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Dermaplaning – Why Should I Do It?

There are so many reasons! Let’s start with the basics…

What exactly is dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is a safe, painless and efficient method to sweep away layers of dead skin cells and the fine vellus hair or peach fuzz. It’s certainly different than merely shaving your face as it utilizes a surgical blade held at a 45 degree angle to accomplish this. It takes anywhere between 15-30 minutes, there’s no chemical irritation or downtime and results are immediate!

So what are the benefits?

There are numerous benefits to dermaplaning! First of all, its safe for virtually all skin types, including pregnant women! Overall, it will give you baby smooth skin and an amazing glow. By removing the dead skin cells and vellus hair, it promotes new cell turnover. Therefore, the appearance of fine lines/wrinkles and acne scarring is significantly reduced. Skin care products are more fully absorbed increasing their efficacy. The ability for dirt, dead skin cells and oil to be trapped is eliminated as the peach fuzz is removed, resulting in less blemishes and breakouts. Makeup just glides on, feeling and looking much more silky and smooth! Last but not least, it’s a phenomenal first step to magnify the advantages of procedures such as HydraFacials, chemical peels, microneedling, etc.

Anything else I should know?

While dermaplaning is absolutely wonderful for virtually all skin types, it’s best to consult with your skin care professional prior to beginning treatment. Also, make sure you wear your SPF and adhere to a proper and professional skin care regimen to maintain the best results. Dermaplaning can be done every three to four weeks. If you are looking for a safe, effective treatment for healthier and more youthful skin with instantaneous results, Dermaplaning may just be the game-changing treatment for you!

Sunscreen in the Winter?

When the Summer months fade into Fall then Winter, our skincare needs tend to change significantly. In the chillier months, we tend to need heavier moisturizing, hydration and protection. However, with this being said, we tend to forgo the sunscreen as most of us don’t feel it is necessary. Why is this? As the days grow shorter and colder, we think this way as we are in hibernation mode therefore spending minimal time outdoors. This concept however could not be further from the truth.

So what causes us to have an increased risk of sun damage during the Winter? First of all, it’s important to keep in mind that if there is any daylight at all, you are exposed to UV rays. Even on cloudy, rainy or snowy days 80% of the sun’s rays penetrate through the clouds. When there’s snow, the UV rays are refracted in many different directions therefore significantly increasing sun exposure.

How does this all work? There are two types of UV rays that affect the skin. UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays are what are considered the “burning” rays. These rays have a short wavelength, therefore only affecting the epidermis, or outer layers of the skin. While these particular rays are diminished in the Winter, we’re still at risk for burning therefore increasing our skin cancer risk.  UVA rays are considered the “aging” rays. These types of rays have a long wavelength. This means they can penetrate through glass, down to the dermis, or the deepest layers of our skin. UVA rays damage collagen and elastin production and damaging DNA. This in turn causes loss of elasticity, wrinkling, hyperpigmentation, and increased risk of developing skin cancer.

What can I do to protect myself? It’s really simple. Just like the great Baz Luhrmann said in his song, “If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.” First of all, it does a world of good in protecting us from those UV rays. You do however have to apply and re-apply every couple of hours. Also, besides protecting our skin, sunscreen has tons of anti-aging properties. It works great as a makeup primer, it can slow down the aging process by 25%, and overall it gives a youthful, healthy glow. So just like Baz, my advice to you would be to wear sunscreen!

Lisa Kray

Advanced Practice Master Aesthetician

3 Things that Make CoolSculpting Cool

You’ve tried everything. The crunches, detox pills, even, changing up your diet and no luck! That stubborn belly fat is still there, and that bikini goal is still in the far distance. Maybe you should think about trying a cool FDA-cleared procedure. We’re talking about CoolSculpting:

 

 

CoolSculpting machine

 

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure! No pain and all gain. CoolSculpting technology delivers controlled cooling to gently target fat cells under your skin, leaving skin unaffected. Clinicians obtain in-depth training and certification to ensure safety, and it’s the only system with built-in safety mechanisms as well. Let’s take an in-depth look at what makes CoolSculpting cool.

 

What Makes CoolSculpting Cool

1. No Pain is Cool

   As the procedure begins you typically feel an intense cold, this dissipates quickly. Some applicators cause a pulling sensation as suction is applied, but that is also brief. After 5 to 10 minutes the area goes numb. During this time people often read, surf the internet, or even take a relaxing nap. After the treatment, you may feel some tingling for 2 to 3 minutes while the professional massages the area. Now that wasn’t too painful, was it?

2. Safety comes First is Cool

   

   CoolSculpting is FDA Approved! Areas approved for the procedure are thigh, flank, abdomen, along with bra fat, back fat, underneath the buttocks. That’s really cool!

3. Quick Procedures and Results are Cool

CoolSculpting Before and After

We live in a fast-paced world; it would be nice to have a fast-paced procedure with great results and with this procedure, you can! Your process does not take long at all.  In only three weeks some will begin to see the results and will experience dramatic results in just two months after your procedures. Your body will continue to flush out fat cells for 4-6 months. Quick procedure and amazing results!

 

Here at Andros MedSpa, we have one of the top school CoolSculpting professional in Minnesota. Angela Stack is a fantastic and enthusiastic master CoolSculpting expert!

 

CoolSculpting is painless, safe, and FDA cleared to deliver amazing results.  We think it’s cool; our clients think it’s cool, and you will too!

 

Brighten your day with a therapeutic massage

Everyone loves a good massage. They promote relaxation and can help ease sore muscles after a long day. But massages don’t just feel good, they also are extremely therapeutic and can have all kinds of benefits. Whether you are experiencing muscle discomfit or chronic headaches, talk to a massage therapist. There is no telling what magic they can perform to make your pain go away. And even if it doesn’t work, so what? At least you spent your time and money on something enjoyable!

First and foremost, massage relaxes muscles which promotes therapeutic healing. Whether you have a strained muscle or are just stiff from physical activity, Massage Therapists work to ease those irritated muscles in order to increase mobility and get rid of pain.

Massage has also been known to keep blood pressure regulated. Consistent massage is known to help decrease depression and anxiety which can be a root cause in unregulated blood pressure.

For some people, massage has been a key component in helping to relieve migraine pain. Stress can weigh on the shoulder and neck muscles overtime. If those muscles don’t get some kind of relaxation or therapy, people can start to experience headaches. By deeply massaging those tense muscles, the chances of experiencing migraine pain decreases.

Get a massage. If you have an injury from physical activity or are sore from a long weeks work, you need a massage. If you just want a total body relaxation experience then definitely get a massage. There is nothing quite like laying on a warm bed with soft music in the background and warm damp towels spritzed with essential oils to brighten your day.

Leap into Spring with Bright and Glowing Skin

Let’s face it: winter was long, cold, and took the life out of your skin. Cold weather often dries out the skin and makes it look dull. With spring right around the corner, make sure that you are looking your best this year with Dermaplaning and Repair. This popular and effective facial will make your skin glow and shine with the long term appearance of youthful skin!

As scary as it sounds, Dermaplaning and Repair is essentially taking a physician’s blade to the top layer of the skin and removing it. When one of our expert Esthetician’s does this, they are removing hair, wrinkles, fine lines, and basically the old and dull top layer of skin. Once they have gotten rid of the top layer, they begin to repair your skin again with cooling masks and repairing serums. When you leave our spa, your skin will be rid of the drabness that winter caused.

Dermaplaning and Repair has a lot of benefits. For one, the facial is pretty relaxing and enjoyable. Even though the idea of someone taking a blade to your face may make you uneasy, it is a relatively painless process and the masks and moisturizers after are truly a treat.

Another benefit from this amazing facial is that it refreshes your skin in a way that no other facial has the capacity to do. Rather than trying to repair your already dried out and dull skin, Dermaplaning and Repair simply gets rid of the problematic skin. After the facial, your skin will glow for days!

Lastly, the products that will be used on you during the facial are nutrient rich and very moisturizing. In fact, the products used during this service are so effective and important for your skin that we recommend not washing your face for at least 24 hours in order for you to soak up as much of the product as possible!

We recommend getting this facial once a month for best results. However, if you have a party to go to or are planning a get-away, getting this facial done a few days prior will make you stand out and look your best!

Want to book this service at Andros MedSpa? Simply call us at 651-222-3127 or book online at androsmedspa.com. We look forward to helping you look your best this Spring!

How to Combat Dry Skin this Winter

 

It is very common for people to experience drier than usual skin during the winter months. With winter comes less humidity and dry air which takes a toll on your skin. People are prone to dry, itchy, and flaky skin once the weather gets colder. Luckily, there are several ways that people can get rid of their dry skin during the cold winter months.

Avoid hot water: Hot water takes away oils that are in your skin and when you don’t have oil your skin gets dry. Use lukewarm water instead.

Keep yourself hydrated: It is always important to drink as much water as your body needs, however, it is especially important during the winter. The excess water is used to hydrate your skin and prevent dryness.

Pick a good moisturizer: One of the best ways to prevent dryness is to moisturize. It’s important to pick the right moisturizer that will keep your skin as hydrated as possible. Make sure to pick a moisturizer that has natural and nourishing ingredients.

Change Your Cleanser: People tend to pick cleansers that strip as much oil as possible to prevent breakouts. However, in the winter months it is more important to choose a different cleanser that is less harsh on your skin. If you notice that your skin is continually very dry after you wash your face, think about switching your cleanser.

These tips will help you beat the dryness this winter! If you have any questions about preventing dry skin or want to look at good moisturizing options, come to Andros Medspa and we can help you out! You can also give us a call at 651-222-3127! We look forward to helping you keep your skin healthy and glowing!

 

 

Why Sunscreen is Important in Winter

Your skin is always susceptible to sun damage—even in the winter. In fact, you may even be more at risk for sunburn or other related skin damage during the winter. Because of this, it is extremely important to remember to wear sunscreen year round.

Snow doubles the strength of UV rays

According to Goddess Garden, “the snow reflects back 80% of UVA rays, nearly doubling your exposure!” Snow coats the ground in a white layer, which reflects light away from it. If you’re outside, the reflection of the sun on the snow will come right at you and cause sun damage! Make sure to always protect yourself when you go outside in the winter.

Earth is closest to the sun in winter

As crazy as it sounds, the earth is actually closer to the sun in the winter rather than the summer. Even though it isn’t hot outside, you will still need to protect your skin from the sun rays. According to Goddess Garden, “In the northern hemisphere, we’re closest to the sun about two weeks after the winter solstice.”

Our Ozone is the thinnest in the winter

According to Goddess Garden, “Ozone acts like the Earth’s sunscreen, filtering out and protecting us from harmful UV rays. In the Northern Hemisphere, ozone levels are generally the lowest from December to March.” Because there is less natural protection from the Earth during winter, always remember to protect yourself with sunscreen!

 

How to Pick the Right Makeup For Your Skin Type

Deciding on the correct type of makeup for your skin is very important. The products and brands that you choose will be in contact with your skin all day long so you need to choose carefully. Choosing makeup that does not fit well with your skin type could irritate your skin and cause breakouts. Also, when you choose the wrong makeup for your skin type, it doesn’t look as good as when you find something that works great. CheatSheet lays out some guidelines when choosing the right makeup.

Know Your Skin Type

Everyone knows the basic four skin types—dry, oily, combination, and normal. All of these types of skin have different needs and react to things differently. It is very important to know your skin type not only to pick the right makeup, but also to choose the right cleanser and moisturizer.

It’s easy to make mistakes when we guess the type of skin we have.  We often focus on one main issue rather than looking at the overall big picture. If you are having issues figuring out your skin type, talk to a skin care professional. They will be able to figure out your skin type and offer options of makeup brands that work with your skin type.

Choose the Right Formula

The formula of your makeup is what it comes down to when looking for a foundation that is going to work best for your skin. Even if you have a brand that you love, it is important to keep an open mind and listen to what your skin needs.

If you have oily skin and are prone to breakouts you will need a liquid foundation. You will also need something that is only slightly moisturizing that won’t contribute to your oiliness.

If you are slightly oily or slightly dry, a powder foundation will be the best option for your skin.  A cream to powder combination will also work for you.

Picking Your Color

Picking the right color for your complexion is very important as well. We have all seen someone who has incorrectly matched their skin complexion and it is not a pretty sight. By color matching with the skin on your neck or chest, you will be able to find the right color for your foundation. The color that disappears will be the perfect color for your complexion.

If you have any other questions about makeup, please don’t hesitate to call Andros Medspa. We can help you find the right makeup for you! 651-222-3127.

 

Improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, skin tone, and texture of your skin with TNS.

If you want an all in one rejuvenating, replenishing and repairing serum, look no further than SkinMedica’s TNS Essential Serum! The benefits your skin will get after using this amazing product will show initially after only 30 days and will show best results well after 90. Keeping this product in your daily routine will improve the overall look and feel of your skin immensely.

According to SkinMedica’s website, TNS Essential Serum focuses on “improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, skin tone, and texture.” TNS is a rejuvenating serum that is beneficial to all skin types. TNS works to keep the skin healthy by providing a series of growth factors. This beneficial serum is filled with antioxidants and peptides that work together in unison to help the appearance of the skin overall.

This serum works best when used on a daily basis every morning and evening. After cleansing and toning the skin, use a drop of TNS to the face, neck and chest. Make sure to use it before applying any sunscreen or any other products, such as makeup to the skin. After just one month of use, you should notice the repairing effects of SkinMedica’s TNS Essential Serum.

Andros MedSpa carries this vital product and would love to answer any other questions that you may have. Give us a call us at 651-222-3127, or come in and talk to an expert Esthetician!

 

SkinMedica-TNS Essential Serum: https://www.skinmedica.com/products/correct/tnsessentialserum

 

Botox 101

There are several reasons why a doctor might recommend Botox to their patients. Botox is more
commonly known as being a cosmetic procedure, but Botox can have medical benefits as well. Botox is
used for getting rid of wrinkles, fixing a drooping brow, reducing migraine pain, etc. Whatever a patients
reason for getting Botox, they should be aware of how Botox works as well as the side effects and risks
that come with having it done.

How Botox Works:
Essentially, Botox helps to relax muscles so that they don’t move as much. This in turn will help with
wrinkles, any muscles fatigue or pain, any twitching muscles, etc. For example, to fix a drooping brow,
Botox will relax the muscle and even keep the muscle aloft. If you suffer from migraine pain, Botox will
help to stop major symptoms rather than stopping the actual migraine.

Risks and Side Effects:
There are well known common side effects that can come with Botox such as headache and facial pain,
and there are also uncommon side effects like eyelid drooping and muscle weakness. All of these
possible risks and/or side effects should be covered with the patient before getting the injection. The
best way to avoid these risks are by your physician knowing as much as they can about the issue you are
trying to fix.

Luckily for the clients of Andros Medspa, they have an amazing and experienced doctor ready to
administer injectables at any time. If you are interested in getting Botox, or want to know more
information on any of our injectables, please call us at 651-222- 3127 or stop by our spa!

 

“5 Amazing Benefits of Botox® Injections.” IAPAM, 14 June 2017. Accessed 29 Sept. 2017.