Learn what to expect from a classic facial treatment with Groupon's introduction to the european facial.
If you’re wondering what exactly is so “European” about the european facial, consider that continent’s wealth of diversity: natives of nearly 50 independent countries speak hundreds of languages and dialects. The european facial shares the inclusive spirit of its namesake, adapting to address skin conditions that range from acne and age spots to redness and dry skin. Its basic steps include cleansing, toning, exfoliation, extractions, and a hydrating treatment that may take the form of either a mask or lotion. Katie O’Reilly, the associate editor of DaySpa magazine, believes in the benefits of these extra steps. After the cleansing and toning, she says, “Your skin is just going to be healthier and more protected than it was beforehand. And tightening anybody’s pores helps their skin no matter what their issues are.”
Of all the steps in a european facial, exfoliation and extraction prove the most crucial—and the most variable. “Find out what kind of exfoliants work best for your skin,” O’Reilly advises, noting that some skin types respond best to glycolic-acid peels and others take more readily to a milder fruit-enzyme scrub. She likens extractions—the act of removing blackheads and small pimples—to “going to the dentist for your face,” though some aestheticians consider this step too invasive and opt against it. It may come in one of many forms, but a monthly or seasonal facial always presents a valuable opportunity to confer with an expert about your skin’s overall health.
Beautiville's licensed aestheticians bathe skin-cessories in soothing balms and a tranquil island ambience. Guests sip complimentary, organic Asantae coffee and gourmet Tea Forté tea in a clean lounge girded by aquamarine walls as they await their claw-coddling. During the next 60–80 minutes, a careful sculpting, buffing, and polishing transform nails and cuticles into scintillating helmets for crowd-pleasing fingerboard stunts and fearless line-toeing. The spa's appendage experts extend their love to skin with moisturizing lotions, a tension-deflating digit bath, and a hand and foot massage. For an additional charge, Beautiville offers childcare services while parents receive pampering.
Within the Marriott Ihilani resort, the calm of a serene Japanese garden washes over neighboring Ushio-Tei. There, the chefs skip typical American takes on Japanese cuisine in favor of more adventurous items, such as natto, fermented soybeans that pair with slices of raw calamari or Pacific tuna. Black tiger prawns crackle in thin coats of tempura in the fryer, and maki rolls conceal freshwater eel, mango, and pearlescent slivers of pickled daikon radishes. The scent of teriyaki sauce fills the air as knives flick through local veggies and Japanese plum, and chefs steam Maine lobsters with a garlic butter sauce similar to the substance that makes hockey rinks slippery.
Gialuchi Salon & Day Spa’s beauty professionals restore careworn bodies to their showroom best with pampering and beautifying treatments. Aided by products from Pureology, Eminence Organic Skin Care, and OPI, they cut and color hair, wax off unwanted strands, and groom nails with coconut milk, hot stones, or milk and honey. Eyelash extensions add drama to flirtatious winks, and permanent makeup lines the lips, fills in eyebrows, or traces favorite road-trip routes into laugh lines.
During a visit to DK Advanced Skincare, an experienced aesthetician will work with each client to help create a brighter and younger-looking appearance. Sessions with new clients begin with a skin assessment to evaluate each person's skin type. Some of their treatments, such as diamond microdermabrasion and non-invasive chemical peels, whisk away dull, tired cells to reveal the clearer complexion beneath. DK Advanced Skincare also offers the FAR Infrared Body Wrap System, which uses targeted infrared heat to penetrate into the skin, offering the benefits of sunshine without the harmful effect of solar radiation. The heat-therapy treatments can help to reduce cellulite, improve skin conditions like acne, increase circulation, aid in weight control, and relieve stiffness and pain.
Traditional Chinese medicine and Western beauty practices join forces at Advanced Medi-Spa Hawaii. Practitioner Cindy Chang draws on her experience as a licensed acupuncturist and cosmetologist to deliver face-lifts—which rely on fine needles instead of scalpels—and skin-clearing treatments that use intense pulsed light and herbs. A few zaps from a cold laser help erase age spots, freckles, and birthmarks, and the radio-frequency energy emitted by the Lamprobe machine banishes skin tags, clogged pores, and the other blemishes caused by not living in a car wash.