I had this Jennifer Hawkins approved facial
Winter you’ve wreaked a little havoc on my skin, leaving it dry and dull.
The cold air and winds, the heater going in my house – Winter has won again!
But Summer is coming and I’m on a mission to get my skin back in shape and I started with the same facial Jennifer Hawkins has done before an event.
It’s an enzymatic peel and I had it done at Laser Clinics Australia in Woden. I paid for it myself so this is not a sponsored post but like me, your skin might need a little love so I’ll be taking you on my journey, to brighter, healthier and glowing skin.
The enzymatic peel was the best place to start for my skin – a soft introduction to other chemical peels that’ll come later in my skin love story.
It’s all about exfoliating and rebuilding the layers of the skin, perfect for that after Winter period to restore hydration to the deeper layers of the skin.
A good exfoliation always helps the beauty products you use absorb a little deeper and work a little better, which only means good things for your skin and an enzymatic peel removes the top layer of the skin, so it’s serious business.
My therapist Malita started with a skin degrease. We’re about to get a little technical but stay with me.
The degrease removes the acid mantle on the surface of the skin. This is the film on the outer most layer of the skin that acts as a barrier to bacteria and other nasties that can contaminate the skin. It also prevents water loss, keeping your skin hydrated.
When the degreaser was applied, it tingled a little bit, but wasn’t uncomfortable.
Now the skin is a little exposed and this is actually what we want because the next step is the enzymatic micro peel product that penetrates deeper.
The product was massaged into the skin for about 5 minutes and felt a little but warm, but there was no pain or discomfort.
The whole treatment took about 25 minutes and my skin looked a little bit red on the cheeks afterwards.
Malita says a little redness is normal for 12 to 24 hours after you have the treatment, your skin might feel a little tight and you could get some flaking.
In the 2 to 3 days of post treatment down time, it’s best you avoid using any active skincare ingredients and stay out of the sun.
After 2 to 3 days, your skin is supposed to be brighter, more hydrated and smoother. Your makeup will look better, because as a rule, makeup sits better on hydrated skin.
This is why Jennifer Hawkins has it done before she hits a red carpet.
I really liked the treatment. Any redness went away after about half an hour and I had no other side effects. I definitely noticed a difference in my skin’s hydration levels and it was smoother and felt really good.
Next on my to do list is a more abrasive chemical peel. I am somewhat limited in what I can do because I’m breastfeeding, but when that’s all over, an ageless peel will be done. It brightens the skin and reduces pigmentation, which you probably know by now is my number one skin concern.
I’ll also probably throw in some LED light therapy and perhaps a microdermabrasion and/or hydrodermabrasion. I’ve had hydroderm before and you can read all about that experience here.
What skincare treatments are you having or doing yourself in the lead up to Summer. I’d love to know what you’re doing and recommending.