How to Erase Hyperpigmentation

Pigmentation — it’s often the number one concern clients have about their skin. However, years of sun damage is unlikely to fade with a singular approach to skin care. It takes time and continuous effort to ensure you’re not only treating current spots, but also avoiding future discoloration. Although erasing all pigmentation may be a hard goal to achieve, you can start taking these steps to lighten discoloration for an overall improved tone.

1) First Thing’s First: Be Proactive

From sun exposure to inflammation, pigmentation is caused by a variety of reasons. If you have post-inflammatory marks created by acne, break the habit of picking cysts and pustules to prevent more marks. Instead, spot treat the area with a topical salicylic product, like SkinScript’s Blemish Spot Treatment.

Another way to be proactive is to always wear an SPF of at least 30. If you aren’t protecting your skin, you’re putting the areas that are already pigmented at risk of darkening even more. Direct sun exposure makes freckles and age spots more pronounced because the melanin in the skin absorbs the UV rays. For UV protection, we recommend Sorella Apothecary’s line of high quality SPFs.

2) Use Professional-Grade Products

Over-the-counter products may be affordable and easy to obtain, but your skin is not getting the best ingredients and benefits compared to professional skin care products. In our facials, we use products from SkinScript that deliver pigment fighting ingredients to your skin’s active melanocytes. For example, lactic, arbutin, and kojic acids in our Lemon Zest Enzyme work to brighten the skin for a radiant glow after a facial. For at-home care, we highly recommend using our Glycolic and Retinol Pads that resurface the skin and lighten existing pigmentation naturally.

3) Schedule a Series of Chemical Peels

Once you’ve kicked the bad skin habits and are using a professional skin care line, your skin is properly prepped for chemical peels. For maximum results, it is best to have peels done in a series in order to lift the pigmentation gradually over time. Our Oasis Series is a program we created to give clients a series of four chemical peels and one dermaplane facial in an 8-week period. See the results for yourself!

Need help with getting started? Schedule your first facial at The Village Spa in Carmel today! Call us at (317) 853-6350 or book online now.

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5 Things You Need to Know about FarmHouse Fresh

5 Things About FarmHouse Fresh

We’re obsessing over our new product line at The Village Spa in Carmel, and for a good reason, too. FarmHouse Fresh is a natural skincare company with products that we’re thrilled about using in our pedicures and body treatments. Plus, we’ve got an Instagram-worthy retail display that’ll make even the cows jealous. See how FarmHouse Fresh differs with its local flair and animal-conscious products.

1) 100% Natural Ingredients

Each product at FarmHouse Fresh is crafted around food and drink themes, using 100% natural fruits, vegetables, and milks. From body polishes made with organic vodka to cooling avocado butter masks, FarmhHouse Fresh delivers on natural ingredients. If an ingredient can be harvested, snipped, or baked, this product line is sure to bring it to life through skincare.

2) Made with Love in the U.S.A.

Supporting local business is a huge part of our spa, as we are a small, family-owned operation here in The Village of Westclay in Carmel. FarmHouse Fresh proudly makes all products in the United States. Even their baskets, tabletop displays, and tote bags are handmade in the U.S.A.

3) Vegan & Cruelty-Free

FarmHouse Fresh is strict in their use of the term vegan, so if honey is in the product, it will be labeled accordingly as not vegan. 99% of their products are vegan or gluten-free. The company is also certified by PETA as cruelty-free.

4) Eye-Catching Packaging

From glass containers to useful pumps, everything about FarmHouse Fresh’s packaging is grand. Not only do the products smell fantastic, but they look great displayed on your countertop or vanity. The company even offers adorable gift sets that include fan favorites for at-home body care.

5) Always Changing

We at The Village Spa are particularly excited about FarmHouse Fresh due to their ability to always keep things… fresh! Their protocols for spa treatments change seasonally, bringing in new sensory products catered to the time of year. From rum punch aromas to bright notes of citrus, FarmHouse Fresh has a scent for every mood.

Interested in learning more about what we have to offer at The Village Spa? Call us at (317) 853-6350, or book online now.

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3 Updates on What We Know About Sunscreen

Updates to SPF Formula

The best aging secret isn’t a miraculous product worth hundreds of dollars. If you spend any time in the sun (yes, that means even 10 minutes), the number-one thing you can do to prevent age spots, wrinkles, and discoloration is to protect your skin with SPF. Here at The Village Spa located in Carmel, we share the most recent advancements in SPF that provide you with ample protection from the sun.

1) UVA vs. UVB Protection

In the late ’80s, almost all of the research concerning sunscreens was devoted to UVB protection. Even though UVB is the primary burning ray, UVA is now recognized as the primary contributor to aging the dermis. Even on the market today, Sun Protection Factor (SPF) only shows the rating for how much UVB is screened, but not UVA. Even if a product claims UVA protection, there is no regulation for actually testing how much UVA is absorbed. We recommend using a higher value SPF in the 30-50 range to screen some of the ultraviolet rays in the lower UVA spectrum.

2) Won’t Help a Visible Burn

You need to reapply sunscreen every two hours in addition to reapplying after swimming or sweating. However, a common misconception is that if the skin shows sign of redness, you need to lather on more SPF to prevent additional burning. With the skin already desensitized to the sun, the small amount of UV protection that the sunscreen can’t stop will continue to burn the skin. If your skin is turning red, get out of direct sunlight immediately.

3) No Such Thing as Sunblock

Previously, the FDA said that products that provided a minimum of SPF 12 could be marketed as sunblocks. In 1999, the term sunblock was ruled as not an honest way to describe SPF. An SPF 15 protects 93% of UV rays, SPF 30 provides 97% protection, and SPF 50 covers 98%. From there, the percent difference between an SPF 50 and higher ratings is so small that full protection is unattainable. You cannot protect your skin from 100% of UV rays, so actual “sunblock” is a false claim.

Need professional skin-care advice from a professional? The staff at The Village Spa can address your skin concerns and discuss any of our facials we offer in Carmel, IN. Call us today at (317) 853-6350, or book online now!

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Introducing Skin Script at The Village Spa

Skin Script Products in Carmel

Offering a luxury spa experience means that each facet of your visit affords pampering and rejuvenation. At The Village Spa in the heart of The Village of WestClay in Carmel, we are dedicated to offering our customers the ultimate spa experience using the best products for superior results. In addition to using Image Skincare professional skin care line, we are excited to announce our new skin care line called Skin Script RX!

Skin Script RX: Professional Skincare Products

Achieve the Ultimate in Skin Care Perfection with Professional Products from Skin Script RXIntegrity & Intention
Skin Script RX is a skin care line that was created by an aesthetician for use by aestheticians. Our passions and professions are dedicated to understanding skin and skin care treatments to give our clients the best experience with gentle and effective products. The makers of Skin Script RX value quality and integrity in the making, testing, and manufacturing of their products. Their love of humans and animals alike means there is no animal testing in the creation of these products.

Quality Ingredients

We are so passionate about Skin Script RX because of its natural, paraben-free products specially formulated for gentle, effective treatment of all skin types and ethnicities. Manufactured in the United States means there is close control over the formulation of this product.

Effective Results

The Skin Script RX product line is specially designed for anti-aging, hyperpigmentation, melasma, sun damage, teen and adult acne, and rosacea. The natural ingredients with antioxidant and exfoliating effects transform the skin for natural brightness and results. Each client receives a customized treatment with active ingredients including retinols, glycolics, lactics, salicylics, and natural lighteners specifically combined to bring out the best in your skin.

Featuring the best in professional-grade products, we are proud to offer our clients facials, nails, massages, and microblading services, and we provide the best in luxury and comfort to achieve a healthy complexion. Contact The Village Spa at (317) 853-6350 to book your spa treatment today!

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Bridal Party R&R with a Group Spa Day

Relaxing Spa Day for Bridal Parties

Planning a wedding is an exciting whirlwind. Don’t you wish you had some quality time with your best friends to enjoy this magical milestone? At The Village Spa, we have the perfect solution with a customizable spa package specially designed for groups. Whether this is a special retreat or an addition to a bachelorette party, the bride-to-be and her bridal party will love the time for rest and relaxation before the big day!

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Professional vs. Over-the-Counter Skin Care Products

Professional Skin Care Products Carmel

The old adage says it best: you get what you pay for.  When it comes to skin care products, professionals agree that this holds true. The sea of over-the-counter products at the drugstore is overwhelming to shoppers. Save precious time by skipping the checkout lines at the store, and come to the skin care experts at The Village Spa in the Village of WestClay in Carmel. Skin care and luxury are our expertise, and it shows in our professional-grade products.

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4 Tips to Prepare for Your First Facial

Tips for Your First Facial in Carmel

Our skin is exposed to the elements each day. It is important to refresh and recharge your skin with proper skin treatments. At The Village Spa, we offer facials and esthetic peels to reinvigorate your skin. Taking time to care for your skin has lasting effects on your whole self. Take time to rest, decompress, and be the best version of you with your first facial. (more…)

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Benefits of an Eco-Fin Treatment

Shea Butter Eco-Fin Hand Treatment

If you’ve visited a salon like The Village Spa before to get a paraffin treatment on your hands or feet, you know that it can feel wonderful. But what you may not know is that there are several downfalls to paraffin services. Even if you get the treatment simply as a bonus when you get your regular mani-pedi, these are things you should be aware of. (more…)

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3 Skincare Tips for the Summer

Beautiful Skin Care Results in Carmel

As experts in the esthetics and beauty industry, the professionals at The Village Spa know that skin is affected differently by the season. As we hit the halfway point of summer, we wanted to share our best skin-care tips for maintaining smooth, hydrated skin throughout the humid weather in Carmel, Indiana.

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5 Reasons To Get a Gel Manicure

Gel Manicures in Carmel

Ugh! Nothing is worse than discovering a once perfectly polished nail that is chipped and unsightly. What’s worse is when you constantly find that your polish chips in a matter of days after application. For long-lasting polish that doesn’t crack, we find that gel manicures offer the best durability for vacations, events, and everyday life. Here’s why our nail technicians rave about gel polish:

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