Last month, curve fashion blogger and MegaBabe® brand founder, Katie Sturino, made a major decision. She took to her Instagram and shared with her (as of press time) 232,000 followers why she started getting injectable wrinkle reducer treatments at age 28. Now in her thirties, she continues to keep to her appointments, getting wrinkle reducers no sooner than every three months. Some of her fans questioned why someone who was so dedicated to a message of body positivity would choose to alter her appearance, but Sturino had the perfect response.
“My point is that [it’s] everyone’s choice what they do and do not do,” she explains. “The younger followers who are following women all over the net who are getting [injectable wrinkle reducers], nose jobs, lip injections and more and then wondering ‘why don’t I look like that’ is more bothersome to me than getting some [injections] and being honest about it to my followers.”
Injectable wrinkle reducers are used to temporarily smooth the look of moderate to severe wrinkles in certain areas of the face such as the forehead, frown lines, and crow’s feet. They should not be used more frequently than every three months. Like any medical treatment, they have potential risks and side effects. Be sure to talk to a licensed provider to see if they’re right for you.
For Sturino, body positivity is making decisions that are right for you. “No women in the public eye are very transparent about all the effort they put in to look a certain way, and I think it's irresponsible,” she tells Spotlyte. “I received mixed feedback, as some said it wasn't body pos.”
The entrepreneur disagrees with those naysayers. “To me, body pos is doing whatever you want not beating yourself up over it,” she explains. Other things that make the MegaBabe boss feel good include yoga, Netflix, Gabby Bernstein meditations, face masks, and walking her dogs.
In addition to giving us some insight on what it would be like to spend a night of self-care at home with Katie Sturino (which, by the way, sounds amazing), she also shared some of her favorite places to treat herself in New York City — scroll through for her top picks.
Haircut and Color: Reyad at Suite Reyad for both. “[I’ve] been going to him for years, he's the best for color, especially when I want to switch it up from light to dark and back again,” says Sturino. “He just opened his own salon, too!”
Blowout: Brittan White Hair. “I met her on a set and she's been doing my hair ever since,” says Sturino.
Makeup:“I do my own!” shares Sturino. Some of her swear-by products? Odièle® Rose Sérum ($125), Biologique RechercheTM P50 1970 Lotion ($67 for 5.1 oz., read our editorial director’s review of this cult classic here), Kevyn Aucoin® The Volume Mascara ($28), Christophe Robin Purifying Scrub($53), Glossier® Balm Dotcom ($12), Elizabeth Arden® Eight Hour® Cream Skin Protectant ($22), and of course, all the Megababe products.
Spray tans: “I haven't gotten one, but am looking forward to [trying] Jules Von Hep from Isle of Paradise®,” says Sturino.
Personal trainer: Carlos Leon. “I do one-on-one boxing with Carlos, and he does 30-minute workouts, which I really love,” says Sturino.
Favorite boutique fitness class and instructor: Lyon's Den yoga with Emily.
Facials: Karen from Sia's Beauty. “I've been seeing Karen from when she started out in her apartment to where she is now in her very own spa,” says Sturino. “She is the keeper of my skin.”
IV treatments: Clean Market.This wellness boutique offers 14 different IV options or you can get a custom blend tailored to your needs.
[Editor’s Note: Please speak to your doctor before starting these treatments.]
Acupuncturist: Dr. Wu from Sia's Beauty.
Lasers, Dermaplaning and Injectables: Dr. Jessica Weiser at New York Dermatology Group. “Dr. Weiser is wonderful and she always knows what treatments will work best for my skin,” says Sturino. “I regularly get [wrinkle reducer] in my forehead, and I like it so much because I love my smooth forehead. I am a big advocate for laser hair removal, and I've also gotten Ultherapy from NYDG a couple of times now.”
Cryotherapy and Infrared Sauna: New York Dermatology Group Wellness Floor.