If there’s anything you need for Mother’s Day, it’s this…
When it comes to Mother’s Day, all I ever really want is time. And by time, I mean, time away. From my husband, from the kids, from that never-empty-washing-basket. Of course, as all mums know, getting that time to yourself can feel impossible, and sometimes too bothersome to even try to orchestrate.
Scheduling in some self-care time with a six-month old baby and a two-year-old is no easy feat. But last week, after numerous offers to mind the kids, I finally took someone up on it. My best friend arrived, glanced at the routine I’d written down, listened to my ‘if this happens, do this’ scenarios (with a straight face) and shoved me out the door.
I arrived at About Face a little anxious, a little guilt-ridden (self-imposed, of course), but also relieved. I really wanted this. And honestly, I think I deserved it. My therapist Kay immediately took a light to my skin and asked ‘when was the last time you had a facial?’ I couldn’t even remember. Maybe 6 months ago. Maybe more. Since having my daughter Sloane, I’d fallen into that fog of feeding and sleep schedules, and honestly the closest thing to a facial I’d had was from steaming vegetables on the stove. But rather than being chastised for my sloppy upkeep she said: “That’s good. It means we’ll see good results with this one”.
After a brief consult, we decided on the Skin Changing Facial which gives two different treatments depending on your skin goals. In my case, I wanted to look approximately 15 years younger, but in lieu of that we settled on a lactic peel (gentle enough for breastfeeding mums like me) followed by an Omnilux Light Therapy treatment. The peel had a tingling sensation and worked to lightly exfoliate dead skin on my face. Next, cotton pads were put over my eyes and googles were applied as the Omnilux machine was brought over my face. Even though my eyes were covered, it was still an intensely bright light – but it does wonders for skin rejuvenation. The red light, which is what I had, is also great for stimulating the skin’s natural production of collagen as well as boosting hydration. For a moment I felt like I was transported to a deserted island – a feeling only intensified when Kay used some Guava scented Pure Fiji oil for a neck, arm and shoulder massage while the light therapy did its thing. Let me tell you: It. Was. Bliss.
Immediately afterwards my skin looked a little flushed, but plumped and hydrated. This was no ‘fluffy’ facial and every aspect was delivered to get the best results, in the shortest time. What’s more, with this type of treatment, it keeps working even after you’ve left. So days later my skin was looking better than ever. And when I got home to my babies I felt like a more rested, relaxed and recharged version of myself.
Skin Changing Facial: Special offer for Mother’s Day, $150.
In partnership with About Face.
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