Before I became a licensed esthetician I thought taking good care of your skin was considered a luxury. Only fancy people with fancy money got things like facials and massages. It wasn’t until I attended beauty school and got my license that I realized anyone on any type of budget could afford to take good care of their skin. Facials are no longer just for the fancy thank to cool places like the San Francisco Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology.
Going to a high-end spa anywhere in San Francisco will start at $120 for a 60-minute facial. At SFIEC, $45 gets your cheap-ass a 60-minute facial that includes a complete skin analysis, a deep facial cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, mask, massage and an application of Dermalogica finishing facial products.
The reason why facials are so cheap at SFIEC is because the students are performing the services. Students perform facials at the school under the careful supervision of their Certified Instructors. Before the students get onto the clinic floor, they have over six weeks of training both in the classroom as well as in the treatment room on each other, learning proper cleansing and massaging techniques as well as product application, product knowledge and State Board sanitary procedures. Getting a facial service in a learning environment like SFIEC is quite beneficial for the clients because students haven’t had a chance to learn bad habits or get lazy with their sanitation procedures. Plus, they are all under the watchful eye of their Learning Leaders.
You may not get to lie in your own private room for your service at SFIEC, but you get the same luxurious treatment that you would in any five-star spa in the city. You still get wrapped up in a warm robe and tucked into a warm bed with the spa music playing in the background. Students also have specialty, high tech tools available at their disposal during their services such as the widely popular Clarisonic Skin Care Brush that provides an extra deep cleanse and exfoliation, the hand held Bt-Micro which uses ultrasonic and microcurrent for product penetration of finishing products and high frequency machines that help calm down inflamed skin after a healthy does of extractions.
There’s a facial service for everybody. The Face Treatment is SFIEC’s signature facial designed for all skin types. There are also facial treatment options available for more needy skin types with special concerns like acne, uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation or those pesky aging signs.
There’s a special offer for all of you broke-asses out there. If you print out a copy of this article and bring it with you to your appointment at SFIEC, they’ll throw in a FREE a revitalizing eye treatment during your facial.
You can also score a FREE 15-minute make-up refresh after your facial service. All you have to do is ask the student performing your service or one of the super friendly people working at the front desk to hook you up.
San Francisco Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology
1067 Folsom St., [SOMA] 415-355-1734