May 3rd 2018
We try the yoga facial that 'lifts' the skin and gives you your glow back
February 25th 2018 / 0 comment
Alex Harrison headed over to The Decléor flagship day spa to test out their latest, yoga-inspired skin lifting facial treatment that promises to shape the face and boost radiance. Plus, GTG readers can save an exclusive 20% off...
Where are we?
The beautiful flagship day spa nestled away in Notting Hill is a real pleasure to visit, even just for a browse. It’s clean, calm and tranquil, with all retail products laid out for customers to test out and with staff armed with a wealth of knowledge on each and every product. The boutique consists of two express treatment rooms upstairs and two full treatment rooms downstairs, as well as a state of the art mirror in the main shop that can provide a recording of your therapist performing specific facial massage techniques on your face for you to take home and replicate yourself.
What are we having?
This treatment takes inspiration from the yin and yang elements of Vinyasa Flow Yoga to significantly improve skin radiance and luminosity, improve the shape and definition of the face and give a lifted appearance to the cheekbones and eyelids.
My therapist Lauren explained each element of the treatment in full to me before we started, detailing the techniques she would be using and what they actually do to help have a notable impact on the skin.
What’s it like?
The treatment starts with the signature Decléor 'back diagnostic' (essentially, a quick back massage where they apply pressure to specific reflex points), where Lauren advised me that I had some inflammation around my kidneys that was giving off signs of dehydration (must remember my 2 litres a day!). The treatment then proceeded with a deep cleanse and exfoliation using products from the Prolagéne Lift Range, which incorporate a blend of Iris and two types of lavender essential oils to promote a smooth, firm and luminous complexion. The products are massaged in using rapid Kobido movements (a Japanese technique which supposedly lifts the skin) to help stimulate the deeper skin tissue.
This was then followed by the thermal mask, which is what makes this treatment unique. Lauren explained that the mask would be placed over the entire face - including the eyes and the lips - where it will begin to heat up, then cool down in order to be lifted away with ease. The heat in the mask is meant to loosen up the muscle fibres, moulding to the facial contours, before cooling and setting, contracting your skin to sculpt and lift. All sounds very blissful, but I would advise that this section is not for the fainthearted, nor those prone to claustrophobia...
The mask was applied and after about three minutes I could feel the formula beginning to warm up on my skin as the thermal properties got to work. After about 15 minutes I started to become very aware that the mask had set over my face, and for some this could be a bit uncomfortable - it requires controlled breathing as your mouth is completely covered. Once the mask had completely set it was then lifted from my face (the freedom is an instant relief!) and a light moisturiser and eye cream was applied to finish off the treatment.
What the mask looks like once removed
This has got to be one of the best facials I have had to date – the whole experience was extremely relaxing and the results afterwards were the best I have seen. For someone like me who is prone to a bit of a shiny face, it’s hard to find a facial where you don’t leave looking like an oil slick. This is where I feel Decléor outshines the rest; my skin felt so smooth and soft, and my t-zone was completely oil free, yet still felt nourished and hydrated. I mentioned this to Lauren who explained that this was because the treatment is designed to ensure the products are absorbed into the skin as opposed to sitting on top, which is what can lead to a shiny face at the end of a lot of traditional facials which involve layers and layers of products. As for the shaping and lifting, one treatment wasn't enough for me to see any visible difference - the end result was much more about the look and feel of my skin tone and texture.
Best of all, to my surprise I woke up the next morning to a blemish-free face. I had long accepted that the pitfall of a good facial was a couple of blemishes in the following days as your skin ‘purges’ the toxins and general grime after a good clean. However if anything I woke up with a clearer complexion, and the softest skin I have ever had. A massive thumbs up from me.
Our treat to you
Get The Gloss readers can receive 20% off a Yoga Lift Facial (full price £80) at the Decléor Westbourne Grove Boutique & Day Spa or in participating John Lewis/House of Fraser treatments rooms. Locations of stores participating:
Decléor Boutique & Day Spa, 187 Westbourne Grove, London, W11 2SB - tel: 020 7792 1089
John Lewis Newcastle & Retreat - Newcastle, Eldon Square, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE99 1AB - tel: 0191 211 3436
John Lewis Trafford - Manchester, Peel Avenue, Intu Trafford Centre, M17 8JL - tel: 0161 746 3646
House of Fraser Oxford Street - London, 318 Oxford Street, London, W1C 1HF - tel: 0844 800 3752
John Lewis Cheadle & Retreat - Cheadle, Wilmslow Road, Cheadle, SK8 3BZ - tel: 0161 491 8784
Peter Jones John Lewis - London, Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8EL - tel: 0207 881 6416
House of Fraser - Leeds, 140-142 Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6BR - tel: 0844 800 3739
House of Fraser Metro - Newcastle, Metro Centre, Gateshead, NE11 9YE - tel: 0844 800 3746
John Lewis - Liverpool, 70 South John Street, Liverpool, L1 8BJ - tel: 0151 705 3880
John Lewis - Leicester, 2 Bath House Lane, Leicester, LE1 4SA - tel: 0116 242 5777
John Lewis - Southampton, West Quay, Southampton, SO15 1QA - tel: 0238 021 6323
John Lewis - Solihull, Touchwood, Solihull, B91 3RA - tel: 0121 704 7263
To claim your offer you will need to call the participating store to book using the code 'GTGDECLEOR'.
Terms and conditions: treatment must be booked by 31st March and redeemed by 30th April. Offer only valid on Yoga Lift Facial. Offer not valid with any other discount. Offer valid only in participating stores.