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Our Journey To Wellness: Saving Face

We’re aging. It happens to all of us. Luckily, for us men, the cosmetic options that help us look our best aren’t just for women and celebrities these days. There’s been a cultural shift, and more men than ever are slowing the aging process and reducing the signs of stress that compound over the years with treatments involving lasers, needles, and chemicals. It can be a slippery slope, and I believe there’s a fine line between being the best version of yourself and completely changing the appearance of your face. My personal preference is to look my best with the least invasive options available.

As a co-owner of ULAH, a men’s apparel and lifestyle store, I see a lot more men these days who just want to look good and feel good about themselves. More and more of these guys are starting to talk about taking care of their bodies, their hair, their skin, and their overall health — all of which contribute to their overall physical and emotional well-being. In fact, the number of men seeking injections like Botox and Dysport has risen 310 percent since 2000, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. And it doesn’t stop there. A similar trend is happening with other noninvasive procedures like filler and laser treatments. With the convenience of outpatient treatments, greater cultural acceptance, and a reported increased value on youth in the workforce — you can now join the movement without fear of ridicule by your man friends.

I like Botox and Dysport injections (only one molecule of difference between them) because they are simple, non-invasive, and are fairly affordable. I prefer getting a treatment that doesn’t paralyze every facial muscle. You know that look — a frozen face where the only movement comes from the blinking eyes. That means finding the right injector who won’t over-do it and will give you more of a natural look.

Lately, I’ve been going to Bare Med Spa for these treatments. My nurse injector, Shonn, really took the time to analyze my face and my goals and gave me a personalized approach. Every face is different, so each person’s treatment should be unique as well. My visits only take about 10-15 minutes. I get a few needle pricks in my forehead, a few around the eyes, and a couple at the top of my nose – right in between my eyes – where I have frown lines from years of staring at a computer (they call those two lines 11’s).  I tend to notice the changes taking place over the following week or two. By week two and three I look more rested. I’ve been doing these for a while now, so my visits have gone from every 3 months, to every 4-5 months in between. The only side effects I’ve noticed are fewer deep wrinkles, less headaches, people guessing that I’m younger than I am, and a boost in confidence.

If you’d like to hear more details about my experiences with Botox or Dysport (I’ve used both), send me a message or stop by the store. I would also encourage you to talk to any of the experts at Bare Med Spa for a consultation. The procedure is not as scary as you might think, and will give you a noticeably refreshed look without looking like a plastic version of yourself.

Thanks, again, for following us on our “Journey to Wellness”! – Buck Wimberly

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Our Journey to Wellness: Wellness Checks Part 1 – Health Studio KC

Joey and I are not only partners in business, but partners in life as well. We live and work together. Often, we even get stressed, overwhelmed, and develop bad habits together due to our hectic work life as business owners. It can be tough to eat healthy meals, and even tougher to get in our recommended exercise.

That’s a big reason we are on this “Journey to Wellness” – to do our best to get back on track and get our lives back in some resemblance of balance. This starts with developing a baseline from which we can measure progress. And it starts with being honest with ourselves on where we are today, despite how we got here.

We’ve decided to get this baseline analysis from our friend and neighbor, Dr. Damon Heybrock with Health Studio KC in Woodside Village. We’ll follow-up this blog with an honest assessment of our discoveries and a plan to improve. But, we wanted to start by sharing what Dr. Damon has to say about the importance of these wellness checks:


Wellness Checks: Your Health Dashboard 

-Dr. Damon Heybrock, Health Studio KC

Most of us treat our cars better than we do our bodies.  Our cars get routine maintenance and check-ups, we choose the premium gasoline, take them in when they make a strange noise and we pay attention to the indicator lights on the dashboard.  Can you say the same for your health?

We are generally a group of skilled deniers and slow reactors in matters of our health.  Our goal at Health Studio KC is to make it easy for you to place a renewed focus on your health and wellness.  You may ask, “Why should I go to the Dr, I’m not sick?”  Here’s a few decade specific thoughts on why you should establish a relationship with a primary care doc and make a goal to set up a check up today:


Your 20’s:  You’re transitioning from college to your first job.  Exciting freedoms and new opportunities.  There’s a good chance you feel healthy and have a hard time imagining getting sick.  You are likely playing harder than you are working, but there are new pressures and responsibilities.

Nutrition is too often quick, easy and cheap.  Increased stress, poor concentration, increased passions and fluctuating emotions are common.  Creating balance may not yet be a learned skill and the understanding that healthy lifestyle choices today will pay off in the long run is useful to realize.  This is a great time to establish a relationship with a Primary Care Physician you can talk to and trust and begin talking about health goals. You will be way ahead of the curve in your health — and as a result — in life.

Check up indicator dashboard: Weight, Blood Pressure, Emotional/Mental Health, STI prevention, Nutrition, Testicular Cancer, Alcohol Consumption


Your 30’s:  You have increasing responsibility and investment in your relationships and your work.  With that comes more juggling and less time.  Health often starts taking a back seat at the same time it is getting a little more difficult to be at your best.  When do professional athletes typically start eating better and caring for themselves?  In their 30’s.  Time for you to do the same.

Nutrition habits, if not previously addressed, still suffer due to lack of time.  With decreasing metabolism, increasing body fat mass and decreasing body muscle mass this can be a problem.  Decreased sleep can be affecting energy, concentration and testosterone levels as well.  Learning how to turn off work and be present at home also becomes an important skill in jugging of responsibilities.

Check up indicator dashboard: Body composition, Blood pressure, Anxiety/Stress, Cholesterol and Blood Glucose, Testosterone, Work/Life Balance.


Your 40’s:  Wisdom and perspective, a knowledge and confidence in who you are and much less concern for who others want you to be.  That said success comes with responsibility and too often results in too much fatigue and too little time — all work/no play.  Burning and churning now results in things starting to catch up with you — consequences.  If you aren’t on track at this point, now is the time to get into gear — so that you can enjoy the fruits of your labor.

You very much are what you eat and now it is noticeable.  Your waist line predicts your risk for disease and adding cardio is no longer enough to shrink that number.  Sleep can be tougher to come by and how you feel today and how you want to feel tomorrow are going to require some effort.

Check up indicator dashboard: Heart Health, Liver and Kidney health, Family History, Athletic Gains/Recovery/Injury prevention, Sleep, Hormones


Your body has a design — there is a way in which you run most optimally, where the tensions are in balance and you feel well.  How to achieve and maintain this?  Well, the broad strokes are simple — eat well, move, get some sleep, hydrate.  But life has a way of complicating things and as Charles Eames noted, “The details are not the details.  They make the design.”  Health Studio KC is here to help with the details — from conversation to plan to execution — enabling you to be a responsible participant in your health.  We understand that health is not one size fits all and that each of us are a melodious medley of our past, our family, our work, our passions, our responsibilities and our choices, our present realities and our future hopes.  What does health mean for you now and what do you want your health to look like in 5/10/20 years from now? The choices you are making today are directly influencing those goals.

The “Why?” of Health Studio KC is a desire to enable you to be a responsible participant in your health — to partner with you in achieving your most optimal design.”

You know right when you walk in that Health Studio KC is not the typical doctor’s office experience.

Joey and I had our wellness checks at Health Studio KC. We’re already discovering things we can change to get our health back on track. Watch for our follow up story to hear about the plans we’ll put into place to stay on our journey to wellness.

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Our Journey to Wellness: Buck tries Rejuvapen

So…I’m not in my 20’s anymore, and the last few decades have done a serious number on my face — including acne scars, sun damage, wind burn, and all the expressions that come with having two teenage kids. When we were in our 20’s, our collagen saved the day. But once we are in our 30’s, that amazing protein that keeps our skin looking youthful starts to thin out and fade, leaving us with thinner and more tired looking skin around our eyes, along with a slew of fine lines and wrinkles. Well, let’s face it…”fine lines” could be an understatement.

There are the more obvious topical treatments, like collagen boosting eye creams and moisturizers. But to be honest, I need more help than that. Over the last few years, the surface of my skin has started to resemble the texture of a football — the opposite of a touchdown for my 42 year-old-face.

When I was at Bare Med Spa trying out their HydraFacial and discussing my skin issues, Tracy told me about one of their more intense, collagen building treatments called Rejuvapen. I just recently had my first treatment and I can tell a big difference even after the first one! My skin looks a lot smoother, more even in tone, and my pores appear smaller. All thanks to this treatment that uses tiny micro-needles to penetrate the surface of my skin, prompting new collagen production. The procedure itself felt warm with a little pressure. I looked wind-burned for a couple of days, and had some minor peeling on the third and fourth day — but nothing too dramatic. It didn’t stop me from working or being out in public. However, I would plan to hang out at home for the first day unless you want to answer a lot of questions about your bright pink face. A small price to pay for the benefits you’ll see unfolding in the days to follow!

ULAH Co-Owner, Buck Wimberly – after the first Rejuvapen treatment

Here’s a peek into my conversation with Tracy, who performed my procedure:

What did you notice about my skin that prompted you to recommend the Rejuvapen treatment?

“I noticed you have large pores and an overall coarse texture to your skin.”

What will this Rejuvapen treatment do for my skin?

“The Rejuvapen treatment uses micro-needles to create small vertical entry points into the epidermis and top of the dermis to tell your body to respond and heal itself from the inside out. Your skin reacts to this procedure by creating new collagen, making your skin smoother while improving the appearance of your pore size.”

Does the treatment vary some per person depending on their individual skin issues?

“At Bare Med Spa, we customize the treatment for each person depending on what we are treating. For instance, with you — we really wanted to focus on pore size, frown lines, and scarring — so I treated your skin at a deeper needle depth. In addition to changing needle depth, we can also customize the treatment by adding serums and infusing them into the skin to help improve hyper pigmentation and even out skin tone.”

Are there limitations for certain skin types?

Rejuvapen is for all skin types.”

How often do you think I need to do this treatment with my skin issues and my skin type?

“You’ll notice a difference after the first treatment. However, your skin may need a minimum of 3 treatments spaced 3-4 weeks apart. For deeper scars or deeper lines, you can always go back and focus on those areas.”

If this sounds like something you could use or you have questions about my experience, feel free stop by ULAH or shoot me a message. You can also contact Bare Med Spa at 816-844-9334. Let them know you read my story and want to learn more.

Thanks for reading and following us on “Our Journey to Wellness”,

Buck Wimberly

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Our Journey to Wellness: Ruby Jeans Juicery

As small business owners still in the first year of our start-up, we constantly struggle with maintaining a healthy diet. We usually work somewhere between 65 and 70 hours a week, opening and closing the store almost every day. Cooking at home is just not an option for us right now due to the lack of available hours in the day. That leaves us relying on more convenient options — and we all know the slippery slope that can be if you’re not careful!

Continuing on our “Journey to Wellness”, we thought we’d share one of our favorite new local discoveries – Ruby Jean’s Juicery. Located at 1111 Main Street in downtown Kansas City, Ruby Jean’s offers healthy beverages and snacks in a hip, welcoming environment that is “inclusive for all”.  As someone with a slew of food allergies, I often struggle to find establishments who have multiple options that are gluten, dairy, and soy free. Ruby Jean’s had a range of great options for me – from gluten-free avocado toast to delicious dairy and soy free protein shakes.

 

 

One of the first things we noticed when we went into Ruby Jean’s was the heart and soul. The friendly and welcoming environment comes as no surprise after meeting founder and CEO, Chris Goode. We’ve had the privilege of getting to know Chris on a deeper level — and thought we should share some things we learned about Chris as he was modeling our Fall arrivals.

 

 

What inspired you to create Ruby Jean’s Juicery?

“Ruby Jean’s Juicery was inspired by a newfound love of juicing…and understanding the importance of health. I then took that passion and merged it with the deep seeded love and longing of my late grandmother, Ruby Jean, who passed at age 61 primarily from type 2 diabetes. Essentially, she never lived a healthy lifestyle — and that inspired a desire in me to make as many people healthy as possible by way of Ruby Jean’s Juicery.”

How do you want Ruby Jean’s Juicery to impact the community?

“I want Ruby Jean’s to become a melting pot for all races, sizes, sexual orientations, religions, socioeconomic status, etc. — as I believe health is the common ground between all people.”

Have you learned anything new about food and healthy eating since you’ve opened Ruby Jean’s?

“I’ve learned that it’s more of a mental battle for most people than I once thought. That’s why we try to use my grandmother’s story of never focusing on health — to create a less intimidating culture of supporting people wherever they are. We don’t want people to feel like they have to already be healthy or in shape to come to our stores. All are welcome!”

How long have you been in the Kansas City area?

“I was born here in the early 1980’s. Outside of my time as an undergrad at Missouri State, and a one year stint in LA — I’ve lived in Kansas City my entire life!”

What are a few of your favorite places to go in Kansas City?

“I love Grand Street Café, Café Europa, and Genesee Royale Bistro. I also think the new Monarch Bar is amazing.”

Who do you like to spend your quality time with?

“One of the things I’ve always said is that I’m already a wealthy man by way of my relationships. I have a great family that I adore and a group of friends that span as far back as 4th grade.”

What role does men’s fashion play in your daily life?

“Prior to Ruby Jean’s, fashion was more of a staple for me. Since opening Ruby Jean’s, tee shirts and sweats or shorts have become the norm for the better part of my every day life. Now, when I get the chance to dress well for a meeting, an event, or a date — it truly is a release to express that side of me. Entrepreneurs can get so caught up in just getting through each day, that downtime and socializing can feel like a vacation. That’s my chance to be fly!”

If you haven’t tried Ruby Jean’s, you’re missing out! It’s another great option to add into your arsenal of healthy food options as you’re working towards wellness and a healthier lifestyle. And you’d be hard pressed to find a more genuine and passionate business owner.

-Buck & Joey, ULAH

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Our Journey to Wellness: HydraFacial M.D.

We don’t want to make too many gender-based assumptions, but we’ve noticed that most guys don’t seem very open about discussing skin care. We get it. It’s partly due to societal influences. For decades past, the skin care industry has been so heavily focused on women — even blanketing the category as “beauty”.  Most of us guys grew up without being taught to care about anything other than sunscreen (if that). Today, we have permission and even expectations to keep up with our skin, but many of us don’t know where to start.

As part of our blog series —”Our Journey to Wellness”— Joey and I thought we’d tackle a few aspects of skin care.  As great as it is to look handsome, our goal is not solely tied to vanity.  It’s about feeling confident and staying conscious of the health of our skin, which contributes to greater self esteem and overall greater well being.

ULAH visits Bare Med Spa

It’s no surprise that men have unique skin care needs. Our skin tends to be more oily and tougher than our female counterparts. So, to help get things started on our mission to a clearer complexion and healthier skin, we’ve started by visiting our friends at Bare Med Spa for a procedure they call “HydraFacial M.D.” Our esthetician was Tracy Gundelfinger. She’s super knowledgable about skin care needs, and customized each of our treatments. I’m fairer skinned with more sun damage and larger pores, and Joey’s ethnic skin has its own unique qualities. I asked Tracy some questions about my skin – here’s what she said:

1. What did you notice about my skin that prompted you to recommend a HydraFacial M.D.?

“After pre-cleaning and assessing your skin, I could tell that you had clogged pores and were in need of a deep pore cleanse and a good exfoliation. HydraFacial is the best treatment for that.”

2. What will this HydraFacial M.D. treatment do for my skin?

“HydraFacial will give you a deep pore cleanse, extraction, exfoliation and infuse your skin with hydration. Keeping your pores as clean as possible will minimize them.”

3. Does the treatment vary some per person depending on their individual skin issues?

“Hydra facial is good for all skin types and skin concerns. Although some of the steps in the treatment will be the same for each client there are also ways to customize for different skin concerns. We’re able to do peels, brightening serums, and dermal plumping serums as well as choose between blue light and red light therapy at the end of each treatment to cater to various skin types.”  

4.  How often do you think I need to do this treatment with my skin issues and skin type?

“For your skin, once a month is ideal for good maintenance.”

Joey and Buck enjoy clearer complexions after their HydraFacials from Bare Med Spa.

The biggest difference we saw after the HydraFacial was clearer complexion with a boost of self confidence. If you’d like to learn more, visit Bare Med Spa at one of their three locations or call and make an appointment. And if you have any questions about this or any of our other topics, you can always ask us in person when you visit ULAH.

-Buck Wimberly

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New ULAH Blog Series: Our Journey to Wellness

When we were working on our concept for ULAH, we landed on creating “A Men’s Apparel & Lifestyle Store”. The “lifestyle” part of that concept is something we are both really passionate about.  It comes to life through the assortment of products and services we provide and the experience we create in our store. To take it even further,  we want to build relationships with our clients — and partnerships with other businesses in our community.

We really feel that men deserve better when it comes to relevant retail marketing and experiences. We’ve also been hearing guys say they would like to learn more about men’s health and wellness topics, products, and services. That’s why we’ve decided to openly explore this larger realm of wellness, and share our discoveries with the community.

In our series, you’ll see everything from new healthy eating options and workout ideas…to skin care, better shaving practices, and aesthetic procedures — all through our experiences with local businesses and service providers. And, of course, you’ll hear about our trials with new products that we bring into our store that can help men along their journey in achieving a lifestyle of wellness.

Thanks for being a part of our journey, being active in your Kansas City community, and supporting local! Stay tuned for more!

Buck and Joey, ULAH

 

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