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.
This is the beginning of our blog where we are going to post on skincare, rejuvenation procedures, massage therapy and general health and wellness. However, in our first few blogs, we’re going to share some of the things that have happened to allow us to open Bella Visàge. At first glance you might think, “What does an article on business relationships have to do with skincare?” But locality is the heart of Bella Visage and well, if you don’t have the basics in place you can’t be successful. For example, we can provide you with the best skincare products in the world, but if you continue to put the wrong things into your body, you won’t get the results you are looking for. The same thing would’ve happened if we didn’t get the base of our business built with strong, reputable, local partners; we wouldn’t be able to serve you.
With that in mind, let me share a few of the things that have taken place. When we started to put together the idea of Bella Visàge, we knew that there was a specific look, feel, and brand that we wanted for the spa. We also knew that we didn’t have the time or ability to do it on our own. Enter Y Design Co. I’d met Jared and Katie Yates several years ago through Lakeland Business Leaders. Knowing that Jared created logos, he listened to us as we shared our vision and ideas for the space. We explained how we were going to use specific furniture, doors and fixtures that had been saved from my dear friend Joe’s house, and about why we chose to use some antiques from our own house.
Local helping Local
Jared began his design process, he spent time with us in the spa as it was being renovated. After several weeks he shared the fruits of his labor, and wow! We absolutely loved the completed work. The concept, the colors, the fonts, the BV monogram. It was all better than what we ever thought. Our logo and overall brand identity is the first interaction the public has with Bella Visàge, whether it’s on our front door, our shirts or our website, and we are proud to bear the image Jared crafted for us. His vision has become one of the first pieces of the intricate Bella Visàge puzzle.
The Heart of Lakeland
It really is a great example of how a small business can work with another small business to help them get started on the right foot. Y Design Co. is firmly planted in the heart of Lakeland (Jared’s a native Lakelander) and is active in the Lakeland business community. Thanks, Jared and Katie, for your hard work and support!
Stay tuned for our next blog where we’ll introduce a few more of our great downtown partners and friends!