Welcome to be well {groomed!} at Studio 41. My name's Kenya & I'm your self-care bon vivant. I specialize in superb sugaring that rids you of any pesky unwanted hair and leaves your skin glowing.

Ready for your sugaring experience? Here are links to my online booking option and the service/price menu. And, if it's your first visit to me at be well {groomed!} in Studio 41 of SalonRepublic, please check out these directions.

Here on the site, as well as in at Studio 41, we chat about skincare & all the fab flotsam of life. Scroll down to read more.

Meanwhile, a few helpful links to get you started:
* who? (meet your sugarista)
* what? (what is this sugar stuff?)
* when? (booking your sugar apptmt online)
* where? (do you sugar that?)
* why? (read on, my dear!)

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Standing Up, Standing Together, Giving Back

Hey y’all, you know what? Cancer sucks. It sucks hard.

Here’s another c-word; one I like even better: Community.

Community is our support group. Our sounding board. Our shoulder to cry on and our source of inspiration. It’s the team that helps pick up the pieces of shattered hearts when grief and destruction come calling.

Last year I suffered a devastating loss. Trent leaving my world too soon broke me open in a way I still don’t understand. In my blind hurt & rage, I somehow knew that I needed to burn off some major steam and pump blood through my aching heart. Thanks to the recommendation of a good friend, I found DogTown Crossfit. The communion of sweat, barbells and laughter has done much to help me through some of the darkest times of my life. Healing happened.

And, as members of communities do, I’m now taking the time to pitch in on their efforts to raise funds to Crush Cancer, part of StandUp to Cancer. Stand Up To Cancer is a groundbreaking initiative created to accelerate innovative cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now.

CrushCancer, in it’s 4th year, will have two events: Miami on 9/27 & awesomesauce Culver City on 10/18. None of the funds raised at CrushCancer are used for administrative support; 100% of the funds we raise go to research and patient support. <---- and="" br="" cool="" is="" this="" very="">
I’ve set a goal to raise at least $1,000. In old math, that breaks down into 100 people donating just $10 each. Or, howsabout 10 people donating $100? Yeah, that works too!

If you’re in LA, hotfoot it over to downtown Culver City on 10/18 and watch a big ol’ group of us sweat ... with weights ... and jump ropes ... outdoors ... in the sun ... what could be more fun!

I know you’re gonna wanna donate because once you do, you’ll be on the list for a picture of me AFTER the workout ... nice, right? The person who donates the most money will get a special package containing my sweaty headband worn during the event (I’ll be sure to preserve it specially for you!).

But seriously, it’s a fantastic cause so open your wallets at a level that’s comfortable and join our community (click on this link).
In honor of those friends & family who've lived through cancer, and in memoriam of those who did not:  Let’s f*cking CrushCancer!

Friday, July 25, 2014

game on!

hey hey ... i'll be away from be well {groomed!} and Studio 41 tomorrow, July 26.  i'm heading to Carson to gawk at the amazing Crossfit athletes competing in the Crossfit Games.

thank you to all my fabulous clients who put up with the live broadcasts of the Games for the past several days.

wanna see more?  you can re-watch the Masters events here.  or, tune in for live coverage and update shows here!

hope your summer weekend is superbly sunshiney!  see you soon!

PS: if you're headed out to the sunshine, check out these SPF tips!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

fun in the sun!

summer is fo'reals here in SoCal. we went to the beach on Monday and the water was sooooooo warm. no, seriously ... warm!

i've put together a handy guide to optimize your sunshine time. included are my favorite types of physical-blocker SPFs, other ways to protect your precious skin from sun damage as well as tips to take care of your skin from the inside.

{summer fun image by Josrick}
SPF: put it on your body!
when we were at the beach, i did not see a single person apply anything that might resemble SPF on themselves or anyone with them. i also saw very few hats or shade of any type. as an esthetician, i'm hoping that they made the right choice to apply their SPF at home. as i sat re-applying my Tizo over my tattoos and an old burn scar on my leg, i sent some healing vibes out to my fellow beach goers.

current, sound science encourages us to apply an SPF that provides a physical block of the UV rays. it's important to note that i said "PHYSICAL block." physical blockers are typically zinc & titanium minerals but also include emollient extracts from grape seeds, coconuts & shea nuts. also, it's not enough to apply once. you should reapply every 2.5 to 3 hours and anytime you sweat or toss about in the water.

my current fave (we've been going steady for a bout 4 years) is the TiZo line.  i recommend TiZo3 for the face and TiZo Ultra Sensitive or the TiZo Sheer Foam for the body.  (i also love their TiZo LipTec, SPF 45 for your gorgeous smile).  these TiZo products are 100% physical blockers, full-spectrum protections, NO chemical UV absorbers, NO parabens, and NO dyes, perfumes, colorants or other pore-clogging fillers. these products are not made with nanoparticulates.

you can pick up the TiZo products at be well {groomed!} at Studio 41 (and probably online).

i also found a fab link listing many brands of physical blocking and/or "natural" SPFs. check it out by clicking {here!}.

Surf's up!
you can also make the most of the sun's energizing rays and treat your skin with the love it deserves by considering the following:
  • hats are chic! and they shade your face with style. 
  • long sleeves can actually be a bit cooler than sleeveless as they shade your skin from direct sun, preventing heat build up within that part of your body. (and, of course, material can provide a physical block to the sun's UV rays. you can even ante up to SPF50 clothes).
  • extracts from grape seeds, coconuts, and shea nuts tend to have a natural SPF of 15, plus they are loaded with antioxidants, nutrients & moisture. you MUST reapply frequently. and, you can feel a bit greasy (as well as damage your swim trunks). but you'll glow from all of that moisture. 
  • speaking of antioxidants: eat 'em up! interesting studies hint that we can protect & repair the body from the inside out by consuming antioxidants. you can find them in supplement form, but it's so tasty to just eat them! color is key in finding foods that deliver these cancer fighting molecules. here's a link of 20 common foods with the most antioxidants.
  • Vitamin D is an important nutrient so make sure you do get out in the sun. notice if you're in the habit (as many people are) of going from your home, to your car, to your office & back again. we all get into ruts, so take note of patterns that don't serve you (& your skin).
  • the safest sun tends to be pre-11am and post-4pm. and the best areas to absorb Vitamin D quickly are the large muscle groups (thighs & backs) as well as the chest area.
  • drink tons of water. i'm serious, drink it up! this will help your body operate at max capacity so that healing & self-repair happen fluidly. plus, sweat & high temps can dehydrate your being at a more rapid pace. stay fluid!
  • get enough deep rest for what your body needs at this point in your life.  
  • move your body! exercise pumps your circulatory system and courses oxygen through your body. sweat also helps move unwanted waste out of your body. an elevated metabolism encourages the skin to slough off dead, dry stuffeven better, getting your heart rate up may also help your skin look younger; check out this NYTimes article!
any other summertime questions you're itching to ask? please feel free to leave a comment or email me at kenya@bewellgroomed.com.  and, while you're at it, include your favorite summer tune ... that song that just sings "sunshine" in your ear!

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