Once upon a time (not that long ago, actually), I devoted a lot of time to taking care of my skin. I followed a multi-step morning AND evening skincare regimen. I used only professional quality products. I got facials and chemical peels to improve my complexion and slow the signs of aging.
But then, as my life continued to evolve, self-care began to fall by the wayside. I became a mother, and my morning and evening cosmetic routines changed drastically. My family moved to Hawaii, so the amount of time I spent outside in the sun increased. And most recently, I launched my business as an artist, which means that I am constantly squinting and frowning as I concentrate on painting details.
Don’t get me wrong; I still try to maintain my skin’s health. My basic routine consists of cleansing, moisturizing, and applying a sunscreen daily. I stay hydrated, try to eat healthy (most of the time), and I live an active lifestyle. But in the last three years I have seen dramatic changes in my skin. I’ve been increasingly unhappy with sun damage and fine lines that seem to become more noticeable by the day, and it was apparent that I needed to take preventative measures to keep my skin’s health under control.
Enter Honolulu Medspa! As I am becoming more familiar with the services offered here, I am learning that I don’t have to simply accept the current condition of my skin. I can tailor an entire treatment plan to smooth frown lines, correct sunspots and hyperpigmentation, and brighten my complexion. Every procedure I have undergone, whether it be a facial service, or an injectable treatment, has been administered by a friendly, professional staff member in a relaxing spa-like space. (And as the mother of a toddler, I do not take quiet time for granted!)
I look at each procedure as investment in myself, and I am so pleased with the results. I’m spending less time covering blemishes with makeup, thanks to treatments such as the Hydrafacial, and I feel much more confident in my natural appearance. Noticing the changes in my skin with the services received has given me the motivation to maintain Honolulu Medspa’s work by stepping up my at-home routine once again too.
Mahalo, Honolulu Medspa!
Stress comes in so many different forms where it can suddenly sneak up on you making you feel overwhelmed. Sometimes too much stress can actually cause more damage to the body than you realize. As April is Stress Awareness Month, it’s important to have strategies for coping when you feel overwhelmed by stress and need to quickly relax the mind and body.
Here are 5 quick and easy ways to help you deal with your stress at hand:
Exercise is a huge stress reliever and releases endorphins. Not only is it good for the mind, but you can actually get in a workout too. Grab a friend for moral support, or go it alone for some time to really clear your mind and think.
Start some breathing exercises to get more oxygen into your body and release tension throughout the body. You can do this anytime or anywhere. There are even some free apps that can help guide you with meditating, even if it’s just for 5 minutes.
Remove Yourself From Negativity
Negative thoughts and criticism never help the situation. Shift your attention to things that do help. Stay close to people that care about you, do something nice for yourself, set a goal and complete it.
Different scents have different effects on the brain. Some have the ability to calm and relax, which is why aromatherapy can be useful for people dealing with a lot of stress. Try adding lavender oil in a diffuser or even applying it under your nose for an instant calming effect on the mind.
Listening to relaxing music can put your mind at ease. Have it playing in the background while you are working or even while you are driving. Music is an instant mood booster!
Wishing you a healthy, and stress free April!
Everywhere you turn these days, you often see everyone on their phones, rather than engaging in one another. Things are more self-service, automated and tech driven nowadays. The human touch is one of the first senses we knew and plays a vital role in our physical and psychological health, yet the physical touch has lessened in our technology culture. As we become more and more connected to society through the digital world, it can impact communications, relationships and our day-to-day.
So just how do we get back to feeling that human touch that we actually crave so much? After all, that’s what we used to know.
It all starts with getting back to basics.
At dinner time, have a rule that everyone puts away their phones to talk about each other’s day, and play a game afterwards. This is a family bonding time where everyone gets to unwind and feel connected.
Ask a friend out to lunch. Relationships with friends are extremely important. They are there for you when you need them. It’s always so nice to greet them with a huge hug and afterall, who doesn’t want a hug? They say 12 hugs a day is important to the human touch for growth and powerful energy in the body.
Engage with our kids more. Kids won’t always be kids. Soon they will grow up before our eyes, and we will be wishing they were still our little babies. Let’s play that game of catch with them, have them be your sous chef, and most importantly, hug them often, rub their back for no reason, and put your arm around them when reading a book.
#TREATYOSELF to a spa day! Sometimes before we can give it our all to our families, friends and/or our job, we need to make sure we are mentally and physically existent. We need to de-stress our mind and body to recharge to be the best version of ourself.
Getting a professional facial isn’t just for you to unwind, relax, or splurge once in a blue moon. They play a big role in keeping your skin healthy, balanced and youthful. Think of a facial as a “spring cleaning” for your skin. While practicing good skin care at home is key, you should also visit your aesthetician every 4-6 weeks for that hands-on deep cleaning. It takes that amount of time for the skin cells to move through a full life cycle of cell growth and make their way from the dermis to the surface of the skin where they are naturally sloughed off.
Each one of us can benefit from a professional facial, but those with acneic skin, clogged pores or brown spots, consistent care is required to always stay on top of the condition to get the skin looking clear. Facials offer many skin benefits, and some are in need of it more than others.
Benefits of a facial include:
- Expert skin analysis from our Aesthetician who understands your skin type and how to care for it.
- Professional strength exfoliation to smooth the skin, lighten discoloration from sun and breakouts.
- Both manual and mechanical extractions of blackheads and clogged pores to give you smooth, balanced skin.
- Intensive hydration to repair the skin’s moisture barrier to keep skin looking plump and dewy.
- Increased circulation for brighter and glowing skin.
- Once established, a regimen to maintain your results. Honolulu MedSpa offers a variety of facial add-ons to keep your skin looking its best.
- Professional guidance for your morning and nightime at-home regimen.
- Time for yourself.
We believe that clear skin can boost confidence. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important, as is regular facial appointments and proper home care. This all works together to leave you with the most healthy, rejuvenated, glowing skin. If you would like more information on our Medical Grade Facials, and which is right for your skin type, please join us for a complimentary consultation at the spa. Call 808-528-0888
With the New Year in full swing, many of us are guilty of wanting to make transformations to look and feel our best, and we typically want those results immediately. We’re here to help you find the “best you” every step of the way. Below are some of our more popular treatments that can make feel your most confident for 2018 and beyond!
Are you a bride-to-be for your upcoming summer wedding or just tired of the stubborn areas you just can’t seem to get rid of? This treatment is perfect for you. CoolSculpting is the fat freezing procedure that permanently eliminates fat cells in problem areas. With no surgery and no downtime, CoolSculpting allows you to look and feel your best without altering your routine.
What areas can you treat? Abdomen, love handles, flanks, inner and outer thighs, arms and even your double chin!
How does it feel like? CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure so there are no needles and no downtime. The area of fat being treated will feel a cooling sensation that freezes and destroys the fat cells so the body can eliminate them naturally.
Are the results permanent? In the weeks and months following a CoolSculpting procedure, the body naturally processes the treated fat cells, gradually eliminating the dead cells and revealing the new you. Once the treated fat cells are gone, they are gone for good. As long as a healthy lifestyle is maintained, your results will stay.
How much is this treatment? Pricing starts at $700
Are you embarrassed to take off your shirt in public or to wear a bikini on the beach because of the amount of hair you have or even the darkness it casts on your body? Allow the painless laser hair removal to win back the confidence in you! With the Soprano ICE, which represents the best technology on the market, let the days of unwanted face and body hair remain in 2017!
What areas can you treat? Some common areas are: upper lip, chin, underarms, shoulders, chest and abs, back, bikini line and legs. As long as there is pigment to the hair, we can really treat it all!
How does it feel? It’s virtually painless. You will feel gradual heat and then a cooling mechanism to ensure you’re comfortable the entire treatment.
Are the results permanent? Although it gets rid of unwanted hair, you will need some “touch-ups” throughout time. It does however grow lighter, finer and fewer in numbers.
How much is this treatment? Depends on the area treated. Request a free consultation.
Are you bothered by lines, wrinkles, and ageing skin? Why not refresh and rejuvenate your skin with a less-invasive alternative to full cosmetic surgery to start off 2018 right. This quick treatment will smooth moderate to severe frown lines and leaving you with a softer looking appearance.
What areas can you treat? Forehead, between the brows and crows feet are the most common lines treated. Off label treatments such as injections in the chin, “bunny lines” around the nose and injections for sweating are also performed.
How does it feel? We numb the area prior to the injection with a topical anesthetic cream or a cold pack. The needles are very small for botox, so you should feel little to no pain at all.
How long does the results last? It can last up to 3 months.
How much is the treatment? $13 per unit.
Honolulu MedSpa is a full service Medical Spa. Call for a complimentary consultation to discuss any of our skin or body rejuvenation services. 808-528-0888
A chemical peel can be intimidating to many, but without a doubt, it will leave your complexion absolutely glowing! We offer a variety of chemical peels that will suit your skin type and leave you with noticeable results. As we age, our dead skin cells lose their ability to slough off in a timely manner. This causes our skin to look dull, wrinkled and discolored from sun exposure and other pigmentation problems. By effectively removing old, dead skin cells and increasing new cellular production, a brighter, more youthful epidermis is revealed.
It is a treatment performed by a licensed provider which begins with the application of appropriate chemical solutions to the skin to aid in exfoliation. Chemical peels work to speed up cellular turnover which increases the production of collagen in the skin. This treatment improves skin texture, softens fine lines/wrinkles, improve acne/acne scars, lightens pigmentation and sun damage.
How to choose the right peel?
Choosing the right peel for your skin type is very important. Our aestheticians will be able to recommend the right peel that suits your skin’s needs and ultimate skincare goals. The effectiveness of a peel is determined by the acids used and also the percentage. From light to deep peels, there is one to fit your skin type. Here at Honolulu MedSpa we will do a consultation and tests to determine what peel is right for your skin.
When will I experience the results?
Old skin will slough off over a 4-7 day period, depending on the strength of the peel. The treated skin will look noticeably improved by day 7-10. More radiant, rejuvenated and softer skin will be revealed with just one peel, but a series of peels will give you more significant results.
We do recommend starting with a complimentary consultation in order to determine the best peel for your skin. To schedule a free consultation with Honolulu MedSpa, please call 808.528.0888. Start the New Year with your best face forward!
While the Christmas parties have passed, we still all want to look our best for the upcoming New Year. New Year’s Eve is the perfect excuse to look extra fabulous, and by that we mean flawless skin, perfecting your pout and smoothing out your fine lines to get glowing for 2018!
Many of our treatments offer instant results with little to no downtime. Here are a few of our favorites:
This is one of our favorite treatments for an immediate glow to help brighten up your complexion and reduce pore size.This is a must-do for any event to get that “red carpet skin.” Not only is it safe and for every skin type, it also feels fantastic!
That New Year’s kiss is the perfect time to have those “kiss me” lips that look natural and full. You will see results immediately, but allow 2 weeks prior for full results to show. This will last up to 9-12 months.
After the holidays, we can look a bit tired and overwhelmed. Botox can help soften those fine lines and wrinkles. You can see results within 4 days and it lasts up to 3 months.
Dermal fillers are the best way to turn back the clock for a younger you! With no downtime and immediate results, you can find it helps to lift and rejuvenate the cheeks and soften deep smile lines.
We’re always wanting gorgeous lashes! Using this topical treatment that is FDA approved, patients experience longer, thicker and darker lashes in about 8 weeks with a daily application. The results will give you the most healthy, rockstar lashes that don’t require a weekly appointment.
We look forward to assisting you at anytime you feel ready! Call to schedule your complimentary consultation 808-528-0888
Winter has officially arrived in Hawaii believe it or not. With colder temperatures, it can lead to Itchy dry skin, tightness and flakiness. These are often not results for a radiant, hydrated complexion, but here are some of our skincare tips to keep you glowing in the cooler months ahead.
A fan favorite! This serum-based, gentle, and exfoliating treatment revolutionizes traditional microdermabrasion, makes your pores appear smaller, and leaves your skin feeling baby soft and silky smooth. For those who need additional hydration, we do offer hyperbaric oxygen infusion to help restore and balance the skin.
Exfoliating is the key to brighter skin! It sloughs off the dead skin and helps remove the flakiness. Your moisturizer will even penetrate deeper into the skin. The key for exfoliating is using an exfoliator with microbeads that are gentle.
USE A CREAM, OR GENTLE FACIAL CLEANSER
We offer physician dispensed skincare at Honolulu MedSpa and are available to talk skin with you if you need a little guidance. Some of the traditional “exfoliating” cleansers might leave your skin dry and tight during the winter months. Some of our favorites include cleansers from both SkinMedica and SkinCeuticals.
CHANGE YOUR MOISTURIZER
During the summer months, using a lighter moisturizer is definitely a must. But, as soon as the temperature drops, you want to use a heavier moisturizer that is the right one for your skin type. This is crucial in your winter skincare regimen.
ADD A SERUM
Using a serum am/pm with your daily moisturizer can be a huge game changer in the way your skin looks. It’s lightweight and the high concentration of powerful ingredients penetrates deeply into the skin. This is great for targeting specific skincare concerns.
Even if it’s cloudy or raining, UV light is always present and will cause irreversible damage if it’s not protected against. Always wear a minimum of SPF 30 to fully protect against premature aging, pigmentation, sunburn and dark spots.
PROTECT YOUR LIPS
Having chapped lips is a huge sign of ultra dryness. Invest in a good lip treatment that will keep your lips hydrated and plump year round.
For a personal skincare diagnosis, we invite you to come into our spa and receive a complimentary consultation to see which products are best for you. We carry the best in medical grade skincare.
Have you ever noticed how the foods you eat have an effect on your appearance? Healthy eating and healthy skin go hand in hand and there are a number of foods that will help you to get glowing, health skin from the inside out.
Foods like butternut squash and other winter squash are packed with Vitamin A and Vitamin C along with being rich in antioxidants, making them one of the best foods for healthy skin! The high Vitamin A content in Butternut Squash helps to produce skin cell turnover, along with keeping your skin both firm and healthy. One serving of butternut squash also contains about half of your daily dose of Vitamin C which boosts the production of collagen and helps to prevent signs of aging.
Butternut Squash and other winter squash are in season in the fall and winter months making them a great choice to serve at holiday meals as an appetizer, side dish or even dessert. With Thanksgiving just days away these delicious Honey Roasted Butternut Squash Crostini would make the perfect appetizer to share with family and friends. They are healthy and full of seasonal flavors and best of all, they’re so simple to make!
If time allows, try roasting the squash ahead of time so all you have to do is toast the bread and top it with the mixture of butternut squash, feta and arugula then finish it off by drizzling a little bit of honey over the top. The combination of the honey roasted squash and salty feta is oh-so delicious and the peppery arugula adds the perfect amount of crunch making for the perfect holiday appetizer!
Honey Roasted Butternut Squash Crostini
- 1 butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1” chunks
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons raw honey + 1 tablespoon to top
- 1 cup arugula
- ½ cup feta crumbles
- 1 tablespoon fresh sage, roughly chopped
- 1 loaf French bread, sliced ½ inch thick
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Heat oven to 400 degrees.
- Toss cubed butternut squash in olive oil and sprinkle with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Roast for 30-40 minutes tossing halfway through
- Add 2 tablespoons of honey to the butternut squash and cook for 5 more minutes
- Take out and let cool
- Drizzle olive oil on the bread and toast in oven for 10 minutes
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine butternut squash, feta, sage and arugula
- Spoon the mixture on top of the toasted bread and drizzle with tablespoon honey.
- Cut in half and serve
Thanks to our lovely ambassador, Laura from Sequins at Breakfast for sharing this holiday recipe!
I recently caught up with Malia Sanchez, the owner of the leading Esthetician School in Honolulu, Makana Academy Esthetics and Wellness. After growing up in the industry, as her mom was a cosmetologist and her aunt owning a salon, it was only natural for Malia to follow in their footsteps. With years of being an Esthetician, and then trainer for various skin care companies, Malia found her passion in teaching and training. In 2007, she opened Makana Academy Esthetics and Wellness, which is the only nationally accredited Esthetician school in Hawaii.
After celebrating 10 years of business, she continues to develop the most reputable esthetics school here on the island. Read on to find out more on the making of an Esthetician.
How long have you been in the industry?
Malia: I’ve been in the industry for over 24 years.
What is your role at the academy?
Malia: I’m the Director of Education. I develop the curriculum, hire staff, oversee facility, training and of course, students.
What type of credentials does an esthetic applicant need to have before considering applying to Makana?
Malia: You need to have a HS diploma or GED, 16 years old and be a U.S. Citizen.
What type of curriculum should be expected in an esthetic course?
Malia: We have 3 levels. Level 1 is where you learn about the skin, key active ingredients, chemistry and your hands-on in the classroom actually mixing ingredients. Level 2 is the introduction of facials. You get to learn basic facial techniques and partner up with your classmate to practice and learn all the different techniques. Level 3 is independent. You will be given actual clients to work on. We evaluate from start to finish, along with checkpoints. At the end, the client is given a survey on their treatment.
What is a typical class size?
Malia: We have no more than 10 students per class.
Have you noticed more demand for estheticians in recent years?
Malia: Absolutely. Before getting a facial was more of a luxury where you would get one for your birthday or anniversary. Now, people are wanting to improve their skin! It’s a necessity!
Have you noticed your graduates stay here in Hawaii or move off island to work in the field?
Malia: I see both! We have locals and then some military wives.
How many hours does a student need to complete before graduation?
Malia: 19 weeks and 600 hours.
After graduation, what’s next? Do they start applying for jobs?
Malia: Yes, they apply immediately. The first thing I tell them to do is to go to DCCA and apply for a work permit. I don’t guarantee work, but it’s a tight-knit industry, so I know many of the Dr.’s and MedSpa’s that I can put in a good word in if they are extremely hard workers.
Besides the hours and necessary licensing, what else does a hopeful Esthetician need to make it in this industry?
Malia: Emotional connections. You must be emotionally connected to your clients if you want to be successful. Your clients will keep coming back to you and refer their friends to you. This will keep you continuously booked. You must nurture your clients.
Can you imagine working in any other industry?
Malia: It’s so natural for me to be a coach! My relationships with my students continue beyond school. I could definitely see myself being a life coach!
If you’re interested in becoming an esthetician, please visit their website at makanaacademy.com