When I was in uni I used to have a facial every month. It was just routine and a priority to me. Fast-forward to after graduation and I moved suburbs, worked full-time and I couldn't find a place that suited me. I have tried 5 salons in the past 2 years and I was just tired of filling out a new form everywhere and also being questioned (more like interrogated) by the beauty therapist about my skincare regime. One therapist tried to sell me a $250 serum which is diamond infused with water for hydration. I am 24 and can just drink more water instead. It grew quite tiresome and I just didn't go as often.
Last Monday I had the truly best facial I have ever had. Funnily enough it was the most expensive one I have had so I guess it's true, you get what you pay for. I have been going on an off to the Bronzalicious salon for the past year for waxing purposes and I thought I would try one of their facials. I also joined their rewards program (it cost $10) which gives you a voucher for $50 to be used towards any Medi-Strength facial. I chose to book a light therapy facial to help with my skintone, pigmentation, hydration and some pesky pimples.
Bronzalicious uses a Max7 light which has seven different lights that can either be used singularly or combined. Other salons may use the Omnilux light. The lights and benefits are as follows:
Now that all the facts have been covered, we can move on to the fun stuff! The facial started with a proper back and body massage (I was as surprised as you probably are). Then we moved on to a double cleanse, a peeling masque and extractions. Zoe Foster recently did a great post on how extractions are the only way to get rid of blackheads on MamaMia. The extractions hurt a lot but I have a little tip which may or may not help you. Whenever I am at the dentist, or having waxing or extractions done, I press my fingernails into the other hand so that I have a distraction from the pain. This little tip also helps against crying when you don't want to (for instance in the front of your boss). I learnt this tip by the former female Prime Minister of Norway who said she always did this when she didn't want to cry in front of the big boys. Who knew you could incorporate politics into a beauty blog?
Moving on, after the extractions - of which there were many, I was offered protective glasses for my eyes and the lights came on. I think she used four different colours (I forgot to ask) and she asked me whether I wanted a foot-massage or hand-massage. I went for the foot-massage and it was pure bliss. In the meantime Max7 had worked hard and was finally allowed to take a rest. A hydrating mask was then applied and I received a head, neck and shoulder massage. Needless to say by the end of it I was on cloud 9 and I couldn't believe it had only been 60 minutes. It felt like so much longer.
The cost was originally $209 but I paid $159 because of my rewards-voucher. Priori Advanced AHA products were used and they felt so wonderful. I have used the Priori Advanced AHA Skin Renewal Cream before and it was so great on my skin. The Priori products are expensive so that's why I couldn't justify buying them again but she recommended the Priori AHA Perfection Facial Gel for next time the wallet allows for it because it is apparently even better. The Priori produts are sold online, in salons and at DJ's & Myer. Sometimes they also have value packs which includes a cleanser too so look out. Please remember that AHA-products do not work well with the sun so always use SPF as a protector afterwards. Alternatively you can use SPF in the morning and the AHA at night.
Lastly, the service I received at the facial was amazing and although I had prepared for questions about my skin-care regime she didn't ask anything. It just made me feel even more relaxed. I am going to book in for my next facial soon because it was such a great experience. My skin is also looking great and more even.