Hi babes! It's been awhile since I have posted [sorry!] – between the newborn schedule, toddler twins, and going back to work it has been difficult to figure out a routine to post regularly but I promise I do have some fun posts down the pipeline [like this one]. Anyways, I am super excited to share this post because I know I learned a lot prepping it and I hope it helps y'all, too!
So, recently, I met with Tammy Golden, a Licensed Master Esthetician to discuss treatments to target the dark spots on my face. All together now - can we say brown mustache? I can't be the only person out there with this issue. I also have a large dark spot on my forehead and some sun damage on my cheeks that have been bothering me. On top of these issues I have just generally felt that my skin tone was lackluster and dull. I think that just comes along with being 31 and having three kids under two. Hashtag MomLyfe, right?
Anyways, meeting with Tammy – she was awesome, super knowledgeable and realistic to boot! She gave me plenty of info to educate me on some of my issues but gave me a realistic plan to target my main concerns without breaking the bank. In the end she suggested a combination of chemical peels, IPL (Intensed Pulse Light) therapy, Vitamin C, and sunscreen with zinc AND titanium.
First things first – going in to this meeting I was totally confused. I had done a bunch of research and couldn't quite figure out what I needed and what all the different treatments provided. Tammy broke it all down for me [so I could break it down for y'all]. Essentially, facials, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and IPL are all different methods of sloughing off layers of dead skin cells to make way for new skin cell growth. The only difference is basically how intense they are [how much dead skin they remove].
The image provides the basic info on each procedure and how often Tammy recommended each procedure be done. These are just general guidelines and change depending on certain skin conditions. For example, for me, Tammy suggested that I get the max 3 chemical peels per year plus at least 1 IPL service because I have melasma (that's the dark spot condition). She says the combination of these will significantly reduce the dark spots as well as targeting my concerns regarding dull skin tone.
Last, but certainly not least, I want to talk sunscreen. I am overly obsessed with sunscreen on my face – I use it daily and if you're not using sunscreen on your face you need to add it to your daily regimen stat. First, there is no reason to prematurely age the delicate skin on your face. Second, skin cancer [melanoma] is a serious issue and when melanoma is found on your face, neck, and ears it can be some of the most aggressive forms of skin cancer [says my dermatologist]. So screen up y'all! But, Tammy informed me that I need to make sure that my screen has zinc and titanium in it and is at least SPF 30. For my skin, which is prone to hypermpigmentation, she suggest the EltaMD line. I tried a few out and like the UV Clear tinted sunscreen which is SPF 46. I like this one because even though it's a sunscreen it also really moisturizes my skin. I cannot stand putting on sunscreen and my face feeling dry and this product did not leave me feeling dry at all. Also, because it's tinted - ever so slightly - it leaves your skin with that nice dewey glow. You can find the product on Amazon here - but please research and beware of fake products on Amazon!
I am scheduling my first chemical peel next week and will update y'all on the procedure and what I thought about it. Have any of you had a chemical peel, microderm, or IPL? Let us know what you thought by leaving a comment or messaging me!