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What is microdermabrasion?

A lot of people know the word microdermabrasion, but not everyone knows exactly what the term means. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines microdermabrasion as, “a cosmetic procedure for the skin that involves the mechanical abrasion and removal of all or part of the stratum corneum (as by a high pressure spray of granular crystals) and is used to rejuvenate the skin and to treat skin blemishes or imperfections (such as scars or wrinkles).” In other words, trained professionals use a variety of different systems to buff and polish off the superficial layer of dead skin. Many of these professionals employ systems that use a diamond tip to “abrase” or exfoliate the skin to effectively remove dull, dead, and damaged skin cells from the face. There are many microdermabrasion side effects and benefits to consider when thinkin of incorporating this procedure into your skin care routine.

What are the microdermabrasion side effects and benefits?

This process has many great benefits for skin young, old, and anything in between. A few of the beneficial microdermabrasion side effects include:

Improves Aging Skin

Aging skin often presents some difficult issues that can require complicated solutions to remedy or lessen. However, microdermabrasion side effects can greatly impact the appearance of aging skin after a few sessions. This procedure is effective for removing or reducing age spots, sun damage, fine lines, and wrinkles as well as other types of discoloration associated with aging.

Reduces Acne Scarring

Similarly, microdermabrasion can impact the appearance of frustrating acne scarring that often plagues us long past puberty. the process of exfoliating and stripping the facial skin of old and damaged skin cells can reduce the appearance of acne scars. Although microdermabrasion has not proven effective for completely removing scarring, there is evidence that it is certainly an effective treatment for reducing its appearance.

Improves Pore Size

Another frustrating skin condition can be the sight of large pores. Minimizing pore size can help improve your skin in a number of ways. First, smaller pores generally mean a clearer and more smooth complexion which is a great thing all around. Second, pores that are smaller in size are less likely to get clogged and cause painful and unsightly acne. For this reason, microdermabrasion can actually help serve as a bit of an acne preventative.

What else should I know about microdermabrasion?

There is certainly a reason that microdermabrasion is one of the three most performed dermatology treatments in the United States. The microdermabrasion side effects are very mild especially in comparison to the very desirable results. In fact, this procedure is known as a “lunchtime procedure”, because it is noninvasive and does not require a long recovery. However, it is always recommended that you consult with a professional before trying microdermabrasion. If you have certain skin conditions you might not be a good candidate for microdermabrasion. If you have questions about your possible candidacy for microdermabrasion or would like to schedule an appointment today, contact The Spa’ah in Conway, Arkansas today!

What is LED Photon Therapy?

LED Photon Therapy, also known as color light therapy, is a revolutionary skin care technique that uses UV-free LED lights to boost collagen generation. This skin care technique was first developed by NASA to help plants grow in space, and LED Photon Therapy has also been used to speed up the healing process for injured Navy Seals. According to a Nasa News article, “this special lighting technology helps hard-to-heal wounds, such as diabetic skin ulcers, serious burns, and severe oral sores caused by chemotherapy and radiation.”

This revolutionary light therapy works by focusing various light colors on the skin to facilitate different regenerative properties. Amber light stimulates collagen and elastin growth, while red light penetrates deep to tighten the skin and reduce inflammation. LED Phonton therapy often uses two other lights: blue to destroy acne-causing bacteria, and infrared to accelerate skin recovery.

How can LED Photon Therapy help me?

LED Photon Therapy can be used to treat a multitude of illnesses, but it can also have esthetic applications. A licensed Esthetician can use LED Photon Therapy to treat many different skin conditions. This therapy can serve the following functions and more:

  • Clear, lighten, smooth the skin
  • Firm and enhance skin texture
  • Reduce and prevent wrinkles, helps fight fatty areas
  • Improve skin elasticity
  • Minimize Pores
  • Balance skin tone
  • Enhance circulation 
  • Inhibit the formation of melanin pigment
  • Fight acne
  • Accelerate blood circulation

However, according to Dr. R. Glen Calderhead, a leading expert in phototherapy and photosurgery, “LED-LLLT (Light Emitting Diode-Low Level Light Therapy) is a safe and effective stand-alone therapy for patients who are prepared to wait until the final effect is perceived.” In other words, studies and real word experiences support the validity of LED Photon Therapy, but clients will not see massive results overnight.

What else should I know about LED Photon Therapy and skin care?

Maintaining a good skin care regimen is a great way to increase self esteem and practice self care. Sometimes, regular skin care routine activities like washing, exfoliating, and moisturizing don’t quite cut it anymore. LED Photon Therapy is a great way to take your skin care to the next level.

If you have questions about LED Photon Therapy or any other esthetic services, contact us! The Spa’ah has a licensed Esthetician on staff. Visit us at our location in Conway, Arkansas to find out how to schedule a consultation!

May you have peace, happiness, and wellness!

A licensed esthetician can help you look and feel great!

Keeping Bodies in Motion at The Spa’ah

Spas offer many services, ranging from massage to aromatherapy or even skincare offered by either therapists or an esthetician. While most people think of skincare as focusing only on the face, skincare can be used to treat all of the skin. Services offered can include hand and foot massages (reflexology), paraffin baths to soothe joints and soften skin, and the more commonly known facial. Some spas stick to the facials that massage therapists can offer, called relaxation facials. These are very basic facials, using warm, moist towels, and offer a simple skin treatment of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing.

While we do offer relaxation facials at The Spa’ah in Conway, Arkansas, we will soon be able to offer advanced skincare services that can only be performed by a licensed esthetician. A licensed esthetician goes through schooling specific to esthetics. Many dedicated estheticians are members of the National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors, and Associations (NCEA); this certification requires double the average number of hours of training that most estheticians have.

What does an esthetician actually do?

Licensed estheticians, unlike a massage therapist, have training in the evaluation of skin tone, skin issues, and are qualified to recommend skincare products to treat client’s trouble areas. Estheticians can also provide services like blackhead removal, peels, waxing, makeup application, and more. They are also trained in methods of sanitation, human physiology, skin care, and hair follicle growth and development so that they can offer a comprehensive set of skin care services to any and everyone. Etheticians spend a lot of time with each client to learn their skin care needs, and often perform skin care consultations in which they recommend the optimal skin care routine for your skin type. Please keep in mind that estheticians are not a replacement for visits to your dermatologist for medical issues and diagnostics, as they cannot provide prescription medications.

Stress doesn’t only affect your muscles, it can affect how your skin behaves. Hormone changes that occur during pregnancy or menopause can also cause skin changes that lead to acne or dry skin. Spa services by a licensed esthetician can help alleviate these symptoms. Getting regular facials, along with an optimal daily skincare regimen that is recommended by a licensed ethetician, can help your skin maintain its healthy glow and encourage good circulation, while mitigating the visible signs of stress.

When do I need a licensed esthetician?

Skincare needs often change from season to season (a moist summer requires less moisturizing than does a dry, cool winter). This means that your skin care regimen should also be evaluated as the seasons change. A licensed esthetician can help you determine your skin type (which can sometimes vary between parts of your face) and give recommendations as to what products would benefit your skin in whatever conditions you may find yourself. The products recommended by estheticians are most often their “tried-and-true” products and are the same products they use on their own skin.

The epidermis (skin) is the largest organ in the human body so it is important to treat your skin kindly. Like any other organ, certain things can be done to make sure it functions at its best. Giving your skin the proper care (moisturizing, cleansing, etc.) can help you to maintain a healthy, youthful appearance. A licensed esthetician can assist you in finding the best skincare regimen for your skin type. Your skincare regimen should be regularly reevaluated for optimal performance and an esthetician can help you make the correct choice for your skincare and budgetary needs.

Skincare needs extend beyond just the face, however. An esthetician can help you with things like back acne and other locations on your body. Backs can really be beautiful expanses of skin, but sometimes they need a little help to look their best. The back equivalent of a facial may be just what you need to keep your back ready for those sweetheart tops, or for showing off the toned arms you’ve been working on for months. An esthetician can help by doing extractions as needed and by helping you to improve the overall condition of the skin on your back.

Spa Treatments and Esthetics at The Spa’ah can help you look and feel great!

Paraffin wax can also be used on the hands and feet to soften the skin, ease any joint pain, and aid in moisturizing some of the most often neglected parts of the body. Moisturizing and paraffin treatments can help fight the effects of aging on the skin. Hands that are well-taken care of give a great, youthful appearance. A good pampering on the feet can add some pep in your step, and there’s nothing better than soft feet in clean sheets back at home. Let us help you enjoy the skin you’re in!

Quality of service is paramount to The Spa’ah so that we can better serve the skincare needs of our clients in the Central Arkansas area. We can’t wait to be able to expand our already comprehensive selection of services offered at Spa’ah to those services that only a licensed esthetician should provide. The next time you’re fighting a breakout or feeling the stress of daily life, come on in to the Spa’ah! We can help you and your look and feel amazing!