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As the temperatures drop, and signs of winter start to appear, it’s an especially good time to press the rewind button on your complexion. Book yourself in for a comprehensive skin evaluation from a pro to check out any sun damage, dryness, flaws and fatigue that may need some intervention.
Here, five ways to get ready to welcome winter —and all you have to do is book an appointment at your favorite spa or med spa to get glowing.
1- IPL for sun damage
Want to get rid of those sun-induced spots fast? It doesn’t get much quicker or easier than IPL. Often called a photofacial, this minimal-downtime light-based treatment takes about 15-30 minutes to tackle discoloration, redness and fine lines. Any resulting redness or swelling dissipates shortly after treatment. According to Jocelin Sisto, PA at aFresh Med Spa in Glenview, IL, “A few days after IPL, dark spots rise to the skin’s surface and eventually flake off, leaving fresh, healthy-looking skin behind. It’s one of our go-to treatments for most skin types.” You may need a few treatments to get the best results, but your skin will look better after each session.
2- Laser hair removal
If you’re sick of shaving or waxing, start laser hair removal now and you can be fuzz-free long before Spring rolls around. Laser hair removal uses a specific wavelength of light to target and destroy hair follicles—and multiple treatments ensure you “hit” the most hairs possible at the necessary point in the hair-growth cycle. “Laser hair removal is relatively pain-free (feels like a rubber band snapping your skin) and you can get right back to your schedule immediately afterwards. Our clients come back for occasional touch-up treatments or to have a new area treated any time,” says Carol Iovino, medical aesthetician at Anushka Spa, Salon & Cosmedical Centre, West Palm Beach, FL.
3- Peel me like a grape
Perhaps you put a halt to acid peels for the summer knowing you would be getting more sun than usual and not wanting to slough away your best self-tanner efforts. Well, it’s time to bring them back into your best skin regime. “Peels utilize different types of acids (glycolic, lactic, mandelic, etc) and/or enzymes (papaya, pumpkin, etc) to breakdown the outer layer or layers, of the skin to help diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and uneven skin tone,” according to Dermatologist Dr. Neil Sadick of Sadick Dermatology in New York City. The reward is that your skin will feel smoother and fresher, and look brighter after just one peel and these can be repeated as needed. An added benefit is that your skin care products will penetrate better too.
4- Skin Tightening
Skin laxity happens as collagen and elastin break down and skin starts to lose its firm, plump qualities that are typically associated with a youthful complexion. According to Christopher Khorsandi, MD, of VIP Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas, “We offer nonsurgical skin tightening using radiofrequency energy, ultrasound heat, and wavelengths of light to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, lines, and sagging skin by targeting the deeper layers of the skin and initiating the production of collagen.” Among the many popular methods for skin tightening, Ultherapy® uses ultrasound energy, and Thermage® and Fractora® use radiofrequency to smooth skin without surgical intervention.
If your oil glands have been in overdrive, and your skin is acting up from stress, you may have clogged pores in desperate need of a deep clean. Dry indoor air also causes flaking and leaves dead surface cells that are ripe for sloughing. As AAFPRS President facial plastic surgeon Phillip Langsdon, MD of Germantown, TN explains, “Microdermabrasion works by removing away damaged skin cells while stimulating cell turnover and leaving your skin with a more even texture.” This treatment is great to give your skin a boost and a healthy glow.” These quick, easy exfoliating treatments can also improve the appearance of mild discoloration and fine lines, and perk up your complexion.
If you’re wondering how to pay for the treatments you really want now, check out CARECREDIT. Whether you’re purchasing a regular spa treatment or want a day of pampering and relaxation, CareCredit® can help fit it into your budget. CareCredit is a beauty, health, wellness, and personal care credit card that helps you get the spa and med spa services you want, when you want them. The real beauty of CareCredit is that cardholders can use their card with promotional financing options including no interest if paid in full within 6, 12, 18 or 24 months*. (Interest will be charged from the purchase date if the promotional purchase is not paid in full within the promotional period. Minimum monthly payments are required and the required monthly payment may or may not pay off the purchase before the end of the promotional period.) It’s easier than ever to pay over time for everything from massages to facials plus injectables, laser hair removal and more.
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