Though I do weekly at-home masks, until a few Saturdays ago, it’d been a few months since I had a professional facial.
I decided to take advantage of Roca Salon & Spa’s recent 50 percent off sale on spa services and book a 75-minute deep cleansing facial with Nicol, a new aesthetician at the spa.
Besides the appeal of the deeply discounted treatment, I also wanted to book my facial at Roca because it’s an Eminence spa — and you know Eminence is one of my favorite spa skincare brands!
Here’s what Nicol used during my deep cleansing facial:
But before we get into specifics on these amazing Eminence products, let’s talk about the entire spa experience first.
I arrived at my appointment 15 minutes early to get settled and relaxed. I was greeted by name and taken back to the spa changing room to get into some comfy slippers and a plush robe.
After changing, I went to the spa lounge, which has a door that borders the parking lot (not ideal), though most of the noise was minimal. I sipped on some coffee (I could have had spa water, but, well, it was 8:45 on a Saturday morning) and paged through a few spa magazines. I was the only guest there, so it was nice to just be for a while before I was greeted by my aesthetician, Nicol, and taken upstairs to the treatment room.
The dim lights and clean, fresh smells were relaxing. Nicol and I chatted a bit about my skin questions, needs and desired outcomes, and I let her know about how my fussy, acne-prone skin needed a good cleansing to de-gunk.
Though I tend to have pretty “clear” skin most of the time, I do know that I have congestion issues along my chin, nose and forehead (the dreadful “T-zone”), so I wanted her to really work those areas to unplug the trapped oils and get my skin breathing again.
Knowing all of this, Nicol got to work getting together her Eminence spa skin care prescription for me:
To help open up the pores and relax my mind, Nicol had a steady stream of warm steam pumping at my face. I love the way this feels and wish I could replicate it at home!
Nicol massaged this deep cleansing gel into my face to begin the facial. It’s the perfect cleanser for oily, acne-prone skin like mine and uses ichitol, a natural mineral from the earth, to clean deep down in the pores.
The light, grainy exfoliating beads in this wash gently sloughed away my dead skin cells (I need to get better about exfoliating!) without irritating my skin. It smelled of fresh lime juice and made my skin feel refreshed and revived.
This is the spa PC term for popping/degunking your blemishes. There are many aestheticians that are against extractions, believing that they are an assault on the skin, but I personally believed they are necessary for severely clogged pores like mine. Besides, I think it’s better for the expert to do it with her gentle, clean extraction tool than for me to do it with my fingers.
Spritzes of this calming toner blanketed my face in between washes, extractions, masques and moisturizers. I’m a big believer in the power of toners to deliver additional vitamins to the skin and boost the efficacy of moisturizers. Gentle chamomile soothes and rebalances the skin while keeping you calm.
Luckily, I was no stranger to the Lime Stimulating Masque. When Nicol told me she would be applying a very active, almost burning masque, to my face, I excitedly asked her if it was the Lime Stimulating Masque. I’m happy she used this one me, as I ran out of my supply months ago, and while it wasn’t as shocking to my skin as the first time I used it, it still heated up (even moreso after she finished massaging my skin with it) and felt like it was really getting deep down into my pores (especially where she’d done the extractions) to detox and purify.
To help cool my skin post-Lime Stimulating Masque, Nicol massaged a combination of the apricot and quince and ice wine masques onto my slightly red and tingling face. These masques are both healing and hydrating, and are perfect for all skin types. Nicol’s gentle massage of this custom masque felt amazing on my skin post-stimulation.
This is the “miracle” acne product that everyone at Roca raves about. It’s packed with phytoestrogens and antioxidants that are supposed to treat the chaos that breakouts and hormonal imbalances leave on your skin. Nicol patted a light layer of this serum into my freshly cleansed, toned and masqued skin to seal in the good stuff and deliver a concentration of antioxidants to my newly opened pores.
Nicol recommended I try this serum at home (in addition to the lime masque), so I bought it and have been using it every night since September 29. I hope to bring you a full review of how it worked on my skin after at least four weeks of use!
To seal in the benefits of the facial and keep my skin feeling refreshed and radiant, Nicol smoothed on a light layer of this tingly moisturizer. I prefer oils, but as the weather transitions to true fall temperatures, I am prone to dry spots. This moisturizer was light and didn’t leave any shine behind, so I opted to get a small sample to try at home for a few days to see if it was worth the splurge for this upcoming cold weather season.
I’ve been a fan of eye cream since I was a tween (wearing contact lenses and constantly rubbing my eyes gave my some raw skin when I was young). I have a few current favorites, but this concoction is supposed to help combat dark eye circles and signs of fatigue.
So, was the deep cleansing facial worth it?
Yes! For $50, it was an absolute steal. However, the regular price is $100 for 75 minutes, which is a bit more expensive than some other spas in the area. But, I also know I’m paying for a beautiful spa, effective products and a great customer service staff.
Another thing to remember and consider when you go in for a deep cleansing facial: Your face may purge itself of impurities the week after your visit.
The minute I left the spa, I felt and looked amazing. I had a beautiful glow about me, and my skin was so, so soft. I could have easily went makeup-free save for a few dots of concealer here and there.
However, the week immediately after my treatment, my skin erupted. I sprouted several large blemishes along my hairline and chin (remember those congested areas I told you about?).
Though they’re in the healing stage now, I was a bit disappointed that my skin reacted so strongly — but it was a teachable moment for me. I now know that with acne-prone, congested skin like mine, it’s in my best interest to get regular facials to complement my at-home regimen.
This will help keep my skin in check and allow the products I use at home to be that much more effective.
You tell me: What are your best (or worst!) facial experiences? What spa products are your favorite, and how often do you visit the aesthetician?
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