By Master Stylist Vicki Ogden-O’Fee
Well, we’ve finally made it into summer and while the weather may be a bit on and off over the past few weeks, we have had at least a decent amount of sunshine. But as some of us unlucky ones have found out, just one day out in the sun can lead to your skin feeling dry, tight and burnt. Though you can achieve healthy skin again at home, at V for Hair and Beauty Merivale, we strongly recommend a specialised facial if you end up in this situation. Bad skin during summer is a definite call for a facial. But you might be wondering, what is a facial and what difference does it really make?
The name ‘facial’ does sound very modest, but the results can be marvellous. A facial is a skin treatment for the face that can cleanse your pores, exfoliate, rejuvenate, nourish and leave your skin feeling smooth and healthier. They are very beneficial in our beauty rooms, where you can pick the type of facial based off your skin type and the benefits you require. Our therapists can give you a full skin analysis to make the decision of what the right one is for your individual needs. The multi-step facial process varies depending on what type of facial you or the therapist have requested. We have six types of facials available and to find the perfect one for you, just keep reading!
Our first and most budget friendly option is our Classic Facial, available for $50.00. When time is of the essence and you need time out to treat your skin, this facial package is a must. Over 45 minutes you will undergo a double cleanse, exfoliation, massage and mask. This is our entry level facial and is a great idea for a first timer.
The next level up is our Deluxe Facial. Valued at $80.00, over the course of 75 minutes you will experience the perfect all-round facial. Including a full skin analysis, double cleanse, exfoliation, relaxing massage and hot steaming towel mask with our lovely Salon Professional’s range of skin care. With either of these two facials, you also can purchase a voucher online that entitles you to a free 6th facial after your 5th one!
Our next four facials available in store are our Pure Fiji facials, where all products are primarily of the brand Pure Fiji, who collect their ingredients from the rainforests in Fiji to create chemical free, beautiful scents and textures in their products. These facial packages are more aimed at specific aspects you want to improve. They work around your skin type and result that you want, than being an all-round facial. All four of our Luxury Pure Fiji facials are valued at $110.00 and take place over the course of 75 minutes.
The first is our Pure Fiji Purifying Facial, which is ideal to purify and cleanse your skin after a summer holiday where you have been left feeling oily and icky afterwards. This deep cleansing facial removes dead skin cells by using fine clay and tropical fruit enzymes, which ends up minimising your pore appearance, strengthening skin elasticity and restoring a healthy glow on your skin. Skin is left feeling beautifully hydrated, cleansed and rejuvenated.
The Pure Fiji Hydra-Lift Facial is one to consider if you’re left feeling burnt, undernourished and are beginning to become anxious about fine lines coming through after your holiday. The Hydra-Lift facial is the key to restoring hydration and will give your skin that extra boost with the amazing line of products from Pure Fiji. This blend will rejuvenate and nourish your skin while reducing the appearance of dryness and fine lines.
Our Pure Fiji Firming Facial is a very good idea if you’re in need of a good cleanse, firming and overall skin regeneration. If you’re not sure the other facials are a match for you, this is the one to go for. The Pure Fiji Firming skincare range with stimulate elastin synthesis, improve your overall tissue structure and minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Skin ends up feeling instantly lifted, tightened and firm.
Finally is our Pure Fiji Exfoliating Facial. One of the most popular facial packages purchased, the is a must for anyone craving a silky-smooth feeling for their skin. As this is the natural alternative to a chemical peel, you don’t have to stress about any nasties ending up on your face as everything is natural! With papaya and pineapple fruit enzymes, this facial will clear the face of impurities and removes the build-up of dead skin cells, creating a smooth and radiant complexion.
While receiving any of these facials, you can be comfortable in knowing you are in the hands of a professional who knows exactly what they are doing. Our Head Beauty therapist, Pam has been specially trained by the founders of Pure Fiji, so she is ready to pamper you with any of these facial rituals to create the refreshed and pampered feeling coming back from holiday.
With the added knowledge you have just gained about facials you may be able to decide for yourself if you feel like you’re in need of one. We do highly recommend coming in post-holiday however, quite often your skin can be left dry and sensitive after some time away from home in the sun and water. A facial can be the perfect pick me up to bring back colour and smoothness into your skin to keep you looking wonderful for the new year. All facials we offer help to bring back hydration into skin after tanning or burning to create a fresh and new look as the new skin cells are exposed.
A facial is also a very good idea for teenagers experiencing problems with their skin in their day to day life. Teenagers are the group of people who will most likely benefit from a facial, as they tend to experience clogged pores, acne and breakouts a lot more than the rest of us. Sometimes the importance of skin care is pushed to the side or forgotten, but poor skin care during youthful years can end up resulting in impurities as they grow older. It can be hard for them to find time around school, sports and their social life so the holidays are the perfect time to try something new to benefit their skin. Now is the time to mend the effects of going away on holidays on skin to replenish and cleanse with a facial.
So why as a teenager should you commit to getting facials? For teenagers, facials unclog pores and clean out blackheads caused by excess oil production on the face. It is very helpful to remember that commonly used home skin care products do not produce the same results as a professional salon facial. Home products only help reduce clogged pores, whereas salon facials fully unclog pores in a safe and efficient way. At V for Hair and Beauty, you are also able to select the facial that will work best for you and your own skin type. This is especially helpful as teens tend to have different kinds of problem skin, so what works for one may not work for another.
Getting a facial every four to six weeks can make a big difference in your overall complexion. Whether the big difference is softened skin, feeling cleansed, having hydrated skin or minimised wrinkles, there is always a benefit of having regular facials. Booking facial appointments will also help you to keep on top of your regular skincare routine. This is because you’ll leave the beauty rooms with insight into what’s going on with your skin and the suggested follow-up care it will need once you’ve left.
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