A few months ago, the reps for Rue La La reached out to me with an a-pause-mazing deal. Basically, they had a deal with Ciel Spa at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills for a 60 minute facial for only $90! Seriously. Now, I definitely don’t get facials as often as I should (shame, I know) but I loooove the SLS Hotel and so yeah, I jumped at the chance…well sort of. Putting it all out there, I totally forgot about the Rue deal and then found the email right before it was about to expire. Yeah, I’m honest. But let me tell you…finding this facial deal was FATE. The Ciel Spa did not dissapoint; it actually has one of the nicest waiting rooms/lounges that I’ve ever seen at a spa and my facial was to die for. I’ve been through a lot of stress lately (more on that later) and it’s been showing on my skin, for sure. My facialist evaluated my skin and told me the usual “your skin is so dry!” “your skin is so red!” Yeah, yeah, hunny…I know. I have dry, sensitive skin that’s acne-prone and I have Rosacea. WELCOME TO MY TWENTIES. After I listened to the lecture, she did her thing cleaning out my pores, exfoliating and moisturizing. One tip that I took with me – use more hyaluronic acid. I’ve always know H.A. was good stuff but never really made it a point to actually use a product focused on the ingredient. The facialist seemed to think that using more H.A. would help with my dryness and would still allow me to (every once in awhile) use Retinol, even though my skin is so sensitive.
I immediately dug through my beauty closet and found Arcona’s Magic White Ice, a daily hydrating gel serum that hydrates with hyalruronic acid and cranberry complex and neutralizes free radicals with vitamins B-5, C and E. I am LOVING this stuff so far. I put it on after I cleanse my face and then apply a heavy moisturizer (like my Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica). LOVE.