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A Fresh Look: Pur-One Medispa

Few areas of the body show aging as noticeably as the face, but the good news is, you can get professional help to reveal a fresher, more youthful-looking complexion. Jackie Carr, R.N., ANP-BC, LE, owner of Pur-One Medispa in Des Peres, says fine lines, wrinkles, uneven texture, discoloration and other facial skin problems can improve with a thoughtfully designed treatment plan.

“Because everyone is wearing masks due to the pandemic, people are noticing the upper part of your face more, so it’s a great time to address forehead lines and texture,” Carr says. “It’s also a good time to consider treatments for the lips and cheeks. They are hidden under your mask when you’re out, and many people are working from home as well. So if there is some post-treatment sloughing or shedding, no one will see it.”

Carr says chemical peels are a popular choice for improving facial skin at this time of year. “When you come in for a peel, we first cleanse the skin gently, then administer the treatment,” she notes. “For post-care, I usually suggest SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF, a gel serum that calms the skin. It helps diminish fine lines and discoloration as well.” A peel also can be combined with dermaplaning to get rid of unwanted hair.

Clients who want more fullness in areas like the lips and cheeks can benefit from injectable fillers, according to Carr. “They offer subtle enhancement,” she notes. “Treatments like Juvéderm Volbella also provide hydration and smoothing of fine lines around the lips.”

Topical products such as SkinCeuticals’ Triple Lipid Restore and A.G.E. Interrupter can be helpful as well. “When we age, the lipid mantle around our cells tends to degrade, and the cells have trouble retaining moisture,” Carr explains. “Treatments like these can help restore moisture while improving texture problems like facial lines.”

Products with hyaluronic acid also can make a difference in skin’s appearance. “Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that appears in all living tissues,” Carr says. “SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator enhances skin’s appearance and texture, and the company’s TNS Advanced+ Serum helps smooth and tighten sagging skin. SkinCeuticals Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier is effective as well.”

Eyebrow enhancement also can help people put a fresher face forward. Carr’s daughter, Courtney Carr of ChristineBrows, is a microblading artist who sees clients at the medical spa. Microblading is a semi-permanent tattooing process that creates a more natural look for people with thin or sparse brows, as well as those who have lost hair due to hypothyroidism or chemotherapy.

Jackie Carr adds that it’s helpful to do facial procedures in the winter because you are not exposed to harsh sunlight as much, so your skin can rejuvenate properly. “We offer treatments to address whatever skin issues a client may have, and some can be used in combination for maximum effectiveness,” she says. “Each plan is personalized, and safety precautions are always in place so clients can feel confident about visiting.

Pur-One Medispa in Des Peres offers a variety of effective skin treatments in a safe, pleasant environment. Pictured on the cover: Microblading artist Courtney Carr of ChristineBrows and Jackie Carr, R.N., ANP-BC, LE, owner of Pur-One Medispa. For more information, call 314.909.0633 or visit

Cover design by Julie Streiler
Cover photo courtesy of Pur-One Medispa

Pictured at top: Jackie Carr and Courtney Carr
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