<![CDATA[NATURAL BEAUTY MEDI-SPA & LASER CLINIC - Blog]]>Fri, 29 Sep 2023 14:16:40 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[Do you want to wake up with perfect lips?]]>Sun, 10 Sep 2023 23:53:44 GMThttps://naturalbeautymedicalaesthetics.ca/blog/do-you-want-to-wake-up-with-perfect-lips

​Waking up with beautifully tinted lips really is a thing…just add a little plumping gloss from the spa and I’m ready to take on the world 💋

Book in with Amber for your own set of kick ass💋lips

See you soon

Cindy Fehr RN(NP)
<![CDATA[Want to have more pep in your step?]]>Sat, 12 Aug 2023 23:49:15 GMThttps://naturalbeautymedicalaesthetics.ca/blog/want-to-have-more-pep-in-your-step
Do you want to sleep better, feel more energized, have a little more pep in your step???

B12 may be your answer.

Within a couple days of receiving a B12 injection, many of our clients report feeling an increase in their energy level, improved sleep, reduced allergy symptoms, and less frequent headaches. 

Did you know that B12 is one of the few vitamins not reliably absorbed, especially if you are vegan/vegetarian or take acid reducers or metformin? And if you have IBS or celiac you may not be absorbing this essential vitamin as well. 

Want to learn more or get started with B12? Book an appointment through our bio.site link or call 204-822-8077. 

See you soon.

Cindy Fehr RN(NP)

<![CDATA[Want the best skin of your life?]]>Wed, 09 Aug 2023 05:00:00 GMThttps://naturalbeautymedicalaesthetics.ca/blog/want-the-best-skin-of-your-life
Our skin is a reflection of everything going on inside our bodies and our minds...it reflects what you eat, drink, do, and feel.

There are things we can do to provide a foundation of health and stability that will help us weather the impacts we have less control on (hormones, pollution, pandemic stress, genetics) and their influence on our skin health.
Glowing skin does not just come from skincare alone...you need to ensure a balanced diet, hydration, physical activity, and time to focus on mental & emotional health.

Hydrate - drink around 8 glasses of water (or equivalent fluid) daily. Try natural flavors to enhance your cold or warm water.

Eat Healthy - refrain from eating processed foods; replace refined carbs with veggies and fruits that are rich in antioxidants. Consider foods acting as pre, pro & post biotics to feed the healthy bacteria in the microbiome of our gut - fermented foods (kefir, yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut), whole grains, antioxidants (blueberries, green tea, dark chocolate, red wine, olive oil), high-fiber foods (beans & lentils).

Get your beauty sleep - it is true what they say...sleep is essential for beauty. Lack of sleep increases cortisol levels which impairs collagen stimulation.

Embrace Au Naturale - makeup can block pores and contribute to acne breakouts and irritation with rosacea and eczema. Instead, embrace your natural beauty and opt for tinted moisturizer with SPF.

Move - Regular exercise increases cellular metabolism and increases blood flow to help with your glow. All exercise is not created equal. Find a way to move that works for you…for 30 minutes three to four times per week. I love getting outside to soak up the sounds, feels, and be inspired by the natural beauty of nature.

Protect your investment - don't forget to apply mineral based (zinc or titanium) SPF 30 or greater daily at minimum - every few hours is best. I love EltaMD & Alastin tinted sunblock. 

Don't forget to care for your mind - mental and emotional health are paramount for reducing stress that can wreck havoc on our hormones, immune system and digestive tract. So instead, practice stress reduction, breathing and mindfulness to reduce the impact of stress on your body, and ultimately reflected by the glow of your skin.

Have a wonderfully rich day.
Cindy Fehr RN(NP)

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<![CDATA[July 31st, 2023]]>Mon, 31 Jul 2023 05:00:00 GMThttps://naturalbeautymedicalaesthetics.ca/blog/july-31st-2023
Restore radiance and reduce skin aging concerns with a boost to your collagen and elastin using DP4 micro channeling collagen induction treatment 

We are so excited to add Dermapen (DP4) microneedling technology to our offerings. You can expect superior results with faster treatments, less pain, redness and downtime than traditional microneedling devices. Safe for all skin types!

Visibly improves 
✔️ sun damaged skin
✔️ skin texture irregularities 
✔️ dull skin
✔️ fine lines and wrinkles
✔️ acne & breakouts 
✔️ scars 
✔️ pigmentation spots & patches
✔️ rosacea redness 

✔️ enlarged pores
✔️ stretch marks 

This new technology with the finest needles & fastest speed (1900 channels created each second) make microneedling now safe to receive in summer months when combined with regular use of mineral sun block.

So what are you waiting for???

Book to get started now for a head start on fabulous skin that your friends will be envious of! 

See you soon 😊

Cindy Fehr RN(NP)
<![CDATA[Why Emsella is the BEST choice for incontinence.]]>Fri, 07 Jul 2023 20:38:12 GMThttps://naturalbeautymedicalaesthetics.ca/blog/why-emsella-is-the-best-choice-for-incontinence
  • Do you dribble when you laugh, cough, sneeze, or jump (stress incontinence)? 
  • Do you need to get up at night to use the bathroom?
  • Do you limit your travel or social outings for fear of getting a sudden urge to urinate or move your bowels (urge incontinence or overactive bladder)? 
  • Have you got every bathroom google mapped for your road trips?
  • Are you struggling to learn effective kegel exercises or unable to do sufficient kegel sessions to improve your pelvic floor?

​Life doesn’t have to be this way…and incontinence, while common, is not an expected norm after pregnancy or a normal part of aging! 

There is good news for those suffering with incontinence and pelvic floor weakness. It’s Emsella.
Read on to find out why this innovative treatment is the preferred option for many patients

Understanding Incontinence and its Impact.
Incontinence is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It refers to the involuntary loss of urine or stool, which is really just the symptom of one or more underlying root causes. Incontinence can occur for various reasons, including weakened pelvic floor muscles, hormonal changes, nerve damage, or certain medical conditions. Regardless of the cause, living with incontinence can be challenging and affect a person's self-esteem, quality of life, and social engagement. Understanding the impact of incontinence is crucial in finding the best treatment option(s), such as Emsella, that are right for you to assist in regaining control while improving your overall wellbeing.
The Limitations of Traditional Treatment Options.
Traditional treatment options for incontinence, such as strength training, medication or surgery, may not always provide satisfactory results. Medications can have side effects and may not effectively address the underlying cause of the condition. Surgery, on the other hand, can be invasive and comes with risks and a lengthy recovery period. Kegel exercises can be difficult to do properly without expert guidance, and must be done numerous times per day for full effectiveness.  Additionally, these traditional treatments may not be suitable for everyone, especially those with certain medical conditions or who prefer non-invasive options. This is where Emsella comes in as a game-changer in the field of incontinence treatment.
Introducing Emsella: How it Works and its Benefits.
Emsella is a revolutionary treatment for incontinence that offers a non-invasive and highly effective solution. This innovative technology uses electromagnetic energy to stimulate the entire pelvic floor muscles, helping to strengthen and restore their function. It also stimulates new better blood flow and nerve communication so that you can better control those vital muscles consciously when feeling the urge to go, and subconsciously when you are active. Both of which can improve overall control of your pelvic floor organs. And bonus, female patients report increased sensation and tone of their vaginal wall, for improved sexual sensations. And men have reported improved control over erections and ejaculation.  The treatment itself is painless, requires no downtime, making it a convenient option for busy individuals. Best yet is that you remain fully clothed for this treatment that is just 28 minutes long and is like doing 11,800 kegels! 
One of the key benefits of Emsella is its high success rate. Clinical studies have shown that the majority of patients experience a significant improvement in their symptoms after just a few sessions. This means that individuals can regain control over their bladder and enjoy a better quality of life.
Another advantage of Emsella is its versatility. It can be used to treat both stress incontinence, which is caused by weakened pelvic floor muscles, and urge incontinence, which is characterized by a sudden and intense need to urinate. This makes it a suitable option for a wide range of patients. While focused research for stool incontinence is ongoing, many patients report better control over gas and stool control. 
In addition to its effectiveness and versatility, Emsella is also a safe treatment option. It is FDA and Health Canada approved and has been extensively tested for its safety and efficacy. Unlike surgery or medication, there are no known negative side effects associated with Emsella. The main contraindications (those who should not try Emsella) include implantable devices (pacemaker, cardiac stent, or drug deliver devices) and implanted metal (knee or hip replacement, or cardiac bypass surgery), or unstable disease states such as heart failure or cancer.
If you are struggling with incontinence and are looking for a reliable and non-invasive solution, Emsella may be the answer. Book in for a complimentary consultation and free trial (if you are a candidate) to determine if this treatment is right for you and take the first step towards regaining control over your pelvic floor.
Real Patient Testimonials: The Success of Emsella.
Don't just take our word for it - hear from real patients who have experienced the success of Emsella firsthand. These testimonials showcase the life-changing results that this innovative treatment can provide. From regaining confidence and freedom to enjoying activities without worry, these patients share their stories of how Emsella has transformed their lives. Discover the power of Emsella through the words of those who have experienced its success.
“I no longer have to get up at night to pee and therefore get a much better sleep”
“I no longer fear going on road trips and have joined my friends for lunch twice this week…that is a win in my books”
“My bladder control is much better…I now have time to get to the bathroom without leaking”
“I have stopped my bladder medications and no leaking. Plus, I feel so much better off my medications”
“I can run and play with my kids and be confident I have control over my bladder”
“I sleep through the night and still have control to get to the washroom without leaking”
“I will never miss my maintenance treatments because I never want to go back to not having control of my bladder”
“A nice surprise was the control over my gas. It was so very embarrassing when I would fart with activity. While not totally controlled, I have more confidence I can control this and my bladder. Thank you for bringing this to Morden” 
“My husband noticed the difference before I did…everything was tighter”
So what are you waiting for… book your complimentary consultation and free trial today via our bio.site link
<![CDATA[Why You Should Consider Cheek Filler]]>Sat, 27 May 2023 05:00:00 GMThttps://naturalbeautymedicalaesthetics.ca/blog/why-you-should-consider-cheek-filler
If you're looking to enhance your facial features, or achieve a more balanced and symmetrical face, cheek filler may be a great option for you. Cheek filler is a popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment that can add volume and definition to your cheeks, creating a more youthful and balanced appearance.
What should you know before jumping in?
Cheek fillers have become a popular treatment but before you jump into the procedure, it's important to understand the different types of fillers available, the potential risks and side effects, and what to expect during and after the treatment. Here are some key answers to common questions that will help you make an informed decision about cheek fillers - how it works, the benefits and risks, and what to expect during and after the procedure.
What is cheek filler and how does it work?
Cheek filler is a minimally invasive medical-cosmetic treatment that involves injecting a substance into the cheeks to add volume and definition. There are several types of fillers available for cheek augmentation, including hyaluronic acid fillers, calcium hydroxyapatite fillers, poly-L-lactic acid fillers, and even platelet rich plasma gel. Each type has its own unique properties and benefits, so it's important to discuss your options with a qualified provider to determine which one is best for you. Hyaluronic acid fillers are the most commonly used and can provide immediate results with minimal downtime, while calcium hydroxyapatite and poly-L-lactic acid fillers can provide longer-lasting results but may require more downtime and multiple treatments.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring substance in the body that helps to hydrate and plump the skin. The HA filler is injected into specific areas of the cheeks to create a more lifted and youthful appearance. The results are immediate and can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years, depending on the type of filler used, the placement depth and the individual's metabolism. Some HA filler is stiffer and less hydrating, a great support for sagging tissue due to bone loss and ligament laxity. Other HA filler is softer and more hydrating, best used more superficially to plump up the skin or fill in lines and wrinkles. 

Who is a good candidate for cheek filler?

Cheek filler is a great option for anyone who wants to enhance their facial features and achieve a more youthful appearance. As we age, our cheeks can lose volume and become hollow, which can make us look tired and older than we actually are. Good candidates for this treatment include individuals who have lost volume in their cheeks due to aging, weight loss, or other factors. It is also a good option for those who have naturally flat or asymmetrical cheeks. However, it is important to consult with a qualified and experienced cosmetic injector to determine if cheek filler is the right option for you. They will assess your individual needs and goals, as well as your medical history, to ensure that the treatment is the safest and most effective for you. Cheek filler can enhance your facial contours by adding volume and definition to your cheeks. This can help balance out your facial features and create a more symmetrical appearance. By filling in hollow areas or adding volume to flat cheeks, cheek filler can help you achieve a more youthful and refreshed look. Plus, the results are subtle and natural-looking, so you won't look like you've had any work done.
Another reason to consider cheek filler is that it is a non-invasive and quick procedure. Unlike surgical options, cheek filler can be done more quickly, without the need for anesthesia, and with minimal discomfort and no downtime. This means you can get back to your daily routine right away without any major disruptions. Plus, the results are immediate, so you can see the difference right after the treatment.
What to expect during the treatment process.
Before the treatment, your cosmetic injector will assess your facial structure and determine the best placement for the filler. They will then clean the area and apply a numbing cream to minimize any discomfort. The filler will be injected into the cheeks using a small needle or cannula (longer version of a needle but with a blunt tip). The process typically takes around 30 minutes to complete. After the treatment, you may experience some swelling, redness, or bruising, but these side effects should subside within a few days. You can expect to see immediate results, with full results appearing within 2-6 weeks. The effects of cheek filler can last anywhere from 6-18 months, depending on the type of filler used and individual factors such as metabolism and lifestyle.
Potential side effects and risks to be aware of.
As with any cosmetic treatment, there are potential side effects and risks associated with cheek filler. These can include swelling, redness, bruising, tenderness, and itching at the injection site. In rare cases, more serious side effects such as infection, allergic reaction, or tissue damage can occur. It’s important to choose a qualified and experienced injector and to follow all pre- and post-treatment instructions to minimize the risk of complications. Be sure to discuss any concerns or questions with your injector before undergoing the treatment.
Ready to get started?
Book in for a complimentary consultation where we discuss your goals and what cheek filler can do for you. 
See you soon at the spa.
Cindy Fehr RN(NP)
<![CDATA[Is PRP Right For You?]]>Mon, 24 Apr 2023 17:39:52 GMThttps://naturalbeautymedicalaesthetics.ca/blog/is-prp-right-for-you
Are you curious about the benefits of cosmetic PRP?

This post will explore the science behind this treatment and how it can improve your skin's appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other skin imperfections.

What is PRP and how does it work?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a treatment that involves drawing a small amount of your own blood and processing it to concentrate the platelets. Platelets contain potent growth factors and other stimulating products that can enhance cell growth and repair. When injected into the skin, PRP can improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other imperfections by promoting collagen production and improving skin texture and tone.
The benefits of PRP for skin rejuvenation.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has become a popular treatment for skin rejuvenation due to its ability to stimulate collagen production and improve skin texture and tone. The growth factors found in platelets can also help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as improve the overall health and vitality of the skin. PRP can also be used in conjunction with other cosmetic treatments like microneedling, chemical peels, and laser treatments for even greater results. Additionally, because PRP is derived from your own blood, there is little risk of adverse reactions or complications.

The advantages of using PRP over other cosmetic treatments.
One of the biggest advantages of using PRP for cosmetic purposes is that it is a natural treatment that uses your own blood. This means that there is little risk of allergic reactions or other adverse effects. Additionally, PRP can be used in combination with other cosmetic treatments, such as microneedling or laser therapy, to enhance their effects. PRP also has a relatively short recovery time, with most patients able to return to their normal activities within a day or two (due to the swelling and redness at the treatment area). Overall, PRP offers a safe, effective, and natural way to improve the appearance and health of your skin.
The safety and effectiveness of PRP.
PRP, has been used for medical purposes for more than 30 years, but its use in cosmetic treatments is a relatively new development. However, studies have shown that PRP is a safe and effective treatment for a variety of cosmetic concerns, including fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, and uneven skin tone. With its concentrated solution of platelets and growth factors PRP stimulates the body's natural healing processes, resulting in smoother, more youthful-looking skin. While individual results vary, most patients see significant improvements in their skin's appearance after typically two to three treatments spaced one month apart.

The BEST part is that at our OPEN HOUSE May 4, 2023 from 4:30-7:30pm we will have an EVENT-ONLY special on our PRP package. If PRP is of interest to you, be sure to RSVP to our Open House for a bonus gift card and then join us for sweets, treats, and demos. 

See you soon at the spa.

Cindy Fehr RN(NP)
<![CDATA[Hyaluronic Acid...the holy grail of skincare?]]>Sat, 08 Apr 2023 17:17:31 GMThttps://naturalbeautymedicalaesthetics.ca/blog/hyaluronic-acidthe-holy-grail-of-skincare
Do you feel like you are seeing hyaluronic acid skincare advertisements popping up everywhere? Well, there is very good reason… This post breaks down the science behind this skincare superstar, its potential benefits, and how to incorporate it into your skincare routine.

What is hyaluronic acid and how does it work?
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body that helps to retain moisture in the skin. As we age, our natural levels of hyaluronic acid decrease, contributing to dryness, fine lines, and wrinkles. Did you know that by age 30 your body has stopped producing approximately half the hyaluronic acid it used to produce?  Yep, it’s true AND that means your tissue is less hydrated and plump. By incorporating hyaluronic acid into your skincare routine, you can help to replenish these levels and improve the overall appearance and health of your skin.
Benefits of using hyaluronic acid in your skincare.
Hyaluronic acid has numerous benefits when it comes to skincare. It is a powerful humectant, meaning it can help to draw moisture into the skin and keep it hydrated. Hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1000 times its weight in hydration. This can help to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as prevent future signs of aging. Additionally, hyaluronic acid can help to soothe and calm the skin, making it a great ingredient for those with sensitive or irritated skin. Overall, incorporating hyaluronic acid into your skincare routine can help to improve the health and appearance of your skin.
How to incorporate hyaluronic acid into your skincare routine.
There are a few different ways to incorporate hyaluronic acid into your skincare routine. One option is to use a serum or moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid as one of the main ingredients. Another option is to use a hyaluronic acid-based face mask or sheet mask. You can also find hyaluronic acid in some facial cleansers and toners. It’s important to note that while hyaluronic acid is generally safe for all skin types, it’s always a good idea to patch test a new product before using it all over your face.

Potential side effects and precautions to take.
While hyaluronic acid is generally safe for most people, there are a few potential side effects to be aware of. Some people may experience redness, itching, or irritation after using a product containing hyaluronic acid. In rare cases, hyaluronic acid can cause an allergic reaction. If you have any concerns about using hyaluronic acid, it’s always a good idea to consult with your skincare professional.
Finding the right hyaluronic acid product for your skin type.
With so many hyaluronic acid products on the market, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one for your skin type. If you have dry or mature skin, look for products with a higher concentration of hyaluronic acid to provide maximum hydration. For oily or acne-prone skin, opt for lighter formulas that won’t clog pores. It’s also important to consider the other ingredients in the product and how they may interact with your skin. As always, patch test new products before incorporating them into your skincare routine.
Our favourite hyaluronic acid is Alastin’s HA Immerse Serum. It won the 2022 New Beauty award for Best Hyaluronic Acid Serum. It contains a proprietary Octapeptide-45 to help the skin naturally increase its own high-molecular hyaluronic acid production for long-term skin plumping, deep hydration, and anti-aging effects. It is fast absorbing and smooth for dewier appearing skin.
Want some for yourself? We always have some to pick up at the medispa and you can also order online from our website store

See you soon at the MediSpa.

Cindy Fehr RN(NP)
<![CDATA[Lip Flip versus Lip Filler: Which One is Right for You?]]>Sun, 26 Mar 2023 23:10:46 GMThttps://naturalbeautymedicalaesthetics.ca/blog/lip-flip-versus-lip-filler-which-one-is-right-for-you
If you're looking to enhance your lips, you may be wondering whether a lip flip or lip filler is the right choice for you. These two popular options work in different and complimentary ways. Here's what you need to know to help make an informed decision.

Understanding the difference between lip flip and lip filler.

LIP FLIP is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that involves injecting a small amount of neuromodulator (tox) into the muscles around your lips. This relaxes the muscles to cause the upper lip to roll slightly upward, creating the illusion of a fuller upper lip, while also preventing the it from flattening or rolling under when you smile. The effects of a lip flip typically last 2 months and can be repeated as needed. It’s important to note that a lip flip does not add volume to your lips, but rather enhances the natural shape and contour of your upper lip.

LIP FILLER, on the other hand, involves injecting a hyaluronic acid-based gel into your lips to add volume and structure. The filler is injected into specific areas of your lips, and with skilled techniques, to add plumpness, definition, and to correct asymmetries or irregularities. The effects of lip filler typically last for 6-12 months, depending on the type of filler used and your metabolism. 

When deciding between lip flip and lip filler, there are certain factors to consider. Lip flip is considered a good option for those who want a subtle enhancement and don't want to commit to the longer-lasting effects of lip filler. On the other hand, lip filler is a more dramatic option that can create a significant change in the appearance of your lips. While it costs more, lip filler lasts longer. When deciding the option most suitable for you, it is important to consider your desired outcome, budget, and the level of commitment you're willing to make before choosing between lip flip and lip filler.

Ultimately, the decision between lip flip and lip filler should be made in consultation with a professional who will review your individual needs and goals, as well as your medical history and any potential risks or complications. We can also provide guidance on aftercare and maintenance to ensure the best possible results. 

Still unsure what is right for you? Don’t hesitate to book a complimentary consultation, to get all your questions answered, and plan the BEST option for you!

With the ease of a click, book online through our bio.site

See you soon at the MediSpa

Cindy Fehr RN(NP)
<![CDATA[Why Good Sleep is Essential for Skin Health...]]>Sun, 19 Mar 2023 17:43:35 GMThttps://naturalbeautymedicalaesthetics.ca/blog/why-good-sleep-is-essential-for-skin-health
A good night’s sleep is not only important for mental and physical health, but it also has a significant effect on your skin. Poor sleep can lead to dry skin, wrinkles, dark circles under the eyes (more tired appearance), and a weakened immune system, among other issues. This can impact health, appearance, and perceived social appeal1,2,3. Read on to discover what science has to say about the connection between sleep and skin health.

Did you know your skin has its own circadian rhythm?
That’s right, skin has a rhythm cycle that relates to oil production, skin cell stimulation (for good and bad cells), sensitivity reactions, and aging. Stress and shift work can therefore impact this natural workflow of the skin and impact skin health and skin reactions like acne, rosacea, and eczema.4,5

The Key Role of Sleep in Skin Health.
Sleep plays an important role in skin health because it repairs and renews cells, which helps keep skin looking vibrant and healthy. During sleep, the body goes through a process of restorative healing that affects your physical and mental wellbeing. Additionally, sleep can help regulate stress levels, which can reduce inflammation, as well as balance hormone levels that support cell growth.
Research Links Poor Sleep to Premature Aging and Acne Breakouts.
A study published in Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology6 suggests that individuals who sleep five hours or less each night experience premature aging of their skin, such as wrinkles, dark spots, and reduced elasticity. Furthermore, sleep deprivation has been linked to acne breakouts due to increased production of the stress hormone cortisol.7 Therefore, getting an adequate amount of quality sleep is essential for maintaining youthful-looking skin.

So What Can You Do?

1.   Establish a Bedtime Routine to Help You Get a Good Night’s Rest. To ensure that you're getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per night8, it's important to create a regular bedtime and sleep routine as an essential part of any skin health plan. Just like diet and exercise, creating a consistent routine before sleeping can help promote healthy sleep and healthier skin. Try to go to bed at the same time every night and limit your exposure to bright screens at least one hour before sleep. Additionally, avoid caffeine late in the day, take a warm bath or shower to relax your body before bed, write down all thoughts that are worrying you to free your mind for sleep, read a book or listen to calming music before falling asleep.

2.   Practice Stress Management Techniques to Improve Your Overall Sleep Quality. Stress is one of the main reasons for insomnia, which in turn can affect your skin by raising cortisol levels (the stress hormone). Regularly practicing stress management techniques like yoga, breathing exercises, or mindfulness meditation can help you get better sleep. These techniques can also reduce stress hormones that lead to breakouts and other skin problems.

3.   Create a Conducive Sleep Environment Design a comfortable sleeping space that is cool, and with black-out curtains or eye masks to keep out light (especially important for shift workers). Fresh sheets and calming natural scents can also help set the stage for good sleep. Fight the urge to fall asleep in front of the television or electronics as this disrupts wind-down hormones. Incorporating these strategies regularly will signal your body that it’s time for rest and get you ready for a good night's sleep.

4.   Supplements When All Else Fails If you continue to experience symptoms of poor sleep, there are products available to help improve your overall quality of rest, such as special pillows, cooling masks, weighted blankets, white noise apps, and supplements to support hormone regulation.

Melatonin – this ‘sleep hormone’ is naturally made in our bodies from serotonin, during darker hours of the day. Its level naturally rises about 2 hours before bedtime to help put you into a state of calmness which is helpful for sleep induction. Bright light during morning and afternoon helps signal melatonin release in the evening. Blue light exposure neutralizes melatonin’s effect. Melatonin supplements (1-3mg) two hours before bedtime may help if you have difficulty with sleep initiation.9

L-theanine – is a naturally occurring amino acid that helps promote relaxation and reduced anxiety levels by increasing gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), dopamine, and serotonin which can collectively help slow brain activity, and improve calmness.10 For sleep, it may help some fall asleep more quickly without negative sedative effects.

GABA – is a neurotransmitter (body chemical for cell communication) that helps clam brain cells from overwhelm, thus thought to help with sleep initiation for those whose brain is ‘racing’. It can be found naturally in some food sources and in supplements. According to a 2019 study, when combined with L-theanine, GABA can have a positive synergistic effect on sleep quality and duration when compared to either alone.11

5-HTP – 5-hydroxytriptophan is a natural by-product of tryptophan from the foods we eat. It is also found in supplements and helps our body produce more serotonin (helps regulate mood and sleep-wake cycles). In supplements it is thought to help increase natural serotonin, which in turn can help improve melatonin levels, and quality sleep.12

We have quality sleep aid supports available in the medi-spa for your convenience.

I hope this has been informative and helpful in strategizing good sleep habits to optimize your healthy, youthful, and refreshed skin.

See you at the spa soon.

Cindy Fehr RN(NP)