I used to have terrible acne. Just gross. In high school, my little brother would ask why I always had the chickenpox. And the worst was the time I was sitting in my doctor’s office waiting to see him about my sprained ankle and the nurse asked if I was there about my skin. If that doesn’t make a hormonal teen cry for days, I don’t know what would.
5 tubes of Retin A, 100 Biore pads, and 1,000 tears later, I decided to stop putting anything on face and see what happened. And it worked. Everything went away as I started college. It felt like a dream come true.
So, I haven’t washed my face since college. I mean, I take showers…but I don’t really scrub my face. A splash of water in the shower, and then I’ll use SW Basics makeup remover to take off any leftover eye makeup. No soap, no moisturizer, nothing. And that really works for me.
So as you can imagine, a facial is terrifying thing to me. Someone would be washing my face AND looking at it really, really up close. My Nightmare On Face Street. So when my friend Abby reached out to me about trying Mario Tricoci’s new facial, featuring with a new line they carried (Scientific Organics from emerginC), I was a little nervous.
But it’s 2014, and one of my goals is to try new things. So I said yes. But I’ll be real, one of the main reasons I tried it is because the cleanser they use is made of kombucha. How cool is that? The line also uses spirulina, goji berry, seaweed, and organic pine bark extract. The line is 100% natural, and they’re strict on that.
So I met with Marcia (my facialist) and told her about my freakish ways. She was sweet and awesome and really made me feel comfortable. And I actually really loved the experience. She told that this whole not-washing-my-face thing is cool for now – but that as I get older, I need to start moisturizing. I told her I would try. Baby steps, right? After my facial, makeup artist Brittany showed me how Mario makes their own custom natural makeup. I was almost annoyed that I didn’t already know about this. It’s such a cool service. She showed me some new coverup tricks and made me feel so loved (just like Marcia).
So the big question is…how did my skin look, post-facial? Freaking good! I got a ton of compliments on it after, so it’s not just me loving my own reflection. Now I plan on going a few times of year. And I’m actually really looking forward to it.
And I liked it so, so much that I am giving away a Scientific Organics facial at Mario Tricoci to a lucky someone!
All you have to do to enter is tell me what you love about you in the comments below. It can be your laugh, your eyes, how great your skin looks. Anything goes. It’s just about loving you!
*If you don’t live in Chicago, that’s ok. Enter to win and give it away to someone that does.
Let the self-love begin!
This contest is now closed. Congrats Mary D!