Mar 28 2020
“Chicken Soup for the Soul”, remember those books? Soul soothing stories that warmed our hearts and taught us valuable life lessons. The name came to mind when I stumbled across this recipe. I did a google search for “Best chicken soup recipe” and it was one of the top links. With a name like “The best chicken soup you will ever eat”, we had to try it.
Most of us have made many pots of soup in our life, many types of chicken soup. This one is now, by far, our family favorite. I thought it would be a perfect day to share it as it is chilly and rainy. And being in the midst of these extremely challenging and unprecedented times, it seems fitting to write about a food recipe on our Bella Body Medical Spa blog because we all need a healthy dose of soul soothing, immune boosting goodness.
What makes this recipe special are the extra additions of super immune boosting ingredients such as garlic, turmeric, a potent antioxidant which also may help with signs of depression, and ginger which helps fight the common cold, the flu, reduce nausea and inflammation and more.
We tried using what we had on hand to save a trip to the grocery store. Here are a few substitutions we made in case you need to modify, too:
*We shredded a rotisserie chicken and added this at the end versus cooking chicken at the beginning.
*We did not have fresh rosemary or thyme so we subbed with dried Italian Seasonings which contains both of those ingredients plus a few others.
*We happened to have a piece of ginger root left over from a dish we made a while ago but subbing with dried ginger can work, too.
*We had some fresh kale and baby spinach that were on their way out so we threw them in at the end for extra nutrition, it added pretty color, too.
*We had a box of small pasta, Ditalini, in the pantry so used that versus couscous. I cooked it separately and put in the bottom of the bowls before ladling in the soup.
*I love spicy foods, my family not so much. So I added a few dashes of red pepperoncino to my own bowl.
Thank you so much Ambitious Kitchen for this delicious recipe that truly is the best chicken soup we will ever eat! You can find the recipe here.
We hope your family enjoys it as much as we did! Sending you lots of soul soothing, heartwarming love from our home to yours.
Xoxoxo, Bonnie, Jeff & Faith
Feb 29 2020
Today, it’s all about the lips! Whether you desire full, plump Kylie Jenner lips or just a little extra pout that looks very natural, we have many options for you. There are also those who just want to reverse time and add volume back that they have lost over the years. We’ve got you girl! Let’s explore the different options to get the lips of your dreams!
Injectables are formulated with hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body that can boost the production of collagen, which is associated with anti-aging. So whether you want to enhance your pout or add lost volume, this is the most popular option. Injectable fillers restore lost volume and fullness delivering natural, youthful looking results. Results can last six to twelve months.
Botox Lip Flip
A Lip Flip is a treatment in which Botox is injected in small quantities at the corners of the mouth and near the Cupid’s bow. When the muscles relax, your lip will curl upward and appear larger. Results show within a few days of treatment, with full results in about one week. The effects of Botox for lips lasts up to three to four months.
PDO threads are inserted through the borders of the lips and when inserted beneath the skin, the PDO sutures hold up drooping skin. They are designed to enhance definition, add volume, and improve youthful lip curves. The outline of your lips will be more raised and therefore more defined. This option is great if you are looking for subtle results. Results can last anywhere from six months to a year.
PRF (platelet rich fibrin) is an all natural product that can add volume to your lips! PRF is made using your bodies own unique cell growth factor making it 100% safe and customized to you. Injecting this into your lips causes the regeneration of fat cells due to the slow release of your own growth factors. This causes natural plump lips and also a youthful glow!
Which option will you chose? Schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss the best option for you and your lips! ☎️ 215.622.7724
Dec 19 2019
Just because the days are colder and darker doesn’t mean that your spirit has to be! One of the best pick me ups during this time of year is some much-needed pampering. A Hydrafacial will give you just that! Even better, personalize your Hydrafacial treatment with our booster super serums that address specific skin concerns. No more dull, flaky winter skin!
The Hydrafacial is Bella Body’s signature custom facial, using award winning Vortex-Fusion technology. This incredible, non-invasive multi-step treatment cleanses, exfoliates & extracts while replenishing vital nutrients without downtime or irritation. Your skin is hydrated, refreshed & feels incredible in just 30 minutes! This treatment is perfect for keeping your skin hydrated throughout the dry, winter months. It is also the perfect time to try one of our custom add on boosters. Super serums are made with nourishing ingredients that create an instantly gratifying glow and are tailored to address your specific needs. Which one will you chose?
ZO BRIGHTALIVE Booster Serum
Specifically designed to brighten skin and lessen the appearance of discoloration.
• Reduces the appearance of brown spots
• Helps prevent appearance of new pigmentation formation
• Evens skin tone
SENTÉ Dermal Repair
Produces rapid improvement in skin hydration, fine lines and wrinkles.
• Diminish the appearance of wrinkles
• Improves skin tone, texture and firmness
• Enhances hydration and reduces the appearance of redness in as early as 48 hours
Give your Hydrafacial a BOOST this season and glow into the new year!
Nov 19 2019
EndyMed Intensif: Combining Microneedling and RF for Superior Results!
The EndyMed Intensif RF Microneedle system is designed to help rejuvenate skin by improving tone and texture while also tightening. This treatment will reduce the appearance of wrinkles, acne and scars.
It is minimally invasive w/ little-to-no downtime!
Combining Microneedling with RF
EndyMed Intensif combines microneedling with radio frequency for a more intense rejuvenating effect. Microneedling is great for remodeling the texture of our skin, it helps with acne scaring, fine lines and it stimulates collegan to improve texture. In addition to the benefits seen with the micro-injury provided by the traditional microneedles, RF microneedling also delivers RF energy deep into the dermis further enhancing skin tightening and scar reduction. This treatment provides results from the outside in and also the inside out!
If you’ve had traditional microneedling and loved it, this is the next level to get you faster and better results! It’s a great option for skin that may not be able to use laser treatments. It is also beneficial for those who have oily skin. EndyMed Intensif can treat everything from wrinkles and stretch marks to acne scars and loose skin. It takes about 7 days for the results to start to appear as the skin has to go through the healing phase. While each person’s experience will be different, studies have shown that results typically last up to a year after the most recent Intensif RF Microneedle treatment!
EndyMed offers superior tightening, contouring, fractional resurfacing and RF microneedling treatments, clinically proven to deliver the best results!
We offer complimentary consultations so you can find out what EndyMed Intensif can do for you! 215.622.7724
Oct 18 2019
Your new favorite cocktail is here…for your skin! The Botox Facial is the perfect mix to solve your skin imperfections!
When it comes to wrinkles, Botox is our best friend. Did you know that Botox can also shrink pores, slow down oil production and help prevent acne?! This is achieved by a super technique that delivers super results.
Instead of injecting Botox deep into the facial muscles to smooth wrinkles, microneedling is used to infuse a cocktail of Botox and a personalized mix of vitamins and nutrients just beneath the surface layer of your skin. Instead of requiring multiple treatments, the Botox Facial delivers it all at once.
Taking microneedling to the next level, this facial builds collagen, plumps wrinkles and will dramatically restore that much needed glow! You will notice that it instantly hydrates, for dewy, smooth skin like glass! Results can last up to 4 months.
Give us a call to schedule a Botox Facial for overall rejuvenation! We also offer complimentary consultations.
Jan 14 2018
Growth Factors – The Fountain of Youth?
Do you keep hearing the words Growth Factors? Do you wonder what they do? How they work? And why they’re in your skin care? Keep reading to understand how Growth Factors can benefit your skin in a major way.
What are Growth Factors and what do they do?
Growth Factors are natural substances made by skin cells to maintain healthy skin and boost communication between cells. They help to repair damaged skin, while providing components for firmness and elasticity. They also help maintain the skin’s protective functions and when used in topical products they help to facilitate healing and support protein growth to reverse the signs of aging.
Growth factors can more or less pass over the dead skin cells that form the stratum corneum and create a signaling pathway with the living skin cells deeper with the skin. Therefore, despite being rather large, growth factors are still able to meaningfully impact and improve cellular functioning.
As we age, we make less Growth Factors naturally than we did in our youth, so incorporating growth factors into our skin care regiment is crucial to maintain the overall health of our skin.
Where do Growth Factors in our skin care come from?
There are several places that growth factors come from, which can be derived from human cells grown in a laboratory to non-human sources, such as, snails and plants. Examples of human cells are skin cells, bone marrow skin cells, fat stem cells and even from your own Platelets. Each and every one of these cells can help reverse the signs of aging in the skin.
Do Growth Factors really work?
Research has proven that topically applied Growth Factors have shown increased improvements in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, texture and even discoloration. When incorporated with antioxidants results can be achieved even sooner!
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Nov 20 2017
Do you suffer from Underarm sweat?
Have you tried other procedures in the past and had no success? Well look no further for our miraDry Treatment. This non-invasive procedure uses ground breaking, clinically proven technology to significantly reduce underarm sweat. There is no pain and very minimal to no downtime.
How does miraDry work?
The miraDry procedure usually takes between 1-2 hours. Our nurse will numb the area with a local anesthesia and outline the area that we are targeting. miraDry uses microwave technology, where electromagnetic energy is delivered to the underarm to destroy the overactive sweat glands. While the energy is being release, the miraDry system will also release waves of cooling energy to prevent any discomfort or burning.
How many treatments are needed?
Most patients usually only need one treatment, but with conditions, such as, hyperhidrosis, a patient may need 1-2 treatments, scheduled 3 months apart. In rare cases, a third treatment may be needed.
What is the success rate of miraDry?
Results can vary from individual to individual, however, a reported 75-95% of patients have seen a reduction in sweat and body odor in the underarm area.
What should I expect Post Procedure?
While everyone is different, patients may experience swelling, soreness and/or a tingling sensation underneath the arms. The side effects usually subside within a week following the procedure. Patients should see an immediate reduction in the amount of sweat they produce. Sweat glands cannot regenerate, therefore, results are long-lasting. Majority of patients may return to work and personal schedules immediately following the treatment.
Watch how miradry works and how it can help give you freedom from sweat and odor
Have questions? Why wait? Schedule your private, complimentary consultation today in person or by phone at 215.622.7724
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Oct 17 2017
So, what is it that Lasers do?
Lasers are a device that uses light energy to eradicate the hair follicle. Therefore, hair growth is reduced due to the follicle being destroyed. It can be slightly painful, like a rubber band slapping you on each zap, but nothing that a little numbing cream can’t lessen.
Who is the ideal client for laser hair reduction?
The ideal laser client is someone that has lighter to medium dark complexion or a patient with a higher contrast between hair color and skin color and has darker, coarser hair. Therefore, anyone with lighter or whiter hair would not be an ideal candidate because they lack the targeted pigment the lasers are attracted to.
When is the ideal time to start laser hair treatments?
The fall is a great time to start receiving laser hair treatments because our skin must be free of any UV exposure or sunless tanner. Your skin is comprised after exposure to the sun therefore we would not want to sustain any damage or blistering to the skin. So once our tans have faded and we’re cozy in our sweaters, we should start our laser hair reduction to have reduced hair for the coming summer months!
Did you know…
Your hair grows in 3 stages. Hair growth in the active stage is the ideal time to have a laser treatment.
It takes time to catch every hair in that active stage so treatments are spaced out anywhere from 4-8 weeks.
Most clients will see an 85% reduction in growth on those coarse, dark hairs.
Certain disorders, such as, hirsutism and PCOS, can cause hair to continually grow even during a series of LHR because those with these conditions are more susceptible to have continued hair growth. While, most see a result and use it to help control the hair growth, it may take them longer to see results.
Pre- and Post Laser Hair Treatment…
Before your scheduled laser hair removal you want to be aware of any sun exposure you have had in the two weeks prior to your service or any sunless tanner that may still be on the skin. Most importantly, waxing or tweezing should not be performed 6 weeks prior to the start of your treatment and most importantly during your series. Again, we need the hair in that active growth stage to achieve the most effective result.
It’s time to ditch the razors for good!
Give us a call to set up your private consultation and schedule your first session. Get started now so you can enjoy razor smooth skin without shaving, for years to come! Take advantage of our Fall Special, Buy one area and we will add a second area complimentary. 215.622.7724 or email@example.com
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Oct 17 2017
Now that summer is over and we are approaching fall we all want to know how we can clear up the damage that we have caused to our skin. Enter the IPL Photo Facial.
What happens to your skin in the summer sun?
Hyperpigmentation occurs when melanin is overproduced in certain spots of the skin. Pigment spots, such as age spots, are caused by sun exposure. They appear mainly on the face, chest, and hands. They tend to be small darkened patches of skin. Unfortunately, the UV radiation can sometimes be too much for this melanin to handle, so the skin reacts in a build up of darker cells that act as a protector, or “sunglasses”, for the over-exposed area of the skin.
How can an IPL PhotoFacial help?
IPL treatments are most commonly used for lightening and removing sun spots and age spots along with reducing redness, rosacea, and broken blood vessels on the face, neck, and chest. This treatment also addresses skin tone and texture along with fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen growth and larger pores by reducing the amount of oil the skin produces.
What is IPL doing to your skin?
IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light and works by stimulating deeper tissues of the skin with a range of concentrated light. The lightwaves are targeted at hemoglobin (red blood cells) or melanin (brown pigment in freckles/age spots). The light beam passes through the skin and is absorbed by either the hemoglobin or melanin resulting in damage to the vessel wall or melanin pigment. These tiny vessels are then absorbed by the body rendering them less visible.
How will you look after a PhotoFacial?
Immediately after the treatment your skin will be slightly red. Any pigmentation will get darker right away and flake off like dry skin over 2-3 days. For veins, the skin will look slightly redder after the treatment for 2-3 days. Make-up can be applied right after the treatment. A healing foundation called Oxygenetics is available at Bella Body Medical Spa which can be applied following your treatment to help conceal any redness. Results are achieved with little to no discomfort or downtime. A minimum of 3 treatments every 4 weeks is recommended for optimal results.
Set up your complimentary consultation with our Skin Care Experts to see how a PhotoFacial can benefit you, 215.622.7724. You can also learn more about our PhotoFacial here.
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Oct 17 2017
YOU DO! We all do. Every face should wear sunscreen, every day. Rain, Shine, Snow, Cloudy with a chance of meatballs, no matter the weather, your skin needs protection and that is what sunscreen does.
“Ultraviolet rays that are the cause of sun damage and skin cancer are always present, they are independent of cold or hot weather and are not blocked by clouds” explains Dr. Shilesh Iyer, M.D., a Board Certified dermatologist with the renowned New York Dermatology Group.
That well know term “UV” stands for Ultra Violet, a type of electromagnetic radiation. UV light, which comes from the sun, is invisible to the human eye and would be severely damaging to living things if not filtered by the earths atmosphere. It makes black-light posters glow, and is responsible for the telltale signs of over-exposure such as summer tans, freckles and sunburns.
Ultraviolet is also responsible for the formation of bone-strengthening vitamin D thus has effects both beneficial and harmful to human health.
UV has A rays and B rays. You have probably heard of them, but as many times as we have seen products that help protect against them, do we actually realize what they are doing?
UVA (aging) rays account for 95% of our sun exposure. They cause skin aging and contribute to skin cancer. UVA rays penetrate deeply into the skin layers, damaging collagen and cells which leads to wrinkling, hyperpigmentation and loss of elasticity. UVB (burning) rays mostly affect the outer layer of the skin. They cause sunburns and tanning that increase the risk of skin cancer and other disorders. The risk for skin cancer doubles in people who have had five or more sunburns. (Skin Cancer Foundation Nov. 2010)
“Broad-spectrum sunscreens” provide protection against both UVA & UVB rays. When wearing broad protection sunscreens, the UVA and UVB rays reflect and scatter away from your skin, providing you protection from sunburn and decreasing the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun.
There are two types of protection, physical and chemical. Chemical sun block contains organic (carbon-based) compounds, such as oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate and avobenzone, which create a chemical reaction and work by changing UV rays into heat, then releasing that heat from the skin.
Physical sunscreens contain active mineral ingredients, such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, which work by sitting on top of the skin to deflect and scatter damaging UV rays away from the skin.
Both are beneficial and provide excellent coverage when applied correctly and frequently.
We have a range of sun care options at Bella Body Medical Spa that include physical and chemical sunscreens such as Obagi, EltaMD and Brush on Block – a great “to go” sunscreen that you can toss in your bag and “brush on the sunblock” while on the go without removing makeup.
Give us a call if you have any questions. Our Anti-Aging Skin Care Experts can help guide you to the best protection for your pretty face, 215.622.7724
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