. . . okay, that may be a bit of an overstatement. But, scheduling a regular facial has become essential to my self-care routine. And not just for my skin, but for my mind and emotional wellbeing too. I want to take you on a journey, all the way back to my adolescent and teenage years. You may be a teenager reading this, in which case I hope this post is most helpful for you. Listen up: Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, even the girl who seems to have it all, has her insecurities. I wouldn’t necessarily say my skin was my biggest insecurity, but it was related to many of my other insecurities. For example: poor diet leads to low energy and poor body image leads to stress and skin issues. I saw dermatologist after dermatologist, tried acne medicine after medicine, to be met with the same answers and no solution. It wasn’t until now, being in my mid-20’s, nearly 10 years after I started experiencing frequent breakouts, that I drew a connection between my mental and emotional wellbeing, my diet, and my skin. Taking care of yourself does not mean just eating well, or just exercising, or just washing your face every night – it means doing all of these activities (and more) with a conscious effort (and with love for yourself). It is a lot to think about, I know. But I believe in you! If you’re here reading this post, it means you want a change for yourself. I am here for you 100% of the way.
This is where going for a regular facial came into play. Do you take time for a mani/pedi? An hour alone at the gym? Take a nice bath? Put in your headphones and go for a walk? Sit outside on your porch and read a book? Setting aside one hour for yourself to get a facial, every 4-to-8 weeks, is the same thing! It is self-care. It is putting love into your skin, allowing you time to unwind, do absolutely nothing except lie still, and reconnect with your intentions. Allowing your skin to be refreshed, cleansed, revised, hydrated, and leave glowing.
Whether you struggle with skin issues or not, we all put our skin through a lot of stress. During the Summer months, we’re sweating and typically have more oils on our skin. During the Winter months, our skin tends to dry out and we lack Vitamin D – and important vitamin that contributes to skin cell growth, repair, and metabolism. It optimizes the skin’s immune system and helps destroy free radicals that can cause premature aging. Regular facials help balance out the dryness or oiliness, discoloration, clogged pores, fine lines, anti-aging, etc.
There are four important factors to your overall wellbeing:
- Eat healthy
- Get physical exercise
- Surround yourself with people you love and who love you
- Find a spiritual practice – I like to think getting a facial is part of this category. Yoga, meditation, a long massage, a peaceful walk, or a rejuvenating facial – all these activities involve us to simply, be. Be still. Be quiet. Be purposeful. Be grateful. Be blissful. Be you.
Just like the other spiritual activities listed above, facials are personal. I go to the Mario Badescu spa in New York City and receive a European facial, with the addition of a glycolic acid peel and a Vitamin C mask. The glycolic acid treatment is an exfoliating mask used for declogging pores, minimizing fine lines, evening out discoloration, and is beneficial for bringing back the appearance of youthful skin. The vitamin C mask is a nice make to do afterwards because it is calming and re-hydrating, leaving your skin glowy and not red. But those treatments are for my skin. You go where you feel most comfortable. Choose a service that is best for your skin type. With the addition of proper skin care at home, a clean diet, and regular exercise, your skin will continue to glow.
My at-home skincare routine involves using the Mario Badescu seaweed face wash every morning and night. In addition, two nights a week I substitute and use a hyarulonic face wash for a deeper clean, especially after an intense workout or long day spent outside. At night, I also always remove my make-up using Avon’s make-up remover wipes. They don’t feel abrasive on my skin like some other wipes do and are safe to use everywhere – eyelids, lips, etc. Even though I am washing my face, I remove my make-up beforehand so the face wash is able to get under the skin and clear away all dirt and oils that were under my makeup. After I wash my face, I use the Mario Badescu seaweed toner to wipe away anything left behind (and it just makes me feel extra clean). I then apply an acne spot treatment, when necessary. I use an over-the-counter cream in the morning and a stronger prescription cream at night. I finish with a hydrating serum, under eye cream, and moisturizer. My daytime moisturizer always has SPF and my nighttime cream is light and hydrating.
I would love to know your secrets for smooth and glowing skin. Share with the TLC community below!
This post is not sponsored in any way by Mario Badescu. It is a post because I love and trust their products and want to share companies I support.