By Laura Janelle Downey

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I’m a self-proclaimed spa snob and I’m totally OK with that moniker. So when I choose to relax, I turn to one of the best in the business—The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. I went for the spa’s 80-minute Hydrafacial, but they also offer a 30- and 50-minute version as well. My therapist, Angela, took very good care of me. The treatment, which includes lymphatic drainage and LED red or blue light therapy in addition to a booster application, began with Angela cleaning my face and removing my blush and lip stain.

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In just four steps, which included a cleanse and exfoliation (think facial rejuvenation), a glycolic acid peel, extractions (performed on the T-zone area), and the application of an antioxidant- and peptide-rich hydrating solution (perfect for enhancing my glow), I was good to go. What I loved about this service is that Angela used a handpiece to apply serums like the Connective Tissue Growth Factor (CTGF) to my face. The CTGF reduces wrinkles and improves the overall health of the skin. Other options for boosters include products that work on minimizing the signs of aging and reducing sunspots.

For those who have never had this treatment, the handpiece glides over your face and it feels like a brush that is lightly scratching your skin. And the LED red or blue light therapy helps to increase cellular metabolism, repair damaged skin cells and prompt collagen growth. In turn, the skin’s texture, tone and elastin should improve after a total of six treatments (recommended once every four weeks).

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During this service, Angela also applied an oxygen mask to my face and while it was absorbing, she massaged my shoulders. It was divine! If you’re in need of giving your face extra hydration and you want to see a glow, book the Hydrafacial at this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star sanctuary.

Details: 404.995.7526, 3376 Peachtree Rd. NE. Atlanta, GA 30326.

MandarinOriental.com/Atlanta/Buckhead/Luxury-Spa

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By Wyndi Kappes

 

Vogue has termed 2018 the “year of the ear” and it seems many are following suit. From statement earrings to stunning studs, don’t let your thinning, sagging earlobes give away your age. The answer to taut earlobes? Earlobe fillers—perfect for holding up your favorite pair of baubles!

Elizabeth Whitaker, M.D., F.A.C.S

Elizabeth Whitaker, M.D., F.A.C.S

This quick and painless process is the trendiest in filler to-do’s right now. Hoping to see what all the rage is about, we made an appointment with Atlanta Face & Body’s Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker. She quickly explained the process before using her skilled and steady hands to inject an ideal amount of filler into Sherri Adair’s earlobes.

 

The Best Self Atlanta publisher was given numbing medication shortly before the treatment and she experienced little to no discomfort. At worst, Dr. Elizabeth explained the procedure could feel like something between a small prick and getting your ears pierced. The injections themselves have a long safety record made up of hyaluronic acid, a product that’s produced naturally in the body and feels soft like ear cartilage.

 

The whole process took less than 10 minutes and Sherri was able to put her earrings back in not long after. Almost instantly, Sherri’s earlobes went from barely hanging onto her diamond studs to holding them upright.

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For more about this procedure, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring Sherri Adair receiving earlobe fillers from Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker, owner of Atlanta Face & Body.

 

Details: 404.920.4753, AtlantaFaceAndBody.com, 3200 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta, GA 30339.

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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.

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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.”

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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. FourSeasons.com/Atlanta

 

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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.

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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.

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For more on this treatment, check out this Facebook LIVE video with Beverly Hutchinson of BEVel Beauty.

 

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

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Chef MichaelAs Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta Executive Chef Michael Patria embarks on a weight loss journey this summer, he’ll share a healthy recipe that he’s loving for you try each month.

For his first installment, Chef Patria shows us how to whip up Grilled Scottish Salmon with Warm Quinoa and Spring Vegetable Salad and Chimichurri.

“I really enjoy grilled salmon because it’s not only a very healthy protein, but it’s also hearty and filling. This is also why I enjoy pairing it with the bright flavors of the fresh vegetables and quinoa, as the flavors really balance each other out. The Chimichurri is an added bonus that injects a beautiful, herbaceous brightness,” says Patria.

Ingredients

  • 5-ounce Scottish salmon
  • 1/3 cup quinoa
  • 1/4 cup sliced yellow squash
  • 1/4 cup sliced green zucchini
  • 1/3 cup sliced snap peas
  • 1 teaspoon Sliced Calabrian chilis
  • 4 mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Chimichurri
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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  • Preheat grill to 400 degrees
  • While grill is heating, heat small to medium sauté pan over medium-high heat
  • Add olive oil to the warm pan
  • Add Calabrian chilis and gently toast
  • Add remaining vegetables
  • Quickly sauté
  • Add quinoa
  • Toss until warm
  • Season with salt and pepper and set aside

Place salmon on grill and grill for 2-3 minutes on each side, being sure to turn to create grill marks.

Remove salmon from grill and place on a cooling rack.

Gently tear the fresh mint leaves and fold them into the warm quinoa and vegetable mixture

Spoon warm quinoa on a plate.

Gently rest the grilled salmon on the warm quinoa salad.

Drizzle with Chimichurri.

Details: 75 14th St NE, Atlanta; FourSeasons.com/Atlanta

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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.

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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.

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

Details: 678.208.0341. FreshNFitCuisine.com. 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.

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

 

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

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Dr. Stepanian has 25 years of experience with lasers and specializes in advanced minimally
invasive and office-based Gynecologic Surgery. So many individuals are focused on
maintaining the health of the skin on their face, often neglecting the skin on the rest of the body. Dr. Assia Stepanian, MD, FACOG, of the Academia of Women’s Health & Endoscopic Surgery, wants to help change that.
When individuals come to see Dr. Stepanian, she hears a variety of vaginal, vulvar, and urinary complaints. These complaints range from discomfort with intimacy, lack of lubrication, vulvar discomfort, and urinary incontinence. Based on extensive research of vaginal atrophy, pain, vulvar conditions, and Lichens Sclerosis, the revolutionary MonaLisa Touch R treatment provides patients with an effective option for relief. The MonaLisa Touch consists of a fractional CO2 laser, which targets different areas of the vagina and vulva to reduce inflammation and stimulate the growth of new healthy vaginal and vulvar epithelium and collagen regeneration.
The non-invasive procedure is pain-free and requires three treatments, which are six to eight weeks apart. Each session is completed in-office and takes less than five minutes. To find out if you are a candidate for this treatment, Dr. Stepanian offers consultations, which are often covered by insurance.

 

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For more on this treatment, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring a consultation by Dr. Stepanian of Academia of Women’s Health & Endoscopic Surgery.
Details: 404.549.3224. AcademiaWomensHealth.com. 755 Mount Vernon Hwy. Ste. 240,
Atlanta, GA 30328.

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By: Wyndi Kappes

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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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