I had a " Vampire Facial" and lived to tell!

Ok.. so ..I turned 48 in December. Now I know that’s not “old” but let me just tell you my skin and joints are showing some signs of aging!

Yes, I am a yogi and "not supposed to be concerned with vanity" ..well.. I am. #badyogi . So , I want to share my experience as well as let you in on my other aging aging secrets.

Some of you may know that I used to own a makeup store called About Face. It was similar to a Sephora but much better service ;) Anyways, we sold a lot of high end brands so I had the opportunity to try out a lot of different products. Since I sold the store in 2013 and started my yoga and clean living journey, I have begun to gravitate to more organic products. ( I am not completely converted but I am working on it!) So when the opportunity to collaborate with Stephanie at Posh Facial Esthetics came up, I seized the moment and booked the appointment for my first ever micro-needling facial with PRP (protein rich plasma) a.k.a the Vampire Facial. What I liked about it was that it seems liked a “natural” anti aging procedure. Yeah, maybe that’s an oxymoron but… so be it. It’s natural to me! "The PRP is derived from the serum portion of the blood, which contains platelets. The platelets contain high levels of growth factors, which, when applied to the skin, will stimulate cell turnover."

In laymen's terms: It's a facial that essentially uses, "your own blood to help promote the healthy activity of your skin cells," says Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

Anyways, here’s how it went..

Posh is glamorous and inviting and as soon as I walked into the door I immediately felt at ease. I was greeted by my esthetician Amy who led me into the treatment room .

Once I made myself comfy on the bed, Stephanie , Posh’s owner and RN, came in to explain to me exactly how the procedure worked and to take my blood!

It’s just a simple blood draw..that’s the easy part! Then they take your blood and put it into a centrifuge to isolate the platelets. While the blood was spinning Amy prepped my face with a topical numbing cream. Then the fun began! Amy started at the top of my head and worked around my face with the needling pen and then applying the PRP’s topically. Did it hurt? Kind of… but not terrible. It wasn’t exactly a relaxing facial massage but It wasn’t torture either.

When all was done.. I looked like a had a bad sunburn. They said it would last about 24 hours and they called it “social downtime.” That was accurate. I actually looked much better by that evening but I certainly wasn’t ready for prime time!

At the time of this writing, it’s been 4 days and my skin is looking pretty good. There is some slight dryness but that is immediately alleviated with my Kiehl’s face cream. It’s amazing!

So, while I don’t quite look like Gisele Bündchen, I am confined that this procedure is helping me look a bit like my younger self!

So what else is in my anti aging bag of tricks… Let me tell you..

First.. before ANYTHING you MUST HYDRATE! I tell my clients to drink half their body weight in ounces of water (e.g. if you weigh 150 lbs you would drink 75 ounces of water)

Next… GOOD SKINCARE products!

My top picks:

There you have it ladies..my fountain of youth.. don’t get me wrong, I am grateful for the experieces that every line on my face represents but I really don’t want anyone to see them :)

If you try any of these products or are planning to try the “Vampire Facial,” let me know! Cheers to your thriving health & wellness (and anti-aging)!