Over the summer, you may be concentrating on getting your body ready for your vacation, planning to look absolutely fabulous when you hit the beach. Don’t overlook the 4 S’s of a fantastic beach vacation: sun, sea, sand and skin. No matter how rigidly you’ve been sticking to your healthy diet and exercise regimen over the past few months, you won’t look your best if you’ve neglected your skincare.
Taking care of your skin shouldn’t stop when you get home from your vacation, either; the aftercare is just as important. While this may seem like a massive chore and incredibly time consuming, there’s a range of med spa treatments designed to do it for you as you sit back, relax and entrust your skincare to a qualified aesthetician.
1. Laser Hair Removal
Surely smooth, hair-free legs and underarms are a must when it comes to beach season? Shaving and waxing can get very tedious and time-consuming to constantly keep on top of, but a longer-lasting solution can take the hassle out of keeping yourself looking great.
Normally taking between 2 and 6 appointments to achieve the results you’re looking for; laser hair removal is definitely one of the med spa treatments most suitable for summer… as long as you make sure to protect the treated area from sun exposure between sessions. The good news is, laser hair removal is suitable for just about everyone, although if you have very light skin and hair you may not be eligible. Consulting a reputable med spa clinic will enable you to assess your eligibility, as well as specifics of a laser hair removal plan tailored to you.
2. Chemical Peel
You may find that a chemical peel is appropriate before and after a beach vacation, depending why you’re interested in the procedure. There are several strengths of chemical peel available, ranging from the very light, with no downtime required, to more complex, in-depth chemical peels designed to tackle deeper problem areas and imperfections. Your med spa professional will discuss your individual circumstances and the most beneficial type of peel when you attend your initial consultation.
Generally, a chemical peel will involve cleansing with a special solution, applying the peeling agent and moisturizing afterwards. This med spa treatment, one of a range of facial skin care options, can be used to reduce the appearance of fine lines, age spots and acne scars before summer.
Whichever med spa treatments you choose, before or after summer, one factor in common is the importance of working with a qualified professional and following an appropriate skincare regimen.
Summer med spa treatments aren’t just for your skin – there are some non-surgical methods of dealing with stubborn problem areas that won’t respond to a healthy diet and exercise regimen too. CoolSculpting® uses a handheld device to freeze fat cells in specific areas, acting as a non-invasive alternative to liposuction. Because CoolSculpting® is non-surgical, there’s no recovery time required and you could see results just weeks after your first hour-long session.
As with other med spa treatments, your CoolSculpting® plan will be tweaked to suit you as an individual, with the most commonly targeted areas including the abdomen, love handles, thighs and chin. Remember, you should only ever work with a qualified professional for any med spa treatment, including CoolSculpting®.
4. BOTOX® Cosmetic
If you’re bothered by fine lines and wrinkles around your forehead and upper face, BOTOX® could be a great med spa treatment to add to your summer schedule. This quick and easy procedure is used to minimize those wrinkles caused by excessive facial movement, leaving you with a more youthful, refreshed appearance. Maybe a good idea if you tend to squint in the sun? If you do decide to have BOTOX® injections either before or after your beach vacation, don’t forget the importance of wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes, as well as regular SPF.
5. Sciton BBL™ Photofacial
This is one med spa treatment to keep in mind for after your summer vacation if any signs of sun damage and premature aging begin to appear. Wearing an adequate SPF at all times when outdoors, even in the depths of winter, can go a long way towards preventing uneven skin tone and related sun damage, but sometimes it’s not quite enough. Sciton BBL™ Photofacial uses a special handheld device to apply broadband light (BBL) to the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin texture or tone, skin laxity, sun spots and melasma.
One of the advantages of Sciton’s BBL™ technology is that it’s not just for your face, but can be used by a qualified professional to treat imperfections on the neck, chest, shoulders and backs of hands, too. Generally, between 4 and 6 sessions will be needed to achieve the best possible results, with each taking around 30 minutes. As always with med spa treatments, your individual circumstances will be considered at your initial consultation, before a more accurate timescale is provided. One more bonus – there’s practically no downtime or recovery involved.
6. Clear + Brilliant
Another med spa treatment you might wish to plan for fall or winter, when the lack of sun and appearance of sun damage and signs of aging are getting you down, Clear + Brilliant is a form of laser skin rejuvenation designed to deal with a range of issues. Although it’s a non-surgical and non-invasive procedure, Clear + Brilliant results have been proven to last for up to several months, as the laser treatment is used to encourage your skin to renew from within.
After your first Clear + Brilliant session, you may begin to see more youthful, softer skin in just a few hours, with results continuing to develop over time. While several sessions are generally required to optimize the outcome, there’s no one size fits all approach to Clear + Brilliant. When you consult a reputable med spa clinic about your interest in the procedure, an individually tailored plan will be created to suit you.