For Mother's Day, I got a spa gift certificate from my children. Today I cashed it in.
It took me a long time to figure out what I wanted to use the certificate for. The spa they chose has a complete range of services--massages, facials, face and body treatments, manicures, pedicures, and waxing. Finally I decided to get a facial (because I've never had one) and a pedicure (because for a couple of weeks I'd be able to look at my nice-looking polished toes).
When I arrived at the spa I checked in at the front desk, then the receptionist escorted me to a small waiting room. I only had to wait for a couple of minutes before my aesthetician came in and introduced herself. Before she started, she asked me to fill out a form listing any medical issues or concerns I had about my skin, then we moved to the treatment room. I was instructed to take off my shirt and shoes, then lie on my back on the table and get comfortable.
The room was dimly lit and soothing music was playing. The aesthetician explained the steps of the facial: cleansing, skin analysis, exfoliation, extraction of blackheads (if necessary), facial massage, a mask targeted to my skin type, then applications of toner and protective cream. She took off my glasses and we got started.
I was soon lost in wonderfulness. The only uncomfortable part was when she extracted some little white little bumps on my forehead, which she explained were lumps of protein under my skin called milia. However, that part only lasted a few minutes, and the results were worth it--my forehead is now much smoother.
As the facial portion wound down, I got short scalp, shoulder, and hand massages, then I was done. It was time to put on my shirt and gather my things, so I could be escorted to the pedicure room for another awesome pampering session. I left the spa with a radiant face, bright coral toenails, and a fresh outlook on life.