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  • Are you ready for the 15 day skincare challenge?

    The Grand Opening for our NEW Cherry Creek location is quickly approaching! To kick it off we are introducing a 15 Day Skincare Challenge. Our Skincare Challenge starts July 5th and we will share some valuable knowledge that is sure to enhance your at home skincare routine in conjunction with the AOB Skincare treatments you are already doing! If you aren’t already in a skincare routine we hope you will take away some skincare nuggets and come in to experience our fantastic treatments. 

    Each day will consist of something new and we will ask you to participate via social media in order to win one of our phenomenal prizes. We are so excited to feature some amazing giveaways associated with this challenge. From top services like CoolSculpting® and HydraFacial MD® to products like SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF and Obagi Nu Derm, we have got some amazing things for you this month leading up to the Grand Opening of our new Cherry Creek location. 

    Whether you choose to participate in each day of the challenge or just a couple, we hope you walk away with some new found knowledge AND some fun swag! Share each post and you are guaranteed an entry each day! Plus, all AOB clients existing and new are welcome to participate regardless of the center you currently treat at!

    We are excited to share our All Over Beautiful experience with you and look forward to seeing you at our Grand Opening. Mark your calendars!  Thursday, July 21, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    3250 E. 1st Ave

    Denver, CO 80206

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  • Celebrity CoolSculpting®

    If you follow celebrity news, you may have seen the recent episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians that aired May 22nd where Kris Jenner and her daughter, Kendall, were in a doctor’s office for CoolSculpting®. While it wasn’t Kendall who was being treated, it did appear that her mother/manager, Kris, was being treated along with a friend.

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    But what is CoolSculpting®?

    If you are unfamiliar with CoolSculpting®, it’s an FDA-cleared procedure designed to reduce body fat by using the cold to target and kill the stubborn fat cells that cause belly fat or love handles.

    While it’s no substitute for liposuction and was never designed for major weight loss, it’s great for people who are already maintaining a steady weight but want to target the areas that are resistant to diet and exercise. It is appealing to many because it is non-invasive and requires no needles or downtime.

    And while, thanks to the Kardashians, CoolSculpting® is being newly discovered by many people, the treatment is far from new! Many Hollywood celebrities have undergone CoolSculpting® over the last several years including Super Model, Molly Sims. For Molly, CoolSculpting® was a solution to help her loose stubborn fat after having her baby.

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    Kim Kardashian, like Molly Sims made headlines back in December when, in an attempt to lose weight after having her second baby, she visited a cosmetic surgeon.

    While Kim knew her husband would never have tolerated her undergoing liposuction, she sought CoolSculpting® as a great, non-invasive alternative.

    Anyone who knows anything about liposuction understands that it’s not a gentle procedure. During liposuction, the surgeon uses a suction tube to quite literally suck the fat out from under your skin through small incisions. Some surgeons also will insert a metal rod that delivers an ultrasound in order to break up the fat and make removal easier.

    Not only is the procedure incredibly invasive, the post-procedure pain, swelling, bruising and numbness can last for weeks.

    Liposuction is also risky. Not only because of the need for anesthesia, which always carries a risk, but also because the surgeon could potentially damage an organ. There’s also the risk of infection and bleeding. And if that isn’t enough, you have to be careful and choose your surgeon wisely since liposuction can actually make the area look worse.

    Kim and Kris aren’t the only CoolSculpting® fans either. Kloe, who has been very adamant that she hasn’t had any plastic surgery, openly admits that she has had CoolSculpting® treatments.

    That said… you don’t have to be a celebrity to benefit from CoolSculpting®! At affordable prices, CoolSculpting® is perfect for anyone looking to slim down!

    Good candidates are those who are at or close to their ideal body weight but have stubborn fat cells on the abdomen, flank (fat we commonly refer to as "love handles"), thighs or chin.

    While liposuction is a more complete fat reduction treatment that can offer immediate results, it’s also far more invasive… and not everyone wants to undergo a surgical procedure! CoolSculpting®, on the other hand, provides great results with zero downtime. And while the results aren’t immediate, this amazing treatment HAS been proven to work! If you’re interested in CoolSculpting® in Denver, contact us today at 303-305-4343 or info@aobmedspa.com.

  • A Runners Guide to Skincare

    I just ran my first marathon over the weekend and it got me thinking about skincare for athletes.  As athletes, we do so much to prepare physically and mentally for a race but are we thinking about our skin in the same way? A non-elite runner takes anywhere from 4-6 hours to complete a race and that right there is a LOT of sun exposure. Below are a few tips to help you protect your skin while running this summer. Whether you are running a marathon or going for a 30 minute jog take precaution and protect your skin!

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    1. Know your route

    Understand that there are many factors that will put you at risk for dangerous sun exposure.  Consider elevation, time of day, and amount of shade on your route. If you are doing a training run, take these factors into consideration when planning where and when to run.  If you are running a race, research these factors ahead of the race so you can come prepared.

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    2. Hydration

    We need to hydrate every day for both physical health and skincare health.  Prior to running a race it is essential to fill your body with hydrating fluids to prepare for the course ahead.

    2. Anti-Oxidant

    On the day of your run or day of the race, apply an anti-oxidant serum in the morning before your race. This will help to protect you against free-radicals.  I personally use SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF.

    3. Sunscreen

    This is essential in protecting your face and the rest of your body.  Use a physical blocker with zinc to increase protection against UVA and UVB rays. I ran with the Obagi Sun Shield on my face and I was very pleased that when I sweat it didn't run into my eyes. While no sunscreen is truly water proof, try a sunscreen like Elta MD UV Aero Broad Spectrum SPF 45 fothat is water resistant and can protect you despite sweat. This is great for use on the body.

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    4. Wear a hat

    This will help to minimize the exposed skin to the suns harmful rays and can protect you on some longer runs.

    4. Reapply Sunscreen

    If you are running a race and cannot control things like time of day and shaded route, keep in mind there are opportunities to reapply sunscreen. All of the aid stations along your race route will have sunscreen available for runners.  If you are doing a longer race and will be exposed for more than two hours its a good idea to plan to stop at an aid station to re-apply. Check the race route the night before and plan out your stops accordingly.

    Or, if you are running in Colorado, stop by one of our AOB locations and we would be happy to give you a few sample sized packets you can bring along and reapply throughout the course.

    5. Seek Shade

    Post race, find some shade to stretch and re-hydrate. It is essential for you cool down and get some fluids back in your body.

    6. Cleanse & Moisturize your face

    After a run it is important to cleanse your face removing any dust or dirt you may have picked up on the run so that you don't clog your pores.  I suggest using a gentle cleanser such as m.pulse Oxygenated Cleanser. After washing your face apply a moisturizer to hydrate your skin.

    7. Treat yourself to a HydraFacial MD®

    A HydraFacial MD® is perfect for an athlete that has just finished a long race.  It will remove any skin impurities, unclog pores and hydrate your skin.  A single treatment will leave your skin nourished and restored after a run, hydrating thoroughly and giving you a radiant glow!

  • Luscious Lips. Not without sunscreen

    I've never thought about my lips the way I think about my skin when it comes to protection.  I learned my lesson this weekend. Like most Coloradans, I enjoying being outdoors as much as possible and last weekend was no exception.  A few friends and I packed our bags and headed for the mountains with the intent on a Mt. Sherman summit on Sunday morning.

    Being a part of the skincare industry, I was careful to not forget the essentials: sunscreen, a hat, long sleeves, and sun glasses. Knowing I'd be higher in altitude and closer to the suns powerful rays, protection was paramount. Not to mention, the snow still on the mountain would reflect the sun and increase the risk of sun damage even more.

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    The day started off great.  With sunscreen applied, we started our ascent, marveling at how lucky we were to have such beautiful weather. Surrounded by snow capped peaks in every direction, I was in awe of my first winter 14er. Around 13,000ft, however,  I started experiencing a few signs of altitude sickness.  Rather than make the final ascent, I oped for rest and re-hydration. While I waited for my friends to summit and return, I built and subsequently huddled behind a rock wall protecting myself from the wind.  What I didn't think about, however, was the direct and very intense sun exposure that I was getting.

    After arriving back at the car, I looked in the mirror and was horrified to discover how burnt the lower part of my face was despite wearing sunscreen all day.  What was the most disturbing was the sunburn I had gotten on my lips.  Red, irritated, and blistery from prolonged exposure to sun at high altitude.

    I am NEVER forgetting my Elta MD UV Lip Balm ever again.

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    3 things you should always remember about SPF when hiking:

    1. Sunscreen needs to be reapplied early and often. Zinc based sunscreens act as a physical block and can last up to 2 hours.

    2. Sometimes sunscreen isn't enough, creating a physical barrier between you and the sun can be the most effective way to protect your skin.

    3. Don't forget the LIPS! Applying SPF to the lips is JUST as important as the skin.  It is a place we often forget and doing so can be very harmful (and painful might I add).


     

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  • 10 things you need to know about protecting your skin this month

    Did you know that May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month? Here is what you need to know going into the summer about skin cancer and ways you can minimize the risks of sun exposure.

    1. Melanoma or skin cancer is the most common form of cancer found in the United States.

    2. It only takes as little as 15 minutes of exposure to damage your skin.

    3. You need to protect your skin even on cloudy and overcast days because UV rays are are still able to penetrate through the clouds and damage your skin. Studies show that only 20% of UV rays get blocked by clouds, letting 80% through.

    4. Any change in the color of your skin is an indication of UV ray damage.

    5. In order to best protect yourself from sun damage sunscreen should be reapplied at least every two hours.

    6. You can get a sun burn while driving your car.  You may think you are safe with a rolled up window, but UV rays will come straight through the glass and cause sun damage on your skin.

    7. There is no such thing as water proof sunscreen - only water resistant.  If you are swimming this summer, reapplying your sunscreen needs to happen frequently as no sunscreen is truly water proof.

    8. In a 2013 study, only 13% of high school girls and 7% of high school boys reported using sunscreen on a regular basis when exposed to sun.  Compare this to 73% of adult women and 67% of adult men.

    9. Individuals with light or fair skin burn more easily and need to take extra precautions against the suns harmful rays.

    10. To best protect yourself from sun damage, you should take as many precautions as possible including: wearing sunscreen, avoiding tanning beds, wearing protective clothing and hats, checking the UV index prior to sun exposure, and seeking shade when outdoors.

     Shop our best zinc based sunscreens NOW and receive 20% off when you purchase 2 sun care products! Plus, be entered to win an Elta MD Sun Care Package!

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  • 4 Products You Should Use Everyday This Summer

    1. SkinCeuticals® Phloretin CF®

    Why it's amazing: Phloretin CF® is a broad-range antioxidant that protects your skin on various levels.  This serum protects your skin from free radicals and other reactive molecules that are known to cause cellular damage to your skin. The unique formula helps to protect the skin and correct existing damage by stimulating essential proteins and fibers and promoting cell turnover. This makes your skin stronger and more able to protect you from future damage.

    Use once daily after cleansing your skin.  Apply approximately 4 drops to dry face, neck and chest areas.

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    2. Obagi® Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50

    Why it's amazing: Obagi Sun Shield is a broad spectrum sun screen that provides a strong defense against both UVA and UVB rays.  This zinc based sun screen is very effective in protecting you because of the physical block that the zinc provides. Plus, with the matte finish, your skin won't be left feeling or looking greasy from application!

    Apply 30 minutes before sun exposure. Use throughout the day reapplying at least every two hours if you are outdoors or exposed to the sun.

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    3. Glow Time® Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream

    Why it's amazing: Glow Time offers medium to full coverage mineral based cream with an SPF of 25, adding extra protection against UVA and UVB rays. In addition, it is water resistant for up to 40 minutes.  It helps to disguise wrinkles, minimize pores and brightens the skin.

    Apply to face in the morning. Use with Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener for the coverage you prefer.

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    4. PurePressed® Base Mineral Foundation

    Why it's amazing: The PurePressed® Based Mineral Foundation adds an additional layer of protection to the skin with an SPF of 20. This product is broad spectrum and protects against UVA and UVB rays.  jane iredale® products are mineral based, so it is easy to reapply sunscreen to your face without needing to fully remove your make up layers to reapply.

    Apply in the morning over Glow Time® Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream.  Dust this weightless powder on your face for a matte finish.  Reapply throughout the day after sun screen application for continued full coverage.

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  • Meet Emily, AOB Client and Skin Cancer Survivor

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    That’s right. Sunscreen.  As we move into the warmer months, wearing sunscreen remains as important as ever in our daily skincare routine.  Living at high altitude means that we are so much closer to the sun and need to apply sunscreen every day.uvclearairless_hr

    In the world of skincare we talk so often about protecting our skin and how to avoid things like premature aging and permanent skin damage.  What we don’t always talk about is the big C word. We all know it’s out there. Many of us know someone who has been diagnosed. We all think, “It could never happen to me”.

    Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States.  The rate of diagnosis in Colorado is 15% higher than that of the national average, putting all of us who live here at a higher risk than our friends across the country.  It may be winter, but that does not mean that we should stop protecting our skin, especially if you are like me and enjoy being outside all summer.

    Meet Emily, one of our All Over Beautiful clients.  Emily is a beautiful, smart, fair skinned woman in her early 20’s.  As a recent graduate from Johnson and Wales University in Denver, Emily spends her time as a nanny and personal chef for a local family. Emily always wore sunscreen, never tanned – yet today she is a survivor.

    It was Emily’s dad who first noticed a mole that had started to look unnatural.  He asked her to get it checked out at the doctor and, after a few tests, they found out it was indeed cancerous.

    Through it all, she couldn’t stop asking, “Why did I get cancer?  Why me? Why am I going through this?”

    While the experience was challenging, Emily said that going through it made her more aware of what is going on with her skin and inspired her to take better care of her skin as a result.  “It was a wake up call,” she explained, “I never did anything wrong to my skin or exposed it purposefully, but I wasn’t helping it either.”

    aobmedspaPost cancer, Emily’s daily skincare routine consists of a gentle exfoliation followed by m.pulse m.mortal hyaluronic acid serum and two layers of m.press day cream to keep her face moisturized.  She then applies sunscreen before putting on makeup for the day.

    Once a month, Emily visits AOB to see Seabron, Medical Aesthetician, for a facial, which really helps with her dry skin and she laughs as she tells me that it’s really nice to relax for an hour given her busy schedule with the kids!

    Emily describes her experience with AOB as relaxing and professional.  She explained that, before seeing Seabron, she had been seeing another aesthetician and was nervous to switch providers. Seabron made her feel really comfortable by checking in with her and walking her through the treatments.

    When I asked Emily about what All Over Beautiful means to her, she said, “Inner beauty and inner happiness coming out makes you look and feel the most beautiful!” Throughout our meeting, I could see Emily’s inner beauty and happiness shine through in our conversation.  She truly is All Over Beautiful!

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    Do you have an All Over Beautiful story to share?  Tell us your #AOBStory and you could win a FREE product duo!  Share on social media and tag #AOBStory or email cmoede@aobmedspa.com.

    * Statistics presented come from: EPA.gov and CDC.gov

  • Fun in the sun

     

    What you need to know about sun protection this summer

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    For product recommendations or to treat existing sun damage, call us at: 303.731.2149 or email us at: info@aobmedspa.com to schedule a complimentary consultation!

  • 4 Reasons to Wear Sunscreen Every Day

    Elevation

    With Denver's elevation at 5,280 ft we are a LOT closer to the sun than our friends at sea level.  This means the suns rays are much stronger and more powerful in Denver.  Applying sunscreen in the morning and throughout the day is vital to protecting our skin!

    Avoid Awkward Tan Lines

    Are you an active Coloradan?  Hiking, biking, and trail running are all fun spring and summer activities but the tan lines from our athletic clothes are not.  When you are on the mountain, you are EVEN CLOSER to the sun than when you are in the city.  Lather on some sunscreen so you can trail run or mountain bike without worrying about how your tan lines will look at your sisters wedding.

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    Anti Aging

    We say it again and again but wearing sunscreen helps reduce the risk of premature aging of the skin.  Weather it is mid-April, December, or July taking care of your skin year around is important to minimize your aging and keep you looking young!

    Avoid Skin Cancer

    We all think it won't happen to us but skin cancer is a reality for many people.  Even though the sun is most harmful to us during the peak hours or 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. any exposure to sunlight during the day can be harmful to our skin and can contribute to skin cancer later in life. This same principle holds true for sun exposure during off peak months like November - April.  Even on a cloudy day, you can still be exposed to harmful rays.

    Better Sunscreen Options Available!

    At AOB Med Spa, we pride ourselves in offering great sun protection solutions. We carry several zinc based formulas from brands like Elta MD, SkinCeuticals, Obagi and IS Clinical.  Zinc and titanium dioxide act as a physical block against harmful UVA and UVB rays.

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  • Love Your Lashes

    Introducing NEW Lash Extension Services at AOB


    AOB Med Spa recently added lashes to our service menu!  We've interviewed our Lash Specialist, Lauren Bound, to give you the skinny on our new Lash Program!  Lauren is currently accepting appointments at our Cherry Creek location, so call today for your FREE consultation.

    Are all lashes the same?  What are my options for getting lashes?

    There are a variety of different lashes available depending on the thickness, weight, volume, curl and different length you might want. I take into consideration the shape of your eyes and the shape of your brow when doing a consultation to help you select the perfect lashes. Each set of lashes can be customized to the individual getting extensions.

    Are they permanent?  How long will they last? What if I have a bad reaction and need them removed?

    Lashes are semi-permanent.  The average client will need to get their lashes refilled every three weeks. At this point a client should have at least 50% of the added lashes on each eye.

    The lashes that we use are safe and will not break your natural lashes, rather they will enhance your natural beauty.  The lashes we use are synthetic mink lashes.  These are guaranteed to hold their curl and look fabulous for several weeks!

    Having an adverse reaction is very rare, but we have a safe and effective way to remove lashes if a client needs removal.  We have three different methods that we use in order to minimize the need for lash removal.

    Can I wear makeup with my lashes?

    Of course, you are welcome to continue your regular makeup routine. Any type of eye makeup is fine, however, I suggest using oil free eye makeup to ensure your lashes will stay in tact for a longer time.  You should not need to wear any mascara after an eye lash extensions.

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    Can I get my lashes wet? Shower or swim?

    You must wait 8 hours from the time of your appointment before getting your lashes wet. Avoid excessive water contact because this will loosen the glue and your lash life may decrease. Avoid saunas, hot tubs and steamy showers to ensure that your lashes will last as long as possible.

    How do I care for my lashes?

    I encourage clients to brush their lashes once in the morning and once at night. This helps to distribute the oils in your lashes evenly.  Washing around your lashes when you cleanse your face is very important.  I would recommend using a very mild cleanser such as the Beta Cleanse by Medik8®.  Wash your lashes once at night and then brush through your lashes once again after washing. Again, avoid saunas, steam rooms, and steamy showers to help maintain the integrity of the added lashes.

    What is the cost?

    Lash extensions start at $250 and the price depends on the look that you are trying to achieve.  Prior to your appointment, you will receive a free consultation and we can go over the different looks and help you choose the right look for you.  We ask that clients return to us with at least 50% of their lashes still in tact. Maintenance on lashes starts around $75.

    Is there a special technique that you use?

    Volume lashing is my specialty! I customize each treatment to fit the client, keeping their natural eye shape and brow shape in mind as I create an All Over Beautiful look for clients.

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    What is the difference between volume lashes and classic lashes?

    Classic lashing is attaching one single synthetic mink lash to each natural lash.  Volume lashing is attaching multiple light weight synthetic lashes to each natural lash.  This creates a fuller, more dramatic look that cannot be achieved with traditional makeup like mascara or eyeliner. Volume lashes create the illusion that you have three times the number of lashes!

    Why should someone come see you?

    Not all lash specialists are the same.  I reserve 2 hours for your first set of lashes to ensure that you are getting a full treatment.  I am able to attach a greater number of lashes to your natural lashes and give you a fuller look in each appointment, enhancing your existing beauty.


    To schedule a complimentary consultation or appointment with Lauren, please call us at: 303.562.2485 or send us an email at: info@aobmedspa.com

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