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My Pre-Emmy, Celeb-Worthy Facial

Life can be quite cruel sometimes.

Case in point: Three days ago, I got the most amazing invitation ever: Two Tickets to Entertainment Tonight's exclusive Emmy's After Party. Oh, life couldn't be sweeter.

Entertainment Tonight Ticket!

But unfortunately, it could get bitter. Because the next day I woke up to the most horrifying spectacle on my face: sunspots. Bad ones. All around the left side of my mouth making it look like I have a 5 o'clock shadow. Oh, this was bad, really bad.

To fix the grotesque situation, I decided it was appropriate to get the facial that Entertainment Tonight touts as the "Pre-Oscar Facial Miracle" (Oscars, Emmys, same thing, right?). It's got Katie Couric and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen buzzing and, hey, what's good for Katie is good for me.

So I booked an appointment right away for the SilkPeel by Envy skin care. This "miracle facial" supposedly can brighten skin, fade dark spots and fight acne. With the Emmy's around the corner, there couldn't have been a better time for a miracle.

SilkPeelOn a cloudy Friday morning, just two days before my red carpet rendezvous, I went to see Lynn Hesselton, medical aesthetician at the Moy-Fincher-Chipps practice on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Calif. for my treatment.

First, Hesselton explained that the SilkPeel combines the technology of a diamond-assisted microdermabrasion with a vacuum machine that delivers potent topical serums deep into the epidermal layer of the skin. There are four types of SilkPeels, and with Hesselton's advice, I decided on the SilkPeel Lumixyl, which delivers the Lumixyl peptide into the skin to help combat dark sunspots before they surface. The diamond microdermabrasion helps exfoliate skin and remove dead cells by clearing your pores with a vacuum.

I'm not going to lie, it sort of hurt. A lot. The diamond tip felt like jagged sandpaper with a suction cup. Seeing that the Emmys were around the corner, Hesselton took a more aggressive approach. But hey, like my mother said when ripping out the tangles in my hair when I was 7, beauty is pain.

Once she finished with the SilkPeel machine, she then put on a light coat of Dr. Richard Moy's DNA EGF Renewal Growth Factor Serum, which uses epidermal growth factors from barley to further diminish signs of photodamage, including age spots, wrinkling and uneven coloration. She finished with a DNA EGF mask to calm my skin from any irritation and redness from the procedure.

The facial was nothing short of star treatment. I looked at my skin, and it did indeed look a bit brighter and cleaner. I'm excited to see SilkPeel's full results in the next week. And hopefully my pseudo-mustache will be severely diminished by Sunday, too. 

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