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Give Thanks by Helping Others

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The holidays are here. What a hectic time of year! But, aren’t you thankful to have the means to enjoy it? You have your health, your friends, and your family. In the midst of giving thanks this Thanksgiving, take time to remember those who are less fortunate than you. As a way of showing how thankful you are for all that you have, wouldn’t it be nice to help someone in need?

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Month, National Adoption Month, National AIDS Awareness Month, Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and Epilepsy Awareness Month. What an appropriate time to choose a charity to support and help someone else! After all, isn’t that what Thanksgiving is all about?

Whether you volunteer your time, or donate funds to a cause in need, providing assistance to charities is a thoughtful way of giving thanks.

Want to help, but don’t know where to begin? Check out the following organizations for opportunities to assist both financially and/or by volunteering your time:

  • Aids United
  • Give Kids the World
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Red Cross
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Epilepsy Foundation

Wild Mushroom Tartlets

UntitledIngredients

  • 375g block all-butter Puff Pastry
  • Flour, for dusting
  • 25g Butter
  • 300g mixed Wild Mushrooms or just one type, cleaned and sliced
  • 25g Parmesan, finely grated
  • Small handful Parsley Leaves, chopped
  • 1 Garlic Clove, finely chopped
  • 1 Egg, beaten

 

Directions

  1. Roll the pastry out on a floured surface and cut out 4 circles, about 15cm wide. Leave to chill on a lined baking tray in the fridge.

 

  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Heat a large frying pan until hot, then add the butter and fry the mushrooms for 5 minutes until there is no liquid left in the pan. Season, then take off the heat and mix mushrooms with the Parmesan, Parsley, and Garlic.

 

  1. Score a 1cm border around the edge of each tart. Spoon the mushrooms into the center circle. Brush the edge with beaten egg,

 

  1. Bake the tarts for 20 minutes until puffed up and golden. Serve immediately.

 

 

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

 

Serves 4

Say Goodbye to Unsightly Wrinkles and Hello to Smooth, Flawless Skin!

UntitledStill trying out a different night cream every month in hopes of finding that one miracle cream that will have you waking up looking flawless the next morning? Are you getting frustrated because you aren’t noticing immediate results?  Perhaps it’s time to consider an alternative method for a more youthful you!

Consider Botox! Botox is a purified protein molecule used for cosmetic and therapeutic purposes.  It works by interrupting the messages that the brain sends to the muscles through the nerves, stopping the muscles from reacting. This allows the skin to remain smooth and wrinkle free. It is most commonly used on the upper area of the face around the eyes and between the eyebrows to reduce frown lines. In short, Botox makes you look younger. Keep reading for a few of the benefits associated with Botox treatment versus other anti-aging techniques.

As we age, we experience moments when we look in the mirror and wish those fine lines and wrinkles would magically disappear.   While there is nothing wrong with aging gracefully, taking a few years off of your face to add a vibrant appeal is certainly okay, too!   Botox provides tremendous results without the side effects of invasive surgical procedures such as facelifts.  There are no incisions, cutting, or scarring.  You will not experience the downtime, pain, or financial obligation associated with plastic surgery.  Botox injections are perfect for individuals who want results comparable to plastic surgery sans the complications, expense, and discomfort.  Who wouldn’t want to opt for a few simple injections versus a day under the knife?

Within days of treatment, you will see beautiful results.  You will look rested and relaxed, not like you have been through a windstorm that left your face frozen in time.  You will be amazed at the compliments you’ll receive about how refreshed and alive you look!  In addition, Botox results last anywhere from 3-6 months.  What a hassle-free way to maintain your youthful appearance!

Botox has been used safely as an alternative to other anti-aging solutions for approximately 12 years.  To discover if you are a good candidate for this phenomenal treatment, click here to see injectable schedule and reserve your consultation.

Mango Salad

Mango Salad

A refreshing way to cool off this summer!

mango-saladIngredients

1 watermelon

2-3 mangoes

1 tablespoon lime juice

1 teaspoon lime zest

1/2 teaspoon sugar
 

Directions

Remove watermelon rind.

Remove seeds and cut it into 1-inch pieces.

Peel the mangoes and remove the pits.

Slice into 1-inch pieces and add to watermelon.

Add lime juice, zest, and sugar.
Chill at least 30 minutes, tossing occasionally.

Makes 6 delicious servings!

Here Comes the Sun…Now Watch Out!

Here Comes the Sun…Now Watch Out!

Since July is UV Safety Month, now is a great time to separate fact from fiction about sun protection. We might think we know everything about defending our skin against the sun’s damaging rays, but let’s put that knowledge to the test with a little game fact or fiction!

woman-sunSunscreens with SPF 100 are twice as strong as those with SPF 50: Fiction

The breakdown goes like this: SPF 15 protects you against 93% of UVB rays. SPF 30 is 97%, SPF 50 is 98%, and SPF 100 is roughly 99%, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. So, it’s not even close to being twice as strong!

Apply sunscreen all over your body before getting dressed: Fact

It might sound strange to grease up before getting dressed, but most clothing – especially the more lightweight fashions of summer – do not protect your entire body from the sun’s damaging rays. In fact, your average white T-shirt only has an SPF value of about 7, and if it gets wet, it’s even lower, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. So, it’s important to apply sunscreen all over your body – even where the sun don’t shine – before getting dressed for the day!

If you get a base tan, you won’t burn: Fiction

Any sign of color or discoloration to the natural color of your skin is actually not a good thing. The more sun you get – even if you don’t burn – the greater your chances of developing melanoma. Getting a base tan doesn’t even ensure that you won’t soon burn. But, if you’re looking for that bronzed look for summer, a spray tan or a self-tanning lotion is your healthiest choice. Book your spray tan with us today!

Apply sunscreen 15 minutes before sun exposure and re-apply every 2 hours: Fact

Yes. This age-old rule is remains true. You want to give the sunscreen time to fully absorb into your skin before going outside. This includes before getting into your car as well because your car windows – even if they are tinted – don’t protect you from the sun’s rays. When you are out and about, you really can’t over-apply sunscreen, but the general rule is still every two hours. Most water-resistant sunscreens, however, should be re-applied every 80 minutes. When in doubt – reapply and follow the bottle’s instructions.

One sunscreen does it all: Fiction

There are different types of sunscreens for the different types of skin on your body, such as sensitive formulas for your face, a more balmy consistency for your lips, and waterproof for your body. There are also water-resistant and sports formulas if you plan to head into the beach or pool or get sweaty for a work-out. It’s a great idea to stock up on a variety of sunscreens for you and your family’s needs. And, don’t forget to apply it everywhere- from your earlobes to your toes!

Getting a tan can zap your zits away: Fiction

People think that the sun dries up zits, but really it can cause a buildup of dead skin cells that can clog pours more. The best way to treat zits is to treat your skin better by coming in for regular facials and using exfoliating and deep cleansing products at home. Book your facial today and ask our aesthetician for skin care products for your at-home use.

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Come visit our retail area to stock up on your summer sunscreen needs today! You can also book your spray tan – a healthier alternative to a suntan. And, don’t forget, if you did get too much sun, a cooling facial is a great after-sun treatment. Book your summer skin care treatments today!

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6 Summer Beach Bag Essentials

It’s June and that means beach days are upon us! Before you head out to the coast, the pool, or your summer vacation, don’t forget to pack the perfect beach bag. Here are 6 summer beach bag essentials to take with you…

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1. Sun Protection: We’re not just talking about sunscreen here. To fully protect yourself from the sun’s damaging rays, pack a big broad-brimmed hat, fabulous oversized sunglasses, and not one, but three, forms of sunscreen for your face, lips, and body. You can also tuck away a mini sun umbrella that sticks in the sand to further shade yourself. At Savanna MedSpa, we carry an assortment of sunscreens for your beach-going needs. Coola! Sanitas Solar Block! Up the Anti!

 

2. Hydrating Mist: Keep cool and hydrated with a travel-size bottle of your favorite face mist. Stop into our retail section and see what hydrating products we have for your summer needs. Try our Moisture Mist!

 

3. Water! Water! Water! Hydration is the key to a healthy skin. But instead of packing your regular water bottles, spring for a more high-tech option with the frozen core center to keep your H20 chilly this summer.

 

4. Waterproof iPhone Case: What a great way to text or chat poolside without ruining your phone. The come in all colors, styles, and for every type of phone out there.

 

5. Healthy Treats: Just so you’re not tempted by the ice-cream truck that passes by or the beach concessions stand with hot dogs and fries, try packing some cool and healthy treats of your own, such as frozen grapes or for a guiltier pleasure – frozen chocolate covered acai berries.

 

6. Calorie Burners: Don’t forget to pack some fitness items to help burn those calories and keep in bikini-shape, such as a Frisbee, an old-school inflatable beach ball to toss back and forth, or Smashball, which is like ping pong without the table. It’s a great way to have some fun in the sun and burn a few extra calories as well!

While it’s important to take some time this season to soak up the rays, enjoy the great outdoors, and bask in the summer breezes, it’s also important to keep your skin healthy, glowing, and hydrated. Book your spa appointments for hydrating facials, body scrubs, and foot treatments to sooth those “beach feet” after a long day at the pool or beach! Don’t forget to also check out our new add-ons for the rest of June!

Greek Yogurt Parfait

Greek Yogurt Parfait

If you love chocolate, this protein smoothie will have you swooning. Besides being high in fiber and protein, you’ll get a healthy dose of antioxidants as a result of the unsweetened cocoa.

Greek-Yogurt-Parfait

Ingredients

  • 1 Pear
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened baking cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp raw oats
  • 1 scoop organic whey protein
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¾ cup water

Directions

Put ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Drink immediately.

Nutritional Value per Serving

Servings per Recipe: 1

Calories:  267

Protein: 22.3 gm / 35% of Calories

Carbohydrates:  38.9 gm / 55% of Calories

Fiber:  11.6 gm

Fat: 2.8 gm / 10% of Calories

Happy Father’s Day! Is Your Dad or Husband a Spa Virgin?

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Men are finally realizing that the spa isn’t just a place for their wife or girlfriend to get their nails done. It’s a place of health and wellness for them too, and not only are more men coming in for the obvious sports or deep tissue massage, but there is an increase in men getting facials and MAN-icures as well. According to the International Spa Association, men now make up approximately one third of all spa-goers. Is your dad or husband one of them? If he’s a spa virgin and a bit apprehensive to take the leap, here are a few good ways to convince him into a trip to the spa…

 

Gift Him! As they say, ‘If you build it, they will come.’ Well, in the case of a spa-fearing guy – ‘If you gift him, he better come!’ It’s a safe bet that if you give dear ol’ dad a gift card to the spa and explain to him how relaxing it will be, he probably won’t want to offend you by not going. Better yet, create a special Father’s Day package to show him how much you really care about his wellness, or go for the gold and gift him a spa membership to help him de-stress all year long. Call today to purchase his Father’s Day gift!

 

Beard Care: Chances are your dad or husband probably thinks that facials are just for women. More men are realizing that exfoliating dead skin helps to expose their beard’s hair follicles, which reduces ingrown hairs and is a great primer for a good, close shave. Of course, a good exfoliating facial will also make his skin look cleaner and smoother, and yes, younger! Check out our retail section for an exfoliating scrub and other skincare products for the man in your life.

 

Fungus Fighters: When talking dad into getting his feet and hands pampered, it might be a good idea to actually stay away from terms like “mani-pedi” and even “pampered.” Dad needs to know that manicures and pedicures are not just for the girls, nor are they a “beauty” treatment. It’s, more importantly, about the health of your skin and nails. If you explain to your dad that MAN-icures and pedicures are just another way to be a well-groomed man, he might be more likely to come in to get his digits done. Explain to dad the importance that manicures make him more presentable (and that everyone loves a soft hand) and pedicures help fight off fungus infections, ingrown nails, and that ugly yellow tint you seen on unkempt toes.

 

Stress Relief: Statistically, stress is a major contributor to many diseases and medical conditions including heart disease, high blood pressure, asthma, headaches, and depression. Remind dad that going to the spa – even just to soak in the Jacuzzi or sit in the sauna or steam room for 20 minutes – is a great way to relieve stress, relax, and decompress from a long hard workweek.

 

Detox Time: It’s impossible to avoid getting toxins into our system, whether it’s environmental or the food, drinks, and medications we take. Everyone needs to detox on a regular basis no matter how healthy they are. Let dad know that the spa is a great place for flushing the bad stuff from his system. He can choose from simply sitting in a sauna or steam room to sweat out the toxins that build up in our system or he can indulge in a detox wrap or detoxifying facial. Remind him that both saunas and steam rooms also help relax any stiff or sore muscles and relieve aches and pains.

 

So, for this Father’s Day, educate your father or husband on the health, wellness, and relaxation benefits of the spa! Treat him to a treatment, a full day, or sign him up for a yearly membership now! www.SavannaMedSpa.com