Yorkshire Living’s Natalya Wilson visited our clinic seeking a boost of skin and soul.
Read on to hear Natalyas thoughts on her DermaQuest Facial and Red Light Therapy treatment here at face etc…
Face up to winter
Some weather forecasters have predicted that we will endure the worst winter for 100 years, with temperatures plummeting to as low as minus 20 degrees and blizzards blighting the country.
Not only does such terrible weather affect the way we look, but also the way we feel, playing havoc with our post-party stressed skin as well as sapping our flagging spirits.
You’d think it might take a miracle (or the very least a holiday in warmer, sunnier climes) to return your skin to it’s glowing best and brighten your mood.
A purely pampering facial just wouldn’t cut the mustard- it takes something more advanced. Something in which face etc… medispa, based in the heart of York specialises.
face etc… medispa, which has won the prestigious national accolade of ‘Best Clinic (four rooms or more)’ in the 2012/13 Aesthetic Awards, was established in 2004 by Sharon Moore who, after working in the NHS in a variety of clinical specialities for more than 20 years, decided to combine her passion for beauty with her medical knowledge by joining a Harley Street cosmetic surgery company as an aesthetic nurse.
She saw a strong demand for a specialised advanced beauty clinic in the Yorkshire area and face etc… was born. The clinic boasts 14 state of the art treatment rooms with en-suite facilities including for four aesthetics such as wrinkle relaxers and fillers, skin peels and intense pulsed light hair removal.
Described as offering an instant, visible lift or pre-event boost, face etc…’s Firming Enzyme Facial sounded ideal for my stressed, sensitive skin. Said to lighten and brighten the complexion, it stimulates collagen production to firm and plump the skin. At the centre of the treatment is a peptide-formulated mask packed full of enzymes that will invigorate and gently exfoliate leaving skin smoother, softer and more radiant.
There’s also an option to add a 15 minute long Lumiere natural Red Light Therapy on to any facial and in the case of this particular facial, it not only encourages collagen production, but also gives your skin- and spirits- an added boost. It’s safe and non-invasive, medically proven to encourage the production of collagen, even skin tone and smooth fine lines, as well as stimulating endorphins to lift your mood.
Walking in from the cold, it was lovely to warm up and relax in the spa’s newly refurbished waiting room, surrounded by shelves of exciting-sounding products, before being whisked in to one of the sumptuous treatment rooms by my therapist, Kirsty, whose passion is for the more advanced treatments such as this facial.
“The main focus of the Firming Enzyme Facial is hydration and for anyone concerned about ageing as it is a great introduction to DermaQuest’s products” said Kirsty. “It is ideal for people who are not quite ready for peels and offers a really good exfoliation as it uses papaya and pineapple enzymes, which act like ‘Pac Man’ to ‘eat’ away dead skin cells”.
I was aksed to lie down on the bed which was boosted by a Hydrotherm mat, a heated water pack that is placed behind the back and head, designed to relax the muscles. Kirsty applied a glycolic cleanser, a multi-purpose product good for all skin types and ideal for skin that is ageing, blackhead removal and as an exfoliator.
After removing the cleanser with warm flannels, at which stage my skin already felt cleaner and ‘tingly’, she mixed the papaya and pineapple enzyme mask, designed to slough away the dead skin cells and firm and tighten the skin. This was left on for 10 minutes, followed by a hydrating gel mask containing lavender, which soothed my skin, as well as adding moisture.
While this worked its magic, Kirsty gave me a relaxing scalp massage, before removing the mask and applying two serums; one hydrating and another which activates collagen, promoting anti-ageing, combining this with 15 minutes under the red light with my eyes closed, felt like I was lying on a beach in the Maldives at the height of summer, rather than on a treatment bed in York in mid-winter.
“The Lumiere Red Light works down to the dermis, penetrating skin cells to produce more collagen”, Kirsty said. “It’s great for combatting SAD syndrome during the winter months too”.
The added hand and arm massage, while the light shone down on me, only served to relax me further, so that when the light went off, and the treatment was brought to an end with the application of a reviving light moisturiser, further boosting the hydrating ingredients that had been applied earlier in the facial, I not only glowed on the outside, but on the inside too.