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


Welcome to Spa Virgin presents: Tips and Tricks for a Better You.

I’m Jacki Etcheveste. I like to give you a tip today on safe at home pimple popping. So you have this major ginormous pimple on your chin. You always want to get rid of these things because they never heal unless we extract them. We want to do it in a safe manner where we don’t aggravate it worse, cause it to spread, or worse cause scarring or demarcation in the skin.

The things you are going to need to do this:

  • Alcohol,
  • Cotton pad,
  • Q-tips
  • Extractor
    Which you can purchase at any drugstore with one side which is used for pimples the other side for blackheads that is actually the most effective way. If you don’t have an extractor then your fingers or Q-tips are the next best bet.
  • Needle
    A nice thin needle. A sewing needle or safety pin that you can use to actually lance the pimple.

The first thing you are going to do is take your alcohol and your cotton pad and sterilize your needle and that is really the most important thing. And also while you are at it you want to take your extractor and make sure it is sterilized as well if you have one of those. And sterilize both ends because you don’t know what end you are going to use probably when you start.

Having done that. You are going to get the pimple. And you never want to pierce on the top of it. Always from the side. So you’re going to take it and pierce from one side and then pierce exactly on the opposite side to create a release valve so that pressure from the infection that’s underneath can come up to the surface. So having done that you are going to put your needle back on your pad with the alcohol. Take your Q-tips and can around the pimple and start squeezing from the different sides. Pushing and pulling in different directions.

If you are not having luck with that you can use your fingers, but make sure before you use your fingers that you actually wipe your fingers with the alcohol as well. And never use your fingernails because there is always bacteria under your fingernails you can never get rid of not to mention they’re sharp and you can risk cutting yourself. But if you do use your fingers…again, the same thing, pushing in the different directions causing the infection to come up to the surface and to come out. Now if that is not working get your needle and go in the other directions that you didn’t pierce. Maybe from the top and then the bottom whatever two sides you didn’t pierce there and go back to using your Q-Tips pressing or your fingers.

Now those of you have an extractor. If it is a large pustular pimple. You can take this put it on the center of it and press down and it will cause it to pop up especially with various holes that you made to release that. Or if it is a smaller one press down and make sure everything comes out. Blood should finally come out. When the blood comes out and there is no more oil or dirt or infection that comes out of it. You have it. Take your cotton pad get some more alcohol on it. Blot it, don’t wipe it. Just blot it. Apply pressure if you are really bleeding. Once if you’ve done that get some Tea Tree oil…it really is the best thing. Put a few drops into your palm. Pat it on to the pimple and let it coagulate and form a scab. Let it heal and leave it alone.

That is something that most definitely should be done at home. This is at home pimple popping. I’m Jackie Etcheveste and this is my tip for you.

Aging is inevitable but looking older is optional. Aging is caused by a variety of factors such as stress, fatigue, poor nutrition, abuse of drugs and alcohol, over exposure to sun and a sedentary lifestyle. When we’re young our skin is plumped and filled with unlimited collagen but over time the above mentioned factors start to break down the collagen and cause sagging, spots and wrinkles! Those people blessed with good skin genes may fare a bit better but even genes can’t save you from aging, at best it can only slow it down. So what do we do? We flip the finger in Mother Nature’s face and with the use of some great product and lifestyle tweaks you can change your skin’s destiny!

Tip One: Create New Genes

Well, you can’t create genes but you can mimic them by using products that firm and tighten your skin and stimulate cell renewal. Growth factors, peptides, retinol,and marine based ingredients help revitalize and strengthen the skin and give it a more youthful appearance. I personally love Is Clinical’s Youth Serum and Phytomer’s Structuriste. You will see a difference after one application and the benefits are cumulative over time. Always wash you face morning and night and apply good product to your skin twice a day. Never wear makeup to bed, it will age and pollute your skin faster than you can say bad genes!

Tip Two: Boost the Immune System

Healthy, youthful skin is a direct by product of a healthy immune system. When we become ill, tired or run down our skin looks unhealthy and creases become more defined and dark circles become more prominent. Our skin takes on a dull, listless look and as a result, we are more prone to viral or bacterial attack since our skin is the first line of defense against these scavengers! Vitamins such as Vitamin C and E as well as Fish, Flax and Borage oils,B12 and DMAE are all good immune builders and also extremely beneficial to the skin. An anti-inflammatory such as niacinamide helps reduce internal inflammation which is a disease causer and a rapid ager! It helps boost energy in all your cells, Likewise, Reservatrol helps heart health and boosts mitochondria activity which keeps our cells working like little youngster cells!

Tip Three: Tend To Your Garden

Our health and longevity as well as outward appearance start from the inside. The science is showing that biological age-the actual rate at which our organs are aging internally and external appearance are in direct correlation with each other.  People who were at a lower risk of cardiovascular disease looked on the average two years younger than their age. On the opposite end, those whose internal organs were aging three times faster also looked older than their peers. Since we can’t moisturize our insides what do we do about keeping them younger? How about no smoking! Water, the Fountain of Youth, drink plenty. Engage in small, moderate doses of exercise to keep the blood flowing, raise metabolic rate up and lower blood pressure. Feed your body healthful foods to energize it and keep cholesterol and diabetes at bay. The better the food the better you look and feel!

Tip Four: Rest and Relax

Getting our eight hours of sleep is not something created by our moms, it’s really true! Our bodies run in cycles and between the hours of 10:00p-2:00a we are at a hyper metabolic state. This is the time that we regenerate new cells, burn excess fat and create the energy we will use the next day. Any product that you apply to your skin will absorb into your body and into your system thus giving you maximum benefits of that product. Wearing makeup is not only bad from a hygiene perspective but also because it also will absorb into your system and pollute every organ in your body, especially the skin! Wash your face and put something healthful on your skin before bed!

Tip Five: When All Else Fails,  MAKEUP

 Sallow skin, droopy lids and sun spots can all be made better with the ultimate smoke and mirrors-makeup. Here’s a few tips on how to maximize the use of your makeup to give you a younger, fresher look.

  1. Skin: Use pressed powder rather than loose which can get into creases and make you look older. Use a big brush and lightly dust and press into skin to take excess shine off skin. It helps to set foundation and give more longevity. 
  2. Brows: As we age our brows become sparse so fill them in with either pencil, shadow or both. Brush them after defining to give a softer, more natural look.
  3.  Lids: Apply shadow only as far as outer corner of eye and brow. Do not over extend since that only drags down the look of the eye. Apply shadow in an upward direction at outer corner to uplift the look of the eye.
  4.  Lashes: Another aging factor is that lashes become thinner and less dense. Use pencil liner at base to define the eye and if lashes are extremely thin, use liquid liner and dot in between lashes to fill in and intensify appearance of the eye.
  5. Cheeks: Dust blush mostly on the apples of your cheeks and fade into cheekbones towards hairline. Our faces become thinner with time and this helps give a plumper look to the face.
  6. Lips: Yes, our waistline gets fuller and our lips get thinner! Use a nude pencil to line your lips no matter what lip color you are using. This will help keep lip color from running and give a fuller, more plump appearance to the mouth.

We should all strive to incorporate those things such as exercise and nutrition into our lives to transform our bodies and create a sustaining youthful vitality and appearance rather than quick fixes which only camouflage and hide flaws for the moment. It may all be smoke and mirrors when it comes to fooling Mother Nature but we can transform our appearance and defy the ravages of time if we work towards a more transformative regimen and engage less in altering procedures which cannot be sustained long term.

Youthfully yours,