The Not-so-scary truth behind some avoided spa treatments

At Spruce we consistently hear people saying that they aren’t interested in any type of somewhat invasive treatments, no matter what the results. Pinching? No! Needles? No! So, we thought we would write a piece about some of these more evasive treatments, explain their processes, and why the stinging, swelling and needles are less painful and more worth it than you may think.

Let’s begin from most evasive to the least evasive on the treatment scale. In our opinion, these treatments cause little to no pain. Of course slight pinches, stinging and pulling accompany some of them but, we’ve heard that ‘pain is beauty,’  so let us help you manage it – to achieve your desired outcome.


During a waxing appointment an experienced waxing professional will apply a hot wax to the area which you wish to remove hair from. The wax is then quickly pulled away from the skin, removing any hair along with it. People often believe that this treatment causes discomfort, but there are a number of things you can do, and that we can do for you before and after your appointment to dull any pain:

  • Be well rested and avoid alcohol consumption or caffeinated beverages prior to your wax. Being hung-over, or over stimulated often leads to skin sensitivity
  • Taking pain relief medication such as Advil or Tylenol an hour prior to your appointment
  • Ensure proper hair length (talk to your esthetician about this, as it varies per part of the body)
  • Exfoliate the area prior, after and consistently
  • Monthly visits
  • The use of topical numbing gels
  • The use of proper breathing techniques

So, you are probably asking – why do it? Well, this is one of the most affordable options of hair removal leaving your skin perfectly smooth for a matter of weeks (usually one to three depending on the area and the person’s hair growth). Although the process can cause mild discomfort, keep in mind, it becomes less painful after every session as the hair becomes increasingly less coarse.

Medical Micro-Needling

Medical Micro-Needling is less frightening than it seems. During this treatment a fine-needled device is used to puncture the skin to create a controlled skin injury. Each puncture creates a channel that triggers the body to fill these microscopic wounds by producing new collagen and elastin, causing the cells to regenerate and repair. A doctor preforms this short treatment and although it sounds painful, the fine needles usually only create a small pinching sensation on the face.

How to deal? The doctor administering the procedure will tell you everything you need to know for proper prior and after care. You will be in a comfortable and controlled environment in the hands of one of our experienced doctors. We will work with you to ensure that you use your breathe to help relieve any soreness caused by the procedure.

Ageing skin, people with acne, stretch marks and other signs of scarring benefit greatly from this procedure. The outcome after a couple of sessions is a vast skin improvement – acne, fine lines and scares are no more.

Chemical Peels

Although somewhat evasive, this medical aesthetic treatments is also pain free. One of the oldest cosmetic procedures in the world, chemical peels are amazing in that you can often choose the one that’s right for your skin. In a prior consultation the licensed practitioner will decide on the type of peel that is right for you. During a chemical peel, a chemical solution is applied to the skin causing deep exfoliation and layers of aged and damaged skin to fall off. After a couple of treatments, a chemical peel enhances and smoothes the texture of the skin

Pre-treatment pain management? There is no pain management required for light peels. During a medium peel, you may feel a slight amount of burning and stinging, but cool compresses or hand held fans are often used to reduce any discomfort you may feel. After the procedure your skin may be red, stingy and slightly swollen and you may be recommended to use pain killers for a couple of days.

Chemical peels are an effective treatment for blemishes, wrinkles, and uneven skin pigmentation on the face and neck.  As the outer layers of dead skin flake off, a new layer of skin with improved tone, texture, and colour is revealed. In my opinion, the results are worth a couple of hours of minor irritation.

It is worth considering that all of these simple treatments take place in a safe, comfortable and controlled environment. All of the people preforming the treatments are experienced and professionally trained. All of the treatments being preformed have been around for decades and are proven to be safe, and are known to be effective.  Although these treatments sound painful, we take extra care to make sure they aren’t.


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