You realize how obsessive you can be when you have a sudden break out and can not figure out the cause? That’s when you begin mask overload, scrub overload, product overload, the incessant verbal vomit whenever someone’s view path happens to align with the general area in which your spot resides.
“Oh that thing? Yea it appeared over night, ignore it if you can. I’ve tried everything, I just can NOT seem to figure out how this happened. Blah blah blah ” as your voice probably fades into nothingness in the mind of the victim who most likely never even noticed it, not to talk of asked about it.
In my particular case I was dealing with a break out on my forehead, nearing my hairline which I suspect was caused by stress. I couldn’t keep my hands away from my face, and I’d had enough of it destroying my life. (Might I just add that in reality it wasn’t as bad as it sounds so take each description with a pinch of hyperbolic salt. I had all of 3 spots that I feared would leave pigmentation and that was my biggest issue.) I decided to get a facial, which I believe I’ve only previously gotten years ago for fun as a child, so I rang up my sponsor (S/O my Sugar Sister!) to get a spa date out of her. Although that was unsuccessful, she did offer to pay, so naturally I rang up Niobe that second to book my appointment. This was my first time getting a facial, although I’ve been for waxes, mani/pedis and massages, but I knew my sister frequented Niobe for facials so I presumed I could trust them.
Restore your former luminous glow with this luxurious multi-active facial. It’s the ideal antidote if you are plagued by dry skin, fine lines, loss of elasticity, dullness and even the occasional hormonal breakouts. Advanced collagen building technology boosts elasticity and resilience to reduce the appearance of medium to deep wrinkles while gentle exfoliators clear skin of dullness and stimulate cell turnover. Luxurious and lasting hydration restores suppleness, texture and tone. After one treatment, you’ll see that youthful Murad Glow! -Official Murad Resurgence Renewal Facial Description
I was choosing from two out of several options: The Elemis and Dr Murad treatments. Primarily because of their benefits to my particular situation and skin-type, but also because I’d either heard of or tried these brands thanks to Sephora. I ended up going with the Murad Rejuvenating Renewal Mask Facial. This was advertised online as a 60 minute facial but I came to find that it was actually 45 minutes, which I wasn’t mad at, because the way my jitters are set up…
I filled in a brief consultation form and then I was escorted upstairs to the Facial room, which was comfortable and pretty enough, dimly lit, spa-usual. I waited for about 15 minutes. Once it was set-up I was briefed about the Murad Rejuvenating mask experience I was going to have: “Cleanse, cleanse, tone, steam, extraction, exfoliation, cleanse, tone, mask, moisturizer.”
The actual order may have varied but I wasn’t paying such close attention. Let me just say that everything, including the slightly suffocating pore-opening steam sesh, was going well until she warned that she was about to extract, which would likely be painful and that’s when my anxiety kicked in because WHY would it be painful and didn’t painful extractions equate to hyperpigmentation and scarring? I said a prayer in my head-no joke. I was not trying to leave with anything I didn’t come with. The extraction was by all means the worst part of the facial so it was upwards from here. I just could not reconcile the pain and I needed it to be done with, so I could go and google “are painful facial extractions normal?”
The answer was yes, mildly painful (depending on your pain threshold) extractions should almost be expected. But why could I feel her nails? Were those her nails I could feel (she responded with a no) or was it just unusually high pressure on a very tiny surface area? I decided to just arrest my overzealous thoughts, calm myself and attempt to enjoy the rest of my facial-which I did. The exfoliation that followed the extraction felt like the perfect antidote and once she got to the massage of face, neck and décollette, I was ready to fall asleep. When I felt that moisturizer glide on, I knew the facial was a good idea. Facials (including extractions) are a good idea boys and gals! Let’s just say there really is a difference between professional treatment and at home ones.
My face felt noticeably plumper and very very clean, and had an undeniable glow. My pores were still open so I was warned to stay away from fires, swimming, and exercise for the next two days. These, of course, are regular occurrences in my daily life so you can only imagine the great inconvenience. 🙃
You’re also advised to not wash your face that day or do anything that could aggravate your skin due to its heightened sensitivity.
One week later and I did not have any adverse reaction to any of the products, which I was happy about. It’s good to note that facials, if one wants to get into them, should be incorporated into your regular skincare regimens and therefore, depending on your skin health, should be done once a month or more. That’s when you see the full benefits. However if you’re looking for a quick pick-me-up before a big day then sure! I’d advise that you get it done well in advance or choose a facial you’ve done before so you know how your skin reacts to it. Would I get this done again? Absolutely! What would I rate it? I would’ve rated it a 4.2-Star on a 5-Star scale had it not been for the extraction part, which I didn’t particularly love. So I give it a 4.
If you have any questions, comment below! I’d be more than happy to answer.