Former ‘Bachelorette’ Rachel Lindsay Tells Us How Her Skincare Routine Has Evolved: ‘I Went From Doing Nothing to Everything’


December 16, 20195 Minutes

Former ‘Bachelorette’ Rachel Lindsay Tells Us How Her Skincare Routine Has Evolved: ‘I Went From Doing Nothing to Everything’

Former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay is closing out 2019 with some incredible life milestones worth gushing over. On top of marrying her now-husband Bryan Abasolo in April, the 34-year-old lawyer also made an important and game-changing self-discovery: skincare.

Lindsay hopped on the phone with Us to chat about the regimen she’s developed over the year and the treatments she’s currently loving. To our surprise, the University of Texas alum mentioned that her skincare routine was practically non-existent before.

“Confession: I had not been into taking care of my skin or having a strict regimen — or, well, any regimen — until this year. With the traveling, being on camera and wearing makeup, I noticed a change in my skin and that I was getting adult acne that I never had before. I thought, ‘I actually need to step it up and actually start taking care of myself.’”

With the holidays fast-approaching, Lindsay does a lot of guest hosting that requires her to travel to L.A. and N.Y.C. frequently. Her skin, which she describes as a combination, needs some extra TLC, especially with all of those flights. “In the wintertime, I’ve been using a creamier face wash. I use makeup wipes to take off my makeup before getting on the plane and after I use a serum that has vitamins A, C and E in it to help with pigmentation and dark spots. And moisturizer!”

To prepare for the unavoidable winter dryness, the attorney also decided to try a HydraFacial at Ideal Image MedSpa, a laser hair removal and medical spa with 140 locations worldwide.

“I’ve had facials before and to me, they’re painful when you get to the extraction part,” explained Lindsay. “What attracted me to this treatment is that I preach hydration, hydration, hydration. But also, the extraction procedure was the most painless thing ever. I stepped out of the room and the next thing I know, Bryan was getting one too and he had never had a facial in his entire life!”

On the topic of Bryan, the newlyweds continue to prove they’re #CoupleGoals by making trips to the spa together frequently. “Bryan is very into health, fitness and wellness, so it was shocking to me that he never had a facial,” admitted the former reality TV star. “When we went to Ideal Image, he was running around like crazy and booked five other treatments when he was supposed to be consulted for one. I was like OK, great, I know what to get you for Christmas.’”

Another treatment Lindsay’s been loving is laser hair removal, however, it did take her some time to warm up to the idea of it. “I guess I have this image of being super tough, but not with this. I heard horror stories and myths that I might have even made it up in my head,” she told Us. “I hate to shave — it’s not a secret. And so I thought, ‘Let me just start with my armpits.’”

Before the quick treatment, Lindsay explained that she had a thorough consultation with medical specialists at the spa, who answered all of her questions, two of which were about whether or not the laser was a good match for her skin tone (it was) and if the pain was bearable. They suggested that she could try a numbing cream, but she went without it. “I’m proud to say that I was able to handle it  — it’s painless! — and I’m hoping the nerve to do other parts of my body, too. You know who else is getting laser hair removal? Bryan! On his upper back,” she laughed.

“My skin isn’t the same as it was 10 years ago,” said Lindsey, referencing how her skincare routine has evolved — or come together — over the year. “The way I was taking care of my skin before was no longer working, so I went from doing nothing to everything.”



Influencers Share How Much Money They Spend On Skin Care


December 10, 20198 Minutes

Some beauty bloggers and YouTubers spend up to $30,000 in a week to look flawless on hi-res screens.

Thanks to beauty influencers on platforms like YouTube and Instagram, we now have skin care tutorials and beauty product reviews at our fingertips 24/7, driving consumer curiosity and purchasing trends. Meanwhile, the internet has gotten an upgrade with 4K resolution on new TV screens, and YouTubers and Instagrammers are seeking out treatments to look their best in HD.

Some influencers are going to extreme lengths to get their skin camera-ready amid this daunting new technology: Lailli Mirza and Madi Bernard have shared their maintenance routines with their viewers, with Mirza spending $30,000 in one week.

Jackie Aina released a 30-minute YouTube video last month titled “$7,000 Maintenance Week! High Maintenance Is Expensive Honey” chronicling a visit to her longtime esthetician for a facial and microdermabrasion treatment followed by laser hair removal, which is her “most expensive treatment.”

“When you’re watching someone in 4K, they tend to show up a little differently,” Aina notes in the video. “So there are things that I do because I am a person of influence and because I’m a YouTuber that I probably wouldn’t do if I just had, like, a corporate, regular day-to-day job.”

She adds: “You can only do so much at home, you know?”

Dorión Renaud, an influencer, actor, recording artist and owner of Buttah Skincare, agrees. He told HuffPost:

“HD was a game-changer! I mean, as a viewer, I love it, but as an actor and entertainer, it can be daunting. It’s one of the reasons I started undergoing treatments on my skin and really going the extra mile with my product usage.”


“I’ve tried microdermabrasion, micro-needling and laser treatments, but my favorite is the HydraFacial that I get,” Renaud said. He isn’t the only one investing in this popular medical-grade facial that vacuums pores, exfoliates and hydrates without any downtime. The 30-minute, three-step HydraFacial is performed every 15 seconds worldwide, with the cost varying from $200 to $300 per session. One treatment every four weeks is suggested for maximum results.

Racquel Natasha, who boasts over 180,000 followers, views skin care maintenance as a part of her job and has tried trendy procedures like Forma, which is a $600 noninvasive face-lift. The treatment requires at least five sessions for best results and monthly maintenance thereafter.

“I tried the Forma treatment and it was good,” she said, noting she prefers the Vampire Facial and “will absolutely be going monthly for those.”



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The Vampire Facial became a beauty trend after Kim Kardashian shared a photo on Instagram of her treatment in 2013. The procedure, which involves extracting platelet-rich plasma from a client’s blood and performing a micro-needling treatment that injects it into the skin, made headlines in 2019 after two people who received a Vampire Facial in New Mexico were diagnosed with HIV.

But that hasn’t slowed down the popularity of the procedure, which can cost between $800-$1,200 per session, with multiple sessions (usually 3-6 visits) required every four to six weeks and including two to three days of downtime.

Aside from looking flawless in 4K, influencer Aileen Olmedo uses her platform to share her journey with hormonal, cystic acne.

“I try to be as honest as possible and absolutely appreciate how different my upbringing and hustle are from other influencers on the scene,” Olmedo told HuffPost. “I feel that resonates strongly with my readers and followers – everything [from college education to my apartment to my everyday expenses] has been on my dime.”

Olmedo applies that same transparency to her skin care as she shares her journey with no filter. “It was intimidating at first. I’m fully aware of how screenshots and social media work, so to put my face out there for frenemies and ex-Tinder baes to judge was a risk. But once I started, the messages of support and solidarity in the fight against unexplainable cystic acne made me feel so comfortable in my skin.”


Olmedo told HuffPost she’s likely spent “over $2,000” on skin care this year, and “it would’ve been higher if I didn’t scour the internet and Reddit for promo codes. The most expensive treatment(s) have been my facials [and peels] at Heyday.”

“Their facials make up the bulk of my expenses but I can’t give it up just yet,” she added.

With all of the new technology, do influencers feel more pressure than ever to be “Insta” perfect?

“It is inevitable not to feel that way,” Natasha said. “Since I was young, I was always a perfectionist. I would definitely say that plays a huge part in my career. Sometimes it is hard to find that healthy balance.”

Olmedo takes a bit of a different approach: “I couldn’t be perfect if I tried! Like Cardi B once said, ‘I’m a regular, degular, shmegular girl’ from Queens.”



The Definitive HydraFacial Explainer: Costs, Benefits And Results


November 8, 20199 Minutes

Confession: As much as I wanted to define myself as a chill, zen-like bride-to-be, there was something about my looming engagement photos in New Mexico that sent me into a certifiable tailspin.

The week before, I found myself researching (and booking) a flurry of services that I’d previously never considered. We’ll now refer to this as marathon beauty week. Teeth-bleaching? Done. Eyebrow threading and tinting? Scheduled. Baby Botoxtune-up? Double-check! HydraFacial? Why the hell not?! I was game for anything that would ensure my eternal status as a dewy, glowing fiancé on Instagram—and beyond.

While I’d previously had HydraDermabrasion during a facial at Joanna Vargas in Los Angeles, I’d never *actually* experienced a full HydraFacial. I opted to try one at Haven Spa in New York City to test one out. According my esthetician Marta Camkiran (who has 21 years of skincare experience under her belt), the HydraFacial at Haven is a combination of acids— glycolic, beta, lactic, salicylic and hyaluronic. “It’s as effective as microdermabrasion, but it’s not painful and there’s no downtime to recover,” she explained to me.

Apparently this magical 30- to 60-minute treatment would tackle everything from dehydration to discoloration, aging to acne, and uneven skin texture. Ready to book? Honestly same. But here’s a brief explainer on everything to know before your first HydraFacial—including my first-hand experience.

What is a HydraFacial?

According to board-certified cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Ariel Ostad, “the HydraFacial is the only hydra-dermabrasion procedure that uses patented technology to cleanse, extract, and hydrate.” And yes, HydraFacial is a branded experience. Spas have to be registered and licensed to market themselves as offering HydraFacials.

My 60-minute treatment would be divided into three key sections, the first being Cleanse + Peel. “HydraFacial uncovers a new layer of skin with gentle exfoliation and relaxing resurfacing. The Activ-4™ serum removes dead skin cells to reveal healthy skin and the GlySal™, a mixture of glycolic and salicylic acids, delivers the benefits of a peel without post-peel scaling,” he explains.



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The second step is to Extract + Hydrate. The HydraFacial removes debris from pores with painless suction and nourishes with intense moisturizers that quench skin. “The patented, automated vortex suction painlessly cleans out pores with the exclusive Beta-HD™ serum and Antiox+™ serum nourishes and protects with antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid,” Ostad continues.

And finally, the third step is to Fuse + Protect. “A HydraFacial saturates the skin’s surface with antioxidants and peptides to maximize your glow. Targeted, proprietary skin solutions are delivered to address specific skin concerns. Patients maintain results at home with Daily Essentials™ featuring the same ingredients used in the treatments,” he adds.

How does a HydraFacial differ from microdermabrasion or a traditional chemical facial peel?

There are a few key differences. For example, microdermabrasion treatments use manual extractions, while a HydraFacial uses a vacuum-like tip to cleanse deeper down than a traditional extraction. That’s also much less painful. Additionally, chemical peels use acids and are most effective on lighter skin tones, whereas HydraFacials can be used on all shades.

“[The treatment] takes its name from the root word hydrate—this ability to moisturize the skin separates the HydraFacial™ from all other skin resurfacing procedures,”explains Boston-based, board-certified dermatopathologist Dr. Gretchen Frieling. “The treatment is soothing, refreshing, non-irritating and immediately effective.”

Do HydraFacials hurt?

Good question and the answer TBH, is not really? Essentially, the machine’s hand-piece holds spiralized treatment tips with vortex technology which, as I’ve mentioned acts like a mini vacuum on your skin. The most uncomfortable part of the treatment is definitely the exfoliation in section one. Camkiran likened the feeling to a “cat licking my face.” That’s a cute way of saying it was sandpapery but not excruciating.

Despite the official website’s claim that “patients compare the sensation to a light massage,” I would say it’s a bit more like a dental cleansing for your skin (and p.s. I love the dentist). Somewhere between not painful and not pleasant lies the HydraFacial. However, this is an *active* facial meaning…in the words of another prominent beauty editor, Deanna Pai: “The HydraFacial device is a huge machine with various attachments that whirr and suck and spin.” In summary, it’s noisy—and if you fall asleep during this treatment you are on a different level of zen that I 100 percent envy.

Is it safe for all skin types?

HydraFacials can be performed on most skin types, including very sensitive complexions. “The treatment is highly customizable,” explains Ostad. “Your skincare professional will work with you to understand your unique skin concerns, and will recommend a personalized treatment for you.” An aesthetician can use the exfoliator at varying intensities, and leave acids on the face for differing durations.



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But, those with active rashes, sunburns, or rosacea should abstain from HydraFacials, which can cause further damage or flare ups. “Also, some of the ingredients used during the HydraFacial, such as salicylic acid, haven’t been tested or proven safe during pregnancy,” adds Frieling.

How many treatments do I need to see results?

“Many patients report seeing visible skin refinement and an even, radiant skin tone after just one treatment,” explains Frieling. And yes, I co-sign this. My skin has receipts. 60-minutes and change later I emerged a glow-ier, dewier version of myself that lasted into the latter half of the week.

The good news? The smooth results and hydration may last five to seven days or even longer. The bad news? One treatment per month is recommended for improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, oily and congested skin…which ain’t cheap people!

How much do HydraFacials cost?

With a price tag ranging from $199-$300, it’s certainly an investment. I’d likely book a treatment again before a big event (like my wedding) or quarterly to reset my skin after a seasonal change. But if you have the bread, ball out because your skin will look lovely. Interested in booking one? Find a certified HydraFacial practitioner on the official website.