Photography by Sarah Diller’s PhotographsAs a millennial myself, I must say my generation gets more than its fair share of notoriety. While, I’m still deciding whether this buzz is good or bad, I am proud that publications such as Best Self Atlanta are shining a light on those whose 20s and 30s are behind them. Sometimes what lies ahead can be just as, if not more, exciting than what is left behind. When our 2017 Over 40 & Fabulous! contest winner, Lisa M. Washington, was in her 20s, she would tell her friends that she couldn’t wait to be in her 40s: “When I was younger, I looked at the women in my life in their 40s and I saw this great freedom of expression and confidence.” As I’m sure many of you can attest, life after 40 is as dynamic as you make it. Our contest finalists are proof—from Tran Bui Smith’s journey to self acceptance to Kim Steen Langan experiencing the joy of becoming a new mother right before her 41st birthday, these 16 standouts are simply amazing!

In celebration of one generation to the next, our article, In My Father’s Footsteps, takes a look at another group that some might say doesn’t always receive the recognition they deserve—dads. From running the AJC Peachtree Road Race together for decades to simply catching up over milkshakes every Friday, five groups of Atlanta fathers and sons share the traditions that bond them. On Father’s Day and beyond, it’s always important to take the time to thank and acknowledge the role models that helped shape and inspire who we are today.

And don’t forget to find ways to give back to your community like puppeteer Jeff Domke does every summer when he brings his talents to kids at Camp Kudzu.

Happy reading,

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Photography by Sawyer Photography; Artemus Jenkins.Change is good. And in the past year, we’ve undergone several. In an effort to take our organization to a new level, I had to make some important decisions. One was to redesign and rebrand our sister flagship publication, Atlanta Home Improvement. With a modified name, refreshed look and new editorial purpose, we now produce
bi-monthly issues with monthly distribution.

The other was to welcome Laura J. Downey who serves as our company’s managing editor. She brings with her more than 15 years of editorial experience (including PEOPLE magazine and Forbes Travel Guide) to Best Self Atlanta, My Home Improvement (formerly Atlanta Home Improvement), and our six hyperlocal magazines—My Alpharetta, My Buckhead,
My East Cobb, My Intown, My Sandy Springs, and My Vinings/Smyrna
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We’re excited about these hyperlocal magazines because each one is 100 percent dedicated to neighborhood-specific content to help its residents live their best lives. As we celebrate the one-year anniversary of these quarterly magazines, toast with us as we commemorate the one-year anniversary of Atlanta Best Media. As the company continues to grow, we are optimistic about its future.

We just wrapped a successful 30 Days of Healthy, Beautiful Skin Blog and Facebook Live Series for Best Self, which engaged more than 14,000 unique views and countless shares and likes. And we now invite you to join us in June as we embark on another Facebook Live and Blog Series but this time, it’s 30 Days of Home Remodeling.

One decision can impact your entire life. Each decision I’ve made for the company is a testament to embracing change and growth. The road hasn’t always been smooth but it’s been worth it. If you’re contemplating making a change, be brave! Don’t let the fear of change alone stop you. Get after it. Life is too short not to.

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By Best Self Staffer: Kim Cooper

Sadly, our 30 days has come to an end. We are happy to finish out the month of May with a Vivace™ Micro-Needling RF treatment from Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic & Center for Anti-Aging. The Vivace system is unique in that it uses 36 gold microneedles to penetrate the skin to a specific depth that the esthetician chooses. Once the selected depth is reached, high levels of radiofrequency energy are delivered into the deep tissue.

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Vivace allows you to adjust the depth of penetration from 0.5mm to 3.5mm. The range of depths are used to target different issues. If the desired result is diminished wrinkles, the esthetician would not go as deep as they would if they were targeting scars for example.

This is a great supplement for a laser treatment or chemical peel, especially in the summer months. Clients receive all the benefits of skin tightening, plus improvement in the production of collagen.

During the first 20 minutes of my treatment Heather Dobson, L.M.E. spread numbing cream all over my face to assure minimal discomfort. After the numbing agent was removed, they applied what’s called a Silk Peel. This allowed the Vivace machine to run smoothly over my face without irritation.

Vivace is the only Micro-Needling RF system that offers the following features:

  • True motorized delivery of the needles into the tissue.  This provides consistent depth of penetration and enables you to deliver energy to the precise level of the skin.

  • Safe for all skin types (even tanned skin)

  • Easy, repeatable results for every patient

  • Designed to work with various topicals and growth factors

  • 31 adjustable depth settings

  • Intuitive touch screen with skin depth graphics for each setting to help the provider determine the specific depth of the needles

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Overall, I was very surprised by how painless the treatment was. Immediately after the treatment, I had some redness, mostly on my forehead, but after about two hours my skin looked perfectly normal and was glowing.

Heather advised me not to use any makeup and to avoid the sun for the next 12 hours. She also sent me home with a little care package that included soothing moisturizers.

Depending on the problem being addressed with the skin, Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic & Center for Anti-Aging recommends having three to eight treatments done in a series, each a month apart.

 

For more on this service, check out this Facebook LIVE video.

Details: Atlanta Office: 770.691.0347. 4840 Roswell Rd. NE Bldg D Ste 100 Atlanta, GA.  Warner Robins Office: 478.225.2379. 400 Corporate Pointe Warner Robins, GA 31088

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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: Amy Smith

Imagine getting a world-class beauty treatment in the comfort of your own home? With the Oxygen Beauty Spa by Water Rejuvenation Products at www.H2orejuven8.com. The Oxygen Beauty Spa is a self-contained, eco-friendly soaking experience that provides a peaceful oxygen therapy spa treatment in the privacy of your own home.

The treatment begins by you setting the temperature of the hot water to your liking, and with the touch of the Oxygen Cloud & O2 button, the crystal clear water transforms into a thick cloud of milky, soft water. The skin breathes and comes alive in this total immersion of highly oxygenated water generated from a patented pump system. Millions of micro bubbles that are smaller than your pores penetrate the skin to restore softness and increase collagen to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

In addition to the O2 Cloud treatment, the proprietary design encourages your neck, back, legs and feet to relax while stress and anxiety melt away. You can enhance your spa experience with a variety of aromatherapy products at H2oRejuven8.com. This water conserving spa has its own automated filtration system that continually filters and cleans the water after each use. Meaning, you don’t have to drain and fill it with every use. The insulated cover helps to conserve energy whether you place your Oxygen Beauty Spa indoors or out.

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Experience the Oxygen Beauty Spa for yourself! Visit the H2oRejuven8.com team June 3-4 at the Atlanta Ultimate Women’s Expo- Georgia World Congress Center Booth # 431  285 Andrew Young International  Blvd NW Atlanta, GA 30313

Some additional benefits of soaking in the Oxygen Beauty Spa include:

· Stimulates collagen production

· Enhance and increase skin metabolism

· Increase skin elasticity

· Improve skin regeneration

· Deeper cleansing of the pores to remove impurities

· Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles

· Increase hydration

· Anti-inflammatory and antibacterial

· Production of therapeutic levels of anions

· Neutralization of free radicals

 For more on this service, check out this Facebook LIVE video.

Details: 877.500. 5333. H20Rejuven8.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: Annie Paschal

As we draw near to the end of Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, we want to share information about the different types of skin cancer as each one shows different types of symptoms.

Basal cell carcinoma occurs on areas of the skin that experience a lot of sun exposure. Signs of this type of cancer can include a slightly shiny or white-colored bump on the skin. It can also appear as a scar-like wound.

Squamous cell carcinoma most often appears on the face, ears, and hands. Individuals with darker skin, however, are more prone to this type of skin cancer in places that do not get lots of sun exposure. Symptoms include a hard, red-raised area or a flat area that appears dry and cracked.

Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer because it can develop on any area of the body. Melanoma most often appears as a normal mole that then becomes cancerous. This type of cancer can affect people of all skin types and tones. Symptoms include brown-colored spots with darker flakes inside, a mole that has changed color or size, or a small wound that is irregular in shape. Individuals with darker skin tend to experience these symptoms in places that do not get a lot of sun exposure, such as under the nails.

Other, less common types of skin cancer include:

Kaposi sarcoma: This type of skin cancer is rare, affecting less than 20,000 people in the United States a year. It can occur more often in individuals with an autoimmune condition. Signs include purple, red, or brown spots on the surface of the skin.

Merkel cell carcinoma: This type of skin cancer is also rare but occurs mostly in older individuals. Merkel cell carcinoma causes firm, shiny lumps that raise on or just under the skin and in hair follicles. It is most often found on the head and neck.

Sebaceous gland carcinoma: This uncommon and aggressive cancer originates in the skin’s oil glands. Sebaceous gland carcinomas, which usually appear as hard, painless nodules, can develop anywhere, but most often occur on the eyelid.

 

Whether symptoms have been noticed or not, it is recommended that everyone receive a skin cancer screening once a month. The sooner these symptoms are recognized, the better chance there is to help prevent or treat cancer.

Information and photo source: mayoclinic.org

 

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By Best Self Staffer: Wyndi Kappes

I love my Swedish ancestors for giving me my blonde hair and blue eyes, but they also gave me very fair skin. Like most people, however, I still love to look tan. Since I want to avoid the risks of skin cancer associated with laying out in the sun or going to tanning beds, I decided to try my first spray tan.

Let me just say, I fell in love! Maggie Teall the founder and owner of Opulence Spray Tan Club, a mobile tanning service that comes to you, made the experience so easy. She came to our office and put up a little tent and airbrushed my body right then and there. It only took about 20 minutes to do my whole body and Maggie’s upbeat and fun personality made the time fly by.

I received the Full Body Custom Spray Tan with the “Opulence Blend” to achieve the naturally tan look I have always dreamt of. It felt like putting on sunscreen—a little cool, but relaxing. Maggie recommended fully exfoliating my body before getting the spray tan done to help it appear even. I was so surprised by how naturally tan I looked. I wasn’t orange at all. Maggie advised me to keep water off my skin for a full 12 hours to give the tan time to sink into my skin so it can last even longer. It is supposed to last for five days, but on day seven I felt like it was just beginning to wear off.

I’ve gotten so many compliments. I really feel like it’s made my clothes look better on me and made my body feel ready for summer without the risk of harsh UV rays from the sun or a tanning bed. I would definitely recommend Opulence Spray Tan Club to anyone looking to get a quick convenient tan!

(L-R) Maggie and Wyndi show off their summer glow! Opulence’s summer package allows you to buy five spray tans and get one for free!

(L-R) Maggie and Wyndi show off their summer glow! Opulence’s summer package allows you to buy five spray tans and get one for free!

 

Details: 404.594.2357. maggie@opulencespraytan.com. facebook.com/opulencespraytanclub.

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 Managing Editor: Laura J. Downey

Facials make me feel like a brand new person. And since I have never visited a Life Time Fitness in Georgia, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to have a spa treatment at the LifeSpa inside Life Time Fitness in Alpharetta. I signed up for a 60-minute Mimosa Oxygen Facial with Medical Esthetician, Angie Snow. I’m sure you’re wondering if this treatment starts or ends with a real mimosa (orange juice, champagne, triple sec). Well, it doesn’t but don’t let that damper your spirits. The facial includes a Vitamin C scrub and citrus spray, which gives it the “orange” from the mimosa that we’re looking for.

Medical Esthetician Angie Snow

Medical Esthetician Angie Snow

The facial at LifeSpa is designed to cleanse, hydrate, combat antiaging, tighten the skin, and rejuvenate. Who can say no to that? Angie started the treatment by massaging my face in circular motions with VivierSkin’s HEXAM cleanser, which worked to remove the dirt and oil on my face. From there, she exfoliated my face with VivierSkin’s Vitamin C Scrub. Next came the “oxygen” portion. Angie mixed Circadia’s Oxygen RX Powder and a gel blister pack together and applied the foamy substance to my face and neck. As she massaged my face gently, she also applied an enzyme activator, pH equalizer and a citrus spritzer to my face and neck.

Afterward, Angie put VivierSkin’s Ultra Hydrating Mask on my face. And then, the brand’s toner was applied in an effort to rebalance my skin. Additional products used included VivierSkin’s C E Peptides to fight against any signs of aging, VivierSkin’s HYDRAgel Advanced B5+ Complex to re-energize and give me a radiant look, a moisturizing cream, an eye cream, and sunscreen.

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Other highlights included having a relaxing foot massage and getting the necessary evil of extractions over and done with. It hurts during the process but your skin will glow after those nasty blackheads are removed. What I loved about the service was that Angie was extremely personable and she kept me informed every step of the way. Once the facial was completed and I touched my face, it was so soft! And it also looked radiant. I could tell that the products used were high quality.

If you’ve been thinking about getting a facial, I recommend a trip to Life Time Fitness in Alpharetta. You don’t have to be a member of the club to experience a treatment at LifeSpa. As an added bonus, you can use their facility for free to workout when you sign up for a service. Don’t know what to do with the kids when it’s time for your treatment? No worries. Life Time offers two hours of complimentary day-care service as well. It’s seriously a one-stop- shop for beautifying your life on the inside and out.

Details: 770.664.9696. 855 N. Point Pkwy., Alpharetta, GA 30005. lifetimefitness.com

60-minute Mimosa Oxygen Facial, $100

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For more on this service, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring Angie Snow and Laura Downey.

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: 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

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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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