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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

BEAUTY | Bespoke Yonka facial at Derma Spa

A few weeks ago, my sister and I visited Derma Spa for a facial and to spend some vouchers she had given me for my birthday.

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My sister had visited this place before and had raved particularly about their Bespoke Yonka facials they offer, which left her skin feeling silky soft and clear. So of course, when she bought me some vouchers for my birthday, I had to book myself in for the same facial. 

I was a little nervous though when my sister explained it was kind of a facial and skin peel in one - in that, by skin peel, they practically scraped off your top layer of skin.

I'm not even lying.

I mean, it's not like they cut my skin with a knife and then scraped it all off - it was more of a process of (somewhat) gently getting rid of dead or dirty skin, like the blackheads on my nose.

But I digress.

First of all, the spa is super chic and plush and we were looked after wonderfully, offered cups of tea and drinks and being updated to how long we'd have to wait (around ten minutes or so, as we were early).

We were led to a room each, mine was cosy and stylish but very relaxing too with quiet music and burning candles. I got myself comfy and settled down for what was actually my first ever facial.

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Now this review isn't going to be very good because I don't know the names of what the lady did or what she used, especially as I was far too relaxed. But I can tell you it was bloody amazing.

She used various lotions and potions on my skin, taking time to massage everything in properly and, when needed, gently patting it off with a hot towel (perfect temperature too). She even gave me a little shoulder massage which made me feel so much less tense afterwards (I'm always really tense and need to look into going for regular massages).

When it came to the peeling-of-the-skin (for lack of a better explanation), it was nowhere near as painful as I thought it would be. In fact, it was mostly like a kind of nice pain in that you know it's getting rid of your blackheads and the pressure is nice if that makes sense. There were one or two slightly painful moments, but nothing I couldn't handle.

This was done using a machine that, I guess, scraped the skin off, but I can't be entirely sure.

The point is it didn't really hurt and it did work.

Upon finishing the treatment, I felt so relaxed and felt like I could just fall asleep but alas I couldn't. Later that day I noticed my skin looked fresher and felt so soft, but there wasn't a huge difference in the removal of my blackheads. A few had been removed and my skin did look clearer, but I think my sister had blagged it up a lot and left me expecting there not to be a single spot on my face afterwards.

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This goes to show that the facial is really beneficial but for long term results you do have to keep it up and do have to look after your skin!

I suppose it depends, as well, as my sisters skin looked super clear after hers but then she has always looked after her skin well. So it really depends on the state of your skin too.

However, my skin was so ridiculously soft and the facial left me looking refreshed and less tired. I was definitely in need of a facial because I know I haven't been looking after my skin very well lately!

Was it worth the £50? Yes - depending on what you go in expecting. If you're expecting every single blackhead to be removed and your skin to be 100% clear, then I wouldn't recommend it. If, however, you're looking for a clean up of your skin and a boost - and you genuinely want or need a relaxing facial then yes, it's totally worth the price tag along with the experience that comes from being looked after as well.

A few weeks later and my skin is still ever so soft (I can't stop touching my face) and alongside getting back to my usual skin routine, is looking clearer!

Derma Spa is based in Milton Keynes and you can find a price list here.

*Photos taken from Derma Spa's Facebook page with permission.


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