The truth about tanning beds

No tanning bed is safe

Myth: Tanning booths are safe as long as they don’t contain UVB rays.

Indoor tanning is a highly dangerous activity that increases skin cancer risks dramatically. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School collected data from over 73,000 female nurses from 1989-2009. The research indicates that even just ONE indoor tanning visit a year increased a woman’s likelihood of developing basal cell carcinoma by 10%. Six or more visits increased that chance by 82%. Just four tanning sessions increased the chances of non-melanoma skin cancers by 15% and melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, by 11%.

The risk is even higher for younger tanners. According to an article published by Skin & Allergy News, statistics show that 7% of adolescent girls have used a tanning bed by the age of 14. From ages 14-15 that number doubles to 14%, then doubles once more from the ages of 15-17.

In addition to the increased cancer risks, indoor tanning creates oxidative damage and increases the visible signs of aging. Melanoma is projected to kill 8,790 Americans this year alone. Those are scary numbers. If you are really looking for a safe sun-kissed glow, PCA SKIN® recommends a spray tan.




So What is Cupping?

So what is cupping therapy, and why would anyone want to do it? It looks painful, right? Cupping has been around for thousands of years dating back to early Egypt, China and Greece. It then spread through parts of Africa and Europe and was used by the natives of America.

Over the years, China has provided extensive research on the effectiveness and benefits of cupping, and currently uses this method in hospitals. In fact, the most prevalent use of cupping therapy has been in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), but has now been adapted for other health care modalities including massage and chiropractic therapy.

Cupping is not reserved for athletes but is a therapy used by all walks of life to relieve muscle tension, backaches, stiff neck and shoulders and other challenges brought on by stress, work and daily life.

What Is Cupping?

In ancient times, tribes utilized animal horns, bamboo, bones, nuts, seashells and gourds as suction devices to purge bites, infections and skin lesions from the body. Ancient healers even used this method on the body to draw out evil spirits. Currently, the cup is usually made from bamboo, glass or plastic and is most extensively used in TCM. Although there are several ways to facilitate stationary cupping therapy, fire cupping is most traditionally used. By quickly heating the inside of the cup with fire, suction is created when placed on the skin. Typically, 4 to 6 cups are used adhering to the skin for about 15 to 20 minutes. According to Acupuncture Today, “The negative pressure created by the suction stimulates the local acupuncture point, this increases the Qi and blood flow through the meridian to loosen up tight muscles, to relieve pain, and to detoxify and re-balance organ function.”

Massage cupping is another way of facilitating and is commonly used by practitioners of the western healing arts. Plenty of oil is needed to glide the cups over the skin in a smooth, consistent movement. The suction and negative pressure created by massage cupping releases rigid soft tissue, breaks up and drains excess fluids and toxins, loosens adhesions and lifts connective tissue, and brings blood and lymph flow to stagnant skin and muscles.

Stationary and massage cupping are most commonly used on the back, neck and shoulders. But by adjusting the size of the cups, this therapy can be used almost anywhere on the body including the feet and face.

To book an appointment visit us online at www.cascadedayspa.com or call us at 360-836-8386

Facials Q&A

What is a facial??

A facial is a professional cleansing, purifying, and beautifying  treatment of the skin on the face and the neck. There are several variations of facials, including deep cleansing, age-management, moisturizing, rosacea/sensitive skin, and problem skin.

Facial Treatments include the following benefits:

  • deep cleanse
  • increases circulation and detoxifies
  • relaxes the senses, nerves, and muscles
  • stimulates the skin functions and metabolism
  • slows down premature aging
  • treats conditions such as dryness, oiliness and redness
  • softens wrinkles and aging lines
  • helps to clear blemishes and  acne

Who can benefit from a facial??

No matter how sensitive your skin is, you can still benefit from a facial. Every facial is customized to fit your specific skin care needs. If you have sensitive skin, only gentle cleansing and moisturizing will be used in your treatment. If yours goals are to clear up acne, your esthetician can guide you towards a facial that will help you to achieve that goal. Or maybe you are sensitive and also prone to breakouts, your skin care professional has a solution for you either way! Communicate clearly on your expectations, and our professionals will use their experience to exceed those.

How should I prepare for a facial??

Come to your facial appointment with an open mind and ready to relax! Your in great hands! Come with a clean face, or makeup, your skin care professional does not have a preference.


How often should I have facials?

4-6 weeks

What about home-care?

When you leave the spa after a facial, your skin will be glowing, fresh, and hydrated. If your facial included extractions, you may experience some redness or tenderness in the areas that were focused on most. Some facials can bring out breakouts for a short period afterward, since the skin was stimulated and is now ridding itself of toxins and impurities. Keep in mind that the more facials you get, the less impurities your skin will contain. You will experience less as time goes on. Your esthetician will recommend a skin care regiment for you, and give you pointers on how to best care for your skin.

You Are What You Eat

Symptoms of Poor Digestion

  • Asthma
  • Food Sensitivitiescascade-day-spa-facials-waxing-massage-brow-lash-tint-browwax-healthy-digestion
  • Coated tongue
  • Floating stool
  • Undigested food in stool
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Yeast Infections
  • Burping
  • Heartburn
  • Acid reflux
  • Any Skin Problems



Tips for Staying Healthy and Optimizing Digestion & Great Skin

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1. Drink plenty of filtered water, not distilled   water.
Our body uses 7 liters of water in digestion. If we are dehydrated, our body prioritizes the water use and skin is not a priority.


2. Eat real, nutrient dense, whole foods.   It’s best to get vitamins and minerals from a food source where they are easily assimilated with good digestion. Supplements aren’t a miracle and can’t replace an unhealthy diet.

3. Sit down at the table and eat in a relaxed environment.  No multitasking. Use mindful eating. There is a lot of wisdom to the idea of family dinners and giving thanks before a meal because it is very helpful in preparing the body to accept nourishment.


4. Chew until the food is liquid. Give the
stomach a good fighting chance in digestion and prevent problems later down the digestive tract.Family_Meal-cascade-day-spa-vancouver-washington-massage-facials-waxing-therapy


5. Use digestive aids such as lemon water, bitters or apple cider vinegar 15 minutes before meals. Supplemental HCL can be used for low stomach acid indicated with symptoms of heartburn.    Digestive enzymes can offer additional digestive support.


6. Eliminate food sensitivities and Fermented_Food-cascade-day-spa-health-food-massage-facials-waxing-vancouver-washingtonheal the gut with supplements, herbs, teas, bone broth, and cabbage water.


7. Support the large intestine by eating a diet low in sugar and processed foods. Use probiotics to repopulate the good bacteria. Eat fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kefir, and Kombucha.




8. Get plenty of healthy fats in your diet such as coconut oil, olive oil, flax seed oil, grass fed butter, and fish oil. Stay away from trans fats and hydrogenated fats such as
vegetable, corn, and soy oils.



Shawna Esparza Licensed Esthetician and graduate of the Nutritional Therapy Association.

 She specializes in helping people identify the root cause of their skin conditions such as acne and rosacea. Internal health is just as important as external maintenance in achieving healthy skin.  Studies now show that diet, hydration, fats/minerals balance, stress, and poor sleep; can all effect the health and appearance of skin. Shawna will do an in depth assessment and give you some answers into why your skin may not be looking it’s best. She will then work with you to develop a complete plan that will help you get the radiant skin you deserve. $95/1 hour.






ZAP! High Frequency Treatment

Cascade Day Spa’s own; Victoria performing service

The high frequency facial is used by skin care professionals to help treat and prevent stubborn acne, shrink enlarged pores, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, decongest puffy eyes, fade dark eye circles and even rejuvenate the condition of the scalp and nourish hair follicles for healthier hair growth.


Considered a timeless and essential skin rejuvenating treatment in the skin care industry, high frequency stimulates cell renewal and assists with improved skin care product penetration and absorption by gently warming the tissues of the skin.

High frequency facial machines and devices (traditionally referred to as “violet rays”) vary
in design and appearance however the underlying principle, technology, and operational functions are the same. Most professional high frequency machines used in spas, salons and medical offices operate at a frequency of 100,000-2500,000+ Hertz (cycles per second). Compact versions of the technology may be purchased by professionals and home users experienced in the application of high frequency.

The safe and gentle oscillating and oxygenating power of high frequency electrical current has been shown to enhance blood circulation, increase collagen and elastin production, eliminate toxins and acne-causing bacteria, encourage lymphatic drainage, exfoliate dead skin cells and improve skin care product absorption. The primary action of high frequency current is thermal (heat producing) and is characterized by a high rate of oscillation. Due to its rapid rate of oscillation, high frequency does not cause muscular contractions – instead, it works on the principle of skin toning.

How Does High Frequency Work?

High frequency facial machines work in conjunction with high frequency electrodes whiccascade-day-spa-highfrequency-wand-facials-acne-zap-vancouver-washington-treatmenth are made of clear tempered glass and come in a variety different shapes and sizes to facilitate the treatment of various contours of the face and body. When the high frequency electrode is firmly inserted into the high frequency hand piece, a gentle alternating electrical current is generated by the high frequency machine which then passes through the attached glass electrode upon contact with the skin. This contact ignites the inert gas within the electrode which produces healing electrical light energy and unstable oxygen which instantly converts into purifying ozone. In other words, when mixed with the air outside of the electrode, the electrical current infuses the skin with rejuvenating oxygen molecules and a therapeutic zapping or tingling sensation is experienced.

In treating aging skin, high frequency current firms and tones by causing a circulation rush in addition to subtle tissue warming. These functions cause a very safe and natural contraction of the underlying blood vessels and tiny muscle groups. The dilation of the underlying vessels pushes away toxins, while the cells enjoy a feast of increased nutrients and hydrating volume. This result is in an increase in blood circulation and cell renewal as well as increased production levels of Collagen and Elastin which soften and smooth away wrinkles, reduce pore size and improve overall skin texture.


The application of high frequency current to the skin also promotes a natural cleansing and antibacterial action that helps treat existing acne and prevents the onset of new acne. Clients experiencing cystic acne will benefit greatly from the deep penetrating germicidal action of high frequency. The skin is left feeling instantly energized, rosy, firm, refreshed and noticeably softer – even after just one treatment. The enriched oxygen molecules produced by high frequency machines are safe and have been proven to be effective in helping to heal and restore the skin’s health. High frequency is used to treat a range of concerns from skin lesions, acne, waxing procedures and cold sores to fine lines, sagging skin and puffy eyes. Common areas of treatment include the face, neck and scalp but high frequency can be used on the entire body including the back.

Why Do High Frequency Wattage Levels and Oscillation Rates Matter?

The power level and output strength of a high frequency machine is ultimately measured by the high frequency oscillation rate (measured in Hertz), NOT by the level of wattage! It is important to choose a portable high frequency facial machine that operates at a relatively LOW wattage level (anything less than 10 watts) and a high rate of oscillation (>100,000+ Hz). This optimal combination is a signal of efficiency in operation and output.

I have highlighted a list of recommended home high frequency machines above. A quality portable high frequency machine operating at a low level of wattage is more efficient at producing high frequency current, and will last much longer than inexpensively manufactured units running at higher levels of wattage. A portable high frequency machine operating at a HIGH level of wattage (10+ watts) can signal a red flag. Typically, such machines are not as efficient because they have to work very hard to generate the same electrical current output, and are much more prone to internal damage and early coil burnout due to overheating.

The Electrode Colors: Orange vs. Violet

Quality high frequency electrodes are typically made of tempered glass and filled with either 1) argon gas which produces a subtle violet colored glow, or 2) neon gas which produces an orange glow. The high frequency electrode acts as a safe conductor of the current. High frequency is a wonderful holistic treatment offering a host of benefits for many skin care concerns ranging from acne to wrinkles.

Electrode Color
Inert Gas Type
Intended Use
Orange Neon For treating aging skin, scalp and hair
Violet Argon For treating acne, scalp and hair

Traditionally, the violet electrode is used by professionals to treat acne prone skin. An extremely small amount of ultra-violet light is emitted when the violet electrode makes contact with the skin. Such brief and low level UV exposure is considered very safe (non-skin damaging) and provides excellent anti-bacterial and healing benefits.

The orange electrodes are generally indicated in the treatment aging skin because they are said to direct more warmth to the treatment area which promotes blood circulation, encourages cellular turnover and improves product penetration.

What Are The Benefits of High Frequency?

High frequency facials offer a safe and gentle alternative to dramatic plastic surgery procedures, laser resurfacing, chemical peels, Collagen and Botox injections and other invasive skin rejuvenation procedures. When using high frequency for anti-aging purposes, results can vary by individual and skin type, are gradual, and do not occur overnight! Although high frequency has been shown to produce an immediate and temporary lifting effect, continued daily application can provide more cumulative long-term, lasting results. Interestingly, many acne sufferers have found improvements in their complexions after only a few days of use.

1) Improvement In Acne

Sometimes the body can become immune to certain acne medications if used over an extended period of time. When combined with an effective acne treatment lotion, regular application of high frequency keeps the acne away long after other expensive medications and treatments can fail. High frequency gently cleanses the skin of acne-causing bacteria and unwanted toxins while making the skin more receptive to acne lotions, creams and other skin treatment products. The results can be extremely dramatic – even after only a few treatments!

2) Reduction in Enlarged Pores & Blackheads

With regular use, high frequency facials can be very effective at reducing the size of enlarged pores, softening skin, controlling excess sebum production and eliminating the occurrence of blackheads. The gentle spray of oxygen molecules produced by the high frequency current diminish enlarged pores by penetrating deep down into the root of the affected area and cleaning out unwanted debris and toxins allowing the pore to quickly regain its natural size once again. I have found that the best products to use in conjunction with high frequency treatment to help shrink down large pores are clay or mud masks.

3) Softening of Fine Lines, Wrinkles, and Sagging Skin

The oscillating action of high frequency can increase blood circulation, which in turn nourishes the skin’s surface and renews underlying cells. It also produces an enriched form of oxygen, which can provide the skin with a firm, youthful, vibrant glow. It can diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, tighten double chins and jowls and improve overall skin texture and tone by promoting increased collagen production. Be sure to follow up treatment with a quality moisturizing serum. Those with acne-prone skin should use a non-oily serum that will help seal in moisture.

4) Reduction in Puffiness

The pulsating “oxygenation” action produced by high frequency current aids in lymphatic drainage and disperses excess fluid while increasing blood circulation. The result is a reduction in the appearance of congested, tired, puffy eyes. High frequency also helps the skin more efficiently absorb skin care products thereby extending their effectiveness.

5) Fading of Dark Eye Circles

New scientific research has shown the cause of severe dark eye circles to be broken capillaries that have leaked hemoglobin, creating a red-blue pigment deposit under the eyes. High frequency creates a circulation rush in the area and helps your current under eye product penetrate deeper into the skin tissue. The application of high frequency can be very effective at fading dark under eye circles resulting in a fresher, brighter, more youthful looking appearance.

6) Improvement in The Appearance of Cellulite

With regular use, high frequency treatment can be very effective at reducing reducing the appearance of cellulite when used in conjunction with a quality cellulite product. For years, the skin care industry has relied on this same high frequency, oxygen molecule producing technology to aid in lymphatic drainage, gently exfoliate the skin, increase blood circulation, assist in the production of collagen and elastin and promote healthy cell metabolism. The result: smoother, firmer, more refined skin.

7) Healthier Hair Growth

Through its rapid oscillation, high frequency current improves the process of nourishment, gently exfoliates the skin, promotes local blood circulation, stimulates local glandular activity, supplies heat to the area which is soothing to the nervous system and significantly improves the scalp’s receptiveness to and the overall effectiveness of post-treatment hair growth formulas. For many years, hairdressers have used high frequency current technology to revitalize scalp conditions which can aid in promoting healthier hair growth.

Are High Frequency Facial Treatments Safe?

High frequency facials are considered a safe and gentle therapeutic approach to skin rejuvenation however the following contraindications should be noted:

  • Avoid using AHA or glycolic acid products with high frequency as they may tend to over-dry the skin.
  • Avoid treating areas of broken capillaries, spider veins and rosacea as high frequency may exacerbate these conditions.
  • Do not use if you are pregnant, have a pacemaker or history of heart disease.
  • Avoid wearing metal jewelry during high frequency treatment to avoid risk of shock.
  • Never operate the high frequency system with a broken bulb.
  • Do not use outdoors, near water or around combustible substances.
 Written by: Kimberly Langford

Read original full article here.

Here at Cascade Day Spa we offer this treatment as a stand alone, or add on to any facial service!




Oxygenating Trio Treatment Facial

This antioxidant therapy supports metabolism, exfoliates, and detoxifies your facial skin. It adds antioxidants and crucial vitamins, that leave your skin purified, glowing, and absolutely radiant!

The Activators: oxygenatingtrio_pca-skin-activator-cascade-day-spa

  • Superoxide Dismutase – is an enzyme that supports antioxidant defense.
  • Fumaric Acid – is an antioxidant.
  • Niacinamide – is a form of the B vitamin, niacin (vitamin B3), that hydrates and
    promotes a clear complexion. It does not cause the flushing response common with niacin.

The Detoxifiers:oxygenatingtrio_pca-skin-detoxifier-cascade-day-spa

  • Pumpkin Seed Oil – Rich in
  • Hydrolyzed Candida Saitoana Extract – is a type of fungi that encourages skin detoxification.
  • Pumpkin Seed Oil – Rich in essential fatty acids and nutrients.
  • Wild Cherry Bark Extract – Antioxidant that provides calming properties.

The Oxygenators:oxygenatingtrio_pca-skin-oxygenator-cascade-day-spa

  • Hydrogen Peroxide – is a topical oxygen source effective in purifying the skin.
  • Lactic Acid – Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) naturally found in milk and sugars. It is part of the skin’s natural moisturizing factor (NMF) and moisturizes the skin.
  • Glycolic Acid – Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that is excellent for oily skin types.
  • Salicylic Acid – Calming lipophilic beta hydroxy acid (BHA) that helps promote a clear complexion.



Revitalize: Therapeutic Papaya Maskcascade-day-spa-papaya-enzyme-mask-facials-treatment

A combination of papaya puree and additional fruit extracts from lemons, oranges, and apples; to brighten dull complexions while exfoliating the skin to a healthy glow! Green Tea, vitamin E, and honey are added to help moisturize and soften the skin. This mask is appropriate for all skin types and conditions.


Clarify: Therapeutic Salicylic Acid MaskVancouver_washington_Day_Spa_Cascade_Sun_screen_summer

Formulated with breakouts in mind, this mask is both purifying, and calming. It helps promote a clear complexion.

  • Salicylic Acid 20% – Calming lipophilic beta-hydroxy-acid (BHA) promotes a clear complexion.
  • Hydrolyzed Candida Saitoana Extract – A type of fungi that encourages skin detoxification.
  • Cascarilla Bark with Wild & Sweet Cherry Extracts – Antioxidants that provide crucial calming properties.
  • Tocopherol (Vitamin E) –  A fat-soluble antioxidant and emollient ingredient.



This treatment facial is on our spring special menu HERE