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.
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.