I am going to say this from the start, I am not a beauty blogger in the slightest! I do wear make up occasionally and do cleanse, tone and moisturise when I can but that is as far as it goes. I did not do much on the beauty front before the boys arrived so it is even less likely to happen now! However, I was very intrigued when an email dropped into my inbox the other week asking if I would like to try the Fire & Ice facial at Skin & Follicle in Edgbaston, Birmingham. I have never had a facial before so I did know what to expect but thought of an hour to myself for a mummy treat was an offer I could not refuse.
I dropped Thomas and Daniel off at school and then did the 20 minute drive to the clinic, which is slightly hidden off the A456 Hagley Road. I was greeted warmly by Sumita, the manager of the clinic and Charlotte, my therapist for the treatment. They then told me more about the facial I was about to have and asked me if I had any skin concerns that needed dealing with. It turns out that the Fire & Ice facial is also known as the ‘red carpet facial’ and is used regularly by Lindsey Lohan and Jessica Alba. The facial aims to rapidly and safely resurface the skin, reduce fine lines, address problematic skin and encourage cellular renewal.
The treatment consists of a combination of two treatment masques:
- Intensive Resurfacing Masque is formulated with Sugar Cane Extract (potent natural source of Glycolic Acid), Retinol (Vitamin A) & Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
- Rejuvenating Masque is formulated with potent antioxidants, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Aloe Vera, Green Tea, Grape Seed & Rosemary Extract, soothes, hydrates and nourishes.
The reason it is called the ‘red carpet facial’ is due to the fact that each masque only needs to be on your skin for 5 minutes and there is no peeling or anything afterwards so you can leave the clinic and go straight to the red carpet (or for lunch and the school run, like I did!) The treatment only takes 45 minutes to an hour so you can give yourself a quick treat at any time.
I was very impressed with the facial itself and the results afterwards. The fire part is hot on your skin as it removes your old skin cells but it was not too uncomfortable at all, although you must let them know if it hurts at any stage. The ice part cools and soothes and was most relaxing part for me. I told Charlotte at the start that I had problems with spots (my skin still thinks I am a teenager LOL!) and she said that this treatment would help with that. I had a large spot on my chin on the morning of the treatment and this was pretty much gone, once the facial had been completed. I have also not had as many problems with spots since the treatment which is very pleasing. I would love to have one of these facials again, however they are slightly too expensive to have one regularly as they are £100 each or a course of three treatments for £240. I would definitely have a fire & ice facial if I had a special event to go too though.
You can see the stages of the facial in my DITL (Day In The Life) vlog below:
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