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.

crepey skin

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!