(Closed) Massage or facial??

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: Massage or facial??
    Massage : (43 votes)
    83 %
    Facial : (9 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
    270 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    @CaseyC2611:  Nice gift!!  A 50 minute massage would be a whole body massage.  They usually ask you to remove all your clothes, except for undies and put you under a sheet.  They start on your back and then your limbs and neck and head.  They’ll ask you if it’s too much pressure or too little pressure.  It’s sublime and completely relaxing.  I love when I feel them getting all the knots out of my back!

    I feel like facials are necessary evils.  They basically deep clean your face.  First comes the steam to open your pores, then a bit of scrubbing and massaging your face.  They may or may not do EXTRACTIONS depending on the salon.  Extractions suck – they basically pinch each white/blackhead out of your face with a little metal tool.  It is painful, but my face never looked so good afterwards (I guess if you already have a very good skin care regimen, you’d have less blackheads to remove).  Sometimes after facials you can break out because they are bringing all that dirt and gunk to the surface of your skin so that also is a downer.  But, the effects are fabulous…skin is glowing and clear! 

    Post # 4
    3941 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    If you’ve never done either, get a massage. 


    Unlike the PP, I don’t feel like facials are necessary at all. (And I break out for WEEKS after) But I definitely see a lot of benefit to a massage.  And they are much more relaxing than a facial (especially come extraction time).


    Experience:  I worked at a spa for 3 years.


    Post # 5
    1311 posts
    Bumble bee

    I definitely prefer massages too.  They are relaxing and feel nice.  Facials feel nice when they’re cleansing/moisturizing/massaging your face…but not so much when they’re doing extractions.  Also, if you have sensitive skin, facials may not play well with your face.

    Post # 6
    3026 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

    OOOOH, I’m jealous! I think I’d go for the massage, just b/c I’m always a tense mess. 

    Post # 7
    4698 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I like both, but if you haven’t done either.. I’d go with the massage.

    Post # 8
    10589 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I would say a massage, but I would be hesistant to go to someone if they weren’t an RMT. I have issues that could be made worse by a bad massage though.

    Post # 9
    3117 posts
    Sugar bee

    Facial all the way…OMG….And the woman who does mine massages my neck/shoulder area anyway.  I dont know.  I just feel that almost anyone can ‘do’ a massage (your FI)?? But not a facial…

    Post # 10
    3117 posts
    Sugar bee

    By the way, I dont do extractions with my facials. That sounds like it will hurt.

    Post # 11
    4436 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @CaseyC2611:  Massage! I have sensitive skin amd a facial would no doubt make me break out.

    Post # 12
    333 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2014 - The Celebration Farm

    I went to school for esthetics, so I was trained to do facials. Consequently, I love facials. I’d take a facial over a massage any day! I can’t speak for all people that do facials, but I incorporated a a lower arm and hand massage (while steam was going) and a lower leg and foot massage (while the mask was setting) into my facials. If they do a foot and/or leg massage, they should absolutely sanatize their hands afterwards! You should also get a good 10-15 minute massage of your face, neck, ears, and declotage. 

    I always fall asleep during a facial because I think they’re so relaxing. Massages always tend to bug me just a little because they never as much time on the areas I want them to. 

    If you have any skin concerns, (breakouts, sensetive skin, blackheads, fine lines) your skin therapist should be able to address them and work around them. I would just avoid a facial before any big events. 

    Have fun!

    Post # 13
    7211 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I highly prefer facials but TBH I don’t like strangers touching me so massages freak me out. Most places I’ve been the facial includes a shoulder or arms and feet massage. I don’t tend to break out after and don’t find extractions painful. 

    Post # 14
    567 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I love both, but I’d actually recommend the facial more. With massages at a salon, you’re likely to get someone who is trained to do perfectly fine relaxation massages, but I find that sometimes I get a headache or don’t feel that great afterwards. For me, for a massage to be really good and beneficial, I need a therapeutic massage but a sports medicine or chiropractor type person, not just a Swedish massage at a salon.

    I’ve never had a facial I didn’t enjoy, and the bonus is that you look great afterwards. I’ve never broken out after a facial, and that includes facials at fancy places, cheap facials in the US, and a verrrrrrrrrrrry cheap facial in SE Asia. They are also really relaxing. Don’t worry about extractions. If you don’t want them, don’t do them. You might not even need any – I didn’t the last time I went in.

    Post # 16
    2808 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    i have such sensitive skin, i’m afraid to get facials. i love massages though. i’d lean towards a massage, personally.

    also, massage therapists are very professional. you shouldn’t feel uncomfortable. they’re not gonna comment on your weight.

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