Facials Are Good For You…But I Don’t Like Them

For all your beauty advice…

Picture in your mind, if you will, a lovely spa. Classical music playing softly through the speakers, the sound of water trickling from a table fountain, the scent of lavender subtly wafting on the air. Imagine wrapping yourself in a spa robe and laying on a facial bed for a cleansing facial. You can’t help but relax when you think of putting yourself in this situation. For some, this is a scene of pure bliss, for me it’s a scene of panic! Don’t get me wrong, I love a day at the spa, it’s the thought of putting myself through the process of getting a facial that freaks me out.

Most people I know look forward to getting facials; many people I know will make room in their budget for this service no matter what their financial situation. I guess I’m one of the few people I know, actually I am the only person I know, that just can’t stand this service. Facials are so good for your skin. A good facial will give you an even deeper cleansing experience than you can get at home. Any time I’ve ever gotten this service at a spa, I have had the privilege of having an experienced esthetician perform the service.  The esthetician starts with a skin analysis where they will determine your skin type and choose the appropriate cleanser and mask for your skin. After cleansing, which feels good, they will steam your skin to open the pores so they can get in there and do extractions…meaning they unclog your pores and clean them out. Translation for Brooke: ouch! There follows the basic steps of a facial…the mask, the hands, and sometimes feet, massaged with luxurious lotion and placed into heated booties and mittens, and of course, the facial massage. Finish up with the proper treatment and moisturizer and you have just experienced an amazing spa service…for some people.

So, why am I the only person I know who hates this service? Well, let me tell you. My whole life, I’ve fought with my skin. I had the lovely experience of having to go on Accutane when I was 15 years old…twice in that year. Anyone who’s experienced the side effects of that drug will feel my pain. It took awhile, but I have my skin under control…for the most part. I still get the occasional breakout, and I know a monthly facial would make my skin look even better, but I can’t bring myself to do it. Here’s what happens to me during this service: When it starts, all is well. The process of getting into the spa robe, laying on the facial bed and settling in getting comfortable, is what a spa experience is all about. The part where they cleanse your skin is pleasant, if they could do that the whole time, I wouldn’t complain. When your skin gets steamed, it’s not so bad. It’s the steps that follow this that have me hearing the theme to Jaws in my head.

Extractions are painful…don’t try to tell me they’re not! And, although they are good for your skin, they are by far the most unpleasant part of a facial. When I’m laying there, with my hands and feet bound in booties and mittens that are supposed to be moisturizing my skin and relaxing me, I feel like I’m in a straightjacket. You may as well have me strapped to that facial bed! I admit, I am a bad patient…I’m the person who is constantly pulling away from the technician when they are only trying to do a good job and give me a good service. My hands and feet, at this point, are moving around restlessly trying to break free from the constraints! And, don’t even get me started on the panic I feel when a hot, steamed towel is placed on my face to relax me! Seriously, I feel like I’m going to die when they do this!

I’ve had people tell me they would rather see a certain doctor (ladies, you know what I’m referring to) than get a pedicure. Some people can’t stand a massage, they are too ticklish to enjoy the benefits. For me, it’s a facial. Go ahead and cleanse, steam and massage my skin, but keep your moisturizing mittens and booties, and your extracting tools away from me!

Ok, so prove me wrong. Tell me why a facial is so wonderful for you, or tell me how I can enjoy a pleasant spa facial, extractions and all! I would love to write about how wonderful one is, but so far I can’t. I’m looking forward to comments on this subject!

Email me your questions for Q&A Monday at brookeknowsbeauty@hotmail.com

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