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How Does LED Light Therapy Work?

How Does LED Light Therapy Work?

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LED light therapy treatments have been popping up more and more over the last few years with the hopes of combating acne and signs of aging. You’ve probably seen the trend of the futuristic LED masks and handheld devices among celebrities and influencers on social media. So how exactly can this light help your skin? 

What is LED therapy and what are the benefits?

A light-emitting diode (LED) is a special kind of light bulb that only gives off light at a certain wavelength or color. Much like the light from the sun, these light waves can penetrate deep into the skin to trigger reactions in the cells. Different colored lights produce different reactions. In your typical at-home light therapy kit, you’ll find red and blue light working together to kill bacteria and speed up the skin’s natural healing process by stimulating collagen production. In many medical spa offices, you’ll find white light treatments that work even harder to penetrate deeper to tighten skin and reduce inflammation. 

Benefits of LED light therapy:

  • Reduces signs of aging
  • Brightens up dark spots
  • Kills acne-causing bacteria
  • Reduces the appearance of breakouts
  • Reduces appearance of acne scars

What you can expect

Noninvasive LED light therapy treatments typically last about 20 minutes and patients describe the procedure as relaxing. The LED light may feel warm on the face but it won’t cause any burns to the skin.

Are there any risks involved?

Penetrating your face with LED beams may sound unhealthy, but we can assure you it’s safe. LEDs do not contain ultraviolet rays so they’re safe for regular use. Additionally, these lights do not cause burns and is safe for all skin colors and types. However, if you’re taking Accutane for acne or you’re experiencing skin rashes, you should not use LED light therapy.

This month, ANU Medical Spa in New Jersey is offering LED Light Therapy with Skinceuticals Sensitive Peel for $99! Don’t wait, book your appointment today!

Wrinkle Repair with Pelleve at a New Jersey Medical Spa

Wrinkle Repair with Pelleve at a New Jersey Medical Spa

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As we get older, wrinkles inevitably become more and more prominent around the eyes, neck, and jowl area. If you could add up the amount of money you’ve spent over the years on anti-wrinkle and anti-aging creams, serums, and lotions, would it be a number you’d be comfortable admitting? No judgement here! So many of our clients are tired of wrinkles and fine lines and want a more long-term solution. The answer we give them is Pelleve at our New Jersey medical spa.

Pelleve is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that uses radio waves of heat to target the deep layers of the skin without any damage to the top layer. This heat stimulates your skin, causing it to contract and tighten. Following treatment, the skin begins to produce new collagen, which improves skin firmness.

Pelleve can be used on:

  • Smile lines
  • Mouth wrinkles
  • Lines between the eyebrows
  • Forehead lines
  • Loose skin around the eye
  • Crow’s feet 

What the Pelleve treatment is like

The Pelleve treatment is virtually painless and has even been described as pleasurable because it feels like a warm facial massage. Pelleve doesn’t require anesthesia or skin cooling. A conductive gel is placed on the area that is getting treated. Then, the Pelleve handpiece is applied to your skin.

The best part is there is little to no recovery time! You’re able to wear makeup and resume your normal activities after your treatment. However, you will be advised to wear SPF 30 after the treatment to prevent photodamage and preserve the results.

How Pelleve is different from other skin treatments

You’ll start to see results after just one treatment of Pelleve at a New Jersey medical spa, but that’s just the beginning. After the treatment is over, it continues to work for weeks and months as new collagen is produced. Over time, your skin will gradually tighten and grow smoother with results for up to six months.

Ready to see your wrinkles disappear? This month ANU Medical Spa in Voorhees, N.J. is offering the Pelleve full face treatment for $200 off! Schedule a Pelleve consultation with one of our experienced aestheticians today

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Skin Care Tips for Traveling This Summer

Skin Care Tips for Traveling This Summer

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Summer is a great time for traveling, but maybe not the best for your skin care routine. Your daily routine could take a hit from the travel-sized restrictions or the changes in your diet and environment. For your vacation, try out these summer skin care tips!

Summer Skin Care Tips for Traveling

 

Choose your most important products if you’re crunched for space.

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If you’re traveling by plane, chances are you’ll have to pick and choose the products to bring with you. Decide what products are the most important for your routine. Two things you absolutely should not leave behind: a cleanser and a moisturizer.

 

Stay hydrated – inside and out.

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Once you’re 30,000 feet up, the air is going to be dry and your skin will not be happy about it. Be sure before your flight to properly moisturize and bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated throughout the flight!

 

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Wherever you’re headed, sunscreen is a must. On a plane, you’re 30,000 feet closer to sun, so applying sunscreen to any exposed area couldn’t hurt. You can kill two birds with one stone when you use a face moisturizer that contains SPF!  If you’re going somewhere tropical, you’re going to need a lot of sunscreen – much more than you can fit in a travel-sized container. We recommend buying your sunscreen at your destination or shipping it to yourself beforehand, so it’s there waiting for you. For more on protecting your skin, check out our tips for skin protection all summer long.

 

Reusable containers

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Travel-sized reusable containers are awesome for cleansers and basic moisturizers. But other products may not take too well to being transferred to a new container. Beneficial ingredients in many products may begin to degrade with exposure to oxygen, so transferring them can decrease the effectiveness. If it’s not small enough to get on a plane, it might be best just to leave it at home.

 

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For long hours of travel, you’ll be happy you brought some cleansing wipes. During a layover, it’s not always convenient to wash your face in the airport bathroom. Face wipes are an easy and quick way to refresh your face and get rid of dirt and oil. Don’t forget to apply some moisturizer afterward!

 

Too much makeup may cause more harm than help

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With the exhaustion and stress of traveling comes breakouts and a full face of makeup – while it might cover up imperfections – isn’t going to help. It’s just a recipe for acne. Go bare to keep your skin looking clear and fresh. 

Wherever you’re going, take these summer skin care tips with you! The best way to prevent breakouts and ensure beautiful skin all vacation-long is to be prepared. You can start your vacation off right with a facial from ANU Medical Spa. See what we have to offer and book an appointment today!

Tips for Protecting Your Skin All Summer Long

Tips for Protecting Your Skin All Summer Long

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Summer is finally here! You can pack away your sweaters and jackets and take out your sundresses and bathing suits. While we’re all itching to get out into the summer sun, it’s important to remember the consequences that long periods in the sun can have on your skin. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S., and it can start from excessive sun exposure. Luckily, there are ways of protecting your skin that still let you enjoy time in the sun. Even better, if your skin is already sun damaged, there are treatments for reversing it at South Jersey spas like ANU Medical Spa.

Sunscreen

Sunscreen is probably the most important thing you should remember this summer. You may be already protecting your face without even knowing it! Many moisturizers out there contain SPF. Check your moisturizer and make sure it has at least SPF 15. When looking for the best sunscreen, it’s a good idea to go with a higher SPF (15 or higher) and be sure it is water-resistant and provides broad-spectrum protection. Your sunscreen will work best when you apply it 15 to 30 minutes before going out in the sun! If you’re swimming, sweating, or spending a long time outdoors, reapply sunscreen every two hours on your face and entire body. A good rule of thumb: you should be putting on enough sunscreen that it takes a full minute to rub in.

Sun hats and umbrellas

Any extra protective clothing is good in the sun, but let’s start with just a hat. Unless you have a shaved head, it’s difficult to put sunscreen on your scalp. A wide-brimmed sun hat will protect your head and ears from harmful rays (and look really cute). 

On the beach, don’t forget your umbrella! Hours and hours spent in the direct sunlight is dangerous for your skin and exhausting. Take a break from the sun under your umbrella to cool off, rehydrate, and reapply sunscreen before going back into the sun.

Lip balm

The lips are commonly overlooked in the sunscreen procedure, but it’s a common site for skin and lip cancer because of the extended sun exposure. To protect your lips all summer, you can put sunscreen directly on the lips or look for lip-specific products that have SPF 15 or higher. You should apply lip products just as often as you reapply sunscreen (every two hours).

Sunglasses

Just like your skin, prolonged sun exposure can redden the whites of your eyes, which overtime could cause eye problems. When it comes to sunglasses, bigger is better. More coverage of the eye means less intensity of light to reach the back part of the eye. When looking for a good pair of sunglasses, make sure they have UV 400 protection.

Microneedling for reversing sun damage

If you’re already noticing sun damage, it might be a good idea to try a microneedling treatment to reverse the damage. Microneedling at a South Jersey spa uses surgical steel microneedles to penetrate the skin. This process kickstarts the body’s wound healing response and increases collagen production to eliminate dark spots, uneven pigmentation, and other types of sun damage. Learn more about microneedling in our blog.

The summer fun doesn’t have to stop because of sun damage, but make sure you’re taking these preventative measures so your skin can stay healthy and look younger for longer! This month at ANU, we are offering a variety of discounted skin care treatments to keep your skin healthy and beautiful. Check out our monthly specials to see what you can save on.

Skin Care Tricks: Surprising Uses for Botox

Skin Care Tricks: Surprising Uses for Botox

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When you think of Botox, you probably think of its most common use – getting rid of wrinkles and signs of aging. What you may not know is there are other uses for Botox that treat a number of conditions.

6 surprising uses for Botox

Chronic migraines

Botox has been FDA approved for chronic migraines since 2010. Back in 1992, it was discovered that patients receiving Botox reported fewer headaches. It was then tested on those with chronic migraines and approved for use. Some experts are still unsure whether it’s truly effective or if it’s a placebo effect. Either way, patients are experiencing fewer migraines! For migraine prevention, patients typically receive 31 injections in different spots on the head and neck, which lasts up to three months.

Excessive sweating

Also known as hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating is a common condition that can cause frustration and distress. Areas like the armpits, palms, soles, and scalp can be treated with Botox injections. Some studies show that Botox decreases sweating in the injected areas by up to 87 percent, and in the hands, it’s been up to 90 percent effective. Yes, sweating is necessary for our health, but repeated treatments of Botox have been shown to be safe and it’s FDA approved!

Overactive bladder

Many doctors have found Botox is an impactful treatment for overactive bladder in women. In a study, 70 percent of women reported about three leaks a day compared to five at the beginning of the study. For the treatment, Botox is injected into the bladder muscle to target the source of the overactive bladder. It reduces leakage, treats the strong need to urinate, and reduces the number of trips to the bathroom.

Crossed-eyes

This was one of the first conditions Botox was approved for. Crossed eyes, also known as strabismus, can be a congenital issue or can occur from trauma. While there are other methods to correct crossed eyes, such as surgery, some choose Botox treatments first to relax the muscle and see how the uncrossed eye will look. Botox can be used as a longer term solution as well.

Muscle spasms

Whether you have severe spasms in the neck or even in your eyelids, Botox can be used as a blockade to block how the nerves communicate with the muscles. This method is FDA approved and is useful to doctors when muscles are spasming.

Acne

While it’s not the most popular or effective treatment for acne, studies have shown that Botox used on acne lesions can lessen oil production and lead to less acne. In a study, 85 percent of patients who were injected with a single dose of Botox saw a decrease in pore size and oil. Botox is not a permanent solution to acne but may help get severe cases under control.

The effects of Botox on the conditions listed above can vary from person-to-person. If you’re considering Botox as a treatment, it’s important to talk to your doctor about possible side effects. Typically, Botox will last three to four months. For getting rid of wrinkles at ANU, the skin care professionals in New Jersey are offering discounts on Botox units this month!

Reducing Wrinkles with Ultherapy

Reducing Wrinkles with Ultherapy

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When we get to a certain age, we start to notice our little imperfections. Fine lines around the mouth and sagging skin are just a couple examples of what we see when we look in the mirror every morning. Luckily, these things can be fixed! Ultherapy, offered here at ANU Medical Spa in New Jersey, could be the answer to your wrinkled features.

What is Ultherapy

Ultherapy is the only FDA-approved procedure of its kind to lift and tighten skin in the hard-to-treat areas of the brow, neck, chin, and décolletage without surgery! It’s basically a nonsurgical alternative to a facelift. Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy to stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin in your skin. For over 50 years, ultrasound has been safely used in the field of medicine. The treatment incorporates this traditional ultrasound imaging, allowing for clear visibility of the tissue layers being treated. Going beyond the skin’s surface, Ultherapy® administers the correct amount of ultrasound energy at the appropriate temperature. The ultrasonic energy from the procedure causes a natural reaction in the skin, which kick starts the regeneration of new collagen. Bye bye wrinkles!

Misconceptions about Ultherapy

With a quick search on Google, you might find some bad reviews about ultherapy. That it hurts or doesn’t work. In any case, the doctor administering your Ultherapy should be aware of your pain tolerance and be able to adjust the depth levels to one that you are comfortable with. As for the treatment not working, it takes time for new collagen to appear. Most of the time results will not be seen for about two or three months. When looking for a doctor or medical spa in New Jersey for Ultherapy treatments, it’s important to do your research and make sure that you’re getting the official Ultherapy treatment and not someone’s generic brand twin. At ANU, you can be sure that you’re getting the real Ultherapy treatment from experienced physicians.

Areas treated with Ultherapy

  • Eye: if you have hooded skin over your eyelids, Ultherapy can lift and tighten that! In just 60 to 90 minutes, you’ll be on your way to youthful looking eyes.
  • Neck and Chin: jowls, a double chin, and turkey neck might be bothering you in the mirror, but they’re no match for Ultherapy.
  • Decolletage (chest area): This area should only take 30 minutes to complete. So many people moisturize their faces but neglect their necks and chests! As you age, your face and neck area may start looking like they’re from two different people!

Reviews of Ultherapy

Tired of sagging skin around your eyes, chin, and chest? Take advantage of our monthly specials for ultherapy in New Jersey! See the offers:

Why Laser Hair Reduction is Worth it

Why Laser Hair Reduction is Worth it

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Summer is coming up quickly. That means it’s time to shed that hairy winter coat you may have kept on your armpits, bikini area, and legs throughout the chilly months! If the time and pain of shaving or waxing is more than you can bear for another season, why not try something different? More and more women are turning to laser hair reduction in New Jersey with each passing year. Lasers may sound intimidating and expensive, but we’ve done the math to show you that laser hair reduction is worth it!

The average time and money spent

The cost and time spent shaving or waxing may seem minimal on a use-to-use basis, but over time, it can add up! Over the course of a lifetime, the average woman will spend over 50 days removing hair from her body and just over $10,000 on shaving equipment. For waxing, women will spend an average of $23,000 on hair removal! According to an American Laser Center study, women can save $7,000 by receiving laser hair removal on the areas they typically shave and $20,000 by receiving the treatment on areas they usually wax.

The benefits don’t stop at the money saved. Laser hair removal also helps conserve water. The same study reported that 52 percent of women shave with the water running the entire time and shave for about 11 minutes, 12 times per month with the average shower using five gallons of water per minute. This equates to a total of 420,652 gallons of water being used to shave in a lifetime. Whether you’re looking to save the planet or your water bill (or both), laser hair reduction is a perfect option.

Laser hair cost per area

Each area differs in price for laser hair reduction. At ANU Medical Spa, we treat a variety of areas on the body, and this month, we’re offering 50 percent off all areas!

  • Bikini area – $300 per treatment
  • Brazilian bikini – $400 per treatment
  • Chin – $200 per treatment
  • Lip – $200 per treatment
  • Underarm – $200 per treatment
  • Full back, chest, full leg – price by consultation

Real women who had laser hair reduction done

The upfront cost of laser hair reduction may be larger than the price of a razor and shaving cream, but post-treatment waking up each day with silky, smooth skin and having to do nothing for it is priceless. We promise you’ll never want to go back to the razor! Get 50% off laser hair reduction at New Jersey’s ANU Medical spa! Learn more here.

The Secret to Younger-looking Skin for Women Over 40

The Secret to Younger-looking Skin for Women Over 40

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For women over 40, fine lines, wrinkles, and other skin imperfections are a constant struggle. You’re not alone in wanting to achieve younger-looking skin! Most of the skin concerns we hear about are wrinkles, age spots, dark spots, loose skin, and scarring. Anti-aging creams and other topical products are great for day-to-day prevention, but what about the long term? Our number one suggestion is microneedling. In New Jersey, ANU Medical Spa offers microneedling treatments that can help women look and feel younger.

What is microneedling?

Microneedling uses a sterile Dermapen needle cartridge to penetrate the upper and lower layers of the skin. This process causes controlled microscopic wounds to kickstart the body’s own wound healing response, which increases your body’s production of collagen. Collagen-loss is the main reason for signs of aging in the face, which is why microneedling can help!

What microneedling does for your skin

  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduces dark spots
  • Repairs visible scars
  • Reverses sun damage and pigmentation
  • Shrinks pores
  • Keeps skin tight
  • Allows your topical products to penetrate the skin more efficiently
  • Reduces visible stretch marks

At-home treatments vs at a medical spa

The at-home microneedling gadgets you can buy online will not offer the same strength of treatment as a medical spa or salon. You’ll see some results, but they will not be as prominent or as long term. With at-home treatments, you also run the risk of not doing it right and irritating the skin. Additionally, if you have inflamed rosacea or acne, it’s best not to go with the DIY method. A trained skin care professional will be able to create a personalized treatment plan to ensure the best results for you.

Good things come to those who wait

Unfortunately, the effects of a microneedling treatment will not be noticeable immediately. We suggest our clients to receive three to five treatments in four to six week intervals for the best, long-lasting results. Within a regular treatment plan, you will start to see results at around three months because collagen production takes time.

Don’t take our word for it. See microneedling in action

Our secret weapon for skin care has been revealed! Before it’s too late, take advantage of microneedling at New Jersey’s ANU Medical Spa. This month only, save money on microneedling with a vitamin C infusion!

Microdermabrasion at Home vs. at a Medical Spa

Microdermabrasion at Home vs. at a Medical Spa

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For a fresh, polished look to your skin, microdermabrasion is great. In just a few microdermabrasion treatments, age spots, sun damage, acne, hyper-pigmentation, fine lines, stretch marks, and scars will visibly decrease. Nowadays, microdermabrasion is not just reserved for those who treat themselves at the spa. There are tons of different at-home kits and tools that are enticing skin care lovers. But do these at-home treatments really work as well as those done at the spa? Let’s take a look.

Doing it yourself

The internet loves DIY and many people pride themselves on getting it done themselves. Microdermabrasion is no exception. We must admit that using an at-home kit for microdermabrasion does have its benefits. You’re in the comfort of your own home, you have flexible time to do it whenever you want, and the price is slightly cheaper (ranging from $20 to $300+).

There are also some important cons to microdermabrasion at home. You run the risk of irritating your skin or causing burning sensations, mostly because you did not get the right type of products for your skin. Additionally, many of the at-home products do not come with the necessary repair and replenishing products that are needed after a treatment. The biggest mistake people make when purchasing at-home kits is not doing enough research to make sure what they’re getting is right for them.

Many at-home microdermabrasion kits are like the salon equipment but with training wheels on. Anyone can use these tools that come in the kit, and they are designed with that in mind. For this reason, your at-home treatment will not make as much of an impact as a medical spa treatment.

A trip to a medical spa

When you go to a medical spa in New Jersey for microdermabrasion, you can expect state-of-the-art machines and tools and certified estheticians that have perfected the process and understand the needs of all skin types. The equipment you’ll see in medical spas is not something you’ll find on Amazon. Many spas use high tech diamond-tipped microderm exfoliator devices that are powerful and offer beautiful results. Plus, before and after treatments typically include professional grade repair and replenishing serums to restore moisture and essential nutrients to your skin. Not to mention, it’s nice to be able to just sit back and relax while someone is beautifying your skin! Following the treatment, your esthetician will create a personalized treatment plan to achieve the results you’re looking for.

Overall, taking a trip to a medical spa for microdermabrasion IS worth it. The results will speak for themselves. There’s less risk of skin irritation and treatment has a stronger impact! Plus, an esthetician will always be there to answer your questions or concerns.

When you get a microdermabrasion treatment done at a medical spa in New Jersey like ANU, you can be sure that our state-of-the-art equipment and trained professionals will do your treatment correctly and offer an expert treatment plan, tailored just for you. Book an appointment today for 50% off your treatment!

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What to Get Mom for Mother’s Day

What to Get Mom for Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner and you know what that means, it’s the one day where she should be treated extra special. You could go with a thoughtful card or a nice bouquet of flowers, but why not give mom something with a little more longevity? You love your mom and you want to give her the best Mother’s Day possible. We know you’ll find something she loves at a South Jersey spa like ANU.

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Facials are a great way to show her you care, and they have an immediate effect on her appearance. Our wide variety of facials come with a complimentary skin analysis that uses state-of-the-art technology to evaluate skin texture, wrinkles, pores, and pigmentation to ensure she’s getting the proper treatment. We offer many different types of facials and we’re happy to help you find the perfect one. Our most popular facial treatments include:

  • Lifestyle facial
  • Anti-aging facial
  • Collagen facial

Want to go above and beyond? Try one of add-ons like a renewal hand treatment, a scalp massage, or a refresh and repair eye contour treatment. Find a full list of our facial treatments here.

Microneedling

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Get rid of dark spots, sun damage, and stretch marks with our microneedling treatment! The idea of little needles penetrating your skin seems a bit unsettling, but trust us, it’s not as scary as it sounds. The needles allow the body to kickstart the wound healing response and produce more good cells that make collagen! In the end, your mom will look years younger. If she’s worried about stretch marks, microneedling can help with that as well. Learn more about microneedling here.

Permanent Makeup

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Moms are busy. Why not save her some time in the morning? Instead of having to apply mascara, eyeliner, or lipstick, everything can be done for her with permanent makeup! This is the only time face tattoos are acceptable. Our microblading, cosmetic tattooing, and lash lift treatments will have her looking like a queen 24/7. See all of our treatments here and take a look at our permanent makeup artist’s Instagram page to see some of her work!

Laser Hair Reduction

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Summer is coming up quickly. Imagine how nice it would be to wake up on a beach day and not have to shave your legs or armpits before heading out. Give mom the gift of freedom from unwanted hair! Tell her to say goodbye to time spent on shaving or pain from waxing. Laser hair reduction is the gift that keeps on giving because it’s permanent! Now is the best time to buy because all areas are 50% off. See all of our treatment areas and pricing here.

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When in doubt, go with a gift card. If you’re not sure what she’ll like best, let her choose! Some say gift cards aren’t thoughtful, but the ANU eGift card opens up a world of possibilities. Plus, you can choose a cute Mother’s Day design and choose any amount to add to the card. Buy an eGift card online here.

 

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Whatever you end up getting mom, she’s sure to love it because it’s from you. The most important thing about Mother’s Day is spending quality time with her and making memories. At a South Jersey spa like ANU, you could make a day of it and get treatments together! We offer a variety of specials that change every month. Find something you’ll both love on our specials page.

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