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A few days ago I shared on my instagram story that I was getting facials with Caryl Baker Visage at the Rideau Center. I am very fortunate that I actually train my aesthetician and so I have a wonderful relationship with him and trust him with my face.
In the past I had only ever had teen facials and used face-masks at home to try and pamper my skin, but these never really did anything. I also assumed that when my skin would sting, that this was a bad thing. As my skin got progressively worse due to my post-birth control syndrome, stress, and a bad diet, I was looking for something - ANYTHING - to save my skin.
So when Conrad told me that he wanted to make it his mission to clear up my skin, I put my trust in him and went for my first facial. What was immediately comforting was that he not only told me what facials we were going to do, but he also explained how each one would benefit my skin, how it would feel, and that I am free to tell him when it is stinging too much.
My first facial introduced me to natural acid peels. This is a pretty sting-y facial, one where if I hadn't been told that the stinging is a good thing, would have freaked me out.
According to their website...
This treatment helps peel away the dead surface skin cells and reveals the youthful skin underneath.
Then I experienced the magic of a photo rejuvenating facial. This requires very minimal touch. In essence this is a series of lights, where each one helps with things like scarring, breakouts, texture, redness, and lymphatic drainage. From what I remember I started with blue, because this light kills the bacteria that causes acne. Then I had yellow and green. I am not sure which one does what, but I know that they help with redness, scarring, and texture.
It is a very relaxing experience and the fact that it gives my face a break from masks and peels etc. is nice.
Afterwards (for my first session), I was treated with a charcoal mask. These masks are everywhere, and are very popular for at-home spa days, but at CBV I feel like the quality of all of their products is so high-end that I was getting a truly effective facial.
After my first facial, I saw Conrad every two weeks. I am currently still seeing Conrad every two weeks for facials until he believes that my skin is happy and recovered. Each facial is a little bit different depending on the needs of my skin at that point. Right now I start with microdermabrasion, then the natural acid peel, then the photo facial, and the final mask is whatever Conrad thinks I need.
It is a tough thing to have to deal with adult-breakouts. I'm sure you can tell from these first few images just how uncomfortable and sore my skin was.
It is also really important for me to point out that I also started back up on the pill again in December of 2018 (about a month and a bit before my first treatment). Since the end of March/beginning of April I have been very diligent about drinking lots of water and keeping processed sugars at an absolute minimum. I have also started taking a good quality fish-oil supplement with vitamin D, collagen protein, and Four Sigmatic's lion's mane elixir and cordyceps hot cocoa for inflammation and stress. Lastly, I have been seeing a psychologist to help me deal with my emotional and mental stresses.
I have taken just about everything I know how to do to support healthy, glowing skin, but I truly believe that my skin would not be where it is today without the help of Conrad and CBV.
I have said it before, but your body is a reflection of how you feed it and how you treat it. I was neglecting my nutrition, my exercise, and my mental wellbeing. Not to mention, I was wrestling with post-birth control syndrome, which not enough women and doctors are talking about.
If anything, this experience has taught me a lot about the importance of skin care, and the importance of taking the best care for your body possible.
I am now much happier with my skin and don't feel so lost and out of control.
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