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Collagen Serums, Ingredients & Remedies

Collagen: it seems to be a huge trend in the beauty industry, with products saturating the market. With all of the promises, information, and “magic” ingredients out there, it becomes difficult to determine which products and treatments are best for you and your skin.

The good news is, not everyone needs expensive and timely procedures. There are a number of products you can use from the comfort of your home to give you beautiful results.

In this blog post, Club West Med Spa will break down five products you can use at home to replenish your skin with collagen-boosting ingredients.

Why Do I Need Collagen Products Anyway?

The fact of the matter is, collagen production starts to slow down around age 25. This could impact the appearance of your skin, giving it a thin or wrinkled look. But fear not. With the right collagen serums, ingredients, and remedies, you can keep your skin looking smooth and youthful without breaking the bank.

Aside from improving your skin’s appearance, using these at-home products are also an excellent way to practice self-care so you can look and feel your best.

If you have any questions about collagen and how collagen ingredients can impact your skin, please contact us!

5 Skin Care Products That Help with Collagen Loss

SkinMedica’s TNS Advanced+ Serum

If your skin suffers from coarse wrinkles, fine lines, or sagging skin, this is the product for you. This is a skin rejuvenation formula powered by TNS®-MR and Renessence (RSC) Advanced. This combination encourages skin cell renewal while supporting collagen and elastin levels, revealing a smoother, more radiant, and youthful complexion.

Club West’s Age Interrupter Serum

Say goodbye to toxic fillers. This serum is a topical, needle-less collagen booster that safely targets fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth, eyes, and forehead while also hydrating the skin, leaving you with a radiant glow. Our formula reactivates collagen I (the most abundant collagen), collagen III (a big part of our skin and organs), and elastin production to strengthen skin.

Eminence Organics Bamboo Firming Fluid

If you’re interested in the benefits of retinol but would like to try a natural alternative, this is the product for you. This silky serum concentrate is formulated with a natural retinol alternative that won’t dry out your skin. The botanical-based complex mimics the effects of retinol by lifting and tightening the skin without causing dryness. Derived from chicory root and tara tree extract, it provides the same firming and smoothing results without the risk of irritation and downtime.

Eminence Organics Marine Flower Peptide Serum

Another natural solution, this Collagen+ Complex combines botanical collagen, natural plant peptides, and algae extracts. Together, these ingredients leave the skin looking healthy and elastic. The Marine Flower Peptide Serum and Marine Flower Peptide Eye Cream can be added to any skincare routine to deliver significantly smoother, plumper, and more youthful-looking skin.

Eminence Organics Marine Flower Peptide Serum

This antioxidant-rich serum combines potent Vitamin C with Vitamin E and ferulic acid. Together, these ingredients help the skin look firm and plump, with the visible signs of aging reduced. Eminence Organics Lead Skin Care Trainer Natalie Pergar tells us: “We formulated the Vitamin C concentration to the optimal amount to be non-irritating and still provide powerful antioxidant benefits.”

How to Decide Which Collagen Products are Right For You?

Everyone’s skin and body are different. It can be challenging to find the right collagen solutions when there is no one-size-fits-all serum or ingredient to satisfy your needs. Club West Med Spa recommends these five collagen products that you can use in the comfort of your home as you start your journey to healthier skin.

Of course, you can always take advantage of professional procedures to improve your skin’s appearance. If you would like to schedule a facial to touch up your skin and learn more about collagen products, contact Club West Med Spa today.

The Coolest Way To Slim Down For Summer!


Ready for summer and the sun but suffering from stubborn weight that won’t quit? We’ve got the answer here at Club West Med Spa and Kinetique. By joining two of our favorites together, CoolSculpting and personal training, we have the perfect duo to get beach body ready!

Haven’t Heard About The Coolest Way To Freeze Your Fat?

CoolSculpting is the #1 FDA-approved non-invasive treatment that uses state-of-the-art cooling technology called Cryolipolysis. This treatment targets fat cells, bringing them to such a low temperature that they are crystallized and eliminated through the lymphatic drainage system, naturally through your body’s waste processing system. This is done without causing any other damage to the surrounding tissue and nerves, targeting only the fat cells.

Since CoolSculpting is non-surgical, that means you can return to your normal activities immediately after your procedure! To jump-start this process and intensify your results, we add regular exercise to complete your total health transformation!

How Soon Can I Expect Results?

Over the next weeks following your treatment, your body will be eliminating the dead cells from your body. You’ll have noticeable results in as little as 3 weeks, with the most dramatic results in just two months. CoolSculpting can not only help those who have been practicing healthy habits, but it also helps motivate you to start your fitness journey!

Do I Need To Change My Diet for CoolSculpting To Be Effective?

CoolSculpting does not require a strict diet or guidelines, but it has been proven that patients who engage in regular physical activity have experienced the most dramatic results. If you maintain a healthy diet and exercise, your long-term results should remain, and you’ll be beach body ready all year round! Not only that, but you have the potential of maximizing your results through regular exercise as well.

Not only will you maintain your CoolSculpting looks, but you will be helping your overall health by lowering your cholesterol, improving your heart function, and boosting your metabolism. Additionally, science has proven that exercise helps battle many health conditions and chronic diseases while improving your overall mood and energy levels!

How Can I Get Started With CoolSculpting?

Want a treatment plan that’s tailored to YOUR body and YOUR goals!? Our trainers at Kinetique will customize a treatment plan focused on your fitness goal, whether weight loss, toning, mobility or overall health.

Call us at 804-897-5297 or visit us to schedule your complimentary consultation and learn more about our Total Transformation Package, including a 2-month Series of Personal Training at Kinetique with our NASM Certified Trainer!

What Are the Best Procedures to Produce Collagen?

You’ve seen the variety of powders, drinks, and supplements sold in stores, and you’ve watched countless social media influencers rave and promote its powerful effects. Collagen is everywhere, but few of us understand it.

What is collagen? What are the best procedures to produce collagen production, and is collagen the ultimate secret to radiant, youthful skin?

At Club West Med Spa, we work hard to educate our clients and help them achieve great skin and overall health. From helping you maintain your body’s natural collagen levels to providing advanced facial and medical spa treatment, we’re ready to help you discover the power of collagen.

Here’s everything you need to know about collagen and which medical spa treatments might be right for you! If you’d like to schedule a consultation with us, reach out today!

What Is Collagen?

Collagen is a protein that makes up our muscles, bones, and skin. It keeps our skin strong, firm, plump, and youthful.

By binding our cells and tissues together, collagen strengthens and keeps the top layer of our skin firm, plump, and youthful. In addition to volumizing our complexions, collagen prevents sagging and creasing and reduces the appearance of wrinkles, stretch marks, and cellulite.

Do We Lose Collagen As We Age?

Our bodies naturally produce and break down collagen. When we’re younger, our bodies produce collagen at a faster rate, but this process begins to slow down as we enter older age.

When we lose more collagen than we produce, the visible signs of aging quickly start to emerge. As collagen levels drop, our skin becomes thinner, starts to droop, and develops fine lines and wrinkles. This is also why crepey skin develops.

What Are the Best Treatments for Collagen Production?

Despite the natural process of aging, there are traditional and medical spa treatments that can naturally boost the body’s production of collagen. What are the best procedures to produce collagen? We’ll explore them next!

Microneedling

Do you struggle with wrinkles, scars, or uneven skin texture?

Painless and minimally invasive, microneedling stimulates the production of new collagen in the skin by creating tiny pins or microchannels in the top layer of the skin. There are two types of microneedling procedures we perform in our office to help patients produce more collagen.

By combining the powers of the microneedles and laser light, the Vivace RF Microneedling procedure specifically tightens skin and penetrates deep wrinkles, acne scars, and enlarged pores.

The Eclipse MicroPen® can also trigger collagen production, stimulate fibroblasts to produce more collagen, improve blood flow to the skin, and increase the release of growth factors to even out skin tone and texture.

If you’d like to schedule a consultation or learn more about microneedling, contact us today.

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

Hyaluronic acid is naturally occurring in our skin and helps it look fresh and young. But as we age. the levels of hyaluronic acid drop dramatically.

Juvederm, Voluma, and Volbella fillers are mainly used to restore volume loss in the cheeks and lower face. But as the body absorbs these hyaluronic acid fillers over time, they help boost collagen production and subsequently create a smoother skin surface.

Get in touch with us today to schedule a consultation for hyaluronic acid fillers. We’ll go over your cosmetic goals and determine the best hyaluronic filler for your needs.

Facials

Because they increase circulation and improve blood flow, traditional facials are great treatment methods for stimulating collagen production.

We also utilize the patented HydraFacial treatment to make facial skin firmer and plumper. Using a technique known as hydradermabrasion, the HydraFacial cleanses, peels, and hydrates the skin, all while removing old skin cells.

Following your HydraFacial, we’ll apply a CTGF (connective tissue growth factor) booster serum that’s filled with peptides and antioxidants for a beautiful glow.

LED Red Light Therapy

LED Red Light Therapy stimulates collagen production and density to reduce wrinkles, remove scarring, improve complexion, and improve the skin’s overall appearance.

Club West Med Spa offers LED Red Light Therapy as an add-on for all of our facials. Request your appointment today!

Microcurrent Therapy

Is your skin in the early stages of aging? If you’re beginning to notice wrinkles, fine lines, or aging spots, you may find Microcurrent Nu-Face Therapy beneficial.

By stimulating the skin’s fibroblasts, this treatment can produce healthy, high-quality collagen. Club West Med Spa offers Microcurrent Nu-Face Therapy as an add-on for all our facials.

Which Collagen-Producing Procedures Are Right for You?

Are you ready to step up your skin care regimen and finally achieve healthier, firmer, voluminous skin? Request an appointment at Club West Med Spa today and we’ll help determine the best procedures to produce collagen specifically for your skin type!

In addition to these medical spa treatments, there are a variety of serums and natural ingredients that can produce collagen. Stay tuned to our blog for another post on these products and ways to boost collagen.

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Benefits of Combining the Hydrafacial & Dermaplaning

There’s no shortage of facials and medical spa treatments out there. So, what’s an out-of-this-world facial that will leave your skin brighter, softer, and looking like you’re a 20-something ready to take on the world?

Club West Med Spa is here to let you in on a little secret:

If you’re ready to transform your facial skin and restore it to its natural, youthful glow, then it’s time to experience the rejuvenating combination of the Hydrafacial and dermaplaning.

What are the benefits of combining the Hydrafacial and dermaplaning? How do they work and what can you expect during and after treatment?

Read on to find out (we have something special in store for you!)

What Is Dermaplaning?

Akin to shaving your face without the plucking, burn, or bumps, dermaplaning is a powerful exfoliation treatment that naturally heals the skin and replenishes its soft and bright complexion.

How Does Dermaplaning Work?

Using a medical-grade blade to gently remove built-up dead skin cells and vellus hairs, one of our expert estheticians will reveal a newer layer of skin right underneath, stimulating the body’s healing process and boosting the production of collagen simultaneously.

What Are the Benefits of Dermaplaning?

Say “no more” to dull, dry skin! After dermaplaning treatment, you can experience the following benefits:

  • Softer, brighter skin
  • Curtailment of acne breakouts
  • Better absorption of skincare products
  • Minimization of pores
  • Smoother application of makeup

Sound too good to be true? After exfoliating away the dead skin layer with dermaplaning, you can take your skincare transformation up a notch by combining it with the HydraFacial treatment…

What Is a HydraFacial?

Did you know the HydraFacial treatment is performed somewhere on the globe every 15 seconds?

There’s good reason why!

This is a treatment process that uses patented technology to cleanse, extract, and hydrate your skin thoroughly. In 30 minutes, you can improve your skin’s tone and texture without downtime. Over time and with a regular regimen, you will notice improvements in your skin, including a reduction in fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.

How Does a HydraFacial Work?

This is a treatment process that uses patented technology to cleanse, extract, and hydrate your skin thoroughly. In 30 minutes, you can improve your skin’s tone and texture without downtime. Over time and with a regular regimen, you will notice improvements in your skin, including a reduction in fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.

Gentle, effective, and oh-so-revitalizing, HydraFacial is a newer type of treatment that can reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation, cleansing the skin for a smoother and moisturized glow.

Utilizing HydraFacial’s patented vortex technology to cleanse, extract, hydrate, and protect the skin, we can gently remove impurities and improve the overall tone and texture of your face in just 30 minutes. We’ll then prep the skin for the exfoliation phase, following it with a luxurious fruit acid peel treatment.

Lastly, we’ll apply a protective, hydrating serum to guard and moisturize your facial skin, leaving a fresh, clean, and dewy glow!

What Are the Benefits of a HydraFacial?

In addition to transforming the natural glow of your facial skin, the HydraFacial has the following benefits:

  • Safe & fast
  • No downtime
  • Painless
  • Instant results
  • Highly customizable
  • Works on all skin types
  • Promotes healthy skin

So, what ultimately happens when you get a dermaplaning treatment and a HydraFacial at the same time?

Experience the Benefits of the Hydrafacial & Dermaplaning

By combining the powers of dermaplaning and the HydraFacial, you can ultimately experience a revitalizing and more effective facial.

No matter your skin concerns, whether you struggle with age lines, wrinkles, dull skin, uneven tone, or acne, combining the HydraFacial with dermaplaning can work for you.

Deep clean your skin, unclog pores, penetrate your skin’s natural healing process, and feel confident with a brighter and healthier glow. What could be better?

Club West Med Spa in Midlothian, VA, is offering a $185 special on our dermaplaning and HydraFacial treatment combination! Contact us today to learn more.

Making Skincare New Year’s Resolutions

The new year is in full swing! No doubt “New Year, New You” is still ringing in your ears every time you think about your resolutions for 2021. Here at Club West Med Spa, we want to help you become a better you by giving you some tips and tricks on how to up your skincare game throughout the year.

We’ve put together some skincare resolutions that will help your skin look and feel healthier while giving you the radiance you deserve.

Care For More Than Just Your Face

For many people, their skincare routine is mostly focused on their face and reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and blemishes. While caring for your face is important, it is also essential to give the rest of your body some love. Especially in the winter months, it is a great idea to invest in a good body moisturizer or lotion and incorporate exfoliating, cleansing, and moisturizing applying these products into your daily routines.

Give Your Lips Some Love Too!

Your lips have some of the most delicate skin on your body, yet it is easy to overlook them in your skincare regimen. If you are only caring for your lips when they are split, chapped, or hurting, you may not be doing enough to care for this part of your body. Gentle exfoliation with a lip scrub once or twice a week, applying lip balm during the day, and using a lip treatment at night can help keep your lips moisturizing and healthy.

Wear More Sunscreen

Regardless of what time of year it is, wearing sunscreen is important. While most of your skin may be covered up in the winter, it is still essential to apply daily SPF to the skin (mainly your face) that is exposed to sunlight. Sunscreen provides a barrier of protection from harmful UV rays and can help slow down signs of aging. This year, if wearing more sunscreen is one of your resolutions, start by using a daily moisturizer that contains SPF!

Avoid Hot Showers

There is nothing better than jumping in a hot shower after a long day or being out in the cold. While the hot water feels good when you are in the shower, it may be doing more harm than good for your skin. The hot water strips your skin of its natural moisturizing oils, which can result in dry skin.

Instead of cranking the heating while you are sudsy up, opt for taking a lukewarm shower, followed by applying lotion and putting on some comfy pajamas or clothes. This can help you get cozy while ensuring your skin retains much-needed moisture.

Stop Sleeping In Your Makeup

We’ve all done it, but sleeping in your makeup is one of the biggest skincare faux pas you can make.

It may seem innocuous to your skin, but sleeping in your makeup can cause it to mix with the oil and dirt built up on the surface of your skin, leading to clogged pores. This, in turn, can cause blackheads and breakouts. Taking a few minutes to remove your makeup and wash your face at the end of the day will keep your skin happy!

Stay Hydrated Inside & Out

Drinking plenty of water is a must no matter the season, as it promotes healthy digestion, improves skin tone, and more. In addition to drinking more water, it is also essential to keep moisture in the air, especially in the winter months. If you do not have a humidifier or two in your home and suffer from dry skin, it is a worthwhile investment and can help ease your discomfort!

Exfoliate

Regularly exfoliating your face and body not only helps remove dead skin but can also help your skin retain more moisture and look more radiant. There are exfoliation products, such as body scrubs, for every skin type, so experiment with different products to see what helps your skin feel its best.

We Can Help You Rejuvenate Your Skin

Let us help you keep your resolutions for your skin this year! Club West Med Spa welcomes guests from Midlothian, VA, and surrounding areas. We offer several spa services, including facials, massages, body treatments, and more.

To schedule your visit, please contact us today at 804-897-5297.

Keeping Your Skin Beautiful This Winter

Even in an unprecedented year like 2020, there are a lot of things to love about winter — curling up with a mug of tea or cocoa and your favorite movie, fresh snow, and the beauty of twinkling holiday lights. One thing no one loves this time of year? Dry skin.

Dry Air = Dry Skin

As the temperatures drop, it can wreak havoc on your skin, causing it to get dry, flaky, or even crack. One of the leading culprits of dry winter skin is drier air in your home. It is natural to want to crank the heat in your home, but the increase in temperature sucks hydration from your skin.

Use Humidifiers Throughout Your Home

Investing in a humidifier will help add moisture back into the air and help your home seem warmer. It is recommended to use a humidifier in your main rooms — bedroom, living room, and if you are working from home, your office space.

To complement using a humidifier, it is recommended to keep your home at a comfortable setting between 68°F to 72°F to ensure you feel warm without drying out your skin.

Moisturize!

Moisturizing is essential throughout every season! It’s easy to think that our skin is more protected because we wear more clothing in the winter. While our exposure to harmful UV rays decreases in the winter, the need for proper moisturizing goes up. Additionally, many people aren’t using the right moisturizers for the winter months — the products you love during the summer may not have the hydration benefits you need to keep your skin happy during the winter.

It is recommended you switch to a rich body lotion or cream to help trap existing moisture in your skin. The best time to moisturize is right after you wash your hands or get out of the shower, as this helps your skin retain more moisture.

Stay Hydrated

Keeping your skin properly moisturized not only means moisturizing with lotions and creams — it means staying hydrated. Drinking plenty of water is important to your overall health but is essential for your skin during the winter months when we tend to lose more moisture. If you want to get warm and cozy and get hydrated, a warm mug of tea is the perfect remedy!

Exfoliate

For lotion to fully penetrate your skin, it is recommended you lightly exfoliate to remove dead skin. However, if your skin is dehydrated and cracked, it is best to skip exfoliation and focus more on helping your skin heal and retain moisture.

Avoid Hot Showers

After being out in the cold or having a long day, a hot shower can be incredibly relaxing — but your time washing away the day may be causing your skin to dry out even more. This is because the hot water strips your skin of its natural moisture. To avoid irritating your skin, opt for a lukewarm shower, moisturize with your favorite lotion, and then get cozy under a blanket and warm pajamas. This will help your skin better retain much-needed moisture!

Maintain a Healthy Diet

As the holidays come and go, our homes are often filled with tempting sweets and treats. While there is nothing wrong with enjoying some extra desserts every once in a while, maintaining a healthy diet benefits your skin. Increasing your daily intake of healthy fats found in foods such as olive oil, walnuts, and avocados may help dry skin.

Dress for the Weather

Whether you live in Midlothian or the frozen tundra of New England, it’s important to dress for the weather. By wearing clothes and gear that protects your skin from the elements, it ensures your skin retains moisture. If you are inclined to bundle up in materials that may irritate your skin (like wool), you must wear a breathable shirt underneath. Alternatively, you can swap out itchy wool for a fleece or cashmere sweater.

Treat Yourself To A Spa Day

While the majority of recommendations in this article are for at-home care, a spa day can help you feel pampered — and also give you an idea of what types of products to use to restore health and radiance to your skin. At Club West Med Spa, our team is committed to helping our clients live beautifully. We will work with you to determine which skincare products best fit your lifestyle and skincare routine.

To schedule your next facial or body treatment, please contact us at 804-897-5297.

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Black Friday Spa Deals at Club West Med Spa

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, that means only one thing:

The holiday season is upon us!

And if you’re looking to treat someone (or yourself) to a relaxing spa experience, the biggest sale of the year is here at Club West Med Spa!

Starting on November 20th through November 25th, 2020, we’re rolling out Black Friday spa deals on treatment bundles, gift cards, spa products, and more!

Black Friday Spa Sale

Spa Treatment Bundles: November 20-25th

Firmer, natural, youthful-looking skin – It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

With Club West Med Spa’s Black Friday laser treatment bundles, you can treat yourself or your loved one to a relaxing day at our medical spa and say “goodbye” to wrinkles, age spots, acne, and scars this holiday season.

Here are our laser treatment bundles on Clear + Brilliant, Limelight Facial™, and The Vivace!

Spa Treatment Bundles

Explore medical spa treatments for your best & healthiest skin!

There’s more…

Deck the halls this holiday season and eliminate clogged pores, fine lines, and dead skin with a series of dermaplaning and custom facials and peels.

custom facials & dermaplaning specials

You can also tighten and tone your chin, neck, or body with Thermage, a revolutionary non-invasive skin tightening and contouring treatment.

If removing stubborn fat and cellulite is on your wish list this holiday season, now you can with $500 or $800 off your next CoolSculpting treatment package!

Dermaplaning & CoolSculpting specials

Contact us today to order your spa treatment bundles!

New Year, New You

2020 was a stressful and challenging year. What better way to commemorate a healthier and happier New Year than treating yourself to 12 relaxing and rejuvenating signature Hydrafacials?

Now you can with our New Year, New You Package!

new year new you spa package

Let’s ring in a year of healthy & hydrated skin. Reach out to get yours!

Ditch the Razor & Switch to Laser

What’s a New Year’s resolution that will save you time AND create smoother, suppler, and beautiful skin?

A commitment to laser hair removal, of course, and Club West Med Spa is offering packages on facial and body hair removal this Black Friday.

So, throw out your razor and make bumps, ingrown hairs, and irritated skin problems of the past!

laser hair removal packages

Discover more of our laser spa treatments!

Gift Card Specials: November 23-25th

Did you know that when you purchase a Club West Med Spa gift card, you can save money on your next day at the spa?

If you’re looking to pamper a friend, partner, or loved one with a spa gift card this holiday season, you can receive $10, $25, or $35 for free to use towards yourself!

Purchase $100 Gift Card — Receive $10 for Free!

Purchase $200 Gift Card — Receive $25 for Free!

Purchase $300 Gift Card — Receive $35 for Free!

Explore more gift cards from Club West Med Spa!

Black Friday Spa Deals Are Here

Club West Med Spa invites holiday shoppers and spa-goers throughout Midlothian, VA, and the surrounding area to shop our Black Friday spa deals from November 20-25th, 2020!

For future spa specials and deals, stay tuned to our blog.

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How To Treat Crepey Skin & Restore Complexion

As we age, our skin changes, losing elasticity and plumpness. This leads to it becoming more fragile and thinner, taking on a crepey, paper-like appearance. While many people develop crepey skin, there are several ways to restore your skin’s support and texture!

Here at Club West Med Spa, we are committed to helping you look and feel your best. We offer a range of treatments to restore your skin, complexion, and youthful appearance.

What causes crepey skin?

Like many other skin conditions, the most common cause of crepey skin is sun damage, as ultraviolet light breaks down collagen and elastin in our skin. Both collagen and elastin help your skin stay wrinkle-free and tight. When these fibers break down, it can cause your skin to be thin, loosen, and wrinkle.

Another contributing factor to crepey skin is age and genetics. As we age, our skin produces less natural oils, which help protect our skin and seal in moisture. Individuals with fairer skin are even more susceptible to sun damage, which creates more of a risk for crepey skin.

Where does crepey skin normally appear?

Typically, crepey skin will appear on the legs, inner upper arms, décolletage, and around the eyes. It is common to develop crepey skin in our 40s, but for some individuals, it can develop as early as their 20s, depending on genetic factors, environmental factors, skin type, and more.

How is crepey skin different from wrinkles?

Unlike folds and wrinkles, crepey skin normally covers a larger area and is not caused by repetitive moves (think laugh or frown lines). While fine lines and creases typically characterize wrinkles, crepey skin generally is more about skin’s fragile texture.

How can I prevent crepey skin?

Keep your skin moisturized. Products with hyaluronic acid are designed to pull in and retain moisture in your skin, which can help restore plumpness and a full appearance. The best time to moisturize is right after bathing, as this helps lock in moisture!

Sunscreen is your friend! Protecting your skin from the sun is one of the most important factors for preventing crepey skin. It is recommended to wear sunscreen and wear protective clothing to reduce your exposure to harmful UV rays.

Exfoliate your skin. Once or twice a week, use an exfoliating cleanser or loofah to help dissolve dead skin cells and reduce fine lines’ appearance. If you have sensitive skin, make sure to use products designed to care for sensitive skin.

Eat antioxidant-rich food. Antioxidants help to protect your skin from the effects of free radicals. Free radicals contribute to the appearance of crepey skin by breaking down collagen. Food rich in antioxidants include nuts, dark leafy vegetables, red and blue berries, beans, whole grains, and orange vegetables.

Using skincare products infused with antioxidant-rich ingredients can help restore a plump and firm appearance.

Club West Med Spa is based in Midlothian, VA, and offers relaxing spa day experiences and personalized medical spa services. For more information about our services and how can help improve your skin, please reach out to us at 804-897-5297.

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Yoga for Skin Care: What You Need to Know

It’s no secret that practicing yoga has many benefits for our health and well-being. Yoga can relieve muscle tension, improve flexibility, reduce stress, give us an energy boost﹣not to mention, it can also be a fun and enjoyable pastime.

But did you know that yoga can also be good for your skin?

September is National Yoga Month, and here at Club West Med Spa in Midlothian, VA, we want to share the benefits of yoga and inspire our clients to take their skin care to the next level.

Here’s everything you need to know about yoga for skin care!

How Does Yoga Improve Skin?

Breathing and bodily movement can create a harmonious balance for your skin. When you move your body, you increase your respiratory rate and oxygen intake. As this occurs, toxins, pollutants, and waste are flushed out from the muscles and organs﹣including the skin.

Additionally, moving your body can balance your hormones, reduce cortisol (the “stress” hormone), and diminish and prevent redness and acne in the process.

That’s not all. Because yoga improves flexibility, it can also reduce wrinkles.

Pair yoga with plenty of sleep, lots of water, and the occasional facial, and you can achieve a healthy and more youthful glow!

So, what are some simple yoga poses you can do for your skin? Let’s “namaste” to your best and most beautiful skin!

Best Yoga Poses for Healthy Skin

Cobra

Open your lungs and reduce stress and tension with the power of the cobra pose.

You begin this pose by lying on your belly and stretching your legs out behind you. Make sure the tops of your feet are touching the floor and your thighs firm to the ground.

Place your hands on the floor under your shoulders. Your elbows should be hugging your sides.

Inhale. Straighten your arms and push your chest forward. Keep your thighs to the ground. Elongate your neck and feel your shoulder roll back. Hold for a few breaths, and then exhale.

This pose can reduce tension and stiffness and provide a boost of oxygen flow to organs. It can also lower cortisol levels.

Simple Seated Twist

A healthy gut is strongly correlated with healthy skin. If you’ve ever experienced acne breakouts and gastrointestinal issues simultaneously, there’s a reason why. Inflammation in the gut lining can cause a stress response in the body. It can also cause bacteria and toxins to leak from the intestinal wall to other parts of the body.

The simple seated twist is a gentle yoga pose that can target and increase circulation to the digestive system, reducing inflammation and boosting energy to this area.

You start this pose seated upright. Straighten your spine, neck, head, and tailbone. Make sure your legs are extended straight in front of you.

Bending your right knee, cross your right leg over your left thigh. Your right foot should be sitting beside your left thigh. Then, bend your left knee and ankle along your right glute muscle.

Twist your body to the right with your hand firm on the floor. Breathe deeply and slowly. You can also raise your left arm for a deeper stretch.

Repeat on the other side.

Standing Forward Fold

Healthy blood flow can move oxygen and nutrients to our skin cells. The standing forward fold is a great yoga pose for rejuvenating your facial skin.

Stand with your feet firmly on the ground. Place your hands on your hips. Exhaling, bend forward with your hips.

Depending on how flexible you are, you may be able to do this pose with a slight bend in the knees and your palms on the floor. But if your muscles feel tense or stiff, bend your knees more until you feel a good, deep, and comfortable stretch.

Keep your fingertips to the floor and allow your head to hang. As you inhale, raise and lengthen your torso. This will allow you to release a little more with each exhalation.

Mountain Pose

When you’re feeling stressed and need to find your center, practice a mountain pose and give your skin a well-deserved boost of oxygen.

Stand with your feet together and firmly on the ground. Make sure your heels are slightly apart from one another, press your shoulder back, and keep your arms hanging beside your torso. You can also raise them in front of your chest and clasp them together into a prayer position.

As you inhale, press weight evenly into the balls and arches of your feet. Focus on the moment, lengthen your tailbone, and draw in your stomach. Practice inhaling and exhaling deeply and slowly.

For a deeper stretch, you can lift your toes and spread them apart. You can also lift the arches of your feet.

Practice Yoga for Skin Care

With National Yoga Month underway, there’s still plenty of time to roll out your mat and stretch for better and healthier skin. For more skin care tips, stay tuned to our blog!

Reopening After COVID Closure

An Update On Our Services

Club West will be reopening for select services on May 27th. We are hoping to start seeing clients for waxing, facials, massage, and nail services the week of June 15th.

The health and safety of our community, clients, and employees are our top priority. We want to reassure all clients that we practice sanitary state board regulations on a daily basis, however, we are taking extra precautions during this time by increasing the frequency of our cleanings, concentrating on public areas, and our individual treatment rooms. In addition, we have implemented several new precautions that will help to ensure no further interruptions to business.

We understand that some of these precautions may be less glamorous & relaxing than previous visits to Club West, however these are the standards that we must maintain to safely provide spa services to all of our guests. As we continually re-evaluate these processes & guidelines our precautions may change. We will keep everyone updated as changes and new guidelines are released. We thank you for understanding and for your continued business! We look forward to seeing everyone soon!

What are we doing:

  • During our temporary closure, our location was thoroughly cleaned and sanitized in preparation of reopening.
  • We are sanitizing all door handles, countertops, iPads, chairs, tables, bathrooms, and tools/implements constantly throughout the day and between each client in the treatment rooms.
  • We have antibacterial soap and hand sanitizer in all treatment rooms and restrooms.
  • Social distancing guidelines posted at the Front Desk
  • We are temporarily closing our relaxation areas & common areas.
  • We will continue curbside / contact-less pick up for your favorite products
  • Touch-less check out available upon request
  • Extra time has been scheduled between services for additional cleaning
  • Every night our staff is disinfecting frequently touched areas around the spa.
  • We’ve gone over all precautionary measures with our staff from hand washing, not touching their own faces, to proper disinfection.
  • Employees have also been instructed to not come to work if they experience fever or any symptoms. With this being said, we apologize if we need to cancel your appointment last minute. Your safety is our top priority.

What can you do?

  • Stay home if you are sick, your temperature will be taken with a touch less thermometer when you arrive.
  • Limit your belongings that you bring in to Club West, only the essentials
  • Only the guest receiving services with reservation should enter the building. All other persons should wait in car.
  • Upon arrival, please wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap & hot water before your service begins in your private treatment room.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with other guests & continue to follow social distancing guidelines.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, if you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm.
  • Wear a mask, Club West will require all staff and guests to wear masks while in the building including while in services.

Have questions? Please reach out to us at 804-897-5297!

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