In case you don't follow lots of celebs on Instagram and Snapchat and haven't seen what they've been up to lately — don't worry! I do. And I'm here to tell you that they've been putting weird-looking LED masks on their faces!
If you're like me, you saw this and thought, What the hell are they doing? If you're also like me, your next thought was then How can I also do this?
Luckily for me, she agreed, and I traveled to her studio in Los Angeles ready to transform my face.
Shani let me know before the facial that she customizes facials according to skin type, so each facial is a little bit different.
She started by cleansing my skin with IS Clinical Cleansing Complex before plumping my skin with an ultrasound-like device.
Next, she exfoliated my skin with a light chemical peel, something similar to these by Philosophy.
Then she performed EXTRACTIONS. It turns out that I had some pimples/blackheads that had been chilling on my skin for "a long time." What is a long time? I DON'T REALLY KNOW. But I'm guessing at least a year.
After she extracted pus from my pores, she performed an oxygen treatment on my skin and had me relax for 10 minutes.
Then, it was finally time for the grand finale...THE LED MASK!!!
Lying under this mask for several minutes was actually awesome. I fell asleep. I felt at ease. I had vivid dreams about carnivals and elephant ears. I didn't want to leave the light. But eventually, I had to. Shani said she loves the LED mask because it can help kill bacteria and boost collagen in the skin. I loved it because it made for a cool Snapchat picture.
After my facial, I was surprised by how much my worse my skin looked initially.
All in all, my experience getting an LED facial was awesome.
Would I do it again? Yeah, when I become a millionaire I'll spring for it every couple of months. This mask retails for $1,800, so it isn't realistic for regular ol' people like me to use on a daily basis or, well, ever. But the good news is I asked Shani for some recommendations for skin care that I could actually afford. She loves Cetaphil ($17.08 for a pack of two) as a gentle cleanser, and recommends hydrocortisone cream ($6.83) as a spot treatment for pimples.
But Shani's #1 skincare tip above anything else? USE SUNSCREEN.
Wear a sunscreen of at least 30 SPF every day, and become a celebrity by tomorrow. 😉