Monday, June 27th, 2011

Rant & Rave

This Week’s Topic: SPA FACIALS!

Your Mission: Tell us what you love, hate, or are otherwise indifferent to about spa facials.  Are they totally worth it?  Must-have facials?  Prefer to DIY?

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25 thoughts on “Rant & Rave: Spa Facials

  1. My mum and I got a pretty basic facial while we were on vacation in Vegas and I wasn’t all that impressed. I think it was mostly do to our esthetician herself. We weren’t told what was being done, the products had a STRONG blueberry smell, and our appointments were mixed up. My mom and I got the same treatments (we discovered afterwards) and we have totally different skin-types. However, I did like the shoulder massage aspect. I wouldn’t do a facial again without a lot of research and questions because I basically feel like I can do it myself. :/

  2. Saga

    Spa facials are a must! You can’t possibly get the same relaxation AND effectiveness with a DIY facial at home. But I do think it’s important to find a qualified good esthetician that you get along with. I try to twice a year but I’d go at least 4 times if I had the money.

  3. Mel

    I like spa facials for the continuity an product selection. They keep a profile of what i used and what made me break out. I find a lot of salons don’t do that unless you know the owner/person well.

  4. Diane

    To me a facial is like a face massage – not something that can be done at home. But there is a difference between a good spa and any spa. if they are rubbing in cheap or irritating products into my skin, it doesn’t matter how good the esthetician is. Many spas use the equivalent of hotel room body lotion – ‘spa’ brands with ineffective ingredients. That’s fine for my pedis, not my face. I’ve had better luck with medi-spas, although they tend to be more utilitarian than pampering.

  5. angel

    There’s a difference between a good spa facial and a 2 dollar packet or guck an esthetician will put on your face. If you go to a salon there will usually be posters of the brands of treatments they use. I just look online to see how those treatments worked. But if a spa just list it as a “facial” then no I wouldn’t put my money or my face on the line.

  6. I am very, very, very fortunate to have rather good skin. As a result, I don’t feel the need to get facials often. In fact, I just had my first one a couple months ago to see what the hype was all about. I rather splurge on a massage.

    I am however a major at-home facial girl. Every other week or so, I put on a variety of masques (Ole Henriksen, LUSH, etc.). Since I’ve started doing this about six weeks ago, I’ve seen a noticeable difference in the hydration of my skin, pore size and under eye circles have been slowly disappearing.

  7. Natasha

    I don’t like them personally, I find an Origins mask, a nice glass of wine and a film or good book at home is far more relaxing.

  8. kathryn

    I am actually looking into getting a facial by a spa that specializes in facial extractions (blackheads whiteheads). I feel this should be done by a professional because I don’t want to scar my skin. I don’t think I would pay money to just have someone massage my face and put a mask on.

  9. Beth

    A definite must have, I go once a month to Mario Badescu and I must say my skin has never felt better.

  10. Lulee

    I enjoy going during spa week and find the whole experience really relaxing and it is worth it for $50. I’m not sure if I would be willing to pay full price but 50 bucks is nice. I took my mom the last time I went and at first she was skeptical but she absolutely loved it. I can’t wait to go again in december, maybe this time she can pay ;). Oh and my spa of choice is Red Door Spas

  11. mimi30

    To me, they are almost neccesary. I have acne prone skin, so i tried to get a facial every 2-3 months, so i can keep my face nice a clean. I usually try to go for the best esthetician, so i know that its woth it. But i keep my face clean in between by doing it myself at home, at least once a week, followed by a good daily skin routine

  12. I have been to several spas in Vegas, Thailand and the Houston area for facials. Every time I get out my husband comments on how fabulous my skin looks! Deep extractions are a must for me, and I have yet to find an esthetician that I haven’t been pleased with. Clean pores and no redness is what keeps me going back for proper facials. In between I’ll do home facials and masks, but nothing can top a professional facial.

    So far the best I had was from an esthetician at the Aria in Vegas. I always do quite a bit of research before going anywhere, and I called a month before my trip to schedule an appointment and let them know my skin concerns. I find early afternoons in the middle of the week are a prime time to be able to enjoy any amenities a spa may offer. Weekends are way too hectic, and when it comes to something as important as someone working on my skin, I want to be able to relax and not feel rushed.

  13. Elizabeth

    I believe having a spa facial treatment makes a big difference, rather than just DIY. I do both! I just signed up for monthly membership at Massage Envy for $50/mo. Which seems reasonable to me as a lot of spa facials cost in the range of $70-$150 USD. Massage envy uses Murad products which is very nice- pretty decent skin care line. I love getting my facial done, it’s totally worth it.

  14. Renee

    Facials are a great way to get deep cleansing done that you cannot do yourself. Your esthetician should ask what you’re normal skin care routine is and what issues you might be facing… then they provide products that would be beneficial to you. Not all will explain what they are doing… if you want to know, don’t be afraid to tell them that. I try to get facials at least 2x… once before the winter or cold weather starts and again before the summer. I am actually looking into beauty schools to become licensed, I love this stuff so much! And I love this website too :)

  15. Liz Mc

    This may sound weird but I really don’t like people I don’t know well touching me, and I’m also very ticklish. So things that other people adore like massages and facials I just hate.

    I’ve always had pretty good skin so I haven’t needed much special treatment, and I do a lot for myself with scrubs, peels, etc.

    • Stephanie

      Im in the same boat with you… I hate having people touch me but i suffer through pedicures, waxing, and haircuts (cut only NO washing and styling) because other people do those things better than i do. I dont really feel compelled to deal w/ a facial because i have pretty good skin (most people think im wearing foundation but i NEVER wear it)

  16. Meg

    I’ve never had a spa facial in my life, but I wouldn’t be opposed to it. I just have so many of my own masks, serums, scrubs, cleansers, toners… I feel like I have everything I need to keep my skin clean, bright and soft. My skin is pretty clear anyway, and it’s sensitive, so I’d rather not subject it to a bunch of new products, as would likely happen at a facial.

  17. BP

    I really don’t like a complete stranger touching me so spa facials have never been my thing. I’ve tried them a couple of times and just couldn’t get into them. My mother and sister love them but they are just not for me.

  18. Courtney

    I only started getting them last year, but I try to think of them like dental checkups. You can do maintenance at home, but every now and then you need a pro for deep cleaning.

    My skin is definitely clearer since I started going and getting some product recommendations.

  19. I used to never get facials and I always thought I had problem skin. However, ever since I met my girlfriend and NOW wife and business partners I get them every two weeks. owning a spa opened my eyes to the benefits of a well done facial. YOU must get them if you think you have problem skin. Must likely you aren’t taking care of it. Find a true professional and you’ll never have problems with your skin again.