Alright Team L&C: time to get real. I possess a myriad of insecurities, and while the list is unnecessarily long, a new one has slowly been surfacing it’s way to the top of the list: wrinkles, fine lines, and sun damage.
And while some born prior to 1991 might be majorly eye-rolling me right now, hear me out: it’s really just something I’ve never noticed before, and as a previous tanning bed addict, I think the effects have started to take their toll. Suddenly, I’m obsessing over the lighting of photos to hide under eye lines, and applying every cream that mentions “age defying.” In fact, the more adjectives like “transformational,” and “advanced,” and “revolutionary,” the more likely I am to buy said cream.
And I know I’m not the only one frantically consulting the Sephora employee about what’s the least I can spend to make my skin look flawless. So I did what any twenty-something blogger would do, and tried my first Anti-Gravity Facial at our favorite George the Salon.
What is an Anti-Gravity facial one might ask? Besides black magic, it’s the equivalent of yoga for your face in regards to toning and rebuilding collagen. It utilizes different light therapies in order to boost natural collagen and wake up elasticity cells that have become lazy as we’ve gotten older, gotten one too many sunburns, or hit the tanning beds more than we’d like to admit.
After a consultation, the skin magician (yes, I know they’re called an esthetician, but she make my skin look so bomb that I feel magician is more accurate) carefully chooses exactly what lotions, oils and light therapy your skin requires to reenergize it to look its absolute best. Mine is both dry and sensitive, and each of the products she utilized were moisturizing intensive and light on the chemicals.
After a thorough face massage, we moved on to part of the facial that is a little painful, but very transformational: extraction. Basically, she squeezed all of the bad crap out of my face using professional tools and a lot of pressure.
After a great deal of moisturizing post extraction, the esthetician began using a microcurrent massager to push the products deep into my pores for lasting effects. The coolest (and craziest) part of the microcurrent was that is would cause your facial muscles to spasm, as it was reenergizing and reactivating those muscles.
The Anti-Gravity facial made my skin feel like absolute perfection, but even more than the immediate effects, were the tips the all-knowing (and life-saving) esthetician imparted onto a lady in desperate need of learning how to take care of my skin. She was a God-send, and transitive property, I am a God-send because I’m sharing with all of you. Here’s what she said:
- Facials are like workouts for your face. How many times you should get one varies with the results you desire, your age, and the wellness of your skin. If you’re 60 and looking to reverse some of the effects of aging, I would recommend minimally once every four weeks. If you’re in your early twenties, and practice healthy sun habits, I’d say twice a year is more than enough.
- DRINK WATER. You’ve heard this before, but it improves your general wellness, and exudes healthiness from your skin as your cells receive nutrients.
- A big mistake I see is people not moisturizing their skin enough. I find more clients are reluctant to put on lotion when they’re breaking out, when 9 out of 10 times, that is exactly what the skin needs to improve.
- Wear sunscreen even when you think you don’t need it. (I recommend this moisturizing lotion that contains SPF)
- But make sure the lotion you’re putting on before bed doesn’t contain and SPF because it will block your pores and cause inflammation and irritation. (I recommend this one for the nighttime)
- Washing your face is exactly like brushing your teeth: do it at least twice every day, once in the AM and once in the PM.
- Coconut Oil is my favorite natural remedy for all skincare issues. It moisturizes and promotes growth. Among a gatrillion other uses.
- Research the products your utilizing on your face. Read reviews, and understand that quality and results usually aren’t cheap.
- Don’t forget to moisturize your neck just as often as your face, as it’s often one of the first places to begin showing age.
At the end of the day though, it’s important to remember that while tweaking some beauty habits here and there can be confidence-boosting, aging is both a natural and beautiful process. A favorite quote that I stumbled upon recently called it a “privilege denied to many,” and that is vital to remember as we navigate the world of skin regimes and beauty routines.