SHOULD LITTLE KIDS HAVE FACIALS?

Victoria Beckham took her seven-year-old for a "baby facial" when she visited her dermatologist the other day – let's discuss.
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Harper Beckham, 7, during her "baby facial" with Dr. Barbara Sturm

Harper Beckham, 7, during her "baby facial" with Dr. Barbara Sturm

I was in my 30s when I had my first facial, I think. I'd just started at Canadian Living magazine and had been invited to experience a treatment at a noted spa in Etobicoke. I loved it, of course, but even so, I don't actually get many facials, despite my job. In my ideal world, though, I'd have a facial at least once a month – a good hydrating facial along with a good hydrating home regimen can keep skin in great shape. But in the real world, that's an expensive lifestyle most bank accounts won't support.

Cucumber facials at Glama Gals in Newmarket; photo via @glamagals on Instagram

Cucumber facials at Glama Gals in Newmarket; photo via @glamagals on Instagram

I'm not certain whether my nieces have ever had conventional spa facials, although I know that when they were younger, they went to at least one kid's birthday party at a spa; "treatments" may or may not have included glitter and stuff that smells like cupcakes.

Lauren, now 13, recollects that the facials at that party consisted of cucumber slices on closed eyes and spraying a mist on the skin, and there was a session that involved "mixing" hand cream with a chosen scent. The spa, called Glama Gal Kids Spa and located in Newmarket (as well as six other towns and cities in Ontario), lists options such as chocolate or banana masks, and "flavoured facial masks" on their website. (I shudder at those options – I loathe the scent of chocolate unless I'm eating it, and the smell of banana makes me queasy – but I'm curious about the "mucky-and-muddy-facial-mask" and "create-your-own-swamp-water-bubble-bath" choices designed to appeal to boys.)

Anyway, seven-year-old Harper Beckham just had a baby facial – "baby" as in, I assume, a mini facial without the actives an adult would need – administered by celebrity dermatologist Barbara Sturm. Dr. Sturm's famous clients include Victoria Beckham, of course, as well as Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Moss, Sienna Miller and more. Was it Harper's first facial? Who knows? Does it matter?

Obviously, kids Harper's age don't need facials. Their collagen-rich, bouncy young complexions won't get the benefits older skin will. But while I do think booking children for spa facials is extravagant, I do like the idea of kids having some proper instruction on how to care for their complexions. (That said, instruction is likely not the focus in a birthday-party situation. Also worth noting is that very young skin can be more sensitive than adult skin – when Lauren was a baby, any food that got on her face while she was eating had to be wiped gently away immediately, or her skin would go rashy-red in that area.) 

At home, the occasional at-home oatmeal + honey or egg-white mask with Mum would be fun. Nieces Erin and Lauren and I have done ready-made masks together, and we do chat about skincare occasionally. And I love the idea of facial massage at an early age, as per the above video in which photographer Laura Izumikawa gives her little girl Joey (of Naptime with Joey) a version of a treatment she's had herself (I've seen this clip so many times, yet still I watch again and again).

What's your point of view on this subject? Do you ever have facials yourself? If your lifestyle allowed it, would you take a kid to a spa for a treatment? Is there such a thing as being too young for a facial?

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