This service was graciously gifted to me by Skin and Roses. All opinions are my own.
As you all may know by now, I am passionate about skincare. My home routine varies from 2-6 steps each morning and night and I use SPF religiously. Despite a good protocol at home, gravity, time, pollution, hormones, and more are working around the clock to sabotage our skincare efforts.
Whether you are actively fighting acne, rosacea, melasma, or other skin conditions, or you just want to maintain plump and youthful skin for as long as possible, incorporating professional treatments into your skincare routine can make a huge difference. I don’t have any major skin challenges, but I am always working to hydrate my skin, remove congestion, improve tone and texture, and reverse sun damage from my high school sun tanning days (ugh @ past me), so boosting my efforts with the help of a professional esthetician and medical grade technology is worth the splurge every once in a while.
I was thrilled to get to try the new Dermalinfusion treatment with Olga at Skin and Roses in Seattle. According to the Envy Medical website, Dermalinfusion is a “patented, non-invasive, 3-in-1 dermatological treatment that simultaneously exfoliates, extracts, and infuses skin” with serums specifically selected for each patient based on their skin and goals. In short, it’s similar to microdermabrasion but better because the serums are infused into the skin immediately after exfoliation and extraction – while the skin is at its most raw and vulnerable – to optimize penetration.
Olga’s cozy and relaxing space is nestled in Queen Anne and she welcomed me in with a fresh cup of coffee, so things started on a great note! I immediately felt at ease and like I was having a skincare sesh at home with a friend (if only my casual face mask sessions with friends included medical grade magical machines and serums, sigh). At the ripe age of 22, Olga has been an esthetician for four years and has owned her own business for the last year.
The Dermalinfusion treatment consisted of Olga running a handheld vacuum wand with a diamond tip all over my neck and face, including my lips and eye area (which most procedures can’t treat because the skin is too delicate). She was highly attuned to how I was feeling, making sure the suction and friction didn’t become painful. It basically felt like a rough cat tongue licking all over me!
Afterward, she applied an algae mask infused with rose petals (which is beneficial for the skin but also looks super extra and beautiful) all over my face. It was cooling and soothing, albeit a little weird since she put the mask over my eyes and lips (with my permission; you can opt out if you’re claustrophobic). While the mask worked its magic, Olga massaged my neck, shoulders, and arms. Did I die and go to Heaven? I guess they have Wifi up here because yes. It was so luxurious and such an amazing cherry on top of the whole treatment.
Throughout the treatment, I chatted with Olga and asked her a few questions that you all requested in my poll on Instagram stories:
Q: What are we going to do today?
A: I’ll start by cleansing your face and neck, then we’ll do the Dermalinfusion treatment. I’m going to use the Vitamin C serum for you to brighten the skin. If you had concerns with acne or rosacea, we would use a different serum. Next, I’ll do HydroJelly algae mask which will drop the temperature of your skin to reduce inflammation. To finish, I’ll apply moisturizer, a little BB cream, and SPF to protect your skin before you go outdoors.
Q: How often should people get professional skincare treatments done?
A: If you don’t have any major skin concerns and just want to maintain skin health, encourage volume, and prevent aging, once a month is good. For those on a budget, you can space it out to every other month, as long as you have a good routine at home. A lot of people don’t invest in their home skincare routine and that can make a huge difference! If you don’t know where to start, just get a good cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and SPF. Once you’re doing that consistently and have room in your budget, add a serum. Then add a night cream. And so on. Something is better than nothing, so you don’t need to make a huge investment all at once.
If you have severe skin concerns like hyperpigmentation, melasma, or severe acne, you should come in every two weeks. I offer discounts on packages to make it affordable for clients to be on a more aggressive schedule. It’s like going to the gym: you can’t just go one time and expect to see results if you have a long way to go to reach your goals. The more frequently and aggressively you approach it, the sooner you can notice results and space out the treatments more for maintenance.
Q: What is a good “go-to” treatment?
A: Dermalinfusion is a great go to treatment for any type of skin because it addresses so many different concerns and has zero down-time. It’s great for brides and I recommend having it done the day before a big event. Every treatment is customizable – everyone has different skin and everyone has different concerns, so you can come in for a Dermalinfusion or a facial and the esthetician will add or remove products and services to customize for your skin and goals.
Q: Should men be getting professional treatments too?
A: Men tend to have better skin (here are some of the differences), but they should still have a skincare routine that goes beyond scrubbing with Dove soap in the shower. All they really need is a simple routine: cleansing, moisturizing, and applying a little SPF goes a long way! Dermalinfusion is a great treatment to prevent aging and clear out the pores, especially if their home routine is lacking.
Q: What made you decide to be an esthetician and to go independent?
A: My friend growing up had acne and would go to an esthetician to have facials each month. Once I realized that was a job that you could go to school for, I thought it was so interesting and knew that’s what I was meant to do! I got this space in November 2018, but I’ve been on my own for about a year. Previously, I was working out of a salon, but ultimately decided to work independently because it pushed me out of my comfort zone and allows me to meet so many good people who come through my door!
Immediately after the treatment, my skin looked hydrated, plump, and radiant. There’s no downtime at all, but you should avoid make-up and sweating for 24 hours.
It’s now been a week and a half post-treatment and I’ve been finding myself more comfortable leaving the house without foundation or concealer, which is majorrrr. I will definitely use this treatment again before big events and to boost my skincare routine.
Dermalinfusion is recommended for patients seeking to improve hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, dehydrated skin, enlarged pores, rough texture, and more. Olga also offers sugaring and dermaplaning services at her Queen Anne office, Skin and Roses, and is an acne specialist with Face Reality. If you’re in the Seattle area, I would highly recommend booking services with her. To book with Olga, visit her on Instagram.
You can enter to WIN a Dermalinfusion and HydroJelly mask with Olga on this post (closes April 5 11:59pm Pacific)!