I basically called my mom for help. Except when I say mom, I mean an esthetician.
I never thought much of facials. I
always pictured someone applying a mask, leaving me in a room with soft forest
sounds playing, rinsing, poking at my face a bit until it gets red and puffy,
and then sending me home. With prices ranging from $60 to more than $150, and stories like Taylor's, I always thought
it was such a silly thing to spend money on. Couldn’t I just do all those
things at home?
I decided early on to dismiss facials as a rich lady thing, and
never even thought about getting one. In retrospect, I probably should’ve taken
the time to understand there is a lot more magic at work in the facial world,
but I didn’t… until I read about Province Apothecary’s
A few of my favourite local
bloggers had been
mentioning Julie Clark’s skills recently, and my curiosity increased as I tried more
and more of her incredible products. Finally, I got up the courage (and the
funds) to actually book a facial. I figured the start of a new year was the
perfect time to invest in a better face, right?
But even after the appointment was
booked, and even after reading her very persuasive description (“The facial finishes with a relaxing +
hydrating aromatherapy massage with a custom serum we blend for your skin’s
needs”), I still wasn’t totally sold. I pictured myself in the future,
writing about the regret I felt for spending money on something so silly, and
the lack of results I had seen.
I walked into Julie’s little studio expecting
nothing special, and in turn, I was totally blown away.
Province Apothecary headquarters
smells like a lavender-scented heaven. It’s warm and cozy, and bottles of
magical tinctures and essential oils line the walls.
Julie instructed me to lie down on her table, a pillowy mass with crisp, clean sheets and heating blankets
in the bedding.
Julie taught me all about her
favourite DIY face masks, what different breakout
and why oil-free moisturizer isn’t necessarily the best, all while blending
custom concoctions and slathering them all over my face.
The steam felt
wonderful, and the extractions were gentle yet thorough (apparently the key to
this ideal combination is an oil massage to prep the skin, steam, and then
After a long and relaxing oil-serum facial massage, Julie got to work mixing me my own signature facial serum
to apply at night. With the goal of fading my acne scars in mind, she blended
me a little bottle of lavender, frankincense, helichrysum, german chamomile, and myrrh.
me plenty of other samples to try too, and enough instructions and amazing
knowledge to fill a book.
I thanked her about a million times, then
walked home with my face still dripping with oil to snap an
as-realistic-as-possible after photo (because I love you guys so much).
The night of:
The next morning:
My skin broke out a bit, but Julie
assured me it would go down in a few days, and it did.
I started using PA’s
night before gently massaging my serum into my skin to stimulate regeneration,
and a week later, my skin has never felt better. It’s soft and glowing like
never before, and I’m so happy with my results and Julie’s understanding of my
skin that I’ve already bought a PA gift certificate for a friend with skin
If I wasn’t convinced before, I am now absolutely sure that Julie is a
modern-day potion master with seemingly unlimited powers. Only magic could
account for how good my face feels!
Do you believe in the power of facials?
Or think they’re a big waste of money like I did?