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Is All Mineral Makeup Created Equal?

Posted by Susan Cross on May 21, 2018 6:23:00 PM

Mineral makeup has exploded onto the cosmetics scene in the last few years, offering another alternative to heavy, thick liquid or cream formulations. These products are made up of ground minerals like iron oxides, zinc oxide, and titanium dioxide. The resulting fine powder is dusted over the skin like a luminous veil, evening out skin tones and leaving a glowing luster.

But all mineral makeup isn’t created equal! Do you know what makes one product superior to another? Here’s how to separate the gold dust from the chalk.

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Topics: skin wellness, skin care products

Protect Your Body from the Sun This Summer (and Still Get a Tan!)

Posted by Susan Cross on May 9, 2018 7:01:00 PM

While a healthy summer glow enhances your appearance and makes you just feel good, sunburn can be both painful and hazardous to your health. How do you get that beautiful bronze tan and keep your skin looking its best this season? Read on for our top seven tips!

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Topics: skin wellness

What Is the ITG Diet?

Posted by Susan Cross on Apr 24, 2018 7:42:00 PM

Summer is coming! If you want to look your best this summer, you need a diet plan that works. The ITG diet can help you lose weight and keep it off—without starving or sweating until you drop. It’s fast, effective, and incredibly easy to incorporate into your busy life—no hours of meal planning, long shopping lists, or expectations of sitting down to elaborate home-cooked meals. ITG is a weight loss plan that works for today’s busy, on-the-go society without making you count points or follow a complicated program.

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Topics: medical weight loss

Rejuvenate Your Skin with a Microdermabrasion Treatment

Posted by Susan Cross on Apr 14, 2018 7:01:00 PM

Microdermabrasion is a popular non-surgical cosmetic rejuvenation procedure offered at many spas in Des Moines. Its popularity is due to a number of factors: it is quick, convenient, and relatively inexpensive, and it involves no downtime and few side effects. Is microdermabrasion right for you?

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Topics: skin wellness, microdermabrasion

Kiss Shaving Goodbye with Laser Hair Removal

Posted by Susan Cross on Mar 29, 2018 7:44:00 PM

Whether you shave, wax, tweeze, or use depilatory creams, removing unwanted body hair can be a painful, messy process. Recent research reveals that more than 99 percent of American women voluntarily remove hair from their legs, underarms, eyebrows, upper lips, and/or bikini lines. More than 85 percent do so on a regular basis—sometimes daily!

All this hair removal adds up to a lot of time and money: over the course of a lifetime, American women who shave will spend an average of more than ten thousand dollars and nearly two entire months of their lives removing hair. A woman who waxes once or twice a month can spend more than twenty-three thousand dollars over the course of her lifetime! If you’re tired of spending precious time and money on temporary hair removal methods, you have better options.

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Topics: laser hair removal

Is BOTOX® a Safe Treatment?

Posted by Susan Cross on Mar 19, 2018 7:46:00 PM

You probably know that BOTOX® can diminish the appearance of forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, frown lines, and other facial wrinkles. Although this treatment is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and has been used for many years for these purposes, you may still have questions about it. Is it safe? How does it work? How long does it last? Read on for more information and the answers to these questions.

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Topics: botox, injectables

Wish Your Acne Would Just DISAPPEAR?

Posted by Susan Cross on Mar 13, 2018 7:16:00 PM

If you’re plagued by painful acne or haunted by the ghosts of pimples past, you know how frustrating and embarrassing the condition can be. Acne is the most common problematic skin condition in the United States today, and many people continue to suffer long beyond their teenage years.

Treating your acne can help restore your confidence, self-esteem, and radiance. Left untreated, acne can leave you with permanent dark spots and scars. There are numerous treatment options for both teens and adults who suffer from acne; there are also many options to help minimize the appearance of scarring and restore your skin’s beauty.

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Topics: skin wellness, acne

Facials, HydraFacials®, and Chemical Peels

Posted by Susan Cross on Mar 7, 2018 8:02:00 PM

If your skin looks tired, dry, or flaky, or if you’re suffering from irritation, redness, or acne, a visit to the spa may be in order. Three common spa treatments are facials, HydraFacials®, and chemical peels. Knowing the basics of each of these procedures can help you decide which is right for you.

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Topics: skin wellness, spa treatments

Effectively Shed Pounds with a Custom Medical Weight Loss Program

Posted by Susan Cross on Mar 5, 2018 9:40:00 AM

Whether you’ve put on a little extra weight during the holidays or have just decided that now’s the time to get into better shape, embarking on a journey towards better health is a great way to start the new year.

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Topics: medical weight loss

6 Things You Need to Know About Microdermabrasion

Posted by Susan Cross on Mar 5, 2018 9:36:00 AM

Winter weather, holiday indulgence, and the natural aging process can all take a toll on your skin. To restore a youthful, rosy glow to your complexion, you might be considering microdermabrasion. This quick, easy procedure can help improve how you look and make you feel younger and healthier almost instantly.

Want to learn more? Read on for answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about this procedure and learn why it might be a great solution for you.

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Topics: skin wellness, microdermabrasion