Can y’all believe that it is flipping almost Halloween here in a couple days!? Like where on earth did this fabulous year go? I can’t nail down exactly what the hell I’ve been doing all year, but daily life seems to have gotten away from me and landed me almost in November! As we’re nearing the good old holidays, now is the perfect time to start up on some treatments that could take your possibly summer ravaged skin to another level. With a lot of us staying inside more often, now is the perfect time for you to be able to get some treatments you’ve been putting off and take the real time you need to recover and stay in your cozy place with the fire on and jazz music bumping in the background. Ah, sounds like the perfect few days, or week (depending on the treatment you get) to me. Any lovely reason to start up and finish a great book, read magazines, light candles, hear the crackle of the fireplace, evaluate life, pet my cat, ya know whatever you need to do!
Let’s take a good old gander (I’ve been wanting to use that word for a while now!) at these treatments that can wipe away that ‘summery’ look and bring your skin back from the heat, sun, surf and sand! And remember, you’re beautiful regardless of what you do. So if none of these treatments look up your alley, just take some more time to use your face masks, vitamin C oils, glycolic acid peels & lovely nighttime moisturizers and you should be ‘back’ in no time! Hit us up if you’re looking for a new way to refresh your skin.
I actually have one this week! FTW (for the win)… I originally typed ‘for the wine’ but realized that it’s like 6am here and that’s way too early for me to be thinking about alcohol. A typical laser treatment is a procedure that directs short, concentrated pulsating beams of light to treat skin. It can target anything from unwanted hair to melasma to sun damage to rosacea. Whatever you’re little heart desires, it’s got you covered.
So if you’re finding that you’re seeing some dark spots from the summer sun or you’re experiencing some new smile lines you’re not loving, ask a reputable skincare provider about laser treatment suggestions. I personally am doing the Clear & Brilliant laser with the Permea wand and I could not be happier. I’m honestly trying to budget a few extra of these into my skincare routine every year. Keeps me super ‘clean and fresh’ looking.
Don’t forget to check out my laser experience, here!
And here’s a little sneak peak of my skin before & after (the redness is from the laser treatment being a week prior to when I took the picture)
While I’ve gotten a couple handfuls of chemical peels in my day, there really aren’t so much my jam anymore! BUT, I think they can be helpful if they’re ‘light’ chemical peels. I had a bad deep chemical peel experience when we lived in Tampa and I vowed to never do one again. But as I’ve gotten more well versed in skincare since then, I just realized that it’s REALLY hard to predict the outcomes of a chemical peel And it’s even harder when it’s a deep one. So my recommendation would be to do a light chemical peel because it actually is REALLY good for your skin after the summertime sun.
If you’re curious about the types of chemical peels and what they’re meant to do for your beautiful skin, read our blog here.
Important note: All types of chemical peels can be WONDERFUL. It just depends on your skincare provider & how you take care of your skin’s healing process. You just gotta be mindful!
Not ready for a chemical peel? You have some other options –
- We LOVED the pre-soaked pads by Dr. Dennis Gross – Alpha Beta Peels, Original Formula
- Treatment Enzyme Peel – helped us with our dull looking skin (we especially liked it because it started out as a powder, then turned into a soapy exfoliator) – I mean was great, but definitely not as strong as a peel of any kind.
- Peter Thomas Roth is pretty popular and they sell pre-soaked pads called Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads
I LOVED my dermaplaning experience and saw softer, much more even skin tone from it! With dermaplaning, the person performing the treatment uses a 10 gauge scalpel to rid of the top layer of dull, dead skin! Say what!? Yes a scalpel! It also helps remove the stubborn peach fuzz (or in my lovely case, full on facial hair!) Dermaplaning allows your skin to better absorb topical products, diminishes the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles & even can prime your skin for more invasive procedures like chemical peels.
We would recommend that you go to a skincare professional for this, but there are safe options to do at home! Read our blog to learn more.
- 92% saw an increase in smoothness and softness
- 88% experienced an increase in radiant, glowing skin
- 86% saw a decrease in dull, dry skin
The safest option!
- 100% experienced an increase in radiant, glowy skin
- 94% loved the way their skin felt afterward
- 96% said their skin felt supple and soft
The process of microneedling creates tiny microwounds that cause the body to fill them with collagen but leaves the epidermis layer intact. This treatment can be repeated often without producing red, irritated & peeling skin. It’s also a great treatment for those of minority skin types who often are at risk for hyperpigmentation issues from chemical peels & lasers. Microneedling can improve –
- Fine lines
- Acne scars
- Texture & tone
In a study by Beauty Bioscience found a 30% reduction in wrinkles (among women ages 41-64) with a minute of use, 3 times a week for 30 days.
We highly recommend that you go to a skincare provider, but there is an at-home product that you can consider. In-office microneedling can cost anywhere from $150 to $300 a pop, so a $199 device may be your cup of tea if you know how to use it and use it properly. (I wouldn’t see why you couldn’t ask your skincare provider to teach you proper use…., I would if I had my own skincare practice)
Important side note… So I haven’t typically been supportive of at-home microneedling devices because the needles just aren’t long enough to do anything to your skin. However, in my recent search, I did find the GloPro that’s 0.3 mm. They say that 0.5 mm is the length needed to stimulate collagen. However, because this has the longest needles of an at-home product available (that I could find), I thought I’d take the plunge and see how it goes. It’s bound to reduce fine lines, acne scars, etc., but even most importantly, it’s gonna help our products sink in just that much more. Which is what I think I’m most interested in when it comes to the at-home microneedling products. I’ll keep ya in the loop of course.
You’ll see glowing results after 4 weeks with 3x per week applications.
Check out this before & after! Great transformation near her mouth!
Interested in learning more? Check out this video.
Platelet Rich Plasma PRP
PRP is a natural product created within your body. A small amount of blood (I had 3 viles and I secretly love giving blood, what a weird thing to like….) is drawn from you and placed in a tube that is spun around to separate the different components of the blood. Red and white blood cells are divided from the platelets and the plasma (the clear fluid). This plasma now contains a very high number of platelets and is called platelet rich plasma, or PRP.
Platelets are the cells in the blood that help tissue heal and grow anew. The platelet rich plasma, injected into your skin helps promote your own collagen to grow, regenerates tissue causing increased smoothness and tightening of the skin.
I’ve had this done before & absolutely flipping loved it! Read this blog to see my documented PRP journey!
Here’s a sneak peek – And please ignore my INSANE eyebrows amongst other things… This was immediately after treatment.