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A Blast to look like the past…or my adventures with microdermabrasion

Posted on February 3, 2010 in the Uncategorized category

A gorgeous woman (and new found friend) Amanda, took a chance on me through Twitter and asked me to collaborate with her on an article about microdermabrasion. Here’s the skinny…or you can read it on her blog: Realize Beauty. I loved writing this post as much as I loved meeting her (I actually loved meeting her more) and I’m happy to share my experience.

Even though my Real Beauty blog is about a women’s best quality’s being on her insides, it doesn’t mean we can’t pamper ourselves to feel absolutely fantastic on the outside. Bon Appetit!


My little secret is out – I just turned 40 – and though I’m not upset about this milestone, it did inspire me to think about how well I was taking care of myself — specifically my skin. I have shunned facials and spa treatments and expensive creams my whole life. I’m frugal and I had acne. It took me years to find Proactiv (been using successfully since 1993) and I didn’t believe that spending a ton of money on a spa treatment would do anything for me.

But as I approached 40, I started thinking that maybe I could help my complexion (especially motivated by the beautiful women of Sydney), by getting microdermabrasion. I don’t like to wear foundation, so camouflaging my face was not an option. So, encouraged by the lovely Amanda (Realize Beauty), I began to hunt for a place that would beautify me.

I found Lotus Spa in Bondi Junction - an elegant & friendly oasis – where I was told my skin had sun damage and would need extensive therapy. This was no surprise to me as I’d already taken a beating at another spa (and wasn’t keen to go back) but it still pricked my ego. But the lovely woman was nice, honest and right. So after she explained the details, I booked an appointment.

I really thought microdermabrasion would be harsh and I would have to go into hiding with scraggly skin – I was SO wrong! It was a wonderful experience. I received the crystal method (not diamond) with a device from Beauty Culture. It was more of a sucking vacuum than a face blasting. What a relief.

The treatment started with a soothing cleanser to prepare my skin. The the microdermabrasion. The beautician (she was globally and locally certified) gently smoothed my skin so the vacuum didn’t bruise the fleshy areas like my cheeks. It was enjoyable and didn’t feel like I was losing a layer of skin.

After the main treatment, she put on a soothing masque and serum and treated me to a hand/scalp massage. It was decadent!

She did warn me to wear sunscreen — that’s a given — and sent me on my way after telling me I looked radiant! Thank you very much. I came home and took pictures but didn’t notice too much difference. My skin was definitely brighter and clearer and I looked pampered – my skin was definitely softer, too. My skin felt just a little tight but there was no obvious redness. The next day, my skin still had that pampered look and I noticed I looked rested and a bit younger.


I am certainly going back in a few months for another treatment. Will I go back to Lotus Spa? Maybe. I’m going to visit a few others and see what I find. I am on the quest for the friendliest and most feminine spa in Bondi Junction. The kind of place that makes me feel like a beautiful woman — before my treatment. I’m looking for ambiance…an ultimate experience. It will take a lot to surpass Lotus Spa, and I’ll share what I find.

Thanks Amanda, for inspiring me to treat myself to a much-needed and loved treatment. I’m a believer!


4 Responses to “A Blast to look like the past…or my adventures with microdermabrasion”

  1. MOG1 on February 3rd, 2010 6:59 am

    Why no pics?I want to see the new radiant K!!! Nicely written article. You make it sounds not so scary! Love to you!

  2. SassySEO on February 3rd, 2010 1:54 pm

    Hello gorgeous! No pictures – not too much of a difference plus I don’t want anyone to see my naked face! Maybe after a few more. I did take them but will keep them under wraps for now. It would not be good for anybody. Haha!

    Love you!

  3. Iconic88 on March 2nd, 2010 4:28 pm

    WOW!! YOU maam don’t look a day over 21! ;-)

    With your positive energy and spirit, I’m surprised microdermasomething was needed at all Kristin! You radiate as Mr Rohan would attest to as well as everyone that meets you.

    Keep shining Kristin!!

    For you | Enjoy Kristin. This video looks like it was taken on one of my favourite beaches in the world ~ Waimanalo (‘Oahu).

  4. SassySEO on March 2nd, 2010 10:14 pm

    Thank you darling! You are one of the most amazing people I’ve met and you always make me feel so great. I LOVE this song by Iz. It’s gorgeous. I love Hawaii.

    Thanks, pal – for being so supportive and wonderful and generous. That’s your beauty – you are generous. One of the best qualities a person can possess.


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