SALE: $99 Peel + Free Dermaplaning

Welcome back to the Aesthetic Studio!  We’re celebrating re-opening/Phase IV with our NEW customized SkinCeuticals Peels and Dermaplane services!  Enjoy our favorite $99 SkinCeuticals Peel and get a FREE Dermaplane ($160 value).  Dermaplaning, when combined with one of our custom peels, helps generate smooth, exfoliated + youthful skin.  Learn more at your complimentary consultation with Ashley.  Call 692-6838 or click below.

NEW! Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning is a gentle exfoliation procedure removing dead skin cells and peach fuzz with a sterile surgical blade. With no downtime, dermaplaning promotes deeper product penetration, boosting the effects of skincare products while making the skin look smoother and also reducing acne scars. The treatment also works to remove facial hair that can trap dirt and oils that lead to enlarged pores.

JULY SALE:  FREE Dermaplane with purchase of a $99 Peel.  Sale ends July 31.  Limit (3).  Must be used by 12-31-20.

Dermaplane Add On:

15-minute exfoliation dermaplaning is the perfect compliment to chemical peels or other facials.

Dermaplane Express:

30-minute double cleanse + dermaplane + treatment mask.

Dermaplane Custom:

60-minute lux customized dermaplaning facial. Includes double cleanse, exfoliation, extractions, dermaplaning, treatment mask,  and massage.

Pricing and Scheduling

For pricing and details, schedule your complimentary consultation with our Licensed Esthetician (309) 692-6838 or click below.

Benefits of Dermaplaning:

· Provides deeper product penetration

· Removes soft facial hair that traps dirt and oils

· Promotes smoother, glowing skin

· Safe procedure for removing dead skin cells and vellus hair

· Reduces the appearance of acne scars

· Diminishes the look of fine lines

· Works on all skin types

· Instant results and no downtime

· Minimizes pore size

· Aids in smoother makeup application

 

Dermaplaning FAQ 

 

Is it safe?

Dermaplaning is extremely safe when performed by a professionally trained esthetician.

 

Once the vellus hair is removed, will my hair grow back thicker?

No, this is physiologically impossible. The soft, fine vellus hair will grow back slowly—usually in about four weeks.

 

What areas can be treated?

Dermaplaning is performed on the face, under the chin and sides of the neck.

 

Can dermaplaning be performed with a chemical peel?

Yes. Dermaplaning is an excellent way to prepare the skin for a chemical peel.

 

Who cannot be treated?

Patients with active acne breakout or cold sores should not be treated until lesions are healed.

Dermaplaning is great for diminishing acne scars but should not be performed during active breakouts. Clients with diabetes, not under control by diet or medication, should not be treated. Clients undergoing cancer treatments should also not be treated.

 

Is there any downtime after dermaplaning?

No, that’s one of the benefits.

The skin instantly has a healthier glow and feels amazingly soft, plus makeup glides on effortlessly for a flawless finish. This is a must-have procedure before an important social event.

 

Is dermaplaning safe for women who are pregnant or nursing?

Dermaplaning is the safest way to exfoliate when you’re pregnant or nursing because it’s a simple mechanical exfoliation that doesn’t involve any acids or chemicals.

 

 

To customize your treatment, schedule your complimentary consultation with our Licensed Esthetician (309) 692-6838 or click below.

COVID-19 Update June 26, 2020

 

Hi!  I’m Ashley, your new Licensed Esthetician, and I want to welcome you to the Aesthetic Studio at the Couri Center!  With Covid-19, many people have been asking if it is now safe to schedule treatments.  YES!  Per the Illinois Personal Care Guidelines, you may now have laser treatments, chemical peels, waxing, Dermaplaning, etc., with the following precautions.

Aesthetic Services—Covid-19 Phase IV Guidelines, Effective June 26, 2020

  • All patients are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.
  • Patient capacity is limited according to guidelines
  • Patients will enter the office through the main door, and after your treatment is done, each patient will be escorted out through either the North or South exit doors to maintain optimal social distancing.
  • The aesthetic treatment room will be completely disinfected and sanitized after each patient.
  • If services require patient to remove his or her mask, your esthetician must wear both a face mask and eye protection (e.g., face shield, protective glasses).
  • There will be no need to go to the “Check Out” desk before leaving. Phreesia online check in/out allows you to minimize social contact.
  • Any paperwork/forms requiring a signature prior to treatment will be sent prior to your appointment.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you love your skin and look your best!

BOOK YOUR COMPLIMENTARY SKIN CARE CONSULTATION TODAY!

Call 692-6838 or click below

An Interview with Esthetician, Ashley Gardewine

 

We are so excited to welcome Ashley Gardewine to the Couri Center’s Aesthetic Studio.  Ashley is a licensed esthetician & certified laser technician. She has over 12 years of experience in the industry, with 7 of those owning her own business. Ashley specializes in corrective anti-aging treatments for sun damage, fine lines, and acne. Whether you’re looking for laser hair removal, dermaplaning, or are simply searching for a solution to wearing less makeup, she’s your go-to.  Her passion is to find customized solutions to help you love your skin. We hope yo enjoy getting to know Ashley better in this interview.

 

What is one word you would use to describe yourself? 

I could think of several words to describe me, but if I had to pick just one, it would be: driven.  In this industry, you cannot be lazy.

So, you’re both an Esthetician and Cosmetologist. Tell us what inspired you.

Several things inspired me to become both an Esthetician and Cosmetologist. Both my grandfather (Dad’s side) and grandmother (Mom’s side) owned hair salons. My grandpa, Fran, was well known in the Effingham, IL area for giving the best perms and roller sets in town! I guess you could say it’s in my blood. As far as skincare goes, I always was obsessed with wanting to take good care of my skin while growing up. I also had a passion for wanting to help people with their skincare goals. While growing up, we are taught so many things but little about how to properly take care of our skin (our largest organ). I wanted to be that girl who teaches them all the tips and tricks.

I’ve heard you LOVE taking care of your patient’s skin! How much do you love skin/skincare? 

I love skin/skincare so much that my friends and family are probably sick of me talking about it.

What are you most proud of?

I am most proud of my children. They are tiny humans still, but they are good kids.

How do you recharge?   

I am a mom; do moms ever get a chance to recharge? Lol. If I get a chance to myself, I enjoy reading or taking an uninterrupted bath.

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? 

I would thank my Mom. She was a single mom and struggled a lot to raise my sister and me. We did not have a lot growing up, but she made sure we always had what we needed.

How do you stay on top of skincare trends?

I follow several well-known Estheticians in the industry whom I have learned a lot from over the years. I also am a firm believer in continuing education. One thing no one can ever take away from you is your education.  The more you know, the further you will go in this industry.

What does happiness look like for you? 

This is a tricky question. We are always chasing something to be happy, whether it be a new car, a new promotion, a significant other. This leads to the belief that, “When (blank) happens, I’ll finally be happy.” I have learned that major events make me happy at first, although it doesn’t last. To answer your question, I guess happy for me would be to slow down so I can appreciate life’s little pleasures.

What characteristic do you most admire in others? 

Honesty. We are all so afraid of hurting each other’s feelings. I always tell my clients if you are unhappy with something, please tell me so I can fix it.  Do not worry about hurting my feelings because what would hurt my feelings more, is if you went somewhere else before giving me the chance to make it right. I think they deeply appreciated that, and it opened this circle of trust.

What are you most passionate about?

Skincare. DUH. 😊

What would a “perfect” day look like for you? 

A perfect day for me would be a day where my entire family could all be together. We are all scattered all over the US, with one being in Canada.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in the last year?

Do not plan out your entire life. God’s plans are bigger than our own.  

If you could volunteer your time, what would you do? 

I would volunteer mine and my family’s time at a homeless shelter. I believe there is a lot to learn from the less fortunate.

What is your favorite season? Why?

My favorite season is the fall. I love sweater weather and all things pumpkin spice.

What type of music do you enjoy? 

I don’t have one specific favorite genre of music. I listen to what moves me at the time.

What do you like to do for exercise?  

For exercise, I like to sit on the couch and watch my favorite reality tv show, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Oh wait, that’s not exercising. When I do exercise, I enjoy lifting weights and walking. 

What motivates you?

Results in this industry really drive me. I thrive on creating a strategy to help my clients achieve the results/goals they are looking for.

What are your MUST HAVE product(s) for our skin? 

The biggest must-have products you should be carrying in your cabinet are SPF, Vitamin C, and Retinol.

Biggest skincare myth—what should we know?

Myth: Age or liver spots are a part of getting older. Reality: These spots are actually sun damage and have little to do with getting older or your liver. This is why I am always preaching about SUNSCREEN!  SPF IS YOUR BFF!

We have so many incredible female patients here at the Couri Center. What would you most like to share with them? 

We all have imperfections when it comes to our skin, so don’t beat yourself up. I am here to help you love your skin!

 

Schedule your complimentary skin care consultation with Ashley now:

 

SALE: Integrative Wellness Programs

Take advantage of our summer sale: $50-$100 OFF all TLC™ Integrative Wellness Programs!  Sale ends July 31, 2020.

Programs can incorporate tele-health visits, if preferred.

What is Total Lifestyle By Couri, TLC™

TLC™ is a customized lifestyle program based on traditional and integrative medicine principles. Total Lifestyle by Couri is science-based and incorporates your lab results, detoxification, nutrition, physical/exercise goals, and infrared sauna therapy. Together, your provider and our Registered Dietitian/Certified Personal Trainer, prepare a wellness program based on in-depth labs including:

  • Food sensitivity testing
  • Hormone balancing/labs
  • Metabolic and expanded lab profiles

Whether you need a boost to lose weight & improve eating habits or a comprehensive wellness program, our experienced team can help guide you.

In 2012, Dr. Couri, MD, graduated from a 2-year Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona under the direction of the all-inspiring Dr. Andrew Weil. Inspired to share the integrative principles gleaned from her Integrative Fellowship, with her patients, Total Lifestyle By Couri was born. The TLC™ program combines the power of Integrative Medicine with the foundation of traditional Western Medicine for an unsurpassed experience that you will benefit from for years to come.

Is TLC™ a one-size-fits-all program?

No. TLC™ is completely personalized and programs can incorporate tele-health visits, if preferred.  At your complimentary consultation, we’ll help you determine what best suits your needs:

  • Integrative Consultation: 60-minute consult with nutrition/labs/detox/exercise
  • TLC™ Core: 12-appointment program
  • TLC™ Plus: 15-week program

Each is customized just for you. Some also utilize our infrared sauna therapy. Schedule your complimentary consultation for details and to review pricing options.

How do I get pricing and learn more?

Teen Girls: Starting the Conversation By Renee Alwan Percell, PA-C

 

 

Adolescence means the process of developing from a child to an adult.  There is not only biologic growth occurring but emotional/social growth too.  Healthy development will likely occur if risk factors are limited.  The most common threats to the well-being of adolescents typically result from lifestyle habits, experimentation, and psychosocial stressors.

The American Academy of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend the initial visit with a gynecologist should occur between ages 13-15.  This initial visit provides an opportunity to start a patient-provider relationship, build trust, and counsel patients and parents regarding healthy behavior.  Risky behavior among adolescent high school students in the U.S includes poor diet and low physical activity, sexual activity, and substance abuse.  Other safety concerns should also be addressed, such as the use of wearing a seat belt and no texting while driving. The most common cause of death among people ages 10-24 is motor vehicle crashes.  Following closely behind are unintentional injuries and suicide.

When we think of a gynecological or physical checkup, we think of preventing future disease and prolonging longevity.  For young adults, this includes addressing common safety issues and addressing social and emotional issues.  To promote well-being, adolescents need to be encouraged and feel valued.  In preventing harmful factors, it is vital to empower young adults by focusing on an individual’s strengths, so they form healthy social connections and develop healthy lifestyle habits.

Physical health and mental health go hand in hand.  Meeting with a dietitian for guidance in developing healthy eating habits helps to create a positive body image.  This can help ward off negative mental and emotional thoughts.

At the Couri Center, we treat the whole person.  In a world with mass social media, cell phones, and Snapchat, it can be challenging to help your adolescent stay happy and healthy.  Early conversations and education can make a big difference later.

We are happy to help.

 

Be well

Renee Alwan Percell, PA-C