U. Med Spa’s spring giveaway + my favorite hormone-balancing superfood

If you read last week’s post, you may remember that I mentioned maca, a Peruvian superfood that has been shown to be effective in balancing hormones, particularly estrogen.

A few months ago, after my doctor told me I had low estrogen levels, I began researching natural ways to restore balance to my hormones when I came across a product formulated by Dr. Anna Cabeca, a well-known hormone and anti-aging specialist.

I’ve been dying to tell you about this product because I absolutely love it and having balanced hormones slows down the aging process and is key to maintaining healthy, beautiful skin.

The product I found is called Mighty Maca, which is a powdered green superfood blend of maca plus 42 other beneficial ingredients that you mix into water, juice, or a smoothie.

Maca is a root vegetable that grows in central Peru and has been used for thousands of years to increase fertility, boost the immune system, and increase energy and vitality. In fact, Inca warriors used to eat maca before battles because they believed that it gave them superhuman strength.

Maca is often referred to as “natural viagra” because of its ability to strengthen the libido. Maca also revs up the metabolism, gives you a non-caffeinated boost of energy, and improves your mood.

Maca benefits the skin by decreasing inflammation, improving skin tone, and helping to clear up testosterone-related adult acne.

Recently, maca has gained popularity for promoting hormonal balance and is particularly useful in helping women with low estrogen levels.

Just a few months ago, I had the tell-tale signs of low estrogen: dry skin, fatigue, and unexplained irritability. After taking Mighty Maca every day for the past couple of months, my skin looks more hydrated, I have more stamina in my workouts, and I am usually in a ridiculously good mood (and I’m definitely not being paid to say that!).

Maca is extremely nutrient dense, containing 55 beneficial chemicals including amino acids, Vitamins B1, B2, B12, C, calcium, phosphorus, and zinc.

The other 42 ingredients in the Mighty Maca blend include broccoli and cauliflower, cruciferous vegetables that help the body detoxify, as well as spirulina, chlorella, flax, cat’s claw, and turmeric, which further aid in detoxification and the metabolism of hormones.

Mighty Maca also contains oat beta-glucan, known for its moisturizing and skin smoothing properties, and mangosteen, acerola, green tea, pomegranate extract, and resveratrol, which act as powerful antioxidants, protecting the skin from damage.

You can check out more information about Mighty Maca here. If you decide to give it a try, I would suggest taking it every other day until your body gets used to it because I had some abdominal discomfort when I first started taking it.

Dr. Anna Cabeca also suggests using Mighty Maca as a nutrient-rich superfood facial masque. Just combine a scoop of the Mighty Maca powder with enough water to form a thin paste. Massage into your skin and leave on for twenty minutes or until dry.

Okay, let’s get to the real reason why you are reading this post: U. Med Spa’s Spring Giveaway is here! On April 30th, we are giving away a liquid facelift to one lucky winner!

Liquid Facelift Contest

U. Med Spa’s liquid facelift uses facial fillers and cosmetic injectables to restore lost volume and reduce facial wrinkles, making you look years younger with no downtime!

The liquid facelift includes one area of Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin to relax the facial muscles that cause frown lines and wrinkles, one syringe of Radiesse to restore lost facial volume and to create “model cheeks”, and one syringe of Belotero to plump up the lips.

The winner will be selected on April 30th!

ENTER TO WIN HERE

Give us a call at 972.943.UMED (8633) to book your next appointment or schedule a free consultation.

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How to tell if you have a hormonal imbalance

If you’re like me, you want to keep your skin looking as young as possible, for as long as possible. So, did you know that your delicate balance of hormones plays a huge role in determining how fast your skin ages?

Estrogen is arguably the most important hormone for skin aging.  Low estrogen levels can turn fine lines into deep creases, and lead to sagging and a loss of elasticity.

A lack of estrogen also reduces the number of blood vessels in your skin, reducing blood flow and nutrients to your skin’s outermost layers and causing it to look pale and less vibrant.

Our estrogen levels decrease with age and if you are over 40, you may have low estrogen levels if you are experiencing the following symptoms: dry skin, hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, mood changes, and bone loss.

High estrogen levels are more damaging than low estrogen levels because an excess of estrogen can cause breast tumors.

Hyperpigmentation, melasma, and dark spots are symptoms of high levels of estrogen, which is often seen in pregnant women and women who take birth control pills.

If you suddenly have oily skin or an onset of adult acne, your testosterone levels may be too high. Women who take high-androgen birth control pills or who are about to enter menopause can experience a surge in testosterone.

Sudden dry, thickened, and rough-looking skin is a symptom of low thyroid, as is weight gain, fatigue, low sex drive, and the reduced ability to sweat.  On the other hand, high thyroid levels can cause your skin to look flushed and sweaty.

To find out for sure if you have a hormone imbalance, ask your doctor for full hormone screening which includes the following tests: TSH, free T4, free T3, and reverse T3.  Also, have your Vitamin D levels checked because Vitamin D is necessary to maintain healthy hormone receptors.

What you can do to balance your hormones

Managing your stress, getting good sleep (check out my 13 tips for your best beauty sleep here), eating a nutrient-rich diet, and exercising regularly will go a long way in restoring balance to your hormones.

As much as you can, try to stay away from beauty and personal care products that contain ingredients that are known hormone disrupters.  Find out how to read ingredient labels like a pro here.

Ask your doctor about taking DHEA and DIM supplements.  DHEA supports the adrenal glands which produce your hormones, while DIM supports estrogen metabolism, helping to keep estrogen levels from getting too high.

Eating superfoods such as flaxseed and maca have been shown to be effective in balancing estrogen levels.  And, chaste tree berry is an herbal supplement that has a long history for supporting estrogen and progesterone balance and increasing female fertility.

If you have high testosterone, avoiding dairy products will help lower your levels because dairy products contain hormones that the human body converts into testosterone.

Omega-3 fatty acids in the form of fish and supplements, and foods high in zinc (green beans, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds), help to balance testosterone levels.

Foods that help detoxify the body will also help balance the hormones by aiding in hormone metabolism.  Detoxifying foods include garlic, onions, and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and kale.

Give us a call at 972.943.UMED (8633) to book your next appointment or schedule a free consultation.

Introducing Volbella: THE Fine Line Filler!

Juvederm Volbella Special

Do you love wearing your favorite red lipstick but hate when it bleeds into the tiny vertical lines above your lips?

Well, you can say goodbye to “pucker lines” because U. Med Spa is now offering Volbella, the fine line filler that is specifically formulated to subtly plump up the lips and soften vertical lip lines.

Volbella is a superficial facial filler made from a blend of high and low molecular weight hyaluronic acid, which gives soft and incredibly natural-looking results.

Volbella can also be used to fill in acne scars and to smooth out superficial fine lines and creases on the sides of the face, giving your skin a hydrated look.

And, the results from Volbella are immediate and can last up to 12 months!

For a limited time, U. Med Spa is offering Volbella at an introductory price of $399 per syringe, regularly $450.

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Can Botox treat symptoms of depression?

depressioncroppedYou’ve probably heard that if you’re in a bad mood, faking a smile can make you feel happier.  If this works, is it also true that frowning less will make you will feel less depressed?

The facial expressions that you make send signals to your brain about how you are feeling and your emotional state. Because Botox can be used to weaken “frown muscles”, making you frown less, researchers have been studying if Botox can help to alleviate symptoms of depression.

A large study conducted at Cardiff University in the United Kingdom tested the effects of Botox on a group of participants who had long-term chronic depression which was not responding to the typical treatment of antidepressants.

The research subjects received a single Botox injection in the two facial muscle groups that create a frown: the Corrugator Supercilli (the muscles near the top of the nose that pull the eyebrows down), and the Procerus muscles (the muscles that create the “11 lines” between the eyebrows).

Six weeks after their Botox treatment, the test subjects reported a 47.1% decrease in symptoms of depression while the placebo group (who only received a saline injection), experienced only a 9.2% decrease in symptoms.

These findings have been replicated in other studies, and Allergan, the creator of Botox, is currently undertaking extensive research in order to receive FDA approval for the use of Botox in the treatment of depression.

If you have persistent feelings of sadness and you don’t know why, it is always best to talk to a health care professional who specializes in depression.

But if you’ve tried everything, Botox looks like a promising new treatment that may give people struggling with depression a new lease on life.

Give us a call at 972.943.UMED (8633) to book your next appointment or schedule a free consultation.

It’s $75 Facial Week at U. Med Spa!

U.Med Spa Facials

It’s Facial Week at U. Med Spa!
Until March 4th, ALL FACIALS are only $75!

U. Med Spa offers an extensive range of medical-grade facials for truly effective results. Purchase any of our following facials for only $75 until this Saturday, March 4th!

Can’t find time to book your facial before Saturday?  No worries!  Purchase your $75 facial online below by March 4th and redeem anytime!

U. Med Spa’s facials include:

Pumpkin Clarifying Facial: Our deep cleansing facial that includes a thorough, deep-pore cleansing using the Clarisonic skin care brush and a galvanic current. Gentle extractions and a medicated mask follow to eliminate acne-causing bacteria. Regularly $90

Manly Facial: The facial specifically designed for men. The Manly Facial includes a deep cleansing facial which treats problem areas such as ingrown hairs and razor bumps, and ends with a brow tune-up.
Regularly $90

Back Facial: Planning a big event? Bare your back with this relaxing treatment that includes deep cleansing, extractions, and exfoliation, followed by a rejuvenating massage. Regularly $90

Firming Facial: Get luminous, hydrated, and firmer skin. The Firming Facial includes a boost of Vitamin C, which provides antioxidant protection and helps build collagen. Regularly $110

Blueberry Smoothie Facial: A deliciously refreshing scrub and peel that exfoliates, smooths, and brightens while giving your skin a powerful boost of antioxidants.  Regularly $110

Fire & Ice Facial: Instantly brightens, smoothes, and tightens your skin.  The Fire & Ice facial is a 2-part treatment that resurfaces the skin, reduces fine lines and deep cleans clogged pores. This facial also includes an intensive hydrating and resurfacing mask containing 18% glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, retinol, vitamin B3, and antioxidants, and a rejuvenating mask containing hyaluronic acid, aloe vera gel, Japanese green tea extracts, licorice, grapeseed, and rosemary extracts.  Regularly $125

Ultraluxe Acne Facial: Treats inflamed, irritated, and acne-prone skin types.  The Ultraluxe Acne Facial hydrates and heals your skin, calms breakouts and rosacea, and reduces redness. Regularly $125

Foaming Enzyme Facial: Provides a light and effective exfoliation for all skin types, leaving your skin clear and glowing for days.  Regularly $125

Skinceuticals Micropeel: A three-step procedure combining dermaplaning (physical exfoliation), chemical exfoliation, and cryogenic therapy to reduce signs of aging including fine lines and wrinkles, dull complexions, and skin imperfections. Regularly $150

U. Signature Facial: Our signature three-part facial: includes a lactic acid peel, microdermabrasion, and an oxygen facial treatment: This is the ultimate facial for refreshed and radiant skin. Regularly $175

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And…we are announcing our February Perfect Pout Giveaway winner on Tuesday at noon on Instagram and Facebook.

If you still haven’t entered, this is your last chance!
Click here to enter the Perfect Pout Giveaway

Are your cosmetics harming your health?

Are your cosmetics harming your health?

Every day, we are exposed to a mind-blowing number of chemicals in our cosmetics and personal care products.

A couple of years ago, I took a cosmetic toxicology class which taught me how to read ingredient labels, how to find safety data on cosmetic ingredients, and which toxic ingredients to avoid.

I know that cosmetic toxicology doesn’t sound super exciting, but I believe that this class had a huge impact on my long-term health.

Unlike the drug industry which is heavily regulated by the FDA, cosmetic and personal care products do not have to be tested for safety in the United States.

About one in eight ingredients used in cosmetics and personal care products contain hazardous industrial chemicals.  And, studies have found that chemical exposure is one of the leading causes of chronic disease in the United States.

Toxic chemicals found in beauty products can cause skin irritation, damage to your reproductive and hormonal systems, infertility, birth defects, and even cancer.

Becoming an informed consumer by reading ingredient labels is the best thing that you can do to protect yourself and the health of your family.

Today, I’m going to teach you a shortcut that will have you reading ingredient labels like a pro in no time at all.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has an online ingredient database called the “Skin Deep Cosmetic Database” that ranks the toxicity of ingredients from 1 to 10 (1 being the safest and 10 being the most toxic), and all the industry peeps use this website to look up information on ingredients.

Just enter the ingredient you are wanting to look up in the search box and you will be given the ingredient’s toxicity rating, as well as any harmful effects that the ingredient has been linked to, such as endocrine (hormone) disruption, or mutagenic effects (carcinogen).

Check out the Environmental Working Group’s ingredient database here (and you might want to bookmark this site for future use).

After you check out this site, I want to challenge you to choose one beauty or personal care product that you use every day. Then find the ingredient list and plug each ingredient, one by one, into the EWG database.  My cosmetic toxicology class challenged me to do this and I was completely shocked by the results!

If you want to take your ingredient knowledge a step further, below I’ve listed my top 10 cosmetic ingredients to avoid:

1. Lead: Found in lipsticks and whitening toothpaste.  The effects of lead exposure include brain damage, seizures, intestinal problems, kidney damage, and reduced sperm count in men.

2. Parabens: Incredibly common preservatives found in shampoos, deodorants, body creams, lotions, and almost every product that contains water.  Parabens are well-known hormone disruptors that mimic estrogen, causing the growth of breast tumors.  Parabens have even been found in breast biopsy samples.

3. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives such as quaternium-15, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, and DMDM hydantoin: These ingredients are commonly found in shampoo, nail polish, and liquid body soap, and have been linked to cancer.

4. Phthalates: These are usually hidden in shampoo labels under the generic term “fragrance”.  Found in just about every shampoo and nail polish, phthalates have been linked to early puberty in girls and birth defects, particularly causing damage to the reproductive organs of male infants.

5. Nitrosamines: You won’t find nitrosamines listed on ingredient labels because they are the impurities of a wide range of cosmetic ingredients including diethanolamine (DEA) and triethanolamine (TEA).  Many studies have linked nitrosamines to cancer.

6. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS): A cleansing agent found in industrial cleansers and thousands of cosmetic products such as shampoo, hair color, toothpastes, body washes, liquid hand soap, laundry detergents, and bath salts.  During manufacturing, SLS is contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a chemical that has been linked to cancer.

7. Methylisothiazolinone (MIT): A preservative found shampoo which can cause damage to your nervous system.

8. Toluene: Made from petroleum and coal tar, toulene is found in nail polish and synthetic fragrances.  Chronic exposure to toluene has been linked to anemia, lowered blood cell count, kidney and liver damage, and birth defects.

9. Triclosan: Used as a preservative in antibacterial soap, deodorant, and toothpastes.  Tricolosan can cause problems with thyroid hormones which regulate your metabolism.

10. Fragrance: “Fragrance” is the generic term used to classify ingredients that give a product its particular aroma.  “Fragrance” is concerning because it is protected by the trade secret law, meaning that companies do not have to disclose any ingredients that fall under this classification.

There are over 5000 ingredients that fall under the generic term “fragrance”, many of which have been linked to everything from asthma, skin irritation, hormone disruption, and cancer.

I hope this post has inspired you to become an avid label reader like me.  Unfortunately, the majority of the cosmetics and personal care products on the market are full of toxic chemicals because these ingredients are cheap and readily available.  And the only way to create change is to become an informed consumer who demands healthier and higher-quality products.

Give us a call at 972.943.UMED (8633) to book your next appointment or schedule a free consultation.

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U. Med Spa’s Valentine’s Day party is on Thursday!

U. Med Spa Valentine's Day Party

Happy Valentine’s Day!  We hope you have a wonderful day with your sweetheart, and you will join us on Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30 pm for our Valentine’s Day Party!

We will have Valentine’s Day-themed cocktails and sweets, and as usual, we are giving away a ton of fun gifts and prizes.

We are also offering mini-makeovers, brow waxing, and amazing Valentine’s Day specials on cosmetic injectables.

Our Valentine’s Day specials can be purchased online below, by phone, or in store until Saturday, February 18th.

Valentine's Day Back

U. Med Spa’s Valentine’s Day specials include:

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$199 Botox (20 units)

$199 Dysport (50 units)

$199 Xeomin (20 units)

$375 per syringe: Belotero

$475 per syringe: Restylane

$500 per syringe: Juvederm

$500 per vial: Sculptra

$500 per vial: Kybella

$550 per syringe: Radiesse

$700 per syringe: Juvederm Voluma

$1200: 2 Syringes of Radiesse plus a free area of Xeomin (20 units)

Retail Products Buy One Get One Half Off

We can’t wait to see you on Thursday!

Give us a call at 972.943.UMED (8633) to book your next appointment or schedule a free consultation.

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Your perfect pout for Valentine’s Day

perfect poutDo you want perfectly plump, kissable lips for Valentine’s Day?
I probably don’t even have to ask….

Get your perfect pout at U. Med Spa with two syringes of Restylane, only $899 until the end of the month, regularly $1100.  And this is even lower than our crazy-low Valentine’s Day party prices!

Restylane is a long-lasting hyaluronic acid-based filler, and it’s our favorite for adding fullness and volume to the lips.

Our expert cosmetic injector, Carol Robinson, PA-C, perfoms all lip augmentation treatments and will give you the perfect pout in no time!

PURCHASE ONLINE HERE

Have you entered our Perfect Pout Giveaway yet?  We are giving away two syringes of Restylane to one lucky winner at the end of the month!

Just click on the image below and then enter your name and email address on the contest page to enter:

Restylane Lip Augmentation

We will announce the winner on Facebook and Instagram on February 28th!

And…our Valentine’s Day party is in 9 days!  OMG we are doing so many fun things for Valentine’s Day I might just die of excitement, and I can’t wait to get my hands on some chocolate!

So, mark your calendars for next Thursday, February 16th from 5:30-8:30:

U. Med Spa Valentine's Day Party
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February giveaway + is chocolate good for your skin?

You might remember from this post, that this year, I have resolved to cut back on sugar.  It feels great to do something every day that benefits the long-term health of my skin, and I’ve even lost a few stubborn post-baby pounds!

But, I can’t pretend that the no sugar thing has been easy.  Every night after dinner, I get bad sugar cravings.  It’s as if my taste buds are screaming “Hey, where the heck is my dessert?!”.

With Valentine’s Day coming up, I’ve been thinking about chocolate.

Like, A LOT.

I’ve heard that chocolate is good for your skin but I’ve also heard that chocolate causes acne.  So what’s the deal?

After doing some research, I found that the skin-friendly ingredient in chocolate is cocoa.

Cocoa contains over 30 beneficial molecules, the most important being polyphenols.  Polyphenols form part of a plant’s immune system, protecting plants from herbivores, disease, and damage from the sun.

When we eat polyphenols, they act as powerful antioxidants, protecting our skin from damage, improving blood flow, and decreasing inflammation.

Cocoa is a rich source of the “beauty vitamins” A, C, and E.  Cocoa also contains magnesium which reduces skin inflammation, copper which aids in collagen production, potassium which keeps the skin hydrated, and zinc which helps repair skin damage.

All these skin benefits of cocoa sound great, but doesn’t chocolate cause acne?  The answer is, it depends on the chocolate.

Studies have never been able to directly link cocoa to breakouts.  However, sugar, dairy, and high-fat foods have been linked to acne.  Sugar, dairy, and high-glycemic foods can cause a hormonal imbalance which tells the skin to produce more oil, leading to breakouts and inflammation.

White chocolate contains lots of sugar and dairy and no cocoa.  Milk chocolate contains a little bit of cocoa, but it also contains high amounts of sugar and dairy. Dark chocolate contains the most cocoa and relatively low levels of sugar and dairy.

So, if you want all the skin benefits of cocoa without suffering from acne breakouts, it is best to stick to high-quality dark chocolate. And for the most skin benefits, eat chocolate with the highest percentage of cocoa that you can stand.

Unfortunately, the higher the percentage of cocoa, the more bitter your chocolate will taste.  I recommend starting off with dark chocolate containing 50% cocoa and then as your taste buds adjust, work your way up to a higher percentage (sounds like a fun challenge to me!).

This Valentine’s Day, tell your sweetheart to skip the assorted chocolates that are full of added sugar, dairy, and additives, and instead spring for some high-quality dark chocolate. Your taste buds will be happy and your skin will thank you.

Speaking of sweet things, U. Med Spa’s February Giveaway is here!

Restylane Lip Augmentation

Click below to enter U. Med Spa’s Perfect Pout Giveaway.  On February 28th, we will randomly select a winner to receive two syringes of Restylane!

Restylane is a hyaluronic acid-based filler and it’s our favorite for plumping up the lips.

Enter to Win Here!

We will announce the winner on Facebook and Instagram on February 28th!

Give us a call at 972.943.UMED (8633) to book your next appointment or schedule a free consultation.

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In the mood for love? You’re invited to our Valentine’s Day Party on February 16th!

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Are you in the mood for love?  Then join us on Thursday, February 16th from 5:30 to 8:30 for U. Med Spa’s Valentine’s Day Party!

Help us celebrate the month of love and enjoy champagne & cocktails, desserts, and LOTS of chocolate!  As usual, we are giving away a ton of fun gifts and prizes.

We are also offering mini-makeovers, brow waxing, and amazing Valentine’s Day specials on cosmetic injectables.

Valentine's Day Back

U. Med Spa’s Valentine’s Day Specials Include:

$199 Botox (20 units)

$199 Dysport (50 units)

$199 Xeomin (20 units)

$375 per syringe: Belotero

$475 per syringe: Restylane

$500 per syringe: Juvederm

$500 per vial: Sculptra

$500 per vial: Kybella

$550 per syringe: Radiesse

$700 per syringe: Juvederm Voluma

$1200: 2 Syringes of Radiesse plus a free area of Xeomin (20 units)

Retail Products Buy One Get One Half Off

So, mark your Calendars for Thursday, February 16th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. We can’t wait to see you there!

Give us a call at 972.943.UMED (8633) to book your next appointment or schedule a free consultation.

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