In January, Rochester A-List's Amy Riposo and I were lucky enough to visit Ae Spa in Brighton to find out what we should be doing for our skin as women in our thirties and forties, which is weird since we are both 29 ;). Amy will be sharing her experience in her own words, and well, you thirty somethings are stuck with my snarky writing for this piece. Sorry kids. Better luck next time.
I was frozen solid when I arrived. I'm pretty sure it was about nine degrees outside, and I'm the kind of girl who wears a sweater when it's 70. My husband calls me "nana" because I'm always cold. So instead of easing into a pair of slippers and taking my coat off to relax, I sat in the waiting area in my parka and snow boots, sipping my complimentary peppermint tea in an effort to warm myself up. Upon seeing my near-hypothermic state, Andrea got me a warmed wrap for my shoulders. Before I knew it I was starting to thaw out and beginning to relax.
|I wasn't kidding!|
Let the pampering begin!
I got to experience their signature facial. Oh. Baby... It. Was. Soooo. Good.
|The Hallway to the Fountain of Youth|
First Andrea analyzed my skin so she could customize my facial for my specific skin needs. In my case, I'm a little dehydrated, a little oily, a little sensitive, and an overall hot mess. I promised to drink more water and stop using products with salycilic acid. She let me relax while warm steam opened my pores and then deep cleaned my skin with a Clarisonic brush.
|Ae Signature Facial Time|
Then it was time for microdermabrasion. This procedure is really important for women in their thrities. It helps resurface the texture of the skin by removing dead skin cells, reduces the appearance of fine lines and blotchy pigmentation, and relieves the skin of excess gunk. This allows the products you use to actually seep in and do their job. It was my first time getting microderm done, and while I expected it to feel like my face was being sandblasted, the procedure was not uncomfrotable in the least. It didn't hurt one bit: a proverbial piece of cake.
|Bring on the Microdermabrasion|
The final step included a rich moisturizer. Andrea uses the BT to help product penetrate deeper into the skin.
Here's what I went home with:
|Dermalogica pre-cleanse to help break down surface sebum |
(read: greasy Italian skin) before cleansing.
Exfoliating Bath Gloves - to keep my whole body as soft as a baby's bottom.
PS- Want to read about Amy's experience and the inside scoop on a special offer coming your way from A-List and Ae Spa? Click here.