Be your most beautiful self, inside and out, with this expert guide to healthy cosmetics, treatments, and products

Edited by Nicole Barley

Stunning Science

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Dr. Francis Johns. Photo from Artisan Plastic Surgery.

Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Francis Johns of Artisan Plastic Surgery is leading the way with a groundbreaking new treatment that couples facial lifts, mini-lifts, and facial rejuvenation procedures with stem cell-enriched fat grafting techniques! Dr. Johns has partnered with local clinical research organization Antria, one of the first companies in the U.S. to receive FDA approval to conduct this sort of stem cell research. Artisan Plastic Surgery is the only surgical center in Pennsylvania to offer this type of treatment. Having completed the first phase of the clinical research study, the surgical center is moving on to part two, which will determine the quantifiable difference in results that this type of procedure offers patients. Here’s how it works: a small amount of liposuction is performed in either the patient’s abdominal or hip region, and from there, stems cells are extracted from the patient’s fat cells. Says Dr. Johns, “Research has found that there are 400 times as many stems cells in fat as there are in bone marrow.” Antria’s scientists then perform an hour-long proprietary process to isolate, extract, and concentrate active stem cells. From there, cells are mixed with additional fat from the liposuction and injected as part of a facial augmentation. As part of that fat grafting process, stem cell-enriched fat is more likely to take to the patient’s body, says Dr. Johns. Patients may also experience “improvement in skin quality, pore size, elasticity, texture, and even vascularity and pigmentation, for an overall more youthful appearance.”

Artisan Plastic Surgery, 3824 Northern Pike, Suite 100 | Monroeville, PA 15146 412.856-736 877.245.6467.

Holistic Harmony

Spa Harmony, located in the Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center of Washington Health System, offers a well-rounded, holistic approach to wellness. The health spa’s offerings range from organic skin care and essential oil products, to reflexology and reiki massage treatments. Brenda Young, CSS and spa business manager, shared with us that the Eminence Organic Skin Care line carried at the spa “is the most unique and effective line of natural skin care products on the market today,” she says. “Eminence products smell and look great, but they also are extremely effective in treating several skin concerns such as aging, sun damage, wrinkling, loss of vitality, acne, and rosacea. These products will heal the skin and will return a real healthy glow to tired, dull skin.” Results are achieved through high concentrations of vitamins and potent healing properties derived from fruits, vegetables and herbs. Other popular holistic offerings include doTERRA pure grade therapeutic essential oils, as well as acupuncture treatments. Says Young, “Acupuncture benefits the improvement of physical health conditions as well as affective disorders and instills a feeling of increased mental clarity.” Now, that’s a beautiful thing.

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Photos from Diane Heins.

Spa Harmony, 240 Wellness Way, Washington. 725.250.5238.

Love Your Locks

If a thicker, longer head of hair is what you desire, consult with the experts at Studio Booth Salon and Spa, which offers Great Lengths Hair Extensions applications. Studio Booth hairstylist and certified Great Lengths technician Stephanie Loveland, says, “Volume services can be applied in spot treatments for an overall lift, with application times ranging from 30 minutes to two hours.” Lengthening services add up to four times as much hair, and can be applied to achieve highlights or lowlights without dye. The 100-percent natural human hair extensions are bonded to the individual’s hair through a “modulating” process, achieved with a thermal keratin bond, which, when applied and cared for properly, “causes no damage to the hair,” says Loveland, who is joined by fellow technicians Diane Peluso and Izear Winfrey. Extensions last between four to six months.

Studio Booth, 6463 Penn Ave., East Liberty. 412.362.6684.

Beautiful Biology

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Photo from Kelsey Kradel Photography.

“Una Biologicals is all about beauty, inside and out. We create options and offer education for people to experience organic beauty and wellness,” says Jessica Graves, owner of the locally produced beauty products company. All of Una’s offerings, including teas, herbal healing salves, and body lotions, are completely natural and primarily organic. One of Graves’ favorite options is the Luxe Face Cream. “This lovely lotion includes organic virgin coconut, apricot, and almond oils; avocado oil; rose oil; and organic rose hip seed oil, [which works] as an elasticity aid,” says Graves, who encourages its use with both men and women, most especially as an effective eye or aftershave cream. The light cream which reduces redness, is absorbed quickly, leaving skin soft and youthful without greasiness or clogged pores, and is suitable for day or night. Stay tuned for new products from Una Biologicals, including headache relief tea, menopause helper, aftershave, and intensive eye serum.

Una Biologicals,

Musical Makeup

CHANEL’s Notes De Printemps 2014 Spring Makeup Collection has us happily humming as we transition into a fresh, upbeat spring. Inspired by light, this sunny collection offers an array of brightening products, including two shades of Le Vernis Nail Colour, complete with a strengthening, moisturizing, high-shine formula; innovative, versatile eyeshadows; and a variety of lip options, including Rouge Allure Velvet, non-drying lipstick with a velvet matte finish, and Lèvres Scintillantes glosses, shimmering with a high-shine glow. The collection is filled with joyful shades of poppy reds, pastel pinks, golden browns, creamy oranges, and vivid purples that range from soft, natural, and matte, to sparkling, rich, and shimmering finishes. CHANEL Makeup is available at Macy’s and Nordstrom stores.

healthy cosmetics and skin care

Photo from CHANEL.


Healing Touch

National Spa Week takes place April 21-27, and the Pittsburgh Center for Complementary Health and Healing will be offering some special deals! Three services — the 60 Minute Customized Aromatherapy Massage, the 60 Minute Foot Reflexology with Peppermint Foot Treatment, and the 60 Minute Cellular Expansion & Healing Treatment — will be discounted to $50 for the week. With this promotion, owner Nikki Remic hopes “to offer affordable access to spa offerings and to increase awareness of the importance of health and wellness.” There are some other seriously great treatments on the menu aimed at cultivating beauty from the inside out, including the Steamy Wonder Detox Wrapless Wrap, a treatment that helps the body to rid itself of toxins and chemicals, promoting a boosted immune system and increase of wellbeing; and the Cellular Expansion and Healing, a form of hands-on energy medicine that works with the body-mind connection at a cellular level.

Pittsburgh Center for Complementary Health and Healing, 1124 S. Braddock Ave., Suite B, Regent Square. 412.242.4220.

Shu In

New to Sognatore Salon is Shu Uemura’s Ultimate Remedy collection, offering extreme restoration for damaged hair. A lotus flower infusion works with ceramide to tame frizz, add shine, and seal ends for a soft, flexible finish. Best of all, shinier, healthier results are noticeable immediately. “The Ultimate Remedy line is fantastic! It’s been flying off the shelves!” says Sognatore’s Zoe Lincoln. Prices for the shampoo, conditioner, hair mask, and serum range from $38-$68.

Sognatore Salon, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite 1017. Downtown. 412.391.1181.

Color Lovers

Go bold this spring! La Pomponnée Salon and Spa owner Kristen Peckich is excited for the arrival of a new, bright and beautiful line of cosmetics from Aveda. The Culture Clash collection features a palette “inspired by the colors and textures of different cultures around the world, fused together to represent global beauty. Vivid pink, earthy bronze, bright aquamarine, and quiet sea foam.” Perfect pairings include smoky eyes and a soft neutral lip, or pastel eyes and a bright dramatic lip. “Aveda also offers flexibility with its amazing product, Color Options. It’s a liquid that you add to powder eye shadows to make them cream shadows and intensify the colors. Any shadow can become an exciting liquid liner.” Love the sounds of these shades, but not sure where to begin? La Pomponnée stylists offer free, five-minute makeover consultations.

La Pomponnée Salon & Spa, 659 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. 412.563.3990. | 4137 Washington Road, McMurray. 724.941.8226. |

Ask the Dermatologist

As spring arrives, Pittsburgh residents are sure to flock outdoors for fun in the sun. While the sunshine feels wonderful, ultraviolet exposure from the sun is the biggest risk factor for the development of skin cancer, says Dr. Marion Vujevich of VuCare Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center. Skin cancer, he says, affects one out of four individuals during our lifetimes. In addition, the sun’s ultraviolet rays contribute to skin aging, wrinkles, sun spots, and sagging. To protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun, Dr. Vujevich offers a few precautions: “The sun’s rays cause the most damage to skin cells between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If active outside during these hours, wear a four-inch wide brimmed hat, sun-protective clothing, and sunglasses. In addition, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a broad-spectrum sunscreen (provides UVA and UVB protection) with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. You should apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to and 20 minutes after going outside. Remember to re-apply every two to three hours while remaining outdoors, especially after swimming or exercise.” Dr. Vujevich’s Vu Skin System skincare products help protect against the harmful effects of the sun on a daily basis as well. He formulated his Hydrating Facial Lotion with SPF 30 to offer hypoallergenic, broad-based protection. Men should apply to the face after shaving, and women should apply prior to the application of makeup. In addition to skin cancer protection, the Vu Skin System provides anti-aging and repair mechanisms to sun-damaged skin. The Anti-Aging Serum is formulated with polypeptides and retinol to firm facial skin, and the Bright Eyes Eye Serum helps tighten eyelid skin to create a more youthful look. Finally, the antioxidant-rich Revitalizing Balm and hyaluronic acid-containing Replenishing Night Cream are formulated to help reduce fine lines and refreshen skin.

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Photo from Vu Skin System.

VuCare Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center, 100 N. Wren Drive, Scott Township. 412.429.2570.

Ultimate Elixir

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Photo by Michael Fornataro.

The hottest new product at Jeffrey Smith Studio is Elixir Ultime Crème Fine by Kérastase,  a beautifying oil-in-cream, suitable for all hair types. Kérastase describes it as “rich as an oil” but “light as a cream,” making for the ultimate in nourishment. There are powerful benefits to the leave-in cream, best applied to damp hair, as it works to hydrate and repair hair, and provides natural shine and UV protection. Enriched with white flower oil, the floral-scented product absorbs instantly thanks to its lightweight texture.

Jeffrey Smith Studio, 3801 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.683.8153.

Freshen Up

In search of a more relaxed body and refreshed state of mind? Alicia Nath, owner of Stonewater Salon & Spa, shares her advice for focusing on wellness: “Making time to get away from the hectic work schedule is crucial for wellness and health. Studies show that relaxation greatly improves stress levels and wellness. And, you can look and feel good while doing it with Aveda’s product lines for hair and skin care, while being mindful of our environment as well.” In other words, when you feel good, you look good, too!

Stonewater Salon & Spa, 5326 Clairton Blvd., South Hills. 412.882.2000.

Ready for Spring

Looking to restore youthful skin and get glowing again? Schedule a Firming Facial and Body Wrap Combo Treatment at Spa Jema. “Our anti-aging Firm Skin Facial with hyaluronic acid will plump fine lines and wrinkles, while antioxidants and vitamins from açai berry, blueberry, and raspberry will nourish and hydrate your complexion,” says spa owner Jennifer Blodgett. Next up, is a French Seaweed Wrap which “will detox from the inside out, while toning and tightening those problem areas, making you swimsuit ready! It’s the perfect combination to bounce back from this wicked winter.”

healthy cosmetics and skin care

Photo by Cayla Zahoran.

Spa Jema, 117 1st Ave., Downtown. 412.281.3336.

Quench Your Thirst

healthy cosmetics and skin care

Photo from Posh Salon.

Has winter left you with dry, lusterless locks? Lisa Campbell, owner of Posh Salon, is excited to introduce Kérastase’s reformulated Nutritive Line for dry and sensitized hair. “Your hair will feel like silk!” she says. Part of the Nutritive Line is a new product called Immersion Nutritive, used before shampooing to hydrate hair and replenish nutrition. “It is by far my favorite product. I’m obsessed with it,” she says. It’s infused with Iris Jelly Complexe, which has exceptional nourishing power, protects hair from oxidation, and replenishes moisture on the surface. “Do it at home whenever your hair is thirsty and needs to be quenched!” says Campbell.

Posh Beauty Salon, 1725 Washington Road, Upper St. Clair. 412.833.6636.

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