My Favorite Spa Treatments
I've gotten a lot of questions about the types of treatments I've gotten done to my face and body! I haven't gone under the knife and I refuse to try fillers just because I am really scared of the long term effects it may have (with my luck, I'd end up on Botched!) But I am very much into preventative care and treatments along those lines. I started getting into facials back in 2016 when I lived in Austin (Massage Sway- Domain love you guys xoxo) and haven't been able to stop! Facial treatments are addicting and they really do keep your skin in check! I feel like I've learned so much overtime and now I am much more cautious of the products I use and the routine I follow. I have shared my favorite treatments below!
A few things to note down:
1. Excess of anything is bad so make sure you don't jump into anything drastic if you haven't done facials or skin treatments before. Rome wasn't built overnight
2. The first 2-3 facials you get (normally once a month), you will see a lot of breakouts depending on the health of your pores. Once you get into the hang of it, you will see more of a glowing difference if you stick to a regular schedule
3. Use a gentle cleanser instead of an scrub for at least 2-3 days, you don't want to irritate the epidermis after its already been open or peeled
4. Try to avoid sun for the first 24-28 hours or be sure to wear a hat + sunscreen to avoid damage to your open skin
So here's a breakdown of my favorite facials and facial treatments:
1. Glycolic Acid Peel
The first thing it does is exfoliate away the tough, dull, dead layer of skin, it also manages to penetrate through that layer and actually rejuvenate and regenerate the skin cells underneath. So typically you will get two benefits; the exfoliation and rejuvenation which is helpful for things like fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone and blemishes. With a glycolic peel, the first couple times you get it done, you will have a very low percentage of glycolic acid (normally 20 percent) so that your skin can build up a resistance, then this increases to 35 percent and if necessary 50 percent for the final peel.A Glycolic peel for me is helpful when I really want to purge my skin of all the buildup underneath. I'd avoid doing this facial in the summertime because it can put you out of commission for a day or so depending on the strength of the acid applied and its important to let your skin chill out and not be under the harsh sun too much so it can heel and detox properly.
2. Enzyme Peel
An enzyme peel is a blend of natural fruit ingredients (enzymes) and is one of the gentlest methods of exfoliation to brighten the skin or reduce the visibility of scars. Enzyme face peels remove top layers of skin to exfoliate and expedite cell turnover, leading to a fresher, more glowing skin. I love this one because I have a tendency to PICK and bully every single pimple that shows up on my face, thus leaving scars all over.. this definitely faded the scarring and discoloration on my face. I've only done it a handful of times but I definitely saw results over the course of a few months
Dermaplaning is a safe (provided the person performing it is properly trained) and highly effective physical exfoliation procedure. It requires the use of a scapel to gently "shave" the skin's surface, removing the top-most layer of dead skin along with fine, vellus hair (aka peach fuzz). Whoever busted the myth about your facial hair growing back darker with Dermaplaning changed everyone's lives. Dermaplaning not only helps your skin remove dead skin cells but it also reduces the appearance of fine line and wrinkles. For those of you who follow Shay Mitchell or Olivia Culpo, your makeup pretty much looks just as flawless as theirs once you try out dermaplaning! Your makeup has a much more airbrushed/flawless look because the product doesn't get caught in your peach fuzz hairs. I want to learn how to do this at home, I hear it's pretty easy once you go to a professional and learn how but I am too scared to try it #Scarface
Microdermabrasion is a procedure that exfoliates and removes the superficial layer of dry, dead skin cells. Personally, I think it takes several micro-derm sessions to really see the results as it basically is a more aggressive scrub to the skin!
5. Hydra-facial MD
HydraFacial is the only hydradermabrasion procedure that combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration and antioxidant protection simultaneously, resulting in clearer, more beautiful skin with no discomfort or downtime.THIS IS THE BEST FACIAL YOU CAN EVER GET BECAUSE YOU'LL LITERALLY GLOW FOR DAY AND YOU PULL OUT ALL THE DIRT FROM YOUR SKIN. YES YES YES. It's almost a suction of dirt like a vacuum on your face. Pretty darn cool.
6. Microneedling - Skin Pen
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation procedure that helps minimize the signs of aging, improve the appearance of acne scars and rejuvenate aging skin. The SkinPen microneedling device causes controlled micro-injuries that stimulate the body’s natural wound healing process. The micro-injuries trigger the release of cytokines and growth factors that lead to remodeling of collagen and elastin. Long story short, it makes your face more smooth, clean and helps revive aging skin! You only need to do this 2-3 times a year depending on how your face is (breakouts, fine lines, wrinkles etc). I've been doing it for several months now and LOVE it.
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