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Winter Skin Survival Guide by Epionce

Winter Skin Survival Guide: 4 Tips

Winter Skin Survival Guide

It's almost that time of year...winter. Have you started to feel your skin getting dry? I know that I have on those colder days. It's time to change up your skin care routine, and here's our winter skin survival guide 4 tips for you!

Tip #1: Hydrate Facial Skin Every Day

Relieve dry, flaky facial skin by applying Intensive Nourishing Cream 1-3 times daily to clean skin. It contains the maximum levels of active ingredients to keep skin in balance while fighting the visible appearance of skin aging. Ideal for all skin types, including oily and problem skin.
Intensive Nourishing Cream - Winters Skin Guide

Tip #2: Don't Neglect the Skin on your Body

The skin on your body and extremities needs daily attention too! Apply a generous layer of Renewal Calming Cream to the skin to hydrate and soothe rough, dry patches. Avoid hot showers, as this can aggravate skin that is already dry from the winter weather conditions.

Renewal Calming Cream - Winter Skin Survival Guide

Tip #3: Calm and Soothe Visible Redness

Apply Enriched Firming Mask to the face at least once a week to boost hydration and calm visible redness and irritation caused by the outdoor elements. This mask contains a blend of key lipids and botanical extracts formulated to rejuvenate the skin. For extra hydration, leave mask on your skin overnight.

Enriched Firming Mask - Winter Skin Survival Guide

Tip #4: Boost Moisture Levels

Formulated with a concentrated blend of powerful humectants, Balancing Toner provides a moisture boost to the skin, plus removes any traces of impurities or makeup. Spritz onto clean skin prior to application of a Renewal product. Ideal for both face and body

Balancing Toner - Winter Skin Survival Guide

Now that you have our winter skin survival guide, it's time to order these Epionce products. When you buy on the Epionce website; make sure to put in our code: 20180305 when you sign up in the professionals code section. When you do this; enjoy FREE standard ground shipping when using our code, and receive extra perks including Epionce samples. Have any skin care questions? Call Find A Better You Med Spa at: (636) 205-4070

Why do People Overpay for Laser Hair Removal?

Why do People Overpay for Laser Hair Removal & other Services?

Why Do People Overpay for Laser Hair Removal & Other MedSpa Services?

When you think of a Medical Spa you usually do not hear about the: lower quality, lesser equipment value than their high-priced counterparts. But in fact, most medical spas have identical equipment and products to their more expensive versions. Most of the time, the difference comes down to strategies in marketing and not the equipment or products themselves.

The Brand Name

People buy brand named services for a variety of reasons. From having good experiences with the brand in the past, to wanting to portray a certain image, many shoppers are extremely loyal to their beloved brands.

People normally don’t pay more for the name or logo; they pay more for what they associate with them.

Behind the Scenes

Larger companies spend a lot of money telling us their brand is the best, and that we should spend our cash on their services and products because it will make us more: successful, more attractive or happier in some way or another. It's called branding, and it's a way of tying our money to our feelings about a given product.

Branding is an art-form that companies spend millions to study. With careful and clever advertising, consumers can be lured into paying ridiculously high prices for a certain product that cost nothing to produce. Companies will offer 40-70% the overpriced services to get you in the door. Most of the time, the difference comes down to strategies in marketing and not the services or products themselves.

Marketing

As a consumer, brand name is expensive. However, many of us will gladly pay extra for the brand name. Knowing when it’s worth it really comes down to personal choices. So before you shell out another dollar of your hard earned cash, think about what are you paying for; the brand or the service? The Price Difference – Obviously, a $2 difference isn’t the same as $500, but do you actually know how much the alternatives cost? It is a lot more than you think.

Greedy Companies

Either way, it's about separating you from your cash. So the question becomes whether or not you want to give them a lot of moneyor less money, for the same services and/or products.

With all of this said we find that clients are coming to us after having consultations at the big brand name laser hair removal companies. Most are telling us they were quoted thousands of dollars to have laser hair removal.

Can You Spot the Difference? Laser Hair Removal Prices Ideal Image - Find A Better You Med Spa

Why is our Medical Spa Different?

We have the same laser as Milan and Ideal Image, the GentleMax Pro laser from Candela. As we tell our clients we are not here to price gouge you, you’re not buying a car or putting money down on an apartment.

At our Medical Spa, we are just here to charge you for the service. You do not need to take out financing for laser hair removal. That’s crazy.

We have a physician on the property at all times (in the building), you have the right to speak to him at any time during your visits.

We have been certified and trained by the companies: Candela and Inmode.

Laser Technician Certifications

If you have not been professional trained you should not be operating a laser.

The sad part is that there are medical spas operating with untrained staff; they have been shown by another staff member how to work the laser. Then they print off a certification. Yes, this happens more than you think after interviewing several aestheticians I was surprised.

In Conclusion

We are not here to tell you that we are better. We are not here to tell you Milan or Ideal Image are bad companies, please do not take this out of context. This just explains why people overpay for laser hair removal than they need too.

We are here to educate you. Please STOP and think about taking financial loans out for laser hair removal. You should never need to be numbed to have this treatment done ever!!

Schedule a Consultaion at Find A Better You Medical Spa

Do your homework before signing thousands of dollars away. If you are curious on what our prices are; go to our Laser Hair Removal page. Also you can schedule a consultation with us or give us a call at: (636) 205-4070

Excessive Hair Growth in Women and How to Treat

Excessive Hair Growth in Women

Excessive Hair Growth in Women - How to Treat

Are you Dealing with Unwanted & Excessive Hair?

No woman likes to admit having facial hair, but it's one of the most common aesthetic complaints in beauty. 

The Problem - Hirsutism

Unwanted facial hair, known as hirsutism, and it affects millions of women of all ages. Approximately 10% of women in the U.S. with some degree of hirsutism on a daily. The most common areas are the: upper lip, neck, chin and bikini line.

The Options

Some medication can slow the growth of the hair; it does not always stop it. Shaving will give you relief for a couple of days. Waxing, sugar scrubs, and tweezing may keep the hair away for a week or a month.

Some studies have shown that herbal supplements such as myo-inositol, flaxseed and spearmint have anti-androgenic affects. Sipping two cups of spearmint tea daily may also significantly slow your growth. Lavender oil and tea tree oil, when applied topically, may also reduce milder hirsutism cases. Fennel gel was found to decrease hair thickness in cases of excessive body hair. Exercising, regardless of your weight, will also help balance your hormonal levels. Exercising can be therapeutic, way to relieve stress and relax.

Some women as they age development of a lot of dark hair on the chin or beard area may signal a hormone imbalance. But these methods are temporary and they may cause ingrown hairs, especially with removing thick, curly hairs. While hirsutism may be a personal embarrassment to you, there are means to managing it and getting rid of it completely. More professional methods include laser hair removal.

The Solution - Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal has shown to be extremely helpful in our clients with excessive hair growth in women. Some notice a difference in just one treatment. Which can help with the scarring and ingrown hairs, making your face soft and smooth again.

Words from Some of our Clients

"I can feel my skin again."

"It doesn't hurt to touch my chin."

"I can't believe the difference."

"My skin is soft again, even the scars have improved."

Find A Better You would be more than happy to help you love your skin again. Learn more about Laser Hair Removal. Schedule a consultation on our contact page or give us a call at (636) 205-4070.

Initial Consultation

Initial Consultation

Find A Better You Initial Consultation

When you first arrive we will have you fill out some paperwork. After that, you will discuss your expectations with our patient coordinators so we can make sure everyone is on the same page. At this visit, photographs will be taken by one of our trained Medical Assistants/ patient coordinators.

Everything will be presented to Dr. James Sturm before he enters the room. He will do his exam and discuss all the options with you.

After your exam, you will return to the consultation room to watch an informational video describing that procedure. If it's Laser Hair Removal we will do a test spot before the video. Also, you will have the opportunity to discuss financing options with our patient coordinator.
Our patient coordinators have been completely trained to answer all your questions as well.
Jodie has also received the nurses training by Dr. Jeffrey Klein the inventor of tumescent technique and most of all the same training as Dr. Sturm.

You may ask why this is so important; some offices have laser technicians but when they went to school they may have trained on other lasers however not necessarily the one they are using on you. We want you to rest assure that our laser technicians have been completely trained and certified on our lasers. Dr. James Sturm is ALWAYS in the office. 

It is our goal to make you as comfortable as possible. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at (636) 205-4070.

Holiday Spice…And Everything Nice

Holiday Spice…And Everything Nice

Holiday Spice…And Everything Nice

Fall is finally here you guys...one of my favorite seasons! Autumnal foliage and smell of fresh clean air, warm apple pies with ice cream, outdoor fires, s’mores and pumpkins. We return to leggings and boots. It makes my heart happy; I enjoy walking into stores and seeing the holiday decorations. 

All the instant pot stews and recipes in posts on social media early in the fall season. (One attached below) Also the pumpkins spice everything. Yes, they have over done it I think but some people love it. I don’t mind somethings pumpkins spice but come on spam really?

My Top Four Reasons why I think everyone should embrace fall and my beloved orange pumpkin friend.

1. Better skin.  Spending less time in the sun in the fall means less damage to the skin, even though we’d love to think everyone used sun screen (not). Your skin starts getting a break, while you are tasked with addressing all the questionable sun choices you made over the summer, we are here to help correct that problem.

2. Holiday’s. The arrival of fall means that the holidays are right around the corner. Now is a great time to get your ducks in a row for the holiday season. This starts by taking care of you and your skin. You want to look great for all the parties and gatherings right?

3. Pumpkin. Yes, I’m bringing up pumpkin again. It is so good for the skin. Its enzymes gently exfoliate skin and increase cell turnover, while its seed oil is a major moisturizer. It shouldn’t be relegated to fall; it should be beloved and used by skin care all year long. Call today for your Pumpkin Facial only available during the holiday season.

4. Fall fashion. As soon as it is unveiled, fall fashion inspires us all to step up our style game. It also stirs up new color palettes and beauty trends and brings up are spirits again.

I hope this inspires everyone to fall in love with fall. May your autumn season be filled with family, friends, festivity, fortune, holiday spice and everything nice? Make sure to take care of your skin with our Epionce products.

Decadent Hot Chocolate

Decadent Hot Chocolate

Creamy, rich, and decadent slow cooker hot chocolate made in the crockpot!

Ingredients

    6 cups whole milk (1% or 2% are OK)

    2 cups heavy cream

    1/2 cup granulated sugar

    8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

    1/4 cup unsweetened natural or Dutch-process cocoa powder

    2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

    toppings: marshmallows, chocolate candies, candy canes, chocolate syrup, salted caramel, etc

Instructions

    Place all of the ingredients into a large slow cooker.

     Vigorously whisk to get the cocoa powder as mixed in as possible– you don’t want it all floating on the top. Keep whisking for a minute or 2 until it’s all combined.

    Cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 4 hours. Make sure you whisk it every 45 minutes – 1 hour to make sure the chocolate isn’t burning on the bottom.

    Serve warm with marshmallows or other optional toppings. Store leftovers in the refrigerator and warm up on the stove or in the microwave.

The Magic of Microneedling

The Magic of Microneedling; What It Can Do For You

Microneedling

You’ve seen all of these celebrities on social media and television shows getting there face stabbed by a bunch of tiny needles. And I know exactly what you’re thinking...Why in the world would anyone want to do that? Well it turns out there are actually a whole lot of benefits that come from these needles, microneedling.

So what exactly is Microneedling?

The technique of microneedling involves a number of sterile needles piercing the skin simultaneously to create micro injuries to the skin’s epidermis or dermis layers. These micro injuries help the skin create more collagen where collagen production has been lost. So, a good way to think about microneedling is like aerating your lawn. You create holes in order for watering and fertilizing to be more effective. When talking about skin, watering would be moisturizing and fertilizing would be your vitamins and serums.

Microneedling

How does microneedling help your skin? 

As you age your skin has a harder time creating the essential proteins that it needs to stay bouncy and healthy. Creating a series of small punctures, or micro injuries, causes a rapid production of collagen and elastin. This is just your skin's way of healing these puncture sites rapidly. And even though it doesn’t take very long for these injuries to heal, these areas will continue its rapid collagen production for several months!

Are there any risks? 

Just like any skin treatment, there are some risks to microneedling. Swelling, discomfort, redness, and infection can occur if you have sensitive skin. There is also a possibility of keloid scarring if you have a history of keloids in the past. Just make sure you speak with a physician and find the right spa for you before having microneedling done.

What are the benefits? 

Microneedling has plenty of benefits depending on how you use the technique. Did you know you can also use PRP for hair regrowth? As a result, it can actually bring your hair follicles back to life! You can also add vitamin serums and other topicals to microneedling treatments to help acne, acne scars, and stretch marks. This works better than all of those “miracle creams” for stretch marks and scars because the average topical only penetrates the skin about 30%. The small punctures help products and serums to penetrate up to 80% and get all the way to the dermis layer of the skin getting you better results.

Some other things microneedling is great for are:

  • Wrinkles
  • Skin pigmentation/age spots/sun spots
  • Rosacea
  • Skin laxity
  • Skin texture

We gave away the secret of microneedling. We had to, it's just such a great magic trick. So; if your interested in microneedling, give us a call at (636) 205-4070 or schedule a consultation!

Are your Medical Assistants certified to work a laser?

Are your Medical Assistants certified to work a laser?

Even the best doctor’s office or Medical Spa in St. Louis may have laser technician/medical assistant that may not be certified. This is something most people do not think about, we assume the medical spa is running a legitimate business!

Laser Technicians Certified - Saint Peters MedSpa

There is a large cost in providing laser services in a Spa. Every laser is over $100,000 to buy new, adding on the training cost, and $10,000 dollar warranty per machine for a one year increases that cost to own. In St. Louis the nicest and most expensive spas will cut cost somewhere. Question is: Are you willing to take the chance?

You have the right to ask questions:

  • Is the staff running the laser trained? 
  • Are they trained on that laser, and by whom?
  • Was it someone in house? If so, that is not a certified laser technician.

This is how spas cut cost. Even if they went to a school to become a laser technician does not mean they have been trained correctly to run the laser they are using. All laser companies employ staff that travel around the USA to train doctors and staff how to work and maintain that laser.

Think of this way, we have all played telephone with cans and a string. If they are trained in house more than likely they learned from someone who learned from someone else. Was the message the same by the time it reached the last person? Probably not!

A Medical Spas that are run correctly will not do this. They will post the certification for everyone to see. They are proud of it. When scheduling an appointment for laser, ask good questions about the machines being used on you.

So ask the questions, don’t assume because you’re in a Clayton, Ballwin, Chesterfield, high class expensive Medical spa that they know what they are doing. If you’re at a Medical Spa you have to be seen by the doctor in Missouri. So ask yourself this, if you go to a spa and there is no doctor in house who is supervising the laser technician or medical assistant?
Is the spa really on the up and up??

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