The way we choose to spend our money tells other people a lot about yourself. If you had $100, what would you spend it on? I could save it, buy a lot of delicious food with it, buy clothes, or drop it on a night out with drinks.
What do I do?
I spend it on a Korean facial. (I specify Korean because American facials are just... well let's leave it at that.)
I think facials are so important because of one thing - the massage. Korean skincare products can give you a boost of anything you want, but it can't give you a massage to help your blood circulation, which is definitely very important. I will tell you why.
Blood circulation provides oxygen to cells and removes wastes, which is great for your muscles and your skin. When the face is massaged, oxygen flow and lymphatic drainage is promoted, which helps to remove toxins, get rid of excess fluid that can make our faces look bloated, and deliver nutrients to cells. In turn, blood circulation aids with cell renewal. When this happens, your skin is healthier and looks younger. Also, massage helps to relax the muscles in our faces, and in our world today, stress is our skin's worst enemy. A combination of gravity, loss of collagen, loss of elastin, and loss of hyaluronic acid also causes our skin to sag, which makes our skin age. Did you know that your face muscles are the only group of muscles on your body that are attached to the skin? This makes your facial skin sensitive to the pull of gravity! Massaging your face will help to tone down your muscles and help to counter against the pull of gravity.
Korean and Japanese women know this too. Korean women couple their skincare regimen with short, but frequent, facial massages. If you check a few products from THEFACESHOP, such as the modeling patches, the instructions will guide you through simple face yoga. Japanese women learn from Tanaka Yukuko, a Japanese beauty expert who studied the relationship between muscles, bone, skin, and lymph. Her high-pressure massage technique has helped Japanese women, especially women over 40 years of age, to gain younger looking skin.
THEFACESHOP FACE YOGA
TANAKA FACE MASSAGE PART 1
TANAKA FACE MASSAGE PART 2
TANAKA FACE MASSAGE PART 3
TANAKA FACE MASSAGE PART 4
I personally find it difficult to massage my own face, but I believe that moving the blood around the face is so important in delaying aging and stabilizing the skin. So, I spend $100 or so once every month (only once a month as I don't think doing it twice is necessary for me at my age) to get just that - a facial massage - and more!
But, I am absolutely biased to Korean facials, and that is probably because of my experience at different American spas. I find that I get so much more time dedicated to just getting my face massaged (which is why I get a facial in the first place), that the Korean beauty professionals make every minute count, and that the packages usually contain more stuff (extraction, modeling mask, oxygen pill, Vitamin C with cytocell, the most glorious neck and facial massage, light therapy, exfoliation, pore minimizer, and the rest I probably dozed off through)! Korean beauty professionals really take the time to get to know your skin. It's not just a job for them - it's a passion and a way of life, so they really know what they're doing. For Korean women, going to a facial clinic is probably even more important and frequent than visiting a nail salon.
Where do I go? Haha. Well, I go to La Belle Skincare in Koreatown LA, a skincare clinic that is really consistent every single time and just started a year or two ago. The two ladies - Lydia and Chloe - really take care of me when I'm there. I am one of their first clients and started when they had their $500 special for 10x Vitamin C 90-minute facials (sorry, because of my [awesome] Yelp review, they got more business and no longer have that promotion). They actually just moved to a larger building, so the address on Yelp is incorrect. (The correct address is 1110 S. Western Ave #206, Los Angeles, CA 90006.) There is free parking! I HIGHLY recommend both Lydia and Chloe. The facial is NEVER rushed, and they massage more than just your face! They begin by massaging the area around your collarbones and your back. While you are wearing a face mask (mine has always been a modeling mask), they will massage your arms and hands. The facial is not just about layering a bunch of different products on your face, and just when you think the massage/facial is over, Lydia/Chloe is still working on nourishing your skin! If you make an appointment with Lydia/Chloe at La Belle Skincare, please make sure to drop my name in your conversation! I don't get anything from that, but I'd like to let them know that their work is appreciated and definitely worth sharing!
Please see below for prices. The first price for each facial is for one visit. The next price after the arrow is for a package of 10, which is usually discounted. Please note that La Belle Skincare may change their prices, so I would call them to check first. I'm also only familiar with the Vitamin C facial as that is what I get each month, so for the other packages, please inquire with Lydia.
Skincare is something that you need to invest your time and money in! Don't lazy out because it will definitely show!
If you have more questions on facials, my personal take on it, face massage, etc., please let me know below or send me a private message!
Thanks for visiting, and maybe I'll see you at La Belle Skincare! ;)