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.

My Affordable Skin Care Routine

I truly believe that good skin comes from diet, stress-reduction, and balanced hormones. That being said, I’m always on the hunt for budget-friendly skincare products that have simple ingredients and won’t irritate my skin. I’m prone to redness, and I have the struggle of combination skin.

Step 1- I start with the Face Halo to take off my make-up. You can read all about my obsession with this product by reading this post.

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$22 for 3 Face Halos. This pack will last you for months.

Step 2- Orange Blossom Face Wash

Several months ago, I posted to Instagram Stories searching for a great facewash. Several of you suggested that I try Young Living’s Orange Blossom Face Wash. I’m obsessed. It leaves my skin feeling so clean. I also love the earthy scent.

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Young Living’s Orange Blossom Face Wash  $33.50


Last month, I had the pleasure of attending Modern Dermatology’s Media Party with my fellow-blogging buddy, Helen Phillips. Doctors Klein and Robinson have created the most gorgeous space. (Stay tuned as I will be visiting the office for my annual skin check.) As if opening a state-of-the-art facility in Westport wasn’t enough, they even have their own affordable skincare line. Their hydrating serum is AH-FREAKIN-MAZING! This product is a fast absorbing gel that feels like heaven on your face. It is a hyaluronic acid serum that also contains cucumber, arnica, willow bark, chamomile, & licorice extract. I wanted to post about this product after the first time I used it- that is how amazing it is. To be fair, I told myself I would use it for a full month before singing its praises. Well, it’s been a month, and the serum is just as amazing as it was on Day 1.

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PureBioDerm Hydrating Serum $28.50