By Best Self Staffer: Amy Smith

Many of the clients who come to see Jill Garden, The Graivier Center spa director, Master Licensed Medical Aesthetician and Laser Specialist, are frustrated and desperate. The physical and emotional effects of facial acne have taken a toll on them. Often, they are doubtful anything will be different from other treatments they have tried.

Utilizing her more than 20 years of experience and extensive medical knowledge, Jill has developed a line of products to treat adult and teen acne called Aesthetic Elements Clinical Skin Care.

Depending on budget, Jill creates an individual treatment plan for each patient. We chose to explore a four-product treatment plan that consisted of a facial cleanser, scrub, benzoyl peroxide mask, and moisturizer, which costs approximately $150. The products work to cleanse and balance the pH levels in the skin and are designed to be used as a part of a daily routine in an effort to maximize results. Bacteria grows and regenerates every 24 hours, so it’s imperative the program is followed daily to keep the skin clean and hydrated.

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She also offers an even more affordable treatment plan that is essentially a three-step microdermabrasion that consists of cleansing, pore expressing, and an oxygen topical. This treatment can be continued every two to six weeks as needed during the process. Most patients see results within a few weeks and with continued use and commitment to the program, they can remain acne-free with fewer breakouts and remarkably healthier skin. The line has an incredible success rate.

Jill’s manner is gentle and understanding. She is so easy to stay in constant contact with. She answered all of my quick questions with ease and was very helpful in making sure I understood everything.

Details: 770.772.0695. 1295 Hembree Rd., Roswell, GA 30076. TheGraivierCenter.com

Skin Love!

As with any skin care regimen, consistency is the key to overall good results. A consistent daily regimen of cleansing, moisturizing and protection against the sun is a must. Also, don’t forget to get your skin screened in support of good health and skin cancer awareness month.

 

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By Best Self Managing Editor: Laura

 Milena Flores performs an Ashiatsu (“Ashi” meaning foot and “atsu” meaning pressure)  barefoot massage.


Milena Flores performs an Ashiatsu (“Ashi” meaning foot and “atsu” meaning pressure) barefoot massage.

I love trying new things—especially spa treatments! So when I signed up to check out The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta’s new Ashiatsu treatment, I was thrilled. An Eastern practice that has been around for more than 3,000 years, Ashiatsu (“Ashi” meaning foot and “atsu” meaning pressure) is essentially a barefoot massage. In order to do this service, my therapist, Milena Flores, was supported by wood parallel bars in an effort to apply deep foot pressure to strategic points along my spine and body with hopes of achieving maximum muscle compression. In my case, I asked Milena to not go as deep because I recently injured myself on a run and my body couldn’t handle anything too deep.

Before the service began, Milena had me smell three aromatherapy blends to see which one I would prefer to have rubbed on my body. I immediately gravitated toward the Midtown, which is a delightful combination of rosemary and lavender. It also happens to be the spa’s signature scent and a product made by Atlanta-based company, Mama Bath + Body.

Milena rubbed the blend all over my body and then politely assured me that her feet were cleansed and sanitized. Then she stood on the massage table, held onto the wooden bars and began to use one and two-footed strokes on my back. She made sure to distribute the pressure evenly and asked me how it felt. The massage felt relaxing and I loved the way her toes felt gliding over my back and in the sides of my neck.

There was a point where Milena got down from the table and had me turn over so she could concentrate on my arms, hands and calves. I asked her to avoid my thighs and knees because of my injury. It felt like she was sitting on a stool while continuing to use her feet and hands to massage my neck and upper body. As she massaged those specific areas, my body just loosened up—it felt like putty in her hands.

Ashiatsu is great for athletes—I play basketball—because it helps with tight calves, hamstrings, neck issues and more. It’s also been said to improve performance levels, increase blood flow to various parts of the body, and heal injuries. This was just what I needed since my knees are still bruised from falling during my run.

YANA Daily Collagen Shot

YANA Daily Collagen Shot

After the treatment, Milena offered me a shot of collagen. What really got me pumped about it was when she said that celebrities have been taking collagen shots to improve the appearance of their skin. I immediately threw back Image Skincare’s YANA Daily Collagen Supplement. It was an orange color and tasted fruity. Milena also mentioned that the collagen shot helps heal wounds so that was another advantage.

This treatment is truly the total package. I left feeling rested and rejuvenated. If you’re tired of getting a “regular” massage and want to try something different, Ashiatsu at The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta is definitely the way to go. From the top-notch service to creative spa treatments such as this one, it’s a win-win for your mind and body.

50-minute Ashiatsu treatment, $175
80-minute Ashiatsu treatment, $255

Facebook_LiveFor more on this service, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring Milena Flores and Laura.

 

 

Details: 404.881.9898. 75 14th St. NE., Atlanta, GA 30309. fourseasons.com/Atlanta

Skin Love!

As with any skin care regimen, consistency is the key to overall good results. A consistent daily regimen of cleansing, moisturizing and protection against the sun is a must. Also, don’t forget to get your skin screened in support of good health and skin cancer awareness month.

 

 

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By Best Self Staffer: Candace Bivins

 Edmond I. Griffin, M.D., of Dermatology Associates of Atlanta (DAA) has been practicing for more than 40 years in Atlanta. I have never experienced, or felt more comfortable, getting a facial filler. Dr. Griffin was extremely thorough in explaining Juvéderm Vollure™ XC to me. He mentioned where he thought I would see the best results and that showed me that he had my best interest at heart.

 Juvéderm Vollure™ XC is a hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal filler, which has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reduce the appearance of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds in adults over the age of 21. Dermatology Associates of Atlanta is one of the few practices in Atlanta that has Vollure XC available.

 Before the procedure started, I washed my face and applied a numbing cream for about 20 minutes on the areas of my face that would be injected with Vollure XC.

 Dr. Griffin marked the specific areas on my face that he was going to treat, including my nasal folds and lower face where I had hollows. While receiving the filler injections, I could see instantaneous results and volume in my skin. Vollure XC filled in the lines and hollows.

 Like other denser facial fillers, Vollure XC is a light gel-based HA facial filler. The HA component holds together well and reduces the chances of swelling because it doesn’t absorb water and can be easily manipulated to smooth out the filler during the injection. You can see immediate results and won’t have lumps and bumps like other fillers. Instead, your face looks smooth and refreshed. Another great thing about Vollure XC is that it is supposed to last up to 18 months!

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I would highly recommend Dr. Griffin at DAA, and Vollure XC to anyone wanting immediate results to get rid of your laugh lines, nasal folds, and hollows in your face. You’ll walk out with a refreshed look and it’s totally worth it!

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For more on this service, check out this three-part Facebook LIVE video featuring Dr. Griffin, and Candace Bivins. Part One. Part Two.  Part Three.

Details: 404.256.4457. 5555 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd. NE., Atlanta 30342. griffincenter.com

Skin Love!

As with any skin care regimen, consistency is the key to overall good results. A consistent daily regimen of cleansing, moisturizing and protection against the sun is a must. Also, don’t forget to get your skin screened in support of good health and skin cancer awareness month.

 

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By Best Self Staffer: Susan Lesesne

I’ve been going to Body Works Chiropractic and Wellness Center for quite a while now. They have really helped me with my back pain, so I was excited to hear they could also help me with weight loss and younger-looking skin. I had never heard of Red Light Metabolic Weight Loss therapy before and was excited to try it.

Susan receives Red Light Metabolic Weight Loss therapy.

Susan receives Red Light Metabolic Weight Loss therapy.

All I had to do was lay down on a reclined chair and have the light positioned on the areas I wanted to work on. I was very comfortable and the red light was warm, but never too hot or uncomfortable.

“The energy of the specialized Photonica Professional Treatment Technology enters the layer of the skin focusing only on the fat cells that are in the subcutaneous layer, (the layer underneath your skin). As soon as these cells are infiltrated with this specialized red light, components like water, fatty acids, glycerol, and triglycerides are released. As a result of this release, your fat cells reduce in size causing the loss in inches and cellulite. The triglycerides (fat) released in the process are also used by your body as an energy source,” says Marlene Parker Body Works Chiropractic and Wellness Center Practice Manager

In addition to weight loss, this treatment is also great for aging skin, as well as weight loss. The lights help to produce collagen which plumps the skin and makes it look younger.

After the live filming of my treatment was over, I just got to lay in the dark room and relax. They even had soft music playing. When we took body measurements, I had lost just under five inches all over my body. On my thighs alone I lost half an inch! I can’t wait to go do it again! The treatment will continue to work for a few more days, so I should well exceed five inches lost. I didn’t even get my whole body done and I was amazed at the results.

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For more on this service, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring Marlene Parker, and Susan Lesesne.

Details: 770.988.0988. 2330 Windy Hill Rd., SE., Marietta, GA 30067. bodyworksperformance.com

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By Best Self staffer: Annie Paschal

I visited Suddenly Slimmer to give my skin an opportunity to detox and refuel. The Suddenly Slimmer Spot Supreme Wraps are designed to detox the body and provide essential minerals to replenish the skin leaving you feeling hydrated and healthy.

Wraps covered in tent robe to help stay warm.

Wraps covered in tent robe to help stay warm.

I was nervous about getting the wrap at first because I wasn’t sure what to expect. The owner Julie Tracey informed me that the ace bandages were soaked in the solution for a few hours and a technician would tightly wrap them around different parts of my body. After all desired sections were wrapped I could rest or do light exercise for 30-45 minutes.

The wrapping process was tight and left me feeling like I was wearing extreme Spanx. Mrs. Tracey explained that although the treatment isn’t exceptionally relaxing the results make it worth it.

After the wrap, I had lost a combined inch from my thighs, stomach, and arms. My skin felt tight and my tummy less bloated. Mrs. Tracey recommends doing the wraps in a series especially before a big event or an occasion when wearing something tighter than usual.

Details: 678.206.2100. 1575 Old Alabama Rd, Roswell, GA 30076.

Skin Love!

As with any skin care regimen, consistency is the key to overall good results. A consistent daily regimen of cleansing, moisturizing and protection against the sun is a must. Also, don’t forget to get your skin screened in support of good health and skin cancer awareness month.

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spotme-find-a-screening-carouselPrevention is the first step to avoiding skin cancer, but it is also important to be screened regularly. Skin cancer screenings should be done by a medical professional at least once a month. When getting a screening, make sure the physician checks your entire body from the tips of your toes to the top of your head. There are several places to get screened in the Atlanta area and many of them offer screenings free of charge.

As a part of the American Academy of Dermatology’s continued campaign against skin cancer, you can sign up for e-mail alerts to know when a screening has been scheduled in your area. All you have to do is click here, select Georgia, and add yourself to the subscription list. Or, just view the list on the website to see the screenings available.

Northside Hospital offers screenings at three locations to individuals 18 and older who make an appointment. If needed, they can also provide interpreters for patients and doctors to ensure effective communication. Call 1 -404 -531-4444 to make an appointment.

5445 Meridian Mark Rd., Atlanta, GA 30342.

1200 Northside Forsyth Dr., Cumming, GA 30041.

3400 Bldg. B. Old Milton Pkwy., Alpharetta, GA 30005.

Now through the end of June, Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta is also offering screenings for individuals with an appointment anytime. Call 1 -678 -904-4832 to make an appointment.

1670 Scott Blvd., Decatur, GA 30033

 Source: American Academy of Dermatology, aad.org

Skin Love!

As with any skin care regimen, consistency is the key to overall good results. A consistent daily regimen of cleansing, moisturizing and protection against the sun is a must. Also, don’t forget to get your skin screened in support of good health and skin cancer awareness month.

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By Best Self Managing Editor: Laura J. Downey

I just love visiting The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. As soon as I check in at the spa counter, I begin to feel at ease. But what helps me to not think about the day’s stressors is when the spa associate comes over, takes my shoes and gives me rubber sandals to put on as a symbol of me leaving behind the outside world and preparing to experience a peaceful journey with the brand, its staff, and the O2 Awakening Facial I was about to receive.

It was easy for me to slip deeper into a state of relaxation with a cup of tea. I was offered a peach and mint blend that was divine. From there, I cozied up in one of the relaxation room chairs and waited for my esthetician, Angela Gorham, to call my name. Once I heard, ‘Ms.Downey’ being called, I immediately put down the tea and headed back to the room to begin the service.

I travel a lot so the O2 Awakening Facial was just what my face needed. The oxygen from the treatment helps combat pollutants and nasty toxins. Angela asked me what I wanted to get from this facial and I told her I wanted to leave glowing and obviously, I wanted to leave those gross contaminants behind. With the Natura Bissé products and Angela’s 23 years of experience—nine of those years at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta—I felt safe.

unnamed-3The treatment started off with Angela cleansing, toning and exfoliating my skin. From there, she applied the Oxygen Concentrate from Natura Bissé to my face, neck and décolleté. This was followed by a facial massage using the Spanish brand’s Oxygen Cream. Afterward, an Oxygen Finishing Mask was applied to my face. While the mask was setting in, Angela gave me a very soothing hand and arm massage. Then, the mask was removed and a toner, Oxygen Cream and Eye Cream were applied.

Although this facial did not include extractions, it still worked to clean and hydrate and my skin while giving it that glow that I desired. When the service was completed, Angela told me that I need to hydrate a lot more. She also mentioned that I should apply products to my neck as well since it’s an area that often gets ignored but shouldn’t. Her recommendation to me was to use an antiaging cream on my neck because it has wrinkles. I never thought I would have a not-so-young-looking neck at 39, but it just goes to show that time slows down for no one.

Overall, I received the desired results I wanted, which was glowing skin free of impurities.Everything from Angela’s attention to detail to the luxurious products used on my face made me feel special. If you’re in need of some extra TLC, visit The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta and get the O2 Awakening Facial. It will breathe life into your face and revitalize you in more ways than one.

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Details: 404.995.7500.  3376 Peachtree Rd. NE., Atlanta, GA 30326. mandarinoriental.com/atlanta

50-minute O2 Awakening Facial, $160; 80-minute O2 Awakening Facial, $210 (prices increase by $20 if the treatment takes place Friday through Sunday)

Skin Love!

As with any skin care regimen, consistency is the key to overall good results. A consistent daily regimen of cleansing, moisturizing and protection against the sun is a must. Also, don’t forget to get your skin screened in support of good health and skin cancer awareness month.

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YogaBURN is putting a new spin on yoga exercise classes with BURN Body and BURN Sculpt Yoga. Focusing on the muscles athletes use the most, BURN Body aims to release tension in the quads, hamstrings and shoulders.BURN Sculpt Yoga, which combines Pilates, barre, yoga and free weights for a blood-pumping workout.

Details: 3575 Durden Dr. NE., Brookhaven; livetoburn.com

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By Best Self Managing Editor: Laura Janelle Downey

I love going to the spa so when I was presented with an opportunity to have a 60-minute Complete Nourishment Facial at Remède Spa inside The St. Regis Atlanta, I couldn’t have been more excited. For years, my friends have told me about how amazing the treatments at Remède Spa truly are. But to be able to experience the high-end spa’s signature facial for myself made me a very happy woman.FullSizeRender (3)

I spent some time in the relaxation room noshing on pineapple chunks, chocolates and strawberries before Jacqueline Jensen, the lead esthetician and Remède educator came to greet me. She escorted me to the treatment room where I then took off my cozy robe and got underneath the sheets on the heated massage table.

Jacqueline started the treatment by giving my feet a treat. She applied a warm paraffin wax to them, which put me on Cloud 9. From there, she massaged my shoulders and I was extremely relaxed. After assessing the needs of my skin, I was sure to let her know that my nose gets oily and that I will probably need extractions to remove those ugly blackheads.

Before and after. My skin was spotless!

Before and after. My skin was spotless!

This customized facial included a series of steps. Jacqueline applied the Remède Alchemy Cleansing Soufflé first followed by a toner (Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist). From there, she applied SkinCeuticals Salicylic Peel followed by the Remède Intensive Double Serum. She finished the treatment with an application of the Remède Alchemy Advanced Night Cream.

What I loved about it was that my face was glowing when the service was completed. All of the products worked well together to offer my skin balance, hydration and the necessary minerals and nutrients that it needed. My face now feels soft to the touch and looks refreshed.

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The takeaway? Jacqueline, who has been with Remède Spa for eight years, said that I have beautiful skin but in order to keep it that way, I should exfoliate, which will help rid my face of dead skin cells and oils. It’s hard to cover it all in the morning when I’m getting ready to start my day but a facial like this helps me bounce back from a jam-packed schedule, which leaves me tired, and allows me to look my best. If you’re in the mood to treat yourself, make an appointment at Remède Spa for its 60-minute signature Complete Nourishment Facial. It will be well worth it.

60-minute Complete Nourishment Facial, $185; 90-minute Complete Nourishment Facial, $265

Details: 404.563.7900. 88 W. Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta, GA 30305. stregisatlanta.com

Skin Love!

As with any skin care regimen, consistency is the key to overall good results. A consistent daily regimen of cleansing, moisturizing and protection against the sun is a must. Also, don’t forget to get your skin screened in support of good health and skin cancer awareness month.

 

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By Best Self Staffer: Dawn DeSantis

Ultherapy is the only FDA-cleared noninvasive treatment for lifting the skin on the neck, chin, and brow. It is also the only noninvasive treatment specifically FDA-cleared to improve lines and wrinkles on the décolletage! Ultherapy uses focused ultrasound technology to stimulate collagen deep within the skin. The result? Firmer skin from brow to the chest! Even better, Skintherapy is the leading provider of Ultherapy in the Buckhead area.

I have to admit, I was pretty nervous about my Ultherapy treatment. I had been told by numerous people that it can be quite painful and that everyone has a different pain threshold.

Jennifer performs Ultherapy on Dawn.

Jennifer Curtin, L.M.E., prepped me by applying ultrasound gel to cool my skin and then did one run across my eyebrow with the equipment to show me what it would feel like. I didn’t feel anything at all! Jennifer focused the treatment on my forehead area to give me a brow lift and to smooth my frown lines. As the treatment progressed, I did start to feel a pricking sensation that I would describe as mildly uncomfortable, but overall it was a breeze. I barely felt a thing.

After the treatment, my skin was slightly red and puffy. Jennifer applied a cool seaweed mask to my face that smelled divine. Two hours later, I felt no discomfort and the area around my eyes felt a little tighter. I did not have the treatment done on my neck, although I saw before and after photos of other people who did that area and the pictures were amazing.

I had a fantastic experience and I highly recommend

Jennifer at Skintherapy. She was very sweet and gentle and has a natural bedside manner. The person who performs the treatment is, in my opinion, even more important than the treatment itself.

Facebook_LiveFor more on this service, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring Jennifer Curtin, L.M.E., and Dawn DeSantis.

 

Details:  404.358.2961. 110 E. Andrews Dr., Atlanta, GA 30305. skintherapybuckhead.com

Skin Love!

As with any skin care regimen, consistency is the key to overall good results. A consistent daily regimen of cleansing, moisturizing and protection against the sun is a must. Also, don’t forget to get your skin screened in support of good health and skin cancer awareness month.

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