June 18, 2016



Laser and light-based treatments have become increasingly more popular over the years as a solution to many different aesthetic goals. Laser therapy beams highly concentrated light into the desired area of treatment or problem area in order to eliminate fine lines, wrinkles, skin pigmentation and even hair! Not only can laser treatments be quick and effective, but they also require little to no downtime and are performed non-invasively.  The Spa at The SHAW Center offers a variety of different laser treatment options depending on what you’re choosing to eliminate.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser Skin Resurfacing, or a PicoFacial, helps to eliminate wrinkles, as well as restores your skin to a more youthful state. Laser resurfacing can rejuvenate your skin by removing the outermost layers, as well as firming the underlying collagen. All in all, it can help to target age spots, sun damage, scarring and fine lines.


Laser Hair Removal
Say goodbye to the annoying task of having to shave regularly with laser hair removal at The SHAW Center. Unwanted body hair is never okay, and that’s why we offer a solution to rid your physique of it and render you stubble-free.  Our lasers aim a concentrated beam of light at the area of hair, and by doing so the hair follicle absorbs the light, damaging the follicle enough to stop growth.
Laser Tattoo Removal
The Spa at The SHAW Center also offers the gold standard in laser tattoo removal with the PicoSure laser.  This revolutionary system can erase or change tattoos and pigments with greater clearance and 50% fewer treatments than any other tattoo removal laser. The PicoSure laser also targets difficult ink colors, such as blues and greens.
June 10, 2016

Let’s face it. There’s nothing more frustrating than unpredictable breakouts and adult acne. Not only do adult women have to worry about fending off wrinkles, but battling zits can also be another annoying day-to-day battle. Certain factors, such as stress, hormones and diet can all attribute to acne resurfacing. However, there are ways to combat this and return your complexion back to a relatively clear state.
Bye, Bye Blemishes
Part of adult acne’s game is the unwanted blemishes they can leave behind. Scarring is not uncommon post breakout, especially when you exacerbate the problem by picking.  However, chemical peels can help to rid your skin of hyperpigmentation and acne. Our spa offers a variety of different chemical peels, such as customized ones from Skin Media, as well as a PCA peel.
The Spa at The SHAW Center also offers FotoFacials, or PicoFacials, which employ an intense pulsed light in combination with radio frequency to effectively treat irregular skin pigmentation and discoloring.
You Are What You Eat
Diet can be a huge contributing factor to adult breakouts. It’s important to be starch conscious by avoiding high-glycemic-index carbohydrates, such as white bread and sugar-laden foods. It’s smart to balance your diet by incorporating whole grains and veggies into your diet that won’t aggravate acne.
Master Your Make-Up
Makeup is intended to mask skin issues, but when used incorrectly it can actually enhance the underlying problem. Opt for a matte or oil-free concealer, so as not to draw attention to your already shiny skin. Remember that light shades magnify and dark ones recede, so never put too much light concealer or highlighter onto raised bumps. Also, always remember to remove your makeup before you call it a night or head to the gym.



As Summer quickly approaches, our skin can begin to suffer some serious side effects from the Arizona sun. It’s more necessary than ever to protect our complexions from the harsh rays that can eventually lead to sun spots, overall sun damage to our skin, and even worse… skin cancer. It’s essential to take preventative measures in our day-to-day routines, and we can do so by adopting even the smallest of changes into our beauty regime, such as wearing makeup that employs an SPF or applying sunscreen daily.  Below are some more ways you can protect your skin from the Summer sun this go around!
Cover Up
One of the more obvious ways to guard your complexion from intense sun damage is to simply cover up.  The sun’s rays are most aggressive between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so staying indoors between these hours is recommended. However, we understand that this is not always realistic, so throwing on a floppy hat or wearing woven materials and dark fabrics can actually help to protect you during this time as well.
Spoil Your Skin
Make sure to spread on the SPF generously these next few months and that you’re using an SPF 15 or higher. There are quite a few skincare products that The Spa at The SHAW Center carries as well that can work as armor against the sun. Revision Skincare’s Intellishade, which we sell at our Spa, works as a tinted anti-aging moisturizer and also employs UVA and UVB protection.  The Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30 is another amazing product by ZO Skin Health, which is a line we also know and trust here at The SHAW Center. 
Remember It All
So often we forget to protect sensitive spots, such as our hairlines, chests, noses and hands. The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that 80 percent of skin cancers occur on our necks, hands and heads. Remind yourself to be weary of the areas we wouldn’t necessarily think of first, and always, always use sunscreen on these spots!

Fillers have become increasingly popular as an option to either enhance your features, such as lips, or eliminate fine lines and wrinkles. Juvederm, Restylane and Radiesse are all hyaluronic acid fillers available at The Spa at The SHAW Center. They provide instant results and can effectively help you to achieve your aesthetic goals with little to no downtime. Preparing for injections can be just as important as the actual procedure, and these suggestions will allow you an even more seamless service.
Plan Accordingly
Make sure you properly hydrate since hyaluronic acid binds to water. The more hydrated you are, the better you will look overall.
Avoid taking ibuprofen or aspirin before the procedure and up to 36 hours after.
If you work out on a regular basis, you may want to make sure you do so beforehand. It’s not uncommon for additional swelling to occur as a result of strenuous physical activity. Typically 24 hours is an ideal waiting period before engaging in exercise again.
Give Bruising The Boot
Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple juice that can be used for medicinal purposes. It is most commonly used as an anti-inflammatory, as it helps to reduce swelling after surgery or an injury.
The flower of arnica is also used as a medicine to help reduce pain and swelling associated with bruises and aches.  This supplement will quickly become your new BFF when used both before and after your injections.
Adding leafy greens to your diet have also been known to reduce the possibility of bruising, as they are rich in Vitamin K.

Making your beauty and health a habit is easy when you have the right resources to do so. The Spa at The SHAW Center is one of those resources!  It’s here that you can spoil your skin with various skincare treatments and indulge in anti-aging products a plenty. When you’re not at our Spa, you can find inspiration through following some of our favorite local AZ beauty and health bloggers for tips and tricks in maintaining the best version of YOU!
(Photo Courtesy of Instagram.com/flawless.face)
Lyndsey South, one of our very own SHAW girls, has been a Licensed Aesthetician and Certified Laser Technician for over 10 years.  You can follow her on Instagram for updates on some of her favorite skincare products and treatments, most of which are offered here at The SHAW Center!
Caitlin Lindquist, who visits Lyndsey at our Spa occasionally for services, such as our microneedling treatment, stays really active on her blog, www.thedashofdarling.com, while sharing style, travel, beauty and lifestyle tips.
Cupcakes and cashmere is the name.  Fashion and beauty are the game. From her monthly beauty buys series to her skincare schedule, Emily incorporates personalized experiences with expert tips for an effective beauty routine all on www.cupcakesandcashmere.com.
Jason Sani dedicates his time to creating simple health-conscious tips for people who “don’t have time” through coaching and consulting.  From sharing recipes rich with purpose-driven ingredients to work out suggestions on his Instagram and website, arizonahealthclub.com,  Jason makes maintaining a healthy lifestyle a cinch!
Looking for ways to hike up your health without having to make too many drastic lifestyle changes?  Brittany makes eating healthy and remaining active seamless with meal modifications and fit tips.

Aging is inevitable, and with that comes milestones, such as childbirth and menopause. Both natural and anticipated processes, but your body doesn’t need to suffer as a result of this. Many women will begin noticing symptoms related to their vaginal health than can affect their lifestyle negatively, such as dryness, pain or laxity during sexual intercourse or vaginal atrophy.  Developed by Lumenis, a global leader in aesthetic, surgical and gynecology lasers, FemTouch is a fast and comfortable procedure that can correct these discomforts and physical changes.
How Does It Work?
FemTouch can correct vaginal health related conditions through promoting the remodeling of the vaginal mucous epithelium layer. This fractional CO2 laser works along the vaginal wall releasing laser beams along the entire vaginal wall, which results in gently controlled coagulation of the vaginal lining.  
FemTouch works extremely fast and quickly, only taking a couple of minutes for the whole procedure. It’s incredibly efficient, requiring only 2-4 treatments for optimal outcomes. Not only is it non-surgical, but also requires no anesthesia or post-procedure care.
The Spa at The SHAW Center now offers FemTouch as one of our many procedures. For more questions regarding FemTouch, call our office at (480)767-1900.

It’s the season of love with Valentine’s Day upon us. Feeling your best and most beautiful is not simply limited to date night, but it definitely gives us an excuse to get dolled up. Primp and prep with these products and fall in love with yourself all over again!
There’s something to be said for a full, flirty set of lashes. It’s one of the most feminine qualities in a woman and knowing how to enhance this weapon can be easily achieved through the use of one of our favorite beauty products, Latisse. Latissse helps to grow longer, thicker and darker lashes almost overnight!
Juvedermis another one of our favorites, as this injectable gel works as a dermal filler to enhance and plump your pout.  Creating more full and symmetrical lips can be easily done through this miracle injectable with minimal discomfort and little to no downtime.
Laughing is one of the greatest forms of therapy, but our faces shouldn’t have to be punished for it. Let’s be honest, no one welcomes crows feet willingly. Botoxis another one of our beauty crushes because of its ability to completely rejuvenate and render our skin young again. Botox can help to rid those unwanted wrinkles around your eyes, so that you can laugh and smile again confidently.
The SHAW Center is crushing majorly on ZO Skin Health’s Oraser Nourishing Hand Crème because of its ability to restore hydration and smooth your skin completely.  Not only does it help to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but also it enhances exfoliation to improve rough skin texture. Grab your significant other’s hand, and we bet they won’t want to let go!

Dermaplaning is a simple procedure that works to refresh and revitalize your skin without any pain or downtime. Dermaplaning rids your face of unwanted vellus hair, otherwise known as peach fuzz. It also helps your daily skincare products penetrate easily and into deeper layers of your skin, making them more effective than ever. The SHAW Center’s Spa offers Dermaplaning for those seeking a more flawless complexion without having to endure harsh chemical alternatives. 
How It Works
Using light feathering strokes, our aesthetician will carefully exfoliate the top layer of the skin using a specialized surgical blade or scalpel. This removes dead skin cells, peach fuzz and stimulates new skin development along with collagen. All in all, the procedure takes around 30 minutes, it’s completely pain-free and requires no down time. Immediately after the treatment, your skin will look glowy,  more radiant and hydrated.  
Dermaplaning is the ideal means of exfoliating the skin because of how mild the actual treatment is. It doesn’t require any chemicals, which makes it great for most skin types, even sensitive skin. Although a surgical blade may sound scary, the treatment feels like you are lightly brushing your skin.   This is the ultimate treatment to offer to patients who are pregnant or nursing and desire a deep exfoliation but aren’t allowed to use peeling agents or chemicals on their skin. Additionally, Dermaplaning is relatively inexpensive compared to other professional exfoliation treatments. 
Microdermabrasion Versus Dermaplaning
The SHAW Center offers both Microderm and Dermaplaning to brighten and clear your complexion. Each procedure delivers the same results and is a comfortable way to get a little more out of your usual facial. Microdermabrasion sands and suctions dead skin cells, whereas Dermaplaning is suited for drier skin types because it scrapes off the epidermis layer more gently, without the suction process.
No matter what treatment works best with your skin type, you can expect instant results. Microderm and Dermaplaning both diminish fine lines, fade dark spots and deeply exfoliate skin that’s been subjected to dryness, makeup and environmental factors like sun. Your skin will feel clean, smooth and clear right after the treatment. You will also notice that your foundation goes on smoother, your skin tone is more even and many people report that they break out less frequently and easily.

Here at The SHAW Center, we’re all about professional treatments. Hands down, they are the most effective way to get the skin and body you’ve always wanted.
To keep your results and ensure that they last as long as possible, post-treatment home care is also an important factor. We’ve rounded up our top five favorite skincare products for 2016. From firming to banishing wrinkles, keep these bottles sink side and incorporate them into your daily routine.

This past week, we gave you the opportunity to enter to win any one of these 5 fab products, and we’d like to congratulate Carissa Robin (#5), Nicole Carreo (#4), Patty Dilk (#3), Jacque Ast (#2) and the winner of our (#1) chosen skincare product for 2016, Donna Chasan! We thank all of those who participated, and if you didn’t get chosen this time around, you can still purchase any of these products at the Spa at The SHAW Center. What are you waiting for?

#5: Revision Skincare Intellishade, $56. A nutrient rich, anti-aging tinted moisturizer that’s super hydrating and reduces appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

 #4: Revision Skincare Nectifirm, $73. Say bye bye to that turkey neck because 96% of patients experienced a firmer neck with Nectifirm®. This best-selling neck cream contains plant extracts, antioxidants and unique biotechnological blends that work cohesively to create a smoother, firmer, younger-looking neck.

#3: ZO Medical Retamax, $145. This lightweight, Retinol-packed lotions helps reverse signs of aging by supporting even skin tone, reducing lines and helping speed up your skin’s natural renewal system.

#2: SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Acid, $162. This serum contains a revolutionary antioxidant combination that increases firmness and replenishes lipids to visibly reduce wrinkles for more than 72 hours after use.

#1: SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum, $270. Packed with a powerful, cutting-edge TNS complex, this protein and amino acid-rich serum reduces inflammation and erases signs of aging.

Making new year’s resolutions is one thing…sticking to them is another. Studies show that less than 10 percent of Americans actually achieve the resolutions they set. So what’s your plan to get the skin you’ve always wanted in 2016? We’ve got you covered.  
Microdermabrasion: If you’re looking to treat acne scarring, sun damage age spots, freckles, stretch marks, fine lines, scars and/or rough skin with no downtime, consider microdermabrasion. The exfoliating treatment can be performed on the face, neck, chest, hands, back, elbows and even your feet. Microdermabrasion speeds up the cellular turnover process and helps you gradually improve your skin within just a few treatments.
PicoSure Tattoo Removal: There’s no better time than the new year to say goodbye to your unwanted tattoo. The most advanced laser treatment available, PicoSure targets difficult ink colors including blue and green. It also removes ink more effectively than any other laser and can be used on previously treated tattoos.
Dermapen/Microneedling: An innovative step in non-surgical skin rejuvenation, Dermapen 3 effectively improves skin tone, erases fine lines, diminishes scars and leaves skin glowing with shorter treatments, less recovery time and less pain. If you’re looking to transform your skin but don’t want to go under the knife, this is your go-to for 2016.

Injectables: Another non-surgical skin transformer, Botox and fillers are a great way to achieve your ideal look with no surgery or downtime. So many new formulas and brands out now, your options are endless for lifting and getting rid of stubborn wrinkles.