Three reasons why I will not be going for a facial
I’m in my late twenties, and yes, I recognise that my face is far from perfect. I’ve double eyebags despite getting at least six hours of sleep each day. I’ve got at least five prominent sun spots on my cheeks, caused by years of sun damage – walking around like a boss in my early twenties without sunblock.
I know my pores are clogged, because my nose feels rough when I touch it. I can see the blackheads peeping right out from my nose. SKII no longer seems to have an effect on me. Maybe this would be the defining moment of my life – should I get a facial?
The path to Ageing is a slippery slope
During my early 20s, I used to wonder why would girls my age would go for facials. After all, we were supposed to be in the prime in our youth. But my friends urged me to be cautious. The path to Ageing is a slippery slope. When you’re 40 with wrinkles all over your face, you don’t want to be regretting when you glance at the smooth faces of your peers.
What if your kids were to comment that you look older than their friends’ mums? Or your husband doesn’t find you as attractive? (This is meant to be a light-hearted post, but the second question bears deeper thought.)
Is it worth the money?
Friend W told me her view – perhaps slightly more forcefully after a few glasses of wine. Essentially, she said that if I don’t wish to look haggard, with wrinkles and all at 40, I should go for a facial.
Facials help to unclog your pores and allow your skin to breathe. Some treatments come with hydration, oxygenation and anti-ageing properties, relying on all sorts of inventive technologies to get the job done. Some of these technology came from Korea and was said to have maximum benefit but
1. The skills of your beautician is crucial, but comes at a price
Getting good deals for products and services is useful, but I hesitate going for beauticians which advertise on Groupon or who are heavily discounted. Chances are, they have lowered their price to make up for the lack of skill. I also dislike too pushy sales tactics, which is common among beauty spas and salons.
So it has to be a word of mouth recommendation, and the recommendations of my friends have been in the $150-$200 range per session, which is a tad too much for me. I’d prefer to use the money to invest in a good face scrub, spot corrector and serum for example.
With that money, I could spend it on travelling, reading and whiskey-sipping, which would probably bring me more happiness, when I think about it.
2. Unclog now and do so forever
According to some friends, facials open the pores of your face, and makes your face reliant. In other words, if you were to stop, it is likely that you could face an outbreak, depending on the skill of your beautician (shudders).
3. The Investing Squid’s Take – personality is more important
With these reasons in mind, I think I might just maintain the status quo.
Will I live to regret my decision not to go for a facial? I’m not sure. But when I start earning a five-figure salary, that’s where you’d find me. But maybe by then, it’s just too late. That being said, when we get there, I hope that the attractiveness of my personality and hopefully by then, ‘high level of intelligence’ would have made up for the crows feet around my eyes, and sun spots on my face. Perhaps hopefully by then, I would have also developed some self-confidence, to handle the insecurities that come with ageing.