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HEALTH & WELLNESS GUIDE TO HAWAII

View from Diamond Head Hike

So many people love Hawaii for the many outdoor adventures. Endless hiking trails, kayaking, surfing and a variety of water activities can sure keep us busy. Every year, we reclaim our title of healthiest state in the country, because of our healthy lifestyle and love for outdoor activities. Study shows that the ocean greatly reduces stress, and by regularly spending time near the ocean, positive effects to the brain can occur. Not only that, our aloha spirit and gentle pace is one of the best reasons why Hawaii is truly the best place to call home.

Here is our guide for the best of health and wellness in Hawaii:

WHERE TO EAT:

Da Cove Health Bar and Cafe- This is a great spot near the famous Diamond Head Crater hike. They have the best acai bowls, fresh smoothies, juices and also wraps. (Probably the best acai bowls in Honolulu!)

Bogart’s Cafe- Just next door to Da Cove, is this newly renovated local hot-spot! They have the best coffee, bagel/bagel spreads (homemade cream cheese), and everything eggs. They also have a heavier meal menu if you’re wanting something a little more hearty! This place is a must.

Leahi Health- This is a great plant-based restaurant where they take pride in using the healthiest, organic ingredients in all of their smoothies, sandwiches and salads. With 3 locations throughout the island (Aina Haina, Kaimuki and Kailua), you can be sure to find this spot wherever you are on the island. They have the best tacos and the yummiest smoothies!

Uncle Clay’s House of Pure Aloha- If you’re wanting the best all-natural shaved ice for a sweet treat, look no further than Uncle Clay’s! Their syrups are homemade with all natural ingredients and use no artificial flavors, sweeteners or colors! Once you have this shaved ice, you will understand what we mean… It’s a taste of pure aloha!

WHERE TO DRINK:

Rum Fire- Not only do that have great drinks, but the view here is incredible and a great spot to feel like a tourist or bring guests. Happy Hour is 3-5:00 P.M. daily.

Mai Tai Bar at the Royal Hawaiian- They own the name Mai-Tai Bar for a reason. They truly have the best mai-tai’s in Hawaii. Happy Hour is 4-7:00 daily.

Doraku Waikiki- If you love sake, this is a spot to come to for happy hour. They offer not only a great drink menu, but also food menu! Happy hour is 4-6:00 daily.
WHERE TO STAY:

Alohilani- a newer hotel in Waikiki that offers an infinity pool and gorgeous happy hour deck. A 280,000-gallon indoor Oceanarium which is great to see during feeding times and two restaurants by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. They have a luxurious club and spa which offer fitness and yoga classes, and also two complimentary tennis courts.

If you’re wanting to do more outdoor activities, you can also download the app MEETUP and search for things to do with groups, which is always fun! Share your passion or find a workout buddy!

THINGS TO DO:

Diamond Head hike- Even though it might be touristy, this is one of the most iconic hikes with panoramic views. This is a hike that the entire family can do that it’s a very simple trail that takes up 25 min. up if you have a moderate pace.

Pillbox hike- This is another short hike with incredible views of Lanikai’s twin islands, It is one of the most picturesque hikes and moderately easy.

Beach Sunset Yoga in Waikiki- You can actually do this both morning and sunset every day right in the heart of Waikiki beach, next to Waikiki Aquarium. You must reserve online here. https://www.sunsetyogahawaii.com/book-now.html

We look forward to hearing about your fun this summer. We sure are lucky we live Hawaii!

CHECKING IN ON OUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

How’s your New Year’s resolutions coming along? Are you hitting your goals, or have you gotten off track? Usually, more than half of all resolutions fail, but it’s all about creating goals that are achievable and realistic. Start off by doing small, life-changing measures and work your way up. You don’t need to try and do them all at once.

Here’s how to stay focused on your New Year’s Goals:

MAKE A LIST

Write down your goals where you will see them.  When you see what you’re working towards you will start putting the focus in and that will help keep you on track.

START SMALL

Be realistic and start with goals that are easy to achieve. For example: Drink more water, meditate more, eat more plants, rather than eating out, cook more healthy foods, or go for a walk in the park. Small goals lead to big goals and that is what we want to work towards.

SET MANAGEABLE GOALS

Don’t create a list that is too difficult to achieve. Be realistic about your time and your lifestyle. If you have to get the kids to practice immediately after work, schedule time for yourself in the morning or take a walk while they are on the field. Be realistic and don’t be too hard on yourself if the unexpected comes up.

HOLD YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE

Get a family member or close friend to help you stay focused and accountable. Consider your needs and what keeps you motivated. If group settings work best for you take this into consideration before you plan your goals.

CELEBRATE YOUR SUCCESSES

By working on your list and crossing off the goals you have achieved, you gain confidence to tackle your next goal. Keep moving forward and know that there will be peaks and valleys along the way.

Never give up! As the months go on, it’s ok to revise it, tweak it and make it perfect for you!

Keep going!

 

NEW BODY CONTOURING TREATMENT!

EmSculpt is our new non-surgical procedure that helps to tighten abs while losing the flab. It uses high-intensity focused electromagnetic energy to trigger what’s called supramaximal contractions. It helps to tone, strengthen the ab muscles, firm abdominal muscles and also helps the toning and firming of the buttocks.

EmSculpt essentially causes 20,000 muscle contractions in just 30 minutes. Not only does it help slim stubborn fat areas; it also helps to treat mild diastasis recti, a condition where your abdominal muscles separate (usually during pregnancy) which will leave you with a pooch that exercise just can’t budge. Women are not the only patients who suffer from this, we see it in males too.  

What happens during EmSculpt?  

Your medical provider will lie you comfortably on the table depending on what area you are treating and will apply an applicator to the treatment side. For the first treatment, you will start out on the lowest setting as it begins sending high-intensity electromagnetic energy to the target muscles. As the treatment progresses, so do the settings, but within minutes patients are comfortable and able to tolerate the more intense contractions. During the 30 minutes, you will feel the contractions will follow an algorithm.

Overtime, you will be able to begin your treatments at higher settings, with no recovery or downtime needed.

When will I see the results of Emsculpt?

With a recommendation of four sessions- twice weekly treatments for two weeks, you will start to feel more toned and see results.

How long will EmSculpt results last?

A maintenance treatment is recommended every three to six months, but your muscle tone is dependant on your lifestyle and exercise routine after treatment.

Are there any side effects of EmSculpt?

No known side effects from EmSculpt have been reported. If you have a pacemaker or any metal in your body, you should not use EmSculpt.

Is EmSculpt right for me?

If you’re close to your ideal weight, but want more defined abs or a higher, rounder butt, EmSculpt is a good choice for you.

How much does EmSculpt cost?

Each treatment is customized and patients will receive pricing at their complimentary consultation. Packages of the treatment are recommended for best results, and we do offer maintenance treatments for those who have completed a series.  

Contact Honolulu Medspa at 808.528.0888 for a consultation as it’s tailored to meet your exact needs.

WHAT TO DO BEFORE AND AFTER A FACIAL

Facials are recommended every 4-6 weeks to maintain healthy, glowing skin. It should be added to your regular skincare routine if you want to keep your skin balanced, and keep those breakouts at bay. Here are some dos and don’ts before and after a facial.

DO’S:

– Keep skin hydrated and drink lots of water to flush out all the toxins to keep that healthy, glowy complexion we all love immediately after the facial. More hydration means longer lasting results.

– Keep up with an exfoliant. Dead skin cells build up and depending on the facial, it is recommended to start your exfoliant 3 days after your facial and keep it up 2-3 days per week. The type of skin you present with, type of exfoliant and what treatments you receive will all help determine how often you should exfoliate.

– Use a brightening serum. We love our Vitamin C rich antioxidants and our Lytera. The goal is to brighten dull skin and boost collagen production. Brightening serums keep the skin balanced, toned and radiant.

– Follow your Aesthetician’s advice. We are always here to help you along your skin journey. Our recommendation are customized with your best interest in mind.

– Book your next monthly facial appointment. We offer packages on all of our services and pre-purchasing a series is the best way to stay committed and keep your skin looking its best!

DON’TS:

– Try to avoid a spray tan as your skin tone will be slightly off. We have also noticed that when patients receive a spray tan to the face, they are more likely to have breakouts. No thanks!

– Don’t exfoliate our use high percentage retinols 48 hours before your appointment. We don’t want your skin to be over-sensitized and react poorly to the treatment.

– Avoid the steam room or heavy workouts that can make you sweat heavily. We just cleaned your skin, and some inflammation can happen. We suggest waiting 24-48 hours after your treatment to resume those heat related activities.

– Wax, shave or have laser hair removal immediately after. We do allow laser hair removal appointments to be booked right before the treatment, but not after. Waxing and shaving is permitted before, but not after.

– Spend time in the sun immediately after your appointment. Let your skin soak up all the goodness it just received and do not expose it to harmful UV rays. You are more likely to get a sunburn to the skin if you are exposed to sun immediately after an exfoliating facial

– Pick at the skin. Please just don’t. If we didn’t get it the first time there was a reason why. We will always explain what we are doing to the skin and what it can handle.  

Ready to put these facial dos and don’ts into action? We look forward to helping you meet your skin care goals, give us a call to book your facial treatment at Honolulu MedSpa. Call us today at 808.528.0888

 

LATEST CRAZE: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DRINKING CELERY JUICE

Are you drinking celery juice too? It seems like everywhere you turn, everyone is drinking celery juice thanks to “Medical Medium” Anthony Williams. He is the creator of this global celery juice movement and a four time New York Times best-selling author. Even celebs including Kim Kardashian, Naomi Campbell and Pharrell are jumping on the celery juice bandwagon. If you’re wondering what all the hype is about, or just want to know some fun facts; read on as we share the real, raw reasons we’re loving our celery juice and why you may just want to give it a try too.

Celery is an excellent source of vitamins A, C and K and has powerful antioxidants. With excellent sources of alkaline minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium, this low calorie diet helps your body maintain its blood pH level.

Benefits of Celery Juice?

Anthony William insists that celery juice flushes out metal toxicity, pesticides and herbicides that are inside our liver. It helps to destroy bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that can cause diseases.

It also helps with…

 

  • Inflammation
  • Cleanses the body of toxicity
  • Reduces bloating
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Helps with eczema, psoriasis and acne
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Ease digestion
  • Helps with constipation
  • Improves Kidney function

 

Juicing VS. Blending:

There are two ways you can drink this. If you have a juicer, run one bunch of celery through it. If you have a blender, blend it in a high-speed blender until smooth, then strain well and drink immediately.

He recommends drinking 16 ounces on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. Wait at least 15 minutes after drinking your celery juice before consuming anything else. If you’re sensitive, and drinking 16 ounces is too much, start with a smaller amount and work your way up. Use organic celery whenever possible and wash well before juicing.

Enjoy your morning!

 

Mythbusters! We’re breaking down some common skin myths and giving you the facts!

Skin mythbusters

We’ve all heard the popular misconceptions and rumored wives tales about beauty, but are they right? We are settling all the facts that are the most popular myths that we’ve all grown up to hear over the years…

MYTH #1: You don’t need to moisturize if you have oily skin.

FACT: No matter what your skin type is, you need to be using some kind of moisturizer to keep your skin balanced and nourished. While oily skin requires the least amount of added moisture, a moisturizer is still vital for nourishing and hydrating the skin.  

MYTH #2: You only get acne from not washing your face.

FACT: Most cosmetic products that provide color and create illusion on the skin leave a toxic film on the skin’s surface that can cause irritation, inflammation, dehydration and clog the pores. But keep in mind that genetics, and hormonal fluctuations can cause those breakouts too. Many times meeting with a licensed skin professional is the best way to start your clear skin journey. It could be as simple as proper clinical and homecare maintenance to clear up irritation.

MYTH #3: You can get rid of cellulite permanently

FACT: Ultimately cellulite tends to be hereditary; it doesn’t just affect people who are overweight. Exercising and keeping the area toned reduces it, but you can only improve the appearance.

MYTH #4: People with dry skin age faster

FACT: The main cause of ageing skin is predominantly sun exposure, smoking and pollution. Over time, sun exposure breaks down collagen fibers which keep the skin looking youthful and plump. Dry skin does not cause wrinkles or ageing, however it can emphasise them.

MYTH #5: Applying a higher SPF means you can stay in the sun for a long time

FACT: Theoretically, a higher SPF increases the amount of time you can stay in the sun and be protected, however, you still need to reapply regularly as sunscreen with a high SPF wears off as well. Ingredients play a role in protections as well. Look with products that have a high zinc level for optimal protection.

MYTH #6: All-Natural products are the best

FACT: Natural may be “in” and sound good, but the fact is that these products hardly ever deliver on their promises. Look for medical-grade products with pharmaceutical-grade ingredients for products that will truly change, correct and improve the skin.

MYTH #7: All I need to do for great skin is drink 8 glasses of water a day

FACT: While water is great for overall health, it is a small part of the picture when it comes to the quality of your skin. Protecting your skin with sunscreen and using a proper skincare regimen is vital to keep your skin looking its best.

MYTH #8: You should use the same skincare products for day and night

FACT: During the day, your skin is in “protect” mode, and you should help it on its way with products that offer defense from free radical damage and sunlight. Always wear sunscreen or skincare products that provide SPF protection and include antioxidants. At night, your skin is no longer defending itself from pollution or light, and so night time products tend to be more regenerative and contain restorative ingredients such as peptides, vitamins and retinol.

MYTH #9: Rubbing alcohol will “kill” your acne.

FACT: Rubbing alcohol is much too drying and irritating for skin. It will dry you out so much that your skin will overcompensate by producing excess sebum and clog you up.

MYTH #10 Botox prevents wrinkles permanently

FACT: Botox can help prevent deep imprinted lines that we refer to as wrinkles because of the effect of relaxing the muscles that can cause creases in the skin. When you have Botox, you are preventing fine lines and preventing the deepening of those wrinkles that you already have. If you start early, you will atrophy the facial muscles and weaken them so you don’t have to get Botox as often when you are older.

Whether you want to bust more skin care myths or you would like a professional skin consultation, we are only a phone call away! 808-528-0888

SUMMER SKIN RECOVERY: What to do after the days of summer

SUMMER SKIN RECOVERY: What to do after the days of summer

Between the heat and the sun, there is no doubt that our skin took a beating over the summer months. With the seasons changing, so does the weather, and it’s the perfect time to do some major skin recovery to get your skin back to a healthy state. Here are some post-summer skin recovery tips to get that glow back!

EXFOLIATE

Exfoliate for clearer, smoother skin. It helps to remove dead, dulling skin debris to prevent congestion and improve hydration from serums, moisturizers and sunscreens. One of our top picks is the Ultimate Hydration facial. With the exfoliation of our Hydrafacial + the benefits of the Oxygen infusion, this is a great way to not only decongest the skin, but bring back hydration and balance to the skin.

KEEP THE SKIN HYDRATED

Moisturizing is one of the most important steps to any skin care routine! Not only does it help to lock in moisture, but it also helps to soothe your skin. Make sure you are using the right moisturizer that fits your skin’s needs. At Honolulu MedSpa we carry only physician dispensed skincare. If you would like to try a product, or learn more about the skincare line which is right for you please give us a call to book your complimentary consultation.

REPAIR

With months of time spent in the sun and heat, hyper-pigmentation from the sun and new brown spots can surely pop up. Chemical peels are a great way to freshen up the skin after the summer. By removing part of the dead skin layer, peels can improve skin radiance and lighten discoloration. The Vitalize peel is excellent for anyone that has some sun damage and acne that wants a fresh, more even-toned and less broken out skin.

Fall is a great time to get started on your summer skin recover! Call Honolulu MedSpa for a free consultation at 808.528.0888.

SHOULD YOU TRY COOLSCULPTING TO LOSE WEIGHT?

SHOULD YOU TRY COOLSCULPTING TO LOSE WEIGHT?

Coolsculpting

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive body contouring procedure that is a non-surgical method to lose unwanted fat. By freezing the unwanted fat cells, it is safer than liposuction and promotes minimal downtime, which allows you to get right back to your daily activities following treatment.  

Coolsculpting is not a quick fix or permanent solution to achieve weight loss. However, it does help with those stubborn areas on the body where the fat just doesn’t seem to budge no matter how hard you workout or diet.

Coolsculpting destroys up to 20% of fat which is targeted with each treatment, and is well tolerated by patients. There is such a thing as an ideal patient for CoolSculpting; someone who is at a stable weight, or has recently lost the extra weight putting them within their target “zone” and someone who lives a healthy lifestyle. CoolSculpting is a treatment for those who are stuck with stubborn fat bulges that may be deemed “exercise resistant fat.”  If you are looking for general weight loss, start with a healthy eating and exercise plan that you can adopt as a lifestyle choice.

Losing or gaining weight does not destroy fat cells, but instead, changes the size of the fat cells. When you diet, you shrink your fat cells and when you gain weight, your expand your fat cells. Coolsculpting helps by targeting problematic areas with a method known as Cryolypolisis, this destroys up to 20% of fat cells permanently. This is the only known treatment of it’s kind and has been FDA approved for the permanent removal of unwanted fat.

If you have stubborn fat to lose, CoolSculpting is the right choice for you. This treatment is not a quick fix for weight loss and should not be used to drop extra lbs. If you are looking for a sleeker, slimmer profile and have a few problem areas to discuss, give us a call at 808-528-0888 to book a complimentary consultation.

CoolSculpting treatments will be 10% off through the month of August when booked at your consultation appointment. We hope to see you soon!

 

WHY MICRONEEDLING IS THE LATEST BEAUTY CRAZE

 

We’ve all been there, wanting something more than a facial, but maybe we’re not ready to commit to laser just yet. For our patients who are somewhere in between we offer Microneedling, a technique that uses a needle-studded wand to create micro-wounds to the skin. Microneedling can treat a variety of skin issues, including acne scars, sun damage and can also promote collagen growth for those subtle signs of aging. It will soften lines, wrinkles and improve skin texture.

The goal of a microneedling treatment is to stimulate collagen while giving the skin an effective exfoliation. The downtime is very minimal compared to aggressive laser treatments and also more affordable. You may be red for the first 25-72 hours and makeup is avoided for the first 24 hours because the pores on the facial skin are still open. Why is collagen regeneration so important? Collagen is a naturally occurring protein in our bodies that will keep the skin plump and youthful. It helps to smooth fine lines and wrinkles while making it more firm, elastic and youthful. Microneedling uses the body’s own repair system to improve the appearance.  For example, controlled skin injury leads to collagen production, which then becomes a form of ant-aging.

At Honolulu MedSpa we offer our Microdermabrasion treatment as a stand alone service, or as an advanced service including PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma). In laymen’s terms, microneedling + PRP becomes a result oriented facial that essentially uses your own blood to help promote the healthy activity of your skin cells. Our patients have noticed a decrease in skin issues, and a brighter, even and plumped up complexion. When asking for this service, ask for the PRP Facial.

If pain tolerance is a concern, fear not! The pain is very low considering numbing cream is always applied before the procedure is done. Some patients have noted an increase in tingling around the jawline, nose and forehead, but overall, the pain has been rated a 2-3 out of 10.

For those looking at doing an at-home microneedling, leave it to a professional when it comes to needles. Performing and advanced treatment such as microneedling could make your face worse and cause an infection or permanent injury. Always confirm you provider is trained, licensed and experienced in performing a Microneedling treatment.

We welcome questions and offer our patients free consultations to learn more about this service. Give us a call at 808-528-0888 to book your appointment.

 

HOW SNORING HURTS YOUR HEALTH

HOW SNORING HURTS YOUR HEALTH

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Snoring is more than a bedtime annoyance. It may put you at a greater risk than those who are overweight, smoke or have high cholesterol. So just what causes snoring? Age, weight, alcohol consumption, smoking, medications, nasal and sinus problems and sleep posture. While mild snoring can be remedied by simple things such as changing your sleep posture, more aggressive snoring can be a serious health issue that shouldn’t be left untreated.

Here are some of the health risks of sleep apnea:

Strain on Heart. High blood pressure, which can increase in heart size creating a higher risk for heart attacks and strokes.

Chronic Headaches. Frequent morning headaches, which are due to levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the bloodstream.

Daytime Sleepiness. Not getting enough sleep throughout the night can cause many to feel tired and drowsy during the day. This will lead to poor work performance.

GERD. Digestive disease in which stomach acids back up into the esophagus and irritate its lining.

Mental Health Issues. It can affect your mental well-being, leading you to be cranky from a lack of sleep to serious depression.

Excess Weight. Half of overweight people have sleep apnea. This is because of the extra weight that collects around the neck, making it harder to keep breathing at night. Good news is, if you losing weight improves symptoms related to sleep disorders.

Snoring can take a toll on your health and also your relationship. Be proactive on learning the options that are right for you. You don’t have to live with uncomfortable, disruptive snoring. Take action and get help from a professional doctor. You’ll sleep better at night and perform better during the day. Most importantly, you will be be protecting your health!

Honolulu MedSpa is proud to offer SnorLase. A non-invasive laser treatment that corrects issues that can contribute to snoring. To book your complimentary consultation please give us a call at 808-528-0888