Are you thinking about Lash Extensions?
One of our awesome customers–who just happens to be a local blogger–visited us and had lash extensions done by Kim Esposito, our lash extension expert! Spoiler alert…she’s a fan! Read some of her blog post below, and follow the link to keep reading and check out her dramatic before and after shots (her photos are flawless)!
Today I had the best experience getting eyelash extensions! First let’s talk about lash extensions in general. I’ve gone through this phase before where I just really want full lashes without putting mascara and earlier this summer, I officially entered that phase again. I’ve gotten lash extensions twice in the past, and loved them both times, but got too busy with work and school to keep up with it. Let’s be honest, scheduling in a two hour appointment every 3 weeks isn’t super easy for a working college student with a social life and other obligations. But now that I’m out of school, I feel like I have more control over my schedule and can make it work! I know it’s not something I’ll keep up forever, but I want to try it for a few months this time.
What an Amazing Year
Before I continue with our inspiring story of an amazing lady and her Strawberry Inch-Loss Laser experience, I wanted to take a minute and thank each and every customer, client and follower of Bella Viságe for supporting us in 2016. What an amazing year!! We exceeded our goals by leaps and bounds and YOU are the reason.We are excited about the year to come and look forward to meeting even more amazing clients.
As most of you know, we are located behind Liquid Hair Studio, a premier hair studio in downtown. Being in such close proximity has given us the opportunity to get to know the stylists and staff. One of the stylists, Jaclyn, begun a journey about a year ago that has inspired us and we wanted to share it with you. When we approached her she was a little hesitant, but realized that by sharing her story and inspiring others, she would also strengthen herself. Thanks for taking the time to read our blog. Here’s to a healthy and beautiful 2017!! Here is Jaclyn’s Success Story with The Strawberry Inch-Loss Laser.
For as long as Jaclyn can remember, she has always struggled with her weight. She remembers being a young girl, 7 or 8 years old, and finding it difficult to resist foods that helped her pack on the pounds. Her weight continued to fluctuate, but during the summer before she entered 8th grade, she dropped some weight and gained some womanly curves. She felt great! In high school, the weight found her again. She started dating and gained 60 pounds with her first boyfriend. He eventually broke up with her because of her weight and by her senior year she was just over 200 pounds. Like most of us, Jaclyn enjoys transformation stories and pictures of people who have drastically altered their appearance and lifestyle for the better. She would watch TV shows about people losing weight, read Facebook testimonies and purchase books about lifestyle changes. She was searching for the answer, an easy way to solve her problems that seemed to be tethered to her waistline. She joined Weight Watchers and was successful, but she was in her 20s and had an active social life. Her life revolved around her friends, going out, partying and drinking. Sadly, she gained back all of the weight she lost at Weight Watchers.
In 2012 she began working at Liquid Hair Studio, where she still works. She had never worked for a business that ordered lunch every day, they even had a receptionist who would go get their lunch! It was amazing! Jaclyn was excited to work in the heart of Downtown Lakeland and quickly came to love all the local fare. The indulgence came at a price, however, and she packed on 25 more pounds. The before picture of Jaclyn is during this time. The tipping point for Jaclyn came when she looked at a picture that her mom had taken of her. She couldn’t believe how big she had allowed herself to get. She hated looking in the mirror. During a health check up, she was weighed and scale read 252 pounds. She was appalled! She was scared of reaching 300 pounds and decided to change her life forever. The motivation she had been looking for had taken a long time to arrive, but she had finally arrived at the place she needed to be. Her transformation had begun.
Seeking Out The RIGHT Answer
Jaclyn finally gave up trying to find an easy fix to her problem and decided she was strong enough to make a few small changes. She started to engage in activities such as walking and group fitness sessions. She also started making better food choices, she cut out alcohol and fatty foods. She said goodbye to fast food and hello to fresh choices. Once she had made the commitment to change, she was unstoppable. The more weight she lost, the more motivated she became. People started noticing and the positive comments made her glow. It had taken SO LONG to get to this point, but she was here and she felt great.
The Strawberry Inch-Loss Laser
This past November Jaclyn decided to add another component to her transformation arsenal by getting Strawberry Inch-Loss Laser treatments at Bella Viságe. She was intrigued by the concept behind the treatment. The Strawberry Inch-Loss Laser is comfortable and literally mobilizes the fat on the targeted areas. Although she had worked very hard to lose weight, she was unhappy with her hips and abdomen. Once she started to use the Strawberry Inch-Loss Laser, that all changed. Her transformation went into overdrive and people, both friends and strangers, started saying “Oh my gosh! You’re melting away! What are you doing??” She lost a total of 9 inches from her waist and lower abdomen and has kept it off. She is now working on other areas. That’s the amazing thing about theStrawberry Inch-Loss Laser, it can be used to contour any problem area.
Jaclyn says that she has never been this thin in her life. She used to wear dresses all the time because, when you gain weight, a dress is more forgiving. Now she is wearing all of the clothes that hung in her closet just waiting for healthy Jaclyn to appear. Even after all of her success, she still struggles, but she attributes the Strawberry to keeping her accountable to her routine and goals. She is encouraged by the staff and by her very noticeable results.
At Bella Viságe, we have been so proud to support Jaclyn on her continued journey. We are glad that she let us share her story, because we truly feel like Jaclyn’s story is the story of many people. If you would like to find out more about the Strawberry Inch-Loss Laser and how it can help you become successful at changing your life, health and appearance, call for a free consultation today.
You have nothing to lose, except the inches… and everything to gain.
The number one goal of any Med Spa is to find the best modality to accomplish a clients goal. So what is the number one asset that most women try to enhance?
No, not those. Think a little higher up.
There you go, Her eyes!
For me it was Audrey Hepburn! Those eyes and brows were captivating. If a woman’s eyes are the windows to her soul then the eyelashes and brows are the frames. Eye contact is the most communicative non-verbal cue we have. So much that it sometimes conveys more about our thoughts and feelings than our words. Ever stare lovingly into your sweetheart’s eyes? Or noticed a baby ogling you on the city bus? The shape of your eyes tells a biological story as well. Large eyes in a female suggest that she has low androgen (male hormones and high estrogen, which implies youth and fertility. Luckily, it’s also an effect that can easily be enhanced with clever makeup tricks.
Enter Dr. Brienkenhoff and RevitaLash.
RevitaLash was founded in 2006 by Dr. Brienkenhoff. Here is how he describes the reason he created RevitaLash. “In 2006 this company began with just one product, a unique eyelash conditioner created for one special lady. RevitaLash Cosmetics would not have come into being without my loving wife, Gayle, and my desire to help her feel beautiful during her courageous fight against breast cancer. From our original product, inspired by love, we have developed an entire collection that revitalizes the natural beauty and inner spirit of all women.”
10 years later RevitaLash Cosmetics is now available in over 50 countries.
The lash products use Curl Effect® which helps naturally lift and curl the eyelashes. And the Revitalash product will not change or effect your eye color. A proprietary blend of scientifically-advanced technology and natural botanicals join in concert to protect against breakage and brittleness. This improves flexibility, moisture, and shine for more dramatic-looking eyelashes. Daily use provides immediate conditioning benefits, leading to healthier-looking, more luxurious lashes.
RevitaLash is a huge supporter of cancer research and continues to try and improve the lives of those affected by this devastating disease.
Thank you Dr. Brienkenhoff for your inspiration!
Well now that we have learned about the benefits of Microneedling lets see what good smelling, high quality skin care products from Farmhouse Fresh can do to help you maintain that youthful glow.
In June of 2015 we attended Premier a beauty trade show at the Orange county convention center. I was waiting for the spender-in-chief to finalize a purchase when I noticed a very large group of rabid women clamoring over each other. Thinking to myself free food or goodies, I bee lined to the commotion. It had to be amazing or free because they where bumping and squeezing and jockeying for better line placement. And then the aroma of fresh fruits and baked goods started filling my nose and overwhelming my senses. It made sense when I saw the sign that read, Farmhouse Fresh. I thought it was a food vendor and was starting to work my way up so I to could grab a free sample. I finally broke thru and looked down at the table and saw little jars of goo and creams and pastes. Arrrggghhhh! What a waste of time. I was hangry and I fell for a very well packaged and marketed skincare product. Yes, I was hangry but I realized that if these women were willing to patiently wait in line to sample these amazing and great smelling products maybe I should investigate them a little more. So I did. By then Jeanna had found me and we spent 30 – 40 minutes with one of the reps. By the end of the weekend we were a retail outlet for Farmhouse Fresh. Farmhouse Fresh is a skincare company that markets its products in a whimsical way. Think “Chic fil a” meets glam.
Each product is whimsical and nostalgic and is made with up to 99.6% natural ingredients. Located in McKinney, Texas, the team at Farmhouse Fresh works hard to develop and hand assemble exquisite gifts that bring delight with every use. Their skincare products are crafted around delicious food and drinks. They make all of their products in Texas using up to 99.6% natural and naturally derived ingredients, and chock full of fruits, vegetables, milks, and more from U.S. farms. The products are paraben & sulfate free and their fragrances are all natural or phthalate free. Many of the products are also Vegan and Gluten Free. They LOVE crafting complex and scrumptious fragrances, but also offer a range of products made with only essential oils if that is your preference!
The Farmhouse team resides on a ranch in Texas, but they live in the world of What If. “It is a very silly place because sometimes our What Ifs lead us to Why Nots and then we wonder, really, Why NOT?” Why not mush-up vitamin rich, live strawberry fruit cells with whipped sweet cream shea butter? The result is Strawberry Smash – a 2-part Moisturizer sold with a mixing stick that makes lotioning-up as enjoyable as morning coffee. It also leaves skin dewy-soft, and can really calm a mean sunburn in just a few seconds. From charming jelly jar toppers, to delicate glass pour-spout cruets, each product is lovingly crafted and packaged for that special someone who will enjoy it!
In 2009, FHF won the Dallas Beauty Award presented by D Magazine in Dallas. Since then FHF products continue to win consumer awards including Redbook’s Most Valuable Beauty Product, Daily Candy’s Best of Beauty, Oprah’s O-List, Elle Canada Hot List, and more. For the last 4 years, FHF has been voted by spas, hotels and resorts as one of the Top 5 Favorite bodycare lines. As I mentioned in our Bella Gives Back blog recently, FHF is a huge supporter of all things animal. From cats to cows they rescue them all. Feel free to look them up on line or stop by the spa and sample their goodies. You will not be disappointed.
Thanks again for your continued support. Next week we will be highlighting a local girl and her amazing products.
Thanks for coming back to our Bella Blog page. One of the questions that was asked at our recent open house event was the topic of Microneedling. Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that can help stimulate rejuvenation of the skin. Most of our clients who have heard of or have previously undergone a microneedling procedure have had to travel outside of Polk County to have this performed. Bella Viságe was the first Medical Spa to offer the procedure in Polk County and we are very proud to be able to offer this amazing treatment right here in Downtown Lakeland. This procedure is administered by one of our Board Certified Nurse Practitioners, which is another reason that we are a premier destination for microneedling.
Since this discussion will involve a lot of big words I have asked Jeanna Parker ARNP to explain the process, which really is pretty simple.
What is it and how does it work?
Microneedling, also called Collagen Induction Therapy/CIT, is an aesthetic medical procedure that involves repeatedly puncturing the skin with tiny, sterile needles in order to induce endogenous (your own) production of new collagen. Among the earliest proponents was Michael Pistor, a French doctor who is credited with having developed mesotherapy in 1952. This procedure has been shown to increase the remolding of the skin by creating thousands of microscopic channels through the skin, which then increases the formation of new tissue by activating the body’s wound healing cascade, also known as tissue remodeling. This treatment is a non-ablative treatment, unlike lasers or chemical peels, in that the deeper parts of the skin are treated without removing the top layer. This treatment is designed to treat various skin conditions such as fine lines and wrinkles, light scarring from acne and photo damage, and to improve skin color and other skin texture changes.
What is the principal behind Microneedling?
The CosmoPen is the device we use at Bella Viságe and is just one form of collagen induction therapy. The goal of microneedling therapy is to create a controlled, non-thermal injury underneath the skin’s surface. This results in the formation of new tissue layers of collagen and elastin fibers, as well as new capillaries for an improved blood supply to the treated area. The skin plumps and thickens in response to this stimulus, ultimately reducing the appearance of large pores, fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars and other skin texture changes.
There are skin rejuvenation procedures that produce great results, such as chemical peeling and laser therapy, however not all people are candidates for these procedures. Microneedling is safe for all skin types, making it the perfect treatment to rejuvenate and heal the skin.
Professional skin needling is considered a safe skin treatment when performed by a medical aesthetician, nurse, or physician. This should not be confused with the myriad of home care microneedling devices designed for patient use.
It is clear that the category of medical microneedling is poised to explode in the near term, and we can expect to see more clinical data to confirm claims that doctors are seeing in their practices. There has been a sea change from what once was marked skepticism to almost widespread acceptance of this category of skin treatments.
What is the difference between CosmoPen Microneedling and dermarollers?
Home devices, called dermarollers, are popular and are sold to consumers for home microneedling. There are risks involved with these and here are comparisons:
- Cross-infection risks
- Excessive and undesired trauma
- Too large for small areas
- Lacks accuracy and consistency for speed and depth
CosmoPen Microneedling Advantages:
- Administered by a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner
- Up/down movements prevent excessive trauma
- Single-use disposable needle cartridge
- No risk of cross-contamination
- Small size of needle head reaches all surface areas, large and small
- Very accurate and consistent speed/depth
How is this procedure performed?
Before microneedling is performed the skin is cleaned and prescription-grade numbing ointment is applied to the treatment surface for 20 minutes. This allows for a more effective treatment without pain for the client. For optimal results we use a collagen-stimulating product like Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin-C serum or skin lightener for pigmentation during the procedure. The CosmoPen Microneedle is then used to create tiny channels in the skin. The CosmoPen’s multi-speed and adjustable needle depth allows the needles to pierce the skin’s surface at a ninety-degree angle, which increases the absorption of products. After the treatment, a soothing 24-carat gold infused collagen mask is applied for 10 minutes. This luxurious mask helps to hydrate, heal and soothe the skin. The 24-carat gold collagen mask provides numerous benefits that include: hydrating the skin, expelling toxins, increasing lymphatic drainage and circulation. You can see why this is a perfect way to complete this procedure. Our gold masks are also available for purchase for you to enjoy at home, they also make wonderful unique gifts and stocking stuffers at Christmas.
The number of needling sessions depends on the individual’s skin condition. Three to four treatments may be recommended for mild to moderate acne scarring, whereas deeper scarring or deeply aged/sun damaged skin may require upward of five treatments. An interval of 4 to 6 weeks between treatments is typically recommended.
What is the down time after Medical Micro-Needling treatment?
The inflammatory reaction of the skin is extremely short and fades significantly within hours from redness to pink that may last for 12 to 48 hours. You may have the appearance of a mild sunburn. Sunscreen is extremely important after your treatment since your skin will be sensitive and sun damages and dries out your skin. We can recommend several fantastic products that we carry by Image Skincare. You can wear makeup after your treatment within several hours, however waiting until the next day would give your skin time to rest and absorb the collagen. The use of mineral makeup is recommended after this, or any, procedure. Our business neighbor, Liquid Hair Studio, carries an amazing line of mineral products by Sormme, which we use and highly recommend. Please fill free to call us or leave a message on our website regarding questions on this or any of our other services we offer.
WOW! Yes, I said it again and I will repeat it. WOW!!!
Last week’s blog was so well received that I’m a little nervous about letting our readers down. Just know that all of us at Bella Viságe appreciate your feedback and all the positive comments. As much as we love Carrie, we love giving back to Lakeland just as much and that’s why we formed Bella Gives Back. Thanks in advance for your time.
For those of you who have followed Bella Viságe since we began this journey, you know that my only condition before jumping in and joining Jeanna and Shelli in this adventure was that we form a charitable arm of our business so that we could give something back to our community. The next step was to decide in what manner to do so. Ironically, my research into how we would pick the vendors and products for our spa played a large part in how I shaped Bella Gives Back.
Let me share two examples of what I mean.
RevitaLash was founded in 2006 by a man desperately trying to help his cancer stricken wife feel better about herself after the devastating effects of chemotherapy. This original, love inspired product helped repair her damaged eyelashes. Ten years later, each product in the RevitaLash collection revitalizes the natural beauty and inner spirit of all women.
Wonderful products with a wonderful purpose!
Farmhouse Fresh is a skincare company that markets its products in a whimsical way. Think “Chic fil a” meets glam. What really helped us make the decision to use their products in the spa was the way they give back to their community. They have a farm where they shelter abused and abandoned animals. From dogs to cows, they love them all.
Just like RevitaLash and Farmhouse Fresh, we here at Bella Viságe have a heart for philanthropic endeavors. While the staff at Bella has a desire to enrich the beauty and lives of all of our clients, it has been my desire from day one to help others through our Bella Gives Back program. We have a page on our Bella Viságe website Bellavisagelakeland.com, that allows our customers to nominate worthy candidates for services that will help them. So far we have helped several young ladies with severe acne scarring on their faces. To see them walk through the door with their shoulders back and big smiles on their make up free face is a unique experience. We didn’t cure cancer or mend broken bones, but we changed how they see themselves. This month the winner of our monthly drawing is a young mother of two who lost her husband to cancer just six months ago. we had heard that the stress and grief of her loss was overwhelming her so we wanted to give her the chance to relax, unwind & rejuvenate.
Thank you Dr. Brienkenhoff for your inspiration. Thank you Farmhouse Fresh for reminding me that giving back can be fun with a light hearted twist. Thank you Lakeland for supporting our Bella Gives Back. You are the reason we can continue to love and support those in need.
Today I am going to reintroduce you to our staff. Since she was our first employee we will start with our lead Aesthetician Carrie Bradshaw.
Who is Carrie Bradshaw?
Well isn’t that a loaded question!
No, not this one.
I can tell you she is more than just a fictional TV and movie character (Sex In The City). Our Carrie Bradshaw is a very passionate skincare specialist that has personally struggled with skincare issues for as long as she can remember. She tried it all, and I do mean all, from lemons on her face (it burns the bacteria. Yeah right) to Accutane (That was after her high school crush told her he would never take her to Prom because she looked like “I stuck my face in an ant bed”… Ouch!)
After years of facials, microderm treatments, chemical peels, & plastic surgeon visits her wonderful husband, Mr. Big, made a joke about learning this “stuff” on her own so she could save him some money. Well, let’s fast forward. I’m not sure about the saving money part, but the learning of this “stuff” has become part of her every day life. Now she has made the skincare industry her career and her mission is to help as many people that are willing to listen, about their skin.
In talking to Carrie for this article she said, “This giant leap of faith has paid off and being a licensed aesthetician has become better than any dream I could have dreamt. My heart is full and I hope that comes through with all of my services I provide for my clients.” Trust me when I say it does!
Carrie was the first person that we hired last year, 5 months before we opened. We knew the moment we spoke to her that we needed her on our team of professionals. She is a graduate of the Artistic Nail and Beauty Academy in Lakeland, Florida and has worked in several Polk County spas. She was craving the opportunity to expand her skill level into the medical side of aesthetics, (deeper peels, microneedling, etc) so it was a perfect match for both of us. She is currently working on some CEU’s so that she may expand her list of services to include more medical services.
Carrie maintains a Facebook page, Pretty in the City, Ask Carrie Bradshaw, where she helps her followers with their skincare needs. She is constantly researching, attending conferences and training with our vendors so she can stay at the top of her chosen field. Her zest to improve her craft and overall passion for skincare is contagious. Honest, easygoing, and incredibly skilled, she makes you feel refreshed, relaxed and informed.
Her list of services includes:
Norvell spray tanning.
Eyelash tinting and extensions
chemical peels including medium and deep medical grade
Carrie lives in Lakeland with her husband and 3 daughters.
See you next week!
Why, How, & When to Take Collagen Protein
Thanks for your continued interest in the Bella blog. In this blog I will introduce you to Collagen peptides which are dietary supplements that can be introduced into almost any daily diet. We carry VITAL PROTEINS which is an all natural collagen peptide. Peptides are short chain amino acids naturally derived from collagen protein. These natural peptides are highly bio-available, digestible and soluble in water. The intake of collagen ensures the cohesion, elasticity and regeneration of skin, hair, tendon, cartilage, bones and joints. Collagen is a natural and healthy ingredient that has been used for centuries. Collagen rich foods were a large part of the traditional diet. Our ancestors utilized sustainable whole animal nutrition, which provided an abundant amount of collagen. Over the past century modern food processing has removed this natural and healthy protein from our diets. Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body. It is vital for our body and is the basic building block of skin, hair, nails, bones and joints. Vital Proteins’ Collagen Supplement is sourced from pasture raised bovine hides from Brazil. This ensures a natural, high quality, and sustainable source of this nutritional powerhouse.
Gelatin, which is cooked collagen is a true superfood! Many experts have been singing the praises of collagen and gelatin for many years. In my opinion it is one of the best things you can incorporate into your diet. The benefits are wide ranging. Wrinkle reduction, healing of the gut, stronger bones, easing of joint pain and much more.
Do I Need Collagen Supplementation?
As we age, the amount of collagen in our body decreases. By age 25, collagen levels are decreased at a rate of 1.5% a year. By age 40, collagen is depleted faster than it is produced! And by age 60, over half of the body’s collagen has been depleted. Collagen is what holds us together! It’s found in skin, ligaments, cartilage, tendons, muscles, bone tissue, blood vessels, the gastrointestinal tract, and even in the cornea of the eye.
6 Surprising Benefits of Collagen
Here’s some benefits of collagen protein.
- Digestive Aid
Collagen soothes and heals the digestive tract and helps repair the mucous lining. It also helps break down the protein and fat from foods, making them easier for the body to digest.
- Weight Loss
Collagen is a great source of protein. Vital proteins provides 18 grams of protein per 2 scoops! Studies show that collagen peptides consumed at breakfast are 40% more satiating than other proteins (such as whey or soy). This correlates to a 20% reduction of food intake at lunch.
- Joint and Bone Health
The two amino acids in collagen are gylcine and proline. They help repair tissue, lessen inflammation and provide relief from joint pain. This is similar to taking cortisone or ibuprofen. The glycine also speeds wound healing, helps stiff joints and promotes recovery. Another more recent study assessed the efficiency of collagen peptides in a randomized, double blind, controlled multicenter trial. 250 subjects with primary osteoarthritis of the knee were given 10g of collagen peptides daily. The results showed a significant improvement in knee joint comfort. The subjects with the greatest joint deterioration benefited most. Several studies also show that supplementing with collagen builds bone density. Collagen peptides stimulate osteoblasts, which are the cells responsible for bone formation.
- Athletic Performance
The specific amino acids, primarily glycine and proline help repair tissue, lessen inflammation, shortens recovery after exercise and helps with sports related injuries. Supplementation with collagen peptides showed a reduction of risk for injuries on muscle, tendons, and ligaments in athletes. Also the glycine and arginine content in collagen aids athletic performance and help maintain and restore muscle mass. Arginine stimulates the release of growth hormone from the pituitary gland. This is known to increase muscle mass and that may explain the performance gains.
- Sleep Tonic
Glycine plays an important role in the neurotransmitters within the brain. Recent research shows that glycine improves sleep quality in people who have difficulty sleeping. Ingesting collagen improves sleep quality but it also helps reduce daytime sleepiness and helps improve memory during waking hours.
- Skin Health
It’s almost as if we saved the best for last. Some doctors refer to collagen as the new anti-aging product of the century and I have to agree! It ensures cohesion, elasticity, and regeneration of the skin. Collagen contains the amino acids alanine and hydroxyproline. These particular amino acids are shown to reduce the signs of aging. Clinical research has shown that Vital Protein’s Collagen promotes younger looking skin, improves skin moisture level, improves skin smoothness, improves the signs of deep wrinkles and improves skin suppleness. Not only would you have healthier hair, skin, and nails but all the other more important benefits as well.
If you have questions please don’t hesitate to call us. We will see you next week when we will be reintroducing you to our staff. Until then.
COCO CHANEL AND ACCIDENTAL CONNECTION TO A HEALTHY GLOW
In 1923, the French Icon, Coco Chanel spent a little too much time in the sun and accidentally developed a tan. Almost 100 years later tan skin and that healthy Sun kissed glow is more popular than ever. In fact most people now find that they like a bit of a healthy glow all the time.
Long before science had determined the damage that sunbathing caused, we thought having a tan was the optimal of skin health. With beautiful bronze bodies everywhere it was what we all sought.
The tan is truly the one fashion that never seems to go out of style. Celebrities like it, doctors even recommend it and it has been the secret to a youthful glow for many years. Melanie D. Palm MD, the founding director of Art of Skin in Solana Beach, CA and the Assistant Professor at University of California in San Diego has stated that she “personally uses these products and recommend them to my patients as a safe alternative to traditional tanning.” (Skincancer.org) In her article she continues to describe the benefits of self-tanning products and breaks down the skin’s molecular reaction to tanning. Either way, Dr. Palm says to “love the skin (color) they are in.” As most of us know, tan skin has the potential to hide skin imperfections such as broken blood vessels, spider veins, and wrinkles. Lucky for us, it also helps to diminish the appearance of cellulite.
Now, let’s fast-forward. We now know the sun increases premature aging and can even cause skin cancer, which is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun can be extremely damaging to your skin. The easiest way to describe this in Layman’s terms is that UVA ages us causing wrinkles and UVB burns us causing brown spots. This is where my love for spray tan comes into play.
The principal tanning agents used in all self-tanning formulas is dihydroxyacetone otherwise known as DHA. This chemical compound does not produce a real tan by increasing the skins melanin levels; rather it creates a tanned appearance by developing a brown color on the surface of the skin. The action of the DHA is limited to the upper layer of skin and involves a reaction between DHA and skin proteins and oxygen that produces the brown compounds. This process is similar to what occurs when you slice open an apple and the surface of the Apple browns when it is exposed to oxygen in the air. The development of color takes anywhere from 2 to 4 hours and the intensity of the color is dependent upon the DHA concentration in the product, as well as one’s individual skin characteristics. The color developed by the DHA usually lasts 5 to 7 days and begins to fade as the top layer of skin naturally exfoliates itself.
DHA solutions take a minimum of sixteen hours to fully develop; however the ideal timeframe is twenty-four hours. Clients will receive the best results if they can avoid bathing until the day after their tanning session, because soap lessens the effectiveness of DHA. Delayed bathing allows the DHA bronzer sufficient time to complete its reaction with the amino acids proteins that are within the skin.
The myth that all spray tans turn you orange is just that…a myth. Period. Mystic tan and other cheaper solutions have left a bad taste in consumer’s mouths and poor color quality on their bodies. Sunless tanning solutions have come a long way since those early days. The active ingredient (DHA) in spray tanning solution has been refined and more importantly the additives in the solution are higher grade. Brand names we recommend are: Norvell, Amber Sun and Versa Spa.
If your family has a history of melanoma or you are fair skinned, or maybe you are worried about premature aging and wrinkles, it would be prudent to not only stay out of the tanning bed, but also stay out of the sun as well. Sunless tanning is a viable option that has the same results without the medical consequences. This is a big deal.
Sometimes important events creep up on us. If you need to get a little color and you only have two days, traditional tanning will not be ideal. Even the day of the event is not too late to be sprayed given you allow the 4-6 hours of “downtime” so the solution sets in properly.
Tanning beds are notorious for leaving tan lines, white pressure points on your back, stripes on your side, and feet that don’t get tan. With sunless tanning, you need not worry about tan lines because you get sprayed wearing whatever you want based off of your comfort level. Sunless tanning technicians perceive which parts of your body need to be sprayed a little darker to blend with the rest of your body; something a tanning bed could never achieve.
During the Spray-Tan session, the color that is immediately visible is the result of the cosmetic bronzer. Don’t be alarmed when the color washes off during your first shower, this is a normal occurrence. What remains is the DHA bronze tan. To prolong the color, it is important to keep skin moisturized after sunless tanning allowing dry flaky skin to slough off faster. Your goal is to basically slow down your body’s natural exfoliation process.
Some of the bronze color might rub off on your clothes immediately after the tan or on your bed sheets. To minimize the chance of the bronzers transferring to clothing we recommend you wear loose fitting, dark clothing to your spray-tan session. Try to refrain from physical exertion that could result in sweating until after the twenty-four hour period when you shower. In most cases, because the cosmetic bronzer is water-soluble, the color will come out of the clothing in the washer, however it is important to note bronzers may stain light hair, wool, spandex, Lycra, silk or other fine fabrics. If the spray-tan product comes in contact with your hands or clothing, rinse immediately.
So there you have it! All the benefits of healthy bronze skin with out the dangers of the suns harmful rays. Next week we will talk about how collagen can improve our skin and other benefits. See you then.