Sephora Free Class: Skincare for That Youthful Glow

On a sunny but cold Sunday morning in early January, I headed to Mayfair Mall with a friend to take one of their free classes, Skincare for That Youthful Glow.

I’ve never been to the mall before it opened, so that was an adventure in an of itself. There were so many mall walkers! For some reason, I always thought that was just a trope put on by movies and TV shows. Now I’m considering going there to walk on these ice-cold Wisconsin days. There was also a yoga class happening on our way out so I’ll have to research that too. I would love if it’s just a group of friends who get together to do yoga on Sundays at the mall.

Back to the actual class. We awkwardly waited outside of Sephora with a few others who were going to take the class. I think they opened the doors a little late, but we quickly ushered inside, checked in, and sat at tiny tables of 4 that were crowded with bowls of water, mirrors, paper, and other items that we would need during the class. It was a little cramped, but not completely uncomfortable.

The class began and the instructor, Cheryl, was absolutely phenomenal. She was welcoming and incredibly intelligent about all things skincare. Cheryl informed us that the classes used to be 90 minutes long but they were shortened to 45 minutes; it was obvious that Cheryl could’ve talked 90+ minutes about skincare.

Throughout the course of the class, we learned about a multi-step skincare routine to help us attain or maintain glowing skin. I’ve been learning more about skincare over the past couple of years (Thanks, Natch Beaut!), and I was happy to have some items reiterated as well as learn some new pieces of information. We discussed exfoliating, toning, serums, treatments, sunscreen, moisturizers, and more all within 45 minutes. We also got to use several products, including some luxury (to me) brands such as Drunk Elephant and Tatcha. Cheryl even had several options for each step of the skincare routine for us to choose from.

After the class concluded, we were free to ask additional questions of Cheryl or other members of the Sephora team. We were then free to pick up some products or, like we did, just leave in peace. I was pleasantly surprised that they did not try to sell us any products; being a free class, I went into it thinking they would really be trying to get us to buy buy BUY.

One portion of the class which slightly rubbed me the wrong way was the stance on cruelty-free products and animal testing in general. I understand Sephora sells many different brands and they probably need to be “fair” to all the brands, but I think it is important for them to understand that animal testing is not necessary. They seemed to sort of brush off the importance of the topic, stating that you can continue to buy products that sell in China without feeling guilty about it, because the products you’re buying aren’t the ones that are tested on animals (China requires all products to be tested on animals). This is backwards thinking to me, because brands don’t necessarily need to sell in China to be successful. Yes, it’s a huge market, but perhaps if several brands refused to sell there, they would change this requirement. Nevertheless, there are tons of brands that do not test on animals nor sell in China that are readily available, so for the employees to try to minimize the animal testing worries was discouraging to me.

Again, this was only a minor part of the class and is something that I wanted to make sure to include in this post. I still really, really enjoyed the class and the information I learned in it. For more information on animal testing as well as resources to find out which brands do and do not test on animals, check out Logical Harmony. Tashina Combs put together the website along with several lists (start here) that are an excellent guide to navigating a cruelty-free market.

Overall, the class was excellent and I was amazed that my skin did in fact have a youthful glow for the rest of the day. I don’t usually go into Sephora because the employees intimidate me, so I was pleasantly surprised by the class and look forward to taking another one in the future.