Favorite Things

A Mom who Microneedles [my microneedling adventure]

Why Microneedling?

As a teen, young adult and even sometimes as a women in my early thirties I have had breakouts.  However, when I was younger I had painful cystic acne that left me with scarring on my face. These scars have really bothered me as I have gotten older.  My makeup tends to “set” in them and make them look worse then they are and I hate how it makes my skin appear in photographs.

skin before

Here is the scarring in the sun from an Instagram story I did: I started to use vitamin c oil to try to help with the scaring about a month ago but it didn’t help much:

micro needling skin before

It wasn’t until about 6 months ago that I even really found out about microneedling when my dermatologist mentioned it to me and said that I would be a good candidate.  I went and researched it, watched videos and talked to my husband about the procedure.

What is microneedling?

You might be asking what microneedling is exactly? Here is the specific type that Kalos performed on me.

The specific type of microneedling I did is called SkinPen. It encourages your skin to heal itself by making a series of microscopic openings in the skin. While harmless, your skin interprets these tiny punctures as injuries and activates the natural process of collagen production. The result is a renewed layer of skin that is smoother, healthier, and unblemished.

Results after SkinPen treatment depend on your age, skin condition, lifestyle, and other factors. Patients often experience noticeable results about 1 or 2 weeks after their procedures. Improvements continue over the following weeks and as you continue your treatment series. In general, we recommend a 3-treatment series initially, with elective follow-up SkinPen treatments every 3 or 4 months to help maintain your results. SkinPen results will typically appear more quickly when treating fine lines and discoloration, and a greater number of treatments are required for optimal results with scar treatment.

Why Kalos?

While I was thinking about the procedure I connected with Kalos Medical Spa at Kirby Plastic Surgery Center and when they wanted to partner together I knew this would be the perfect opportunity to try it out!

I want to first say how amazing the team at Kalos was when working with me.  I am currently breastfeeding so we had to make adjustments to my treatment plan to ensure nothing would cross into the breastmilk.  What does that mean?! For the microneedling process I was not able to use the topical numbing agent. It honestly was not as painful as I had anticipated. BUT if you can get the numbing agent they are typically able to use a higher strength for the microneedling.  Also, they increase the “strength” with each treatment process because your skin cannot just automatically take on the highest setting.

I absolutely loved my experience at Kalos.  They are extremely friendly, knowledgeable and professional.  Their facility is top notch and the staff made me feel so comfortable throughout the whole process.

These are my results after one session:

Before:

microneedling  skin before

Immediately after:

microneedling skin right after

A day after:

microneedling skin after

Now with make up on:

microneedling new skin

I can’t wait to show you all the progress in my skin over my treatment plan! What treatments are you interested in hearing more about?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

*Please know that while I am in partnership with Kalos Medical Spa at Kirby Plastic Surgery all opinions are my own and any medical information has been reviewed for accuracy.

baby, Favorite Things, Maternity/ Pregnancy, pregnant

Summer Pregnancy Must Haves

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When you find out your pregnant you make a overhaul of a lot of things.  I am excited to share with you some fun upcoming fashion post for my every growing bump.

In the mean time I am going to show you some of my Amazon Wish List items for being pregnant during the summer.  Most of these things you can use when you aren’t pregnant too! I love utilizing items for all seasons of life.

Skin/Facial Care

*Please note to ALWAYS talk to your doctor about your skin/facial care.

Summer time means lighter makeup so you want to make sure your skin is looking fresh and bright. Here are some products I love:

 

 

Fresh Start 

Facial Hydrator + Eye Creme

Facial Wash

I am using this to help keep away stretch marks.  I used it my first pregnancy/postpartum and loved it!

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Bio Oil

With the sun coming out pregnant mom’s need to prepare.  Here is what is in my Amazon Cart to help with sun protection and tanning.

 

 

Jergens Instant Sun

Neutrogena Pure and Free

 

Swim Suits

Summer calls for swim suit time and with my ever changing body I am eyeing a few different bathing suits to get me through the dog days of summer.  Here are some of my favorites. PS ALL of these are under $30!

 

 

Black and White Bikini

Yellow and Floral Bikini

Black Lace OTS

 

 

What are your summer pregnancy must haves?

Stay tuned for a fun maternity style haul!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Beauty, Favorite Things

Saranghae Skin Care

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Being in my [early] thirties I am always on the lookout for new and great skincare.  When Saranghae reached out to me to try their product I was really excited.

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Below is a quick video of the product and the routine.  Results don’t happen overnight so I will be sure to update y’all in a month or so.  I can say after just a few days I love how soft and bright my skin feels and looks!

Their process heals, regenerates and protects. It is a pretty simple 5 step process [and really only 4 because the make is as needed]!

Step 1: Nourishing + Moisturizing Cleanser

Step 2: Deep Radiance Serum

Step 3: Firm & Life Cellular Regeneration Cream

Step 4: Focus Renewal Eye Cream

Step 5: Elemental Essence Mask [as needed]

Fun fact: Saranghae is the #1 fastest growing Korean Beauty brand in the US.  Bonus points for all of these raves I have listed below.

  • They offer you a 30 Day Full Satisfaction Money Back Guarantee. If you’re not happy with Saranghae for any reason at all we will refund your purchase.
  • They offer FREE SHIPPING & HANDLING on ALL of our products regardless of dollar value
  • They promise you that we will always use the highest quality ingredients
  • They promise that they are always environmentally sustainable & responsible
  • They promise to always use suppliers that pay a fair wage to their employees
  • They promise you that you will always receive the BEST PRICE as our direct customer. Should you see Saranghae for less than what you’ve purchased, we will promptly refund you the difference.

I am loving this easy to use skin care routine. Click here if you want to try it out!

XOXO GabbingGinger