Wedding Skin Prep

I started my wedding skin prep about six months ago with the guidance of Dr. Klein at Modern Dermatology. She is, hands-down, the best-of -the-best. I truly would not trust my face with anyone else. If you are interested in injectables or a photofacial, I would highly suggest visiting a dermatologist- not a medispa or other professional. I trusted Dr. Klein 110% to help get my skin ready for our big day. My main goals were to get rid of the redness in my skin, even my overall skin tone, and minimize the dark circles under my eyes. I knew that Dr. Klein’s approach would be conservative.

*Pardon my crazy-looking expression. These photos are supposed to show the disappearance of glabellar lines.

Over the course of six months, I underwent 3 intense-pulsed light treatments (sometimes known as a ‘photofacial’), received filler under my eyes, and had Jeuveau injections in my forehead. It was definitely a work-in progress. With each IPL treatment, Dr. Klein took images of my face using the Visia. This machine was able to pinpoint red and brown spots on my face. Then, Dr. Klein targeted those areas during the IPL treatment. I literally watched the spots disappear over the course of the three treatments. If you are interested in learning more about IPL, you can see this post and video.

I’ve tried other cosmetic skin procedures in the past; including microdermabrasion and consistent facials. I never really noticed a major improvement in the appearance of my skin. That being said, my experience with IPL far surpassed my expectations. After my third treatment, I noticed a significant difference in the overall appearance of my skin. I still notice this difference in my skin everyday. I’ve had numerous friends stop and ask me what kind of foundation or powder I’m using. They are in shock when I share that I just use a tinted moisturizer. IPL causes your skin to create a new layer. Sun exposure should be avoided afterwards as it can damage the skin. The reality is, if you’re exposing your skin to the sun, you’re damaging it. I find myself under a hat with a heavy SPF whenever I’m outside these days. I want to protect my investment since Dr. Klein and I spent a lot of time working on these results!

There was a bit of down-time after my visits to Dr. Klein. I never felt like I had to hide at home as I even attended a blogger’s event immediately following one of my IPL treatments. During my last visit, I received filler, Jeuveau, and an IPL treatment. I went to work the next day with a swollen face but was able to hide it underneath my glasses. A week later, my skin was healed and glowing. Bottom line- everyone’s skin responds differently. For me, I didn’t feel like I had to hide while I healed.

The video below shows Dr. Klein injecting my forehead with Jeuveau.

Three Weeks after my last visit to Dr. Klein- no face make-up

Say what you will about filler or injectables, but I absolutely love the results and have zero regrets. To be completely honest, I had some negative feedback from real-life friends. Comments like, “Oh you’re pretty without all that!” or “Oh no! Now you’re going to have to get injections every six months! You won’t be able to live without it.” All I have to say is this- I liked the way I looked before. Yes, it will wear-off in a few months, but, by no means does it require any sort of up-keep. My face isn’t going to cave in and shrivel up if I don’t go back in six months. It’s not like I bleached my hair and will have dark roots showing through if I don’t continually maintain at the salon. I do plan to repeat the treatments sometime in the future. When? Whenever the time feels right. I couldn’t be happier with the results I achieved through Dr. Klein’s meticulous and conservative work.

Splendid Spoon- Health and Convenience

If you watched my Instagram stories, you saw how excited I was to try Splendid Spoon last week. Splendid Spoon delivers plant-based smoothies and soups right to your door. Their products are vegan and gluten-free.

My first thought upon opening the box- “Oh my gosh! How am I going to eat all this soup before it goes bad?” You can freeze the soups and simply thaw them when you’re ready to eat. Crisis averted!

Now on to the good stuff—Splendid Spoon has 13 different smoothie blends. My favorites were the AB&J and the Blackberry Basil Smoothie. The smoothies are extremely thick, but easy to drink right from the bottle. They also have 22 soup recipes. My favorite was the kabocha congee. A short Google search later, and I think it is a Korean dish. The soup is squash and coconut milk-based and so delicious and filling.

What I love about Splendid Spoon- it is convenient and healthy. Those two words often do not go hand-in-hand. The last thing I have time to do when I’m running out the door is blend a smoothie. It usually ends up all over my lap on the ride to school. I love that I can keep a few smoothies in my fridge at school as quick and healthy snack options.

If you’re interested in trying Splendid Spoon, here is a coupon for $50 your first order. (Yes, way!)

Thank you, Splendid Spoon for the awesome soups and smoothies!