This week I had the pleasure of trying out the CACI Natural Microlift Facial at The Skin Hub clinic in Byblos. I had heard about it before and was quite eager to try it, since a lot of celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and the Kardashians do this treatment before a special red carpet event.
The facial was amazing!! It was divided into three parts: Microdermabrasion with red and blue LED light, a Micro Lift and a Hydro Mask (electric meso-therapy). It wasn’t painful at all, just slight tingling sensations during the second part as the facial muscles are being stimulated. I could see instant results afterwards, and my skin looked refreshed and radiant when I walked out.
The owner of the clinic, Zorica, was so lovely and we had such a nice chat about skincare and preventative beauty routines, that I decided to write an article about it.
I’ve noticed that women in Lebanon pay a lot of attention to their nails and toenails, going for manicures and pedicures at least once a week (in some cases twice!), yet I don’t really hear any of them talking as much about going for facials or face treatments. It’s almost as if more importance is placed upon hair and nails than skincare, which is weird because a person sees your face before they notice your nails. Of course, Lebanon is no stranger to plastic surgery, especially botox and fillers, so it got me thinking: could there be a link?
Don’t get me wrong, I am in no way throwing shade on botox or fillers, but wouldn’t it be great if we didn’t even need those measures in the first place?
The skin is the only organ with a memory: it remembers what you do to it now, and will show it 10-20 years down the line. It’s all about prevention – if you take care of your skin now, you won’t have to resort to crazy measures later (like the above mentioned botox, fillers and even facelifts) when it’s already too late. Every summer I am absolutely amazed by how many ladies park themselves next to the pool for hours on end (where do they even find the time????) applying nothing but Baby Oil to their skin!! You might as well just climb in the frying pan already!
Yes, we do need Vitamin D and getting it from the sun is the easiest way, but spending just 10 minutes in the sun (in the summer) provides you with 5 times more than the daily recommended dose – so you can’t really use that as an excuse for spending hours in the sun anymore.
Ways that you can take care of your skin from today:
- SUNBLOCK, SUNBLOCK, SUNBLOCK! This is the most obvious fact that we all already know, yet we still don’t heed the countless warnings we receive about the harmful negative effects of the sun. These days we really don’t have any excuses not to use sunblock – almost every BB or CC cream has SPF in it, and most foundations nowadays also contain SPF. Make sure to check that the SPF you are using on your face is “Broad Spectrum” since that means it covers both UVA and UVB rays, which is very important.
- Always wear a hat when out in the sun
- Try not to be out in the sun in the middle of the day when the sun is at its highest and brightest. If you can’t help it, make sure to re-apply SPF every two hours.
- There are many other ways to get a nice tan if you feel that your skin is too dull without spending hours in the sun- there are countless self-tan products on the market and they’ve become quite sophisticated.
- Don’t think that you only need moisturizer during the winter – your skin actually gets more dry during the summer, especially since we live in such a hot climate where we sit in Air conditioned rooms and cars a lot of the time. A/C’s dry out the skin and hair like crazy, so add an extra dollop of cream at night before you go to sleep.
- During the summer months, if your car has been sitting out in the sun for a while, open up the doors and windows for two minutes before you climb inside – being hit with all that hot air immediately is quite a shock to the system and can dry out your skin a lot
- Make sure you are using the right products for your own skin type – often we think we have oily skin, but in reality we actually have combination skin and use the wrong products which only make existing matters worse. Have a dermatologist or facial therapist look at your skin properly and tell you exactly what type of products you need.
I highly recommend you try the CACI facial at The Skin Hub. Prices range between $80 – $120. If you’re interested, give them a call and schedule an appointment, you won’t regret it! The number is +961 71 506 666 or +961 9 540 755, and you can also check out their Instagram page for more info @the_skin_hub