Unfortunately stress will contribute to premature aging and skin problems. While your skin is producing more oil and sweat, dead skin cells can begin to clutter the surface. Being too busy and strung out to properly take care of the skin and exfoliate, the oil will become trapped, mix with fatty acids and skin bacteria (from the sweat) and cause flare-ups. Since a pimple can take a week or more to surface, your breakout may last long after the stress has passed.
Vitamins, though not necessarily cutting-edge, remain one of the best and most popular ways of preventing stress from showing up on your face. For instance, Retinol or Retin-A, the dietary form of vitamin A, is a fat-soluble, antioxidant important for vision and bone growth. When absorbed through the skin, it increases the rate of skin cell turnover, and provides a temporary increase in collagen, giving a more youthful appearance. By stimulating collagen and elastin production in the skin, it cleanses the follicle, evens skin tone and improves the skin’s overall texture.
Similarly, Vitamin C is an age-old ingredient that is proven to improve blood flow, boost collagen production in the skin and fend off free radicals. For this reason, Skinsational offers a signature Vitamin C Facial, an antioxidant treatment designed to increase cellular turnover while helping to hydrate, nourish and strengthen skin. Over time, these types of treatments can greatly help to reduce existing age spots and wrinkles and prevent new ones from forming.
Another type of treatment also experiencing an increase in popularity among the anti-aging crowd are acid-based therapies. Ingredients such as Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA), a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, works well in preventing and treating damaged skin, and effectively battling scars, wrinkles and fine lines. It can also help prevent vitamin C and vitamin E deficiency. In addition to making your skin look fabulous, ALA is natural and non-toxic, making it ideal for people with sensitive skin or who are prone to allergic reactions to other types of skin care products.
Glycolic acid-based treatments are also in demand, and spas have increasing integrated this miracle ingredient into every type of treatment, from facials to manicures. Glycolic acid helps stimulate collagen, elastin and glyco amino glycans (moisture binding ground substances). Acting as a highly effective exfoliator that speeds renewal of the top layer of skin, it also cleanses the follicle, evens skin tone and improves the texture of the skin. This is especially important for the hands, which tend to show age since they are often neglected and abused.
Skinsational offers an Age Fighter Manicure, ideal those who need some hand revitalization. During the treatment, hands are soaked in a stress-relief bath, rejuvenated with a gentle enzyme and glycolic peel and refreshed with a nourishing mask. The treatment is finished with polish, and leaves the hands looking fresh and rejuvenated.
Today’s spa goers are looking for experiential journeys and integrative experiences that bridge wellness and indulgence. Additionally, with the large number of baby boomers entering midlife, the demand for anti-aging treatments is greater than ever. Spas are embracing both of these trend and, more often, encouraging a blend of elements that enable a long-lasting transformation from the inside out rather than just a “quick fix” or temporary indulgence. Spas are also addressing this kind of “inner beauty” in new ways, such as with workshops and classes that cover topics like healthy eating, money management, meditation and more.
Skinsational's goal is to create an atmosphere where guests will find a well-earned respite from the rigors of everyday life, a haven where they will experience nurturing of mind, body and spirit. Spa founder and director, Joyce Carboni, has used her broad experience in the spa industry to develop a wonderful day spa experience without the requirement of going to expensive resorts or destination spas. Her belief is that people should be able to spend a few, hassle-free hours in a spa to feel relaxed and refreshed close to home. Come in and speak with our estheticians about what kind of skin regime works best for you.