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I wrote this a few weeks ago and forgot to post, whatever. At least now I can give a better reflection.
When multiple people who provide beauty services to you say you are in need of a facial it's probably time to listen. And the timing is really good with my corporate adventure coming up next week where I'll be meeting my boss and entire department face to face for the first time. So when the lady who does my laser hair removal suggested a few weeks ago I come in for an extraction I finally gave in and said ok. I'm not stranger to a nice spa facial but this was my first time getting one out of "necessity" rather than a desire to be pampered. For a beauty standpoint, medical spa facials are the way to go - they are way cheaper and do a better job of actually addressing the issues. My past facial was a Collierville Medical Solutions, cost $50 and lasted about 40 minutes.

Like most facials I was cleansed and scrubbed. Usually  I am given more of a mud mask for a facial and then steamed but this time I was given a glycolic and salicylic acid peel while steaming for about 10 minutes. And then the fun began (this is sarcasm). Every single blackhead and crap clogging my pores was removed. It hurt! But it only took about 15 minutes and I left with a red blotchy but clear pore face.

So how does this differ from a regular facial? Well for one, it didn't cost $70 to $100 - with glycolic as a $10 add or or extraction as a $10 add on -these service were the actual purpose of the facial. I was also more efficient, 40 minutes with the majority of that time being speant on steaming and extracting. It also had no frills, just the business of cleaning my face. No dimmed lights, soft music, warm blanket, shoulder and hand massage, hot towel wrap, or aromatherapy. I left looking very similar to how I would love after a traditional facial but with clearer pores. Any discoloration was gone by the time I got home and it was ok to wear makeup the next day.
Since I have no shame, here's me post facial before I drove home:

The benefits of this facial probably lasted for two weeks. But. I think if I hadn't traveled to a different climate where I was fed sodas and greasy carbs for three days it would have gone longer. I've also been a real slacker in washing my face every night before bed. I will for sure be getting one of these facials again and will report back to you all on the results when my system isn't thrown out of whack.


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