No matter who we are, even if you look after your skin(don’t worry it’s just me and you talking here, no one will know) we all have days where are skin feels like crap. Now throw into the mix the stresses and strains of modern urban living and we put our skin through a lot and we expect a lot from it, so once in a while we should show our appreciate for it and, OK I’ll say it pamper it, show the skin we’re in that we love it. There I said it !
Now one of the best ways to do this is to take yourself off to one of the growing numbers of spas that will be offering the City Recovery Facial Treatment from SkinCeuticals. This is a tailored treatment specially designed to combat environmental skin damage and correct and prevent this damage through environmental aggressors.
The SkinCeuticals City Recovery Facial Treatment tackles the skin issues of the guy who is exposed to damage triggered by ‘city living’. Free radical attacks, caused by pollution, smoke and UV light can lead to premature ageing and poor skin function and are common place for the average urbanite, boooo. This attack by external factors alongside dehydration of the skin caused by air conditioning, central heating and errrr drinking too much often causes skin to look dry, old, congested and ‘sluggish’. Combine this with a bad diet, smoking and or a lack of sleep and the skin is left appearing ‘stressed’, often resulting in ailments such as dull skin or even acne, we’ve all been here lads.
Now, exactly what does it involve? It’s all good and well talking about free radicals and antioxidants. So, all for the benefit of Clothes-make-the -man.com and with your best interests at heart, good reader, I took myself off to road test this very treatment.
The facial treatment consists of a deep pore cleansing, extractions and exfoliation using the salicylic and mandelic acid SkinCeuticals SM Gel Peel and SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque, are you still with me ?
Once the skin is thoroughly steamed and cleansed, it is stimulated and oxygenated with the use of the Direct High Frequency Treatment machine which bathes the skin in oxygen molecules and stimulates the blood flow (thats the science bit). In addition it helps to close the pores and provides an added benefit of an antiseptic effect for skin prone to spots. For deep hydration, the SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Masque is applied and absorbed by the skin whilst a lymphatic drainage massage is done by the therapist. The antioxidant therapy is incorporated with the application of the SkinCeuticals Vitamin C Firming Masque and a dose of the new Phloretin CF Gel and AOX+ Eye Gel to help correct visible signs of ageing and help prevent against future environmental damage.
The treatment concludes with the application of a UVA/UVB sunscreen and a stern but fair piece of advice from the therapist telling me to look after my skin as it’s the only one I have, plus a recommended prescription of at-home SkinCeuticals products (which includes daily use of the Phloretin CF Gel and Sheer Mineral UV Defense or Ultra Facial Defense sunscreens).
Now the treatments come in either a full on 75 minute version or an express type at 45 minutes, if your lifestyle is just too in the fast lane, which costs £115 – 75 minutes / £80 – 45 minutes. I know it might sound a lot, but believe me it’s worth it as I walked in, late, after the mother of all nightmare meetings and walked out knowing I could tackle whatever the world was going to throw at me. Remember; as we always say at Clothes-make-the-man.com, “you get what you pay for” plus it’s good to spoil yourself once in a while.
The treatment is available exclusively at The Refinery, 60 Brook Street, London and The Refinery in Harrods until 31st April 2012, then is available nationwide from May 2012.
The Refinery: 020 7409 2001
SkinCeuticals Stockist Tel: 05603141956