Last week my five-year-old stared at me earnestly and said, “Mom, are you sad?” To which I replied, “No honey, I’m fine!" Then, with BIG eyes glued to my face, he responded, “No, mom I mean just the way your face is now.” Fake laughing through gritted teeth, I searched for a snarky response to counter this hostile affront and I came up empty. The kid had a point. Regardless of my fragile feelings (sad violin playing) or actual age (42), leave it to a 5-year-old to shoot you straight about how you look. Rather than wallow, I’ve decided to take this little discourse as the “intervention” that it was. A very needed, albeit unsolicited, reminder to get back on that post-summer self-care wagon.
Generally, I do all the things I’m supposed to do for my skin. I wear SPF, choose shady spots to sit in and get the occasional facial treatment. However, long summer days outside with kids coupled with the stress of the coronavirus and some Hurricane Ida aftermath sprinkled in, and my face appears to be aging in hyperspeed. What I really need is a ride on the skin Delorean back a good five years. But since I can’t currently swing that, I’m trying the next best things. I’ve rounded up tips, treatments (watch me get one live on Friday) and product recommendations for a post-summer skin glow from two of the top skin care experts in town. Now, here’s hoping I can get my 5-year-old to cut me a break.
The experts weigh in:Dr. Mara Haseltine, a board certified dermatologist and co-owner of Pure Dermatology, recommends the Diamond Glow facial, as well as the LaseMD Ultra. According to the Pure Dermatology website, the Diamond Glow facial gently removes dry, damaged skin cells using a precise and customizable microdermabrasion tip, extracting the skin’s surface and pores using a high-powered suction. It then infuses your skin with customized serums to provide professional-grade results for many skin concerns. The LaseMD, Pure Dermatology shared, is a non-ablative fractional laser used in the treatment of dark spots, sunspots, freckles, and signs of sun damage. Bonus-it be used anywhere on the body – face, neck, chest, hands, and arms!
Additional products she recommends by Skin Better are the Alto Defense Serum and Sun Better Mineral Protection Sunscreen. All are available at the Pure Dermatology offices at 3100 Galleria #203 in Metairie.
(Tune in to the @stcharlesavenuemag live on Friday to see me get the glow).Lauren Trostorff, the owner of clean beauty and wellness shop Vibrant Market, recommends Ora Sun Kissed Supplement, a supplement designed to help rejuvenate sun-damaged skin and visibly reduce the appearance of discoloration caused by the sun. The olive extract sourced from Brazil has powerful antioxidants that help reduce the appearance of existing discoloration.
She also recommends the Linne Repair Face Oil, facial oil built with ingredients known to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and scars and encourage cellular regeneration. Lastly, Trostorff suggests the Agent Nateur Holi C, which is great for healing scarring, fighting hyperpigmentation and increasing collagen production to fight fine lines and wrinkles. It also contains calcium ketogluconate to clinically tighten and lift the skin.
Glass Skin is a skincare spa specializing in skin workouts and customized facials, using the cleanest ingredients possible. The owner, Sonam Sadhwani, recommends two things to get the post summer glow. The first is the Jessner chemical peel. Sonam recommends this treatment because, “Fall is usually peel season as temperatures drop and skin is not exposed to a lot of heat and UV exposure is reduced." The second recommendation is Stem Cell Microchanneling. According to Sonam, this is an advanced form of microneedling that creates small micro channels (or micro injuries) in the upper layers of the skin creating small micro injuries. This creates a natural healing response in the body leading to the formation of new collagen. Give them a call to customize a facial treatment that is perfect for you. (504) 581 8356