Acne scarring and those early signs of ageing have been the beautician’s battle ground for centuries, but combining ancient ingredients with a little contemporary ESPA magic, the spa at Gleneagles is combating both the luxurious way, as Senior Therapist, Stephanie Francey explains …
What does the Age Defying Enzyme Peel Facial involve?
It’s a 90 minute treatment with immediate results. It starts with a cleanse and steam, then a brush cleanser, and then we apply an enzyme peel. It is followed by an age defying massage for which we use Rose Quartz crystals, then we use a lift and firm setting mask, and finally a moisturiser to suit the guest’s skin type.
What does it do?
The treatment gets very deep into the skin, and ingredients are mostly natural, which means it feels very nice as well. The peel contains pumpkin enzyme that helps to exfoliate better than standard products and also helps to plump the skin, while the lactic acid smoothes and softens it. Rose Quartz is used in the facial massage predominantly for its cooling effect after the peel – it also helps to boost circulation and as they are used after an oil, they encourage it to penetrate into the skin to the layers that the peel has already worked on.
Where does it come from?
It is an ESPA treatment, but it contains lactic acid which has been used in treatments since ancient Egypt.
Is there anything you do to enhance the effectiveness of the treatment?
We have music in the room and candles, and a heated blanket as the mask is very cooling and we don’t want the client to get cold! It’s all designed to encourage relaxation. The peel can tingle a little as well, so we check that with the client throughout the treatment and remove it if it gets uncomfortable.
Is there anything you recommend clients to do pre or post-treatment to get the most out of it?
Pre and post treatment we recommend that clients don’t use the heat experiences in the spa, and don’t exfoliate for a few days before and afterwards. Make sure you have not had a peel in the previous 28 days, try not to put make-up on for the rest of the day, and wear an SPF moisturiser when you go outside after the treatment.
Is there anyone you particularly recommend the treatment for?
As we can adapt the treatment a lot, it is recommended for most people. It is especially good for people with acne scarring, because of the plumping effect, and also to counter the signs of ageing.
Is there anyone who shouldn’t have this treatment and why?
It isn’t suitable for women who are pregnant, or for anyone suffering from any serious illnesses because the peel is very stimulating. The mask also contains seaweed extracts, so if you have any seafood allergies then it’s important that you let the therapist know so that we can adapt the products.
To book a spa break at Gleneagles visit Spabreaks.com or contact the team on: 0800 043 6600.
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