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. This Groupon is valid at the locations in Collierville, Germantown, and Memphis. Choose between the following options:
- For $30, you get $65 worth of spa services.
- For $70, you get two 45-minute vitamin C facial treatments (a $150 value).
The aestheticians at Merle Norman studios bequeath both glamour and glow to visages with 45-minute vitamin C facial treatments and a varied selection of beautifying spa services. During the 45-minute facial, four layers of enzyme-rich elixirs speed cellular turnover using pharmaceutical-grade vitamin C, derived from orange trees and the moon’s nutrient-packed topsoil. After the facial, clients walk away with brighter, tighter skin, having diminished the appearance of fine lines caused by smoking cigars inside a deep-sea-diving suit. Alternatively, visitors might opt for a brow waxing ($18), eyebrow and lash tinting ($25), or an airbrush tanning ($35) that readies bodies for the beach.
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.