Beauty Essential: Routine Facials
“When’s the last time you had a facial?” she asked “Umm… I’ve never had one” “Not even a Mary Kay facial?” “Oh yeah I’ve had quick at home facials but never something that required me to lay on a table” Yes, it’s true at 38 I had never had a facial, I didn’t think I needed one. I was always told your skin is so beautiful and I live by the motto, black don’t crack, BUT I learned a lot after sitting and talking to Amanda Grace of Natural Esthetics Skincare Boutique in Cary, NC. At her grand opening she was telling me all about her natural products and her philosophy on skin care to incorporate an integrative and detailed approach to skincare and beauty that addresses the internal and external causes of aging and skin distress. Amanda applies this approach to all facets of her spa operation, from service development to staff training, to ensure the absolute best spa experience for her clients. I was so impressed with her passion for skin care, I almost felt bad for taking for granted my own skin. I realized that all the money I spend on make up, a manicure, clothes and other things that I was grossly neglecting my skin. Maybe that’s not you but if it is there’s no time like the present to change that.
I booked an appointment with Amanda a week ago. I had no idea where to start. Amanda asked that I answer a few questions about what my skin type is, am I prone to breakouts, what products I was using. I said, I’m easy when it comes to my face. I use a clay mask once a week, and AMBI for products for my oily skin. She suggested that I do a Natural Clarity Facial. The clarity facial takes 50 minutes and is $70. It’s a healing and purifying treatment focused on improving skin clarity, reducing blemishes and soothing inflammation. Alpine Willow and Rosemary control sebum and promote healing while powerful pumpkin enzymes and moss extract deep clean and balance the skin.
Amanda says that there are 10 Leading Allergens in Cosmetics:
- Propylene Glycol (a cosmetic base)
- Synthetic Fragrance
- Lanolin (a cosmetic base)
- Quaternium 15 (a preservative)
- Diazolidinyl Urea (a preservative)
- Cinnamic Aldehyde (perfume)
- Phenoxyethanol (a preservative)
- Formaldehyde (a preservative)
- Benzophenone (sunscreen)
The products that she uses are all free from these allergens. Natural Esthethics utilizes exclusive, eco-luxury, professional only products in all of their services and retail offerings. The product line Amanda used on me is Natropathica , a skin care line that uses botanical ingredients. So let’s begin!
We started with an Sweet Lupine Makeup Remover, a 2-in-1 cleanser and makeup remover that gently cleanses, hydrates and plumps the skin with reparative Sweet Lupine proteins and protective Wild Mango Butter (it smells so good) followed by an Aloe Cleansing Gel, and Oat Cleansing Facial Polish. Then, (this is when it got really good) she used a Lavender Honey Balancing Mist on my face. Ahhhh, that was my favorite. Also in between the processes and products she is applying a hot towel to my face– AWSOME SAUCE! Next she added a treatment that is not in the package, Moss Blemish Treatment Mask. It had been so hot and mixed with me using a new product, I had a small break out. She applied the product and used a ultra violet light to extract the bacteria. From there she used the Pumpkin Purifying Enzyme Peel. Finally towards the end of my facial she applied Rosehip Seed Regenerating Facial Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil help slow the signs of premature aging. Since I told her that I wanted to get rid of my dark circles she also added the Vitamin K Brightening Eye Serum. Then for the finale she applied the Honey and Vanilla Lip Balm and Rosemary Oil Reducing Moisturizer, a light, mattifying moisturizer that hydrates skin, absorbs oil and refines pores with antiseptic, perfect for my oily skin.
It was so worth it! The location is clean and quaint with beautiful music in the background. Amanda suggest getting a facial every 4-6 weeks depending on cell renewal and as frequent as once a week. Take time to quit coffee at Starbucks, don’t buy another pair of shoes, and take care of your skin! It’s the only one you have Stop by to see Amanda at 201 W. Chatham Street, Suite 101 in Cary, NC she will be happy to talk to you about your skincare needs! I know I am adding this to my monthly beauty essentials right before my mani/pedi and after my hair. I am excited to share my skincare journey with you!
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