Everything You Need to Know About Clear + Brilliant and How it Can Help Your Skin Look its Best
“Skin care is so much more important than makeup. Makeup is for when you’re having fun and going out. But your skin is forever.”
— Halima Aden, fashion model
How do you feel about your looks?
Research shows one in five Canadian women are unhappy with what they see in the mirror. And while most of us feel unsatisfied with our appearance at one time or another, everyone should be able to feel comfortable and confident in their own skin.
Fortunately, cutting-edge skincare treatments empower women of all ages to make the most of their natural beauty. And Clear + Brilliant, available at Astra Medi Spa, is an excellent example.
Here’s everything you need to know about it.
What is Clear + Brilliant?
Clear + Brilliant is a state-of-the-art treatment designed to prevent the visible signs of aging through a gentle, streamlined process. One of our trained professionals moves the handheld device over the target areas to treat:
Clear + Brilliant’s fractional lasers focus on the skin’s upper layers, forming millions of microscopic treatment areas to replace damaged skin. This process stimulates production of healthy skin for a younger, smoother appearance.
Clinical studies show Clear + Brilliant can lead to an overall improvement in the skin’s quality, reduce the visibility of pores and make a clear impact on the appearance of fine lines. It’s effective, quick and suitable for all skin types.
Another main benefit of Clear + Brilliant is the lack of needles or cutting.
This procedure is totally non-invasive — which means little to no downtime to disrupt your schedule. You can be on your way after a 30-minute treatment (though appointment times may vary according to personal requirements).
What can I Expect During My Clear + Brilliant Treatment?
Astra Medi Spa’s experts keep Clear + Brilliant fast, simple and comfortable.
The process starts with a consultation, to determine if Clear + Brilliant is the right option for you and your personal goals. This is a frank, transparent conversation with a licensed professional, offering you an ideal opportunity to ask any further questions or address concerns you might have.
Undergoing any procedure, even one as safe and advanced as Clear + Brilliant, can be daunting. Our experts are committed to providing you with complete peace of mind at every step.
Just before the treatment, a topical numbing cream may be applied to your face. This is nothing to worry about: the cream offers extra comfort during the treatment but is generally not essential.
The therapist performing the Clear + Brilliant treatment guides the device over the skin gently, focusing on the areas specified. This takes between 15 and 20 minutes on average. The Intelligent Optical Tracking™ System ensures the device maintains effective contact with your skin, providing even coverage for maximum impact.
A Clear + Brilliant Perméa® session ends with applying a topical antioxidant serum to the treated skin straight away. The Clear + Brilliant Perméa® treatment is intended to achieve healthier skin tone and texture.
In addition, a biocellulose masque can be applied, too (typically for 10 - 15 minutes). This leaves you feeling refreshed, for a truly revitalizing experience.
How Many Clear + Brilliant Treatments Will I Need?
We understand repeat treatments can be frustrating and affect your busy schedule. Fortunately, Clear + Brilliant has been shown to achieve visible improvements after four to six sessions.
However, you may continue undergoing Clear + Brilliant treatments over time if you wish. This could become part of your regular skincare routine and help you keep your skin looking (and feeling) its best.
Consistent sessions might not be right for everyone, though, so we’ll discuss the most appropriate process for a personalized experience. You could change your mind and feel six sessions leave you with the results you’re looking for. It’s entirely up to you.
How Long Will it Take Before I Notice Changes in My Skin?
Your skin should start to feel softer and its tone should become more even within one- or two-weeks following treatment. No two people have an identical experience, but the results of your Clear + Brilliant session could remain visible for months.
The extent of your results (and the length of time they remain visible) varies based on a number of factors, such as the condition of your skin, your age and your current skincare routine. It’s vital to treat your skin as well as you can at all times, but particularly to make the best of your Clear + Brilliant results.
Clear + Brilliant is available for men and women of diverse ages. It’s designed to combat common signs of aging and help your skin stay looking younger for longer.
As UV radiation, age, pollution, diet, lifestyle and other factors all dictate the skin’s appearance, Clear + Brilliant offers something for everyone.
Does Undergoing Clear + Brilliant Treatment Prevent Me from Having Others?
Just because you choose to undergo one or more Clear + Brilliant sessions doesn’t mean you can’t complement it with additional procedures.
Clear + Brilliant is just one of the facial treatments we offer at Astra Medi Spa. Others include:
These are just a few of our additional facial options, but each delivers its own benefits and visible results.
Whichever facial treatment you choose, Astra Medi Spa’s team works hard to create a calm, relaxing environment in which everyone feels at peace. We’ll talk through your Clear + Brilliant Facial (and any others you wish to cover) in depth to help you make an informed choice.
Want to book your own Clear + Brilliant Facial now? Just get in touch!
What are the Main Causes of Unhealthy Skin?
It’s easy to feel self-conscious if your skin looks unhealthy: your complexion is one of the first things people notice about you, especially if it’s affected by a particularly visible condition like acne, blemishes, rashes or eczema.
We all need to take care of our skin to keep it looking (and feeling) healthy. How can you make this easier for yourself? By understanding the biggest causes of unhealthy skin and taking action to reduce their impact.
Unhealthy Skin Cause #1: Smoking
Smoking is one of the worst things you can do for your body. It’s terrible for you inside and out — and it makes a bigger impact on your skin than you may realize.
Here are just a few of the skin problems smoking can cause:
Unhealthy Skin Cause #2: Dehydration
If your body lacks the proper hydration over a prolonged period, you may notice your skin starts to lose its usual color, feels dry and even has more fine lines than normal.
Drink plenty of water (at least eight large glasses a day, though you may need more if you lead an active lifestyle) to stay hydrated and give your skin the moisture it demands. Try to get into the habit of drinking water wherever you are — at work, relaxing on the couch, seeing friends etc.
Unhealthy Skin Cause #3: Bad Diet
Most of us indulge in the foods we know aren’t exactly great for us from time to time. The occasional treat is fine as part of a healthy lifestyle — but if you’re devouring junk food every day, you could be damaging your skin’s health.
Your skin is the body’s biggest organ, and like other organs, it needs the proper nutrition to function at its best. A lack of vitamins and minerals will take a noticeable toll on your skin over time.
Aim to eat more of the following foods:
Unhealthy Skin Cause #4: UV Radiation
Spending too much time in the sun is incredibly bad for your skin. At its most extreme, excessive sun-exposure can increase your risk of skin cancer. At a more superficial level, though, it may leave your skin leathery, prone to dark spots and increased wrinkles.
Make sure you cover up and wear high-SPF sunblock when you know you’re going to be in direct sunlight for long periods. Apply sunblock even on overcast days for maximum protection.
7 Easy Ways to Keep Your Skin Healthy, Clear and Gorgeous
A good skincare routine is essential for a healthy complexion, but we don’t always have the time to stay on top of it.
Don’t worry, though: knowing how to care for your skin and help it look its best doesn’t have to be as difficult or time-consuming as it might seem. Take a look at the 7 easy skincare tips below for expert insights and hassle-free changes everyone can make.
#1. Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate
Always make time to exfoliate. It only takes a couple of minutes to do if you’re in a rush but it’s wonderful for your skin.
Exfoliation removes dirt or grime that might block your pores, takes dead skin cells away and creates a healthy glow. A quality face scrub is ideal for exfoliating, but make sure you choose the best product for your skin type. If you have particularly sensitive skin, avoid anything too harsh.
#2. Wash your Pillowcase More Often
Sleep on the same pillowcases for weeks? Be warned — you could be making your skin worse.
Why? Just think of all the oil, makeup, dirt and sweat that accumulates on your pillowcase. This is especially problematic if you forget / neglect to wash your face before you climb into bed.
Try to get into the habit of doing that, to let your skin breathe through the night. Switch your cases two times a week if you think your skin needs more TLC too.
#3. Choose Your Moisturizer Carefully
Make sure you only use an oil-free moisturizer: this reduces the risk of your pores becoming clogged in a big way.
This is crucial if you’re prone to breakouts or tend to have oily skin anyway. Switch to an oil-free product formulated to your skin type.
#4. Don’t Just Wear Sunscreen in Summer
Make sure you wear sunscreen all the year round, not just in summer — and if you’re not even wearing it then, you should be!
Age spots are one of the most common side-effects of excessive UV exposure, while more dangerous risks include melanoma. If you can find cosmetics offering UV protection (such as a moisturizer), give them a try too.
#5. Drink Lots (of Water)
If you’re not drinking water throughout the day, you’re not doing your complexion any favors.
This is a must to keep your skin clear and healthy. Letting your skin become dehydrated means it’s more likely to produce excess oil to compensate for the lack of water, leading to blocked pores and greasier skin. Aim to drink around eight large glasses a day.
#6. Remember: You are What You Eat
A diet rich in junk food, alcohol and greasy snacks will take its toll on your skin. Focus on getting more fruit and vegetables, cut down on booze and consider taking vitamins to take better care of your skin.
#7. Get Professional Skincare Help
Last but not least, try professional facial treatments: skincare specialists can help give your skin a beautiful, healthy glow that lasts.
You have plenty of options, from those designed to increase your skin’s moisture and improve its texture to others focusing on tackling breakouts.
Astra Medi Spa is your local spa in Brampton, offering an amazing range of facial treatments to suit all skin types and conditions. Some include extractions to unclog pores and leave you glowing like never before.
Want to treat yourself to a luxurious facial in Brampton? Schedule your consultationwith Astra Medi Spa now.
Decolletage Treatments: New Options for Sun-Damaged and Aging Skin
The decolletage tends to be one of the most visible parts of the female body, and plenty of us wear low-cut tops, dresses and beautiful jewelry to accentuate it.
But as you expose the decolletage to the elements, it’s just as prone to signs of aging and sun damage as your face, hands and arms.
If your decolletage is causing self-confidence issues or stopping you wearing the clothes you really want to, different treatments can rejuvenate your skin with impressive, lasting results.
At Astra Medi Spa, we’re dedicated to boosting your self-esteem and pampering you with cutting-edge treatments, and have helped countless women just like you achieve the decolletage they really want.
This not only makes them look younger — they feel younger too.
So, how can we help?
AlumierMD Skin-Care Treatments
Astra Medi Spa’s team knows a thing or two about good skin-care — and AlumierMD is one specialist brand you really need to know about.
We’ll arrange a professional consultation for you: discover the different products available, learn how they benefit your personal skin type and how to apply them. We’ll discuss how using multiple AlumierMD products can help to rejuvenate the skin on your decolletage, especially the Neck and Decollete Firming Cream.
This is formulated to prevent formation of new wrinkles / fine lines and improve the appearance of those you already have. This helps to promote production of collagen and elsatin, as well as to exfoliate dead skin cells for a smoother look. AlumierMD has designed this cream to suit all skin types.
Want to reduce the visibility of sun damage? AlumierMD’s line includes high-SPF sunscreens, but unlike most they’re packed with antioxidants and vitamins to really care for your skin.
Wearing these whenever you want to show off your decolletage may boost your skin’s resilience against UV damage and add a healthy shine.
Astra Body Scrub
The Astra Body Scrub is an all-over treatment that exfoliates and nourishes your skin. We’ll help to remove toxins and create smoother-looking skin, even on the decolletage!
Our therapists have the right training, experience and equipment to achieve the results you want.
Slimming Detox Wrap
As with the Astra Body Scrub, the Slimming Detox Wrap is designed to leave your skin glowing with health, vitality and beauty.
We’ll exfoliate your skin to get rid of the dead surface layer, helping the skin to breathe and remove toxins. A refreshing, hydrating lotion will be massaged in gently, so you’ll look and feel fantastic.
Scrub, Mask and Thermal Body Wrap
This treatment targets the entire body, and can increase the suppleness of your skin for a smoother, healthier-looking decolletage.
We finish the process by wrapping you in warm thermal bandages that tighten and tone your skin, an ideal choice if the skin on your decolletage looks a little more lax than you prefer.
As you can see, you have multiple options to try for a younger-, healthier-looking decolletage with Astra Medi Spa!
Want to know more about any of the treatments covered above? Like to book a consultation for AlumierMD products?
Please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly teamby phone, email or book an appointment online.
5 Tips to Keep Your Skin Healthy in Winter
Winter can be pretty rough on your skin: the combination of cold, windy weather and indoor heating tends to leave it feeling dehydrated, irritated or even itchy.
Sound familiar? If so, you’re probably wondering what you can do to rejuvenate your skin and recapture that fresh, healthy glow you’re starting to miss.
Well, don’t worry: we’ve got the answers you need right here!
Astra Medi Spa’s experts have put their heads together to bring you 5 pro tips for good skin-care this winter …
Tip #1. Cut down on hot water
Love to soak in a steaming hot bath during those cozy winter evenings? Always cranking the temperature up for your morning shower?
As tempting as these are, too much hot water can pull natural, healthy oils from your skin and cause it to dry out over time.
So, start washing with lukewarm water instead — we know it might not sound as inviting, but it’ll help to keep your skin moist and healthy.
Tip #2. Drink, drink, drink
It’s important to drink as much as you can during winter. And before you reach for that bottle of Merlot, we’re talking about good, old-fashioned water here!
You might be drinking coffee, hot chocolate and tea because they’re warming and delicious, but it’s important to keep drinking water too. If you don’t fancy a chilled bottle of Evian or a glass of your tap’s finest, consider warm water with a touch of lemon or lime instead.
It’s tasty, simple to make and — most importantly — hydrating!
Tip #3. Be careful with the indoor heating
It’s common to put your heating on high during winter when you’re curled up on the couch binging Netflix, but this tends to make the air far drier — doing your skin no favors at all!
Experiment with lowering your thermostat as much as possible: try reducing it a few degrees beyond your usual setting at frequent intervals. Wrapping up in soft blankets, wearing an extra sweater and using microwavable heat pads are all great skin-friendly alternatives.
Invest in a humidifier too: this helps to keep your air moist and reduces the risk of dry skin.
Tip #4. Moisturize your face and hands often
Moisturizer is a key part of most skin-care routines, and it’s especially important in winter. But if you’re just putting on the same tiny amount as you do in summer or have dry skin even in the warmer months, you probably need to up your dosage a little.
Another nice moisturizer tip? Apply it to damp skin — this seals the moisture in and minimizes your skin’s danger of drying out even further.
And don’t forget about your hands! Add a touch of skin cream after washing them, and always go for one that’s oil-based (as this makes it easier to retain moisture).
Tip #5. Treat yourself to a facial
Astra Medi Spa’s range of facialsoffers a great range of options to suit different skin types, and our Super Hydration Facial can restore moisture stripped out during winter. It includes a deep clean, exfoliation, a hydrating mask — and we throw a little light massage in there too!
A facial is a always a welcome addition to your schedule, especially if you’re feeling a tad rundown with a cold or stressed over the holidays. Our therapists are highly-trained and dedicated to giving you the most relaxing, reinvigorating experience all the year round.
Want to book a facial treatment for yourself or a loved one? Looking for information on any of our services? Just pick up the phone and call us on (647) 496-0646!
Everything you need to know about Facial Acne
Facial acnecan bevery annoying and always have a tendency of popping out when you have to be at your very best. You will get facial acnejust before the big date, graduation or any other big day in your events calendar.
It is so unfortunate that we live in a generation where people will judge you based on how you look. If you have acnethere is a high chance that people will judge you wrongly.
What are acne?
Acne is a skin condition that develops when hair follicles plug with oil and dead skin cells.
Facial acnecan lower someone’s self-esteem. This shouldn’t be the case. Over 80% of people around the globe have had skin acneat some point in their lives. What makesthe difference are the measures you take in attempts to get rid of the acne.
If you want these annoying pimples you should seekthe services of professionals. At Astra MediSpa we have professional dermatologists who will see to it that you have a smooth and soft skin once again.
Types of acne
Causes of facial acne
It is clear that most people don’t know what causes facial acne. Well,worry no more. The following is a list of the major cause facial acne.
Dead skin- dead skin is the major cause of facial acnein adults. If the dead skin isn’t shed off in time it might pile up and as a result blocksthe pores.
Allergens- some people have a sensitive skin that reactswhen exposed to minor allergens.
Bacteria- this mainly happens if you don’t observe hygiene. This will cause bacteria to pile up in pores as leading to painful facial acne
Hormones- this mainly occurs inteenagers and women. Some hormones trigger the secretion of excess oil. The oil ends up blocking the poles leading to acne.
Purifying acne facial at Astra MediSpa
At Astra MediSpa we will help you get back your smooth and soft skin. We will deep cleanse your face bringing the impurities to the skin surface for easy and gentle removal. Give us a callor visit our contact pageto book an appointment.
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