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7 Tips for Self-Care this Holiday

Holidays are joyful times to share with family and friends, and are, for the most part, occasions to foster fond memories to last a lifetime. But most of us experience at least some level of stress during these times; be it air or road travel, hectic traffic in the streets and shops, rushing to find the perfect gifts, cooking to impress, or simply having enough of commotion and being deprived of solitude and quite time.

Follow these few tips to help your body balance stress:

1- Take a daily walk, concentrating on your breathing, and being aware of the environment around you. Sometimes we will walk or drive the same stretch every day, and become blind to the beauty of the space around us.

2- Find time to meditate, if possible, otherwise make #1 above your time to do so. Making time for yourself is really important.

3- Moderate your time with friends and family. It's okay to take a break. Don't feel obligated to overextend yourself when you feel the need to escape.

4- Drink alcohol, stimulant-rich, and sugary drinks in moderation.

5- Get plenty of sleep.

6- Connect with your community. Volunteer and practice gratitude. Those less fortunate could really use extra love and kindness at this time of year.

7- Set reasonable boundaries at  home and work for yourself and those around you. Try creating lists for chores, reponsibilities, and gift budgets.

To enjoy your family and friends to the fullest, you have to be at peace with yourself. Of course, if you really need to get away, there's no place like Marianna's to escape for a totally relaxing facial or massage.

Wishing all a happy and safe holiday!

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Summer Sun Safety

Living in Colorado's high altitude, sun protection is essential year-round. But now that its time for bathing suits, scanter clothing, and spending time by the water, we must really spread the sunscreen.

Knowledge of FDA nomenclature Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is great, but there is a lot more to sun protection than the information that is typically shared. For example, did you know that Critical Wave Length is more important than just an SPF number?


Sun Protection Science

Solar radiation travels in waves. The SPF system rates the level of Ultraviolet-B (UVB) or sunburn protection that a product provides. The system does not measure the dangers posed by UVA rays. These rays are responsible for premature aging and sun-induced skin cancer. Critical Wavelength (CW) is the most effective way to rate UVA protection. Solar radiation of 290nm (nanometers) to 400nm (the UVB-UVA range) is reproduced in a laboratory device designed to measure the amount of radiation absorbed by a sunscreen.

Starting at the beginning of the UVB range (290nm), progressively higher wavelengths of light are aimed at the sunscreen. A protective absorption curve or “umbrella” is produced. The Critical Wavelength® defines how far this umbrella (actually 90% of the umbrella) extends into the UVA range. So for a Critical Wavelength of 383nm, 90% of the sunscreen’s protective “umbrella” is between the beginning of the UVB range (290nm) to 383nm.  The higher the number, the better. A sunscreen with a Critical Wavelength® over 370nm is considered Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB protection.

To that, our highly popular Luca Sun Screen Products, one of the few brands on the market that measures and packages with CW, are greaseless, light-weight, and really nice formulas.

Freaky, Frightening Facts:

      • Each year, skin cancer affects more people than breast, lung, prostate, and colon cancers combined.
      • The number of skin cancer cases due to tanning is higher than the number of lung cancer cases due to smoking.
      • About 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. annually. Melanoma will account for more than 73,000 cases of skin cancer in 2015.


Safe Sun Practices:

        • Apply a generous amount of broad spectrum sunscreen to all skin that will be exposed 15 minutes before going outdoors.
        • Reapply immediately after swimming or sweating, and as a rule of thumb every hour or fraction of an hour for 1/10th of the SPF. For example, reapply an SPF 15 every hour and a half, an SPF 30 every 3 hours, etc.
        • Don't forget the little ones. Good habits start early.
        • The sun's UV danger is strongest between 11am and 3pm. Seek shade between those hours.
        • Is your left arm, hand, or side of your face more sun damaged i.e. dark spots? Our car windows act as magnifyng glasses for damaging UV rays. That's why pilots have an incidence of skin cancer than the general population. Use sun protection on a daily basis.
        • Topical Vitamin C offers a potent defense against hyperpigmentation, free radicals, and UV damage. Apply AD. Vitamin C Serum 20% .By applying a 20 percent concentration of topical vitamin C under your sunscreen, the extra C boosts the immune defense of your skin cells against UV damage.
        • Examine your skin every month for changes in moles or drastic skin texture changes, and see a dermatologist annually. We may notice something questionable, in which case we will recommend that you seek a dermatologist's examination.
        • Replace your sunscreen after 12 months. The formulas are tested for three years stability on the shelf but the active ingredients, apart from physical mineral barriers such as Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, are quite reactive, and tend to degrade more quickly.


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Stress Can Do a Number on your Mind and Body.

Take steps to control your stress.


Your body is hard-wired to react to stress in ways meant to protect you against threats from predators and other aggressors. Such threats are rare today, but that doesn't mean that life is free of stress.

On the contrary, you undoubtedly face multiple demands each day, such as shouldering a huge workload, making ends meet, and taking care of your family. Your body treats these so-called minor hassles as threats. As a result you may feel as if you're constantly under assault. Like a huge knot in your belly. But you can fight back. You don't have to let stress control your life.

Understanding the natural stress response


When you encounter a perceived threat — a large dog barks at you during your morning walk, for instance — your hypothalamus, a tiny region at the base of your brain, sets off an alarm system in your body. Through a combination of nerve and hormonal signals, this system prompts your adrenal glands, located atop your kidneys, to release a surge of hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol.

Adrenaline increases your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure and boosts energy supplies. Cortisol, the primary stress hormone, increases sugars (glucose) in the bloodstream, enhances your brain's use of glucose and increases the availability of substances that repair tissues.

Cortisol also curbs functions that would be nonessential or detrimental in a fight-or-flight situation. It alters immune system responses and suppresses the digestive system, the reproductive system and growth processes. This complex natural alarm system also communicates with regions of your brain that control mood, motivation and fear.

When the natural stress response goes haywire


The body's stress-response system is usually self-limiting. Once a perceived threat has passed, hormone levels return to normal. As adrenaline and cortisol levels drop, your heart rate and blood pressure return to baseline levels, and other systems resume their regular activities.

But when stressors are always present and you constantly feel under attack, that fight-or-flight reaction stays turned on.

The long-term activation of the stress-response system — and the subsequent overexposure to cortisol and other stress hormones — can disrupt almost all your body's processes. This puts you at increased risk of numerous health problems, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Digestive problems
  • Heart disease
  • Sleep problems
  • Weight gain
  • Memory and concentration impairment

That's why it's so important to learn healthy ways to cope with the stressors in your life.

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Four Fat Flushing Foods

Four Fat Flushing Foods

Well, we all know that Boulder is continually ranked the #1 healthiest, slimmest, and fittest city in the country, by numerous reports. However, as Thanksgiving approaches, most of us wish to shed a couple of pounds before we start indulging in holiday feasts (or getting a bikini-ready body for that winter vacation).

Here are four of our favourite fat-burning foods and spices to include in your diet:

Green Tea

Catechins in green tea are fat burning enzymes (lipases), so even if you are caffeine-intolerant, you will still gain benefit from drinking green tea...not to mention the antioxidant values that green tea is so high in. Of course caffeine has a thermogenic fat-burning benefit on its own.

Hot Red Pepper

All hot peppers —jalapeño, habañero, Scotch bonnet, Serrano, etc.— are loaded with capsaicin, which is known to increase metabolism by influencing the activity of calcium channel proteins in the cell membrane. Capsaicin is known to be a natural appetite suppressant, too.

Bitter Orange

bitter orange

You can find this as an oral supplement and in juice form. It is both a thermogenic metabolic stimulant and an appetite suppressant. By virtue of high concentrations of p-syneprine it increases lipolysis – the breakdown of fats.



Rich in the carotenoid facoxanthin, seaweed increases metabolic rates and affects the satiety center of the brain, in so reducing appetite. Sushi, here I come!

There seems to be some correlation with ingredients that both boost metabolism and affect satiety. More to come…

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Dermal Exfoliation

Dermal Exfoliation

As autumn is upon us, and the leaves begin to turn color and drop, so too is it the season for deeper skin exfoliation and renewal. Exfoliation is essential to maintaining healthy, beautiful skin, not just for your face, but also for all over your body.

We all know that, on a daily basis, our body’s largest organ sheds thousands of skin cells. As we age, the natural exfoliation process needs extra help to keep skin fresh, supple, and youthful.

Did You Know?

In the era of the ancient Egyptians they exfoliated the skin using abrasive tapes made from alabaster, honey, and sour milk. They then further abraded the skin with finely ground sand to keep it silky smooth.

Exfoliation 2013

Today, we have three broad categories of skin exfoliation to utilize:  mechanical, chemical, and physical. Yup, chemistry class all over again.

Mechanical exfoliation may be done by electronic equipment, such as microdermabrasion machines, by resurfacing abrasive creams or lotions, or by ultrasonic cleansing brushes or other hand-held devices.

Microdermabrasion gained wide popularity in the 1990’s and to this day is an important part of seasonal skin health. There are many types of crystals and mechanical specifications, leading to varying degrees of comfort and effectiveness.

Chemical exfoliants include enzymatic digestion products, gommages, and chemical peels. Methode Physiodermie’s Biogommage is an excellent example of a product that combines enzymatic digestion (papain enzyme from papaya) and gommage, which you rub off when semi-dry.

Non-medical chemical peels emerged in the 1990s with a safe version of glycolic acid, followed by several other AHAs, Jessner, and TCA peels. There are chemical peels to correct skin conditions ranging from acne scars to hyperpigmentation, and aging as well as for general skin refreshment.

Physical exfoliation is performed by laser. Compared to medical lasers, our fractional laser is far gentler and affords you no down time en route to beautiful, new skin! Click here to see our October laser specials!

Many thanks,


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