A couple of weeks ago me and the lovely Alice from Annie Writes Beauty were given the opportunity to visit the John Lewis store and receive a complimentary facial. You may have seen on my blog that back in October I attended the #sotonoctmeetup where the lovely ladies from ESPA were on hand offering skincare consultations tailored to each individuals needs and concerns. I have been using ESPA since receiving some sample products in a beauty advent calendar last year and so I was thrilled that they were attending the event and when I found the appointment card in my goodie bag I just had to book in straight away and I booked Alice in along with me.
We arrived at the ESPA stand and were greeted by the lovely Jo who we had previously met at the event. She talked us through our previous consultation to see if anything had changed and tested some products on us whilst talking us through our main skincare concerns. My main problems are dehydration and dryness, with my skin looking quite dull and tired – especially during the colder months. I was given two toners to smell to see which I prefer and I chose the Hydrating Floral Spafresh indicating my skin requires nourishment and hydration. I was then given two oils to smell and I picked the ProSerum which can be applied under moisturiser and just helps to boost the hydration and even out the skin tone.
Jo then took us to the spa room which was incredibly relaxing with candles, soft lighting and peaceful light music playing in the background all creating the perfect ambience. I went first and within minutes of getting cosy on the massage table with the softest towels I was already relaxed. As a facial newbie I was unsure what to expect but Jo talked me through each step, letting me know what products she was using and the best way to use them as well as the benefits of each product.
After a thorough cleanse to remove all make up Jo turned the lights off and used a UV light on my face to highlight any problem areas. I had dark purple under the eye and around the eyelid which indicates dehydration and orange speckles on the creases of my nose which indicate oil build-up and congestion. Jo advised me to use an eye cream and drink plenty of water because my whole face was very dehydrated and to use a good exfoliator once a week focusing on the creases on my nose. She demonstrated products which would combat these problems and demonstrated how to use these to gain the most benefits for my skin. Then another cleanser was applied with each product thoroughly massaged into my skin. Finally a face mask was applied and left to sink in whilst I had the most relaxing arm and shoulder massage ever…at this point I was so relaxed I could have gone to sleep for the night!
Afterwards my skin literally felt reborn. It was plump, hydrated and glowing and I felt like a new person. Jo sent us away with a wonderful goodie bag filled to the brim of products including samples of products she had used on us during the facial and some new products I am very excited to try. Its safe to say ESPA are fast becoming one of my favourite skincare brands and I would recommend you check them out if you haven’t already and if you fancy a real treat then definitely check out their wide range of treatments.