NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention 100% Mineral Sunscreen SPF30

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Sun Damage Prevention 100% Mineral Sunscreen SPF30

100% mineral sunscreen in a weightless, oil-free lotion absorbs instantly for sun and free radical protection with no heavy, white residue.

Key Ingredients

  • Pro-Niacin® to strengthen and nourish the skin barrier.
  • Pro-Niacin® is clinically shown to visibly improve skin tone, texture, dark spots, sun spots and discoloration.
  • With the mineral protection of Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide.
  • Vitamin E provides antioxidants to neutralize free radicals.
  • Alpha Bisabolol conditions and hydrates skin.
  • Active Ingredients:
    Titanium Dioxide 7.064%
    Zinc Oxide 14.00%

Usage

  • Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure.
  • Reapply at least every 2 hours.
  • Non-water resistant product.
  • Use a water-resistant sunscreen if swimming, sweating or washing.
  • Sun Protection Measures. Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. To decrease this risk, regularly use a sunscreen with a broad spectrum SPF 15 or higher and other sun protection measures, including:
  • Limit time in the sun, especially from 10 am – 2 pm.
  • Wear long-sleeve shirts, pants, hats, and sunglasses.
  • Children under 6 months of age: Ask a doctor.

Learn More

To learn more or try the product, schedule your complimentary consultation with our Licensed Esthetician at 692-6838 or click below

Laser Hair Removal on Sale

Now on Sale!  Laser hair removal for the face and body.

Save 20% off any package May 1-May 31.

 

Tired of constantly shaving and waxing unwanted facial and body hair?

Unwanted facial and body hair is a common problem. Frequent hair removal techniques include shaving, depilatories, plucking, and waxing can be time-consuming, inconvenient and often painful. At best, these methods offer only temporary results – for some only a few hours.

How does laser hair removal work?

During laser hair removal, energy is used to target and destroy hair follicles responsible for hair growth. The follicle absorbs the energy and is destroyed, unable to produce hair again.

Benefits of our state of the art laser hair removal:

Free yourself from the constant need to shave and wax unwanted facial and body hair and feel your best! Our state of the art laser technology gives you safe, effective, permanent hair reduction anywhere on your body including the face, legs, underarms and bikini areas.

  • Permanent hair reduction
  • Convenience (no more shaving/waxing/tweezing!)
  • Fast
  • Easy
  • No more unsightly ingrown hairs or bumps
  • Safe
  • Amazing, smooth results

For more information on pricing, please schedule your FREE 15-minute consultation below or call 692-6838.

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Break Up with Your Makeup By Leslie A. Gilstrap, Licensed Esthetician

Ladies this will be the easiest break up of your life. Don’t believe me? Let me tell you why.  We go our lives thinking we have to cover up the things that make us, us.  Maybe you have fine lines, freckles, sun spots, or scars. We all have something that bothers us.  All of those things tell a story, your story and you have them for a reason. As I’ve gotten older and busier, I’ve learned to embrace my face and take better care of my skin. Wouldn’t you prefer to make your skin healthier and wear less makeup than try and cover up the real you?  Let’s dive into the makeup drawer and learn what to keep and what to toss.

All cosmetic products have a shelf life.  Here are some great guidelines:

  • Mascara/Liquid Liners: (Toss after 3 months) Mascara is the product that has the highest chance of spreading bacteria from eye to eye. If your mascara begins to dry out before the 90 days, do not add eye drops or water, toss it in the garbage.
  • Eye pencils: (Toss after 2 years) Sharpen your pencils or spray twist pencils with alcohol to keep clean.
  • Eye shadow: (Toss after 1-2 years) Keep lids closed tight and free of moisture.
  • Lipstick: (Toss after 2 years) Keeping the caps tight and spraying with alcohol will extend your lipstick life.
  • Lip Gloss: (Toss after 6 months) Always close tightly to keep airflow at a minimum.
  • Blushes/Powders: (Toss after 2 years) Keep lids closed tight and free of moisture.
  • Foundations/Concealers: (Toss after 12-18 months) Keep the lid tight. As with mascara, if your foundation begins to dry out do not add water.  Replace it with a new product.

Tips:

  • Always keep cosmetics and skincare in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight.
  • Always throw away cosmetics and skincare that have caused an infection or that you have used while you are ill.
  • Think of cosmetics and skincare as food.If it stinks or has a weird film- toss it out.
  • Write the date of purchase on your cosmetics and skincare.

Now that we have proper info on what to keep and for how long, let’s go back to the less is more thought.  Wearing too much makeup can actually make you look older than you are.  Some may be in the habit of hiding spots and blemishes, but what happens to the other areas of the face if you’re putting that much makeup all over.  That makeup will begin to crease in fine lines, laugh lines and around the nose. I don’t know about you, but I love to see peoples laugh lines.  The less makeup you wear, the better the skin will look.  Your natural glow will be able to shine through.

An easy skin care regimen that will aid in a less is more makeup routine:

Eye Cream:

Anyone over 20 should be using an eye cream. Prevent, Prevent, Prevent!  My favorite is NIA24 Eye Repair Complex.

Serum:

Depending on your skin type and goals will determine what serums you use. Serums are your treatment product, packed full of benefits.  Here are some favorites:

If your looking for more of an antioxidant treatment SkinCeuticals has three great serums to offer.

  • CE Ferulic and Phloretin CF are packed full of vitamin C, which brightens skin and protects it from free radical and environmental damage. The CE is beneficial for all skin types, and the CF is often more suitable for oily skin.
  • The Resveratrol BE is your night time antioxidant treatment. I love the feel and look of my skin after using this product.Resveratrol, vitamin E and baicalin help with radiance and firmness to the skin.

Moisturizer:

All skin types can benefit from a moisturizer. Even oily skin needs moisture.  There’s a difference between hydration and oil (sebum). NIA24 offers two incredible moisturizers:

SPF:

All day, every day, forever and always…the sun is the number one ager of skin, so please use your SPF regularly! I love mineral-based sunscreens, like our NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention SPF30, but everyone’s needs and preference is different.  If you would like to find out what’s best for your skin and lifestyle, schedule a complimentary consultation with me, I’m happy to help you with all your skincare concerns!

To healthy skin,

Leslie A. Gilstrap, Licensed Esthetician

NIA24 Intensive Recovery Complex

Intensive Recovery Complex

This rich cream helps initiate skin’s own revitalizing abilities to promote recovery. Skin looks fuller and firmer by locking in multi-level moisture, while minimizing transepidermal water loss. Brighteners help to reduce the appearance of discolorations and restore radiance.

Intensive Recovery Complex Key Ingredients

  • Pro-Niacin® to strengthen and nourish the skin barrier.
  • Pro-Niacin® is clinically shown to visibly improve skin tone, texture, dark spots, sun spots and discoloration.
  • Sodium Hyaluronate penetrates and locks in moisture for enduring hydration and plumps skin.
  • Licorice Root Extract refines and brightens skin tone.
  • Peptide Complex and Ceramide 3 aid in smoothing lines and reducing transepidermal water loss while helping to restore skin’s barrier.

Usage

Application and Usage: Use in the morning and at night.

Apply a small amount on face and neck.

Caution: Avoid contact with eyes. For external use only.

Complimentary Consultation

Schedule your complimentary skin care consultation with our Licensed Esthetician at 692-6838 or click below:

NIA24 Skin Strengthening Complex

 

NIA24 Skin Strengthening Complex

Antioxidant-rich moisturizer fortifies and nourishes skin, improves elasticity and visibly reduces discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles.

Skin Strengthening Complex Key Ingredients

Pro-Niacin® to strengthen and nourish the skin barrier.

Pro-Niacin® is clinically shown to visibly improve skin tone, texture, dark spots, sun spots and discoloration.

Vitamin A helps to improve elasticity and skin texture.

Antioxidants Green Tea and Rosemary restore and protect skin from free radical attack.

Ceramides reinforce the skin barrier to maximize the moisture-holding capacity for smoother, firmer skin.

Evening Primrose and Wheat Germ Oils deliver moisture.

Peptide Complex visibly diminishes the look of deep set wrinkles and expression lines.

Usage

Application and Usage: Use in the morning and at night.

Apply a small amount on face and neck.

Caution: Avoid contact with eyes. For external use only.

Complimentary Consultation

Schedule your complimentary skin care consultation with our Licensed Esthetician at 692-6838 or click below:

Skinceuticals Phloretin CF

PHLORETIN CF® WITH FERULIC ACID

A patented daytime vitamin c antioxidant face serum that delivers advanced environmental protection and diminishes the appearance fine lines and discoloration.

Phloretin CF features a patented synergistic combination of 2% phloretin, 10% pure vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid), and 0.5% ferulic acid for enhanced protection against atmospheric skin aging – environmental damage and premature signs of aging caused by free radicals from UVA/UVB, infrared radiation (IRA), and ozone pollution (O3). In addition to antioxidant protective benefits, Phloretin CF improves the appearance of discoloration, fine lines, and uneven skin tone.

  • Provides advanced environmental protection by neutralizing damaging free radicals
  • Improves the appearance of discoloration and overall skin tone
  • Once absorbed, this vitamin C serum remains effective for a minimum of 72 hours
  • Paraben-, fragrance-, and dye-free
  • Ideal for normal, oily, and combination skin types

To schedule your complimentary consultation with our Licensed Esthetician, call 692-6838 or click below

The Couri Center Welcomes Deborah Collins, M.S., PA-C

Training/Education: Deborah Collins, M.S., PA-C


Meet Deborah Collins, M.S., PA-C.  Dr. Michele Couri, and the Couri Center team proudly welcomes Deborah to our practice, May 2019.  Deborah received her Physician Assistant training at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles in 1997. She completed her Women’s Health and Internal Medicine training at the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration, UCLA in 1999. She subsequently worked in Community Health Clinics specializing in Family Planning, Obstetrics and Family Medicine for nearly 15 years. Read more on training/education

Deborah is excited to join the Couri Gynecology Center, where she can incorporate her family medicine background, while expanding her knowledge of Integrative and Functional Medicine. We hope you enjoy learning more about her in the following interview.

Interview Q & A with Deborah Collins, M.S., PA-C:


What is one word you would use to describe yourself? Adventurous.

What are you most proud of?  My three wonderful children.

 How do you recharge?  By having coffee with a friend or going for a walk.

Do you like to cook? What is a favorite recipe? I love to cook!  Homemade Chicken Enchiladas is my favorite.

Which sports teams do you root for? I used to be a Padres fan, but now I am a cubbies fan!

If you were to tell one person “Thank You” for helping me become the person I am today, who would it be and what did they do?  Probably my mom! She always worked hard and was a great example to me. She was a Chief in the United States Navy who served 20 years of Active Duty.

 What movie or novel character do you most identify with?  “Patch Adams.” Developing compassionate connections with my patients is what brings me joy. I also have a pretty humorous side and can be quite silly at times. I sincerely feel that laughter is an essential part of healing, and simply good for the soul.

 When are you the happiest? When I am spending quality time with my family.

 If you really knew me, you’d know…. that I love adventures and traveling.

 What would you most regret not having done by the end of your life? I have no regrets, and I am blessed beyond measure – anything else is a gift!

 What characteristic do you most admire in others? Integrity and honesty.

What are you most passionate about?  Helping others pursue their dreams, and watching them succeed.

 What one memory do you most treasure?  Holding my father’s hand while he passed away.

 What would a “perfect” day look like for you?  Breakfast with my children, going for a beautiful hike or a walk as a family, followed by a short nap. After that, I would prepare dinner for some good friends, coupled with a nice bottle of wine and a delicious dessert to end the evening.

 What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in the last year?  Since I had a house fire in 2018, I learned that “things” don’t mean much to me. Everything is replaceable, except your family and pets. I don’t put as much value into objects anymore. Life is so much simpler!

 If you could volunteer your time, what would you do? I would serve Veterans in some capacity.

 What is your favorite season?  Why?

I love the summer because I love to be outside, barbecuing, swimming, gathering with friends/family.

 If you had just one box for all your stuff, what would you put in it?  Funny, I have actually had to do this. I put all my family pictures, important papers, Military medals/coins, grandmother’s jewelry all in one box.

 What type of music do you enjoy? I love all genres, but probably Hip-Hop above all.

What is your least favorite exercise? Probably running.  What’s your go-to workout?  I like the Arc Trainer or Elliptical

 Favorite book(s)?  Any Biography, I love to learn about people!” Self-Help books, “Letting Go,” “The Secrets of Forgiveness,” “The Grief Handbook,” “Lean In.”  Nonfiction: “Educated” by Tara Westover, “This is Going to Hurt” by Adam Kay, and of course, The Bible by God.

We have so many incredible female patients here at the Couri Center.  What would you most like to share with them?  I would like them to know that I am a relatable woman who has endured heartbreaks and joys over my lifetime, as they may have. I am probably the most open-minded person they will ever encounter. I consider it an honor to get to know them individually, and feel their healthcare journey begins with a partnership between the two of us, to help them achieve their goals.

 

Deborah is accepting new and existing patients. Schedule today at 309-692-6838 or visit www.couricenter.com.

EMSELLA for Urinary incontinence-No More Worries!

Exclusively at The Couri Center, this revolutionary, FDA-cleared treatment- EMSELLA for urinary incontinence.  No more worrying about pads, accidents, or trying to find the nearest bathroom!

TYPES OF URINARY INCONTINENCE:

Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control or leaking urine.  EMSELLA for urinary incontinence treats all types of incontinence:

  • stress (leak urine with a cough or movement)
  • urge (leak urine after you cannot suppress the urge to urinate)
  • mixed (the combination)

WHAT IS THE EMSELLA TREATMENT LIKE?

EMSELLA takes all the work and time out of strengthening the pelvic floor muscles.  The EMSELLA chair strengthens the pelvic floor muscles by focusing electromagnetic waves causing the muscles to contract and relax, exercising them in a similar way to Kegel exercises.  Each 28-minute session will provoke contractions equivalent to performing 11,200 Kegel exercises!

WATCH THIS ANIMATED DEMONSTRATION:

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF EMSELLA?

  • painless
  • simple (you sit on a chair!)
  • non-invasive
  • no downtime
  • remain fully clothed
  • 4-week treatment

 

Schedule your consultation today or call 692-6838.  

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FAQ:

What is EMSELLA?

EMSELLA is a chair that uses a high-intensity electromagnetic field to activate motor neurons in the pelvic floor. Similar to an MRI, the technology is known as High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic Technology (HIFEM), and it causes deep pelvic floor muscles stimulation.

Who is a candidate for EMSELLA?

Women with stress incontinence (leak with a cough or movement), urge incontinence (leak after you cannot suppress the urge to urinate), or mixed incontinence. Stress incontinence is generally caused by vaginal childbirth and hormonal changes due to age. The stretching and increased laxity of the tissues cause the bladder to sag over the anterior wall of the vagina, which can interfere with the proper function of the bladder when it is full.

How effective is EMSELLA for urinary incontinence?

In as few as three weeks, patients strongly agree their quality of life improved by 95%. Two-thirds of treated patients eliminated or decreased the use of pads for leakage and maintained results at a 6-month follow-up.

How does the treatment work?

EMSELLA is a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment for stress or urge urinary incontinence. Patients sit comfortably in a chair in their regular clothes. The chair focuses on targeted tissue in the pelvis. Muscles are strengthened, restoring the support for the pelvic organs. EMSELLA tightens the vaginal walls. Incontinence decreases. Also, sexual satisfaction may be improved.

Can Kegel exercises do the same thing as EMSELLA?

EMSELLA is powerful. In fact, during one short 28-minute treatment, EMSELLA will provoke contractions equivalent to performing 11,200 Kegel exercises!

Is EMSELLA painful?

The treatment is not painful. You can feel a sensation in the pelvic floor area during the procedure. There is no downtime afterward. You can come during lunch break, eat, read a book, and have a treatment!

How long does it take for EMSELLA to produce results?

There are some immediate results. The treatment protocol is two treatments per week for four weeks, for a total of 8 treatments.

Does insurance cover EMSELLA?

The treatment is FDA-cleared.  Insurance does not cover the procedure; however, we gladly accept CareCredit.  We believe EMSELLA is an investment in you. The Couri Center offers reasonable packages for our patients.

How do I learn more?

Schedule your visit today or call 692-6838.  

 

Mental Fortitude By Hope Placher, MMS, PA-C, IFMCP

 

Photo by Angelo Pantazis on Unsplash

During the winter that has seemingly never ended, I’ve found the need to escape in a good book. Completely by accident, I stumbled upon Dr. Edith Eger’s memoir, “The Choice: Embrace the Possible.”  Although this book would never be classified as medical literature, I wanted to share it with you in regard to something equally as important, mental strength and how that can affect the physical body.

Dr. Eger’s book is a powerful, moving memoir about her experiences as a Holocaust survivor, as well as a practical guide to healing, in which she shares stories of how she helps patients escape the prisons of their minds.

Incredibly, Edith Eger became a clinical psychologist after surviving Auschwitz and immigrating to the United States. She still practices to this day at age 90. Fear not, this book is anything but a bullet point self-help book -far from it. Dr. Eger shares her remarkable story of physical survival, and can recognize the mental blocks that prohibit her from complete healing following the brutality of Hitler’s reign. She reflects back on the power of her mental fortitude to not only physically survive, but to prosper years after living through trauma emotionally.

One of my favorite pieces of wisdom that she shares is that “Our painful experiences aren’t a liability—they’re a gift. They give us perspective and meaning, an opportunity to find our unique purpose and our strength.” I know that so many of us have walked through very dark seasons in our life. Maybe you’re in the midst of the shadows right now. I hope you cannot only learn from Dr. Eger but find healing from the pages of her eloquent transcript.

 

Hope Placher