Two facials in the space of two months? Well who would have thought! Having lived happily for 29 years without having a single facial, I am now treating my face like never before. Now that I’m officially into my third decade I figured I have to treat my skin from time to time.
In June I had a Vitamin C Peel with Microdermabrasion and last month, just a few days after my big birthday, I got treated to an Oxygenating Facial – which is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland. Whilst these kind of facials are pretty well-known and popular in America and Australia, Array Aesthetics are the first clinic in Northern Ireland to introduce the treatment.
Array Aesthetics only recently opened their clinic in Belfast city centre. They are based in a beautiful old building and the clinic itself is really beautiful. The soft colour palette and gentle lighting is sophisticated and soothing.
Eithne was my beauty therapist and she was so lovely and informative (and if her beautiful skin was anything to go by, I was all for the facial!). She went into lots of detail on the oxygenating process and the various products used. The facial is designed to boost skin cell metabolism, thereby improving the overall look and feel of skin. It helps to cleanse the pores and follicles from toxins giving an instant brightening effect on the skin. It also helps to kill bacteria, making it ideal for those with acne prone skin. Added benefits include increased blood flow and circulation, something which really appealed to me as I suffer from poor circulation.
Eithne said every treatment varies depending on the clients skin condition, which I thought was a good sign and not a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Eithne was extremely thorough in advance of my treatment and when she found out I was allergic to aspirin she made some adjustments to products just in-case I took a reaction.
The Cosmedix products used by Eithne
What the oxygen medi facial involved
My skin was thoroughly cleansed using Cosmedix products. This would have been followed by an exfoliator but since it contains salicylic acid (which contains aspirin) Eithne avoided using it on my skin, and instead decided to do a second cleanse on my skin.
Eithne then applied the Oxygenating cream over my face and neck and upon activation I felt the masque heat up. This was left on my skin for 5 minutes to do its thing and during this time Eithne gave me a fab head massage.
The société oxygenating products used at Array Aesthetics
When Eithne removed the masque, on went the Cosmedix Pomegranate Peel which felt prickly on the skin. It was also left on for 5 minutes. The peel contains 15% lactic acid which stimulates cell turnover. It also contains natural antioxidants, including pomegranate seed oil, green algae astaxanthin and red wine resveratrol—which targets skin-damaging free radicals. It is at the peel stage that Eithne can customise the treatment to suit the client best. For example if you have rosacea, the peel will only be left on for two minutes.
Finally Eithne applied a soothing balm which smelt divine (it contains black cherry, willow herb and shea butter) and some spf cream and sent me on my merry way. I left bare faced and squeaky clean. It’s been almost two weeks since I had my treatment and I do think my skin has improved in appearance. Where my skin had been congested (at the right side of my temple and chin) cleared up almost immediately and so far I haven’t had any major spotty breakouts (which I was warned could happen). A pretty good outcome I would say!
At £70 per treatment, the oxygenating facial is what I would consider a beauty treat but I would definitely be tempted to go back and have another facial in six months time to give my appearance a little boost. Would you consider an oxygenating treatment anytime soon?
Thank you to Array Aethetics for providing me with a complimentary facial to review on Willow Lane.