Monday, May 12, 2008

Put Your Best Face Forward!

During my birthday trip to Houston I was treated to my very first facial! It’s true, I was a virgin to the relaxing process that purifies pores, sloughs away dead skin and leaves your face feeling smooth and rejuvenated. Yes, I know I’m a late bloomer.

Of course I had done mini-facials in the comfort of my own bathroom before, but never had I had an actual professional esthetician perform one on me. I absolutely love to be pampered so it was the perfect gift.

Since getting professional facials can be a bit pricey, here are a few over-the-counter products that just might give you that same spa experience!

How often do you go to a spa for a facial?


Pretika Sonic Dermabrasion Facial Care System available at www.target.com for $59.99


Nivea Visage Q10 Gentle Spa Microdermabrasion Kit available www.drugstore.com for $19.49


Pangea Organics Facial Mask Japanes Match Tea with Acai and Goji Berry available at www.nordstrom.com for $34


Vitamin Infusion Home Facial Kit available at www.ulta.com for $70


Bliss Pore Perfecting Facial Polish available www.blissworld.com for $30


Neutrogena Advanced Solutions Facial Peel available at www.ulta.com for $21.49


Bliss Youth Group Skin Care Kit available at www.blissworld.com for $68


Cosmedicine Spa-It-Yourself at Home Facial Kit available at www.sephora.com for $95


Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Facial Exfoliator available at www.thebodyshop.com for $12.50


Sue Devitt Micro-Quatic Anti-Ageing Facial Treatment available at www.spacenk.com for $125

19 comments:

Product Junkie Diva said...

Hey BGG
Love this post.
I too am a late bloomer.
Normally my facials are done right at home. I have the spa facial dome to give my skin a nice steam cleaning, then I use a variety of products to achieve skin perfection, or as close to it as I can come. However it feels great when someone else is papmering my skin.
Thanks for posting all of these different products.
Product Junkie Diva

K-Bear said...

BGG, I too love to be pampered, however, my skin is very sensitive. I've tried professional facials a few times and each time I end up with issues. It's always short lived but I've given up on the pros. From now on it's me, myself and I so thanks for the list of options. I look forward to experimenting with some of them!

antithesis said...

good post! i still have ever had a professional facial either. with my skin issues, i need someone who knows what they are doing because i am certain to breakout. maybe i'll look into it for my 22nd bday. in the meantime, i'll look into some of the products you listed.

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Ros said...

Hey don't be ashamed to admit it I never had a professional facial neither. Although I always wanted one. If any of the things you listed comes even close to a profeesional facial I'll try it.

Wes said...

I love to be pampered as well and I too have never had a professional facial. I was recently thinking about getting one & you've just cemented the idea for me!! Thanks girl!!! lol

kitty vodka said...

i shall try this

Ananda said...

i love the target kit for $59. that works for me. glad you had a great facial in houston.

Divine Blackness said...

Facials are soooo nice. You're right, they are on the pricey side, but so worth it. Plus, what better thing to invest in than your beautiful faaaace? Happy Monday and have a fab upcoming week

12kyle said...

you just had your first facial? Really? Now, what took soooo long. LOL

Good post!

mimieyes said...

Pampered is my favorite word and a good facial can make you feel like you just went straight heaven. Here in NY I've gone to Bliss and I have used their products which are good. But the place that I can't wait to go back is Soho Sanctuary. My facial started with a foot massage that got me so relaxed that when they worked on my face I looked and felt 10 years younger.
So the next time someone asks you if you would like for a gift - tell them you want to be pampered with a facial!

Kwana said...

I love facials! Sooo relaxing. I don't have them as often as I'd like. Usually it's a birthday or holiday gift thing for me. Great post. I'm glad you enjoyed yours. I'm afraid you're on the dark side now. LOL!

Don said...

I've never had a facial. But I am glad that you enjoyed your very first.

PCD (Pretty Circle Drawer) said...

spa facials are a must every 4-6 weeks! in between, i give myself weekly facials/masks with products purchased at my spa (pevonia botanica)

that guy said...

i remember my barber use to give me mini facials at the shop. that hot towel and then cold towel had a brother face feeling smooth.

T said...

I'm super late, but I LOVE facials. I've decided that I'm only getting real facials at the spa from now on. The mini-facials leave so much undone.

At home facials are what's up too.

Great post!

PBW said...

Glad you enjoyed your facial!

I totally agree with all who've said they are so relaxing.

I used to get them once a month, but that's turned into once every six months or so.

Ebony Intuition said...

I 've never been to a spa for a facial I will be going this year for sure on my birthday, but I do facial's at home I use a tea tree oil mask and facial cleanser

Brown Girl Gumbo said...

@Product Junkie Diva - I'm glad I'm not the only one. I thought I was the only late bloomer!!!!

@K-Bear - Isn't being pampered wonderful?

@Antithesis - Definitely treat yourself for your birthday! :-)

@Ros - Give them a try, you might be surprised!

@Wes - You'll enjoy it!! Go for it!

@KittyVodka - Try at least one of the products posted. Your skin will thank you for it.

@Ananda - You can't beat that price!!

@Divine Blackness - Aren't they wonderful!! I think they're a good investment!!

@12Kyle - I don't know what took me so long. I guess, it's better late than never!

@MimiEyes - I've been dying to go to Bliss!

@Kwana - I'm DEFINITELY on the dark side now!

@Don - "Enjoyed" would be an understatement - it was FANTASTIC!!

@PCD - I'm thinking about getting them more often now for sure!

@That Guy - Good to know guys take care of their skin too.

@T - There's nothing like a professional to do it! Although at-home treatments are good too.

@PBW - Wow, every month. I bet your skin was glowing!!!

@EbonyIntuition - I've never used tea tree oil, but I've heard it works wonders.