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Self Care and Rejuvenation During Stressful Times

We all can agree; this is an unprecedented time. The crisis we currently face has left us feeling helpless, overwhelmed, anxious, and scared. With all the chaos and instability, we tend to forget the importance of self-care and instead, succumb to stress, which can wreak havoc on the mind and body. Rather than dwelling on things you cannot control, it’s helpful to focus on areas of your life that are easily managed. Read on for tips for maintaining a healthy mind and body while practicing self-care during these uncertain times.

Keep Your Immune System Healthy

Keeping your immune system healthy and functioning at its best is important for your ability to fight viruses. First, we’ve all seen the best advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the global health community. It’s as simple as it is powerful: Wash your hands thoroughly. If you’re sick, stay home. And if you’re not, keep your distance from those who might have been exposed to, or are infected with, COVID-19 while they recover. Get your rest, eat right, stay hydrated and exercise regularly.

TAKE A BREAK FROM THE NEWS

Everywhere we turn there is endless amount of news and some that provide incorrect or inaccurate  information. It seems that we constantly see gloom and doom on television, social media and print. Massive and consistent doses of bad news contribute to depression and anxiety, which can manifest into physical illness. Although its important to stay informed of what’s happening in your community, its recommended to take breaks throughout the day. Clear your mind, take a nap, go for a walk or read a book. There will always be news but its more important to protect yourself and your mind. It shouldn’t take a Pandemic to make us reset our lives, slow down and spend more time with family and friends.

Lets take the good out if this and learn what’s more important in life.

EXERCISE REGULARLY

A new study conducted by University of Virginia cardiovascular medicine professor Dr. Zhen Yan suggests regular exercise can reduce a person’s risk of contracting deadly health complications, such as the coronavirus. He believes the pandemic is a reminder for people to exercise on a regular basis.
“This pandemic is a wake-up call so that everyone of us should pay attention to our lifestyle and we should exercise regularly,” said Yan. “At this moment, it is my recommendation for everyone if you can. “He said doing exercises that focus on cardio is better instead of strength. “The type of exercise that is relevant for this particular situation is aerobic exercise, which means the exercise will increase your heart rate and breathing rather than lifting weights,” said Yan. In addition to exercising, he said it is important to get good sleep while also having a healthy diet, which should complement your fitness efforts, along with maintaining social distancing while exercising.

NOURISH YOUR BODY

You might be surprised to learn that certain nutrients in foods have been shown to reduce anxiety or spur the release of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine — and we all want to feel as good as we can during these times of uncertainty. People are feeling a lot of stress right now, and the unfortunate reality is that stress worsens feelings of low mood or angst, and it also suppresses our immune systems. Therefore, targeting immune-boosting foods will have a dual effect — you may feel less anxious and boost your immunity. The body’s “happy hormones” like serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin, found in foods like strawberries, nuts, and dark chocolate, can boost happiness while relieving stress and reducing pain.

STAY HYDRATED

Water is the most important nutrient for your body. It is needed for every biological function. Here are the top 10 benefits of drinking six to eight glasses of water a day. All organs, including our brains, need water to function properly. When you experience an emergency or crisis, the body produces cortisol, otherwise known as the “stress hormone.” High levels of cortisol contribute to several issues including high blood pressure, belly fat, muscle weakness, changes in mood, and weight gain. Staying hydrated can keep cortisol levels in check. So, grab a glass (or eight) of H20 and say goodbye to stress.

GLOWMD wants to help in any way that we can. Since we cannot offer our fleet of services yet, we can help you achieve your beauty goals at this time to help keep your skin fresh and healthy! We are still offering 10% off in stock products, iS Clinical Home Facial Kit, Curb Service and Virtual Consultations. Please call us if we can help in any way! 540.371.9098

And of course – WASH YOUR HANDS & WEAR A MASK IN PUBLIC! Stay Safe!

Introducing “GLOW” Signature Facial

 Our New Signature “GLOW” facial delivers healthier, radiant skin, loosens blackheads & unclogs pores. Incorporating our GLOW products or iS Clinical products, this signature facial includes a thorough cleansing, gentle exfoliation with an enzyme mask, extractions to remove impurities to top with complete hydration. The final mask of extracts and vitamins will replenish the skin.

One of Fredericksburg’s best face treatments, it offers complete skin rejuvenation in an hour. Great for a first time facial or maintenance within your skin care regimen.

  • Cleanse
  • Enzyme Mask – Papaya

Mask with a Mantra: Transform. This clarifying enzyme masque gently dissolves dead surface impurities allowing nourishing oils to penetrate, improving tone and elasticity of the skin.

  • Steam
  • Extractions if needed
  • Final Mask – Cranberry, Pomegranate Moisture Mask

This luxurious masque combines cranberry extract, a rich source of vitamins, minerals and flavonoids, combined with extracts of shea butter and sunflower seed oil to replenish the skin. 

   Followed By – Youth Eye Treatment – ProHeal Serum – Reparative Moisture Emulsion – SPF

*We also offer a Pumpkin Enzyme Mask if preferred.

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GLOW Signature Facial

Call for your appointment today! Treat yourself to the gift of healthy skin! 540-371-7118

Holiday Skincare Tips – Let It Glow!

Skincare Tips for the Holidays

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The holiday season can take a toll on your skin. From the non stop eating to the late night partying on new years, our skin does a little freaking out. We are overwhelmed with stress, party planning, shopping for that perfect outfit, etc. Here are some tips on how to keep your skin looking it’s best during the holiday season.

Keep the skin clean and moisturized. Before applying your foundation, moisturize your skin with an oil free moisturize, then you can apply your make up primer if you happen to be using our wonderful skincare makeup jane iredale!. A primer along will not work to moisturize the skin. Properly moisturizing the skin allows a perfect base for your foundation. Before going to bed, always cleanse your skin and remove all traces of makeup. Never ever fall asleep without cleansing your skin. Its worth the effort to put 5 minute in to clean and treat with some type of anti-aging products such as Retin A, or GeneXC by iS Clinical! Your skin will be anti-aging as you sleep!

Exfoliate once a week with a peel or facial. We tend to apply more make up than usual during the holidays to look fabulous. A lot of ladies opt for a 12 hour foundation to keep their make up in place through out the whole night. By exfoliating the skin, you are not only prepping the skin for a smooth foundation application, but you are removing all the dead skin cells and impurities that can lead to breakouts. We suggest Cleansing Complex by iS Clinical which is full of botanical acids which deep cleans your face. We also offer our 10% Glycolic Moisturizing Wash by our private label GlowMD.

Drink lots of water. People are known to drink more alcohol during the holidays than any time of the year. Waking up the next day dehydrated can not only affect your body, but your skin as well. Try to minimize your alcohol intake and drink more than the recommended 8 glasses of water a day.

Last but not least, keep your make up brushes extra clean. We apply more make up during the holidays to get that perfect look and need to take care of our makeup brushes that are also getting a little bit of a workout. Whether it’s a foundation brush, beauty blender, contouring brush, or eye shadow brush, it has to be kept clean. Keep your makeup brushes in excellent shape with jane iredale Botanical Brush Cleanser. This quick-drying brush cleanser uses witch hazel and alcohol to eliminate bacteria and instantly dissolve buildup, oil and grime. Each time you wash your makeup brushes with this cleanser, it will leave your tools clean, soft and fluffy. This formula is also enriched with grapefruit oil and seaweed extracts to condition the bristles as it deep cleans. jane iredale Botanical Brush Cleanser is ideal for cleaning both natural and synthetic brushes on a regular basis.

Dont forget your sunscreen for your daytime parties and everyday!!

Schedule your glamour peel or facial today to look your best for the Holiday season!

DAY SPA VS MEDICAL SPA: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

 

Sometimes you just need a good spa day!  Going to the spa can be a great way to destress while rejuvenating your mind, body, and skin. For many people the difference between a medical spa (aka “med spa” or “medi-spa”) and a traditional day spa is a bit ambiguous. This blog explains some of the differences and benefits of a medspa vs a day spa!

DAY SPA

Traditional day spas provide personal care treatments focused on improving beauty, health, and relaxation. Common services at day spas include massages, pedicures/manicures, aromatherapy, facials, and mud wraps. Some Day spas offer specialized treatments like lava stone massage and reflexology, while others integrate hair salon and makeup services so spa-goers can get a new hair style while they relax.

Day spas are not under the supervision of a medical director, and treatments are not typically performed by medically trained professionals such as nurses or nurse practitioners. Day spa providers of some treatments are certified in the area of their expertise, such as a licensed massage therapist, or they may be trained as a spa tech or aesthetician.

MEDICAL SPA

At Glow MD Laser MedSpa, we are a specialized medical skincare medpsa operating under the guidance of Terri P Morris MD, our Board Certified Dermatologist with a PhD in Biochemistry. (Does it get any better than that in terms of having a skin expert in house?)  We are located adjacent to The Dermatology Center with easy access to our physician, or our PA Rob Sterling, and our NP Nikki West. Our medical spa focuses on providing medical-grade treatments to correct a variety of skin conditions including lines and wrinkles, pigmentation issues, acne, redness, volume loss, acne and broken capillaries. We also offer CoolSculpting for the permanent removal of subcutaneous fat.

MedSpa’s are less about relaxation and pampering, and more about providing lasting improvements to the skin with advanced skincare and treatments.

GlowMD Laser MedSpa treatments include:

  • Medical Grade Skincare. We pride ourselves on spending time with our clients to offer a customized selection of products that are developed according to latest scientific research with highest quality ingredients and standards. All products are dermatological and many are clinically tested for the best efficacy. We take many factors into consideration before recommending a skincare regimen for our clients. We have the ability to offer products that have been clinically proven to have a positive effect on the skin. Products sold outside of a medspa cannot offer the same.
  • Facials (Medical Grade): Facial treatments that can target a variety of different skin ailments including acne, redness, and aging symptoms. Compared to facials offered at a day spa, med spa facials can incorporate extractions and topical products with higher concentrations of active ingredients.
  • Chemical Peels: Topically applied formulations that trigger a controlled shedding of the skin to accelerate the growth of new and youthful appearing skin cells. Chemical peels are available in a variety of different types each using different active ingredients (peeling agents) depending on the condition being addressed with treatment.
  • Microdermabrasion/ Dermasweep: A physical exfoliation process that removes the outermost layers of the skin, revealing youthful under layers.
  • Skin Lightening: A specialized skin treatment (typically hydroquinone and retinol based) that addresses common pigmentation issues including dark spots, blemishes, melasma, and melanin imperfections. Skin lightening systems can also boost the texture and luminosity of the skin.
  • Skin Lightening – Botanical: We offer iS Clinical White Lightening Complex which helps treat pigment, age spots, melasma and lightens and brightens. Key Ingredients: White Willow Bark, Bark Extract, Glycerin Squalane, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Sugar Cane Extract, Bilberry Extract.
  • Micro-Needling: Involves the creation of microscopic channels through the surface of the skin, which leads to formation of new tissue and releases the skin’s natural growth factors which promote scar and hyperpigmentation repair and healing. The treatment can be enhanced by adding topical treatments or the patient’s own platelet-rich plasma, which are better able to penetrate deeper into the skin with the channels created by the Micro-Needling.
  • Lasers: There are many laser treatment options available to address a variety of concerns, including wrinkles, loss of collagen, texture issues, discoloration and blemishes, and more. Some common laser treatments include IPL photofacial, Gentle Lase, Laser Hair Removal, Tattoo Removal, VBeam for hemangiomas and scarring.
  • Radio Frequency (RF): A device used to impart energy into the deep tissue to provide a tightening effect for face and neck.  Some commonly used RF devices are InMode Fractora and Forma. These services can also provide a nice resurfacing to the skin.
  • CoolSculptingThis device offers non-surgical body contouring using cryolipolysis (i.e., it freezes the fat). GlowMD is a Certified CoolSculpting Center of Excellence with certified clinicians to serve our area.
  • Botox or Dysport: Injectable treatments to address lines and wrinkles.
  • Kybella: The permanent reduction of submental fat (for double chin).
  • Dermal Fillers: Most commonly formulated with hyaluronic acid, dermal fillers help to volumize areas of the face that have hollowed or formed wrinkles due to a loss of collagen. Common fillers include Juvederm, Restylane, and Radiesse. There are many to choose from.
  • SK’s??We can also treat Seborrheic Keratosis in the MedSpa. Seborrheic keratosis is a common type of pigmented skin patch that is typically raised and can be treated in the MedSpa with eskata.
  • Blue Light for Acne: Blue light therapy is a noninvasive treatment for acne that uses light to kill certain bacteria on the skin. A form of phototherapy, blue light treatments are FDA-approved for acne vulgaris that is moderate or has not responded to other therapies

 

An important different between medical spas and day spas is that medical spas require professional oversight since treatments offered are powerful and have a risk of negative side effects if they are not performed by a skilled provider. In fact, many states require med spas to be overseen by a specially trained and licensed physician (such as a dermatologist ) and be staffed by medically trained providers to obtain proper operating licenses. The licensed physician that oversees the medical spa may supervise other providers to actually perform the treatments. These providers are often the physician themselves, nurse practitioners, certified physician assistants, medical assistants, or licensed aestheticians.

Take your skin and aging concerns to the next level at GlowMD Laser MedSpa. The safe and effective place to spend your time and investment. Call today for your free skincare analysis at 540-371-9098.

 

 

iS Clinical Cancer Care Program

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Now at glowMD laser MedSpa, we are participating in the The iS Cancer Care® program. This program features a very special selection of Innovative Skincare and IS CLINICAL products that specifically address your unique skincare concerns. Many of these formulas not only help create vibrant and healthy skin, they also address important issues such as acne, chafing, uneven complexion, burns, and scar tissue. Whether your skin has been compromised by radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or from medication, your skin can look and feel better.

When attitude is paramount, it is uplifting to know that the iS Cancer Care Program offers a vital sense of hope and relief for those challenged with the effects of cancer treatments. Quality of life issues, like skin care concerns, are valid and real. Every individual deserves to know that there are treatments available to help address their changing skin. Innovative Skincare offers a solution.

At glowMD Laser MedSpa, we now offer products and services from iS Clinical Skincare that are designed to experience a remarkable improvement in appearance, with younger, healthier, and more radiant looking skin. iS Clinical is a scientifically advanced skin care line that has been receiving great reviews from beauty editors, dermatologists and customers. iS Clinical formulas are comprised of only the purest, most efficacious ingredients, sourced from throughout the world – all of which have been clinically tested for both safety and superior capabilities.

INNOVATIVE SKINCARE is a caring team of individuals committed to providing highly effective, clinically validated skincare products that will deliver dramatic improvements in your skins health. Their family of world renowned botanical pharmacists, physicians, and skincare experts are passionately dedicated to encouraging your healing process both physically and emotionally.

IS CLINICAL by Innovative Skincare is our premium cosmeceutical skincare line helping people just like you who may be challenged with specific skin conditions to keep their skin vibrant and healthy. You can have confidence in knowing that many of our products are supported by independent clinical studies granted by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health.

You will find IS CLINICAL products in the most respected and prestigious medical institutions and physician offices around the world. We are delivering on our mission by helping thousands of people look and feel better. Let us help you!

Helping You

The iS CANCER CARE program features a very special selection of INNOVATIVE SKINCARE® and iS CLINICAL® products that specifically address the unique skincare concerns of cancer patients and treat issues such as acne, chafing, uneven complexion, burns, and scar tissue in an effort to create vibrant and healthy skin.

Finding Solutions

The family at Innovative Skincare presents a uniquely scientific approach to caring for your skin. They commit to the highest ethical standards that leads them to create skincare products that use only the purest, most powerful pharmaceutical grade raw materials which are sourced from throughout the world. Many of the formulations are botanically based, and every ingredient is clinically scrutinized and validated by science for its safety and efficacy.

The complexities of the formulation technology is born from the minds of some of the brightest stars in the scientific community. Our products are widely endorsed by leading dermatologists, physicians, oncologists, and medical institutions. Innovative Skincare unlocks the door to producing clinically effective products that will help regenerate, repair and heal your skin.

Pure Ingredients

All of the products contain extremely powerful botanical antioxidants (including L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Retinol (Vitamin A), Green Tea Extract, Olive Leaf Extract, and Centella Asiatica) which protect us against free radical damage generated by the environment or even as a result of certain cancer treatment therapies. Our products combine ingredients that strengthen cellular health and integrity, such as Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), and increase micro-circulation, as in Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) and Green Tea Extract.

We utilize ingredients including L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) and Rosemary Extract proven to reduce the risk of physiological factors that may be associated with cancer development and we offer the safest, most advanced forms of UV protection (such as physical and micro-encapsulated organic sunscreens).

The iS Clinical Must Haves

iS Clinical Youth Eye Complex

Rapidly Smoothes & Hydrates to Reduce Puffiness & Dark Circles

  • Rapidly reduces eye area wrinkles & crows feet
  • Reduces puffiness & dark circles
  • Improves skin hydration, firmness & elasticity
  • Provides powerful antioxidant protection
  • Strengthens & thickens the delicate skin around the eye
  • Offers immediate & long term

iS Clinical Poly- Vitamin Serum 

Intense Soothing – Rejuvenation

  • Gives the look of healthier, more vibrant skin
  • Improves the appearance of skins tone and elasticity
  • Helps revitalize the appearance of aging and compromised

iS Clinical Hydra-Cool Serum

  • Provides Intensive, penetrating hydration
  • Cools, Calms, and smooths dry irritated skin, Excellent for use after shaving – for men
  • Antioxidant protection

iS Super Serum Advance Antioxidant

  • Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Helps improve the look of hypertrophic scarring and fine stretch marks
  • Safely brightens and helps visible diminish uneven skin tone

iS Pro-Heal Serum

  • Provides extremely powerful antioxidant protection
  • Helps Calm inflammation
  • Helps improve the appearance of blemish-prone skin
  • Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

iS Body Complex

  • Acts as a body treatment
  • Helps Calm inflammation
  • Helps improve the appearance of blemish-prone skin
  • Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

iS Extreme Protect – Hydrating, Restorative, Ultimate Protection

  • Provides unprecedented multi-level broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Protects against environmental damage with Extremozyme technology
  • Reduces the appearance of erythema (sunburn)

Through proper skin care, we can help you look and feel better. It is important to select skin care and personal care products that do not contain synthetic fragrances, harsh ingredients and exfoliation properties, colors or other known reactive ingredients that may instigate reactions.

  • Sensitivity or allergic reactions to products (even past sensitivity/reactions)
  • Severe dryness and dehydration
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Photosensitivity
  • Rashes
  • Aging
  • Acne/Folliculitis

Depending on your particular condition, you may not have a skin reaction until you are finished with treatment. Skin reactions come and go; they may seem to get better on their own, or they may come back again much later.

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iS Clinical Harmony For Challenged Skin

A soothing and revitalizing facial that gently nourishes and restores your skin’s tone, clarity, resilience and glow. Using essential vitamins, potent antioxidants and curative hydrators, this facial promotes optimum circulation, energy and overall skin health. This facial is designed to gently awaken the sense whilst encouraging a restorative balance of harmony to the skin. The Harmony facial captures the essence of refreshing and therapeutic bio nutrients and brings forth vibrant energy and circulation. Powerful antioxidants, essential vitamins and low molecular weight penetrating hydrators restore optimum tone, glow and resilience to compromised and fatigued skin.

For restorative balance and harmony, glowMD is now offering the Harmony Facial! Call us at 540-371-9098 to schedule your appointment today!