Going on vacation is the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and rejuvenate. Whether you’re going to a tropical paradise or a snowy wonderland, it’s important to take care of your skin while you’re away. Many people neglect their skin during vacation and end up regretting it later. Here are some reasons why taking care of your skin on vacation is important and some tips on how to do it.


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Protect from Sun Damage

One of the most important things you can do for your skin on vacation is to protect it from the sun. Exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays can lead to sunburn, premature aging, and even skin cancer. Make sure to apply sunscreen with a high SPF (at least 30) every two hours, wear a hat and cover up with protective clothing. Don’t forget to protect your lips with a lip balm that has SPF as well.

Keep it Hydrated

Vacation often involves being in a different climate or environment than you’re used to, which can be harsh on your skin. Whether it’s hot and humid or cold and dry, make sure to keep your skin hydrated. Drink plenty of water, and use a moisturizer that’s appropriate for your skin type to prevent dryness and flakiness. If you’re in a dry climate, consider bringing a humidifier to keep the air moist.

Prevent Breakouts

Vacations are a time to indulge in delicious food and drinks, but too much of a good thing can lead to breakouts. Be mindful of what you’re eating and drinking and try to maintain a healthy diet. Avoid greasy, fried foods, and limit your alcohol intake. If you’re prone to breakouts, bring along acne-fighting products like a gentle cleanser, toner, and spot treatment.


Maintain Your Routine

It’s easy to fall out of your skincare routine while on vacation, but sticking to it can make a big difference in how your skin looks and feels. Don’t forget to cleanse, tone, and moisturize twice a day, even if you’re tired or jet-lagged. If you’re short on time or space, consider packing travel-sized products or multi-tasking products like a moisturizer with SPF.


Taking care of your skin on vacation is crucial for maintaining healthy and beautiful skin. Protecting it from the sun, keeping it hydrated, preventing breakouts, and maintaining your skincare routine are all essential for a successful vacation. Don’t forget to pack your skincare essentials and enjoy your trip with confidence and healthy skin!


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We can’t stress enough how vital it is to take care of your skin by using fresh, high-quality skincare products.


Our skin is exposed to numerous environmental factors such as pollution, UV rays, and other toxins. This exposure can cause our skin to become damaged and start to show signs of aging. Using the same skincare products for a long time can cause them to lose their effectiveness, and they may even start to harbor bacteria and other harmful germs.


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Checking Expiration Dates on Your Skin Care Products


Over time, using old skincare products can lead to clogged pores, breakouts, and other skin problems. That’s why it’s crucial to evaluate your skincare routine regularly and get rid of any old products that are no longer serving your skin.

When you’re deciding to clean out old skincare products, it’s essential to pay attention to the expiration dates. Most skincare products come with an expiration date, and using them beyond that point can be harmful to your skin. Additionally, if a product has changed in texture, consistency, or color, it’s likely that it’s no longer good for use.

Update Your Products to Your Skin’s Needs


It’s also important to understand that as our skin changes over time, so do our skincare needs. So, the products that you used in your 20s may not be suitable for your skin in your 30s, and so on. As we age, our skin tends to become drier, and we may need more hydration and nourishment to keep it healthy and glowing.


So, when you’re looking to replace old skincare products, it’s essential to consider the specific needs of your skin. Look for high-quality skincare products that are tailored to your skin type, whether that’s oily, dry, or combination skin. Using products that are specifically formulated for your skin’s needs will ensure that you get the best possible results.


Taking care of your skin is essential, and using high-quality skincare products is an essential part of that. Regularly cleaning out old skincare products and getting new ones will help you maintain healthy, glowing skin. Remember to check expiration dates, pay attention to any changes in texture, consistency or color and consider your skin’s specific needs when selecting new products. Invest in quality skincare, and your skin will thank you for it!


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Don’t let the name intimidate you, chemical peels can be a great source of rescue and relief for your skin! We know that peels used to have somewhat of a scary reputation, and leave skin raw and peeling, however times have changed. Let’s go over the different types of peels we offer here at The Spa at West Glen, and which might be right for you and your skin journey.

Skinmedica Illuminize Peel 

The Illuminize Peel is a surface peel that uses a combination of alpha-hydroxy and phytic acids to tighten skin and add a beautiful, healthy-looking glow. 

The Illuminize Peel offers an allover improvement to the skin’s texture and color.

Chemical peel options can be a low risk option, as they are not as invasive as other options. 

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SkinMedica Vitalize Peel

Powerful alpha-hydroxy acids help the Vitalize Peel reduce lines, wrinkles, and roughness, revealing smoother, more resilient skin.

The amazing qualities of the alpha-hydroxy acids help generate skin cells that are evenly pigmented, leading to skin that is much smoother to the touch. 

This peel also encourages healthy collagen growth for long-lasting, noticeable results.

Skinmedica Rejuvenize Peel

This peel penetrates the skin’s deeper layers for more comprehensive improvement. 

Reduce acne, discoloration, and roughness while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles with the use of this peel treatment

The ingredients within this peel will help to refresh your skin while unclogging your pores, while product from the peels last longer on your skin than a topical treatment or product. 

Double Peel

The Double Peel begins with a session of microdermabrasion to remove the outermost layer of skin. Our aestheticians follow up with a Vitalize Peel. 

The microdermabrasion allows the peel to penetrate deeper for amplified results, making this combined approach popular with our Iowa skincare patients. 

Our aestheticians are eager to help you choose the best combination of treatments to make your spa day special.

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Like any treatment, comfort is the most important element to help you leave your appointment feeling your best. What is more important in a botox or filler treatment than the person behind the needle? Here are three of our top tips to remember in your journey to finding your ideal injector. 

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  • Research Your Injectors Work


We have all seen the photos online of people who have gotten botox or filler and not liked what we see. It’s valuable to you and your experience to make sure that your injectors work lines up for what you would want your end result to be. 

A great place to start is looking on websites, social media, and reviews to get a glimpse of their before and after shots. 

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  • Make Sure Your are Comfortable with Your Injector


Comfort is key, we are working with needles after all! During your first consultation try and see if you feel comfortable with your injector, which will help build a better trust in the process. 

Your comfort is also important to make the treatment go by seamlessly and grow a relationship as you move forward with your injections.  


  • An Injector that Specializes in Your Desired Treatment


While all injectors master techniques, there are certainly areas that they feel are their strongest. 

If you are feeling nervous about the results, or if this is your first injection, consider working with an injector that has the special touch in whatever your desired treatment is. This will hopefully take the edge off and put all the faith in their hands. 

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Coming to a spa, no matter the appointment type, for the first time can be intimidating if you do not know what to expect. We want each and every one of our clients to feel comfortable and confident, and knowledge is power! 

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  • Skin Analysis 


One of the first things that will happen at the start of your appointment is that we will take an analysis of your skin. 

This analysis will help show your esthetician everything happening visually on the surface of your skin, as well as everything happening below the surface. 


  • Take Skin Photos


After your skin analytics, the next step in our process will be to take photos of your skin the way it looks before any treatment has been done. 

Post treatment plan, it is always helpful to see how your skin or face looks prior to your skincare routine, botox treatments, facials etc.



  • Create Your Curated Plan of Treatment


Our final step during your appointment, aside from your actual treatment, is to help curate a plan specifically for you and your goals. 

After talking to you about these goals, we will then present you with the whole package, which may include certain services or products. We will also peel back these layers to the bare minimum to get you started on something to help tackle the issues you might be having. Our top priority is to set a realistic plan to help you get where you want to be! 

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It’s the holiday season, which means it’s already time to start thinking about our winter skin care routine. While the snow fall may look beautiful, it can bring on some harsh dryness for our skin. 

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  • Introduce a Hyaluronic Acid in Your Skincare Routine


One of our top tips for everyone this winter is to start including more moisturizer in your routine to give yourself that hydrating barrier.

Let’s take it one step further and include a hyaluronic acid into your routine as well! Hyaluronic acid acts as a hydrating agent and really absorbs into your skin, prepping your skin for moisturizer and longer hydration.

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  • Avoid Long Hot Showers this Winter


This tip might be difficult, as nothing sounds better in a sub zero wind chill then a nice hot shower – but this can have lasting effects on the dryness of your skin. 

Try lukewarm showers/cold showers to truly preserve your skin. This temperature won’t be as stripping to your skin. 

If possible, try limiting the frequency and duration of your hot showers this winter. 



  • Introduce Hydrating Elements into Your Day


It is not surprising that one of the best tips to avoid dry winter skin is to hydrate! 

Your skin will truly benefit from the extra moisture and hydration, and thank you later. 

We recommend that you make sure you are drinking plenty of water, as it can be easy to forget to drink cold water during the cold months. 

Think about using a humidifier in your home to add moisture back into the air to make up for the time your skin has been in low humidity and dry environments. 

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