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Finally, A Beauty Club We All Want To Join

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    Now that our middle-school days are far behind us, it's rare to find us clamoring to join a club unless it's an artisan-cheese-of-the-month club, obviously). But, now that we've had the opportunity to experience Blush Med Institute in Bethesda, a spa-club membership sounds like the most amazing idea, ever.

    Founded by Dr. Arleen K. Lamba, Blush is a one-stop beauty destination that offers personalized treatments for everything from adult-onset acne and hyperpigmentation to cellulite, hair loss, and spider veins. Using medical-grade products and procedures elevates Blush above your neighborhood facial spot, but the hyper-customized experience is what keeps clients coming back. Bonus? If you have dermatological issues that need long-term management — or just want to make skin care a priority — you can sign up for a year-long membership, which costs $59 a month and includes a monthly treatment, along with other perks. The reasonably priced membership plan makes professional skin-care services attainable and affordable, which is Lamba's ultimate goal.

    On our visit, we sat down with Lamba for a one-on-one skin consultation, where we enjoyed the singular thrill (if that's the right word?) of having our skin scanned with a blacklight-type device, which showed patches of dryness and sun damage like a heat map. (Hello, daily SPF and massive water bottle!) Each client starts with this experience, which allows Lamba to customize treatments, as well as the take-home products from the spa's in-house line. Think of Blush as a luxury spa with treatments that are next-level effective — at a totally worth-it price. Ahead, get to know Lamba, and take a tour of the spa. We think you'll be equally psyched about joining the club.

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