Immediately upon entering CNY Healing Arts for a facial I am greeted with soothing music, a warm atmosphere and a smiling receptionist. After checking in, the cheery young lady at the front desk escorts me to the waiting room. As I sit on a comfortable couch (not a stiff chair like in most waiting rooms!), I notice that the lighting and colors of the room are warm and inviting, with original art on the walls, and the shelves lined with books about the power of positive thinking; again this is very unlike most waiting rooms I’ve ever been to. The young lady also offers me a cup of tea or coffee while I wait. As much as I enjoyed this beautiful, comfortable lounge, my wait was short and soon my esthetician showed me the way to our private treatment room, which also had warm colors and soothing music.
After changing into a robe, the treatment began. The esthetician explained that there are many benefits to getting regular facials. Regular facials not only cleanse and brighten your complexion, but they have anit-aging benefits, and can help with skin issues like acne. She suggested that I receive a light chemical peel as well in addition to the regular facial. The chemical peel would help restore a more youthful appearance to skin, reduce wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, sun-damage, and blotchy patches. My work involves me being exposed to the elements (sun, wind, etc.) as well a lot of dirt that can really clog my pores so I seemed to be a good candidate for this procedure. The chemical peel is just a treatment in which an acid solution is used to remove the damaged outer layers of the skin (same idea as exfoliating!). Typically administered as a facial peel, a chemical peel enhances and smooths the texture of the skin. After explaining the benefits and the reasons why she thought the chemical would work well for me, the esthetician said that it might feel “tingly” on my skin. I honestly didn’t even notice any tingling sensation. While we waited for the peel to run it’s course, I was treated to a hand massage. Facial, peel, and massage all in one! A girl could get used to this!
The relaxing treatment ended with the esthetician asking if I had any questions and with her going over a few after treatment skin care routines that I needed to keep in mind. I felt relaxed, renewed, and that the esthetician really cared about my well being. As you can imagine, before leaving for the day I made sure to schedule my next facial appointment!
CNY Healing Arts offers facials at all locations: Syracuse, Albany and Rochester. Click here for contact information for the center nearest you. We hope to see you soon!!