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The eyes have it thanks to RevitaLash

 

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!

Farmhouse Fresh

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.

 

 

Collagen Peptides

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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 the accidental connection to a health glow

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.

Why locality is the heart of Bella Visage – Part 2

Bella Visage lakelander Jeanna ParkerFirst, we offer our sincere thanks for your interest in the Bella Viságe blog. In this post we’ll share part two of our story and why we absolutely love being a part of the downtown Lakeland community!

Our Website

After we had hired our lead aesthetician, Carrie Bradshaw, she heard the three of us discussing our want to build a website. We had already narrowed our list down to three companies, all of which are great choices, and some of them I even consider friends. It was then that Carrie mentioned two of her best friends were website designers and worked in downtown Lakeland. The next day we were sitting in the office of Mosier Data, meeting Brook and TJ Alcock. Carrie had told them about our spa and they already had some ideas to share that matched our vision. We never looked back. The job they have done for us far exceeded our expectations, and we now consider them friends, too.

Fixtures & Furnishings

Just a short walk down Traders Alley and a quick turn up Kentucky Ave is a very charming store, Simple Vintage. We were in a pinch one day and needed some finishing touches to be completed on several of our pieces we were going to use in the spa. Enter Nicki and Kim. The very next day they showed up and completed our pieces. Being lovers of all things vintage and shabby chic, we felt as if we had found heaven via downtown Lakeland in their store. Now Bella Visàge is peppered with furniture and fixtures that we found at Simple Vintage. We absolutely love their vibe!

The Lakelander

While there are many downtown businesses that have supported us and welcomed us with open arms I want to mention one more that has stepped to the plate, The Lakelander Magazine. Jeanna has known Curt and Deb Patterson quite a few years, from church. I met Curt several years ago and knew he was the “Lakelander guy.” One morning I was heading down “The Alley” and Curt comes out and we start chatting. I tell him that we are opening a spa in a couple of months, and since that moment Curt and Deb have supported us and prayed for us.

Thank you downtown Lakeland!

All of us at Bella Viságe are very thankful for the warm welcome that we have received from all of our downtown Lakeland neighbors. Thanks for taking a few minutes of your time to get to know us better. Talk to you soon.[/fusion_text][/one_full][separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10″ bottom_margin=”10″ sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”” class=”” id=””][images picture_size=”fixed” hover_type=”none” autoplay=”no” columns=”5″ column_spacing=”13″ scroll_items=”” show_nav=”yes” mouse_scroll=”no” border=”yes” lightbox=”no” class=”” id=””][image link=”#” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://bellavisagelakeland.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/bellalakelander-1.jpg” alt=””][image link=”#” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://bellavisagelakeland.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/simplev-300×170.jpg” alt=”simple vintage lakeland”][image link=”#” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://bellavisagelakeland.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/10923507_898029156922594_3800744987296365622_n.jpg” alt=”TBA Marketing TJ Brook Alcock “][image link=”#” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://bellavisagelakeland.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Screen-Shot-2016-04-28-at-7.19.18-PM.png” alt=”lakelander magazine bella visage”][image link=”#” linktarget=”_self” image=”” alt=””][image link=”#” linktarget=”_self” image=”” alt=””][image link=”#” linktarget=”_self” image=”” alt=””][/images]