I think this goes without saying, that everyone wants great skin (not just brides). But with my wedding coming up I’ve taken some extra secure precautions to make sure my skin is glowy and fabulous for the events.
When I posted on my Instagram that I was seeing great results with my skincare routine the last few months, I feel like my DMs exploded with the secrets so here’s the deets:
Getting facials regularly.
I have ALWAYS been a massage type of lady. I love a good massage and I need the relaxation (I’m super anxiety prone) but the last 6 months there are two places I’ve checked out instead of a massage and I’m addicted to both.
Refresh Aesthetic Center. If you recall my last post where I tried a few of their non invasive skin treatments; I am back and thriving with more. Last week I had a Hydrafacial (more to come on that below) and when I did my makeup trial 4 days later she was RAVING about my skin and how amazing it looked. And I totally agree.
Voyage De Splendeur. There has been two times now where I have opted for a facial from Nelly vs a massage. I’m not kidding. She is kind, gentle, RELAXING, and so so so wonderful at what she does. You will literally leave feeling like you had a 2 hour massage (and she even gives mini hand and neck massages during the facial, not kidding).
Avoid Heavy Makeup Everyday
I’ll admit this is way easier in the summer when you have a tan but hey, it was summer when I started doing this and you gotta take advantage. I would recommend trying to use a tinted moisturizer instead of foundation especially when you’re trying to get a natural glow to your skin. Letting it breath and embracing your natural beauty not only helps with improving appearance but also confidence. But I will always go full makeup for girl’s night, don’t get me wrong, I’m just talking Wednesdays maybe try a more natural approach!
Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize.
If I told you the amount of times I was told I have oily skin, and then someone else said I had dry skin, and then I avoided putting anything on my face at all because I was confused- you’d get bored, fast. A myth that even I didn’t believe until recently is that regardless of your skin type, you need to moisturize your skin. It’s just a matter of using the right product. So after years of being swung back and forth; I’ve discovered that I have a dry skin type so that means moisture is even more important or my dry skin can become brittle and dull really quickly. A few weeks ago I started using a gel cleanser and moisturizer and I am loving how my skin feels and looks.
Let’s talk more about hydrafacial
Okay, I want to dig into this one more because you know how I am a total control freak that needs to know every detail. For the record though, my face has some weird reactions to things that it’s not used to, so I always grill the people at Refresh before they put things on my skin. I. Am. Hooked. on hydrafacial. It’s everything about the Go and Glow treatment I loved except equally as good (or better, but you didn’t hear it from me).
Basically, this machine takes product and simultaneously exfoliates and extracts your skin while hydrating it - at the same time. So it feels like there’s a pen of water being brushed over your face (yes, a brushing pen, stay with me) and you can literally feel the hydration but you know that the dirty things are also leaving (there’s a slight sucking motion).
I even asked Susan, my aesthetician, what products we’re being used and if a customer is technically just paying for water to be splashed on their face (I think I may have used those terms, really professional over here). She laughed a little and explained to me that there was product being simultaneously landing and then being taken off my face and it was similar to a chemical peel if you’ve ever done those. EXCEPT: there’s NO downtime! You know how with chemical peels, as worth it as they are, your skin is flakey and you feel like you’re shedding skin for 2ish days? This was immediate glow. My mind was blowing.
To break it all down, there are 3 steps to this process and it takes a little less than 30 minutes (with, AGAIN, no downtime, I could wear makeup just a few hours after for happy hour, it was amazing) that include:
Cleanse and Peel: what I talked about above except your skin doesn’t flake
Extract and Hydrate: that pen/brush situation
Fuse and Protect: so this is the antioxidant support I haven’t gotten into yet. I actually wrote a blog post all about antioxidants on Refresh’s Blog and I never knew how important this was to skin renewal until I researched that post. Now I know I’m nearing 30, but it’s never too late to protect your skin from existing damage and prevent further damage; which is exactly what adding antioxidants to your skincare routine does.
Basically, my skin routine includes keeping my glow present with hydration and facials and saving the makeup for special occasions. So far, we’re feeling and looking good over here in Brideland.