As February begins, we here at Intown Doula want to shift the focus not toe Valentines, but to Galentine's. We believe that self-care is among the most important tasks that new parents must prioritize, so we came up with a blog series designed to guide you through some of the choicest ways to "treat yo'self" in the ATL.
It seemed only natural to seek out the best skin care in Atlanta. After all, who doesn’t love a great facial? This led us almost immediately to local entrepreneur and medical esthetician Lil Dyer Cobbs, who was incredibly gracious and allowed us to ask all our burning pregnancy and postpartum skin questions.
Lil is the owner of Seraphim Skin Care off of Piedmont Avenue in Buckhead, Atlanta. She opened the first medspa in Atlanta and has come a long way since, building a fiercely loyal (and famous!) client base and establishing Lil as THE authority on all things skin. Lil says she started her business out of a closet, but you would never know that as you step into the luxe serenity that is Seraphim Skincare.
Seraphim Skin Care, named by Lil’s husband of 34 years, Don, gives a nod to the highest order of angels, and the promises of the (nearly!) patented Peel and Bleach Cream 4-Step System all but guarantee heavenly skin. This system uses a combination cream containing various acids, Retin-A, and hydroquinone to resurface the face, décolletage, legs, and/or hands. But the results, Lil insists, comes from the mandatory, no-ifs-ands-or-buts 5-minute morning facial massage. “You can’t get the results without the massage!”
I’ll admit that I was more than a little intrigued by Seraphim and by Lil herself, who was so open during out interview that she propped herself up on a couch and threw her head back; if it had been May, a mint julep would have magically appeared in her hand. She speaks so authoritatively about skin that you can’t help but want to try her method. The before and after photos that scrolls on a screen in the lobby are enough to make anyone curious, and with a slew of various treatments and options for facials and peels, there really is something for everybody.
With the caveat that it is always best to seek individual consultation before beginning any new skincare regimen, here are Lil’s recommendations for pregnancy and postpartum skincare concerns:
Q. My skin is so dry in pregnancy! What’s up?
A. Your skin probably isn’t dry. I know that sounds crazy but it’s true—the reality is that if you increase the exfoliation of the dead skin cells on your face, your skin will be better able to breathe and will not seem dry and dull. A great option is a gentle coconut papaya fruit acid peel that you can pick up here and do at home. You can also use our salicylic roll-on to increase cell-turnover and it couldn’t be easier.
Q. After I had my baby, my skin care took a nose dive. How can I get back to washing my face as regularly as I need to?
A. Meh! It’s fine! In fact, especially if you aren’t wearing much makeup right now, you may not need to wash your face nearly as much as you think. Try our triple-acid peel pads. You can put them on your night stand and use one in the evening or morning. There’s no rinsing, it works beautifully, it’s easy to do—you can even use these pads while nursing or rocking your baby.
Q. Do I need sunscreen on my face every single time I go outside? I go on short walks with my new baby a few times a day.
A. We are not scared of the sun at Seraphim Skincare. We believe that a healthy amount of sun exposure without sunscreen is healthy, necessary, and great for you. After fifteen minutes of direct exposure, it’s time to apply a barrier sunscreen and reapply every hour on the hour.
Q. I have blackheads. Do I need to go have a facial for the extractions?
A. Do you enjoy getting extractions? No? There’s your answer. We do not do routine extractions here because we have seen over and over that doing so is counterproductive, painful, and creates swelling and bruising. We believe that peels will stimulate enough cell turnover that blackheads will be worked out, and that’s exactly the feedback our client continually give to us.
Visit Seraphim Skincare today and tell Lil that Intown Doula sent you. She will be sure to help you achieve whatever your skin-related goals are, leaving you able to answer that question, “Have you received compliments on your skin lately?” confidently.
Aaaaaaaand…we are so thrilled to announce that each attendee at our client appreciation event on February 13 will receive a card for a complimentary mini-service at Seraphim Skin Care!