Your Glow-Up Guide: Look & Feel Better in Just a Month

A new season often brings a desire to revamp how you look and feel. Whether you want to refresh your complexion before a big event, incorporate better health and wellness habits, or just pamper yourself at our Santa Rosa medspa before the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we have aesthetic treatments and wellness tips to add to your glow-up checklist—all of which have both immediate and long-term benefits.

Here, we share 8 simple ways to support looking and feeling your best in just one month.

1. Get a Chemical Peel

Need a quick skin reboot? A chemical peel is safe and effective on all skin types and can help reverse signs of aging, improve the appearance of acne scars, and help correct discoloration.

For those new to skin peels, we advocate for a light VI Peel, which can help achieve visible skin improvements with little to no downtime. The treatment will remove the damaged, superficial layer of your skin, to reveal a brighter, softer complexion. This gentle, customized peel is effective, yet gentle enough to get on your lunch break, allowing for an immediate return to the office or other activities.

For patients with more significant signs of aging and more noticeable pigmentation issues, a medium-depth skin peel may be ideal. This level of chemical peel formulation penetrates deeper into the skin and, as such, should be scheduled prior to a few days of social downtime (a long weekend is often ideal). This allows time for any temporary redness and skin-flaking to subside.

When to add it to your glow-up checklist: A light VI peel achieves immediate skin improvement with no downtime needed. For a medium-depth peel, we recommend having this treatment 2 weeks before you wish to see full results.

2.Try Ballancer® Pro lymphatic drainage therapy

Ballancer Pro uses comfortable compression therapy to mimic a lymphatic drainage massage, promoting full body detoxification, cell and tissue regeneration, and natural slimming effects. A congested or sluggish lymphatic system can make you appear “puffy” or bloated, cause your skin to break out, and weaken your immune system. Ballancer Pro’s touchless massage is a non-invasive treatment to flush out toxins, reduce water weight, and improve the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks. Additionally, Ballancer Pro lymphatic drainage treatments can speed healing after surgery or injury; it can also speed athletic recovery as lactic acid is flushed from the muscles.

When to add it to your glow-up checklist: Nearly all patients see and feel Immediate improvement following a single Ballancer Pro treatment, with continued medical and aesthetic benefits over the next few days. For longer-lasting slimming effects and improved health and wellness benefits, we suggest a series of treatments over a couple weeks to take full advantage of lymphatic drainage treatment.

3. Drink more water

You’ve probably heard that about 55-60% of the body is water, but did you know that it also makes up between 31% – 83% of our most vital organs and bones? Drinking an adequate amount of water will improve how you look and feel because staying hydrated:

  • Improves skin tone and texture
  • Prevents premature wrinkles
  • Helps maintain a healthy body weight
  • Boosts energy and physical performance
  • Promotes mental clarity and regulates emotions
  • Supports essential functions in your body

Generally, we recommend drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day, adding more when exercising, during illness, or if you’re in a drier climate. Cheers to this easy glow-up method!

When to add it to your glow-up checklist: Today! Drinking enough water offers an almost immediate medical and aesthetic glow-up with benefits improving over time.

4. Get a Hydrafacial

For a quick and relaxing skin-refresh, Hydrafacial is ideal—and completely customizable to target skin concerns such as dull and uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, rough skin texture, and large or congested pores, to name a few. To increase the benefits of Hydrafacial, add a medical-grade booster to achieve more noticeable improvements. Hydrafacial is gentle enough to receive right before an important event for a clearer, brighter complexion; it creates an ideal base for makeup application!

When to add it to your glow-up checklist: Most patients see immediate skin improvements following Hydrafacial and enjoy a notably increased glow for several weeks after their appointment. To maintain a clear, refreshed complexion, we typically recommend pampering yourself with a Hydrafacial treatment every 4 weeks or as recommended by a qualified aesthetician.

5. Spend some quality time outdoors

In Santa Rosa, we are blessed with weather that allows us to enjoy the outdoors nearly year-round. Whether you’re taking a few laps around the block or exploring the great outdoors, spending time outside offers physical, mental, and community wellness benefits.

To alleviate stress and reap the most benefits, set a goal of spending at least a few hours a week outside connecting with nature—just be sure you are wearing a quality sunscreen of at least SPF30 or greater and reapplying as often as directed. (Up to 90% of visible skin aging is caused by the sun so proper protection can prevent premature skin aging, skin cancers, and other issues.)

When to add it to your glow-up checklist: Anytime—the health and wellness benefits of safely spending time outdoors are immediate and will increase as you incorporate more time to enjoy nature’s many benefits.

6. Use neuromodulators to target expression-based wrinkles or improve your smile

Neuromodulators, including BOTOX®, DAXXIFY™(DAXI), and Dysport®, smooth wrinkles that are caused by repeated facial expressions, such as crow’s feet, forehead lines, and frown lines, by temporarily relaxing targeted muscle movements. They can even be used as a preventative for lines and wrinkles that haven’t formed yet.

That’s not all: to treat a “gummy smile,” neuromodulators can be strategically placed around the mouth to prevent showing as much gum line when you smile. They can also be used for a “lip flip” effect by relaxing the upper lip, causing it to roll slightly upwards for a fuller appearance.

When to add it to your glow-up checklist: Many patients see diminished lines and wrinkles and less muscle movement within a few days of being injected, though full results can take up to 2 weeks. Most patients enjoy a wrinkle-free appearance for 3-4 months with BOTOX or Dysport; DAXI can last 6 or more months.

7. Incorporate dermal fillers into your beauty regimen

Dermal fillers can be personalized to enhance your appearance in many ways. Whether you desire subtle improvements or want a full “liquid facelift,” fillers are both a quick and versatile way to add volume, soften lines and wrinkles, and enhance facial features. Dermal fillers can be safely used in the lips, cheeks, temples, jawline, chin, and around the mouth. The Revance RHA dermal filler collection features a “cleaner” formulation that has all the benefits of traditional hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers while offering better integration with your tissues—meaning RHA fillers fill in expression lines and wrinkles while allowing your face to move naturally.

When to add it to your glow-up checklist: Most patients see immediate enhancement with dermal fillers with full results apparent in about 1-2 weeks. Hyaluronic acid based fillers last for up to 12 months, while RHA injections can last up to 15 months for some patients.

8. Upgrade your skincare to a medical-grade regimen to see real benefits

It’s easy to be lured by OTC skincare products in your local Sephora or department store, however, you won’t see the glowing results you want without upgrading to medical-grade skincare products. This is because doctors are licensed to sell skincare with much higher concentrations of active ingredients which can create visible change in a shorter amount of time.

A customized skincare routine will minimize imperfections, nourish your skin, and provide sun and environmental protection.

If you aren’t sure where to start, schedule a consultation for a VISIA Skin Analysis in Santa Rosa to ensure you are using the right products for your skin type and goals. VISIA uses advanced UV lighting to take digital photos of the surface and subsurface of your skin. This allows our skin experts to make skincare and treatment recommendations that will be more effective in achieving your aesthetic and skin health goals.

When to add it to your glow-up checklist: Your skin will likely need time to adjust to a new skincare regimen or the addition of a new product, though you may begin to see some improvement about a month into your new regimen. With patience and consistent use, medical-grade skincare products can boost your confidence, protect your skin, and amplify the benefits of aesthetic facial treatments and surgical facial procedures.

Want to look and feel better, fast? The highly-trained aesthetics team at Allegro MedSpa in Santa Rosa, CA is ready to help you select among the latest, most advanced treatments to glow-up now! Whether you’d like to discuss the full range of options or have your eye on a particular procedure, we will personalize your treatment plan to achieve beautiful, natural results you will love. Led by two board certified plastic surgeons, you can rest assured any treatment you receive at our medspa will be medically sound and safely performed. To get started, call our Santa Rosa MedSpa at (707) 537-2123 or schedule your consultation online.

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