Britta’s Top 5 Fall Beauty Tips

Fall is upon us, which means drier and colder weather for our skin and hair to endure. Just like the changing colors of the leaves, we should also change things up this fall to keep us looking young and healthy. Maintain your beauty this season with these 5 Fall Beauty Tips from Britta.

  • Change up your face washing routine You don’t want to treat your skin the same during the fall as you would during the summer. Changing weather and humidity conditions have different effects on our skin. During the fall, it’s important to clean and exfoliate at least two times per week.Work in the use of a Retin-A one to two times per week before you go to bed at night. This powerful form of Vitamin A helps the skin renew itself, reducing the appearance of fine lines and mottled skin discoloration. Also, even though summer is coming to a close, use SPF 30 in the morning to ensure your skin is protected the rest of the day. Continue this routine throughout the fall to keep your skin looking young and beautiful.
  • Change up that makeup! We love dramatic eye makeup during the fall, so try out some cat eyes for your next night out. It’s simple, just use your eyeliner to elongate the eyes. In doing so, you add intensity, and the effect of an instant eye lift! While you’re at it, add a little bit of autumn-inspired eyeshadow too. This fall we love shades of burgundy, navy and plum.
  • Argan oil is your hair’s new best friend. Sometimes known as moroccan oil, Argan oil is a product of the Moroccan argan tree. It’s often dubbed ‘liquid gold’ for its amazing qualities. Argan oil contains large amounts of Vitamin E and fatty acids that help soften hair. Vitamin E also promotes healthy hair growth as it contains antioxidants that help boost cells and encourage them to produce healthy hair. Bonus: Argan oil is also fabulous for the skin.
  • Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. In the fall, the weather is hot and dry in southern California, so we need more moisturizer and hydration like hyaluronic acid. The job of hyaluronic acid in the skin is to retain moisture. When there is adequate water from inside and out, the skin looks more vibrant and is less prone to wrinkles.
  • Treat your skin professionally. Consider a Dermaplaning appointment with us to remove sun spots and slough away dry, damaged skin cells. Try a Hydrafacial treatment to exfoliate and bring out refreshed, radiant skin that is ready to take on the crisp, fall air.

 

Your Beauty Blueprint

Are you busy and on the go?  Confused by the multitude of beauty treatments out there? Let us Custom Design a Beauty Blueprint for you. No Surgery Required. No need to reshuffle your schedule. We work with your needs. Schedule your consult today with Beauty Expert, Britta Wetteskind, R. N.

When to Protect Your Skin from the Sun

beach-650751_640-300x225It’s almost summertime! The sun is out, and people are spending more and more time outside.  After spending months of your time indoors, it’s easy to forget about the importance of properly protecting yourself from the harshness of the sun. However, a few lifestyle changes can help prevent sunburn, such as effectively monitoring your fatty acids, increasing raw vegetable intake (particularly the vegetables which contain skin protecting antioxidant phytonutrients), and avoiding processed foods and sugars.

The sun does, however, have its benefits; it gives us vitamin D, and sunscreen actually blocks our ability to receive it. Therefore, it is recommended to only use sunscreen when you are unable to uncover and protect your skin.

Vitamin D has the following benefits:

  • cardiovascular health
  • lowers cholesterol
  • improves muscle strength
  • lowers blood pressure
  • healthier immune system
  • healthier kidneys
  • healthier teeth
  • stronger bones

To obtain these healthy vitamins, clothing, such as hats and sunglasses, can help shield bodies from unhealthy rays. However, if you are unable to cover exposed skin, be sure to use sunscreen to avoid a harmful sunburn.

It is crucial to ensure your sunscreen doesn’t contain any of these harmful ingredients:

  • Para amino benzoic acid
  • Octyl salicyclate
  • Avobenzone
  • Oxybenzone
  • Cinoxate
  • Padimate
  • Dioxybenzone
  • Phenylbenzimidazole
  • Homosalate
  • Sulisobenzone
  • Menthyl anthranilate
  • Trolamine salicyclate
  • Octocrylene

To easily ensure you are using an effective and safe sunscreen, Natural Sunscreen is 100% natural.

The active ingredients in this innovative sunscreen are:

  • Sunflower oil – which contains vitamins A, D, and E
  • Lecithin – found in plant cell membrane (soy)
  • Coconut oil – a mild, and gentle moisturizer
  • Glycerine – attracts the perfect amount of water in order to maintain skin’s homeostasis
  • Jojoba oil – softens and moisturizes your skin
  • Tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E) – a natural preservative
  • Shea butter – promotes and moisturizes healthy skin
  • Eucalyptus oil – not only does this essential oil dissolve into your skin, but it also assists other oils to do so as well

You can purchase sunscreens that are easy on the skin and effective from European Wellness.

Please give us a call! Have fun in the sun, but remember to be careful!

Britta Featured in May 2016 issue of Riviera Magazine

britta-may2016Our very own Britta Wetteskind is featured in the Beauty and Innovation section of this month’s Riviera Magazine! View the article excerpts below:

On Rosacea:
Rosacea consists of those threadlike veins that appear on the cheeks and nose. It’s been said home remedies like green tea and apple cider vinegar can help minimize it–temporarily. IPL photorejuvenation, however, is permanent. “Our Syneron Elos Plus laser has a vascular setting that removes the capillaries visible on the surface of the skin,” says Britta. It may take more than one treatment, but the results are immediate. Happy face!

On Skin Tightening:
Like a magic wand, Sublime uses the combined energies of bipolar radiofrequency and infrared light technology to stimulate collagen and improve skin texture, leaving it supple and more youthful-looking. “There’s no pain. The treatment time is fast. And results are noticeable in 3 to 6 weeks,” Britta explains. “It fits perfectly into a busy lifestyle and schedule.”

Click here to view the full articles in the magazine!

Beauty from the inside out! Experience Wellness.

When it comes to  wellness- Britta says, “You are only as beautiful as you feel. Your beauty is a reflection of the daily choices you make. Choose well, feel well. The former Ford Model, Fitness Coach, and Registered Nurse suggests, ” Drinking plenty of water H2O, getting at least 8 hours of sleep, eating healthy, and staying fit- to feed your body and your soul. Nourish your  brain with the proper nutrition and supplements. Your brain is only 3% of your body weight, but consumes 40% of our nutrients from fat and protein sources.”

How to Improve your Beauty Sleep

beauty-sleepTo maintain a mental and physical balance in the body, it is really important to get a sound sleep. There are thousands of people who suffer from insomnia, which ultimately results in various health problems. When we sleep, our immune cells get charged up and recover the disease fighting capability. So to have a healthy lifestyle, good sleep is of utmost importance.

Reasons for not getting a Sound Sleep

  • Some people are in the habit of watching TV while in the bed. Such people suffer from lack of sleep and get stuck with various health related problems.
  • Too much coffee intake during office hours can also result in lack of sleep, as it contains caffeine.
  • If you have an unbalanced diet at irregular intervals, it might cause a problem for you at night, while taking sleep. The body starts craving at night also and results in sleeplessness.
  • Even an uncomfortable mattress or pillow can bother your sleep. So be very particular while selecting mattresses for your bed.

Effects of Sleeplessness

If a person is not able to sleep well at night, he may suffer from various diseases and awful outcomes. Some of the consequences which result from lack of sleep are:

  • Short Memory
  • Low concentration and alertness
  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Lowered speed of repairing tissue
  • Stoutness
  • Sleep walking

How to get a sound sleep?

  • Before going to sleep, try listening to soft music or do some yoga for relaxing the body.
  • Go to bed only when you feel sleepy.
  • Avoid sleeping on couches or settee and choose a cozy bed while sleeping.
  • Keep away from caffeine and alcohol, as they can give rise to lack of sleep as well.

Benefits of Sleep for a Healthy Lifestyle

  • When we take a good sleep, we feel fresh and are able to perform our jobs with more concentration. A person who is suffering from lack of sleep might feel irritated and lethargic. This can result in slow metabolic process and one may not be able to focus on the daily jobs.
  • Some people prefer sleeping for almost seven to eight hours and call it “Beauty Sleep.” This is due to the reason that a sound sleep helps us look much better and rejuvenates our skin. When we sleep, all the metabolic processes take place and toxins are cleansed from the body, thereby giving us healthy skin. This is the reason we feel fresh and relieved of dark circles.
  • It has been proven scientifically that people who sleep well at night have comparatively more power to fight diseases than those who do not sleep soundly. When we sleep at night, the cells of our immune system get charged up and are prepared for the next 24 hours. To fight diseases we should sleep well at night.

A good sleep costs nothing, but is priceless. So sleep well and improve your beauty and lifestyle.

5 Proven Ways to Lose Stubborn Fat

Why is it that no matter how hard we try, some fat just refuses to go away? If losing it were as easy as joining a gym, the term “stubborn fat” wouldn’t exist. The struggle is real, so here are a few helpful tips to finally rid your body of those last few inches:

ways-stubborn-fatThink H2O: Each day, try drinking half of your weight in ounces of water. If this seems difficult, try this trick: When you find yourself feeling hungry at odd times in the day, reach for a cup of water before grabbing food. This can help fulfill your craving, as often times, our mind tends to confuse hunger and thirst. Drinking that extra amount of water fills you up and keeps you from overeating.

Water is an awesome, natural metabolism booster: When your metabolism slows, your organs won’t function as efficiently, which slows your weight loss. Drinking lots of water, especially during a workout, is a simple step to increase your metabolism and aid your progress.

Never stop moving: Summer is approaching – get out and enjoy the sunshine! Running, biking, swimming and even walking help keep your heart rate up, and win over resistance training for weight loss exercises. Also, make sure your workouts are at least 30 minutes long to get the most out of your routine.

If you are already exercising regularly, increase your workout session by about 15 minutes and change up your workout routine. Altering the type of exercise you do, the frequency, duration and the intensity gives your metabolism an extra boost and helps to burn extra calories.

Take your diet seriously: In order to lose that stubborn fat, you can’t just decrease your calorie intake a few days a week and expect results. Get strict with your diet, but not to the point where you end up hungry. Try eating smaller, more frequent meals. Make sure you are eating lots of high-quality protein (chicken, fish and beans), fruits and veggies.
Try supplementing your diet. The AMA recently changed their position on supplements and decided that most Americans can’t get the nutrients they need from food alone. Adding a good multivitamin to your diet can help nourish millions of cells and keep you balanced.

Get support: Sticking to a weight loss goal can be difficult. Do you have a friend who is also trying to lose a few pounds? Ask them if they want to start a weight loss program with you. A combination of professional support and support from your friend can help you achieve the best results.

Get a little professional help: If you have tried everything you can to lose that stubborn fat, there are professional treatments that will certainly get the job done. And no, you don’t have to go under the knife for a risky surgery.

Try a safe, non-invasive treatment like Liposonix. This FDA-approved treatment uses ultrasound energy to blast unwanted fat and is perfect for targeting those “problem areas”. Best of all? You can see results after just one treatment. In fact, most patients report losing 1-3 inches, or one whole dress or pant size.

Four Simple Things to do Before Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, we’re all worried about looking and feeling our best for that special someone. In addition to deciding what to wear and squeezing in that extra workout, we need to consider the little things we can do to feel good about ourselves for that special day. So, here are a few simple tips to help you look and feel your very best:

1. Drink lots of water: Water can be a miracle elixir for your body and skin. It hydrates and refreshes you and keeps your body functioning properly. In this next week leading up to Valentine’s Day, try to drink more of it (Britta recommends drinking half your weight in ounces).

2. Get your beauty sleep: This one is simple; make sure to get at least 6-8 hours of sleep a night. More sleep means you’ll be in a better mood, your immune system will be stronger, and your body and skin will look and feel better.

3. Avoid salty foods: Salt leads to bloating, and bloating leads to us feeling, well, not our best. Limit your salt intake to ensure your tummy doesn’t feel full and uncomfortable on Valentine’s Day.

4. Pamper yourself: Get your nails and hair done, do an at-home face mask, or even schedule a Hydrafacial at European Wellness. Take some “me time” and relax. Whatever makes you feel pretty because let’s be honest, Valentine’s Day is about us women.

Have a lovely Valentine’s Day with that special someone, and have a glass of champagne for us!

Pre-Holiday Must-Have Treatments

ewc-blog-pre-holiday-checklistFrom weight loss to wrinkle reduction, we all want to know the best pre-holiday beauty treatments that actually work. Here is our list of must-have treatments to consider before the holiday season to leave you looking flawless.

If you eat right and exercise, but still have one to three inches of belly fat, you may want to consider our Liposonix treatment to remove that unwanted fat before the holiday party season. Liposonix is a non-invasive treatment that works by targeting and blasting stubborn fat with high intensity frequency ultrasound. To learn more or schedule an appointment, click here or contact us with further questions.

Another treatment you should consider is the Photofacial. It is good to get one after the summer season and one right before the holidays. The Photofacial uses light to pull up and fade away sun damage, age spots, redness and broken capillaries. If you have summer sun damage, it may take a few treatments to see the results, but it is worth it. We also suggest using our private label Firm and Fade Cream every other day to lift skin and fade age spots. We can also combine the Photofacial with our Sublime firming laser to firm skin and improve skin texture.

A great fall refresher is to get botox in the upper part of the face to relax crows feet and wrinkles, and to get our Sublime Firming Laser in the lower part of the face. Using bipolar radiofrequency and light energies, the laser heats the dermal tissue to stimulate collagen production in the face. Fine wrinkles are reduced and facial contours are improved. Overall skin quality will appear smoother and more even. There is no numbing or downtime for this treatment so it is great to get it a few days before your next black tie event.

Patients ask us all the time: “Which laser is right for me?” We suggest scheduling a free consult to learn more about the different options and how they can help reduce fine lines and skin laxity, and sun damage. However, we do suggest our clear + brilliant fractionated laser as a great laser to improve skin tone and texture with no downtime.

Treat Crow’s Feet with Botox

In January of 2014, Allegran Inc. announced that Botox has received the license from the MHRA to nationally market the injectable as an authorized, temporary crow’s feet treatment!

The license is the result of two randomized, placebo-controlled clinical studies involving more than 1,300 patients. The studies found that patients who received the actual Botox treatment achieved only mild lines or none at all. In general, the patients who received the Botox injections reported that they started to look younger and more attractive after the the treatment.

Crow’s feet lines are the top aging concerns for people in the United States. Even though these lines form a natural part of our eye expression, they can begin to make us look stressed or tired. Botox can effectively deliver a natural, refreshed look, allowing patients to look younger and feel more confident.

Have you been wanting to get rid of crow’s feet or fine lines? Come to our next Botox Day where we offer discounted Botox at only $8.95 a unit. It’s a steal! Or make an appointment for a non-Botox Day where you’ll get Botox for just $12 a unit.

Is it your first time getting Botox? Don’t worry. We offer a comfortable and relaxing environment with the friendliest staff to assist you. If it will make you feel more comfortable, bring a buddy with you. If you bring a friend, you’ll also receive 5 free units of BotoQuestions or concerns about Botox? Book a free consultation here. Click here to book your Botox appointment and get rid of those crow’s feet.