I am so excited/nervous to share a unique post with you today. I am going to open up about some personal insecurities I have been dealing with along with a lot of unedited bare skin selfies.... so be ready and be nice!
I have recently have been going through a series of facial treatments to better my skin and correct some damage that has been done over the years. I have teamed up with Annie Bruno, aesthetics nurse at Dr. Todd Hobgood's office constructing a series of at home skin care regiments as well as facial treatments at their Scottsdale office.
(This is my at home skins are routine that Annie customized for my skin! She is wonderful and these products have helped so much, although my nightly routine takes longer :) Annie offers complimentary consultations, call her to get some advice and build your own personal regiment!)
This year I turned 30, which really isn't that old in the grand scheme of things, however there was a bell that went off in my head. Thirty is an age where I need to start to think about proper skin care, aging lines, dark spots, sun protection, etc, etc. The list could go on and on but together Annie and I sat down at a consultation to concentrate on a few specific focal areas. I have very fair skin that attracts every single ray of sun that could possibly shine. From being a kid living in the sun to my teenage years of unlimited months in tanning beds I have given myself skin damage. Dark spots or as I cutely call them sun kisses (which we all know is not really a kiss) have been bothering me for years so that was one area on concentration.
The second area of concentration was the aging process of my facial skin. Fine lines and wrinkles are starting to appear, marks or scars from over the years, and general wear and tear on my face. I don't in any means think I look too old or have any large amount of facial discoloration or scares. I have been lucky through out my life to not have much acne however getting older my insecurities have grown. I mean we all want to look young right?
Today I am going to share the second part of my journey with you, concentrating on a treatment called Microneedling. At first I was hesitant... you mean you are going to stab me with a million needles and blood will be all over my face? Who am I, Kim K? BUT it was unlike any experience I had ever had and I felt NO pain! Here is a little information about microneedling and who/what it benefits:
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is recognized as one of the gold standard treatment options that can help to improve the overall tone + texture of the skin, while simultaneously stimulating new and healthy collagen. Any time the skin endures an injury it kicks into wound healing mode, and new tissue is generated. Microneedling (when the appropriate device, depth, and products are needled into the skin) is considered a safe skin care injury procedure that shows marked improvement, with very minimal downtime. Every time a patient has microneedling performed their skin will be better than its original baseline, and on-going procedures are hugely beneficial for age management and preventative purposes. Only licensed, medical professionals are able to penetrate into the dermis, the deepest layer of the skin, which provides a more aggressive treatment, with measurable outcomes.
my experience: I arrived at the office and Annie put a gel substance on my face which numbed my entire face! It took an hour to set in, then I was ready for my treatment. It took about 20 minutes-ish for the microneedling treatment to be completed. It did not hurt but was a weird feeling. I think these photos look way worse than it actually was or felt.
I will have some after photos for you in the follow up post on how my skin has been feeling and looking since the microneedling treatment.
For questions, or a complimentary skin care consultation with Annie Bruno, RN please call 480.214.9955. Mention this post during scheduling and receive your first microneedling treatment for 50% off- $150 (a savings of $150). Gift Cards are available for the holiday season!
I must say, these skin treatments are doing wonders for my face. I have been going days without make up and not feeling as insecure as I once did. The tone of my face as improved tremendously and I am looking forward to see how the texture is after this microneedling process is complete.
In a few weeks I will be sharing the first part of my journey that I am currently still going through. It as been a series of what they call photofacials which has been improving the skin color and damage spots on my face. So stay tuned!