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A Healthy Start to College

Taking the right nutritional supplement for you is an important element in living a Cooperized lifestyle.

By: Karen Perkins, Account Executive, Cooper Concepts Inc.

As your child prepares to leave the nest and head off to college, there is no doubt that they are preparing for a season in their life unlike any other. The flexible schedule, opportunities to learn and try new things, thriving campus life, and close proximity to peers creates the perfect platform on which countless memories will be made. With so many exciting elements of this transition on you and your student’s mind, we want to remind you to help set your child up for a healthy semester.

It can be hard for college students to stay healthy. Crowded dorms and classrooms, along with reduced sleep and added stress often leave their immune systems trying to play catch-up. Dr. Cooper recommends eight healthy steps that make up a well-rounded, healthy life. One of the healthy steps to Get Cooperized is taking vitamins and supplements. So while your child may have outgrown taking a chewable Flintstone vitamin with their Fruit Loops® in the morning, it might not be a bad idea to continue to ask, “Have you taken your vitamins today?”

Cooper Complete® Health Body Pack
We recommend the Cooper Complete® Health Body Pack. Each canister contains 30 individually wrapped cellophane packets with a Basic One Iron-Free one-tablet-per-day multivitamin and the daily recommended amount of omega-3. Having the supplements individually packaged makes them perfect for the on-the-go lifestyle of your student. It’s easy to grab a packet and put it in a backpack, purse, or pocket to take with a meal. Plus the packets remove guesswork and thinking—simply take one packet-full per day with any meal. That’s easy to remember.

Why Basic One Iron-Free?
Most nutrition experts agree that a balanced, nutritious diet is the best way to obtain needed nutrients. The recommended amount of fruits and vegetables per day is five servings (nine is even better!), yet the average teenager only eats 1.6 servings! A recent report from the University College London stated that eating seven or more portions of fruits and vegetables a day reduces your risk of death at any point in time by 42 percent compared to eating less than one portion. Supplements are not intended to replace a healthy diet and lifestyle, but taking a multivitamin can provide a convenient way to “bridge the nutritional gap” and address micronutrient inadequacies that may well occur when your child is suddenly away from home. Also, while girls tend to stop growing sooner, it is possible that your son’s body is still growing and developing. This makes it even more important for them to obtain the proper nutrients. Here are a few of the vitamins included in Basic One Iron-Free.

Vitamin A promotes normal bone growth and tooth development, healthy skin and assists in night and color vision.

Vitamin C helps the body absorb iron, strengthens connective tissue, muscles and skin and increases resistance to infection.

Vitamin D promotes tooth and bone formation and aids in the absorption of minerals like calcium. While you can get vitamin D naturally from sunlight, a study by Weill Cornell Medical Center found one in seven adolescents were vitamin D deficient. Cooper Clinic suggests at least 2000 IU per day which is the amount in our daily multivitamin.

Why Advanced Omega-3?
Omega-3 has shown to help with brain health (reduce depression) and heart health. The American Heart Association recommends eating fatty-fish such as salmon at least two times per week. One study found that fish oil (in foods or supplements) cut the risk of death from cardiovascular disease by 32 percent. Buying fish can be expensive and is generally not conducive to the typical college lifestyle so taking an omega supplement is highly recommended.

When you’re preparing the next care package for your college student, sneak in a Cooper Complete Healthy Body Pack to keep them on track. For more information about Cooper Complete products, click here.

Vita-Gel Manicure vs. The Other Gels

October 21, 2013 Leave a comment

Since gel manicures have been popular I have been an avid fan! I love the polished look of acrylic nails, but have never wanted to sacrifice the health of my nails. My nails are already thin, so gel manicures have been my saving grace. There are many different types of gel manicures which I learned are commonly mistaken for Shellac. Shellac is a brand of a gel manicure, among other popular brands I have tried like: OPI™ gelshine and Gelish. When I heard that Cooper Spa was introducing a new gel manicure that was not harmful to your hands or damaging to nails, it only made sense and I knew I had to try it!

Cooper Spa is one of the first in Dallas to offer this gel manicure system, Orly FX Gel Manicure. The manicure is incredibly durable and is guaranteed to remain chip-free for at least one week. Plus, it’s power-packed with an infusion of Vitamins A, E and Pro-Vitamin B5 to nourish nails. So what is the difference between Vita-Gel and the other popular gel brands? It utilizes LED light technology (rather than UV) and provides full protection and incredible shine in just 30 seconds.

I made my appointment with Marcia. The Vita-Gel Manicure process is simple, starting with nail shaping and cuticle treatment.  Marcia then treated my hands with Vanilla Tangerine Hand & Body Lotion, from the Beautiful Fit™ product line. It smells divine! For all signature services at Cooper Spa, we use Beautiful Fit™ products—Cooper Spa’s own private label which are free of parabens, mineral oils and artificial fragrance. All of the products are biodegradable, made from natural and renewable raw materials.

Once the polish was applied, Marcia put my hands under a LED dryer for 30 seconds to harden the polish and give it a beautiful shine. She repeated  the same process after a second coat. The polish dried in seconds leaving me with a long-lasting manicure. While I was getting my manicure she gave me great tips that I haven’t heard at any other salon. She recommended applying oil to my cuticles every night. Applying lotion to your hands and cuticles will prevent your cuticles from cracking, but the oil adds extra protection. Any type of oil you might have at home can work, or Cooper Spa has specific cuticle oils available for purchase in the boutique.

Typically I don’t stray from my comfort zone for nail color. I stick with my two favorites: OPI Cajun Shrimp (which is a fun orangey-red) or OPI Bubble Bath (which is nude). Marcia suggested a color that I would have never picked on my own—Mirror Mirror. It is a light grey, which she said is a great color for fall. I have gotten so many compliments and will definitely take her recommendations for a fun color on my next manicure! Cooper Spa offers 24 colors for the Vita-Gel Manicure.

After my manicure, I was greeted by the friendly staff who offered me a delicious, hot white orange tea. I decided to peruse around in the shop to look for the cuticle oil. Not only can you purchase Beautiful Fit products in the Cooper Spa boutique, but they also sell a few of my other favorites like SkinCeuticals®, Moroccanoil® and OPI polish. While looking around I also found Jack Black® products conveniently enough for brother’s upcoming birthday!

Experience the results for yourself. Book your appointment today at cooperspa.com/Dallas or call 972.392.7729. Click here to view our current Spa specials.

NEW! Vita-Gel Manicure at Cooper Spa

August 27, 2013 Leave a comment

Say hello to longer, stronger nail color and superior shine with our new Vita-Gel Manicure.

Cooper Spa is one of the first in Dallas to bring you this gel manicure system that delivers incredibly durable chip-free manicures for at least one week. Plus, it’s power-packed with an infusion of Vitamins A, E and Pro-Vitamin B5 to nourish nails.

With LED light technology nails dry in 30 seconds allowing you to be ready for wherever your life takes you next. The result? Full protection and incredible shine.

That’s the ultimate in good-looking meets good-for-you.

Experience the results for yourself. Book your appointment today at cooperspa.com/Dallas or call 972.392.7729.

Celebrating 15 Years at Cooper Spa

Beautiful Fit Products

Introduced in 2011,Cooper Spa’s own private label, Beautiful Fit–coming soon online.

What were you doing in August 1998? I was getting ready to start another school year. And Cooper Spa was proudly opening its doors! That means this month we’re celebrating our 15th Anniversary.

I’ve been so fortunate to be a part of this team for a third of those years. Did you know that we have teammates who have been here for all 15? Since the beginning Cooper Spa has been offering spa products and services designed for and dedicated to your total well-being—physical and emotional.

We’ve grown to 28 professional and licensed therapists trained to pamper the body and mind with restorative, therapeutic and rejuvenating treatments. And over the years our product line has evolved to meet the needs of today’s customers.

  • With more customers wanting to add natural products to their beauty routine, we now offer our Beautiful Fit™ line. This 100 percent natural line of body, skin care and aromatherapy products are free of parabens, mineral oils and artificial fragrance. They are  made from natural and renewable raw materials and are 100 percent therapeutically beneficial. They form the basis of our Beautiful Fit Massage, Manicure, Pedicure and Facial. Beautiful Fit products will soon be available online so you can easily experience Beautiful Fit at home for yourself.
  • Our customers’ desire for natural products means we have natural color products too. We recently added the Jane Iredale® makeup line, made with high performance minerals, antioxidants and vitamins.
  • Just like many of you customize your workout routines we all have a need to customize our skin care. After all, no two faces are the same! Whether you need extra hydration, added firmness or a deep cleansing we have a facial for you. The same holds true for our other services. In fact we offer seven massages that can further be customized with aromatherapy enhancements for an even more personal touch.
  • As we all become more crunched for time we want to address that need too. We’ll soon be one of the first spas in Dallas to offer Vita-Gel Manicure, a gel manicure system that delivers incredibly durable chip-free manicures for over an entire week. Plus. It’s power-packed with an infusion of Vitamins A, E and Pro-Vitamin B to nourish nails

In short, we’re here for you to take away some of the stress, help you to relax and feel pampered, and show you how we care.  Throughout our anniversary month we’re offering fun online and in-spa giveaways. We are so grateful for our clients and friends who come to visit on a regular basis.  If that’s not you yet, come and let us serve you!

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