Avani Nayak

For most of us, work is stressful. But for Avani Nayak, her job actually makes her more relaxed. “We have a beautiful, relaxing atmosphere; and it always smells wonderful in here,” she says of her Avani Day Spa in Frontenac. “And I love seeing the looks on people’s faces when they leave: They’re smiling and have more self-confidence, and they feel relaxed and invigorated.” We asked her about the rough and dirty business of getting the best care for your skin.

Why is your day spa a good fit with your husband’s business?

We’ve been here for three years, since Nayak Plastic Surgery moved to this location in Frontenac. We saw the opportunity to have this wonderful larger space, and thought that having a spa would complement the services we already offered. We specialize in skin care, and most of our patients in both practices really want to take care of their skin. There’s great synergy between the two practices.

What are your tips for getting your skin in its best shape for spring?

Spring is a great time to refresh your skin and get ready for the warmer weather and all the fun social events we have going on. But really, any time of year is a good time to take care of your skin if it’s been neglected. MiXto is a new laser we use—it’s a fractional CO2 laser zaps tiny little zones on your skin. It is really effective for wrinkles and dark spots: If you have neglected your skin and have the effects from last summer (or the last several years) on your face and want clear, smooth skin again, it’s a great treatment that has a short down-time, as opposed to the technology of the past.

What do you recommend for clients who want to prevent skin damage?

First and foremost is sunscreen: It’s really important to use a highly effective sunscreen that is 30 SPF or greater on your face, and reapply during the day. A lot of people don’t realize their sunscreen is going to wear off in four hours, and sooner if they sweat or are rubbing their face; also that it’s an all-year thing, not just in the summer. Ambient light and even the low sunlight that we have all winter can cause brown spots, wrinkles, freckles and dull skin, and those are the things people end up getting treated later.

Beyond sunscreen, people should also keep their skin exfoliated properly. They can do that at home using a glycolic-type product on their skin and using a scrub from time to time; or the easiest way is probably to come in once a month to get a microderm abrasion or a peel from a medical esthetician. If you don’t exfoliate properly, skin care products do not penetrate the outer dry, dead layers of your skin. So if you’re buying these expensive skin-care products but you’re not exfoliating, you’re not getting the benefits of antioxidants and collagen-boosting products.

What treatments do you recommend for fine lines and wrinkles?

Botox is the No. 1 anti-wrinkle treatment because it works; it does exactly what it’s supposed to do. For those deep frown lines and deep lines that can form around the eyes, there’s nothing more effective. For fine lines throughout the face, the MiXto laser I mentioned is very good, especially followed up with a Retin A product used on the skin to boost your own collagen. Some people are going to need a combination of things: You can’t wave one wand and solve all of those problems. You have to take a step-by-step approach.

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