Today’s topic is related to my latest discovery after a facial at Clarins - are you afraid of extractions during facial?
I am a frequent beauty salon hopper, the longest time I was with a beauty salon was for 2 years, until the salon was bought over by another company.
Facials were fun and relaxing initially, until the fear for extraction grew stronger and stronger, and facials just felt like paid torments. And my pain tolerance decreased as I grew older.
I have congested skin with black and white heads and never seem to be able to get rid of them in totality. Therefore, each and every time, I am subjected to vigorous extractions to remove the gunk….
I stopped going to facial for a good 4 months ’cause I just couldn’t bear the thought of extractions! Yes it WAS that bad for me.
If you have been to facial, I am sure you would have experienced certain level of torture during the extractions. I can’t stand it the most when beauticians use the sharp needle to prick my skin! OUCH! Those who were rough, literally killed my skin!
After my facial at Clarins yesterday, I had some serious thoughts about it and had some enlightenment.
Unlike other beauty salons, Clarins uses only strokes and massages without the extraction. They focus on overall comfort, including massaging hands and feet which are nice. I feel better when I am laying down with clean feet.
It was seriously an enjoyable facial experience without the pain of extractions. Honestly, after years of experience with extractions, I find that it gives instant clear, and that’s about it. The black or white heads return (sometimes with a vengeance) as soon as the next day!
Can you imagine the frustration to see those after a sleep when you have suffered the entire ordeal of extraction? But after a couple of times with Clarins facial, the black/white heads are softened and they were popping up on the surface and can be easily removed. Having said that, I think I have a new mindset towards facial – too much extractions will really do you no good in long run.
I was told that if combined with regular scrubs and masks and proper moisture, extraction is only needed maybe after a few months. At one point I stopped facial for a few months because it became really stressful for me when I thought about the extraction process, my face actually stayed about the same compared to if I have facial monthly.
Conclusion? I shall not go for facial with extraction frequently anymore.
Of course, enjoyment doesn’t come cheap. Each session of Clarins facial starting from RM228 for a 60 min session. I think having suffered from all the pain, I am willing to pay for the price for a relaxing session maybe every 1.5 months.
Disclaimer: The above thoughts are based on my personal experiences with facial for at least 8 years, and I am not paid to sing praises.