After much contemplation I finally parted with my hard earned pounds to get a Dermalogica facial at the Beauty Haven Spa in South London.
I had previously heard about how good Dermalogica products were for the skin however I also knew they were quite expensive I wanted to have the correct products recommended for my skin by a trained professional.
Upon my arrival for my appointment I was asked to fill out a questionnaire containing questions about my skin profile, lifestyle, allergies, existing skin care regimen and my Skin goal's.
Once I finished the questionnaire I went over my answers with the Beauty consultant then, she ushered me to the treatment room where I was asked to remove the clothing from the top part of my body and was provided with a towel and a shower cap.
Once I was comfortable on the table covered in fluffy towels a Beauty consultant completed a Face Mapping Skin Analysis of my face using the Dermalogica Face Map as a guide.
Face mapping skin analysis procedure provides the skin care therapist with an objective view of the skin's condition as well as an indication of the issues that might be affecting it.
Face mapping skin analysis divides the face into 14 distinct zones, each with its own set of potential problems and unique needs. Using the zones and the Dermalogica Face Map as a guide, the therapist is able to conduct an inch-by-inch, methodical analysis of the facial landscape, guaranteeing that the subsequent professional treatment and home-care prescription will fully address each client's concerns.
Please not this procedure is only available from approved Following Face Mapping skin analysis.
A facial was tailored to my specific needs which included:
• Face Cleansing
• Pressure Point Face Massage
• Arm Massage
• Hand massage
• Foot massage
• Facial Mask
The whole experience took just over an hour 15 min and I found the experience to be really relaxing and at some point I'm sure I fell asleep.
I immediately noticed a diffrence in my skin after the facial; my skin had a really fresh feeling and was a lot smoother to the touch.
Once I was dressed Beauty consultant told me that my skin was generally in good condition but i had an oily T-zone area with a lot of dead skin around my cheeks which is stopping my skin from absorbing moisture and giving the illusion that my skin is dryer than it is.
I was then advised that I needed to drink more water and to steer away from oil based moisturizers as they only sit on the skin giving the the impression of moisture with out actually rehydrating the skin.
It was recommended that I purchase the Dermalogica travel kit for Oily skin which costs around £24 then if i was happy with the results I could consider buying the larger bottles cost around £22 each.
The Dermalogica travel kit for Oily skin included the following products:
Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser
This is a thick clay based liquid which doesn't foam up, when applied it has a kind of tingling sensation which was kind of weird but my skin felt really clean when i washed it off.
Dermalogica Skin Prep Scrub
This is a skin-polishing exfoliant with natural grains that are meant to remove dulling surface debris from the skin. Normally it would be advised to exfoliate around three times a week however as I have a lot of dead skin I have been advised to exfoliate every day and also use a buff puff.
Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner
I never used a toner before but it has a lovely cool sensation after using the Dermalogica Skin Prep Scrub as it contains a refreshing blend of skin repairing aloe, moisture-binding humectants plus soothing lavender, balm mint and arnica.
Dermalogica Active Moist
This is a lightweight, oil-free lotion that is meant to help combat hydration, it looks creamy white and is very runny unlike the Lotions I used previously which were a lot heavier. For this reason I though that I would eventually have that tight dry feeling on my face and need to reapply but I was wrong.
Dermalogica Climate Control Lip Treatment
I do actually suffer from chapped lips and have to regularly moisturise. How ever I am finding this balm to be adequate with out being too heavy.
I intend to continue using the Dermalogica Products until my next facial which I have booked for next month, hopefully by then the effects of using the products on my skin will be more evident.