It's spring. The snow is starting to melt in the valley, and everything starts to lighten up, the sky, the trees, the people around you. The winter was long (especially this one) and you are in need of a little self-love, to shake off the gloomy seasonal energy. One benefit of the long-winded pandemic and more time spent at home, is the trend of wearing less makeup and emphasizing the importance of skin care. The at-home lifestyle has you taking the time to give your skin the break and attention it deserves. Award Winning Spa at Nita Lake Lodge has new cutting-edge technology, that gives you everything you need to rejuvenate that beautiful face, leaving your skin refreshed, looking and feeling hydrated and clean as ever. The stunning lakeside Spa, nestled in Creekside, overlooks captivating Whistler Mountain. That in itself, will draw you in for your self-care needs.
A number of treatments at Nita can prepare you for the effects of ageing, as well as fix dryness, or oily and damaged skin. The recommended treatments for your springtime cleanse: HydraFacial with Laser Genesis.
The Spa features top-of-the-line organic skin care brands, including Naturopathica and Alumier . These products are used throughout the HydraFacial, ensuring a quality experience. Naturopathica is a favourite of mine, through working at the spa, and my continued visits. The facial will change your perception on the importance of the proper products for your skin, enticing you to enhance your skin care routine. The aesthetician will happily assist you in finding the best products for you, through tailoring the facial to your skin type. This is an amazing experience, and I can't wait to tell you about it!
Now what exactly is a HydraFacial?
The HydraFacial is a medical-grade treatment, using patented technology that cleanses, exfoliates, and extracts your skin. The vacuum-like hand-piece infuses your skin with serums, cleanses your pores and provides painless extractions. The treatment typically lasts an hour or more, depending on which facial you choose. The Nita Signature HydraFacial is the most luxurious of the facials, providing you with an initial consultation to choose the right HydraFacial boosters, a customizable experience for your skin tone and routine.
What is Laser Genesis?
Laser Genesis is a low-risk, non-invasive laser treatment technology that is compatible with all skin types. The laser helps stimulate collagen to promote youthful skin, minimize pore size, reduce fine lines, uneven skin tones and texture. Laser Genesis can also be beneficial for the reduction of acne lesions and scarring.
The Laser Genesis is a great addition to your HydraFacial, with no downtime involved. The Laser Genesis will also reduce any redness from your facial, and you will see immediate results. It is recommended to receive at least 3 treatments for maximum results, as well as continued sessions thereafter.
Great, so what does the HydraFacial and Laser Genesis session look like?
Prior to the treatments, you will fill out a questionnaire that will ensure you are getting the correct HydraFacial and Laser Genesis for your skin type.
You will begin your facial with a nice cleanse, over your eyes and face using the Manuka Honey Balm, which will clear your skin of any makeup and dirt. The balm is a favourite of mine, and a great addition to your skin care regimen.
Each HydraFacial includes a soothing lymphatic drainage, which is essentially an anti-inflammatory detoxification. The HydraFacial wand will gently drain lymph nodes and remove toxins via your body's natural metabolic system. Lymphatic drainage can boost circulation, detoxify, tone and firm your skin.
Following the drainage, the cleanse and exfoliation begins! The vacuum-like wand will softly smooth away dead skin cells, while simultaneously infusing serum into your skin. This will revitalize and boost your skins appearance.
Next the acid peel is applied. This is a glycolic peel customized for your skin, to break up congestion in the pores, and brighten up your skin to prepare you for the next step. The peel can cause a sting but is nothing more than a slight feeling.
The extraction is next, and a favourite step to many, including myself! Unlike regular facials, the extractions in a HydraFacial are painless. With the vortex technology, they can easily draw out blackheads, remove dirt and other impurities from your pores.
Following the amazing and gentle extractions, is hydration time. Your new fresh skin is treated with moisture, to ensure soft and rejuvenated skin. A generous amount will be applied, and you will have incredibly saturated, happy skin. The hydration stage will reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, letting your skin drink all the hydration in. Yay!
Last but not least, the LED lights. You will be given a pair of goggles to protect your beautiful eyes and then a blue or red LED light will shine over your skin. The blue light is used on those with acne prone, oily skin and the red light on those with dry skin, or ageing concerns. The LED lights will calm your skin, reduce redness as well as restore collagen production. This combination will add a continued effect of helping your skin naturally produce Vitamin D, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, all the while, leaving you with refreshed and glowing skin.
A very satisfying ending to the facial, seeing your extractions (if you like). When vacuuming the blackheads and impurities, they are released through the tube and into a cup. This is then showed to you by the aesthetician, as it can reassure you on the process, and keep you coming back for the recommended 28- day intervals between HydraFacial sessions.
I would love to add, the HydraFacial is great for men too! It is a fast, results-driven treatment, where men can feel comfortable and validated, seeing immediate results that requires no downtime. An easy-fit into a man's lifestyle.
No, the treatment is not over yet-the best is yet to come!
Now will begin the Laser Genesis treatment. Your skin is fresh and happy as ever to receive the laser technology. The aesthetician is well equipped to start your treatment, following the initial consultation, as well as your skins reaction to the HydraFacial. You will be handed back the protective goggles, and the aesthetician will draw quadrants onto your face to properly have every inch covered by the laser, both sides of the cheeks, the lips and the forehead.
The laser feels hot but is comfortable. The caring aesthetician will consistently check your heat, to make sure you stay at a safe temperature. They use elastic-like movements, circling over each quadrant, for about half an hour. Laser Genesis is beneficial to all skin types, as everyone is prone to either dryness, fine lines, acne or sun damage. Sunscreen is applied post treatment, because as we know, sunscreen is a necessary day to day shield for protecting your skin and ensuring a young and healthy glow. A recommended sunscreen is, Alumier, Broad Spectrum Sunscreen. It is tinted for a matte finish, perfect for your new glowing skin, soon to be sun-kissed in the coming months. This can be purchased at the front desk upon checkout, along with any other product you fell in love with during the treatment or recommended to you by the lovely and knowledgable aesthetician.
Post-treatment notes and observations:
After my treatment, my face and skin looked wonderful! I was complimented numerous times on my glowing skin, and the look of my 'fine lines' were reduced (my main concern). I was recommended to come back at least 2-3 more times to see optimal results, and I will definitely be booking back in soon!
A few days later, and I still look like I did when I walked out of the treatment, just less red (a glow). If anything, I look better. My skin is so happy and hydrated, and I am feeling extremely motivated to keep up a tailored skin care routine. With summer underway, you want to keep your skin healthy, full of moisture, and protected from the sun.
A spring facial leaves your skin looking beautiful, setting you on the right track to enjoy the amazing months to come. Best part? Feel free to keep the day going and continue the spring self-care vibes. I paired my day with a manicure and eyebrow wax. Pair it with a mini bottle of Moet, and now that's a spa day. Hey, you deserve it, it has been a rough year, but looking and feeling good, helps, at least just a bit!
Special thanks to Alycia for my delightful spa day, Rebecca and Sarah for their warm energy and admirable leadership, and the rest of the staff for their lovely and welcoming attitude. The spa is always an enjoyable, calm experience, a getaway if you will, that we all need every once in a while.