(LaRae) I have never thought of myself as a “girly girl”. I am from Wyoming. I grew up with cattle and horses. I love to fish. I like to get dirty. I played with Tonka trucks and Barbies. I was taught to be independent and self-sufficient by my parents. My dad taught me how to drive on a tractor. I can open my own jar of pickles!
I am a mom, a wife, a daughter, a morning show radio announcer, a runner, a friend, a taxi driver, a cheerleader, a guinea pig cage cleaner, a scoop shovel for my boys messes, a nurse, toilet scrubber, and many other glamorous titles. Am I spa girl though? I didn’t think so, until now.
Am I the only person who feels a sense of intimidation when I walk into a spa? I see all these beautiful women working there and immediately all of my high school insecurities come flooding back. I am a naturally shy person….yes, I know I am in radio, but I am truly a wall flower. I have let this insecurity keep me from pursuing things to help my face. I have let this insecurity keep me from feeling better about myself. It sounds so twisted, doesn’t it? I want to feel better about myself, but I don’t feel good enough about myself to go to the people who can help me. I don’t want to feel judged….when in all honesty it is me judging myself.
My face has adult acne. It has acne scarring. There are pigment discolorations from any number of things. It all bothers me. I am very aware of it. I have become a pretty “natural” person since August of 2012. I eat gluten, dairy and soy free. I eat very little processed food. I got rid of soda. I no longer wear traditional makeup. I wear 100% Pure makeup. I use natural cleansers for my face. Coconut Oil is my body moisturizer. However, I want to feel comfortable without makeup and not be so aware of my acne, acne scarring and discoloration.
Time to put on my “big girl pants” and get over my insecurities….
That is exactly what I did. I set up an appointment with Janet (Master Aesthetician) at Amara. I wanted to go, I didn’t want to go. I went! Oh yeah…..and I brought a camera guy to capture all my insecurities. Might as well step way out of my comfort zone. I was very nervous when I walked in for the first time, but that was quickly overcome by the friendliness of the staff. I met Janet. I clicked with her. Kind of like when you know you have the right hairdresser or nail tech. I really felt comfortable with her and started sharing with her how much I hate my face. The acne, the scarring, and the discolorations. After answering some questions and finding out what I hoped to accomplish, Janet put together our plan. The battle plans!
This is where I confess that I think I’ve become a “spa girl”. It only took one treatment of what they call Fotofacial to become a “spa girl”. I saw results immediately. Here is the official description of Fotofacial from Amara’s website: Fotofacial /IPL Fades/Removes freckles, sun spots, redness from rosacea, spider veins, acne & pore size, reduces fine lines & wrinkles, and improves texture. Recommended 3-5 treatments, spaced 3-4 weeks apart. Depending on pigmentation or problem being treated, patients may see desired results in one to two treatments. For severe pigment or vascular lesions closer to five treatments is recommended. Be sure to avoid the sun for two weeks prior to and after this procedure. If any photosensitizing (sun-sensitive) medications or topicals or sunless tanners are used, it is suggested to come off two weeks before lasering.
This is not the most “relaxing” facial treatment, but the kind ladies at Amara make it extremely comfortable. Janet talked me through the whole process. She led me to a mirror as soon as it was over and showed me the change that had occurred almost immediately.
The results have been impressive, but more important for me…..the acceptance I felt at Amara. If I wouldn’t have felt welcomed when I came in or understood by the staff, it wouldn’t have mattered what the results of the Fotofacial had been….I wouldn’t have gone back. Luckily, I get both. I get a great treatment and I now have a new BFF….her name is Janet. By the way, Janet and I have something in common. We both LOVE to pop zits!
Below is the video of my first meeting with Janet at Amara…..hopefully you will see just how comfortable they can make you and it will answer your questions about the experience.