Saving (My) Face

Saving (My) Face
This is not a paid post.  This is me expressing my love for Dominick of ISkincare

Then.  As a child, I had a few rather interesting quirks.  Around the age of 7, I wanted wrinkles, and I wanted them NOW.  I thought Crow’s Feet were soooo cool. I would stand in front of the mirror in the bathroom and contort and squish my face until I resembled an elementary school-aged Shar-Pei.  I’m not sure how long this behavior lasted but needless to say, I grew out of that phase.

Baby Laurie didn’t know anything about pores, wrinkles or self-care.  She also didn’t realize she had male patterned baldness.

Now.  I am not in my early 40’s and find myself doing something completely different in front of the mirror.  I don’t think Jared (my fiancè) has caught me doing this…yet…but I now pull my face back in a faux “facelift” to get a glimpse of my former unlined self.  Ohh…how the times have changed…

Enter Dominick.

Dominick of ISkincare has been a part of my life for 12+ years.  As he recalls it, during our first appointment my hair and the jacket I wore were brown, and my brows were in need of his professional expertise.  As I recall it, my eyebrows became lovely and my time with him was a hoot and total pleasure.  After our first appointment, I never wanted anyone to touch my brows again.

Side note—Dominick saying that my hair was brown was probably a polite way of saying “your roots were worse than your brows.”

Dominick has seen me through my 30’s and early 40’s through brow appointments and facials.  He’s has seen and heard it all – horrible relationship stories, salacious dating escapades, happy Laurie, sad Laurie.  The ISkincare spa is a safe and fun environment – so many stories, so many laughs have been shared between us for over a decade.

During a recent brow appointment, I started to whine a little more strongly than usual about the state of my aging skin.  I was seriously beginning to consider Botox.  Dominick carefully put his hand on the spa table, looked me in the eyes and softly said, “You should try LED light therapy to help stimulate collagen.  Why don’t we try that first?”  I quickly agreed and made an appointment to get my face “lit.”

Last week I went in for a what I now refer to as the “Forty and Fabulous Facial.”  There were several steps to get my skin to not act its age.

  • Microdermabrasion – A magical little vacuum with a diamond inside to remove dead skin that was hanging on for dear life.
  • “Wanda” – The name I gave the LED Light Therapy wand that emitted red and green light (my eyes were closed the whole time!) to minimize my pores and stimulate collagen.
  • “Goldie” – A “gold” mask was placed over my face to draw out toxins.  Once removed we could see traces of McDonald’s French fries and Chardonnay.
Sing it with me – “I feel pretty.  Oh so pretty…”

The facial breathed new life into my visage, bringing back a glow that I missed.  We celebrated his beautiful work with a little Prosecco and a few pictures.  I might not wear my sunglasses at night, but I do wear them in a spa.

Clean and bright skin with a side of champagne.  Yes, please.

If you are in the Orlando area or are traveling to Orlando, I highly recommend seeing Dominick at ISkincare.  He provides brow waxing/shaping/tinting, facials, microdermabrasion, LED light therapy and more.  He’s attentive, kind, super funny and the BEST aesthetician.  You can learn more about ISkincare here

Self-care is all the rage.  What do you do to take care of yourself?  What do you wish you could do?  What do you want to try? Are there products or services you use to make you feel your best?

Work Hard.  Play Hard.  Drink Chard.

As always,


P.S. This is not a paid post.  All opinions and thoughts are my own expressed with facts, humor and the occasional TMI.