Last weekend I referenced that article about making do so I decided to take that lesson to heart and make do with some of the beauty items I already have. So I dusted off my old microcurrent facial tool (which I was going to write a post about and then got pregnant so I stopped using it) along with the Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment (which I also had to stop for pregnancy) and gave myself a mini facial. And you know what, my skin looks fan-f*-tastic. And voila I now have a new at-home spa facial regimen that I can’t wait to do again and again.
So the microcurrent tool that I have is a cheaper version of the NuFace Facial Toning Tool that I purchased off of Amazon. It’s so old that it’s no longer available, but I think the NuFace tool should work just as well (and in fact NuFace is FDA approved while the cheap China knock-off from Amazon is questionable so if I were to purchase all over again I probably would have gone with Nuface, but I’m going to “make do” and use the one I have). I was actually using this pretty consistently before I got pregnant and I could definitely see a difference. I originally purchased it because I could see some sagginess under my chin and at my neck (the beginnings of a jowl if I were to be honest). And after some research, learned that microcurrent facial toning tools help firm up the skin area by toning the muscle underneath. And it works! But you have to do it consistently and possibly forever lol (or just don’t gain weight/get pregnant and the results might last longer). As soon as I stopped and gained weight, it all came sagging back down. Also if you go for the NuFace tool and then run out of their gel, just use an electrode gel like this one from Amazon (it’s waaaay cheaper and does the same thing as the fancy stuff from NuFace). I used this YouTube tutorial to figure out how to use the microcurrent tool and it really does feel like you’ve just had a spa treatment done.
Then I decided to take it a step further by exfoliating my skin with the Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment. When I originally purchased this I tried leaving it on my face and my skin burned like a mofo. So instead I use it like a face mask, leaving it on for about 5 minutes. And I have to say there’s some tingling before I wash it off, and my skin looks a tad red for the rest of the night. But the next morning, my skin looks and feels amazing. It’s super smooth and soft. I don’t know for sure if I would buy this again since it’s such a strong acid treatment, but I know that I will definitely be buying some kind of acid exfoliation treatment because it really does help keep my skin looking great.
After washing that off, I use my favorite toner and then moisturize with the Augustinus Bader Rich Cream (reviewed here). So yay for making do and using up what you already have (but that doesn’t mean I won’t add the new tools I purchased from the Nordstrom sale to my facial and see where that leads my skin).