What Twirl Salon’s Facial Treatments Have Done For My Skin, And How They’re Helping Me Cure My Adult Acne
Struggling with adult acne for the past 3 years has been one of the most frustrating issues I’ve dealt with. #firstworldproblems?…I guess. But it has taken much trial and error to crack my code and understand what is really going on inside of my body that’s making inflammation show up on my face. My new favorite phrase coined recently by my best friend is, “balancing everything about being a woman is a delicate house of cards.” Yes. And figuring out how to naturally heal my face from the inside out has been exactly that: making sure everything on my insides is balancing just right so that the final card – what’s showing up on the outside – can rest on top of the structure.
I can finally say that I’m at a place where sharing this piece feels right, because I think I’ve cracked my Woman Code. (If you are a woman reading this and you are struggling with anything hormone related, read this book by Alisa Vitti. PS- everything is hormone related so it’s worth a read). I think the most important lesson I’ve learned throughout this process is that everyone’s body is different. The things that trigger my inflammation aren’t necessarily the same things that trigger yours. And even though I had completely changed my lifestyle 2 years ago and have maintained it since then, something was still off because my acne never went away. I blamed it on stress, but deep down I knew something else had to be wrong.
The more time passed, the more in-tune with my body I became, and I knew I just didn’t feel right on the inside. It turns out that it was birth control that was the issue (which I was put on at 17 years old to help with acne). I stopped taking it – cold turkey. Regardless of what doctors were telling me, regardless of other fears I had. And miraculously, almost immediately, my body was back in balance and working like clockwork. The heavy breakouts on my cheeks disappeared, and slowly but surely everything is starting to clear up as the synthetic hormones clear out of my system.
Even though acne is a reflection of something out of balance on the inside of my body, I am very aware of how important it is to compliment my all-natural insides with the things I’m putting on the outside of my body. It’s something everyone should care about, but it took me being personally introduced to the CEO of an all-natural, organic skincare brand to wake up to this. A few months ago I learned about Tata Harper Skincare through my friends at Neiman Marcus, and I had the opportunity to interview Tata for my Grit + Grace series about the ins and outs of her business, and learn all about her line of products made on her farm in Vermont. They’re 100% free from GMO, toxins, fillers, artificial colors, artificial fragrances and synthetic chemicals. That day I tried samples of her line, and I knew that this was what I wanted to commit to putting on my body. Nothing synthetic on the inside, and nothing synthetic on the outside.
Fast forward a few months: I met Lisa Weller out at an event, who is the owner and innovator of the raved-about Twirl Salon here in San Antonio. We ended up on the subject of skincare, because Lisa’s skin is flawless (she hardly ever wears makeup and looks perfectly plumped, porcelained and lightly glazed). Due to my oversharing nature, I of course pointed to my face and told her about my frustrations with adult acne. She told me that she personally used Tata Harper Skincare, and that her salon has a facial specialist who uses only Tata Harper Skincare for her services. In that moment I knew I had found my match for the gentle, natural skincare services I was searching for to help heal my scarring, redness and inflammation. Thus, our #partnership for this experiment was born.
I went to see Brittany Franco every week for four weeks. While my insides were healing, she complimented the process with a healing process on the outside through gentle non-chemical peels, light therapy, and the occasional extraction (we stopped doing this because my skin stays angry for days after poking at it). Just like any change or improvement – you always want it to happen faster than it does, and you always feel like nothing is working. But: behold!! The picture on the left was taken after my first service, week 1. The picture on the right was taken after my final service, week 4. The high-frequency light therapy treatment killed bacteria in my skin, calmed inflammation and redness and helped circulate blood to reduce fine-lines and wrinkles. The Tata Harper peels gave the same effects of a chemical peel without the harsh chemicals: texture smoothing, skin clarification, skin cell regeneration, collagen promotion and skin-tone brightening.
I still have a little ways to go before I can achieve my “tinted moisturizer only” coverup #goals. It’s a process and I have to be patient. But, to sum it all up, the major differences I saw in my skin after only 4 weeks with Brittany were: a more even skin tone, increased brightness, reduced redness and scarring, calmed inflammation, and an overall plumper look. I invested in the whole product line Brittany used on me during the facial treatments when everything was said and done. I now follow the regimen she prescribed to me every morning and every evening. It has been a few weeks since my last treatment, and my skin only continues to get better. Some things on the inside that I’ve been focusing on to keep the outside nice and shiny: increased water intake and monitoring my body’s elimination. What stays inside of you comes out on your face. I’ll just leave it at that.
If you are experiencing adult acne, or if you are feeling dull and want a brighter glow, here are the Holiday treatment and product specials Twirl + Brittany are offering:
- NuFACE skincare treatment: a stem cell face treatment that lifts and plumps.
- Tata Harper holiday skincare sets: a 4-5 step skincare program for about $125, which saves you over $100 from the full size skincare products.
- Book 3 1hr / 1.5hr facials up front and get the 4th free (this is the package I did).
- BONUS: 10% off of single facial appointments for my readers! Just tell the #TwirlGirls you are booking with Brittany because you read about it on my blog and they will honor the discount.
If you are experiencing similar frustrations with imbalances- you are not alone! Always feel free to reach out to me in the comments below, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to join me in the conversation and on the journey to being your best – most natural – self. We all deserve to look and feel incredible, and we also deserve to not be in the dark about the intricacies of womanhood. A very heartfelt thank you to Lisa Weller, Brittany Franco and everyone at Twirl Salon for embracing me into your loving, empowering female beauty community.
I received complimentary facial services as a part of this partnership, but all opinions are my own, and always honest.