Treatment Trial: Fire and ice facial
Each week Independent Woman seeks out what's new and cutting edge in the battle to remain beautiful. This week, in a bid to turn back the clock we sampled one of Gwyneth Paltrow's favourites, the fire and ice facial treatment.
Sounds dramatic ... what is it?
In its hometown of Los Angeles the Fire and Ice Facial is actually known as a Red Carpet Facial. Essentially this is a two-part treatment which utilises sugar cane to highlight and brighten skin.
What's the process?
As it contains fruit acids, the treatment won't do for all skin types.
Once skin has been assessed, a gentle cleanse containing a small amount of fruit acids is used to prep skin before the resurfacing masque is applied. The masque is left on for between two to five minutes and, once removed, a neutralising cream is applied to calm the skin before a final hydrating masque is applied. The facial ends with a nourishing serum, eye cream and SPF moisture lock.
So where's the fire bit?
Oh ... that's in the masque. As well as sugar cane the masque contains a cinnamon extract which although quite hot, works a charm at clearing skin.
How does it work?
As well as eating away dead skin cells, the resurfacing masque works to heat the skin which in turn opens the pores and allows cleansing deep into the dermis layer. When the rejuvenating mask is applied the hydrating ingredients can then sink straight into the skin boosting the fresh skin cells and allowing moisture to flood into tired skin.
What are the benefits?
By encouraging skin cell renewal, the Fire and Ice Facial works a treat at reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. By plumping up and hydrating skin, a more youthful appearance follows and skin is also cleansed and decongested.
How long does it take?
The facial takes just under an hour and also includes a shoulder and neck massage.
The best bit?
The results. After the heat from the facial I must admit I was afraid to look in the mirror for fear my skin would be red raw but damage was minimal and my skin was glowing!
The tingle factor! As the intense heat does get slightly uncomfortable, if you have sensitive skin or a low pain threshold it might be best to give this one a very wide berth.
Who likes it?
Halle Berry, Gwyneth Paltrow and Evangeline Lily are all said to be fans.
I'm in ... where to next?
The Fire & Ice Facial is €80 and is available at Heaven Salon, Rathmines, Dublin.
For more information telephone 01 491 0101 or see http://heavenfaceandbody.com for more details.