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!