Spa Facial At Black Friars Salon And Medi Spa Ft Dermalogica
Hello and welcome back to the blog!
Today I wanted to share my experience with you guys because I had my first ever spa facial. Although this is kind of a review and experience of my local spa, I thought it would be cool to give you the tips and advice that my facialist gave me. And might even give you some new products to try out! Before we get started, I have not been sponsored by Dermalogica or Black Friars for this post. I have not been paid to for this review and all of these opinions are my own.
So let's get started! For those of you who don't know, I live in London, Ontario and I had the chance to get in an appointment at Blackfriars Salon And Spa which is local to London. I had never been there before and had never had the chance to even go to a real spa either. Plus I'm embarrassed to admit that when I went in for the appointment, I didn't have any clue what a spa facial would even consist of.
So, because I'm sure there are people out there like myself who had no concept of facials, I decided to get as much information as possible for you guys so you could get some details on what kind of experience you might have if you go for a spa facial. Whether it's at this spa or somewhere else.
So for starters, this facial is worth 150$ and last about an hour. It consist of multiple different steps and products, so I will give you a full play by play.
When I first arrived, I was introduced to my facialist, Kat, and taken into my private room. There was something very peaceful about the room itself, even with the lights on. There was an organic candle burning and pleasant music playing, and you are given the room alone to change into a wrap around towel and get snuggled under the blanket. If you've never had a facial before, you get to wear a towel and have your collarbone area exposed so you can have a full massage. But I'll get to that.
So once you're comfortable, the facialist will come back in and will begin the consultation. She first explained that all of the tools, towel and other items in the room are cleaned, changed or disinfected after every facial and ensured me that everything was clean and fresh. Next we got into the skin stuff, which I actually found really interesting. Kat asked about my skin type, what products I currently use, how much water I drink and if there was anything in particular that I wanted to work on. I have oily/ combination skin and at the time I had some really bad breakouts in my chin from my pregnancy; so she made sure to cater to those specific wants and needs.
So here is a bit of a bullet point list of the stages of the facial and the products she used, if I have that information. I will try to link everything that I can. All of the products that were used are from http://www.dermalogica.ca/.
Step 1: Cleanser
We started off with the Break Out Clearing Wash. http://www.dermalogica.ca/on/demandware.store/Sites-dermalogica-ca-Site/en_CA/Product-Show?pid=46&cgid=ourproducts&start=1&q=Clearing%20wash. This is a gentle clearing cleanser that she used just to clear any crap off the skin and to get it ready for the next steps.
Step 2: Toner
For this step, we used the Multi-Active Toner. http://www.dermalogica.ca/on/demandware.store/Sites-dermalogica-ca-Site/en_CA/Product-Show?pid=7 Kat did use this periodically throughout the facial, as a way of cleaning between each section. I actually loved how this toner made my skin feel and I am definitely going to grab myself a bottle when I get the chance.
Step 3: Exfoliation.
I have to admit that I only remember her using The Daily Microfoliant http://www.dermalogica.ca/on/demandware.store/Sites-dermalogica-ca-Site/en_CA/Product-Show?pid=11&cgid=ourproducts&start=4&q=Exfoliant, and I am not sure of the other so I am sorry for not having that information. However, I will explain the process. So the first was an Enzyme which is used to eat all of the dead skin on the face, it is hilariously tingly. You can feel it working on the skin, and it's crazy. The second exfoliant was a foam; this is used to bring oxygen back into the skin and opens up the pours to get it ready for the extractions.
Step 4: Extractions.
I love doing at home extractions, so having a professional do some extracting work was very exciting to me. If you don't know, extractions are basically like pimple popping. It's where you extract all the stuff from your face. They use an extremely bright light to be able to get up close and personal with your skin. In order to protect you from the light. They make you put on silly glasses that are similar to the ones you wear on a tanning bed. Or at least that's what movies have told me. It was amazing how much cleaner you feel after an extraction, you think you may be clean when you are doing at home skin care, but this will open your eyes to how clean you can be.
Step 5: Upper body massage.
I have never had a professional massage before and this was the closest I have ever been to one. And holy crap this felt amazing, she used a warm oil to massage my face, shoulders, arms and collarbones. It was such a luxurious experience, I think it was probably the only time I wasn't chatting. Although I am very paranoid about using oils in my skin, but this stuff sank right into the skin rather than sitting on top of the skin and clogging the pores. Kat did make me feel a lot better about having an oil on my skin though.
Step 6: Second Cleanse.
This was to just clean the skin and remove any excess oil that have not been absorbed into the skin. Made me feel very clean and tingly.
Step 7: Face Mask.
For this step we used the Charcoal Rescue Masque. http://www.dermalogica.ca/on/demandware.store/Sites-dermalogica-ca-Site/en_CA/Product-Show?pid=223&cgid=ourproducts&start=11&q=Mask. Not even lying; I LOVE this mask. I have always been a lover of clay masks, but this is like the holy grail of clay masks. Kat gave me a tester pack and I loved it so much that I am going to order a bottle. It doesn't take a lot of product to get the coverage you need, meaning that a bottle this size can last a long time. I truly recommend this product if you want to try something new and really effective.
The final step was a Protective Cream. We used the Active Moist
http://www.dermalogica.ca/on/demandware.store/Sites-dermalogica-ca-Site/en_CA/Product-Show?pid=14&cgid=ourproducts&start=0&q=ACTIve. It's like the perfect mix between a moisturizer and a mask. Kat applied this all over the skin, similar to a mask and let it sink in to get some moisture back into the skin. After removing the bulk of the product, she rubbed in the remainder and it felt so nourishing and soothing after all of the work that had been done to my skin. One thing that was surprising to me was that my skin didn't feel over processed. I felt that we did a lot of thing to it in a short period of time, but I didn't feel as though my skin was damaged, just taken care of and super super clean.
Once everything was done and dusted, Kat gave me a second consultation, discussed the products she used and gave me some recommendation as to what I could use at home on a regular basis. I was so impressed with both the products used and the amazing service that was provided at Blackfriars. I felt comfortable and welcome at all times; even the smallest issue was resolved instantly. I had a small bit of the exfoliant drip into my eye, and Kat was caring and gentle to help remove the product and make sure I was happy and comfortable throughout the process. It was truly amazing to feel this spoiled; although I do at home facials all the time, it was really special to be treated like a queen.
Thank you so much for reading, I really appreciate it. If you have ever tried any Dermalogica products and have any recommendations for me, let me know by messaging me on social media! I am @FrankiieBeauty, I would love to hear them!If you have any post requests that you would like to see, I would love to hear them! Thanks again and I'll see you, in the next one.