What It’s Like to Get a Facial Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

Last weekend, with New York Gov. Cuomo’s go-ahead, I got my first facial since the coronavirus pandemic began eight months ago. Let me give you some background: as a beauty editor, nail appointments, facials, and blowouts all used to be a regular part of my work week, but then COVID-19 caused all in-person events and appointments to come to a halt, and that part of my job became a distant memory.

I’ve spent the greater part of 2020 now reporting on these new procedures and talking to industry professionals about what it’s like to operate amid the pandemic. But for the longest time, I still wasn’t ready to check it out for myself. Only after spas had their first few weeks back in business without any problems did I allow myself to consider it.

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