October 29, 2005

Trusting Your Facialist

Obviously we all put a lot of trust in our facialist. I mean, this is not our legs, arms, feet or anything else that can be easily hidden under clothing if the operation goes awry. This is our FACE, we can't avoid showing that to people unless we plan to hibernate in our room forever. So my question is, how do we know who to trust?

The other day, taking advantage of the discounts offered by chicagobeauty.com in honor of the National Breast Cancer Awareness month, I took a leap of fate and randomly booked an facial appointment at one of the places listed. Fine it wasn't that random, we did make sure it was located in a respectable area so it couldn't possibly go that wrong. But who would've thought that such a small, rather cluttered and old facial place could exist there? Naturally when we got a glimpse of the place, we were hesistant and very concerned about the quality of the facial. We stucked it out in the end though. But I was so worried that I just couldn't relax properly.

I don't want to judge the quality of the facial just yet, because I'm still giving it a day or two of grace period to recover from all the redness before deciding. But this experience brings up the question of how one should pick their facialist. In my previous experiences, I usually go by the word of mouth (my mom) or pick one that is trustworthy by brand and reputation like Georgette Klinger or spa's located within 5 star hotels. I know that expensive doesn't always mean good, it does buy you a sense of security.

So when trying out new facial places you know little about, what inspires more trust and confident in you- a posh place with an ambience of professionalism, or a no frills place with a more home-made natural approach?

21 Comments:

Blogger ismylifeafarce said...

Be it a posh and apparently professional place, or a hole-in-the-wall, organic product espousing outlet...it's often the individual therapist itself that truly matters. Often, a 200-hundred dollar product brings about the same effects as a home-made beauty recipe, but it's the technique and skill of the therapist that makes the difference.

I would only trust personal recommendations from people who have actually used the services of a particular therapist. And whether her therapist is truly good will literally show on her face. Doesn't matter whether it's in a posh establishment or not.

10/30/2005 12:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it all comes down to whether ot not you feel compfortable and can completely relax- nothing is better for the skin than being in a state of total relaxation for an hour or so- when i started yoga and meditation my skin looked positvely luminous!

that being said i am addicted to guinoit facials- i get one at least once every six months (i would do it more if i could afford it!) and my skin tone is so much more even. i would recommend their products anyday!
alice.

10/30/2005 2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ Anonymous
Thank you for the yoga-advice. I´ve done everything for my skin. La mer, Biotherm... just everything and nothing worked.

10/31/2005 3:34 AM  
Blogger Harrods Girl said...

I agree with Carlarina, it all comes down to your facialist. They often have a lot of not so good facialists in big salons. So I only trust particular facialists recommended by trustable friends/family.

10/31/2005 7:31 AM  
Blogger Are You the New Avante Garde? said...

Microdermabrasion is the way to go.
peels are a little ris-que

Four Seasons have fabulous facialists, and cucumber water!

10/31/2005 10:50 AM  
Anonymous divalona said...

I just went to my hairstylist at "Chakra" salon in San Francisco - and my stylists skin looked incredible! She is 7 years older than me, and her skin looked way better than min. It was baby butt soft with a beautiful glow.

She told me that she got a facial from the lady that does facials at that salon, and they run $50 to $100, depending on what you get. The website is chakrasalonspa.com and it is in SF on sutter street downtown.

I think visible results on someone is the best judgement!

10/31/2005 11:14 AM  
Anonymous Julie said...

I am going to take a wild guess and say you went to Claudia's didn't you? I thought the location was odd as well and the place was quite tight.

But I gotta say she knew her stuff. It took a little longer for my skin to recover but overall I think she is quite the professional. And dirt cheap! I can see how Claudia's has a great word of mouth reputation.

11/01/2005 12:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi ladies! At ChicagoBeauty.com we do try to give an accurate "review" of what each type of spa is like. For some, a no-frills spot with a traditional European facialist is hands down the best way to go. For others, the aesthetics of the space itself are crucial. We’re really dedicated to giving the inside scoop, judgments aside, so that each woman who visits our site can pick what is best for her. Thanks for the support!

1/03/2006 9:44 PM  
Anonymous Nora said...

The only way to be sure of your "facialist" (not a recognized term except in Florida) is to get a licensed esthetician. They are regulated in all states except Connecticut and the U.S. Virgin Islands. We at Associated Skin Care Professionals have an online referral service that connects you with licensed estheticians who must complete a certain number of training hours at a state-approved school and follow a code of ethics. You can find the referral service at www.ascpskincare.com. Otherwise you are taking a big chance -- an unlicensed person may have no training at all.

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