By now you’ve probably heard about last month’s blogger open house at SkinSpirit in Mill Valley, because I’ve been tweeting about it non stop. And this post brings fabulous news; the lovely people at SkinSpirit have provided a $100 gift certificate for one of my lucky blog readers!
Just a few weeks after the event, I came back solo for a treatment. I recently had my first ever microdermabrasion appointment with Morgan and I’m loving the results. As someone who usually has a three day flaky skin hangover after a normal facial or peel, the microderm left me glowing and already feeling a lot more even in texture. On day two and three, I had a few blemishes surface, but they were so small and painless, I figured this was part of the ‘purging’ phase since microderm helps pull impurities and toxins deep from pores. I’m on day eight now and the few blemishes have diminished and my overall skin tone and texture is significantly more even. I think my timing was perfect because I’m ready for holiday parties and Thanksgiving feasts galore with my refreshed complexion. After all the seasonal craziness dies down, I already have my follow-up facial appointment booked for early February.
With the gift certificate, you too could enjoy similar results. Having clear skin is one of my top confidence boosters, and a spa treatment like a microderm is a worthy splurge you deserve every so often. To enter the giveaway, just follow the directions below to enter.
- You must be a Bay Area resident (SkinSpirit has locations in Walnut Creek, Palo Alto, & Mill Valley)
- You must be at least 18 years old
- Enter by 11:59 pm PST, Sunday, December 1, 2013
How To Enter:
- Visit the SkinSpirit website and leave a blog comment mentioning a treatment you’d get with your gift certificate
- Follow @chelseapearl on Twitter
- Like chelseapearl.com on Facebook
- Follow @chelseapearl on Instagram
And that’s all there is to it! This giveaway closes at 11:59 PM PST on Sunday, December 1, 2013. I will randomly draw a winner and announce the winner first on Facebook and Twitter. After that I’ll contact the winner for next steps. Good luck and stay beautiful!
FTC disclosure: I received the microdermabrasion treatment compliments of the spa and they have also contributed the gift certificate prize for my readers. I am not being paid or otherwise compensated for mentioning or giving a favorable review. This is my honest opinion of the spa and service!
A few weeks ago I had the privilege of getting a hands-on look inside SkinSpirit in Mill Valley. Mill Valley is just a short drive across the Golden Gate from where I live, but they also have two other Bay Area locations in Walnut Creek and Palo Alto. Medically overseen by Dr. Vistnes, MD, SkinSpirit is a medical spa backed by a board certified plastic surgeon and carries a philosophy of science-backed treatments to pamper, protect, and prevent skin conditions. Whether you’re 25 or 65 years old, there’s a treatment here for you! Let me tell you a little about some of the services I learned about.
Juvederm: Used to fill lines and lost volume in the face, Juvederm injections can be subtle or substantial depending on your needs. One of the spa specialists snapped this photo of me and then used the Juvderm iOS app to show what I might look like after three full syringe injections. You’d get one to three injections in one visit, so I thought it’d be fun to see all that it could do. Look at those child-like pinchable cheeks! My smile lines are also significantly softened.
BOTOX: Probably the most famous of the services offered, BOTOX helps relax wrinkles and lines to give you more relaxed and youthful-looking skin. While I was too chicken to try out this procedure, I saw a few people have this done on their forehead and I’m still innately curious.
Ultherapy: This is a non-invasive treatment that uses ultrasound technology to tighten up and firm areas like the neck or forehead. There’s no downtime either, so you could do this treatment and not have to worry about the recovery period associated with actual plastic surgery.
VelaShape: This is a FDA-cleared, non-invasive treatment that targets unwanted fat and helps smooth out cellulite. From what I understand, the treatment feels like warm suction that runs back and forth on your body. Patients should schedule multiple sessions to see consistent results, but some people see small results even after one treatment. The technician even said some patients fall asleep because they’re so relaxed during this “deep tissue massage” type treatment.
Microdermabrasion: While I didn’t get to try microderm at this event, I’m headed back to SkinSpirit in a few weeks for an appointment, which is my first ever treatment of its kind. This procedure is the next step up from a standard spa facial or peel, in my opinion. This might sound scary, but think of tiny fine crystals brushing the top layers of your skin at a very high speed, and that’s essentially microderm. As someone in their mid twenties, I have plenty of acne scars I would like to lighten with a skin refinishing treatment like this. Based on the Reveal Skin Analysis sheet pictured above, I actually have pretty minimal sun damage (damage is dark red spots, obviously skewed by some eye makeup), but I do still battle redness and healing acne spots. Occasional microderm, paired with regular facials and disciplined skin care, is something I hope to maintain to keep my skin looking as youthful as possible.
I have to give a huge thanks to SkinSpirit for inviting me to this event and hooking me up with this deluxe gift bag with some certificates to try out the services I missed. During a raffle I even won a full size bottle of SkinMedica’s TNS Essential Serum, which is a $260 miracle skin serum, and I’m still floored about it. If you’re a Bay Area local, there’s really no better med spa to choose from than one backed by a plastic surgeon. You’ll be in great hands!