I Tried the Anti-Pollution Facial That's as Indulgent as It Is Practical

Photo: Amy Lawrenson

Facials are a tricky one to get right. For spa-based treatments (rather than those in a derm’s office), they have to straddle two lanes: practicality and indulgence. These days, time-poor people want their off-duty moments to be relaxing but also productive. The Decléor Hydra Floral Moisture Shield Anti-Pollution Facial (£75 for 75 minutes) nails that balance.

Seriously relaxing, it starts with a back massage to help the highly strung chill out before getting into the facial itself. Decléor’s facial was created in collaboration with superstar facialist Nichola Joss (who, yes, has touched Meghan Markle’s face on numerous occasions) and Fiona Brackenbury, Decléor’s director of training and education. Together, the two came up with a facial that is quite honestly one of the best I have experienced. When I left the room, three people marvelled at how nice my skin looked. It’s that good.

The treatment is based on the fact that pollution is ravaging our faces by causing premature ageing; damaging our skin’s natural barrier; and evoking serious dehydration. Pollution also causes pigmentation, blemishes and blocked and enlarged pores. (Damn you, city living.)

Joss is known for her massage technique, which has been woven throughout the 75-minute facial. I had my treatment with Brackenbury, but Joss’s signature style was definitely apparent. After the back massage, she used three types of facial massages—including a lymphatic drainage that’s designed to remove pollution and toxins from the skin and pores. In all honesty, I can’t tell you exactly what went on, because I was that relaxed, but what I do know is that the kneading and knuckling lulled me into a deep state of rest (which was just what I needed). Brackenbury was kind enough to tweak the products used so that it suited my spot-prone complexion just so. (Never be afraid to ask your therapist to tweak the products used in a facial to suit your skin’s needs.) Believe me when I say that I left that room with the complexion I was promised: glowing, hydrated, plump and more even in tone.

To coincide with the launch of the facial, Decléor has released two pollution-fighting products that contain anti-inflammatory baicalin, an ingredient that is known to protect skin from both the damaging pollution and resulting age-inducing oxidation. The Decléor Hydra Floral Fresh Skin Hydrating Light Cream (£43) and Decléor Hydra Floral Hydrating Wide-Open Eye Gel (£35) are applied at the end of the treatment to ensure your newly decongested and protected skin stays glowy.

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