Last month, Sarah Bellum was offered a chance to get a spa treatment done if she would write about and record her experience. The good folks at Spa Week Daily sent her to the Center for Modern Vein & Skin Care in Chicago as part of their SPA MADNESS promotion.
Here is her report.
Sarah Bellum’s Spa Visit
I was eagerly anticipating my first visit to a dermaspa. I have visited plenty of spas before and have enjoyed facials as well, but I’ve never had any dermatologist-based skin treatments.
I was greeted warmly when I arrived and given a tour of the facility. The facility felt very clean and pristine. I was definitely impressed. Everything felt soothing and calm, but still very professional. I then had a consultation with the aesthetician giving me my facial. She asked me about my skin concerns and current routine and then suggested the best facial for me. Since I do have skin sensitivity she thought it would be best to go with a Hydrafacial. The consultation was very thorough but I felt completely at ease with my aesthetician.
I then proceeded to the treatment room where I lay down and my aesthetician explained to me exactly what she would be doing. She first gently cleansed my skin to remove surface dirt and makeup. The next step was the microdermabrasion. I was a little nervous about this procedure since I have never done it before but it was completely painless and just felt like a cats tongue or a light sandpaper. She used a small tool ( see video) to gently exfoliate my face and neck. She explained that it is actually a crystal free process so it is less abrasive and better for skin that is prone to sensitivity like mine. Once she was done she showed me the tip of the tool which collected all of my dead skin. Pretty crazy!
Next step was the application of a beta hydroxy serum (which is a chemical exfoliant) while using vacuum suction to remove the dirt and grime deep down in my skin and to help increase cell turnover. (see video). This process was also completely painless. Finally, she finished with a light SPF and I was good to go. My face was slightly red for a bit but as I mentioned I am prone to sensitivity. However, the redness faded pretty quickly and my skin feels amazingly smooth. I applied some makeup later in the day and it went on so easily and smoothly pretty impressive! I definitely could see becoming addicted to this it was so easy, relatively quick and the staff was very professional and friendly. I’m definitely going to do it again.
Spa Week and You
SPA WEEK® Spring 2010 goes from April 12-18! Indulge in the wellness lifestyle for a full week with $50 spa treatments at participating spas across North America. Go to Spaweek.com for more information.