Air pollution, stress, and yes, the odd ageing-related wrinkle can all take a toll on our skin. Three IoD members decided to remedy this by sampling some of the many rejuvenating facials treatments on offer. Here’s what they had to say
Managing director, Colourful Coffins
What Ushvani Men’s Signature Facial, £130
Where Ushvani, Knightsbridge, London
With a new baby, sleep is in short supply for me at the moment. So, given the chance to brighten my complexion via Ushvani’s Men’s Signature Facial, which promises to reduce ingrowing hairs, soothe shaving rash and remove dead skin, I jumped. Ushered into Ushvani’s day-spa, I was offered a drink, flip-flops, robe and disposable underwear, then instructed to take three deep breaths before being cleansed with a papaya and bamboo facial scrub. My head was treated to a rejuvenating massage using an oil (perilla, kemiri, coconut and jojoba fragranced with ginger nutmeg and bergamot, since you ask) before pressure points around my jaws were subject to deep lifting moves. I was also given both shoulder-and-neck and eye massages, before the 90-minute experience finished with feet and hands. The result? Smoother skin and a feeling of refreshment. Worth every penny, but given the cost, perhaps just for special occasions.
Chris Lima is a member of IoD Oxford
Head of marketing and digital, Southampton Solent University
What Decléor Ultimate Vitamin Glow facial, £59
Where Middlethorpe Hall, Yorkshire
I experienced a Decléor facial at Middlethorpe Hall, a beautiful hotel on the edge of York Racecourse. The hotel has a traditional ambience (all creaky floorboards and wing-back armchairs), but there was nothing old-fashioned about the spa, with its modern swimming pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. At the time I was going through the stress of starting a new job, so I decided to sample the restorative properties of a facial. The Ultimate Vitamin Glow was luxury in excelsis. Starting with the ‘unique back diagnostic massage’, I felt a pervasive calm as my warm, decongesting mask was applied. The vitamin and antioxidant-laden properties of the ‘essential oil’ elixir are designed to combat stress, and I soon drifted into a relaxed reverie. A fabulous neck-and-shoulder massage completed the 55-minute experience and I walked out aglow. Usually a facial’s effects wear off by the end of the day. Not this one. My skin looked and felt amazing for almost a week. Top marks.
Leonora Clement is a member of IoD Central London
Business engagement manager, Bright Red Triangle
What Guerlain Radiance facial, £90 (off-peak), £120 (peak)
Where Waldorf Astoria hotel, Edinburgh
Lately, I’ve been more stressed and tired than usual. As this usually shows on my forehead, I’m an inveterate facial-user, typically receiving one every few months. The Guerlain Spa, though, was clearly a cut above. After a tour, I changed into a lovely soft robe, before being given the choice of fragrance from their selection, which was then sprayed in the room and poured into the foot bath. A facial steamer and hot mitts deep-cleansed and exfoliated my sensitive skin. I was nervous about the face mask, so the beautician offered a head massage instead. It was so calming, I nearly floated off the table, such was my state of relaxation – I hardly noticed 75 minutes pass. After a glass of prosecco, I drifted off home, feeling infinitely more relaxed. The next day, my forehead felt smooth and soft, and my skin was so bright, I barely wore any makeup. I’ll be back.
Samantha McFarlane is a member of IoD Scotland
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