Its no secret I am a serious fan of Eve Lom. Although I’ve tried other cleansers in the 3+ years I’ve been using Eve Lom’s legendary cleanser, I always go back. As such I’ve always been curious to try the facials and see if they’re worth the investment.
Of all the beauty treatments available, I LOVE facials. I think it’s the physical contact, but I got into a total state of blissed out zen-like relaxation when I’m having them. Of course, they can be hit and miss when it comes to actual results though and as I always notice the difference in my skin when I go back to Eve Lom, I wondered if the facial would be as good. Out of London, it’s often a matter of waiting for the department stores to get their slot in the communal spa rooms before you fight for an appointment and I’ve never quite managed it, so I was delighted to see a new Eve Lom counter in Manchester’s Trafford Center and snag an appointment there to review the facial.
I was greeted by Sarah Cordier, one of Eve’s leading facialists, there to give training to the new staff. After being settled onto the table and cosseted in warm towels the treatment got underway with the signature cleanse first to remove my make up before the warm paraffin mask was applied. I’ve only ever had a paraffin nail mask that was amazing for restoring moisture into the skin and the paraffin face mask was even better. Layer upon layer was applied with a large soft brush stroked over the skin, warming and relaxing at the same time. The point of the mask is to soften the skin before the extractions.
Sounds gross right? Well at risk of being branded gross, I love extractions. Granted, it’s not the most relaxing experience but the mental image of all the grime the therapist must be removing from your pores is great – you know you’re going to be all the better for it! Sarah was enthusiastic to say the least.
After the extractions, Sarah applied Dynaspot, Eve’s blemish cream, to any problem areas and then the famous Eve Lom Rescue mask. A lymphatic massage for the back, shoulders, arms, decollate and face followed to improve the circulation, then I was finished off with the new Eve Lom serum and TLC cream – nothing short of heavenly.
One of the best things about the whole experience was the chat afterwards – as a converted user, Sarah went through my routine with me to see if I was doing everything properly and confirmed my worst fears, that I had got lazy with my routine. Here are the tips she passed on that I took away with me…
- Change your cloth daily. I admitted that I leave my muslin cloth in the bathroom, drying between uses for sometimes more than a week (yuk!) breeding germs in the warm damp environment. Sarah suggested having a few on the go and just throwing it into the wash after each use so you can be sure they’re clean and not spreading bacteria around your face.
- Invest in new cloths regularly. Each cloth lasts approximately the life of a large pot of cleanser (I estimate that to be 9-12 months at my rate of usage) by which time they become bald and won’t do their job as well.
When I turned up to the facial I hung my head in shame as my skin has chosen that specific time to go into a complete melt down accompanied by my worst break out in some months. Straight afterwards, make up-less and shiny with moisturiser I was dubious about how well my stressed out skin had fared but as soon as 24 hours the difference was noticeable. My spots completely dried up – no new ones appeared for more than a week afterwards and the inflamed areas resolved quicker than usual. I’ve always been a fan of the Rescue mask and would highly recommend it to readers with stressed or spot prone skin as it really does rescue you. I don’t know if I can attribute the whole improvement to that or the facial but if you need a treat for yourself or your skin, I don’t think you can go wrong.
Have you tried the Eve Lom facial or are you a fan of their products? Id love to hear if you use Eve Lom, particularly if it was me who is responsible!
Disclaimer: Rebecca reviewed the Eve Lom Signature facial as a guest of Eve Lom, but if she wouldn’t recommend it to a friend, you wouldn’t be hearing about it here.