Royal Oak bar offers facials, cocktails, smoothies

Facial bar caters to skin of all types in a relaxing atmosphere, and aims to educate its customers about skin care

Kyla Smith
The Detroit News
Royal Oak Mayor Jim Ellison, center, and co-owners Shareese Shorter, center left, and Jessica Stallings, center right, cut the ribbon Thursday during the grand opening of Skinphorea.

While hanging out with her friends one evening, Jessica Stallings came up with the idea of a facial bar.

“My girls and I were out at the bar having a good time and I thought, this would be great if we could combine this atmosphere with spa treatments,” said the Southfield native and co-owner of Skinphorea. “It made perfect sense.”

Skinphorea is the latest beauty craze to hit Royal Oak. The facial bar caters to all skin types, offering more than 30 unique spa facial services in a swanky, relaxing atmosphere.

The unique bar’s design is not the only reason Stallings is hoping to attract clientele. She wants to educate her clients on proper skincare.

“We live in Michigan and there is practically a spa on every corner, but not a facial bar,” Stallings said. “A lot of times we don’t know what are in the products we use. With each facial we let our clients know what we are doing and putting on their face. Our goal is to teach our clients how to take care of their skin.”

Each facial is 30 minutes, costs $49 and can be upgraded with an add-on treatment shot for $10 or $20 that include tequila extractions for clogged pores, a gummy bear lip treatment to soften lips or a white Russian mask to help dehydrated skin. While costumers wait, they are served healthy nonalcoholic cocktails or smoothies.

As women line up to sit in the four plush reclining chairs that line the bar, Cathy Youngblood, a licensed esthetician (beautician) prepares a lemon cocktail for her next client.

“Your skin renews every 28 days. I would recommend everyone to get a facial at least once a month because it helps with removing dead skin cells, and gives your skin a healthy glow,” Youngblood said. “Your skin is important, it’s the first thing that people see. Why not take care of it?”

As Stallings chats with her co-owner, Shareese Shorter, they discuss the most underrated skin care product that most people don’t include in their beauty regime.

“Sunscreen is really important and most people don’t know that regular sun exposure can cause severe damage to the skin,” said Stallings who has been a licensed esthetician for more than 10 years. “I would suggest using a moisturizer with sunscreen or find a light one that can be worn under makeup.”

Andrienne Wheat of Detroit has been a faithful client of Skinphorea since its opening last month.

“What initially drew me in is that the ladies take the time with me. It’s a very welcoming feel,” Wheat said. “I’m a person that’s always on the run and super busy with my business so it’s nice to come to a place where I can get a quickie pamper session the midst of a hectic day.”

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Women get facials at the grand opening of the Skinphorea facial bar. “Our goal is to teach our clients how to take care of their skin,” co-owner Jessica Stallings says.

Skinphorea

621 S. Washington, Royal Oak

248-592-SKIN (7546)

skinphorea.com