There’s no escaping it – the years are now counting down to 40 and I can no longer take a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants approach to skincare. As well as having a pretty militant home skin care regime which I have learnt to execute in nano seconds, I will quite frankly try anything in the name of hiding the signs of ageing on my face – I’ve tried snail excretion products, dermarolling and have been known to be partial to a bit of bee venom (yes really!).
Next up? Enzyme therapy. Originally heralding from yup, you guessed it….the US and making huge waves in Hollywood and also in Australia (Dannii Minogue is reportedly a huge fan), the enzyme therapy facial by DMK is the only one available which harnesses the beneficial effects of transfer messenger enzymes.
What on earth am I talking about?
Let me explain: Enzymes are living substances that regulate health and work with certain minerals in the body to form a natural system of antioxidants that fight corrosive free radicals (of which I seem to attract a lot of to my face). Properly formulated, they can remove dead protein, toxins and other effluvia from the epidermis using a process called ‘reverse osmosis’ – hurrah!
Where some cosmetic facial treatments may only act on the surface of the skin, this type of enzyme treatment actually works with the skin. The enzymes aim to strengthen the structural integrity of the skin to create a healthy environment for cells to live and thrive in, and miraculously it actually exercises facial muscles and works to leave the skin feeling firm.
Sounds good. But quite honestly when I rocked up at Skin Aspirations, a little hidden gem offering bespoke skincare treatments off the streets of Chelsea darling, I really didn’t know what to expect. But like any woman in search of a face that belies her age, I put my face safely into the hands of Co-Founder and Skin Therapist Simona.
After a detailed consultation where the lovely Simona ran though the treatment with me and what to expect…she diligently got to work.
The treatment has many different stages and overall takes around an hour and a half, including a 40 minute block of time when the enzyme mask is applied, the centrepiece of the facial.
First up – time to prepare my tlc-starved face. This included a deep pore cleanse to deeply cleanse the skin and pores; a sebum soak – to soften the hardened sebum plugs in the pores which prepares the skin for extractions, followed by the necessary extractions. Hurrah! not as many blackheads as I thought which was a nice surprise.
After that, the application or pore reduction drops to reduce pores and inflammation; melanotech drops to revise uneven skin tone, dark spots and pigmentation; followed by fibromax Vitamin C powder – an exclusive formula of liquid droplets encapsulated in Silica particles which form a dry, free flowing powder that is predominantly liquid which tones, tightens, brightens. For those who don’t know – Vitamin C is vital in the production of collagen and acts as an antioxidant and free radical scavenger to protect skin.
And now for the application of the mask – the signature DMK product which enhances your skins capacity to function optimally. This is the main part of the facial and it works to increases blood and lymph flow to the skin.
The thing to know about this mask is that it gets tight….seriously tight! But that is a necessary function of it. Quite frankly I was quite happy to lie there for 40 minutes and have a little snooze because when else does a mama get a chance to do that in her life otherwise? Little did I know that while I was laying there in my peaceful solid as cement state I was beginning to resemble something out of Alien….!
But thankfully, the 40 minutes went surprisingly fast after a little doze, and my goodness did it FEEL good to have that mask softened and removed.
But the hard work didn’t end there. In probably the most thorough skin treatment I have experienced in my life, yet more pore reduction and melanotech drops were applied before some beta gel to address any reactive, irritated or inflamed skin and direct delivery vitamin C serum to help with that all vital production of collagen and skin its firmness.
And then finally on to the final stages which included the application of eye tone serum to treat fine lines as well as dark circles or puffy skin under the eyes (much needed in mum life!), a lovely herb and mineral mist and herbal pigment oil to ensure everything was working to maximum effect and reduce the signs of hyper-pigmentation, nouris and strengthens the skin.
All finished off with some contraderm and sunscreen – because remember folks we should be protecting our skin all year round even when you can’t see the rays they’re still there.
So as you can see, this was a highly meticulous skin treatment and the verdict? My skin instantly felt plumper and fresher and looked more radiant than the sun (excuse the flesh , post snooze sleepy face and weird tan lines here!):
but the best thing about it is that I could tell the treatment was still hard at work long after I left because the next morning I looked in the mirror and it smiled back at me with some major skin va-va-voom! Yup, my skin was practically singing it was so alive.
The Enzyme Therapy Facial by DMK is available at Skin Aspirations, Chelsea, London from £150. For more information and booking please see the Skin Aspirations website here.
* I was invited to try the Enzyme Therapy Facial by DMK at Skin Aspirations in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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