Post # 1
My best friend gave me a gift card for either a 50 minute massage or a 50 minute facial. I’ve never had either one and don’t know what to choose!! I also don’t know what is involved in each one. Help me decide which one I should get and tell me any experience you’ve had with either one.
Post # 3
@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
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
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
- 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
I like both, but if you haven’t done either.. I’d go with the massage.
Post # 8
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
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
By the way, I dont do extractions with my facials. That sounds like it will hurt.
Post # 11
@CaseyC2611: Massage! I have sensitive skin amd a facial would no doubt make me break out.
Post # 12
- 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.
Post # 13
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
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 # 15
Thanks for the input ladies! And thanks to whoever moved this to the right board! I’m a little overweight so I don’t know if I would feel comfortable getting a massage. I am finding myself leaning more towards a facial.
Post # 16
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.