murad healthy skin facial

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beauty confession: before last week, i have had one facial in my entire life.

it was in high school, at the peak of my acne battle, it was painful and my face was red and angry for days afterwards. the aesthetician was too aggressive with extractions and she used all kinds of oils that clogged my pores and trashed my skin. because of the negative experience, i have never gone back, but when murad invited me into massage envy for one of their healthy skin facials, i felt confident that they would give my face the tlc it needs – and i was not wrong.

since i was nervous, i made my aesthetician wakena talk me through everything – and she kindly indulged my every whim. first, we talked about my skin type (sensitive, acne-prone) and she asked me about my product regimen. she told me she would cleanse my skin, then take a look and explain her recommended plan of attack.

the cleansing felt like heaven, you guys. it was the most tender facial massage and it was ultra relaxing. once my skin was clean, wakena took a close look and prescribed the following steps:

1 – intensive-c radiance peel with glycolic acid to chemically exfoliate and improve clarity
2 – manual extractions – piece of cake!
3 – clarifying mask with sulfur and zinc oxide to detoxify and calm my skin
4 – essential-c eye cream to improve my dark circles; the addition of caffeine works to combat a fresh crop of fine lines
5 – anti-aging moisturizer to keep me looking young, without causing breakouts

she explained the need for each step along with the ingredients in every product and what they would do for my skin. i  was most afraid of the steam being too much (but she gladly adjusted it to my comfort level) and of the extractions – but, they weren’t bad at all! she used her fingers to squeeze the gunk out of the pores on my nose and it was practically painless.

i love how wakena checked in with me along the way and adjusted her pressure if i had any discomfort. i could feel every product working with my skin, not against it, and at the end i felt as though i had just experienced one hour of skin therapy. the whole experience was a pleasure and today, my skin is smoother and clearer.

if you want to experience your own best skin, massage envy is offering $10 off their four murad healthy skin facials and a free murad sample now through august 2nd – and if you pre-book an august facial in july, you will also receive a special skincare kit.

to top it all off, since i have been officially bitten by the facial bug and murad’s incredible product range, i’m offering you the chance to win an environmental shield healthy skin regimen kit. enter below and please tell me about your own feelings on facials in the comments.

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8 Comments to murad healthy skin facial

  1. MK says:

    Have only had a handful of facials, but they’ve all been good experiences. I like how they shrink my pores and make my skin glow.

    • lara ramos says:

      that’s so good to know – i love hearing from people who get regular facials, especially if you think they help!

  2. Lauren C says:

    I’ve always been hesitant. Like you, I had a bad experience in high school and haven’t tried again….

    • lara ramos says:

      so happy that i’m not alone! i was TERRIFIED but this experience was incredible. so positive!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    I go to the Clarendon Massage Envy regularly and my esthetician, Meg, is so great! I use the Clarifying Mask and Cleanser regularly, they really do wonders for my skin!

    • lara ramos says:

      might have to go and give meg a try! i can picture myself doing the massage envy rounds for sure :)

  4. This post could not be more timely :) I just spent a few weeks abroad and my skin is out of control! I saw an add for the Healthy Skin Facials in one of my mags and had already made a mental note to check it out. Now i’m sold!

    • lara ramos says:

      love when that happens! let me know if you give it a try – can’t wait to hear what you think.