Recommended: The Eve Lom Signature facial

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.

The Verdict?
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.

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23 thoughts on “Recommended: The Eve Lom Signature facial

  1. At the risk of sounding stupid, what is an extraction (other than so meting painful that the dentist does)?

    Can you tell I have never had a facial…..

  2. I’ve been looking for a move away from Clinique for my oily and spot prone skin, and have been tempted to try Eve Lom- will give the cleanser and rescue mask a go!

  3. Oh my skin is such a disaster area at the moment…I’m tempted to just blow loads of money on a facial. It gets me down every single morning and whenever I look in the mirror. I don’t know what it is that’s wrong but for the love of God I hope it settles down soon – I refuse to wear foundation all summer!

    Mr K tells me to use products with salicylic acid – the muslin cloth/cream combo (I used Liz Earle) made no difference to my skin whatsoever, I was gutted. So i’m using products with salicylic acid but I’m sure that can’t be great either. Am at the end of my tether…can you tell?!

    • Anna, I had horrible skin at the beginning of the year – to the point my mum told me to visit the doctor! However, before I did that I bought a bottle of Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Stress Control® 3-in-1 Daily Cleansing Lotion because it was only £4 and I thought it would be worth a try. It is great stuff, worked miracles for me! I used it to actually cleanse my face for the first couple of weeks until it had dried out and spots subsided, and then after that have just been using it as a toner after cleansing. It is pretty strong stuff – I wouldn’t put it on sensitive skin – but it definitely works for problem skin!

      • Highly recommend Alpha-H I used all three products: balancing cleanser first to remove make up then the triple action gel (all aloe vera base) and cream with 10% glycol balancing cream, the latter is a bit weird at the beginning, it gives a sensation of burning your skin, but with a few days skin gets used to it and it just gets better and better, really plus my little scars got lighter and more shallow. It is not as expensive as Eve lom, which I used recently and I have mixed feelings, I mean the cleanser has this weird greasy consistency everyt time I used it I was really scared I would be covered in spots. PS> also diet, it is so important if I have these bad eating days my skin is awful, however for 80% of the month I avoid alcohol, bad food in particular sweets and milk base products and my skin is far better. Try worth it!

  4. I’d love to give Eve Lom a try – I’ve heard lots of good things about it. I currently use Dermalogica (which I know you’re not a fan of Rebecca!) but whilst I love it, I can’t help but think there might be something a little better for my oily/spot prone skin. I sympathise with you Anna K… and might give the cleanser and rescue mask a go too! Thanks for the write up!

  5. I was recommended Eve Lom by my make-up artist before my wedding and I haven’t looked back. I absolutely love it! Like you though, I am seriously lazy with the muslin cloths…must buy more!

    I was really interested to read your review on their facials as Space NK do them from time to time and I was wondering if it was worth trying out…I definitely will be now!

    I would also highly recommend Nubo Diamond Peel and Reveal as a mask…it is quite pricey but it is absolutely amazing…again another tip off from my make-up artist!

  6. Ive been using Liz Earl too, and to be honest, my skin doesnt look any better than it did with good old boots No 7!.My skin is normal but I would love that “healthy glow” look! Ive tried and tested a few, found Clinique really nipped my skin. Will give it a go when m Liz Earl finishes.

  7. Has anyone with sensitive skin used Eve Lom? I’m really tempted to try the rescue mask as my skin has taken a nosedive in recent months but I tend to react to anything and everything, resulting in painful redness and peeling on top of the spots!

    • Gemma, I have HORRIFICALLY sensitive skin, not just on my face but everywhere. I can’t wax my legs, for example. But Eve Lom works wonders for me, I buy it whenever I can afford it… I know it doesn’t work for everyone sensitive but my acne prone, dry yet oily skin, loves it x

        • It’s supposed to have lots of soothing and moisturising ingredients to calm stressed skin Gemma, but also has a lot of plant extracts so if you struggle with anything like aromatherapy oils, it may cause a problem. They always have sachets at the eve lom counter to hand out though, so try and get one of those to try it first…

  8. Where do they do the Eve Lom facials in the Trafford Centre? Selfridges? And how much are they? I’d had a look on online but couldn’t find any information.
    I use Eve Lom cleanser (when I can be bothered *lazy emoticon!*) but feel like my skin needs a little bit of boost at the moment.

    • Yes, in the Trafford Center Selfridges. They have a new EL counter and use the beauty rooms the, but it’s on a rota so they’re not always available. I think you can sign up to be notified though.

      I’d expect to pay around £100, pricey for a facial, but I Tim it’s worth getting a good one every now and then and it’s definitely cheaper than some I’ve seen!


  9. Seriously Rebecca, you are not helping my savings drive. The more I read, the more I want to revert back to that lovely pot of gloop.

    I’m grateful for the muslin cloth confession. I still use mine even with my econo cleanser. I’m not sure I’ll manage a daily change but twice a week will be an improvement.

  10. I use the Eve Lom cleanser and am a total fan, my face never feels the same if I use anything else. I am sure in helps minimize pores and really does a good job of cleaning and smoothing my skin – LOVE IT, even the slightly odd, straw like smell it has! It busts my budget a bit so I haven’t tried her other products yet…

  11. OK Rebecca, here’s a challenge for you. I have the exact opposite skin to most people -it is DRY DRY DRY, I almost never get spots (don’t get jealous, wait for what’s coming) but it goes so flaky and dry, particularly around my cheeks, that my skin sometimes looks grey (lovely).

    I have tried LOADS of different moisturisers but the challenge is I also don’t like things that feel really oily on my skin (I have abandoned several cleansers for this reason). The best one I’ve found is a Phytomer hydrating serum but even that, if applied in the morning, has gone by lunchtime leaving me a grey-skinned disaster once again.

    Suggestions please?!

  12. Anita, I’m sure I’m preaching to the converted but have you tried something like the prescription emollients, like diprobase, or Eucerin actually has a huge brand with serums and the like I think,

    Sounds like you need an oil based cleanser… Like EL or the Sanctuary one I wrote about. Honestly, EL was the first time I have ever washed my face and not felt all tight dry and uncomfortable afterwards, despite getting spots, my skin is dry too.

    And a good exfoliator to strip the dry skin off too… Again, the muslin clothes great, it what about modern friction… Possibly a bit drying for you?


    • Actually Rebecca it’s funny you mention about prescription emollients, I was looking through my bathroom cupboard the other day and found a sample of Balneum emollient which I think I must have been given by a friendly drug rep at some point!! I’ve used it on my face for the past couple of days and it’s certainly better than other moisturisers I’ve been using!

      Re exfoliators -I actually really like using exfoliators and gentle scrubs and recently bought Soap and Glory’s ‘The Fab Pore’ but it’s definitely drying my skin out even more, booo! Perhaps need to explore the muslin cloth thing…

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