January 31, 2018 4 Comments Health


Hey girls! Today I am talking skincare, and have been continuing my quest to better my skin and to tame these wrinkles! Let me be very clear in saying that I am not trying to alter the way I look {ahem, Dad}, but am just trying to keep from looking too much like the tired old woman I am on the inside! Ha!

I have heard a lot about micro needling and various “vampire facials” from bloggers in big cities and on the east and west coasts, but not much locally. I don’t know if it’s because it’s less popular in the more conservation Midwest, or if it’s because people are more conservative and tend to be less open about it…Then a girlfriend of mine shared that she had tried it and that she loved the results! And she DID look amazing! So I knew it was time to give it a try!

This is Shine. Beautiful, right?! Located in Cape Girardeau, just a few miles off of Highway 55. I’ve come for years for various things, but tend to fall off the skincare wagon with each pregnancy and when life just gets buys. But I love each visit and am so excited to get back in the saddle and take better care of my skin!

When you walk in you will be greeted in this beautiful space and by smiling faces. This is Monika. Ask for her.Tell her I sent you ūüėČ No, but seriously, I asked questions almost the whole time I was there…and she smiled and answered every single one. I was super impressed by her knowledge, and her skin! Which is a plus and made me feel more comfortable instantly. I really can’t say enough good things. I loved picking her brain about the other services they offer! Her favorite is the hydra facial in case you are wondering!

Now let’s get to some Q & A:

What is micro needling and what are the benefits?

Microneedling stimulates the skins natural ability to repair itself. As we age and battle skin conditions such as acne, fine lines, wrinkles, large pores, and uneven skin textures. Microneedling comfortably creates thousands of micro-injuries in the skin to trigger the body’s natural wound healing process. This process results in skin remodeling, including the formation of collagen and elastin. ¬†The results are beautiful and youthful skin. Does it hurt?

You are numb for the procedure so it is  very tolerable. Shine uses a 4% lidocaine gel. It is applied to your face and sits for a half hour before the procedure. I felt ZERO pain during my micro needling! There was a slight feeling of pressure and the sound of the machine, but truly no pain! What can you expect at your visit and how long does it take?

You can plan on being there for about an hour and 15 minutes if you are doing face only. If you add neck or chest, 30 additional minutes for each area. The appointment will include: Pictures before each treatment, cleansing the skin and applying the numbing gel, numbing for 25 minutes, and then procedure takes around 30-40 minutes. What does it cost?

Microneedling runs $300 per treatment for the face. While Shine suggests a series of 3 treatments, I know people who have been happy with the results from just one treatment! If you are interested in a series, it costs $850 for 3. To add on your neck is $70 and chest is $100.

What kind of “upkeep” does it involve?

Shine recommends a series of 3, spaced out 4 weeks apart. After your full series they recommend a treatment every 6 months to maintain the results. If you are wanting to continue building on the results you got from the first series you could do another series of treatments at that 6 month mark.

Any risks or complications?

Anyone who is on a blood thinner, has a pacemaker, an autoimmune deficiency  or health concerns we would need to get written clearance from their physician. There is some concern if you easily get cold sores.

Is it safe while pregnant?

Although there are no studies showing treating while pregnant is harmful to mother or baby we do not treat clients that are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What does recovery look like?

When you initially leave the appointment, you are gonna be RED. Not so red that it didn’t stop me from running by Schnucks! Ha! But really red. Your face will feel like a sunburn and pretty tight as the day goes on. Shine will send you home with a serum that you will apply every couple hours that day. That evening, my skin and neck were looking like this: The next morning I woke up pink, and peely from the serum, so I would try and keep this day free to lay low as well. By the third day, while my skin was still kind of pink and splotchy in some areas, I felt comfortable being out and about in public. Went to the gym. Still no make up though. After a couple days, you can begin to wear mineral based make up again, and your face should start looking good as new…actually better than new!

By day 4 evening, I had my friends asking me what I had on my face that had my skin glowing…I had nothing on! And each day since I’ve noticed my skin looking better and better! So many fine lines are totally gone in some areas, and my skin just looks so “fresh”!

Really and truly I can not wait to see how my skin heals over the next couple weeks and after another 2 treatments!! Truthfully, I was slightly skeptical but I think it has already surpassed my expectations. I would never recommend something {especially something that is as much of an investment as this is} if I didn’t stand behind it! And I am thrilled with these results already!!

What are the most popular procedures offered at Shine?

Our #1 facial they do at Shine hands down is our HydraFacial. This is more of a treatment facial that will leave your skin looking and feeling amazing!

Microneedling is definitely the biggest bang for you buck service they do. This procedure is great for all clients with skincare concerns all the way for preventative aging to corrections for acne scars or volume loss.

IPL laser treatments are very popular. They offer IPL treatments for laser hair removal (life changing), phototherapy for reds/browns, or skintyte procedures. They also offer full relaxing with massage services and body scrubs.

And if someone is unsure what they want or where they need to start we offer our Visia Skin Analysis, which is a free service. Shine can set up a customized treatment plan to get their clients the results they are looking for. 

Seriously, if you have annnnnny questions give them a call at 573-803-1780.

Here are some of my favorite skin care products {not related to Shine, though they may offer some!}

Well friends, I hope you found this helpful and/or interesting, and answered questions you had about micro-needling!! I will keep you posted on my stories with the next couple sessions and will repost at the end with the before and after pics from that fancy machine at Shine!

And I want to take a second to say a special THANK YOU to Ashley at Ashley Mosier Photography for snapping these! If you need pictures of ANY kind, she is your girl.

Have a wonderful week!