The face is the human body's most expressive part, speaking for us when our tongues are occupied with stamps or busy flirting with our tonsils. Reward your face for its unspoken hard work with today's Groupon: for $39, you get a signature microdermabrasion facial (a $95 value) at Merle Norman’s Germantown, Audubon Place, or Collierville locations. The beauty experts at Merle Norman offer a bevy of beautifying services in a warm and welcoming environment. Each signature facial is appropriate for all skin types and gently tightens skin with the aid of retinol before brightening it with the antioxidants of grape seeds and green tea. Skullpaper will be lightened with citrus extracts, which nourish faces with vitamins A, E, and C. Dewy visages will then be soothed with chamomile, cucumber, and aloe vera, and hydrated with pure hyaluronic acid. The one-of-a-kind facial is performed in a private spa area devoid of any chatty taxi drivers or unsettling portraits with moving eyes.
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.