Modified Jessner Peel Day 1

During the winter months, I like to do at least one, more aggressive chemical peel to rid my skin of dead skin cells, generate newer skin growth and treat any imperfections such as hyperpigmentation and fine lines/wrinkles. I really like the Modified Jessner peel by Glo Therapeutics with their Enzyme added to the treatment.

I use this service in my treatment room at the salon and my clients’ love the results. Some see more flaking afterwards than others and if you have an event or vacation coming up, I usually tell people to wait because you don’t know how your skin will react in down time and how long it will have that dry, peeling appearance. (If you do have an event, I recommend the Pro 5 Exfoliant, which doesn’t require any down time).

This is a picture of my skin right after the treatment this morning and I will post pictures in the upcoming days to see how my skin reacts and the final results in about a week.

  1. In the Modified Jessner Treatment I did today, I first used the Glo Therapeutics Enzyme, which is a 5% Salicylic Acid, 3% Bromelain, 1% Papain, Pomegranate and Cranberry blend (Great for aging, hyperpigmentation, and acne). I left that on for 5 minutes and rinsed off with water (this enzyme DOES heat up!)
  2.  I dried my skin completely and applied the Peel Prep, (kind of an “itchy” feeling) which preps the skin for the chemical exfoliation.
  3. After that dried, I applied the fist layer of the Modified Jessner, which is also great for aging, hyperpigmentation, and acne (this also heats up quite a bit, but I found the longer it stays on, it starts to subside, which is why you can add layers). This has 14% lactic Acid, 14% Salicylic Acid, 14% Resorcinol, Raspberry and Lycopene
  4. After 2 minutes, I added the Lightening Serum, which aids in diminishing any hyperpigmentation more thoroughly (this has 2% Hydroquinone, 2% Salicylic Acid, 5% Lactic Acid, Kojic Acid, Azelaic Acid, and L Ascorbic Acid).
  5. After 2 more minutes, I added another layer of the Modified Jessner and let it sit for 4 minutes.
  6. I finally neutralized the chemical with Glo Therapeutics Neutralizer (Calcium Carbonate, EGCG ((derived from green tea)), and Shea Butter). This actually burned significantly at first, which is due to adding anything damp to the chemical but calmed down after the 2nd application. The calcium carbonate (better known to us as baking soda) is what neutralizes the chemical and makes it stop working, kind of like throwing baking soda on a fire!

My skin was immediately re-texturized! It felt SO smooth and plump. I am really excited to see if I have any peeling and how my skin looks and feels after about a week. This is an AWESOME treatment to do before your wedding!! I recommend it at least a week before the big day so your skin has time to heal completely.

 

Clean Us!! (no purchase necessary)

If you’re like most girls, you probably have a small collection of makeup brushes. A few you probably use every day, some are there for when you’re feeling a little creative, and others are just there hanging out in the back. We’ll call those the wallflowers.

Whether you use them every day, or just on occasion, they NEED to be cleaned. These are tools that have makeup, dirt, bacteria and free radicals chillin’ inside them. You can actually do some damage to your skin when you don’t properly clean them, SO I have a little trick that’s easy and costs me nothing.

Chances are, you have a shampoo bottle or 2 that sit in the back of your shower somewhere behind the new body wash and an old cream cleanser. Maybe it’s even made it’s way into the back of your linen closet, where I keep the products I’ve tried but don’t love and don’t have the heart to throw away just yet. Dust that shampoo bottle off and USE it to clean your makeup brushes!! You won’t feel so bad about wasting money and you won’t have to go out and buy that expensive brush cleaner from Sephora.

After I wash my makeup brushes with warm water and shampoo, I take a small travel-size spray bottle, fill it with rubbing alcohol and spray each brush with it before I lay them flat to dry. Now your brushes are clean, disinfected and ready to be used on your delicate face! I do this about once a week!

Wedding Makeup

I love doing bridal makeup! It makes me feel so good to see happiness on people’s faces when they see their own reflection in the mirror! I was too anxious to do my own makeup for my wedding day and I was SO grateful to the very skilled makeup artist who did my makeup!! I’m glad I get to help women feel and look their best. Being an esthetician is extremely fun, I get to be creative and I really enjoy what I do!

My wedding “diet”

Our wedding in Punta Cana was the best day of my life so far! I have never had so much fun and I got to come home married to the best guy I’ve ever known.

Like any bride, I stressed and wanted to make sure I looked my best and felt good about myself for the big day. I wanted to look back on our pictures with confidence and reflect how happy I am. I think a huge fear was that I would see pictures of myself and focus on my insecurities and wish I had tried harder to become my healthiest self. I knew I had the skill to create great recipes, I knew I had the determination and drive to get to the gym, but who doesn’t want a glass of wine or 2 at the end of the day?

I don’t know about you, but I enjoy a glass of wine while I cook! Who doesn’t want to skip a day or 2 at the gym during the week? I do, and I did! Let me also just say, I am NOT a gym rat! I go to the gym on a regular basis about 3-4 times a week, max. I take Body Pump, which is a Les Mills program and also do the stair master for cardio. I like to sweat, it makes me feel productive.

I ate really well before the wedding, but got creative and looked forward to making these dishes because they were full of flavor. I discovered how to eat healthy food high in fiber and protein and low in sugar, salt and fat WHILE making sure I was full and satisfied. I did drink wine. Not every single day, but I did. I ate dessert, but it was usually a cup of Nature’s Path Pumpkin Flax granola or a protein mini muffin and a cup of sleepy-time tea as opposed to something more fattening.

I will post as many recipes as I can and will happily answer ANY questions you have! I’ll try to give you any advice I can and tell you what worked/didn’t work for me. Just ask!

Easy Eyelashes

I love using these 2 products together, and I have a trick!

I use the Lash Conditioner in the middle…So FIRST I put a layer of Volumizing Mascara, then a layer of Lash Thickener and Conditioner, and then another layer of mascara. The lash thickener is white, so I think of it like an Oreo 😉