In less than a month, we’ll say goodbye to winter. As we turn our minds toward spring and all it has to offer, healthy skin and a vibrant appearance definitely should be on your agenda. Now is the perfect time to energize yourself with a thoughtfully designed skin care routine and rejuvenating procedures. Owned by Jackie Carr, R.N., ANP-BC, LE, Pur-One Medispa in Des Peres offers a variety of effective skin treatments. “Spring is a great time to think ahead about getting your skin ready for those special occasions that arise in summer,” she says. “Planning a series of treatments now can help you look your best when you’re busy later.”

To prepare for warmer weather, Carr recommends that people take advantage of the last weeks of winter to get more invasive treatments, such as microneedling. Since the procedure makes the skin more vulnerable, it can increase risk of damage from sun exposure, making February and early March the ideal time for it. “Microneedling works by producing small holes at various depths in the upper layers of the skin in a controlled manner,” she explains. “During the process, the body’s natural healing cascade occurs, stimulating the production of type I collagen, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, increasing elasticity and improving texture and tone.”

While there are several types of microneedling, Carr notes that radio-frequency (RF) treatments come with additional considerations. “Since RF-assisted microneedling can potentially penetrate deeper underlying tissue, there are some concerns that it may cause more damage and result in less desirable outcomes in the long run,” she says. “At Pur-One, we offer SkinPen, which is not RF. It’s the first FDA-approved mirconeedling device for the improvement of neck lines and acne scars. It’s been extensively studied, and its efficacy is proven.”

Microneedling treatments can be performed at a frequency of every four months, and results can take up to three months to appear as the skin repairs itself and new tissue forms. One major benefit of the procedure is that downtime is minimal, according to Carr. “Generally, you want to avoid skin care products and the sun for the first 24 hours, but after that, you can begin using physical SPF,” she notes. “After seven days, you can resume using medical-grade skin care. During the first 48 to 72 hours, patients can expect redness and swelling that gradually diminishes over a few days. Some flakiness may occur as well as the cell turnover is naturally boosted to regenerate.”

To make the most of your microneedling treatment, Carr suggests pairing it with other procedures. For improved results she notes it can be alternated with chemical peels and paired with Botox Cosmetic to further soften wrinkles or cosmetic fillers to address volume loss. “While Botox continues to be the gold standard for neurotoxins, Pur-One now offers Daxxify or Xeomin as alternatives for people who may be looking for different results,” she says. “Discussing the differences with your trained provider can assist you in making the best decision for your lines and your budget.”

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

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

Pictured at the top: Courtney Carr and Jackie Carr
Photo courtesy of Pur-One Medispa