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Stop shaving and get smooth skin and stubble-free 365/year. Enter Beam Laser Spa, the chic boutique laser hair removal spa in Columbus Circle. Founded by the lovely Brazilian sister duo Andréa and Liza Young, Beam Laser Spa is the ultimate laser hair removal destination for cutting edge technology, laser expertise, and superb friendly service.
Admittedly a few minutes late (Thank you NYC gridlock traffic), I walked into the serene Beam Laser Spa waiting room with ambient lighting and views of Central Park. I was cheerfully greeted and offered a cold beverage as I filled in my paperwork and mentally prepared myself for the bikini line-laser session I fretted about all day.
Feeling quite vulnerable in my knickers with a seemingly 1000-wattage light shining on my lady bits, my aesthetician Amanda prepped for my treatment by thoroughly cleaning the area with witch hazel. She carefully outlined — yes, literally outlined with a white pencil — exactly where she was going to laser by using the edge of an index card to make precise measurements and straight edges. Yeah, I’m pretty sure Kim K. would be jealous at how up close and personal Amanda got down there.
The prep for the procedure was actually much longer than the procedure itself. Within a few minutes, the entire area had been painlessly lasered and was minimally pink. There was no need for aloe or a cooling gel, which meant I could go shopping after my appointment without cold goop slathered all over my undies (#winning!).
You can expect to feel a hot sensation immediately followed by a very cool sensation. Most people tend to describe laser hair removal as feeling like a rubber band being snapped against the skin. However, Beam exclusively uses only the top of the line Syneron Candela’s Gentle Max Lasers, which are known as state-of-the-art devices that reduce pain, increase efficacy, and are safe for your skin. The Gentle Max Laser shoots a cold blast of cryogen gas that immediately cools the laser site — so it’s a less painful and virtually mess-free experience compared to other hair removal lasers that require gel to cool the skin first.
A few things to remember:
- Permanent results take time. After just one treatment, I’ve already noticed a difference in the rate that my hair grows back. However, permanent results require at least 4-6 treatments, spaced 4-8 weeks apart. You may need touch up sessions every year or so, too. I would trade the inconvenience of shaving, ingrown hairs, razor burn, and lifelong purchases of razors and shaving cream for permanent results any day!
- Stop using self tanner for at least 2-3 weeks in advance. My aesthetician needed to clean (and by clean, I mean scrub) the to-be-lasered area multiple times to remove all traces of self tanner. The laser targets melanin in the hair shaft and then damages the follicle — the laser could mistakenly target the pigment from self tanner and potentially cause damage to the surrounding skin.
- Most importantly, relax! No one is judging you for what you have or what you want down there, and no one is going to critique you after you leave (Come on, I’m not the only one who swears that my dentist made fun of my bad breath, or that my dermatologist made a crack about my monster zit). Your Beam aesthetician has zapped hair follicles in places you didn’t even know hair could grow! And, as Amanda put it, “It’s just hair!”
So ladies, book yourself into Beam Laser Spa for your Gentle Laser treatments, and look forward to smooth, stubble-free underarms, legs, bikini line, and anywhere else you don’t want hair.
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Ever wonder where do Palm Beach ladies who lunch go to get flawless skin? Anushka Spa, Salon & Cosmedical Centre’s top facialist Uslin Wood has been beautifying the South Florida elite for 10 years. Her special combination of extractions, peels and serums with a hint of Caribbean know-how has made her the go to facial wizard for the ladies who lunch set. In between cobb salads, tennis tournaments and parties for a cause, Uslin’s well heeled clientele come in to get buffed and beautiful. Her secret, as she says, ‘It’s all in the hands, and loving what you do.” She combines the best of advanced clinical skin treatments with classic training and years of experience working with the skin. Uslin is a mother of two children who keep her very active and a self-proclaimed skincare afficionado who practices what she preaches. We dare you to find a wrinkle, line or mark on her smooth complexion. Conveniently located at CityPlace in West Palm Beach, the island’s best kept secret, Uslin Wood, is tucked away in her tranquil treatment room in the Cosmedical Centre.
What are some of your favorite skin care products and why do you like them?
I really love medical-grade products. They are more aggressive, and also more effective. My clients want to see results from their skin care. I like Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare products for problem skin. I also use SkinMedica products for sensitive and acne prone clients.
Which treatments do your clients ask for most often?
The iS Clinical Fire & Ice Facial is our “glow-to-go” treatment. This is a medical grade treatment that falls somewhere in between a facial and a peel. The first step is the “fire” part of the facial, which includes glycolic acid and vitamin A. Next the skin is neutralized and the “ice” part is applied, which has peppermint, hyaluronic acid, aloe vera and green tea extract as well. It works at the cellular level to decrease fine lines and stimulate collagen and elastin. They also love the SilkPeel Dermal Infusion System, which is similar to microdermabrasion, but so much better. The SilkPeel system combines non-invasive exfoliation with a deep delivery of specific solutions directly to the skin without using any crystals or other chemical exfoliants, so I can customize the treatment to each client. These are both great to have before a big event or a vacation for a real WOW effect.
What is your philosophy for treating oily, acne prone skin for all age groups?
It is important to include a purifying toner in your daily skincare regimen if you get pimples and frequent breakouts. It disinfects and unclogs pores, and removes the accumulation of oil on your skin. You should use toner twice daily, especially at night time, and in humid weather. I recommend SkinMedica’s Purifying Toner for normal skin, and Glytone Acne Cleansing Toner for acne prone clients.
Being in South Florida, you must see a lot of sun damage. How do you teach your clients to protect their skin?
Many people recommend highly protective SPF creams, which is good and necessary, especially for my clients who are swimmers, go out on their boats, play tennis and golf, and generally love the sun. I personally recommend also getting a peel with a facial treatment. The top layer of skin is removed when you perform the peel treatment. With regular safeguarding of the skin, in addition to adding peels to your facial routine, you will be doing the best you can to defend against the sun’s powerful damaging effects. One of our best selling sun care products is Skinmedica’s Environmental Defense Sunscreen™ SPF 50+ with UV ProPlex™.
Describe how you perform your most popular anti-aging facial
I perform a treatment-duo: a microdermabrasion with a peel. The SilkPeel exfoliates the skin first, removing unwanted debris, and getting pores super clean. The peel solution then resurfaces and polishes the skin. Finally, I use a custom mixture of serums on the skin that smooth the face, even skin tone, and prevent lines from forming. The client leaves with smoother, softer, and refined skin.
If you could use anything on your skin, what would it be?
I would use a mixture of top of the line serums. These products penetrate better than creams, which have a lower absorption rate. Using a serum as the foundation layer protects your face from external pollutants and the dirt and residue of daily makeup. Ultimately, it’s the best way to defend against inevitable skin irritating environments.
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If you’re already in love with Clinique’s Chubby Sticks for lips and eyes – and who isn’t? – you’re going to positively flip over the newest addition to the chubby family. Clinique launched a new Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm ($21) for a blast of glide of color and contour to enhance your cheekbones.
These creamy little cheek colour sticks give you an instant glow with minimal effort. The look is natural and healthy-looking, and it’s practically goof-proof. Two swipes – one on each cheekbone – blend with fingertips and you’re done. There are four neutral shades to choose from – Robust Rhubarb, Amp’d Up Apple, Roly Poly Rosy and Plumped Up Peony. These are all very wearable and suitable for most complexions, except perhaps for very dark skin types. We are huge fans.
If you like your cheek color in a compact instead of a stick, Clinique also has their bright new Cheek Pop ($21) collection on offer. These pretty little bold colors go on smooth and last long. Choose from Plum, Berry, Ginger and Peach Pop. It’s a light powder that blends easily with a blush brush or just your fingers. Sooooo pretty!