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How to Transition Your Skincare Routine from Winter to Spring

Your skin is due for a breath of fresh air. It has been subjected to cold temperatures, strong winds, and freezing weather for months–now it’s time to get ready for spring! Although we can breathe a sigh of relief for the sunshine and warmth ahead, we have to make sure our skin is prepared for the change. Our estheticians at Club West Med Spa have put together a guide on transitioning your skincare routine from winter to spring for maximum protection, hydration, and glow!

If you’re interested in investing in your skincare, contact us at Club West Med Spa in Midlothian, VA, to learn more about our incredible products and services!

1. Up Your Sunscreen Game

Although you should be wearing SPF all year round, the transition into spring means it’s time to get even more serious. With more sun exposure and higher temperatures, your skin will be exposed to stronger UV rays–and the higher the UV index, the greater risk of damage. Make sure a lightweight and hydrating sunscreen is part of your daily skincare routine. A tinted SPF can help add some much-needed color to your face as well!

Our Product Rec:

SkinMedica® Essential Defense Mineral Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 32 (Tinted)

2. Use a Lighter Moisturizer

Now that the sun is out and humidity is higher, our skin won’t be as dry and dull as in the cold. While our winter skin drinks up all of the moisture it can get, our spring skin (which can be prone to sweating and stickiness) doesn’t appreciate a heavy layer. This means you can make the switch from a thicker moisturizer to a lighter one, like a gel.

Our Product Rec:

Eminence Mangosteen Gel Moisturizer

3. Use Hyaluronic Acid for Lightweight Hydration

Swap out your thick creams and lotions for lighter hydrating gels and serums. Hyaluronic acid is amazing for locking in extra hydration while still feeling light and refreshing. Read our blog post to learn more about the incredible benefits of hyaluronic acid!

Our Product Rec:

Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Hydrator 

4. Don’t Hesitate to Exfoliate

In the winter months, exfoliating can be harsher on your skin since it may already be irritated by the cold. When the humidity rises in the spring, our skin becomes more tolerant of stronger ingredients. Incorporating an exfoliant into your routine no more than 1-2 times a week will help you eliminate dead skin cells and brighten up your face for spring.

Our Product Rec:

SkinMedica® AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser

5. Get Ahead on Your Glow with a Spray Tan!

Is your pale winter skin getting you down? You deserve to feel your best at all times of the year. A professional spray tan is an instant confidence booster. Visit Club West Med Spa for a flawless tan without the damage to get you ready for the warm seasons ahead!

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At Club West Med Spa, we are committed to helping you look your best all year round. Try incorporating these small updates everyone should make to their skincare routine to account for incoming warm weather and sunlight. Trust us–your skin will thank you!

If you live in or around Midlothian, VA, Club West Med Spa is your miracle center for professional-grade skincare products and exceptional aesthetic services. Contact Club West Med Spa today to discover all we can do for your skin!

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Viral Skincare Trends: Worth It or Not?

Viral Skincare Trends: Worth It or Not?

Whether you’re chronically online or you let news circle back to you from friends and family, you’ve probably caught wind of some trends on platforms like Tik Tok and Instagram.
We are thrilled about the greater collective appreciation for skincare, but with quick trend cycles backed by little research, these viral trends can flit from miraculous to dangerous rather quickly.

Club West Med Spa is here to provide an expert opinion on whether these skincare trends are really worth it. Read on to hear our takes and decide for yourself whether they’re worth trying. If you’re looking for a professional to help troubleshoot your skin issues, contact us at Club West Med Spa today!

Jade Rollers & Ice Rollers & Gua Sha, Oh My!

Worth It

woman using gua sha face tool
While this practice has recently taken the internet by storm, it’s actually been around since ancient times. Gua sha is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that originated in ancient China as a form of lymphatic drainage. At the time, stones and other household materials were used to massage toxins out of the body. Later, the practice evolved to use minerals like jade and rose quartz, which we often see today. Jade rollers are said to have come about in the 17th century as more of a facial massaging tool. Ice rollers are a modern reinvention of these tools that you can keep in your freezer, which specifically help de-puff and stimulate skin cells.

These facial massaging tools are worth it in our book. The process involves a technique of massaging the skin in repeated movements to increase circulation, promote lymphatic drainage, reduce swelling, and give your skin some extra glow. Because of their online popularity, the tools are easy to find and quite affordable–the perfect addition to your skin care routine!


Worth it…but only if it works for you!

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The term “slugging” can elicit images of slimy snails…and that’s exactly what it’s intended to do! Slugging is the practice of slathering your face in petroleum jelly before bed, resembling the trail of goo a snail leaves behind. Social media users swear this is a miracle treatment for softer, glowy skin. Since petroleum jelly is very thick, you probably don’t need as much as you think you do.

But be warned: slugging only benefits those with extremely dry skin. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, slugging can do more harm than good. The thick layer can clog your pores and lead to breakouts. If your face is already irritated, petroleum jelly can inhibit its healing.

IV Drip Treatments

Not Worth It

woman receiving IV drip for wellness
Many-a wellness junkies are turning to IV therapy for infusions of necessary vitamins and nutrients. These treatments promise quick fixes to issues like hangovers, stress, and dull skin.

Unless your doctor suggests them, IV drips for glowing skin are unnecessary. If you are maintaining a balanced and nutritious diet, staying hydrated, and have an efficient skincare routine, there’s no need for an IV injection of vitamins. If you aren’t doing those things already, one IV drip is not going to solve all your problems.

LED Face Masks

Worth it…but leave it to the professionals!

LED face mask on woman
LED light masks: voted most likely to cause a jump scare when scrolling through your social media feed…
To anyone who hasn’t heard of LED light therapy, this trend is probably the most terror-inducing. While the face masks resemble something out of a sci-fi horror movie or an EDM dance club, the results are far from scary. The masks use a spectrum of LED light colors to address specific skincare concerns. Blue light can be used to target bacteria that leads to acne, while red light can increase collagen production in the skin, and green light can reduce hyperpigmentation.

This treatment has been used for decades, but it’s trending more recently because of its venture into individual homes. While we absolutely believe in the benefits, we wouldn’t try to convince you to spend hundreds of dollars to do it at home, as the DIY treatments often aren’t as effective as clinical ones. If you’re interested in the benefits of LED light therapy, talk to a professional first.

Face Tape

Not Worth It

woman applying facial tape to forehead
Face tape has quickly gained traction on Tik Tok and other platforms, promising an “instant facelift” or decrease in wrinkles overnight. As skincare experts, we are weary of anything that promises instant results. If it seems too good to be true, it usually is.

This frequent pulling and stretching of your skin causes even more wrinkles in the long term! Even more, the adhesive in the tape can irritate your skin. If you’re looking for a way to reverse the appearance of aging, it’s in your best interest to choose a professional, long-term remedy.

Preventative Botox®

Worth It

young woman receiving Botox injections
Botox®, on the other hand, is a tried and true method of fighting the signs of aging. While Botox® used to be geared toward older women whose features have already matured, more and more people are recognizing the benefits of getting an early start. Preventative Botox®, or targeting areas of the face like the forehead and smile lines before wrinkles occur, is a fantastic way to beat those unwanted imperfections. So no, you don’t have to be of a certain age to begin treatments–your 20s and 30s are a great time to start!

Visit Club West Med Spa’s website to discover all the types of injectable treatments we offer!

Skincare Is Always in Style at Club West Med Spa

At Club West Med Spa, we don’t believe in quick fixes. We are dedicated to addressing your skincare concerns and creating successful routines and solutions to last a lifetime.
Located in Midlothian, VA, we’re here whenever you need us! Contact us today to book your next appointment!

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New Year’s Resolutions for Healthier Skin

It’s that time of year again when millions of people make resolutions to improve their health. After all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, all the stress, alcohol, and sugar can really take a toll on your skin. But with all the aspirations to become the new you, it can be difficult to know where to start. Our experts at Club West Med Spa have compiled a list of New Year’s resolutions you can make to level up your skin! Following these few simple habits can make your skin healthier and happier this year.

Are you struggling to find a skincare regimen that works for you? Contact us at Club West Med Spa in Midlothian, VA, today!

New Year, New Skin!–Healthy Habits to Boost Your Skin’s Glow

1. Wear SPF Everyday

The sun can do a number on your skin, making it look dull and dehydrated as well as increasing the likelihood of wrinkles and other signs of aging. That’s right, even in the winter, UV rays can reflect off of snow or enter your home through the windows. Adding an SPF product into your daily routine helps protect against environmental effects that would otherwise cause damage over time. And if you’re prone to breakouts or just want to avoid them altogether, moisturizers with SPF are especially helpful because they provide added protection against damaging UV rays while also helping keep pores clear by keeping oil production in check.

2. Increase Your Hydration

Your body needs water for everything from staying hydrated to digesting food properly — and if you’re dehydrated enough, not only will you feel tired, but it can make your skin look dull as well! The general rule is eight cups per day — but if you exercise regularly, then bump that amount up by one cup per hour spent exercising.

3. Wash Your Face Immediately After Exercising

Many people choose to exercise more for their new year’s goals, which is great! But if you’re on the go between workouts and errands, leaving the sweat to settle into your skin can lead to bacteria buildup and breakouts. Try to wash your face as soon as you can after breaking a sweat. Cool water will help close your pores and prevent bacteria from entering and making you break out. Use a gentle cleanser that’s free of harsh chemicals like alcohol or fragrance, and don’t scrub too hard, as this can cause micro-tears in the skin. If you’re in a pinch, carry some micellar water face wipes for a quick fix before you can do a full wash.

4. Prioritize Sleep

Sleep is important for skin health because it helps promote healthy cells and keep inflammation at bay. Inflammation can contribute to acne, rashes, and other related conditions like eczema or psoriasis—all of which can give your skin a bad appearance. Getting enough sleep will also help with stress management (if you’re stressed out, chances are higher that the stress hormone cortisol will be circulating in your body). When your body is under duress from lack of restful sleep or high cortisol levels, it’s less likely to produce collagen—the building block for strong bones and connective tissue—which contributes to weaker skin over time.

5. Take Care of Your Skin from the Inside Out

Eat foods that are good for your skin. The more you nourish your body from the inside, the better it will look on the outside. Take a look at our last blog post to read up on the delicious foods you should be eating for healthier skin!

Additionally, limiting alcohol intake will greatly help your skin. There’s a reason many people participate in Dry January: clear skin, improved sleep, reduced stress, better digestion, and overall more energy, to name a few. If you don’t want to cut it out completely, try limiting it to the weekends or special events. Your skin will thank you!

5. Try One of Our Signature Facials

There’s no better way to pamper yourself than with a facial! At Club West Med Spa, our facials are specially designed to target your skin’s specific needs and problem areas. Dealing with acne and hyperpigmentation? What about wrinkles and fine lines? No matter what your skin needs, our experts will provide a custom skin analysis and mixology to give you the best.

Get in Touch with Club West Med Spa

Club West Med Spa wants to help you be your best self this New Year! Just a few simple habits can make all the difference in your skin’s health. We hope these tips have inspired you to make some positive changes in the year ahead.

Contact Club West Med Spa in Midlothian, VA, to schedule your next appointment!

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How to Give Yourself the Gift of Great Skin This Winter

Happy Holidays! When you’re thinking about gifts to give your loved ones this year, don’t forget about yourself. Health marketplace Sesame Care reported that 49% of Americans feel an increase in stress and anxiety during the holidays. With all the pressure of the holiday season paired with cold winter weather, there’s a good chance your skin is suffering. Now is a better time than ever to pamper yourself.

At Club West Med Spa, we have countless treatments and product offerings to help you do just that! We’ve compiled a list of some of our top treatments to give you glowing, refreshed skin. Read on to see which sounds best for you!

If you are in the Midlothian, VA area and looking to treat yourself this winter, contact us at Club West Med Spa today!

Our Treatments


We currently offer a wide selection of facials to cleanse and pamper your skin using high-quality products and techniques. Our facials have an incredible amount of benefits. Each facial will include an in-depth skin analysis and customized mixology of ingredient-rich products tailored just for you. Whether your concern is fine lines, wrinkles, loss of elasticity, rosacea, acne hyperpigmentation, or all of the above, we can customize a facial to focus on your skin care needs!

We also offer many levels of chemical peels to exfoliate and rejuvenate your face. Read our blog post to learn more!

Body Treatments

Looking for a whole-body approach to treating your skin? Treat yourself to an all-over rejuvenation with our body treatments! Our scrubs hydrate and smooth your skin by removing dead skin from your body. We use scrubs with different ingredients that contain specific benefits like brightening and clarifying, reducing redness, preventing free radicals, smoothing imperfections, and more. Our wraps are designed to relax your muscles and stimulate and tighten the skin. No matter which you choose, you are sure to have a relaxing experience.


Facial injectables are a great way to rejuvenate and replenish your skin while targeting any problem areas. They greatly reduce the signs of aging by plumping up any areas that have crease, wrinkles, or sagging. At Club West Med Spa, we offer Botox®, Dysport®, Juvederm®, and Voluma® injectables. Check out our treatment offerings to determine which is right for your skincare needs!

SkinMedica & Eminence Organic Skincare Products

We proudly offer professional-grade skincare products so you can take your Club West treatments home with you! Whether you shop these brands online or at the spa, you’re sure to bring a luxurious routine right into your home.

SkinMedica is a high-quality brand that offers skincare solutions for any area of concern. Shop based on your skin type and concern for a fully customized at-home regimen!

Eminence is a completely organic skincare line made with sustainable practices and hand-picked ingredients. They have a personalized product recommender to help you build the perfect routine for your skin.

Gift Certificates

Need some gift inspiration? What better way to show you love someone (including yourself!) than by giving them the gift of luxury? Purchase a Club West Med Spa in-store or right online this holiday season!

Treat Yourself at Club West Med Spa!

Don’t forget to sprinkle in some self-care this season. From everyone at Club West Med Spa, Happy Holidays! We are so grateful for our wonderful community. If you live in or around Midlothian, VA, contact Club West Med Spa to schedule your next appointment. We can’t wait to pamper you!

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Chemical Peels for Every Skin Concern

Out with the old and in with the new! Our chemical peels at Club West Med Spa treat fine lines,
wrinkles, sun damage, pore size, acne, pigmentation, and more. These results-driven treatments are some of the most sought-after, and millions of people are already enjoying the life-changing benefits.

Interested in trying a chemical peel? Lucky you–we’re currently running a special on all peels. If you live in the Midlothian, VA area and want to try out our amazing chemical peel treatments, contact us at Club West Med Spa today!

So What Is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is a powerful skin exfoliating solution applied to the face, neck, or hands to reveal the smooth and clear skin underneath. What makes this technique so popular is that it’s useful for a variety of skin concerns.

Each chemical peel formulation varies based on your skin concerns, and the exact
process varies depending on the chosen peel. Each peel includes a thorough cleansing and prep solution prior to the treatment. Next, a chemical solution is applied to the skin and left in place for a designated time. While you wait, the peel solution exfoliates your skin. Once the peel has completed its work, it is peeled away to reveal new, regenerated skin.

Which Treatments Does Club West Med Spa Offer?

We offer Vitality Institute and Skin Medica Peels here at Club West. Both brands produce great results, but each formulation of peel differs based on the skin concerns it addresses. Each peel is uniquely formulated and designed to lift pigment, remove sun damage, alleviate acne and scarring, and fight fine lines and wrinkles. All our painless medium-depth VI Peels are safe for all skin types and tones, with results in as little as seven days!

Vitality Institute (VI) Peels

VI Peel Precision Plus

Our most popular treatment, this medium-depth powerhouse peel works to suppress
melanogenesis—the production of melanin—at the source while promoting rapid cell turnover
for a more even and brighter skin tone. Resurfacing action reveals brighter, renewed skin in just seven days.

Targets the Following Skin Concerns:

  • Sun Damage
  • Melasma
  • UV-Induced Pigmentation
  • Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)

VI Peel Purify with Precision Plus

Do you have pigmentation issues PLUS acne and/or acne scarring? Enjoy two treatments in one! Take on current breakouts and the scars and pigmentation they leave behind. Our superior purifying and smoothing acne treatment clears away dead skin cells and excess oil to speed breakout. It also clears and purifies pores to prevent future breakouts. By targeting melanogenesis at the source, this treatment helps minimize stubborn post-acne scars and uneven tone for a brighter, smoother surface.

Targets the Following Skin Concerns:

  • Excessive Oil
  • Acne with Hyperpigmentation
  • Acne Scarring
  • Adult Acne

VI Peel Purify

The Purify peel is a multi-faceted treatment for the many triggers and symptoms of acne, from dead skin cells and excessive oiliness to clogged pores and all types of blemishes. Our peel sweeps away skin cells known to clog pores, clears out oil and debris trapped deep within the pores, eliminates bacteria, and balances skin for fewer breakouts and a smoother texture.

Targets the Following Skin Concerns:

  • Excessive Oil
  • Acne with Hyperpigmentation
  • Acne Scarring
  • Adult Acne

VI Peel Advanced

This potent, powerful treatment is ideal for more mature clients that want to intensify results
against deep-set wrinkles and loss of elasticity. Our innovative treatment is formulated with a
synergistic blend of ingredients that penetrate deeper to combat the signs of aging and soften
fine lines and wrinkles. This targeted formula helps enhance collagen stimulation to increase
cell turnover and help firm the skin.

Targets the Following Skin Concerns:

  • Aging Skin (Ages 40+)
  • Wrinkles, Fine Lines, Loss of Elasticity

SkinMedica Peels

Rejuvenize Peel

Rejuvenize Peel is our strongest SkinMedica peel. It is appropriate for moderate to severe skin imperfections and smooths the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and roughness. It’s safe for all skin types but best for light-to-medium skin tones.

  • 3-6 peels are recommended every 3-4 weeks for best results
  • Peeling and redness may last 7-14 days
  • Active ingredients: Salicylic acid, lactic acid, resorcinol, and retinol (highest concentration)

Vitalize Peel

Vitalize Peel is the number one peel sold in the USA and the top seller among all SkinMedica peels. It is appropriate for mild to moderate skin imperfections and safe for all skin types, including darker skin types for which laser treatments may not be recommended. It improves melasma, brown spots, fine lines, and acne scars.

  • 3-6 peels are recommended every 3-4 weeks for best results
  • Light peeling lasts approximately 7 days. There is minimal-to-no redness
  • Great for maintenance treatment after IPL (Photofacials) and Fraxel Laser treatments
  • Active ingredients: Salicylic acid, lactic acid, resorcinol, and retinol

Illuminize Peel

Illuminize Peel is a light, “pre-party” peel. It is recommended for immediate improvement of texture and tone and is safe for all skin types. There is no visible peeling or downtime–you can go right out afterward, and your skin will be glowing!

  • Have one whenever a glow is desired, as frequently as every 2 weeks
  • Active ingredients: salicylic, mandelic, malic, and phytic acids and resorcinol

Progressive Peel Package

We offer a package of one Vitalize Peel followed by two Rejuvenize Peels for optimized benefits! We strongly recommend combining these peels with a recommended SkinMedica System at home when treating melasma, brown pigmentations, or fine lines and wrinkles.

Try A Chemical Peel at Club West Med Spa!

Interested in trying out a chemical peel to address your unique skin concerns? At Club West Med Spa in Midlothian, VA, we offer a wide variety of options suited to your skin type. Contact us today to learn about our chemical peel special!

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What Is Hyaluronic Acid & Should I Use It?

You’ve probably seen it on drugstore shelves, in magazine articles, or being promoted by your favorite celebrity or influencer. Hyaluronic acid has been a buzzword in the skincare industry recently, and for good reason. But what IS it? And is it good for your skin type? Club West Med Spa is here to answer all your questions about this miracle product and if it’s worth the hype.

If you are in the Midlothian, VA area, visit Club West Med Spa for all of your skincare needs! Contact us today to set up your next appointment.

So What Is Hyaluronic Acid?

Many consider hyaluronic acid (HA) a “holy grail” skincare product due to its long list of benefits.
HA is a naturally-occurring humectant, which means it draws in moisture and retains it on the skin’s surface. It can bind up to a thousand times its weight in water, making it an incredible hydrating agent. But its advantages don’t stop there!

Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

  • Moisturizing & Hydrating: HA encourages your skin to hold onto more moisture. This is especially beneficial to those with dry or dehydrated skin.
  • Anti-Aging: It targets dehydrated areas of the skin and rehydrates them, reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Skin Elasticity: HA makes the skin appear fuller and plumper, giving a more youthful appearance.
  • Treats Wounds & Burns: Aside from being a wonderful addition to your skincare routine, HA can actually be used to treat wounds!
  • Treats Eczema & Facial Redness: HA has anti-inflammatory properties which help fight symptoms of eczema and redness.

Is Hyaluronic Acid Right for My Skin Type?

Though it might seem too good to be true, it isn’t–hyaluronic acid is beneficial to every skin type! This can be attributed to the fact that it is naturally occurring in the body, so applying the product simply helps enhance what your skin is already doing. This also means that it is rare to experience adverse side effects or allergic reactions.

Dry Skin

Those with dry skin types benefit the most from HA. It is deeply hydrating and increases the moisture in your skin while holding onto it for longer. This reduces fine lines and wrinkles.

Oily Skin

If you have an oily skin type, your skin is overcompensating for a lack of moisture by producing too much oil. Using HA over time can teach your skin to produce the correct amount of oil.

Combination Skin

If you deal with both dry patches and an oily T-zone on your face, you can use HA to target your problem areas and promote proper hydration.

Normal Skin

Even if you rarely have issues with your skin, keeping your skin hydrated is never a bad idea. You can incorporate HA into your skincare routine to promote a healthy glow.

How To Use It

Now that you know the benefits of trying hyaluronic acid, it’s time to incorporate it into your skincare routine!

  1. Cleanse: Cleanse your skin with your favorite face wash. If you also like to use toner, this is a good time to apply it.
  2. Apply Hyaluronic Acid: While your skin is still damp from cleansing, apply your hyaluronic acid serum. This retains all of that water and works to hydrate your skin.
  3. Moisturize: Apply your moisturizer on top of your serum. This locks in the hyaluronic acid and makes it last longer.
  4. Voila! Say hello to hydrated and glowing skin!

Visit Club West Med Spa

At Club West Med Spa, we are dedicated to providing our clients with the best possible care. We are proud to feature Éminence Organic Skincare, a line of high-quality, sustainable skincare products. Visit their website to shop their complete line of hyaluronic acid products to boost your skin’s natural glow.

If you live in or around Midlothian, VA, visit our team of professionals to give your skin the care it deserves. Contact Club West Med Spa today to set up an appointment!

The Dos & Don’ts of Summer Skin Care

The Dos & Don’ts of Summer Skin Care

Just like our closet gets a refresh for every season, so should our skincare routine! This is especially true in the summer since our skin has to adjust to the drastic change in temperature and exposure to the sun. Your skin is the largest organ in your body, so it deserves special attention and care.

We’ve laid out all of the do’s and don’ts of summer skincare so you can be confident in your warm-weather routine. If you are in the Midlothian, VA area, contact us at Club West Med Spa today to learn more!

The Do’s


One more time for the people in the back–SPF!! But seriously, if you do one thing for your skin this summer, lather it up with sunscreen. Those UV rays are great in small doses but can be very damaging to your skin. They can cause premature aging, wrinkles, and dark spots, not to mention painful burns and an increased risk for skin cancer. The best thing you can do when you’re going out in the sun is to protect your skin with an SPF that works for you.

Not sure what type of SPF works best for your skin type? Read our blog about choosing the best skincare for your type to find out!

Find a Good Toner

Toner is a saving grace in the summertime–not only does it feel great on your face, but it also helps shrink your pores! This keeps oil, dirt, sweat, and bacteria out of your pores and keeps your skin healthy. There are tons of toner options on the market that come in scents like rosewater, cucumber, and coconut water. Spray a little on your face for an instant refreshing feeling that keeps your skin clean!

Stay Hydrated

Hydrated skin is happy skin–and soft, firm, and glowing skin. There are SO many reasons to stay hydrated in the summertime, but your skin is an essential one. Keeping yourself hydrated encourages elasticity in your skin, which reduces wrinkles and other signs of aging. It also reduces oil on the skin, which can get heavy when you already have sweat and products built up on your face.


Adding an exfoliator to your skincare routine is especially important in the summer. Think about it–after a day in the sun, your face is likely to have a buildup of sweat, sunscreen, makeup, and dirt and debris from being outside. Exfoliating will help get rid of that buildup and help your skin shed those dirty and dried-out layers.

The Don’ts

Limit Sun Exposure

Spending time in the sun is one of the best parts of the summer, we get it; but, too much sun exposure is quite dangerous for your skin. Do your best to stay out of direct sunlight during its peak hours, between 10 AM and 2 PM. You can also use the weather app on your phone to check the UV index (the higher the number, the harsher the UV exposure). The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends staying in the shade as much as possible, and when you are in the sun, be sure to wear sunglasses, light layers of clothing, and a wide-brimmed hat in addition to your SPF.

Avoid Heavy Makeup

Lots of heavy makeup can seriously clog your pores, and with sweat and sunscreen already built up on your face, it can get seriously uncomfortable. It’s essential to let your skin breathe in the summer, so it’s best to embrace your natural skin and lighten up on the makeup. Your skin will thank you!

Don’t Neglect the Forgotten Areas

The “forgotten areas” are just what they sound like–the parts of our bodies that most of us don’t think about including in our skincare routine. The biggest ones are lips, ears, neck, hands, and feet, and they need love too! When applying sunscreen, be sure not to forget about any of these areas. Try to find a lip balm with SPF in it and make sure your lips are nice and moisturized! Plus, staying hydrated will help keep your lips smooth as well.

Keep Shower Time Short

It might feel natural to bathe more often in the warmer months since we’re sweating and getting outside more, but this can actually be detrimental to your skin. Showering too much and for too long can be seriously drying to your skin, which is already fighting through sun exposure. If you can, cut your showers down to quick five-minute rinses as opposed to 20-minute soaks.

Additionally, if you have an oily skin type, excess washing can actually cause increased oil production to overcompensate. Extra oil on your skin is the last thing you want in the summer, so keep the rinsing to a minimum!

See How Club West Med Spa Can Help!

Show your skin some love this summer! At Club West Med Spa, our estheticians are experienced and dedicated to giving your skin the treatment it deserves. If you live in or around Midlothian, VA, contact Club West Med Spa today to learn about all that we can do for you!

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Using the Right Products for Your Skin Type

Using the Right Products for Your Skin Type

We all know the importance of taking care of your skin, but having an extensive, multi-step skincare routine doesn’t necessarily mean it’s effective. When it comes to choosing the right exfoliant, cleanser, moisturizer, toner, and masks, it’s important to know your skin type to ensure you are targeting your problem areas. For example, you might think that your moisturizer is helping hydrate your dry skin, but it may in fact be irritating it even more. We are here to help you determine which of the five skin types you have, and which products to look for–and avoid–while you are building your skincare regimen!

If you are in the Midlothian, VA area and are interested in beginning treatments targeted for your skin type, contact us at Club West Med Spa today! We are excited to join you on your skincare journey.

Normal Skin

If you have normal skin, you’re one of the lucky ones. Normal skin is neither oily nor dry, and doesn’t get too sensitive when using different products. However, it is still vital to take good care of your skin to ensure that it stays healthy.

Products for Normal Skin

Everything! No, this wasn’t a trick question–normal skin is highly tolerable of different ingredients, which means you can experiment with your routine to find what works best for you. Regardless, we still recommend you start with a good base: a gentle cleanser, exfoliator, and a moisturizer that contains SPF. If you start there, then build up with your favorite toners, serums, and masks, you’ll be golden!

Oily Skin

If you have oily skin, you likely don’t need us to tell you that you do. Your skin will appear shiny and you may be prone to acne, blackheads, and blemishes. A common misconception is that you should overwash your face to prevent oiliness–in fact, this actually dries out your skin even more, which causes your skin to produce more oil to compensate. This is where the importance of oil-targeting products comes in.

Products for Oily Skin

In general, look for products labeled “non-comedogenic”, as they won’t clog your pores. Choose a salicylic acid cleanser to help purify and exfoliate while removing irritants and bacteria from pores. You can also rotate this with a mild cleanser. As far as moisturizers go, choose something oil-free. In addition, clay masks are the perfect choice for a little extra self-care for your skin. Remember to not wash your face more than twice a day and use SPF daily!

Dry Skin

Dry skin is often caused by external factors like the weather, the temperature at which you keep your home, medications you may be taking, or even if you aren’t drinking enough water! If you have rough patches, areas that are flaky and irritated, or itchy red skin, you likely have dry skin. It is important to find products that target dryness in order to achieve hydration, smoothness, and elasticity in your skin.

Products for Dry Skin

Products with harsh fragrances and scents can be very drying to the skin, so try to shop for hydrating cleansers with minimal fragrances. Finding the right moisturizer is key–go for something rich and creamy, or even an ointment. Remember to apply creams right after you wash your face to prevent your skin from drying out quickly! And, as always, make sure you are applying a hydrating SPF every day.

Combination Skin

If you have combination skin, your skin may feel oily in some areas and dry in others. You may notice that certain areas are prone to blackheads and shine, especially in your T-zone, while the rest of your face is dry. This skin type can be tricky to find products for since there is a fine line between oily and dry skin.

Products for Combination Skin

Your main goal when aiming to treat combination skin is balance. In general, avoid harsh alcohol-based products that will dry out your skin more or cause irritation. A lightweight gel moisturizer will work best. Next, target your T-zone with a toner to balance out the area. Lastly, make sure to use SPF every day to protect your skin from sun damage!

Sensitive Skin

Do you find your skin stinging, burning, turning red, or just becoming generally irritated when you use certain products? You likely have sensitive skin, which is generally triggered by specific ingredients or products. Trial and error can help you determine what it is that sets your skin off.

Products for Sensitive Skin

Finding the right products is especially critical for those with sensitive skin, as you may experience great discomfort if you don’t. When shopping for skincare products, try to look for items that are designed specifically for sensitive skin. Make sure to avoid harsh ingredients like alcohol, fragrances, and sulfates because these will irritate your skin further. Fragrance-free moisturizers with SPF will keep your skin hydrated without weighing it down.

Get the Results You’re Looking for With Your Skincare Routine

When it comes to choosing the right skincare products for you, paying close attention to your skin is key. Once you are aware of what your skin likes and what it doesn’t, or how it reacts to certain products, you can determine the areas you should be targeting. Interested in taking the next step and starting treatments specifically designed for your skin? We have a wide range of facials, treatments, and products at our Midlothian, VA location that are curated just for you. Contact Club West Med Spa today to get started!

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.

fall & winter skin care tips

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!