Facial Xpress

Xpresspa facial mask
Xpresspa facial mask

I have a confession to make. I’m scared of getting a facial. I remember when it happened too. I was sixteen, walking around in the beauty department when I stopped at the Chanel counter and started talking with the woman behind the counter. She was tall, blonde hair in a ponytail all made up with a gorgeous hot pink lipstick. I was intrigued with everything that had to do with beauty and make up from a very young age, so as I was getting closer, I noticed her skin was bumpy and uneven.

She began telling me the story about how her skin got so bad (she probably noticed me staring). As you can guess, she told me that she had gotten a facial and apparently they had gone a little too rough on her skin because she ended up with a really bad texture that she could do nothing about (other than using the best foundations and powders to cover it up).

Ever since, I have been extremely careful with my skin. Always curious and wanting to get a facial but instead I have tried any and all beauty regimens and products out there. In my mind, it’s better to live with an occasional breakout and blackheads that I can scrub away or that disappear after a while on their own, rather than getting a facial and be left scarred for the rest of my life. So. In my constant quest of finding the very best beauty products and rituals, I have become pretty good at recognizing what products are good for my skin rather quickly.

Last night, after a day on the beach – I had foolishly skipped out on my sunscreen, thinking I wouldn’t be out too long and the summers are not that hot in Sweden – needless to say, I got sunburned. Now I was running around, looking for Aloe Vera on a Sunday afternoon in Sweden. Everything is closed except for the grocery store and I found one product by Garnier ‘Ambre Solaire’ and purchase it. I get home and as I dig around in my basket, I see this facemask that says ‘Aloe Vera’ on it. I wash my face and as I open it, this freshly, cold, pleasant yet slippery gel like mask gives me an instant gratifying feeling as it touches my fingers. I put the first of a two-part mask on, starting with the lower half/part of my face and it almost feels like a magnet when I put it on. The next part is a little harder – slippery and folding in my hands, I quickly find the top part and put it on my forehead, nose and cheeks. The gel stays on and the cooling effect is un.be.lievable. It says to keep it on for 20-30 minutes – I had it on for an hour. I just didn’t want it to end, ever. It felt amazing, probably more so because my skin was red and hot and I was relieved but when I took it off, the red and the swelling had gone down and my skin felt nice and fresh again. Now I’m looking for places to purchase it – hydrogel facial sheet mask just changed my life.

Which brings me back to my initial statement. I think I’m finally ready to try an actual facial at a spa, but I’ll probably go for something light to start with, no extractions or peels. What are your experiences with facials? Any recommendations?




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