Wellness

Prep your body for spring

LGolden-Milk-Turmeric-Paste841388838As the harshness of winter gives way to spring, daffodils appear along the sidewalk, cherry blossoms open, and the start of a new season reveals itself. While sunshine and warmer weather uplifts the spirit, these transitional periods can also be disruptive and can require us to devote additional care to our bodies. Incorporating more anti-inflammatory foods into your diet is the first step in facilitating healing and strengthening your body’s defenses from the inside out. Below are a few of our nutritional favorites for reducing inflammation this Spring:

  • Flax seed oil is high in omega 3 fatty acids, which are incredible for reducing inflammation. This oil is six times richer in omega 3 fatty acids than most fish oils. Try drizzling some over your next salad, adding a spoonful to a smoothie, or sprinkling flax seeds in soup, oatmeal, or yogurt.
  • Walnuts are chock-full of healthy fats—65 percent by weight, in fact—which makes them an energy-dense food that will satisfy you for longer periods than other snacks. A high source of polyunsaturated fats, walnuts are the only nuts that contain a significant amount of omega 3 ALA.
  • Spinach is a great source of vitamins A, C, K, manganese, zinc, and selenium. It contains flavonoids, powerful antioxidants that protect against disease and fight free radical damage, making it one of the best foods for strengthening the immune system.
  • Turmeric is the current darling and with good reason. It's a great source of the chemical curcumin, which has been shown to decrease swelling and inflammation. It's great for gut inflammation, joint issues, and skin redness. Use fresh root or powered turmeric in stirfries, add to a latte, or make golden milk: heat up coconut or almond milk on the stove and add grated turmeric and ginger, a cinnamon stick, ground black pepper, and a sweetener of choice. Simmer for 10 minutes and enjoy this healing beverage.

(photo: recipes.sparkpeople.com)


Spring forward with a healthy glow: The art of exfoliation & hydration

Water-skin-hydrationAs we spring forward, it’s helpful to remember to change more than our clocks. The change in seasons means we need to change our skincare approach as well. Treating dehydration, patchiness, and roughness with gentle exfoliation will not only smooth any unevenness in skin texture, but it will make your serums and creams work more effectively. The result is a dewy, healthy complexion we all crave.

  • Biologique Recherche Lotion P50V is ideal for gentle, daily exfoliation. Formulated to be extra nourishing for dehydrated skin, P50V will keep skin clear without compromising your skin’s protective barrier.
  • Biologique Recherche Lotion MC 110 No1 and Lotion Alpha Kérato-Régulatrice are both exfoliating and plumping boosters that will smooth fine lines and tone skin. Applied 2–3 times per week, we recommend Lotion MC 110 No1 for thinner, more sensitive skin and Lotion Alpha Kerato-Regulatrice for thicker, duller skin.
  • Biologique Recherche Patchs Defatigants are soothing biocellulose eye masks that will reduce puffiness and smooth fine lines, and are one of the newest additions to BR!

 To increase efficacy, very gently pat 1 drop of either your P50 or Lotion MC 110 No1 around the under eye and brow bone, taking care not to apply too closely to the eye itself. Apply the Patchs Defatigants for 15 minutes. Remove the mask and massage in a circular motion around the eye until the serum is absorbed. Each box comes with 3 sets, enough for a 3-week program, applied once per week.




As always, we’re more than happy to help if you have any questions or would like further information! Call us at 206-283-9295 or email us at info@jillbucy.com.

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5 ways that bone broth rocks your body

 

Turkey-broth-short-1-of-1Craving something nourishing that will boost your immune system and help you look younger?

Look no further than bone broth.

Bone broth is another superfood to add to your list. It’s an excellent source of nutrients, amino acids, gelatin, and collagen. This nutrient complex supports healthy hair, skin, nails, and joints, as well as reduces inflammation in the gut. It’s easy to incorporate bone broth into your daily life: drink it straight, swap out water for bone broth when cooking grains, or use it as a soup base.

Let’s break down all the ways that bone broth rocks your body:

  1. It improves skin elasticity. Bone broth is full of collagen and some studies have show that ingesting collagen can improve elasticity and minimize fine lines.
  2. It helps you sleep better. Bone broth is chock full of nutritious amino acids, such as glycine, which may improve sleep and prevent fatigue.
  3. It’s good for your gut. Just a cup of bone broth each day can improve leaky gut syndrome and all sorts of digestive issues. Gelatin in the broth helps shore up the intestinal lining, fight food allergies, and help with the growth of probiotics. Bone broth can treat or minimize diarrhea and constipation as well.
  4. It builds up the immune system. Bone broth is loaded with minerals and amino acids that can strengthen your immune system.
  5. It eases joint pain and increases bone strength. Bone broth contains glucosamine, gelatin, and other nutritional benefits that can treat joint pain and even help to prevent osteoarthritis. Phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium from the broth's bones help your own bones stay healthy and strong.

You can buy bone broth at grocery stores like Whole Foods but for instructions on how to make your own turkey bone broth, check out this post at Nourished Kitchen.

(Photo: nourishedkitchen.com)

 


Biorevitalization: Harnessing the power of cold lasers for glowing skin

BiorevitalizationWe have added a cold laser treatment to our list of cutting-edge services! It may sound like the stuff from a Bond movie but we can assure you that it’s real and really effective.

Without further ado, we present the Biorevitalization Treatment.

The science behind the treatment

A revolutionary approach to promoting skin health, the Biorevitalization Treatment utilizes cold laser technology to dramatically increase the natural regenerative processes of the body. Capable of penetrating through tissue and into cell photoreceptors, the treatment combines two wavelengths—red and near infrared light waves—to encourage collagen generation, enhance detoxification, and boost the skin’s metabolism.

But wait, there’s more: Continuous light therapy causes vasodilation of the capillaries, resulting in increased blood flow. This means more nutrients to deprived cells, reduced swelling, and the elimination of toxins and by-products via the lymphatic system. Monochromic light activates enzymes, collagen, and stimulates the release of the chemical ATP to deliver energy to cells. With this increase in energy, cells can function at full capacity to stimulate collagen and elastin production, resulting in firmer, smoother skin.

Whatever your skin concern, biorevitalization can treat it

This biorevitalization treatment is fantastic for treating numerous skin ailments and concerns, including:

  • Signs of aging
  • Inflammation
  • Rosacea
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Acne
  • Dull skin
  • Everyday cuts and scrapes
  • Oral lesions
  • Burns
  • Surgical wounds

How it works

For your treatment, skin is thoroughly cleansed, and is followed by gentle exfoliation and mechanical massage utilizing the machine. Next, a very small molecular-weight hyaluronic acid serum is applied to the skin before beginning the red light therapy. (When used in conjunction with red and near infrared light, low molecular weight hyaluronic acid is better absorbed by epidermal cells.) Finally, a hydrating mask is applied to soothe and plump skin. We finish with a serum and cream tailored to your skin.

This non-invasive, customized treatment is perfect for reactive and sensitive skin, there are no risks as the skin barrier is maintained throughout the treatment, and your skin temperature rises very little (you may not even feel the laser!). No downtime is required so you don’t have to hide out for a few days. You’ll leave the spa with radiant skin. Book your treatment today to experience the power of cold laser technology.

(photo: http://medicalj-center.info)


Change in the season = time for a Tata Harper peel or the Biologique Recherche Micropuncture Lab

JBS winterIf you’re like us, the change in seasons – colder weather outside, drier hot air inside – leaves us with dull, lifeless skin. That’s the bad news. The good news is that we have some terrific reparative and renewing treatments in the spa to bring your complexion back to life. We can treat your skin for sun and environmental damage that resulted from our glorious summer, as well as hydrate your skin to counter fluctuating temperatures and dry air.

Here are a couple of treatments that will treat sun damage, pigmentation, stressed skin and dehydration, and restore your skin to its radiant, glowing best.

Tata Harper Total Complexion Peel
This 100-percent natural peel has 22 high-performance ingredients that purify, smooth, balance, and hydrate your skin. Alpha hydroxy acids, poly hydroxy acids, and beta hydroxy acids join forces to exfoliate the skin and give it a gorgeous glow with no downtime. Come in for the 30-minute Total Complexion Peel, or experience the 60-minute Brightening Organic Facial, which includes extractions, massage, and moisturizing mask.

Micropuncture Lab
Our intensive treatment helps fight against signs of premature skin aging. The combination of the Cocktail d’Actifs Regenerants and the Biologique Recherche Micro-Puncture Lab simulates collagen production for immediately visible results. Wrinkles are visibly reduced and an instant lifting effect leaves your skin revitalized and plumped. We recommend a 3- or 6- session treatment plan. We treat the whole face, and it includes cleansing, mask, and finishing serums.

We can customize a treatment and recommend products for your specific skincare needs. Check out our services here and call us at 206-283-9295 to book your appointment before the holidays!


It’s summer in Seattle! Show off glowing skin with new BR products

Summer means showing more skin, and we have four new body products from Biologique Recherche in the spa to help your skin glow. You'll be ready for the beach in no time!

Lotion P50 Corps
Lotion P50 Corps with glove

This includes everything you love about P50 but it’s been designed for your entire body! Massage it in with the included silicone glove to promote fluid drainage and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Using Lotion P50 Corps is particularly recommended before and after prolonged exposure to the sun, before the application of a self-tanner, in winter, and before hair removal. When applying, focus on rough areas, which are more prone to discoloration.

Emulsion Corps
Emulsion Corps VIP O2

To meet the specific problems of sensitive, devitalized, and very dehydrated skin, Biologique Recherche has developed this oxygenating and long-lasting moisturizing emulsion for the body. It comes in a spray bottle for easy application, and the emulsion has a light, non-sticky texture that penetrates fast. This is great for all types of thirsty skin.

 

 

Emulsion Originelle
Emulsion Originelle Regenerante Corps

This luxurious emulsion soothes and moisturizes the skin, protecting it from harsh climates. It regenerates the skin, replenishing and protecting with restored elasticity, softness and radiance. This rich formulation is recommended for all skin types and can be used over the entire body.

 

 

Creme Amc
Creme Amincissante Oxygenante MC 110

This extraordinary cream oxygenates and stimulates. It trims and tones, thanks to an Essential Oil Complex (Thyme, Lemon, Cypress and Peppermint) that stimulates local micro-circulation. It’s recommended for all skin types and is ideal for damaged skin or for reducing localized stubborn adipose fat. Apply to areas you want to treat using the Massage Glove to disperse the active ingredients and help erase stubborn cellulite.

 


New BR device treats deep wrinkles

We love pulling back the curtain and showing some of the leading-edge treatments that Biologique Recherche has developed. Svetlana just returned from BR seminars in New York, and was particularly impressed with the pen attachment for BR’s Remodeling Face Treatment.

This specialized attachment is designed to target areas of the face, such as the mouth or outer corners of the eyes, to smooth fine lines and seriously plump up wrinkles. It improves the quality of the epidermis and increases muscle tone and the lifting effect is immediate and long-lasting. It’s ideal for deep wrinkles, including the nasolabial fold, lion wrinkles, and crow’s feet. Stay tuned for this attachment to be added to our treatments!


The big reveal: The Tata Harper Total Complexion Peel is here!

JBS_1We are thrilled to offer the Tata Harper Total Complexion Peel, a professional-grade treatment that leverages the power of the revolutionary Tata Harper Multi-Acid Peel. Thanks to a host of naturally derived acids, there’s no downtime and no redness. The peel is unique for a professional peel, which can often include harsh chemicals and a recovery period for the skin.

This 100-percent natural and nontoxic peel has 22 high-performance ingredients that work for your skin, not against it. Multiple natural sources of Alpha Hydroxy Acid, Poly Hydroxy Acid, and Beta Hydroxy Acid work to purify, smooth, balance, and hydrate the look of your skin so you can achieve your best glow.

Here’s how it works: The peel itself is a 2-part system; each part is applied 1–2 times (depending on the client’s skin needs) before moving on to the next step. The first step (the Multi-Acid Complex) consists of AHAs and PHAs. The second step (Skin Rejuvenating Complex) consists of BHAs. AHAs, PHAs, and BHAs are most effective at different pHs, which is why they've been separated into two different products applied separately, and it makes this peel very effective for refining the skin's surface texture (which is what AHAs excel at) as well as breaking up congestion of sebum and dead skin within the pores to treat acne (enter the BHAs).

The 30-minute stand-alone treatment includes cleansing, the peel, and finishing products. It can also be incorporated into a 60-minute facial—which we’ve called the Tata Harper Brightening Treatment—that also includes extractions, light massage, and a moisturizing mask.

Pricing for the 30-minute peel is $60, and the 60-minute facial treatment is $185. Call today to experience this wildly effective and natural treatment.


Discover the power and benefits of soin lissant

Soin Lissant is the anti-stress beauty care treatment. Our estheticians have been trained by Biologique Recherche to deliver this one-of-a-kind treatment. Translated as “smoothing care,” soin lissant was specifically designed for city skin—it targets dehydrated, reactive, stressed, and traumatized skin. Sounds familiar, no?

A lotion and power are mixed in doses customized to your specific skincare needs.

This product is rich in Omega 3, hyaluronic acid and silk proteins. Soin lissant leverages these powerful ingredients for their hydrating, renewing, and protective properties while simultaneously deploying unifying and calming qualities found in royal jelly, squash extract, and milk proteins.

But it’s really about the technique. Perfected by Biologique Recherche, our estheticians administer smoothing and modeling movements interspaced with rapid, subtly dosed pulsations. This results in a restructuring effect and you’ll find your skin is firmer, clear and more even-toned well after the treatment is over. It hydrates and soothes while also proving to be an effective means of lymphatic drainage. The video above shows Svetlana administering soin lissant on a client.

Svetlana regards soin lissant as our most luxurious treatment, plumping the skin through the singular hand technique that sculpts the face. It is a booster unique to Biologique Recherche that benefits any skin type or skincare regimen.

Call today and book your next treatment, asking specifically for soin lissant. You and your skin will be thrilled.


Night moves: How to take care of your skin after dark

SleepYou work hard, your days are long. Often, the last thing you want to do is wash your face before tumbling into bed. But we’re here to tell you that it matters. Be consistent and thorough with your evening skincare regimen.

It all starts with proper cleansing. Using the Biologique Recherche cleansing milk appropriate for your skin, massage upward and outward from the neck to the forehead. Rinse. Follow by swiping a cotton pad with P50 over your neck and face. Apply a targeted serum to treat your skin’s specific imbalances and then finish with your normal moisturizer. Now that you’ve removed makeup, dirt and pollution, it’s time to sleep to detoxify and repair your skin.

Sleep matters

Now that you’ve got your evening skincare routine down, let’s talk about sleep. You probably know that a good night’s sleep is essential to good health but it’s also critical for radiant youthful skin. Sleep is the body’s (and skin’s) method of self-repair. When you don’t get enough sleep, your skin could appear patchy, dry and lifeless, and you’ll have fine lines and dark circles under your eyes. Prolonged lack of sleep can result in cortisol levels rising, free radicals running amok, and collagen breaking down. In other words, your skin will age faster. No bueno.

There are so many factors that contribute to poor sleep: exposure to your device’s screens, stress, poor diet, caffeine, alcohol. When you think about it, it’s amazing that we get any shuteye at all.

Regardless of the reasons that result in fitful sleep or insomnia, however, sleep is critical to your skin and overall health. Staring at the ceiling in the dark while your mind spins is unhealthy and you need to take steps to mitigate the problem. Some solutions include melatonin and other herbal remedies, a consistent sleep schedule, sleep rituals such as meditation or a lavender oil bath. Good sleep and skincare hygiene will keep your skin clear and glowing.

(photo: morroccomethod.com)