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Vfranca Spa is an urban, boutique skincare spa located in Downtown Denver's River Front Athletic Club. The Spa offers luxurious Facials, Waxing, and Skin care treatments using organic products from around the world; a personalized approach, using results-oriented skincare, and medically advance, non-invasive procedures, for overall well being, and a youthful appearance.  

Experience the transcendental effects of pure essential oils; soothing sounds, natural botanical ingredients, and exotic herbs, stimulate and nourish your skin and your mind, leaving you rejuvenated.

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4 Sneaky Causes of Wrinkles (& How to Avoid Them)

4 Sneaky Causes of Wrinkles (& How to Avoid Them)

Aging. It happens to all of us, but as we age, we all want to do so gracefully. Even if you take excellent care of your skin, there are still sneaky little culprits that can speed the aging process, causing an increase in fine lines and wrinkles.

To help you age as beautifully as possible, we’re revealing 4 common causes for wrinkles (a.k.a the “4 Sneaky “S’s”) and what you can do to avoid them. 

1. Squinting

This one might seem obvious but you probably catch yourself squinting those peepers more often than you think. Every time you forget your sunglasses or squint at the computer screen, you’re increasing the likelihood of crow’s feet and wrinkles around the eye area. And the more repetitive the facial expressions, the deeper the wrinkles over time. But don’t panic, your squinting won’t cause crow’s feet overnight, there are a number of things you can do to avoid fine lines around the eye area.

Using a good eye serum and eye cream day and night, wearing sunglasses with good UVA/UVB protection and using good quality, organic eye make up remover/ cleanser is important to prevent lines and wrinkles. Make sure to be conscientious of when you squint so when you catch your self squinting you will stop.

Tip: As a quick fix people are getting Botox. The problem is that Botox is superficial and requires a 3 month maintenance. It doesn't stop long term lines. You must continue to use it if you don't want to see the line. Long term research is limited; use it because you really can't stand that line on your face. Continue to care for your skin using a good serum and an SPF moisturize when getting sun exposure. That way when the Botox wears off your lines will hopefully not get worse.

A cheaper fix: Using Botox temporarily may help some stop using the muscle in the area which can help in preventing them from squinting and increasing the depth of a line. You could try getting Botox a couple of times, use the right products, then go off Botox and continue to be conscientious of when you squint; continue with a good skin care routine to maintain and prevent further wrinkles and lines.

2. Stress

Not only can stress cause strain on your heart and immune system, it can also wreak havoc on your complexion. Researchers found that “people with the most work-related stress had the shortest telomeres, causing cells to die or become damaged, which may speed up the aging process”

The good news about stress-related aging is that it can be averted. Healthy habits like exercise, meditation and a nutritious diet, can help ease stress and premature signs of aging. Aromatherapy is another safe and effective way to reduce stress. “Recent clinical and laboratory research has determined that chamomile is not only relaxing, but it can significantly decrease anxiety and even fight depression. Aromatheraphy products contain essential oils. Good quality, pure essential oils are therapeutic grade, therefore helping with everything from health to aging and stress.

3. Sugar

Sugar is not only bad for you but it also ages your skin. This scary process is called glycation where sugar bonds with proteins in your body. These sugar-bonded proteins produce free radicals which destroy your collagen and elastin, the building blocks that keep your skin strong and supple. A diet and skin care routine rich in antioxidants like vitamin C will reduce free radical damage to the skin and body.

4. Soaps & Sulfates

If you’re using harsh soaps or cleansers that contain sulfates, you may want to rethink your skin care routine. “Sodium lauryl sulfate is a harsh emulsifier that is found in body washes, facial cleansers, and soap; it rids the skin of dirt and oil while breaking down precious lipids, the glue that binds skin cells together." Most drug store and cosmetic counter cleansers use Sodium lauryl sulfate as well as synthetics and chemicals that in the long run damage your skin causing redness, dryness and wrinkles.

Tip: Don't under estimate your cleanser. I good cleanser is vital to starting your morning and evening skin care routine.

 

NATURAL DEODORANT CHOICES THAT KEEP YOU SMELLING GOOD

NATURAL DEODORANTS

Finding a deodorant that is non-toxic and actually works seems impossible! There are quite a few options out there but most come with a big price tag or other disadvantages.

Picking a deodorant is like picking a perfume. I don't think there exists one deodorant that is right for every one. It is so individual as to the scent, and texture and how it reacts with the PH of your body.

I will tell you about a few natural, and safe deodorants that have been known to work for many people. Again it is individual as to which works for each person. The only way to know what works for you is to buy it and try it. But always read the reviews first as you can get some good insight and tips about the deodorant you may be thinking to try out.

Agent Nateur deodorant will keep you smelling lovely with a light trace of honey, lavender, and eucalyptus

Agent Nateur deodorant will keep you smelling lovely with a light trace of honey, lavender, and eucalyptus

Agent Nateur deodorant has a clean, mild eucalyptus scent and comes beautifully packaged. Made by hand with all natural ingredients. It goes on clear and doesn't stain your clothes or put any white marks on your clothes. It can be re-applied during the day to continue smelling fresh. Although i don't think this deodorant works if you are sweating heavily, but some say it does. It is priced at $19 but seems to last a while. www.agentnateur.com

Tip: read their how to use page. This deodorant contains Baking Soda which some people can be sensitive to. If you geta rash or other allergic reaction they do offer preventative advice on their "How To Use" page.

Lavalin cream deodorant will keep you smelling good for up to 10 days!

Lavalin cream deodorant will keep you smelling good for up to 10 days!

Lavilin cream deodorant is a thick white cream you apply at night under clean under arms. In the beginning you may need to apply every day and after a week you should only need to apply once every 3 to 10 days. Its very individual as to how long you can go with out re- applying the deodorant. The newer formula doesn't work for every one but for those that it does work on, it seems miraculous! The thought of not having to put deodorant on every day may make it worth trying at $20 for a little jar. www.lavilin.com

Tips- It doesn't stain your clothes, but it will put white marks on your clothes so it is best to apply at night, as the brand suggests. It comes in scented and non- scented formulas.

Lavilin 72 hour roll on deodorant

Lavilin 72 hour roll on deodorant

Lavilins all natural roll on deodorant does not stop you from sweating. It only stops you from smelling. It is suppose to work up to 72 hours and gets good reviews. Good for men and women. If Lavilin's cream deodorant doesn't work for you then this roll on just might be a good option. It may not work on everyone for 72 hours, but if you can get through the day, I'd say its worth every penny at $16. www.lavilin.com

AESOP Herbal Spray Deodorant smells fresh and herbaceous.

AESOP Herbal Spray Deodorant smells fresh and herbaceous.

Aesop spray deodorant is easy to use, just spray under arms and give it a minute to dry before applying clothes. Aluminum free, botanically based with zinc and essential oils. It also comes in a Vetiver scent and makes a great unisex deodorant. Re- applying during the day may be necessary and is individual, but many people feel it works all day even when sweating a lot. If you like a scented deodorant that is all natural, its a good option but with a big price tag at $35. www.aesop.com