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Strip Off Summer

September 22, 2017

You have probably noticed that a lot of our flyers this month say “Strip Off Summer”, and you might be thinking to yourself “But summer is the best! Why would I want to strip that off and deny that summer ever happened?” Please allow me to clarify. We are fully in favor of rocking those sun lightened natural highlights and inevitable tan lines as long as possible. But let’s think about what summer does to your skin.

First, there’s sunscreen. We trust that you slathered it on liberally all summer long, and we commend you for that. However, that stuff does not like to come off. Add sweat to the mix, and you have the perfect combination for clogged pores. Right now, more than ever, exfoliation (either microdermabrasion or chemical peels) is key.

Chances are good that you spent ample time in either chlorinated or salt water, both of which suck the moisture right out of your skin. After a thorough exfoliation, you need to hydrate like nobody’s business. Your face will thank you for hydrating facials and quenching at-home products like Skin Medica’s HA5.

Maybe you weren’t quite as great about sunscreen as you should have been. Impromptu drive in the convertible? That baseball game you were at that went into extra innings? Fell asleep at the beach and didn’t reapply? Your face, chest, or arms might be telling the truth. The fix? IPL photofacials to lift hyperpigmentation. Disclaimer: you’ll need to let that summer tan fade before we can properly treat you, so you may need to hold off a few more weeks on this one.

If you have young kids, your summer probably consisted of lots of (read: way too much) quality time with your little ones. If one more person asks you for a snack, says they can’t find their sandals yet again, or whines that they’re sooooo boooooored, you might snap. Now that they’re back in school, it’s the perfect time to add a massage on to your other treatments. We promise you an hour or more serenity.

If you need to strip off summer and recover from the last 3 months, congratulations- you did summer right!

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703.222.0173
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