I love a good facial. Every month (or every three months as it goes due to my hectic schedule) I go in for a stellar facial at my favorite spa with my favorite aesthetician. Jennifer has been taking care of my skin for two years when one of my besties treated me to a much-needed facial for my birthday. I immediately bought a monthly membership and every month or rather three months I enjoy a heavenly massage and facial.
My bornday was last month. And with that came all the hells. Another year older. Still young but still need to take better care of my skin. So I decided to opt for a microdermabrasion treatment in addition to my regular facial. I was super excited to try something new and effective.
Microdermabrasion is a gentle, non-evasive exfoliating treatment. Or so I thought. The specialist (microdermabasion can be performed by a dermatologist or aesthetician in a doctor’s office, spa, or non-medical spa) uses a handheld device that gently removes the top layer of skin. You feel a sanding sensation, but this is not painful. It takes about 30 to 40 minutes to treat the entire face and about 20 minutes to treat the neck.
The whole process was uncomfortable but pain-free. When I emerged from my zen-like post-facial state I was shocked to see bruises on both sides of my face. The suctioning element of the treatment caused bruising. How does this happen? Thin skin.
I looked like I got into a street fight but luckily I was able to wear my hair down and mask the bruising. Afterwards, I went to Home Goods for some retail therapy. The customers were too busy getting their Home Goods happy on to notice my messed up face. Excuse my haphazard drawn-on eyebrows. I swear I wasn’t going for the Mommy Dearest look but did them in a parking lot with no spoolie. Fun times.
Three days later after I see little to no difference. I had peeling in my nose area and my skin felt tight. I was expecting to see a glow but there wasn’t a glow. No smoother or softer or youthful looking skin. For now, I will stick to my regular facials.
Do you have regular facials (in-home or spa)? Have you tried microdermabrasion?