I had a facial yesterday.
This is big news because I haven’t had a facial in years. There are a number of reasons for this, finances for one, becoming a Mom for another. It’s hard to find the time for these types of treats/necessities as a busy working mom of two. When my kids, who are growing like weeds, need new winter wardrobes and shoes, spending money on facials or any anything else for myself kind of takes a back seat.
But one of the biggest reasons is because I’m every beauty therapists worst nightmare. And here’s why:
I’m a trained and qualified therapist myself. I trained at the Isa Carstens Academy in Stellenbosch, I worked in the industry for about 10 years, as a therapist in a number of top salons in Cape Town, as well as for the cosmetics company Clarins and then went on to train other therapists at the International Academy in Cape Town.
So why does this make me a tough client? Because I know too much! I find it very hard to relax during a treatment because I’m constantly analysing what the therapist is doing and whether or not she’s doing it properly. Guys, let me tell you, there are a lot of subclass therapists out there, who cut corners, who don’t focus on hygiene, and most importantly, don’t LOVE what they’re doing. When you work in this field, you have to love it, if you don’t love it, your clients can feel it. It’s in the way you touch people. I always taught my students that you have to care about your client. You have to let that care seep through your whole body and out through the palms of your hands, you need to let your caring energy engulf your client and if you do that, regardless of what treatment your client is having, they will LOVE it.
Believe me, there are a lot of therapists who don’t know this, don’t practice this and you can feel it, or at least I can and so for the longest time, I stopped having facials because I couldn’t find anyone good enough to do it for me. Because I wanted to feel pampered and cared for and couldn’t find a therapist who could do that and let’s be honest, beauty treatments don’t come cheap so I want the very best experience every single time.
Then a couple of weeks ago, Ros, one of the new owners from Sorbet Fourways contacted me about a possible blog partnership and I won’t lie, I was apprehensive for all the reason’s I’ve mentioned above. I’ve been a client of Sorbet for years, trusting them with my monthly pedicures and bi monthly manicures, but letting them touch my face…. Mmmm I was apprehensive about that.
I needn’t have been I was in great hands under Koketso’s care yesterday.
The back rooms of Sorbet Fourways are lovely, an area of the salon I’d never ventured into. Clean and organized with a very soothing ambiance.
And from the moment that Kokeso warmed essential oils between her hands, pressed down soothingly on my shoulders and asked me to take a deep breath in, I knew I was in good hands. I could feel immediately that she cared, that she wanted to give me a great experience and that she would do everything she could to make the experience a true pampering for me.
I was not disappointed!
Because I haven’t had a facial in forever and my non-existent skin care regimen at home leaves a lot to be desired, she suggested I have a Dermalogica Customised treatment which would also allow her to do a full skin analysis on me and make some suggestions to improvements I could make to my home care. My problems immediately became clear. I have traditionally always had a combination skin, but with the harsh, dry winter Jozi, I’ve got some serious dehydration going on on my forehead and around my mouth. In addition, because I have full facial threading done every two weeks, I’m prone to breakouts on my upper cheeks and around my hairline.
And with that Koketso began my treatment, which included steaming, deep cleansing, exfoliation and beautiful and relaxing massage and a mask. But what I loved the most is that she never left me alone in the room for any extended period. There was so much attention to personal care and pampering. While the mask was one, she even applied a warm paraffin wax treatment to my hands and while that was setting she massaged my feet and then after removing the paraffin wax treatment, she massaged my hands and arms, all while I was relaxing under a layer of gauze and a facial mask.
When my treatment was over, she suggested we start off small by focusing on an eye cream for me and regular exfoliation at home and sent me on my way with some Dermalogica samples to try.
I literally floated out of the salon. I’d had a tough day and was functioning on very little sleep but the facial left me feeling relaxed and my skin glowing. Even today, my skin has a beautiful, glowly look to it and I can feel the difference that the treatment made, not just to my skin but to my sense of wellbeing. I can’t wait for next month’s treatment and to see the difference the improvement in my home care will make to my tired, dehydrated skin.
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