Skincare and wellness goals so easy, you’ll actually keep your resolutions this year

A fresh start for fresh skin

2020 is right around the corner. With a new year comes new resolutions, routines and approaches – It’s a chance for a fresh start! We’ve all been there: Singing Auld Lang Syne and making New Year’s resolutions to hit the gym more, check Facebook less, and actually keep up with our skincare routine (“no more sleeping with makeup on, I swear!”).

These easy-to-keep resolutions will help you shine like the star you are.

Get Moving

Not everyone can do a couch-to-5k or lift like Dwayne Johnson on a bad day, but a brisk walk around the block or some yoga in the living room is good for the body and mind. Rock 30 minutes of movement a day for a fantastic feeling you can’t get anywhere else. An added bonus: By increasing blood flow, exercise helps nourish skin cells by providing oxygen and nutrients, as well as carrying away waste products, including free radicals.

Stick to a Routine

Now that all the chaos that comes with holiday parties and travels is over, it’s time to reestablish a healthy routine. Wake up 30 minutes earlier, work in an extra workout a week, and revisit your skincare routine. Quality cleansers like the Kalvera Luminous Cleanser, hyaluronic acid for hydration, a good moisturizer, a retinoid like you find in the Kalvera Retinal Elixir, and a dependable sunscreen are components of a skincare routine that will leave your skin radiant and glowing.

Always Check the Ingredients List

When it comes to diet and skincare, it’s not about stocking your shelf with the trendiest products and fad ingredients being hyped all over Instagram (we see you activated charcoal). It’s about stocking your shelf with the right ingredients – and avoiding the wrong ones. Steer clear of any skincare products that include harsh chemicals like phthalates, parabens, sulfates, or synthetic fragrances. 

Quench Your Thirst

Hydration checkpoint. When is the last time you had some water? Stop what you’re doing and take a drink. Forget “winter is coming” – winter is here. With the cooler weather and dry air, it is especially vital to hydrate inside and out. Moisturizing outside will leave skin firm and hydrated, while drinking plenty of water will aid in weight loss and flush toxins from your body.

Take Baby Steps

Making specific and attainable resolutions will help you kill the self-care game in 2020. Most resolutions that fail do so because they are too abstract or basically impossible. For instance, you’re more likely to see success if you vow to lose 5 pounds in one month than if you aim for 25. 

The same is true of skincare: Instead of pledging a complete overhaul of your skincare, try just adding a hyaluronic serum to your routine and booking an appointment for a HydraFacial at Avanti Medical Spa. 

Follow these tips and you’ll be able to achieve your skincare and wellness goals this year!

Holiday skin care survival guide

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The holidays are often the busiest time of the year, packed with parties, shopping sprees, and traveling. 

While traveling can be rejuvenating for your mind, body, and soul, it often has the opposite effect on your skin. Different climates, different (aka indulgent) foods, and disrupted sleeping schedules can all leave your skin angrier than Vesuvius.

Our skincare experts have assembled a guide with pro tips to keep your skin healthy when you’re on the go. 

Before You Go 

Your favorite travel bag is open on the bed. Your itinerary is loaded on your phone. Take care of these last few steps before you set off!

  • Exfoliate & Hydrate with a 30-Minute HydraFacial – Start your trip with fresh skin! HydraFacials help protect your skin from damage by infusing it with nourishing serums, that also PH balance your skin. That way, the only thing you’ll be carrying on is your actual luggage, not dirt in your pores.
  • Travel Containers – If your trip includes a plane ride, you’ll want to stock up on TSA-approved containers for your skincare products, or get travel-sized versions of your favorite Kalvera products.
  • SPF – Whether you’re going to the beach or the slopes,, sunscreen is your best friend. But always make sure to check the ingredients! 
On the Road

Once you’re living it up on your trip, how can you ensure your skin has as good a time as you are? Follow these steps and keep consistent with products that are non-toxic!

  • Hydrate – Water is your not-so-secret skincare weapon. Hydration helps your body and skin cope with travel stress and unfamiliar foods. Use a hydrating mask and follow up with our favorite lightweight serum to lock the mask’s moisture in. 
  • Freshen Up – This Hydrating Facial mist spray feels amazing because it helps keep your skin refreshed and balanced. Whether on a short day trip or a long vacation, you won’t want to be without it.
  • Gently Exfoliate – Vacation has a way of clogging your pores! Keep your skin free of debris with a gentle exfoliating cleanser, preferably with salicylic acid to help tame breakouts.
  • Sunscreen Revisited – Always apply sunscreen. This is doubly important if you’re heading to higher elevations. Even in cold gloomy weather, the sun’s rays are damaging.
Unpacking the Good Times

Your trip was amazing – Totally worth the five loads of laundry waiting for you in the hamper. What could there possibly be left to do?

  • Unpack your pores – Breakouts are often the worst at the end of a vacation thanks to the different foods you’ve been enjoying and the different climate, not to mention the sun exposure! Now that you’re back, your skin could probably use a vacation of its own. Consider booking a 50 minute Deluxe HydraFacial at Avanti Medical Spa. It’s a terrific way to make sure your skin is ready to take on the world!

The painless laser skin treatment you need to know about

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Those of us who are beauty and skincare enthusiasts have heard of all kinds of laser skin treatment options in our quest for a more radiant natural glow. Though most lasers claim to do it all—combat signs of aging, fight and prevent breakouts, brighten and firm skin—not all laser treatments are created equal. So how do you decide? Let us save you hours of Googling and break down a new personal favorite: Clear + Brilliant. 

If you’ve ever been curious about a laser skin treatment but still had questions – will it hurt? will it work? – we’ve all been there. That’s why we caught up with Dr. Kalpana DePasquale to get the inside scoop.

Dr. DePasquale is board certified physician and among the most innovative entrepreneurs in the skincare space. On a mission to help women build a better, healthier relationship with their skin and become more confident, she founded Avanti Medical Spa where she specializes in various facials, laser treatments, and injectables. After a life-changing battle with cancer, Dr. DePasquale was driven to create a skincare line made from non-toxic botanicals after discovering that most skincare products contain chemicals that are often linked to the deadly disease. 

For those who have never heard of it, what exactly is Clear + Brilliant?

“It’s a quick and gentle laser skin treatment that helps refresh your skin’s healthy, youthful glow. With little to no downtime afterwards compared to other laser treatments, you can even follow up with nourishing skincare products like serums and moisturizers to get the most out of your treatment. This is perfect for anyone looking to reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores, improve their skin tone, and prevent visible signs of aging.”

You mean I don’t have to be a shut-in for a week afterwards? Sounds amazing! So how does it work?

“Clear + Brilliant uses a fractional laser to refresh your skin from the inside. It creates millions of microscopic treatment zones in your upper layers of skin. These treatment zones replace damaged tissue with healthy, younger-looking skin.”

The big question with lasers is typically is it safe for my skin?

“Absolutely, Clear + Brilliant is very safe and works with all types of skin! Like with any procedure, you should always make sure it’s being administered by a trained professional, like we are at Avanti Med Spa, who can evaluate the unique needs of your skin and design a treatment regimen that will work best for you.”

And how many treatments would you recommend I get?

“While you should see results after your first session, studies show four to six treatments give the most visible improvements. Of course, the recommended number of treatments will vary from person to person.”

What age range would you say Clear + Brilliant is right for?

“Well, technically skin of any age has sustained damage from the environment, such as sun exposure. This damage contributes to dull, lackluster skin. Whether you want to roll back the early signs of aging, or you’d like to prolong your skin’s youthful appearance, Clear + Brilliant can help.”

What if I’ve already done some corrective laser treatments. Can I do Clear + Brilliant, too?

“You certainly can! This treatment is a fantastic way to maintain the investment you’ve already made in your skin’s health and can even help improve upon your results. Be certain to mention your previous treatments at your first appointment.”

Can you walk me through, step by step – what can I expect at my appointment?

“A typical Clear + Brilliant Treatment begins with a consultation. Once we’ve established your personalized treatment, your licensed skin care expert will determine whether you will need a topical numbing cream to provide additional comfort. The treatment will be administered by one of our licensed skin care experts, who will guide the handpiece across the target area, actively and gently treating your skin. A complete session only takes about 30 minutes.”

So, it’s virtually painless, you don’t have to hide indoors for a week afterwards, and the result is refreshed, younger-looking skin? Sign me up! A special thank you to Dr. DePasquale for sitting down and chatting with us about this revolutionary treatment. I can’t wait for my first appointment!

What are the benefits of a HydraFacial?

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With so many skincare options on the market today, you may have missed the HydraFacial. If you’re new to the treatment, buckle up, because it’s a game changer.

HydraFacials promote skin health through a three-step process that focuses on cleansing, exfoliating, and hydrating your skin. You may be asking, “Isn’t that what all facials do?” The answer is yes and no.

Our founder, Dr. Kalpana DePasquale explained the difference like this: “I refer to normal facials as a ‘fluff and buff.’ They’re relaxing but don’t really have any medical benefits.” While we’re all for relaxation, Kalvera’s primary focus is supporting healthy skin. “A HydraFacial is relaxing and has a real impact on skin health because it suctions impurities out of your pores.”

In fact, the HydraFacial is more like getting microdermabrasion, extractions, and a peel at the same time. You’re probably thinking “ouch,” which is understandable. Traditionally, getting all of these treatments on the same day would leave your face inflamed to say the least. But HydraFacials are not only painless, they’re also irritation-free thanks to constant hydration at each step of the process. 

Imagine a little vortex traveling over your skin. As the vortex goes over your pores, it uses suction to remove the unwanted stuff while simultaneously filling the newly clear pore with a mixture of serums that can help with a whole slew of skin issues ranging from fine lines and acne to sun damage and dark spots.

So who should be getting the HydraFacial? Dr. DePasquale says everyone.

“Everyone can benefit from a HydraFacial because it uses targeted serums to help with skin issues like breakouts, while also exfoliating and extracting dead skin. And of course, the biggest benefit is the hydration and infusion of peptides and antioxidants to improve your skin’s health.”

In a world filled with more and more pollutants, pressures, and stress, a focus on full-body wellness is more important than ever. Dr. DePasquale sees the HydraFacial as a 30-minute reset for your skin, giving it “a chance to breathe and heal from the rigors of everyday life.”

Summer is over – How do I get my skin ready for fall?

Fall is finally here! What your skin needs in the summer, the fall, and the winter will be different depending on your skin type, but I have one big recommendation for all skin types: come in for a Kalvera Hydrafacial at least once between seasons!

While you have been keeping up with all the summer parties, beach days, vacations, and weddings, your skin has been dealing with sun exposure, sunscreen, salt water, sweat, and makeup! When you think about it, you owe your skin a little rest and rejuvenation!

A Kalvera Hydrafacial will deep clean your pores to remove any debris and skin cells to make sure that you won’t get breakouts! It will also hydrate your skin leaving it fresh, and renewed!

Another benefit of the Kalvera Hydrafacial is that it allows your skin care products work even better to help restore your natural glow before all those holiday parties start up.

It’s also great time to begin Clear & Brilliant laser treatments, as they will help deal with post-sun hyperpigmentation and acne. A Hydrafacial is a great way to start the Fall, and to get your skin back on track!