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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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