I’m always down for a spa day. I don’t go too often, so the times when I do go, I truly cherish those pampering moments and look at my spa visits as a luxury treat. I typically go in for massages, very rarely for facials because I dislike the extraction process. While this may be a sponsored post, I mean it when I say the facial I got to experience at Ciel Spa (located inside the sleek SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills) is truly the best facial I’ve had to date. I’m thrilled to be sharing with you my Ciel Spa facial experience, as well as a skincare Q+A with the lovely esthetician (Rebecca) who took care of me!
First, can we talk about how incredibly chic their decor is?? Ciel Spa has always been one of my favorite spas for this reason.
Unlike many of my friends, I actually despise the extraction portion of the facials, so imagine my surprise when I learned that extractions are optional here for people like me. I find extractions are too tough on my skin. My favorite highlight of the facial experience though is the very first step – the skin test analysis. I’m sharing with you my skin analysis results below!
Overall skin moisture level: 41.75 (slightly dehydrated)
Lipidic Shield: 6 (normal)
Elasticity: 69.5 (good)
Pigmentation Spot: 8 (low)
Skin Oil/Sebum (T-Zone): 30 (normal) // Skin Oil/Sebum (Cheek): 25 (normal)
I absolutely love this skin analysis test, I wish I had the machine in my very own home! Prior to this test, I really thought my skin condition was more dire than what it turned out to be…and I have a hunch a lot of us are probably in the same boat as we are our own worst critic.
The remainder of my facial was peacefully relaxing and informative as well. I’m quite inquisitive when it comes to skincare, so I loved having her walk me through the various Biologique Recherche products she was using on my face and which areas they were targeting. My skin after the facial looked so much better. I had a dewy and refreshed look, and I saw instant results (particularly in the reduction of my eye bags and necklines!). I have listed a few of my favorite Biologique Recherche products that were used for my facial below.
BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE PRODUCTS (did I mention they hail from France and their products already have a cult following??)
Lait VIP O2 – Especially for people like myself who live in cities with environmental toxins like heavy smog, this product is an “antipollution” cleanser that eliminates impurities and calms the skin.
Lotion MC110 n1 – One of my favorite products that was used in my facial treatment, this “magic eraser” greatly reduced my necklines. This lotion smooths lines/wrinkles and brightens skin.
P50 – This gentle exfoliator is already part of my skincare routine. Equal parts in hydration and exfoliation, this toner is a great product for different skin types and it’s sulfate-free.
Biomagic Mask – This mask leaves the skin glowing, soft, and purified.
Serum Placenta – This is definitely on my to-get list. This serum restores skin elasticity, revitalizes and tones the skin.
Creme VG Derm – Rich in botanical extracts and essential fatty acids, this luxurious moisturizer is recommended for aging and dehydrated skin.
Of course, I couldn’t end this post without addressing the skincare questions you have all submitted to me on Instagram! Rebecca and I discussed each and every one of your questions and we hope you find the responses helpful!
SKINCARE Q+A with REBECCA
1. What’s the best remedy for acne prone skin?
It differs for everyone depending on a person’s skin type as well as how their body process certain ingredients, but a creamy cleanser is helpful. Try avoiding products that are too exfoliating as that can cause inflammation. Be cautious when dealing with beauty oils as some oils contain larger molecules, which would sit more on top of the skin as opposed to penetrating into the skin. A common misconception is to target acne prone skin by just hydrating the skin, which is not accurate. You’d ideally want a product that lightly exfoliates and moisturizes.
2. How do we get rid of acne scars and hyperdiscoloration/pigmentation?
It’s a two phase process. First phase is tackling the acne. Acne products should do the trick, but avoid products that contain retinol salycylic acid as that would actually damage the skin. You should use products that contain light salycylic acid or lactic acid. After the acne has been treated, you then tackle the pigmentation issue from the acne scarring. Use products that are anti-inflammatory and skin brightening. Products that contain wasabi extracts is also recommended as that can brighten skin tone, eliminate redness and inflammation. The actual removal of the divets on the skin can possibly take years, but microneedling can help with that.
3. How do you get rid of cystic acne on the jawline?
Hormonal imbalance can cause cystic acne as well as certain diets. You want to generally cut out food that causes inflammation or flare ups, like coffee which contains caffeine. Avoid over-exfoliating products, as well as products that can cause skin irritation (including redness, flaky skin, or dry textured skin) like glycolic acid, retinol, and salycylic acid that’s over 2%. If you do decide to use products that contain retinol, try using the product every 3 days or so. Frequent use of retinol can lead to thin skin over time. My skin is quite sensitive, so I found retinol products to be too harsh for my skin.
4. How do we treat pigmentation around the mouth and forehead?
Going off of the response from question #2, if the pigmentation stems from acne scarring, make sure the acne has all cleared up before working on treating the scars/skin pigmentation. To spot treat pigmentation, try using serums with active ingredients to rebuild cells or look into microneedling.
5. What skincare products should we use for combo skin?
You ideally should be using products that balance out the skin (the Biologique Recherche P50 lotion is an excellent product for this). Collagen sheet masks are also great for combo skin. Clay masks are excellent for T-zones and oily skin. Masks that contain Vitamin E are great for hydration. Witch hazel also absorb oil.
6. How do we reduce fine lines and improve dull skin?
Light exfoliation and hydration. Fine lines creep up when our skin is dehydrated. Try using serums that contain lactic acid for that light exfoliation to target dry dehydrated skin cells. Make sure the serums also have hydrating properties and smaller molecules that can really penetrate into the skin, like hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and peptides.
7. What do you recommend for dry hands (other than lotion)?
Try using hand scrubs, hand masks, or parafin to hydrate your hands.
8. How do we tackle whiteheads?
To shorten the lifespan of whiteheads, you can try using retinoid creams. To avoid whiteheads moving forward, there are a few things you can do. Always remove makeup before you go to bed and make sure you’re washing your face regularly with a gentle exfoliant and cleanser. Whiteheads are form when pores are clogged, so also try avoiding makeup that contains clogging ingredients like talc.
9. Any top recommendations for a sulfate-free AHA product?
My absolute favorite sulfate-free product is the P50 because I love how it both hydrates and balances our skin’s PH, plus it’s rich in AHA and BHA.
10. How can we get rid of eye bags?
Eye bags can develop when there’s a lot of water retention under the eyes, which may be caused by poor circulation and genetics. Freezing cold spoons and cucumber slices can help reduce the puffy eye bags.
Thank you to our friends at Ciel Spa Beverly Hills for this sponsored post!