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Miracullum Spa (925) 943-6146
Day Spa and Medi Spa * 1355 N. Main St. * 27 years in Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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Everyone is different, and your skin is as individual as you are. Yet there are certain common skin problems that affect many people. Not every solution will work for everyone, but if you suffer from any of these skin problems, these common remedies can make a real difference. Of course, if you have any chronic illnesses or are on any medications, check with your doctor first.
Dry skin can be caused by many factors, from dehydration to hormonal changes. It is especially common during the winter, when cold temperatures and wind can quickly sap the moisture from your skin. Staying hydrated and using a daily moisturizer can help tremendously, but sometimes dry skin needs a little extra help.
Choose gentle cleansers packed with antioxidants and water binding agents such as ceramides to encourage your skin to retain moisture. In addition, extra hydrating ingredients such as linoleic acid, lactic acid, and borage seed oil can push moisture deep into your skin, reducing or even eliminating dryness. Use only hydrating toners and astringents.
Use warm water instead of hot when showering or washing your face, and limit your showers to 5 to 10 minutes. Overexposure to hot water can actually increase dryness. Apply an emollient moisturizer immediately after bathing, and always choose creamy, moisturizing sunscreen. Running a room humidifier at night can help to fight winter dryness.
Oily skin is most common in teenagers, due to hormonal surges. However, it can occur at any time. Fighting the oil begins with thoroughly washing your face twice per day with a gentle cleanser that contains a light acid such as salicylic acid. These products can be irritating, so choose a few to determine which is best for your skin.
Toners are also helpful.Many people actually have combination skin, with different areas of oil and dryness, and some toners can make dryness worse. Ask your esthetician which is the right choice for your skin.
Moisturizer and sunscreen are always important, even with oily skin, but make sure you select oil-free formulations. This will prevent the greasiness and buildup that are common risks for oily skin. Adapt your routine by season, as oiliness tends to be worse in the summer and taper off during the winter months.
Dark Spots and Blemishes
Benign dark spots and blemishes are extremely common, though for safety, you should always have any suspicious-looking spots checked out by a dermatologist. Assuming yours are harmless, you have several options for treating them.
Be vigilant about applying sunscreen, since sun damage is responsible for the vast majority of dark spots. Use at least SPF 30 on all exposed skin, and remember to reapply frequently.
High tech serums containing hydroquinone, Kojic Acid, Azelaic Acid, D-Cholic Acid, Horse Chestnut Extract, Ascorbic Acid, or Retinol can help to fade dark spots and reduce blemishes,* but can also increase sun sensitivity. Other possibilities include encapsulated vitamin C and retexturizing acids.
Consider a chemical peel or laser treatment to take care of stubborn spots. Different formulations are right for different people, depending on the nature of your spots and how sensitive your skin is. Your esthetician will advise you on the best solution for your individual needs.
Fine Lines and Wrinkles
To reduce fine lines and wrinkles, be sure to use a moisturizing sunscreen every day. The sun’s harsh effects can make the skin dry and wrinkle-prone, highlighting existing lines and creating new ones.
Creams containing retinol can boost collagen production, improving your skin’s softness and suppleness. Keep in mind, however, that retinol takes time to work, and you might experience flaking and skin tightness during that time, along with an increased sensitivity to the sun. For this reason, antioxidant creams and serums, such as those packed with vitamin C, may be a better choice.
Chemical peels and fillers are excellent in-office procedures to help reduce wrinkles.*Your esthetician will help you choose the solution that is best for your skin.
Redness and Sensitivity
Hydrating and anti-inflammatory products are absolutely essential for those with skin redness and sensitivity. Choose skin-calming, creamy formulations for everything from cleansers to moisturizers.
Skin problems are extremely common, but simple solutions can often take care of them. Be sure to see a doctor if you have any health conditions, are on any medications, or have suspicious spots. Otherwise, your spa esthetician will help you choose just the right treatment for your individual situation.
Celebrating 25 years of service to the local community, Miracullum Spa is proud to be rated the #1 Day Spa in Walnut Creek. We use only natural, organic, chemical-free products that have consistently given us the highest-quality results. We welcome guests of all ages, but children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. We are also happy to book groups of up to 6 people for parties and events at a discounted rate. If you are ready to treat yourself to the pampering you deserve, we invite you to give us a call today at (925) 943-6146.
*Results will vary.