Journey to the Crown: Supporting Miss Washington’s Inspiring Quest

Journey to the Crown: Supporting Miss Washington’s Inspiring Quest

We are beyond thrilled to share with everyone that Camas Medspa has been chosen by Miss Washington, a beacon of strength and beauty, to be her Official Medspa Sponsor.

As she embarks on her journey to the prestigious Miss America Pageant, we are honored to be by her side, ensuring she feels radiant both inside and out.

Hailing from Prairie High School in Battle Ground and currently serving as a sergeant in the U.S. Army, Miss Washington, also known as Vanessa Munson, has a story that is truly inspiring. Recently featured in The Reflector, Munson’s journey from Miss Clark County to Miss Washington showcases her relentless spirit and deep desire to make a positive difference in the world.

“…It’s a very surreal feeling to now be able to represent an organization that has completely formed me into the woman I am today… It’s a tremendous scholarship organization and it’s super empowering for young women.” – Vanessa Munson, as quoted from The Reflector.


Camas Medspa official sponsor of Vanessa Munson Miss Washington

An Elegant Warrior

Miss Washington Vanessa Munson

Vanessa Munson’s commitment to community service is evident in her initiative,

“Beauty and beyond: What is your beautiful?”

Partnering with impactful organizations like Girls Incorporated and Dress for Success, she strives to empower women and young girls from the inside out, a message that resonates deeply with our ethos here at Camas Medspa.

Along with this, her effort to donate hearing-impaired Barbie dolls at a statewide level showcases her dedication to making beauty inclusive and accessible to all.

What makes Munson’s journey even more remarkable is her dual representation –Vanessa embodies the spirit of the Miss America Organization while also serving our country as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army.

With a continuous zeal for learning, Munson is pursuing her bachelor’s in business management with a minor in marketing, all while planning to further serve her nation as a program management analyst with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

On The Road To Miss America

As we stand alongside Vanessa on her road to Miss America, our campaign,

“Radiant Journeys with Miss Washington,”

will provide you exclusive behind-the-scenes access, expert insights, and highlights of the treatments she chooses to enhance her natural beauty.

We invite you to join us over the next few months, cheering for a woman who not only dreams big but relentlessly pursues those dreams. In Munson’s own words,

“…truly believing in yourself is the best thing that you can do.”

Together, let’s champion that spirit and belief.

To know more about Miss Washington’s journey, visit

Citation: Excerpts and information sourced from Munson’s feature in The Reflector.

Achieve Healthy, Glowing Skin with Epionce Daily Shield Tinted SPF 50 Sunscreen

Achieve Healthy, Glowing Skin with Epionce Daily Shield Tinted SPF 50 Sunscreen

Achieve Healthy, Glowing Skin with Epionce Daily Shield Tinted SPF 50 Sunscreen

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In the quest for flawless and radiant skin, finding the right sunscreen is essential; especially if you are searching for a tinted sunscreen! One of our favorite products is the Epionce Daily Shield Tinted SPF 50 Sunscreen. Not only is it recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation for daily use, but it also offers a range of benefits that make it a must-have in any skincare routine. Let’s delve deeper into what makes this product so remarkable.

Broad Spectrum Protection for a Beautiful Complexion:

The Epionce Daily Shield Tinted SPF 50 sunscreen provides broad-spectrum protection, shielding your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. By using this sunscreen, you can effectively prevent sunburn, reduce the risk of skin damage, and even lower the chances of developing skin cancer. With its potent protective properties, it ensures your skin remains healthy and youthful.

Even Skin Tone and a Natural Glow:

This sunscreen goes beyond sun protection. It features a tinted formula that helps even out your skin tone while imparting a natural-looking healthy glow. The sheer coverage it offers allows your skin to appear bare, yet beautifully radiant. It never pills on your skin and is amazing soft and hyrating so whether you’re heading out for a casual day or preparing for a special occasion, this product ensures your skin looks its best.

Suitable for All Skin Types:

Finding a sunscreen that caters to all skin types can be a challenge. However, the Daily Shield Tinted SPF 50 sunscreen by Epionce is specially formulated to accommodate even the most sensitive skin. This makes it an ideal choice for a wide range of individuals, regardless of their specific skincare needs or concerns. You can trust this sunscreen to provide optimal protection without causing any irritation.

Water Resistant for Active Lifestyles:
If you enjoy activities that involve water or tend to sweat a lot, the Epionce Daily Shield Tinted SPF 50 sunscreen has got you covered. Its water-resistant formula ensures up to 80 minutes of protection, even in the face of moisture. So whether you’re lounging by the pool, hitting the beach, or engaging in outdoor sports, this sunscreen remains effective, allowing you to enjoy your active lifestyle without worrying about sun damage.
finally a tinted sunscreen that does pill or sit in the creases and wrinkles on my face. I will never use anything else, including foundation. It is perfect.
Antioxidant Benefits for Enhanced Skin Health: Beyond sun protection, this sunscreen is enriched with botanical ingredients that provide antioxidant benefits. These antioxidants help safeguard your skin against free radicals and environmental damage, promoting overall skin health. By incorporating this sunscreen into your daily routine, you can nourish your skin while protecting it from external stressors.
Award-Winning Recognition: When it comes to skincare products, recognition from reputable sources speaks volumes. The Epionce Daily Shield Tinted SPF 50 sunscreen has been recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation, affirming its effectiveness as a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Additionally, it was honored with the “Best Under Makeup” award by Shape Magazine in the 2017 Sun Awards. This accolade underscores its compatibility with makeup application, making it an excellent choice as a base for your daily beauty routine.

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Chemical peels used to scare me. Like Acid, and Flan

Chemical peels used to scare me. Like Acid, and Flan

Back in the 1980’s I attended multiple (like in the double digits multiple) Grateful Dead shows.

I did this sober, because Acid scared me.

Was I a hippie?

Absolutely I was not. I went because I like to do “all the things.”

Not being a hippie, being afraid of hallucinogenic drugs, and having no interest in Grateful Dead Music, Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches, Bongos, and Guitar Jams, these shows were tortuous times for me.

Offshoot, side note, AKA reasons why

Grateful Dead Music is boring. It’s a hard pass for me on Uncle John and his dumb band.

Peanut butter and Banana sandwiches. Separately I do not have anything against peanut butter or bananas. They are like Crocs or Dollar Store Reading Glasses, they do the job, but no one really enjoys them.

But, sketchy sandwiches prepared by some glassy eyed, patchouli smelling 20 year-old-girl named Summer sporting dirty Birks and a tye-dyed tank with tufts of ratty armpit hair peeking out, well – that’s a nope from me. 

Bongos. Even a naked Matthew McConaughey can’t make these cool… or necessary. 

Guitar Jamming. Do people like it when this happens at concerts? When bands go on seemingly never ending guitar tangents?

Guitar jams combined with close-eyed, lazy-smiling, Dreadlocked Trustafarians twirling with outstretched arms trying to catch hallucinatory Buttermonkeys was both fascinating and irritating to me…

…but without the fascinating part. 

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(Buttermonkeys are butterflies with monkey heads – this is what I believed tripping hippies at Grateful Dead shows were seeing. Why? No idea, but this is what I thought)

Let’s get to the Acid

Even if it meant the Buttermonkeys became Flying Rainbow Kittens I just couldn’t take a tab.

Because it is CALLED ACID and the word acid sounds super scary, which is very bad branding on the drug dealers part, don’t ya think?

And this, in my opinion, is the problem with Chemical Peels. They sound scary.

Acid, Chemical Peels, as well as Cheesecake, are just poorly named and their monikers do a disservice to their exceptionalism.

  • Acid has been proven to help with PTSD and other mental health issues. 
  • Cheesecake is delicious and is not a cake made of different kinds of cheeses as I had previously thought – until I was 32.
  • Chemical Peels will not make you look like a survivor of 3 Mile Island but can do amazing things to your skin – like clear up acne, remove sun and age spots, help with rosacea, and basically take years off your appearance. 

Chemical Peels are awesome and I have embraced them and you should too. There are a million different kinds blah blah blah you can read more here about what they will do but ultimately you need to trust me.

You will love them, because how do you know if you don’t try. 

Come on, don’t be afraid – everybody is doing it. 

Now, Let’s Discuss Flan

Flan, unlike Chemical Peels, is appropriately named for what it is.

If Flan looked like a donut and was still called Flan, then it would be in the same category as The Cheesecake.

But it does not.

It looks like a trick, like some kind of ruse or con.

Flan is jiggly and firm at the same time. It is two-toned, but not in an obvious way like a delicious black and white cookie.

Flan is sneaky and maybe even slimy – I’m not sure, but I think it may be.

I don’t trust Flan, and neither should you.

Macks Chemical Romance
Shannon Hayes

Shannon Hayes


Am I abusing my false sense of power and website knowledge by inserting my need to overshare the goings on in my brain by inserting what should be a much more professional discussion about our services, specials, and events. Yes, I am. Indulge me.

Turn Back Time With Fraxel

Turn Back Time With Fraxel

Those of you who know me are probably very aware of my love for microneedling.

Not the $40 microneedling treatments I have seen advertised around town lately (I honestly can’t imagine what that even is), but the really good medical grade treatment that puts millions of deeeeeep holes in your face making you look like that dude from Hellraiser on day 1 and JLo on day 10 (okay maybe not millions of holes but JLo is big skin goals, and do we still call her that?).

So yes, microneedling will always be my first love, however lately I have become enamored by a more classic skin resurfacing treatment, the Fraxel re:store. While lasers in the movies are cool as shit, I have generally been a bit trepidatious (word of the day: means scared I think) about using them on my face.

But for not the first time in my life (just ask my ex husbands… and kids…and sister… and Shelly With The Perfect Skin) I believe I may have been incorrect in my initial judgement on this subject of which I had zero experience. Weird, how that works.

So, please let me tell you exactly why I think Fraxel is so cool it’s hot (see what I did there) and why you should get one right now, today.

What Fraxel Is and Why It Is Amazing

Think of Fraxel as a supercharged microneedling, and replace the needles with laser beams.

Both resurface the skin, meaning if you have acne scarring or sun damage or wrinkles or textury (I think that is a word) skin both of these treatments will get rid of that nonsense and leave you with fresh, new, happy baby skin in just 10-14 days.

Listen, maybe not quite baby skin but you will see noticeable differences after just one treatment and obviously – like with almost everything – the more you do the better your results…

…well except maybe not with gambling or organ donation or exfoliating

…definitely not with exfoliating – 2/3x per week tops for that please.

How does this happen, you ask?

Well my lovely friend, it’s kind of a weird explanation so get ready:

the needles and/or laser beams create millions (again, maybe not quite millions) of boo boos (aka injuries) on your skin literally tricking your body into thinking:

“holy shit, we need to kick it into gear and give this chick (or dude) some help because something just messed their skin up so come on collagen lets get to work and start building and repairing stuff.”

But Shannon, if you love microneedling so much and they do the same thing why are you now claiming Fraxel is better, you ask…

Better is such a strong word, let’s say different (but yes better depending upon skin issues and goals).

The Fraxel laser goes deeper than microneedling because, well, it’s a laser and that is what lasers do. Deeper allows for more dramatic changes to the skin and better collagen building, and since there are no needles there is less surface damage to the skin (see pictures below).



This client received a Fraxel to address his acne scarring. Immediately after a Fraxel treatment there will be redness and swelling, both of which will go away after a day or two.

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This client received a Microneedling because she wanted smoother tone and texture to her skin and to build collagen. This redness will be gone within a day or two, and we provide take-home products specifically designed for this treatment including a sunscreen with primer to use a cover up for the first 4 days.

So if you: 

  • have acne scarring
  • or spent the 80s and 90s or any decade in tanning booths (and if you are still doing that STOP IT RIGHT NOW)
  • or have lots of brown spots
  • or those little tiny veins around your nose (so annoying)
  • or have deep wrinkles
  • or work out a lot and get that hollow, sunken look and need some serious collagen building

then Fraxel is your jam.

Also, what is really cool is that dermatologists say Fraxel is good at preventing skin cancer.

Wait WHAT??!!

It’s true, Fraxel™  technology sends microscopic columns of laser energy into the skin’s dermis to destroy old unhealthy cells, including pre-cancers, and early skin cancers causing them to be replaced with healthy new cells.

And while I kind of knew all this Fraxel stuff before because I read brochures, it has been in the last month that has really opened my eyes to the magic that is Fraxel. In addition to The Russian (ask me next time you are in if you don’t know the reference) getting one and seeing those results, it has been a busy Fall for Fraxel at Camas Medspa and it really is super magical!

What To Expect when You Get A Fraxel Treatment

Getting Ready

Prior to treatment if you have been on any kind of retinoid (like retinol or tretinoin) you need to stop that about a week before your treatment.

The Fall and Winter months are the perfect time to get a Fraxel treatment as it needs to be done on skin that has not been heavily exposed to the sun beforehand and it is also best to stay out of the sun for 2 weeks after treatment. A medical grade sunscreen, such as ZOs Sunscreen and Primer can be used afterwards to help protect your skin. At Camas Medspa we will provide you with samples of this as well as a cleansing and moisturizer to use after treatment. Full-sized ZO Skin Health products are also available for purchase on site.


The Day Of Your Fraxel Treatment

When you arrive for treatment you will fill out appropriate paperwork and before pictures will be taken.

Your face will then be cleansed and a numbing creme will be applied. This process will take up to an hour in order to achieve full numbing effects.

The numbing creme will be wiped off and additional cleansing will be made.

Your Fraxel treatment will last about 20-30 minutes and during the procedure the doctor will speak with you and adjust settings based upon your comfort level.

When the procedure is finished, after pictures will taken and after care instructions with product will be given to you.


What Happens During the next week or two

When you leave the office you will be red and swollen and you will still be numb. As the numbing wears off you may feel a bit of itching or uncomfortableness that ant-imflammatories will help with.

Some people are a bit more tired or just don’t feel 💯 the rest of the day, but this is primarily from the stress of the treatment. Everyone is different, so it depends upon your personal level of reactions to stress (do you clench your teeth or tense your body, etc).


Fraxel day 4

Day 2-6ish

Day 2 and 3 the swelling will lessen along with any redness you may have had. This is when your skin will start to feel rougher, even a little scaly and may be itchy. Similar to if you have had a sunburn that then browns and starts to flake and peel.

As you move into days 4 and 5 and 6 your skin will appear rough and peely and will be peppered with small, tiny dark spots similar looking to coffee grounds. You may lightly exfoliate during this time however it is important to make sure that you do not rub off the skin until the baby skin below is ready to be exposed to the elements.

The resurfacing of new skin through sloughing and peeling continues and as you get closer to the 10 day and even 2 week mark you will see the final results of your Fraxel treatment. 


Depending upon the severity of your skin issues, you may want to think about getting a second Fraxel treatment or a complimentary treatment to address just specific issues. Ex: Slight remaining browns could be fixed with an IPL treatment or if there are any mild acne scars left you may consider a microneedling. Your esthetician can go over this at your 2 week followup where after pictures will be taken. 

Also, be aware that collagen building is something that continues to happen long after your Fraxel treatment is over, so you should continue to see improvement in laxity and fullness through the months following the treatment.  

This client below had one treatment of Fraxel for her deep acne scarring. After pictures are at Day 7 so her skin is still a bit pink and flaky although she already sees results – improvement will continue for the next week.

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If you are interested in Fraxel, but would like to talk more before taking the plunge, schedule a FREE consultation! 

If you know already you want to get a Fraxel (hint, hint check here to see if there is a special on this treatment) call 360-335-4951 or schedule your appointment today!

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Your Skin Care Cheat Sheet!

There is so much to take care of on the daily and most of us tackle our day to day skin care pretty well because it becomes routine, but what about weekly and monthly? It can be difficult to remember exactly how often to do certain things (no, should not exfoliate every day), so for you we created this quick cheat sheet to keep and remind you when it is time for your next procedure!

There area number of procedures you can add to this list, like Botox (every 3-4 months) and Juvederm (6-12), but for the basic aesthetic treatments consider adding the above treatments to your routine and you will have clear, glowing skin in no time.

FINAL TIP: Don’t forget to visit your dermatologist for yearly mole checks and if anything seems to have changed.

Hydrating vs Moisturizing Skincare: What Is The Difference?

Hydrating vs Moisturizing Skincare: What Is The Difference?


It seems that every day there is a new skin care brand on the market pushing endless products promising healthy, smooth, and radiant skin which makes it almost impossible to decide what to choose. Add to that almost all of them claiming to either “moisturize” or “hydrate” your skin and it can be a rabbit hole that is hard to climb out of.

“Which is better for my skin, hydrating or moisturizing lotion?”

This question, or some version of it, is one of the most frequently asked questions I get from patients here at Camas Medspa. Before you can even begin to decide the best skincare routine, the first step is to understanding the difference between the terms “hydrate” and “moisturize.” While, both are essential parts of your skin care, they are not the same thing and are often used interchangeably, which can create more confusion.

Hydrate and Moisturize – Definitions

“Hydration” is about infusing your cells with water to improve your skin’s ability to absorb moisture and nutrients.

“Moisturizing,” is about trapping and sealing in the moisture to build the skin’s natural protective barrier to prevent water loss and to ensure that your skin remains soft and smooth.

So what’s the difference?

While there is a difference, both hydrators and moisturizes work to combat dryness and dehydration to help you achieve youthful, supple skin.

If you have dry skin, that means your skin is lacking oil and it needs to be moisturized.

If you have dehydrated skin, your skin lacks water and it needs to be hydrated.

Dry or Dehydrated… determining your skin’s needs.

To know if your skin is dry or dehydrated, it’s important to look at the condition of your skin.

The skin has a natural lipid barrier that protects itself from damage and water loss. Dry, flaking skin tells you that there are not enough lipid cells to form a protective barrier, making it unable to lock in moisture. And that’s where moisturizers come in.

If your skin is dull and any fine lines and wrinkles you have are becoming noticeable, you can see that your skin is dehydrated. This is when a hydrator is necessary to give your skin much needed nourishment.

If your skin is dry and dehydrated, it is perfectly fine to use both a moisturizer and hydrator and both should be applied in the morning (before sunscreen) and at night.

FINAL TIP: Apply your hydrator before you moisturize!

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