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Meet the Urban Body Laser Team: Janelle

Meet the Urban Body Laser Team: Janelle

Janelle when she competed in her first bikini competition! Looked amazing and we are so proud of her!

We believe that a big part of loving what you do is loving the people that you work with. Thankfully, our team is a close-knit group that supports one another both professionally and personally. Best of all, we have much fun! From work trips to nights out, it’s fair to say we’re one big happy family.

If you’ve visited our office, you may have met Janelle, our Medical Esthetics and Laser Technician. For the past two years she’s been an integral part of our team, which is why we’re giving you the inside scoop on the best treatments, products, and inspiration from our all-star crew member.

What’s your favourite quote?

Too blessed to be stressed.”

What’s the best advice you have ever received?

Forgiveness is for your own mental healing. You must forgive those who hurt you, even if whatever they did to you was unforgivable in your mind. You will forgive them not because they deserve to be forgiven, but because you don’t want to suffer and hurt yourself every time you remember what they did to you. It doesn’t matter what others did to you, you are going to forgive them because you don’t want to feel sick all the time. You will forgive because you feel compassion for yourself. Forgiveness is an act of self-love.

Meet the Urban Body Laser Team: Janelle

One of Janelle’s favourite quotes

What’s your daily skincare regime?

First I cleanse with Osmosis Purify Cleanser followed by Quench Plus Hydrator and Sunforgettable SPF 50 Mineral Powder. At night I add in Osmosis Refresh PM Eye Serum and Calm Serum, I often add in Stem Factor serum as well. I use Colorescience mineral makeup daily; the Pressed Compact Mineral Powder as well as Skin Mattifying Primer and finish off with the Hydrating Mist.

What’s the most common question you are asked from clients?

People always ask me how to prevent and reverse the signs of aging. My answer: Photorejuvenation with our BBL system. This treatment is the ultimate “fountain of youth.” These treatments change the gene expression in the skin, which in turn makes the genes mimic younger skin. In other words, old skin cells behave like young skin cells. For ant-aging products, you can’t go wrong with the ultimate kit: Anti-Aging Serum from Colorescience, as well as Stem Factor, Quench Plus, and Renew from Osmosis.

What are the top 5 skincare or beauty products that you can’t live without?

Pretty much everything I use daily will always be in my skincare arsenal. If I had to choose just five, I would have to go with Colorescience Pressed Mineral Compact, Sunforgettable SPF 50 mineral powder, Purify Cleanser, the Quench Plus Moisturizer, and Skin Mattifying Primer.

Have a question for Janelle? Contact her at Urban Body Laser or book an appointment with her!

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The start of a New Year always brings so much hope, excitement, and anticipation. January 1st marks a clean slate when many people resolve to eat healthy, exercise regularly, and accomplish all of those things they’ve always wanted to do.

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So now that January is almost over, we have to ask: how are those resolutions coming along?

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If you’re having a hard time staying on track, you’re not alone: only 19% of people who make resolutions actually stick to them two years later. Often it’s because their resolutions are too extreme. For example, cutting out all sugar, alcohol, and carbs may seem doable for the first week, even two, but a whole year? You’re bound to only set yourself up for failure. That’s why creating goals that are realistic and less extreme will help you stay on track.

Another reason people lose sight of their resolutions is because they tend to always put themselves last. When we first meet with a client, more often than not they tell us that microdermabrasion, laser hair removal, or any other treatments we offer are always something that they’ve wanted to do for themselves, but never made it a priority. Investing in your own health, beauty, and happiness is key to keeping motivated and accomplishing your goals. To ensure that you don’t fall into the 81%, here are a few tips to staying committed.

5 Ways to Keep New Year’s Resolutions

1. Know that you’re worth it. First and foremost, put your needs as equal or greater importance than anyone else. Make yourself a priority. If you need a reminder on how to do this, read our blog post on the importance of self-love.

2. Make a list. Write down why these goals are important for you and how you’re going to feel once they’re accomplished. With everything going on in your life, it’s easy to get distracted, so keep these visible throughout the day so you’re constantly reminded of your resolutions.

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3. Make a plan. Most people jot down their goals on a piece of paper and then quickly forget about them. To be apart of the 19%, figure out a plan of action and take the first step. For example, if you’ve always wanted to try microdermabrasion, contact us and set up a free consultation, then go from there. The same method can be applied to anything else you want to do, like take a night course or learn an instrument. The first step is making the call to those who can give you more information about your goal.

4. Reward yourself. Every time you finish something on your plan of action, treat yourself. It doesn’t have to be expensive or laden with calories. It can be as simple as buying a new magazine or sleeping in an extra 5 minutes.

5. Be accountable. Tell your friends, family, and partner what your goals are and ask them to keep you accountable. When you know other people are expecting you to accomplish something, you’ll be more likely to get it done.

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If you’ve always wanted to improve your skin, try laser hair removal, or simply just learn what treatments we offer and how they can help, contact us (and then you can tick that off your list!).

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Recently we posted an article about the so-called “ugliest woman in the world” on our Facebook page. As one of only three people on earth born with a genetic ailment that prevents her from gaining weight, Lizzie Valesquez discovered a YouTube video that someone had posted, calling her “The World’s Ugliest Woman”. This video had over 4 million views.

What’s truly inspiring about Lizzie is that she chose this incredibly cruel act as a way to grow, inspire others, and be an example of why the greatest love should be the one you have with yourself.

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As we’ve just begun a new year, we thought it was the perfect opportunity for all of us to wipe the slate clean of any self-negativity and start celebrating our inner beauty. We know how difficult letting go of insecurities can be, so we’ve come up with a few ways to practice self-love into your daily life.self love

 

Tips to Improve Self Love

  1. Leave post-it notes around your house with inspiring quotes and affirmation. Put them on your bedside table, your bathroom mirror, or the fridge door, so you’re reminded from the minute you wake up to when you go to sleep that you’re a beautiful, intelligent person.
  2. Exercise regularly and try to fit in at least 30 minutes of activity every day. Whether it’s walking your dog or joining a yoga class, being active releases endorphins that help boost your mood and self-esteem. Plus it’s good for your health!
  3. Make a list of all the things you are grateful for. These can be anything from your physical features (“I love my long hair”) to people that enhance your life (“I’m grateful for my best friend”). Add one new thing to the list each day, then read it over before you go to bed.
  4. Grant yourself down time to do the things you always seem ‘too busy’ for. Read a book, watch your favourite movie, or take a walk around the neighbourhood. Give yourself at least half an hour of pure ‘me’ time.
  5. Give genuine compliments to people, even strangers! You may just make someone’s day by complimenting their outfit or telling someone what a good friend they are.  Sending out positive vibes means you will get them in return.

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We provide a number of services and products that are meant to enhance your natural beauty, but you will only feel confident in your appearance until you embrace and celebrate all of the amazing qualities you have. Spread the love and share this article with your friends so 2014 can be overflowing with self-love!

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The holiday season can seem like a blur. One second you’re decorating the tree, then the next you’re ringing in the New Year. During the whirlwind of parties, dinners, shopping, and family events, taking a moment to reflect on all you have to be thankful for may be the furthest thing from your mind.

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As we’re now in the midst of December, we asked the Urban Body Laser team to put together a list of things they are truly grateful for. From work to family, even the littlest things are a reminder that so many people out there have much less than we do. We hope this will inspire you to put together your own gratitude list!
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Jade

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“Friends, family, my dog Loca, my boyfriend, freedom, being able to afford to go on vacation, having a roof over my head, my job, my bosses, food, my health.”

Miranda

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“Friends, my family, my past trip to Europe and all the memories, speaking honestly, my health, my cell phone 😀 , my job and my co-workers, unconditional love, future possibilities, having a roof over my head.

Jessica
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“My amazing family, my amazing friends, my dog Lucy, being a part of the Urban Body Laser family, my strength, for knowing that everything will always work out in the end, learning from my mistakes, continuing to grow and evolve into the person that I want to be, for music because it makes everything better, for ice cream because without it, I would be one unhappy camper.”

Channa

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“People in my life who care about me, the girls I work with, awesome bosses, a home to go to, that I am never hungry, the beautiful city I live in, that I am healthy, having such an understanding boyfriend, memories, life, freedom.”

Janelle

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“Health, wealth, happiness, family, friends, my muscular tattooed boyfriend 😉 , the love that surrounds me, my dog Nacho, my car, my cell phone, the roof over my head, my amazing career and the people I work with.”

Sherry

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“Family, friends, yummy food, the money I earn to pay for my yummy food, my wonderful job at Urban Body Laser, a healthy and happy life, unconditional love, a warm home to come to, memories that last forever, SNAPCHAT.”

So what would your list say? Comment on our Facebook page and let us know!

You know that feeling after you’ve done a good deed?

Whether it’s paying someone a compliment, helping out with a favour, or donating to a charity, there’s nothing quite like giving back to those in need.  If you follow Urban Body Laser on Twitter and Facebook, you may have noticed that we care a lot about helping out others through fundraisers, events, and donations. We think giving back is the key to living a healthy, happy, and wholesome life.

That’s why we weren’t surprised when one our medical estheticians, Channa, chopped off her long, luscious locks and donated them to The Box Cancer Society

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She’s still just as gorgeous with or without long hair, wouldn’t you agree!?

 

That’s not the only charitable deed our staff is apart of. You may have heard that they’ve stripped down to raise funds for the 2013/2014 Urban Body Laser Charity Calendars.

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The Urban Body Laser: In the Buff!

All proceeds go to an incredible organization: Look Good Feel Better, a non-government funded charity that helps women who are going through or have gone through chemotherapy treatments to ‘look good and feel better’. This is Canada’s only charity dedicated to empowering women to manage the effects that cancer and its treatments have on their appearance.

There are still some calendars available! The Urban Body Laser calendar girls can be all yours for just $20 each, with 100% of the proceeds are going towards the LGFB workshops. If you are unable make it into our office we will gladly mail them to you, just contact us by email or phone.

What good deed have you done lately? Tweet us, we’d love to hear it!

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Chances are you’ve known someone who has been affected by cancer. Those from the outside looking in tend to forget about the emotional toll losing your hair, weight loss, and other physical consequences this disease causes. It’s only natural to want to look our best, yet thousands of women have had their self-confidence stripped away because they have been diagnosed with cancer.

That’s why Urban Body Laser wants to help empower women who have been left feeling helpless by their disease, and now you can too. You may have heard about our charity calendars that feature our beautiful staff, and this year they’ve bared it all in A Year of Transcendence to raise money for this important cause.

charity calendarsTwelve months of our stunning pin-up girls is now available for sale! For only $20, you can make a big difference in helping these women regain their confidence. Every cent from these calendars will go towards the Look Good Feel Better organization, Canada’s only cancer charity dedicated to helping women manage the ramifications cancer and its treatment has on their appearance and morale.

To purchase “A Year of Transcendence”, you can:

Phone: 604.696.5506
e-mail: info@urbanbodylaser.com
Come to our office:
860 – 777 Hornby Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2G3

Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.