16th October 2013
Elemis is one of the leading luxury British spa and skincare brands in the UK and is used and loved by as many as six million spa-goers per year. With this in mind, I thought it was about time I found out what all the hype was about for myself.
Visiting the Elemis concession in Harvey Nichols on a dreary October Saturday afternoon, I was greeted by friendly Elemis manager Kerchia who sat down with me and talked me through the Elemis facial experience. I told Kerchia all about my skin type and complaints before she placed me in front of the Elemis skin lab for a Complexion Analysis Report. Now this machine is quite marvellous, with just one small click of your face it tells you the areas where your skin suffers the most, including the number of porphrins (daily bacteria), wrinkles and UV spots you have.
From my analysis, Kerchia was able to tell me which facial would be most suitable for my skin, which was the Tri-Enzyme Facial. This treatment has been clinically proven to instantly resurface and smooth skin and is great at targeting blemishes, uneven skin tone and fine lines, creating a brighter and more vibrant complexion. I was sold!
Fifteen minutes later, Kerchia took me to Harvey Nichols’ private treatment room where I laid very relaxed for 30 minutes and enjoyed my luxurious facial. Kerchia started by removing my make up with Elemis Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser (£21) and Balancing Lavender Toner (£21) which are both great for combination skin like mine. I should also mention that all Elemis products contain natural active ingredients which compliment your skins natural balance. They smell fantastic too!
Kerchia then soothed my skin with the Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash (£29) and moisturised with Elemis’ best selling product, Pro-Collagen Marine Cream (£79). She also applied Liquid Layer (£26) which is a great UV barrier on top of your daily moisturiser. Suitably relaxed, Kerchia then gave me a nourishing hand and shoulder massage with Frangipani Monoi Body Oil (£31.50) which left my skin feeling gloriously soft.
Then for the main attraction, the peel off mud mask. Kerchia smoothed this warm soft mud into my face and left on for a few minutes. While the Elemis mud mask is not available to buy, Kerchia explained that a great weekly maintenance treatment is the Papaya Enzyme Peel (£29.50) which is a great DIY alternative. While my mud mask was on, Kerchia gave me a neck and shoulder massage using hot rocks and smoothed my neck, shoulders and chest with Pro-Collagen Lifting Treatment Neck and Bust (£73). After a few minutes, Kerchia peeled off my mud mask, cleansed my skin with warm lime infused hot towels, moisturised me and I was set.
Having largely avoided facials for most my life given my sensitive skin type, I was pleasantly surprised to look up and see a gleaming complexion staring back at me. In just one hour, Kerchia had given me a deeper insight into my skin type and had totally converted me into an Elemis brand lover. I was also treated to some samples to take away and try and home.
The Tri-Enzyme facial is fantastic if you are in need of a skin pick-me-up or have a special occasion coming up, and at £30 a treatment it really is worth every penny. I shall certainly be going back for more Elemis love at Harvey Nichols soon.
It’s worth noting Elemis have a special offer at the moment with four treatments for £60, so pop in to see Kerchia and her team for more information.