Think about how you feel when you step into a nice, hot shower at the end of a long day. Now, take that feeling of total relaxation, and combine it with the experience of a massage, along with a healthy dose of aromatherapy. That’s a good approximation of the ‘rituals’ offered at Ara, the Spa at Ameristar. We experienced the aptly named Pure Bliss ritual first-hand, and were wowed by the perks—from complimentary valet parking for spa guests, to a slew of amenities that can be enjoyed pre- or post-treatment (think steam room, sauna, hydro-pool and more). Then, we sat down with spa manager Susan Boyd to ask why this luxurious body treatment is so special.
Everyone aims to put their best face forward. And for some, that means opting to enhance one of their features. Among patients of Washington University Facial Plastic Surgery Center, the most common elective procedure is rhinoplasty. “Sometimes, it is necessary due to trauma or other abnormalities; but often, it is performed on patients who just want to change the appearance of the nose and how it fits the rest of their facial features,” explains Dr. Gregory Branham.
Sneezing. Nasal congestion. Facial pressure. These are just a few of the sinus and allergy issues that can dampen the mood during the fall and winter months. That’s where the Washington University Physicians’ sinus group comes in.
Sometimes you have to do a little damage in order to create positive results. Such is the case with non-invasive and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, particularly those that aim various forms of energy beneath the surface of the skin.
Nail polish is all about the color, right? Well, it turns out there’s a little more to it than that. For some insight on getting great manicures, we turned to industry veteran Deborah Lippmann. As luck would have it, her company is now celebrating its 15-year anniversary. Congratulations!
To keep residents looking and feeling their best, The Gatesworth offers a wide variety of wellness services—ranging from health to beauty—to those who reside on the campus of the luxury retirement community.
Wrinkles range from tiny, fine lines to deep creases, and there is a dermal filler for just about every type.
Parenthood is a mix of joy and concern—joy at the gift of your precious child, and concern that he is growing and developing normally. It’s normal to wonder about your child’s progress and compare him to other children. Most babies reach their developmental milestones at or around the expected time, but identifying a potential problem is important.
Do people ask you if you’re tired even when you feel awake and alert? Or perhaps, as you’ve aged, you’ve noticed less and less skin visible on your eyelids when applying makeup. Hooded or droopy-looking eyelids are one of the most common complaints among patients seeking cosmetic surgery, and a simple surgical procedure can help you look as bright-eyed and alert as you feel.
If you want to look a bit younger and fresher, a relaxing facial may be all you need to help restore smooth skin and a healthy, radiant glow.
When St. Louisan Julie Longyear founded Blissoma, her holistic skincare and apothecary company, 10 years ago, she was met with some resistance for her all-natural approach. “People asked, Why would I want to do that?” she recalls. But these days, natural skincare is more than just a fringe movement, and the job of educating the public on its benefits has gotten a lot easier. We recently caught up with Longyear to discuss the evolution in the industry.
Parents thrill to the sight and sound of their baby’s first smiles and babbles, and these natural expressions of joy are important developmental milestones. For this reason, parents and physicians pay attention to these earliest social cues. When an infant fails to exhibit them within the first year of life, it can be among the earliest signs of an autism spectrum disorder.
In our never-ending quest to give you the latest in skin care tips and treatments, LN recently caught up with Kathleen Fuller, spa director at the Four Seasons, St. Louis. Fuller took a circuitous route to her current profession, starting out as a store manager for Walmart before founding her own cosmetics studio, which she operated for 14 years. She then moved to the field of hotel spas, and joined the Four Seasons two years ago. Fuller says her highest goal is to provide a calm experience that promotes the wellness of their spa guests. It must be working: Four Seasons' spa was voted the Best Spa in this year’s LN Platinum List!
The 2014 Winter Olympics were recently held in Sochi, Russia. Does anyone think those great athletes just ‘showed Up’ for their big game? Absolutely not!
Cleanse and tone—two essential steps to ensure that we put our best face forward on a daily basis. Here, we present you with our selections for cleanser-and-toners duos.
After working at the school for 46 years, De Smet Jesuit High School biology and physical education teacher and varsity soccer and baseball coach Greg Vitello announced he will retire at the end of the school year. Throughout his years at the school, Vitello has coached swimming, football, track and field, baseball and soccer. He coached two Major League Baseball players and five United States National Soccer Teams players. He also is a member of several halls of fame, including the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame and the St. Benedict College Hall of Fame.
High blood pressure. High cholesterol. Chronic fatigue. These symptoms and more can be signs of untreated sleep apnea. “Given that obesity has gone up substantially in this country, a lot of patients are suffering from undiagnosed sleep apnea. It’s not necessarily caused by a higher BMI; it could be an anatomical issue as well,” says Dr. Reza Movahed, a surgeon at Oral Facial Surgery Institute & Implant Center. “They’re dealing with all these symptoms—or if they are diagnosed, they have to go through the huge lifestyle change of having a CPAP, which is a device that keeps them breathing at night.”
Story: Brother Jeroboam, like many preachers near Lagos, Nigeria, prefers to minister to his faithful in a local fishing village down at the beach. In reality a con artist, he has a makeshift ministry there, where ostensibly he lives outdoors. Actually, he sleeps nightly in a nearby shack, trying mightily to ward off his major temptation, attractive women.
Dr. Reza Movahed
Dr. Reza Movahed
Expert trainers. A heated indoor swimming pool. State-of-the-art equipment. These are the makings of a professional-level gym, and they can all be found on-campus at the luxury retirement community, The Gatesworth.
Sinuses are among those parts of the body that we tend to ignore until something goes wrong. These hollow cavities, lined with a mucous membrane, usually sit quietly behind the nose and forehead. But infection or allergies can cause the membranes to become inflamed and irritated, resulting in pain and pressure.
There’s no question LN readers are in-the-know, so who better to ask about the things that make St. Louis stand out and stand proud? Here, we present the very best, as selected by our readers, in the 2014 Ladue News Platinum List!
Story: In 19th century England, Lord Aster agrees to undergo a perilous journey in the service of Her Majesty, Queen Victoria: He will transport a cargo box filled with valuables to the exotic land of Rundoon aboard the Wasp, which is commanded by Aster’s boyhood chum, Robert Falcon Scott.