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Treat Your Feet to a Watermelon Basil Pedicure at Cooper Spa

A relaxing and rejuvenating pedicure is waiting for you at Cooper Spa Dallas. Sandal season is still in full swing, which makes it the perfect time to treat your feet to our seasonal Watermelon Basil Pedicure. This Cooper Spa Dallas Seasonal Special is an ideal way to beat the heat and indulge in our summer time service.

The Watermelon Basil Pedicure begins by soaking the feet in a soothing powder bath. A watermelon basil scrub is then applied to the feet and legs; a wonderful savory fragrance fills the room. Marcia, my nail technician, does an amazing job gently rubbing the feet and legs to massage and exfoliate with the scrub. As the scrub is lightly rinsed and the aroma of watermelon and basil still lingers, the cuticles are treated, then the final step includes nails are buffed and coated with oil.

Once the cuticle and nail work is complete, the honey heel glaze is applied to the feet and ankles. It smells so good you might be tempted to sneak a taste! While the honey heel glaze moisturizes the feet are gently wrapped in hot towels and left to further absorb the conditioning serum for an additional five minutes. After the glaze is rinsed, a Whoopie Shea Butter cream is used to massage the tip of the toes to below the knees. Applying the Whoopie Shea Butter cream leaves the legs and feet deeply moisturized and smelling delightful for hours. This foot massage leaves you feeling tranquil and recharged. Marcia completes the treatment by perfectly applying your choice of a bright and summery polish.

If the seasonal Watermelon Basil Pedicure sounds like the perfect summer treatment, make your way to Cooper Spa Dallas for 60 minutes of pampering bliss. This treatment is available now through August 31. Come in, call us at 972.392.7729 or book an appointment online. Visit Cooper Spa Dallas for select services in August and receive a complimentary upgrade. Throughout the month of August, Summer Complements offers clients:

  • A free brow wax with the purchase of a Beautiful Fit or Skinceutical facial
  • A free restorative cuticle oil treatment for the hands with the purchase of any 60-minute pedicure
  • A free hydrating hair treatment with the purchase of any body scrub or wrap

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Sunscreen Tips from Cooper Clinic Dermatology

Cooper Clinic Dermatology offers the top sunscreen tips to keep you covered from head to toe this summer (and year-round).

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Spring Skincare Tips from Cooper Spa Dallas

March 21, 2016 1 comment

Spring is here! As the seasons change, so should your skincare routine. Cooper Spa Dallas Manager Lisa Boyle shares skincare recommendations to implement for healthy, radiant skin this spring.Facial_CooperSpa_SDIL8670-Edit

Year-round exfoliation is ideal, but spring is a great time for a chemical facial peel. Spring peels can help shed dry winter skin caused by cold temperatures and brighten complexions for spring.

What is a chemical facial peel? A chemical facial peel is an exfoliating agent that typically contains alpha hydroxy acids and/or beta hydroxy acids. Acids break down the bond between healthy and dead skin cells, allowing the dead cells to shed.

Today’s chemical exfoliators are used in a controlled manner and provide a safe method for revealing healthy and renewed skin. Chemical peels (which typically do not have “down time” if received in a spa setting) can make skin smoother, help fade brown spots and improve uneven skin tone from sun damage. Overall, peels enhance the surface of the skin, allowing it to look brighter and younger. Having regular peels every 6-8 weeks will lead to collagen stimulation, healthy skin cell turnover and improve the appearance of wrinkles. Cooper Spa’s Glycolic Peel by SkinCeuticals will complement any Cooper Spa facial and can accommodate all skin types.

Is it preventive? Yes. Removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin can help the skin continue renewing itself regularly, thus keeping its barrier function strong. A strong barrier function helps to defend against environmental stressors. Daily use of sunscreen is a must when using chemical exfoliators. As we know, the UV rays from the sun can cause premature aging and skin cancer.

How often should you do a chemical peel? A six-week series of glycolic peels is ideal to reach desired results with regular at-home maintenance as recommended by your Cooper Spa Dallas esthetician. Medical grade chemical peels are available at Cooper Clinic Dermatology, where one of our four board certified dermatologists will customize a treatment plan.  A medium-depth chemical peel is often recommended to improve overall texture and skin glow, in addition to treating pre-cancers and reversing photo damage. A chemical peel is a popular revitalizing treatment to regain a fresher, healthier and younger-looking complexion.

For daily skincare, follow these simple steps:

  • Cleanse – Clean skin daily twice daily (morning and night) to keep skin clear and remove debris, oil and makeup.
  • Exfoliate – Use a scrub or daily at-home peel to remove dead skin cells for healthy skin cell turnover. Over the counter exfoliators are not as strong as those given in the professional setting but are needed for maintenance.
  • Tone – Restore the pH balance of skin and remove residue from cleanser.
  • Moisturize (sunscreen) – Keep skin moist and always, always use SPF during the day! It’s a good idea to find a combination moisturizer with sunscreen of at least 30 SPF.

Visit Cooper Spa Dallas to learn more about skincare and what is best for you. Book an appointment with an esthetician for a consultation, facial and an introduction to our recommended product lines: SkinCeuticals, Dermalogica and Éminence Organic Skin Care.

Maintain Healthy Skin, No Matter Your Age

Keeping your skin looking and feeling healthy as you age can seem like a complicated, time-consuming and expensive task. However, maintaining good health as you get older can translate into beautiful skin and a confident appearance.

blog_woman in mirrorCooper Clinic Dermatologist Dr. Helen Kaporis recommends using daily sunblock with SPF higher than 30. Sunblock not only reduces the risk of developing skin cancer, but also decreases premature collagen breakdown. We naturally lose one teaspoon of collagen each year in our face, and sunblock helps prevent additional breakdown.

Dr. Kaporis also notes that daily use of antioxidants can help diminish environmental free radicals that cause oxidative stress on skin. Antioxidants such as Obagi Vitamin C Serum or Skinceuticals Phloretin CF Gel Pump are her top recommendations. In addition, tretinoin or retinol can help reverse photo aging, fine lines and dyspigmentation.

Finally, Dr. Kaporis suggests using moisturizers with ceramics, such as Elta MD Lotion or Cerave Cream, on dry skin that develops over time. These products will help lock in moisture and repair damaged skin.

Cooper Spa’s newest esthetician, Andrea Rankin, also shares her own tips that can help you age beautifully:

  • Less is best! Too much product will strip your skin of the acid mantle, the skin’s natural protector, and imbalance your pH levels.
  • Wash your face both morning and night – and after any workout. Even if you don’t have time to fully shower, use a towelette on your face, neck and back to remove toxins and bacteria. And, if you have time, use a toner to moisturize and protect your skin until you have time to shower.
  • Before bed, wash your face properly and use moisturizer for soft and supple skin.
  • To support your diet for healthy skin, take Cooper Complete Dermatologic Health to be sure you’re taking in the proper nutrients.
  • Exfoliate once a week. Men typically exfoliate as they shave every day, but don’t forget to exfoliate your nose and forehead, too!

Andrea’s favorite age-defying skin care products include:

  • SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Interrupter
    • Improves skin creping and thinning
    • Corrects the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and rough texture
    • Restores water and nutrients to improve the appearance of skin elasticity
    • Restores comfort to dry, aging skin
  • SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Eye Cream
    • Helps protect against stress factors and environmental aggressors
    • Combats the appearance of puffiness, sagging skin and dark circles
    • Supports the skin’s natural hydration
    • Suitable for normal, combination and oily aging skin

Focusing on skin care at any age is an important part of keeping your body healthy. Prevention is key – the more you can take care of and protect your skin in your younger years, the less your skin will seem to age in your later years. But remember, it’s never too late to start a skin care routine that will leave you looking and feeling beautiful!

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.

Manage Stress with Aromatherapy

January 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Managing stress is a critical component to Get Cooperized. Whether it’s through exercise, breathing techniques, or spa treatments, there are multiple ways to relax and rejuvenate. Wendy Ruggiero, massage therapist at Cooper Spa shares tips to unwind with aromatherapy.

I love aromatherapy. I use some form of essential oil everyday, especially when I feel stressed, tired, and overwhelmed. I attribute my healthy immune system to regular massage and aromatherapy. It amazes me every time how these special blends can cheer me up and calm me down all at once.

Aromatherapy triggers a positive emotional and physical response by stimulating your body’s limbic (emotional) and endocrine (hormonal) systems. For example, when you smell Lavender essential oil, its microscopic chemicals immediately trigger your body to calm your nervous system and relax your muscles.

Try my top-three essential oils: 

  1. Eucalyptus: This is great for treating respiratory problems, such as coughs and colds. It helps relieve muscle tension.
  2. Tea Tree: A natural anti-fungal oil, Tea Tree is good for treating all sorts of fungal infections including vaginal yeast infections, jock itch, athlete’s foot, and ringworm.
  3. Rosemary: Rosemary is stimulating and uplifting. It’s good to help mental stimulation and fuel the immune system, and it’s great for muscle aches and tension. Rosemary is also stimulating to the digestive system.

Venturing into aromatherapy can be overwhelming with all the choices. Start slow by finding a reputable company who sells essential oils such as Cooper Spa. We carry a line from Aromatherapy Associates, highly recommended by Wendy to any general consumer. Buy one or two at a time exploring the options of each oil. Feel free to contact Cooper Spa for more details at 972.392.7729 or visit cooperspa.com.