Author: Claudia Harpe

Sun Spot Removal in Asheville

Freckles are cute. Sun spots are not. There’s a reason they are also known as age spots. That name alone tells you they’re not something you want. Unfortunately, even if you’re obsessive with sunscreen, I’m sure you still notice them popping up as you get older.  Worse yet, if you weren’t liberal with the sunscreen, you probably have more than you can count. Small ones, large ones, these age spots are various in their appearance. Unlike most other cosmetic annoyances, these spots can show up anywhere! Even places the sun probably never shined- kind of contradicting one of their names. Not cool!

Continue reading

Asheville Mother-of-the-Bride Wedding Beautification Options

Your little girl (or boy!) is getting married!!! For many, this is a day you’ve been waiting for as much, if not more than, your child. In fact, when I married my husband, I’m pretty sure my mother had more worries than I did! While the focus of the day is understandably on your child and their future spouse, in many ways this is your day as well and it’s safe to assume you want to look your best. These are not the pictures you want to dissect months later, agonizing over everything you should have done differently to look better. Luckily, with a little advanced planning, you can help ensure the best you is captured in those precious wedding photos.

Continue reading

Asheville Wedding Beautification Options

“Here comes the bride!”

Thanks to Meghan and Harry, wedding season has started with a bang this year! Like Meghan, your wedding day is your day to shine and will probably be the most photographed event in your life. If you’re anything like me, you probably agonized for days over the right dress, hair and make-up, but have you stopped to think about what’s underneath it all? No, I’m not talking Spanx. At the end of the day, all of the things you’re deciding on are just ornaments for the main attraction- YOU!

The many resources available to you at Harpe Laser + Wellness can ensure you will be a beautiful bride. Here’s a list of selected treatments to help a bride on her big day.

PRP Microneedling

Microneedling with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), also known as collagen induction therapy, is ideal for the treatment of acne scars, large pores, fine lines, stretch marks and uneven skin texture. This treatment can also help reduce acne breakouts–leaving skin refreshed and renewed.

Laser Hair Removal

Trust us, during this special but hectic time, the last thing you’ll want to worry about is shaving your underarms and legs. Laser Hair Removal will allow you toss your razor forever- giving you more time to enjoy your honeymoon and spend more time doing what you love.

Dermaplaning + Illumination Lightening Peel

Dermaplaning is an ideal treatment to immediately rejuvenate skin while also preparing the skin for additional treatments. Our Dermaplaning experts use a microblade to gently remove the outermost layers of dead skin cells and vellum hair.

Botox for Hyperhidrosis (to eliminate excessive underarm sweat).

Allow yourself to enjoy your big day to the fullest without having to worry about excessive underarm perspiration. Botox for Hyperhidrosis can eliminate excessive perspiration for approximately six months, allowing you to enjoy each minute of this special time, from pre-wedding events through the end of your honeymoon.

Perfect Derma Peel

A medium strength chemical peel with powerful ingredients to deliver outstanding results after just one treatment. This unique formula is proven to slow down the aging process, help prevent wrinkles, and increase collagen and elastin production resulting in firmer, brighter skin.

GrandeLash MD

This award-winning lash enhancing serum is infused with a proprietary blend of vitamins, antioxidants, and amino acids to promote naturally longer, thicker lashes in just 4-6 weeks.

Wellness Consultation

Meet with published author and board certified physician Dr. Charles Harpe to learn and implement specialized lifestyle tactics to reduce stress, sleep better, and feel more energized. Meeting with Dr. Harpe will help ensure that your big day is also your best day.

Overwhelmed?! Let Harpe Laser + Wellness come up with a wedding beautification package that will focus on your needs and ensure you both look AND feel your best on your big day.

Zoodles for a Traditional Pasta Lover

So, I have a confession. While I know what I SHOULD be eating, I’m horrible at actually maintaining a nutritious, healthy diet. Even worse? I’m a diabetic who would make pasta its own food group if possible. I’ve tried all the new veggie noodle options out there and it’s been a fiasco. It’s not that I don’t like vegetables, it’s by the time I can no longer tell what I’m eating isn’t yummy, carbohydrate filled pasta, the meal has lost any nutritional value it gained by cutting out the noodles. Oops?! Luckily for me, my much more health minded friends have made it their personal mission to find a vegetable noodle recipe that is both healthy and something picky ol’ me will eat. Low and behold it does exist! For those like me (or those trying to get their kids to eat vegetables), this is a perfect recipe to get your feet wet.

Trust me- this yummy dish will become one of your go-to favorites.  Added bonus: It’s vegetarian!

Zoodles with Lentil Marinara


  • 2-3 large zucchini, spiralized or a package of store bought pre-made zoodles
  • ½ cup dried lentils, rinsed, sorted, and then cooked according to package

          For the Sauce:

  • 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 7 tbsp tomato paste
  • ¼ medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 small garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 3 tsp Italian seasoning
  • ⅛ tsp crushed red pepper
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese


  1. Cook lentils according to package directions,.
  2. While lentils cook, add all ingredients for sauce into a food processor, blending  on high for 25-30 seconds. A thick sauce should form
  3. Add the sauce to a small pan and cook over medium heat to bring to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer 5-10 minutes.
  4. Drain the lentils and stir  into the marinara sauce and simmer another 1-2 minutes.
  5. Once lentils are nearly cooked and sauce is heated through, add spiralized zucchini to a medium saucepan and cook over low-medium heat for 2 minutes or until zucchini is soft with a pasta-like texture. Do not over cook!
  6. Divide zucchini spaghetti between two dishes, top with lentil marinara, and serve immediately.

NOTE: The key to good zoodles is to not over cook and to  serve immediately!

Sleep and You

Sleep. Unlike diet and exercise, it is something that should be an easy sell. After all, who doesn’t like sleep?! Sadly, it’s something few of us get enough of in both quantity and quality. This is a bigger deal than you may think.  A good night’s sleep is anywhere between 7-9 hours and anything less than 5- 6 hours is usually considered too little for a healthy night’s rest. Here are some reasons a good night’s sleep is so important.

Weight and Nutrition

When you regularly don’t get enough sleep,  your chance of obesity increases by 21%. Research has shown that even short term sleep deprivation causes us to gravitate towards larger portions of high calorie,  high carb foods while eating and even when grocery shopping. It also slows your metabolism while causing your appetite to increase. It shouldn’t be a surprise that a combination of poor food choices and  lower metabolism would cause weight gain and result in poor nutritional outcomes. Also, you are more likely to catch a cold or other infections from your lack of sleep. There is also a firm belief that this sleeplessness could increase your likelihood of diabetes, stroke and cancer.


The most obvious side effect is your eyes. They can become bloodshot, droopy, puffy and develop dark under-eye circles. This is so common that there are entire lines of beauty products targeting these problems directly. Beyond your eyes, a lack of sleep can cause wrinkles, increase age spots and discoloration. This is due to its interference in the production of collagen, the key protein that keeps your skin youthful and healthy.

Mental Health

Anyone who has pulled an all nighter even once in their life shouldn’t be surprised by this disturbing fact.  Controlling everything from your cognitive functions to your emotions, when your brain is affected EVERYTHING is affected. A poor night’s sleep can have you struggling to make decisions, concentrate and recall things, as well as severely slowing your reaction times. It can also cause depression and mood swings. In many ways sleep deprivation can be similar to being severely intoxicated.

As you can see, a good night’s sleep is probably the most important thing we can do to help keep ourselves healthy.  

  • 1
  • 2
  • 6