For the majority of my life I have approached my skincare routine with a simple, “wash my face with soap and that’s good enough” kind of attitude. That was me growing up through high school & college. Throughout those years I also worked as a life guard during my summers and after school. While the sun is good for the occasional breakouts, I look back now and think, “Why didn’t I take more precaution?!” The sun causes so much damage and I never applied enough SPF. I hate to think about all that I could have prevented or whether I should have seen a dermatologist to give me advice sooner.
Fast forward to today. I try to be better but I still find that I’m not nearly as good as I should be. From sunscreen to moisturizer.. I can be so much more proactive in my approach! I apply sunscreen, but not as often as I should. When walking Maggie, going for a run or even driving… I’m constantly exposed to the elements. After a long day at work I need to make sure to remove my makeup and treat my skin as carefully as I do everything else I love – with a gentle hand and proactive attitude. This might even entail mixing up your skin regimen once every often. That is what truly makes the difference,
To go along with my new approach to a healthier lifestyle this year.. I’m looking at everything from what I apply to my skin, to what I eat. Everything counts.. it’s never too late. :)
Back in December, International Orange Spa in San Francisco reached out to me asking if I would like to visit one of their spas for a facial or massage. Usually I’m all about the massage, but with my new 2018 healthier approach I decided to try one of their facials. Last week I gave microdermabrasion a go and all I have to say is.. I’m in love!!
What the International Orange Spa looks like.. so beautiful!
image via ~ International Orange Spa
I have always wanted to try a facial but if I’m being perfectly honest.. I was intimidated by all the options. After researching more about the different types of treatments, I decided to try microdermabrasion. When I was younger, I had very oily skin, but now that I’m older (never thought the day would come) I have much dryer skin. Without makeup my skin appears normal but my doctor tells me it’s damaged from the sun. The thought of evening out my skin tone and stimulating collagen with microdermabrasion has always appealed to me. Because many of you have asked me about the exact process, I thought I would explain a little more about my experience below.
What is microdermabrasion?
The new crystal-free, diamond tip microdermabrasion is a mechanical exfoliation treatment that provides advanced skin resurfacing while stimulating circulation and increasing lymph flow. It’s ideal for hyperpigmentation, lines, wrinkles and acne scars. (in other words… meeeeeeee lol)
We had no idea what to expect when we first entered the spa (I dragged Emma with me) but we were pleasantly surprised with the outcome. Both Emma and I thought we would leave with red scary looking faces for days – but luckily no. The aesthetician exfoliates your skin with a suction type of tool and it’s not nearly as severe as I had previously thought. It feels like a cat licking your skin. It really does! Your newer cleaner looking skin is left feeling ‘oh so baby soft’.. They recommend returning for more microdermabrasion treatments every 4-6 weeks for the first six months to get things going, then every 2-3 months for the upkeep. (I need to do this!) I’m still on day 3 and I love the difference this treatment has made to my skin.
Have you ever had a microdermabrasion treatment before? If so, what did you think of it, and did you have any negative outcomes as a result?
There are so many treatments that I would like to try including the popular Hydrafacial that many of you keep recommending. Have you ever tried this?
After my facial the other day, I felt inspired to ‘up my game’ in the skincare products department as well. I’ve tried several different types of moisturizers and cremes over the years, but have never really stuck with a regular routine. I’m really regretting that now and think it’s high time to change my approach.
I decided to check out some of more popular Kiehl’s products. (this is NOT sponsored) Several of my friends have mentioned that they love & swear by this line. Suffice it to say, I came home with several products that I’m excited to try! I also received a few samples from International Orange Spa after my facial. I’ll let you know what I think of all after using the products over the next few months.
Kiehl’s Products that I’m Trying: (click on each to learn more)
- Ultra Facial Cleanser
- Midnight Recovering Botanical Cleansing Oil
- Ultra Facial Cream
- Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado
- Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Mask
Over the next few months I’ll let you know what I think of all the treatments and products that I’m trying… I’m excited to see if any help and/or any changes that may occur as a result.
More help for healthier skin…
Healthy Foods For Better Skin:
Food plays an important part in how your skin looks and feels over the years. There are specific types of foods that can add certain vitamins & minerals to help promote a healthier you.
- Fish, which contain Omega-3 Acids – keeps your skin moist & thick (Salmon’s my fave).
- Green Tea – While this technically isn’t food, I love drinking it. It contains antioxidants and is an anti-inflammatory which helps reduce acne and for healing blemishes and scars.
- Avocados are high in healthy fats – important in keeping skin flexible. (I cut avocado in half, add salt and pepper, and a little Tabasco! Yum..)
- Walnuts & Sunflower Seeds – Contains Omega-3’s and Omega 6’s along with antioxidants and vitamins.
- Sweet Potatoes & Carrots – Contains Vitamin-A which acts as a natural sunblock (You still need to wear SPF!)
- Eggs – the amino acids in protein rich foods help build collagen.
Have you found that eating certain types of foods has helped your skin? I know that I need to hydrate more by drinking more water and I do eat lots of fruits and veggies… but do I get enough? I am always left wondering.
I loved writing this post but what I really want to know is… everything you know about skincare! What works for you… what do you swear by… any holy grail products that you can’t stop buying? Let us know in the comments below.
Thanks for stopping by! :)