I believe true beauty is found in self-confidence. Throughout my 12-year career as a medical aesthetician, I have noticed most people are not sure where to start when they decide to make a change in their appearance. My job at Oceana Luxe Med Spa is to help clients find that straight and narrow path, and the quickest way to get there is through building their self-confidence.
In 2020, my entire concept of beauty changed. It was the middle of the pandemic and I was stuck at home with COVID. There was no access to lash extensions, facials, manicures or pedicures; no need to wear makeup. Gyms were closed, I gained 20 pounds and I did not look or feel myself. This caused me to question if I was truly happy — not just physically but spiritually, mentally and emotionally.
The answer was no, so I decided to change. Beautiful things are always made through change: Seeds turn into roses, caterpillars turn into butterflies and diamonds are made under high temperatures and pressure. I decided to make small, consistent changes for my skin, such as incorporating new products to help with my complexion. I also began to incorporate monthly massages to reduce stress and increase blood circulation.
To work on my self-confidence, I asked myself a few really important questions. What is one thing I would like to enhance or change about my appearance? How can I achieve this? Am I making these changes for myself or because of the world’s view of beauty? By answering these questions, making small changes in my routine and diving deeper into my spirituality, I began to understand that true beauty is found in valuing yourself; and when you value yourself, confidence will follow.
SkinMedica TNS Advanced+ Serum
Available at Oceana Luxe Medspa
SkinMedica’s TNS Advanced+ Serum is a skin rejuvenating formula that visibly improves the appearance of coarse wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin. Powered by TNS®-MR and Renessence (RSC) Advanced, this combination encourages skin cell renewal and supports collagen and elastin levels, revealing a smoother, more radiant complexion.
Chanel Ultra Le Teint Powder
Available at Dillard’s
A light-diffusing complex creates natural luminosity, while absorbent powders leave a perfect matte finish. This product allows you to build coverage, from medium to full, and touch up as needed.
Chaos Makeup Multi Chromes
Available online via Chaos Makeup
These 100% all-natural pigments are cruelty-free, vegan friendly and can be worn on the eyes, lips, face and body. They are available in a variety of striking shades, loose or pressed. Plus, this is a locally owned and operated brand, which is an added bonus!
Lytera 2.0 Pigment Correcting Serum
Available at Oceana Luxe Medspa
Through a non-comedogenic formula, this serum addresses and prevents the appearance of hyperpigmentation while supporting a healthy skin barrier and skin tone.
Urban Retreat Night Capsules
Available online via Urban Retreat
These capsules combine six sleep-promoting ingredients to help boost and contribute to natural GABA levels–an amino acid produced naturally in the brain. Low GABA activity is actually linked to insomnia and disrupted sleep. The capsules also aid in boosting melatonin levels to achieve a restful night’s sleep.