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:

 

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!

 

Dr. Couri’s Favorite Antioxidants By Dr. Michele Couri, MD, FACOG, ABIHM

If I could recommend my favorite supplements and skincare products, I would have to say that those rich in antioxidants are my pick.   Every day, our bodies, especially our skin, which is our largest organ and our main line of defense from environmental toxins, are exposed to the harmful effects of free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage cells and contribute to aging and disease. Antioxidants can counter free radical activity.  Some of the most powerful antioxidants include Vitamin E, Vitamin C, beta-carotene, and resveratrol.

 

Vitamin E: d-alpha tocopherol. A fat-soluble vitamin present in nuts, seeds, vegetables and fish oils, whole grains (esp. wheat germ), fortified cereals, and apricots. Vitamin E has been shown to help strengthen the immune system and can reduce the incidence of menopause related hot flashes. Remember that Vitamin E is a natural blood thinner, so if you are currently taking a blood thinner, consult your physician before starting Vitamin E.  I recommend 800 mg of mixed tocopherols daily.

Vitamin C: Ascorbic acid is a water-soluble vitamin present in citrus fruits and juices, green peppers, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, kale, cantaloupe, kiwi, and strawberries.  Vitamin C is critical for collagen production, as well as for the production of new cells and tissue.  We lose collagen as we age, so supplementing with Vitamin C can be an important part of our anti-aging regimen.  I recommend 2,500 mg of Vitamin C daily.

Beta-carotene is a precursor to vitamin A (retinol) and is present in liver, egg yolk, milk, butter, spinach, carrots, squash, broccoli, yams, tomato, cantaloupe, peaches, and grains. Because beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A by the body there is no set requirement, but I recommend 15,000 IU of beta-carotene daily.  Beta-carotene will be present in your high-potency multivitamin.

 

Taking a good quality, high-potency multivitamin as well as supplementing with the above mentioned antioxidants should be a part of your daily wellness routine.  However, supplements should never replace eating a healthy diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants.  There is absolutely no substitute for what nature intended us to get from our food, especially a diet rich in colorful vegetables and fruits.

 

The importance of antioxidants applies to the health of our skin as well as our entire body.  I will share with you my favorite antioxidants for the skin, products that I consider “must haves”.  I will never go without these products as they have made an incredible difference in the health of my skin.

 

One of my absolute favorite skin care products is Vitamin C serum.  A high-potency Vitamin C serum or cream should be the first product you apply to freshly cleansed skin in the morning so that it can be absorbed immediately. Use just enough to cover the skin, as too much Vitamin C on the skin can be irritating, especially for sensitive skin. I recommend waiting five minutes to allow the Vitamin C to be absorbed by your skin before you apply any other facial product.  Once absorbed by the skin, Vitamin C offers advanced environmental protection from free radicals and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, loss of firmness, and brightens the skin’s complexion.  The Vitamin C serum that I use and highly recommend is C E Ferulic from Skinceuticals (now available at the Couri Center).

Another one of my favorite antioxidants for the skin is Retinol Cream.  Retinol is a weaker version of retinoic acid, a high potency Vitamin A cream.  Retinol can reduce fine lines and wrinkles and helps fade the appearance of age spots and blemishes.  It is able to help slough off old skin cells and stimulates new cell formation.   I encourage the use of Retinol nightly as part of your skin care routine.  If you have trouble with Retinol irritating your skin, try using it 2-3 times weekly instead of every night and work up to using it nightly.  Since Retinol can cause photosensitivity to the skin, do not use Retinol if you are currently undergoing laser procedures like laser hair removal.  Also, make sure to use a good quality sunscreen every single day. My favorite sunscreen is Nia24 Sun Damage Prevention UVA/UVB.  Two of my favorite Retinol products are Skinceuticals Retinol and Nia24 Intensive Retinol Repair (all available at the Couri Center).

 

Lastly, another one of my favorite antioxidants for the skin is Resveratrol.  Topical Resveratrol, a potent antioxidant found in red grapes, has been shown to protect us against the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation and free radicals. Topical Resveratrol can also enhance skin’s radiance and elasticity.  The Resveratrol serum that I use every night before moisturizing is Resveratrol BE by Skinceuticals (now available at the Couri Center).

 

If you have any questions about which supplements are right for you, please come in and talk with our Registered Dietitian Leslie Rusch-Bayer.  If you need help personalizing your skin care regimen, come in and talk with our Licensed Esthetician Leslie Gilstrap.  We are here to help you in any way we can.

 

To Your Health,

Dr. Couri

 

 

 

 

 

 

SkinCeuticals RESVERATROL B E

RESVERATROL B E

A concentrated night face serum with pure antioxidant-rich resveratrol to reveal visible radiance and firmness

Resveratrol B E is a first-of-its kind night treatment that combines a maximized concentration of 1% pure, stable resveratrol, synergistically enhanced with 0.5% baicalin and 1% pure vitamin E (alpha tocopherol) for optimized anti-aging antioxidant performance. This patented antioxidant cocktail neutralizes free radicals, supports skin’s natural antioxidant defenses, and reveals visible radiance and firmness.

  • Neutralizes free radicals caused by environmental aggressors and supports skin’s natural antioxidant defenses
  • Diminishes visible signs of aging, improves the appearance of skin radiance, firmness, and density
  • Paraben, fragrance, and dye-free
  • Ideal for normal, dry, and combination skin types

To customize your skin care regime, call 692-6838 to schedule your Free consultation with our Licensed Esthetician today or click below:

Skinceuticals C E FERULIC® WITH 15% L-ASCORBIC ACID

Skinceuticals C E FERULIC® WITH 15% L-ASCORBIC ACID

A daytime vitamin C serum that delivers advanced environmental protection and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, loss of firmness, and brightens skin’s complexion.

C E Ferulic features a synergistic antioxidant combination of 15% pure vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), 1% vitamin E (alpha tocopherol), and 0.5% ferulic acid to enhance protection against environmental damage caused by free radicals that can contribute to atmospheric aging. This vitamin C serum helps neutralize free radicals induced by UVA/UVB, infrared radiation (IRA), and ozone pollution (O3), which may lead to visible signs of accelerated skin aging. In addition to antioxidant protective benefits, C E Ferulic improves signs of aging and photo damage, the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and the loss of firmness, while brightening skin’s complexion.

  • Provides advanced environmental protection by neutralizing damaging free radicals
  • Visible anti-aging benefits, such as the improvement of the appearance of lines and wrinkles, loss of firmness, and brightens skin’s complexion
  • Neutralizes free radicals on the upper layer of the skin to help prevent the impact of ozone damage to skin
  • Once absorbed, this vitamin C serum remains effective for a minimum of 72 hours
  • Paraben-free and ideal for normal, dry, and sensitive skin types

To customize your skin care regime, call 692-6838 to schedule your free consultation with our Licensed Esthetician today or click below:

SkinCeuticals Retinol Creams

RETINOL CREAMS

ADVANCED RETINOL FOR SKIN FORMULATIONS TO IMPROVE VISIBLE SIGNS OF AGING

SkinCeuticals high-concentration retinol cream is available in two strengths and ideal for most skin types with visible aging concerns. Enhanced with the latest stabilization and delivery technologies to provide maximum efficacy, these retinol creams improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, skin texture, and blemishes with minimum sensitization.

Helps reduce appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, uneven skin tone

  • Preserves optimal retinol stability and minimizes irritation commonly associated with the use of retinol
  • Ensures maximum amount of retinol reaches the target site

One of the most widely researched and proven skincare ingredients available today, retinol is shown to help improve the visible effects of aging. This potent ingredient helps promote cell turnover to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and blemishes. Formulated with pure retinol and bisabolol (derived from chamomile), SkinCeuticals retinol night creams are designed to ensure maximum efficacy while minimizing irritation commonly associated with the use of retinol creams.

To customize your skin care regime, call 692-6838 to schedule your Free consultation with our Licensed Esthetician today!

SkinCeuticals

PREVENT PROTECT CORRECT

ADVANCED SKINCARE BACKED BY SCIENCE

Born from decades of skin cancer research that led to pivotal breakthroughs in antioxidants, Skinceuticals high potency formulas are concentrated in pure actives and proven to penetrate optimally into skin.  Clinically proven topical antioxidants, corrective serums and creams, feature pharmaceutical-grade ingredients that have the scientific proof to back up their claims.

By combining a customized at-home regimen with powerful in-office treatments and targeted skincare solutions, the result is healthier skin with visible improvement in fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of premature aging.

SkinCeuticals philosophy centers on three main pillars: PREVENT. PROTECT. CORRECT.  These principles work synergistically to provide the healthiest skin possible, and optimal anti-aging results.

To customize your skin care regime, call 692-6838 to schedule your Free consultation with our Licensed Esthetician today!