I went for a facial last week. I haven’t had a facial in over twenty years. My pores have got to be as big as Lake Eerie. But I wouldn’t really know, so don’t pack your swimsuits yet.
I was expecting to be criticized by the apparent lack of time I spend on my skin.
I pictured in my mind what was going to go down between me and the esthetician:
Her: What do you do to take care of your skin?
Me: Oil of Olay cleanser and moisturizer. Twice a day.
But that’s not how it went. More on that in a moment.
When I entered the room, she told me to get undressed. I then had a choice to put on the wrap-around terry-cloth thingy or get under the covers naked.
Since I couldn’t figure out the terry-cloth thingy attachments, I opted for nude. I don’t have a problem being nude when I go for massages, so why should it be different for a facial?
When she re-entered the room, she gasped when she saw the terry-cloth thingy sitting there.
Her: “OH, you chose to go NAKED! Ummm, okaaaeeee then???!!!”
Well damn, lady. You gave me a choice. Don’t make me feel bad about it. I’m pretty certain I’m not the only nude person you “facialed” in your lifetime.
She never asked the question I was fairly certain she’d ask. Instead, my face was immediately accosted by a 50,000 watt light bulb and scrutinized by something that must have been equivalent to the highest powered microscope legally allowed on the market.
Her: Oh honey, do you wax?
Me: I used to but now I don’t because it’s all grey and you can’t see it.
Her: Oh honey, I’m looking at black hair on your lip. Your face is the first thing people see. You really need to clean this up. And your eyebrows. And oh my, your CHIN!
Me: Wait. What? I don’t have hair on my chin!
Her: Oh honey, you do.
I know I’m starting to go through the change, but come on. Enough WAX-ABLE hair on my CHIN? I’m still trying to deal with this new bit of information.
I may need several hours of psycho-therapy.
She then proceeded to tell me I should get contact lenses. I suppose to be able to see my facial hair. If I need to get contact lenses just so I can see my hairy chin, then I believe I would really need to have my mental stability looked into.
Next on her agenda? Her interest in my diet. I should eat greens. All kinds of different shades. Every chance I get.
The words “I exercise,” came out of my mouth. I don’t know why.
“Oh, honey, eating greens is MUCH better than exercise. How can you expect to lose weight?”
Come on, lady. I’m not THAT fat! I may be nude under here, but you didn’t actually get a peek.
The insults kept on coming. When she told me I don’t want to look like my mother, I nearly took my naked self out of her room.
Instead, I informed her that she didn’t even know my mother, and told her I know how to eat thankyouverymuch. I’ve been eating since 1967, after all. A lot longer than her. But of course she may just look younger. Because you know, she gets facials…and eats greens.
Anyway, she could give me a nice wax right then if I’d like. But it will cost me $15 per section.
Yup $45 to wax parts of my face. Oh, what the hell. I was having a day at the spa with my girlfriends. Suddenly I heard myself say it. “Ok. Sure. Go for it.”
Off came the hair.
Of course, I’m very sensitive to waxing and so my face looked like a flaming cherries jubilee for three days. But hey. I have no facial hair at the moment. And that was the purpose of that exercise after all. I suppose I should call this a “Win.”
The next item on her list to conquer was the issue of dryness. “Oh honey, your skin is so dry. For $25 I can moisturize you and it will be wonderful. You’ll feel like a new woman.”
Yes. You heard that right. Twenty-five dollars to slather on some lotion. It could have been Ponds Cold Cream for all I knew.
I sat there trying to quickly calculate this twenty-five minute “facial” that really was no facial at all. I initially laid on her spa bed for $75. We were, at that moment, approximately eighteen minutes and $145 into it.
Again, I heard myself say it. “Ok. Sure. Go for it.”
I should have had my tongue cut out. It would have been cheaper.
As she slathered on the $25 moisturizer that I was hoping was not Ponds Cold Cream, she informed me that she had no time to give me an actual facial.
But she could massage my hands and arms.
It’s a miracle.
If this ordeal and exchange of whatever the hell I just paid $175 for, including the 20% gratuity this “spa” took upon themselves to gift this judgmental, pushy, wax-hungry, over-moisturizing member of the gestapo, wasn’t so comical, I’d be pretty pissed off.
Instead we all laughed it off at the hotel bar with some margaritas and my hairless, red face. Shall I mention that I had a lime in my drink? I think my esthetician would have been proud.
Next time I’ll stick to tweezers and my Olay. Although, that place did smell really good. Oh, what the hell. I’ll throw in a lavender candle, too. I think I have one in my junk drawer.