By Laura Janelle Downey


I have always enjoyed getting manicures. And when I moved to Atlanta a few years ago, I had to find the right person to give my nails the love they need. Thankfully, I found her! Alyce Keys of Keys 2 Beauty offers a classic manicure and much more with her mobile service, which services areas like Buckhead, Sandy Springs, Vinings/Smyrna and more.


Since I was on deadline at work, Alyce came to the office to take care of my nails. Her classic manicure includes polish removal, nail shaping (the client’s preference, of course!), a nail soak, cuticle softener and cuticle removal, vitamin E buff, hand massage, and nail painting with client’s preferred color of choice.


In between each manicure I get, my cuticles always grow so seeing Alyce is important to me because I like my nails feeling and looking clean. “Getting regular manicures as a part of your regimen is very important to the natural nail health,” Alyce says. “Everyone’s cuticles don’t require trimming, however, it is important to keep the cuticle pushed back and prevent the cuticle from overgrowth on the natural nail bed. Those who are lucky enough to not get an overgrowth of cuticle should still maintain regular nail care with a shaping, pushing back of cuticles, and moisturizing.” So when sitting with her, she oiled my cuticles with vitamin E.


Alyce is so easy to talk to so I love when I can spend 30 minutes with her. During this time, she usually reminds me of how important it is to moisturize. “It’s something simple but people just don’t think about it,” Alyce says. “Those who don’t moisturize their hands enough tend to experience dryness, peeling, and aging much faster. When we moisturize, we prevent a lot of those issues from occurring.”


After massaging my hands with lotion from Jurlique, she applied one of my favorite NARS polishes—a sunny yellow hue—to my nails. But if you don’t supply your own polish, it’s OK. She usually has a nice selection of OPI or Essie colors to choose from.

Details: Keys 2 Beauty 720.422.6117

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By Laura Janelle Downey


I like being pampered. Let’s face it—I’m a Queen! So carving out some time on a Friday evening to experience the 50-minute Sunflower Seed Scrub at The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta was just what I needed after a week filled with deadlines and lots of extracurricular activities.

My therapist Alicia Buffington took very good care of me from the minute she escorted me from the intimate relaxation lounge back to the treatment room. I got comfortable on the heated table as Alicia applied a combination of the antioxidant-rich sunflower seed and Body Bliss Design Bar Blended oils to my back. From there, she proceeded to apply a light coating of sea salt and house-ground sunflower seeds (which worked as an exfoliant) all over my body before gently scrubbing the Sunflower Seed Salt Scrub in.

Afterward, Alicia turned on the in-room shower for me and I stepped inside to rinse off. When I walked a few steps back to the table, she massaged the Body Bliss Design Bar’s Blended Body Butter to my skin, which was combined with notes of rose (great for my dehydrated skin!), jasmine, orange and lemon oils.

 With spring right around the corner, this seasonal treatment (available April 1-June 30, 2018) is a perfect pick-me-up and will add just the right amount of sunshine to your day.


Details: 404.253.3848. 75 14th St. NE. Atlanta, GA 30309.


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By: Best Self Staffer


Stretch marks can occur for a number of different reasons. It is simply a rapid growth in the body and the skin attempts to keep up. A stretch mark is essentially a scar that forms when the skin is stretched too quickly due to pregnancy, weight gain, or puberty. Stretch marks are just one of those things that seem to be a part of life.



But now, thanks to semipermanent makeup, they can be camouflaged! Beverly Hutchinson L.M.E. uses micropigmentation, similar to what is used for enhancing the lips or eyes, to match the skin tone where the stretch marks occur.

This is a great treatment for someone wanting to cover up stretch marks without having to have a surgical procedure. The treatment can be done in the office with little to no downtime. Once complete, the camouflage can last about two years depending on the individual’s exposure to sun, salt water, and products they use.

Details: 770.289.8808 11720 Medlock Bridge Pkwy. Instagram: @BEVelBeauty

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By: AnneMarie Edwards


Healthy skin starts at the source. Putting clean, nutrient rich foods in your body will help keep your skin looking beautiful. The chefs at Fresh ’n Fit take the guesswork out of eating well. With six different menus including a healthy mix, low carb, Paleo, vegetarian, gluten free, and hCG-approved meals plans, customers can customize their diet to their needs. And since the company has been in business for more than 15 years, it has grown a menu of options much larger than any other meal prep company.

Executive chef Micah Gower


With dietitians on staff, Fresh ’n Fit can also help counsel you on the best diet for your needs. Looking to maintain or lose weight? There is a program for that. And the best part is, they do all the cooking in their state-of-the-art industrial kitchen. The kitchen, which was inspected by the Georgia Department of Agriculture, was given an A rating so you can be sure everything is clean and healthy. Meals are made fresh with no added preservatives and are never frozen. Plus, ingredients are sourced regionally and locally. You can arrange to pick up your meals or have them delivered right to your home or office.

Each person is different. You may want Fresh ’n Fit for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Or you may just want a meal every now and then—customize your order for you and your family’s needs. Order freshly baked loaves of bread, homemade chili and more in bulk. Fresh ’n Fit even has a variety of healthy snacks and low-calorie desserts.

Get started on your wellness journey today. Let Fresh ’n Fit help you get that glowing skin you have always dreamed of.


For more about this program, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring Fresh N Fit’s executive chef Micah Gower.  

Details: 678.208.0341. 6080 Pkwy. N. Dr. Ste. 200 Cumming, GA 30040.

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By Amy Smith


Finding out what was going on under my skin was so cool. The analysis told me about wrinkles, pore size, sun damage, and brown spots. I loved having the eMage Skin Analysis because so many of us think we know what we want and need based on tips from friends and family. But the staff at A New You Skin & Body Clinic took the time to actually look at my skin and analyze what would truly be best for me.

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The Megapeel Microdermabrasion Facial was amazing. I didn’t know what to expect at first, but Licensed Medical Esthetician, Jessica Ferrell, walked me through it every step of the way. The procedure was done in a very comfortable setting—calming music, a darkened room that was at just the right temperature, warm blankets, and a heated (and cozy!) neck wrap. She gave me an idea of what the treatment was going to feel like and what I might experience based on what others had experienced. But everyone’s experiences are probably different based on the strength setting of the machine so I kept that in mind. I was given a tissue in case I had to sneeze. Sneezing is a side effect for some clients! Jessica used a low setting, which had minimal suction and abrasiveness—it felt like a dull scratch all over my face, not painful in any way.

Afterward, a cooling mask, which felt delightful, was applied. And then I received a neck and shoulder massage. I’ve never felt so relaxed. Finally, the facial was finished with a few cool serums, warm compresses, and another wonderful cream!


The Megapeel Microdermabrasion Facial is recommended for quick results and dramatic improvement. I would totally recommend this for a first-timer and anyone who wants to keep up with a skin regimen. Treatments can be scheduled every 10 to 14 days for up to six sessions. My sun-damaged skin actually looked good the evening after the treatment and the day after. Jessica worked a little bit more on the brown spots, which should lighten up over the next 10 days.


For more on this treatment, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring A New You Skin & Body Clinic’s Jessica Ferrel L.M.E.



Details: 678.739.0040. 145 Towne Lake Pkwy. Ste.101 Woodstock, GA 30188.

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Show the skin you’re in a little extra love this May in honor of Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. Weston Waxweiler, M.D., of North Atlanta Dermatology dispels skin cancer myths and shares tips for successful self-examinations.

Dr. Weston

Myth vs. Fact:

I have olive/darker skin. I don’t need to use sunscreen and am not going to get skin cancer.

False, people with darker skin can and do get skin cancer. Bob Marley died of melanoma. It can be more difficult to detect a skin cancer in these skin types so the diagnosis often is delayed, leading to worsened outcomes.

I only get sun once a year and therefore am not worried about my skin cancer risk.

Intermittent acute sun exposure (one or two bad burns a year) can raise your risk
for melanoma exponentially. Brief, intense sun exposure overwhelms your body’s DNA repair mechanisms, allowing mutations to build up in your skin cells that later lead to skin cancer.

It’s cloudy, so I don’t need to worry about sun protection.

While clouds block most of the visible spectrum of light, unfortunately, they fail to block UV light (a wavelength of the sun’s energy that is impossible to see but causes skin cancer). That means even on cloudy or winter days, we must be careful to utilize sun protection.

I don’t have moles, so I’m not at risk for skin cancer.

People with abundant moles are at higher risk for skin cancer, but that doesn’t mean everyone else is exempt. People need to watch for any changes in individual moles, or skin spots. Some skin cancers, including melanoma, can appear as just pink bumps that don’t go away.

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By: Wyndi Kappes


Throughout high school, I always struggled with acne. I tried it all—Proactiv, topical treatments, antibiotics and more. The problem? None of them seemed to work that well. My only solace during my teenage years was that one day I would get older, conquer puberty, and be completely breakout free. Plot twist—I’m 25 and still dealing with the same annoying red bumps. There is a light at the end of the tunnel though. I have grown older and wiser and while my skin may not be the porcelain picture of beauty I was hoping for, I have learned the tips and tricks of keeping my breakouts to a minimum. These are my three go-to’s for dealing with adult acne.


  1. Moisturizer: As a person with overactive oily skin, this seemed like the opposite of what I was looking for. But after drying out my skin with acids time and time again, I found that a little Cetaphil is just what I need. Using it three to four times a week seems to do the trick. Plus, Cetaphil’s daily facial moisturizer has sunscreen to keep harmful rays at bay!


  1. Stellar Spot Treatment: For the pesky big bumps that spring up, I love Aczone. I have also used Duac in the past and found it particularly effective. Both of these were prescribed by my dermatologist and are reasonably priced at CVS Pharmacy.


  1. Clean makeup: Often despite my best efforts, I end up with a blemish or two, which means it’s makeup time. But the key to not winding up with five or six blemishes the next day is to purchase clean acne-fighting makeup. Worth the additional bucks ($28), I love Clinique’s Acne Solutions Liquid foundation.

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By: Annie Paschal

I’m usually a minimalist when it comes to all things beauty. I don’t wear a lot of makeup and my hair dries naturally straight. I’m blessed to have skin that is not usually acne-prone but I do struggle with balancing over drying and oiliness. Here are my quick tips and go-to products for healthy, beautiful skin.


Take care of your face in the shower.

Why create an extra step? I like to use a face scrub while I’m in the shower. Thanks to the hot water, my pores are open and it’s easier to wash off the scrub. My favorite is the St. Ives Apricot Scrub (blemish control). The brand has different variations for what your skin might need.

Wash your body with an exfoliating brush.

I like to use any Dr. Teal’s shower gels because they smell amazing and contain Epsom salt, which helps soothe muscles. Once you have exfoliated and all of the dead skin is gone, your skin will be prepped for lotion when you get out of the shower. I love the Hempz Vanilla Plum Herbal Body Lotion.

Use a night cream.

I’m only 24 so it may seem early for me to even be thinking about this but one of the best ways to avoid looking aged is to keep your skin moisturized. A night cream helps seal in moisture while you sleep so you look refreshed in the morning.

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Hollywood Facial - Spa SydellBy: David Leonard

I have to say, the Hollywood Facial at Spa Sydell was the most convenient facial I’ve ever had. I was in and out in practically 30 minutes.

The facial began with my face being cleansed followed by the application of a black carbon mask. Once the mask was applied, a laser was used to activate the carbon and bind it to any blackheads, whiteheads, and dead skin on my face. My esthetician was so nice and talked me through the entire thing. The laser warmed my face and the only sensitive area was around a blemish I had. As I’m writing this the day after, I can honestly say that this facial really helped to clear up that blemish quickly.

I truly enjoyed how my skin felt afterward and the fact that it glowed for the rest of the day. I can see why our friends on the West Coast use this procedure a lot and why some Spa Sydell regulars get one every week. I definitely plan on doing this again! Plus, repeat treatments will help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reduce pore size, help with acne, improve skin texture and provide great exfoliation. Not to mention, there’s no downtime associated with it, making it the perfect procedure before a big night out.

For more on this treatment, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring Spa Sydell.



Details: 404.255.7727. 4520 Olde Perimeter Way Ste. 200, Atlanta, GA 30346.

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By: Halen Adair


The SkinPen was recently approved by the FDA and is one of the best tools for microneedling treatments to get rid of those tough acne scars. Sharilyn Berg, a licensed medical aesthetician, explained the many benefits of this simple procedure while keeping me calm during the entire process. SkinPen works not only with acne scars, but also wrinkles, stretch marks, and much more.


The SkinPen administers a series of small needle pricks all over the skin. The slight abrasions against the skin initiate the natural healing process in the body. Therefore, the skin starts to produce more collagen and elastin. Numbing cream was applied before the quick and easy in-office procedure so the needles from the SkinPen didn’t hurt me at all.

I cannot wait to see the results in four weeks! My skin already feels smoother, fresher, tighter and the acne scars on my face are slowly but surely fading. I would recommend SkinPen to anyone who has problem areas on their face, neck, chest, hands, etc. Sharilyn is an expert on skin rejuvenation and is one of the go-to people for this procedure.


For more on this treatment, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring Nirvana MedSpa and Laser Centre’s Sharilyn Berg.


Details: 678.256.6320. 4380 Kimball Bridge Rd. Alpharetta, Georgia 30022.


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