I Tried 5 Buzzy Skincare Treatments Before My 40th Birthday — Here Are My Reviews

I Tried 5 Buzzy Skincare Treatments Before My 40th Birthday — Here Are My Reviews

Welcome to I Tried It Month, where we will publish a new fashion, beauty, or wellness article every day in January featuring a first-person account of eliminating old habits, avoiding the comfort zone , or just trying something new. Track 31 days of storytelling, with everything from no cellphone for 40 days to try out the polarizing low-rise pants trend. Editorial Note: These treatments were made in January of 2020, before the pandemic. If you’re not comfortable with in-office treatments right now, try these professional-level DIY facials or products our editors prefer rather than beauty services. Remember being a teenager in high school and thinking 40 was old? I vividly remember being 15 or 16 years old and I think I will know everything by the time I am 25. I think I will be able to grow up well in the career that I dreamed of and marrying a baby — 25 seems so far away. . For the record, I knew nothing at age 25 and felt anything but aging. But oh, the speed of time. Here I am, a year from being 40, I have been married for 12 years, and our son has just turned 11 years old. Even now, I can’t say with confidence that I feel like I’m an adult. My husband and I still looked at each other with skeptical expressions wondering how we got here. I'm sure many of you reading this can relate.

Of course, the old adage is still true: You only feel as old as you are. Even though I don’t like it, the mirror tells me a different story. It’s a daily reminder that the time will come and you can’t stop him. And don't get me wrong — I'm about to grow old beautifully, but I want to be beautiful as I do. For me, it’s all about taking care of my skin’s health. I’ve been on a cleanse-tone-moisturize-sunscreen routine since I was 14 years old (thanks, mom!), And it’s slowly built up with monthly facials, lasers, and a few injectables. With my big 4-0 coming up, I want to try some tricky skincare treatments to help turn the clock back a bit and make sure my skin looks 100 when the day comes. Read on to find out what I did with my honest thinking, and feel free to DM me at @skinlexicon if you have any questions!

I've already written about my experience with glue under the eyes and lip filler, and I loved both, but I was really careful about who I looked for injectables and what filler I used. Most people have some apprehension about testing fillers because there are many examples where it goes wrong. “Unfortunately, a lot of people walk around with a filler that you can see and recognize that it’s done badly with an unnatural result,” said Nancy Samolitis, MD, FAAD, of Facile Dermatology + Boutique in Los Angeles. "Because of this, many people have the misconception that all filling treatments will look like this. When the appropriate filler product is used in the right technique, injected at the right depth in the right quantity, it is not should look or look unnatural. " This is the case in my experience with having facial liquid. Samolitis chose different types of filler and Botox to suit specific parts of my face to ensure a natural look that still has movement and doesn ' t look hard or excessive. There is still a lot of confusion around when/where/how to use fillers or Botox, so I asked Samolitis to settle the debate once and for all.

Botulinum toxin (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, and Jeuveau are all of various brands): "It's known as a neuromodulator," Samolitis explains. "That means it binds to a particular receptor at a nerve ending which prevents the nerve from communicating with a muscle, therefore reducing muscle activity. These products are used to reduce wrinkles that associated with certain facial movements/expressions.It is most commonly used for areas such as the frown line between the eyebrows (aka the "eleven"), forehead lines, and crow ' s lines ; s-feet. It can also be used for upper lip lines, chin dimpling, and neck lines. ”New techniques use these products to create lift through relaxing muscles that are natural depressors in the face and neck. For example, the muscles that pull down the eyebrows or jowls can be relaxed to create a very slight increase in appearance. More exciting and new The uses for these products include the injection of micro-droplets into the skin (rather than into the muscle) to reduce oil production in the pores, reduce sweating, shrink blood vessels to reduce redness/flushing, and smooth skin texture. There may be some benefits for treating acne and rosacea, but they are still being studied. ” Fillers: These products change the volume. The most commonly used fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, which is a sugar molecule that binds to a gel-like injectable and is placed on various levels of the skin and deeper tissues to replace lost tissue. us in aging or enhancing tissue that we don’t have naturally. Some thicker fillers are used more suited to the bone and the fat compartment in the face to create contour (e.g., volumizing and contouring the cheeks, temples, and jawline). “Fillers that are smooth and [bouncier and more elastic] are used for smoothing and filling the lips and around the mouth where there is a lot of movement,” Samolitis explains. "If a thicker filler is used in these areas or injected superficially, it can create an unnaturally tough or overly plumped appearance. Finally, very thin, almost watery, fillers is used to create a hydrated effect on the top layers of the skin or fill. on very fine lines or acne scars. "

Samolitis used a variety of filler and botox around my face during treatment, and in most cases, he says we need a combination of the products described above to create a proper overall result. “Signs of facial aging are often a combination of loss of volume including bone resorption and reducing the size of fat pockets that give our face its characteristic shape and thinning of the skin leading to fine lines and texture changes, "he explained. Injectables should also always be included in skin rejuvenation techniques including a good skin care regimen, sun protection, and in-office procedures such as micro-needle or laser resurfacing. He tells me any medspa that only provides injectables is harming the patient by not treating the skin and educating the patient on sun and environmental damage. Listen, listen. The other bonus of getting filler is that it really helps to create more collagen. The injection creates a small wound and a stretch of cells called fibroblasts in the dermal layer of the skin. This stimulus initiates a cascade of wound healing signals that ultimately lead to the production of new collagen. Obviously, this is on a very small scale, but frequent repeated injections of filler in the same area (usually on the lips, a fine wrinkle, or acne scars) will lead to longer lasting results over weather. Of course, injectables aren’t cheap but the good news is, you don’t have to take them as often. Botulinum toxin is on average for three to four months while filler can be anywhere from three months to several years (this depends on the type of filler, area treated, amount of filler used, and human metabolism) .

If you haven't heard of The Beauty Sandwich but I suggest checking it out on the Instagram stat. Creator, Iván Pol, is coming to a new era of noninvasive and nontoxic beauty treatments using his unique method of skin whitening — and the Hollywood A-list is already lined up. As a long -time fashion and celebrity makeup artist, Pol wanted an alternative way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles without needles and saw an opportunity in the market for natural alternatives to “looking our best” and staying young. So she developed The Beauty Sandwich, a unique and customized combination of advanced radiofrequency including monopolar, bipolar, and infrared RF. The technique organically boosts and builds collagen to give a filler -like look, and I’m obsessed!

So what is magic sauce? Why does it work? While there ' t many devices out there that show improvement in skin resurfacing and remodeling, Pol found that the secret to delivering lasting results is by combining or stacking one technique with another, such as a sandwich. Pol stacks the two radio frequency (RF) devices on top of each other. The first is a monopolar system called Pellevé, which means RF (radio frequency) can penetrate deeply until the tissue reaches a certain temperature. This deep energy (like heat to the client) tightens the skin while at the same time stimulating the fibroblasts, which are the workforce cells that make new collagen and elastic skin fibers.

The second is the eMatrix system, which is a bipolar RF device that limits its energy to higher skin levels. It also stimulates fibroblasts and causes some superficial exfoliation. The combination of the two creates The Sandwich, which provides an immediate tension effect on long-term stimulation of fibroblasts. Add some great topical skincare, and you get the radiant glow we all seek. But, of course, the big question is, how much does it cost and how long does it last? Although the results are case-by-case, Pol tells me that he typically recommends six to eight treatments with touch-ups before major events, but the results can take up to a year or so. more. They’re priced from $ 850 to $ 1400, so it’s not exactly cheap, but when you think about how long it lasts, it’s comparable to filler, and it’s completely natural and safe. “It’s the natural alternative to have a skin -like filler -like look,” Pol says. "I think The Beauty Sandwich is weight training. We strengthen and energize muscles to help stimulate collagen which nourishes and lifts the skin, contours the face and defines the jawline." visible results after only one session, and that continues two weeks after. In fact, I had a glow after the treatment for up to three days after the procedure, but this is the gift that continues to give. Pol said four to 15 days after treatment, your body’s natural reaction to heal comes into play while fibroblasts are present, and the process of collagen regeneration begins. And it continued for days, weeks, even months after treatment. But aside from the aesthetic results, the biggest change Pol saw was in the way women felt about themselves after a series of treatments. “That’s boosting their self -esteem, the voicemails I receive when they like what they see, that empowerment is why I created The Beauty Sandwich,” she told me. “I have always believed that beauty comes from within. It starts with the bed and the blankets you sleep on until you eat. Same goes for what you put on your skin. ”

I met celebrity esthetician Matthew Miller for a monthly facial even last year. He’s one of my favorites in L.A. area and really the most reasonable price I have seen here as well. So when he told me about his new treatment, DermalStem Regeneration, my ear tingled and I immediately booked an appointment with him. In short, this treatment is a fantastic alternative to micro-needling without any pain or downtime. While I am there for anti-aging effects, it can also help with other concerns such as acne, hyperpigmentation, and dry skin.

So what is it? Well, DermalStem Regeneration is another treatment that stimulates the growth of, you guessed it, collagen. First, Bio-Brasion wet/dry microdermabrasion is used to exfoliate the skin. He then uses a dermastamp to create microchannels on the surface of the skin. These microchannels allow a serum derived from bone marrow stem cells to penetrate deeper into the skin. Yes, I say bone-marrow stem cells! This game-changing serum is packed with next-level growth factor that triggers the skin’s natural renewal process and promotes the formation of collagen and elastin to provide firmness and elasticity. Read: Sign me up! This was quickly followed by hyaluronic acid serum and a 20 minute LED to speed recovery and reduce redness. Both of these together give you the benefits of physical and chemical exfoliation without irritation or downtime.

You will see immediate results with this facial, and it continues to improve even up to a month after treatment as the bone marrow stem cell continues to function. You need to give your body time to make collagen to heal the skin after that, so there’s no need to rush back right away or sign up for multiple treatments, but Miller said you’ll see a noticeable difference after three of them. So how much does it cost? The treatment is expensive at $ 475, but I really see the value in this one. You can get discounted rates when you buy in bulk — the three-pack series is $ 1210, while the six-pack series is $ 2280. which lets me inject my face. I’ve seen Jennifer Herrmann, MD, twice now for both under-eye fillers and lip fillers, and her work is very refined and natural. So when I wanted to try the PiQo4 laser to remove some dark spots, he was my first port of call — he also made my own blood as an anti-aging serum.

So what is the PiQo4 laser? According to Herrmann, it is a picosecond laser used to treat unwanted pigmentation and tattoos. “It uses energy to target pigment particles, break them down, and then your body’s immune system helps remove them,” he says. "Because it quickly reaches its targets — in picosecond bursts — it converts the energy of the laser light into sound almost immediately as it interacts with the targets, producing very little heat in the process. This results in less less undesirable damage to surrounding tissues, fewer side effects, safer for darker skin, and less pain and downtime for patients.In a nutshell, this laser transforms the game can identify dark spots and treat them individually without having to treat the whole face.And it works!

But it's not just for people who with hyperpigmentation like me.You can also use it to remove unwanted tattoos, sunspots, brown spots.In fact, it is one of Herrmann's favorite lasers for diffusing brown spots caused by the sun.He also used fractionated s etting on my skin to heal the summer sun damage, and it only took one treatment — my skin was clearer and smoother. And it only took a week for the dark spots to disappear completely. How many treatments you need all depends on what is being treated. Discrete brown spots can be removed with one treatment, while tattoos can take more than 10 treatments. Prices start at $ 250 per session, which is a small price to pay for clearer and healthier skin.

For my fourth treatment, I went to see the most adored Camille Fields —TyLynn Nguyen is a regular. When you meet Fields, it’s easy to see why influencers, models, and celebrities book a few months in advance to hold their faces in his magical hands. Fields has been in the industry for 20 years, and her own glowing skin is proof that her treatments and skin care philosophy work. She's all about strengthening your skin from the inside out — Sakara's products and The Beauty Chef proudly sit next to her skincare recommendations.

Speaking of which, Fields is an official Biologique Recherche salon — the beloved French skincare line with a global cult following. In addition to its groundbreaking, science-based line, Biologique Recherche offers a series of specialty treatments to enhance the effectiveness of its products, and Le Grand Soin is the crown jewel. During this treatment, Fields uses specialty boosters, co-factors, masks, serums, and the world-renowned Remodeling Face Machine (the best for hardening and lifting facial muscles) , as well as lymphatic and sculptural massage, LED light therapy, and ultrasound. In the end, your face is taut, clear, bright, and glowing. (I have photos and video to prove it!)

All of this will set you back $ 550, but if you’re looking for a treatment that provides long -term skin health– strengthening of the results, it's_it's changed my skin. But, of course, overall skin health is more than just a treatment. As Fields explained, "Our skin is just a reflection of our inner health. To truly address the root of any skin concern, we must first look inside. Incredible changes can occur. when we respect and understand the physiology of our bodies. "

Below, I share the skincare products I use every day to maintain my glow. Keep scrolling to choose my favorite ride-or-die formula.

I love an exfoliating cleanser to remove dead skin cells to remove blackheads and keep my skin smooth and fresh. Both of them are also incredibly gentle on the skin and never irritate or dry my skin. I am obsessed with Cosmedix’s Salicylic Acid Foaming Cleanser. It’s acid-based, but it’s very mild and doesn’t have any parabens, which I like. favorites, salicylic and lactic acid. I’ve been using this toner for at least 10 years now, and it’s definitely one of my hero products. I love how it removes excess oil or residue (including makeup) to reveal smooth and clear skin. It can also be used as a spot treatment for breakouts, and I even used it as a replacement for a cleanser when I forgot to pack it on a trip to work once. This is really an amazing product.

I was given a gift with this product about two months ago and I have been using it every day since then. I think my skin is generally brighter and firmer. It’s really light (a waterlike essence consistency) too, which I like because I use a lot of serums, and if they’re too heavy, it can pill, which I hate. It is also paraben-free. Another enhancing cream I LOVE is SkinMedica’s Lytera 2.0 Pigment Correcting Serum ($ 154). This product really works to help even out skin tone and manage pigmentation. I also love to mix it with its vitamin C crystals for extra boost.

This one is also lightweight, but I like it because it has a really high concentration of L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C), a whopping 15% to be exact. I also love the Cosmedix Vitamin C Crystals ($ 54), which you can incorporate into any serum or moisturizer — Versed also has one for $ 20.

I have been using retinol, so I can handle the highest -strength version from Cosmedix, but if you’re just starting out or have sensitive skin, the brand has a range of retinol, so you can work your way. Serum 16 ($ 80) is a great place to start.

There are many hyaluronic acid serums out there. I mean a lot. But after trying almost everything there (well, not all, but many!), I keep coming back to this one. It works, simple and straightforward. I recently started testing the IS Clinical Hydracool serum after it was recommended by my friend and celebrity esthetician Candace Marino. It's full of hyaluronic acid and the skin feels so cold — I'm converted.

My esthetician Matthew Miller recommends this serum to almost everyone. It has really high levels of niacinamide, a type of vitamin B3 that helps manage acne, rosacea, pigmentation issues, and wrinkles. This is a really good daily defense serum.

I mix a few drops of it with IS Clinical Super Serum Advance ($ 155) and with White Lightening Serum ($ 145) morning and night straight after I have toned my skin. I’ve been doing this for a few months, and I can say it instantly tightens and brightens my skin. I really noticed a difference. I love how fresh my skin also feels — the results are immediate. Not sure how I lived without it.

I have been using this moisturizer for almost a year now, and I notice a difference in the texture of my skin and overall appearance when I stop using it. It's worth $$. It has encapsulated vitamin A and a ton of antioxidants to help improve the texture and elasticity of aging skin. I just really love it. I mix it with my face oil every night for extra hydration and dewy skin. Humidify ($ 90) is also great when I want something hydrating but lightweight.

I first met this face oil by Matthew Miller, and I was hooked (actually, I think it's safe to say obsessed) the face oil that it since then. Unfortunately, you can only buy it through a certified carrier like Miller, but it’s worth finding. I love to mix it with my moisturizer and even re-apply it throughout the day for dewy, glowy skin. It can also be mixed with makeup. Mara Beauty Algae + Moringa Universal Face Oil ($ 72) is also really beautiful and well blended with makeup as is the 100% organic oil of Kohza Numbers (called a daily serum supplement with vitamins A, C, and E). Super lightweight and looks insane when mixed with foundation. I just love it; I'm just DEW!

This magical eye cream is one of the best out there. I promise. It’s like eye cream and a highlighter in one. The Opti-Eye Crystal ($ 95) (which is slightly cheaper) is also great and one of the brand’s best-selling products. But I personally prefer Eye Doctor because it has retinol and is more targeted to my anti-aging needs.

It’s almost like mousse in texture. It’s lightweight, not too greasy, and blends into the skin without leaving a white residue but also keeps my skin dewy. I love the size of the bottle, and I use it for my face and body. It is paraben-free and does not contain any active chemicals. Side note: My husband has had a severe reaction to oxybenzone and avobenzone, so if you are sensitive, please watch out for that substance and avoid sunscreens that contain it.

I have tried that so much facing mist, but this is my favorite. It will feel firming and it is a great spritz to set makeup. I also really like the Cosmedix Mystic ($ 42). Its very fragrant and incredibly hydrating. Next: 18 Reasons why Kate Bosworth is Benjamin Buttoning Right Before Our Eyes. This article was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated.

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