Holiday Gift Guide: New Mom

Day THREE of my 12 day gift guide is catered to all the new mamas out there. I know first hand how exhausting and stressful life can get becoming a new mother and I also know that it’s important to feel as stress-free and comfortable as possible.

When Levon was first born I had a lot of help from my mom and mother in law and it was so nice to have a another hour of sleep when they were around. In fact, it was crucial because it helped me function and feel better. They would cook, clean, and go on walks with me. I vividly remember stepping out into the fresh air and feeling instantly relaxed. I was in pain and tired but dragging myself outside and getting my body moving gave me so much clarity.  

Here are my biggest tips for all of YOU:

  • Keep yourself stress-free.
  • Calm your body & mind every chance you get.
  • Get moving!
  • Enjoy moments of ‘ME’ time. 

Now here’s my list to help you achieve these:

Hydrafacial Done Right!

I have been getting Hydrafacials for as long as I can remember. Recently, I visited my favorite spa, HAAS Wellness, for a quick hydrating pick-me-up since my skin was acting out. Ginger, my facialist, was doing all these cool things using a machine and I quietly asked her if I am getting something other than a Hydrafacial. To my surprise she was performing the actual Hydrafacial facial (OK GRETA how many times will you say Hydrafacial in this post?). Apparently, all these years I have been tricked and charged more than I should have been for what I thought I was getting but meanwhile I haven’t been getting the actual Hydrafacial. WTH! Why were all these other spas claiming to perform a Hydrafacial when they were really just cleansing and exfoliating my face????

I guess the silver lining is that I finally got a real Hydrafacial?!

OK OK I’m done saying Hydrafacial!

Here’s what the real deal looks like people:

Step 1: Actually use the company’s products.

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Step 2: Pre-cleanse the skin.

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Step 3: Cleanse/Exfoliate the skin.

The Hydrafacial machine cleanses and exfoliates all in one! AMAZING!

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Step 4: Acid peel with GlySal Prep.

“GlySal Prep = 7.5% Glycolic Acid and 2% Salicylic Acid Peel. Combines the benefits of aggressive exfoliation and chemical peels into a one-step resurfacing procedure.The result combines accelerated peel benefits with visible skin rejuvenation and no irritation.” Read more about this fabulous combo here.

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Step 5: Extractions.

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Step 6: Optional booster- I had the Britenol booster which brightens the skin.

What Ginger did was let the machine release the concentrate onto my skin then move it all over that specific area. Then she would go over that area with the machine.

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Step 7: Vortex-fusion- hydrates and infuses antioxidants.

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Step 8: Finished off with antioxidant serum, moisturizer and SPF!

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Step 9: Check out all the crap that came out of your face.

Yuck! Glad all this gunk is out!

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Here’s a little breakdown of the facial:


Be sure to let HAAS Wellness know I sent you so they can add a little discount to your total.

XOXO,

Greta

The Facial You Need To Try Before Your Next Event

Have you ever had a facial that left your skin completely transformed…for the better?

If you have, think again. If you haven’t, I’m here to spill the tea!

I recently went to a new wellness center and spa in Glendale founded by my good friend Hilda. She’s a mom, pharmacist, and lover of all things wellness. She initially opened the doors of her new venture for anyone who wants to focus on their health but doesn’t want to sacrifice time away from their family. As a working mother she knew how it felt to constantly be away from her kids due to her work obligations. Thus, out of sheer passion to spend more quality time with her two children she came up with HAAS Wellness, where you can take yoga classes with your children then go next door for a facial.

Amazing, right?

Although I didn’t take my son with me, because mama needed a pamper day to herself, I did take my photographer so she can snap shots of the whole “Fire & Ice” facial and the amazing results that follow.

I’ll be honest, I was hesitant to try this facial because I’ve heard it can sting a little. You guys know me and pain are like Pablo Escobar and the DEA- ENEMIES!

Yes, I’m back to watching my favorite show Narcos, again, LOL.

Anyways, I was reassured that the pain was tolerable so I went ahead and booked the infamous Fire & Ice facial that all of Hollywood is raving about. Now, I can confirm that the hype IS REAL! You guys, my skin feels like my sons skin- baby soft and just right!

First, the esthetician started by cleansing my skin.

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Then, she went on to apply the “fire” portion of the facial.

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After about 3 tingling minutes she cleansed the “fire” off of my skin and started with extractions.

(this step is optional but I went ahead and got some of my blemishes extracted)

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I love that she wore gloves throughout the entire facial. They take sanitation very seriously here, love that!

Then came the best part, the “ICE” portion.

This was the cool down period to calm your skin after that burning sensation. This pastel green mask included some amazing ingredients such as aloe vera, rosemary extract, green tea extract, and hyaluronic acid.

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My esthetician, Ginger, added some cool cotton pads into the mix and advised me to relax as she massaged my tense shoulders.

My personal favorite part of the facial.

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After my relaxing massage she gently wiped off the icey mask and applied serum and SPF.

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Look at my baby soft skin…obsessed!

You guys, this facial has completely transformed my skin. I used to have these internal little bumps all around my cheeks, forehead, and chin from congested skin. You know, the kind you can’t pick out, the ones that are deep within your skin and are noticeable once you apply foundation. Yes, those! Now? COMPLETELY GONE! 

My complexion looks brighter, cleaner, and I have a healthy glow. You can see it in that last picture! I’m truly blown away at the results and urge anyone who wants a complete skin transformation to try this magical treatment. I would do it a few days before a special event (depending on how quickly your skin heals from extractions) so you can have a flawless complexion just in time for your photo-op. Thankfully, I did it just before my Bibs & Bellies panel yesterday.

+ Want to love me even more?

I got you guys 10% off any treatment HAAS offers. Just mention my name when you call to book your appointment!

HAAS WELLNESS CENTER

1101 E Broadway, Suite 204
Glendale,  CA 91206

818.491.9000

XOXO,

Greta