Truth be told, I love anything that promises to keep from aging. From face moisturizers to Botox, I love it all. So, when my girl, Kara at Ultimate Beauty Laser Spa, told me about this deep pigment peel that was going to even my skin tone and brighten me up, I was all in. Face chemical peel, yeah, sure it sounds scary, but I’m no wimp. Besides, I’ve had other light peels in the past and I liked those results. A bigger and badder chemical peel would mean bigger and greater results, right? I wish I had taken “before” photos, but I had no plans of sharing my mug on this blog. However, after going through this experience I felt like I needed you to have a good laugh with me (at me) over the amazing lengths we go to for a little beauty! OMG- wait till you read about the most embarrassing moments of my life that followed the 7 crazy busy days (including a private dinner party in the midst of major facial shedding) post peel. Hold tight for the facial chemical peel review and photos below!
This blog post is NOT for the faint of heart! The photos are scary (LOL…I can’t believe we are talking about my face here). Read my review to find out my most truthful thoughts on my experience and what I plan to do next.
Why Didn’t I Take Her More Seriously
When it comes to beauty my mom made two things very clear to me at a super young age. She said that if I wanted good skin I needed to 1) stay out of the sun and 2) use good quality face product. Considering I grew up in southern California where the sun is always shining it’s obvious (now) I didn’t take the proper steps to caring for my skin. We used to vacation at the beach for weeks at a time and I don’t remember ever feeling paranoid about the application of sunscreen. My mom always wore a big giant hat and if we were sitting in the sun she would drape her head with a towel. Really, it was totally embarrassing and I, of course, would never par take in such foolish shenanigans. Looking cool was more important than the salvation of my skin’s future. My mom’s advice didn’t mean much at the time, but now that I’m in my 40’s they’ve become a part of my everyday ritual. And yes, I now drape my head with a towel if I have to sit in the sun. Believe me, it’s cool!
I’m Low Maintenance
I’ve been chuckling out loud the last many days over the fact that I’ve always considered myself “low maintenance”. Here I am writing a post about how I actually paid to have an acid applied to my face so that my skin would burn off and reveal new, healthy and glowing skin.
Low maintenance defense:
I get my hair done about twice a year in a salon and I do my own root touch-ups in between my biannual appointments. About once a year, on my daughter’s birthday, I get a manicure and pedicure. The last time I had a spa treatment such as a relaxing massage or foo-foo facial was about 4 years ago when my two girlfriends and I went for an overnight retreat. Am I beginning to make sense? But then…I love me some Botox and I see my sweet Doctor W. at Dermatology Partners of Western NY every 3-4 months for “wrinkle prevention”. And then there’s Kara at Ultimate Beauty Laser Spa. In the past years I’ve seen her for laser hair removal “maintenance”, micro current facials, laser facials and light facial peels. And now I can add acid peel to my list of “youth management”. Oh- and I’m hooked on my lash extensions. I get a lash fill every two weeks by my girl, Brittany, and I don’t ever think I could give this up. Okay, so maybe I’m not as low maintenance as I thought. Would you be comfortable settling on calling me “mid to low maintenance”? LOL
Horrifying Photo Below
What the heck happened, right? Believe me, I was thinking the same darn thing. My husband and kids were horrified. I even sacred myself every time I looked in the mirror. All I can say here is thank goodness for my lash extensions. They are the only thing bringing life to my face. I had the treatment done on a Tuesday and this photo was taken on Thursday. At the request of my esthetician I sent her this photo which was taken on my iPhone. As you can imagine, I had no intention of sharing this with you. For the purpose of providing the best comparison of progress (for what I thought was my esthetician’s eyes only) I took every picture following this one using my same iPhone, in the same exact spot of my home, at nearly the same time of the day.
Near Encounter with the Public
While I was at home nursing this face of mine I had a crew of 5 guys working on my backyard. I was honestly very scary-looking and there was no way I was going to allow anyone to see me like this. Then, I got a call from the contractor. He needed me downstairs to see the workmanship and review specific details. What the heck was I to do? No amount of makeup was going to fix this. Not a hat or sunglasses would hide me. I just couldn’t see him…or should I say, he couldn’t see me! I explained that I had a “procedure” done and would have to communicate via picture and texts. HAHAHAHAH! Talk about awkward!
Alright, I avoided the first possible near encounter with the public, but I had a much bigger problem at hand. What I was in major distress over was that the very next night I had a private dinner party I needed to attend. There was no way of getting out of it. I knew about the dinner before I got the acid peel, but I was imagining that I was going to be able to “mange” the shedding and peeling with some good moisturizer and a
little lot of full coverage foundation. So, I jumped into the shower and began steaming my face. I did this 4 times that day. In between steam showers I applied heavy layers of SkinCeuticals Epidural Repair which I got through Kara. This is a must-have post-treatment product for this procedure. As a matter of fact, I believe everyone should own this therapeutic moisturizer. It’s specifically for compromised skin. The steam showers helped promote the shedding of my dead skin and at least removed the darker splotches that I knew would be impossible to cover with foundation.
I felt a ton better about having to make an appearance at dinner tonight. At this point my skin was really tight and soaking up moisturizer like a dessert cactus on a hot summer day. I was applying moisturizer every hour or so. Overnight I had layered my face in Neosporin so that I could I sleep without the feeling of my face breaking off into pieces. This definitely helped. My face was bright pink, but I was assured that this was new skin. The only worry I had was about how I was going to go about acting “socially normal” tonight. So, here’s how it went:
I lathered on the Epidermal Cream and Kara provided me with a great foundation that is specifically designed for compromised skin. It felt smooth and creamy and went on very well. My face was pink, but at least is wasn’t scary. I wore a black top to dinner…big mistake. What I forgot to take into consideration was that I was still going to shed all night. OMG! I felt confident about looking decent upon my departure, but as the night progressed, my skin began to absorb the moisturizer and the foundation at a rapid rate. I was excusing myself to the bathroom for a regular re-application every hour, but I didn’t have the “tools” to manage the shedding. And the shedding…it was falling all over my black top! I was beginning to look like a zombie who had come back from the dead. Are you getting sick yet? I can only imagine the horror show I was putting on for the dinner guests as I tried to swipe away at the dead skin on my black top. Dinner was done, dessert was served and then we high-tailed it back home where I jumped into the shower for more steam and lots of moisturizer.
Things are looking and feeling much better! At this point I was less like a shedding snake and more like someone who was in the sun a little too long. I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. The dark pigment spots had fallen off for the most part and the bright pink was beginning to pale-out. The texture of my skin was very smooth.
Finally things were getting back to normal and I was now remembering why in the world I signed up to do this to myself. I was still a little pink, but I could definitely see how my skin was evened out and much smoother. The Epidural Repair Cream was still my best friend.
One week and one day post treatment and I couldn’t be any happier! This photo, just like the previous, is me without any makeup! I never thought I would ever contribute to a public post like this. The comedy over this event was just too good to pass up sharing, though. The horror show paid off and I love how my skin feels. It’s smooth and bright and even some of my fine little lines and wrinkles have diminished. The sun spots I had on my face have either disappeared or are lighter. I still have some minor pink tones to my face but that’s just fresh new skin.
Well, I should start by saying that I have my second treatment scheduled in 5 weeks. There were many times throughout the first week post-treatment that I was certain I was going to cancel all future treatments, however, the results are amazing! The second treatment shouldn’t be as bad as the first because I already took off the biggest layer of dead skin. It will focus on the layers of skin damage that are surfacing. I keep reminding myself that this is years and years of sun damage I am tending to. It will take time. There is no one-and-done!
Ultimate Beauty Laser Spa is great! For the record, I paid full price to do this treatment and I’m not receiving anything in return for sharing this. I’m providing you with my most honest opinion, free of financial commitment to anyone. Ultimate Beauty Laser Spa is offering a buy 3 get 1 free or a trial for 10% off if you’re interest. Just mention My Casa Di Bella. In addition, if you’re interested in these fabulous lash extensions shoot me a message and I can provide you with some information. And yes, I think I am beginning to see that I’m not exactly as low maintenance as I thought I was.