It's been awhile since I've had a spa facial but this was something I used treat my skin to on a monthly basis before I got ill a few years ago. Having vertigo and and tinnitus made me highly sensitive and I developed pretty bad claustrophobia as well. Life wasn't fun when laying down made me dizzy and the thought of having my eyes and face fully covered made me shudder back then. Since recovering, I've slowly eased backed into getting facial treatments again but I definitely don't go at the same frequency that I once did or else this would have been on my list of 10 health skin habits. Still I do want to mention that getting a spa facial even sporadically has some fantastic benefits since professional grade treatments can give you a safe deep cleaning of your pores, provide a relaxing experience and feature technology that you wouldn't be able to access in home that give viable and lasting results.
As I mentioned, I had this treatment at SKNSpa which is a full service skincare facility in Hell's Kitchen. Only the name of this neighborhood sounds scary I promise. I felt an aura of tranquility as soon as I entered the place and was welcomed by Darren the owner. Everything was clean and well appointed from the reception area to the treatment rooms. There's a nice lounge area with light refreshments in the back along with a cute outdoor garden area that guests can relax in pre/post treatment. My aesthetician Fairy was wonderful. Before beginning, we talked about my skin concerns. She explained everything to me before she did it and always made sure I was comfortable throughout the process. She mentioned her years of experience in the beauty industry and it showed through her work. Fairy promised that my skin would glow and that I would sleep well that night after she worked out a kink in my neck and that's exactly what happened. My skin looked even better the next day. I was quite impressed and somewhat convinced to get back into spa facials again.
And if you're not in NYC, keep in mind that Spa Week is a national event with hundreds of health and wellness facilities participating across the country. Take advantage of signature spa treatments at a special rate of $50. See the full list of participating spas and book an appointment on SpaWeek.com. This is the perfect time to treat yourself to the gift of wellness.
Me post-treatment with no makeup. I wasn't brave enough to remove the shades. No filters have been used on this photo though I did position myself strategically under dappled sunlight for a soft effect. Excuse the funky shadows. I always wear a hat after a facial cause they pull your hair back and sometimes it gets real wonky.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary facial treatment in exchange for editorial consideration. No other compensation was provided and all words and opinions expressed are my own.