Thursday, June 17, 2010

Spa Review: Clarins in Bloomingdale's (Fashion Valley Mall)

Recently I was invited to experience the new Clarins Spa in Bloomingdale's at the Fashion Valley Mall here in San Diego. I didn't expect very much because after all, it's a spa in the mall. Little did I know that I was in for a treat!

Before my appointment I decided to do a little research about Clarins spas and discovered that the company believes in manual skin treatments, meaning that they don't use any machines at all. Every treatment is performed with the hands and fingers of the esthetician. I also learned that back in the 1950's the founder of Clarins, Jacques Courtin-Clarins, had created these new message methods using 100% pure plant extract treatment oils.

Annie, the esthetician who gave me my facial, asked me a few questions and assessed my skin. She told me that I had great skin - that it had good elasticity and moisture. She could tell that I drank alot of water. I expressed concerns about the lines in my forehead, so she told me that she would pay attention to that area during the treatment.

As I said before, I wasn't expecting much from this facial. Then I realized that Annie has this healing touch that I can't even describe.  I found out that she was trained by the Clarins' international trainer who came all the way from Paris to teach Annie about all the treatments.  I could tell that she was trained well.  Not only did she gave me a facial, she gave me a shoulder massage, a head massage, and a hand massage. I was so relaxed that I dozed off. I walked out of that room on cloud 9!

There are several facial treatments that you can choose from, plus you have a choice of a 1 hour treatment ($75) or 45 minute treatment ($50). With the one hour treatment you get the plant mask and hand massage.

The Clarins Spa treatment room was very relaxing with its soothing music and candles. Except for the occasional chatter that I heard outside the room from store patrons, it was still a nice experience. I love the idea of being able to get a treatment and then go shopping afterwards. Shopping is SO much more enjoyable after a relaxing facial and massage.
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