As a birthday gift to myself I decided to get a facial (for $40 cause I’m not rich). Before today I was a facial virgin, here’s what to expect if you decide to get one:
First and foremost I went to LiWei Beauty located at 90 Bowery #405, NY, NY 10013 (This post is not sponsored but if anyone wants to run me my money that would be solid).
Upon my arrival the receptionist checked my Groupon to make sure I wasn’t a scammer and then she led me to a room where I was instructed to take off my clothes, put on a pink towel dress, and put all of my belongings in a drawer. I then laid down on a gray massage table that was about twin size.
Gentle-harmonious music set the ambiance as I waited with my eyes closed for something to happen. This experience was especially fun for me because with my eyes closed I had to essentially use my ears to see. The treatment began with various lotions massaged onto my face. The aroma of the lotions/creams were very relaxing. I tried hard to concentrate on the smells and let go of all the thoughts preventing me from unwinding. While the lotions were on there was a heat lamp directed on my face that emphasized products. After about 5 different items were put on my face this is when my skin care tech gave me a neck and shoulder massage. Who knew I was so tense! I felt her take our knot after knot with ease.
What came next I was not ready for…After I had reached a state of tranquility the tech wiped off the last lotion and placed a cover over my eyes. Then I felt a light shine on my face and the clacking of tools hitting each other. The next thing I felt was cool silver touch my face and pressure comparable to being stabbed slowly by tiny needles. All of my blemishes were popped and squeezed… slowly. This was the least enjoyable part of the facial because of the level of pain. I have a pretty high pain tolerance and this was enough for me to clench my fists. Beauty is pain people!
When I was laying there I initially thought they should have did the painful part first and then the calming lotions but my facial was not over yet. After the scraping I smelt an aroma similar to tea tree oil and the slight heat of a square tool that was used to spread oil along my skin. The heat form the tool allowed for feelings of blissfulness. This was followed by a different product painted on my face. I especially liked this product because of its cooling effect on my skin. Think of the sensation you get when you chew a piece of minty gum and inhale; now picture that but on your skin. I was left alone for what felt like ten minutes, during this time the product hardened into a mask. Thankfully, this mask did not hurt when peeled off. After the mask the tech rubbed two more products onto face and then told me of the promotions they were having. The combination of massage, aroma, and music was the perfect recipe for relaxation.
If you’re stressed or looking for an excuse to treat yourself I highly recommend getting a facial. The feeling of renewal that washed over me post appointment was definitely worth $40. 10/10 experience.