Collagen and Caviar Facial In Scotsman
Face food: Collagen and caviar facial
Published Date: 19 September 2009
I’ve recently discovered, after a burst of enthusiasm for getting fit, that the chlorine in swimming pools saps every last ounce of moisture out of one’s skin. In fact, my weekly splash around has resulted in a web of etched lines around my eyes and forehead – while my cheeks, which were previously reasonably soft, are like a pair of Brillo pads.
Cari at Aspen therapies, who is familiar with my skin as I visit regularly, had to agree with my diagnosis when I visited her for some emergency TLC. To help inject some moisture into my parched complexion, she prescribed her brand-new collagen and caviar facial, which is normally aimed at women over 40 (I’m not quite there, at 34 years old).
To kick proceedings off and to gently cleanse my skin, she smoothed a scoop of Neal’s Yard wild rose beauty balm, containing rosehip oil, onto my face, before lifting the grime off with a warm cloth. Then it was time for a scrub with the same brand’s nourishing orange flower facial polish and a circulation-stimulating massage with facial oil, before the collagen and caviar mask itself was applied.
If you were at home you’d be afraid to answer the door with this on your face, as it’s one of those paper masks with cut-out eye and breathing holes. I was relieved, anyway, that Cari was the only one to see me looking slightly horrifying for the next 15 minutes or so.
While this element of the treatment is working its magic, your scalp, arms and hands are thoroughly massaged (my favourite bit) and, after the mask has been peeled off, any excess potion is rubbed in – not that my skin needed any encouragement when it came to absorbing the moisturising ingredients.
Afterwards the finer lines seemed less noticeable, while my complexion was definitely less blotchy and less prone to breakouts for a few days afterwards. For longer term anti-ageing benefits, Cari recommends a succession of three to five of these treatments at weekly intervals. However, if you’ve been swimming or have sun-damaged skin, I’d say that one is more than enough to give your radiance a little boost.