So Christine and her equally awesome sister Karianne–who is a nurse at Ava MD—and I had a Fraxel® party on Friday. The Fraxel® laser does skin resurfacing for wrinkles, acne scars, sun spots, and surgical scars (and it’s less harsh than the time-honored C02 laser, that works but can leave you red for weeks.) Christine was completely honest with me about how it temporarily makes you scary swollen and has about five days of downtime on the face, so I chickened out and just did my neck because I had a meeting the next day. With numbing cream on an hour before it really didn’t hurt much at all, and it got red but not outrageous. The next day it was pretty swollen but now, forty-eight hours out, it just feels a little tight (which was the point, I guess, right?) and a little rough, but not too weird. My skin definitely looks more youthful but I don’t have the final verdict out yet. Apparently you have to do three treatments.
The one thing I can say for certain is that the downtime on the neck Fraxel® is pretty doable. All I had to do was cover it with a scarf while I was out this weekend having lunch with the Hot Chick Drinks Girl, who was telling me about her new e-book at hotchickdrinks.com–ten recipes for tasty cocktails, all under 140 calories and (we think!) even better than the Skinnygirl® line. Judging from all of the parties I’ve been to at her house, she’s been perfecting these recipes for some time, and they’re pretty amazing…:)
Here’s the first recipe for a fresh Meyer Lemon Martini:
Approximately 138 Calories. No fat/No added sugar.
2 ounces vodka (not all vodkas have the same calorie count)
1 ounce fresh squeezed Meyer lemon
1/2 ounce sugar-free vanilla syrup (1 oz if using regular lemon)
A splash of sugar-free french vanilla creamer
Put in a martini shaker with ice.
Shake it up, baby!
Garnish with a lemon rind.
You should know:
A regular Lemon Drop Martini will range from 125 Calories – 300 calories and many of them are smaller drinks.
Meyer Lemons are sweeter than other varieties of lemons, including the more common Eureka, and ripen to a darker yellow-orange color.
One ounce of lemon juice can contain up to 20% of your daily recommend intake of Vitamin C!