The Best Spa Treatment is Worth the Trip

August 6th, 2014

It’s safe to assume that almost every woman has had a “facial” at some point in her life, and the experience often shapes her opinion of the service – and helps her decide whether it’s a must-have (like a good pair of shoes) or a take-it-or-leave-it luxury (like an exquisite bottle of wine).

Then there are those spa experiences that are SO good you can’t imagine going anywhere else.

Head To Toe by Arlene is like that.

Although the star treatment Arlene provides is worthy of a Buckhead address and a gold-plated price tag, Arlene has chosen to keep her business in Marietta, where her clients have found her (and loved their experience) for DECADES.

She is a perpetually educated esthetician who stays ahead of industry trends through extensive research and classes to ensure her clients receive cutting-edge services and products even before they are highlighted as “The Next Big Thing” in beauty magazines and on television talk shows.

It’s the attention to detail, listening to each client’s concerns, and being spot-on when it comes to providing the right treatment or recommending a product that keeps clients coming back – and bringing their friends, family members, even casual acquaintances!

Arlene doesn’t get her feelings hurt when someone says Marietta is “too far” to travel for a facial – because she knows better. Her dedicated clients plan their travel schedules to ensure they can get an appointment with the most talented skincare guru they know.

A recent client flew in from London, arriving in Atlanta late one Sunday evening. She called Arlene from the airport in the hopes that she could relax – and alleviate the uncomfortable feeling of her skin caused by a trans-Atlantic flight.

Without hesitation, Arlene told her to come on over, and the client felt fresh as a daisy before she reached her hotel room!

When you’ve had the best, you’re not willing to settle for less.

So whether you have to circle the Perimeter, cross the country, or fly Across the Pond, your world-class skincare experience awaits in Marietta.

Don’t wait – call today! Head To Toe by Arlene – 770-973-7270 or email arlene@headtotoebyarlene.com.

See you at the spa… dah-ling!

Your Skin and the Lazy Days of Summer

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

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

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

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!

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!

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

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

Make Sure To Include This On Your Holiday Wish List

December 2nd, 2013

Holiday fatigue. It’s easy to fall prey to this affliction – with winter wardrobe displays hitting stores before the crepe myrtles have bloomed, and talk of turkey and travel plans and New Year’s resolutions even before the Fourth of July fireworks have flared and Labor Day grills have provided the staple for summer picnic fare.

Competition to provide “the perfect gift,” prepare “the perfect meal,” host “the perfect party,” and achieve “the perfect body” is enough to make anyone “perfectly crazy.” Perfection is tough to achieve when you don’t have time to sit back and revel in the  moment!

This holiday season, the “perfect” gift is the one you give yourself – and that is TIME for yourself, allowing someone else to pamper you, help you feel relaxed, and bring out the beauty that is hiding behind all of that stress.

Arlene offers a variety of services, from waxing and facials that will leave you feeling smooth and looking radiant; to Microcurrent and Radiofrequency that will banish the fat, lift the skin, and help you look amazing!.

‘Tis the season to sparkle and glow – and an hour with Arlene will help you do that, and sail into the New Year looking and feeling your best!

Arlene has great GIFTS as well! “Like” us on Facebook, and receive 20% off your products purchase through December*.

Call today for YOUR holiday pampering appointment, or secure a gift for someone special – 770-973-7270, or visit www.headtotoebyarlene.com.

“And we’ll hear you exclaim as you drive out of sight,

Head To Toe by Arlene makes me Merry and Bright!”

Arlene Shares Celebrity Youth Secrets!

November 8th, 2013

Have you ever noticed that the word “celebrity” begins with the same letters as “celebrate”? That’s because we CELEBRATE the talent, good looks, and accomplishments of the stars, just as we should that of ourselves, our families and friends.

The best news is, it’s easier than ever to achieve – and maintain – the youthful good looks shared by so many of the Red Carpet Elite, if you know their secret.

You’re in luck! Head To Toe by Arlene knows all, is willing to “dish”, and is eager to share the results with you. In fact, this secret will have you ready to “wow ‘em” at your next holiday get-together, and have colleagues at your office party wondering when you had time to have a facelift between Lunch Time and Happy Hour!

Lunch Time “Facelift”

“The reason the stars all look so lovely and refreshed on the Red Carpet is that they have radiofrequency and microcurrent the day of, or the day before the awards shows,” says Arlene Manning, of Head To Toe by Arlene.

Ultrasound technology (radiofrequency) breaks up the fat cells so they can be flushed away in the blood stream. A microcurrent treatment then tightens the skin, giving you a more youthful appearance.

Microcurrent technology has been around for a long time, and Arlene has been performing the treatment for the last six years at her spa. Two years ago, she added radiofrequency to her repertoire, and has found that her clients love the results when the two treatments are combined.

Of course, like any exercise or beauty regimen, the best results occur when clients have regular treatments. “What you’re trying to do is build collagen and stimulate the skin,” Arlene says. And, just like exercise, clients see small changes from the start, but more dramatic differences over time, after multiple treatments.

In fact, results can be so dramatic that many people choose Radiofrequency and Microcurrent as an alternative to plastic surgery.

“Nothing can replace the long-term results of a surgical facelift,” Arlene says. “But for people who don’t want to have surgery, having regular spa treatments gives them great results, and allows them to do something wonderful for themselves.”

And that is certainly something to celebrate!

For more information, or to schedule your appointment, call Head To Toe by Arlene at 770-973-7270, or visit www.headtotoebyarlene.com.

And be sure to check out Arlene’s YouTube video, all about Celebrity Youth Secrets: