I love long weekends, but it’s so sad when they end.
To treat myself (because I felt that I deserve it), I went for a facial today at AxiSpa, with a discount coupon that I purchased for 1/2 off with Fabfind (a daily local coupon site). I find these things tend to be a hit or miss – my last coupon spa experience was terrible, but I had higher hopes for this one given it’s situated in Toronto’s premier shopping district downtown. As the rent prices in the area would be on the high end, if it’s still open, it can’t be all that bad right?
The esthetician was professional and the spa decorated in modern white looked sleek, clean and quite tranquil. I was quite impressed with the bed as was electric and heated, which is a first for me. Mind you, I’ve only had a few other facial experiences, of which the majority were on the lower end.
Like any typical facial, I received an initial consultation on my skin concerns and my skin type. This was followed with cleansing, skin analysis, exfoliation, steaming while receiving an arm and shoulder massage, extraction of blackheads and whiteheads (a painful process), a mask, and it was finished with an application of face cream.
My initial reaction was “WOW my face is so clean now”! This was followed when I got home by “oh my god I have all these cuts on my face and breakouts” due to the extractions. They actually really sting too. I have another one on the other side of the face where they tried to extract a mole, perhaps thinking it was an ingrown hair?
I asked my coworker that gets facials pretty often and she says it’s part of the process, and that it’ll go away in a month. Also, maybe I’m too tense, but my shoulders and neck hurts after their upper shoulder massage yesterday.
I think I have to give it another few weeks before deciding whether it’s worth it to go again. The esthetician advised me that facials should be done every 4-6 weeks. Assuming once every 2 months, that’s 6 times a year of $150 per visit on average, working out to be $900! I must admit that it’s addictive to be pampered, but I think I’ll save for my vacation instead…