It's hard to believe in 32 lovely years on this planet that I never had a facial. I had no idea what I was missing! We're talking pure bliss here ladies and your skin looks all glowy and even younger after your treatment. I actually think it was a good thing I started later in life. I'm thinking of all the money I saved on facials for these past years. But that is the past. I am now a true fan. One part stress reduction, one part skin care and one part bliss! I highly recommend getting a facial and seeing what you think. I am most definitely a fan now. I would say even if the results are only temporary, the relaxation is totally worth it. I've never felt better about my makeup free face.
So technically what is a facial? It's a spa treatment involving various skin treatments that may include steam, exfoliation, creams, lotions, facial masks, peels, massage and extractions. Facials are for general skin health as well as specific skin conditions, at least according to google.
I went to Ruby's Spa & Salon at McMenamins in Troutdale, Oregon for my facial. This is a lovely spa near the Portland Metro area. It's especially nice if you go with friends because you can enjoy the soaking pool out back. It's a beautiful large soaking pool so definitely set aside time to enjoy it. It's nice to come early enough to soak before you appointment. This way if you are getting any special creams applied you don't have to worry about accidentally washing them away in the soaking pool. Although, my friend who got a massage also soaked for a bit after her massage as recommended by her masseuse. Also, I've had a massage at this spa before which was also wonderful.
I chose the Clear Skin Facial which is an hour and $105. It's described on their website, "Let Mother Nature help cleanse and refine your complexion with healing, antibacterial element such as Hungarian mud, clays and more, custom blended for those with acne-prone or reactive skin. Our licensed estheticians will give you suggestions on specifically designed products and instructions to further treat your skin at home." However, my skin ended up having some dry patches on my treatment day, winter is harsh, right? So my lovely esthetician did adjust my treatment to be more moisturizing. In fact, I loved the moisturizer so much that I've been using it for my daytime moisturizer. It's the Eminence Organic Skin Care Rosehip Whip Moisturizer. (And I just realized it's way less expensive on Amazon.) I especially like that it has a beautiful matte finish, but it's still very moisturizing. Also, the moisturizer smells amazing--very citrusy. It's for designed for problem skin, which is pretty accurate for me. I still have the occasional zit pop up and I do have sensitive skin too.
Or if a spa facial is not in the budget currently, you can also try a facial mask at home. I used Skinfood's Broccoli Facial Mask Sheet in the photo above. It's a "hydrating mask that contains broccoli extract and promotes a healthy glow." And tell me who doesn't need a healthy glow? This is most definitely my favorite way to get in my vegetables.
Have you ever visited Ruby's Spa? Where is your favorite place to get a facial? Or do you have a favorite spa treatment?