A New You for the New Year

Let’s be honest. Most of us are going to make New Year’s resolutions that will fizzle out in a few months. It can be daunting when your list of resolutions is as long as your holiday shopping lists. However, it is important to remember that taking smaller steps towards your goals can actually be more effective. Most of us are looking for positive change and new possibilities to enrich our lives.
One way to ring in the New Year is with a new skin regimen. Spas are a fantastic place to relax and gather your thoughts, and enjoy some much needed “Me” time. I sat down with Erica McDowell from SKYN Lounge for recommendations on the most beneficial products and treatments available.

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Erica McDowell, SKYN Lounge

With so many skincare products on the market and various price points. What are some of your favorite products and why?
It is true that it can be a bit confusing with all the skin care options available now. I have always been a firm believer in utilizing a Retinol of Retin-A product to assist with skin cell turnover, rebuilding collagen, treating acne, and removing hyperpigmentation. I have used this product on and off for over 10 years with consistently noticeable results. In my book, it is still the gold-standard anti aging cream.

Vitamin C serum is a valuable anti-oxidant applied in the morning. Not only does it protect against photo damage, it also aids in building collagen. Vitamin C is excellent for use in conjunction with sunscreens, which are crucial to any skin care regime.

Can you share with me some of the latest skincare treatments you are offering?
We have recently added the CARITA European Facials to the Menu of Services. CARITA treatments are the result of the combination of an aesthetician’s expert hands and highly effective products, including the brand’s Renovateur Massage, offering each client the best possible visible and lasting result. Three CARITA facials including the Lagoon Hydration, Cotton Softness, and Lisse Supreme are offered for different skin types.

What new technology(s) have you been most excited about that has given your clients great results?
LED Light Therapy has been an extremely popular treatment when added to a facial or peel or performed alone. This FDA-Cleared devise is a very effective and affordable technology for achieving healthy and youthful skin. We have noticed significant improvement in reducing redness, calming rosacea, and plumping the skin with this new technology. The gently warmth of the Light is safe for all skin types and tones and can be performed weekly.

What suggestions can you give someone who is just starting skincare treatments and is on a budget?
One of the most common questions I am asked is “What are just a couple easy steps or treatments I can do to keep my skin looking fresh and youthful?” I always recommend an exfoliate treatment. Whether that be a daily exfoliating cream or unitizing a scrub a couple times a week, it is so important to keep the dead skin cells off the top layer. Secondly, applying an SPF each day is crucial and prevents future damage to the skin. These specific products are very affordable and extremely effective. Adding a customized monthly facial for that extra deep cleansing and visible glow is highly beneficial as well.

There are many contributing factors to a successful business. Do you mind sharing a few of yours with me?
Customer service is our number one priority. We pride ourselves on providing a unique skin care experience that fits within your particular lifestyle. SKYN Lounge is a boutique spa specializing in rejuvenating and anti-aging 30 minute to one-hour skin care treatments. Offering trend-forward skin care services and products, combined with highly skilled aestheticians, has been the hallmark of our success.