I took part in a free facial tonight.
As part of attending the Catherine Manuell Design VIP Night during the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week festivities, glorious and generous goodie bags were being given away. One of these goodies was a voucher for a free Moca Loca Chocolate Peel at Paramedical Skin Clinic. I had previously seen this “clinic” advertised frequently in the local paper and their simple ads usually grabbed my attention. And since it’s in my local paper, that meant I had one very nearby to my house. So as soon as I saw the voucher offer, I got excited and made the call the very next morning!
I arrived at the venue tonight, initially being a little confused as to how to enter. After waiting for about ten minutes, they were ready for my skin analysis. This ended up being the main time component of the offer. It was a very comprehensive skin analysis, where my face was taken at three different angles in a special machine and then analysed in a software program. Some of the pictures were shocking. Especially the UV one. Have you ever played around with the RGB Channels in Photoshop? It’s like that, but millions times worse. My whole face was one pigmentation farm 😯 The right side of my face is also more droopy than the left! I’m getting old!!! 😦 The consultation was given by the owner Ilesha Haywood, who had a warm and friendly manner. She also sounded very knowledgeable.
As we looked through my shame inducing photos, Ilesha began to discuss the recommended treatments. A very expensive recommendation at that! Her advice was to undergo both a course of 12 Jet Peels and 7 “Dermal” IPL within a 12 week period. I have previously been interested in IPL, but I was hoping not to have to do additional treatments too. I understand Jet Peel is their star treatment. Then she showed me the prices at which I became speechless! $720 per a Jet Peel and $550 per IPL?! Apparently they had a September special, where buying bulk treatments would save significantly. However, even after discounts, I would be forking out nearly $7000!!!! Honestly, I do have that type of money but I’m not ready to part with that amount yet…
After this extensive consultation, I finally got to the main event; why I was here; why I hadn’t had dinner yet; the facial peel! I was led into a white room. Paramedical Skin Clinic is not a beauty day spa, so there’s not really any typical dimmed lighting or scented candles. In fact, I found the treatment rooms quite “clinical”. I guess that is in their name… Hmm, I’m not sure if it’s because I wasn’t a paying customer or I hadn’t shouted “Sign me up for everything!”, but I felt that the facialist was rushing and just going through the motions. I was given a quick cleanse, scrub, a short cherry peel and then the chocolate peel. It’s just a simple Lactic Acid “peel” and you can buy it online. It tingles slightly, but not very much. After about 10 minutes, the facialist washed it off and hastily applied moisturiser. I checked my face in the mirror. Although it looked slightly more glowy, I had bits of product in my hair and below my chin. During the facial, she also got a bit of the peel in one of my eye area… I think the whole peel experience took less than 25 minutes! According to my voucher, it was worth $150. According to the website, the peel costs $125. If I were a full paying customer, I would have been extremely disappointed at this customer treatment….
Next I was given the sell. Some interesting products, but is there really any point in buying a $75 cleanser?! With the sell unsuccessful on me, I took my recommended treatment prescription with me and walked back home.
To be honest, I think I walked in there seriously wanting to do a full course of IPL (although not necessarily at this clinic), but I walked away unimpressed and now even doubting to do anything “fancy” for at least a while…