Your body changes after pregnancy – we all know that. But for a lot of us, our skin is never the same. While I had skin issues when I was a young, spry teen, I never expected my skin to change once I was over adolescence (besides that “pregnancy glow” everyone talks about, of course). Now that I’m more than a year out of my pregnancy with Henry, I know my new skin and how to care for it.
Essentially, some areas of my face are a little drier now, hormone surges cause minor breakouts, and the melasma that I developed during pregnancy found a permanent home below my eyes. While I do plan to have that sh*t lasered when I’m done having babies, I wanted to find a more manageable solution to my skin issues in the interim. Luckily, my sister and one of my besties both work in skincare and I knew I could turn to them for the advice that I needed.
First of all, I had to change my entire skincare routine (after speaking to an esthetician and dermatologist) – morning and night. The regimen goes as follows:
Disclaimer: I was hosted by Facial Mania Spa but as always, all opinions are truthful & my own.
In addition to my new routine, I try to get a facial every now and then for a “deeper” cleaning and I recently tried a peel to try to lighten my melasma and even out my skin tone (I’m very pink!). Melasma is darker pigmentation from sun exposure or pregnancy. A new facial med spa opened near my house, called Facial Mania Spa, and it’s beyond gorgeous (& relaxing!). It’s super high-end inside (don’t let the name fool you!), but without the high-end pricing. They have a Himalayan salt room which might just be my favorite design feature.
When I first heard the word “peel,” I said “oh heck no!” Thoughts and images of a peeling red face, chemical burns and Samantha from Sex & The City with the black funeral veil over her face flooded my mind. BUT, peels have come such a long way and my experience was so relaxing – all I felt was a little tingling here and there.
The peel I tried, after it coming highly recommended and being a more gentle peel for this newbie to anything other than the basic facial, is called a “White-Up Peel” and aims to brighten and even out the skin. While it typically takes a few sessions to notice significant results, I’m already seeing SUCH a difference after my first one. The whole experience took a little over an hour and I was told no direct sun afterwards, as well as a 24 hour hiatus from working out and makeup.
Four days post-peel, I am peeling a teensy bit around my nose and chin (my drier areas) but my skin feels baby soft and looks much more even – I’m not even wearing makeup today! While I first thought I would just do the one peel and be done with it, I’m so intrigued to keep them going and see what kind of results I can achieve.
If you’re a South Floridian, this spa is SO worth a visit. The location is convenient, it’s beyond relaxing and everyone there is so knowledgable about everything skincare. They have an entire menu of facials, peels and medi spa treatments (they even have in-office doctors). Tell them I sent you for 20% off your service (hello, post-holiday relaxation!).
Spa photos by Coco Prop Shop