There has been a lot of talk about telomeres and their effect on aging and health. You can even send your saliva to online companies and have your telomere length checked to determine what biological age your body is. So, what is a telomere? They are protein structures found at both ends of each chromosome which protect our genome from degradation. The longer the telomeric cap, the more youthful the cell. As a normal cellular process, a small portion of telomeric DNA is lost with each cell division. When telomere length reaches a critical limit, the cell begins to atrophy. Telomere length therefore serves as a biological clock in determining the lifespan of a cell and an organism. There are numerous studies being conducted on the causes of telomere damage; how it is incurred and what prevents it.

It is believed that aging and related diseases occurs when telomere caps begin to shorten The rate of aging is measured by the condition and length of our telomeres. It is also being studied whether this shortening may also be the cause of many health problems, including coronary heart disease diabetes and increased risk of cancer. As is usually the case, lifestyle and environment are explored to determine their impact on telomere length and its’ effects on health and aging.


A study conducted in white blood cells of women smoking at least one pack per day concluded that on an average, women who smoked at this rate over a 40 year span lost 7.4 years of life. In summary, smoking increases oxidative stress, expedites telomere shortening and may increase the pace og the aging process. There seemed to be no difference between men or women when engaging in same amount of cigarette smoking.


Obesity is also associated with increased oxidative stress and DNA damage. Waist circumference and BMI seems to directly correlate to oxidative stress and cellular damage independent of age. This DNA damage appears to expedite telomere shortening, thus opening the door to aging and physical dysfunction. On average, both men and women shortened their lifespan by 8.8 years which is greater than from smoking.


Studies indicate that people who work in professions that expose them to chemical toxins had shorter telomeres as did traffic police officers who were exposed to higher amounts of carbon exhaust. These people seemed to have higher rates of lung cancer than people working office jobs or any job where they were not exposed to any type of toxic materials.


Stress and the glucocorticoid hormones it releases from the adrenal gland has been shown to cause oxidative damage to DNA and accelerate telomere shortening. Women under long term. highly stressful life situations incurred increased oxidative pressure and shorter telomeres than women not exposed to high stress situations. The difference in telomere length in these two groups was equivalent to 10 years of life. The affected group was much more at risk for the early onset of age-related health problems thus affecting health and longevity.


Some recent studies indicate that a diet rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids is associated with reduced rate of telomere shortening, whereas a lack of these antioxidants correlates with increased rate of telomere attrition or shortening. Similarly, women who lacked these antioxidants in their diets over a 5 year period had shorter telomeres and a moderate risk for development of breast cancer. Women with diets high in vitamin E, C and beta-carotene appeared to have longer telomere length and less occurrences of breast cancer. Antioxidants can potentially protect telomeric DNA from oxidative damage caused by by extrinsic and intrinsic damaging agents.


Exercise can reduce harmful fat and help mobilize waste products for faster elimination, leading to reduced oxidative stress and increased protection of DNA and telomeres. It increases telomerase, the enzyme produced by the telomere and this enzyme reduces the rate of aging and age-related diseases.


Longer telomere length is critical to health and longevity. Smoking, pollution, a lack of physical activity, obesity, unhealthy eating and stress can cause oxidative damage to our DNA and incur age-related diseases. Eating foods rich in antioxidants, healthy protein and exercise can greatly contribute to longer telomere length and a longer and healthier life.

Youthfully yours,


If eyes are the mirror to the soul then brows are the frame! Brows can enhance or diminish not only the eyes but the entire face. They create a persona and often, we are perceived as a certain character type based on the expression created by our brows. The trend toward thicker brows has exploded and so has the trend toward microblading which I talked about in an earlier blog. However, not everyone wants to or can commit to a permanent procedure like microblading(tattooing). It’s expensive and a lifetime commitment. Though it requires a bit of effort, beautiful brows can be created with a good pencil or an eyeshadow or both! I personally like to use a pencil for my brows but depending on the brow, eyeshadow can be very effective. I chose this tutorial video because it’s quick, simple and uses a pencil.

Check it out and with a little practice you can create a more beautiful YOU!


So it’s summer and you’re sitting in the car for that long anticipated cross-country family road trip!
Maybe you’re on the beach drinking a cold beer, or hiking in the mountains and finally settling down for the night! Maybe you’re just sitting at home, bored out of your mind. What would make any of these scenarios just a little more enjoyable? How about that guilty little pleasure that no one likes to talk about but you know that you are not alone and all over the world others are doing it too! Well, it’s time to come out of the closet! Pull out your phone or tablet hunker down in a comfortable, quiet, private spot and enjoy that forbidden pleasure, you know the one, PIMPLE PORN VIDEOS!!!

Whaaat??? Yes, pimple porn! You know, those great videos where you watch people popping disgusting yet strangely satisfying pimples, blackheads and cysts from every part of the body! There are thousands of them, ranging from home videos to professional medical step by step videos. My favorite are the Dr. Pimple Popping videos. Dermatologist Sandra Lee has a host of videos on YouTube ranging from simple blackhead removal to Lipoma removal and various surgical procedures. She is not only great in her technique and professionalism but she is a girl who loves her work! So I’d like to give a shout out to Dr. Pimple Popper by linking you to 3 videos I have found extremely entertaining. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show!

Youthfully yours,

JACKI: Hi, Welcome to Spa Virgin Presents Tips and Tricks for a Better You. I’m Jacki Etheveste the owner of Golden Youth Spa and Pilates. And I want to ask you this question: Are you one of the million Americans that suffer chronic neck pain and stiffness? I know I am. Especially being an Esthetician with the work I do and my head being an a downward position all day. Sometimes at the end of the day my neck is just killing me and it’s so stiff. W hat are going to do? If you are like most people  we’re so busy we can’t get to a massage therapist when we need to or the massage therapist is so busy they can’t get us in when we need to be in. So a lot of us start taking everyday pain relievers which really is not a good habit to get in to. So what are we going to do?

Well I have an answer for you. Today I’d like to introduce you to Erica Ueberroth who is a certified massage therapist and she’s a member of our family here at Golden Youth Spa and Pilates. She has an awesome tip on how to relieve neck pain and stiffness. And it’s something you can on yourself and at home. So if you are tired of having that sore still neck let’s go check on Erica and let’s see what she has up her sleeve. I know I want to know.

ERICA: Hi, I’m Erica Ueberroth and I’d like to share a little tip or trick about neck pain. It’s one of the most frequently complained about areas on the body when clients come in to see me. I’d like to share a little stretch and a massage technique that you’ll be to do at home on the side of your neck. On the sternocleidomastoid and the trapezius muscle.

For the stretch, you’ll cross your arms. Then look up and to the side. Take a deep breath and hold the stretch. Count to roughly ten and then you repeat on the other side.

For the massage, if you have a wide tooth comb or the back brush at home you would use the back side to massage along the side of your neck. You just need some lotion. Rub that on the side of your neck. Then you use, again, the back side of the brush or comb. You can apply moderate to pretty tense pressure on the muscle. You can do long strokes or slightly shorter strokes. You can also pause on the tight knot that you feel in your muscle. Give yourself a good 30 seconds or so of some of that back and forth massage and then repeat on the other side.

CAMERA MAN: Jacki. Uh, Jacki, we’re back.

JACKI: Uh?  What? Or I’m sorry. Oh, my gosh. That felt so amazing. That is such a great tip. It’s a tip that you can use at work. You don’t even have to wait to go home. You can do it anytime your neck starts to feel stiff or sore. And it requires really almost virtually nothing. You can do it with a comb, brush, and handle of any kind. I hope this tip will help you as much as I know it will help me and bring you a little relief from those sore stiff necks. Thanks again to Erica Ueberroth for that awesome tip. I hope this help you in future days. And I want to thank you for joining us today as Spa Virgin Presents Tips and Tricks for a Better You.

Eternal Youth…Humans have been in search of it since the time Adam and Eve were kicked out of the Garden of Eden and lost it! Until now the only ageless beings have been mythical gods and goddesses and the dreaded vampire! The vampire or the “undead” drink other people’s blood to remain alive and in the process maintain youth and beauty. Well, good news…anyone can look younger without drinking blood and the only blood involved is your own! The Vampire Facelift® restores shape, improves tone and texture to the skin as well as literally rejuvenating new and younger tissue!

The Vampire Facelift® Procedure

The creator(maker?) of this procedure is Charles Runel MD. He describes the procedure as follows: First, the physician uses Hyaluronic Acid fillers to create a beautiful and natural shape. Then the physician isolates growth factors from the patient’s blood. When these growth factors enter the face (injected) multi-potent stem cells become activated to grow new tissue. The new tissue includes new collagen, new fatty tissue for smoothness and new blood vessels for a healthy glow.

The use of fillers (Juvederm or Restylane) fills out the facial contours giving it a more youthful appearance. The next step, which extracts approximately 2 teaspoons of blood is centrifuged thus isolating platelets or plasma from the blood. This takes somewhere around 10-15 minutes and is done in the office. Those platelets are then activated to release at least 8 growth factors that would normally be used to heal injured tissue. These growth factors increase collagen and new blood flow. To rejuvenate new skin, these growth factors must be put back into your face.

The face is first numbed and a small needle is used to inject the patient’s own growth factors back into the face.These growth factors activate multi potent stem cells already in the skin “tricking them” into thinking there’s been an injury thus causing new younger tissue to be generated.

The multi potent stem cells develop into new collagen, new blood vessels and new fatty tissue trying to “repair” the skin that was never injured! The result is younger appearing skin! The effects of the procedure continue to improve for 2-3 months and can last up to 2 years!

This procedure is not effective in everyone. Check with a qualified plastic surgeon to determine if you are a good candidate.

Youthfully yours,

Jacki Etcheveste


Looking for that perfect brow? No doubt about it, whether you like them arched and feathered or straight and bold, eyebrows are our most important facial feature. There are so many ways to improve and polish the look of our brows. We can apply powder, gel or pencil them in. They all work well but you do make a commitment to time each day as you apply your masterful stroke to creating that “perfect brow”. Many women have opted for classic tattoing which is also a viable option but mistakes are more noticeable and they do have a less than natural look.

Ladies, do not despair, for their now exists a more natural appearing option that delivers semipermanent results. What is this new “magic” you might ask? It’s called microblading and is available in a town near you! Though microblading is tattoing, it provides a “smoke and mirrors” effect by using strokes that look like real hairs. Microblading is perfect for those who want to reconstruct or definr their brows. It’s most effective at filling in gaps or over tweezed brows. Need a bit of an arch? Microblading is perfect for you.

Microblading differs from tattooing in that a special pen is used to draw individual strokes one by one. It is a meticulous process and requires around two hours to complete. First, your brows are created with a regular brow pencil which allows the technician to create along with you, the best possible brow shape for your face. Before starting the procedure, a numbing cream is applied to the area. There still may be a bit of discomfort but it is mild.

The best part is, NO DOWN TIME! It is recommended in a month’s time to do a follow up treatment to assure your brows are perfect. No special care is required and the color lasts up to three years. The cost varies depending on the area you live in between $500-$800. Though a bit pricy, most women agree that waking up with perfect brows every morning is well worth the cost.

I’ve included a video of an actual microblading procedure so you can view the various aspects and final result of the procedure. Hopefully it will answer any questions you have. If you still have questions or perhaps you’ve had the procedure and want to share, I’d love to hear from you.

Youthfully yours,
Jacki Etcheveste