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What Is a Spa Treatment?

“Spa treatment” can be an umbrella term for a variety of services. At Skin Science Institute, we run a student spa where you can get professional spa treatments at a discount. At the same time, you help students get the credit hours and experience they need to get their esthetician license. All spa treatments are performed by students under the supervision of licensed esthetician instructors.

What Is a Spa?

While the definition of a spa might vary, all spas have at least one thing in common — water. Originally, spas referred to mineral springs that were believed to have healing properties. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously bathed at a mineral spring spa in Georgia in an effort to help recover from polio.

Whether mineral springs have any healing powers has not been proven, but one thing is for sure — a visit to a spa of most any kind is relaxing and enjoyable. At Skin Science Institute, our student spa provides many rejuvenating and restorative spa treatments for clients.


At our student spa, we offer facials formulated specifically to your skin type and your goals. The ingredients we select for your facial address different needs. Some facials are formulated for exfoliation, to slough off the outermost layer of dead skin cells to reveal the new, glowing skin underneath. This type of facial can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well. We create facials based on your individual goals, and we also offer two types of in-demand, brand-name facials — Ormedic lifts and Signature Face-lifts.

We also can create facials to address dryness, acne, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, redness reduction, uneven skin tone and other issues. Additionally, we offer back facials that help clear pores and rejuvenate skin in this hard-to-reach area.

Choose one of our add-ons for even better results, such as LED blue light for acne and red light for collagen production, microcurrents for tightening skin, and galvanic facials for moisture infusion.

Clinical Treatments

For deeper treatments that produce more dramatic results, we offer chemical peels, microdermabrasion and microneedling. Chemical peels contain acidic ingredients that penetrate deeper than facials. A day or so after the treatment, the top layer of your skin will begin to peel, revealing the soft new skin underneath.

For an instant deep exfoliation, try a microdermabrasion treatment. Our student estheticians use an instrument that gently abrades the top layer of your skin, working to eliminate superficial sun damage, acne marks and other imperfections.

With microneedling, our student estheticians use a tool with tiny needles that pierce the top layer of your skin, which stimulates production of collagen and elastin, helping your skin to look younger, plumper and healthier.

Body Treatments

Of all the spa treatments we offer, our clients say some of the most relaxing are our mud wraps and body wraps. With a mud wrap, our student estheticians coat your skin in warm clay, and with a body wrap, we use a formula of moisturizing lotion and nourishing minerals. After the application of each, we then wrap your body in a cocoon of cotton or plastic, depending on your goals for treatment.

The mud formula is intended to cleanse your skin and draw out impurities, helping to firm it in the process. The body formula hydrates and heals skin and relaxes sore muscles.

Some clients with arthritis or other types of joint aches or pains find wraps particularly soothing. Another of our most relaxing spa treatments is our hot stone therapy. Hot stone treatments penetrate muscles, provide relaxation and increase blood flow.

Many clients also enjoy our sugar and salt scrubs — they describe the exfoliation process as invigorating. After a sugar or salt body scrub, your skin feels soft and smooth and looks brighter and fresher.

Lash Extensions

Our student estheticians can make you feel more beautiful with a lash treatment. Ladies love our lash extensions, in which we affix synthetic lashes to your natural eyelashes to make them thicker and longer. Lash tinting is especially popular with women who have light or red hair and whose lashes tend to seem almost invisible without mascara. Lash perming gives your lashes an upward curl, eliminating the need for a lash curler. All these procedures help you wake up with long, beautiful-looking lashes, without the need for makeup. Shower, sweat, swim — you’ll still look great.

Waxing & Laser Hair Removal

Unwanted hair is easily taken care of with our waxing and laser hair removal treatments. Whether you’re looking for hair removal for your eyebrows, upper lip, underarms, legs or the bikini area, rest assured our treatments will leave your skin soft, smooth and hairless.

For men who prefer a smoother look, we offer back and chest waxing, as well as eyebrows, neck, ears and nose. You don’t have to put up with hair growth anywhere you don’t want it.

Nail Care

Pretty nails can help you feel more beautiful, and that’s why we offer a variety of nail services beyond the standard manicure and pedicure. These involve Credo blade exfoliation for calluses and hardened areas on the feet and paraffin wax treatments to leave your hands and feet soft and supple. We also offer Shellac manicures, a step up from ordinary gel manicures.

Spa Packages

If you want to take advantage of more than one of our spa treatments, we offer spa packages at a discount that combine several of our most popular services.

We hope you’ll take advantage of these discount spa treatments and treat yourself to a spa day at Skin Science Institute’s student spa. Make an appointment today.

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