April 23, 2017

Why I am Reevaluating My Skincare Routine

Disclosure: I was provided free Spa Services from Salon Greco in exchange for an honest review of my experience. 

I consider myself a skincare junkie. I have far too many tubes of eye creams, samples of moisturizers, face peels galore, and tons of the latest over-the-counter, quick-fix type solutions that promise to make me look like anything other than the extremely tired mom of two that I am. The problem is, these piles of products are the beginning and end of my skincare regime. I do not see a dermatologist, I never get facials, I just do not do any of the work to actually see my skin improve in look, texture, color, or firmness. Basically, I am doing the skincare equivalent of diligently eating a salad every day only to wash it down with a large Coke and a candy bar. I decided it was time to make some serious changes.

The enterance to the spa at Salon Greco in Suwannee, GA

If you follow me on Instagram you might have noticed that I had the opportunity to visit the award winning, Salon Greco The European Day Spa in Suwannee, Georgia a couple weeks ago. There I was treated to a Greco Facial Treatment and a Swedish Massage. I kicked things off with the facial. After slipping on a robe and slippers, I relaxed with a glass of refreshing, fruit-infused water. Monica, my aesthetician, came by shortly after and we began talking about my skincare goals. It was like I had been struck by lightning - was I actually supposed to have goals for my skin? My goal in life is to get through the laundry, and that is already difficult enough, but I digress. I quickly realized I have been slathering on goop and gel and oil and lotion all with the intention of better-looking skin, but all with no real concept of what I wanted to improve upon from a skincare standpoint. After quick consideration, I knew I wanted to focus on my eye area, which at age 32 is already wrinkled and baggy. I also told Monica that I wanted to improve the tone and color of my skin since it tends to get red, especially on my cheeks and around my nose.

Monica escorted me to a private, comfortable room and after laying down, she began to examine my face and neck. She was quick to mention that my pores were very clogged and I needed to be more diligent with an exfoliator - using one at least three times a week. Since I do not typically treat myself to facials, I went with a standard facial - The Greco Facial. It is perfect for men and women who want relaxation, skin cleansing, and rejuvenation. However, she mentioned that Salon Greco recently started performing Hydra Facials, which provide a much deeper clean and are significantly less painful if you need extractions because they are done with a machine and not by hand. She noted that with the Hydra Facials you instantly notice an improvement in your skin's overall texture and firmness. She recommends clients get them in sets of three, to achieve the best results.

Salon Greco in Suwannee, Georgia offers Hydra Facials

That got me thinking, should I be getting a spa-facial more often? I always thought of spa treatments as luxury, quiet time and not necessarily an investment in my skin. Boy, was I wrong. Monica explained, how skin cells rejuvenate every 28 days and it is best to treat your skin to the purifying benefits of a facial every 4-6 weeks to avoid premature aging. Plus, as we age the time between cell rejuvenation extends, leading to a reduction in firmness and an increase in visible wrinkles.

One of the most interesting things Monica mentioned during my facial was that Salon Greco carries a line of luxury skincare products typically only found in five-star hotels. The line is named Babor and as Monica gently applied their masks, tinted moisturizer, eye cream, cleanser, and toner she explained each step of the process. The products went on easily and smelled fantastic. At the end of my facial, my skin glowed and was soft to the touch. Monica wrote me a "prescription" for future visits and suggestions for skincare products to help me achieve my newly-developed skincare goals. Of all the products she prescribed me, it was the Babor Enzyme Cleanser with a gentle exfoliating effect, which peaked my interest. You might assume that because I love to buy skincare products I also naturally read the labels, not true. I have been applying every variety of skincare treatment under the sun without any thought to their active ingredients, which was probably contributing to the redness in my skin.

Salon Greco in Suwannee, Georgia sells the high-end, skincare line Babor.

Some things I learned about skin care during my facial at Salon Greco:

  • Exfoliate at least three times each week
  • Facials should be a regular part of your skincare routine
  • Read the labels and know the ingredients in the products you use and apply
  • When applying eye cream always use your ring finger
  • Give all skin care products at least 28 days to truly take effect

I was impressed by my entire experience at Salon Greco, and I am looking forward to returning to try the Hydra Facial. From now on, I will be making spa facial treatments a regular part of my skincare routine. The massage that followed the facial was the perfect culmination for a relaxing spa day. The gentle music and my massage therapist's skillful hands had me in a blissful utopia of relaxation and quiet.

 After my Facial at Salon Greco, my skin was glowing and felt instantly softer to the touch.
After my Facial at Salon Greco, my skin was glowing and felt instantly softer to the touch.

If you are in the Atlanta area make sure you book an appointment today to visit Salon Greco. Mention "Everyday Thoughts" and you get $20 off a service of your choice! They offer a complete list of spa and salon services for the ultimate in pampering, relaxation, and rejuvenation. I think you will agree that the staff is friendly, well mannered, and expertly trained in their respective crafts. The salon and spa are clean and efficient with high-quality products, a quiet and relaxing ambiance, and cutting-edge technology to ensure the best possible experience for all their guests.

Now that I'll be returning to Salon Greco regularly, I need some advice, what are some of your favorite spa treatments and how often do you get them done?

Be Blessed,
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  1. I haven't had many professional skin cleaning treatments done. I've had a micro dermabrasion once and liked the results. Right now I am still in the process of finding a great skin care line for myself.

  2. I'm traveling through Atlanta this Summer, I'll have to keep this in mind!

  3. Taking care of your skin is so important!!! I wish I would have started taking care of my skin sooner. Getting facials by professionals is definitely a factor mine