The Facials of the Future
Daily Mail Beauty Supplement 11 march 2019.
Alice Hart-Davis revealed the best procedures and products for looking younger.
From a Fire & Ice peel to the Venus Freeze, the cutting edge, surgery-free treatments that really can transform your face
Can you dip a toe in the water and try a lightweight version of some of the more extreme cosmetic procedures? Yes. All you need is the right sort of facial — one with added benefits, such as microneedling, lasers, a light skin peel or electrical skin tightening.
These are the bridges between old-style, pampering, beauty-salon facials, and medical, clinic-based procedures, and you can find them both in salons and clinics nationwide.
FIRE & ICE PEEL
The Fire & Ice Treatment aims to make dull skin look smoother, brighter and more radiant.
What is It? Two professional-strength masks. The ‘fire’ mask is 18 per cent glycolic acid with retinol, to exfoliate; the ‘ice’ mask is soothing with aloe vera, antioxidants and hydrating hyaluronic acid. Both the masks and the products used alongside come from the well-accredited iS Clinical.
What it feels like: After cleansing, the ‘fire’ mask is brushed on to my face and I lie there waiting for the tingling to start, as the glycolic acid dissolves the bonds holding old skin cells on to the skin’s surface. It doesn’t take long. I last for about two minutes of the itchy stinging, and the relief is immense when the acid is neutralised with water.
Dr Preema Vig’s clinic includes a face massage before the second mask, removing gunk from congested pores softened by the peel. After the second, soothing mask, all the surplus hydrating serum from the mask is massaged into my skin.
PAIN LEVEL: 4 — the glycolic mask is moderately uncomfortable.
Verdict: Fabulous. My skin has shed its drab facade and looks brighter with a youthful glow. Celebrities such as Halle Berry and Gwyneth Paltrow love this facial for a quick boost. I can see why — my skin looked terrific for a week.
Cost and location: It costs from £120 (drpreema.com). To find a local practitioner, see isclinical.co.uk