Emmy-Award winning journalist Soledad O’Brien is bringing her free personal and professional development conference series for young women to Atlanta on Saturday, May 13. The PowHERful™ Enrichment Conference is aimed at young and minority women ages 13-23.

Soledad O'Brien

In partnership with the Sara Blakely Foundation, speakers will include Soledad O’Brien, Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx, Inc. and the Sara Blakely Foundation, Catherine Brewton, VP Writer/Public Relations at BMI and co-chair of Hope for Harvest Foundation, and McKenzie Coan, paralympic gold medalist, and U.S. National Swim Team member.

“What we were looking for [in terms of speakers] for the young women who attend our conference are examples of women who are wildly successful, but who are okay with speaking very bluntly about some of the challenges of getting there,” says O’Brien.

Not just a conference to inspire, O’Brien hopes attendees will come away with tangible lessons and advice to achieve their professional goals. Saying, “What’s key for us is that the young women who come to a PowHERful conference then get internship and mentorship opportunities in their own backyard.”

The PowHERful™ Foundation was created by Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond in 2011. Its mission, as Soledad says, is to “get girls to and through” college. So far, the foundation serves 25 collegiate scholars and uses its conference platform to build up the next generation of female leaders across America.

To register or learn more, visit powherful.org  #powHERful

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By Best Self Staffer: Kim Cooper

 Tons of women experience different vaginal issues but often feel too embarrassed to talk about this “taboo” subject. I was excited to tell our readers about my experience with a great treatment called ThermiVa®. I know so many women could benefit from the results of this easy nonsurgical procedure.

Audrey Arona, M.D., of Preferred Women’s Healthcare, and Gabrielle M. Sabini, M.D., of North Atlanta Dermatology, did a fantastic job of explaining the procedure to me and answering any questions I had. I felt at ease most of the time.

The ThermiVa® treatment involves administering low heat and radiofrequency waves to different areas of the vaginal region to remedy a variety of issues such as bladder leakage, painful sex, dryness, sagging or excess skin, or complications from childbirth. The best part about the treatment is that it is totally painless and takes less than an hour. Dr. Arona recommends receiving three different 40-minute treatment sessions. After that, a once a year procedure can be done to help results last.

Dr. Arona was very professional during my treatment and gave me a detailed description of the procedure. Essentially, a small wand that is heated to a regulated temperature is inserted into the vagina. In five-minute increments, the wand gently massages the walls of four areas within the vagina. The heat can be decreased if it’s uncomfortable, however, that was not necessary when I had it done. After the inner portion is completed, outer areas are treated for an additional five to seven minutes, depending on the desired result.

Overall, it was far less painful than any regular pap smear/vaginal exam I have ever experienced. There are two more treatments that occur after the first, but I can already see a drastic change.

Facebook_LiveFor more on this treatment, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring Audrey Arona, M.D., and Kim Cooper.

Audrey Arona, M.D., of Preferred Women’s Healthcare

Audrey Arona, M.D., of Preferred Women’s Healthcare

Details:

Please visit our website, rejuvenationforwomen.com, for upcoming ThermiVa® informational events and receive a 15 percent discount when you attend and mention Best Self.

If you cannot attend an event, we will still honor the 15 percent discount by having a phone consultation.

Please contact one of the representatives below for more information. We may have to return your call in the evening. Also, include multiple callback time options in your message.

 Dr. Arona: drarona@aol.com or text Dr. Arona at 678.794.4189

Elaine: elaine@naderm.com

Melissa: melissarfw@yahoo.com

Treatments are available on Saturdays, Monday nights and weekdays at the Preferred Women’s Healthcare office in Lawrenceville and the North Atlanta Dermatology offices in Duluth and Buford.

Call or email to make an appointment: 404.644.8771, melissarfw@yahoo.com

 Details: Preferred Women’s Healthcare: 770.962.5100. 500 Medical Center Blvd., Lawrenceville, GA 30046. preferredwomenshealthcare.com

North Atlanta Dermatology Duluth: 770.814.8222. 3850 Pleasant Hill Rd., Duluth, GA  30096.

North Atlanta Dermatology Buford: 770.814.8222. 3331 Hamilton Mill Rd., Buford, GA  30519. naderm.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: Wyndi Kappes

I was thrilled to find out I had the opportunity to give my acne-prone skin some tender loving care and experience my first high-end facial. For my HydraFacial, Anne Cesae, R.N., designed a custom combination of additives for my needs.

To start the treatment, Anne washed my face in preparation for the exfoliation and gently pressed down on my chest to help kick-start the drainage of fluid through my lymphatic system. Our bodies naturally flush fluid out of our faces, but for various reasons like diet, sleep patterns, and stress, this process doesn’t work as efficiently as we might like. Anne explained that pressing down on the upper part of the chest can help get the fluid moving and clear the face of unwanted puffiness.

Anne gently presses on Wyndi's upper chest  to help release fluids and reduce facial puffiness.

Anne gently presses on Wyndi’s upper chest to help release fluids and reduce facial puffiness.

The exfoliation was my favorite part of the facial. Using the HydraFacial vortex suction, Anne got dirt, oil, and bacteria out of my face. Once my pores were clean, she added different tips to the HydraFacial machine to infuse my skin with both hyaluronic and salicylic acids to fight my acne. These made my skin feel tingly, like using a strong astringent, but they didn’t hurt at all. Finally, she finished by hydrating my face with skin boosters and antioxidants. It was really like getting three different facials in one!

Afterward, Anne applied a high-quality sunscreen all over my face and neck and advised that I stay out of the sun for the rest of the day. Other than that, there was really no downtime. My face was immediately glowing and felt so clean! Per Anne’s recommendation, I would love to have this treatment once a month. The team at Anderson Aesthetics and Hair Restoration is very knowledgeable and they do a nice job of making sure their clients understand their options. They provide expert advice to ensure everyone gets the most out of their skin treatments.

Facebook_LiveFor more on this treatment, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring Anne Cesae, R.N. and Wyndi Kappes.

Details: 404. 256.4247. 5555 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta, GA 30342. andersonaesthetics.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: Candace Bivins

 When Dana Neacsu, M.D. of Medical Creations Integrative Medicine asked me if I was interested in doing the Orthomolecular Core Restore 7 Day Detox while following the SophytoPRO® Skin Restore System regimen, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but was eager to see how my skin would look and how my body would feel. I was slightly nervous to try the detox because I knew I was going to have to make major adjustments to my eating and drinking habits for the next week.

Candace with Dr. Neacsu

Candace with Dr. Neacsu

Along with the detox, Dr. Neacsu prescribed me an organic skin care plan that included a cleanser, serum, moisturizer, aloe vera tonic, and a personal blend of essential oils.

Day One and Day Two were tough. No coffee, no alcohol, no dairy, no grains, and no starches. I just made shakes from the detox kit and took Alpha Base vitamins with a mineral cofactor supplement twice a day. Plus, I had one meal per day with organic green vegetables and lean organic meat.

For my one meal a day, I made a small green salad with a lite vinaigrette on top of grilled organic chicken. As my body started to adapt to the new meal plan, by Day Three through Day Seven, I never felt hungry.

On the third day, I started mixing my shakes with 3/4 cup of unsweetened, organic almond milk and 1/4 cup of purified water. They were fabulous and filling. I also added PhytoCore Phytonutrients to my daily routine.

My overall experience with the seven-day detox was very positive. By the end of the week, my skin was less red, had a better glow, and felt more hydrated. Plus, I lost my belly bloat, became more conscious of my food and drink choices, had more energy, and even lost a few pounds.

I would highly recommend visiting Dr. Neacsu at Medical Creations Integrative  Medicine if you suspect you have hormonal imbalances, can’t lose weight, have digestive problems, or suffer from fatigue.

Facebook_LiveFor more on this treatment, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring Dr. Dana Neacsu and Candace Bivins.

Details: 678.732.9065. 4840 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, GA 30342. creationsintegrativemedicine.com

Skin Love!

As with any skin care routine, 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

 

Kim's eyebrows before and after

Kim’s eyebrows before and after

After filling in my brows with a pencil every day for years now, I was so excited to try the semipermanent makeup technique called Microblading. Who doesn’t want to eliminate an item from their morning routine? Microblading is one of the hottest brow trends out there and I was ready to see what all the raving was about.

Heather Dobson, L.M.E., made me feel very confident in her plan of action for my brows. It’s an art form she explained and “eyebrows are sisters, not twins,” meaning there is a technique to making them look natural and not overly perfect. She also reassured me that this treatment is not a permanent tattoo, however, the results are expected to last anywhere from six to nine months.

The process starts with a specialized measuring method and photos to pinpoint the natural arch of your brow. Heather explained that she uses a unique measurement process that allows her to get the best results possible.

The area is sterilized and then the microblade is dipped into the colored pigment/ink, which had been carefully coordinated to match my hair and skin tones. The blade goes across the brow like a fine point paint brush and fills in the areas that need thickening or more color. It is not painful and feels like a slight scratch across the skin.

 

After both brows have been filled in, a thick layer of dye is applied to soak in completely. The results are immediate, but for a long-lasting effect, the client returns six weeks after their initial session for a follow-up appointment. This additional encounter will keep the brows looking full for up to nine months.

I love the results and have already recommended The Spa of Historic Roswell to a few friends who were impressed with my new look!

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For more on this treatment, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring Heather Dobson L.M.E. and Kim Cooper.

Details: 678.404.5115.  981 Canton St., Roswell, GA 30075. spaofhistoricroswell.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 Associate Publisher: David Leonard

 

The HydraFacial is the perfect summer alternative to a typical chemical peel. This innovative technology combines cleansing and exfoliation by using hyaluronic acid to nourish and a vortex suction to clean out the pores.  The facial can be customized for the client’s skin type by adding in more antioxidants or gentle acid peels to moisturize or dry out as needed. Ultimately, the treatment gives the skin a younger-looking glow without overdrying.

Tonya Grismer L.M.E. exfoliates David’s skin to prep it for the Hyaluronic Acid.

Tonya Grismer L.M.E. exfoliates David’s skin to prep it for the Hyaluronic Acid.

The talented Tonya Grismer L.M.E. provided me with all the detailed information about the HydraFacial machine and the skin boosters that she added to customize my facial.

I was excited to have this treatment because I had heard such good things about it. As a busy working dad, I don’t spend a lot of time pampering myself so this was a fun opportunity for me.

In addition to receiving the facial, I also had a chance to relax in a room where essential oils were diffused and soft music played. After the facial, Tonya helped me to stay in that state of tranquility with a head, neck and shoulder massage. My skin felt amazing. I honestly did not want to leave because I was so comfortable.

As the day went on, I could tell a difference in my skin—it was brighter and felt clean. Overall, this was an amazing and easy procedure that I really enjoyed. Even a day later, my skin feels and looks great … my husband agrees.

 

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For more on this treatment, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring Tonya Grismer L.M.E.  and David Leonard.

Details: 678.566.7200. 3400 Old Milton Pkwy., Alpharetta, GA 30005. drrudderman.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: Candace Bivins

Dr. Whitaker and Samantha Shepard, RN, administer the Babytox serum to Candace.

Dr. Whitaker and Samantha Shepard, RN, administer the Babytox serum to Candace.

 The Babytox Mega Glow Facial is an exclusive procedure performed by Elizabeth Whitaker, M.D. at Atlanta Face & Body Center. This is the first and only plastic surgery practice in Atlanta that performs this Babytox and microfiller injection technique. The innovative treatment reduces fine lines, wrinkles, acne, and oily skin.

My aesthetic nurse, Samantha Sheperd, R.N., specializes in microinjections and uses gold microneedles thinner than a strand of human hair to infuse moisturizers, neurotoxins, serums and vitamins directly into a person’s skin. This will cause sweat glands, as well as sebaceous glands, to shrink and close; visibly reducing pore size and acne. And since microinjections don’t target the muscles, you will not lose facial movement or look frozen. Instead, microinjections work underneath the surface of the skin to fill out lines and wrinkles.

 To get ready for the treatment, I washed my face and a numbing cream was applied all over it. From there, Dr. Whitaker let the cream absorb into my skin for about 20 minutes. It was definitely numb after that. Samantha Shepard, R.N., and Dr. Whitaker were extremely thorough in explaining the entire procedure.

As for the suite that I was in, it was very clean and comfortable. Using a sterile canister, Dr. Whitaker administered the customized Babytox serum all over my face and neck. It created some redness in the skin at first, but overall, there was no pain and virtually no downtime.

The result left my face with a beautiful glow. My skin felt very hydrated. I could see and feel a big difference in my skin afterward—it felt healthy and vibrant. Dr. Whitaker said that the results would get better over the next several weeks. If you’re considering having Babytox, a series of treatments is ideal if it’s spaced about one month apart. Each treatment can last from three to four months.

Facebook_LiveFor more on this treatment, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring Dr. Elizabeth & Samantha Shepard R.N. 

 

Details: 678.888.3223 (FACE). 3200 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta, GA 30339. atlantafaceandbody.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 Publisher: Patti Stephens

Anderson Aesthetics and Hair Restoration offers several options for people looking to have noninvasive treatments that produce results. One such treatment is Microneedling. It is one of the more innovative services that Ken Anderson, M.D., and staff provide.

Collagen starts to decrease in the skin beginning in your 20s, and by 40, it has drastically reduced. One of the ways estheticians are fighting back against this collagen loss is with microneedling. Hence, why microneedling is a popular buzz word in the skin care industry right now—everyone is gravitating toward it. The treatment, which involves injecting tiny needles all over the face and neck, triggers the body to heal itself. The process of healing creates more collagen, which plumps the skin and makes the face look younger.

Anne performs microneedling on Patti’s face.

Anne performs microneedling on Patti’s face.

I had this procedure done on my entire face and neck and I was surprised at how painless it was. Anne Cesae, L.M.E., performed the treatment, and Courtney Pantelis provided me with great insight on the process and benefits of the procedure. It started with applying numbing cream on my face and neck to limit my discomfort. Once applied, you need to wait about 15 to 20 minutes for it to take effect. Even with the numbing cream, you do still feel a few small stings but not uncomfortable at all. The needling took about 20 to 30 minutes.

My face was slightly red afterward and I was instructed to stay out of the sun, but overall, the downtime was minimal. Courtney and Anne gave me some great serums to put on later that night and the next day. They were well-educated about the aftercare process since they have both had the procedure done on themselves. Within the next few days, I saw a noticeable difference in the texture of my skin. It felt smoother, more supple, and my wrinkles were slightly diminished. I would definitely recommend having the procedure done in a series to get maximum benefits.

Facebook_LiveFor more on this treatment, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring Courtney Pantelis and Anne Cesae.

Details: 404. 256.4247. 5555 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta, GA 30342. andersonaesthetics.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: Kim Cooper

(L-R) Judy Paredes, L.M.E., and Tessa Bell, L.M.E.

(L-R) Judy Paredes, L.M.E., and Tessa Bell, L.M.E.

I was feeling fairly nervous about the Halo Pro Laser treatment because I didn’t know what to expect. The procedure begins by applying a topical anesthetic to reduce any sensations felt on the face. The anesthetic is followed by measuring and photographing the skin with motion tracking technology. This machinery helps the staff to evenly treat the skin based on the needs of each client.

During the treatment, there was minimal discomfort because the numbing cream was effective. The practitioners, Judy Paredes, L.M.E., and Tessa Bell, L.M.E., also let me know exactly what they were doing and what to expect it to feel like. There is a small feeling of discomfort from the heat and prickling of the laser, but for the most part, it was painless. Afterward, my face remained warm for the next hour and it felt like I had a slight sunburn. The next morning, I had some swelling under the eyes but nothing terribly drastic.

Image of the sun damage under Kim’s skin.

Image of the sun damage under Kim’s skin.

My results were spectacular! I could tell I had more of a glow and saw a reduction of fine lines, wrinkles, and brown spots from sun exposure. Halo combines deep dermal rejuvenation with epidermal renewal and creates amazing results to reverse years of damage without the downtime of more aggressive types of treatment. Results can be seen as soon as two to five days after the treatment. Most patients see the greatest improvement in decreases in pigmentation caused by sun damage in the first two to three weeks.

After looking at my skin under the UV light, I will definitely be more diligent about wearing sunscreen every day. We don’t realize the amount of sun exposure we are getting on a daily basis simply by driving our cars. I highly recommend the experience with OPAL and cannot wait to see my continued results.

 

Facebook_LiveFor more on this treatment, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring Judy Paredes and Tessa Bell.

Details: 404.953.4023. 1100 Johnson Ferry Rd. NE., Atlanta, GA 30342. opalatlanta.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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