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Men’s spa question answered.

July 17th, 2017 • Posted by Lupe Guthrie • Permalink

Increasing numbers of spas offer dedicated men's treatments or separate areas for guys, and the bill of fare usually reflects male tastes. In fact, very often, if you contrast and compare, you'll notice that the treatments themselves are not totally different from what the ladies may be having further along the corridor. That said, the scents are generally more manly. Think sandalwood, cloves, lime, perhaps a daring dash of peppermint. Nobody's going to think the worse of you if you smell like you've just had an extra-strong mint.

Are there any spas just for men?

There are plenty, and some mixed spas have men-only areas.
Many spas are geared up for dealing with men who are new to the whole experience, and will allay any nervousness about what's involved. So, if you think you'd be more comfortable in an all-male environment, you can certainly find one.

I've booked a facial – should I shave before my treatment?

Not immediately beforehand. Shaving can leave your skin feeling tender and sore, so the day or evening before is more appropriate.

On the other hand, if you're having a facial, it's a good idea not to have too many days' growth of stubble when you go. You'll get more out of your facial if you have a shave the day before, as your stubble won't interfere with your pores.

The less hair there is to get in the way, the more easily and effectively the oils and lotions will be able to get to work on your skin.
If you do shave on the day of your facial, be sure to do so at least six to eight hours before your appointment. Some of the lotions used can be deliciously abrasive, and if your skin is prone to sensitivity after shaving, it may not forgive you.

Lots of spas are now branding facials especially for men, giving them macho names such as Urban Express Facial or Man-time. However, they may well be similar to the women's facials, except with less flowery-scented oils and creams.

Tell the therapist anything you can about your skin to help her choose appropriate products. As with any facial, your skin type is more important than your gender.

Facials for men are really just a reinvention of the old barbershop steam and shave, so relax and let the luxury wash over you! If you have facial hair, that part of your face is not going to get much contact from the lotions, perhaps, but may well benefit from facial massage or steam treatment. Massage and heat help boost the flow of blood and lymph to the surface of your skin, and make your skin feel flushed, tingling and healthy.
And guys, remember that shaving is not recommended immediately before any waxing treatments or other hair removal services.

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Manual and Mechanical methods for scraping it off in the spa

June 27th, 2017 • Posted by Lupe Guthrie • Permalink

Regular exfoliation is imperative to maintain healthy, glowing skin.

By removing the keratinized cell, product penetration is increased the skin's natural cell turnover is stimulated, skin respiration and texture is improved, and it feels soft and silky.

Face scrubs,
Face Brushing,
Body Brushing,

Electric Brushes,
Galvanic Iontophoresis,
Indirect High Frequency,
Chemical Peels,
Enzyme Peels.

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April 27th, 2017 • Posted by Lupe Guthrie • Permalink

Acne improves more rapidly when using exfoliants. Most of the body's sebaceous glands are located on the face, back, and chest. Acne is most commonly found in these areas. It is caused by epidermal hyperproliferation, a process that occurs when the follicle becomes clogged by the epidermal cells lining it, which leads to the formation of open and closed comedones. Clinical experience has proven that the more the skin is exfoliated, the faster the acne clears up; faster clearing leads to less scarring.

Exfoliating the dead surface cells of the skin allows for better absorption and optimization of topical skin care products. Prescription medications, such as topical Erythromycin and Clindamycin, are more effective when used in combination with an exfoliating topical, such as a retinoid or an alpha hydroxy acid.

Photodamaged, wrinkled skin improves dramatically with the regular use of exfoliants. Skin becomes firmer and smoother, and there is an increased thickening of the skin at the deeper layers.

Extremely dry skin becomes less of a challenge when it is treated with exfoliants. Moisturizers are more effective and therapeutic on exfoliated, dry skin. There is less transepidermal water loss. Mild exfoliants will not increase the amount of transepidermal water loss or change the barrier structure of the skin.

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