I really do enjoy giving myself a facial. I’m much more keen to go the DIY route than head to a spa – whilst salon facials usually give better results, I find it hard to relax with a stranger prodding my skin.
Usually I go the route of a hybrid of different cleansers, exfoliators, masks and moisturisers, but the Lisa Hoffman Spa Facial Packette provides all my facial needs from one brand.
The pack contains mono-doses of 10 Lisa Hoffman spa products, from cleansers and toners to serums and a lip polish.
It is super easy to use; each mini ampoule is numbered so you can’t get the order mixed up, and the instructions let you know what each product does, step by step.
The star of the range is the divine Lip Moisturiser – the texture is something between a gel and a balm. It instantly turns lips silky soft. I’ll definitely be buying a full sized version.
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When you’re asked if you want to review the new Elemis Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Facial, it would be so rude to say no. This new anti-ageing facial from Elemis is clinically proven to reduce the number of fine lines and wrinkles by up to 94% and improve skin firmness by up to 57% after just one treatment – so I was keen to see how it would work for me.
First my therapist applied a gentle rose petal cleanser, then a series of masks. While the ingredients were busy unravelling the ravages of time I enjoyed an arm and hand massage. Finally the star product – the pro-collagen quartz lift mask – was applied. While this was ‘setting’ I had a blissful scalp massage.
The mask peels off sci-fi style, a bit like a floppy Oscar, and you can see the indentations where it has picked up uneven skin tone and tiny blemishes.
A coating of the pro-collagen marine cream, across face and décolleté, and I’m ready to look in the mirror. My skin is radiant. The next morning my skin is still plump and glowing and my fine lines are less visible – praise be!
Verdict: A great facial for targeting early signs of ageing and in my experience the effects last for at least a week. Great preparation if you’re about to begin an anti-ageing beauty routine.
Where to try: The Beauty Guerrilla reviewed the Elemis Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Facial at Le Petit Spa, Malmaison, The Mailbox, Birmingham, 0121 246 5000
Good news is that the Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Mask by Elemis (£45, 01278 727830) is now available to buy. It uses two key anti-ageing ingredients – Quartz and Noni – which uplift the skin and give it a younger, firmer appearance. The beauty of this product is that you can use it as a mask or you can leave it on overnight, making it the perfect and easy-to-use At Home Facial.
By Lindsay: Although I will happily spend a whole lot of money on beauty products, I rather resent spending money on anything other than the most essential treatments (aren’t they all about relaxation rather than results?)However despite my misgivings, the Elemis SOS facial at their flagship Day Spa in Mayfair seriously confounded my expectations. Far from the empty ‘de-stress’ promises of other treatments, this delivered tangible results (as well as feeling completely heavenly) and the masks and facial massage really felt like they were benefiting my sensitive, acne-prone skin.
After the treatment there was no sign of redness or breakouts and my skin felt unnervingly soft and clear with a radiance and glow that certainly wasn’t there before. I even felt confident enough to spend the rest of my day sans make-up (something I never do) and my complexion remained clearer and more plumped up for the next ten days. The skin consultation, which was included with the facial, is a nice touch (the therapists at the spa are pro’s at diagnosing skin type) and the six mini Elemis products that I was given after prolonged the results.
S.O.S. Purifying Facial £90
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