Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A Tale of Two Spa Days

My blogger mom friend Deb from Urban Moo Cow wrote a post recently about getting a facial and leaving feeling old. It's not true; check out her profile picture. She looks fab. And she runs marathons, but I digress.

I told her she got snowed. I wasn't trying to be mean. I was commiserating. The same thing happened to me…

Behold two tales…one of a facial, the other a massage. Both stories commence in similar fashion: I relax into the hands of a trained professional, and my body releases some of the stress of the day. Forty minutes later, each spa day experience starts to go in a different direction…

My facial conversation:

"Your skin is very dehydrated," the lady aesthetician says.

"Yeah. I should drink more water," I say.

"That's probably what's causing your skin to be so dry…" she says. "And these dark circles around your eyes."

"Oh," I say, starting to feel like a slob, dummy and loser. I begin projecting all kinds of crap into the conversation. She's saying one thing, but here's what I hear:

"Lucky you came in in time, because there's still hope, but just barely. Aveda makes x, y and z that can help with your giant failure to take care of your skin," she says. "Along with this, this and this for the kitchen sink of facial issues you've created for yourself. Oh, and, if you want to stop looking old, here's the other magic elixir for all of those wrinkles and fine lines that are like crevices all over your face."

She brings out a large green jar with great ceremony. It seems surrounded by a glow with heavenly powers. I hear the skies part, along with a violin crescendo. I'm at a crossroads in life --  either buy it, or future generations of my family will suffer the consequences.

An hour later, I leave the store weighed down with a green bag and a heavy heart, plus a resolve to do better by my skin, my country and the world. I feel some sort of moral imperative to exfoliate more.

Contrast that to my massage conversation:

"You carry a lot of stress in your shoulders," the masseuse says.

"Yeah, I have a one year old. I had her when I was older. Some of my stress comes from feeling like I'm too old and tired to keep up with her," I explain.

"Your an older mom?" she says. "How old are you?"

"I'm 45," I say.

"No! Really?" she says. "Your skin looks amazing. I never would have guessed that age and I see lots of skin. What do you use on your skin?

"Coconut oil..." I say. "Like the kind you use to cook with. I know it sounds crazy, but it's cheap and I have really dry skin, so it works for me."

"Wow, I have dry skin too. I'll have to give that a try," she says.

coconut oil and skincare
Coo Coo over Coconut Oil


I leave here feeling light as a feather, exactly how I should feel after a massage (and a facial for that matter).

The difference in my two tales? The first woman probably did have a mandate from above -- her superiors. Instill fear in me, shill a bunch of products and add a hefty commission to her meager salary. The second didn't have anything to sell other than her lovely, magic fingers.

Of course, the masseuse was looking for a nice tip; it's possible that money was part of her agenda too. All I know is that I felt much better after the massage. The facial was a different story.

I haven't been back for a facial since. If I ever get another wild hair to go back to Aveda, I've left a green bottle of toner in my medicine cabinet as a cautionary tale.

I mean, come on, I fell for toner? Honestly, I really don't even know what toner is!


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40 comments:

  1. It's so, so true. The facial women always say the same crap to me! Your skin is so dehydrated. Well, yeah. That's why I'm here. Who drinks enough water? I demand to know.

    ps - Again, my photo is a *professional head shot.* Look at some of the other photos!

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    1. Aaa! You look fab, damnit! Learn to take a compliment, woman!!

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  2. Coconut oil, huh? Is that the trick? I need some serious help.

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  3. I guess the question should be, "Does it make a difference if the coconut oil comes from young coconuts or older coconuts?" lol You fell for a sales pitch ... as many do. The sales profession is one that hits you from every corner. When it hits the right emotion, you give in to it. Obviously, the toner lady did her job well. She probably gets a commission for how much she sells. Great post!

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    1. Playing on a woman's emotions regarding age is unforgivable.

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  4. i use coconut oil as a moisturizer i just don't like how oily it is

    http://therealfoodrunner.blogspot.com

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  5. I've got a facial booked next week. First one for.....ummm quite a few years. If she doesn't tell me "no way, you're never 41!" I'm going to walk out!! ;)
    -the40yearold (http://freefalinginto40.wordpress.com)

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  6. So true. I never leave a beauty treatment feeling like I have been pampered.

    Salons just dont get it. My local one has appalling sound proofing so you can hear everybody in reception, phone ringing etc. Just not relaxing at all.

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    1. YES! That's happened to me too! I went to this acupuncturist a couple of times. Her rooms were so hot, I finally had to tell her I couldn't come back anymore.

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  7. Precisely why I don't get facials anymore--they make you feel like an old crone just to make you feel desperate and buy their over-priced crap. I think you are beautiful no matter what! AND.... I just tagged you and several other bloggers in my new post today. Check it out and let me know if you are up for the challenge! You don't have to answer all the questions if you don't want to--there are no rules to this!

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  8. That happened to me at a facial once. I left feeling pretty crummy about myself! They also had the slew of product offerings, but I refused to buy anything because they annoyed me so much.

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    1. I'm so jealous that you didn't fall for it!

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  9. Wow - great story, and a real testimony to how positive words can really have an amazing affect on someone (and negative ones, too...sadly). Stopping by from Pieces of Amy. Rosilind from A Little R & R. www.littlerandr.org

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    1. Sometimes, I'm a little less easily swayed. When it comes to aging, though, I get a wee bit sensitive.

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  10. I have really heard a lot about the wonders of coconut oil. I need to get it too...
    Found and followed you from Make My Saturday Sweet.
    Have a super blessed day!
    Love

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  11. sorry about your facial, i do facials and thats why i will not work for a Spa they want us to push products, on clients. found you on the blog hop you can visit me at www.no1food.blospot.com as i am a new follower

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    1. Good for you! That's awesome that you are sticking by what you believe in!

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  12. poor you, when you do get time to treat yourself the last thing you need is putting down! i think she is just trying to sell you something you dont need!!

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  13. I am buying coconut oil tonight! that is a great tip...maybe you are the one who should be getting a hefty commission!!

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    1. ha, ha! My two-cents is for free, Annmarie!

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  14. I have totally fallen for the product. Once I fell for it even though I couldn't really understand the woman when she was selling it to me due to her accent. It sat in my medicine cabinet for two years, untouched, before I tossed it.

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    1. That is freaking hilarious! Like I said, I still have that toner in there...

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  15. OMG this is ME. Except I don't get the "your skin looks amazing" from the massage person either. In fact, the last time I got a haircut, some woman kept hovering and smiling at me. After my appointment, she came up and said she wanted to personally introduce herself to me. She's the bloody skin expert. She told me she could help me.

    I'll admit that I've failed at my one-time peer-pressured Botox adventure (turns out, I'm allergic. that was fun.), and have spent as much as $120 (back when I had a real, full-time job and no kid) on face cream. The stuff doesn't work. No more so than coconut oil or whatever. By the way, I use Aquaphor.

    Oh! And I'm totally NEVER quitting Finding Ninee. Just not sure when to do it. And hilarious that the ad below my comment here is for Murad. I actually use their totally overpriced exfoliating wash.

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  16. You have a nice blog. I am visiting you via the Meet and GreetBlog Hop. I hope you will visit me at My Dream Canvas:) Thanks Anu

    mydreamcanvas.blogspot.com

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  17. Back in my day, toner was something you add to your copying machine. Is that the hidden secret to glowing skin? Y'wonder.

    I loved reading this. Now, I must go buy me some oil. It works on machinery, why wouldn't it do the magic on skin? Right?

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  18. Happy Weekend. Time to visit and follow.
    Visit from Friday blog hop.
    I'm your new follower.
    Would be great if you stop by and link up your blog.
    Have a nice day.
    Nan
    http://www.blogshe.net

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  19. Hi,

    I found your lovely blog through a blog hop and I am following your blog no. Please visit my blog at http://www.EnzieShahmiri.com and follow me as well. P.S. What fun nails!

    Best,
    Enzie

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  21. Ah!! I use coconut oil for my natural hair and I keep hearing how good it is for your skin. I will definitely give this a try TONIGHT after reading this post! THANKS!!

    New follower from Just Mi! @ mlhender.blogspot.com

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  22. Thank god you went and got a massage, how lovely was she to say nice things about your skin, that must have been a confidence booster! Much nicer than the silly facial lady. I carry stress in my shoulders too, I must go treat myself to a massage.

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  23. that must be a facial thing. I had one a few years ago, ( expensive) then it was all about how dry my skin is etc. Buy their product, buy more of their product, wait did you purchase our products...Thank you for sharing at the hop xo

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  24. This reminds me that my skin regime could really use some work...but I suppose I will be better off sticking to at home facials. I don't need anyone reminding me that I am getting older. There has to be a way that they can hock their wares without making us feel like we are dusty and ancient...

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  25. I never go for facials, it is just a way to try and sell expensive creams etc you don't need. Massage on the other hand? Oh God I love them so much i trained as a massage therapist years ago when i lived in Texas. A good massage is better than any medication i think. If the therapist is good your body should feel a lot better for days. I love a dark therapy room , lovely soft music and candles burning, ahhh wish i was going for one now.
    Angela x


    http://british-bargains-and-beauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  26. I'm such a sucker for products, that I'd buy whatever an aesthetician would tell me. Might explain why I'm broke but at least my skin looks good.
    I'm a new follower from GFC.
    http://www.hip-babymama.com

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  27. This makes me laugh because everytime I go for a facial, I have the same experience. I have even resorted to telling them, not to try to sell my anything, because I love my skin care line at home. They try to tell me well your skin is dry,etc and my answer is always- its okay, I am keeping my skin care line that I have at home. So annoying right! Spot on with the post because when I get a massage I love it too! Less pressure!

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