Seeking Summer Skin: My mybody™ Experience

Skincare--it's just the sexiest possible topic, right? Who doesn't love thinking about clogged pores, wrinkles, and sloughing dead skin cells from their face and body? And then--being located in Houston--we need to consider the ravaging effects of the relentless sun. At least the humidity is a friend to our skin (if not our hair)--summer's consolation prize.

When summer months approach we show more skin, which means two things: we need to do more to protect the exposed skin, and we need to do more to make the exposed skin look its best. As a fairly rabid skincare junkie, when the mybody™ folks invited me to try out their line of treatments and products, I simply could not resist temptation.

Why does skincare count as "style"? Because healthy skin is pretty much the best accessory, in my opinion. I am lucky to inherited good Irish genes (and an SPF habit) from my mother, but good skin is more than just looking good. Your skin is one huge, living, breathing organ. It lets stuff in, and out, and that means you really need to make sure you're keeping the flow of traffic moving.

The mybody™ line describes itself as "effective, medical-grade skincare" which is "sold only by physicians, and incorporated into pre- and post-clinical procedure protocols." My antennae immediately went up at the phrase "clinical procedure." On the flip side of my love of trying new skin products is the unfortunate fact that my skin is sensitive. The "Probiotic Youthboost" treatment is a chemical peel, and even though the literature promised that we were talking about a "different" kind of peel, I was nervous. With assurances that the system is adjusted for three skin types--aging, sensitive, and acne--I decided to take the plunge and have my very first chemical peel at the Town & Country Medical Spa.

Before my appointment I met with one of the creators of the mybody™ line, Therese. She told me about how her own medical issues led to the development of the line, and went over some of the products. In addition to the peel treatment, there are post-treatment skin care regimes, as well as products for cellulite reduction and bath and body (wash/lotion). There is a lot of science-y stuff--"biomimetic" ingredients, probiotic bacteria that stimulate skin immunity, anhydrous delivery--which is all interesting, but the bottom line is always the answer to this question: "Did it work?"

My next step was the chemical peel--the Probiotic Youthboost--itself. My esthetician, Erika, took me into a treatment room where I was to lie down to have the treatment applied. The entire process only lasted about 15 minutes, and in addition to applying the peel to my face, Erika also applied it to the backs of my hands. At its most intense point, the sensation of the chemicals on my skin was like an intense, prickly sunburn; not nearly as painful as I feared. After rinsing the solution from my face and hands, I was given samples from the "Calm It Down" line for sensitive skin--cleanser, serum, lotion, and a tinted sunscreen--to use for five days after the peel. As I went about the rest of my afternoon it took about an hour for all of the prickling sensations to fade away.

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Christina Uticone