The Pumpkin Perfecting Facial at the Eau Spa

Pumpkin Facial at The Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach

As I mentioned in my OOTD post earlier this week, I had the chance to revisit the Eau Spa at the Ritz Carlton West Palm Beach this past Saturday to.  The Eau Spa is the first spas I ever reviewed and I was happy to be back!  This time I was treated to their season treat – The Pumpkin Perfecting Facial.  It’s part of the hotel’s Pumpkin Palooza program going on just in time for Halloween.  “Pumpkin is a super-ingredient for the skin and a powerful anti-oxidant,” said Spa Director Kristin Carpenter, “it is high in zinc, beta carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Vitamin A so not only does it help fight the free radicals that are believed to cause aging but it is also acts as a natural cleanser that exfoliates, soothes and softens your skin. Plus, it smells good enough to eat!”   Nancy, who gave me my facial for the day explained to me that the acid in Pumpkin that forms once it goes passed its prime is what’s used for glycolic peels (Learn something new every day!)

Eau Spa SwingsI arrived 45 minutes early, giving me enough time to get into my terry robe and flip flops and lounge around the Self Centered garden.  The lounge areas are great but my absolute favorite thing to do there is sit in one of the water swings.  You are literally sitting in an egg shaped chair suspended from a pergola with your feet gently splashing in ankle deep water.  If you do nothing else when you come here, you have to check out these swings! Between the gentle rocking back and forth, the water on your feet, and the soft sound of the water wall in the background, you can’t help but feel super relaxed.

Nancy showed me to the room and got it ready for the facial.  Each room can be set to three different moods.  If you choose Pause, you’ll get soft Purple lighting, lavender aromatherapy, and soft music to enjoy during your treatment.  With Play you have orange and pinkish lighting, a great smell of orangey type scents, and little more upbeat music.  I chose Perfect with the cool blue and turquoise lighting with worldly music playing in the background as I breathed in a mixture of lavender and orange peel scents.

The 90 minute treatment started with cleansing my skin, which included using a Clarisonic type brush.  I was like this cleanser’s scrubber times ten, really getting into those pores.  Next it was time to analyze my face for trouble spots. Mine are my hairline from using more oils in my hair than I used to, my nose which always has big pores, and my jaw line that likes to break out all the time.  Nancy explained is from a change in my hormone levels which is very normal (man the big 30 is playing no games with me! LOL).  After that I was ready to get the pumpkin and let me tell you, it smelled so good!  It was like having a light pumpkin pie filling (with extra cinnamon!) on my face.  It felt cool when it went on and then you could feel it go to work.  Nancy warned me of a slight burning sensation and she wasn’t kidding!  It was a bit uncomfortable at first but after a few minutes it calmed down, feeling the way Icy Hot does when you put it on (sorry there was no other way I could explain that!)  While the mask was on, I got a nice foot massage which is always awesome.

Once the mask was off, my skin was ready for extractions, which are never fun but necessary.  It’s like eye brow waxing – you hate the process but love the results.    My skin was a lot smoother afterwards so I sucked it up and when the oxygen facial mask was put on, it made that experience go away!  It was very similar to what I had at the Bliss Spa and Nancy explained that these masks help calm and soothe the skin, keeping redness and irritation away.  While that mask went to work I had a much needed foot exfoliating scrub and a soy oil hand massage that left my skin super soft.  Loved that!

Pumpkin Facial Results
Before having my facial. Notice the Shiny Monster in my T-zone. :)
Pumpkin Perfecting Facial at the Ritz Carlton

After my facial in my comfy terry robe.

Overall I really liked this facial.  My skin was so nice and smooth I didn’t want to put on makeup after!  My T-zone was in check too, not as shiny as it was from my last facial.  I was also so relaxed between the massages and the atmosphere of the room that I didn’t go straight home.  I took one more go on those swings and then forced myself to go home before I fell asleep!

Would you have a Pumpkin Perfecting Facial?


Photos courtesy of:  Ritz Carlton

FTC Disclosure:  Service mentioned in this review was received as a complimentary service.

Let’s Talk Brazilian Peels

This review was a first for me because I have never tried an at-home facial peel before.  In all honesty, when I think of a peel, I’m thinking lab lasers and red, blotchy skin that needs a few days to go away (did you guys see that Mob Wives episode??)  The beauty junkie in me couldn’t resist however when I was offered the opportunity to review the Brazilian Peel from Advanced Home Actives, a product that was voted as a Sephora best seller.  It’s a four week treatment that removes dead skin cells and aid in the skin’s regeneration it needs to minimize fine lines, sun spots and dryness. 

The kit itself is easy to use supplying you with four syringe looking tubes.  Don’t worry, you don’t have to inject your face, but rather twist off the plastic cap and push glycolic and acai gel (the clear suff) and  the Q-Mag neutralizer (the white stuff) into the palm of your hand.  After mixing the two together, it’s ready to be applied.  It feels like a nice, warm gel when it goes on and when it dries, it’s clear and a little sticky to touch.  Leave it on for 15 minutes and just rinse off with warm water.  

After using three treatments, I must say I like it!  I didn’t experience any type of irritation or breakouts whatsoever.  My skin did feel soft and I did have a noticeable glow afterwards that I absolutely loved!  The way the gel warmed up in my hand was pretty cool and I had the same results every time I used it. I can see myself treating myself to this every once and awhile as an extra boost to my routine.  The price point is a little on the high side too ($78), which is another reason it goes into my “Pamper Me” category!

Not only did I get a chance to enter the world of the Brazilian Peel  I also got to interview the brains behind the product, Mac Smith.  He shared with me the benefits of facial peels, along with more info on this product  and his top skin care don’ts!

What are the benefits of doing at home facial peels with products such as yours? How does it enhance our normal skin care routine?
Exfoliation treatments, such as Brazilian Peel, can complement and enhance any skincare routine. The benefits include clearing the pores of debris and dead cells. This in turn helps to naturally stimulate cellular turnover, to allow the products you currently use to apply more evenly and offer better absorption, and to impart a healthy, even glow. With regular weekly use, fine lines and wrinkles, discoloration and skin texture are improved, and skin feels firmer and glows.

2. I noticed that when I mixed the two substances that come in the kit together in my hand, the liquid became very hot. I’m curious to know what’s happening when they come together?
The warming sensation you feel when combining the glycolic and acai gel (the clear chamber of the applicator) with our patented Q-Mag neutralizer (the white chamber of the applicator) is the action that eventually neutralizes the glycolic so that the “peeling” action is stopped. This is actually a process that involves pH levels. The warmth should be comforting and not at all alarming.

3. How often should we be doing this type of facial?
The recommendation is to exfoliate with this level of treatment one time per week on a regular basis. With regular use, over time, you can maintain younger-looking skin and soften the signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles, discoloration and rough skin texture.

4. Are there any harmful side effects that we should be aware of when using the Brazilian Peel?
Brazilian Peel has no known harmful side effects. The product is free of:

– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Synthetic Fragrances
– Synthetic Dyes
– Petrochemicals
– Phthalates
– GMOs
– Triclosan

 However, everyone’s skin is unique. You may have certain sensitivities with any skincare product or ingredient. If you experience redness, irritation or any other side effects with Brazilian Peel or any skincare product, discontinue use.

5. What are your biggest skincare don’ts?

  • Don’t expose yourself to UV unnecessarily. No tanning beds, and use and SPF 30 or greater every day, rain or shine.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Don’t pick at your skin.
  • Don’t skip cleansing your skin at least 1x daily, but don’t over-cleanse or over-dry either.
  • Don’t forget to exfoliate, at least 1x per week to encourage cellular renewal and keep skin clear of dead cells that can clog pores and leave skin looking dull.
  • Don’t forget to nourish your skin with antioxidant protection and proper moisture.
  • Don’t forget that your skin is the body’s largest organ: what you eat and how well you are hydrated affect the appearance of your skin.

Have you ever done a facial peel?  Which one have you used?

Photo courtesy of:  Advanced Home Actives

FTC Disclosure:  Product mentioned in this review was received as a free sample.

Fierce Beauty News: The Pumpkin Perfecting Facial

One of my favorite treats during the Fall season is pumpkin pie (which I could go for right about now!)  However pumpkins aren’t just reserved for your pies or Halloween decorations.  To celebrate the season of Pumpkin Goodness, the Eau Spa at the Ritz Carlton Palm Beach is offering their Pumpkin Perfecting Facial.  I admit that I never thought pumpkins were great for skin, but Kristin Carpenter, the Spa’s director says its great for transitioning skin from the summer to Fall.   “Pumpkin is a super-ingredient for the skin and a powerful anti-oxidant… it is high in zinc, beta carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Vitamin A so not only does it help fight the free radicals that are believed to cause aging but it is also acts as a natural cleanser that exfoliates, soothes and softens your skin. Plus, it smells good enough to eat!”  (Cue the Pumpkin Pie please!) 

If you’re in the Palm Beach area, it’s worth checking out!  If you do, let me know how it went!

Photo courtesy of: Ritz Carlton Palm Beach