Wellness

Viviscal- Fuller Hair Naturally from your Fort Collins Med Spa

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Do you feel like you have just tried it all, and you don’t have any luck with your thinning hair? Viviscal is a nutritional supplement that will help your existing hairs grow in thicker and reduce hair loss for a fuller look, naturally! Here at your Fort Collins Medical Spa, we now carry this professional line of supplements!

Various factors can affect the quality of your hair health, including everyday stress, poor nutrition, age, genetics and damage caused by the environment and overstyling. Breakage and excess shedding can occur as a result of the combination of these factors. Ensuring that hair and scalp are healthy, conditioned and nourished will maintain an ideal environment to promote healthy hair growth.

If your diet does not supply your body with sufficient nutrients, including specific vitamins, minerals, and protein, the condition and strength of your hair may be affected. Viviscal dietary supplements provide essential nutrients to the hair follicle to prolong the growing phase of the hair growth cycle, which promotes the growth of existing hair.

Hair follicles are nourished from within in four different stages, with the use of Viviscal hair growth supplements. In stage 1, the hair follicles are nourished from within. In stage 2, Viviscal helps strengthen and promote the growth of existing hair. In Stage 3, it promotes the growth of hair that has slowed or stopped growing. Finally, in Stage 4, your hair will be noticeable stronger, healthier and more vibrant.

Why Viviscal? Viviscal is safe. It’s formula is supported by seven clinical studies. Viviscal has been researching hair loss for 25 years. Viviscal offers a 90 day money back guarantee! You have every reason to try it! So stop by Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado today to see how Viviscal can help you achieve the hair you have always wanted!

Get to Know Christina Verg, Owner of Advanced Aesthetics Med Spa in Fort Collins

Not only is Christina an Advanced Certified NovaLash Eyelash Extensionist, Master Aesthetician, and Certified Laser Professional, but she’s also the owner of Advanced Aesthetics Med Spa in Fort Collins, CO!

Since 2010, Christina has been working to become the most educated Aesthetician in Fort Collins. Continued education is extremely important to her! As such, she holds certifications in the following areas (among others): Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion, and Massage Therapy! She has also taken training for dermaplaning, Latisse lashes, doTerra essential oils, intensive brow and lash tinting, full body waxing including bikini and Brazilians, makeup applications, and numerous trainings for the Cutera Xeo Laser (hair removal, vein removal, laser genesis, IPL, and toenail fungus.”

Christina shares, “My family moved to the area when I was 10 years old, and Wellington was home until 2005. After graduating from Poudre High School I went to CSU and majored in Human Development and Family Studies. During my college years I worked for Poudre School District as an Office Manager in Operations. After 16 years it was time to make a change, and the day my son was born was the day that my life changed forever, personally and professionally! The Aveda Institute Denver happens to be the only school in Colorado that offers a dual license program, so I was able to graduate as a Licensed Aesthetician and Licensed Massage Therapist. Since graduation, I have gained as many additional certifications as possible! I believe learning is a lifelong venture, and we have a responsibility to ourselves to keep seeking more information wherever possible. I am a single mother of two and have an amazing boyfriend. My favorite things include concerts, reading, photography, and cooking.”

Christina loves what she does and wants to share that love with you! Schedule a free consultation to see what Advanced Aesthetics can do for you- we can work with almost any budget!

Who is Jennifer Freeman, RN, BSN Injections Specialists (Fort Collins Med Spa)?

We are proud to have Jennifer on our team! She graduated from Arizona State University School of Nursing in 1997 and spent time working in pediatric oncology and emergency room nursing. When she was working in one of the busiest emergency rooms in the nation (Parkland Hospital in Dallas, TX), she had the opportunity to work with a world renowned plastic surgeon. Doctor Sam T Hamra developed the composite facelift and is an expert in the anatomy of the face. She received invaluable training working with Dr. Hamra both in the office and the operating room, including opportunities to view the anatomy and musculature of the face. These opportunities give Jenn a special perspective and knowledge that help her performing injectable procedures. She also received additional training through the American Academy of Facial Aesthetics and continues to educate herself with training through this academy and through Allergan.

On a personal note, Jenn says, “I am a mother of 3 kids, I am a dancer and have had the great pleasure to compete in ballroom dancing and I was a member of the Denver Nuggets Dance Team back in 1991-1992.  I also have my Advanced Open Water Scuba certification and try to set goals to dive in the oceans of the world twice a year.  My hearts passion is for the awareness of and support for those with Mental Health disorders such as Anxiety, Depression, Bi-Polar, PTSD, trauma victims and more, especially when the risk of suicide so high.  I also volunteer with and have a passion for the ending of the Sex Trafficking pandemic existing today.  Life For the Innocent is a way I can honor this passion.”

Jenn is passionate about people and their well-being, which is why we are so thrilled to have her on our team at Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado. She is passionate about mastering the art of injectables- becoming a specialist requires a lot of training and she is committed! She passionately believes that every single person is beautiful!

Schedule a complimentary consultation today to chat with Jenn on how injectables could work for you!

Multilevel Marketing Skincare- Pros and Cons, Part 1; Fort Collins Spa

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Read Part 1 of this post here.

There is a big difference between different skin conditions, something that professional estheticians are trained to recognize, and MLM representatives may not be. For instance, dry skin lacks oil and dehydrated skin lacks water. Proper skin analysis can determine which, if either, if the case for you, and recommend appropriate treatment. Regarding acne- there are differences between pustular, cystic, and comedonal acne. The type determines the treatment, and the wrong kind of treatment could make existing acne much worse and even cause permanent scarring or discoloration. As licensed professionals, we can assess acne and determine whether chemical or physical exfoliation is appropriate, and how to hydrate and moisturize without causing further clogging. We also know the difference between sensitive, reactive, rosacea, and couperous skin and can make recommendations for treatment. We know specific ingredients and how they affect sensitive skin.

Pregnant women’s skin also requires specific attention. Certain ingredients like peppermint, sage, or salicylic acid are dangerous for pregnant women. Melasma also requires training and knowledge, that as licensed aestheticians, we possess and can share with our clients.

Being an effective skin care specialist also requires a knowledge of contraindications and ingredient allergies, especially with reactive skin. One example that may not be taught to MLM representatives, but that licensed professionals know, is that an aspirin allergy contraindicates salicylic acid.

Some MLM product lines may contain the same ingredients at the same strength of drug store skin care products, but with higher price tags. Professional skin care products, such as the skin care line Lira that we sell, are made from much higher quality ingredients at higher concentrations. The companies that create professional skin care lines want these products to be used and recommended correctly- thus they are only sold to licensed professionals to prevent misuse and adverse reactions.

If you are considering joining or purchasing from an MLM skin care company, do some research first. Talk with a representative to ask exactly how the product works and what it does to the cells of the skin. Be wary if they are not able to answer your question in their own words. If you are a representative and you have a real passion for skin care, consider pursuing an esthetician license which will give you valuable knowledge on the skin and help you to better serve your clients.

If you are looking for a treatment or product for your skin, let us make a recommendation for you! Contact us today!

 

Multilevel Marketing Skincare- Pros and Cons, Part 1; Fort Collins Spa

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While the appeal of at home products and devices for skin care, such as laser hair removal devices or microneedling devices can be very appealing, there are definitely some risks involved, too. The lower price tag and convenience of doing the procedure on your own in the comfort of your home is very attractive. But is it worth the risk?

There are many multilevel marketing platforms out there- you’ve probably heard of Avon, Mary Kay, and It Works, just to name a few. Typically, to become a partner, representative, or distributor for a skin care company, no skin care training is required or giving. Company training typically involves sales and business training. Not every company is the same and not every representative is the same. There are definitely some dedicated, educated, and licensed sales people out there, but they are a minority.

Another concern with MLM is the potential for fake before and after photos. Before and after photos can be very convincing when you are considering a skin care product. However, there are many tricks that may be used such as makeup, lighting, Photoshop and camera tricks. Be wary!

One of the more concerning aspects of MLM is accurate analysis. Licensed professionals, like our team at Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado, spend a long time in school studying the health, physiology, diseases, and care of hair, skin and nails. Passing a State Board exam and practical is required. Many states require continued education to maintain this license. Unfortunately, many MLM skin care lines are very one size fits all. Representatives are generally given very basic information on different skin types, relying on the client to know what skin type they have. Many conditions and diseases that affect the skin may not be recognizable by the representative.

Here at Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado, we pride ourselves on being the most educated team of skin care professionals in Northern Colorado! We strive to get every relevant certification related to our work, and we truly value your wellness and skin health. Contact us for a free consultation to discuss your specific skin type and product and treatment options to help with your skin care concerns.

30 Days of Clean Eating with Whole30; Fort Collins Spa

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Here at Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado, we pride ourselves on being concerned with our clients’ overall wellness- not just the way your skin looks on the outside, but overall how you are doing.

Nutrition is such an important part of skin health and overall wellness. It might seem silly to say that nutrition affects every area of our lives, but it really does!

Recently, I took on a clean eating challenge to eat clean for 30 days. Essentially the Whole30 program allows participants to eat unlimited amounts of vegetables, fruit, meat, nuts/seeds, some healthy fats/oils, and spices. No alcohol, drugs, grains, processed food, sugar, legumes, or dairy for 30 days. It might seem crazy, but it’s only 30 days! After 30 days, you can do whatever you like. You’re allowed to eat as much as you want whenever you want, and the program is free. The only catch is you have to eat from those food groups only. (You can learn more at www.whole30.com)

This was my first Whole30 and I had amazing results! I wasn’t looking for weight loss, but I was looking to tackle my sugar addiction, and tackle it, I did! I saw benefits in clearer skin, significantly decreased sugar addiction, some unanticipated weight loss, and just generally overall health! I was surprised by some of these benefits, but they were pleasant surprises!

One of my friends, Hannah, also tackled the Whole30. This was not her first one, but she was looking to reset her dietary habits. When she travels often, it is easy to fall into less than ideal patterns that tend to carry over into her regular life after trips. Some benefits Hannah saw this Whole30 were more consistent energy, significantly improved workouts, and clearheadedness, plus more stable moods. Previous benefits Hannah has experienced include significantly improved energy, no more PMS cramps, clearer skin, no more afternoon energy dips, no more daily headaches.

Hannah and I both agree that having the support around you is key to your success. We also noticed that advance preparation is very helpful! Some people like to meal prep in advance for the week, which is a great tool. Also, having quick and easy meals on the ready is great for when you are tired and your willpower is low. Another trick is to plan ahead for tricky social situations (work luncheons, eating out, parties, etc.) to make a plan of attack- search out meals that work for Whole30, bring your own food, or eat before you go. If you put your mind to it, you can succeed! I highly recommend everyone try the Whole30 program at some point!

Come in to chat with us about Whole30, and also the wonderful services and products we offer that can complement a Whole30!

The Problem with Coconut Oil as a Facial Cleanser; Fort Collins Dermatologist

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We love coconut oil! It’s great as a body moisturizer and also for cooking with! However, there’s a recent beauty trend of using coconut oil as a facial cleanser that we would like to debunk.

Although it has many great properties, such as being antimicrobial, full of antioxidants, and is super moisturizing, coconut oil is also comedogenic, which means that it clogs pores. This can cause many problems for your face, like acne and breakouts!

Here’s how some people use coconut oil for oil cleansing. First, they put about a teaspoon of coconut oil in the palm of your hand. Warm the oil up in your hands by rubbing your hands back and forth. Then, gently massage the oil into your face using small, circular strokes for at least one minute. Rinse a washcloth under very warm water, wring out the excess water, and let the cloth sit on your face for thirty seconds. Gently wipe the oil from your face. Repeat the washcloth and wiping steps as needed. Some people also add essential oils like tea tree, lavender, or geranium during this process.

Unfortunately, the science behind using coconut oil as a facial cleanser just does not add up. Comedogenic products are not good for the face, and we do not recommend going that route. Even if you buy the best, most expensive, organic, unprocessed, etc. coconut oil- it is still comedogenic.

Instead, we recommend any of the wonderful natural cleansers from the Lira line that we carry here at Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado. You’re welcome to chat with us about which of the Lira products is best for you and your skin type. You can also shop them online!

Beauty Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar; Fort Collins Facial

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Apple cider vinegar can be used for numerous purposes, including in cooking and homemade salad dressings, for weight loss or immune support, and even for cleaning! Aside from these uses, it can also be used in many DIY beauty products. It is very inexpensive and can be very effective! However, avoid using it to wash your face as it can cause peeling and inflamed skin!

The quality of apple cider vinegar can vary- from grocery store brand to high quality unfiltered and organize Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar. You often get what you pay for, so use your own judgement. Here are some other uses for apple cider vinegar:

1)      Toner- a few tablespoons ACV in some water will leave you with a smooth face!

2)      Clarifying hair rinse- distilling vinegar with water. This doesn’t strip bottled color or leave hair very dry. Instead, you will be left with super shiny and smooth hair. This really helps with product buildup.

3)      ACV foot soak- a mixture of baking soda and apple cider vinegar. After this soak, your feet will be easily filed down and much softer and smoother!

4)      Add a few tablespoons to herbal tea and bottles of water during the day for improved digestion and glowing skin! It even adds a hint of sweetness to your water!

5)      Mix apple cider vinegar and baking soda for a tooth whitener! Brush your teeth with the mixture to help remove stains from tea and coffee.

6)      Facial scrub from baking soda and ACV. Leave on for a few minutes and then wash your face thoroughly with a clarifying cleanser like one from Lira.

7)      Combine ACV and baking soda in a small bowl and soak your nails for about 15 minutes. Rinse and dry, then use lemon juice and a toothbrush to buff any remaining stains from nail polish off your nails. This is a new level of brightened nails!

Apple cider vinegar contains many vitamins, potassium and calcium, all of which are beneficial for your whole body. It can be used to treat many different beauty concerns. To learn more great ways to care for your skin, and find beauty products that are both good for you and effective, check out our online shop of Lira products or come visit our Old Town Fort Collins location!

The Best Vitamins for Skin Health By Age; Beauty Spa Fort Collins, CO

Here at Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado, we are huge supporters of overall wellness! Rather that quick fixes or just treating the symptoms, we believe in holistic health. Diet and supplements can be an important part of overall health, whether consumed in the form of whole foods or taken as vitamin and mineral supplements. Vitamins can also be so intimidating! There are so many options to choose from and it is hard to know which ones to take!

If you are in your 20s, focus on beauty maintenance. Healthy hair and nails is a good category of supplements to focus on during this decade of life, including Biotin, which strengthens hair and nails. Gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) in the form of evening primrose oil or black currant oil, is an essential fatty acid that helps skin, hair, and nails grow in a healthy manner.

If you are in your 30s, the skin begins to age, due to factors such as sun exposure, pollution, stress, and other factors. Wrinkles are a natural part of aging, as is rough and dry skin, which can lead to redness, adult acne and patches. Be sure to eat enough quality fats in your diet, particularly omega three fatty acids, such as fish oil. Quality fats can also come from sources like avocado, eggs, and coconut products.

If you are in your 40s, collagen is important! It is the protein that gives skin elasticity and strength. Since it naturally declines as we age, a collagen supplement can keep skin youthful and vibrant. After taking collagen for 12 weeks, there will be a significant reduction in lines, wrinkles and skin dryness.

These supplements can be complimented by a healthy skin care regime. Stop by to learn more about the fabulous Lira line of products we carry!

Common Beauty Concerns; Fort Collins Spa

There are so many products and procedures available for common beauty concerns. How will a consumer know what is best? We are going to give you a run down on some unusual skin care tips for various issues.

Do you struggle with dark circles under your eyes? Causes can include insufficient sleep, you can treat dark circles with something from the local grocery store or farmer’s market- potatoes! Potatoes offer numerous health benefits. Wash and peel your potato, and cut off two slices. Placing them around your eyes and leaving them there for about fifteen minutes can help decrease water retention and lighten those dark circles! Who knew potatoes were so good for the skin?

Sweaty feet is an issue that some of us struggle with, as well as resulting foot odor! This warm moisture can contribute to athlete’s foot, too, which can also spread to your body. Try blow drying your feet to dry the foot skin. Then apply antiperspirant (normally sold for under arms). Allow the antiperspirant to dry for about two minutes before bed. This will help reduce retained moisture in feet.

Dull and dry hair is another common issue that has a simple remedy. Causes include sun damage or too many hair products. Try rinsing your hair with vinegar or apple cider vinegar for a few minutes, then rinsing with cold water. This removes product residue and leaves hair moisturized.

Do you struggle with dark spots on your legs? These uneven spots may keep your skin from looking smooth. They are mostly from the sun and could mean any number of skin conditions. We recommend having them checked by a dermatologist every year to prevent them developing into skin cancer. To combat the appearance, try combining a thin layer of moisturizer on your legs with SPF concealer. This results in a natural looking even complexion that doesn’t get on your clothes and last a few days without the increase in color without darkening your existing spots.

Lots of great and simple treatments for common health concerns! For further personalized product and procedure recommendations, please schedule a complimentary consultation.

Sexual Wellness; Fort Collins Spa

Here at Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado, we value the overall wellness of our clients. We care about your happiness and your health. Sexual wellness is a big component of health and happiness, and one that isn’t often talked about openly.

We love Kim Anami, the surfer and sex and relationship coach! Kim says that the most important aspect of sex is trust. Any issues in the relationship show up sexually as well. She advises seeking objective opinions, accepting the truth, and making it a state of your relationship. A coach or blunt friend can help provide objective opinions.

Here are some intriguing facts about sex and wellness:

1.    Sex helps keep your immune system healthy!

2.    It boosts your libido!

3.    Sex improves women’s bladder control!

4.    Lowers your blood pressure

5.    Great form of exercise

6.    Lowers heart attack risk

7.    Decreases pain

8.    Makes prostate cancer less likely

9.    Sex improves sleep

10.      It eases stress

Sexual health and satisfaction is important for all of us! We can all benefit from a healthy sex life. Sexual intimacy can also boost your self esteem and happiness, and we could all use some of that!


Here at Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado, we value your overall wellness and we want you to consider your sexual wellness as part of your wellness routine! We hope to incorporate sexual wellness into a future Pretty Genius class to make some of these topics more approachable in a group setting. The more that we can discuss things like sexual wellness, the more we can all take steps to improve these aspects of our lives. For so long, sex has been a taboo topic, but no longer! Sign up for our free monthly email newsletter for updates on upcoming Pretty Genius dates and events like this one!

The Six Dimensions of Wellness; Fort Collins Med Spa

According to the National Wellness Institute, there are six dimensions of wellness: Occupational, intellectual, spiritual, physical, emotional, and social.

Wellness is defined in many ways. NWI focus on the following criteria for wellness:

  • Wellness is a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential

  • Wellness is multidimensional and holistic, encompassing lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being, and the environment

  • Wellness is positive and affirming

The six dimensions listed above are all interconnected and all contribute to healthy living. Some factors that can be used to assess wellness are contributions to environment/community, work-play balance, development of values and beliefs, regular physical activity and healthy eating, strength and vitality, self-care, self- esteem and self-control, and creativity.

The National Wellness Institute has three questions that can be used to determine if wellness is incorporated into a particular area of a person’s life or a business decision:

  • Does this help people achieve their full potential?

  • Does this recognize and address the whole person(multi-dimensional approach)?

  • Does this affirm and mobilize peoples' positive qualities and strengths?


Here at Advanced Aesthetics Northern Colorado, we recognize the importance of all six components of wellness. We want to help with all of these! We don’t want you just look good- we want to help you LIVE IN WELLNESS! This is one of the reasons that we offer complimentary Pretty Genius nights and free consultations! We want the best for our clients, both in what will make them look and feel their best! These six dimensions of wellness are all so closely related that we can’t just focus on any one. Many of the topics you will see on our blog include other branches of wellness like essential oils, sleep, diet, skin care, and more! We know that wellness appears in so many different forms in our lives and we want to help you achieve your full wellness potential!

What’s the Difference Between a Medical Spa and a Day Spa?

There’s one big difference between medical spas and day spas - medical spas give results! Day spas are great and offer many restorative and relaxing treatments with the end goal of pampering. However, medical spas like ours have a medical doctor overseeing everything. We have more effective products with stronger active ingredients, treatments with lasers and injectables, deeper levels of exfoliation, and multiple forms of exfoliation in a single treatment. These are all things that you cannot find at a day spa.

At first glance, med spas and day spas seem similar, especially since the menu of services looks similar. However a med spa is actually a hybrid between a medical clinic and a day spa, and operates under the supervision of a highly trained and specialized medical doctor. Medical spas can treat skin conditions such as brown spots, redness, fine lines, wrinkles, loss of volume, and broken capillaries that cannot be treated at all or as effectively by a traditional day spa.

Today, most medical spas have a comparable atmosphere to a day spa, so that the patients leave relaxed and fulfilled. Here at Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado, we pride ourselves on our professional, well educated, and helpful staff. We want all of our clients to feel comfortable asking questions about treatments and products they are considering. The overall health and wellness of our clients is our number one priority- we want you to look and feel your absolute best! No need to hide behind makeup or other barriers- come in and see what we can do for you so that your natural beauty radiates from the inside out!

We offer free consultations for all of our services! We look forward to talking with you about how our products and services can meet your needs!

The Link Between Aroma and Memory- Fort Collins Spa

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Does the smell of a certain food bring you back to memories of your Mom cooking when you were a child? Maybe you dislike the smell of lilies because of your association of lilies with funerals? The link between aroma and memories is a strong one! A smell can bring up a flood of memories, influence moods, and even affect work performance. The olfactory bulb for smelling is part of the limbic system of the brain, an area associated closely with memory. The limbic system is sometimes called the emotional brain because a smell can bring up memories and powerful responses almost instantly.

The olfactory bulb is connected to the amygdala, which processes emotion. It is also connected to the hippocampus, which is responsible for associative learning. Despite these connections, smells would not be able to trigger memories if it weren’t for conditioned responses. The first time you encounter a new smell, you link it to an event, person, thing, or moment. Your brain forges a link between the smell and memory- like chlorine or charcoal on a grill with summer time. The next time you encounter the smell, the link is still there, ready to bring up a memory or mood! For this reason, if you associated lilies with a funeral, they might agitate you without you recognizing why! This is part of why we don’t all like the same smells!

Aroma and memory are closely connected, and this can also be used for marketing! For example, when showing a home, some times realtors will bake cookies or a pie. Scents can be so pleasing to us, which is why candles, air freshener sprays, wax melts, and other scented items are so popular! Here at Advanced Aesthetics we love essential oils and the line of skin care products we carry are lightly and pleasantly fragranced! Come in for a sniff test of our fine products today!

 

The Most Educated Aesthetics Team in Northern Colorado; Fort Collins Med Spa

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We are so proud that our team is composed of three wonderful women, highly educated in our specialized field of aesthetics. Jennifer has worked with a world renowned plastic surgeon. His development of the composite facelift and his expertise in the anatomy of the face helped sway her towards facial aesthetics. Owner Christina has earned every possible certification for aestheticians. Corrina, Jenn, and Christina each have more than five years of experience. Our well educated staff offers a wide variety of services for all of your aesthetic needs.

Christina studied at the Aveda Institute in Denver and has worked at numerous spas over the years before starting her own med spa! She is a Certified Laser Professional, Advanced Certified Lash Extensionist, licensed Master Aesthetician, licensed Massage Therapist, and has done additional training with a variety of equipment and services. She also has a certification in chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and volume upgrade lashes. She is trained in SkinCeuticals Dermaplaning, Superficial and Medium Depth Chemical Peels, Crystal and Diamond-Tip Microdermabrasion, Latisse Lash Liason, doTerra Essential Oils, Intensive Brow and Lash Tinting, Full Body waxing, including bikini and Brazilians, Cutera Xeo Laser (Laser Hair Removal, Laser Vein Removal, Laser Genesis, IPL, Toenail Fungus), Massage Therapy (Swedish, Pre-Natal, Hot Stone, Myofascial, and Reflexology), plus Makeup Application for print, bridal, and runway. Christina believe learning is a lifelong venture, and we have a responsibility to ourselves to keep seeking more information wherever possible.

Jennifer Freeman, R.N., B.S.N. is our Injections Specialist. Jennifer has completed training in Botox and Dermal Fillers through the American Academy of Facial Esthetics and she am a member of this prestigious training academy. As a Level 1 graduate, she is able to provide 95% of all the injections sought after by clients. She is continuing to train with AAFE and will be Level II and III certified in 2016. Her goal is to become an instructor with AAFE.

Our team is so excited to be the only med spa in Old Town, and the most educated team of estheticians in Northern Colorado! Come see us today for a free consultation! We can’t wait to get to know you!

Pretty Genius Education Series at Your Fort Collins Spa

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We are so excited to announce our new series of Pretty Genius classes! These will be held the second Thursday of every month at 5:00 pm right here at Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado, 19 Old Town Square #238.

Because we're a medical spa and we strongly believe in educating our clients about the high tech procedures we offer, we're offering complementary Pretty Genius nights. Each class will include a demonstration, informational materials, question and answer sessions and giveaways. And of course, exclusive opportunities to try out the procedure. Plus snacks. Obviously.

Here are some of the fantastic learning opportunities we will be offering later this year (topics subject to change):

·         June - Introduction to Laser Treatments

·         July - Summer Sun Protection and Recovery

·         August - How to Look Put-together in 15 minutes or less (Plus a Clothing Exchange)

·         September - How to choose the best products for your skin

·         October - Introduction to Essential Oils

·         November - Introduction to Couples Massage

·         December - How to make your own perfume

Here at Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado, we are very proud to be Old Town’s only med spa. We take your health and wellness seriously, and we want to help educate you. There is so much information available on products and procedures for health beauty. Let us help guide your habits, routines, and choices towards total wellness!

So come out and have a fun night out! Meet our staff, have some snacks, enter some giveaways, see our spa, and ask us questions! We love spending time with our clients and potential clients and getting to know you! We can’t wait for all of these upcoming Pretty Genius nights. Bring a friend and make it girls’ night out! We’ll see you soon at one of the upcoming Pretty Genius events!

Insider Tips on Radiant Skin for Frequent Fliers; Fort Collins Spa

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Flying can really dry out your skin, so here are some tips from women who fly often to make the experience easier on you! Moisture levels on an airplane are significantly lower than on land, so it is important for your skin to be prepared for the trip!

To avoid altitude sickness, consume electrolytes in flight prior to landing. Examples are tomato juice, virgin Bloody Mary mix, sports drinks or water with salt added. The extra salt will help retain electrolytes and altitude sickness can be caused by a lack of electrolytes.

Applying lots of hand lotion and drinking lots of water in flight and after landing can help keep you and your skin hydrated.

You might also consider packing your own healthy snacks as an alternative to the processed snacks from the plane. Herbal tea is great for hydrating after landing, and mint tea helps with digestion.

Slathering on an ultra-rich moisturizer onto your face before bed the night before a flight can also help lock in moisture. That way, when your face gets dehydrated on the plane, there’s more moisture there to begin with to reduce the amount of dehydration overall.

A favorite moisturizing lip balm is a go to for any kind of travel, but especially flights. You’ll also want to keep this handy if you are traveling anywhere dry or in winter!

Another suggestion is to cleanse and rinse your face before landing, and apply your favorite moisturizer.

An occasional glass of bubbly can also make the overall experience much more relaxing.

We hope these tips help make your next flight experience that much more pleasant for yourself and your skin! For specific product recommendations for your skin type and travel needs, visit us in Old Town Fort Collins for a complimentary consultation.

Diet Secrets for Great Skin; Beauty Salon in Fort Collins

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Now that winter is ending and spring is beginning, it is time to eat clean and get your body back into balance after a winter of heavy eating and lounging. Food can cleanse and detox our bodies internally and externally!

Fermented foods are excellent for digestive health, and a happy digestive tract can improve your mood, your mentality, and your skin health! Of course, fermented foods can also help you stay in good health and lose weight!

Without a healthy digestive tract, it is hard for our bodies to properly do their jobs. Too much sugar and processed foods can disrupt our natural rhythms and this can manifest in inflamed and irritated skin. Fermented foods provide many nutrients in a manner that are more available for the body and skin!

Look for foods like kimchi, sauerkraut and kefir for naturally occurring probiotics. These foods help produce good bacteria, which is so important for a healthy gut and can provide skin glowing benefits.

Here is a simple recipe to make your own sauerkraut out of just cabbage and salt, with equipment you may already have in your kitchen! It doesn’t get much simpler than making your own sauerkraut in a mason jar, and it’s very affordable too, with no added preservatives or chemicals! http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-homemade-sauerkraut-in-a-mason-jar-193124

A simple way to incorporate more fermented foods into your diet is by adding them in with your breakfast. Here’s a nutritious and well rounded breakfast idea: 2 eggs, cooked to your liking, ½ a cubed sweet potato sautéed in coconut oil, cooked greens like steamed frozen spinach, and some sauerkraut or other fermented veggies. To save time, cook up several days worth of the eggs, greens and sweet potato and store in the fridge for a quick microwavable breakfast.

Radiant skin starts with diet and self care, and fermented foods can play an important role in your gut health. To discuss other skin health options, please schedule a complimentary consultation with us!

All About Collagen; Fort Collins Med Spa

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We hear so much about collagen and how good it is for our skin. Let’s learn more about what it is and how it works in our bodies!

Collagen is what holds our entire body together! It is the most abundant protein in the human body, composing about 30% of the protein in the human body. It can be found in skin and tendons, bones, and muscles.

Collagen is very important for health, and the breakdown of naturally produced collagen is associated with numerous health issues. Supplemental collagen is used increasingly more for medical and cosmetic purposes, including helping heal and repair tissue.

It provides the strength and structure to our skin, and also is involved in the replacement of dead skin cells. Collagen production naturally declines with age and is also reduced by exposure to ultraviolet light and other environmental factors such as smoking and high sugar consumption. Collagen synthesis begins to decline around 40 years of age, and dramatically decline in women after menopause. By age 60 there is normally a significant decline in collagen production.

Products such as lotions that claim to increase collagen levels are unlikely to do so because the molecules of collagen are too large to be absorbed through the skin. However, collagen production can be stimulated through laser therapy, such as Laser Genesis treatment. This treatment can also help stretch marks.

Nutrients that support collagen production in the body are proline (from egg whites, meat, cheese, soy and cabbage), anthocyanidins (blackberries, blueberries, cherries, and raspberries), Vitamin C (oranges, strawberries, peppers and broccoli), copper (shellfish, nuts, red meat and some drinking water), and Vitamin A (animal derived foods and plant foods).

Eating whole and minimally processed foods can help produce more collagen!

To further increase your body’s collagen production, come talk with us about what Laser Genesis can do for your skin!

Sensitive Skin Care; Fort Collins Facials

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How do you know if you have sensitive skin? Have you ever experienced any of the following: painful, itchy, burning, or peeling skin? If so, you may have sensitive skin. Other causes for those unpleasant symptoms are a product allergy, pH imbalance, or overdoing it with skin care. You are not alone- some surveys indicate that up to fifty percent of women experience skin sensitivities! Here’s how to handle it:

Step one: Avoid certain makeup colors and ingredients. Talc, certain dyes and mica can cause skin irritation. Check your eyeshadows for these lurking ingredients! Also, be wary of blue and purple colors as they are more likely to cause irritation.

Step two: Make sure your facial care products do not contain any fragrances, dyes, acids, or beads. Added fragrances including citrus, mint, and floral, tend to contribute to inflamed and itchy skin. This includes your perfumes, so be sure you are not spraying them near your face. Also, drying ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, soaps, or alcohols tend to trigger skin reactions. Check products like face wash and cream for those. We are happy to help sort out which products are good for your skin and figure out which ones, if any, are contributing to irritation.

Step three: Don’t rub or scrub. Exfoliating can lead to extra irritation. Gently cleanse your face, and pat dry with paper towels. This prevents bath towel bacteria from getting into your sensitive facial skin.

Step four: Moisturize regularly. Some sources recommend twice daily, with a gentle moisturizer that doesn’t contain acids or retinoid.

Step five: Use sunscreen daily, one with zinc or titanium dioxide. Wearing a hat is also good! Sun protection helps avoid sun damage and skin irritation.

If you would like product or treatment recommendations, please come see us in Old Town Fort Collins for all of your skin care needs! We carry and recommend Lira Clinical products which are gentle on the skin. We would be happy to make recommendations specifically for your skin!