I have been promising this post for a very long time now, and am very excited to finally be sharing my routine skincare treatments! Skincare is one of the things I get asked most about – both on the blog and in person – and I plan to start sharing a lot more!! This post will focus on the routine treatments I have done at the spa. Stay tuned for future posts on my daily skincare routine, favorite products, and tips for keeping youthful skin!
From an early age, my mom always pushed us girls to take care of our skin. Her skin is flawless and she could pass as our sister, so I am always listening to her advice. An added bonus, she owns a medical and laser spa, Ave Med Spa, where I get all of my treatments and most of my products.
- Halo Laser Treatment – I do this once per year. The Halo laser is the only hybrid factional laser system. The treatment gets rid of brown spots and other color defects, as well as smooths out skin. I always find that it gives my skin a youthful, healthy glow. It is able to give you the results of the old school laser or chemical peels, but with with much less down time. Depending on the intensity of the treatment and the sensitivity of the skin, you may have some minor redness and swelling. I never experienced either, but I tend to do my treatment on the lower intensity. After a couple days of treatment, you will notice your dark spots turn darker (and ones appear that hadn’t started to show yet!) and then gradually slough off as that layer of skin peels off. If I had to pick one laser treatment that I could do, it would definitely be Halo – I notice my biggest results after having this done. The downside is the cost – depending on the size of the area treated it can run anywhere from $1500 to $3000. I usually just treat my face.
^^Me getting a Halo treatment. Your face is numbed before the procedure with a topical numbing cream. There is a little pain with the treatment, but I tend to be dramatic when my mom does treatments on me. It feels like small prickling. You also have a cooling unit that is used while you receive the treatment. Afterwards, your face does feel warm from the treatment.
2. BBL Laser treatment – I get this every 6 months. Broad Band Light, or BBL, is a type of photo rejuvenation therapy. Photorejuvenation works by exposing damaged skin to a form of carefully controlled, intense pulsed-light. This lights stimulates collagen and elastin fibers, which result in the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, brown spots and freckles. BBL tends to take care of my small brown spots that pop up. I do not notice the same glow after a BBL compared to Halo, but do notice a difference in my spots and fine lines. The bonus of BBL is it is a fraction of the price of Halo. Depending on the size of the area you choose to treat, it can run $200-$500. I usually treat my face, neck, and chest. My mom often treats peoples hands too as this can be a common area to see sun damage.
3. Botox – I get Botox injections every 6 months. I get my Botox injections in my forehead. I have not had them in the fine lines around my eyes (yet…). After my injections, the lines on my forehead are much less pronounced. I notice a huge difference in my forehead wrinkles when my Botox wears off! I am so glad that the stigma of Botox has seemed to have disappeared. I think for a long time people thought of the stiff face that didn’t have expression because it was full of Botox. Luckily, you can control how much you get and how you want the results to look. The key for me with my Botox injections is to keep them in the larger lines in my upper forehead. I do not get injections between or close to my eyebrows as I find this limits my expressions. I also have not had them in the fine lines around my eyes, but will likely need to start adding that zone in the next couple years. I also like to think of my Botox as preventative – my forehead wrinkles certainly aren’t getting any worse!!
In addition to my routine skincare treatments, I get eyelash extensions, and have had my microblading of my eyebrows – see that post here!
Laser Resurfacing – I have yet to have laser resurfacing. I think of this as more of a “treatment laser therapy” rather than a “preventative laser therapy”. I have one sun spot under my right eye that neither BBL or Halo has been able to get rid of completely. My next step will be to have the laser resurfacing (Erbium Laser is what my mom’s spa offers). This laser treatment does have a little down time and you will notice the area treated. Luckily I will have the one small spot – if you have many, dark, age spots or deep wrinkles, you may choose to do a larger area treated with a laser like this.
One of my favorite things at their spa is getting the Vivisa completion analysis – this will scan your face and tell you its true age and overall help – I always figure as long as my skin is younger than my actual age, I am happy!!
I hope this has answered a lot of your questions!! I feel so lucky to have my mom help guide my treatments. If you are considering getting some treatments, most spas will offer a consultation appointment where you can discuss your goals and potential treatments. Feel free to reach out with any questions!