Micro-Needling : Before & After

The results are in……I absolutely see a major difference after one session of micro-needling!!! First, I have to admit, no-pain-no-gain.  This procedure hurts well after the one hour session.  I looked and felt like a I had a really bad sunburn.

Here is how it went:

  1. The esthetician reviewed the various infusing serums they pair with the treatment. I chose the basic serum that came with the package at no extra cost.
  2. Step one- Deep clean -ahhhh nice and refreshing
  3. Next- Needling (ouch!!)
  4. Last-Cold metal compress and serum to relieve burning.

Below are my before and after pictures.  The after pictures were taken on my way to an event five hours after the procedure.  My husband could not believe how tight and smooth my skin looked.  I did have mild redness and a minor burning feeling in some areas. As the night went on my symptoms dissipated.  Today, is day two and I am excited to report that my skin still looks fabulous!

In conclusion, the pain was worth it.  I highly recommend this procedure-especially if you have acne scarring.  The esthetician recommend a laser treatment for my next visit, promising instant results with no pain or uncomfortable down time.  As I said in my earlier post, I am hesitant to use a laser because of the scary side effects.  Until I do more research, I will stick to the needling.

 

     Results immediately after procedure

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Results five hours later- I am wearing a light foundation on my cheeks and nothing on my forehead area.

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Micro-Needling-Does it work?

With forty quickly approaching I decided to kick things into ultra-high gear and take advantage of the newest craze-micro-needling.  The perks are plumper, softer, and more supple skin-after one session.  Well hello-sign me up!!!

No, but seriously, before I committed to this procedure, I did a lot of homework on the least invasive anti-aging options currently on the market. For me, that meant going straight to the source; actual people who have had said procedure.  Lucky for me, my bestie is an esthetician, and she gives me the scoop on the good, bad, and straight up costly.  She recommended two non-invasive treatment options: Ultherapy and Mico-needling.

(As an aside I have never had Botox or fillers)

Ultherapy is a non-invasive laser treatment used to lift and tighten loose skin. The one session lasts about an hour, and can be a little uncomfortable.  Results begin to appear within three months and can last up to two years.  Sounds like a no-brainer, right?  The downside of the procedure is what makes it so great-the lift…. You are probably shaking your head, but here’s the scoop.  If you have fine lines on your forehead with mild wrinkling , you can end up with an unnatural looking arched eyebrow. This treatment is better for someone with deep wrinkles and lax skin.

Aside from not be a candidate for Ultherapy, I did review the product online and the reviews were mixed.  And when I mean mixed -they went from great to terribly wrong.  What concerned me the most was the countless number of people complaining that the laser melted away the underlying layer of fat on their face!  Needless-to-say, that was enough for me to opt for the less invasive micro-needling.

Mico-needling uses hair thin needles to puncture the skin, resulting in a healing process that promises to:

  • reduce fine lines
  • erase acne scars
  • encourage cell renewal
  • improve elasticity

My appointment is in a few days and I hope to report some great results with little to no downtime.

To Co-wash or Not??

In this months Elle magazine there was an article about co-washing  hair- I was immediately intrigued.  I am a firm believer that healthy hair is an essential part of ageless beauty .

The idea behind co-washing is as follows: Skip the shampoo, and condition two to three times a week. Use dry shampoo in between washes. Easy enough, right?  The supporters promise less breakage, and soft silky hair. I know what you are thinking, oily roots and major build up is what came to my mind. Not so, you say?? According to co-washers, there are gentle cleansers in conditioners that should remove the dirt and oil.  I have to admit I am a skeptic, but the reviews are great.  Sign my up!!!

My hair has always been a never-ending battle. It is fine, limp, and sometimes frizzy. Through the years I have learned through trial and error what works, and what does not. Right now I am growing it out and my biggest problem is breakage. I wash my hair about three times a week, and dry shampoo in between. It looks good, but there is always room for improvement.

Today I will start day one of my co-washing experiment. I will use the only conditioner I have-Pantene Color Preserve Volumizing Conditioner. I figure this is a good choice because it promises volume, and I do not want anything too heavy.  My hair falls just below my shoulders and is super fine.  I will use about one tablespoon of conditioner and work it through my ends. It does not say to use it sparingly at the roots; however, I do not want to encourage build-up.

RESULTS DAY ONE

My hair looks flat. It looks very silky and shiny, but limp and flat. Also, the roots feel heavy. I stuck to the plan and used about one tablespoon of conditioner and worked it through my ends.  Tonight I will use my dry shampoo as instructed.  I am a bit disappointed but hopeful that the hair Gods will finally shine down upon me. Until then have a great day !!

 

 

Chasing the beauty image

Who am I? I am nearing 40 and I want to remain youthful without breaking the bank. I do not have an abundance of time because I am busy mom and wife. I am also not an expert.

I do frequently get mistaken for a much younger person and quite frankly I kind of go with it.  I never lie about my age ; however, people always assume I am much younger. When I do give my age the odd response is usually, are you married, and do you have children?   I gained 35 pounds with my son, and I fought like a dog to get back into my jeans.  The way that I look is not by accident, nor is it rocket science.

I often get asked, what’s your secret?  Truthfully, when I do get asked this question I want to shake the person in front of me and tell them the obvious, but I can’t.  I don’t have the nerve to say, well for starters your hair is way over-processed and it’s dating you. Or your teeth are yellow and they are making you look older than you are. Simple changes yield huge results people!!!

The image of beauty is everywhere -in every shape, color and size.  When we look good, we feel good. There is no shame in wanting to be the best you possible.  I look forward to sharing my secrets with you and together we can chase the beauty image.

 

 

An Image You Say?

Yes, beauty for the most part, is nothing but an image……..

The sooner you in embrace this notion the happier you will be.
Sounds crazy I know, but to be clear I am not referring to “real” beauty.
Obviously real beauty can be  found in nature, newborn babies eyes, and that occasional chocolate sundae . And of course we have  Cindy, Naomi, Linda, and most recently Gigi to remind us how unfair life can be. To all of you beautiful women who have clearly hit the lucky lottery in the gene pool department- stop reading  here. This blog is for the rest of us.

We are the mommies and working girls who wake up looking like we were swept up in a tornado as we chased that elusive unicorn we call sleep.  Hair all over, matted to the back of our heads, and did I fail to mention those adorable red swollen eyes?

Anyway, as I approach forty, I find myself feverishly looking for that elusive fountain of youth.  Follow me on my journey as I uncover the secrets to unleashing the Beauty Image in all of us.