This week I was invited to the Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic located in Beverly Hills. It’s very recognizable building from when I used to live in the LA area and visit my (then boyfriend, now husband) who lived in Westwood. What I didn’t know about it was that there is a fabulous rooftop fit for a pampering facial and taking in all the sights that Beverly Hills has to offer. There was no way I could to pass up this opportunity to get a signature facial treatment and a customized skincare routine made just for me.
I arrived with my fellow blogger, Jen from My Beauty Bunny and was greeted first by the skincare guru herself, Sonya and later by her daughter, Mimi who is the director for the clinic. They had a bit of hazy day weather which actually worked out perfectly for the treatments that followed.
You guys, if you’ve never had a rooftop facial. Do yourself a favor and book one for yourself and call it your Mother’s Day and Christmas present treat to yourself!! You gotta do it! Our Estheticians had us lay down and wrapped us up in cozy blankets as we shut our eyes and they went to work. A quick analysis of my skin showed it was combination with some current breakouts. Somehow she was able to tell I was a coffee drinker, how much water I had recently and if I had any chocolate (confession: I had a pint of Halo Top Chocolate Ice cream the night before). How did she know that stuff? I was impressed. She asked about my breakouts which led to me talking about being a new mom and to my pleasant surprise she took my treatment up a notch by letting me know this was my time to relax–she wasn’t going to say a word, just sleep, because as a new mom you never get to. Heaven to my ears! I literally DOZED off near the end of my facial. It was fabulous. Clean skin, a nice arm massage, a quick cat nap, and kid-free time. What else could I ask for?
After our facials were followed by a quick recap of the products used and recommended by our skin specialists. Mimi took the time to explain each product specifically chosen for each of us. She also explained how Sonya was one of the first to use probiotics and botanically based ingredients in her coveted skincare line. I felt like I was being let in on a skincare secret only the celebs find out about! But don’t worry, I’m going to share with you guys! I was sent home with:
Silver Clarifying Wash: This clear liquid gel uses probiotics and silver ions to fight acne causing bacteria and unclog pores. I had a pretty big monster on my forehead so it was perfect timing I got this. It has no fragrance and is 99% natural. It’s also paraben free and uses rosemary oil to prevent spoilage.
Volcano Mask: A non-drying mask that purges the skin of acne spots while helping minimize pores. HELLO. Already my favorite product if it helps pore size. This is great for those oily areas of the skin to help control excess oil and draw out impurities in the skin. I don’t like masks that dry like a hard clay so using a comfortable one that will fight pimples is a winner for me.
Nano Hydrator: Because I’ve started to wear makeup more often again it’s important that I use a very lightweight moisturizer so I don’t feel that I have layers caked on. The Nano Hydrator is perfect in that is absorbs quickly and works as an anti-aging treatment with it’s nano stem cell complex. It’s rich in antioxidants to fight free radicals and feels comfortable on the skin.
Organic Omega Booster: We found out that Sonya LOVES using oils so it’s no wonder that her most popular product is the Organic Omega Booster which is rich in Omegas 3, 6 and 9. This product is available in two versions (depending on your skin type) and works great as a PM treatment for me. My skin feels like silk with just a few drops added on top of the Nano Hydrator. Not only does it nourish and hydrate my skin, it helps balance oil production in those areas that like to work overtime.
Daily Shield SPF 30: If there is one feeling I loathe on my skin is a heavy sunscreen and Sonya Dakar’s Daily Shield feels nothing like the typical sunscreen we are all used to. Very lightweight, and provides full UVA/UVB protection for maximum anti-aging benefits. I’ve spent too much time in the sun in my past and it is more critical than ever to wear sunscreen daily to protect it as much as I can. I live at the beach and spend time outside daily so I’m much better at remembering to do it now. This is one of the best feeling sunscreens I’ve used to date!
You can get any of these products online or at the skin clinic if they sound like a fit for you. I am actually super interested in her Nutrasphere Nano Mask and the Flash Facial. Those sound like must try’s!
Which product sounds the best to you? Let me know in the comments below!