You Glow Gal http://www.youglowgal.com beauty & wellness tips from an esthetician Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:40:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 105448167 My 5 Year Battle with Painful Hormonal Acne Pt 2 http://www.youglowgal.com/5-year-battle-with-painful-hormonal-acne-2/ http://www.youglowgal.com/5-year-battle-with-painful-hormonal-acne-2/#respond Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:00:41 +0000 http://www.youglowgal.com/?p=8154 My 5 Year Battle with Painful Hormonal Acne YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty Blogger  As you can likely assume from foreshadowing, my hormonal acne came back with a vengeance. I was frustrated, emotionally feeling beaten down by my cysts. I have to say, I tried my best not to care. On my days off I would run around the city without makeup, after leaving work I would wipe…

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My 5 Year Battle with Painful Hormonal Acne YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty Blogger

 

As you can likely assume from foreshadowing, my hormonal acne came back with a vengeance. I was frustrated, emotionally feeling beaten down by my cysts. I have to say, I tried my best not to care. On my days off I would run around the city without makeup, after leaving work I would wipe away my makeup before spin class. We all have moments of weakness where we feel vulnerable, though. I had a lot of those.

 

 

At some point, everything seemed to stop working. My hormonal acne cysts were back.

 

 

Maybe at the end of 2016? I had a huge flare up the week of November 8th, 2016…. that was definitely stress-induced, ha!

 

I’m not one to make New Year resolutions, I wouldn’t even call what happened a resolution. I just happened to decide to make a lifestyle change when the year ended. I had been visiting my therapist for other personal matters, seeing progress and growth, and wanted to take self-care seriously. To be honest… it was necessary for survival. Emotionally, mentally, physically, spiritually, I had to make a lifestyle change. Cue seeing lots of crystals on my Instagram.

When January rolled around I decided to address my skin from the inside out, tweaking my diet for what I called a vanity project. I wanted to see what would happen to my skin. Not only would this mark the beginning of my obsession with health food, it would also mark my approach to skin health adjusting. As you may already be aware, I see it as a holistic thing: it should be addressed not only topically but our wellbeing should be taken into consideration as well. Think mental wellbeing, emotional well-being, internal wellbeing, physical wellbeing. Your skin is a direct reflection of your whole being, topical products will only go so far. They’re necessary but only a piece of the puzzle.

 

After implementing my new healthy choices the cycle began, again. Perfect skin for a few months, followed by recurring breakouts.

 

I found myself deep on the Internet, researching every idea I could think of. Digging through archives of niche esthetics Facebook groups, the natural approachers of skincare. Asking estheticians I’ve befriended over the years for advice. I read Clean Skin From Within and purchased Younger Skin Starts in the Gut ( still on my reading list, btw ). I introduced fish oil consistently, a healthy balance of omegas, zinc monomethionine, and Estroblock DIM. I became disciplined in checking labels for soy and dairy, keeping both out of my diet.

This needs to be said: I never prescribe supplements, it’s beyond my scope of practice. I may mention them but only so you can research yourself or ask your doctor about additions to your routine. Stating I use something is not me saying you need to add it to your routine.

 

I specifically added zinc monomethionine due to this type of zinc being organically bound to a sulfur-containing amino acid. In theory, it should address acne optimally compared to other forms. Initially, I used zinc picolinate, however, it caused more breakouts. During my treatment period I used zinc for 12 consistent weeks, now I only use it as needed when I have an active breakout.

Estroblock DIM is like eating 3 pounds of cruciferous vegetables, except you take a single pill instead of force-feeding yourself broccoli and you get exactly what you need from it: diindolylmethane aka DIM. Popular among naturopaths and other natural approach practitioners for its ability to metabolize estrogen. You go through a “detox” period for a week or two while your body flushes out excess estrogen, it’s easy to become dehydrated through the process. Estroblock was the reason I cut spironolactone out. While I could have continued on both, I felt far too dehydrated and spironolactone seemed to have stopped working for me. So, after some research, I cut it cold turkey. I didn’t have the patience to call my dermatologist office after the weekend.

With these changes, I was making major headway! The continuous tweaking, researching, questioning—it was paying off. My breakouts were changing. Hormonal cysts became less and less of an issue, instead smaller papules, pustules, and blackheads appeared. I don’t know about you, but I’d choose to manage those over cysts any day.

 

Next, I decided it was time for some blood work and hormone testing, make sure everything was functioning properly internally.

 

My testosterone came back showing to be crazy high, my estrogen insanely low, all other hormones normal. BONUS: my specific IUD can raise testosterone levels.

FAAAAANTASTIC.

Turned out taking spironolactone medically made sense, but I refused to go back on it.

Around the same time, we were visiting Denver where I had a facial with Stacy, who’s also working towards her naturopathy certification.  She works closely with an onsite doctor and offered to help figure out my internal puzzle. On Stacy’s suggestion, I had blood work done. My test results came back near perfect medically, however, naturopaths look at the numbers slightly different.

I really, really wanted to work with a doctor who treated ailments naturally. I had already gone the modern medicine route and didn’t want to continue down that path. Unfortunately, I couldn’t afford it, not with launching a skincare line later this year. I wouldn’t normally DIY my health, but it was the realistic option.

Based on my labs I was told I could have potential blood sugar, digestion, liver and hormonal issues. I went back to researching, finding what I could do myself in the meantime. I read a congested liver can cause hormonal imbalance, so I did a liver detox. I experienced some purging during this time, so I feel it legitimately cleansed my liver. I found a fantastic article outlining how to lower testosterone and used it as a guide, evaluating my test results. In addition to DIM, I added milk thistle and became more disciplined with probiotics and digestive enzymes. I keep my sugar intake below 25g a day because Google says that’s healthy.

 

I’m a HUGE foodie, like I really, really love food. I could care less if the BF checks out a girl walking by, I’m probably checking out her outfit anyway so we just look like a creepy couple hahaha! The moment he enjoys some new delicacy without me, say a new fried chicken joint, I lose it. Fatty doesn’t play.

I’ve always said I would be heartbroken if I acquired a food allergy or sensitivity.

Well, somewhere I read gluten can affect hormonal imbalances.

Vanity wins again.

 

As of the end of August, I’m now soy, dairy and gluten-free. Honestly, it hasn’t been bad. I actually like the way health food tastes, to the dismay of the BF. What I miss most is deep fried foods coated in gluten… I have dreams that one day I’ll be able to sneak in a cheat day here and there, I’ve been able to have dairy once or twice a week without issue. Fingers crossed I can one day enjoy biscuits and gravy for breakfast again.

 

Now I’m keeping a food journal, logging what I eat daily, aches and pains, and keeping an eye on skin changes to rule out other food sensitivities. I no longer wear foundation, only concealer under my eyes to allow my skin to breath.

My skin looks better than ever. I have breakouts, but they heal quickly with minimal scarring. I’m hopeful within a few months not only will my skin be completely clear but my body will feel even better than it already does. That’s another plus, my body feels amazing. It feels cared for, healthy.

Actually, I have a Clear & Brilliant laser treatment this week as a jump start on acne scarring. The breakouts were pretty bad this year, I think my scarring is noticeable, like battle wounds. I’m really looking forward to getting my old face back, feeling as good about myself externally as I do internally. Between personal growth, taking control of my health, and fully reversing my acne I feel like I’m going to be a whole new person by 2018.

 

The moral of the story? Staying positive is challenging. Having clear skin takes work. There are so many variables, our bodies vary from person to person, there is no one size fits all solution. There is light at the end of the tunnel, there is hope, you can reclaim your body. With discipline, homework, and working with professionals ( whether through printed work, digitally, or in person ) you can defeat your acne.

 

I’ll share again later on once I’ve been successful longer than a few months. Thanks for reading, being interested, for caring. This was definitely a vulnerable subject to share. xo

 

 

 

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I’m taking the care of writing this as if it’s a delicate manuscript… I’ve never taken the time to evaluate my time with cystic hormonal acne. The idea of delving in gives me a pit in my stomach, I start feeling anxious—as I’m writing this I’m becoming aware of how I completely ignored the emotional hold it had over me.

I’ve been putting this off, waiting for the perfect day to dedicate to writing, and now realize I was putting off processing.

Fear and anxiety are such assholes???? Gtfo, right?!

It’s the same old story everyone seems to tell: before acne, I would have breakouts here and there, overall my skin was historically clear with an occasional breakout. Most likely taken for granted.

I found myself looking through my camera roll, dissecting my skin for cysts covered by makeup and looking at dates attempting to pinpoint when it all began. It wouldn’t be hard to see them in photos, I was never a makeup guru, and my cysts would range from a dime to nickel in size. But I didn’t take many selfies, as one would expect.

 

 

If I were to choose a start date for my hormonal acne story, it would be October 2012, making this month my 5 year anniversary.

 

 

I’m letting that sink in.

5. Years.

Here I was thinking I was only pushing 3 years, 4 max.

I would have been on the cusp of my 27th birthday. Maybe it was the 7 year-body-chemistry-changing mark? Or is that a health myth? When exactly does the 7-year mark begin anyway?

Around the same time, I was approaching the end of my second year in Dallas. Beforehand I lived in a small town in South Carolina, sustaining on processed foods, grits, mayo, and whiskey ( I still sustain off mayo, btw ). I didn’t have access to Whole Foods, I hardly knew how to cook. Funny how when I was my least healthy, my skin was clear. After moving to Dallas my diet cleaned up, I ate far healthier than ever before and worked through poor digestion issues. So, maybe my acne was my body screaming at me to heal internally. I wouldn’t see it that way for a long while, though.

 

Compared to others it may not have been that bad, there are definitely people with acne far worse than mine, but it wasn’t MY normal. Something I’ve learned in the treatment room over the years: you may think a small pimple is petty to have anxiety over but it isn’t YOUR experience. It’s the experience of the person dealing with it. It’s unfair to undercut another person’s experience, whether it’s acne or another emotional trigger. When it’s not your normal, a small pimple can be just as emotionally tormenting as dealing with a massive cystic mess. It’s about personal experience, not comparing.

No one seemed to believe me when I would say my acne was bad. Large, painful cysts that seemed so obvious. My fellow estheticians at the spa were aware, I mean it’s our job after all. For the most part, I was able to keep cysts minimized, I knew how to treat them and ensure they weren’t as bad as their potential. So I can understand how someone might think they weren’t that bad, I’m an esthetician with the knowledge to treat acne. I obsessively treated my skin, I kept things manageable. I still do.

 

When my acne first came about I was only a couple years into my career with little experience treating clients with troublesome skin. I would say I specialize in prevention and correction of aging, treating and minimizing inflammatory issues related to sensitive skin and rosacea, and by the end of my acne journey I’ll have a stronger basis for correcting others with acne-prone skin.

See that? I said by the end because I will figure it out. Staying positive and whatnot.

It’s not that I didn’t know how to treat acne skin, I’ve successfully helped many clients control their breakouts and work towards a clear complexion. Every locale varies in what I’ll call “skin culture”. In Dallas, I mostly see dry and dehydrated skin conditions, rosacea and sensitive skin, and by comparison very little acne. Here our culture wants a quick fix, and it doesn’t have to be a natural approach. Most of us run to the dermatologist or med spa, we don’t really go the old school European route of monthly facials. We want fast acting treatments or prescriptions. However, in Austin, the culture is different. The company I work for has a location there, I’ve discussed the difference in clientele at length with another esthetician. She easily sees double the number of acne clients compared to myself.

Anyway, my point is: I had what I now consider a basic understanding of acne. I thought I knew how to treat acne inside and out like I know how to reverse wrinkles and sun damage. Little did I know I had only scratched the surface. I treated my own skin the best way I knew how.

 

For about a year or so I tackled my breakouts with topical products. To a degree, it helped. Once the spa added Hydropeptide and Skinceuticals to our professional arsenal it improved even more so. Hydropeptide’s acne line is designed to control adult hormonal acne, for a while it was my holy grail. Specifically the Redefining Serum, it’s amazing for cystic acne! I used my Nuface for lymphatic drainage, occasionally successful in reducing the size of a painful lump that felt like a golf ball under the skin.

I’m the type who avoids prescription pills until they’re necessary. I remember being at my wit’s end, nearly in tears as I mulled over the decision with the BF. You might say I was dramatic, I was being a snowflake, but I couldn’t get a handle on my cysts. They would come and go every few months. Not only was I a normal human dealing with acne, an emotionally stressful experience, but looking back I’m sure there was a layer of feeling like a failure as an esthetician.

This was when I met my breaking point. October always seemed to be the time of year it would be at its worst.

 

 

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The BF & I, October 2014 in Santa Barbara

 

My skin doesn’t look too bad, right? Dehydrated from the California air, a couple bumps on my chin, a lump on my forehead that hurt but not visible, it blended in. What you can’t see is the massive cyst under my right eye, so swollen I could see it without needing a mirror. It was impossible to cover without being obvious.

I lived in my sunglasses the entire week, I was so embarrassed.

 

Before setting foot in the doctor’s office I knew the options my dermatologist would suggest for treatment: antibiotics, spironolactone, or Accutane. Oh, and retinol. I had been using an over the counter with little success.

In my mind, only one of the three were even on the table. I went into my appointment with my mind made as she listed them off. Antibiotics didn’t make sense to me, I didn’t have an infection—this was textbook hormonal acne. As stressed as I was, Accutane is incredibly harsh and while it’s considered a miracle drug by many, I firmly believe it should be a last resort. I was left with spironolactone, designed to control androgens caused by high testosterone.  No blood work was done to evaluate my hormone levels, only to check potassium levels. I believed it to be a no-brainer and trusted my derm’s knowledge.

I never took more than 25mg per day, even when my dermatologist wanted to bump me up to 50mg. For a short while, I did, but I tend to be sensitive to drugs and couldn’t handle how dehydrated my body felt. Even with such a small dose, I saw major improvement. I still had cysts but it seemed to be contained.

 

When I stumbled upon Skin Authority Vitamin D I saw such improvement with a topical application that I read up on Vitamin D deficiency and immediately added the supplement to my routine. The results blew my mind, it seemed to solve my acne woes so quickly! I was breaking out even less often than when first introducing spironolactone. Side note: I’ve seen those who are deficient add Vitamin D to their daily routine and see amazing changes. Large pores reduced, sensitivities gone, breakouts reduced. It’s seriously worth reading up on to decide if you may be deficient.

I was satisfied, comfortable with a bi-monthly cyst. They were no longer massive, it felt manageable.

 

If only this could have been the end, you know?  I’ll share the second part of my acne story next week. xo

 

 

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The How to Guide for Finding a Good Esthetician http://www.youglowgal.com/how-to-guide-finding-a-good-esthetician/ http://www.youglowgal.com/how-to-guide-finding-a-good-esthetician/#respond Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:00:51 +0000 http://www.youglowgal.com/?p=8071 How to Find a Good Esthetician YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty BloggerFinding a qualified esthetician has the potential to be just as stressful as searching for any other professional. Whether you’re hunting for an OBGYN, hairstylist, tailor, or any other service provider we want the BEST, right? And, like, right now…kthx. We’re not just concerned with quality, value, and experience level, but we want our providers…

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Finding a qualified esthetician has the potential to be just as stressful as searching for any other professional. Whether you’re hunting for an OBGYN, hairstylist, tailor, or any other service provider we want the BEST, right? And, like, right now…kthx.

We’re not just concerned with quality, value, and experience level, but we want our providers to have a good bedside manner. A bangin’ personality is the fluffy icing on top, it’ll seal the deal. I mean we’ve all experienced someone who comes across as a miserable cow, has an air of hating their job, or lacked the care and intent we’re paying for.

You know why regular facials are important and you even have the tools needed to get a budget-friendly facial. Now I’m going to help you find the perfect esthetician!

 

 

spoiler alert: finding a good esthetician isn’t as impossible as it may seem

 

 

One of my fave aspects of YGG is traveling, hunting down the best spas and estheticians in our locale, and bringing that experience back to you.

There is no shortage of amazing estheticians out there, you just need to know how to find them.

Sometimes I communicate with businesses first, which means I end up in the hands of their best skin therapist. Other times I want to relax, if I go to a spa for media coverage I have to be on, you know? Asking questions, not completely turning off, staying as engaged as possible while a skin expert is attempting to do their job of shutting down my brain. I’m sure everyone loves that, ha! Segueing into my first tip:

 

 

Ask for the Lead Esthetician

When in doubt, ask for the Lead Esthetician. Of course, this only applies to a spa setting, not solo skin therapists. The Lead is usually in charge of scheduling training for their team, which can lend to continuing education being a personal priority, keeping everyone’s mind fresh with new ideas and technology. They’re typically in charge of hiring, communicating with brands, and many other factors that bring opportunities to broaden knowledge. If a spa doesn’t have a Lead, ask for the most experienced esthetician. Usually, the staff will be honest. If they don’t know, it’s OKAY to ask the person on the phone to follow up with an answer. You’re investing time and money, be picky, ask questions.

To clarify, by no means am I saying if you find yourself in the hands of a newly licensed esthetician will your experience be poor. I’ve been in a leadership role within a spa, I’ve interviewed a wide spectrum of skin therapists. I’ve meet green estheticians who have blown me away with their knowledge and technique, in addition to seeking top-notch education they were passionate about their career path. 

 

 

Pay the Skin Expert Premium

Don’t want to risk it, don’t have time to do the legwork in finding a skin expert? If you live near a major city, chances are you have access to a renowned celebrity esthetician. With clientele demanding a five-star experience, advanced techniques, high-tech equipment, and a therapist with endless knowledge, you can’t go wrong. These expert estheticians have spent years dedicating time to advancing their careers. In most cases, you won’t be saving dollars BUT it can take the stress out of hunting for you.

In my experience, these experts aren’t more knowledgeable or skilled than your neighborhood esthetician. While they’re experts at their craft, quite frankly you’re paying a premium to be touched by someone who may have given a facial to your favorite celebrity. Other factors that may increase pricing are the location of their spa, luxe product, state of the art technology and equipment, and offering a luxurious experience. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, it comes down to where YOU find value. Be your bougie bad self, girl.

 

 

Word of Mouth & the Internet

How original, amirite? Finding reviews on skin experts is TOUGH, people tend to leave feedback on waxing, massage, or some other aspect of a business, which is part of the reason I started reviewing facial experiences.

Utilize Google, Yelp, Trip Advisor, and social media. Keep an eye out for local “Best Of” publications. If you’re Googling don’t neglect the pages past 1, sometimes you can find blogger reviews deep within search results. And maybe the most obvious solution, ask friends! I find people don’t always advertise they visit an esthetician regularly, it’s not uncommon for their peers to shame with an “oh, that must be nice” or “you’re wasting money”.. my biggest pet peeve, don’t be that person, ya’ll. I could literally rant ALL day.

*schedules blog post*

 

 

what if I need an esthetician in the middle of nowhere?

 

 

I promise you, there’s an esthetician waiting for you, but you might need to dig a little deeper.

I did this for a girlfriend living in Podunk, USA:

Get your notes ready, pull up Google maps, and search the terms esthetician, facial, and spa. I say all three because you’ll sometimes have a business pop up that didn’t show for a particular keyword.

In less populated areas you’ll more than likely find less competition, so you’ll need to put your investigatory journalist hat on.

Reach out to each business, whether it’s a spa/salon or skin therapist with her own studio, and ask a few questions to gauge if they’re a good fit for you. Inquire how much experience they have, how often they’re working, how far in advance do you need to book. In some cases, if a nearby therapist appears to stay busy or it’s difficult to book a last minute appointment with them it could be a sign they’re the individual women in your area run to. Experience and skill aren’t only found in major cities. You can bet a great esthetician will have clients flocking if they’re exceptional.

 

Do you have any killer tricks to finding an esthetician? Spill, girl! xx

 

 

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How to Make Tea with Sun Potion Herbs, It’s Super Easy! http://www.youglowgal.com/how-make-tea-sun-potion-herbs/ http://www.youglowgal.com/how-make-tea-sun-potion-herbs/#respond Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:00:40 +0000 http://www.youglowgal.com/?p=8067 How to Make Tea with Sun Potion Herbs, It's Easy YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty BloggerI know I’m being super trendy here, but I love my Chinese herbs. Label me an obsessed Sun Potion fangirl, I collect these golden wrapped jars like I collect sunscreen. When we travel I go without and by the time we’re heading home I feel unbalanced, sluggish… just off.  Of course, there are other factors…

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I know I’m being super trendy here, but I love my Chinese herbs. Label me an obsessed Sun Potion fangirl, I collect these golden wrapped jars like I collect sunscreen. When we travel I go without and by the time we’re heading home I feel unbalanced, sluggish… just off.  Of course, there are other factors at play but I really do feel these make a difference in my health.

I’ve been incorporating herbs into my daily routine since the beginning of the year, starting out with Moon Juice and gradually switching over to Sun Potion. Moon Juice is good, but Sun Potion is great. Both brands take sourcing seriously, however, Sun Potion is the leader of the pack and their pricing is on par with their quality while Moon Juice is more affordable. If I need to watch my budget I would go with Moon Juice, however I do notice a difference between the two products. In my experience, Sun Potion is a more potent product.

 

so what do Chinese herbs actually do???

 

Sun Potion powdered herbs are known as adaptogens, herbs with the ability to balance stress and normalize processes within our body. If that’s too out there for you, think of them as superfoods. Each herb has its own purpose, rich in vitamins and minerals, to stimulate immunity and restore internal balance. They’re a simple addition to improve your overall well-being

A health foodie’s dream, essentially.

And, I have two suggestions on how to get your Sun Potion fix….

First, join their mailing list for sale alerts. Secondly, many herbs are available through Thrive Market at a discounted price. You can read all about the subscription service here, I’m a biggggggg fan! In case you needed another excuse, you can use my referral link for an additional 25% off your first order, which is exactly what I did to stock up on my potions!

 

lemme show you how I indulge with Sun Potion tonics

 

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When I asked you guys if you were curious about my teas the response was an overwhelming yes! Sun Potion, Moon Juice, and other herbal companies are trending in the wellness world. It doesn’t have to be daunting, it’s actually really easy to add a few herbs into your routine!

I enjoy my herbs two ways: sprinkled into smoothies or brewed into a tea.

One thing to remember when enjoying your herbs, you need a healthy fat to aid in absorption. MCT oil, butter, and ghee are all great options. Even Pearl Butter can be used! Usually, I’ll use MCT oil in my smoothies and ghee in my teas, it’s all personal preference.

You can make your tea without a fancy marshmallow, just know it won’t be sweet, which is how I usually make my teas. I add Smash Mallow when I’m indulgent! The raw cocoa gives it an unsweetened hot chocolate vibe. It’s perfect either way!

Sometimes I like mixing more than a couple herbs in, when that happens I decrease the dose to 1/4 teaspoon per herb.

It’s incredibly easy: grab a saucepan on low-medium heat, toss everything but your marshmallow in, and whisk until ingredients are thoroughly dissolved. Your tea will be ready within 5-7 minutes, time to enjoy!

 

ingredients 

1 cup Califia Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
1 Smash Mallow cinnamon churro marshmallow
1 tbsp raw cocoa powder
1/2 tsp Sun Potion He Shou Wu
1/2 tsp Sun Potion Astragalus
1/4 tsp 4th & Heart vanilla bean ghee
1/4 tsp cinnamon

 

I can’t wait to hear how you guys like your potions and tonics! Keep me in the loop, k? xx

 

 

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I can’t lie, the struggle getting back into my routine after vacationing in Ojai and Santa Babara has been the realest of real. Add in the fact this is likely our last trip for a while, and well… there’s a little sadness. Excitement for launching Sarah Nicole Skincare is there, too. So it’s bittersweet. We keep joking we can’t visit California anymore because of how significantly our productivity is affected! haha

The Central Coast is magical, breathtakingly gorgeous, it just feels like home to us. We’ve stayed 4x now I think? Santa Barbara is easily the most beautiful place I’ve visited in the States, around every hillside is another jaw-dropping view of the ocean or mountains. In Ojai, you can experience a relaxing, zen escape in hippie country ( and hippie country is legit the best hideaway when you need to decompress, definitely not a dirty word here ). Both are a treat to vacation in, each with a unique experience, and close enough you can visit for the day.

 

before we get into spa’ing, a skin update

 

I’m going to start sharing more details about my hormonal acne journey. I think I’ve shared more on IG, so if you only read the blog you may be missing details?

The short story: I’ve been battling hormonal cystic acne for 3 years and this year decided I’d had enough of prescriptions covering up my symptoms. I’ve had bloodwork done, hormones tested, and now I’m eliminating from my diet. I decided to hold off on working with a naturopath because honestly, I just can’t afford it right now.

My skin has improved overall but it’s not 100% yet.

During vacation, my diet went out the window, naturally. I’m not going to miss out on things just because of acne, and I definitely paid for it. My face was the most congested I’ve ever seen it by the time we arrived home, I’m still trying to rid my face of comedones and papules. No cysts though! That’s a win, IMO.

I’m now hardcore cutting out dairy, soy, gluten, and watching my sugar intake. It hasn’t been that hard to cut everything. Until I saw my boyfriend’s hot wings sitting in the fridge. What an asshole, amirite?!

Kidding.

…..or am I?

 

if I think about Float Luxury Spa I can get over the chicken wings

 

 

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Float Luxury Spa is quintessential Santa Barbara lifestyle: casual, relaxed, and luxe. The outdoor garden is perfect to relax in after your session, taking in the sounds of the water fountain. Even being in the heart of downtown, the outdoor space is tranquil.

I’m really digging their color palette of ocean blue and sea foam green, the styling in spa is on point. Relaxing but uplifting at the same time.

Clearly, I’m going to be biased towards Santa Barbara style…

Of all the spa’s I’ve visited, the decor here was the most comforting, where you feel like you’re hanging out in a zen space in your own home.

I love that feeling.

 

 

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Let me tell you though, the linens were NEXT level.

I’ve been obsessing over this Sferra Celine Herringbone throw ever since touching it, mentioning it nearly daily to the BF. If you’re into luxury linens, splurging on throws is your thing…. purchase and thank me later.

They were scattered throughout the spa, they’re just perfect. Vibrant color, heavy woven cotton, warm and cozy.

I may have just received my shipping notification… #treatyoself

 

 

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Float Luxury Spa is a boutique experience, I think I counted 8 or 10 treatment rooms? Quaint and cozy, with a genuine at-home feel as it appears it could have been someone’s home at one point.

Because of its size, I could see how any large groups could be disruptive to solo spa goers. It was a complaint I read on Yelp, and I think it’s a legitimate concern. I didn’t experience any issues of my quiet time being sabotaged!

In addition to the relaxation room, you can hang out in the garden before or after your service.

Seriously though, how adorable is this spa?

 

 

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When I first booked I was planning on having a body treatment, they’re so underrated. My chocolate body wrap last winter was insane, fyi.  After being in the car 20+ hours and already overdue for a massage I switched it last minute to a Float Signature, combining medium and deep pressure. It was perfect, my massage therapist was fantastic and I’m a terrible person because I’ve forgotten her name!!!!

A variety of facials are offered using Skinceuticals, iS Clinical, and Epicuren. After discussing my skin with my esthetician Hiedi, we decided to go with Epicuren’s Clarifying Facial. I usually stay away from facials designed for acne prone skin, I’m nervous they’ll be too stimulating or drying for me. However, Epicuren’s products are super gentle, a great option for sensitive acne prone skin. I didn’t feel any excess warmth or irritation from any products used!

Thanks to Hiedi’s suggestion and knowledge my skin had the best deep cleanse it’s been needing for a while, as problematic as my skin is I really should getting facials monthly.  Much of my congestion either went away or came to a head that evening. Giving myself a facial just isn’t the same!

I was legit jello by the end, exactly what I was looking for.

Another epic spa day for the books. 10/10, y’all, I’d go back in a heartbeat.

 

Do you guys want to hear more about my acne journey leading up to this point? What I had cut out, vitamins I added, etc? Comment below with your thoughts. xx

 

 

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How to Heal Your Skin After Over Exfoliating http://www.youglowgal.com/how-to-heal-your-skin-after-over-exfoliating/ http://www.youglowgal.com/how-to-heal-your-skin-after-over-exfoliating/#respond Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:00:43 +0000 http://www.youglowgal.com/?p=7984 How to Heal Your Skin From Over Exfoliating YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty BloggerPicture this: you’ve been taking REALLY good care of your skin, you’re loving how it looks and feels. You recently purchased an exfoliating serum everyone’s raving about on social media. But within a week or so your skin seems to have turned on you, like it’s ANGRY as hell. Maybe it’s burning, itchy, really dry and…

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How to Heal Your Skin From Over Exfoliating YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty Blogger

Picture this: you’ve been taking REALLY good care of your skin, you’re loving how it looks and feels. You recently purchased an exfoliating serum everyone’s raving about on social media. But within a week or so your skin seems to have turned on you, like it’s ANGRY as hell.

Maybe it’s burning, itchy, really dry and flaky. Your face feels tight constantly, but not in the good way like you just had a facelift. More like you feel as if your face could crack at any second. You’re Googling away when you stumble upon an article and all the dots connect.

 

you’ve been over exfoliating the whole time

 

We’ve all been there, don’t feel ashamed or guilty about it. Most of us over exfoliate, I see it all the time in the treatment room. Even I make the mistake of over doing it with acids or retinol, I like playing in new products and I have sensitive skin. I mean what’s a girl to do, you know??

Everyone will vary in frequency, our skins are all different and change all the time. Sensitive skin types won’t be able to exfoliate as often as thicker skin, and that is OKAY. It doesn’t mean your skin won’t receive the same benefits, your needs are just different.  If you feel any of the symptoms of over exfoliating, no worries. I have solutions for you, I always have your back here!

 

let’s heal our skin now, k?

 

The problem is that our skin’s barrier has been destroyed by scrubs, acids or retinol. We can bring it back to life though, it just needs time to heal.

First, we step away from our exfoliants and give our skin a break. This can take anywhere from a few days up to a few weeks depending upon on bad we let it get.

Then we help our skin repair. Think juicy, nourishing products. The ones you might have ignored because they didn’t have your favorite exfoliating ingredient. Gentle creamy or oil based cleansers, nourishing moisturizers, and facial oils.

Keep it simple! Cleanse, maybe apply a hydrating serum, a moisturizer and in the evening apply a layer of oil on top. Doing so will act like a sealant, not allowing any moisture to escape your skin and prevent that uncomfortable feeling.

If you feel like you did a number on your skin and the barrier needs some extra TLC, use Skinceuticals Epidermal Repair in place of your moisturizer to soothe and heal your skin. My fave ice roller would probably feel amazing too!

 

sit back relax & let your skin do its thing

 

When you start back on your exfoliation grind follow up with anti-inflammatory and soothing ingredients and maintain using nourishing moisturizers and/or oils afterward. Proper exfoliation creates smooth, refreshed, glowing skin. If you continue to have issues re-evaluate your exfoliating products, it’s possible your product just isn’t right for your skin type! When in doubt, find an esthetician to guide you through finding the perfect balancing routine.

 

What’s your go-to when you know you’ve overdone it on your skin?? Mine is usually May Lindstrom’s Blue Cocoon, I love how calming it is! Comment below with any crazy stories you have with over exfoliating… I’ll share mine! xx

 

 

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8 Signs You’re Over Exfoliating Your Skin http://www.youglowgal.com/8-signs-over-exfoliating/ http://www.youglowgal.com/8-signs-over-exfoliating/#respond Mon, 07 Aug 2017 13:00:22 +0000 http://www.youglowgal.com/?p=1098 8 Signs You're Over Exfoliating YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Beauty BloggerExfoliating is a crucial beauty regimen step, but what happens if you overdo it? Not enough and your products can’t penetrate rough, dull skin. Too much and you could be dealing with uncomfortable, unhappy skin. Finding a delicate balance between over exfoliating and getting just the right amount is unique to your skin.  If you have an arsenal…

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8 Signs You're Over Exfoliating YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Beauty Blogger

Exfoliating is a crucial beauty regimen step, but what happens if you overdo it? Not enough and your products can’t penetrate rough, dull skin. Too much and you could be dealing with uncomfortable, unhappy skin.

Finding a delicate balance between over exfoliating and getting just the right amount is unique to your skin.  If you have an arsenal of acids, scrubs, and exfoliating tools it’s important to become familiar with reading your skin, so you can avoid over exfoliating and always have that glow.

How often you should exfoliate varies from person to person. Start by adhering to the instructions label on your exfoliant of choice and build up from there. If you feel any of the symptoms mentioned below, cut back on frequency. Thin, sensitive, and reactive skin should build up gradually while thick, oily skin can typically handle more. You may find your skin can tolerate more in warm, humid months and less in the winter when skin is dry and more easily irritated.

If you use multiple exfoliating products be cautious of how many you’re using in your routine. Whether you’re layering exfoliants in your evening routine or splitting them up between morning and night, combining AHA’s, BHA’s, Retinol, or scrubs can be too aggressive. Pay attention to your skin and know when to cut back.

 

Everyone’s symptoms are unique depending upon skin type, products being used, and how aggressive you’ve exfoliated. Kind of like a choose your own adventure, but less fun.

 

 

Inflammation, increased sensitivity, itching, and/or burning

Red, reactive, itchy, burning skin may be the most obvious out of the symptoms. This is a sign your barrier has been compromised, the layer that protects your skin from irritants and allergens. Be careful when using towels and cloths to dry your face as they can be even more irritating to your skin, even a sweaty workout sesh can cause irritation. Skin in this state is prone to contact dermatitis.

 

Your breakouts aren’t getting better or are worsening

When your skin’s barrier has been broken down bacteria is allowed in, turning your face into a breeding ground for pimples.  Excessive exfoliation can also cause hypersensitivity in the skin, triggering acne. This can sometimes be confused with purging. If you’ve been purging for more than two weeks, it’s not a purge. It’s inflammation.

 

Skin appears shiny and artificial

The appearance of shiny, artificial skin is common from over exfoliating with acids or retinol. By artificial, I mean your skin looks waxy or like plastic. Light reflects easily off of over exfoliated skin because its natural texture has been overly smoothed, creating an unnatural appearance. This is super common with Retin-A users!

 

Your skin is dry and tight

Do you feel like you can’t smile without your face cracking? Maybe more so after cleansing? When your skin has been stripped of its natural oils, its lost its natural lubrication. Every skin type can experience a lack of oil, whether you’re dry or oily, and become tight and uncomfortable.

 

Rough skin, flaking, and/or peeling

Yet another sign your barrier has been compromised.  Another side effect is your skin losing the ability to retain water. Any moisture being applied is escaping, because the acid mantle is destroyed. The result is a rough texture, leaving you to believe you need to exfoliate more, and the last thing you should be doing.

 

Dehydrated, crepey skin

Dehydration can manifest as dry or rough skin, but a tall tale sign is the sudden appearance of wrinkles. If you feel your eyes suddenly appear crepey, or your expression lines are more significant, your skin is thirsty. So don’t go running for Botox yet!

 

Your skin is more oily than usual

On the flip side of skin feeling dry and tight, skin can also overcompensate its oil production in an attempt to protect its self due to water loss. You guessed it, it’s that compromised barrier I keep mentioning. Feel like your oil production is excessive? Can’t stop reaching for blotting papers? Your skin is thirsty, again.

 

are you noticing a theme around over exfoliating?

 

A healthy acid mantle, aka your skin’s barrier function, is vital for balanced skin. Next week I’ll share with you how to restore your skin back to a healthy, happy state!

 

Any tips or tricks you’ve learned along the way when you’ve over exfoliated? Comment below and share the beauty secrets with us! xx

 

 

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Do You Know How to Care for Your Sensitive Rosacea Skin? http://www.youglowgal.com/know-care-sensitive-rosacea-skin/ http://www.youglowgal.com/know-care-sensitive-rosacea-skin/#comments Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:00:09 +0000 http://www.youglowgal.com/?p=7952 Do You Know How to Care for Your Sensitive Rosacea Skin YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty BloggerI’m pretty proud of myself for getting a post on rosacea up within a ( fairly ) reasonable time, unlike my how to guide on using Nuface. There have been requests for a guide on how to treat rosacea, the nice part is that many of these tips can apply to sensitive skin as well! Both…

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Do You Know How to Care for Your Sensitive Rosacea Skin YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty Blogger

I’m pretty proud of myself for getting a post on rosacea up within a ( fairly ) reasonable time, unlike my how to guide on using Nuface. There have been requests for a guide on how to treat rosacea, the nice part is that many of these tips can apply to sensitive skin as well! Both skin conditions should be treated delicately, caution always a priority.

Rosacea fam, you have a lot of rules to abide by. It can be high maintenance, just know diligence will keep your flair ups minimized, redness reduced, and skin healthy.

 

the things to avoid

 

Dairy, spicy foods, cleansing with hot water, hot yoga, steam… really anything topically or internally that raises your temperature can be a trigger.

In skincare, fragrance, scrubs, sulfates, alcohol/witch hazel ( or anything drying ) need to be on your radar when checking labels. Rose is a vasodilator and can cause a red flushing to the skin, it isn’t harmful but it may cause unwanted pink tones. When you’re out shopping for products claiming to be for sensitive skin, double check the ingredient deck. I love Darphin but even they use fragrance.

When it comes to professional treatments communicate with your esthetician, let them know what your skin is like. Aggressive treatments need to be avoided. That said every sensitive/rosacea skin is different, so a very, very gentle sweep of microdermabrasion may not be triggering for some while others can hardly tolerate the fibers of a hand towel. Choosing a hydrating or calming facial is your best option but really, almost any treatment can be customized by your esthetician to fit your skin’s needs. I’ll have a post on how to find a good esthetician in the near future to alleviate any stress in searching for someone!

A detailed comprehensive list of triggers can be found here.

 

the things you can do

 

Don’t you hate being told no?! Me too. Let’s talk about what you CAN do, the fun stuff.

 

You can exfoliate.

Again, every rosacea skin is different so listen to it, pay attention to how it reacts, and spot test new products always. Some sensitive skin clients receive enough exfoliation just from using a hand towel while cleansing. If you’re wanting more look for enzyme treatments, low percentage acids, or gentle retinol once a week. No scrubs!

 

You can cleanse.

Duh, right? Gentle cleansers without sulfates or fragrance are your face friends. If you’re oily, look for foam/mousse cleansers, and dry skin types will benefit from cream cleansers. When in doubt, Cerave is always a safe bet. I’m cautious of suggesting oil cleansers for inflammatory conditions, skip on down to “nourish” for the deets.

 

You can nourish. 

Masks and serums are a great way to gently replenish, calm, and hydrate your sensitive skin. I don’t have rosacea but I am sensitive, so I definitely have a few favorites to share with you!

When it comes to masking, Skinceuticals Phyto Corrective Mask ($57) or Skinceuticals Biocellulose Mask ($120) are both super effective and can live in your fridge! Phyto Corrective Mask is ideal for weekly ( or more frequently ) treatments while I have Biocellulose for intense flare-ups.

For daily maintenance Dermalogica UltraCalming Serum Concentrate ($58) is fantastic but my ULTIMATE fave is Hydropeptide Soothing Serum ($130). Yes, it’s expensive… I haven’t had it in my personal rotation for a while because of its price, but nothing else can compare to how effectively it controls rosacea IMO.

Okay, and my secret weapon… ensuring your lipid balance is in check will make a world of difference in how inflamed or pink your skin is. I’ve talked about the importance of ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acids in your routine before.

Over the last year, I’ve been putting my clients on either Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore or Cerave Gel Renewal Oil. The results? A reduction in inflammation, redness, rosacea pimples, improved texture. It’s like magic for your skin! Or really science I guess, ha!

 

You can play.

Anyone else have Barbie Girl stuck in their head now?  Literally, it’s been stuck in mine for the last 30 min since writing that line.

Anyway…

I have two tools I like for calming. The first one is a jade roller, known for calming as the stones remain cool to the touch whether or not you store it in your fridge. Then we have my new found friend, the ice roller. Not only can you use it when your sensitive skin is triggered, but it’s equally awesome for eczema or contact dermatitis anywhere on the body. Other benefits include de-puffing, shrinking pores, making your face feel alive with ice cold steal. I love mine!

 

I think that pretty much covers it?? If I think of anything else I’ll come back and make additions! Comment below if you have any fave calming products we need to know about, k? And if you have any requests for future posts… let me know? xx

P.S. crystals and candles are optional! hahaha

 

 

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The Most Yummy Pearl Butter for Your Morning Routine http://www.youglowgal.com/yummy-pearl-butter-morning-routine/ http://www.youglowgal.com/yummy-pearl-butter-morning-routine/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:00:23 +0000 http://www.youglowgal.com/?p=7838 The Most Yummy Pearl Butter for Your Morning Routine YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty Blogger  I’ve never been one to make new years resolutions, 2017 wasn’t any different. Mid-January I began several lifestyle changes: I ( for the most part ) cut out alcohol,  started obsessing over health food and supplements, made self-care a focus. A complete overhaul in how I live. Now in July my mind and body…

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The Most Yummy Pearl Butter for Your Morning Routine YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty Blogger

 

I’ve never been one to make new years resolutions, 2017 wasn’t any different. Mid-January I began several lifestyle changes: I ( for the most part ) cut out alcohol,  started obsessing over health food and supplements, made self-care a focus. A complete overhaul in how I live. Now in July my mind and body just feel better, anxiety and feeling sluggish are both gone.

 

my obsession with health food is still going strong

 

It all started with green smoothies every AM, then I was introduced to adaptogensshortly followed by a Thrive Market addiction.

So when I stumbled upon Pearl Butter,  a mixture of coconut meat, herbs, and adaptogens ( everything you want to know about adaptogens explained here ),  it became an instant fave. It’s basically a health foodie’s dream: sugar and dairy free, organic, and freakin’ delicious.

100% not sponsored at all, I can’t get enough of this stuff!

I started with Bliss Butter, a blend to uplift your mood with 13 adaptogens and some fancy berry I’ve never heard of. I loved it so much I grabbed Beauty Butter next, a combo of pearl and pitaya.

They’re super versatile, guilt free, and pretty! You can eat these butters straight out of the jar, mix in coffee and smoothies, put on pancakes and waffles… I mean anything. I’ll pop a jar into the microwave for 30 secs and drizzle away! I swear it can make your smoothie taste like a milkshake.

 

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my FAVORITE way to indulge though?

 

Fancy as af yogurt bowls.

Load them up with all the cocoa nibs, berries, seeds and a heavy drizzle of warm Pearl Butter. The reason it’s so good??? Once Pearl Butter cools down you can break it up into the most delicious chunks of coconut magic. I don’t even know how to explain the texture… kinda like brittle but softer? It totally takes your yogurt bowl to the next level. Easily my favorite snack that’s sweet enough to be dessert and healthy enough to curb guilt.

 

meet Kati Holland, the brain child of Pearl Butter

 

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photo: Kati Holland

 

Once I heard Kati’s story, I had to share it with you guys!

Pearl Butter came to be through her own healing journey.

Shortly after being prescribed birth control for acne ( like every other friend we know ) her lymphatic system was under attack, a rare side effect of the contraceptive. Hopping from one doctor to the next, she was told she would have to live with her illness. Not one to take suffering for an answer, she began looking for alternative medicine options where the message was totally different. Eastern therapists told her the problems could be resolved! It would take time but it was 100% possible.

Kati will be the first to tell you not ALL alternative therapies work, skepticism is healthy. The wellness world is still an industry filled with practitioners preying on vulnerability, and it’s up to us as the consumer to do our research and practice caution… as with many aspects of life.

Through Kati’s journey, she found therapies to heal her body, ranging from lymphatic treatments to Chinese Medicine and adaptogens. Each of her Pearl Butters are created with herbs she found helpful throughout her treatment, crushed pearl being one of them! Pearl is loaded with amino acids, a building block of protein. Her purple Bliss Butter can aid in anxiety, something so many of us struggle with. I personally throw Bliss Butter into smoothies on days I feel I need some mood lifting.

 

and Kati’s ultimate wellness tip?

 

“Know what works for you. There will always be a different fad or “superfood” out there, but every body is different and requires different “fuel”, whether that’s food, exercise, or emotional support.”

 

Pearl Butter is undergoing a relaunch in the very near future, so keep your eye out for items being restocked and lots of new goodies being offered! I’m already obsessing over what’s to come, ha!

 

 

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Sesen Skin Body Wellness in Denver http://www.youglowgal.com/sesen-skin-body-wellness-in-denver/ http://www.youglowgal.com/sesen-skin-body-wellness-in-denver/#respond Mon, 17 Jul 2017 14:00:26 +0000 http://www.youglowgal.com/?p=7836 Sesen Skin Body Wellness in Denver YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty BloggerLast month we headed off to Denver for a long weekend of scoping out neighborhoods for our upcoming move. Spoiler alert…. I can’t stop counting down to the end of our lease. Visiting a place with the intent of moving there, exploring the way you would as a local, may leave you obsessed with being…

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Sesen Skin Body Wellness in Denver YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty Blogger

Last month we headed off to Denver for a long weekend of scoping out neighborhoods for our upcoming move. Spoiler alert…. I can’t stop counting down to the end of our lease. Visiting a place with the intent of moving there, exploring the way you would as a local, may leave you obsessed with being there ASAP. At least that’s what’s going on for me. I’m  reeling it back in so I can be present in the now ( trying to anyway ).

I know there are many of you reading who were hoping I’d return hating Denver, with an announcement that we’ve changed our minds on moving. Know it isn’t easy for me! But let’s enjoy our visits together till the end, k? Because I’m going to miss you and want to enjoy every last minute!

Seriously.

I’m going to get emotional and emotions are awkward so….

 

let’s talk about Sesen Skin Body Wellness instead

 

While researching spas to visit in Denver I wanted something different.

Living in Dallas, wellness centers are minimal. We have like…two, way out in the suburbs. I stay in my little downtown bubble, I’m not fighting traffic to venture far off lands.

Sesen Skin Body Wellness takes a natural approach to skincare. Less is more, internal wellbeing is taken into account, and your treatment is customized and adapted while you’re on the table. Skin goes through changes frequently, so receiving treatments with this in mind just makes sense.

Then there’s Stacy, owner and head esthetician who also happens to nerd out over science and skincare. AND she’s working towards her naturopathy certification. There are a plethora of amazing, knowledgeable estheticians out there, and you can bet Stacy is included on that list.

…and Sesen carries Rhonda Allison, Laurel Canyon, Moon Juice and Sun Potion.

 

how could I not book a facial here!?

 

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A variety of treatments are offered, ranging from a deep cleansing European style to more advanced treatments like dermaplaning. After reading my intake form, Stacy decided a manual lymphatic drainage treatment combined with LED therapy ( my FAVE ) would be the best route for my skin.

ugh, YOU GUYS.

My skin was SO freakin’ clear afterward!

Like the clearest it’s been in what feels like ages.

I’ve been battling with hormonal acne and congestion, the treatment made a huge impact within a short period of time. The next day though? Congestion I couldn’t get rid of was non-existent. Weeks later it’s back, but that’s not any reflection of Stacy’s skilled hands. She gave her opinion on the route I’m taking in figuring out my skin issues, like testing for hormonal imbalances and food sensitivities, it’s more likely the culprit.

 

and you know I had to find out how to treat my skin at high altitude

 

Denver is located at a high altitude if you aren’t familiar with its geography. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t already thinking about the adjustments I’ll need to make to my routine.

Stacy warned not to be surprised if I find I need to revamp my routine due to products no longer working for my skin. Dallas technically has a dry climate, but Denver is far drier. Over the weekend it was impossible to stay hydrated and I wasn’t even consuming alcohol. Well, except for having champagne with dinner in Vail… but that was it.

These tips will work well for anyone living in dry climates, you don’t have to be in the mountains!

Stacy suggests drinking a minimum of 3 liters of water per day, doubling your omega 3 intake, and investing in a quality humidifier. Take it a step further by receiving hydrating IV infusions if your city offers them.

 

If you’ve been keeping up on IG, look at how much better my skin is looking compared to months back!

Progress, y’all. It’s getting better and better.

What seems like immediately after typing the above sentence, my skin blew up 4 days ago. My hormone test results came in, I’ll be working with Stacy and Sesen’s onsite doctor to guide me through a natural treatment plan.  Stay tuned! 

 

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