Full disclosure: this isn’t my full-time job. In my “real life,” I’m a law student. That means the holidays, heartwarming and relaxing as they are for most regular folks, simply don’t happen for me until finals conclude the week before Christmas. It also means I’m exhausted, eating and sleeping at weird times, and often drop the ball on my skincare routine simply because I can’t make up for being under-slept all the time.
Another disclosure: I’m the maid of honor in a wedding the week before finals. That means I’m going to be in dozens of photos, wearing a lot of makeup, and primping, dancing, drinking. Needless to say, my tired-looking law student skin needs a helping hand before the big day.
Enter Bellevue’s newly revamped SkinSpirit. Between study sessions, I turned to the pros there last week to help give me a bit of a boost. After a few minutes chilling out with a glass of cucumber water on a comfy couch, I was whisked away and Amanda Bliss took the reins to let me know the best steps to take for tired, stressed-out skin that needs to look good fast.
The first thing she’d do: a facial. The pros at SkinSpirit are pretty well-versed in how to customize a treatment to your skin, so she said she’d make sure the specifics matched my particular predicament.
As part of the facial, she recommended dermaplaning. With a super-fine-tuned scalpel, she’d essentially shave off the very thin layer of skin (and facial hair). The result is all the pretty new skin cells you have underneath – it’s a low-commitment way to look all glowy without going through the process of a peel.
She also chatted with me about my skincare routine. I’ve been a Clinique ride-or-die for about five years now, but she recommended reassessing since your skin changes quickly as you age. My 23-year-old skin likely needed different stuff from what my 28-year-old skin craves today. After a facial, which would give her a chance to take a look at my skin up close, she was up to give me some product recommendations from the pharmaceutical-grade lines SkinSpirit carries.
If I’d come in two weeks ago, it might have been a different process; that’s the soonest she’d want to do a peel, which would have left me flaky for anywhere from two days to a week.
And if she’d had the chance to get me fixed up six months ago? She recommended a series of facials and peels every few week to get my skin in ship shape. Amanda was up to customize that series depending on my lifestyle – including how often I can come in and how much I can spend. Next time I’m drafted into a wedding party I’ll definitely be checking it out.