Yesterday felt like a sincere treat. Not only did I get my workout in (a Burn Bootcamp weighted cardio set that almost did me in), but then I got to drive into Charlotte to enjoy a glorious solo lunch. I don’t know about you, but I soak in being able to eat a meal quietly by myself, and I finally got the opportunity to try Namastay Kitchen.
The Kale Cobb Salad with Vegan Coconut Milk Ranch
I had high hopes after hearing good things, and yet the food still surpassed all my expectations! If you live nearby (it’s in Coltswold), go. It’s a hidden gem!
Spicy Tuna Roll
I finished lunch just in time to make it to my appointment with Terri at Carolina Facial Plastics. I’ve been talking about figuring out skincare that works for me for a long time now, and after trying different products somewhat blindly, I really wanted a professional to sit down and look at my face, see my issues, and help guide me through the (seriously confusing) world of skincare. Plus, the hour consultation was free (!). I showed up completely makeup-free (even no mascara- the horror!) so I could show her the areas of skin that I’d like to improve.
Oh, and with post gym hair too. I’m so sorry, Terri.
I feel I learned so much from Terri in that hour. She gave her knowledge freely without pushing to sell me anything. We discussed caliber and ingredients of products: she loves SkinCueticals but some of the products contain parabens which is something I want to avoid so she showed me GlowBiotics, a top-notch, paraben-free option. We touched on treatment options that would help my specific issues which are slight redness, large pores, and what she referred to as texture.
One thing I was really surprised by was her enthusiasm for the Clarisonic Brush. Terri raved that it cleans the skin better than anything else (while being careful to still be gentle) and therefore the products can soak in more efficiently and do their job. It’s a bit of an investment, but after reading the online reviews and hearing firsthand that it’s a game changer, I brought the Mia 2 home with me.
I used it for the first time last night and I will say my face felt super clean afterwards so I’m excited to give more feedback after 30 days on continued use.
*Note: Terri said she loves the brush but not the Clarisonic cleanser that comes with it.
I ended up with a great lineup of products that she said if I use diligently for 30 days, I will without a doubt see results.
Glowbiotics Let Me Clarify Moisturizer (because of my oily tendencies)
Skinbetter Alpharet (I’m using every other night to start)
Samples of Skinbetter Eye Cream
Samples of SkinCeuticals Hydra B5 gel (which she praised for its ability to hydrate)
Samples of SkinCeuticals Sport Sunscreen
I’m really looking forward to seeing how these products change my skin over the next 30 days. If I have good results I am also going to look into some of the treatments she recommended as well. I will be sure to show you before and afters!
Additionally, I am also going to focus on other habits for healthier, smoother skin which include:
Getting enough sleep (at least 7 hours a night). Easy peasy. I love my sleep.
Drinking more water. During colder months I am pretty terrible at drinking enough water. I think a new water bottle might help, one that doesn’t keep water cold. I actually like room temperature water! Given my love for Lifefactory products for the girls, I’m thinking of ordering this one for myself.
Dealing with stress before it weighs me down. Cortisol (a hormone released my stress) is known to break down collagen and elastin which keeps skin looking soft and supple.
Watch my sugar intake. I really feel sugar wreaks havoc on all the body’s organs, including the skin. It causes inflammation and can increase cortisol in the body as well.
Wash my face every night. Luckily I do this anyway, but now I will be doing a more thorough job with my face brush! Plus, I will remember to be more gentle with my skin, especially around the eye.
SPF. Because, always.
If you live near Charlotte and want to step up your own skincare game, I highly recommend giving Terri a call! If you live elsewhere, search around for a reputable medical aesthetician and see if they give complimentary consults. I think the key to health (eating, exercise, skincare) is at its best when it is personalized to fit your specific needs and I found my appointment so helpful!
Let’s talk skincare…
Do you have a routine that works for you?
At what age did you start being more intentional with your skincare?
What’s your best (and worst :)) skincare habit?