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Last month Utah Cosmetic Surgery invited a group of local bloggers in for an evening to learn about skin care at their clinic. As someone whose skin care regimen involves washing my face with soap in the shower, it was quite eye opening. I learned that receiving skin care treatments is not about vanity, it’s about keeping your skin healthy and in shape. It’s like going to the gym.
After individual consultations to determine which treatment would best suit each of our needs, Carrian of Sweet Basil received a chemical peel while we watched. This was my exposure to chemical peels previously (thank you, Sex and the City), so I was surprised at how benign the whole procedure was. Carrian popped up after and exclaimed “You guys, that was no big deal!”
A few weeks later I came back to UCS to receive my photofacial (a $300 value), the procedure we decided would give me the most bang for my buck. Don’t know what a photofacial is? I didn’t either. From their website, “Photofacials are treatments that use laser or intense pulsed light to correct discolorations. Photofacials are for evening the skin tone. They target the reds and browns in the skin.”
First the laser technician numbed my face with a local anesthetic. Then my eyes were covered and she moved a laser wand around my face. With each burst I saw a bright flash and felt a hot pinch. I’m not going to lie, it hurt a lot. I cried. And I wondered why I was doing this to myself.
After the procedure it was like I had a very bad sunburn, but within two hours I felt normal. My skin, however, did not look normal (click to see). Every sunspot and blemish darkened considerably, and over the course of the next week those spots became rough and then flaked off completely. Gone forever.
I am shocked at the difference this one photofacial has made. My skin looks better now than I can ever remember it being. I’ve always been rather freckly, but not anymore. No spots, no blemishes, and even my sporadic minor acne is gone! So was it worth the pain? Yes, though I’m not planning on getting another one any time soon.
Disclosure: My skin care procedure was provided free of charge from Utah Cosmetic Surgery in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own, as always.
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