Booking by text and email
 

Hi Friends,

Booking is changing! As many of you know, I've been teaching full-time during the week and am spending lots of time on airplanes. I delight in seeing everyone on the weekends and that will continue. To avoid confusion, I will be booking all appointments myself via text (720-507-8081) or email (melissa@remedyskindenver.com). My studio location will remain the same. Big love to everyone and can't wait to see you! XO

 Me figuring everything out :)

Me figuring everything out :)

 
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It's been hard to book lately, I know!

Hi Lovelies,

I know how hard it's been to get in lately and please know that I am working on it! I have a waiting list for weekend spots currently, so please always send me a text (720-507-8081) or email (melissa@remedyskindenver.com) to ask about openings and get on the list. Thank you, love you all! XO

*photo via fawn/finch

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More manuka news
 *photo from OY-L's beautiful  Instagram account

*photo from OY-L's beautiful Instagram account

First of all - THANK YOU for loving OY-L as much as I do. I've already sold out and reordered and it's only been one week. Thank you, thank you! For those who don't receive my newsletter, I wanted to recap a bit about the line and why manuka is so good for the skin. OY-L is currently only available at the Remedy brick and mortar for the time being. If there's something you want and you can't make it in right away, shoot me a text, Insta DM, or email. I'm setting aside plenty of product for everyone who needs it! XO

I've been searching for a Manuka honey based line for over a year and I recently discovered OY-L and fell in love. Manuka honey is produced by bees that pollinate the tea tree (and we all love tea tree oil) bushes in New Zealand. OY-L products use 20+ UMF which means the ingredient’s hydrogen peroxide, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties are medical-grade. Manuka honey has the ability to stimulate production of special cells that can repair damage caused by infection.
OY-L offerings at Remedy:

* Bon Voyage Kit: Face Wash, Manuka Mask, Face Cream in delux travel sizes, housed in a reusable black pouch. $56
* Face Cream, a whipped delight, with avocado and hemp oils, frankincense, prickly pear, and pomegranate. A little goes a very long way! $56
* Manuka Mask, an exfoliating bi-weekly treatment with manuka, willow bark, lavender buds, and organic rose petals. $60
* Face Wash, an oil and honey cleanser that removes every trace of sunscreen and make-up. $36
* Lip Balm with coffee butter and Manuka honey... this one almost sold out in one day! $20


The Earth Facial has graduated to the Earth and Honey Facial and it is so so good! Book this one when you need stress relief, anti-inflammatory care, detoxing, or just some earth-bound love.

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Just Like Honey. It's a reblog, 'cause she said it so well.
 

The blog The Beauty Arcana recently blew my mind. It's SO good. I connected with Claudia from the site and she gave me permission to repost her article on the benefits of honey, specifically manuka honey. Oy-l will land at Remedy on Friday of this week. Come in and book the updated Earth and Honey facial and check out some new beautiful skin care products! XO

"Ashwaghanda. Astragalus. Camu Camu. Moringa. Mucuna. Tonic herbs. Vitamin IV drips……and Honey?  Is it possible that in our earnest pursuit of optimal health and wellness that one of the simplest, most potent and also least understood superfoods is already in our kitchen pantry, hiding in plain sight?

Yes, honey is that staple that has been used for thousands of years and whose nutritional benefits have been recognized since Cleopatra, the Greeks and by both traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda. We use it for it’s all around good guy reputation as a healthy alternative to white sugar. It is so ubiquitous that it seems that we have taken if for granted and kind of forgotten about it.

Until now. The use of honey as both a supplement and in natural, luxe skin care is experiencing a kind renaissance in the beauty industry. But beauty seeker beware: not all honey is created equal. There is a significant difference in quality between the stuff you find in the supermarket in the squeezable bear bottle and the premium, dark colored Manuka variety from New Zealand that we find in health food stores.

So this leads us to ask: what’s all the buzz about?

Good grades

If you are the kind of person that still looks at calorie counts then you might want to stop reading right now and give honey a pass. If you are also one of those people categorically against any kind of sugar -in all of its forms- we feel you. But if you are more concerned with the nutritional profile of a food and achieving superhero status then read on. Honey may not exactly be low calorie but who cares– it’s all about the nutrition, micronutrient profile and what a particular superfood has to offer in terms of the beauty arcana.   Your basic supermarket (but still raw) honey variety will contain at least 2% minerals, vitamins, pollen and protein.   That’s already pretty decent for a something mainly used as a simple sweetener. Vitamin content generally consists of B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and certain key amino acids. Minerals present include calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc. But here we must emphasize that not all honey is created equal. Just as there are different grades of olive oil, so there are vastly different grades of honey. Said nutritional goodies will apply to at least araw version of honey; not the processed, bastardized versions of ‘table honey’ that is basically devoid of any health benefits and will only serve to elevate your blood sugar levels. When it comes to honey, it seems you do get what you pay for and reading labels and sourcing it is critical to ensuring you are getting the real thing. In essence, local, raw, unpasteurized, honey stored in a glass container is what we should be on the lookout for.

Enter Manuka

From the coastal regions of New Zealand comes a specific brand of honey so prized that it has led to a recent rash of hive/honey heists that authorities can’t seem to keep up with. New Zealand’s bees are being stolen and traded by organized crime syndicates seeking to profit from skyrocketing honey prices. “It doesn’t matter if it’s beekeeping or meth, this is just the new gold rush,”Laurence Burkin, apiarist manager atThe True Honey Co in Dannevirke, north of Wellington, and himself a victim of hive thefts, told Reuters.

 photo via thebeautyarcana.com

photo via thebeautyarcana.com

But exactly what is Manuka honey and why all the fuss? Firstly, Manuka honey is only produced in New Zealand from bees that feast on the native Manuka bush. With Manuka honey the magic is in the fact that while regular honey offers good nutritional benefits, those in Manuka seem to be amplified. For example, the known mineral content of honey is measured in its conductivity. Manuka honey has a much higher than normal conductivity, meaning that its mineral content is about 4 times that of regular flower honey. We say known because the complexity of this honey is still being studied and whose complete micronutrients profile and strength is not completely understood- not by far.

What we do know is that like all honey, Manuka honey is anantibacterial powerhouse, with medicinal grade internal and external applications that are being sought after more than ever before.

The blossoms of the Manuka flower happen to contain an antibacterial compound called methylglyoxal (MG), which remains highly bioactive once worker bees have transformed the nectar into honey. While other honeys can lose some of their antimicrobial capacity when exposed to light or heat, Manuka, thanks to MG, continues to work its antibiotic, anti-inflammatory magic even when sterilized for medical use. In other words… it is remarkably stable stuff whose nutritional benefits don’t seem to easily degrade. Any casual Whole Foods shopper will have no doubt noticed the UMF, or Unique Manuka Factor found on the labels. This is code for the quantity of the MG content, typically ranging between 5+ and 25+. Anything above 10+ is considered therapeutic, with prices rising accordingly.

The antibacterial quality is what helps to bestow Manuka with a superfood status. Not only does it provide nutrition but it helps to also prevent disease, just what we like in a superfood. Recent research has shown that in this age of superbugs and bacterial dominance Manuka honey could be the answer. Recent university and medical research has shown that when taken orally, this type of honey can perform duties such as heal mouth ulcers associated with chemo and lessen oxidative DNA damage in rats. In 2013, scientists at United Arab Emirates University found that, in combination with other therapies, intravenous administration of Manuka honey helped inhibit cancer tumor growth in mice. But the most promising research has shown that Manuka can kill more than 80 strains of bacteria, including the most drug- such as MRSA, a deadly type of staph infection, and Streptococcus pyogenes- highly resistant superbugs currently on the rise in hospitals.

Skin saviour

When we understand what medicinal or “medi-honey” such as Manuka does for us internally it really comes as no surprise that it’s external applications are no less impressive. In hospitals we find Manuka honey in the form ‘occlusive honey bandages’—long used by doctors in Australia, New Zealand, and the UK for chronic wounds, infections and burns in trauma centers. As a wound treatment, Manuka not only draws out lymph fluids and helps to eliminate infection, it also acidifies skin’s PH to accelerate healing and sparks cellular rejuvenation by stimulating the production of growth factors and increased fibroblast activity. What does this mean for the rest of us beauty seekers looking to improve our skin and get that glow? Magic.

What Manuka honey will do to treat severe burns will also do wonders for people with all sorts of stubborn skin issues: acne, rosacea, pimples, and generally lackluster skin. How? Manuka helps to shut down the inflammatory cascade that degrades skin over time. It also stops enzymes called cathepsins from destroying collagen; and it has peptides that help cells release a molecule called NADPH, which boosts energy in the cells, a type of energy that, like everything else, slows down with age. The goal of wound healing is to help stimulate damaged cells to repair themselves and behave like healthy cells. In treating aging skin, the same goals hold true—to stimulate collagen production and help aging cells function like they did when they were young. Manuka honey’s unique combination of skin-soothing, hydrating, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties are exactly what make it a winner in terms of a skincare ingredient, whether solo or in combination with other botanicals. Looking for a way to solve your skin issues or simply in search of a way that to remove dead skin cells in a nonabrasive way and without disturbing the complexion’s delicate acid mantle? Honey, honey and more honey.

OY-L

For those of you interested in taking the honey trend seriously we present OY-L, a ‘Zero chemical skin care’ that has everything we love in an all-natural, botanically active, small batch brand. Founded by Andrea Pierce-Naymon in Ohio, the cult line is great for what it doesn’t have(preservatives, parabens, and synthetic fragrance). But these days with just about everyone claiming to be ‘clean’ and ‘all-natural’, OY-L stands out because of what it does contain: real, natural, food grade, skin-food ingredients that both nourish the skin and smell ah-mazing. As the name indicates, OY-L products feature great oils but it also generously includes essential oils as well as the coveted Manuka honey. Each bottle or jar is even lovingly stamped with a batch number to indicate it’s homemade like quality and commitment to freshness.

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OY-L Face Wash: oil and Manuka based with a ‘proprietary blend’ of essential oils. We aren’t exactly sure what this blend is but once you smell it you understand why the formula is kept secret. Its aroma is divine and highly addictive: I find myself sniffing it at random because…. well, just because. With the consistency of a buttery emulsion, the honey/oil concoction is highly effective at melting away makeup and debris. You only need a small amount of this potion for it to do its job and we love, love, love it. $18-$36 

OY-L Exfoliating Manuka mask: this sexy little number is my new mask favorite. As with the face wash, the first ingredient is honey and with that instantly earns my full respect. What makes this mask special (apart from the Manuka) is the addition of lavender buds which together with the honey are the active ‘exfoliation’ elements of this mask. Super gentle and enzymatically effective, which when left on long enough (20 minutes is recommended… but we left it on for an hour) the skin soaks up all that superfood goodness. The lavender and frankincense smell is to die for and when you open it up it looks like you might be able to eat it…but probably best you don’t.  $60 "

 
Hale and Hush Saffron Meristem Cream. Only $40, worth more.
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Kybella Q & A
                     *she did not have Kybella*

                    *she did not have Kybella*

Many of my clients ask me about all the various supplemental treatments available through a doctor's office and usually I can answer all the questions. However lately, the treatment I've been getting the most questions about is one I know nothing about so I decided to do a little digging for you. I scheduled a meeting with an Allergan rep and came away with much knowledge (and looking at my side profile a little more closely).

In short, what is Kybella???

Kybella is an injection that has been approved to treat the dreaded double-chin, which some are predisposed to, no matter our body weight. It takes 2-3 treatments to see optimal results, with a total investment of between $2000-$3000.

Kybella works by permanently destroying fat cells. The body's natural metabolism then processes fat cleared from the treatment site. The active ingredient is deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that helps break down fight. The Allergan rep (Allergan is the manufacturer of Kybella) told me that Kybella has an extremely high patient satisfaction rating and that almost everyone in Denver that offer Botox is now offering Kybella.

A few things to keep in mind:

You will swell. She showed me her after photos and there was noticeable bullfrog-like swelling under her chin. She said the worst swelling comes at 24 hours post-treatment and then begins to subside. Expect 72 hours of social downtime.

You will be tender in the jawline and neck area. I asked about how Kybella plays with all the modalities that I offer at Remedy and her answer was that the only concern would be sensitivity after a treatment. If you are planning to do a ProCell series, let's do that first or wait 8 weeks after your Kybella treatment. 

Are you a candidate? The rep said to extend your lower jaw out so your bottom teeth move forward of your top teeth. In that position, if you can still grab a little pad of fat, you're a candidate.

Pregnancy safe? The FDA is phasing out it's Pregnancy Risk A-B-C-D-X system in place of a to-the-point sentence summarizing risk, but if we were to use the old system, Kybella would be a Class C drug, so no, just wait under after pregnancy and breastfeeding. 

Hope that helps! I haven't tried the treatment nor do I know anyone personally who has, but both the rep and the MD that I spoke with seemed very confident and happy. Always let me know of any treatments or techniques you're interested in so I can get the scoop (or the skinny in this case) and report back! XO

 

same place, new space
 

I've moved downstairs! I loved my little porte-chochere studio space but I simply outgrew it. The downstairs of the mansion was recently renovated, so down I went. You can still enter in the same door but instead of heading up the stairs, head down them. You'll see a waiting area and there's a restroom at the south end of the hallway. I'm in the middle office and I'll come pick you up for your appointment as always. Alternatively, there is also a door you can come in from the front of the mansion along the south wall.  I hope to see you soon!

 
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Beauty on a deadline
 

I've got an upcoming special event in just over a week and the ticket was just purchased today. Deep breath...

Ok, here's what I'm going to do to get my skin looking really really good in a short amount of time:

1. ProCell Immediately. I have numbing cream on my face as I type this. Microneedling oneself isn't the most awesome, but I can do it. I have a very brave client who is allergic to all the "caines" so she can't use numbing cream. I did a needling on myself sans numbing cream last year to understand what she would feel. It's doable but not something I would suggest if you have an option. Her results were so fabulous though, totally worth it.

Doing the treatment a week out will mean any redness or sensitivity will definitely have gone away and I'll be left with nothing but juiciness. And truly, you haven't lived until you've introduced 90 needles per second to your own upper lip. Out, out damn lip lines. (book the Procell treatment)

2. Dermaplane in four days. If I happen to peel (not usual) from the microneedling, the dermaplane will remove any flaky dead skin cells, along with the vellus hair (peach fuzz) that's not so subtle in the sunlight. It will also leave a clear canvas for my next treatment. (book the Reflect Light facial)

3. Oxygen facial right after the dermaplane and then again the day before I leave. Both the micro-needling and the dermaplane will have set up my skin to be at its optimum for absorption. The hyaluronic acid infused during the oxygen facial deeply hydrates the skin, lifting and contouring everything and giving a lit-from-within glow. (book the Remedy Signature)

Got a last minute situation? Call me, text me, book online. I've got a game plan. XO

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Open for Mother's Day!
 

Remedy is open from 9am this Sunday for Mother's Day. Head to the website to book online and secure your spot! ✨🌿❤️

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So many Mother's Day options! I'll be open this Sunday so Mama can actually get a massage or facial on the special day.

I'm also pairing with the Perfect Petal to offer a beautiful arrangement and a gift certificate for a 60 minute massage. You can find out more at the Perfect Petal website here. 

Also don't forget that if you purchase a $125 gift certificate through the month of May, you receive a Sanitas Rose Spa Kit, worth $45. Give the kit as a gift and keep the gift certificate for your next Remedy Signature, or gift both. It's all good! XO

 

 
Mother's Day Special

For moms of babes, puppy mamas, women who mother communities, all of us-- Mother's Day is fast approaching! I'm offering a gift with purchase of a Crushed Rose Kit by Sanitas with any $125 or more gift certificate purchase. This offer is good all month -- hurry and jump on it! We expect Sanitas will sell out of the kits quickly. Each one has a retail value of $45 and you are welcome just to purchase one on its own too. This is the only chance to take home the Rose Scrub that Sanitas offered many moons ago and so many of us have missing it since. The Ritual: come get a massage from me, return home, apply scrub to face (and take it on down the body, no worries), gently massage, remove with warm water. Run a bath. Mist face with Rose Hydrosol, apply VitaRich Mask (full of hyaluronic and antioxidants), pour Milk Bath into bath and slip in and let your weary body absorb all that nourishment. A new mix of Rose Absolute and Rose Geranium makes this reformulated rose even more beautiful. XO

The new Earth Facial

You guys all know how I've fallen in love with everything Fat and the Moon and I think it's time Remedy offered a beauty journey based on their offerings. Introducing, the Earth Facial. Organic, handmade, female-owned and concocted, and a beautiful sensory experience. We will use all the oils, the lotions and potions, exfoliants, muds, and the yummy, yummy smells. This one is for when you're feeling especially worn down, toxic, travel-weary, or when you need a reboot. Let me take care of you, skin and spirit. XO

Description: 

EARTH FACIAL:

Don't panic, it's organic! Using Fat and the Moon, a beautiful handmade line from Northern California, your skin will be glowing, naturally. A beautiful facial oil, full of hemp seed, tamanu, and argan oils, an exfoliant using corn flour, olive oil, and lavender, an algae mermaid mud mask, and a body oil full of clove and vetiver. This facial is a sensory experience and perfect for when you're feeling stressed out, toxic, and in need of a reset.

60 min $85

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Human Growth Factor Serums or PRP?
 
 

The ProCell Micro-channeling treatment that I offer has been incredibly popular with all my clients, as they're seeing such amazing results. A juiciness, a glow, and after 3 to 4 treatments, a reduction in scarring, hyper-pigmentation, and renewed collagen growth. Gimme, gimme! The treatment takes less than an hour, you will be numb, and it has hardly any downtime. Right after the treatment you will be red, there may be pinprick marks, and you'll feel sunburned. The next day the redness should be mostly gone and after 48 hours any sensitivity has usually calmed down. Most of my clients schedule in the afternoon after work and then they're good to go the next day. One question I often hear is how the serum that I use with the treatment affects the outcome and the difference between PRP (plasma rich proteins) and the Growth Factor serum. I found a great article by Dr. Mitchell Swartz that sums up the answer beautifully:

"ProCell Therapies' human growth factor serums are much better than PRP for the following reasons: ProCell Therapies' micro-needling solution contains high concentrations of skin-specific human growth factors derived from bone marrow stem cells. These stem cells have been shown to secrete growth factors and cytokines that modulate inflammation downward while providing pro-healing bio-signals. Micro-needling with higher levels of anti-inflammatory cytokines will give more rapid healing with significantly less inflammation post procedure. PRP is strongly pro-inflammatory (not good) and now, due to these recent advances, is quickly falling out of favor in many offices. There is accumulating evidence that downtime, inflammation, swelling and discomfort are all reduced using bone marrow derived cytokine products. Healing and recovery after micro-needling should benefit on the same physiologic basis. In my office, we have seen dramatic results from this treatment for skin texture, fine lines, and acne scarring."

 

source: https://www.realself.com/question/oklahoma-city-microneedling-prp-pro-cell-therapies

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Off the grid for one week
 

Hello my lovelies! I'll be on a plane tomorrow morning and hopefully deep in Central America by tomorrow night. Please do continue to book online -- I won't have phone service and won't be able to answer/return any phone calls so that will be your best option. If you order anything from the site, it will also take a bit longer than usual to ship. Thank you for your understanding and I look forward to seeing you all after my week of surfing, free-diving, reading, and slathering on SPF 50! XO

 
Holiday hours and gift certificates
 

Happy Solstice, everyone! The sun is coming back to us -- are you ready! I think YES.

I only have a few more 60 min appointments left this week, so please click on the Book Online tab and select what you need. If you would like to purchase a gift certificate from me directly, just shoot me a text or email and I'll make sure everything's all ready for you. I'll be at the studio until 1:30 on the 24th if you want to pick one up last minute. You can always buy massages and facials online as well and then just let the recipient know everything is taken care of and to book online.

I wish you all the warmest and happiest of celebrations with your loved ones! XO