Posts Tagged ‘Head to Toe by Arlene’

Your Skin and the Lazy Days of Summer

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Maybe it’s because daylight lingers until after eight p.m. Or perhaps we want to re-live the days of our youth, when summer meant long hours by the lake or the pool, grilling our meals outdoors, and driving with the windows open while our favorite tunes blared through the speakers.

Whatever it is, we feel the urge to slow down in summer – even when our jobs, families, and other responsibilities are tugging us in every direction. We fight back a little, take it easy, relax…

But the lazy days of summer take a tremendous toll on our skin, so proper skin care is something we need to make a priority all summer long.

A few tips from Arlene:

  • Sunscreen – before spending long hours by the lake or pool, prepare your skin by applying sunscreen (and reapply no less than every two hours). But not just any sunscreen. Head To Toe by Arlene recommends Elta MD, a medical grade zinc oxide formula that protects your skin from harmful rays without all the chemicals found in popular over-the-counter brands.
  • Hydrafacial – exposure to sun, wind, smoke from the grill, pollution in the air, even the drying effects of air conditioning, dries your skin, leaving it sensitive and dehydrated. A Hydrafacial treatment at Head To Toe by Arlene will help you declare your independence from dry skin. Hydrafacial cleans and exfoliates your skin to remove the dry, dead skin cells, then hydrates and moisturizes the new skin, leaving your complexion radiant and healthy. Best of all, Hydrafacial is safe for all skin types, and can be performed in conjunction with any other skin care treatment.
  • Cleanse – be sure to cleanse your skin each day to remove the environmental pollutants that can clog pores and leave your skin feeling dry and looking lackluster. Arlene cautions against using soap, which can make dry skin worse.
  • Products – you don’t have a face like everybody else’s, so why would you use an over-the-counter skin care product that is “one-size-fits-all”? Arlene carries a full line of B. Kamins, Image Skincare, Tend Skin, and Clarisonic technology, and evaluates your skin (and your habits and lifestyle) to recommend the products that will work best for you.
  • *JULY SPECIAL – In honor of our nation’s birthday (and Arlene’s), we invite you to Declare Your Independence from Dry Skin with a $100 Hydrafacial Treatment (usually $150), July 1 through August 31, 2014.

Call Arlene at 770.973.7270, or email today headtotoebyarlene@yahoo.com to schedule your appointment.

Relax and let Arlene pamper you. That’s the right way to enjoy the Lazy Days of Summer!

Give the Gift of Face Time for Father’s Day

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

It’s been more than 100 years since the first Father’s Day celebration, at a YMCA in Spokane, Washington. Sonora Dodd marked the date to celebrate her father, a single dad who raised six children.

Since 1910, millions of ties have been wrapped and given as gifts, and I’m sure the funds spent on golf paraphernalia is nearing the billion dollar mark.

We live in the age of casual office attire – that thankfully doesn’t require ties or cuff links, and custom-fitted clubs. And while any gift shows your appreciation for all Dad has done, I know a gift that will not only “wow” your father, but also show him just how much you appreciate all he’s done for you: turning back the hands of time with a Radiesse® Volumizing Filler treatment at Head To Toe by Arlene.

Men love the treatment because it provides immediate results that can last for a year or more!

Immediate Results

Radiesse® Volumizing Filler is injected through a fine needle directly under the skin’s surface. Calcium suspended in the gel adds volume, and many patients see instant reduction in wrinkles and creases.

Continued Improvement

As the mineral breaks down over time, it stimulates the skin’s natural collagen to provide additional structure, even after the filler has diminished.

Long-Term Results

After the gel is absorbed and the calcium is metabolized by the body, natural collagen is left behind – for a year or more in some patients.

Let’s face it (yes – pun intended!), one of the many side effects of parenthood is wrinkles, so a gift of Radiesse® Volumizing Filler will help both you and Dad look great this Father’s Day!

Head To Toe by Arlene now offers injectables for men and women, by appointment. And we still provide facials, skin care, and hair removal, using the most up-to-date methods that will leave you looking and feeling fabulous!

Call today – or visit us online – for your gift card or appointment! 770-973-7270 or www.headtotoebyarlene.com.

Don’t Get “Burned” by Chemicals in Sunscreens

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

**May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month**

There’s no such thing as a “healthy tan” if you’re skipping the sunscreen to achieve your summer glow, but did you know that there are ingredients in most sunscreens that are potentially harmful to your health?

As frightening as it is, recent findings have indicated that oxybenzone – found in more than half of beach and sport sunscreens – can be absorbed through the skin and cause hormone disruption and cell damage that can lead to skin cancer. In addition, 4MBC and octinoxate – common chemicals in many popular sunscreen products – have been shown to be toxic to reproductive systems and may interfere with normal development.

Rather than cover up and avoid the sun, Marietta esthetician Arlene Manning suggests choosing the tried-and-true mineral blocker that is not only the most effective sun blocker, but also the safest: zinc oxide.

Now, I’m sure that when you think of zinc, you conjure the image of the lifeguards with thick streaks of white zinc oxide sunblock on their noses and cheeks, but improvements in delivery methods have banished the white-out look while maintaining zinc oxide’s extremely effective coverage against both UVA and UVB rays that damage the skin.

Arlene now carries the EltaMD® line of sun care products, a medical grade sunscreen that is safe for all skin types to provide ultimate sun protection and prevent damage that causes premature aging as well as sun-related skin diseases.

“One of the benefits of my new partnership with a medical director is that I am able to offer medical grade skin care treatments such as EltaMD,” Arlene says. “Most of my clients participate in outdoor activities like tennis, running, cycling, and swimming. And because they are already caring for their skin with regular facials and other skin treatments, it only makes sense that I can provide them with a safe, effective sunscreen alternative that doesn’t contain chemicals and won’t irritate their skin or their eyes when they exercise.”

Head To Toe by Arlene now carries these EltaMD Sun Care products:

  • EltaMD UV Sport Broad-Spectrum SPF 50
    • Full-body sunscreen for all skin types, featuring SPF 50 with 9% transparent zinc oxide. This sunscreen is Water Resistant for 80 minutes, won’t rinse off in water, and doesn’t drip into your eyes when you sweat. Plus, it’s safe for use on children.
  • EltaMD UV Spray Broad-Spectrum SPF 46
    • Full-body sunscreen for all skin types, featuring SPF 46 with 9.3% transparent zinc oxide. This product sprays on white then dries clear, is Water Resistant for 80 minutes and provides oil-free protection for face and body.
  • EltaMD UV Physical Broad-Spectrum SPF 41
    • Facial sunscreen for extra-sensitive and post-procedure skin (great after a facial!), featuring SPF 41 with 9% transparent zinc oxide and 7% titanium oxide. This chemical-free sunscreen is lightly tinted, Water Resistant for 40 minutes, and may be used on both face and body to prevent sun damage.
  • EltaMD UV Lip Balm Broad-Spectrum SPF 31
    • Moisturizing lip sunscreen safe for all skin types, featuring SPF 31 with 5% transparent zinc oxide, this product is Water Resistant for 80 minutes.

Take the chemicals out of your sun protection arsenal this summer – and Think Zinc! And visit Head To Toe by Arlene for all of the skin care and sun protection services and products that will make you look like a million this summer!

Call today for your appointment, or to find out more about the EltaMD Sun Care products – 770-973-7970, or visit www.HeadToToebyArlene.com.

The New ABCs of Beauty

Friday, April 18th, 2014

In April, Head To Toe by Arlene added a new youth-preserving option to its Aesthetic Treatment menu: Injectable Aesthetic Treatments, including Belotero Balance® Dermal Filler, Xeomin® (botulinum toxin Type A injections) and RADIESSE® Volumizing Filler, administered (by appointment only) each Thursday by Candy Morrow, RN.

Arlene advocates seeking whatever beauty treatments her clients are comfortable with in order to achieve their desired beauty results, and the opportunity to provide Injectable Aesthetic Treatments on-site means that Head To Toe by Arlene now offers the most comprehensive selection of non-surgical treatment options at your favorite spa!

Xeomin® injections improve the appearance of frown lines on the face, using a pure form of botulinum toxin Type A. Results are apparent in as little as 24-48 hours, and last 3 to 4 months.

Belotero Balance® Dermal Filler is a hyaluronic acid (HA) treatment that bonds with the water in your skin to fill in wrinkles and folds. Hyaluronic Acid is a natural component of skin, and this treatment provides immediate results that soften lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth (“laugh lines”).

RADIESSE® Volumizing Filler uses gel and calcium-based microspheres to provide a structure beneath the skin’s surface where your own natural collagen can grow.

Before Radiesse Treatment

Thanks to Arlene’s commitment to continuing education, Head To Toe by Arlene offers treatments that restore youthful glow while also preserving or restoring the natural health of your skin.

“No two faces are alike,” Arlene says, which is why she discourages the use of one-size-fits-all over-the-counter skincare products. Instead, she carries a full line of skincare solutions that are designed by chemists to work with the skin at the cellular level.

She takes the time to custom-design a treatment plan for each client, then educates her clients about the treatments they receive at Head To Toe – from dermaplaning and hydrafacials to chemical peels and injectable aesthetics – and which products and techniques to use at home, in between appointments, to maximize their results.

After Radiesse Treatment

Arlene is hosting a meet-and-greet event to introduce Candy Morrow and answer questions about the new Injectable Aesthetic Treatments, on Thursday, May 1. Call 770-973-7270 or email arlene@headtotoebyarlene.com for more information, and to RSVP. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served – a true Ladies’ Night Out!

And, of course, you are welcome to call and reserve an appointment for Injectables – or any other Head To Toe by Arlene service, so you can look and feel your best for Mother’s Day, graduation, and every day!

Dermaplaning: All The Rage, But NOT All New!

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Magazines and medical or beauty programs are always talking about new products or techniques that the celebrities are flocking to as the “must-have” treatment. Because I take my job very seriously, I’ve already heard about most of them, and if I feel like it’s a fad or maybe doesn’t yield the results you’re looking for, I will tell you up front.

And every once in awhile you’ll call me and ask me about a “new” treatment and I’ll tell you that I’ve been offering it to my clients for years, with fabulous results.

One such treatment is DERMAPLANING.

Ever since the Real Housewives of New York City started talking about dermaplaning treatments, I’ve had calls asking if I’m familiar with the procedure. And I am happy to say that I can refer them to almost every one of my existing clients, who have enjoyed the benefits – and compliments – as a result of having dermaplaning as part of their skin care regimen with me here at Head To Toe by Arlene.

What is Dermaplaning?

We’ve all heard about the benefits of exfoliating – removing the dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, to restore the healthy glow, smooth fine lines, reduce acne scarring, and remove facial hair. The result is a smoother complexion, and the perfect “canvas” for your skin care products and cosmetics to perform optimally.

Dermaplaning is the process by which a professional – an esthetician, dermatologist, or other trained skin care specialist – performs the exfoliation with a blade.

Don’t worry, hair doesn’t grow back thicker after dermaplaning. And I recommend it for most of my clients, although I will first evaluate your skin, discuss any specific problems you may have, such as acne, rosacea, or sensitivity, and make sure the procedure is something that will benefit you.

Dermaplaning is most effective when combined with regular facials – such as hydrafacial and oxygen facial – and the use of the right practices and products at home, in between facial appointments.

If you’ve heard about dermaplaning and are interested in learning how you can incorporate it into your skin care regimen, give me a call. I love nothing more than to educate people about how they can look and feel their very best through proper skin care!

Call 770-973-7270 today for your appointment. And be sure to ask about our Spa Parties and Specials!

This Valentine’s Day, Love Your SKIN!

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

We’ve all seen the images of Cupid flitting around with his bow and heart-shaped arrows, wearing nothing but a little diaper, and showing off all of that SKIN! Who among us would dare bare our skin so confidently – especially in mid-February?

You may be among those who believe that Winter Skin belongs buried under layers of clothing – possibly even turtlenecks and those new sweater-tights that cover your legs in some unflattering patterns.

Well, if you know me – Arlene Manning at Head To Toe by Arlene – chances are that you’ve at least given some thought to peeling back the layers and showing some skin (although diaper-wearing won’t quite draw the attention you seek. Might I suggest a sleeveless, backless dress? Or perhaps a lovely jacket which can be removed for dinner and dancing to reveal a shimmery camisole?)

Dry, cold air outside, plus dry heat inside, bathing in water that may be too hot, and neglecting your skin care regimen (because, you think, “who’s going to see it anyway?”) all contribute to Winter Skin. Did you know that you don’t have to feel that way?.

You see, Winter Skin doesn’t have to be dry, red, itcy, and hidden. An adjustment in the types of products you use, eating a healthy diet, and drinking enough water, combined with professional skin treatments using the latest technology, can keep you looking and feeling sleek, sexy, and beautiful even through the winter.

Come see me at my spa, and to try out the new treatments I have available to help remove the dry top layer of dead skin cells that clog your pores and leave your complexion looking dull and dry, then hydrate and add oxygen and essential nutrients to the layers beneath the surface of your skin where new cells form, so that your skin is plump, firm, and radiant – even in the Winter!

If you ask me, I think Cupid is out getting his own oxygen facial this week, so he can totally rock that diaper look without worry on Valentine’s Day!

Call me to learn more – 770-973-7270. I CAN’T WAIT to help you look and feel your best!

-Arlene

The Reality of Anti-Aging

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Open any magazine or watch any television program, and you’re likely to hear an ad touting anti-aging through a “Lunchtime Facelift.”

Honey, I’ve been in this business for more than forty years, and I can promise you that nobody can give you the same results you would get from a surgical procedure in the time it would take you to go through a drive-through or even enjoy a sit-down meal. Nothing – and I mean nothing – offers the same results as a surgical procedure.

Now, don’t think you have to go under the knife to have great skin. It just isn’t going to happen in an hour. It’s going to take regular appointments with your esthetician, and a skin care regimen with the right product – or products – for your particular skin type.

Think of it this way: you go to the dentist twice a year to have your teeth cleaned, but you understand that in order to keep them sparkling white, and cavity-free, you’re going to floss, and brush them at least twice a day. Depending on how sensitive your teeth are, you may need to use a special toothpaste or mouthwash.

It’s the same for your skin. If you have acne or rosacea or dry skin or laugh lines (okay, wrinkles), your esthetician will perform the treatment designed for your skin type, and prescribe the skin care products that will help encourage the production of elastin and collagen by reaching beyond the surface of your skin.

You will notice a healthier, more youthful glow when I perform a microcurrent treatment at your appointment. Microcurrent can be done during your lunch hour, and you will see noticeable differences in the brightness and texture of your skin. Your skin will feel softer and smoother. Lines, wrinkles, acne scars, dark spots, and sun damage will be diminished. So you might look as if you had a facelift.

I also have a treatment that delivers oxygen plasma directly to your skin to boost the rejuvenation, improve the appearance, and encourage cell growth, much like younger skin.

But please remember to embrace your unique features at every age. When you are fifty, don’t try to look twenty-five. If you want to have a surgical procedure, then by all means, do so! But I can tell you that there isn’t a product or procedure in the world that can turn back the hands of time.

Embrace your age! You’ve earned it! Recognize your own unique style, choose the treatments and products that will help your skin match your personality, and celebrate the beauty that is YOU!

I invite you to visit me at my spa, Head To Toe by Arlene, and see for yourself how great your skin can feel with a microcurrent or oxygen plasma treatment. We’ll talk about your concerns and I will help you figure out what products and techniques you can do at home to help you keep looking – and feeling – your best.

Call 770-973-7270 to book your appointment. Visit www.headtotoebyarlene.com to learn about the products and services we offer.

All the best,
~ Arlene

Dermaplaning Provides “Smooth Canvas” for Beauty Products

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Having the best products means little if they can’t reach their target – and that is especially true of skin care products, which can only do their “job” if they can get past the dead skin and environmental toxins to penetrate the skin’s surface.

Dermaplaning leaves skin cleaner and smoother for best product results

At Head To Toe by Arlene, there are two services that Arlene recommends for all of her clients, regardless of skin type: dermaplaning and Hydrafacial. When performed regularly, both treatments create a smoother surface, free of dead skin and pollutants, allowing products to more effectively clean, protect and rejuvenate the skin.

Dermaplaning literally removes the fine hairs and dead skin cells from the skin’s surface with a blade – almost like shaving. “Women often have the misconception that they are going to grow hair like men” if they remove their facial hair, Arlene says. “But that’s not going to happen because our hormonal make-up is different.”

She explains that as we age, sometimes women can develop “problem areas” of thicker or darker facial hair growth. Regular dermaplaning treatments can help control these problem areas, and is beneficial for all women to maintain a smoother, brighter complexion.

“Dermaplaning exfoliates the skin – it removes the dry, dead skin on top, in addition to the hair,” Arlene says. “Having a cleaner, smoother surface allows for better product penetration, and it allows for smoother, more even coverage when you apply make-up.”

She also recommends Hydrafacial for all of her clients, which exfoliates while adding essential moisture back into the skin. Featured several times on the popular daytime television show, “The Doctors,” Hydrafacial is touted as “the most effective

(photo courtesy of Hydrafacial)

non-laser skin treatment” for all skin types, in treatment of acne, dark circles, wrinkles and preventive care.

“Hydrafacial works on all skin types because it’s not abrasive,” Arlene says. Hydrafacial removes excess dirt and oil, dry skin cells and environmental toxins, resulting in a cleaner, more youthful complexion.

Educating her clients is important to Arlene, so that they understand why she performs certain treatments, and how they can maintain a healthy skin care regimen in between appointments.

For more information, or to book your appointment, call 770-973-7270 today.

Rinse & Repeat For Best Results

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

There’s nothing quite like the refreshed, vibrant feeling of your skin when you’ve had a facial with Arlene at Head To Toe by Arlene. Between the cleansing, the pampering, treatments and one-of-a-kind conversation, everyone leaves with skin that is brighter, toned and sporting a natural blush! (ahem!)

But just like going to the gym, the results only last as long as you can maintain good habits away from the spa.

“Even though you might notice a difference, one day of training your biceps isn’t going to make your arms more toned, just like one visit to the spa isn’t going to make your skin look younger forever,” Arlene says. “Even when you have a face lift, you have to maintain good habits at home to keep it looking good

Choosing the right products for your skin is an important part of maintaining that youthful look you’ve achieved through a facial or spa treatment, Arlene says. “I don’t sell Oil of Olay here, but there are people who swear by it,” she says.

“For them, I tell them if it works, then use it. But no matter what product you use, you have to alternate from time to time, just like you can’t do the same exercise all the time and expect to stay in shape. Because just like exercise, your skin gets used to the same workout, and it stops being effective.”

The products Arlene uses and sells at her spa have been developed by chemists and skincare experts, but she says that her clients should alternate between products to maintain their effectiveness.

“Products with peptides work to tighten your skin,” she says. “If you’re using a product for wrinkles, there are fillers for wrinkles, and that’s what those products do – they fill the wrinkles.”

It is possible to diminish wrinkles, rather than just fill them, she says. “Tightening comes from using products with peptides, and treatment with machines designed for that purpose.”

Some of her clients enjoy using multiple products, but she says that especially today, people who are busy often look for shortcuts to save time. “B Kamins BB Cream is a one-stop-shop that keeps life simple,” she says. “It has moisture and peptides, and the tint in this particular product is made from real diamonds, so it illuminates the positive aspects of your skin.”

Before anyone leaves her spa, Arlene discusses what she has done and how to maintain a proper skincare regimen at home until their next treatment.

“You can’t expect miracles from a single treatment,” she says. “Even if you go for plastic surgery, you still have to take care of your skin.”

One thing she does stress to her clients, however, is to not skimp on skincare. Unlike other spas, Arlene is the sole provider of skincare services at Head To Toe by Arlene, so she knows her clients and what needs to be done for each one to look their best.

Having practiced in the same location for decades, Arlene now works with the children – or grandchildren – of some of her original clients, some of whom travel from college or from their homes out-of-state for the tried-and-true skincare they receive at Head To Toe.

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Call 770-973-7270 or visit www.headtotoebyarlene.com for your appointment today.

The ABCs of Skin Care (Back-To-School Edition)

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

What separates a good esthetician from a great one is education, but Arlene Manning of Head To Toe by Arlene believes that education should extend beyond the practitioner to the client, for best results.

“You can go to the spa and get a treatment, but if you don’t take care of your skin in between appointments, you won’t experience the full benefits for your skin,” Arlene says.

These days, you can’t turn on the television or open a beauty magazine without seeing the “alphabet soup” of skin care products – Acne creams, BB creams, now CC creams… But what do the initials mean and what do they do for your skin?

The BB cream Arlene recommends comes from one of her most trusted product lines – B Kamins – because of the research and advanced technology used to create it, as well as the product’s success for a variety of skin types.

“BB simply stands for ‘Beauty Balm’,” Arlene explains. “But it can also be called ‘Blemish Balm’.”

Arlene recommends the 8-in-1 multi-tasking B Kamins BB Cream for clients who “want a product with coverage that will treat their skin at the same time.”

Packed with anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C and green tea extract, peptides and hyaluronic acid, B Kamins BB Cream has been shown to fight skin damage caused by exposure to UV rays, as well as damage caused by stress and aging; while correcting inconsistencies in skin texture and combating sagging skin, dullness and wrinkles.

“B Kamins uses raw ingredients to act as natural coverage,” explains B Kamins representative Ryan Christopher. “One of our ingredients is diamond powder – we use pure diamonds, not synthetic – to reflect light and give (your skin) a glow. And the hyaluronic acid helps restore moisture to your skin.”

B Kamins BB Cream is the perfect product for women who want coverage, sun protection and the benefits of anti-aging, without a multitude of products. “It’s an on-the-go product that provides moisturizer, coverage and SPF 15,” Ryan says.

With the kids already heading back to school, Arlene reminds everyone that our skin reacts differently as the seasons change. Call today to schedule your preparing-for-fall appointment with Head To Toe by Arlene, where you’ll learn the ABCs of skincare, plus the science and art behind anti-aging.

Call 770-973-7270 or visit www.headtotoebyarlene.com.