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August 2018

Pause & Pamper: How To Take Care Of You!
Pause & Pamper: How To Take Care Of You! Dr. Kjar & Candessa

Exhale. The kid(s) are back in school. The family reunion is done. The big family vacation has been had and memories were made.

Now what?

That PAUSE? That’s the greatest gift! Now you get to decide what to do with some of that “extra” time you have.

Now what, again? PAMPER!

Take care of yourself, put your best face forward as we go in to the fall and soon *cough cough* the holidays. Here are just a few of our favorite ideas for how to PAMPER:

  1. FACIAL: These amazing hour treatments don’t get enough attention….really. We love to utilize medical grade ingredients so that your facial is elevated to the next level. It’s not just about the relaxing hot towels, or the amazing smells. Your skin is actually transformed! Whether it be extractions to get those blemishes back where they belong or giving your skin a youthful glow, we’ve got you!
  2. VENUS VIVA: When you want even more change, go for the treatment that can do more in one treatment. Improve and soften your fine lines and wrinkles, scarring from past acne, and even sun damage that causes uneven skin tone. Softer, brighter, more youthful skin…yes please!
  3. AT HOME PRODUCTS: Make those treatments last even longer and get more bang for your buck. We love to make sure your skin care routine works for your schedule, renders change, and makes you feel like a million bucks. If you reach for a product, here are a couple ideas:
    1. Calming Foam Cleanser by Candessa Aesthetics – good for all skin types and removes even the most stubborn makeup without making it feel dried out.
    2. Anti-Ox Serums – Brighten your skin, protect it from damaging DNA mutations that cause skin cancer, and strengthen those collagen fibers.
    3. Cherry Jubilee Enzyme – Enzymes are one of the best ingredients you can use on your skin! They help to clear off any superficial build up that makes your skin look dull. We also see a great improvement in acne prone skin.

You deserve to take a few minutes and we would love to help you make the most of that time!


Back To School Anxiety and How To Help It
Back To School Anxiety and How To Help It Dr. Kjar & Candessa

How to help kids with back-to-school anxiety at any age

“It doesn’t help to tell your child how to feel, like ‘Don’t be scared’ or ‘There’s nothing to be worried about.'”
by Allison Slater Tate /  / Updated  / Source: TODAY Contributor
Christine Burke is dreading the last few weeks remaining in her daughter’s summer vacation, but not because she’s ready for summer to end. Instead, she is worried about how to ease her daughter’s anxiety about the new school year.
“We spend the weeks leading up to school discussing situations that make her nervous: the lunchroom, the first day in the new classroom, new teachers,” said Burke, a mother of two in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. “We talk about strategies to help start conversations with other kids — a comment on a book someone is reading, maybe a shirt with a cute saying that makes her smile, an activity she notices that she enjoys as well.”

Back-to-school season can generate a lot of nervous energy for children of all ages, from preschool to high school. TODAY Tastemaker and child development expert Dr. Deborah Gilboa has three key tips for parents to remember while working with agitated, anxious children who are not looking forward to the new school year, no matter their ages:


“It doesn’t help to tell your child how or how not to feel, like ‘Don’t be scared’ or ‘There’s nothing to be worried about,” said Dr. Gilboa. “It’s disrespectful to your child, and worse — it doesn’t work.”


Emphasize the fact that children can do something about their emotions. “The point isn’t actually about how you feel, it’s about how you behave,” said Dr. Gilboa. “So ask your child what might help to do.”


“This isn’t — mostly — about getting your child on the bus or in the door that first day with as little trauma as possible,” said Dr. Gilboa. “This process is about learning what works and doesn’t to help your child with all the ‘firsts’ they’ll encounter in the years to come.”
The coping skills you give your kids now are skills they can use forever, long after graduation. “Life is full of first days. You’re helping them figure out how to manage their feelings and still thrive. And if they don’t rock it this year, that’s OK. Learning skills takes time and practice,” she said.
Dr. Gilboa also has age-specific suggestions for parents, based on the worries that plague the specific age sets.


Most of their focus is on being away from you, Dr. Gilboa noted. “So ask, ‘What makes you feel better when we’re not together for a little while?’ Then try to put one or more of those strategies into play,” she said.


For this age, the focus for children is often on a change in their setting and schedule. “Try reading books about kindergarten and going to see the physical space they will be in to build familiarity with location and routine,” said Dr. Gilboa.


“Change is hard, and this next grade will have lots of differences from last year,” said Dr. Gilboa, who suggested parents ask their children what they already know — or think they know — about this grade and what they think will be hard. “Then you can brainstorm strategies together to manage the rough spots.”


For middle schoolers, it’s all about their social world, said Dr. Gilboa. “Encourage your child to do what they can to connect with friends before school starts so they can go in feeling solid,” she recommended. “Having a few strong connections — even if they don’t end up in classes together — will make the roughest times, like lunch and before or after school, feel more manageable.”


“Talk about pressure. These are the years when students feel the heat about what courses they’re taking and how they do in them, and if they play sports and participate in extracurricular activities and how they ‘measure up,'” said Dr. Gilboa. “As their parent, make sure you’re not the biggest stressor, and ask them to set reasonable expectations for themselves. Talk about their goals. This will give you some context for their experience and help you mentor them without getting too involved in the day-to-day details of their lives,” she said.

Finally, remember that these nervous feelings will pass. “We remind our kids that at any given moment, they only need three seconds of courage, as nothing is permanent,” said Newthe Campbell, a mother of two in Lake Nona, Florida. “What’s new today becomes routine tomorrow.”

Editor’s Note: This story was originally published on August 13, 2017, and has been updated.

Neck and Decollete Care in 20's, 30's and 40's
Neck and Decollete Care in 20's, 30's and 40's Dr. Kjar & Candessa

One area that always gives away your age is your neck and your décolleté. We often forget to take care of these sensitive areas! We spend so much time focusing on our face, we need to give that same type of care and attention to these surrounding areas. You are never too young to begin caring for your skin. But in this post we will address what you can start to do in each decade to combat the first signs of aging, all the way up to deeper lines and wrinkles.
In our 20’s and 30’s we need to start setting a base foundation for how we will care for our skin for years to come. As we begin to age, our body naturally stops producing collagen. This process begins in our 20’s. So we must do what we can to prevent the breakdown of our existing collagen. So what can you do to protect your skin from premature aging?
Sunscreen: Apply sunscreen daily. A large majority of the collagen loss in your skin can be attributed to UV sun damage. So make sure you do not forget your neck and décolleté when applying your SPF in the morning. You want to use an SPF of at least 30, and reapply consistenly when out in the sun for extended periods of time.
Moisturizers and Serums: When applying moisturizers and serums, don’t forget your neck and chest! Any serum from a hyaluronic acid, such as our Sheer Peptide. To a vitamin C, such as our Anti-Ox Ultra, will do your skin some good. It is also a good idea to begin using a product such as our Neck Smoothing Cream. With over twenty different tighteners, and gentle retinol. You can help prevent some of the environmental aging before it even begins. So be sure to show your face, neck and décolleté some love, daily!
Facials: Consistent facials at any age will be an important tool in your beauty arsenal. Facials address the face, neck and décolleté. Ask your aesthetician to upgrade your facial to either a microdermabrasion that for an additional fee includes your neck and décolleté, or a mild chemical peel that can stimulate new collagen and elastin, and soften lines and wrinkles.
By your 40’s and 50’s you should definitely be consistently applying sunscreen and at-home products like mentioned above. But as our skin continues to age and change, it is time to start focusing some of your in-office treatments on your neck and décolleté. Everyone ages differently, but it is not uncommon to begin seeing some lines and wrinkles (necklace lines) appear across the neck. Depending on how you sleep, you may realize the lines on your chest that you used to fade away not long after waking up in the morning, are now noticeable at all times. Sun spots are beginning to pop up, and you feel like you’ll never have your gorgeous, young looking chest again! But never fear. There are a variety of in-office treatments that you can utilize to turn back the clock.
Chemical Peels: Chemical peels are a fantastic place to begin. Chemical peels are no longer as daunting as they once were in the past. With the variety of peels that exist now, depending on the desired intensity, there are many peels that are an easy option to add in to your regular facial. Have you ever had one of our Brightening or Illume peels? Did you know both can be used on your décolleté? Because why stop at your face! Especially if pigmentation, or harsh texture is becoming an issue for you. Those two peels are a fantastic place to begin reversing those signs of aging skin.
PhotoFacials: Lasers are your friend when it comes to anti-aging treatments with minimal downtime. Photofacials are fantastic at not only treating unsightly pigmentation issues, but helping to tighten and tone the skin. Downtime is different for everyone, but is typically less than 24 hours. Up to 3 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart may be necessary for best results. But it is a fairly quick and easy way to turn back the clock!
Venus Viva and Diamond Polar: One of the newest additions to our office, but the most effective. The Venus Viva and Diamond Polar Skin Tightening are two separate treatments, but they pack a 1-2 punch that is a great option whether you are just beginning to see the first signs of aging, or have some signs of advanced aging. The Venus Viva and Diamond Polar are both powered by radio frequency. The Venus Viva is comparable to microneedling, a buzzword in the aesthetics world at the moment. Radio frequency is used to create small pinhole channels deep down into the skin. These channels create a controlled injury in the skin, that results in the growth of new collagen and elastin. The radio frequency breaks down texture in the lines and wrinkles, smoothing the appearance of even the harshest of lines. Up to 3 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart are suggested for best results.
The Diamond Polar utilizes radio frequency as well. But in this treatment the radio frequency is used to bulk heat the skin. When the skin reaches a certain temperature for a specific amount of time, it tightens and tones the tissues that have begun to have issues with skin laxity. These two treatments work beautifully hand-in-hand to deliver the best results possible! Skin tightening treatments may be done weekly, and in a series of 3-8 treatments, depending on the severity of the issues.
Home care will always be necessary to see your best, long-term results. The combination of skincare and in-office treatments will leave your skin in the best possible condition, despite the environmental and genetic odds we all fight daily. If your neck or décolleté have become an area of concern for you, consultations with our aestheticians are always complimentary. Schedule a consultation today, and let’s get you on the road to happy and healthy skin!

August Specials
August Specials Dr. Kjar & Candessa