I decided to have a facial to try and boost my skin a little, as it felt especially dry after the long winter months. So I headed to Skin 3 in Swiss Cottage to try a brand new treatment specifically designed to quench parched skin: the Environ HydraBoost.
Before the treatment began I had a skin analysis, the results of which appeared on a computer screen. The computer reads and processes the information and gives you a ‘score’ on different areas such as fine lines, texture and sun damage. It was really interesting as well as thorough, and provided the therapist (and myself!) with a wealth of information to work with. I noticed, for instance, that when I wash my face I tend to leave the temple area out. Go figure!
The facial begins with the application of hyaluronic acid in the form of a serum. This product holds 1000 times its own weight in water and soaks right into the skin, helping to reduce fine lines caused by dehydration. It also increases the plumpness of the lower levels of the skin. The treatment then becomes a little more technical, and a machine emitting a special low frequency was used to apply electrical pulses on my face. It had a metallic sound to it – a bit like a mosquito – but was really relaxing, and I’m told that it really helps the active ingredients to penetrate deeply. Finally, after more delicious smelling serums were applied, an alginate mask was painted onto my face and was left on for about 10 minutes, while my arms and hands were being massaged. A part from feeling incredibly relaxed, I thought this treatment was sensational. It visibly improved my skin’s texture straight away and it seemed to regain the glow it had lost. I am using the Focus Hydrating Serum at home as a maintenance product and will be sure to book a follow up treatment again soon. I was interested to learn that all Environ facials use the highest quality ingredients and vitamins A, C & E, which are essential to maintain and repair the skin.
“When skin is well hydrated it looks smoother, healthier and more youthful. A course of treatments will enhance the longevity of effects, especially when used in conjunction with Environ home care products.” Training director Tracy Tamaris.
The Environ HydraBoost Treatment is available as one hour (from £90) or one and a half hours (£110) treatment (regional variations). Focus Hydrating Serum, priced £65, can also be used at home, It is part of a comprehensive range of skincare products available from beauty salons, spas and aesthetic clinics nationwide. For more information about Environ telephone 020 8450 2020 or visit www.iiaa.eu.
Skin 3 is located on 41 Fairfax Road, Swiss Cottage, London, NW6. CHeck out their website on www.skin3.co.uk.