Valentine's Special

Maskne is the New Acne

Grabbing the essentials before you leave your house now includes a face mask. Whether you’re wearing your mask at work or while you’re out shopping on the weekends, your face is battling COVID-19 just as much as you are. One of the side effects of wearing a face mask for an extended period of time is maskne (acne caused from wearing a mask). With oil and sweat building up under the mask, your skin is more susceptible to rashes, inflammation, and irritation.

While masks are doing a great job protecting us, they’re also creating a hot and humid environment for bacteria to grow. As oil and sweat build up under your mask, it starts to stick to the skin. The bacteria is then pushed into the skin through friction wherever your mask comes in direct contact with your skin. As the skin becomes more irritated and inflamed, that’s when you’ll start seeing breakouts along your jawline, nose and cheeks.

Luckily, with proper skincare you can help control and prevent maskne. 

How to fight maskne

  • Use a lightweight moisturizer.
  • Wear a cotton or throw-away mask to reduce friction.
  • Wash reusable masks after each use to reduce buildup and irritation. Avoid using fragrant detergents.
  • Take probiotics to help with cystic acne.

How to treat maskne

The Centre, P.C. has designed a custom treatment plan to address maskne breakouts. Using Medical Grade Skin Care products with salicylic acid and glycolic acid will help protect your skin from mask-related irritants. These products have been hand-selected to help absorb excess oils, purify clogged pores, and hydrate the skin for a smoother, brighter appearance. For $315 (a $50 savings) you will be treated to a 3D Visia Skin analysis, a VI Peel and a ZO Skin Health acne kit.

VI Peel ($225+)

  • Improves the tone, texture and clarity of skin.
  • Helps clear acne skin conditions.
  • Reduces or eliminates acne scars.
  • Stimulates the production of collagen for firmer, more youthful skin.
  • Adds a healthy glow to the skin.
  • Treats skin problems at the cellular level.

ZO Acne Prevention and Treatment Program ($140)

  • Exfoliating Cleanser – This gentle exfoliating cleanser is perfect for normal to oily skin. The jojoba esters and encapsulated vitamin E works to target surface oil leaving the skin feeling clean, but not stripped and dry. 
  • Exfoliating Polish – Magnesium crystals exfoliate dead skin cells to create a clear, smooth and even toned complexion.
  • Complexion Renewal Pads – Dual action moistened pads designed to remove dead skin cells preventing clogged pores, reducing oiliness and minimizing surface oil all while calming and soothing irritated skin.
  • Complexion Clearing Masque – Natural, clay-based masque that purifies pores and absorbs excess oil that can lead to future breakouts, while hydrating the skin to combat dryness. Can be used as a spot treatment.

This one-of-a-kind maskne prevention and treatment program can be purchased through our online store.

Call 574-968-9100 or contact us online to schedule your facial and pick up your maskne kit. Clear skin is waiting for you at The Centre, P.C.!

For more tips and tricks to keep your skin looking flawless, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram.

How To Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

According to one commonly cited statistic, just eight percent of people achieve their New Year’s resolution; less than half of Americans bother to make a resolution at all.

So, what gives? If you want to improve yourself in 2019, is there a way to improve your chances of success?

At the Centre Yourself Medical Rejuvenation Spa, we know a thing or two about self-improvement. Whatever the beauty goal, our team can help you get there.

Set Achievable Goals

Instead of broad restrictions and all-or-nothing commitments, choose a goal that’s specific and achievable.

For example, losing weight is a vague goal with virtually no parameters. How much weight? And what steps will you take to achieve it?

Most people aim high when setting goals, but aiming too high can hinder your ability to achieve success. It’s an exercise in humility to rethink the bar and set it low enough to conquer. Small gains can add up to big rewards.

So, instead of losing weight, commit to fewer junk foods or three workouts a week. Once you get the ball rolling, committing to bigger challenges will seem less daunting.

Find Ways to Stay Motivated  

For most people, setting an achievable goal is the easy part. The tricky part is following through. Here are some simple ways to stay motivated:

  • Milestones are important — 365 days can seem like an eternity for people trying to change their lives. But one month or seven days is far more manageable. Break your goal into manageable milestones. Meeting these smaller goals is an easy way to enjoy success and may help propel you forward.
  • Spread the word — for lots of people, just getting the word out can be a huge motivational push. Tell your family and friends about your goal; journal your progress and share your story. Let the people that care about you be your motivation.
  • Make it a competition — setting similar goals with a family member or friend can spur a healthy dose of competition. Working toward a goal with a friend can help you stay accountable.
  • Get professional help — some people may need more than friends to hold them accountable. Whatever the goal, there are groups, organizations, and professionals available to help.

Reward Yourself 

Lastly, a job well done is a lot more rewarding if there’s an actual reward; plus, rewarding yourself is another simple way to stay motivated throughout the year.

For those interested in improving their appearance, a reward can also compliment all the hard work. At the Centre Yourself Medical Rejuvenation Spa, we offer an array of rewarding services that will help you feel great throughout your resolution journey.

Did you quit smoking? Treat yourself to a rejuvenating facial or chemical peel! Smoking causes premature aging and skin damage, but you can reverse these signs and more with a custom skin care treatment. 

Did you lose some weight? Cellulite reduction or body contouring is a great way to reward yourself; plus, all your hard work will look even better!

Indiana’s Premier Medical Rejuvenation Spa

Let’s face it: resolutions can be tough. But with achievable goals, finding ways to stay motivated, and rewarding yourself can turn the impossibility of your resolution into a likely story.

Our medical rejuvenation spa is the premier destination for people who want to relax the spirit and refresh the soul, and we’re here to help you be your best self in 2019.

Learn more about the services we offer and how we can help you achieve your beauty goals with a consultation at the Centre Yourself Medical Rejuvenation Spa.

Call us today at 574-621-3108, or contact us online.

How To Pick The Right Spa For You

There are no shortages of medical spas in the South Bend area, but they don’t offer the same level of care that you might need.

You know you’re looking for a relaxing massage or perhaps you’re curious about rejuvenating services like Botox or laser skin resurfacing.

With so many options in the area, do you know how to find the right spa for you?

Katherine Biggerstaff, the spa director at The Centre Yourself Medical Spa, listed out a few things you might want to consider before scheduling that procedure.

These questions should help you decide which spa not only has the procedures you want, but the safety checks and proper training to get the job done safely.

Is it a real medical spa?

We’re seeing more medical spas open without board-certified physicians that specialize in skin care, cosmetic, plastic or facial plastic surgeries. It is very important that the supervising doctor has the experience and training needed to address any complications that arise from medical spa treatments.

If there is a complication with treatment, it is important there is a doctor on site to immediately address any concerns. Is the medical spa equipped to handle emergencies? Sometimes doctors lend their names to medical spas but have very little involvement.

You should also ask if the medical director is on site.

Aestheticians work very closely with their medical directors to develop treatment plans. Medical facials also use medical grade skin care products.  Having a medical director allows the provider to incorporate these products into your treatment as well as prescribe more effective medical- grade skin care products. Using medical grade skin care products helps you achieve the results that cannot be obtained with over the counter products.

For example, stronger peel solutions can be used which will result in better results. Another benefit of going to a medical spa is that medical facials complement other noninvasive treatments such as injectable dermal fillers or lasers treatments which may help you reach your goal faster.

We’ve also seen a rise in “medical spas” that are outside of a doctor’s office. Those businesses are not required to have the same safety standards of those that are in a credentialed medical facility.

Please do your homework and make sure the facility that you are visiting has the appropriate licensing.

About Botox and Filler Injections

Make sure whoever is performing your treatment is an experienced licensed physician or a well-trained nurse operating under a doctor’s supervision.  It’s also okay to ask for the package insert to see the expiration date on any injectable they might use.

And when it comes to Botox and other filler injections you should be asking questions like:

  • What are your credentials?
  • Which products will you be using?
  • What is your Botox dilution?

It is important your injector has had training in using dermal fillers to make sure you achieve optimal aesthetic results. Getting a great natural looking result requires precision and knowledge of facial anatomy.

Training, Training, and More Training

You want your aesthetician to be trained and qualified for the procedures they’re offering.

Many aestheticians only complete a certain number of hours to receive their license and aren’t required to complete any advanced training.

When you contact a medical spa, don’t hesitate to ask questions like “How long have you been doing this procedure?” or “What other training has your aesthetician completed?”

And if you’re not comfortable with the answers you’ve received, look them up elsewhere.

One way to research the qualifications of your aesthetician is to go on the state board of cosmetology site and look up your aesthetician by name. This will show you their active license. It is important to make sure your provider has received the appropriate training, licensure, and certifications.

It is ok to ask for other certifications they may have for such procedures like chemical peels and lasers.

For laser skin treatments, you’ll want them to be qualified to use the devices. Someone without proper training can cause damage to a patient.

Laser skin treatments destroy damaged skin cells as well as stimulate the production of new skin cells and collagen. It is very important that your aesthetician/laser technician has received training before operating any laser.

Technology is always advancing and it is important to make sure your provider is receiving ongoing education.

Beware of Discounted Services!

Be leery of discounts or Groupons. The math just doesn’t add up.

Prices for medical spa treatments are high because technology is always changing and the equipment itself is expensive.

Older machines may require more treatments, which demands more time and money from the patient. They might not be able to get your desired results.

Not only should you be concerned with what type of equipment they are using but also how frequently it is maintained and inspected. Faulty equipment, like outdated equipment, may require additional treatments to get what you want. In the worst case scenario, they may cause irreparable damage.

If the price sounds too good to be true it usually is.

Welcome to Our Award Winning Medical Spa

Our facilities include comfortable amenities and state-of-the-art equipment. From our well-appointed reception area to our private consultation and treatment rooms, Centre Yourself is designed to provide patients with a soothing, stress-free environment.

Our expert team is made up of licensed aestheticians, certified massage therapists, registered nurse, nurse practitioner and certified medical esthetic practitioners who are committed to making every patient’s dreams come true.

Whether you’d like a skin care regimen that guarantees results, a massage that helps you to forget the stresses of everyday life, or treatments that will help you fight the hands of time, our expert staff is here to help.

Top 5 Medical Spa Beauty Trends 2017

Top 5 Medical Spa Beauty Trends 2017

Video Transcription:
Hey guys!  Happy Friday! So it’s Facebook Friday, again, at The Centre Yourself Medical Spa. Hope you guys are having a great week. This week I thought I’d talk about the top five medical spa beauty trends this year that I’ve really been seeing a lot on social media, as well as going to different conferences, YouTube, talking around with different patients as to what they feel is the best trend. I’m not an esthetician so I want to point that out,  I’m not a assist aesthetician, I’m just a marketing director asking people what do they feel is the big trend.  If you have any questions for me make sure you comment below and I’d be happy to answer them while I’m doing this Facebook LIVE. So, what makes a great beauty trend? Well, we have the top five that I feel in 2017 are really going to take off.  My first trend I want to talk about is lashes. So there are different types of lashes that you can have done and what the trend is. The first trend is lash extensions.

#1 Lash Extension

So that is really hot right now. Everybody is wanting to do lash extensions. Here are the pros and cons to lash extensions. Pro is that you get that immediate result, that nice long full-length luscious lash. However, you have to go back every two to three weeks to get them filled, as it would say “filled.” So that can be a little time-consuming. I don’t know how busy your schedules are, I know for me that’s a lot.

Another con about the lash extension is that it does break the lashes. So keep that in mind, it can break your lashes. But another great pro to having lash extension is you don’t wear mascara. So save your money on mascara, ladies. Not mascara, you get that instant look, but cons can be time-consuming as well as can break your lashes. We do not offer that at The Centre Yourself Medical Spa, but we do offer an alternative called Latisse Revitalash.

So here is something that would be Latisse. It is a prescription solution. Some pros about Latisse is that gives you that long lash that you’re looking for, it’s natural so it doesn’t break your lashes. Cons about it, it can be a little expensive, it runs around two hundred dollars to get Latisse. However, it does last around three months, so do the math that might be a good alternative for you.

Another con is you have to put it on every night. So you have to be very repetitive when you’re doing that. So again, that’s a really hot trend. Also, Latisse does not give you the full look; it only does your length. So it depends on the style you want to look at if you want that fuller, luscious look maybe lash extensions are better for you. Or, if you want to go the more natural route, don’t want that have that breakage and want the length, Latisse might be your route. Latisse will be on special at Spring Fling, so if that’s something you’re interested in, it’s a great alternative to lashes since that is one big beauty trend right now. So that’s cool. Our next beauty trend I want to talk about is eyebrows.

#2 Eyebrows- Microblading and Permanent Makeup

So eyebrows are, like, huge right now. Everybody wants to have their eyebrows perfect. You do have different solutions, one of them is using a pencil just seen a lot of different makeup places do pencils. Some people do shadows with brushes, that’s a great natural way so that way if you don’t want a particular permanent look you know you can wash that off and not a problem. A couple of other trends is permanent makeup or called microblading. They are different; I want to point that out.

Permanent makeup penetrates, farther down the dermis, and is permanent. I think permanent makeup is really great if you don’t have like maybe lashes at all and it’s more of a tattoo. Whereas microblading is similar to a tattoo, it is not permanent. It lasts around a year. However, what I like about microblading is it gives you more of that full look that you’re looking for, as well as it to be darker.

So I want to show you before and after of something. So this would be like a microblading look. Can you guys see that? Sorry the lightings not the best in here. So she here have some lashes but she want any more of a definition and a darker kind of a look. So microblading is really great too because it goes within the strokes of your eyebrows. So we do that we do both permanent and microblading here at The Centre Yourself Medical Spa and it will be on special at Spring Fling.

I love microblading. It’s so awesome. But one thing I want to point out about microblading is making sure you’re going to a certified microbladist being under a physician care. That is HUGE. A lot of people can say that they do microblading and they’ve not had the most experience or the training of the knowledge. So you know they are taking a blade going down into the dermis, they are making cuts, bleeding, so just keep that in mind. Make sure you’re going to the right, proper, professional when you go get microblading. But it is a really cool trend right. Now my next beauty trend I want to talk about is laser hair removal.

#3 Laser Hair Removal

So pros and cons that laser hair removal: It can be said as permanent and it’s not quite as permanent as people want to say. You still do have to get maintenance at least once a year, because new follicles do come in and they grow. However, I love laser hair removal. There’s no downtime you don’t get that shaving bumps, it gets rid of your pigment that you can sometimes get from shaving. So it is a really hot trend. If you’re looking to maybe get your legs done, under your arms, lip, we can do anywhere except for under the eyebrows.

We will not do laser hair removal there but we can do it here, the brows, chin, back, legs, underarms, feet, hands, whatever you want done we can do with laser hair removal. And it is probably, I would say, one of the number one requested services we do at The Centre Yourself Medical Spa. We do have certified laser technicians that do that so if that is something you’re interested in it will be on special at Spring Fling. I will tell you that. So that’s really huge right now. So if that’s something you’re interested in that is a big trend for this year. I do have pictures if you guys want to see really quickly. Hang on a sec. Here is part of our brochure; here are some pictures that you can see from laser hair removal. So great, look at that. That’s fabulous. You guys can see that, if not, I’ll post some photos for you guys. Yea today, I know we’re not doing actual procedure today. I just want to talk to you about different trends. Number four body contouring.

#4 Body Contouring

So body contouring is huge right now because it’s a non-invasive, something you do not have to go under the knife to get the results you’re looking for. The pros about body contouring and our body contouring are it’s definitely a fab, our bodies contouring; we use body effects and forma. It has been seen on The Doctors, Kardashians on E, Dr. Oz, Rachael Ray. So it is very huge. So we try to make sure we have the latest and greatest technology and Enmode is one of them that we carry. What it does is it tightens your skin, gets rid of those fat cells, and it kind of expands your body and kind of contours. So that’s what is body contouring. It does not get rid of those fat cells, or that extra belly fat. You might want to look at Liposuction for that.

So I want to make that clear: body contouring kind of contours your body. Okay? So it’s great for cellulite, fabulous for cellulite it is not a permanent solution, that would be cellulaze which is an invasive solution. This is non-invasive. So, it’s you know great, if you’re looking maybe to smooth out your love handles a little bit, get rid of some of your cellulite, maybe make that tummy bulge a little better.

I do have some photos for you guys. So as you can see this first one here, she did have a little bulge just kind of just contoured it a little bit, made it a little smaller. But again, did not completely get rid of all that.  That would be a liposuction alternative. Same thing with here, you can see some dimplings here from the cellulite. It broke up that cellulite, which that looks great. So body contouring very very fab. There are a lot of different types of body contouring out there however, we try to use the latest and greatest and you can check it out on The Doctors, Dr. Oz, Rachael Ray whatever. So it’s fabulous and we have a couple Facebook slides on it so check those out on their YouTube our website and it will be in social as well.

Okay, final beauty trend that’s really hot right now, all in my hot, but this one is in particular I would say one of our number one is lips: lips lips lips.

#5 Lip Injections

Everybody wants that perfect pout. So she is one of our nurse injectors here and she is the queen of perfect pout that is like her niche. She is fabulous at lips. I have some photos to show you. But there’s two different types of filler you can use for lip. So the main one we use is called Volbella, it’s a newer type of filler from Allergan. I think is gives a beautiful result, very kind of silk kind of injection into your lips. Lips are great if maybe first off you don’t have lips you, can get lips.

Second of all it’s great if you just want to plump them a little bit, maybe help with that Cupid’s bowl right here. I know that’s for me, I’d love to kind of roll that up a little bit. But they’re fabulous for that. We do not try to go for like, oh I want these huge lips, that’s not really a trend anymore. People want a natural-looking lip but with a little pump. So that is a big one right now and that’s what Volbella is great for. Cost wise for Volbella I think it’s around, for each syringe is around four hundred dollars or so.

Usually people use two to three syringes for their lips. So you’re looking at eight hundred and twelve hundred dollars for your lips to be done, and Dr. Downs does them, so she does them, are other nurse injectors do them. But she is fabulous with them and she’ll be doing that LIVE on Spring Fling for one of our demos. So, if you want to see her work you can check out her out as Spring Fling to see that done. And, it will be on special!

Again, I just want to go over some pricing.

What Do These Beauty Trends Cost?

Again Latisse is around $200 dollars it’s a solution for your lashes so get that link there for you.

Microblading  is around five to $800 depending on how much the color you need, how much time, the length of the eyebrows, that type of thing. Again, that’ll be on special.

Laser hair removal again, that price really depends on what you areas went done. I can tell you, under arms are not around $1,100, lip a little less, facial , so it just kind of ranges from $700 anywhere to $5,000 depending on what you want done and you know, how long the procedure is.

Body contouring– same thing. Body contouring goes by zone. So a zone is, I would say like look at a sheet of paper- a full sheet of paper. It’s like a eight and a half by eleven and that would be one zone. That usually runs anywhere from $1,700, two zones would probably be more like $2,500 to $2,900. So just depending on what needs to be done and how big you want.

So those are the top five beauty trends and lips I already mentioned. Top 5 beauty trends so far this year. You never know, these things change all the time but we definitely are on the ball here at The Centre Yourself Medical Spa. So, I forgot to show you lips, oh my gosh. Here are the lips. So you guys can see.  How great are those?  Look how beautiful! Love, love, love.

Ok so a couple of last things. I have a giveaway to give out so the person who won the VIP bag is Tami Ambrose. So call us, we need to get your information so we make sure you get that special VIP bag for Spring Fling.  Spring Fling is on May 11th, so it’s coming up pretty soon. Almost a month and a couple of days left. Crazy!

I just want to point out a couple of things. So if you buy pretty much any of these products we have a lot of gifts of purchases as well as what might be in your goody bag. So that’s always a question is what’s in those goody bags. So a couple of things I want to show that might be maybe a gift with purchase, or in your bags, you never know all the bags are always different. So it’s just the luck of the draw what you might get in there. So we have a lash enhancer, so lashes fabulous. This might be a gift with purchase or in your bag, you never know. So that encourages you to maybe to buy a product or buy a service, you get a gift with purchase while supplies last.

Here we have a cute little bag and it’s got like a polish and a cleanser in here. So this might make a gift with a purchase or it may be in your goody bag. You never know!  And right here is the daily face crème some SkinBetter Science. Right here, this little doodad runs around hundred dollars. Can be a gift with purchase or possibly in your goody bag. So you’ll find out when you get there on May 11th.

We do have goody bags while supplies last, so make sure you keep that in mind as well as your gift with purchase. So think about it when you come to Spring Fling, you know if you’re looking at maybe looking at changing your skincare line up, you know laser hair removal, a package, filler, Botox, Cosmetic Surgery this is the time you want to come, get educated. We’re going to have demos the whole night. We have some hors d’oeuvre, cocktails, and of course you never know what you’re gonna get in your bag. Even if gift with purchase.

So that’s all we have, I will have you do another giveaway soon so make sure keep up and we’ll be back next Friday. Hope you enjoyed the top 5 beauty trends.

I am so excited for Spring Fling; we’re excited for Spring Fling.  Make sure you guys say hi to me too! So I can meet some of you guys. But if you guys have any questions before then, let us know. Make sure you sign up your friends, it’s going to be amazing. This year it’s our 25th year anniversary so it’s going to be bigger and better than ever. Last thing I want to point out is Spring Fling is NOT at our office this year. So keep that in mind, it is at the Hilton Garden Inn in South Bend at the Gillespie Center. So we will not have it here, so make sure you tell people it’s there this year.

Again, hope you guys have a great weekend. Congratulations, Tami on winning that VIP bag. Make sure you guys keep watching I will be as get closer to Spring Fling more giveaways and it’ll be great. See you guys all! Have great weekend. Bye!

Benefits of Massage

In our fast-paced world, there are plenty of places you can go to get a massage like doctor’s offices, malls, and even airports. But if you’re going to invest time and money in the name of relaxation, why not have it performed by a highly trained massage therapist in a calming and tranquil environment? The benefits of massage may astound you!

At the Centre Yourself Medical Rejuvenation Spa, we specialize in many different forms of massage. Each one relieves tension in a different way. We offer custom massages specifically crafted to meet your needs. We also offer complimentary aromatherapy services that can be paired with any of our massages to help you achieve ultimate relaxation.

Benefits of Massage

Even one massage session can do a lot to improve health. As you are thinking about scheduling a therapeutic massage at the Centre YourselfTM Medical Rejuvenation Spa, consider the following benefits massage offers:

    • Alleviates stress. Massage can help lower your heart rate as well as reduce your cortisol and insulin levels.
    • Promotes relaxation. Sometimes all you need is a little “me time”. Massage is a great way to relax, detox, and help your body get into recovery mode.
    • Improves circulation. Massage helps get your blood moving which, in turn, improves your body’s ability to function.
    • Lowers blood pressure. High blood pressure is made worse by stress and anxiety. When you have a relaxing massage, the relief your body experiences can lower your blood pressure for days afterward.
    • Promotes good posture. Massage cannot solve bad posture completely, but it can ease the joints and address pressure points that contribute to a slumped stance.
    • Eases muscle pain. If you have a desk job, chances are you experience some mild neck or back pain. Workers who are on their feet all day may experience muscle pain in other areas of the body as well. Massage works out the toxins that build up in muscle tissue to relieve pain.
    • Enhances breathing. Stress and anxiety can restrict breathing. Massage relaxes the muscles surrounding the respiratory system making it easier to take full, deep breaths.
    • Increases range of motion. Over time, aging joints restrict motion and cause poor flexibility. Relaxing those joints allows them to move more fluidly.
    • Eases headaches. Many Americans suffer from chronic headaches and migraines. Since massage can alleviate pressure points and help flush out toxins, many people experience reduced headaches.
    • Improves immune system. Massage has been shown to stimulate the body’s natural production of the cytotoxic cells that work to fight disease.
    • Promotes healing. If you’ve recently suffered an injury or undergone surgery, massage can speed up the recovery process by helping your body circulate oxygen and nutrients more efficiently.

Everyone’s body is different so reactions to massage will vary. That said, you may experience a number of additional positive side effects after a massage, including:

    • Reduced inflammatory reactions
    • Decreased anxiety
    • Better quality of sleep
    • Improved concentration
    • Increased energy levels and lessened fatigue
    • Improvement in circulation
    • Less pain in arthritic areas
    • Improved pulmonary and respiratory function for asthma sufferers
    • Decreased water retention and cramping for those with premenstrual syndrome
    • Easing the pain of childbirth
    • Lessened effects of myofascial pain syndrome, temporomandibular joint disorder, Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, and fibromyalgia
    • Reduction in depression
    • Reduction in pain for cancer patients and alleviation from chemo-related nausea

What to Expect During Your Massage

If you have never had a massage before, you might have some questions about how the whole process works. Here is what you can expect during a standard massage:

    • Eat before you head to your appointment. That way you can focus on relaxing without worrying about being hungry. Also, drink plenty of water before you go to help your body flush out toxins.
    • Once you arrive, your massage therapist will ask you some questions about your overall health. They may ask if there are any particular areas you would like them to target.
    • Then, your therapist will take you into your private room so you can get undressed. Many massage patients choose to wear only underwear for their massage but feel free to wear whatever you feel most comfortable in.
    • After undressing, you will lay on the massage table where there will be a light blanket or sheet to cover up with. Your therapist will then knock before entering and begin your massage.
    • During your massage, your therapist will probably play some relaxing music to help you unwind. They will use various lotions and oils to lubricate their hands and make the massage much more soothing. If you are allergic to lotion or certain oils, let your therapist know before they begin.
    • After your massage is over, your therapist will leave the room so you can get dressed. Get up off the massage table slowly. You may experience some dizziness after your massage. Drink plenty of water to maximize the benefits of massage.

Who is a Candidate for Massage?

Almost everyone can reap the benefits of a good massage. Unfortunately, there are some people who may not be eligible based on certain medical conditions. Consult with your doctor before booking your massage if any of the following conditions apply to you:

    • Bleeding disorders
    • You are taking blood-thinning medication
    • Recovering from burns or serious wounds
    • Deep vein thrombosis
    • Severe thrombocytopenia
    • Severe osteoporosis
    • Broken bones or fractures

Come Unwind at the Centre YourselfTM Medical Rejuvenation Spa

Whether you’re focusing on certain areas with a targeted massage or melting away the stress with a deep tissue massage, the licensed massage therapists at the Centre YourselfTM Medical Rejuvenation Spa are here to help. We also offer prenatal massages for women looking to ease the stress pregnancy puts on their bodies.

Contact us today or call us at 574-350-2031. We are happy to help you schedule an appointment or answer any additional questions you may have regarding the benefits of massage. We look forward to helping you achieve your relaxation goals!

Facial Do’s and Don’ts

Life can be tough. From time to time, it deals us sleepless nights, cluttered minds, tired muscles, and creaky joints. The stresses of daily life take their toll in a variety of ways; but did you know that the condition of your skin can be one of the most tell-tale signs of stress your body shows on the outside?

No matter how your skin reacts to stress, the message it’s trying to send you is usually the same: we need a break. A relaxing and rejuvenating facial could be just what you need to give yourself, and your skin, a much-deserved treat.

Scheduling your first medical facial can be a little bit intimidating, but there’s nothing to be concerned about. Facial treatments are a widely practiced and well-rehearsed procedure that can leave your skin feeling and looking younger than before.

Read on to find helpful Dos and Don’ts, information on different skin types, and tips to help make your first facial experience at The Centre PC a great one!

Different Kinds of Facials vs. Different Skin Types

Your skin is part of who you are and absolutely unique to you. Your skin type is a product of your genetics, your lifestyle, and the environment in which you live. You probably know how your skin behaves under normal conditions, but do you know which facial is right for your skin type?

Normal Skin: “Normal” skin just means that you don’t experience excessive amounts of oil, nor do you usually experience dryness or flaky skin. If this is your skin type, the options are fairly open to you.

Dry Skin: Those with dry skin want to stay away from facials that focus on deep exfoliation. These can be a little too rough for skin type and can cause some irritation. Instead, ask your esthetician for a moisturizing facial that can help your skin retain more moisture and feel softer.

Oily Skin: Those with oily skin need a facial that can help cut through the oil and remove some of the surplus oil lurking under the skin. Chemical exfoliations can aid in this endeavor because they can get deep into the pores.

Mature Skin: As you age, the circulation and the rate at which your face produces fresh skin cells begin to slow down. Because of this, your skin care specialist will likely choose an option that allows him or her to treat your skin type and then focus on improving the skin’s appearance with a mixture of products.

Sensitive Skin: All this means is that your skin might take a little more care and personalized attention than some. Facials for those with sensitive skin usually include gentle exfoliation and steer clear of products with perfumes or heavy chemicals.

What Should I Do to Prepare?

There are a few steps you can take before going in for your first facial. Consider these, and your experience will be both effortless and pleasant:

  • Do your research. When dealing with something as precious as your skin, you’ll want to make sure you’re choosing a facility that knows what they’re doing. The licensed skin health professionals at The Centre PC have years of combined experienced and will medically analyze your skin to determine which treatment option is best for you.
  • Know which areas need targeting. Maybe you have some enlarged pores around your nose or dark circles under your eyes. No matter what the reason, be prepared to tell your esthetician about any areas you would like to pay special attention to.
  • Discontinue chemical exfoliators. About 3 days before your facial appointment, you should stop using any products that include chemicals like Retin-A, Glycolic Acid, and Lactic Acid.
  • Don’t use any products the morning of. Keep your routine light on the day of your appointment. You can wash your face with a simple cleansing product, but leave out any other products you may use.
  • Don’t wear makeup. Makeup can clog your pores and will have to be removed before the procedure anyway.
  • Get there early. Depending on where you go, you may need to fill out some paperwork and a brief medical history before your facial. Since the idea behind getting a facial is to relax, plan on being early to minimize stress and the urge to rush.


What Can I Expect During My First Facial?

The most important thing to remember on the day of your first facial is to relax and have a good time.

To better help you do that, here are some of the main things you can expect to happen during the course of your treatment:

  • Be ready for a brief consultation. When you first arrive, your licensed skin care health professional will want to chat about your skin type, your skin care routine, and any concerns you may have about your skin.
  • Be prepared to get comfy. Most spas and skin care facilities will provide you with a comfortable robe so that you can let yourself unwind. Don’t hesitate to take advantage of this opportunity!
  • Turn off your phone. This is as much for your skin care specialist as it is for you. Turn off your phone and let the rest of the world take care of itself.
  • Get ready to settle in. Most facials involve some combination of cleansing, exfoliating, massaging, and the application of a mask. A good facial can take anywhere from 45 min to 2 hours, depending on what you’re having done. Be patient and enjoy the process.
  • It’s going to get steamy. Estheticians use steam to relax the skin and make it easier to work with. The steam may be a bit overwhelming at first but it’s worth it in the end.
  • Sometimes extractions are necessary. If you have some blackheads or whiteheads lingering under the skin, your esthetician will probably try to extract them. This can be slightly painful at first but will save you the trouble of dealing with it later.
  • Don’t hesitate to communicate. While the licensed skin care professionals at The Centre PC (and most spas) go through extensive training to care for your skin, they aren’t mind readers. If something hurts, burns, or stings during your facial, please let us know.

What Should I Expect Afterwards?

Since you’ve invested in a quality medically rejuvenating facial and thoroughly enjoyed yourself, you’ll probably want it to last as long as possible.

Below are some tips that can help you accomplish that, both immediately afterward and in the days that follow:

  • Don’t wash your face that night. Your skin needs a chance to relax. Your facial will have left it quite clean, so there’s no need to wash your face before bedtime.
  • Don’t put makeup on for a while. Avoid makeup, at least for the first day. You can use it after that, but why not take this as an opportunity to flaunt your new, glowing skin.
  • Avoid exfoliating for a few days. This is especially true if your facial included deep exfoliation.
  • Know that redness is normal. Be prepared for some redness. This is normal, but do speak to your skin care professional if it seems excessive or lasts several days.
  • Drink plenty of water. This will help keep your skin refreshed and hydrated.
  • Stay out of the sun, if you can. The new skin cells exposed by your facial are sensitive. Give them a few days out of the sun and, if you have to go out, use a high SPF sunscreen.
  • Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Along with drinking water, using a gentle facial moisturizer can help lock hydration in and keep your skin feeling beautiful.
  • Keep up a healthy skin care routine. Just as you’d take extra special care of your teeth after a dental cleaning, take extra special care with your skin after a facial. A good routine can help the effects of a facial last longer.

Facials Designed Just for You

Scars, wrinkles, and imperfections are part of your unique identity. Your skin can show that you’ve lived a life worth living, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try to improve your skin’s overall health.

Taking the time to care for your skin can be one of the best gifts you can give yourself. Relaxation, rejuvenation, and expert care can go a long way towards helping you, and your skin, feel young, vibrant, and energetic.

At The Centre PC, we know how important relaxation is. That’s why all facials performed at Centre Yourself are completed in a tranquil environment by our warm and friendly staff.

Our licensed skin health professionals will work with you to determine what regimen is best for your skin and which of our medically rejuvenating facials will deliver the results you desire.

See what facials we have to offer and schedule your next appointment online. Don’t wait; healthy vibrant skin is just a click away.

Look your best for the holidays

Now that it’s November, it’s time to begin making lists and prepping for a busy couple of months.

This season, remember that it’s ok to think about your needs too. After all, most women agree exhaustion (all those decisions) can cause more bah-humbug than holiday cheer.

At The Centre PC, we hear you. In fact, we think it’s our responsibility to help with a couple of events and ideas that will make your season merry and easy to treat yourself in the process.

Holiday Open House

You’ll absolutely want to mark your calendars for this: our annual Holiday Open House is scheduled for the week of November 16-20. Like last year, we make it simple to get a head start on holiday have-tos.

Stop by our Centre Yourself Medical Rejuvenation Spa during regular business hours to take advantage of amazing discounts on your favorite products and services. For five days, you’ll find something for every adult on your shopping list.

Though there’s too many to itemize here, here’s what you can expect: We’ll be bundling packages to make shopping easy. Discounts on mybody and other skin care lines, professional services in our Medical Rejuvenation Spa will be grouped for easy two, three and four-part gifts, and special pricing on cosmetic procedures will be offered.

And, like last year, anyone who makes a purchase can pick a gift for our Centre PC Giving Tree for a chance to take home skin care kits from Jan Marini, Obagi, mybody, certificates for free facials, massages, even free Botox and gift cards. There will be no shortage of goodies, so be sure to swing by!

Put Jan Marini at the top of your gift list

Have you wanted to try Jan Marini Skin Research, but something held you back? Now is an excellent time to try this premier, medical-grade line of skin care products.

We’re mad about the Bioglycloic Face Cleanser (a steal for $24) and the Marini Juveneck Cream (only $72!). When combined, these two products really tighten your skin and dramatically shrink deep lines.

Don’t Forget BOTOX NIGHT

On November 19th and December 16th, call to secure your appointment for our inaugural BOTOX Night. Our own The Docs will be injecting Botulinum Toxin for new and existing patients at a discounted rate. Added bonus, if you purchase 50 units or more of Xeomin® (Botulinum Toxin), you will receive a complimentary $100 VISA gift card!

Time to schedule your cosmetic procedures

Now, through December 31st, save 5% when you schedule any surgical cosmetic procedure. When you book your procedure the day of your consultation, we’ll have a very special holiday gift for you.

Gift card specials

Not sure what to buy? Our gift cards are always a good choice! To make it even easier, when you purchase a gift card in November, you’ll get a little something extra. Spend $100, get a gift card for $115; spend $150, get a card for $175, etc. The more you spend, the more your bonus dollars add up! Give us a call to learn more.

Remember, if you have any questions, please call us at 574-968-9100. Now is the time to do something for YOU! Schedule that cosmetic procedure you’ve been wanting! Call us today at 574-285-4206 and visit us Some restrictions may apply.

To keep track of all of our holiday surprises, remember to follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

As always, we’re here because you deserve the best! We look forward to seeing you in the upcoming months.

Day spa vs. medical spa

Is the distinction significant or just semantics?

A spa’s a spa, right? After all, it’s all about feeling good when you leave, and if that’s your end result, it’s all good. But did you know that there are actually very real distinctions between a medical spa and a day spa?

Day spas offer temporary solutions to body issues. The aestheticians at a day spa are not always required to be licensed; rather, pampering and relaxation are the focus.

However, when a spa has the word “medical” attached, it automatically helps the consumer know there’s a doctor associated with the business. And it implies the most current and advanced equipment and procedures are in place, along with skilled and licensed doctors, nurses and aestheticians.

But medical spas don’t want a clinical or doctors office feel, so rightly, they’ve taken their cues from their day-spa counterparts and pay a great deal of attention to the look and feel of their facility. Lighting, atmosphere, furniture, paint colors, even staff attire all complement the overall desired effect.

The result is an uber-luxurious hybrid of medical expertise and physical rejuvenation.

Centre Yourself™ is the only comprehensive medical rejuvenation spa in Michiana. That means not only can you indulge in every pampering delight of an ordinary spa, but also more advanced skin treatments like Visia Complexion Analysis, laser procedures, and injectable wrinkle treatments such as Botox® Cosmetic. Centre Yourself™ also offers you a wide variety of exceptional medical-grade skin care products available only through licensed skin care professionals.

Additionally, one of the advantages of going to a medical spa run by a plastic surgeon is that he can tell you if laser skin resurfacing will suffice or if you need something more powerful such as a facelift.

Another advantage is that you can combine surgical treatments like rhinoplasty (nose job) and blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) with non-invasive anti-aging treatments.

Finally, “The quality of care and the amount of ongoing education at a medical spa is important,” says The Docs, RN, BSN, MEP-C, Director of Centre Yourself™ Medical Rejuvenation Spa.

“For anyone considering using fillers to smooth wrinkles, or laser therapy to help with stretch marks, scarring or body contouring, it’s critical that they consider the medical skill of the staff. We all want to feel pampered at a spa—it’s why we go—but if you are looking to truly make long-term changes to your skin, the quality of the medical spa staff and the expertise in their delivery will guarantee your experience will be positive.”

If you’re curious about anything you’ve read about here, call 574-968-3510 to set up a consultation.

Insider Information*

  • Cosmetic minimally invasive procedures increased 3 percent in 2013 to more than 13.4 million procedures. The top five minimally invasive procedures were botulinum toxin type-A, soft tissue fillers, chemical peel, laser hair removal, and microdermabrasion.
  • Facial rejuvenation procedures experienced the most growth, as 2013 marked the highest number of botulinum toxin type A injections to date, with 6.3 million injections!
  • Medical spa practitioners may include plastic surgeons, physicians assistants, MDs, OB/GYNs, dermatologists, nurse practitioners, aestheticians, laser technicians—even dentists. Each has their own specialty and level of expertise, but it’s up to the consumer to check on their experience and background for the procedure they want.

*Source: American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2013 Plastic Surgery Report: March 2014., and Marketdata Enterprises, an independent market research publisher of studies on service industries.


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