Do We Need Facials Now That We Have Lasers?

True story.  Several years ago, I was recruited to do an in-store event for a popular exfoliating  scrub.  The plan  was to  set up a mini spa in a Wal-Mart in suburban Arizona.  I was not really looking forward to it.  I had just finished a before and after project for a publisher and the results were pretty awful with the befores looking better than the afters.   Now I was facing  a crowd of real women  who expected results.

It only got  worse when I  had to wear a little white lab coat with my name stitched on the  breast pocket. As the facialists went to work,  I tried to  hide behind the  bags of dog  food that flanked  the temporary spa.  They were offering a very basic facial  that consisted of an exfoliating scrub,  warm compresses, a peel -off mask and ending with a toner.  As I watched the treatments, I couldn’t believe my eyes.  Women  sat down in the examination chair  with  blotchy, lined skin and left looking smooth and radiant.  The facial took about 15 minutes and the products totaled $30– yet the results were clear and remarkable.

In an  era of lasers, fillers  and Botox,  a small facial can still have big results.  But not all facials are equal.  If you look at the menu of serices at a spa  you will  see  options that include oxygen facials,  peels, dermabrasion, collagen  masks and LED lights.  Do these  things really work?  I will be trying  out  these facial techniques and posting before and after photos.  And because there are  just so many times I can subject my face to another deep cleaning, some friends have offered their  faces for science.   They also have different  beauty issues and I am looking forward to seeing  what  types of facials give the best results for a range of  anti-aging issues.

Do you have you  a favorite type of facial?  Is there anything you would avoid?  Do you make your own facial products?  I would love to hear about your experiences.

3 thoughts on “Do We Need Facials Now That We Have Lasers?

  1. I recently got a facial which included some time under a LED light…the results were amazing! I am still so pleased with it and it has been over a month! I would love to start doing this on a regular basis.

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