A few days ago I woke up to 42. It's something I have been thinking about a lot lately — not the number as much as my approach to aging. I have noticed many of my peers qualify the passing of time by stating who has told them they look younger (bonus points for much younger than their actual age). My social feed is filled with comments such as I dropped my child at school today and was asked if I was her older sister, hey - I'll take it! This is 41. Or, I went to buy myself a birthday bottle of wine and was carded — happy 39th to me! While I understand the enthusiasm and know from where it stems, the equation of younger equals better is a way of thinking I just cannot support.
Don't get me wrong, I have no qualms in admitting I am a skincare junkie. This is not just something I acquired with age, but more of a recent (in the last ten-ish years) effort that is yes, about aesthetics, but also about reversing mistakes made in my youth and protecting (and maintaining) my skin henceforth. My mother was diagnosed with Basal Cell Carcinoma at 27-years-old, and even though I was forewarned, I succumbed to the tanning trends of my teens and early twenties. It was not until I was 27 that I started wearing sunscreen daily...and let's forget all together about the smoking habit I developed in college.
I now find myself in at a strange age in a strange time: We are living in a culture that is youth obsessed, yet many of us are no longer youthful. Yes, I have wrestled with the aging demons — it's not as if I am immune to the pressures or expectations surrounding appearance. It's just that the older I get the more I want to focus on how I feel in my skin, not on how I look to other people.
With this in mind, I turned to the experts for recommendations. I called the team at SkinSpirit, who has eight clinics in both the Seattle and California Bay areas, and asked them to offer their insights on the most effective, non-invasive services and products for those of us who want to feel great in our skin and confident at every age — because we are wise enough to understand there is no other number we would rather be.
From the skin professionals themselves: At SkinSpirit our goal is to provide the results you want; nothing more, nothing less. Whatever your goals, we provide the tools and guidance you need to walk away with beautiful, natural-looking results that you can wear with confidence.
Four Results-Driven Services:
WHAT IT IS: Dermaplaning: Exfoliation treatment that leaves your skin looking flawlessly smooth and radiant.
WHAT IT TREATS: While not as common as other facials and peels, the treatment is absolutely safe and effective, even in combination with Retin-A or Accutane. Dermaplaning uses a gentle blade to help manually remove the layers of rough, dull and damaged skin, instantly.
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WHAT IT IS: IPL (photo facial): Intense Pulsed Light, also known as photofacial, is a non-laser, precision light generator. Photofacials use intense pulsed light to target the pigment and redness in the lesion. This helps reduce unwanted discoloration and flushing, better and faster than other solutions.
WHAT IT TREATS: This treatment minimizes skin discolorations associated with accumulated sun damage and age spots on the face and/or chest. Photofacials also help reduce the look of vascular problems, such as rosacea, while leaving the surface of the skin unharmed.
WHAT IT IS: Resurfx: A non ablative solution to smoothing wrinkles, skin tightening, and acne scarring. ResurFX uses energy that does not cause the skin to peel, which allows for shorter recovery time.
WHAT IT TREATS: The benefit of the ResurFX is that it provides great results with minimal recovery time. ResurFX is less painful than other laser resurfacing treatments due to its state-of-the-art CoolScan scanner, which protects the skin from heat accumulation and overheating.
WHAT IT IS: PRP: Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy offers a non-surgical alternative to smoothing wrinkles, tightening skin and improving skin tone. You may have heard it referred to as the vampire facial, but it’s actually a very safe and effective skin rejuvenation procedure.
WHAT IT TREATS: Hydrates, increases collagen and elastin and brings antioxidants to the surface of the skin.
Five Results-Driven Products:
SkinMedica HA5: Provides immediate smoothing and continuous hydration throughout the day
SkinMedica Lumivive: Gives your skin a healthy radiant glow in as little as fourteen days. Try the combo treatment: AM treatment protects, PM repairs.
SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum: A all-in-one skin rejuvenating treatment improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, skin tone and texture.
SkinCeuticals phyto corrective mask: This intensive calming facial mask cools on contact, comforts skin sensitivity and restores natural radiance and smoothness.
SkinCeuticals metacell renewal B3: This comprehensive daily emulsion visibly improves early signs of photo-aging by increasing cell turnover to resurface skin, help re-clarify and even skin tone and improve the appearance of wrinkles and surface elasticity.
Thank you to our friends at SkinSpirit for making this post possible! Receive 15% off your first service when you book at any of their Seattle or Bay area clinics by using the code: The Fold.