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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By Best Self Staffer: Susan Lesesne

 

SkinPen® Microneedling offers a simple and safe way for all skin types to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, scars from acne, surgery, or trauma, stretch marks and large pores. The SkinPen stimulates collagen and elastin production by using tiny needles to puncture the skin.

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Overall, the procedure was very comfortable. Based on my specific needs to have my face look smoother, fresher and be a little bit tighter, my cosmetic practitioner, Melissa DiMaggio, applied a topical numbing agent about 20 minutes before the treatment began to ensure my comfort. During the treatment, which lasted about 30 minutes, I felt a mild sensation, which was just the vibration of the SkinPen®.

After the procedure, my skin appeared slightly pink for the next 48 hours, similar to a mild sunburn. For the next couple of days, I used the Skinfuse RESCUE Calming Complex to soothe my skin. I was told I could resume wearing makeup and sunscreen 24-hours post procedure, which was great since I had an event the next night.

The number of treatments needed depends on your skin and desired outcome. Typically, most aging-related concerns can be addressed in three to four treatments spaced 30 days apart. For acne scarring, it may take six to eight treatments. The SkinPen® is designed and safe for use on almost all parts of the body including the face, neck, chest and hands.

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Once you have completed a series of treatments and achieved the desired outcome, you may elect to have a touch-up treatment done in six months to a year to maintain results.

For more on this treatment, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring Melissa DiMaggio and Susan Lesesne.

Details: Multiple Locations. 770.814.8222. naderm.com

3370 Paddocks Pkwy., Suwanee, GA 30024

3850 Pleasant Hill Rd., Duluth, GA 30096

3331 Hamilton Mill Rd., Buford, GA 30519

1230 Bald Ridge Marina Rd., Cumming, GA 30041

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: Kim Cooper

There is an art form to administering lip injections. Luckily, for me, I had the honor of having my lips done by Advanced Aesthetic Injector, Michelle Giglio, PA-C, at Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery.

About five years ago, I had my lips done and it was a terrible experience. I was in so much pain and my top lip ended up larger than my bottom lip. But I could tell from my treatment consultation that this time would be entirely different!

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During my consultation, Michelle advised me that taking any kind of blood thinner before the treatment could be bad because added bleeding could make the process go much slower and lengthen the amount of time needed to heal. I followed instructions and did not take any blood thinners beforehand. While every patient’s experience is different, I barely bled at all during my lip injection process.

Before the procedure began, my lips were numbed for about 20 minutes. On top of that, the injections themselves have lidocaine in them, which helps to continue the numbing process. So, I really couldn’t feel anything. Michelle’s skilled needlework made me relaxed and excited for my results rather than nervous.

The whole treatment took about an hour including the numbing time. Like I said before, I couldn’t feel the injections happening since my lips were numb but I was excited that the fullness was happening immediately. I am so pleased with my results. I have always wanted a fuller lip but was worried about looking too “done.” Michelle explained to me her process of pinpointing horizontally and vertically where to place the injections to make the lips appear symmetrical so the results create a natural-looking amount of fullness.

The great thing about these injections is that you can always start small and then add on once you see the results. Michelle understands that the process to get your preferred look can take time and she works with her clients to ensure their happiness.

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Details: 770.667.3090. 3400 Old Milton Pkwy. Bldg. C Ste. 515. Alpharetta, GA 30005. RobinsonFPS.com

Facebook_LiveFor more on this treatment, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring Michelle Giglio, PA-C and Kim Cooper.

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

As a natural blonde, a mom, and an on-the-go professional I have always struggled to maintain the look of long, full lashes throughout the day. The lovely ladies at The Lash Lounge helped me achieve this and more with the Basic Full Set of Classic Lashes. They created a glam look just for me that filled out my lashes and opened up my eyes to showcase my baby blues.

My luxury lash experience began with a personal consultation with my lash stylist, Tiffany Mobley. Tiffany listened attentively as I described my busy schedule and desire for effortless thick lashes.

After my consultation, Tiffany and I decided that classic extensions comprised of silk lashes would be best for an enhanced, but natural look and feel.

To achieve this, Tiffany customized the length, width, and number of extensions needed for each lash based on a process called face mapping. Designed to take my face and eye shape into consideration face mapping suggested the best lash look for me.

For my classic look, she placed longer lashes over all my existing lashes. She assured me the extensions would do no harm to my natural lashes and for a fabulous evening or event she could place up to two or three extensions per lash for an even fuller look.

I was amazed at how easy and comfortable the process was, especially considering that I am jumpy when it comes to my eyes. To combat this, Tiffany placed soothing pads around my lashes to calm my eyes and make the process simple and stress-free.

Overall, the process took about two hours and the results were dramatic. The lashes looked and felt real and I was amazed at how much they opened up my face!

The Lash Lounge is currently offering first time guests their first full set of classic lashes for only $89!

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For more on this treatment, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring Tiffany Mobley and Dawn DeSantis.

 

Details: 404.948.5274 4600 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, GA 30342. thelashlounge.com/salons/sandy-springs/

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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