Many Hands, One Purpose- A More Youthful You
By Tina Farmer
When it comes to slowing the hands of time, a holistic, team approach is often the most effective means of maintaining a healthy, youthful look and lifestyle. Many different factors, including eating well, exercising, and staying up-to-date on medical care, contribute to help you stay fit and well at every age. Looking as vibrant and youthful as you feel is another important part of living life to the fullest. At Aquarius Wellness, we take a team approach to helping you look and feel your best, and we’d like to introduce you to three members of our staff who share that dedication.
Julie Bilyeu, an Esthetician with a Passion for Teaching
Drawing on a background in medical aesthetics and a decade of experience as an esthetician, Julie Bilyeu believes that education is an essential component for healthier, youngerlooking skin. And, like any good teacher, she also believes in homework.
“I really integrate home care,” says Bilyeu, a 41-year-old Xenon International Academy alumna. “I do my professional treatments, and I advise clients to come every three to four weeks, but I also sell the products.” Bilyeu doesn’t just assist clients in the office but also instructs them on methodologies to employ between appointments. “Basically, it is a team approach,” the native St. Louisan explains. “Clients can help maintain the results from the facial at home.”
Bilyeu feels her strategy builds trust as clients see results through individualized treatment plans tailored to each person’s own unique needs. Cookie-cutters don’t work in skin care and an anti-aging regimen has the greatest efficacy when the client understands the need and the mechanics of skin maintenance.
Karen Higgins Knows that a Youthful Appearance is More than Skin Deep
Beauty may be skin deep but Karen Higgins knows that keeping skin looking young goes a good deal deeper. “Skin care is not limited to what you do externally,” notes Higgins, a licensed graduate of the Skin Institute.
As someone with degrees in nutrition from both Fontbonne University and St. Louis Community College, the 48-year-old understands how wholesome foods and an active lifestyle can help her clients at Aquarius achieve their skin care goals. A meal plan low in dairy and high in antioxidants like vitamins A, C and E and regular exercise are essential ingredients, as is drinking plenty of water.
While Higgins offers treatments like facials and waxes, she stresses that healthy skin is rooted in overall health and advises clients on how to get the most out of their body by monitoring what they put in it. “I truly enjoy what I do,” Higgins concludes.
My Hua Understands that Combating Aging is Both Art and Science
Winning the fight for youthful aging means developing a strategy that uses the right tools to address each concern. “It is important to get facials regularly,” says Hua, a 29-year-old esthetician and licensed massage therapist who has worked at high-end spas across St. Louis. “It is like a workout for your skin, to keep your skin in shape like your body.”
That could entail anything from peels and masks to waxing and microdermabrasion. Hua, who is well versed in all of these techniques, notes that exfoliation promotes cell turnover, which helps keep her clients looking their best.
Central to the process is Hua’s expertise with natural enzymes from the professional Skin Script line offered at Aquarius. Infusing the tissues with vital nutrients, these products can penetrate and enliven the epidermis, reducing fine lines and wrinkles with nourishing combinations like raspberry-peach and cherryblueberry. The result is fresher-looking skin that’s toned, moisturized and cleansed of makeup and pollutants.
Hua, a California native and communications graduate from UMSL, now works to enhance her wellness training through the study of nursing. The reason is simple. “I like to make people feel better.”
Bilyeu, Higgins and Hua are just three members of the team at Aquarius Wellness, all of whom are dedicated to helping you look and feel your best!
Aquarius Wellness Center for Healing Arts offers massage, skin care, acupuncture, cupping therapy, Reiki & gemstone therapy, and spiritual health coaching. Founder Andrew Goodman has created a unique, boutique, holistic environment that supports relaxation and renewal from the moment one enters their space, giving credence to their tagline, “Sanctuary for the Senses”!
Please contact Aquarius Wellness and schedule an appointment to start your journey to a more youthful, refreshed you!
Aquarius Wellness Center for Healing Arts
7750 Clayton Rd., Suite 103
Richmond Heights, MO