Hey everyone! Here I am with my face, wearing my old glasses because I broke my newer ones. I’ve been obsessed with my skin since I was in my 20s, mainly because of my issues with acne over the years. But also, I won’t lie, because of vanity. When I was a nanny in Colorado in my 20s, the mother of the family I worked for convinced me to go to her aesthetician. Perhaps she thought I had a trust fund because one facial plus the products I couldn’t resist buying cost the equivalent of about a week’s worth of nannying.
But, like I said, I was vain, and that’s where my priorities were. Never mind rent and health insurance.
It was a habit I never gave up, and when I arrived in San Francisco in the ‘90s, I was on the hunt for a new regular place to satisfy my skin obsession. A close friend and coworker recommended a new salon down the street from where she lived in Noe Valley. Believe it or not, even with all the crazy change in the city, Sofia’s Skin Care is still in that same location, and I still visit monthly—these days for both acne and aging. Lucky me to have both in my life (although my new eating habits have helped a bit with the acne)!
So it’s been about 20 years, and it’s high time I shared this gem with you all. Sofia Kleftogianne has been making skin beautiful for more than two decades. She may not have the fanciest place on the block, but I would trade cucumber water for an aesthetician as skilled as Sofia any day of the week.
Sofia customizes each treatment to your particular skin, but you can be sure your facial will include a thorough cleansing, exfoliation, an enzyme steam, an essential oils face massage and a mask. For my skin, she does a lot of extractions (I love extractions), but my skin is never injured or blotchy afterwards. She also uses oils, which I’ve learned not to fear despite my acne issues. I often schedule facials before events, because I know my skin will be glowing after her treatment.
Win a Facial!
Because I love you and your face, I’ve teamed up with Sofia to give away a 45-minute facial to one lucky reader. To enter the giveaway, simply like Sofia on Facebook and follow me on Instagram and you’re in! If you’re already following/liking, comment on this post with your favorite skincare tip or trick. I’ll announce the winner a week from today. Good luck to you!