How often do you treat yourself? How often to you get to indulge in a little Self-Care Sunday? A lot of my social media gang consists of mothers, wives, entrepreneurs and woman that wear MANY different hats.
It’s no doubt that self-care often times fall towards the bottom of the “to-do” list. I am sharing a couple of new products and practices into a Self-Care Sunday routine to enhance my skincare. Hopefully this inspires you to take some time out for yourself and try some of these out for yourself. You’ll love them!
Treat Yourself or Cheat Yourself
Treat Yourself to THESE GOODIES!
“Taking time out each day for self–care helps to develop healthy relationships with ourselves”
I am going to break down everything I did in a step by step order. I tried following a similar routine to what I saw in Jackie Ain’a video where she went to her esthetician. Also, I researched and found out the many benefits or doing both microdermabrasion and following up with a chemical peel. I was a little worried at first, but research says it’s fine to do!
Step One: CLEANSE
After letting the steamer work its magic for a minute, I applied my Michael Todd cleanser to my face. As I mentioned in the video, my face was not actually wet after using the facial steamer. So, yes, I applied the cleanser to dry skin. I learned it’s best to apply cleanser to dry skin because water actually deactivates the cleaners right away.
Step Two: MICRODERMABRASION
I am using the Michael Todd Sonic Refresher for the first time! When I tell you guys this thing is THE TRUTH!!! No lies told here. I was a bit apprehensive about how effective this would be for me. In the end but I am definitely glad I went ahead with it.
The system comes with:
3 different diamond encrusted tips
a funnel and small bottle to hold water or your desired toner
the device with a charger.
REMOVE. RESET. REFINE
To start, I used the Course tip to go over some of the larger areas of my face. I also did this to just to see how the Sonic Refresher works all together. The course tip is good for removing dull dead skin and improving texture, dark marks, tone, smoothness, radiance and appearance of large pores.
Then I went in with the Small tip to work on the areas where I tend to have fine lines and places that I couldn’t reach with the previous tip. I do want to say I do not really deal with wrinkles or fine lines (thanks oily a$$ skin, but I did use this on my smile lines, nose and around my mouth area.
From there, I used the Fine tip in those same areas just to finish things up. The fine tip helps polis things up and smooths out your skin. It also helps prep your skin for step 3.
Even More Exfoliation
Step THREE: CHEMICAL PEEL
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I was a little worried about overdoing it with my skin by using both microdermabrasion AND a chemical peel. Luckily, I learned that this practice is actually a thing and it’s quite beneficial for large pores and acne prone skin.
I used the AHA/BHA Chemical Peel from the Ordinary. This chemical peel is gentle enough to use twice a week. This peel has Glycolic acid, Salicylic acid, and Lactic acid. I went in depth about the benefit of Salicylic acid in my Biore Skincare review, so be sure to check that out. Here is a quick run down, though.
Glycolic acid- exfoliation, aging (fine lines and wrinkles), hyperpigmentation and scars, brightens skin
Salicylic acid- exfoliation, excess sebum, inflammation and acne,
Lactic acid- hyperpigmentation, aging (fine lines and wrinkles), uneven skin tone
Before applying the peel, I used my toner to balance my clean and exfoliated skin first. Then, I evenly applied the peel to my face for roughly 10 minutes.
Bringing Sexy (I mean, MOISTURE) Back!
Step FOUR: MASK
After we just did everything under the sun to our skin, we need to give it a little TLC! It’s only fitting for self-care Sunday, right?
In this video, I used a hydrating mask that I picked up from Ulta.
Step FIVE: MOISTURIZE, TREATMENT, PROTECT
It’s important to keep the treatment going even after doing my exfoliating, peel and mask. I toned my skin again and applied the Ordinary niacinamide serum and Azeliac suspension and followed up with the Tarte Drink of H20 moisturizer
There will be more in depth information about the different treatments I used after doing my at home microdermabrasion and chemical peel routine in a separate post.
My Final Thoughts of Everything I used for my Self-Care Sunday Routine
I am SO SO Happy that I decided to use both the facial steamer and the microdermabrasion kit. I will share some pictures below on some of the gunk this thing pull out of my skin. Don’t scroll down too far after the if its TMI or you get grossed out easily.
I plan to start using the steamer weekly and the microdermabrasion kit monthly. Also, I think it would be great to update you guys on a monthly basis on what’s going on with my skincare journey and how things improve for me. Please be on the lookout for that and subscribe to my Blog and Youtube Channel so you don’t miss out!