Because it's summer, and because Prednisone really does start to bring back ever-popular acne, I decided to get a facial. Now, I've had many over the years in a variety of settings and from a variety of aestheticians. In other words, I'm no newbie. Plus, between my daily routine (which includes lots of sunscreen, even in winter, and sunglasses) and genes, I don't look my nearly 55 years.
This time, I was told that I had gorgeous skin. That I was clearly doing the right things. But... I should come back every three months for "cell renewal" and every six months for "deep treatment". Because... I guess I don't look young enough? I need to do more? I could be more gorgeous? The upsell was so strong here that I just knew I'd never be back.
Most places promote products. I'm happy with what I use, and if I am in the market for something new there are places to go where I can get something that also works, or works better. But the promotion part I understand and can deal with. Just say no, right?
When I'm told that I could use "education" and need a rigid regime to keep looking young? Just Say No. I'm happy with the way I look... mostly. The things I'm not happy about, I can live with (and have, for over half a century). And - most important - looking my age is not a crime. It shows experience. It shows a life lived. It shows I have more to do than worry about things like fine age lines and sagging skin and age spots.
And that's ok.