With the arrival of summer comes hotter days and longer nights, which can mean more hours out in the sun — and layers of sunscreen can wreak havoc on skin. With the numerous exfoliates, skin creams and cleansers available, it’s hard to know which treatments will truly be effective.
Recently, I heard from a friend that Mecca Gym & Spa had revamped its facial, which I was eager to try. Mecca’s facial revealed a perfect pairing of relaxation and specialty skincare.
The facial began with a conversation around what my skincare challenges and needs were. Thus began the treatment of cleansing, exfoliating and extracting followed by LED therapy and a custom infusion to make sure that my skin was left feeling fresh and plump.
In a town focused on healthy living and pampering, there are multiple spa options, but I was impressed by Mecca's individual service and customization.
The facial really is customized. I’ve often found that estheticians at other spas will ask the basic questions about my skincare or skin sensitivity, but then revert to a formula on their list and rarely deviate from the norm. I’ve had a few facials that feel a bit automated. Mecca's facial was much more advanced and customized to the needs of my skin, and my skin alone.
Infusions, masks and peels that are typically extras are already included in the facial, meaning no add-on costs. I’ve often wondered which add-ons would be worth the extra money. With Mecca’s facial, I knew that the treatments were being used because my skin really needed it.
Not only did I relax and enjoy my facial, I left knowing more about skincare than I did before I visited. I learned how to improve my regimen: what to do, what not to do, what is real, what is fiction.
This treatment seemed to be a step between a facial and the dermatologist. Skin changes with the weather, stress, hormones, travel, etc., which is why it is important that your esthetician has an arsenal of products to address whatever those changes may be.
I left with three products — not six or 10 — and they are from lines normally found only in a dermatologist’s office. Word has it that owner Jennifer Andrews is the force behind all selections and won’t allow anything into the spa that she hasn’t used on herself, researched and tested.
Mecca Gym & Spa promises to provide “calm above the chaos with world-class spa services.” After my facial, I couldn’t agree more.
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