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Give Thanks this Thanksgiving

Give Thanks this Thanksgiving

It’s that time of year again!!  Time to gear up for the holidays!  Are you ready?  Thanksgiving will be here before you know it.  Have you planned your meal?  Invited guests?  Created the grocery list?  There’s so much to do to prepare for all the excitement ahead!  During the upcoming festivities with friends and family, don’t forget to take a moment to be thankful for all that you have.give-thanks-image

While this is a frenzied time of year, aren’t you thankful to have the means to enjoy it?  You have your health, your home, your friends, and most importantly, your family.  Thanksgiving provides us the opportunity to reflect upon that for which we are thankful.  Here are some things you may be thankful for this year:

  • Health– Having good health must never be taken for granted.  With all the illness in the world, be thankful that you wake up each morning with the chance to make today better than yesterday.
  • Home– No matter what your living situation, appreciate that you have a place to call home this holiday season.
  • Friends– True friends are difficult to find.  If you find one, cherish them and nurture that relationship so it may continue to grow.
  • Faith– We are so fortunate to live in a country where we can follow our beliefs.  We can worship as we please without fear of retaliation.  We can speak our minds.  We can follow our hearts.
  • Food– Turkey, dressing, yams….what’s on your Thanksgiving dinner list?  Whatever it may be, be thankful and enjoy every bite!!!
  • Family– This is probably what you are most thankful for.  Love your family.  Eat, drink, watch football and that notorious Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Cherish those special memories you make with loved ones this Thanksgiving.

These are just a few of the things we have to be thankful for in this great country in which we live.  Be grateful for all that you and your loved ones have. The holiday season is such an exciting time of year!  Take time out to enjoy it and give thanks for those with whom you have to celebrate it.

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.

–Cicero

Focus on Your Health

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This time of year is bustling with activity as we gear up for the upcoming holidays.  However, it’s essential to take a break from the excitement and pay attention to what your body is telling you.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Diabetes Month, a perfect opportunity to re-educate ourselves on the significance of these two diseases.  Read on for helpful tips and preventative measures.

Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer among women in the United States. It reaches women of all races.  However, there are preventative measures you can take to reduce your risk of breast cancer.  The Mayo Clinic recommends the following adjustments to your lifestyle to reduce the risk of breast cancer:

  • Put down the cigarettes.  Smoking has been linked to breast cancer, as well as other cancers, such as lung cancer.  Furthermore, living in a smoke-free environment is beneficial to your overall well-being.

 

  • Limit alcohol intake.  Drinking alcohol in excess increases your risk of developing breast cancer.  Consume no more than one alcoholic beverage per day.

 

  • Keep your weight in check. Obesity also increases the risk of developing breast cancer.  Eat a healthy diet and stay active. It’s important to participate in aerobic activity such as walking, jogging, or taking an aerobics or spin class.  Strength training twice a week also contributes to this effort.

 

  • Schedule a mammogram.  Mammograms are key to early breast cancer detection.  Talk with your doctor to determine the appropriate mammogram schedule for you.

 

Diabetes is a serious condition where there is too much glucose in the blood, causing serious health problems. The Mayo Clinic lists the following symptoms for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes:

  • Increased thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Presence of ketones in the urine (ketones are a byproduct of the breakdown of muscle and fat that happens when there’s not enough insulin)
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Slow-healing sores
  • High blood pressure
  • Frequent infections, such as gums or skin infections and vaginal or bladder infections

If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your doctor.  Early detection is crucial.

Again, a healthy lifestyle can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes.  The American Diabetes Association recommends a healthy diet and increased physical activity to reduce your chances of developing diabetes.

Both breast cancer and diabetes are serious illnesses.  While there is currently no cure for these ailments, you can take steps to reduce your chances of acquiring them.  Live a healthy lifestyle.  Eat healthy, stay active and stay away from alcohol and cigarettes.  You deserve to feel your best!!

Get the Most Out of Your Spa Visit!

spaMany people visit spas to find balance, take time for themselves and relax.  A visit to the spa is not a luxury anymore.  Today’s spas are sources for healthy living and overall well-being. Follow these tips to get the most out of your spa visit.

First, always arrive early to allow time for questions and concerns, and to enjoy the facility.  In addition, you don’t want someone else’s tardiness to delay your treatment so be sure to offer the same courtesy.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions.  Your spa team is available to help you relax and feel comfortable.  If you don’t understand the purpose of a specific treatment, ask.  Your therapist will be happy to address any questions or concerns you may have.

If you have allergies or other health issues, inform your therapist.  The spa requests that you complete an intake form where you will have the opportunity to document this information.

After your treatment, discuss issues related to your treatment, products used, or future treatments.  Your therapist is there to answer questions and offer recommendations to encourage a healthy lifestyle.

If you receive a massage, drink plenty of water afterwards.  During a massage, toxins are released within the body. Water helps flush these toxins so you can look and feel your best. Also, take home a good exfoliator and moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated.

If possible, refrain from showering for several hours after your treatment.  This allows your body to properly absorb the excess treatment products, lotions and oils used at the spa.

Don’t forget to schedule your next appointment before you leave so you can visit the spa when it’s most convenient for you.

And, finally, sit back, relax, and enjoy! Your spa experience is an investment in YOU. You should always leave feeling and looking better!

Vanish Your Stress!

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Is the long, 40+ hour week in addition to daily family obligations taking its toll on you? A long day at work followed by duties at home can deplete your energy and fill you with stress. Did you know that a majority of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress, including heart problems, diabetes, skin problems and depression?   That’s why it’s so important to find ways to relax and de-stress so you can be the best YOU possible!  Try these suggestions to unwind after a pressure-filled day.

So How to Vanish Stress?

  • Keep the office in its place. Once you walk out of the office, leave all that “work stuff” behind.  Worrying all night over a negative meeting or bad encounter with your boss is not going to fix the situation.  It will only make you miserable.  Leave it at work and enjoy your family for the rest of the evening.
  • Exercise. Believe it or not, exercise in any form reduces stress.  It pumps up your endorphins for that “feel-good” effect while improving your mood and building self-confidence.  Whether you take a yoga class, spin class, or briskly walk around the block, get yourself moving!  You will immediately feel better!

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  • Get a Massage. Visit the spa on your way home and relax with a deep tissue massage to lower your blood pressure, and reduce stress hormone levels as well as heart rate.  You will feel rejuvenated!  You can’t afford to miss out on these healthy benefits!
  • Take a Bubble Bath. A bubble bath is a great way to unwind.  It gives you some necessary “ME” time and eases muscle aches. Add in a dash of             de-stressing bath salts to aid in the relief of tired, sore muscles.  Light some candles, turn on the music and RELAX!!
  • De-stress Your Face.  Stress can cause acne, rosacea, cold sores, psoriasis, and other unsightly blemishes.  Let your spa team develop the best treatment plan to keep you looking radiant and healthy.  Don’t allow daily stress to deprive you of your beauty!
  • Get a spa mani/pedi.  Most manicures and pedicures include exfoliation of the skin to remove dead cells, smoothing the surface and stimulating regeneration. Special treatments and moisturizers are massaged into the arms, hands, legs and feet to improve blood flow and relieve aches and pains. All of this while you sit back and relax.  And you leave with fabulous looking hands and feet!  What more can a girl ask for?

Learning to take care of yourself is a process. The demands of daily life aren’t going away.  However, you can learn to manage the stress from these occurrences by investing in yourself.  Take some time out, unwind, and enjoy being you! 

Botox, Just for Wrinkles?

botoxWPI am sure you have heard by now, some ins and outs of the smoothing effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic. Hazel0149

From 11’s to Severe frown lines- Crows feet and toes, and no this not a potion from the Looney Tunes’ concoction by Witch Hazel.

This is BOTOX® Cosmetic, rediscovered! 


Did you know?

Not only BOTOX® is claimed as the “elixir  of youth” it is also being  studied as a potential aide in the treatment of mild depression?

Let’s raise an eyebrow to that!

So besides the positive psychological effects of one’s own perspective, of  looking and feeling awesome, the belief among patients has been that because BOTOX® creates the inability to frown, it is, in a sense creating a positive feel good factor. Tying in the natural expression of looking pleasant to feeling pleasant.  Basically, a “pick me upper.”

Now of course there needs to be more rigorous studies to scientifically claim this incredible linking.

But injectors are noticing client feedback and seeing the difference.

Dr. Erika Wasserman, and Eric Finzi author of The Face of Emotion: How Botox Affects Our Moods and Relationship has taken a step further and started to evaluate this finding.  “Eric Finzi’s study with Dr. Erika Wasserman, evaluated 10 clinically depressed patients whom have never received BOTOX® injections. Two months after receiving treatment with BOTOX®, patients reported a dramatic decrease in their feelings of depression.” prime-journal.com

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So let’s tip our hats to good moods, relaxed expression, and happy clients!

To learn more about the positive benefits of BOTOX® and how it can benefit you.

Contact us Today to schedule your personalized consult.

Savanna MedSpa

520.795.3341

http://www.SavannaMedSpa.com

Savanna MedSpa gives Retinol an A+ in Skincare!

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August is Here!

Whether you are in full swing of the back to school mode or swerving around the frantic mommy drivers, you know that August is a time of kissing Summer goodbye!

So we got out our books, furrowed some brows, and put some of our products to the test!

With an A+ for Anti Aging, Acne solutions, and skin texture, Retinol is on the top of our A list! This Vitamin A solution may be the missing link to address your skincare concerns!

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Retinol is one of the main forms of Vitamin A.

Desired for new cell growth, Retinol plays an essential part in the anti-aging skincare. 

 

 

What are the benefits of Retinol?

  • Collagen boosting
  • Fine line reduction
  • Evens discoloration
  • Skin Smoothing
  • Exfoliating
  • Antioxidant properties
  • and helps to unclog pores

How Does Retinol Work?

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(Warning, you may have to put your “science buff” goggles on…) Retinol, described as a cell communicating ingredient and antioxidant allows the retinoic acid and skin cells to function normally through communication through the skin cells’ receptor sites. Basically when retinol is introduced to the body the skin cells convert the retinol into a retinoic acid that signals skin cells to act as if it was a healthy young skin cell. 

Retinol encourages the production of collagen.  As collagen is replenished and old skin cells are shed, hyperpigmentation disappears, fine lines recede and skin begins to reveal a brighter, smoother texture.

Through the Grapevine…

A common myth is that retinol will make the skin sun sensitive.

The skin does not turn sun sensitive, it is the actual product that is sun sensitive. To make the maximum potential of your retinol, it is best to apply before bed.

Another misconception of using retinol as a topical skincare regimen really derives from the lack of knowledge of how to use the retinol.

The Solution: Develop a plan. With any skincare regimen it is imperative to work with your skincare professional, especially when using retinols. This helps determine the correct path for you to take. 

At Savanna MedSpa we are results driven. Speak to one of our Skincare Analysts today to help you reach your skincare goals in a completely customized program designed just for you! Click Here to book your consultation! 

 

 

Fun in the Sun…the Cancer-Free Way!

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July is UV Safety Month…a perfect opportunity to freshen up on the importance of UV safety.  Did you know that the skin is the largest organ in the body?  It protects against heat, sunlight, injury, and infection. Though we all love to be out in the sun, the harm it causes is vast.  The sun causes wrinkles, blotchy skin as well as skin cancer, the most common type of cancer.  How can you protect yourself and your loved ones?

First, it’s important to understand the different types of skin cancers that can develop from the sun’s harmful rays.   Basal cell is the most common but least dangerous skin cancer. Squamous cell is less common but more likely to spread, and may become fatal if not treated. Melanoma is the least common, but most aggressive, most likely to spread, and may become fatal if not treated. All three of these types of skin cancer require painful, costly removal methods.

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The Skin Cancer Foundation actively promotes the use of sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher when outdoors for any length of time.

Here are some additional guidelines they recommend for keeping your skin safe this summer:

 

 

  • Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM. This is when the sun’s rays are the harshest.
  • Do not burn.  Every sunburn increases your chance of melanoma.
  • Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses. Clothing can be your most effective form of sun protection, so make the most of it
  • Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Checkout our Coola Line!
  • Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
  • Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
  • Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.  Look for any changes in your skin.
  • See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.  Regular total-body checkups are the best way to make sure your skin is healthy.

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Most people like to frolic in the sun during the summer months.   But, it’s    important to enjoy the sun responsibly by protecting your skin and that    of your family members.

So, enjoy the outdoors this summer.  Just don’t  forget these  important tips for keeping you and your family cancer- free!

Be sure to stop by the spa to pick up your sunscreen along with additional  tips for keeping your skin vibrant and healthy while playing outdoors!

Also check out our fun Savanna MedSpa Coola Challenge!

New Year’s Resolution Time!

New Year’s Resolution Time!

Dust off the dumbbells and Wipe the cobwebs off the treadmill because it’s time to get back and refocus!

CB025539 Not only is exercise great for the body, but it also benefits your skin!

Have you ever noticed after working out how wonderful your skin looks?

Exercise produces sweat and that naturally releases toxins throughout the pores,

As well as tones the muscles which aids in support for your skin for firmness.

And do not forget that exercise releases stress- and we all know that stress can cause

problematic skin conditions.

But not only do you need to exercise your body, you also need to exercise your skin.

Did you know that your skin is your body’s largest organ?

So exercise the skin? How do I do that?

Well here at Savanna MedSpa, we believe in our professional Skincare lines.

Sanitas, one of our core Skincare lines, has created systems that are designed to customize and tailor to your individual skin type. Each System exercises and nourishes your skin.

“Just as you shouldn’t exercise the same muscle every day, it is the Sanitas philosophy that you shouldn’t exercise or stimulate your skin every day.  Skin, like a muscle, needs rest from stimulation. Sanitas has created a system that employs a series of active vs. resting products. Toners also works out the skin by using active ingredients to stimulate and exfoliate the skin.” Sanitas-Skincare.com

In our Sanitas starter kits you will have everything you need to get your skin on the right path.

Depending on your skin type we have starter kits that include cleansers, day and night moisturizers, toners, and additional products that is appropriate for the skin type.

From Oily, Normal, Dry to Combination or Sensitive skin, Sanitas has something customized for you, Even a kit for post Laser procedures.

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But does it stop there?

Taking care of the skin not only happens topically, but internally. Sanitas also has an array of Nutritional supplements which goes hand in hand with skincare and overall health.

Savanna MedSpa wishes you a Happy New Year!

Please contact us today and visit with one of our Product or Skincare specialists and see why we were chosen Best Medical Spa of Arizona for 2012!

Savanna MedSpa

520.795.3341

www.SavannaMedSpa.com visit the Monthly Features page to see what our current specials are!

or shop Sanitas now on our New EStore, click here!

Why Laser Hair Removal is one of the best choices- and why now is the perfect time!

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Hot wax, stinky creams, hair bleaching, countless shavers and shave creams…. if you think about it and do your numbers, these certainly do add up over time and not to mention can be messy and is a waste of space in your bathroom where precious creams and makeup could be stored! 🙂

So let’s put this into perspective:

Let’s say, If the average woman shaves her legs more than 7000 times in a lifetime, and the average male takes 150 strokes per shave, Plain and simple, That is a lot of shaving and a lot of shave cream and very expensive razors.

Did you know each time you take advantage of our laser hair removal, shaving becomes easier as the thicker hairs clear out after each session? The goal, to be at a point in which you are shaving once a week and eventually not at all other than touch ups! That is amazing and that is savings!

At Savanna MedSpa we have the LightSheer Duet! Making laser hair removal safe and effective as well as

comfortable and fast!

Lunch break?- Why not get underarms done in minutes or add on some lower legs you have time!

You can be right back to work in no time and still have a little room to munch!

Here are 3 reasons why now is the BEST time for laser hair removal-

#1 Winter time is the ideal time for lasering 

Let’s face it, we are in the desert, and being in the desert means lots of heat and lots of sun.

So is laser hair removal appropriate during summer times? Of course it is, BUT with extreme caution and extra sun protection.

When ithCADDHPVSs the ideal time to get started? Fall and Winter is a fantastic time to really get your sessions going.

Laser hair removal works best on pale skin with a darker hair follicle.  And because we tend to cover up more in winter  are skin becomes less exposed to the sun and gets a little more pale.

#2 Get started now and be ready by Swimsuit season!

We highly recommend at least 6 sessions to experience up to 70-80% hair reduction, but these ratios also depend on ethnicity, haithCAM2JTO7r type and tanning- so again less tanning, better. To hit hair growth cycles each session is spaced from 4-6 weeks apart in the beginning, depending on the area and what session number you are at. So by getting started in the earlier months will get you a jumpstart before summer approaches  so you can jump into that swimsuit without a care!

#3 At Savanna MedSpa we always offer competitive pricing!

We offer buy 5 sessions, get one FREE! But, TODAY IS THE LAST DAY- 11/30/2012, to take full advantage of our Laser Hair Removal Sensational Packages!

THESE PRICES ARE TODAY ONLY 11/30/12!!!

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Call Savanna MedSpa 520-795-3341 to pay for your packages, or click here for gift certificates or go to www.savannamedspa.com, or of course pop on in until 6 pm! TODAY IS THE LAST DAY- 11/30/2012, what are you waiting for, experience the benefits of Laser Hair Removal with Savanna MedSpa!

Skincare to the 3rd Power!

You  know the saying everything comes in threes? Let’s take Skincare to the 3rd Power!

Here are foundational steps for any topical skincare regimen, But… if you are a Savanna MedSpa client we do hope that you already know these steps by heart!

  1. Cleanse
  2. Tone
  3. Moisturize

So yes, you got the basics down… been there done that, so now the real question is how do I make the most out of my products?

And again, the rules of three:

First and foremost is the ingredients and quality of your products.  Here at Savanna MedSpa, we offer highly concentrated products that are potent and medical grade so a little does go a long way. Our core line is Sanitas Skincare.  Sanitas is perfect for any skin type that nourishes the skin inside and out.

Second, prepping the skin so that it can utilize these products to the best of their ability.

And Third, being consistent.

That is why today’s feature is the fabulous CLARISONIC MIA with your Sanitas Products!

You have seen it before and even may have experienced it during our relaxing facial treatments. But we cannot recommend this enough to go with any and all of your skincare! Having the Mia by your side literally increases the value of your skincare by allowing you to fully experience what your products were meant to do.

Clarisonic Mia Highlights:

  • Cleanses 6x better than with your hands alone in just 60 seconds
  • Works with skin, not against it, to gently massage away impurities trapped within pores
  • Prepares skin for better absorption of creams, serums and moisturizers
  • Gentle enough to use 2x a day

So try the Clarisonic Mia today and discover what your skin has been missing all along!

Mia Fun Fact: Did you know that Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System allows for up to 61% better absorption of Vitamin C? And if you are a lover of our Sanitas Vitamin C Serum, then you know that this is a no brainer and a must have!