Stocksy / Sergey Filimonov
When it comes to facials I don’t expect luxury. I expect results. If I want an indulgent treatment, I’ll book a massage but when it comes to my face I want to know that I’m going to leave with clearer, glowier skin and, if I’m lucky, some useful learnings from the therapist that I can put into practice to extend the results of my treatment. Not too much to ask, right? Luckily Elemis’s new futuristic Biotec Facials tick all the boxes.
The thing is, I wasn’t always as fussy when it came to facials. But over the years, I’ve had seriously indulgent facials that have caused me to break out and others that were little more than a cleanse, tone and moisturise that I could do at home myself. Elemis’s Biotec Facials are different. Upon you entering the room, your skin is scanned and you’re confronted with your complexion on a screen. It doesn’t make for the most comfortable viewing, but what it does do is allow you and your therapist to discuss where your complexion is now and where you would like to get it to.
Within the Biotec menu, there are eight customisable facials to choose from, depending on what the scan results reveal. After the usual thorough cleanse, the therapist selects a skin activator (essentially a potent serum) that makes up the base of the facial and tackles different skin concerns—anti-ageing, lifting and firming, resurfacing, dullness, anti-blemish, sensitive, dehydrated and brightening. This is then combined with both touch and technology. The Elemis therapists are well versed in the art of facial massage, and this is utilised in combination with a choice of technology that also depends on what your skin needs most.
The futuristic-looking machine next to the treatment bed can do a variety of different things the therapist can tailor to you. There is the ultrasonic peel setting, where a spatula attachment vibrates at 27,000 times per second to draw out impurities, boost circulation, exfoliate and stimulate collagen production. The machine can also utilise microcurrents to firm skin and strengthen the muscles beneath. For dehydrated or dull complexions, the therapist can use pressurized oxygen to blast the active ingredients into the deeper layers of the skin to perk up a world-weary face. The galvanic setting takes advantage of our skin’s positive and negative charges to deep cleanse and energise. Lastly, skin is treated to a blast of LED light. Either red light, which stimulates microcirculation and collagen production (which leaves skin feeling plump), or blue light to tackle spot-causing bacteria and settle down any inflammation.
I couldn’t tell you exactly what the therapist did to my skin; while on paper the facial doesn’t sound relaxing, I managed to fall asleep. I left with strict instructions to drink more water as well as a perkier, glowier, complexion, and I felt rested from my power nap. Win, win, win.
The Elemis Biotec Facials cost from £60 for 60 minutes and is available nationwide.
The at-home products are designed to boost cell energy for better skin regeneration and a brighter complexion. I've used both the day and night cream and noticed a real difference in my skin's tone in just a couple of weeks.
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