Post Baby Pampering

Apr 20, 2015

A couple weeks ago while my mom was still here visiting I took advantage of her semi-professional child watching skills, and my newborns display of nocturnal sleep habits, and ran off to indulge in some much needed self-pampering. Anchorage, or even Alaska as a whole is known for many things, indulgent personal services isn't one of them, or so I thought. Then I was introduced to ACENT. By the looks of it Alaska Center for Ear Nose and Throat couldn't possibly help me out in a much needed day of relaxation, but that is where one would be mistaken. If you take a further look you find that they also offer med spa services! Winner!! They happen to be the first and longest standing med spa in Alaska, so you know I had to check them out! I set up an appointment for the signature facial, because after nine months of pregnancy insomnia this mama falls just shy of needing reconstructive surgery to lift the bags under my eyes. 
So I filled Odette to the brim, left my mom an emergency bottle in case she needed it, kissed the other kids goodbye to which Pierce said "have fun getting a new face mom" and I hopped in my sports car minivan and sped to their offices. To my surprise when you pull up to the building they offer valet parking, for a second I thought I was in Vegas! I informed the valet guy that he could help himself to the handfuls of goldfish on the floor if he got hungry. Clearly I wasn't prepared for this level of convenience.
 Once at ACENT I was quickly whisked away by a lovely blonde named Audra, but from here on out we can just refer to her as the skin magician. We proceeded to talk about my skin and what I felt like I needed out of a facial, and skin care. This was nice because I think we all have one idea of how to really care for our skin, but these things should truly be left to the professionals. After our nice little chat we went to another room where all my deep dark skin skeletons would be brought to light with the Visia Machine. What is such a machine you ask? Well it takes pictures of the under layers of your skin to see what damage, if any, is lurking there. Lets just say I did myself no favors growing up in the triple digit summers of Las Vegas with very minimal sunscreen. Can you say brown spots? After the machine prints out its percentages of problem areas, it is easier for the facial to be tailored to exactly what your skin needs. Audra was very thorough in letting me know what these numbers meant, and what I should be looking out for in the future. Not to mention the types of products I should be using on my skin, as opposed to my need to try every beauty product ever made. 
On to the grand finale, the facial. Facials happen to be my very favorite spa treatment. I mean is there anything more relaxing than a dark room, steam on your face, oils and creams that smell good enough to transport you somewhere with sand and a small umbrella in your drink. That is what I am talking about. I mean if I am going to be anxious about leaving my newborn it very well should be while laying in a quiet dark room! Did I say quiet? Because it was silent, I didn't even know rooms existed like that anymore. 

After it was all said and done, I couldn't help but think about how I could persuade her into starting over. But alas all good things must come to an end. And it was amazing! More than amazing. From start to finish I was beyond impressed with every aspect of the med spa. Not to mention they also offer complimentary makeup application after your spa or laser treatments. They use, and also sell Jane Iredale products which also happen to be a favorite of mine, so you know I loved that! 

Normally it takes moms, myself included a while to be able to feel like themselves again. To feel relaxed and possibly a little less guilty for taking time to themselves. But I say rip the band-aid off. Getting a treatment like this and a couple hours to myself was such a gift. For all my fellow Alaska dwelling ladies, I highly recommend looking into a treatment or two at ACENT. It is such a family friendly environment, with people who are willing to work around your schedule in order to provide you with the best service possible. The team of doctors and nurses really do put the needs and wants of the patient first, not to mention just walking into the office feels so comforting and inviting. Do yourselves a favor and check out the array of services they provide, surely you will be able to find something to indulge in. Not to mention this would be the perfect hint to your husbands for Mother's Day! They also offer gift cards!! (Chris if you're reading this, I wouldn't mind getting a little microdermabration. Just saying, no pressure...okay a little bit of pressure).


A huge thank you to everyone over at ACENT for inviting me to a little post baby pampering at its finest. I could not be happier with the entire experience! 

photos by ash adams

8 comments:

  1. Sounds like a lovely experience! I've never had a facial... I think I should after reading this!

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    1. Yes Krista!! Even if it is an express facial, that time just to relax is amazing!!

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  2. This sounds amazing!!!!! I need some pampering desperately lol.

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    1. Yes you do! After all those marathons, you totally need this. Get one when you go back to Vegas :)

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  3. This sounds phenomenal! I can't imagine what they would be saying about my face, sun worshipper right here. I ran away a to a spa for a massage after Dom was born and it was amazing. Amazing amazing. We are lucky ladies.

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  4. That sounds amazing! I need some pampering after baby number 4. And he is 16 months old! lol

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  5. Fantastic photography with this post! You can really feel the warmth and soothing nature of the facial.

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    1. I completely agree! Ash was amazing, great photographer and all around cool girl! :)

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