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Do I Need Different Sunscreen for My Face?

We’ve all been told the importance of SPF time and time again. But, like many others, you’ve probably been left wondering: do I really need a different sunscreen for my face? You’ve probably heard conflicting arguments. This is because the answer may slightly differ for everyone, and the secret may lie in your skin type. Club West Med Spa is here to lay out all the information about choosing the right sunscreen for your face based on your skin type and preferences!

If you are in the Midlothian, VA area, contact us at Club West Med Spa today to learn more!

The Importance of SPF

Need a refresh on the benefits of wearing sunscreen regularly? The list is nearly endless, but here are some of the main reasons!

  • Avoid burns and sun blisters
  • Protect against skin cancer
  • Slow down premature aging
  • Prevent wrinkles & fine lines

Do I Really Need a Different Kind for My Face?

The short answer is technically no–but the long answer is that while you don’t necessarily have to use separate products for your face and body, you should. While you don’t technically need to use a different sunscreen, most dermatologists would recommend it. This is because our face has some of the most sensitive skin on our bodies, which means it reacts differently to products.

Think about it this way: we use different cleansers, moisturizers, and lotions for our face than for our bodies, so it’s not a bad idea to find a sunscreen specifically formulated for your face as well.

So if you’re in a pinch and all you have is regular SPF body lotion–absolutely use it! Regular sunscreen is better than no sunscreen–but when it’s available to you, find a face sunscreen you love and stick with it!

Types of Face Sunscreen

If you are serious about your skincare and are looking to upgrade your summer routine, we’re here to help, and finding a good SPF for your face is a great place to start! There are many different types of facial sunscreen, all suited to a wide range of skin types, lifestyles, and preferences. Here are a few different options!


Chemical sunscreen is the most popular type of sunscreen and the type you’ll most commonly find in a drugstore. The chemicals in the formula absorb the sun’s rays and turn them into heat, then release the heat through your skin. If you’re going the chemical route, make sure you’re reapplying more often since the sun causes the sunscreen to break down.

Since there are so many formulas, it’s relatively easy to find an option that blends well with your skin and doesn’t feel too heavy. Before buying one, you should always do your research–some chemicals can be harsh on the skin, especially if you are already sensitive to certain products or fragrances. If you are prone to breakouts, look for an oil-free option.


Mineral sunscreen is another option that is typically preferred by those looking for a more natural sunblock. The minerals, which are usually zinc oxide or titanium, act as a barricade between your skin and the UV rays. It’s not quite as seamless as a chemical sunscreen and will often leave a thick and grainy residue on the skin–which is why it’s not always a preferred choice.

Regardless, mineral sunscreen has many benefits. It works well with all skin types, so it can be used universally. It is the best choice for those with sensitive skin since chemical sunscreens can be harsh. Additionally, it is recommended for people with melasma or dark marks because it can prevent hyperpigmentation.

For Your Skin Type

Depending on your skin type, it may be helpful to find sunscreen specifically tailored to you. This is most applicable for those with the more extreme types like oily/acne prone and sensitive.

Not sure what your skin type is? Check out our previous blog post to help determine which skin type you have and which products are best for you!

Tinted/Makeup Based

Tinted sunscreen is another great option, especially if you have acne-prone skin or are just looking for some fuller coverage. There are tons of great options on the market. Additionally, you can find makeup products that contain SPF. This is a great option if you aren’t going to be out in the sun all day.

Take a Trip to Club West Med Spa!

At Club West Med Spa, we want you to look and feel your best–and this is especially important in the summer months when your skin is more at risk from sun exposure.
If you live in or around Midlothian, VA, our skilled estheticians at Club West Med Spa are here to help you determine your skin’s needs and find the best skincare products for you. Contact us today to discover our services!

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New Year, New You: Emsculpt Neo vs CoolSculpting

With the year quickly coming to an end, the new year’s resolutions are piling up in our minds. If you’re struggling to get rid of excess body fat and feel confident in yourself again, non-invasive body contouring may be the perfect solution.

Emsculpt Neo and CoolSculpting are scientifically proven methods to diminish specific areas of fat pockets and tone your body. Club West Med Spa in Chesterfield County and Central Virginia is here to help you figure out which body contouring treatment is right for you.

Say goodbye to endless weight training with no results and say hello to a new and improved you. If you’re ready to discover how these innovative treatments can help you this next year, contact us today to schedule a consultation.

What is Emsculpt Neo?

EMSCULPT NEO is the first and only non-invasive body shaping procedure that provides simultaneous fat elimination and muscle building in a combined 30-minute session. The procedure is minimally invasive and virtually painless and works by combining radiofrequency (RF) heat energy with high levels of high-intensity focused electromagnetic (HIFEM™) energy.

A few minutes into the procedure, the temperature in subcutaneous fat reaches levels that cause apoptosis when the fat cells are permanently damaged and slowly removed from the body. Extreme stress from apoptosis forces the muscle to adapt, increasing the number and growth of muscle fibers and cells.

What are the pros?

For the right candidate, Emsculpt offers many benefits and advantages. Some of the pros of body contouring treatment include:

  • Non-Invasive
    • While you need multiple treatment sessions to get the best results from Emsculpt, each session is short and non-invasive. Patients can lift and tone their bodies without being put under anesthesia. EMSculpt targets the muscle tissue without affecting the skin, so you don’t have to worry about scarring or stitches.
  • No Recovery Time
    • Since Emsculpt is non-invasive and relatively comfortable, most people can go back to their routine activities after treatment. You don’t have to be out of work or on rest for days. Some individuals engage in vigorous exercise a day or two after. Emsculpt provides surgery results without the knife and downtime.
  • Boosts Metabolism
    • While other body shaping treatments only focus on removing fat, Emsculpt focuses on toning and building muscle. Full remodeling of the muscular structure allows for increased fat metabolism. If combined with physical therapy sessions, Emsculpt can speed up the recovery process.

What are the cons?

Although Emsculpt is non-invasive, there are some risks and drawbacks to be aware of when receiving treatment, as with any cosmetic treatment. These side effects include:

  • Intense Sessions
    • Emsculpt isn’t uncomfortable or painful, but the treatment can feel like a vigorous workout at the gym. Not everyone will withstand this treatment when the electromagnetic waves are causing more muscle contractions than you could do during an intense workout.
  • Soreness or Fatigue
    • Since Emsculpt is not an invasive surgery, there is no downtime after, but you may feel a sense of soreness or fatigue. The soreness in the treated area can feel similar to after an intense workout at the gym. However, the soreness and fatigue only last for about a day or two after.
  • Not an Exercise Replacement
    • Emsculpt isn’t a one-and-done treatment, and you cannot rely solely on the procedure to keep fat off and muscles toned. Although it leads to muscle contractions, you’ll still want to maintain or start an exercise routine to maintain your muscle structure and fat loss. The treatment is not an exercise replacement.

What is Coolsculpting?

Coolsculpting is another non-surgical method to remove fat cells and achieve a more toned physique quickly. By utilizing two paddles to freeze fat cells to the point of breakdown, The treatment takes a few sessions to deliver results, but over time, the body gets rid of the fat cells damaged during the procedure.

CoolSculpting is not uncomfortable or painful, but you may feel minor pinching and numbness during the procedure. The treatment can last around an hour, and most patients can just sit back and relax while enduring it. If you have trouble areas along the stomach, waist, and buttock areas, this treatment may be the perfect solution for you.

What are the pros?

When there’s a virtually painless method to diminishing fat cells, why wouldn’t you want to try it out? Many people choose Coolsculpting to start their new year with a toned body. Learn about some of the reasons why:

  • No Hospital or Surgery
    • Forget needles, knives, and surgical protocols with this non-invasive fat-loss technique by cosmetic experts. With Coolsculpting, you don’t need to go to the hospital or prep for days as you do for surgery. The procedure can be done right in a dermatologist’s office during your break or after work.
  • No Downtime or Recovery Period
    • There is no need to prep before the treatment, which means no fasting or medications before or after the procedure. After the treatment is complete, you don’t have to worry about taking it easy or changing your daily routine. It is a great fat loss procedure if you cannot afford to miss work but still want a slimmer body.
  • Little Discomfort or Damage
    • Precision and technique are used to control the freezing on your body, and technology will turn off if your skin gets too cold. The gel pads used during Coolsculpting help protect your body as the handpiece draws the fat closer to the surface, leaving your muscle and tissue untouched. You are guaranteed a safe and effective procedure.

What are the cons?

Like any cosmetic procedure, Coolsculpting does have its disadvantages. Here are some things you should consider before receiving treatment:

  • Swelling or Bruising
    • After treatment, you may experience some swelling or redness in the targeted areas. This may be bothersome and visually unappealing, but the bruising and reduced sensation should go away within a couple of days. The skin is virtually left unharmed since the area is never cut into.
  • Bloating or Severe Numbing
    • These are less common side effects and happen only in rare cases. However, it is possible to feel bloated along the contact area for a few days. If you feel severe numbing on the skin or extreme pain around the site, you must contact your doctor immediately.
  • Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia
    • This side effect of Coolsculpting can enlarge the treated area rather than minimize it. When this happens, your fat cells expand instead of break down, and it will not go away with typical diets or exercise. It is an extremely rare side effect but can be removed with liposuction.

How Are You Going to Improve This Year?

At Club West Med Spa, we are dedicated to helping clients better themselves and achieve the look they want. Both Emsculpt and Coolsculpting use different forms of magnetic stimulation to tighten and tone muscles. They both require four treatments and are FDA-approved for the butt, thighs, and abs.

You now have the knowledge to decide which treatment is right for your body and lifestyle. Our team is always here to help you with any questions or concerns you may have.

For more information about these procedures, please contact us (link to contact us page) today at 804-897-5297.

Best Med Spa Services for Dry Winter Skin

The colder weather brings comfort, coziness, and, unfortunately, dry skin. But Club West Med Spa won’t let uncomfortable, cracked skin get in the way of your seasonal cheer. We’ve put this list together of dry winter skin treatments we recommend to ensure your skin looks and feels amazing all winter long.

Need more information about our med spa services? Contact us — we’d love to hear from you!

Refresh with Facials

A Club West Med Spa facial treatment will cleanse your pores — deeply purifying the surface of your skin and removing dry skin cells. When your skin is refreshed and cleared, there’s less of a risk of dry skin developing. Staying well moisturized and unblemished is an effective way to take a stand against signs of aging.

Recommended Therapy: HydraFacial

This new, results-driven facial delivers the benefits of a moisturizing massage as it deeply cleanses and hydrates your skin.

A Hydrafacial revitalizes your skin with moisture while also delivering nutrients for optimal absorption into the deeper layers of your complexion. After treatment, you’ll notice a smoother, more moisturized-looking youthful face! See additional info and pricing.

Rejuvenate with Chemical Peels

Do you feel like you’re applying all the moisturizer, lotion, and oil in the world but still dealing with painful dry, cracked, winter skin? This is common. With a bitter winter, over-the-counter skin-care products alone don’t do the trick. If you don’t know what to try next, go with a chemical peel. Our chemical peel therapy treats dry skin, reduces acne scars, fine lines, and assists with other complexion-related concerns.

Recommended Therapy: Vitalize Peel

Our most popular peel, Vitalize Peel, reduces discoloration and makes the skin appear more radiant. A Vitalize Peel smooths out wrinkles and roughness and relieves environmental factors, such as air pollution and cold weather. See additional info and pricing.

Exfoliate with Body Scrubs

If you notice your skin can get dull and flaky when temperatures drop, a full body scrub holds the ingredients to keep your skin refreshed and healthy. Our exfoliating treatments target dead skin and toxins while refreshing, moisturizing, and balancing your body.

Recommended Therapy: Coconut Scrub

Our coconut scrub is a mixture made of coconut oil and raw sugar cane. The soothing, moisturizing properties are demonstrated by its ability to remove dead skin cells while leaving behind an ultra- radiant complexion for all skin types. Our clients find this treatment especially helpful during colder months. See additional info and pricing.

Plan Ahead with Laser Therapy

When you put a laser therapy appointment on the calendar during wintertime, heightened skin protection is provided, the risk of sunburns is reduced, and you have ample time to recover before summer. Best of all? It treats skin concerns colder months bring. Whether you have eczema or your everyday dry skin, certain laser procedures promote a youthful glow, even when the snow is falling.

Recommended Therapy: Clear & Brilliant

Clear and Brilliant is a 30-minute resurfacing, anti-aging laser treatment and is an effective way to give your skin a gentle glow by improving the tone and texture of the surface. It also reduces pores size. See additional info and pricing.

Chase the Sun with Airbrush Tanning

Is your skin missing the sun? We all know the loss of sun during the winter can lead to pale, pasty skin. However, an airbrush tanning will restore your glow! And it’s not just about your appearance: spray-tanning when it’s winter keeps your skin healthy, no matter how severe the cold becomes.

Recommended Therapy: Aesthetic Airbrush Tanning Sessions

South Seas® Skincare doesn’t just provide a flawless tan; it also protects your skin from the damaging effects of UV rays. Our product is made with only natural ingredients and paraben-free formulas for worry-free results.

Club West Only Provides the Best

At Club West Med Spa, our talented team is here to soothe your seasonal stress by delivering first-class med spa services. We understand that every client is unique and has a particular set of needs — get in touch with us and we’ll let you know which treatment is the best option for you.

Reopening After COVID Closure

An Update On Our Services

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

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

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

What are we doing:

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

What can you do?

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

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


Waxing Vs. Sugaring: Which is Right for You?

Eliminate Unwanted Hair for Your Summertime Confidence!

This summer, pair all of your favorite tank tops, shorts, dresses and swimsuits with the confidence that comes from baring skin free of unwanted hair! At Club West Med Spa in Midlothian, VA, we offer waxing and sugaring services to help you eliminate hair in several areas, including the upper lip, legs, eyebrows, bikini area, and more.

However, many of our clients are unsure as to whether waxing or sugaring is a better option for them. While both do the same thing – removing unwanted hair at the follicle for longer-lasting results than shaving – the products used are very different. Below is some helpful information regarding waxing and sugaring to help answer your questions. Still unsure which to choose? One of our aestheticians will be happy to work with you!

The Lowdown on Waxing

What is it?

Wax is a product created from resins, such as beeswax and honey. It can also contain essential oils or other fragrances for aromatherapy purposes.

What is the waxing process?

We apply warm wax to the area of unwanted hair, in the direction that the hair grows. After the wax hardens, it is pulled from the skin in the direction against hair growth. This removes the hair from the follicle.

How long until the hair grows back?

The hair generally grows back after about two weeks. You should wait until the hair grows back about a ½ inch or so before waxing again, for best results. We recommend waiting three or four weeks in between waxing appointments.

Does it hurt?

When wax is removed from the skin, it removes both hair and dead surface skin cells. So, while it can help exfoliate the skin in the treatment area, it does tend to produce discomfort.

What areas of the body is it best for?

Waxing is a better option for larger, less sensitive surface areas, such as the legs, because it is a faster process.

The Details on Sugaring

What is it?

Sugaring products contain water, sugar, and lemon, which are combined together and melted into a paste. Because it doesn’t contain fragrances, it is a better option for those with sensitive skin.

What is the sugaring process?

Unlike with waxing, the sugar paste is applied to the skin against the direction of hair growth, and is then removed from the skin in the same direction of hair growth. Also, unlike hot wax, the sugar paste is applied at room temperature.

How long until the hair grows back?

Hair will usually come back after about two weeks. However, because sugaring paste can remove even shorter hairs, you don’t need to wait until it grows back to a ½ inch in length before scheduling another sugaring appointment.

Does it hurt?

Unlike wax, sugaring paste does not exfoliate the skin when it is removed. Therefore, many clients feel that it is less painful than waxing.

What areas of the body is it best for?

Clients tend to prefer sugaring for more smaller, more sensitive areas of the body, such as the bikini area and upper lip.

Sick of shaving every day during the summer? Waxing or sugaring is a great option for you. Contact us today at 804-897-5297 to set up an appointment, so you can enjoy the beach, the park, or any of your summertime plans free from unwanted hair!