I have often been annoyed at the fact that while I spend a fair amount of time writing this blog, I earn a whole lotta nothing for doing so. My friend from Beccarama told me that her husband says that there’s no way a whole bunch of men would be writing all of this stuff for diapers bags. They would have figured out how to make money out of this blogging thing by now. Or they would have stopped.
Occasionally, however, some little extra comes along that makes it all worthwhile. For me, that little extra was a free mini spa treatment at the slick flagship Dermalogica store in SOHO. (And that’s the full disclosure part: They invited me down, gave me a glass of water, a tour of the small but super sleek space, a mini facial, and a bag of sample size goodies from their own line.)
The reason this particular freebie made me feel like the blogging isn’t all for naught, is that it came just before my 45th birthday. (thank you, thank you. no gifts, please.) And you know what happens after 40, don’t you? Every year the day after your birthday, you notice a new physical flaw. The day after my fortieth, I noticed my first age spot. The day after my forty-first: two little creases between my brows. Forty second? Wrinkly knees.
I wasn’t exactly looking forward to 45. So anything that promised to pamper me and improve my skin at the same time was time well spent. Plus, my little Dermalogica experience, was a mini treatment – what they call a Microzone treatment, – and it lasted only 20 minutes. To some, that might be enough, but I’ve never been one of those people who could spa for hours on end. I don’t want people poking and prodding me (however skillfully) for more than about — well – 20 minutes. If you want the full hour long thing, they do that too — and in a super cool looking Pod.”” (no kidding!) But in terms of time and lack of being poked-ness, the microzone thing rocks.
- Flash exfoliation / resurface, smooth, brighten
- • Eye rescue / brighten, firm, revitalize
- • Lip renewal / smooth your smile
- • Blackhead relief / clear and prevent breakouts
- • Rapid spot clearing / speedy breakout recovery
- • Hand repair / heal rough hands
- • Men’s skin fitness / make shave problems history
I chose the Flash Exfoliation. But there was no rubbing and scrubbing here. There was a lot of talk about cell rejuvenation, and vitamin C production, and the effect of gamma rays on man in the moon marigolds. (Ok, maybe not that, but a lot of scientific skin talk that made me want to respond with one big “whaaaaa?”) And there was a lot of extremely gentle massaging with the either lightly scented or completely unscented (not unscented which really means chemically smelling, but REALLY unscented) Dermalogica products.
I remember once when I went to a Yoga retreat in upstate New York, my roommate telling me that she didn’t believe in facials. What, like they’re the tooth fairy or something? But I sort of agreed. It’s nice to be massaged and coddled, but does it really make a difference? In a word: yes. I’ve already written about my (not at all freebie related) Avon Regenerist products doing wonders for my eyes, but this facial just put me over the edge: I’m a believer.
After it was over, and for the few days since, my skin looks brighter and clearer, and just plain better. Why, I might even say that I don’t look a day older than 44.