with you, we would like to offer four specials for the month of March.

First, we have the “Decades” special:

Next we have the “Double Up” special:

Third is the “Spring Ready” special:

And Finally, we have the “10 Year Loyalty” special:

The joy and passion that has inspired us to keep going for the past 10 years has stemmed from the wonderful people we have had the opportunity to serve. The best part of what we do comes from the smiles and confidence of our patients when they feel beautiful and radiant. We have loved being a part of your lives and even more, you being a part of ours. Here’s to an amazing decade and a bright future.

8 Best Natural Skin Products

By Aesthetica Marketing Team @ Feb 22, 2016 | 0 comments

The words ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ seem to be buzzwords these days. Many people associate natural products with superiority to synthetic products, but not all natural products are actually good for your skin. It’s important to do your research on the benefits of any product you’re going to use for your skin-- even the natural ones.

We’ve compiled a list of the eight best natural skin care products you should consider:

Beta carotene

This organic compound is found in red, orange, and yellow fruits and vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins. Beta carotene is a nutrient with various skin benefits. The body converts beta carotene into vitamin A, which is an essential nutrient for healing wounds, protecting against sun damage, and encouraging cell turnover. So fill up your diet with these colorful, natural foods and reap the benefits of beta carotene.

Green tea extract

Green tea is an extremely healthy drink and its extract is found in various skin care lines, such as BeautyRx and The Body Shop. The tea’s high levels of antioxidant chemicals help prevent and reverse UV damage to the skin while also serving as a natural anti-inflammatory, and skin soothing ingredient. Green tea extract can also slow the process of aging by reducing wrinkles and sagging skin.

Licorice

While many can’t stand the taste of licorice, its benefits may be worth tolerating the strong flavor. Licorice extract has anti-inflammatory properties which make it one of the best ingredients in treating redness and rosacea. The licorice plant has also been shown to reduce uneven pigmentation in the skin by blocking melanin production and licorice extract in some eye creams has been shown to lighten dark under eye circles.

Collodial oatmeal

This is not the same oatmeal you eat for breakfast, so don’t try it. Collodial oats are normal oats ground into an extremely fine powder. It is typically added to bathwater to treat conditions like eczema, poison oak/ivy, chickenpox, dry skin, and insect bites. Oats’ lipids contain anti-inflammatory properties which soothe irritated skin and replenish the skin’s barrier. These properties also eliminate the irritating “need to itch” feeling associated with skin irritations and insect bites.

Soy

If you want brighter, even-toned skin, look for foods (like delicious edamame) and products with soy in them. Topical soy has actually been proven to lighten skin discoloration due to sun damage. Products with soy are a more mild alternative to prescription-strength ingredients like retinoids. The brand Aveeno carries several soy-based products which are clinically proven to help with hyperpigmentation.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an essential defense against almost every ailment and it also battles dullness and sagging, the common signs of aging skin. This vitamin, found in citrus fruits, aids in creating collagen (an essential compound for firm, smooth skin.) Vitamin C also has antioxidant benefits to fight against free-radical damage, lighten dark spots, and regulate sebum production to prevent acne. Eating citrus fruits and looking for products with vitamin C as an active ingredient, like SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic,  will maximize the powers of this miraculous little vitamin.

Witch hazel

This plant has been a popular home remedy for centuries because of its ability to hydrate and reduce redness in the skin. It can also be used on injuries like sores, bruises, and swelling. The natural astringent of witch hazel can work to prevent acne, reduce puffy eyes, treat varicose veins, soothe razor burn, and ease the pain from a sunburn. Needless to say, this is one shrub you shouldn’t ignore.

Fruits

This is a broad term, we know, but there are several fruits you can actually use as exfoliants. Instead of using a synthetic scrub from the drugstore, you can smash pieces of fresh mangoes, strawberries, and pineapples against your skin for a truly great exfoliating experience. Fruits’ natural alpha hydroxy acids penetrate the skin more thoroughly than many sugar scrubs or other exfoliants.

 

10 reasons to get a facial

By Aesthetica Marketing Team @ Feb 2, 2016 | 0 comments

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘facial’? Perhaps it’s an indulgently expensive spa trip or a calming, white room where you lie around with a green face and cucumbers on your eyes. Whatever it is that comes to mind, having a facial is one of the kindest things you can do for your skin in terms of beauty, anti-aging, and most importantly, overall skin health. Perfecting your at-home skincare routine is great, but visiting a professional esthetician can provide you with so much more.

We’ve come up with 10 reasons why you should stop waiting and treat yourself to a facial:

An expert analysis

A professional esthetician will look at your skin without any makeup or products. By looking at your bare skin, a skin expert can accurately analyze your specific skin needs and determine what should be done next. This thorough analysis also allows an esthetician to correctly identify your skin type and make informed decisions about what products and treatments will be best for you.

Advice and learning

Facials are not just about relaxation and pampering, they are also about learning to care for your own skin in the best way possible. During the hour you spend with an esthetician, you can ask any questions you want about the facial process, as well as questions about what you should be doing at home. Furthermore, an esthetician will tell you what products, treatments, and tools are best for your skin type so you can maintain the results of your facial.

Super-strength exfoliators

A crucial part of any facial is some type of exfoliation treatment and/or products: ultrasound, microdermabrasion, enzymes, or acids. Exfoliating ingredients can be found in ordinary skin care products, but a facial allows you to experience the treatment at a professional strength. Estheticians cater the exfoliation treatment to your specific skin type in order to smooth the skin, increase cellular turnover, and soften lines.

Banish blackheads and eradicate clogged pores

Home care products can only help with reducing the surface oil of clogged pores, they are generally not strong enough to penetrate the skin’s surface and fully extract an impurity. A professional esthetician is needed to safely prepare and soften the skin before manual extractions can occur. The skilled extraction methods of a skin specialist will remove skin impurities without causing any external or internal damage to the skin.

Skin cancer prevention

Skin abnormalities can be a sign of cancer that typically develop slowly over time. This slow growth makes it difficult to actually notice what’s going on. An esthetician’s careful examination and analysis of your skin will bring to light any abnormalities or potential risks you should be aware of. A professional examination also provides a fresh pair of eyes that might notice problems you would otherwise ignore.

Solving problems

One of the best parts about facials is that they are customized to focus on what you specifically need to solve your skin problems. For skin prone to discoloration, your esthetician can suggest brightening or lightening treatments, for dry skin a professional can use lipid-increasing ingredients to reduce dryness, and for acne-prone skin they can use a deep pore-cleansing treatment to extract impurities. Whatever the problem is, a facial is guaranteed to tackle individual problems by combining the right ingredients, procedures, and tools.

Quench your thirsty skin

All skin needs to be hydrated. Whether it’s oily and acne prone or dry and flaky, skin needs hydration just like the rest of the body. People with oily skin are typically nervous about moisturizing, but did you know that oily skin actually produces more oil when it’s lacking moisture instead of less. Hydrated skin looks and feels healthier and a proper facial will provide you with the intensive, nourishing hydration your skin deserves.

Get your blood flowing

Good circulation in the face obviously creates a healthier, younger complexion. When blood flow slows down it can give your skin a tired, dull, sickly appearance. A professional facial massage stimulates blood flow and relaxes facial muscles, resulting in youthful, refreshed radiance. Facial massages are often accompanied by steam, which further increases blood flow and provides new nutrients to the skin.

Relieve some stress

Massages are relaxing, that’s no secret, but they’re even more relaxing when added to so many wonderful skin benefits. A facial helps to ease your mind while also resulting in healthy, glowing skin.

Treat yourself-- you deserve it!

We live in a world that’s all about hard work and self-sacrifice and sometimes you just need to step back and do something for yourself. A facial is one hour completely for you; it will give you time to recharge your batteries and clear your mind. We guarantee that after receiving a facial treatment at Aesthetica, you’ll leave feeling calm, happy, and ready to take on the day.

 

Don't wait: Prepare your body for summer now!

By Aesthetica Marketing Team @ Jan 26, 2016 | 0 comments

When it comes to time commitments it’s always best to start early. Preparing your body for summertime is no exception. Many of us have experienced crippling self-consciousness in the beginning of June when we are first confronted with a trip to the pool. If you want to feel confident and avoid a rushed panic in the middle of May, preparing yourself during the colder months will ensure that you’re ready when bathing suit season comes around. Here are some tips to help you get started now! 

Start moving!

It’s common for people to gain a few pounds during winter, as cold weather, illness, and the holiday season all contribute to seasonal weight gain. Don’t let the cold weather prevent you from exercising; there are plenty of at-home workouts you can do from your own living room. Exercise is also a great natural mood booster— perfect for the wintertime blues some of us are prone to. Focus not only weight loss but also on toning your body and becoming stronger.

Implement a fresh diet

Due to the holiday season many of us participate in, wintertime is typically full of sweets, carbs, and high-calorie comfort foods, all of which significantly add to your waistline. Now is the time to ditch the salty snacks and sugary desserts for fresh fruits and vegetables. Luckily, these delicious natural foods start becoming in season around spring and summer, so there’s no excuse not to eat them. Avoiding processed sugars and carbs is one of the best moves you can make to get in shape for summer.

Moisturize from the inside out

Drinking water is on every list of tips, so we won’t go into detail. We’ll just say that hydrating your body inside will make you look healthy and glowing on the outside. Water flushes out toxins and clears your skin. As far as outer hydration goes, moisturizing your skin is extremely important—  especially during the winter months, as this is the time our skin tends to dry out and crack. If you’re properly hydrated from the inside out, showing skin in the summer should be no problem at all!

Tend to your nails

It may not be as important as diet and exercise, but having pretty, healthy-looking nails will give you more confidence to wear open-toed shoes and reveal your legs. Having a professional manicure or pedicure will make your nails and cuticles stronger and healthier. Bright, colorful nails can also give you a pick-me-up during the rainy, grey months before summertime.

Tackle unwanted hair ASAP

Everyone enjoys having smooth, silky skin during the summertime, but processes like laser hair removal take time to be effective. Starting early will ensure that your skin is hair-free and smooth when it’s time to don a bathing suit. You can also use techniques like shaving, waxing, and sugaring your body; however, none of these are as permanent and effective as laser hair removal. It is also important to give your body a few weeks to recover from a hair removal treatment before exposing your skin to the sun’s rays.

Tell us what you're doing, or what you plan to do, to prepare your body for the summertime!

5 Relaxation Techniques

By Aesthetica Marketing Team @ Jan 19, 2016 | 0 comments

Hard work and relaxation should ideally go hand in hand but unfortunately, some people find it difficult to relax and often claim there is no time or money to do so. Relaxation does not require an expensive spa or an extended getaway; there are plenty of techniques you can practice for free in the comfort of your own home.

Meditate on life

Meditation has the power to eliminate distracting thoughts and focus your thoughts inward.

A few minutes of meditation practice per day can help ease anxiety. You can pair meditation with deep breathing or recite a soothing mantra in order to focus your thoughts on being present and stress-free.

Have a tea break

Occasionally switching your coffee out herbal tea is a great way to relieve stress and anxiety. Green tea and chamomile tea both contain substances which relax and soothe the brain and body. Drinking a cup of green tea is a healthy way to start your morning off calmly while a cup of sleep-aiding chamomile tea is an excellent choice at night.

Pamper your hands

A hand massage is an instant way to calm down a racing mind and a pounding heart. Hands carry a lot of tension in general, especially for those who work on a keyboard all day long. Use lotion and knead the base of the muscle under the thumb to relieve stress in the shoulders, neck, and scalp.

Create a zen space

Spending in time in your own, personal space is one of the best ways to calm down. Whether it’s sitting in a comfortable chair while burning incense or taking a bath with classical music playing, personal “zen zones” are certain to ease the mind after a long, stressful day. These quiet, private spaces allow you to focus on yourself and eliminate outside stress.

Do some yoga

Yoga combines the restorative mental power of meditation with the energizing physical effects of exercise and stretching. There are several types of yoga and each requires you to focus on how your body feels while practicing different poses. Anchoring your brain on the present moment is a great way to eliminate all the stress of the outside world.

 

Introduction to Kybella

By Aesthetica Marketing Team @ Jan 14, 2016 | 0 comments

In April 2015, the FDA approved Kybella as the first and only safe deoxycholic acid injection for contouring and permanently reducing a “double chin.”  Aesthetica Medical Spa is proud to add this new injectable to an already extensive list of injection services.

The deoxycholic acid in Kybella is identical to the naturally occurring acid the human body produces to absorb fats. When Kybella is properly injected into tissue, it physically destroys fat cells by attacking their cell membranes. If Kybella is improperly injected into the skin there is a risk it might destroy other types of cells, such as skin cells; therefore, it is highly important to seek a qualified professional if you are considering this injectable.

When you choose to receive Kybella injections, you and one of our experienced nurse practitioners will design a treatment plan tailored to your own personal chin profile. Kybella will be injected into the fat under your chin over multiple injections; most patients experience visible results in two to four sessions, but up to six treatments may be administered.

During a single treatment of Kybella a patient may receive up to 50 injections; however, each injection is only about .2 mL. The acid is administered in vials, which are dosed depending on individual needs: A mild double chin requires one or two vials of Kybella, a moderate double chin requires two to three vials, and a severe double chin typically requires three or more vials.

There are some serious side effects of Kybella to be aware of when considering the treatment: nerve injury in the jaw that can cause muscle weakness, trouble swallowing, swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness.

Kybella has been the subject of a global clinical development involving over 20 different studies. More than 2,600 patients were involved in these studies and out of those, 1,600 were treated with Kybella. Out of those 1,600 patients treated with the injection during clinical trials, 79 percent reported satisfaction with the new appearance of their chin and face. Additionally, the patients felt less self-conscious and more confident about their appearance after being treated with Kybella.

 

Skincare 101

By Aesthetica Marketing Team @ Jan 12, 2016 | 0 comments

Your skin is your body’s largest organ and protecting it is essential. However, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the excess of lotions and potions filling the aisles of the drug store. Here is a short and sweet breakdown of essential skincare products and lifestyle habits you should try to implement on a daily basis:

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!

Daily moisturization is the best way to combat dry skin. Apply body butter, lotion or cream to your skin right after stepping out of the shower; this way the moisture your skin has just absorbed can be sealed into place.

Sanitize your smartphone.

You wouldn’t want to put a toilet seat up to your face, right? Smartphones and tablets play host to more germs than any public toilet seat. It’s no wonder that holding up a smartphone to your cheek can cause breakouts and rashes. Wipe your phone down with antibacterial wipes to avoid nasty germs.

Get a little rough.

Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, gets rid of toxins, improves skin tone and brightens the complexion. The slightly rough texture of exfoliating products evens out the skin’s surface to reveal younger, healthier skin. Apply facial and body scrubs after washing thoroughly, and make sure to follow up with moisturizer.

Go green!

Skin’s health works from the inside out. Spinach, arugula, chard, romaine lettuce--all of these vegetables can provide you with natural antioxidants. Dark leafy greens like kale and chard specifically contain beta carotene, an antioxidant that assists in repairing and renewing the skin. Spinach is full of folate, a vital nutrient that repairs DNA and as a result, makes your skin look healthy and glowing.

Hit the hay.

Sleep deprivation is all too common in our fast-paced society, but sleep is essential to maintaining healthy skin and an even complexion. When you’re tired, you are easily stress, and stress can cause breakouts and dull your complexion. Sleep is what recharges us after a long day, so do your best to get a full eight hours.


 

Anti-Aging Nutrition

By Aesthetica Marketing Team @ Jan 5, 2016 | 0 comments

Nutrition is important always, but as you age it becomes of even more significance. Proper nutrition and exercise are key for maintaining your health and physical appearance as you age. Here are some anti-aging tips to make it easier for you:

Include olive oil. 

Not all oil is evil. Olive oil has antioxidants which can stave off Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, osteoporosis and skin-aging. This miracle oil can even increase your lipespan by protecting your body from cancer and cardiovascular diseases. The oleocanthal in extra virgin olive oil has anti-inflammatory properties, essentially making it a natural ibuprofen. It also helps that olive oil tastes fantastic, making it easier to incorporate into your diet.

Decrease your calorie intake.

As we age, we no longer need as many calories. Decreasing your daily calorie intake is necessary to maintain optimal health as you age. Only eat when you are actually hungry and include foods that are nutrient-rich but calorically low. Oats, soybeans, cabbage, nuts, seeds and cauliflower are just a few great examples. Including a high amount of fiber in your diet is also a smart choice, as it keeps the digestive system functioning properly.

Go vitamin-crazy.

Vitamins A, C, B12 and E are antioxidants which slow down the aging process. These nutrients can be found in foods, pills and injections. Vitamin-rich foods like citrus fruits, blueberries, cauliflower and dark leafy greens are some delicious options for getting your vitamins. Antioxidants prevent free radicals from damaging the cells of the body and the skin, which in turn can assist in prolonging your life.

Get rid of that sweet-tooth.

As the body breaks down sugars, it damages collagen, the chemical which keeps the skin smooth and firm. Low-glycemic carbs are processed slowly by the body, limiting the loss of collagen. All-natural sweeteners like stevia are easily digested and do not require glycation to break down. In place of artificial sweeteners, try eating fresh fruit to satisfy your sugar cravings.

Take a break.

It’s easy to never take a break when you’re up to your eyeballs in work and responsibilities. However, never taking a rest is extremely unhealthy for both your internal health and outward appearance. Sleep-deprivation can cause low cognitive function, a decreased immune system and of course, unattractive dark circles around the eyes. Beware of over-exercising. The body needs time to rest between workouts or else serious injuries and muscle damage can occur. Having a proper work/life balance is essential to keeping healthy and looking younger longer.

 

 

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