August 29, 2013

Blurred Lines

We all have our individual skin issues. We've chatted a tiny bit about makeup here but I believe before you put anything on your face you first have to address your skin. Let's start with the cold hard fact that I in no way, shape or form claim to be a skincare expert. I just wanted to share with you what I'm going through right now and how I'm addressing it.

So, life is hard guys...I have two main concerns with my skin, zits. First, I'm far from a teenager but am in a constant battle with adult acne. What do I say to myself when a breakout plagues my face? "But I'm a grown up!!!" Second, the gift of 25 year old genetics are evaporating. perfectly taught skin, not even a hint of a line (sigh...) What do I say to myself when I burst into laughter and then immediately think of smile lines? "But I'm soooo young!" - Which of course as I write this completely reminds me of the indie cult classic But I'm a Cheerleader, hilarious. I digress...

I grew up in a household where my mother's solution to skin problems was "ok well, you're not drinking enough water". Fair enough, as a teen I wasn't. But all grown up 90% of what I drink is water! Of course not including other essential liquids, mimosa, wine, Jameson. And yes Mommy, clean hydration is the first step to great skin, but then what? 

It's been ages since I sought the help of a professional. To be honest, I only had my first facial like 4 or so years ago. I had to try the services of my then client and so I could intelligently talk about them and the experience really changed how I treated my skin (temporarily).

Fast forward to now, my skin feels more volatile and sensitive than ever not to mention gravity is becoming a bitch, so I went to the source. The woman who taught me how to take care of my skin, my friend Ling Chan. Ling is a genius, her own perfect 60+ year old face is a testament to knowing what the hell she's talking about! (Don't worry, she loves telling her age). She helped start the first apothecary in Barney's New York then went on to treat the faces of Barbara Streisand and Diana Ross. Now designers like Alexander Wang send models to Ling before fashion week to get them right.

Armed with questions, I headed to Ling's Upper West Side location; what's new? here are my issues! Zits and what could soon be lines, help help help! She immediately pulled two products down off the shelf then told me about a new treatment that isn't on her salon menu yet but her regular clients swear by it called the Sol Treatment. It's basically a blend of infrared light and heat acupuncture. All I know is that I left looking like an embryo. 

The effects of the infrared wand seemed to have lasted a day or so but I went home with the product to continue on with, the Apple Stem Cellular Energy serum which is for fine lines, saggy skin and unhealthy complexions. I also go the Pomegranate Detox Mask for my off and on acne. The mask is made of pomegranate and pumpkin enzymes that eat yucky stuff off your skin and are antibacterial. There's other stuff in in tea tree oil blah blah. 

I've used both for the last week or so and definitely see a difference! I guess ignoring my skin and only doing the basics was a bad idea. Ling Skincare is a premium brand but there are tons of drugstore brand options! Definitely going to focus more on face moving forward.

Product and services provided by Ling Skincare, as always all opinions are my own.
All photos by Lydia Hudgens
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