How do I treat sun damage that is already showing on my skin?

submitted by Brittany Bray, B.A., LMA, Licensed Aesthetician, Aesthetics Director, The Spa at Lifestyle

Sun damage is one of the more easy conditions to treat. It can be lifted to the surface with either a laser or a chemical agent. If you have clearly defined, flat, dark spots on the skin and your skin is significantly lighter than the spots, you’re most likely a candidate for an Alexandrite Laser – Pigmented Lesion Removal Treatment. This laser loves melanin – so the darker the spot the better. Some spots can disappear immediately. If the spots are somewhat lighter, it may take a few treatments to lift the spots safely to the surface. You’ll have only a little downtime, but nothing significant.

Now, if your spots are more like freckles and appear all over, like a mask, you’re probably a better candidate for chemical peels or a fractional laser.

Chemical peels will address pigmented areas by lifting the damaged cells to the surface. It’s crucial to be using your retinols, lightening ingredients and antioxidants at home, and to stay committed to an every 2-4 week program, for at least six months. An ideal combination chemical peel for sun-damaged skin is a blend of Kojic and Lactic acids, both of which are designed to exfoliate and lighten skin. You won’t shed much skin, but that’s not necessarily the goal.

If you’re looking for a more expedited treatment, the Clear + Brilliant Perméa Laser is the latest technology. This is a fractional laser for rejuvenation and pigmentation. The Clear + Brilliant Perméa is designed to address early signs of aging, melasma and sun damage. It is optimized to bring you a brighter, more even skin tone and enhances your skins permeability. Results are desirable and there is a minimal downtime period.


Massage Envy Spa offers customized massages and facials for an enhanced quality of life


by June Portnoy 

Many people believe that receiving a massage is a luxury reserved for the elite or only indulged in during vacations. The truth is that enjoying a routine massage is a relaxing experience that will improve one’s health and wellness. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune!

“Receiving a massage can enhance your quality of life by offering benefits such as reducing stress, promoting better sleep, and decreasing the frequency of headaches,” says Scott Loev, co-owner of Massage Envy Spa in Langhorne.

“A massage is also a proven method to alleviate pain caused by injuries and arthritis.”

Massage Envy Spas’ certified massage therapists customize your massage, using a combination of techniques depending upon your individual needs.

They provide all types of massages, such as Swedish, deep tissue, sports, hot stone, prenatal, and geriatric. They can also perform more therapeutic techniques such as trigger point therapy, cranial sacral therapy and reflexology.

The entire experience for each guest is designed to provide comfort and eliminate stress. A tranquility room, lit with candles and a fireplace, is set with luxurious quiet seating and offers infused waters and teas.

For your massage, you’ll be escorted to one of 13 peaceful rooms.  Each area of the spa is softly lit with soothing instrumental music playing in the background.

The massage tables are state of the art. They are heated and hydraulically raise or lower, allowing the therapist to easily apply the best massage techniques.

A couple’s massage is also very popular. There is a specially designed room where you and your significant other can receive the benefits of a massage together.

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Understanding the basics of home skin care

submitted by Brittany Bray, B.A., LMA, Licensed Aesthetician, Aesthetics Director, The Spa at Lifestyle

When you’re ready to begin a new skin care regimen or if you’re graduating to a more advanced one, it’s important to understand the basics of home skin care. These tips can be implemented in your routine to achieve healthy skin.

To begin, cleansing is the most essential step since it prepares the skin for products to follow. Let the cleanser do its job without being aggressive. Skin has a pH of 4.5 -5.5. and cleansing with a product outside that range can lead to issues such as dehydration and irritation. Many OTC (over the counter) products are outside this range. Allow an expert to choose what’s best for you. *TIP: Sometimes a cleanser can be used as a mask.  If it’s professional, leave it on a few minutes for a treatment.

Another important step is exfoliation. OTC scrubs or acids can traumatize the skin, so be sure to invest in professional ones. You cannot “open or close pores” but your exfoliator will help to “decongest” them. Exfoliation can give you an immediate result but don’t overdo it. *TIP: If you have breakouts, do not scrub since it can aggravate an area that is already inflamed. You may be better off with chemical exfoliation.

Serums are the key to affecting change in your skin. Don’t skip or bargain with this step. Antioxidant serums protect skin from environmental hazards and can repair damage and are a good starting place if you’ve never used them. Another beneficial serum to incorporate is a lightening one. These are good for sun damage and uneven tone. Retinol based serums are wonderful but OTC formulations may be unstable and can cause irritation. *TIP: Retinols are not all created equal. Apply professional retinol at night and vitamin C during the day. This combination is a great start to achieving beautiful skin.


Laser hair removal the latest weapon in centuries-old battle

submitted by Brittany Bray, B.A, LMA, Aesthetics Director, Licensed Medical Aesthetician at The Spa at Lifestyle

For cosmetic and medical reasons, hair removal methods have been around for hundreds of years. While uncommon ways of removing hair have come and gone, the conventional ways have stuck around. The popular methods include shaving, waxing, tweezing, threading, and depilatory creams.

For some, these routines can be tedious and expensive over time and not all of these practices are desirable for those with coarse hair. Individuals who struggle with coarse hair can agree that these methods may not only be a nuisance, but irritating and painful. And none of them make an impact on the hair growth forever. This is when laser hair removal becomes ideal.

Laser hair removal can be a rewarding treatment for anyone who has excess hair growth. The technology has advanced to where lighter hair can also be treated, rather than just dark, coarse hair. Additionally, darker skin types can now safely be treated as well.

There are a few things to know before receiving laser hair removal. Having a detailed consultation is crucial, and it is important to know that medications, sun exposure, pain tolerance and expectations are necessary topics to discuss. 

Laser hair removal is not a one-treatment-process. It can take between six months to a year to treat the growth and sometimes more if there is a hormonal imbalance. Also, you may see hair growth just a few days after your first treatment. It is not permanent hair removal, but rather permanent hair reduction. Typically 95% of growth is reduced if compliancy is maintained and treatments are performed every four to six weeks, for at least six treatments.

This treatment can have an extremely beneficial impact on one’s self-esteem and seeing the progress is incredible. It also helps to have a compassionate technician by your side along the way.

The days of shaving, waxing and tweezing may be far behind you, so interview several places, make sure you feel comfortable and safe, and don’t be afraid to ask questions!


Puritie Spa: Treating the whole person, inside and out


by June Portnoy

New Hope’s Puritie Spa focuses on keeping its clients looking and feeling their best, offering services such as massages, facials, waxing, and workshops on wellness. The goal of Puritie Spa is to address the emotional and spiritual needs right along with the appearance of its valued patrons.

Owner Joyce D’Angelo had a vision of this holistic approach in mind when she recently renovated the spa’s interior to create an even more relaxing, serene environment.

Puritie’s certified massage therapists offer a variety of massage options, including the Ascension Massage, a client favorite that focuses on the neck and shoulders and includes deep tissue and Swedish movements, acupressure and reflexology with hot river stones

Muscle Release Therapy massage is ideal for chronic pain, helping to release tight muscles and increase circulation. In addition, the spa also offers Swedish, therapeutic/deep tissue, hot stone and prenatal massages.

Joyce has also added Reiki, an ancient Chinese spiritual practice that reestablishes the flow of energy throughout the body to help balance one’s Chi.

Puritie Spa offers an array of facials including oxygenation facials, microdermabrasion, triple oxygen facials, deep pore cleansing facials, European facials, oxygen blast facials, as well as a men’s facial, back facial and gel peel.

Renata Rosiak, who formerly worked for the famed Bliss Spa in Manhattan, continues her esteemed career at Puritie Spa by using the same techniques she used at Bliss for all of the services she currently offers. She uses hard wax to minimize redness and protect even the most sensitive skin.

Puritie Spa is excited to introduce its new boutique, offering jewelry, candles, skin care products, cosmetics and other accessories. The boutique’s inventory will continue to expand on a regular basis.

Puritie carries two coveted skin care lines that offer a true at-home spa experience and prolong the effects of the in-spa treatments. France-based Decleor is recognized worldwide as a luxurious, comprehensive, highly effective range of aromatherapy face and body treatments. SkinCeuticals offers high-performance skin care based on cutting-edge science.

Puritie Spa is just launching its expert-led wellness workshops. Look for interactive seminars on skin care, holistic and natural health, yoga, and much more. Keep an eye out for their upcoming Passion and Purpose workshop where participants reconnect with their core values and explore living within their passion.

Yet another new feature at Puritie Spa is its forthcoming Ladies’ Spa Night events, a time for friends to gather at the spa to enjoy an evening of pampering while relaxing and catching up.

“We want our clients to take time out of their busy schedules to make time for themselves,” says Joyce, who has lived in New Hope for most of her life.

As a result, she looks at the spa as a gateway to the community.

“I encourage feedback and suggestions from my clients and strive to accommodate their requests,” says Joyce. “It’s important to me that I am engaged in this community by giving back.”        

From now through May 30th, Puritie Spa is offering a Grand Opening Special of 25% off of all services. Puritie also offers gift cards, a wonderful gift idea, and will soon be offering various packages at special pricing.

For additional information about Puritie Spa, located at 6610 Lower York Road, call 215-862-2456 or visit them at or on Facebook.

PHOTO CAP: Pictured is the friendly staff at Puritie Spa, from left, Diane Jacob, Anita Kotter, Joyce D’Angelo, Renata Rosiak, and Jennifer Moscone.  


Lakernick Health & Wellness: Helping you feel and look good

by June Portnoy

Dr. Stuart Lakernick knows better than anyone how chiropractic care can significantly improve your health, and ultimately, your quality of life.

When he was a teenager he was plagued with severe migraines for years that no physician could cure and no medicine could relieve.  Doctors thought he had a brain tumor until his father took him to a chiropractor who adjusted his spine. 

“I felt like someone had taken a monkey off my neck,” says Dr. Stu, who has not had a migraine since then.

That experience inspired Dr. Stu to become a chiropractor. He graduated with his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 1991, and then earned a secondary degree in neurology from Logan Chiropractic College in St. Louis.

Today, he is considered a nationally acclaimed chiropractor that has helped thousands of patients since being in practice for 22 years. Dr. Stu’s secondary degree in neurology has given him the unique ability to evaluate his patients’ neurology, in addition to the orthopedics of their joints.

He specializes in sports injuries, treating many high school and professional athletes, as well as MMA (mixed martial arts) boxers. His other patients vary from those with headaches, chronic pain and work injuries to auto accident victims.

Local physicians routinely refer their patients to Dr. Stu because he has earned their trust over the years. Likewise, he refers his patients to the appropriate specialists when necessary.

“I consider myself part of your medical team, and if I can’t offer you the help you need, I will find the right doctor who can,” says Dr. Stu.

For many people he can help, Dr. Stu has a very high success rate.

“We treat you like family here, and offer a welcoming atmosphere where you will feel comfortable,” says Dr. Stu. “The most important person is the person I’m working with at that moment.”

In addition to chiropractic care, Lakernick Health & Wellness offers other modalities to help you feel better. Acupuncture therapy, ideal for treating chronic pain, is available. An on-staff acupuncturist specializes in acupuncture for chronic pain.

In addition, massage therapy is provided by four of the leading therapists in the region who are all licensed by the PA Board of Massage. Vanity services are also available at Lakernick.

“Once you feel better, you’ll want to look better,” says Dr. Stu.

Therefore, Lakernick offers several cosmetic laser services. Its laser hair removal is a proven method to permanently reduce unwanted facial and body hair.

The YAG laser treatment can quickly and safely eliminate unsightly leg veins, spider veins and broken capillaries.

Its Laser Genesis, and IPL photo-rejuvenation is a painless procedure and can provide you with a more youthful appearance.

Lakernick Health & Wellness is currently offering several specials. Stop hurting and start healing with a free spinal screening.

An Ion Cleanse Detox Package for only $100, or $25 for a 30-minute session, is also currently available. Plus, get four laser sessions, in any area, for just $199. You can also receive a 15-minute session vein treatment for $99, a $150 value.

Skin Rejuvenation with the Laser Genesis on your face and chest will cost you only $149, normally $399. And an IPL Photofacial on your face, neck and chest currently costs $149, normally $399.

You can also receive 50% off of any laser skin-tightening package.

Schedule your free consultation today by calling 215-355-8336. Also visit for more information about services, specials and coupons.

Lakernick Health & Wellness is located at 639 E. Myrtle Avenue, in Feasterville.

PHOTO CAP: Dr. Lakernick with laser technicians Jenna and Rose of Lakernick Health and Wellness