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A Mother Daughter Day at SkinSpirit


The last past year when I’ve been visiting California every few months, I load up on beauty treatments that I skip in Switzerland where a basic mani-pedi is about $150+!?! I’ve learned that the best thing I can do for my skin is keeping it under control, Clarisonic love, having a great dermatologist and getting facials (every now and then).

Rather than flying solo to appointments, my mom and I go together which is fun for both of us to ask questions and since we both have fair skin and similar issues. Last month we had a chance to each have the Signature Facial at one of the best skincare clinics and spas in Mill Valley – SkinSpirit.

They have locations throughout the Bay Area and Washington. Here’s how the day went and the procedure I had, which I have to admit I was a little nervous to try…



What is the ‘Signature Facial’ at SkinSpirit?

SkinSpirit Signature Facial – ‘Ideal for maintaining healthy, radiant skin’
‘A medical grade facial is not just your standard robe and slipper facial’

This intensive facial treatment ‘provides maximum results in a single treatment’ using Medical-grade microdermabrasion which exfoliates away dead surface skin cells, preparing the face for cleansing which is why I picked it.

After the microdermabrasion, my clinical Estetician, Heatherwho was so friendly and spent 10 minutes talking to me first about what I wanted, my skin issues and skin history – applied enzymes to melt away remaining dead skin and soften the skin to prepare it for extractions.

She used a medical-grade treatment mask that immediately felt tingly and cooling. While I was worried the extractions would leave me red, as I put the mirror to my face, my skin looked completely clear and smooth. Heather finished by carefully applying serums based on my skin type and added SPF so I could just add my make up later if I wanted. – Time: 75 min 90 min


Final Thoughts – When I walked out to greet my mom, her make-up free skin was glowing and looked plump and refreshed from the medical grade Signature Facial. I was also completely surprised by the microdermabrasion which is included with a light massage for my shoulders and neck. When I had microdermabrasion once in college going through a break out phase, my skin was completely irritated and ultra dry after the treatment.

However, at SkinSpirit it felt like she was truly vacuuming out my pores of impurities and exfoliating. I heard many celebrities having this treatment before big awards shows which is why they’re glowing on the red carpet. I was a little dry the next day, but nothing my moisturizer couldn’t handle. This was one of the best facials I’ve had, with the main difference being they offered real medical strength products and taking the time to ask about my skin and what I was trying to improve. Also the fact that microdermabrasion was included was a bonus because it’s usually a separate service at other spas.


 PS – This facial would make a perfect gift for Valentine’s Day, birthdays and Mother’s Day. Check out their December specials here and big thanks again to SkinSpirit for the treatments.

Have you ever tried microdermabrasion? How did you like it for your skin?





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  1. This sounds like the perfect mother-daughter day:) I seldom get facials believe it or not. So luxurious .. nothing beats the human touch factor and massage is wonderful for the skin.

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year!! xxleslie

  2. Dale, they sound absolutely amazing! I believe in facials too! It is so nice that you and your mom go together. My mom and I are close like that too. I bet your skin feels awesome. Everything in Switzerland is SUPER EXPENSIVE! Wow $150 That is crazy wild! HaHaHa

    • Hello Kim of a Very Sweet Blog – SkinSpirit Skincare Clinic and Spa is location in America with 4 locations in the San Francisco Bay Area and 3 locations in Washington State with expansion plans beyond in 2015. The SkinSpirit Signature Facial is amazing. We would love to show you more.

  3. Ooo this sounds like a great facial Dale, I use drugstore ones but I know they can’t compare to a treatment like this… 😉

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that you are enjoying your holidays with family xox

  4. Dale, Love hearing about your treatment as I loved my IPL I had at SkinSpirit here in Palo Alto. The medical grade facial and microdermabrasion sound like something I might try too. I was very happy with the IPL and had no downtime either. How fun you and your mom could do this together! Wow, I cannot believe how much mani/pedis are in Europe! Hope you have a good New Year!! xx Kim

  5. What a great blog post! Thank you Dale for visiting our Mill Valley location on your recent mother-daughter day. We’re so happy to hear that you both enjoyed your Signature Facials and that you’re both seeing amazing results from your treatments. We loved having you both and look forward to taking care of you again very soon.

    With Gratitude,
    The Entire SkinSpirit Family

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