Every February, I cover and host the Westminster Agility Championships and Best in Show competition in New York City. It’s one of my favorite assignments all year, one where I want to look my best! Westminster commands a national spotlight, plus New York Fashion Week is unfolding at the same time. The city is alive with excitement and glamour! This year, the trip’s wow quotient jumped to another level when Fashion Week invited me to walk the red carpet for the Red Dress Collection Runway Show with their celebrity guests. Thankfully, the experts at Chronos Body Health and Wellness in Metairie were able to help me prepare for the bright lights of the big city.
Wanting to up my personal glam game, I turned to the aestheticians at Chronos to help me put my best face forward. I live on airplanes 9 months a year, and those trips take a toll on my skin: dehydration, fine lines, lack of plumpness. Add in the frigid conditions of the polar vortex slamming the North right now, and this Southern girl’s skin looks like a flaky, shriveled mess. Cranked hotel room heaters suck out the last of my glow within hours. (The weather gripping New Orleans this season has been so back and forth, perhaps many of you are struggling with these same skin issues, even if you’re not traveling.)
Thankfully, Chronos’ experts crafted a winning game plan to have my skin in top condition for both Westminster and Fashion Week’s Red Carpet. The key: we started prepping my skin 3 months in advance using two different treatments: the Clear & Brilliant laser and the HydraFacial machine. This is a strategy that can be used in New Orleans as well as New York…. for Mardi Gras balls, wedding season, class reunions. The experts at Chronos are skillful evaluators of what each person’s skin needs to look its best.
Step 1: Clear & Brilliant Laser
Veteran medical aesthetician Lisa Lambert started me on a monthly Clear & Brilliant treatment to stimulate my skin’s natural collagen, instead of using injectables. “Clear & Brilliant is one of my favorites,” Lisa says. “There’s virtually no downtime, and you see immediate, natural-looking results. The key is consistency because the results build on each other. Every treatment coaxes your skin into producing even more of your own collagen, which tightens and plumps your skin, plus gives you that youthful glow.”
Lisa applied numbing cream to my face before we started each C & B treatment, which only took about 20 minutes and didn’t hurt at all. I was a little pink for about 8 hours afterward, but that flushed looked quickly faded into the glow I was hoping to get. More of my fine lines disappeared with each treatment and my skin looked moist, even after flying. (Note: stop using your Retina A cream 5 days before your C & B Treatment!)
“Clear & Brilliant is an actual laser- you’re getting laser energy delivered to the top layers of your skin,” Lisa explains. “The laser creates millions of microscopic treatment areas on your skin, which stimulates your body to produce more natural collagen.” A boost in collagen means your skin tightens and looks plumper, fine lines disappear and you have the glow of youth. Sobering fact: on average, our body’s natural collagen production decreases about 1% every year after we turn 20. C & B helps rewind your skin’s internal clock. “There’s absolutely no downtime with Clear + Brilliant,” Lisa says. “You might be a little red that day. Your skin may feel a bit rough like sand paper for a few days after, but you can’t see that. You can go to a big event and look like yourself in 24-48 hours.” I can personally confirm this: I received my third C & B treatment first thing in the morning, then was able to put makeup on and work an NBA game that same night.
Step 2: HydraFacial
The day I left for New York, Chronos aestheticians Memory Pipitone put the finishing touch on our facial rejuvenation routine by performing a Deluxe HydraFacial before my flight. This is a 4-step facial on steroids, essentially. First, using a relaxing stream of water, Memory cleansed and started exfoliating the top layer of my skin. Then using the same machine, she applied a glycolic and salicylic acid solution to further peel away the dull top layer, revealing luminous skin. “Think of little Pac Men eating up any remaining dull, flakes,” Memory says. The third step is an extremely gentle, but effective extraction process that is certainly not like anything you’ve ever experienced before. There’s no bright light or metal tool poking around your pores. The HydraFacial machine uses painless suction to remove impurities, so as not to irritate or damage your skin. The tool simply rolls across your face, painlessly sucking out gunk. “It’s like a vacuum for your pores,” Memory describes. The fourth step was my favorite part: Memory saturated my fresh face with a soothing solution of peptides, enzymes, hyaluronic acid and moisturizers to nourish and quench my skin. My face drank the solution up! Since I was trying the Deluxe HydraFacial (60 minutes, including an awesome massage) instead of the Express HydraFacial (30 minutes), Memory finished by applying a plant stem cell moisturizing mask that locked in all of those wonderful, game-changing elements. If you do the Deluxe HydraFacial, you can customize the mask: moisturizing aloe & green tea, brightening vitamin C, a clay clarifying or the plant stem cell mask I tried. Memory can help you choose which one you really need the most.
While in New Orleans, I was thrilled with the immediate results of each Clear & Brilliant treatment, as well as the HydraFacial. I was thoroughly impressed however by both techniques when New York’s frigid temperatures put my results to the test for more than a week. My skin is still glowing and smooth, despite the conditions and long days of enjoying Fashion Week and working the Westminster Dog Show. Makeup artists for both Fashion Week and Fox Sports separately complimented me on how radiant my skin looks – glowing & juicy, despite the dehydrating cold. It’s not artificial, but Chronos helped me restore my natural-looking glow, which is what every woman wants!
Guest Blog written by Jen Hale