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  • Med Spas Are Good News for Hotels

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    The term “med spa” may conjure images of the skin clinic on the corner, but these beauty/medicine hybrids are expanding beyond the streets and into hotels around the world. Indeed, resorts have long offered traditional spa services like massages and facials, but now they’re conquering the latest frontiers of the beauty industry.

    As one recent article in Hotel Business Review points out, having a med spa in-house translates to higher guest satisfaction and greater opportunity for revenue. By selling in-demand services such as lasers or Botox injections, hoteliers can make a dramatic difference in their bottom line. And because hotels often already have day spas set up, adding medical services requires little investment.

    Beyond the price of cosmetic services, med spas help hotels by convincing guests to extend their stay: some visitors may double or triple their vacation time to fit in med-spa treatments and allow for any recovery before heading home.

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    The Med Spa Difference

    But why do med spas have such a stronger allure than day spas? The answer is somewhat obvious: med spas are supervised by medical professionals, who have access to a broad assortment of treatment options that the average spa cannot legally offer. This means clients can get prescription-grade acne and wrinkle treatments, including injections and heavy-duty products. It also means that clients can feel secure knowing that the operation is run by a licensed medical practitioner, whereas day-spa owners don’t typically have such credentials.

    But just because med spa personnel offer medical-grade services doesn’t mean they need to operate in a clinical setting. Many such clinics provide a soothing and comfortable environment, where patients can relax and enjoy themselves while undergoing cosmetic procedures. Whereas doctors’ offices are often stressful and frightening, med spas may actually combat stress with acupuncture, massages, and other effective therapies.

    Effective Med Spa Therapies

    Med Spa Services

    Not all med spas are created equal, but you’ll find a core group of services at most of them:

        • Botox or Dysport – These injectables act on the muscles to stop dynamic wrinkles — those caused by movement — in their tracks. They’re especially effective for treating the “11” lines between the eyes, forehead crinkles, and crow’s feet. They won’t, however, erase creases in the skin that remain when your face is still. Botox and Dysport both contain botulinum toxin, which works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles that create wrinkles. Due to the small amount used, the toxin is safe and does not spread to other areas of the body. Results last for several months or longer, with repeated treatments.
        • Injectable FillersDermal fillers add volume beneath the skin, allowing aestheticians to literally sculpt the face. Some fillers are injected into the lips to create a fuller pout, while others are injected into wrinkles and folds to fill in the indentation. Commonly, fillers erase laugh lines and creases running from the nose to the corners of the mouth. They may contain a wide variety of active ingredients, including collagen, hyaluronic acid, silicon, and even calcium. The shorter-lasting products may fill in wrinkles for four to six months, while some may last for 2 years.
        • Laser Anti-AgingLight therapy, including lasers and intense pulsed light (IPL) Photorejuvenation, reduce fine lines and even out skin tone. They also increase the skin’s natural collagen production to promote suppleness. IPL and nonablative lasers are the gentlest light treatments, and each may take multiple sessions to produce the desired results. Ablative lasers are stronger, and patients will see a significant change after just one treatment. Stronger lasers cause more initial damage to the skin, however, and therefore may require downtime while the treated area heals.
        • Laser Hair Removal – Med spa treatments don’t stop at the face. Laser hair removal is among the most popular beauty services, as it can eliminate the need for shaving, waxing, and plucking. The laser works by destroying hair follicles, ensuring that the hair will never re-grow. The lasers do not damage the skin, however, and this procedure is safe for the face, legs, underarms, bikini line, and most other regions. Several treatments yield near-permanent results.

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    With these advanced beauty options, it’s little wonder that hotels are incorporating med spas into their list of amenities — and it’s easy to see why guests are eager to stick around longer to enjoy them. Indeed, the med spa industry is booming throughout the world, and hotels and resorts are a natural home for these medical retreats. During your next hotel stay, take a look at the spa menu — odds are, you’ll be benefiting from at least some of the treatments listed there!

    About The Author
    Mia Liefso is a professional medical skin therapist and the owner of Bradford Skin Clinic & Med Spa in Bradford, Ontario.  She has certifications in IPL, VPL, laser and ultrasound technologies, as well as body contouring and medical facial peels. Her professional interests include difficult skin conditions—psoriasis, eczema, and acne—premature aging, skin care for the elderly, endocrinology, and helping people love the skin they’re in. Her diverse personal interests include history, animals, roller derby, travelling and gourmet cooking. 

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  • What’s Your Skin Type? Knowing It Can Save You a Fortune

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    If you’re like most of my clients, your bathroom cabinets are piled high with lotions and creams that you’ll never use again. You may have seen a convincing ad or heard a friend with glowing skin rave about the ultimate anti-ageing solution, and you were convinced you were buying the secret recipe of eternal youth.

    The problem is, there are no “one-size-fits-all” cosmetic solutions, and even the most promising products turn out to be a waste of money if they aren’t a good match for your skin. To make sure you spend your hard-earned money on products that will actually provide the expected results, it’s absolutely essential to find out the type of skin you have.

    So What’s Your Type?

    Although everyone’s skin looks normal to them, there are several distinct skin type categories:

    Dry Skin
    Dry skin creates a dull complexion that may look rough or flaky; on the plus side, pores are barely visible. People in this skin type category may notice red areas a lack  of elasticity, making them more prone to lines and wrinkles.

    Oily Skin
    If your face appears shiny just an hour or two after cleansing, you probably have oily skin. You may also notice large pores and blackheads and develop pimples easily. While these issues can be annoying, oily skin is more resistant to wrinkles.

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    Combination Skin
    Combination skin can be tricky to diagnose, because some parts of your face feel oily, while others match the profile for dry skin. Often, people with combination skin have an oily T-zone, which includes the forehead, nose, and chin. In some cases, using the wrong products can actually cause combination skin. For example, using too rich a moisturizer can cause your T-zone to appear especially oily and may cause breakouts.

    Sensitive Skin
    Sensitive skin is especially prone to inflammation, and you may experience redness, irritation, or even rashes when you use the wrong ingredients.

    Problematic Skin
    If you have a skin condition such as eczema, psoriasis, or persistent acne, chances are you have problematic skin. This can be the trickiest skin type to deal with, as you must use products that help treat your particular issue — or at least don’t make it worse.

    Finding Products that Work

    The first and most important step is choosing products that match your skin type. People with oily skin should avoid highly-emollient lotions (although yes, you still need to moisturize). On the other hand, if you have dry skin, more emollient products are probably just what you need. Those with sensitive skin should avoid harsh ingredients, as well as some fragrances. And if you have combination skin, you may even need to use different products on different parts of your face.
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    Second, stick with the try-before-you-buy rule as much as possible. Department stores, dermatologists, and skin clinics generally provide free trial-sized versions of their products and are happy to give them to you upon request. If they believe in their product, they actually want you to try it out, because they know you’ll love it and come back for more.

    At Bradford Skin Clinic, we give our clients free samples of our Priori line of skin-care products, and they soon come back for the full-sized bottle. We also provide expert advice for each skin type and the best products to suit your complexion. Call (905) 755-SKIN (7546) or visit www.bradfordskinclinic.com to schedule an appointment and have your skin evaluated – I’ll be at your disposal to answer all of your questions and help steer you toward a skin-care regimen that will work wonders for your skin.

    About The Author:
    Mia Liefso is a professional medical skin therapist and the owner of Bradford Skin Clinic & Med Spa in Bradford, Ontario.  She has certifications in IPL, VPL, laser and ultrasound technologies, as well as body contouring and medical facial peels. Her professional interests include difficult skin conditions—psoriasis, eczema, and acne—premature aging, skin care for the elderly, endocrinology, and helping people love the skin they’re in. Her diverse personal interests include history, animals, roller derby, traveling and gourmet cooking. 

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