In Your Face

We all know that the fountain of youth isn’t in Florida—but it may well be in a facial. Dana Scali, lead aesthetician at Vdara, schooled us on the benefits of facials, and provided some DIY tips.

What should I do at night when I’m too lazy to wash my face?

The No. 1 thing is to just get the day off of your face, whether it’s using a makeup-removal wipe or some baby wipes, which are really good and cheap. Just get all the dirt, oil, smoke and everything else off your face.

What are the benefits of facials?

You get a deep cleansing in a facial. Exfoliation is important as well—there are scrubs, there are enzymes, there are peels, and that gets rid of dead skin cells so your skin looks really glowing after. Extractions are another part—getting rid of blackheads and clogged pores. Those are things that you can do at home, but it’s a lot less damaging to have them done by a professional because your skin is prepped the correct way. Even with facial massage, you’re bringing oxygen and blood flow to the skin. It feels great, but you’re really making the skin look and feel better, too.

Where can I get an inexpensive facial?

Schools are great if you want a facial. It’s $45 at Euphoria [Institute], which has three locations in town.

What can I do at home if I can’t afford a facial?

My No. 1 favorite thing to do at home for exfoliation is to scrub your skin with baking soda. It’s super calming, it’s super cheap, and you can mix it with a bit of creamy cleanser and make it as gentle or as exfoliating as you want it to be. Scrub your skin with it, and it will look amazing.