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.