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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?

But here are 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. We’ve all heard of the famous Vampire Facial which uses Platelet Rich Plasma (or PRP) to help boost skin’s collagen and cell growth, but 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?

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!

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??