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Men Need Pampering Too!

Posted on: October 31st, 2021 by admin

When it comes to skincare, people tend to think it’s all about the ladies. Well, our team of aestheticians recommend equal skincare services for both men and women! Men need a skincare routine just as much as women do, and they definitely will want to amp up their routine when prepping for a big day like their wedding. We’ve rounded up our favorite tips here to prepare for a special event!

Facials. Men should be getting facials, like women, every four to six weeks to prevent aging and unclog any clogged pores. This is especially true prior to an event like a wedding. Facials deliver an instant glow to the skin and make you look extra ready for a day filled with photos and seeing friends and family.

Peels. Peels are a classic treatment that yields great results. Chemical peels are an alternative to microdermabrasion treatments; they exfoliate dead skin cells and promote blood circulation to the face by chemically removing dead skin, debris, and sebum. These treatments are a great way to freshen up the skin and rejuvenate before a wedding day.

LED light treatments. LED treatments can be used to reduce redness and swelling, or as an anti-aging service. Blue lights may be used to clear acne, while red and amber lights can be used for collagen stimulation and skin rejuvenation. These treatments can be done on their own, but make a great add-on to any facial service.

Eyebrow and facial waxing. Men can get their eyebrows waxed and tinted just like the ladies. We recommend getting your brows done about 3-5 days prior to your big day, so any redness has time to subside. We are proud to offer facial waxing services at our Medi Spa.

Spray Tans. We don’t recommend tanning beds as they harm the skin by UVA and UVB rays. Instead, we recommend getting a spray tan if you desire to be bronzed for your wedding day.

To learn more about services we offer or to schedule a skincare appointment, please visit or call our office at 732-451-4544.

Skincare Tips for Men

Posted on: June 1st, 2021 by admin

June is Men’s Health Month and skincare is just as important for men as it is for women. The skin is the largest organ in our bodies and even though historically women are more interested in skincare services and products, it is important for men to prioritize their skincare as well. Our aesthetician Rose has rounded up her top skincare tips below that can help men get their best skin yet.

Ditch the soap and use cleanser.  Most men do not have a dedicated cleanser or face wash. Because it disrupts your skin’s PH level, using bar soap on your face can cause dryness and dehydration. Picking up a mild cleanser at the store can work wonders.

Use serum after shaving. Shaving is rough on the face and it’s important to hydrate afterwards with a serum such as a hyaluronic acid serum. Moisturizer does the trick, but we suggest kicking it up a notch with a hydrating serum.

Moisturize and protect. We recommend using a daily SPF of 15 or higher as part of your daily skincare routine. Even when it’s not sunny out, the sun’s harmful rays can cause damage to the skin.

Try electric razors. If you are prone to ingrown hairs or get irritated after shaving, try electric razors, as they are easier on the skin.

Eat healthy and stay hydrated. Men and women both need to drink a lot of water, eat healthy and exercise in order for skin to look and feel its best!

Get a facial when you want to treat yourself. Men can greatly benefit from getting facials. Even if you have a beard or facial hair, you can still have a facial service. Self-care is important for everyone!


Simple Skincare Routine for Men:

  1. Cleanse (2 times a day, morning and night)
  2. Exfoliate (1-2x week with a facial scrub)
  3. Moisturize with SPF

We are happy to recommend products or services at our Sycamore Medi spa. Give us a call at 732-443-0089 to make an appointment for a skincare consultation!



How to Keep Your Skin Healthy All Winter Long

Posted on: December 1st, 2020 by admin

How to Keep Your Skin Healthy All Winter Long


The winter months bring many changes, cold weather with less moisture, stress of the holidays, and changes to our skin! Many people are not aware that they should be changing up their skincare routine in order to combat dryness and keep skin looking supple. Our experienced aestheticians at Sycamore Medi Spa can make recommendations that work best for your skin type during a virtual or in-person consultation.


10 Tips for Winter Skincare


  1. Change your moisturizer as needed. Our aesthetician Donna says, “Seasonal changes can disrupt the skin’s moisture barrier.  Colder weather comes with lower humidity levels, resulting in dry air that draws moisture away from the skin. Skin Better Science’s TRIO moisturizer is one of my favorite products that will help bring moisture back into a compromised skin barrier.  Further resulting in healthier looking supple hydrated skin.” Switching to a richer moisturizer can be beneficial for many during the winter months.


  1. Stay Hydrated. Your skin’s appearance can be impacted by moisturizer but also depends on hydration from how much water you drink! If you notice your skin is becoming drier, it’s a great idea to up your water intake daily.


  1. Add a night cream or serum. If your current products aren’t cutting it, try adding a night cream into your routine if you don’t have one already. We also recommend implementing a hyaluronic acid serum. Hyaluronic acid hydrates and plumps skin while also reducing the appearance of wrinkles.


  1. Don’t forget your SPF. Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean you can forego sunscreen! If you are going for walks outdoors or going skiing, it’s imperative that you put on SPF, as the sun’s rays are still harmful in winter months.


  1. Exfoliate. Exfoliating is important all year long but can be especially beneficial in the winter months to remove dry, dead skin cells. This will assist your skin’s ability to regenerate new skin cells.


  1. Protect your skin from the elements. If you head out in harsh winter weather, make sure you are covered as much as possible. Wear a chap stick or lip balm with SPF in it to prevent dry, cracked lips.


  1. Treat yourself to regular facials. Facials such as the SaltFacial or Hydrafacial are excellent options during the winter months. The SaltFacial is a great way to exfoliate the skin and the Hydrafacial utilizes a special serum that is very moisturizing. Your aesthetician will recommend the best option for you at your Medi Spa appointment.


  1. Invest in a humidifier. If you find your room feels too dry, try out a humidifier and see if it makes a difference in your skin!


  1. Limit your shower time. Of course, everyone loves a hot shower or bath on a cold winter day, but the hot water from your shower could be severely drying out your skin. Try to limit your shower time if possible.


  1. Choose your cleanser carefully. Some cleansers can be abrasive and strip healthy oils and needed moisture from the skin. What works for you well during the summer months may not be the best choice for the winter. Be sure to consult your aesthetician who will provide specific recommendations for your skin type.


To make an appointment with one of our aestheticians, please visit or call us at  732-451-4544.



Healthy Skin Month

Posted on: October 31st, 2020 by admin

Did you know that November is Healthy Skin Month? Your skin is your body’s largest organ and it is so important to take good care of it. Here at the Plastic Surgery Center and Sycamore Medi Spa, our physicians and aestheticians are passionate about skin health and educating patients about this topic.

Here are some tips and tricks to help you live your healthiest skin life!

  • Protect your skin from the sun. This one may seem obvious, but we can’t stress it enough. It’s vital to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays and incorporate a sunscreen into your daily skincare routine.
  • Drink plenty of water. Hydrated skin is healthy skin! When you are dehydrated, your skin looks duller and your lines and wrinkles may appear deeper. Drinking at least eight glasses of water a day will improve elasticity and keep your skin looking plump.
  • Check your skin frequently. Take notice and become familiar with your spots and freckles to prevent skin cancer. Was that beauty mark smaller before? If there are any indications of changing or growing moles, it is time to see a dermatologist. We recommend going for annual body scans with a board-certified dermatologist as a best practice.
  • Use a cleanser and moisturizer that work best for your skin type. It’s important to choose a cleanser and moisturizer that work for your specific skin type. If you’re unsure of your skin type, we recommend visiting an aesthetician like those at our Sycamore Medi Spa, who offer skincare consultations. They will be able to give you recommendations and suggest facials and products that will be well suited to your skin.
  • Exfoliate! Exfoliating 1-2 times per week is a great way to resurface the skin and minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines. A physical scrub works to remove dead skin cells and smooths the skin’s surface.
  • Adjust your skincare according to the season. The changing seasons may bring changes to your skin! For example, you likely will need a heavier moisturizer in the winter months when your skin tends to be dryer. “Seasonal changes can disrupt the skin’s moisture barrier. Colder weather comes with lower humidity levels that result in dry air that draws moisture away from the skin.”

Says Donna Battisti, our lead aesthetician, “My favorite winter treatment is the SaltFacial, which will exfoliate with natural sea salt for healthier, brighter, hydrated skin! Sea salt hydrates and nurtures your skin at a cellular level with no down time. Your skin will look refreshed, hydrated, and softer immediately after treatment!”

For more information about our skincare services or to book an appointment, visit our Sycamore Medi Spa website, or give us a call at 732-640-5215.


The Sycamore Medi Spa has the Secret for Bold, Luscious Lashes!

Posted on: December 27th, 2019 by admin

Are you ready to say goodbye to your lash curler for good?

Sycamore Medi Spa has introduced the Lash Lift to their aesthetic services. The semi-permanent treatment dramatically defines and lifts your upper lashes for a full and luscious look just in time for the holiday season.

 At Sycamore Medi Spa, our licensed aesthetician can determine which lash size works best with your eye shape and natural lashes. Once a size is selected, your natural lashes are curled over and attached to a gentle, adhesive silicone shield to set the lashes. A lifting lotion is then applied to mold your lashes around the curling rod, followed by a setting lotion to set the shape.

lash lift


For a more defined look, you may choose to add a lash tint to your session to temporarily darken your lashes (another popular service at the Sycamore Medi Spa). During a lash tint, a semi-permanent dye is gently combed over your lashes to achieve a dramatic, eye-popping result.

lash lift


 Here are 4 things you should know about a lash lift procedure:

  1. A lash lift is a semi-permanent treatment, enhancing your natural lashes with a long-lasting curling effect.
  2. A lash lift treatment takes about an hour.
  3. Results may vary but a lash lift can last up to 6-8 weeks.
  4. You should avoid mascara, getting them wet, steam, any form of moisture or humidity, as well as eye makeup for the first 24 hours after receiving a lash lift procedure.

If you wish to schedule a lash lift and lash tint at the Sycamore Medi Spa, please contact us directly at (732) 355-3779.

lash lift before and after

The SaltFacial Restores, Replenishes and Rejuvenates your Skin!

Posted on: December 27th, 2019 by admin

The Healing Power of Sea Salt

Sea salt has many amazing benefits. It keeps you hydrated, can improve digestion and may even help regulate your blood pressure. When it comes to your skin, sea salt has been acclaimed for its natural healing properties. In fact, sea salt is proven beneficial in the treatment of acne, psoriasis, eczema, and anti-aging. Additionally, it is safe and effective for all skin types and is considered a safe spa treatment for moms-to-be!

The SaltFacial™ Skin Renewal Therapy uses natural sea salt to help you achieve healthy, beautiful skin instantly! It is the new, non-invasive way to smoothen, tighten and draw out impurities for soft and supple-looking skin. It can be used to help treat skin conditions such as:

  • Uneven skin tone
  • Fine lines
  • Sun damage
  • Age spots
  • Pigmentation
  • Acne
  • Wrinkles
  • Stretch marks
  • Enlarged pores

Achieve healthy, beautiful skin in 3 easy steps

Step 1: Restore your skin with a sea salt exfoliation. A hand-piece device is used to gently exfoliate and prep your skin before the application of topical formulations.Restore your skin with a sea salt exfoliation

Step 2: Replenish your skin with an aesthetic ultrasound. The SaltFacial aesthetic ultrasound device was designed specifically for aesthetic/medical procedures. The unique technology safely and effectively delivers enriching and hydrating topical formulations into the skin, while promoting blood circulation, to help speed up the healing process. It also increases 02 production for healthier looking skin.SaltFacial aesthetic ultrasound device

Step 3: Rejuvenate your skin with LED phototherapy. Did you know that your skin cells regenerate much faster under certain LED wavelengths? The SaltFacial™ LED phototherapy features 4 different wavelength options, which naturally helps treat acne, diminish redness, promote collagen production and improve the overall appearance of pigmented and vascular lesions.

Rejuvenate your skin with LED phototherapy

Discover the healing power of the SaltFacial™ Skin Renewal Therapy at the Sycamore Medi Spa in Shrewsbury, NJ. If you wish to schedule a facial at the Sycamore Medi Spa, please contact us directly at (732) 355-3779.

Gift Yourself a Hydrafacial for the Holidays

Posted on: November 4th, 2019 by admin

There is one facial that seems to have taken the beauty and skincare world by storm, it’s called Hydrafacial and it is trending on the Internet right now. It is so popular among clients, in fact, that one is performed every 15 seconds around the world. Using patented, state-of-the-art technology, the non-invasive facial deeply cleanses, exfoliates, extracts and hydrates your skin leaving an instant glow, just in time for your next holiday gathering.

Before the hustle and bustle of the season gets underway, how about treating yourself to a rejuvenating Hydrafacial MD at the Sycamore Medi Spa? To help you prepare for the season, the Sycamore Medi Spa is offering an exclusive spa deal in Shrewsbury, NJ.

The Hydrafacial offer is valid now through November 30, 2019. Take advantage of the exclusive Hydrafacial promotion in Monmouth County, NJ:

  • Purchase any single treatment (see details below) and receive a free Skin Better Science Hydration Boosting Cream FREE ($80 value)
  • Purchase any package (see details below) and receive a free Skin Better Science Hydration Boosting Cream FREE ($80 value) PLUS a FREE lip or eye perk ($50 value)

*One-time use only, cannot be redeemed for cash, cannot be combined with any other promotional offer.

Signature Hydrafacial

The 45-minute Signature Hydrafacial deeply cleans, exfoliates, extracts and hydrates the skin using super serums containing antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid.

Clarifying Hydrafacial

The 60-minute Clarifying Hydrafacial includes the essentials of the Signature Hydrafacial while targeting specific skin concerns with a booster of the aesthetician’s choice. This treatment includes extended extractions and Blue LED Light Therapy.

Deluxe Hydrafacial

The 60-minute Deluxe Hydrafacial includes the essentials of the Signature Hydrafacial while addressing specific skin concerns with a booster of the aesthetician’s choice. This treatment includes an LED Light Therapy to further reduce visible signs of aging.

Platinum Hydrafacial

The 90-minute Platinum Hydrafacial begins with the detoxification process of Lymphatic Drainage, followed by a Signature Hydrafacial to deeply clean, exfoliate, extract and hydrate the skin while addressing your specific skin concerns with a booster of the aesthetician’s choice. This treatment includes an LED Light Therapy to reduce visible signs of aging.

Lymphatic Hydrafacial 

The 45-minute Lymphatic Hydrafacial begins with a lymphatic massaging of the face, followed by a Signature Hydrafacial to deeply clean, exfoliate, extract and hydrate the skin using super serums with antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid.

Offer valid until November 30, 2019, while supplies last. Restrictions apply. Click here for pricing.

How often should you get a facial? It is recommended that you book a facial every three to four weeks, as it takes this long for complete exfoliation and skin cell re-growth. Schedule your appointment today by contacting us directly at 732-355-3779.

Click here to learn more about the Hydrafacial, as well as the other aesthetic services that we offer at the Sycamore Medi Spa.




Posted on: September 1st, 2019 by admin

Hydro-Q is a prescription strength, skin brightening formula that gradually and effectively fades skin discoloration and hyperpigmentation. The active ingredient is hydroquinone, considered the “gold standard” among dermatologists for treating hyperpigmentation disorders.

Hyperpigmentation is a common condition in which areas of the skin turn darker in color than the surrounding skin. Typically seen in middle-aged or elderly individuals, hyperpigmentation is the result of exposure to certain medications, ultraviolet light or the presence of conditions, such as melasma, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or solar lentigines.

This cosmetically elegant water-based gel is sold exclusively by medical providers and dermatologists. To learn more about Hydro-Q, contact us directly at 732-355-3779.

The Importance of Sunscreen

Posted on: June 30th, 2019 by admin

There’s a saying, “aging is mandatory, but looking your age is not.”  If you believe in this philosophy, then you can consider sunscreen to be something straight from the fountain of youth. However, even if anti-aging doesn’t come close to your top priority, sunscreen should still be a mandatory staple in your daily routine.

But why is it so important to wear sunscreen? Why do we have to reapply, and what’s wrong with just using the SPF in your moisturizer or makeup?

Before you sacrifice the SPF this season in favor of a tan, you should be informed of the potential damage you’d be vulnerable to.

sun damaged skin

Photo from New England Journal of Medicine, released 2012

In 2012, this photo became iconic in the skincare and medical communities. The depicted man was 69 years old at the time the photo was taken. He had been a truck driver of 28 years, and the photo showcases the severe UV damage on the side of his face facing the driver’s window.

The sun is the number one cause of visible signs of aging because UVA rays (also referred to as aging rays) damage collagen and elastin on the cellular level. UVB rays are equally damaging, as they are known as the burning rays that cause sunburn.  These rays affect your body in different ways, making it especially important to select a “Broad Spectrum” sunscreen that protects against both forms of UV rays.

Some people neglect to put on sunscreen because growing up, sunscreen was sticky, had a weird smell, left a white cast, wasn’t great to rub into the skin, caused breakouts and felt greasy…The list could go on and on. It’s no wonder that some people are hesitant to reintroduce sunscreen into  their routine today.

The good news is that sunscreen has come a long way over the past decade, improving on all of the concerns consumers previously had. Now, depending on the brand, you can find a sunscreen that’s lightweight, invisible, noncomedogenic (won’t clog pores), hypoallergenic, gluten free, paraben free, and fragrance free! They come in lotions, sprays, even clear sticks that can be reapplied invisibly over your makeup. The excuses to not wear sunscreen are a thing of the past.

If you are one of the many that does not apply sunscreen simply because your makeup has SPF in it, you should know that the coverage, even if it has a high SPF, is not enough for protecting your skin. Studies have found that you’d have to apply around 7x the amount of makeup for enough coverage to truly protect your skin. If that resonates to you, you can even take baby steps towards the transition to more SPF; A BB or CC cream with SPF in it has been noted as a better option because they are products that are meant to reapplied at least once during the day.

Reapplying is one of the key components that, next to skipping the sunscreen completely, tends to fall through the cracks for most people. SPF, which stands for Sun Protection Factor, measures the amount of time you are protected with that product. For instance, if you have a sunscreen with an SPF 30+, it means you are protected from UV rays for roughly 30 minutes. The Sun Protection Factor means nothing though if you are not choosing the correct formulation of sunscreen for your lifestyle.

Luckily, there are only two different ‘types’ of sunscreen to choose from: physical and chemical. A physical sunscreen, sometimes referred to as a mineral sunscreen, contains active ingredients such as Zinc Oxide and/or Titanium Dioxide that reflect the sun’s rays. In reflecting UV rays away from your body, physical sunscreens prevent them from being absorbed into the skin and causing damage.

On the other hand, chemical sunscreens contain ingredients that absorb UV rays,  converting them through a chemical reaction –hence the name– into heat. The heat that is produced leaves your body along with the potential threat from the sun.

When deciding on which formulation is right for you, there are a few other factors to consider. For instance, those with sensitive skin generally prefer a physical sunscreen because it tends to be gentle. If you’ve ever felt a tingling (or even a mild burning) sensation from your sunscreen, you may be using chemical over physical and should consider making the switch.

Lifestyle should also play a role in the decision process of choosing the best sunscreen. If you are active and sweat frequently, or go into the pool/ocean, you’ll need a chemical sunscreen. This is because chemical sunscreens are available in waterproof formulations, whereas physical sunscreens will wash off and leave you unprotected.

Although formula is important for your personal preferences, it is widely agreed that the formulation of a sunscreen is not nearly as important as the SPF. So, if you are wearing at least a broad spectrum SPF30 daily, you are already off to a great start. Either way, be sure to remove your SPF at night with an oil-based cleanser, as it is necessary to remove the ingredients from sunscreen. If you suffer from breakouts and suspect it’s from your sunscreen, it is possible you aren’t removing it properly. If you have oily skin and do not want to use an oil cleanser, just remember that you can do a double cleanse (oil cleanser first, foam cleanser second) to remove any residue.

With all the potential damage the sun can cause, from sunburn and dark spots to skin cancer, sunscreen should be a staple in your routine. Your skin is your largest organ and should be treated with the same care you would give your heart, your liver, your kidneys, etc. You only get one self so it’s important to keep it all healthy. Wearing SPF 30+ chemical or physical sunscreen and reapplying as recommended is the easiest method of self-care you’ll thank yourself for in the future.

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