Skincare has never been a top priority for me. As is the case with most men, I have not been brought up to be conscious of my skin’s health. But at the age of 27, years of neglect have begun to show. In addition to natural changes in my skin’s appearance that come with age, such as a continuing increase of wrinkles and fine lines, it has become apparent to me that there are changes occurring on my face that I unfortunately cannot blame on age. Razor burn, oily/dry areas, occasional acne, and discoloration from sun-damage are all a consequence of my own neglect. A healthy diet and exercise undoubtedly do a great deal to promote healthy, youthful skin, but poor skin hygiene leads to a buildup of dead skin cells that when ignored, can wreak havoc on our skin. While women are culturally conditioned to use skincare products from a young age, men generally are not, and the buildup of dead skin cells that result cause us to age much more rapidly than our female counterparts. And why should that be the case? I believe I speak for most men when I say that I do not want to look like an old man by the time I reach my forties. And as I approach my thirties, I certainly don’t want to look any older than I already am. I simply want to look as healthy as I feel.
With that in mind, my first skin care treatment with licensed aesthetician Yelena Barsky was more necessary than I first imagined. I had no idea how many dead skin cells were choking my pores until they were gone! After an assessment of my individual skincare needs, Yelena began working her magic. The chemical peel was applied to my face and then removed before I even realized it. With no burning or discomfort, it was nothing like what I had imagined it would be. Both the words “chemical” and “peel” are very misleading. My skin just felt clean and refreshed, and much to my surprise, there was no redness! In addition to the peel, Yelena performed a microdermabrasion on my skin, which felt like a massage for my face! This helped her correct any unevenness in my skin, such as dull patches or dark spots. As someone who loves being out in the sun, this is a problem for my skin, but not a problem too big for Yelena. When I left her office, my skin looked completely evenly toned, and somehow, appeared to have less lines throughout. But the best part of my first skin care treatment with Yelena was the way my skin felt after I left. It was as though the skin on my face was able to breath for the first time in years. Since last seeing Yelena, I have not had a single blemish, or felt the oiliness and dullness I had somehow grown accustomed to. After now experiencing the benefits of proper skin care, I no longer think I can help but me mindful of the health of my skin.