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:

 

Healthy Gut, Happy Skin! By Leslie A. Gilstrap, LE

Your skin is the largest organ of the body. Not only is it affected by external factors like the sun, free radicals, and of course, the normal aging process, it’s also affected internally by our digestive system. It’s not as hard as you think to follow a few essential tasks to increase elastin, collagen, decrease inflammation, and have more glowing, healthy skin. After all, we are what we eat.

Drink warm water with lemon

Drinking warm water with lemon will help your digestive system throughout the whole day. The citric acid aids in a productive digest system.

Eat plenty of fiber-based foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and seeds.

You’ll be less likely to crave carbohydrates. These fibrous foods are filling and also provide antioxidants.

Consider taking a digestive enzyme

Digestive supplements are important for people who have trouble digesting food.  Consider scheduling an appointment with our Registered Dietitian if this is an area of concern.

Be mindful of snacking

Say no to chips and other junk food. Instead, reach for plant-based, whole foods like carrots, celery, and broccoli.

Make sure to chew your food

Ample chewing allows for proper digestion.

 

If you struggle with digestive issues, acne, psoriasis, eczema, or unknown rashes, consider food sensitivity testing.  As a Licensed Esthetician, I am also available for a complimentary skin care consultation to help with a proper skin care regimen.

 

To happy skin,

By Leslie A. Gilstrap, LE

 

 

 

Couri Girl Proud

Isn’t It Time You Become a Couri Girl?

At the Couri Center, we specialize in women’s health.  From traditional gynecology & surgical procedures, integrative health programs & aesthetics, take comfort in knowing you can trust the Couri Center. We are proud to provide Central Illinois women with an individualized approach to optimal health and well-being during every stage of life.

  • Well-Woman Exams
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Menopausal Management
  • Family Planning
  • Contraception
  • Pap Smears
  • Pelvic Ultrasounds
  • Treatment of Heavy Menstrual Bleeding and/or Fibroids
  • Treatment of Abnormal Pap Smears
  • da vinci® Robotic Surgery/In-Office Surgeries
  • MonaLisa Touch™ Vaginal Laser
  • Emsella for Bladder Leakage
  • harmonié Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Food Sensitivity Testing
  • Customized Nutritional Supplements
  • TLC™ Integrative Lifestyle Programs
  • Weight Loss Programs
  • Integrative Cancer Programs
  • Genetic Screening
  • Infrared Sauna Therapy
  • Aesthetic Studio:  Laser Hair Removal, Wrinkle/Age Spot Removal, Scar & Stretch Mark Removal, Rosacea & More
  • SkinCeuticals Skincare

New patients welcome!  Telemedicine appointments also available. Schedule today: 692-6838  

March Sale: 30% OFF ThreeForMe Laser Treatments-Keep the Wisdom

 

ThreeForMe laser treatments: 30% OFF Package of three.  For details, schedule your complimentary consultation today.

Three Things I’ve learned:

  1. With age, comes wisdom.
  2. Age also brings wrinkles, sun damage, and unwanted veins.
  3. I can reduce all three skin problems in a single treatment, and still keep the wisdom.

ThreeForMe laser treatments tackle three common skin problems–all at the same time.  ThreeForMe treatments remove unwanted wrinkles, sun damage and facial veins.

Sale ends March 31, 2020.  Valid on package of three.

Schedule your complimentary consultation with our Licensed Esthetician

 

30% Off Laser Hair Removal

Are you Spring-Ready?

February is the time to get your laser hair removal sessions underway to be ready in time for shorts and swim season!  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.

Take advantage of 30% off all laser hair removal packages of 6.   Sale ends February 2-28-20.

30% Off Package Savings:

Upper Lip $315 /6

Chin $315/6

1/2 Face $630/6

Underarms $630/6

Bikini (extended) $840/6

Legs (full) $2100/6

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 damaged, slowing down the growth process.

Benefits of our state of the art laser hair removal:

  • 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, please schedule your FREE 15-minute consultation or call 692-6838.

 

Three Things I’ve Learned By Leslie Ann Gilstrap, LE

 

  1. After the age of 30, we lose 1% of our collagen each year
  2. 80% of fine lines are caused by the sun
  3. I’m 100% ready to do something about it

If this sounds like you, let’s talk the ThreeforMe and what it can do for you. Our most popular treatment targets fine lines, sun spots, and facial vessels/redness. As we age, unfortunately, all these things seem to become more noticeable on the skin. If tighter, brighter, smoother skin is your goal, see me.

All consults are complimentary 30-minute sessions where I will evaluate your skin, discuss your concerns, expectations, and whether or not you are a candidate. If the Three for Me is not the right treatment for you, I’m confident we have something to make you feel your best.

Here’s what my patients love about the ThreeforMe:

  • Minimal downtime.  Most patients are back to their regular routine 24-48 hours later
  • Improved appearance in texture and fine lines, with the replenishment of collagen and elastin
  • Diminishment in brown spots and discoloration
  • Reduction in facial vessels

Take a look at what a few of my patients have said about ThreeforMe:

“I chose the ThreeforMe treatment because I wanted to reduce or eliminate some of the dark spots on my face that have occurred with the normal aging process. After only 2 of the three treatments, the results have far exceeded my expectations! My skin is refreshed and brighter. I am loving my results and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get rid of dark age spots and/or sun damage. ”   -Donna, Patient 2019

“After the ThreeforMe treatment, my wrinkles have diminished considerably, and my brown spots are gone! My face glows and feels amazing. I am told that I look ten years younger–which is what any woman in her 50’s longs to hear! I highly recommend it.”     -Becky, Patient 2019

“I had the ThreeForMe laser treatment and am impressed with my results! The tiny facial vessels I had around my nasal area are gone! The brown spots from years of sun damage and aging have diminished, so I don’t have to wear much makeup to even out my skin tone-which is a huge perk. Overall, my skin feels plumper and brighter. I am pleased with my results and recommend it to my friends!”  -Cheryl, Patient 2019

To learn if ThreeforMe laser treatment is right for you, schedule your free consultation today.

Laser Hair Removal Holiday Buy 1, Get 1 50% off!

 

Holiday Sale:  Buy 1, Get 1 50% off!  

Be ready to take on the new year with our laser hair removal for the face and body.

Buy any laser hair removal package; get 2nd package 50% off.  (Second package of equal or lesser value; to be redeemed May-October 2020 only.)

Schedule your FREE consultation today.

Sale ends 12-31-19.

Skincare Soiree’ at the Aesthetic Studio at the Couri Center

Join us Wednesday, September 18 from 9 am to 5:30 pm at our SkinCare Soiree’ OPEN HOUSE.

  • Enjoy complimentary skincare/laser consultations
  • $500 DRAWING
  • enjoy refreshments & sample products
  • EXCLUSIVE Discounts
  • FREE Gift with purchase

No Appointment needed!  Drop by for refreshments & sample our favorite skin care products from NIA24 & Skinceuticals.

Learn about our modern laser treatments for:

    • UNWANTED FACIAL & BODY HAIR
    • SURGICAL & ACNE SCARS
    • STRETCH MARKS
    • PIGMENTATION & MELASMA
    • SUN SPOTS & AGE SPOTS
    • WRINKLES & FINE LINES
    • ROSACEA & FACIAL VEINS

 

  • Please RSVP so we have a headcount for ordering food and drinks!  Drop in anytime.  Bring your girlfriends!

 

Why You Should be Using NIA24 Treatment Catalyst Facial Oil By Leslie A. Gilstrap, Licensed Esthetician

NIA24 treatment catalyst facial oil girlKeeping your body and skin well hydrated is so important.  One of my favorite NIA24 products is our Treatment Catalyst Facial Oil.   Summer or winter, it works well year round. When you hear the term “facial oil”, you may be tempted to think OH NO- I don’t want to put oil on my face—but listen to all the great benefits this facial oil can offer you.

NIA24 Treatment Catalyst helps reduce sun damage, hyperpigmentation and allows your current products to absorb and retain benefits further then using them alone. Nourishing and fortifying, NIA24 Treatment Catalyst enhances and accelerates the results of other skincare products.

Our skin is made up of water and sebum (oil from the skin). So, facial oil can work with your skin instead of against it, keeping it balanced, soft and comfortable.  In most cases its all about balance.  Too much sebum can result in clogged pores and possible breakouts. Too little sebum can result in dry, tight and flaky skin.  In this case, its best to use a facial oil to keep your skin properly balanced.

Over exfoliation from products like granular cleansers, acidic cleansers and peels can strip the skin of its natural moisture barrier.  Your skin may try to compensate for this stripping (loss of moisture) by over producing sebum, which as mentioned, can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. If you think your skin may be imbalanced, try adding a facial oil like NIA24 Treatment Catalystto your routine and help restore your skin’s normal ph balance. Using the right high-quality facial oil will actually help cut through the excess oil that may accumulate.

I have found with loyal use of the Treatment Catalyst Facial Oil that my skin has continued to stay glowing, balanced and clear.  Your skin can be too, just give it a try or as always, I’m here for a complimentary consultation if you have any questions.

Run don’t walk to get your NIA24 Treatment Catalyst Facial Oil. Supplies won’t last long!

To healthy skin,

Leslie Ann Gilstrap, Licensed Esthetician