Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Day 124: Facial via Target and Michael

Tingly Goop from Olay's "Microdermabrasion and Peel System"
Thanks to The Knot's Bridal Beauty: Countdown To Gorgeous list, what could have been just another boring Tuesday night in front of the TV ended up being... a slightly more colorful Tuesday night in front of the TV.  I realized earlier today that it's been 2 weeks since my last B.B.C.T.G. post (on "Mirrorless Wedding Makeup"). It seemed time for a bit more bridal beautifying.  According to The Knot, at the "1-2 Months Before" mark I should:
Use and at-home face mask or get a salon facial.  (Don't risk and allergic reaction closer to your wedding day.)
Yikes!  Masks and facials make me nervous.  You may recall from Day 80 that a history of "bad skin" (currently at bay) has left me quite wary of shaking up my skin-care routine. I needed a bit more convincing, if only to know what I'd be getting myself into (or out of!).  I turned to "The 411 on Facials" - an article published by The Knot with all the dirty details.
A biased account?  Undoubtedly.  But informative, nonetheless! 
Facials are a beauty treatment many brides enjoy -- they feel indulgent and can ensure your skin looks its most glowing on your wedding day.  A good facial includes surface cleansing, deep pore cleansing (sometimes including extractions), exfoliation, toning, and moisturizing.
The cost?  Anywhere between $50 to $250, depending on the treatments you have done and where you live.  And be sure to get recommendations before you choose a salon -- you don't want just anyone picking at your face!
Well, $50 to $250 wasn't going to happen, and "extractions" didn't sound too good either (the only person I trust to "pick at my face" is me!).  Yet I was intrigued.  Could I capture the "indulgent" experience of a facial without the expense?  Would my skin "glow" or just freak out?

In the spirit of experimentation, I bit the bullet and spent $35 at Target on a "Microdermabrasion & Peel System" from Olay + a "Conditioning Clay Mask" by Boots.  $35 felt a bit steep, but I was assured that I could return the products if my skin reacted badly.  Next step: enlisting an unsuspecting amateur esthetician.
Michael, looking skeptical... (nice socks!)

Poor Michael was settling into an episode of Weeds, waiting for our Thai delivery to arrive, when I arrived home and accosted him with demands for assistance.  I don't think he realized what he'd agreed to until he found himself following directions to: apply Olay "dermacrystals to [my] clean, dry face (about the size of a quarter)."  (To clarify, the "about the size of a quarter" part refers to the scoop of dermacrystal goop, not my face.)

As I stared at the ceiling of our TV room, Michael "gently massaged" my face for ... about 2 minutes longer than the recommended 45 seconds.  It must have been a good Weeds episode, because his fingertips started going numb around the time that my cheeks started tingling.  Yowza!

He quickly, sloppily, applied the "activator serum" to my face, and we both kind of freaked out when the ingredients started foaming.  Apparently "it is normal to experience a warming sensation," but I'd had enough.  I hauled my butt to the bathroom, and gave everything a thorough rinsing.  (This took a while since Michael had generously Microdermabraised half of my neck and an inch of my hairline.)

My attempts to get Michael to help with the Conditioning Clay Mask were temporarily thwarted by the arrival of our dinner.  Spicy eggplant w/ chicken and basil: yum!  (Now THIS felt indulgent.)

We were back to work soon after finishing our mango sticky rice. Michael finger painted my face with the clay mask from Boots, which promised to clarify my skin "with a negative electrical charge to pull out impurities."  It was olive green and slimy. Then it dried. Whenever I smiled I felt flakes of mask sprinkling onto my chest.  I pondered whether I could test the flakes for "negative electrical charge," but it was almost midnight and things had reached ridiculousness.

Michael headed to bed, looking bewildered by his new expertise.  I washed all of the green goop off of my face (at least I hope I did!).  My skin feels really soft, but, considering all that effort, I'm more struck by how empty my wallet feels.

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6 comments:

  1. I am thoroughly enjoying the image in ny head of Michael rubbing that orange goopy stuff on your fave absent-mindedly while watching weeds! :)

    in the future, I would highly recommend you buy a small tube of Origins microdermabrasion exfoliator. You use it 1-2 times a week at the most, in the shower (I generally go once every two weeks). It is super easy, and really leaves your skin very clean and smooth. Plus, the company is certified green and, none of their products uses aniimal by products nor is any animal testing conducted. Those are things pretty dear to my heart. All of my skin care stuff iand makeup is from them!

    Anyway, if you are interested, they do mini facials for free in the store, customized with the type of products you need/want. I love going for those :) It feels like the spa, but is free! And, no scary extractions!

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  2. This is hilarious and I would love to know what Michael thought, but his devotion to you is clear.

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  3. Ha! Funniest post yet. You definitely hit the jackpot with that one. xx

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  4. Hilarious! But I actually love Olay's Microdermabrasion. I use it a couple times a week. Follow it up with your Olay serum!

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  5. Love that you guys enjoyed this story! Michael hasn't been able bring himself to read the post yet... I can't tell if he's busy or still in denial! FYI, I ended up bringing both products back to Target for a TBD exchange... my face didn't feel so great the next day. The skin under my eyes felt really irritated and puffy (Michael asked if I'd been crying). For $35 I'd rather get refills on my tried-and-true face gunk!

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  6. Uhhh...Michael is a giant among men...definitely a keeper if this "project" doesn't
    do him in! ha.ha.

    Much Love.

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