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Achieve The Natural Look





Sometimes, less is more.  This mantra might seem to go against the recent contouring makeup trend takeover.  However, you can still achieve the polished look that all of your favorite beauty bloggers are advocating, all the while putting less effort forth in doing so. Our SPA offers a variety of services that can help to fully enhance the natural look that you’re already rocking.


Latisse

One of the most feminine qualities a woman can have is her lashes. While there are many temporary solutions for creating longer-looking lashes, Latisse is a product that will actually grow your natural lashes longer and fuller than ever before.


Laser Resurfacing

Refreshed, glowing skin is always desired, but not always the easiest to achieve. There are a variety of outside contributing factors that can work against you, such as sun exposure and dry atmospheres, which can speed up the aging process. Fight for your glow with laser resurfacing, offered at our SPA, for skin rejuvenation. This service will leave your skin smoother and your complexion flawless.


Permanent Cosmetics

What if we told you that you could save time getting ready and still feel as beautiful as ever without even having to pull out your cosmetics bag?  Permanent make-up, also known as micropigmentation, is another service we offer at our SPA that will help to not only define your eyes, pronounce your eyebrows more but also help to pucker your lips through shading.

Nouveau Contour, which is the device we use for micropigmentation at our SPA, is a leader in the development of new techniques and ensures superior outcomes and results. Not only is this "lunch time" procedure virtually painless and requires no down time, but you can anticipate your make-up to last anywhere from 5 to 7 years before even needing to have it touched up again.

Our very own Brandi Padilla is a licensed aesthetician, a medical laser technician and also a permanent make-up artist who understands the importance of fulfilling the needs of her clients in wanting to achieve effortless beauty.

“People want to ideally wake up looking and feeling good, and now you can with a little help from permanent cosmetics, “ says Brandi.

Call to schedule your complimentary SPA consultation today! (480)767-1900
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Simple Home Remedies for a Flawless Smile


We feel that first impressions are important, and your smile can be one of the first things someone notices about you. Feel confident in showing it off with these simple at-home suggestions for keeping your pearly whites glistening. Below are a few natural remedies that you can easily create in order to enhance this essential feature of yours!

- Brush your teeth with activated charcoal and water.

- Brush your teeth with a mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.

- Swish coconut around in your mouth for 10-20 minutes.

- Mix turmeric with either water or coconut oil to create a paste, and use to brush.

- Combine apple cider vinegar with water to swish around in your mouth like a mouthwash, and do so for a few seconds at a time.

- Muddle together one to three strawberries with baking soda and use the mixture to brush. Then let it sit for about 5 minutes.  Brush teeth again afterwards, and floss to clean out the excess strawberry seeds.



In addition to creating these at-home mixtures, there are some other regimen adjustments that can be taken in order to help bolster your beaming smile even more.

- Avoid dark pigmented food and drinks, such as coffee, soy sauce and marinara sauce.

- Add raw, crunchy fruits and vegetables to your diet, such as apples and carrots.

- Limit the amount of acidic food and drinks you intake.  This includes; sodas, wine and citrus.


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Breast Cancer Awareness Basics


October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and here at The SHAW Center we take the importance of breast cancer awareness and educating our patients on its impact very seriously. Nearly 12 percent of women in the U.S. will be affected by breast cancer at some point in their lives, and because it’s so common it’s extremely vital to know even the basics of this reality. Below we have some true or false statements to shed some light and clear up some common misconceptions once and for all.


True OR False? Breast Cancer Only Affects Women
False.  Each year there are over 2,000 men who become diagnosed with breast cancer, and the cancer can lead to death in 1 out of 5 of those men.  So while breast cancer is more common in women, it can still affect men in a drastic way.

True OR False? Breast Cancer is the Second Leading Cause of Death for Women
True.  It is estimated that 1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Annually, over 40,000 women in the United States pass due to breast cancer.

True OR False? There are Almost 3 Million Breast Cancer Survivors in the U.S. Today
True. Each year over 240,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer, and while breast cancer is a leading cause of death for women, there are still many that defeat the cancer.

True OR False: Breast Cancer is Contagious
False. While a percentage of breast cancer is thought to be hereditary, breast cancer is not an airborne disease that you can catch from someone or something else. That being said, practicing a healthy lifestyle can help to reduce the risk of getting breast cancer.

True OR False? A Lump on the Breast Means Breast Cancer
False.  Not all lumps found on a breast are linked to breast cancer, and only small amounts actually are.  While it is still important to have any unusual or concerning lumps checked out by a doctor, thankfully it may not always result in breast cancer. 

For more information, please visit: www.nationalbreastcancer.org


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Welcome to the Family, Skinbetter Science



The team of aesthetic experts at Skinbetter Science has been developing comprehensive formulas that work against the effects of time.  They have perfected products that help keep skin looking young without surgery or needles through cutting edge science and innovation. 


Partnership with SHAW

We are excited to announce that our SPA has paired up with Skinbetter Science in order to provide you with the most advanced and effective in skincare anti-aging treatments. Through offering this line at our SPA, we hope to share the brilliant benefits of Skinbetter’s products in conjunction with our own skincare services.


Smoothing Intensive Treatment: LINES


The Intensive Treatment for Lines formula is designed to quickly minimize the manifestation of deep wrinkles and expression lines.  This revolutionary product, which is rich in hyaluronic acid, binds skin and water to create a strong resistance to wrinkles and lines.  This miracle worker should be applied to clean, dry skin in the morning and at night in order to completely and effectively rejuvenate the skin.



Smoothing Daily Treatment Cream: FACE

The Daily Treatment Face Cream formula was created to restore five different types of collagen in the skin.  This lightweight formula works to keep skin soothed, hydrated and glowing.  Apply to clean, dry skin in both the morning and the night.  To reap the full benefits of this product, use it with the Intensive Treatment for Lines for a complete approach to collagen conservation.

From October 14th thru October 24th, we're giving you the opportunity to share your skin secrets with us for your chance to win both the Smoothing Intensive Treatment for lines and the Soothing Daily Treatment Cream for face by SkinBetter Science, which is retailed at a value of $220! Share a photo to either Facebook or Instagram, and caption it with your go-to skin tip, being sure to use the hashtag #SHAWSkinSecrets. Ready, Set, Win For Your Skin!
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Quick Home Remedies For Dry Hair




Arizona’s dry heat is no friend to the health of our hair.  Not to mention, the idea of continuously spending time and money at the hair salon for chemically made conditioning masks isn’t ultra appealing either. Luckily, there are a few at home remedies that can help with naturally conditioning dry hair. 


Coconut Oil
What doesn’t coconut oil help with?  From being a healthier oil to cook with to an excellent skin moisturizer, coconut oil does it all! In addition to all of its other miracle purposes, it’s even used to help strengthen and condition hair. Apply the oil in its liquid form to damp hair, and leave in for approximately an hour.  Wash the oil out while still in the shower, and appreciate your healthy, renewed locks once dried.

 
Egg Yolk and Avocado
Both eggs and avocado are considered to be superfoods. However, not only are they filled with a multitude of health benefits, they are also great for moisturizing hair.  All you’ll need is half of an avocado and two egg yolks.  Mix the two ingredients together well and then apply to wet or damp hair.  Let it sit for about 20 minutes, and then wash out for silky smooth results.


Yogurt, Honey and Olive Oil
Honey in your hair? Who would have thought! Mix one-teaspoon olive oil with one-tablespoon honey and a fourth of a cup of plain yogurt until all of the ingredients are blended together well.  Apply the mixture to damp hair, and leave it in for about 15 minutes before you wash it out completely.


Banana and Almond Oil
These two ingredients are the couple of the year for your hair.  Mash up half of a banana and mix with one teaspoon almond oil.  Apply this mixture to the bottom half of your damp hair, and let sit for about half an hour, then wash.  The proteins and thickness of the banana will help to protect your hair, while the oil works to add moisture and soften your mane, rendering it far healthier than before.
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Things To Know About Laser Hair Removal



No one wants to deal with mortifying waxing experiences, messy at-home creams or last minute bikini season shaving. When it comes to removing unwanted body hair, laser hair removal is both an effective and long-lasting solution. The SPA at The SHAW Center offers the Lumenis LightSheer Infinity for 75% faster treatments than the average hair reduction session, and it can be used on all skin types. There are a few things you should know before setting on your way to a silky smooth lifestyle.

Avoid the Sun Before Your Treatments
Laser hair removal works best on dark hair and pale skin, so if you’re tan the effectiveness of treatments can be hindered. When your skin is tanned, the laser has to be reduced, which can render it less effective as well. Additionally, you’ll need to keep your recently treated areas out of  sunlight, so it’s best to begin these treatments during autumn or winter.

Don’t Expect Instant Results
We wish it only took the one treatment, but good things take time. While our SPA offers the gold standard in laser hair removal with the LightSheer Infinity, we still recommend anywhere from five to six sessions to see drastic results.

You Can’t Target the Whole Body at Once
If someone tells you that you can, you’ve been seriously misinformed. While our SPA is all about helping you to achieve your aesthetic goals, we’re big on safety too. There’s only a certain amount of cosmetic laser light and heat your body can safely absorb each session.

Consistency is Key
Your hair follicles are on their own growth cycle, so those who see the best results will typically go in for treatment every four to six weeks in order to maximize eliminating the most follicles. This time frame also allows the dead hair shafts to fall out on their own.

Our SPA is offering a free laser hair removal package when you buy the first one now through the end of September. Call our SPA at (480)767-1900 to learn more about this special.

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Sleep Better With These Sweet Dream Suggestions



There’s nothing worse than incessant tossing and turning just as soon as you’ve decided to check out for the evening and hit the sheets. Some nights may be more restless than others depending on a number of factors, such as stress, anxiety, chronic pain or just the type of following morning that you’re anticipating. While this issue might not be resolved overnight (literally), we do have a few tuck-in tips to help out with possible sleeplessness.


Consistency is Key
While some of us may get overly excited about sleeping in on the weekends, it’s important to be aware of how this can affect the rest of the week’s sleeping schedule.  Next time you’re considering wearing your blanket until noon, reconsider this version of self-imposed jet lag, and find a consistent schedule that works generally the same for you seven days a week.

Exercise Accordingly
Not all of us have the luxury of time, so a last minute work out right before bed may be our only option sometimes. However, it’s recommended to avoid the gym within three hours of your bedtime.

Avoid Technology
Aside from setting your phone alarm, try to avoid checking your email or scrolling your newsfeeds right before bed. This can be one of the biggest sleep offenders of all.  Engaging in this kind of activity can make it extremely difficult for our brains to turn off completely, even hours into the night.

Try Aromatherapy
The scent of lavender has been shown to have multiple calming benefits and can aid in providing you with a much deeper sleep as well. Opt for a bedside oil diffuser or even sprinkle a few drops on your pillow just right before bed.
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The Benefits of a Tummy Tuck



Whether you’re seeking a mommy makeover or just overall fed up with the appearance of your stomach despite your best diet and exercise efforts, The SHAW Center has a solution.  Abdominoplasty, or most commonly referred to as a “tummy tuck,” can resolve even the most stubborn fat deposits. Not only can a tummy tuck enhance the appearance of your midriff, but also provide additional benefits, such as the ones outlined below.

Reduces Stress and Urinary Incontinuence
Vaginal birth can sometimes cause bladder control issues, or incontinuence, which can then lead to leakage through sneezing, coughing exercising and in some cases, laughing.

Improves Posture and Abdominal Tone
While dieting and exercising can aid in physical appearance, some women who’ve lost a significant amount of weight or who have had multiple pregnancies can experience their stomach muscles becoming swollen. Improved posture and support can help in relieving back pain.

Ventral Hernia Correction
At times having a weak abdominal can cause hernias to form. Excessive weight loss can tend to cause abdominal weakness, but a tummy tuck can help to correct this.

Aside from the obvious benefit of a tummy tuck in helping to improve the appearance of your stomach, undergoing this procedure can also result in a multitude of other advantages as well.
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How to Properly Prepare for Your Tattoo Removal Appointment


It’s unlikely that you’ll go through life having absolutely no regrets, but if there’s some you’re able to erase, then we’re all for it.  Not all tattoos are timeless, and that’s why we have a solution. The PicoSure Tattoo Removal laser is the gold standard in tattoo removal, and our SPA not only offers this service but also highly experienced and well-trained laser technicians to help you achieve your desired results.

Be Realistic About Your Expectations

Your tattoo may take more than one session to fade away and can take between 4-8 months of treatments to achieve the desired results.  Also, the outcome of the treatments may vary depending on the depth of needle penetration used by the artist, as well as the color of the ink.  While it is normal to experience a little pain, the PicoSure Tattoo Laser at the SPA at the SHAW Center is far more comfortable than other tattoo removal technologies.

Excellent Aftercare is a Must

You may experience some side effects after the procedure that your technician can discuss in depth with you.  It’s very important to ice the treated area when needed and to not pick at any blisters if they should arise.  Be very delicate with the area after the procedure in order to ensure you won’t scar or get an infection.

Ask as Many Questions as You Need

As with most procedures, it’s vital to feel completely comfortable in the hands of your technician.  Don’t hesitate to ask any and all questions about post care and pre-treatment, and feel free to reach out to your technician after the procedure for additional follow-up questions. Whether you’re wondering how easily a certain color will be to remove or the time in which it will take to erase your particular tattoo, we have an answer.  Never be afraid to ask the questions that are important to you, so that your technician can provide you with the best overall experience.


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5 Toxic Makeup Ingredients to Avoid



What you put in your body is just as much of a concern as what you put on it. Your skin can easily absorb most products, and that’s why when it comes to cosmetics it’s essential to know exactly the types of ingredients that go into your makeup. We’ve rounded up five potentially harmful ingredients that could be living in your cosmetic bag this very minute.

Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE, AKA Teflon®)

PTFE can be found in some foundations, pressed or loose powder, bronzer, blush and many other makeup products.  PTFE provides a smooth and sleek finish, which is why it’s desirable among makeup lines. PTFE can also be disguised as other ingredients such as DEA-C8-18 or Perfluoroalkylethyl Phospate.

Lead, arsenic, mercury, etc.

These ingredients can be found in lip products, eyeliner, as well as foundation. Heavy metals can be added intentionally or found as contaminants. However, their presence in cosmetics is only restricted in the United States, while they are completely banned in Canada, Japan, and the EU.

Talc

Talc is an ingredient found within some foundations, eye shadows and even baby powder.  The primary uses of Talc are to make products appear opaque on the skin, as well as to prevent caking.  Talc can pose health risks when it contains asbestos, so always search for companies that certify that their talc is free of asbestos on their websites and products.

Butylated Compounds

Butylated Compounds (BHA, BHT) are present in some lip products, sunscreen and face makeup. BHT typically serves as an antioxidant and preservative within makeup, food and animal feed.  The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) claims that there is a fair amount of evidence to conclude that BHT is a human irritant.

Carbon Black

Carbon Black can be found in eyeliner, mascaras, eye shadows and other face makeup.  Carbon black that is available for commercial use contains polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are possible human carcinogens.  Carbon Black can also be identified as D & C Black No. 2, Acetylene Black, or Thermal Black and is restricted, but no banned, by the United States and the Europe Union.

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