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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.

 

Five Ways to Look Younger for 2016

By Aesthetica Marketing Team @ Dec 29, 2015 | 0 comments

It’s almost New Year’s Eve and with the new year comes those looming resolutions we may or may not keep. Every year we make goals to improve ourselves mentally, academically, professionally, and most of all, physically. We believe that when you look good, you also feel good and positive feelings can inspire the confidence to succeed.  Aesthetica can’t do much to help you in your career or pursuit of higher education; what we can do, however, is help you achieve a younger, fresher appearance with our variety of treatments and products.

1. Get rid of noticeable wrinkles

Botox and dermal fillers are the best ways to quickly fill in fine lines and wrinkles. These in-office procedures are relatively painless and need to be repeated every few months to maintain the effects. Botox paralyzes the muscles and causes overlying wrinkles to soften; dermal fillers are used for deeper wrinkles and folds and serve as a cushion.

2. Restore your volume

As we age our skin’s plumpness decreases, often resulting in hollow cheeks and eye sockets. Dermal fillers can be used to restore volume and contour, which creates an overall youthful appearance. The fillers are typically used to improve the contours of the cheeks and along the jawline.

3. Plump up your lips

Fillers like Juvederm can be used to restore plumpness to the lips for a feminizing, youthful look. Lip treatments smooth out wrinkles and provide natural, subtle results. It’s a safe and easy way to restore the youth of your face.

4. Tighten your skin

Sagging skin is one of the most noticeable signs of aging and it can be remedied with procedures like facelifts and injectable treatments. Skin naturally loses elasticity as we age and by restoring it you can take years off your face. The eMatrix Skin Rejuvenation System is one of Aesthetica’s most popular non-surgical options for tightening facial skin.

5. Brighten your skin tone

Aesthetica offers treatments like microdermabrasion and chemical peels, as well as a variety of skincare products, to improve skin’s tone and reduce dullness. Brightening your skin restores its vitality and youthfulness by making you look healthy and awake. Drinking water, using moisturizer, and eating foods with Omega-3 fatty acids are natural ways to reduce skin’s dullness.

 

Guide to Setting the Best New Year's Resolutions

By Aesthetica Marketing Team @ Dec 22, 2015 | 0 comments
Tags: Goals, New Years

New Year’s Resolutions, you set them every year, but how often do you actually follow through? Setting goals is easy enough and always done with the best intentions, but life often gets in the way and before you know it, it’s New Year’s Eve again and you haven’t achieved any of your resolutions. Here is a guide to setting attainable New Year’s Resolutions:

Get some willpower.

Anyone can have willpower if they set their mind to it. Willpower becomes stronger every time we use it, just like the muscles of the body. Practicing self-control exercises throughout your week will prevent you from being tempted to eat sweets, skip the gym or drink too much. Create rewards (of the non-dessert variety) for yourself when you show willpower and penalties for when you do not. Avoiding every single temptation that comes your way is not realistic, so don’t set unrealistic expectations for yourself.

Make changes one at a time.

You’re not going to accomplish anything if you dive in head first and try to take on too many goals or projects. Focus on one thing at a time, like beginning a regular exercise routine and then later on you can add in a new diet plan or a new household project. Saying you want to lose 20 pounds sounds overwhelming, but by breaking it up into segments, it’s less scary. Try saying to yourself “I will go to the gym three times every week,” and go from there. Small, progressional changes will make it easier to achieve that one big change in the end.

Be smart.

Attainable goals need to be S.M.A.R.T.: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. When a goal is specific, there is much higher chance it will be completed. Creating a measurable criteria makes it easier to track your goal progress. An attainable goal should be something that is important to you--because if you don’t care about it, what’s the point? A realistic goal should be something you are capable of attaining and completely willing to work for. Structuring an actual timeframe instead of saying “someday” will put a timer on your goal, ensuring that you finish it by a certain deadline. With these guidelines in mind, setting resolutions should be a piece of cake.

Get it in writing.

Write down your resolutions. This makes them tangible, and therefore, more realistic. Put your written reminder somewhere you will see it, like on the refrigerator or next to your bed. Tangible evidence of your goal will make it more difficult to break it because you’ll feel like you’re destroying something physical. Keep the wording short and concise so you don’t overwhelm yourself with words every time you are reminded of the goal.

Find a buddy.

It’s always nice to have a cheerleader. Telling friends about your goals will give them the opportunity to support you and they might even join you in working towards your resolution. This way, if you’re ever feeling discouraged, that friend can encourage you to keep going. No one wants to disappoint people who are cheering them on; this will give you that extra push to keep your resolutions no matter what.

Tips to Stay in Shape During The Holidays

By Aesthetica Marketing Team @ Dec 15, 2015 | 0 comments

Stay In Shape In the Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of year! Food, cold weather and time off are some of the best parts of the holiday season. But with fun holiday elements often comes extra pounds and cold weather-induced laziness. Cold weather and holiday merriment is no excuse to let your hard work fly out the window. Here some tips on staying in shape during the holidays:

Introduce quick bursts of exercise.

You don’t need to go to a gym to get your dose of fitness. You can do daily bursts of 10 to 20 minutes of high-intensity, cardio exercise from the comfort of your own home. This can fire up your metabolism, increase your mood and decrease anxiety significantly. Exercises like burpees, squats, jumping jacks and crunches are easy to do in your living room. You can even do these while watching one of your favorite holiday films.

Indulge, but don’t over-indulge.

Holiday sweets are delightful, but 10 extra pounds to waistline? Not so much. While it’s tempting to binge on cookies, cake and candy, think about the consequences of your actions. Once the holidays are over, you’ll need to spend extra time at the gym to work off that holiday weight. Avoid the extra gym time by pacing yourself with sweet treats. Besides, it’s better to savor the delicious holiday treats slowly instead of scarfing down a dozen of them at once.

Stay germ-free.

If you’re constantly down with the flu, there’s no way you’ll be able to stick to a fitness plan. Wash your hands, sanitize your home and work spaces and go get a flu shot. These are simple ways to ward off those nasty cold and flu germs. Keeping alcohol-based hand sanitizers with you at all times and taking daily doses of Vitamin C are also fantastic ways to to prevent illness. Remember to never sneeze into your hand, always use a tissue or the crook of your elbow if you’re desperate.

Don’t skip any meals.

Skipping meals in order to really enjoy that holiday meal is a bad idea. When you do this, you end up eating a lot more calories in the end. It’s also terrible for your metabolism. Eating a nutritious breakfast, light lunch and small snack throughout the day is a healthier way to handle the situation. You’ll also feel physically better and more alert throughout your day if you aren’t starving yourself.

Wear figure-hugging clothing.

It may seem like a strange tip, but wearing tight clothing makes you less inclined to overeat. No one wants a visible food baby poking out beneath their LBD. When you overeat in a tight dress, the too-snug fabric makes it difficult to breathe. Restricted breathing and movement are not situations you want to encounter while trying to enjoy yourself; so avoid this by flaunting your curves in your nicest dress.

Winter Skincare Tips

By Aesthetica Marketing Team @ Dec 9, 2015 | 0 comments

                                                                                                       

 

Many magical things come along with the colder months: hot chocolate, holidays, snow and dry, cracked skin. When it comes to skin, winter can often be the enemy, as arid, cold temperatures are combatted with hot, dry air, leaving your skin feeling dry and hopeless. But never fear, in the world of beauty there is always hope! Here are some top tips for winter skincare:

 

Thicken up your moisturizer.

In the colder months, replace your thinner body lotions with petroleum based creams and balms. Creams can penetrate the skin and create a barrier which seals in moisture. Use these heavier creams on hands, feet and legs, areas that tend to be the most dry. Avoid using creams on your face because the oil can clog pores and cause breakouts or rashes.

Include retinol.

Retinol is one of the most effective products for re-texturizing the skin and preventing wrinkles. Retinoids come from Vitamin A and train our skin cells to become healthy again. Adding retinol-based products into your skincare regime is especially important in the colder months when the dry, cold air strips the skin of its moisture. Retinol contains exfoliating properties which can also help even out your skin tone and reduce pore size.

Saliva is not equal to lip balm.

The cold air can cause the skin on the lips to become painfully dry and flaky, which in turn, tempts us to lick our lips. This gives the lips moisture for a few minutes, but it actually leaves the skin drier than it was originally. Saliva attracts moisture within the skin to the lips’ surface and it then evaporates. There are also digestive enzymes in your saliva which can further cause the skin to crack. Use a conditioning lip balm throughout the day and try to avoid anything menthol-based. You can also exfoliate the dead skin away with sugar and coconut oil.

Turn down the heat.

Though it’s enticing to take hot showers during the cold months, super hot water will actually dry out your skin even more. Hot water strips the skin of natural oils and can leave it feeling tight, dry and itchy. Using lukewarm water is much easier on the skin, even though it might be a little colder.

Shave your legs less often.

Winter is the perfect opportunity to take a break from shaving your legs. Running a razor against your skin dries it out quickly, even when used with shaving creams. Hairy legs are much better than dry and itchy legs, so take advantage of wearing long pants every day and give those legs a much-deserved break. 

 

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