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i'm back oh fabulous ones! the skin. some of us have amazing skin while other's have skin they would love to replace, if that was truly an option. i never experience acne until i was in my mid-20's, which i think was much worse than what i may have experienced in my teen years. i spent more money than i care to share on trying to get my skin back to its once flawless state, but to no avail. finally after a dinner conversation with a dear friend i was referred to hela spa. i must say i have been in love since i first stepped foot in the door. the atmosphere is quite serene and the staff is phenomenal. i asked my aesthetician to answer a few questions that may be useful.

What are some of the pros/cons of going to a medical spa vs. a dermatologist?

Depending on the problem and what the client/patient is trying to achieve, there are benefits to both. Medicals Spas and Dermatologists differ because Medical spas treat from the outside in, Dermatologists treat from the inside out, meaning they are more likely to put you on medication before any advanced treatments. Medical spas will only refer out to a Dermatologists after certain treatments have been done to address a particular issue. But sometimes, there are benefits to being put on medication because the situation "may" clear up faster, depending on the health of an individual, but also, if the client/patient is already on a bunch of medication, it would be ideal that that person get treated at a medical spa because they will have more variety of take home product. An exception to the rule can also be cost, many advance treatments are sometimes cheaper or more expensive at a Dermatologist office versus a Medical Spa or vice verse. It really depends on location.

How does a medical spa differ from a day spa?

Medical Spas and Day Spas differ because advanced treatments can ONLY be done at a medical spa because there is a Physician on staff. Day Spas do NOT have Physicians on staff, therefore, you will never go to a day spa and ask to get a chemical peel or micro-dermabrasion or laser hair removal or injectables done. Those are ALL considered medical treatments. Some Day spas will do a light chemical peel, but it is so low-grade, it is actually something you could probably do at home. (It is almost equivalent to our Smoothing Gel, maybe slightly higher). Day Spas offer the basic facial with deep cleansing, manicure/pedicure and waxing. A medical spa can also offer the same treatments, but also advanced treatments like medical-grade chemical peels, micro-dermabrasion, laser hair removal, laser therapy, injections and consultations with a physician for advanced procedures.

How much does one's diet affect their skin? What types of things should one add and/or possibly remove from their diet?

Diet is a HUGE factor when it comes to the health of your skin. Poor nutrition can make the skin become inflammed with blackhead congestion, high-doses of sugar can cause acne breakouts, high-doses of salt can cause water retention in the body, and not allow the body to flush out ordinary toxins that are in the system because they are being absorbed by the salt, causing your body to back up waste and not allow for regular bowel movements, at least once to twice a day. Which could potentially cause a breakout, that could possibly become inflammed. Also, caffeine is high in toxins, should be consumed minimally, no more than two a day. Technically, we should be drinking half our body weight in ounces when it comes to water intake, just to flush and hydrate our system, but at least 6-8 glasses is IDEAL for water consumption a day, and MORE if you are active and working out on a daily. Sugars and salts should be consumed minimally, although there are good sugars that the body needs. Red meat should be kept to a minimum because of how many hormones are induced into them, that goes for chicken as well. It is ideal to get foods that are 100% Organic or keep consumption of hormone-induced foods to a minimum. In order to keep the body regular, stay with high-fiber fruits and DARK GREEN leafy veggies (at least one to two portions at every meal), light green veggies (like iceberg lettuce) have NO nutrients and is just pure water with no essential vitamins. Having a daily multi-vitamin is good to add to any diet, something high in Omegas and also Flaxseed.

There are different zones of the face and without getting too technical: forehead, cheeks, chin and nose. Can you explain why the skin may be more prone to break out on the cheek area vs. the forehead?

The cheek area is more prone to breakouts when someone's system (internally) is out of wack. This is wear poor diet comes in to play. A back up of waste can cause cheek congestion, because that is a main area that is prone to breakouts when it comes to digestion. The chin - nose - forehead, also known as the t-zone, is usually more oily on most people, which allows for more blackhead and oil congestion in these areas and usually where you see a vast area of enlarged pores. Also, the chin area is prone to breakouts when your hormones are out of wack, if you are on birth control, or have an imbalance with your cycles. Many women usually breakout out more in this area before and during their cycle.

What are some things that should one keep in mind when picking out a medical spa?

The type of treatments they are looking to receive. The ambiance and decor and what they like to see in a medical spa. The location, is their ample parking, do they validate. The respectfulness of the staff and how friendly they answer their questions or concerns when calling. The timeliness of getting back to get their treatment done. Do they offer anything while they are waiting? Try to find out any write ups on the establishment and the staff that performs the treatments. How many treatments they can get done at that spa, without having to go to so many different locations for different treatments. The cost of services.

What's the difference between hard wax and soft wax?

HARD WAX is a thick, STRIP LESS wax that is applied to the skin solely for hair removal. There is no strip involved, which is why it is less irritating to the skin. It can be used on all hair types and textures, but is ideal for coarse/thicker hair. The wax is applied directly to the skin in a thick layer, the wax dries to the skin, the skin is stretched and the hard wax is pulled off, with the hair attached to the actual wax. Hard wax is usually used on clients' who are sensitive to strip wax, used on the bikini and brazilian line, or brow waxing. The only time hard wax is used for body waxing is when a client has had a reaction to soft, strip wax.

SOFT WAX is a thinner, strip wax that is applied to the skin solely for hair removal. The wax is applied to the skin in a thin layer and a cotton or fabric strip is applied over it, the skin is stretched and the strip is pulled off, with the hair attached to the strip. Soft wax can be used all over the body, is ideal for brows, bikini line, legs, arms, underarms and back waxing. Unfortunately, strip wax can be a little more painful than hard wax, and the skin can feel somewhat raw afterward.

The main difference between the two waxes is that an area can be reapplied with wax over and over again with hard wax, but an area cannot be re-waxed twice with soft wax because you take the risk of ripping skin. If hair is however left over after using soft wax, hard wax can be applied over that area because it is gentle enough, wi
thout causing irritation or ripping skin.

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  1. Wow So informative! Thanks SB! ;~)

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