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Cooper Spa Seasonal Special – Pure Fiji Milk and Honey Pedicure

Pure Fiji Pedicure PhotoA little taste of paradise is waiting for you at Cooper Spa Dallas. This summer’s seasonal service, the Pure Fiji Milk and Honey Experience, is a treatment designed to moisturize and renew the skin’s surface–milk is a natural exfoliant and honey locks in skin’s moisture.

Sandal season is upon us, so now is the perfect time to treat your toes to some island-inspired TLC. The treatment begins with a tranquil soak in a silky and warm coconut milk bath that offers instant relaxation. Next, a sweet sugar scrub is applied to exfoliate and soften the skin. After rinsing off the exfoliant, the manicurist applies warm Pure Fiji oil to the skin via a gentle massage – if you shut your eyes, you just might smell the sea breeze and hear crashing waves in the distance!

Following the foot massage, the oil is left to soak in to the skin and a warm towel is wrapped around each foot. This rejuvenating sequence is topped off with another massage using Pure Fiji body butter, which leaves an extraordinarily light and silky layer on the skin. Finally, the nail technician finishes the pedicure with perfect precision using the color of your choice–we recommend something fun and bright to complement the summer sunshine!

Want to try the Pure Fiji Experience for yourself? The pedicure service is available for $65 or you can enhance any massage service with the Pure Fiji Experience for just $15 until June 30. In addition, Cooper Spa is offering a seasonal service for men, a Fitness Massage and 4 oz. Corganics Relief Cream, which releases muscle soreness and aids in recovery, to take home. Massages are available for 50 minutes for $122 or 80 minutes for $152.

If you’re in the Dallas area, book an appointment online or call Cooper Spa Dallas at 972.392.7729. You can also always shop the Beautiful Fit products and have them shipped directly to your door.

Enroll in Spa Rewards and start earning perks today—rewards can be used toward spa services, exclusive offers and more! And for a limited time, to celebrate Cooper Aerobics’ 45th anniversary, rebook before July 31 to earn an extra 45 Spa Rewards! Learn more at cooperspa.com/Rewards.

Scrub Away Winter with a Chocolate Petal Pedicure

February 2, 2015 Leave a comment

Indulge with our seasonal Chocolate Petal Pedicure now through April 15 at Cooper Spa Dallas.

Looking for the perfect winter escape? Make an appointment at Cooper Spa for the Chocolate Petal Pedicure. It’s nice to get away when time allows, but you don’t have to travel far to experience a nourishing soak with petals, vanilla scrub and a rich chocolate mask. Cooper Spa’s Seasonal Service is the perfect cure for those winter blues. Take a moment to indulge…

The tranquil lighting and plush furniture will help you unwind before your appointment. The hour-long treatment begins with a relaxing footbath to allow your feet to soak with soothing rose and lavender petals. The manicurists will awaken your senses with the vanilla sugar scrub to slough away any winter dryness and treat you to the hydrating chocolate mask. Your skin has time to absorb the mask while your feet are wrapped in warm towels. The warm marshmallow butter melt will moisturize chapped, winter skin and soften feet leaving an immediate glow. Top it off with the perfect polish (Cooper Spa has many to choose from).

Want to try it for yourself? The service is available for $65 until April 15. From now through Feb. 14, for each $300 gift card purchase, receive a luxury Cooper Spa light-weight robe, while supplies last. If you’re in the Dallas area, head to cooperspa.com/Dallas to book an appointment or call 972.392.7729. Otherwise, you can always shop the Beautiful Fit products and have them shipped to your door.

Enroll in Spa Rewards and start earning perks today—rewards to use toward spa services, exclusive offers and more! Learn more at cooperspa.com/Rewards.

Expecting the Best at Cooper Spa

In just a few days, my due date will be here and I’m truly Expecting the Best with our second child—a girl! As the Director of Cooper Spa, Dallas, I thought it was the perfect time to experience our Expecting the Best package. I must say that if you are pregnant or know someone who is, this is a real treat. Carrying such a precious gift is truly a miracle, but it sure can tweak some muscles and cause some discomfort.

Happy Easter from the Carrolls!

Massage
With this pregnancy, I’ve had some upper back issues so the 50-Minute Pregancy Massage was just what I needed. The massage therapist worked her magic! I felt some relief immediately after the massage. Enough to know that I had waited too long for that healing touch.

Our Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage relieves stress through the use of massage, specialty contoured body pillows, soft music and aromatherapy. Improved circulation and diminished back and hip pain are benefits of this unique therapy for pregnant women. Postpartum massage can help tone and restore a new mother’s body to its prepregnancy condition and alleviate muscle strain and soreness.

Facial
Next up, my facial. The Eminence® Organic Customized Facial at Cooper Spa is one of my favorite services, regardless of being pregnant or not. The sensory experience is as enjoyable as the focused touch to my skin—lemon, strawberry, pineapple, hydrating stone crop… amazing! A little secret, I would bathe in SkinCeuticals® products if I could. And since my favorite SkinCeuticals Retinol product isn’t pregnancy-friendly, my skin has been ho-hum since day one of finding out ‘Little Miss’ was on her way. After adding in an eye brow wax, because who doesn’t want well-shaped brows in the delivery room, my skin was glowing! There is nothing like having a sense of circulation back in my face.

Pedicure
Finally after really having a wonderful time, I dipped my exhausted feet into that warm, soothing, cleansing pedicure bath. A little scrub here (and a very light rub there), then one of Cooper Spa’s skilled technicians added a pretty pink polish. These tired girls were suddenly feeling the love they were asking for. I suddenly wished I had been better about taking advantage of these services sooner.

But now that I have, I hope you’ll come try them soon or send your loved ones this way—we can take care of their every need! If you’re pregnant, it is always best to consult your physician prior to having spa services.

And remember Mother’s Day is May 11. Now through May 11, purchase a $250 gift card and receive a full-size gym bag complete with a 3-day Cooper Fitness Center guest pass*. As an added bonus, our Spa clients always enjoy complimentary childcare during any spa treatment.

Purchase a gift card or book an appointment today!

*Promotion available only for in-store purchases. Bag color will vary and while supplies last.

Skin Cancer Screening at Cooper Clinic

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. and the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) reports that one in five adults will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. That should be powerful enough to have an annual screening and that’s why it’s is a vital component to the Cooper Clinic Comprehensive Exam. Read about the first four (of six) components to get caught up!

  1. Medical Exam & Counseling
  2. Laboratory Analysis
  3. Cardiovascular Screening
  4. Multidetector Computed Tomography (MDCT) Scan
  5. Skin Cancer Screening
  6. Nutrition Consultation

While beauty is more than skin deep, we must not neglect our skin—the body’s largest organ. Our skin provides an important barrier and immune protection plus hydration and vitamin-producing functions. A skin cancer screening identifies potential problems before they affect your health. Our board-certified dermatologists perform a meticulous screening for cancers, pre-cancers and atypical moles. With the physician you will also discuss information regarding your past sun exposure, sun protection measures and family history of skin cancer.

Types of Skin Cancer

There are many different types of skin cancer: actinic keratosis, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Basal cell and squamous cell are the most common forms of skin cancer and if caught early and treated successfully, the cure rate is about 95 percent.

Melanoma is the most deadly skin cancer. According to the CDC, in 2010, 61,061 people were diagnosed with melanomas of the skin and 9,154 people died from it.

You are at higher risk for developing melanoma if you have been a frequent user of tanning beds, have a family history of melanoma, have atypical moles or lots of typical moles.

When melanoma is detected before it spreads, it also has a high cure rate. As is the case with most cancers, patients who have melanoma detected at an earlier stage have improved survival.

Melanomas can occur anywhere on the skin surface but are frequently located on the back and other areas that may be easy to miss with self-inspection. Screening examination of the total skin surface can increase the likelihood of detecting melanoma six-fold compared with partial examination. That is why a head to toe (and between the toes!) examination is very important. Did you know that melanoma can develop in the eye? When purchasing sunglasses, look for ones that block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation.

Symptoms of Melanoma
The most important warning sign for melanoma is a new spot on the skin or a spot that is changing in size, shape or color. The ABCDE rule is a guide for self-examination. Between your annual exams, be aware of the symptoms and contact your physician if you find a spot with any of the following features:

A is for Asymmetry: One half of a mole or birthmark does not match the other.

B is for Border: The edges are irregular, ragged, notched, or blurred.

C is for Color: The color is not the same all over and may include shades of brown or black, or sometimes with patches of pink, red, white, or blue.

D is for Diameter: The spot is larger than 6 millimeters across (about ¼ inch – the size of a pencil eraser), although melanomas can sometimes be smaller than this.

E is for Evolving: The mole is changing in size, shape, or color.

The AAD recommends that persons at highest risk perform frequent self-examination and seek professional evaluation of the skin at least once per year. Cooper Clinic board-certified dermatologists Dr. Rick Wilson, Dr. Flora Kim and Dr. Helen Kaporis can help you protect the health of your skin with preventive dermatology services.

To learn more about a preventive exam at Cooper Clinic, click here or call 866.906.2667 (COOP). Stay tuned for the last component of the exam, nutrition consultation.

Sunscreen Guide 2014

April 18, 2014 1 comment

Skin cancer is caused primarily by unprotected exposure to the sun, meaning it’s often preventable with sunscreen and clothing which protect the skin from too much exposure to the sun. Although sunscreen is readily available, skin cancer rates continue to climb. Why?

Until recently, there were no real standards for how sunscreen manufacturers labeled their products. Experts are hopeful that new labeling guidelines by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will help reduce the incidents of skin cancer in the U.S.

Cooper Clinic Preventive and Cosmetic Dermatologist Flora Kim, MD, FAAD, explains the new FDA guidelines and how to properly use sunscreen to reduce risk of skin cancer.

New FDA Guidelines

New FDA guidelines are intended to make it easier for consumers to know how much protection a particular sunscreen does or does not provide. The use of the label “broad spectrum protection” means the sunscreen has been proven to protect against both UVA and UVB rays (although UVA protection might me weaker than UVB protection). In the past, a sunscreen could be labeled as “broad spectrum” even if it only protected against UVB rays.

When it comes to SPF, any sunscreen lower than SPF 15 must be clearly labeled that it will not protect against skin cancer, but will only prevent sunburn. Sunscreen with an SPF over 15 that is labeled as “broad spectrum” can be labeled as preventing sunburn, skin cancer and aging due to the sun.

Any sunscreen over SPF 50 will now be labeled as SPF 50+, as there is speculation that an SPF higher than 50 is not actually more effective. Additionally, people may be more likely to apply sunscreen with an SPF over 50 less frequently because they think it provides more protection, when in fact, it does not.

Manufacturers are no longer allowed to use words like “waterproof,” “sweatproof” or “sunblock” as these terms are misleading. What you might on sunscreen labels instead is “water-resistant” with a time limit of 40 or 80 minutes before the sunscreen becomes ineffective.

It is important to know that these new FDA guidelines are still in the process of becoming completely enforced, as it takes time for manufacturers to submit required documentation to change labeling. It is always important to read the label of any sunscreen product you are considering.

Recommendations for Sunscreen Use

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends wearing an SPF of 30 or higher every day, not only when you are lying out by the pool or on the beach. The sun’s rays can still be damaging, even on a cloudy day.

Most people do not put on enough sunscreen. In fact, according to the AAD, most people only apply about 25 to 50 percent of what they should put on to be fully protected. As a general guideline, you should generously apply one ounce to all areas of the skin that will be exposed to the sun.

Sunscreen should be applied to dry skin 15 minutes before you go outside and reapplied every two hours, or after swimming or heavy sweating.

For more guidelines from the American Academy of Dermatology, click here.

What About Makeup and Moisturizers?

Some cosmetic products and moisturizers do contain a small amount of SPF, but if you are trying to protect yourself from sun damage or skin cancer that will not be sufficient protection. Dr. Kim recommends an application of dedicated sunscreen underneath your moisturizer and makeup rather than relying on the SPF of your cosmetic products.

Ultimately, you must remember that no sunscreen is perfect. Wearing long sleeves and a hat and staying in the shade as much as possible are also important precautions to take to prevent sun damage or potentially deadly skin cancer.

For more information about cosmetic and preventive dermatology at Cooper Clinic, click here or call 972.367.6000.

How to Protect Your Skin, Sunscreen and Beyond

December 2, 2013 1 comment

In honor of American Academy of Dermatology’s (AAD) National Healthy Skin Month in November, Flora S. Kim, MD, FAAD, Preventive and Cosmetic Dermatologist at Cooper Clinic shares how to maintain healthy skin. Most people know that the AAD recommends a daily use of SPF 30, but what else can we do protect our skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun?

Dr. Kim recommends using an antioxidant serum. This is an extra step that you can easily add to your morning regime to give your skin extra protection. “Sunscreens are a great first line of defense, but they are imperfect—UV rays are going to get to your skin,” Dr. Kim said.

Sunscreens block the UV rays, while the antioxidant serum neutralizes the free radicals that are formed to add another level of protection. Like Dr. Kim said, the serum is a great second line of defense, but not a replacement for sunscreen. Even in the winter it is important to protect your skin.

Which serums do you recommend? Every product is different for every skin type. What works for your best friend, will not necessarily work for you. Cooper Clinic Dermatology recommends SkinCeuticals® products and the NEOCUTIS RéACTIVE Anti-oxidant Serum. Depending on the serum, Dr. Kim recommends you wash your face, apply the serum, apply a daily moisturizer, sunscreen and then makeup (if you wear it).

As an analogy Dr. Kim compared our skin to a banana. “It’s oxygen that makes us age. It’s like opening a banana—at first it’s white and pure and over time it starts to form dark spots. In essence, that’s what’s happening to our skin over decades. UV rays trigger the aging process.”

What if I use a moisturizer or makeup with SPF?

Moisturizer with SPF is better than not using any at all, but if you have the time it’s better to wear a dedicated sunscreen. The SPF is diluted in the moisturizer. Even if it is an SPF 30, you probably won’t actually receive SPF 30 because you aren’t putting enough on.

The most important thing with sunscreens is to reapply—after two hours it’s probably already gone. Sunscreen is wiped off, sweated off and isn’t always applied evenly.

Realistically, women are not going to reapply their sunscreen lotion over their makeup throughout the day. It’s not feasible to take off make up, apply sunscreen and reapply make up.

For extra protection use a sunscreen powder. Colorescience® and Jane Iredale® sell make up with sunscreen or loose powder (color or sheer) with SPF 30, which is approved by Skin Cancer Foundation. The powder is very easy to reapply and will not mess up your makeup.  

What are other alternatives?

If you don’t want to use the traditional lotion sunscreen, there are many other options. It also comes in foams, gels, sprays, and powders. Did you know clothes are a form of SPF? There are now laundry detergents you can add to your washing machine to add extra protection to your clothes.

Invest in your health. It’s so much easier to prevent aging—once you have the wrinkles and the dark brown spots, we have techniques to help. Add a serum of a loose powder to your daily routine to give your skin a second line of defense.

For more information about Cosmetic and Preventive Dermatology at Cooper Clinic call 972.367.6000 or request an appointment.

Live Longer, Be Lean, Be Strong!

November 20, 2013 1 comment

Cooper Clinic’s Rick Wilson, MD, FASDS recently published a new book/his first book, Ultimate Health with Tony Jeary, Jennifer Engels, MD, and Tammy Kling.

Ultimate Health isn’t your traditional health book. “This book in intentionally basic and designed for simplicity,” says Wilson.

Dr. Wilson just celebrated his six years as a preventive and cosmetic dermatologist and vein specialist at Cooper Clinic. He said he has always wanted to write a book and is glad he found a team to produce Ultimate Health.

“We wrote this book to change your beliefs about aging and longevity. We want to guide you to developing helpful habits that will add years to your life and life to your years,” Wilson’s co-author, Tammy Kling stated.

The Founder and Chairman of Cooper Aerobics, Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH and his son and CEO Tyler Cooper, MD, MPH contributed to Ultimate Health as along with many other health and wellness experts from Cooper Aerobics.

In the first section of the book, the authors selected 20 areas that can have the most impact on your health from lifestyle to mental management, vision to vitamins. Each topic is covered at-length and has Ultimate Health VIPs (very important points) at the end of each chapter for quick reference.

The second section of the book consists of “Reference Lists of 25”. This includes, 25 Healthy Foods, 25 Unhealthy Foods, 25 Terms to know, 25 Actions to Speed up Your Metabolism and 25 Tools for Your Ultimate Health Tool Chest. And, the third section is packed with Health Tools.

We are proud of Dr. Rick Wilson and his team’ collaboration to create Ultimate Health and help extend our mission at Cooper Aerobics, to Cooperize the World!

Ultimate Health is available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle. Learn more about the Cosmetic & Preventive Dermatology and services by Dr. Rick Wilson at Cooper Clinic here.

Dr. Rick Wilson is a preventive and cosmetic dermatologist and vein specialist at Cooper Clinic. He received a Bachelor of Science from The University of Oklahoma and a Doctor of Medicine at The University of Texas at San Antonio. He completed an internship in internal medicine at The University of Oklahoma, Tulsa and a dermatology residency at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. Dr. Wilson is certified by the American Board of Dermatology and the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine and author of Ultimate Health: Live Longer – Be Lean – Be Strong! (Carpenters Son Publishing, 2013). Dr. Wilson served in the U.S. Army as a flight surgeon and was Chief of Dermatology at Irwin Army Community Hospital in Fort Riley, Kan.