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Skincare Product Spotlight: Nia24

Nia24 skincare in santa barbaraOne of the best ways to fight aging is the daily use of sunscreen. (We recently blogged about how important sunscreen is, read it here.) While using sunscreen helps prevent sun damage, it does not address past sun and environmental damage that may be making your skin look older. If you are looking for an at home skincare product to combat sun damage, we recommend Nia24 – our skincare product spotlight in this post.

Sun Damage Happens on the Cellular Level

Exposing your skin to UV rays can cause your cells to enter into a photo-excited state which leads to the formation of free radicals, oxidation, and cellular damage. The UV rays can also cause changes or mutations in the DNA within cells, causing the cells to function differently than normal cells. Over time, the cells struggle with self-repair and signs of sun damage start to emerge in the form of fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation (“sun” or “liver” spots), and possibly precancerous lesions.

How does Nia24 address sun damage?

Nia24 goes to the DNA level to repair sun damage. NAD (the active form of Niacin) is one of the components that the body uses to repair damaged DNA. Nia24 products contain Pro-Niacin, a patented molecule of Niacin/Vitamin B3,  that penetrates the skin barrier to help cells self-repair. Healthier skin cells are generated within the epidermis and the result is a reduction in the visible signs of sun damage.

Pro-Niacin has been clinically tested and proven to work within the skin barrier. Some of the benefits include:

  • Renewed skin texture
  • Improved firmness
  • Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduction in the appearance of dark spots / discoloration
  • Increased cell turnover / renewal

Nia24 products can be used by any skin type. These are the best-selling Nia products at our Santa Barbara medical and day spa:

  • Skin Strengthening Complex: An anti-oxidant rich moisturizer with 5% Pro-Niacin. It is nourishing, without being greasy, and will fortify your skin, improve elasticity, and visibly reduce discoloration, fine lines, and wrinkles.
  • Intensive Recovery Complex: This is a richer cream that locks in moisture so the skin looks fuller and firmer. It also brightens to restore radiance and reduce the appearance of discolorations.
  • Intensive Retinol Repair: This retinol will increase cell turnover for stronger skin and visibly improve skin tone, texture, and discoloration. It is moisturizing so your skin should not show signs of irritation or drying out.
  • Rapid Exfoliating Serum: A gentle, leave-on re-surfacing treatment that exfoliates dull skin for improved tone and texture.

Incorporating Nia24 into your skincare routine is easy. Replace your current moisturizer with the Skin Strengthening Complex or the Intensive Recovery Complex. To increase cellular turnover, add Intensive Retinol Repair before the moisturizer (after cleansing). The Rapid Exfoliating Serum is gentle enough to use daily or on an as-needed basis.

If you have questions or are interested in purchasing Nia24 skincare, call or stop by.

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Update on our Santa Barbara Day Spa Upgrade

Our Vichy shower is one of the most popular treatments because it is extremely relaxing. It is a “rain bar” that is located above the treatment table that washes your body with soothing, warm water. The Vichy shower is a wonderful complement to our body wraps and scrubs and is also available as an add-on to any hour long treatment.

Recently we gave our Vichy shower room a complete upgrade. The new Vichy shower has eight separate water spouts (the old one had seven) and is amazing!

Here is a snapshot of the room that we wanted to share so you can get a feeling for how it looks. (We will update our website with professional photos soon!)

vichy shower at evolutions santa barbara

 

Call us (805-695-2160) to schedule your body treatment or body scrub today.

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Hand Rejuvenation Treatment in Santa Barbara

As we age, the natural fat that gives the back of our hands a youthful look begins to diminish, skin becomes looser, and blood vessels become more noticeable. These are telltale signs of aging. Now you can restore the youthful look of your hands with one of our Hand Volumizing Treatments, which we are excited to officially launch this month.  

Our “standard” and “plus” treatments are a quick (less than an hour) and easy way to fix this aging concern shared by millions of Americans. Results are instantaneous and last for a year or more.

hand rejuvenation with radiesse in santa barbara

Call us today (805) 695-2160 to book your Hand Volumizing Treatment. 

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Employee Spotlight: Stefani Wittmayer

What really makes Evolutions special is our wonderful employees. When we started Evolutions Medical Spa back in 2005 we had 5 employees.  We are now up to 30! They are all great people and they work very hard everyday to make your experience with Evolutions the best it can be. Each month we are featuring two employees to let you know a little bit more about the people that make up the Evolutions’ team. 


Employee Spotlight– Stefani Wittmayer

Stefani has been at Evolutions for just over 2 years now.  Prior to working with us, she received a bachelor’s degree at UCSB, worked for a local design firm, and worked at the Spa at the El Encanto, providing her an excellent base to be an extremely valuable member of our front desk staff.  Stefani is very knowledgeable about our products and services and is always willing to take the time answer clients’ questions (and she does so thoroughly, accurately, and articulately). We are lucky to have her on the team!

What do you like about working at Evolutions?   My favorite part of working here at Evolutions would be the awesome women I work alongside!  The support I receive from them daily is greatly appreciated.

What is your preferred treatment at Evolutions to have done? The oxygen facial is incredible.  If you’re ever looking to treat yourself….Oxygen Facial!  Your skin glows for days after!

What is your #1 home care product sold at Evolutions?  Why? I am a huge believer in the Obagi Clenziderm MD products.  One of my favorite products from the line is the “Pore Therapy” which is a salicylic-based toner.  I feel it truly makes your skin look porcelain, especially when combined with the “Obagi Daily Care Foaming Cleanser”.  I never go anywhere without these two products.

What is your favorite quote / mantra / words of wisdom? “You are your own refuge”  – derived from a Buddhist quote. 

What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I have a true passion for art and design.  You’ll often find me at the beach collecting driftwood for various pieces I’m designing for my home. 

What do you like to do in your free time? Anything beach-related.  From paddle-boarding, to kayaking, and hopefully surfing at some point!  Currently accepting applications for surf instructors. 🙂  

Santa Barbara Medical Spa

If you love Stefani as much as we do, let her know by sharing a testimonial on YELP or GOOGLE. We’ll read your review to all of our employees at our next staff meeting.

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Employee Spotlight: Brittney Meyer, Aesthetician

What really makes Evolutions special is our wonderful employees. When we started Evolutions Medical Spa back in 2005 we had 5 employees.  We are now up to 30! They are all great people and they work very hard everyday to make your experience with Evolutions the best it can be. Each month we are featuring two employees to let you know a little bit more about the people that make up the Evolutions’ team. 

Employee Spotlight – Brittney Meyer, Aesthetician

Brittney has been working with Evolutions for about a year and a half.  Her prior experience was at Burke Williams in LA and at Sephora. One of the best things about Brittney is that she is always looking to improve herself.  In addition to being an excellent aesthetician, Brittney is also in the process of earning her Massage Therapist license (so the hand/arm/facial massage that she gives in her facial treatments is superb!)

What is the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had (prior to Evolutions)? When I first moved to Los Angeles, I needed a job quickly so I started working for a company that did catering for movie sets/photoshoots.  I drove all across LA, sometimes getting to sets before sunrise to set up meals. I got to see a lot of comedians on set like Seth Rogan, Michael Cera, Timothy Meadows, Will Forte, etc.  It was funny because I had not been in LA for even a month and I was already working on sets with all of these people I had watched in movies and on television. People back home always ask if I’ve seen anyone famous (which is silly), but I could always say I had seen someone new!  

What do you like about working at Evolutions? My favorite part about working at Evolutions is the people.  The team genuinely cares about one another and I love that we get the opportunity to spend time outside of work with events too.  Our clients are also so fantastic! It is such a pleasure to come to work every day.

What is your favorite treatment to perform?  Why? The Deluxe Oxygen Facial.  Most people in Southern California have skin that is pretty dehydrated on the surface level.  This facial plumps up the skin with different weights of hyaluronic acid to boost moisture and superficial fine lines.  

What is your preferred treatment at Evolutions to have done? The Salt Stone Glow is amazing!  Being an Aesthetician, I am all about exfoliation!  With this treatment your body gets exfoliated and then massaged by warm stones.

What is your #1 home care product sold at Evolutions?  Why? Tizo SPF, hands down!  It’s so hard to pick just 1 home care product, but I used this product years before I came to Evolutions.  The reason many folks forego sunscreen is because they can’t find a formula that isn’t too chalky or greasy and Tizo is creamy matte and a dream!!  

What is your favorite quote / mantra / words of wisdom? The poem Wild Geese by Mary Oliver:

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I love to scuba dive!  I am Master certified (Naui), but it’s been awhile since I’ve done it.

What do like to do in your free time? I love to go to the beach, hike, and watch movies.    

Santa Barbara Medical Spa

If you love Brittney as much as we do, let her know by sharing a testimonial on YELP or GOOGLE. We’ll read your review to all of our employees at our next staff meeting.

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Sunscreen: One of the Best Anti-Aging Products

One of the easiest ways to fight the physical signs of aging is simple. Use sunscreen daily.

We are exposed to UV (ultraviolet) rays daily – even when it’s overcast or rainy outside – that cause damage and aging to our skin. Here is a quick overview of how the different UV rays can affect your skin:

  • UVA rays – think of them as “Aging” rays – they cause your skin to wrinkle and sag.
  • UVB rays – “Burning” rays – they cause sun damage (hyperpigmentation / sun spots).
  • UVC rays – “Cancer” causing rays – these are usually absorbed by the ozone layer but a very brief exposure can result in a burn.

We recommend wearing sunscreen year round, even if you are inside most of the day. UV rays penetrate through windows (of a car, house, office) and exposure that happens in little amounts of time, such as walking to and from your car, can cumulatively cause damage.

If your makeup has SPF in it, think of that as a “bonus”. Often the SPF in a foundation is not sufficient to give you the coverage that you should have so use a facial sunscreen under it.

epionce sunscreen santa barbaraAt Evolutions, we have a variety of sunscreen options that are specifically for the face from medical grade skincare lines such as Obagi, PCA Skin, Luzern, Nia24, and TiZO. This year we’ve added a new sunscreen that is well-liked by our staff and clients: Epionce, Daily Shield Lotion Tinted SPF 50 Sunscreen (pictured).

Epionce protects the skin while providing an elegant finish that evens out skin tone in a very natural-looking way. The tint works well for most skin tones and types. It provides broad-spectrum SFP 50 UV protection and is water resistant for up to 80 minutes.

Call us (805-695-2197) or stop by if you need to replenish your sunscreen supply or are looking to try something new. We are always happy to help!

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Botox, Dysport, Xeomin: Top Cosmetic Treatments in the US

Last year there were over 7.4 million Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin treatments in the US. 

According to the 2018 National Plastic Surgery Statistics report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Botox, Dsyport, and Xeomin are up 845% from a mere 786,911 treatments in 2000.

Why is Botox so popular? At our Santa Barbara medical spa, our clients tell us they love Botox/Dysport because:

  • It’s a quick treatment with no downtime
  • Botox / Dysport is affordable (in comparison with a plastic surgery procedure)
  • Great results!

Botox and Dysport are primarily used to reduce the appearance of moderate to severe forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet (around the eyes). It may be used in other areas of the face (only recommended if your nurse is trained and experienced). Injected Botox blocks the signal from the nerves to the muscles which prevents them from contracting. The result is a softening and relaxing of wrinkles in the injected area. A Botox/Dysport treatment takes about 30 minutes and there is very little discomfort. Most people see full results one to two weeks after the appointment. Results last 3 to 4+ months.

If you are considering Botox/Dsyport, call us to today (805-695-2197) to schedule a consultation or request an appointment online.

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APRIL EVENT – FILLERS 101

FILLERS 101

Wednesday, May 1st

6:30 – 8:30pm   

Learn the FASTEST Route to Looking 10 Years Younger!

Santa Barbara Day Spa April Event

Do you want to look 10 years younger? Come see if fillers are right for you!

  • Dermal fillers (i.e., Radiesse) contain naturally occurring substances in your body and are used to “fill wrinkles” (or any depression) in the skin.
  • They are also used to enhance other areas of the face (i.e., lips or cheeks).
  • Learn about the amazing Layered Liquid Lift. It is possible to take off 10 years in about 2 hours!
  • Learn about our new Hand Volumizing Treatments, the easiest way to restore a youthful look to your hands.
  • See Dr. Perkins perform a live filler demonstration – a rare opportunity!

Attendees will receive $100 off a Radiesse Hands package and/or each individual syringe purchased.  You will also be entered into a raffle to win a free syringe of Radiesse (a $675 value). 

Attendees will also be eligible for a great raffle. Refreshments will be provided.

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Don’t Miss This Great Event! 

Call us to RSVP 

Phone: 805-695-2210

Seating is limited

EVENT LOCATION:
350 Chapala Street Suite 103 Santa Barbara, CA 93101 

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Employee Spotlight: Areli Pineda

What really makes Evolutions special is our wonderful employees.  When we started Evolutions Medical Spa back in 2005 we had 5 employees.  We are now up to 30! They are all great people and they work very hard everyday to make your experience with Evolutions the best it can be.  We are starting this feature to let you know a little bit more about the people that make up the Evolutions’ team. This month we are highlighting our lead housekeeper, Areli Pineda, along with one of our Physician Assistants, Kara Georgiadis, PA-C

Employee Profile – Areli Pineda Lead Housekeeper

Santa Barbara Day Spa Housekeeper Areli Areli was the lead housekeeper for many years at Avia Day Spa and came aboard with Evolutions back in 2013 when we took over the old Avia space and launched Evolutions Day Spa.  We are lucky to have her! She leads our crew of three housekeepers and ensures that the facility is spotless and we have clean towels, sheets, and robes ready at all times for our day spa clients.  We frequently hear that people are impressed with how clean the spa is, which is a direct testament to our hardworking housekeeping team.

  1.    What is the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had (prior to Evolutions)?

An unusual job I’ve had was working as a painter (for about two weeks!)  

  1.    What do you like about working at Evolutions?

I like the relaxing and calm atmosphere.  The owners and my co-workers are all nice and kind people.  

  1.    What is your preferred treatment at Evolutions to have done?

I like all the treatments, but my favorite is the Vichy shower.  

  1.    What is your #1 home care product sold at Evolutions?  Why?

All of the products here are very good.  

  1.    What is your favorite quote / mantra / words of wisdom?

I can do everything through Him who gives me strength – Philippians 4:13 So in everything, treat others as you want them to treat you. – Matthew 7:12

  1.    What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

That I am a grandma!

  8.  What do like to do in your free time?

I like to play piano.    

Santa Barbara Medical Spa

If you love Areli as much as we do, let her know by sharing a testimonial on YELP or GOOGLE. We’ll read your review to all of our employees at our next staff meeting.

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Employee Spotlight: Kara Georgiadis

What really makes Evolutions special is our wonderful employees.  When we started Evolutions Medical Spa back in 2005 we had 5 employees.  We are now up to 30! They are all great people and they work very hard everyday to make your experience with Evolutions the best it can be.  We are starting this feature to let you know a little bit more about the people that make up the Evolutions’ team. This month we are highlighting one of our Physician Assistants, Kara Georgiadis, PA-C, and our lead housekeeper, Areli Pineda.

Employee Profile – Kara Georgiadis, PA-C

Kara is originally from Florida but moved out to California a few years ago.  We are glad she did! She is a PA and comes from an Orthopedics background, where her clinical and surgical experience in that field gave her a great knowledge base to start into aesthetics.  Though she is our newest medical clinician, she has quickly developed a loyal following with her sweet personality, her medical acumen, and her natural technical skills as an aesthetic clinician.  

  1. What is the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had (prior to Evolutions)?

I worked as a fitness consultant for Florida State University while I pursued my B.S. degree. Health and fitness will always be a passion of mine.

  1. What do you like about working at Evolutions?  

I love my coworkers and my patients. Aesthetics is a very unique area of medicine. We are able to establish great relationships with our patients and they actually want to come in for their treatments!    

  1. What is your favorite treatment to perform? Why?

I really enjoy all the treatments we offer, but my favorite is the FotoFacial. Patients that struggle with hyperpigmentation and diffuse redness really benefit from the FotoFacial procedure. I love seeing the overall improvement after my patients complete a FotoFacial series.  

  1. What is your preferred treatment at Evolutions to have done?

Laser hair removal. Why spend time shaving unnecessary hair?

  1. What is your #1 home care product sold at Evolutions?  Why?

The one product that every patient can benefit from is a retinol or Retin-A (prescription strength). This medication is beneficial for rhytids (wrinkles), pigmentation, acne, and overall improvement of skin texture. Retin-A has been extensively studied and is the first line therapy for patients who desire treatment for photoaging. I love this product!

  1. What is your favorite quote / mantra / words of wisdom?

Life is made of half illusion, forty percent confusion whatever’s left I’m using to keep myself from losing.

  1. What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

I recently went skydiving! The interesting thing is that I am afraid of heights, but I like activities that take me outside of my comfort zone. Doing activities like skydiving helps me overcome my fears and allows me to appreciate the power of my thoughts. I thought I would hate skydiving, but I actually really enjoyed it.

  1. What do you like to do in your free time?

I enjoy all outdoor activities with family and friends. My favorite sports are volleyball and snowboarding. It is wonderful that I can do both here in California!  I was an assistant coach for a high school basketball team.

Santa Barbara Medical Spa

If you love Kara as much as we do, let her know by sharing a testimonial on YELP or GOOGLE. We’ll read your review to all of our employees at our next staff meeting.

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