My mom is one of the biggest supporters of my blog. She works as a cashier at a specialty foods store, so she often tells customers about Carrots ‘N’ Cake while she rings them up. Recently, my mom bumped into an old friend of hers named Amy Gyles McInerney.
Amy is a Licensed Medical Aesthetician of 18 years and has her own business. For the past several years, the marketing of her practice has taken a back seat to focus on raising her children, but now that they’re in school full-time, she’s able to focus on her business again. As a way to get the word out about her services, Amy offered to give me a free treatment in return for a review on my blog. I’m more than happy to help out one of my mom’s friends, especially a fellow female business owner, and, of course, I love facials, so I was game.
This morning, I met Amy at her practice in Burlington, Massachusetts. She gave me a big, warm welcome, asked me a bunch of questions about my skin and care routine, and then we got down to business.
After an explanation of the various treatments and their benefits, Amy and I decided to go with microdermabrasion followed by a Vitamin C treatment. Microdermabrasion is a technique that uses tiny rough grains to buff away the surface layer of skin, and Vitamin C brightens, tones, and firms the skin. The combination of the two treatments left my skin smooth and glowing.
During my facial, Amy and I chatted the entire time. She explained every step of the process and its benefits as well as how food and nutrition can affect one’s skin. Amy’s recommendations for what to eat for healthy skin include foods low in sugar and saturated fat, fish, chicken, leafy greens (kale, spinach), and anything with beta carotene (peppers, carrots, kale, sweet potatoes) or vitamin C (peppers, kiwi, citrus fruit, berries). Amy also takes flaxseed, calcium, and Vitamin C supplements for healthy skin.
Amy also mentioned that green tea is great for the skin—both inside and out. A neat thing that she does with brewed green tea is chills it in her refrigerator (for up to 3-4 days) and uses it on a cotton ball, which she applies all over her face in order to get the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Pretty cool, right? I might have to try this green tea-cotton ball thing myself!
Amy also has a new skin care blog, so please check it out!
Thanks, Amy, for a wonderful treatment today. Hope to see you again soon!
Do you find that what you eat affects the quality of your skin?
I definitely do. If I consume too much sugar, my skin breaks out like crazy!
After my facial, I met my sister at Not Your Average Joe’s for lunch.
We started with bread and olive oil.
For my meal, I ordered the sandwich and soup combo. I went with the Tuscan Chicken Sandwich, which came with grilled chicken, mozzarella, marinated tomatoes, basil pesto aioli and arugula on Ciabatta.
For the soup, I went with French Onion. Holy cheese!
A few hours later, I snacked on some sweet potato wedges with peanut butter, which has become my new favorite snack. I’ve been snacking on pieces of sweet potato here and there throughout the day with a little smear of peanut butter for the past few days. It’s so good! (I ate this plate X 2.)
Off to walk the pug and then CrossFit!