Traditional Microneedling vs Radiofrequency Microneedling?

Traditional Microneedling vs Radiofrequency Microneedling

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling is a minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure. During microneedling, tiny and sterilized needles puncture the skin very minimally to stimulate collagen production. This treatment is performed because the skin will heal after microneedling and reduce the appearance of acne scars or dark spots. Microneedling can also help improve the skin’s elasticity and create a more youthful appearance.

What is Radio-frequency Microneedling?

RF-microneedling combines two techniques commonly used for skin rejuvenation: radiofrequency and skin needling. Unlike the traditional version of a hand-held microneedling pen, RF-microneedling uses thermal energy that stimulates collagen production in addition to skin microneedling. This combination gives faster results in fewer treatments.

Is adding Radiofrequency (RF) better than just Microneedling alone?

Traditional microneedling causes physical trauma to the skin’s surface, which stimulates the production of collagen over time. By adding the RF thermal energy to the treatment, the effectiveness increases tremendously due to how deeply the thermal energy reaches the sub-dermal layers of the skin. Safe and faster results, longer-lasting outcomes, and increased ability for your skincare to reach deeper into your skin’s layers all lead to the ideal end result.

What are the Benefits of Microneedling?

There is a long list of benefits for the skin that microneedling procedures can provide, including: 

  • Skin Tightening 
  • Wrinkle Reduction 
  • Acne Scar Improvement 
  • Skin Tone & Texture Improvement
  •  Pore Reduction 
  • Scar Reduction 
  • Stretch Mark Reduction 
  • Double Chin Reduction 
  • Jowl Lifting 
  • Eye Brow Lifting 
  • Neck Lifting 
  • Hand Rejuvenation

How many treatments do I need for the best results?

For maximum benefit, you will need three sessions, spaced one month apart. The improvements continue over the next six months as your body continuously produces new collagen.

Can RF microneedling be used on all skin types?

Yes, RF microneedling can be used on all skin types. The microneedles are designed to precisely deliver the energy pulse towards the dermis tissues. This removes the risks of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation on darker skin types.

What can I expect during my RF microneedling treatment?

For your comfort, a topical anesthetic cream is placed over the area to be treated prior to the procedure being performed. During the procedure, the handpiece is passed over the skin. The fine needles penetrate the skin and the RF energy is delivered once the needles reach the desired depth. 

How do I prepare for my RF Microneedling treatment? 

  1. Discontinue retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, topical antibiotics, exfoliants, and AHA/BHA acids for one week prior to the procedure
  2. Do not take any anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil) three days prior to treatment
  3. Avoid sun exposure/tanning booth two weeks prior to the procedure
  4. No waxing, electrolysis, or depilatory creams in the area to be treated for one week prior to treatment
  5. No shaving the day of the procedure
  6. Avoid blood thinners (aspirin, Omega-3, vitamin E) one week prior to the procedure
  7. Discontinue Accutane for six months prior to the procedure

What do I do post RF treatment?

  1. Use a gentle face wash the first day, then resume your normal skin care regimen after 24 hours
  2. Avoid vigorous activity right after the treatment
  3. Use SPF 30+ daily

How long does the actual procedure take?

Sessions generally take 20-30 minutes, based on the area being treated. 

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SomaSou is Del Ray’s first MedSpa offering services to help our community regain vitality, strength, and confidence in themselves. SomaSou means “your body,” and we give you options to help you feel confident about it. Start your journey by taking an active role in your well-being and schedule a consultation with us today. For more information about our services and to schedule a treatment, please contact us here.

Everything You Need to Know About Moisturizers

We’ve all heard that applying a moisturizer daily to our skin is an essential step to a proper skincare routine. Have you ever wondered why? We are breaking down everything you need to know about moisturizers to keep your skin healthy and hydrated!

What is a Moisturizer?

Before we begin, let’s describe what a moisturizer actually is first. A moisturizer typically comes in the form of a lotion, cream, ointment or balm. Moisturizers work to hydrate the surface layers of your skin to help it stay hydrated. When applied properly, a moisturizer seals the skin to lock in important nutrients and moisture. Moisturizers can also act as a barrier from harmful irritants that can cause damage to your skin.

Benefits of Using a Moisturizer

Moisturizers are powerful products! Not only can they hydrate the skin and prevent dryness, but they can actually improve your skin’s barrier. Anti-aging moisturizers can improve overall skin texture while making skin appear firmer. Plus, moisturizers add essential nutrients back into the layers of your skin.

How Do Moisturizers Work?

Most moisturizers do one of two things: seal moisture within the top layers of your skin or restore moisture that has been lost. There are three kinds of moisturizers: 

  • Emollients: These soften, smoothen and condition skin by filling in the gaps between skin cells or flakes with droplets of oil. An example is castor oil.
  • Occlusives: These create a barrier on top of the skin to reduce or physically block TEWL (transepidermal water loss). An example is petroleum jelly, like Vaseline. 
  • Humectants: These pull water from deeper skin layers or from humid environmental conditions. An example is hyaluronic acid. 

How to Use a Moisturizer

Moisturizers work best when applied to skin after it has been cleansed, so we recommend moisturizing after each time you wash your face. It’s also helpful to apply moisturizers when your skin is slightly damp, as they help to seal in moisture. To use a moisturizer, apply a pea-sized amount to your face and lightly rub it using circular motions. When it comes to a skincare routine, you should always cleanse, lightly exfoliate, then apply a moisturizer. 

How Often to Moisturize

Now that you understand the importance of moisturizing, you may be wondering how often to complete this step. We recommend moisturizing twice per day: once in the morning and once at night. We also recommend that you moisturize in the morning before applying sunscreen or makeup. Plus, many moisturizers include an SPF already, which can help make your morning routine easier.

Shop with SomaSouIf you would like to learn more about moisturizers, please reach out to us for a consultation. Or shop some of our favorite moisturizer products on our website here. SomaSou is Del Ray’s first MedSpa offering services to help our community regain vitality, strength, and confidence in themselves. SomaSou means “your body,” and we give you options to help you feel confident about it. Start your journey by taking an active role in your well-being and schedule a consultation with us today. For more information about our services and to schedule a treatment, please contact us here.

What is a Retinoid and How to Use It

Retinoid

If you’re new to the world of skincare, you may have seen the term retinoid come up in your research. Retinoids are powerful skincare ingredients available over the counter or in prescription form to improve the appearance of skin. To learn more about retinoids and how to use them, keep reading for some helpful tips from the experts at SomaSou. 

What is a Retinoid?

A retinoid is a derivative of vitamin A that has been converted into retinoic acid. Retinoids have structural similarities to vitamin A and come in natural or synthetic forms. Retinoids can be purchased over the counter or in stronger forms available by prescription only. Retinoids can be applied topically or orally, with topical retinoids in the form of gels or creams being the most popular. 

Why Use a Retinoid?

Retinoids are a common product used in dermatology and skin care because of their positive benefits on the skin. Retinoid is one of the most well-studied anti-aging treatments available. Retinoid products have been proven to: 

  • Increase skin cell turnover and renewal
  • Provide antioxidant and antibacterial benefits
  • May reduce oil production
  • Reduce hyperpigmentation
  • Boosts collagen production
  • Hydrates (although, it can initially cause irritation)

How to Use Retinoids

While retinoids are a well-studied and proven anti-aging skincare ingredient, they are known for causing irritation. So how do you use a retinoid? Here are some helpful tips:

  • Start slowly to allow your skin time to build tolerance. We recommend applying retinoid one night a week for two weeks, then two nights a week for two weeks, and so on.
  • Wear sunscreen every day, no matter the weather. You should be doing this already!
  • Consider buffering by applying a moisturizer before or after the retinoid to reduce irritation.
  • Reduce the number of other skincare activities you are using until your skin has built a tolerance. 
  • Consider combining with additional ingredients below to reduce irritation and boost the effects of the retinoid. 

Boost Retinoid with These Other Ingredients

Retinoids are a great anti-aging component to add to your skincare routine. Boost the effects of your retinoid with three other helpful ingredients: 

  1. Niacinamide: This ingredient complements retinoid’s anti-aging, brightening, and anti-acne effects. Plus, it can help increase the production of lipids within your skin barrier, which helps reduce the irritation commonly experienced with retinoids. 
  2. Hyaluronic Acid: This ingredient will help keep your skin hydrated, which facilitates skin cell turnover. 
  3. Green Tea: Green tea has been known to act synergistically with retinoids to prevent sun damage. Many popular moisturizers include green tea extract to pair with retinoids. 

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If you are curious about how to use a Retinoid, please reach out to us for a consultation. Or shop some of our favorite Retinoid products on our website here. SomaSou is Del Ray’s first MedSpa offering services to help our community regain vitality, strength, and confidence in themselves. SomaSou means “your body,” and we give you options to help you feel confident about it. Start your journey by taking an active role in your well-being and schedule a consultation with us today. For more information about our services and to schedule a treatment, please contact us here.

Acne Scars vs. Acne Marks

Acne Scars vs Acne Marks

What could be more frustrating than finally having your breakout clear up, only to find residual scars or marks left on your once-clear skin? The blemishes left behind from a breakout can come in the form of either an acne scar or acne mark. Understanding the difference between an acne scars vs acne marks can be the key to treating them properly and getting your clear skin back. Keep reading to learn the difference below.

acne scars vs acne marks

What is an Acne Mark?

An acne mark is a dark spot or discoloration on your skin that is caused by inflammation. When you experience a breakout, your skin will send white blood cells into the bloodstream, which increases blood flow to the injured area. It also sends melanocytes with it, which are the cells that make melanin in your body. It’s the melanocytes that cause dark spots or hyperpigmentation in the form of acne marks left on your skin. Red acne marks are called post-inflammatory erythema, whereas brown acne marks are called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Both will cause discoloration of the skin. Acne marks are flat and tend to fade away over time. 

How to Treat an Acne Mark?

To help the acne marks fade faster, there are medical grade skincare options and treatments that can be prescribed to do so.

At-home treatments should be avoided as they tend to irritate the skin and don’t penetrate deeply or safely as needed to produce results.

What is an Acne Scar?

Acne scars are a bit different. Acne scars are irregularities in your skin’s texture after a breakout. These can be raised or indented marks that are typically permanent. When you have a breakout and then pick at your acne, your body will stop the bleeding by sealing damaged blood vessels. Acne scars are caused by an altered wound healing process where either too much or too little collagen is produced. When too much collagen is produced during the wound healing response, it can cause hypertrophic or keloid scars, both of which are rare. More often than not, your skin could produce too little collagen during the wound healing process, which will create indented scars called atrophic scars. 

How to Treat Acne Scars

As we mentioned above, acne marks will typically go away over time on their own. It’s acne scars that need to be treated right away to prevent permanent scarring. Here are several treatments we recommend: 

All of the treatment options above should be performed by a certified skin care professional, and never attempted at home by yourself. We also recommend treating acne at the source before exploring how to treat acne scars. If you can’t stop acne at the source, you will be dealing with the after-effects of stubborn acne marks and scars indefinitely. 

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SomaSou is Del Ray’s first MedSpa offering services to help our community regain vitality, strength, and confidence in themselves. SomaSou means “your body,” and we give you options to help you feel confident about it. Start your journey by taking an active role in your well-being and schedule a consultation with us today. For more information about products that treat acne, our services and to schedule a treatment, please contact us here.

How to Create a Skincare Routine

Skincare Routine

Skincare is more than just a buzzword. Prioritizing the health of your skin is a commitment to your long-term health and your future self will thank you. One of the best ways to take care of your skin for the long term is to create a skincare routine. If you aren’t sure where to start, we have some great suggestions to get you started.

What is a Skincare Routine?

A skincare routine is a regimen you perform on your skin in the morning and night to keep your face looking its best. There are three main functions to almost all skincare routines: cleansing, treating with appropriate serums, and moisturizing. Following these three steps consistently will have your skin looking its best year-round. 

Know Your Skin Type

To establish a skincare routine that’s right for you, it’s important to first identify your skin type. There are five basic skin types, which you can read about in-depth here. Determine if you have oily, dry, normal, combination, or sensitive skin, and then buy the products that work best with your skin type. 

In what order should I use my skincare products?

When creating a skincare routine that works for you, it’s about more than just buying the right products. You must also be consistent and apply the products in the right order. Here is a sample of what your skincare routine should look like in order of product application.

  1. Cleanse: Every morning and evening, you should wash your face gently with water and a cleanser that’s right for your skin type. Cleansing will remove dirt, oil, and impurities from your skin.
  2. Tone: Using a skin toner can help unclog pores, which will allow your skin to better absorb additional skincare products.
  3. Serum: Next it’s time to apply a serum. Serums can accomplish different things. Serums have the ability to penetrate deeper into the skin layers and deliver products more directly.
  4. Moisturize: This essential step will hydrate the skin and leave your face feeling soft and smooth. Don’t forget to include an eye cream application in this step!
  5. Sunscreen: During your morning routine, you want to finish up with an application of sunscreen. Daily sunscreen application is important for preventing skin cancer and sun damage. Sunscreen also helps prevent fine lines and wrinkles on the skin.

Get Started with SomaSou

Are you ready to create a skincare routine that works for you? Talk with the experts at SomaSou MedSpa. We have carefully curated a selection of medical-grade skincare so you can start building your ideal routine. Our products have a higher concentration of active ingredients which allows you to not overuse the product since a little goes a long way to helping address areas like your pore size, redness, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, sunspots and more. Stop in to speak to our trained estheticians who can help guide you appropriately. . You can also shop SomaSou’s skincare products online here.

About SomaSou

SomaSou is Del Ray’s first MedSpa offering services to help our community regain vitality, strength, and confidence in themselves. SomaSou means “your body,” and we give you options to help you feel confident about it. Start your journey by taking an active role in your well-being and schedule a consultation with us today. For more information about our services and to schedule a treatment, please contact us here.

Hyperpigmentation Explained

Hyperpigmentation

Have you been noticing the appearance of dark spots on your skin or face after pregnancy or recent exposure to the sun? You may be experiencing hyperpigmentation, a skin condition that affects about five million men and women in the United States.

What is Pigmentation?

To understand hyperpigmentation, you have to learn what pigmentation is first. Our bodies naturally create melanin, the pigment that gives humans different skin colors. Your skin, hair, eye color, and genes are all determined by how much melanin your body has within it. 

What is Hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is a skin condition that causes dark or tan discoloration on different areas of the skin. It occurs when your skin produces too much melanin, which is the dark pigment that gives humans different skin colors. It’s common in both men and women, but it’s especially common in people with darker skin tones. 

What Causes Hyperpigmentation?

There are many factors, but the most common are sun exposure, hormonal changes, or exposure to light from screens and electronic devices.

Kinds of Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation can take many forms. Here are some common kinds you may be familiar with:

  • Freckles: Yes, freckles! Freckles are harmless spots on the skin that come from an excess of melanin in the body.
  • Age Spots: Age spots are also harmless and appear as small, dark splotches on the skin. Age spots are more common in older adults, but young adults can get them too, especially with increased sun exposure. 
  • Melasma: These dark spots can be caused by changes in hormones like pregnancy. 

How to Prevent Hyperpigmentation?

To prevent hyperpigmentation, it’s important to be diligent with your sun protection measures. Regular application of a mineral sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher each day will help prevent hyperpigmentation. Don’t forget to reapply sunscreen with longer exposure to the sun, especially on beach days or when you sweat. It’s important to avoid excessive sun exposure and to practice sun-safe behaviors, like wearing sun-protective clothing. We also recommend that you seek shade outdoors whenever possible. 

How to Treat Hyperpigmentation?

It’s important to speak with a skincare professional about treatment options for hyperpigmentation. Some common treatment options can include: 

  • Retinol application
  • Chemical peels
  • Laser therapies
  • Topical brightening products

How Long Does Treatment Take?

Patience and consistency are key when treating this. Ask your skincare professional about projected timelines for brightening hyperpigmentation.

About SomaSou

SomaSou is Del Ray’s first MedSpa offering services to help our community regain vitality, strength, and confidence in themselves. SomaSou means “your body,” and we give you options to help you feel confident about it. Start your journey by taking an active role in your well-being and schedule a consultation with us today. For more information about our services and to schedule a treatment, please contact us.

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What is UV Radiation?

UV Radiation

UV radiation can cause serious damage to your skin over time. As the summer months approach, we want to remind you to practice sun-safe behaviors to prevent skin cancer from UV radiation. Keep reading to learn more about UV radiation and how you can protect yourself from these harmful rays all year long.

What is UV radiation?

Before we begin, let’s break down what UV radiation is first. UV radiation stands for ultraviolet radiation. Radiation is the emission of energy from any source. In the case of UV radiation, the emission of energy comes from the sun, or man-made sources like tanning beds. There are many kinds of radiation, including low-frequency radiation (like radio waves) or high-frequency radiation (found in X-rays). 

Why worry about UV radiation?

You can feel the sun’s heat and see the sun’s light, but you can’t detect the UV radiation it emits, which is why you can burn on a cloudy day. This can be very dangerous because the sun’s UV radiation is the main cause of skin cancer. Too much exposure to UV radiation without proper protection will cause sunburn, which increases your risk of developing skin cancer.

The different types of UV radiation

Did you know there are actually different kinds of UV radiation? The two main kinds are UVB and UVA radiation. Learn the difference below.

Ultraviolet A (UVA) Radiation

  • Longer wavelength
  • Strongly associated with skin aging
  • Makes up the majority of UV radiation
  • Can cause sunburn, but it takes longer to burn
  • Radiation is constant and year-round
  • Can pass through glass

Ultraviolet B (UVB) Radiation

  • Shorter wavelength
  • Associated with skin burning
  • More energy than UVA rays
  • Can cause sunburn faster
  • Occurs more in the summer
  • Strongly linked to skin cancer
  • Rays are entirely absorbed by glass

How are we exposed to UV radiation?

There are many factors throughout the day that expose us to UV radiation including:

  • Time of day, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when UV rays are the strongest
  • Spring and summer months when UV rays are strongest
  • Where you are located in the world: UV exposure goes down the farther away you move from the equator
  • Reflection off surfaces like water, pavement, and even grass

What are the long-term UV Radiation effects?

Are you familiar with the famous image of the sun-damaged truck driver? After 28 years of driving a truck, he was left with dramatic asymmetrical facial aging. The side of his face nearest to the window was far more wrinkled and damaged from UVA radiation. It may seem silly to wear sunscreen indoors, but this real-life example shows you not to avoid it.

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SomaSou is Del Ray’s first MedSpa offering services to help our community regain vitality, strength, and confidence in themselves. SomaSou means “your body,” and we give you options to help you feel confident about it. Start your journey by taking an active role in your well-being and schedule a consultation with us today. For more information about our services and to schedule a treatment, please contact us.

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Sunscreen 101

Sunscreen 101

Summer is just around the corner, which means longer days spent outdoors in the sun. Whether you have a beach trip coming up or you’re just planning to be outside more, be sure to practice sun-safe behaviors like regularly applying sunscreen. Sunscreen is the most important tool at our disposal to help prevent skin cancer. Keep reading to learn more about the power of sunscreen from the team at SomaSou.

What is sunscreen?

Sunscreen, also known as sunblock or sun lotion, is a topical product for the skin that absorbs or reflects some of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. This helps protect your skin from sunburn and prevents skin cancer. 

Why do we need sunscreen?

Sunscreen absorbs or scatters UV rays and prevents them from reaching DNA and other skin components that are prone to damage from UV radiation. Basically, sunscreen is the best way to lower your exposure to UV radiation, which can cause skin cancer and sun damage. 

Who needs sunscreen?

Literally, EVERYONE needs to wear sunscreen. Men, women, and children over the age of six months should apply sunscreen daily. 

What are the different kinds of sunscreen?

There are two main kinds of sunscreen: mineral sunscreen and chemical sunscreen. Here are the differences between the two:

  • Mineral Sunscreen: Blocks and scatters rays, and blue screen light before they penetrate your skin.
  • Chemical Sunscreen: Absorbs UV rays before they damage your skin.
  • Combination Sunscreen: Some sunscreens are available that are a combination of both mineral and chemical sunscreen.

What is SPF? 

Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is the number you see on different bottles of sunscreen. This number indicates how long the sun’s UVB rays would take to redden your skin. Essentially, SPF is a measure of how much longer a person can stay in the sun without burning when they are wearing sunscreen. For example, if you use SPF 15, then it would take you 15 times longer to burn than if you had no sunscreen on at all.

Which level of SPF should you use?

Generally speaking, you should apply an SPF sunscreen of at least 15 or higher each day. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, then we recommend an SPF of 30 or higher. 

How often should you apply sunscreen?

You should get into the habit of applying sunscreen daily in your morning routine. If you are outdoors in the sun often, then you must remember to apply sunscreen at least every two hours, especially if you sweat or swim.

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SomaSou is Del Ray’s first MedSpa offering services to help our community regain vitality, strength, and confidence in themselves. SomaSou means “your body,” and we give you options to help you feel confident about it. Start your journey by taking an active role in your well-being and schedule a consultation with us today. For more information about our services and to schedule a treatment, contact us here.

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The Five Basic Skin Types

Skin Types

There is no shortage of products available to target an array of different skin types. From oily to sensitive, dry to combination, how do you know what kind of skin type you have? Properly identifying what your skin type is will help prevent wasting money on products that are not meant for you.

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Skin Conditions Often Mistaken for Acne

skin conditions

Are you experiencing acne? It may surprise you to learn that there are a number of common skin conditions that are regularly confused with acne. Keep reading to learn more about potential skin conditions that appear as acne, but can be something entirely different.

Rosacea

Rosacea is one of the most common skin conditions that’s regularly mistaken for acne. This widespread facial disorder affects nearly 16 million Americans every year. The main symptoms of rosacea include flushing, blushing, permanent skin redness, bloodshot eyes, and more. One of the main reasons rosacea can be confused with acne is that some types of the disorder manifest as small papules or pustules filled around the face. These can be filled with pus and appear like acne bumps. One way to differentiate rosacea from acne is that rosacea bumps are usually centrally located on the face. The spots associated with rosacea are also more likely to be small, red, and relatively painless. While there is no known cause for rosacea, there are treatment options available, including topical and anti-inflammatory treatments. Some acne treatments may improve rosacea, but it is a stubborn skin condition that will usually return.

Perioral Dermatitis

If you are seeing a red rash appear around your mouth, you may be experiencing a type of dermatitis called perioral dermatitis. Perioral Dermatitis can often be mistaken for acne because it can produce some pustules that resemble breakouts. The spots associated with perioral dermatitis are usually small, dry, itchy and located around the mouth. Your skin may be scaly and flaky with inflamed bumps that can itch or burn. Rarely, the rash can spread to your nose or eye area. If you breakdown the word perioral, “peri” means “around” and of course “oral” means “mouth.” The word itself literally means “around the mouth.” Toothpaste is often the main culprit of perioral dermatitis. Treatments can include the use of a barrier cream prior to brushing your teeth that can help improve symptoms.

Melassezia Follicultitis

Often called “Fungal Acne,” this is usually misdiagnosed as acne. Instead, this facial condition is caused by an overgrowth of yeast on the face, which naturally occurs on all skin. This condition is very common among men who live in hot and humid climates. You will notice that this Rosacea is different from acne because it is often concentrated on the chin and sides of the face, rather than the center of the face. 

If you are experiencing acne symptoms, be sure to have a skincare professional examine and properly diagnose your condition. You may actually be experiencing one of the skin conditions above instead of acne. 

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SomaSou is Del Ray’s first MedSpa offering services to help our community enrich themselves and build confidence. “SomaSou” means “your body” and we give you options to help you feel confident about it. Start your journey by taking an active role in your well-being and schedule a free skin consultation with SomaSou today. For more information about our services or to schedule a treatment, visit our website here.