11.24.2018

Self Care and The Best Facial I've Ever Had


sel-care is never selfish quote

A little more than 6 months ago, I decided that I needed to start taking better care of myself. Since Luke’s cancer diagnosis, I had put my health and well being on the back burner - anything I did that was remotely for myself was out of self preservation, not self care.

I had been in survival mode for a very long time.

It had gotten to the point where I had multiple health issues that I either didn’t know I had (I’m looking at you Hashimoto’s Disease) or I wasn’t dealing with them. Premature Osteoporosis (from my cancer in my 20’s), sleep apnea, severe fatigue, anxiety and ptsd, poor food choices and eating habits (coffee isn't a meal, apparently) to name a few.

Many people confuse self-care with being selfish. Done with more intention and less "escape", self care can be so healing! Self-care is about taking care of your self so that you can take care of others. I love this quote by Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, “Self-care is never selfish, but it may feel that way when you live a frenzied life.” I feel like that has been true for me. Especially as a parent and thinking about the daily needs of others, it can feel like everyone gets care except for us.


Best Facial Ever

I had had enough. I went to my primary care doctor and asked for help. I wanted to feel better and I wanted to get rid of my sleep apnea machine. Thus began what I lovingly refer to as my "Season of Selfcare".  I started using my sleep apnea machine but wasn't feeling that much better. I talked to an online therapist to help me through my anxiety and ptsd. My primary care doctor encouraged me to try losing weight. I found the perfect program for me, dropping over 30 pounds in 8 months with the help or Arbonne. And I went gluten free, dairy free and sugar free for 30 days and have continued with that lifestyle 80% of the time. I allow for the occasional taste of something with gluten or hidden dairy. I was also diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and got on some medication to help regulate my thyroid.

best facial in san diego

The most recent thing I've implemented into my season of self care is taking care of my skin. My skin has actually been the very last thing on my list, I am ashamed to say. I don't know why I put my skin on the back burner, as it were, but it is what it is. Did you know, your skin is actually the largest organ in your body! Age, stress, genetics, hydration and what we eat all affect our skin. I've developed some hyper pigmentation on my face that has resulted in sort of a mask of age spots and increased signs of aging.

So, when partner HD Beauty The Skincare Boutique in San Diego offered to treat me to a customized luxury facial and sample some of their skincare products for free, I knew this would be the perfect next step towards self care.

Melanie White is the owner and expert esthetician at HD Beauty Skincare Boutique. HD Beauty is a boutique skin care salon that is by appointment only. Melanie took great care of me from the moment I walked through the door. The space is charming and cozy.

HD Beauty Skincare Boutique

I haven't had very many facials in my lifetime. Like I said, my skincare has been last on my self care list for a very long time. My Hashimoto's and lack of hormones from having uterine cancer so many years ago has impacted my skin. I frankly didn't realize how utterly dehydrated my skin was until my HD Beauty Facial was finished. My skin felt amazing!




Here are of my treatments during my facial:

First, she cleansed my skin and swept over it with the a Dermasweep treatment. The Dermasweep sloughs off all the dead skin cells and activates circulation to promote new skin cell growth. Next, she applied a lemon zest enzyme treatment

Next, she performed extractions and analyzed my skin for more customizations I might need during my facial. Next, she gave me a facial massage with oils that were fragrant and blended for my skin type. I almost fell asleep it was so relaxing. Next, I spent some time under the LED photo facial treatment and was given an oxygen mask that brings out the natural vibrancy of your skin. And lastly, she treated me with an exclusive and proprietary skin brightening system that I kept on for the rest of the day.

I kept thinking "my skin feels supple and decadent and replenished."

after facial without makeup
Look! It's me on the internet without make-up!
After my facial was complete, Melanie sent me home with some personalized samples of her skincare line along with instructions for each step. The HD Beauty Skincare line is dermatologist formulated, medical strength, and has clinically proven results.

HD Beauty customized skincare

When she suggested the Salycilic Face and Body wash for me, I was surprised because I didn't think I needed it. But after about a week of using it, I have been very pleased. After a week of her customized skincare plan for me, the products that are my favorite are HD Restore Glowing Serum, The HD Illuminuate Mega-C Creme, and the HD Defend Spf 36.

The HD Restore Glowing Serum is part of my morning routine. It's a replenishing serum that includes glycolipids, vitamin E and F (Omega 6 fatty acids), and an antioxidant that protects against environmental aging.

The HD Illuminate Mega-C Creme is a high dose vitamin C infused moisturizer that tingles a smidge at first but goes on smoothly and honestly, to me, makes my skin feel pillow-y soft. It brightens and evens my skintone, lessening my age spots (hello 40's), and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. A week in and I feel like I see the evening of the skin tone already. I like that I feel a little more confident going without make up after using this product.

The HD Defend Spf 36 is a light and airy spf for your face that isn't greasy. It is slightly tinted and can be worn under make-up or alone. With a history of cancer, spf is a must for me. I like that this one because it feels weightless and doesn't leave my skin with a film. It contains 5% zinc oxide which protects against both UVA and UVB rays. There is also a chemical free version that I may purchase. I love that she offers both.



If you are in the San Diego area, you might want to book an appointment at HD Beauty Skincare Boutique and see what services might benefit you. And if you aren't in the San Diego area, you can schedule a virtual consultation and get customized HD Beauty Skincare plan right from the comfort of your own home  with the ability to have the HD Beauty skincare line delivered right to your door.

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I'm looking forward to possibly going back to HD Beauty. I know the full benefit of facials are best with more than one treatment. A luxury facial like the ones given by Melanie at HD Beauty Skincare are an investment and a treat to my skin.

My "Season of Selfcare" isn't over. I'm just adding new layers to what it means to take care of myself every day.

How do you do Self-care? Do you have any tips to share? I would love to read about them! Leave a comment below and tell me all about it!

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