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The facial starts off with a good, thorough cleansing of your skin under a steamer. For those of you who are a bit claustrophobic, mention this to your therapist because this might be too much for you. But if you can handle the steam, it is great at opening up the pores and allowing the cleansers to lift out the dirt. The cleansing seems to take up a lot of time, however this really preps your skin well for the exfoliation. The exfoliation is again, catered to your skin type and concerns. I recently had a more powerful exfoliation with lactic acid that left my skin the softest and smoothest it has ever been. Seriously, if I could have a bottle of this at home I totally would! I was touching my skin in disbelief and even made JP touch it (I am weird). After the exfoliation Catherine mixed up a few different masks for me to add nutrients back into my skin as well as combat my dehydration. For good measure I also get a dose of their Age Smart anti-ageing mask to help prevent premature ageing. After the masking, the facial ends off with a spray of toner, some serum and moisturiser. If you don't want to leave the room without any coverage on your skin, the therapist is happy to apply some Dermalogica tint to your face.
What sets these facials apart from other facials I have had, is that during the facial you receive 3 different massages! First off, during the Cleansing you get a good facial massage. Initially this felt a bit odd to me, but boy oh boy does it help relax a person. Then during the exfoliation you get a a neck and shoulder massage - how great is this sounding! Then finally during the time the mask is working its magic, you are treated to a scalp massage. This leaves you feeling completely relaxed and you get to walk out the room with amazing skin!
With each facial I have, I get a new skin mapping done which I really appreciate because it helps me know that what I am doing is working and also let's me know what might be "making an appearance" soon. The therapists use special lights and glasses to see close up what is happening in your skin and what is lying beneath the surface - so you are able to address issues before they become a big problem.
So this is why I happily pay my R580 to have an hour long investment in my skin every 3 - 4 weeks. It is my "me time" where I am 100% selfish and focused on spoiling myself. I feel that I work hard enough to say this without feeling shy or guilty about it. It is possibly the only hour I take and basically "shut out the world". I can't wait for the beginning of October when I have my next appointment!