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Did you Know...?

INSTINCT HAS EXPANDED!

Hello Loves!

I'm so excited to share this news with you, so let me tell you all about it! As many of you know, back in April we moved into a new location in the medical arts building. When I initially found the new spot, I was thankful to have found a space to move to that already had the plumbing requirements required for a spa to operate, but I was having many mixed feelings about the move. I wasn't excited about the process, and I was feeling sad to be leaving the space downtown I had occupied and loved for 3 years. It was out of my hands, so I decided to shift my thinking and embrace the opportunity to find a space to make my own.

When I looked at the space in the medical arts building that I now occupy, well, honestly, it was not particularly appealing. My deadline to move was nearing, so I decided to take on the project to spruce it up and make it mine. If you've visited us in our new location, I think you'll agree that its fun, fresh and adorable. The energy is inviting and its a great space to visit and have appointments. 

After being settled into the space for a month and realizing how much I really ended up loving it, I decided to take a leap of faith and pursue my long-time dream of having a full-service holistic medical spa offering multiple modalities and hiring other practitioners to work for Instinct. 

The process of bringing my vision to life has been exciting and stressful, but to see it coming to fruition is exhilarating. In our expanded space, we are adding new services to what we offer, including holistic hair color services, haircutting, IV vitamin infusion, lashes, infrared sauna and Hydrafacials. We have plans to add additional med spa services in the future as well.

I can't wait for you to come in for an appointment!

XOXO,

Laura

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Sunscreen Woes

There have been many recent studies showing that the chemicals in sunscreens break down on a molecular level when energized by the Suns radioactive UV Rays. This break down leads to the development of free radicals which steel electrons from your DNA in order to stabilize themselves. This is a cascade effect because for each electron taken a new free radical molecule is created in its wake. This break down of your DNA and further replication of broken cells is known as abnormal cellular growth. When the process goes wild and the body can't stop it it's called cancer. The only way to stop the cascade of free radical damage is through the use of antioxidants. I am a licensed Esthetician who goes against the grain and actually promotes safe sunscreen-free sun exposure for arms, legs and torso for vitamin D production which is equally important to cancer prevention. Always protect your face with a good zinc-based SPF that is also loaded with antioxidants to prevent cellular damage that leads to aging. Safe exposure is no more than 20 minutes, then slather on some good zinc/antioxidant based body SPF which begins protecting you immediately because it is a physical blocker of the suns UV Rays as opposed to an absorber (chemical) which take 20-40 minutes to activate before they provide any protection!

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The End of Winter

At the end of winter, skin can be dull, dry and lackluster.  While there are many ways that you can help to combat this throughout the winter, once the damage has been done it's even more important to fight back and give your skin some attention. Three simple steps you can take to rejuvenate your tired winter skin with ease are as follows:

1. DRINK WATER. the average American is in a constant state of dehydration. This is partially because many people don't know what their daily required water intake is. The simplest way to calculate this is to divide your current body weight by two and drink that many ounces per day. for example, if you weigh 140 lbs you should be drinking 70 ounces of water a day. It is no easy feat for most people to drink over a half a gallon of water a day, but it is vital to the health and normal functioning of your cells. Make sure to keep a silicone wrapped glass water bottle with you at all times, like those found here http://www.mybkr.com/index.asp. We recommend glass because of all the yucky chemicals leached out of plastic, and sometimes even metal bottles. If you find you're having trouble drinking enough water, try a bottle with a straw for delivery, because it is often easier to drink more when we drink out of a straw.

2. SLEEP. your skin needs sleep to go into repair and rejuvenation mode. During the day we are coming into contact with numerous environmental pollutants and free radical creators that can cause damage to the skin. When we sleep, our body kicks into repair mode to deal with the damage and ensure that it doesn't stick around for longer than we can handle. This is incredibly important. On average, we should be getting 8 hours of sleep per night. The best hours for sleeping are those that line up with our natural circadian rhythms, during the hours of darkness. This is obviously not always possible, but if you can watch the sun go down, go to bed shortly after and wake to watch the sunrise, you will find you have increased energy overall and your body will maximize its renewal processes. Plus, your skin will glow like you've never seen.

3. EXFOLIATE AND MOISTURIZE.  As your body goes through the cycle of cellular renewal, the new cells that are created, the living cells, push the old cells to the surface of the skin. During this process the old cells die, and in fact, the outer 3 layers of your epidermis are comprised of dead skin cells. in order to ensure that the skin remains healthy and clear, it is important to slough off the dead skin cells regularly so they do not clog your pores and inhibit the absorption of moisture. Another major benefit to exfoliation is the stimulation of your cellular renewal factor, or the speed at which your cells turn over to create new living cells. as we age, our cellular renewal factor slows, taking as long as 65 days or more to go through a cycle. This is the reason our skin starts to show the signs of aging, so anything we an do to help stimulate the process will be of benefit in our fight against wrinkles. After exfoliating it is equally important to apply a toner to re-balance the pH of the skin and a moisturizer to provide the skin with protection from the elements. My favorite moisturizers are natural oils, which are host to numerous vitamins and minerals which are important to the health of the skin. Jojoba oil is closest to our skins natural moisturizer, sebum, so I like to use this as my base oil. It is non-greasy and non-comedogenic, so it is even used with success on oily and acneic skin types. Instinct will create a custom blended oil for your skin type on request, utilizing oils that will help to heal and rejuvenate your tired skin.

As much as we might like to travel to the tropics for the winter, it's important to make sure we are taking the necessary steps we are able to in order to prevent the damaging and aging effects of the dry weather.  With the end of winter coming, moisture will start to return to the air and our skin will start to glow again!

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