Ruth Swissa’s Feature in Malibu Times Magazine

Ruth Swissa: Best Face Forward

by Tracy Wright

Skin specialist at Ruth Swissa spas, including namesake Ruth, have been helping clients look and feel their vest with a wide array of skincare products, treatments and professional permanent makeup application at their two locations in Agoura Hills and Beverly Hills.

Swissa studied fine arts abroad before returning home to create her empire. With three generations of her family in the aesthetics field, perfecting the craft of facial artistry came naturally to her.

While she offers an extensive list of treatments, from eyebrow care to specialized microdermabrasion facials, she also understands the value of time. Although some procedures are more in-depth, others can be done in lunch break speed.

Using only high-quality organic ingredients for permanent makeup application procedures (also called micropigmentation), she gives clients a clean and natural look. Swissa professionals use state-of-the-art techniques and technology for best results.

Long-lasting, full-collored lip tattooing services help customers confidently smile while redefining the shape of their lips. Cooling machines and topical anesthetics make the tattooing process even more comfortable for clients; scheduled touch-ups after the procedure provide the opportunity to gradually build on the desired color choice for lips.

“Areola pigmentation has been an important restorative cosmetic process for many breast cancer patients,” Ruth noted. “The medical micropigmentation process is used to improve the aesthetic appearance of the nipple areola complex after reconstructive breast  surgery.”

Ruth is a member of the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals and works extensively with patients for medical micropigmentation procedures and camouflaging scars from surgeries or accidents.

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Ruth Swissa Soy Candles!

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This holiday season surprise your sweeties with aromatic hand-crafted soy candles. These candles do hold the upper hand in fragrant burning — here are their benefits:

Soy candles are 100% natural. Made with soybeans, soy candles are produced by renewable grown sources. Contrarily, paraffin candles are made of petroleum, a non-renewable resource that contains carcinogens.

Lighting a soy candle ensures cleaner burning with noticeable less soot. Paraffin candles release a significant amount of black soot that is visible and collects around the jar and its surrounding.

Soy candles are also non-toxic and won’t release toxins in the air as they burn.

Additionally, soy candles are also longer lasting than paraffin candles. The reason behind longevity of soy candles is the slower burning time and cooler burning temperature of the soybean-based wax. This wax is also highly biodegradable, making soy candles the more environmentally friendly option.

Lastly, soy candles are just better smelling. Soy wax is popular for holding on to essential oils and releasing them gradually. This makes the transition to sweet-smelling surrounding more gentle rather than a heavy wave of scent that paraffin candles emit.

Stop by Ruth Swissa to purchase your soy candle — here is a list of our top-selling scents:

– Acai Mongosteen

– White Tea & Ginger

– Rosy Red Current

– Pomegranate Pink Grapefruit

+ many more

Hot Tub Consensus

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During the chilled winter months, there’s a heat-seeking tendency in all of us. Hot tubs are not just associated with relaxation, post-gym therapy and socializing, but bacteria and waterborne diseases too. That is, not all hot tubs pose a health risk, but it is important to know when not to climb into a hot tub.

Expert Jonathan Yoder, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reveals some pointers of when to steer clear:

Hot tubs are usually around 104 degrees or less — not enough to kill bacteria that thrive in heat. However, most of these bacteria will remain inactive if you maintain a proper method of disinfection. That is, make sure to take a shower or cleanse yourself post-hot tubbing.

Hot tubs are also supposed to be cleaned, go through proper maintenance checks and have its filter cleaned on a pretty orderly basis. Use your best judgment to scan the hot tub for clear proof of cleaning. If the jacuzzi looks in any way dirty or unsanitary with grimy tiles, etc. best you don’t go in!

Getting Sick Around the Holiday Season is No Anomaly

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You’ve probably wondered why is it that you always develop a sniffle or dry cough around the holiday time? Many theories claim it’s the temperature change and so on. However, the one leading cause of holiday season sickness is holiday stress! The pressures of finding perfect presents, booking flights, cooking dinners, etc. builds up elevates your cortisol levels. High cortisol translates to low immunity. Here are some simple ways to prevent holiday stress sickness:

Prepare/Build Up Your Immune System: When holiday shopping comes around, the density of people and germs just about doubles. Make sure to disinfect your hands and minimize your exposure to stranger’s germs. Keep vitamin D and C levels high.

Restrict the Sweets: Although it may be tempting to indulge in a candycane or grandma’s gingerbread, sugar is a factor in increasing risks of sickness. Turn to protein to fill the sugar-craving void.

Don’t Forget About YOU: It’s quite easy to get rapped up in pleasing others during the holiday season, but it’s important to continue to take care of yourself in order to prevent sickness from overcoming. Make sure to prioritize and put your bodily needs as high on the list as “Getting ingredients for the stuffing”  — eat breakfast, keep hydrated, and don’t overwork yourself when scavenging for gifts.

Do Plant Based Waters Add Up Nutritionally?

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All the trend and hurrah is surrounding the plant-based water products — but beneath all the commercialized logos and 3d rendered imaging, does plant based water really benefit us nutritionally?

We shall break down the logistics product by product:

Coconut Water: This plant-based water is by far the best selling water alternative. After a tough workout, one may reach for a coconut water as a health-infused beverage. However, coconut water lacks sodium, a primary electrolyte that seeks replacement after a long workout.

Aloe Vera Water: This beverage has a distinct refreshing flavor, one similar to cucumber. Infused with vitamin B and linked to healthy digestive system, aloe vera seems like a truly beneficial alternative to plain water or sports drinks. However, drinking aloe vera water has been linked to hepatitis, calcium excretion, protein loss, and electrolyte imbalance.

Cactus Water: Extracted from pointed pair cacti, cactus water is high in vitamin C, rich in anti-inflammatory flavonoids, minerals, and electrolytes. Most cactus water are infused with added sugars with most of its fibers lost during the juicing process anyways (which is why it is probably more beneficial to just eat a pear cactus).

Revelant, Julie. “Should You Be Drinking Plant-based Waters?” Fox | Health. Fox News, n.d. Web.

Are Hand Dryers Really As Proactive As They Look?

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After washing your hands in a public restroom, the ethical option would be to use the electric powered hand dryer installed along the bathroom wall instead of tree-falling paper towels. Although this option may benefit mother nature, the population’s health … Continue reading