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The Three Most Common Spa Treatments and What They Do for Your Skin

Some of the newer spas out there have their clients engage in all kinds of fun activities. They offer things like floating in sensory deprivation tanks, microneedling, and Thai hot steam massages. This article is going back to basics with the three most common spa services — massage, facials, and body therapy — and how they impact the skin. Ultimately, while there are a lot of positive benefits that come with visiting a spa, nothing compares to the professional skin treatment done by the credible dermatologists of Walnut Creek and our other Dermatology Clinics.

Massage/Specialty Massage

Within the realm of massage therapy there are several different types. Deep tissue massages, for example, entails firm pressure all over the body with special attention to areas that need more work. Incorporating essential oils into a massage is a fun way to not only loosen knots, but also relax with a pleasant scent. Some experts use hot stones in their massages. If this does not feel right to clients, it is important to speak up so that the therapist can revert back to using hands.


Specialty massages can be good for athletes, pregnant women wanting prenatal massages, or someone who wants to try something new. This may include something like a Thai hot steam massage or reflexology.


Someone who sees swelling in their face from clenching of the jaw may seek out a lymphatic facial. These facials target points on the face to reduce puffiness and headaches. It is important to note that with facials, these results are temporary. For someone seeking out more long-lasting results it is ideal to see a licensed dermatologist.

Microdermabrasion facials are great for getting rid of dead cells caused by aging to uncover a youthful glow. This process incorporates a pressurized jet followed by a facial vacuum. The spa should be able to adjust the settings of the jet to suit each individual cheek.

Brightening facials are also common for people who want more a more dewy glow to their face. This process involves anything from chemical peels to gentle masks to acid treatments.

Classic facials target spots. It usually involves a head and neck massage in addition to the extraction of gunk from pores.

HydraFacial™ is a groundbreaking skin rejuvenation experience that revolutionizes the way we care for our skin. This remarkable procedure, devoid of any surgical procedures or invasive techniques, effortlessly purifies, revitalizes, exfoliates, rejuvenates, and moisturizes your skin using an ingenious singular instrument. Gone are the days of enduring multiple sessions for cleansing, exfoliation, and hydration. With HydraFacial™, all of these exceptional treatments converge into one transformative session, unveiling a new era in skincare.

Body Therapy

Body therapy services done at spas go far beyond what can be done at home. Body scrubs often accompany whatever treatment is being sought out, but can also stand alone. This process begins with total body exfoliation to achieve hydration or detoxification. Salt or sugar is applied all over, and is subsequently showered off. Moisturizer is then applied. The therapist will apply cream, mud, clay, or even seaweed for an extended period of time while they massage the body. Body therapy services can achieve whatever effects the client is looking for, usually either to hydrate or detoxify the surface.

No matter the service, it is important to view spa remedies as temporary relief. It is important to both take what is learned and apply it to a daily regimen, as well as consult with a doctor about what is and is not good for every individual skin type.

Disclaimer: We are unable to guarantee any result, even though most of our patients do see success. The results of our services will vary greatly to each patient’s level of commitment and compliance with the program.

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