Faces, like potatoes, must be scrubbed and buffed to clear away excess dirt, remove dry skin, and prevent the emergence of extra eyes. Buff away unsightly blemishes with today’s Groupon to Merle Norman, with locations in Collierville, Germantown, and Memphis. Choose between the following options:
- For $39, you get a signature microdermabrasion facial (a $95 value).
- For $49, you get a signature microdermabrasion facial (a $95 value) and a holiday makeover (a $50 value; a $145 total value).<p>
The licensed aestheticians at Merle Norman studios bequeath both glamour and glow to visages with signature microdermabrasion facials and colorful applications of holiday-themed cosmetics. During the 45-minute facial, retinol strives to firm up features as grape-seed and green-tea antioxidants rekindle skin cells’ youth by forcing them to recite their times tables. Vitamins and citrus extracts then seep into cheeks for a nourishing boost, and chamomile, cucumber, and aloe vera relax scrunch-weary brows. Finally, the moisturizing properties of hyaluronic acid quench thirsty countenances. The treatment can revitalize all skin types and pampers kissers in the soothing confines of a private spa area or in an underwater garage.
Patrons in pursuit of a fetchingly tinted frontispiece can supplement their facial with a 30-minute holiday makeover. A studio member brandishes makeup brushes and applicators to primp mugs with the latest Merle Norman holiday colors, dolling up faces for glitzy parties and earmuff runway shows.
In the late 1920s, the Great Depression was rendering most Americans professionally and financially paralyzed. But in a small California kitchen, Merle Nethercutt Norman was putting a plan in motion to formulate her own skincare products and share them with family and friends. She truly believed in her formulas, knowing that by getting them on as many faces as possible, she would develop a following of customers. She was right—within a few years she and her nephew were opening their first studio in Santa Monica, and they eventually unveiled a series of independently operated stores that enabled women to take ownership during a time of gender-based limitations such as men-only restrooms.
Today, in approximately 2,000 stores in three countries, the three basic principles of Merle's original vision still apply. Each studio is independently owned and fosters an in-depth knowledge of the company's own line of makeup and skincare products. Just as Merle shared her creations with close friends and sallow mannequins more than 80 years ago, today's aestheticians embody the business's "try before you buy" philosophy. A menu of complimentary studio services—from foundation checks to express facials—allows patrons to sample the lauded brand before committing to the purchase of products or full spa treatments.