They say that once you’re in your thirties, you have to start looking after your skin even more. And since I’ve hit that ripe ol’ age of one-and-thirty, my skincare routine has been top of mind. It’s not so much about being anti-getting-older, but more so about taking care of oneself as best as chemistry can allow, I suppose. So in that regard, I’ve been more diligent about my morning and nighttime routine, have actually sought the help of a dermatologist instead of only relying on beauty guru’s recommendations, and have opted to do a facial on a monthly basis.
And the facial is where I wanted to focus on in this blog post.
Back when I lived in L.A., there is a huge population of Koreans that resides there. One thing I noticed is that the majority of them had such amazing skin. If you’re into skincare, you may have also noticed the rise of Korean skincare products lining the shelves of Sephora. But something else they seem to do on the regular is that they have facials! They treat facials like something that’s part of their maintenance routine, much like a haircut, instead of a special occasion.
After learning that, I went on a hunt to find an affordable facial in Washington, D.C.
It was then that I found Silver Mirror Facial Bar in DuPont Circle.
About Silver Mirror:
This facial bar focuses on one thing, and one thing only – facials. That’s what I wanted – a place that’s specialized and knows what they’re doing, inside and out. They have several types of facials, from their signature facial, anti-aging, acne-fighting, all the way to Just for Men.
You can also get 30 or 50 minute facials.
And if you wanted to add more, there are boosters such as dermaplaning, antioxidant peels, and LED therapy to add on.
What’s more, they have a discounted monthly subscription service that makes the services a bit more palatable. So, of course, I had to take advantage of that deal.
The layout of Silver Mirror in DuPont Circle is unlike other facial spots that I’ve been to. Instead of each customer getting their own room, at Silver Mirror, everyone is in the same room, divided only by sheer curtains. In a sense, it reminds of a hair salon, and I thought it was a genius concept.
I’ve read reviews where some of the complaints were because of this layout, allowing “private” conversations to be overheard. But we’re all adults (I’d like to think), and aside from what can potentially be heard, there is still a sense of privacy with the curtains. And considering we’ve all accepted the format of a hair salon, I don’t see how this is any different.
As of now, I’ve attended four facials, and each time, I’ve had nothing but great service. Both the receptionists and the several estheticians that’s helped me have all been kind and helpful, and willing to answer any questions that I may have. My appointments are always timely, and because of that, I can plan my day without worrying if my facial will put a wrench in it.
Tip: They get booked up pretty quickly. So plan weeks ahead.
To get the most out of my monthly self-care time, I opted for the 50-minute Anti-Aging option.
From their website:
A light exfoliation renews the skin, followed by a full session of our muscle-stimulating technology to visibly lift the brow, cheek and jawline. The skin is treated with a super-dose of hyaluronic acid and a vitamin-enriched oxygen blast to hydrate, plump and condition. Finish with red LED therapy to boost elasticity, collagen production, and product absorption. A must for achieving smooth, supple, ageless skin.
In terms of their boosters, the only one I’ve tried is the Neck Care for an extra $15. It was the cheapest booster on their list, So I gave it a try, and sadly, was disappointed. Only a few of the steps were extended to the neck area, and even those were pretty minimal.
By the end of the facial, my skin is hydrated a.f. It’s plush, it’s lush, it’s supple, and divine. They’ve extracted (though I did notice some estheticians are more diligent than others), they’ve exfoliated, they’ve moisturized and massaged, and I do notice a difference in the days following the facial.
But like everything else skincare-wise, maintenance is required. Just doing this monthly facial will not be enough, but it helps.
I am so happy that Silver Mirror Facial Bar exists. It hits all the checklist of what I wanted – (relatively) affordable facial in Washington, D.C., close to the metro (seriously, within a block for DuPont metro station), nice and knowledgable staff, visually appealing decor aesthetic, and to top it off, using Korean facial routines as the inspiration for their company.
Needless to say, I’ll be a member for as long as I can.