With summer kicking off, we, at AFM, decided to dive into equally important ways to care for ourselves other than solely exercising. As showcased through Kick Mo’s Butt, the great city of Austin offers terrific workout opportunities.
After all, health and vitality come from both the inside and outside care of our bodies. And just as much as exercise works from both the inside and outside, caring for the largest organ of the body, our skin, is vitally important too.
When I was 12 years old, my mom told me that washing my face morning and night would lead to a healthy glow. Over the years as I’ve matured, I have discovered having that radiant glow is EVERYTHING!
So how do we go about achieving that glow? Thankfully, there are effective tools we have access to through medispas such as Skin Envy Austin, which I have been coming to for years.
Skin Envy operates off of West William Cannon Drive in a bright and airy business strip, easily locatable with plenty of free parking.
The experienced skincare therapists specialize in non-invasive cosmetic treatments of the skin with many laser treatments, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, micro-needling and so much more — almost any skin condition need or therapy that interests you, you can find at Skin Envy!
On top of that, skilled nurse practitioners are available to perform injections such as Botox or any filler you may think is necessary to look your best!
I personally have been using Botox since turning 30 and now, at 51, I enjoy a much smoother skin surface across my brow and under my eyes. For my work in front of the camera, these advantages have proven to be helpful.
For this special Prep Mo for Summer feature, we decided to go all-in with treatments.
We started with me receiving the BroadBand laser (BBL) treatment, which can treat sun spots, small veins and blemishes. This non-invasive solution can be tailored to meet your skin needs, and it’s called BBL technology.
The BBL treatment uses high-intensity pulses of light to treat damaged skin. The treatment is quick, with no downtime required. All you need is about 15 minutes, and you can have younger-looking skin, even in tone and texture, and improved skin elasticity.
Following the BBL, we did some minor laser hair removal. As one of my favorite tools, I have enjoyed the benefits of laser hair removal for about 15 years. We did a touch-up underneath my arms, taking a minimum of five to 10 minutes to do this.
Moving from the lasers, we wanted to give my brows an extra lift and make sure the fine wrinkles under my eyes were smoothed out. So, within five minutes and after a few units of Botox (and no bruising!), I was ready to go.
Lastly, just for fun, since I am a health buff, the staff wanted to give me a chance to experience the CoolTone machine. CoolTone is a non-invasive body contouring treatment that uses magnetic muscle stimulation technology to strengthen, tone and firm the muscles of the abdomen, buttocks and thighs.
We placed it on my abdomen for the full 30-minute treatment and again on my buttocks for another 30-minute treatment. I was able to “handle” the highest frequency for both treatments.
In all honesty, I did not feel “sore” after these treatments; however, I could see where, if utilized in a routine, CoolTone could be beneficial for users. Like anything, though, it comes down to the application and routine use that makes the biggest difference. I see no reason someone could not implement CoolTone into their routines and either take a nap or catch up on a good book while waiting for the session to complete.
In regard to Skin Envy, specifically, I believe I am one of the customers who has been with them the longest. Upon moving back to Austin from California in 2006, I was reconnected to my long-time friend, Dr. Daniel McGrath, who I knew from my time in California through Austin Fit Magazine. Funny how small the world really is!
It has been 15 years since I started utilizing services through Skin Envy, which was originally also a part of McGrath Medical until they outgrew the office and needed the space for strictly the medispa. Obviously, I trust the great staff here and continue to enjoy radiant skin because of their care.
With summer quickly approaching, be sure to check out their detailed website at skinenvyaustin.com and book your appointment soon! You can read all about the many services they offer and make your game plan for achieving radiant skin. Be sure to tell them Mo sent ya!
Thank you, Skin Envy, for all the years of exceptional service and treatments!