About Face

If you have not gotten around to having a facial, please put that near the top of your list of things to do in 2009 and mark it ASAP. A facial is one of the most relaxing services you can experience, all while taking care of your skin. Now, I’m going to be real honest. A Mary Kay facial is NOT a facial, it is a sales demonstration. So that infomercial, pass the plate party at your co worker’s sister’s aunts cousins house six months ago does not count. I don’t care how good they say their products are or whether they work for you, it’s just not the same. If I were to concoct some hair potion in my kitchen that worked wonders, would that make me a licensed beautician trained in treating and styling hair? No. Owning a pink Grand Am does not make you an esthetician or mean that you know how to treat the skin. No disrespect to those who dream of pink Cadillacs.

Facials are performed by licensed and/or trained estheticians (skin care specialist). They pick up where your dermatologist leaves off, much like your hairstylist. In fact, many dermatologist now offer aesthetic services as part of their medical practices and have an esthetician on staff. A facial involves cleansing and exfoliation of the face and decollete (neck/chest area) using steam and massage. Yes, you will need to undress from the waist up at least (don’t worry, you’ll be wearing a robe). In fact a facial feels like a massage for the face. Your skin will love it! It’s nice as a treat, or part of a spa day, but to truly get the benefit, it is recommended that you have one every six weeks, to keep your skin healthy and glowing. Facials can be combined with anti-aging, aromatherapy, or deep pore cleansing services. It relieves the tension and muscles in your face, providing a most soothing experience. Try it, just once and you will love it. You will definitely want to have one again.

Now, I have to be honest. They don’t come cheap. Facials can range from $50 -$150 depending on the type of service you want. But there’s good news for Divas on a budget: many spas have “mini” or “quickie” facials that will run about $40 for 20-30 minutes (most facials are a full 60 minutes).

WARNING!: Always schedule your facial BEFORE your hair appointment. A facial involves direct steam to the face and hair line area which could ruin your “do”. Not to mention you will have to wear a bonnet or towel over your hair during the service that would definitely smoosh your pretty curls.

Word of caution: A facial is not something you want to do right before a big event, such as your wedding. It truly treats the skin and you may even need extractions (black head/pimple removal). While you will feel wonderful, depending on the condition of your skin, you may have a blotch that needs a few days to heal. So, check your calendar of events before you book your appointment. But don’t worry, you won’t look like a candidate for a ProActive commercial. And you will notice the benefits afterward.

If you would like to consider a career as an esthetician check out the Beauty School Directory.

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