Taking good care of my skin has always been a priority of mine. Even though the routine has evolved a bit throughout my life. My mom always told me to wash my face right when I wake up and right before I go to bed, and to never fall asleep at night with my makeup on. And it’s important to moisturize. She definitely instilled in me some good habits when it comes to skincare. Even though there were days in my younger years when I didn’t always follow them. Sorry mom. And sorry to my skin. Now that I am in my 30’s, I am paying a new & special attention to my body and skin. It seems the old way of keeping things up isn’t going to suffice anymore. Washing my face with a generic face wash and using a basic moisturizer is quite enough. Though it worked when my skin was younger, filled with more collagen, and never seemed to droop or wrinkle, the same can’t be said anymore.
With my deeply Scandinavian heritage, my skin has always been fair. Despite my best efforts at maintaining a year round glow from a tanning bed in my late teens and early 20’s, pale has been a standard word choice when describing my complexion. It’s funny how ‘tanning’ use to be one of my favorite things to do. I cringe now at the thought. Whether I was laying out on my desk or at the beach in the summer, or stripping down to “relax” in the tanning bed the other 3 seasons of the year, I always wanted to feel & look tan. Even now, my daily makeup routine always contains bronzer. Some days, a little too much bronzer. What I am starting to realize is that my skin and face can have that glow, without needing a tan or bronzer. Taking better care of my skin can give me that glow. That’s why a high SPF is now my best friend when when I’m outdoors. And it’s not just to prevent a burn. Don’t get me wrong, I love having a slightly sun-kissed look, but not at the expense of my skin’s health later on in life.
Besides adding a lotion with high SPF to my routine, skincare for me looks a little different for me in my early 30’s. That could be because I can now afford nicer products and treatments than I could in college. Which is why I’ve upped my game in terms of the products I’m using for my skin. Not to say that I’m breaking the bank on my skincare routine products, but I want to make sure I am making the best possible decisions I can to care for my skin. With my impending nuptials in Fall of 2022, that whole looking amazing on my wedding day pressure is one factor. But mostly, it’s about developing healthy and sustainable habits with my skincare routine that will have me looking and feeling my best. And that now includes a monthly facial from Maggie at Aesthetically Well.
If you haven’t been to Aesthetically Well yet, now is the time. Maggie and her team are so kind, genuine, and talented when it comes to uncovering your issues & concerns with your skin and then identifying the right treatments to address those issues. During my initial consult with Maggie, we talked about how since my skin is so fair, any discoloration, blackheads, and imperfections stick out like a majorly sore thumb. I get some redness in my cheeks, dryness around my nose and mouth, and yet my T-zone and forehead can be super oily. And then let’s talk about the community of blackheads that congregate on my nose and chin. With all of that information in mind, Maggie put together a custom facial treatment just for me. And with my monthly facials, we’ll continue to modify and adjust for each of my next treatments.
I’ve had one facial before in my life, which was an amazing experience. But there’s something to be said about not just choosing a facial that sounds good on my own. I loved having Maggie’s professional input and perspective in there as well. My custom facial involved a red-light treatment to help regenerate my skin from aging as well as blue light therapy to reduce the size of my pores and remove sunspots and scarring from past acne. The only aspect that was the slightest bit uncomfortable was the blackhead extraction, especially on the tip of my nose. But those baddies need to be dealt with.
What I love about working with Maggie at Aesthetically Well is it’s not just a one and done type of thing. With their membership, it’s an ongoing commitment to myself and my skin. I obviously want my skin to look its best for my wedding, but also every day leading up to that and every day after that. It’s a commitment to nurturing my skin, addressing any issues, and continuing to give it the attention and love it needs so it stays healthy, vibrant, and glowing.
As a member, I can take advantage of one custom clinical facial each month, plus my choice of a microdermabrasion or derma-plane upgrade. Not to mention discounts on additional treatments like a hydro-facial or nutrition infusion. Learn more about the AWell Membership here.
As a blogger + creator + influencer of sorts, I do spend a decent amount of time in front of the camera. Not only will my monthly facial treatments help me look my best, but also feel my best. As someone who doesn’t always feel the most confidence striking a post (impostor syndrome, anyone?), this is just another tool I can use to build my confidence and self-esteem. It feels good to take care of yourself and your body, am I right?
Photos: Moon & Wolf Co.