The Emotional Benefits of a Facial
- Published: Wednesday, June 29th 2011
- in Beauty
It’s no secret that when your skin doesn’t look and feel lovely—smooth, clear, even, glowing—it can be hard to feel lovely. For the last couple of months, I have been dealing with skin issues I’ve been at an utter loss about. As a beauty editor, you would figure I’d have the knowledge and access to all of the right products for my complexion. Sure, I know my skin type, and I know that I’m incredibly sensitive to many products and that I prefer to use products that are natural and organic, but somehow no combination of products, or even the liters of water I was drinking every day, was helping.
On a recent visit to Sphatika to learn a bit about the spa’s skincare line, I became impressed by the purity and simplicity of the ingredients and the philosophy behind the products. I tested serums and body oils, sniffed cleansers and masks, but it was when Selena, a Sphatika esthetician, took one look at me and diagnosed my sensitive skin and predilection for sugar (which she saw in my face) that I knew I wanted to put my skin in this spa’s hands. I returned the next evening for Sphatika’s monthly event: an evening of mini facials and skin consultations and psychic readings—how fun, right?
I saw Selena again for my mini facial and was able to speak in depth with her about what she thought was going on with my skin, and her answers surprised me. While she made suggestions about what products I should be using, she also made many suggestions about my diet, supplements that I should try and other steps that I can take to ensure a healthy balance that will show in my skin.
I enjoyed the relaxing treatment, the inspiring reading and the women I was introduced to during this fabulous event. And on my way out, already feeling rejuvenated from the energy of the evening’s festivities, Sphatika founder and director Janet Leaugue-Katzin suggested that I take another look at my skin, as she saw marked improvement from my spa treatment already. And to my delight, she was right! In the time it had taken me to have a cup of tea and a mini psychic reading after my facial, my skin looked virtually transformed—smoother, more even, and less inflamed than when I had arrived. I knew then that the gentle Citrus Facial Foaming Gel, smoothing Gommage Exfoliating Crème and healing Treatment Serum used during my treatment were all coming home with me, and I left the spa feeling relaxed and beautiful.
We know that your skin is a reflection of what is going on inside your body, but the way you feel emotionally can be so tied to what your skin is projecting. This evening of skincare and psychic readings was the perfect remedy to the blues I had been feeling because of my complexion, and made me realize what a difference a facial by the hand of a professional can make.