Last week, I had the amazing opportunity to experience my first facial ever. A friend from high school reached out to me because she is the Director of Operations at Lumiere RN, a medspa of sorts, in my hometown. I agreed to receive a treatment from her and let y’all know how it went, so thank you Carolyna! 🙂
Some background info: I had never had a facial before, mainly because I didn’t even know what kind of facial would be best for my skin. I have sensitive skin and I didn’t want to unnecessarily cause irritation. That being said, my skincare routine consists of a gentle cleanser, eye cream and moisturizer. I try to keep it simple!
Carolyna reached out to me offering a variety of services — HydraFacial, chemical peels, Botox, fillers, IV therapy — because Lumiere RN can do just about anything. I had heard a little about HydraFacials and how they’re great for any skin type so we planned on doing that. HydraFacials involve a four-step vortex process. This video explains how HydraFacial works!
Once I got there, I talked with Carolyna about how I wanted my skin to improve. I have pretty normal skin, some oily spots and dry patches, and I wanted to increase its luminosity. Carolyna took a bright light to my face to clearly see my problem areas. She actually recommended doing a combination facial of both the HydraFacial vortex extraction and VI micro-peel with a little dermaplaning. Here’s how it went down.
- Gentle cleanser. Carolyna washed my face with a super gentle cleanser to start.
- HydraFacial vortex extraction. She used the HydraFacial machine to painlessly extract junk from my problem area pores (a.k.a. blackheads around my nose and chin).
- Dermaplaning. This was my favorite part! Dermaplaning is a gentle exfoliation process. Basically, she shaved off the top layer of my skin with a teeny tiny scalpel. She also removed all the peach fuzz from my face, leaving my skin smooth for perfect makeup application.
- Skin Cueticals micro-peel. We decided on the micro-peel because it’s the gentlest chemical peel there is. Carolyna calls it the “red carpet peel” because there is little to no downtime — you could literally go to an event that day and your skin would look flawless. She left the peel on for about a minute or so and it was a little tingly.
- Hydrating serum. After removing the peel, she applied two hydrating serums containing hyalauranic acid to lock in moisture.
- Light treatment. Carolyna covered my eyes and placed a super bright red and white light over my face for about ten minutes. This type of light therapy boosts collagen production, increases circulation and reduces inflammation. It was also surprisingly relaxing.
- Sunscreen. Lastly, she applied sunscreen to my face. It’s extra important to wear sunscreen or moisturizer containing SPF following a facial. Exfoliation by dermaplaning or chemical peels exposes underlying skin that is more sensitive to the sun.
Following my facial, Carolyna told me not to do anything that would make my face sweaty for the rest of the day (as if I needed an excuse to postpone my workout 😉 ). She said to use only lukewarm water on my face and wash with gentle cleanser. My skin felt so freaking soft!
Since I had never had a facial before, I wasn’t sure how my skin would react. I did experience some redness on my cheeks the day after but Carolyna gave me a few serums to help with that (which they did immensely). My skin also started to feel a little rough — like I said, I have sensitive skin, so it was due to my skin cells rebuilding after experiencing that heavy exfoliation. The serums helped with that, too. Now, my face feels smooth and looks bright — it’s a lot easier to apply makeup.
Here are the after photos — please excuse the no makeup/weird lighting! You can start to see a few areas where I had redness, but my skin looked super glowy and dewy.
Overall, I had an incredibly relaxing experience. Carolyna was incredibly educated about each product she applied to my skin, which she explained throughout the facial. She was also completely honest about how my skin could react — she underpromised and overdelivered (and didn’t push products, either!). I definitely recommend her if you’re in the Houston area.
I’m still super interested in trying out a full-on HydraFacial to see how my skin reacts — have any of y’all with sensitive skin tried it before? Let me know!
My skincare essentials: