A Hand and Stone Facial Experience

Recently, I visited Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa for a massage to celebrate my first wedding anniversay. I enjoyed it so much and went back…this time for a Hand and Stone Facial. 

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{Hand and Stone Facial Experience}

I was greeted by Claudio at the Jarvis and Adelaide location. Since this was my first facial with them, they had me fill out a form with my skin history before I met with Julia, my aesthetician for the day. Julia talked me through each step of the process, starting with a double cleanse. For those (like me) who haven’t heard of it before, a double cleanse is when you start with a facial oil to help lift up impurities from your skin. Then, you apply water followed by your second cleanser to really get everything out. After that, I was treated to an exfoliation that included both chemical and physical exfoliants, like lactic acid (chemical) and silica (physical). I then had a thorough skin consultation under a microscope.

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What is Facial Mapping?

Originally taught by the creator of the Dermalogica skincare line, Facial Mapping is a skin analysis that breaks down your face into 17 areas for a thorough look at the best approach for treatment. We talked about what I use on my skin now and how I can change things to better treat my skin. These were her recommendations for me:

  • If you’re breaking out around your temples, it might be from your glasses! Be sure to exfoliate extra carefully there.
  • After any extractions, use witch hazel or tea tree oil to prevent bacteria from spreading.
  • When applying eye cream, put it on your orbital bone and not on your bags. That will prevent milia (tiny bumps) from forming on that delicate skin.
  • If you’ve got oily skin, make sure you hydrate it! It sounds counterintuitive, but when you strip your face of natural oils, your face will overcompensate and you’ll be even oilier. A double cleanse with a facial oil will prevent your natural oils from being stripped.

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The Experience

After some extractions on my nose, chin, and sides of face, I had a cooling clay mask applied while I got a relaxing massage. After the whole thing was done, I went home with a skin kit from Dermalogica. Dermalogica is a brand of skincare solutions exclusively available through aestheticians.

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Unfortunately, you can’t find this stuff at the drugstore. The kit that was recommended to me was the Age Smart skin kit. It contains a cleanser, antioxidant hydrating mist, “hangover recovery” mask, eye cream, vitamin C powder concentrate (to brighten my skin and to use under a moisturizer), and a moisturizer with SPF50. I can’t wait to try these out and keep my skin looking bright and healthy!

There are 20 (!!!) locations across Ontario with 6 of them in downtown Toronto, so there’s bound to be a location near you. I’d definitely recommend a Hand and Stone Facial and trying out some of the Dermalogica products.

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