Being a beauty blogger has it perks, many fabulous companies reach out to me and offer their signature services and treatments gratis in hopes that I will cover it on my blog and share how wonderful it is with my readers. And while I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to try many services throughout the year, sometimes a beauty maven wants to go back to her roots (not the gray roots BTW) and have an old school back to basics facial.
Don’t get me wrong, my skin does love all the microderms, peels and oxygen treatments, but sometimes it craves some skilled nurturing hands that massage with the wisdom of the years and know how to extract with finesse and thoroughness. I have always loved (and prefer) a facial with thorough extractions where the esthetician visits every inch of my face and cleans out every pore whether seen or not. THIS is why I get regular facials: to clean out the toxins, dirt and pollution from my skin and make it look clean, fresh and youthful. Recently the treatments I have been getting have only skimmed the surface of my face with maybe a handful of extractions, but all that changed yesterday.
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of having a classic old school facial with Bella. Bella is Russian, trained in the art of European facials and the real deal. She gave me exactly the kind of facial that I love, nothing fancy, just a GREAT and LONG massage, thorough but gentle extractions (I don’t think she missed a single pore and she even got out those pesky millia which are the bane of my existence) and then at the end of the facial she offered some insightful recommendations for how I can make my dry combination skin look even better (less dairy, more water she said). And she didn’t even try to sell me any products either. She actually said its good to use a combination of whatever products work best for your skin, and its not necessary to stay loyal to one brand (music to a beauty bloggers ears 🙂 )
Bella has worked at some of the swankiest spas in LA (like Aida Grey), but now she does facials out of her home in Sherman Oaks, CA (sorry to my national followers) so that she can do facials on her terms. Her fabulous relaxing and results oriented facial lasts about an hour and half (the perfect amount of time for a really good facial IMO), costs $80 (and is WELL worth it) and will leave your skin clean and glowing. You can reach Bella the old fashioned way via phone at (818) 988-1165 and tell her Romy sent you. Your skin will thank you!