J A N E
After getting my face deeply massaged and lymph nodes drained af at Face Gym (I got the Yoga Face Facial), I’ve been inspired to think more seriously about different ways to de-puff. I left after getting gua sha-ed and kneaded for 40 mins looking extremely contoured and tight. I wasn’t expecting much of a difference but I think the face yoga really helped detox all the wine I drank this week or something.
I was so inspired that I decided to order rose quartz gua sha stones from Amazon to keep in my fridge (major key, feels great during a hangover) and drag across my face in hopes of higher cheekbones. I also ordered the vibrating metal gold Japanese things pictured below to (again) drag across my face to “massage my serums into my skin” and encourage more lymphatic drainage.
Ole Henriksen Cold Plunge Pore Mask
Having never tried a mask that felt like dipping your face into the arctic, I was a bit jarred by how tingly and cold this feels when you first put it on. I’m a sucker for anything I can “feel” working. This gorgeous shade of turquoise is great for selfies, and the shrunken pores you’ll have after are equally photo worthy.
Sun Potion Tocos and Reishi Mushroom Powder
I’m obsessed with Sun Potion; idk if my very clear (knock on wood) skin is due to stirring these adaptogenic herbs into my tea every morning, but it certainly isn’t hurting. Tocos is said to promote healthy skin and connective tissues and promote detoxing. Reishi is a heavily trending beauty ingredient right now and is said to help reduce wrinkles/puffiness and also encourage cell regeneration. I mean, sign me up.
J O R D A N
If you’re an OG Thicc reader then you’ll remember my love of Kelis and her glowing, magnificent skin and how she swears by the Hanacure face masks. Welp, I found a dupe for a fraction of the price, and it’s so good! It definitely makes me look like Benjamin Button after 10–15 minutes, but the results were so great that I will continue to go for the undead glow. I saw results right away despite some redness, but when I woke up the next morning, I was shocked at how even my skin was.
Note: It does smell like hair relaxer with a hint of potpourri, but don’t let that deter you!
My facial cherry was popped, and I swear I’m never going back. Like Jane, I downed a lot of wine last week, so when I had the opportunity to visit The Sugar Mama PDX, a holistic spa that is run by Krystal Martos and staffed predominately by women of color, I couldn’t wait! Though I was very scared to have someone all up in my shit, it was the most relaxing experience ever. They use Eminence products, which are organic; some of the products used included clear-skin probiotic cleanser and red currant concentrate. I’ll definitely be back soon; if you’re in Portland, be sure to give her a try!
The Booty Trio
A lot of people limit skincare to just the face, which sucks because y’know, the rest of your body is covered in skin too. So I tried Anese’s Booty Trio. Full disclosure I didn’t know what to think when I first got them but I got to say, I did a cheek side by side and I definitely could definitely feel a difference. I would recommend the “Have You Seen My Underwear” oil for combating with general ashiness on the beach and the "Down With The Thickness" collagen mask which had my butt very supple and very happy and I’m a true believer that a supple booty is a happy booty.