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.


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.


  • 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

Scottish SalmonProcedure

  • 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;

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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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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.


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. 755 Mount Vernon Hwy. Ste. 240,
Atlanta, GA 30328.

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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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By: Dawn DiSantis


Fillers are a great option for someone wanting to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles without having to go under the knife. Dr. Lisa DiFrancesco explained to me that Juvederm® products are great because they come in a variety of consistency so the doctor can essentially make a custom plan for each patient for different areas. For me, I wanted to add volume to my upper cheeks and decrease fine vertical lines above my mouth. I was a little nervous before, but only because I’ve never had any type of procedure before. I didn’t really know what to expect regarding results and I didn’t want to look too “done.”


Dr. D explained everything before the treatment and as she injected the fillers, she continued to explain which Juvaderm® product she was using (Voluma XC for my cheeks versus Volbella for my lips). There was no pain in the cheeks at all because numbing cream was applied 30 minutes before the treatment started. The lips were more sensitive but it just felt like a quick pinch. Nothing too bad at all. It made a big difference in the fine lines above my lips where my lipstick would often bleed. My cheeks looked higher and more youthful instantly. I would recommend having the treatment about two weeks before a big event because I did have some slight bruising afterward.


For more on this treatment, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring DiFrancesco Plastic Surgery’s Dr. Lisa DiFrancesco.


Details: 404.377.3474. 1800 Howell Mill Rd. NW. Ste. 400 Atlanta, GA 30318.



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