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Are Facial Memberships Worth the Money?

Memberships are the new trend. While concepts like gym memberships, club memberships, and clothing subscription services aren’t anything new, other industries have jumped on the membership bandwagon. One membership rising in popularity is facial memberships. But are facial memberships with the money?


What are Facial Memberships?

Many spas offer facial memberships, where you pay a monthly fee. In exchange, you can get a personalized facial from a professional esthetician at least once a month.


How Much Do Facial Memberships Cost?

The price of facial memberships varies per spa and location. One popular spa chain, Heyday, offers monthly 50-minute facials starting at $89 per month. Add that up, and it is just over $1000 a year in facials. Ouch.

However, without membership, these facials often cost much more. A one-time facial can cost anywhere from $75 to $200. So, depending on what you’re looking for, facial memberships could save you money.


Alternatives to Facial Memberships

Skincare doesn’t have to be expensive! If you’d rather save your hard-earned cash for other things, such as saving or paying down debt, you can still get good skin for a fraction of the cost. Here are a few alternatives to expensive facial memberships.


Purchase Spa Gift Cards

If you enjoy the experience of getting a facial, then consider visiting the spa a few times a year. That way, you can still have the spa experience without paying for regular, monthly membership.

To make it even more affordable, shop around to see what spas offer deals on facials. Often times, you can purchase a gift card from spas for a discount. You can then use the gift card to pay for your facial at a later date, thus lowering your cost.


At-Home Facials

If you enjoy regular facials, you can do them even more frequently at home. You can purchase the products you need and give yourself a facial in the comfort of your own home.

Facial products vary drastically in cost. You can pick up facial packets from any drug store for just a few bucks. However, if you’re looking for more personalized skincare, the cost can increase to $50 to $200 for a high-quality product. But if you’re considering canceling your facial membership and doing facials at home instead, the products will easily pay for themselves.

To learn what type of product you might need, take this free skincare quiz, which will show you what products are best for your skin type.


Make Your Own Facial

Or, if you are really looking to save money, you can make your own facials using ingredients you already have in your pantry.

Whether you struggle with dry skin, breakouts, or redness, you can find an at-home facial recipe for your needs. Here are some great recipe ideas to get you started.


So, Are They Worth It?

To some people, a facial membership may be worth it if they spend a significant amount of money on skincare in the first place. But for most people, there are many more affordable options than a regular facial membership.

If you’re looking to improve your skincare, your best bet is to sign up for a one-time facial with a professional. Ask a lot of questions about your skin and what you could do to improve it. Then, you can go and purchase products that are appropriate for your skin, but at a much lower cost.

About the author

Rachel Slifka

Rachel Slifka is a freelance writer and human resources professional. She is passionate about helping fellow millennials find success with their finances and careers.

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