I have BABTAC level training in advanced facials, and am also qualified in a number of aesthetic techniques.
My aromatherapy facials are done using the lovely Neal’s Yard Remedies face products. Facial massage improves the circulation to the skin, which encourages cell regeneration and production of sebum – resulting in increased suppleness and softness. A very relaxing experience.
The stages of the facials include cleansing, deep cleansing, exfoliation, facial massage, mask, toner and moisturiser using the NYR range best suited to your skin type. For further details please see www.nealsyardremedies.com
Gua sha facial massage
This is a traditional Eastern facial treatment that involves using a flat jade or rose quartz stone in upward strokes to “scrape” the skin, which stimulates the healing process, thus rejuvenating the skin. It can result in improved circulation to the skin, increased lymphatic drainage and a glowing complexion. The skin on the face is toned, and lifted. It improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and stimulates production of collagen and elastin.
Also with its roots in Chinese medicine, facial cupping involves using small silicone suction cups to stimulate your skin and underlying muscle structures. Blood circulation is increased, resulting in cell rejuvenation and repair, and reliving muscle tension. Superficial bruising may be visible on the skin for a couple of days or so following this treatment, as it works by separating different layers of tissue resulting in “micro trauma”. This in turn triggers a healing response which stimulates the cells responsible for collagen production. This subsequently minimises the appearance of fine lines and wrinkle, brightens the skin, tones the jawline and chin – and helps to decrease puffiness.
Ayurvedic facial massage and scalp treatment
Traditional facial massage techniques incorporating “marma” points, are combined with the application of hot steam towels to your hair to aid the absorption of the hair oils. This is a very slow, stress relieving treatment that leaves you looking and feeling deeply relaxed. The treatment concludes with the application of an ayurvedic mask followed by mask removal, toning and moisturiser. Best suited to an evening appointment, as your hair will be soaked in essential oil infused coconut oil, and wrapped in hot towels during the massage.