Plan the Perfect Winter Self-Care Day

After the holidays, our bodies and minds can feel drained and overwhelmed. On top of that, cold temperatures, flu season, and minimal sunlight can take a toll on our mental health. January is the perfect time to start healing yourself and taking some time to care for your needs.

Club West Med Spa is here to help you plan the perfect Winter self-care day to get you back to feeling your best. A rejuvenating facial, body scrub or massage could be the ideal step to having you feel refreshed for the new year ahead.

Please take a look at our ideas for self-care to help you get your mind and body in shape for the Spring. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Indulge in a Massage

Achieve full-body wellness and overall health improvement with a relaxing massage. Not only can a massage physically release tension from your body and ease your muscles, but it can also provide various mental health benefits. Revive your body and mind with a massage and receive:

  • Stress relief
  • Decrease in anxiety
  • Acute fatigue
  • Improved digestion
  • Increased circulation
  • And more!

With all of the physical and mental benefits you can achieve, there’s no question why getting a massage shouldn’t be the first thing you do this new year. At Club West Med Spa, we offer a range of massages for different results and tension releases. From deep tissue and sports massage to prenatal massage and lymphatic drainage, we can do it all to help you feel your best.

Get Out of the House

It can be hard to find things to do outside during the winter, but just getting out of the house can be a huge step in taking care of yourself. If your hands feel dry or cracked and your nails look dull after the holidays, schedule a manicure or pedicure. Exfoliating your hands and feet as well as refreshing them with a lotioned massage can help you feel better overall.

If you’re looking for other things to do, try going window-shopping, taking a stroll through the local mall, going on a brisk walk, or even going to the gym. Even going out to pick up the kids or taking them for a day trip somewhere can feel relieving just getting out of the house. There are plenty of things you can do to feel better through the cold, dreary months of winter.

Give Yourself a Facial or Receive One

The new year is the perfect time to refresh yourself and restore your beauty with an at-home facial or professional one. A facial is an ideal way to rejuvenate your skin and get yourself feeling prepared for anything that comes your way. Start the year on the right foot with a relaxing and refreshing facial.

Each facial at Club West Med Spa includes:

  • In-depth skin analysis
  • Complete cleansing
  • Exfoliation
  • Masque
  • Luxurious hot stone hand and arm treatment
  • Facial massage
  • Toner
  • Serum
  • Eye cream
  • Lip care
  • Moisturizer
  • Sun protection

By utilizing high-quality skincare lines and medical-grade products, we ensure your skin will feel restored and healthy. We can help you figure out which products best fit your needs and unique skin type. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Receive a Beauty Treatment

Cold weather can be harsh on your skin, and minimal sun exposure can feel depleting. Enhance your natural beauty with a specialized beauty treatment to allow your skin to feel nourished and healthier. Having your makeup done professionally can help improve how you see yourself and increase your self-esteem.

During the winter, our skin can lose that summer glow that brings us the warm and confident feeling we love during the warmer months. Consider receiving a spray tan to enhance your skin and safely achieve the sun-kissed look you are longing for. When you come to Club West Med Spa for an aesthetic treatment, we simply enhance that natural beauty within you.

Treat Yourself During the Colder Months

Get through the brisk months by putting yourself first and giving your body and mind the self-care it deserves. Whether you need to get out of the house and find something to do or are interested in beneficial body treatment, any self-care can improve your wellbeing. At Club West Med Spa, we are happy to give you the extra pampering you deserve.

Interested in learning more about self-care? Contact us today at 804-897-5297.

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Fall & Winter Skin Care Tips

Autumn is well underway, and with winter right around the corner, your skin might be feeling the seasonal shift!

Even though the temperatures don’t drop to sub-zero levels in the Greater Richmond region, the moderate cold we experience in this part of Virginia can still do a number on our skin.

Based in Midlothian, VA, Club West Med Spa has seen what the winter can do to people’s skin ‒ and we’re here to share our best fall and winter skin care tips so you can maintain the softness and suppleness of your skin, no matter how cold and dry it gets to be outside!

If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment at our spa, contact us today.

Moisturize Every Day

As the weather gets colder, our skin is more prone to becoming dry. By moisturizing every day, you can prevent dryness and irritation and maintain a soft and healthy complexion.

Even if you are already moisturizing every day, your skin may be extra sensitive to the cold. You may not be moisturizing enough, and if you need to moisturize 2-3 times per day in the fall and winter, you should. Or, it very well may be time to switch up your moisturizer and opt for one that is thicker or contains natural ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, aloe, or oat.

Chances are that you moisturize your skin after taking a shower. In the fall and wintertime, nothing beats a hot shower, but you could be doing your skin and moisturizer a disservice by staying in a hot shower for too long. Hot water will dry your skin out, so we recommend turning the heat down, taking shorter showers, and pat drying your skin afterward with a towel.

Need a recommendation for a moisturizer and other fall and winter skin care tips? Get in touch with Club West Med Spa! Our aestheticians are happy to help!

Humidify Your Home

Between the cold temperatures and the dry air caused by heating systems, moisturizing your skin every day may not cut it. With that said, we recommend maintaining a moist environment in your home.

Using a humidifier is the best way to add moisture to dry air, but there are other measures you can take:

  • Add houseplants to your home.
  • Open the bathroom door when taking a steamy shower.
  • Minimize use of your dryer (& hang clothes to dry.)
  • Cook more on the stovetop or boil more water.
  • Place bowls of water near radiators/heat registers.

Humidifying your home will not only prevent skin dryness but will also ward off a scratchy throat, dry cough, cracked lips, static electricity, and sinus headaches.

What are some other fall and winter skin care tips? Read on to take your skin care regimen to the next level during the cold months!

Pamper Yourself at Home

We indeed spend more time indoors during the cold months. So while you’re watching Netflix or staying cozy at home, give your skin some much-needed TLC.

Create a relaxing, spa-like environment at home by lighting some candles, dimming the lights, and playing ambient music. Before giving yourself a facial, remove all makeup and thoroughly wash your face with an oil-based cleanser, followed by a water-based cleanser. Steam your skin by hovering your face over a bowl of hot water and placing a towel over your head.

Exfoliating your skin will remove dead skin cells and promote new cell growth. However, limit your exfoliation treatments to one to two times per month. Over-exfoliation can make skin more prone to dryness and inflammation in the winter. After exfoliating, make sure you apply hydrating moisturizers and serums.

Treat Yourself to a Day at the Spa

When you need a little getaway from the chilly temperatures and the daily grind, treat yourself to a day at a spa!

Whether you’d like to pamper yourself with facials, massages, medical spa treatment, or a combination of these services, Club West Med Spa has something in store for you to curb the wintertime blues and make you feel refreshed and anew.

After all, relaxing and minimizing stress are essential to maintaining healthy, glowing skin ‒ and our aestheticians would be happy to share more personal fall and winter skin care tips with you.

Nourish & Hydrate Yourself

Eating right and drinking enough water is important year-round. But when it comes to preventing dry skin in the fall and winter, staying nourished and hydrated can go the extra mile for your complexion.

As a general rule of thumb, adults should drink four to six cups of water each day. You can vary up your water intake by infusing water or herbal tea with lemons or oranges. (Citrus fruits contain high levels of antioxidants which can help remove dead skin cells and encourage new cell growth.) You can also supplement your beverages with collagen supplements.

What are the best foods to eat for healthy skin in the wintertime? Here’s a breakdown:

  • Salmon & other fatty fish (for their rich supply of skin-boosting omega-3 fatty acids.)
  • Avocados (fortunately, they are in season from January through March!)
  • Pumpkin seeds (they are high in zinc & make a great snack.)
  • Sweet potatoes (a great source of vitamin A that pairs well with protein on a cold night.)
  • Homemade broccoli or butternut squash soup (delicious in the winter AND great for hair & skin!)

Instead of indulging in holiday cookies, alcohol, and pies over the fall and winter, curb your sweet tooth with a serving of dark chocolate (1-2 oz, or about 1 to 2 squares). Dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids, which can protect your skin and leave it feeling smooth and plump. Make sure your chocolate is at least 70% cocoa. Sugary milk chocolate can increase your chances of an acne breakout.

We Love Fall & Winter Skin Care Tips ‒ & We Hope You Will, Too

Our skin doesn’t have to take the brunt when the cold weather arrives. With these fall and winter skin care tips, you can achieve and maintain your healthiest and most beautiful complexion – the snow and frigid temperatures won’t stand a chance!

Have questions about a particular skin problem? Does your skin break out or experience extreme dryness in the fall and winter? Club West Med Spa is here to help! Contact us today to schedule a consultation or if you’d like recommendations for moisturizers and other skin care products. We invite patients throughout Midlothian, VA, and the Greater Richmond region to our day spa all winter long!

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EMSCULPT NEO® vs CoolSculpting®: Which Is Better?

Tired of doing endless crunches and squats to no avail? Are you struggling to lose stubborn belly fat and gain definition in your thighs, arms, and buttocks?

Introducing the latest in non-invasive body contouring, Club West Med Spa is one of the first day spas in Chesterfield County and Central Virginia to utilize the EMSCULPT NEO®.

But that’s not all. We also offer CoolSculpting® for those who want to target specific areas of fat pockets.

What are the differences between EMSCULPT NEO vs. CoolSculpting? Not sure which procedure is right for you?

In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of CoolSculpting and EMSCULPT NEO and how they can help you achieve your body goals. We’ll also discuss how you can expedite and ensure long-lasting results with either procedure!

If you’re ready to discover the power of these innovative treatments and how they can help you, contact us today to schedule a consultation.

EMSCULPT NEO®

EMSCULPT NEO is a non-invasive, FDA-approved body contouring treatment that targets and burns fat cells while simultaneously building muscle mass. It is a next generation treatment that combines radiofrequency (RF) heat energy with high levels of high-intensity focused electromagnetic (HIFEM™) energy.

The EMSCULPT NEO procedure is virtually painless. Patients may experience warmth and sensations similar to muscle contractions during the procedure.

How Effective Is EMSCULPT NEO?

Applied to different areas of the body, which can include the abdomen, buttocks, legs, calves, and arms, one 30-minute session is the equivalent of 20,000 squats and 20,000 crunches. On average, you can expect 30% fat reduction and 25% muscle gains after four 30-minute sessions.

Compared to the standard EMSCULPT®, this procedure produces better, tighter, and longer-lasting results. The combined powers of HIFEM and RF energy in the EMSCULPT NEO delivers a higher blood supply to muscles, causing them to contract more rapidly and build muscle cells at a faster rate. At the same time, the combined radiofrequency and electromagnetic energy targets deeper layers of visceral fat cells, damaging them, and causing them to break down permanently.

Are You a Candidate for EMSCULPT NEO?

Even with diet and exercise, some people can struggle to lose stubborn body fat and build muscle. EMSCULPT NEO is ideal for those who want to simultaneously reduce fat and tone their bodies.

Men and women with a body mass index of 30 or less are eligible for treatment. Reach out to us today to schedule a consultation.

CoolSculpting®

Are you looking to target distinct bulges of stubborn fat?

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive, FDA-approved body contouring treatment that helps individuals reduce specific areas of fat through the method of cryolipolysis.

How Does CoolSculpting Work?

The CoolSculpting device targets a specific area of the body between two paddles. These paddles freeze fat cells to a temperature that causes them to break down. Over time, the body naturally expels these dead fat cells. The procedure is often sought by patients who struggle with fat bulges on the belly, thighs, buttocks area, along the bra line, under the jaw, or in the upper arms.

CoolSculpting is generally painless, but patients do experience minor pinching and numbness during the procedure.

Are You a Candidate for CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is recommended for those who have not been able to remove stubborn areas of fat with diet and exercise. Patients who are at a healthy weight are the best candidates for CoolSculpting. Patients who are slightly overweight may also be candidates for CoolSculpting.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation for CoolSculpting. We’re happy to help you explore all of your treatment options.

How to Maintain Long-Lasting Body Sculpting Results

The quality of your long-term results with CoolSculpting or EMSCULPT NEO will depend on whether or not you’re able to maintain a healthy lifestyle. As a rule of thumb, the more weight you gain post-treatment, the less noticeable the results will be.

It’s recommended that patients focus on losing or maintaining weight after treatment. Consistent exercise and a healthy diet rich in protein and whole foods can help with this. Staying hydrated, getting plenty of sleep each night, and reducing stress are also ways you can ward off weight gain.

Is EMSCULPT NEO® or CoolSculpting® Right for You?

At Club West Med Spa, we’re here to help our clients regain their confidence and achieve a higher quality of life through the power of non-surgical, body contouring devices.

If you’d like to learn more about the differences between EMSCULPT NEO® vs. CoolSculpting®, reach out to us today to schedule a consultation.

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!

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.

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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!