Review: Deep Cleansing Facial Treatment at Charles Scott Salon

As into skincare and beauty as I am, you'd think that MAYBE once in my life I would have had a facial, but alas. I have a hard time justifying spending money on intangibles like this, and I'm sure you can relate. $80 on a dress that I can wear to shreds? Sure. $80 for a one-time treatment on my precious face that I and everyone else have to look at all day everyday? Seems like a no brainer, so what was holding me back?

I suppose part of it was that I wasn't thinking about it in the right way. I spend money on getting my hair cut several times a year, how is a facial any different? I wouldn't try to cut or color my own hair, so why am I trying to do my own extractions and peels at home? As much as I like to think I'm a skincare wiz, it's simply not true. I am just now clawing my way out of a weeks long battle with cystic acne on my jawline, and I just had three mystery cysts pop up on my cheek (ok, not much of a mystery... more like a punishment for my Halloween makeup indiscretions). I knew the time had come for me to give up and surrender my skin to an expert, so I called Charles Scott Salon in Rocky River.

I'd been to Charles Scott before, for an event back in May. It's mighty impressive- clean, white, and spacious, it literally looks like something out of the movies. Even after that short visit, I could tell that everyone there is kind, helpful, and highly knowledgeable. (Perhaps, having managed a salon in my earlier 20s, I have a sixth sense for such things.) When I called to make my appointment, the receptionist was very helpful and helped me to choose the right service for my skin issues. I ended up booking a deep cleaning facial with Simona, and she was able to get me in the very next day!

Side note: I have to apologize for the lack of photos in this post- I thought it was kind of rude to just barge in for my appointment with my DSLR in hand, snapping away. I also tried to discreetly take some photos with my phone, but sadly, none of them came out!

The little room where I got my treatment was very relaxing. It was really warm, and there was soothing music playing. The sheets and blankets on the bed were clean and soft. I can't stress enough how important it is to me for salons to not only BE clean, but to LOOK clean too.

I have to admit, I was super nervous about getting a facial after reading about Singaporean beauty blogger Bun Bun's facial nightmare. Simona, my esthetician for the night, made me feel at ease. I love when I can tell someone loves their job, and Simona seems like she was meant to be an esthetician! She got to work, all the while asking me a million different questions about my life and beauty routine, trying to get to the bottom of my skin issues. Her expertise and sleuthing abilities lead her to the following conclusion: a combination of stress, hormones, and dehydration (aka: too much coffee) had conspired to give me these nasty blemishes.

Simona scrubbed and peeled and, our favorite part, extracted. She gave me a high frequency treatment to clear up my acne. She even cleaned up my eyebrows and filled them in for me! She kindly didn't try to upsell me on any new products, since I have so many already. She merely said I need to add a foaming cleanser, a moisturizer for oily skin, and perhaps a mineral foundation to my routine.

When I woke up this morning, I examined my face with the kind of scrutiny I normally reserve for finding vintage Coach purses at the thrift store. The overall texture of my skin has improved vastly, and once I get these mega deep cheek zits to disappear, I will once again have the creamy smooth skin of a beauty blogger.

I really can't gush enough about the service I received last night, and I'm looking forward to seeing what else Charles Scott has to offer. Simona and I discussed a makeup application lesson for my next visit, and I'm really looking forward to working with her again! Hopefully that time I can get some actual photos for you guys.

Some tips I learned:
  • Drinking coffee dehydrates the hell out of your skin. If you're going to drink coffee, you better drink twice as much water to make up for it.
  • The most important places to moisurize are your undereye area and upper lip area. These spots get dehydrated quickly, and they can really prematurely age you.
  • You should be changing your pillowcase at least once a week. (Bacteria City!)
  • Creamy foundations are intended for mature skin. If you're around my age (28), a tinted moisturizer or mineral foundation should be all the coverage needed.
  • Folks with problem skin like me should get 3-4 facials a year, with regular upkeep (scrubs/masks) at home in between.
Now that I've actually had a facial, I realize that my skin is sometimes more than I can handle on my own, and I will be treating them like haircuts from here on out.

Have you ever had a facial treatment done? Let me hear about it in the comments.
This post was done in partnership with Canopi and Charles Scott Salon. I used my own funds for 50% of the treatment. 
This is part one of four in a series. ALL opinions are my own 100% honest thoughts.


  1. I've gone back and fourth on this. Spending $100+ on a new bag is easy but getting a facial? MEH- I want the bag! but after reading this I may be swayed into getting one. I get hormonal pimples around my chin, and have all my life, so I'm always wanting to do something that will magically erase those dark spots I have. You may have just pushed me over to the dark side! :) Thanks.

  2. Sadly, there's not much that can be done about our kind of acne! There are preventative measures you can take (frequent exfoliating comes to mind), but you just never know when they're going to pop up. I hope the high frequency treatment she gave me helps with my dark spots! I learned recently that dark spot serums are largely ineffective, so here's hoping this more intense treatment will work. :(

  3. Dang! Day ruined! I've been using the Garnier dark spot corrector junk for, geeze almost two years now and have not had a HUGE success with it ( I think some of the marks have disappeared because it's been so long haha) but I get scared to change because I think (this could be in my head) when I start using a new product I break out and then things calm down after a week and all is well, my face must be like me- it hates change!

  4. Haha! You can try retinol, or something with glycolic or lactic acid though. I hear SkinCeuticals is a great line.

  5. Skincare is something I battle with constantly because I have both sensitive and dry skin. Hydrating my face and using masking is something I feel like I'm doing constantly. If I could afford soemone else to do it for me, you better believe I would haha.

    -Chrissy of

  6. Haha oh yeah, this is definitely going to have to be a well planned out and saved up for thing for me. I'm definitely going to cut down on buying low quality drugstore skincare just because it's on sale, that should save me a bit right there. :)

  7. Good to know--time to start drinking more water and washing my pillowcase more often! And perhaps going for a facial myself :) This was an informative post, so thanks!

  8. I've always wanted to get a facial done. I have a myriad of skin issues (thanks anxiety/stress/genetics)! The cost really does throw me off, but I spend a ton of money on daily skin care so how is a facial any different? I think that once I'm back in the states I'll definitely do some research and see if I can find a nice salon!
    I usually change my pillowcase once every 3 days or so since my skin is super oily and my hair can also get greasy. I would recommend Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel for Combo/Oily skin (my main moisturizer) and Cetaphil's Moisturizing Lotion. Also, one of my tips is to try and keep your hair out of your face for as much time as possible. I sleep with all of my hair up in a bun as well as keep it in a bun while I'm putzing around the house.

  9. I've had a facial once, several years ago, when I got it as part of a massage coupon package for a local spa. I loved everything about the facial EXCEPT the extraction. That part was very painful, especially on my nose. I'd gladly have a facial again if they could do it without the extraction.