The Time C3PO Gave me a Facial

By Beaut.ie | July 23 2008 | 18 Comments

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I’m all for therapies that show results. I’ll gladly submit to poking, prodding, wrapping and treatments that are tantamount to torture if I can see results afterwards. I’m definitely not of the school of gentle facials – extractions are my absolute 100% tip of the top favourite part. I’m not averse to microdermabrasion, skin buffing or use of machinery – Guinot’s Hydradermie facials are some of the best hydrating and lifting treatments out there, and they involve electrical currents. You have to be grounded to the bed, and that can be a worry for some. Not me though – bring it on. Likewise, Ole Henriksen’s excellent facials use brushes and vacuum suction, but they combine results with relaxation.

However, after a recent facial, what I do object to, it seems, is being given a treatment that’s almost completely mechanical. And conducted by someone whom, in another life, I was firmly convinced was a rough-housing sanitation worker. The facial started off with me being ordered to lie back. Then I was given out to for picking at a gigantic spot on my chin (well, you know how it is gals – it was colossal, I was merely helping it along).

And then the real fun started.


What felt like an electric toothbrush was taken to my face. It hurt. It actually hurt quite a lot. This went on for some time. Extractions were performed with a horrible hurty tool. Then, oh god, an extremely strong alcohol-based toner was doused over my face. So strong, my eyes watered, and my nose began to run. I got quite worried at this point, as this was possibly the absolute worst thing that could have been put onto sensitised skin, especially after such a harsh brushing. As an aside, I have what I think is a small tendency to rosacea on my cheeks, and I keep a close watch on it. After the treatment, my skin was red-raw and my cheeks are still calming down a couple of weeks later. I’ve had a few of those watery-filled blisters on them since, and I’m praying it doesn’t get any worse.

Once that lovely, calming and delightful step was over, a vitamin complex was added to my skin – by hand, miraculously. It was then mashed in with some sort of heated wand. For about 40 minutes. I lay, silent, praying for it to be over. No neck massage, no hand and arm, no kind words. It was Godawful. Just as I thought it would never end, my ‘therapist’ said, “you are done”, and walked out of the room.

About the only positive thing about this was the laugh I had about it afterwards, and the fact it can never happen to me again – because ladies, you will breathe a collective sigh of relief when I tell you that I had this wondrous treatment in Bulgaria. A beautiful country, yes, with wonderful friendly people too, but perhaps a place that still needs to learn a thing or 3 about proper skincare.

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18 Replies to "The Time C3PO Gave me a Facial"

  • Aisling Aphrodite says:

    Haha! What a NIGHTMARE!
    God we should do a series – I had makeup done before that HURT, it was so rough

  • Mise says:

    Haha. I once had a manicure done and the manicurist was so rough, she actually broke 2 of my nails! I was lucky to escape with my fingers. :D

  • kiwi says:

    Oooh I had a manicure where the therapist took to my cuticles with a hurty cutty thing and they bled… but THEN she dipped my hands in an alcohol based solution and I nearly went through the roof!

  • Admin says:

    right, I think next week I shall tell you all about the time I had the 2.5 hour auryvedic massage.
    with a man.

  • Aisling Aphrodite says:

    Oh do, I nearly wet myself when I heard about that one!

  • Admin says:

    I was telling someone about that recently AND SHE HAD THE EXACT SAME EXPERIENCE!

  • Kitty in the City says:

    I had a manicure in Moscow and she cut my nails straight accross. I said no to a pedicure as I thought she’d probably cut my toenails into a point. Previous to that I’d been massaged with wood-chippings.

  • Admin says:

    why, that sounds delightful Kitty!

    Gals, if you want to send me your awful experiences, I’ll do up a couple of funny posts about them. Let rip: kirstie@beaut.ie

  • kiwi says:

    WOOD chippings Kitty??!!
    I had my eyebrows waxed by a therapist who somehow managed to drip the wax down the side of my face into my hair…

  • Shin says:

    Kiwi, that’s happened to me too!

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