Saturday 16 December 2017

Treatment Trial: The Illuminating Facial

Library Image. Photo: Getty Images
Library Image. Photo: Getty Images

Sinead Van Kampen

Each week, we, at Independent Woman, investigate what's new and cutting edge in the battle to remain young and beautiful. This week, in a bid to get a handle on our uneven skin we tried an Illuminating facial treatment.

What is it?

Bit of a hotchpotch though none the less for it. This is a deeply hydrating prescription facial designed to even out pigmentation and clear skin. Skin is soaped, steamed and given a thorough examination before bespoke serums and face masks are applied alongside some very relaxing head and arm massage.

What's the process?

Beginning with a deep cleanse, pores are opened up with some gentle steaming before an assessment of your skin under a special lamp. After further examination I was prescribed some clearing serums and illuminating masks to target my break outs and uneven skin tone. After an age dipped in a gorgeous mulberry, lavender and licorice face mask I was given some final skin illumination before a vitamin E balm was applied as a final dish of skin food.

How does it work?

As this is prescription that depends on what you need. As my skin needed cleansing and evening out, the treatment contains a light glycolic acid which got to work at clearing dead skin cells while the mulberry serum helped rebalance my skin tone and leave my skin bright.

The facial also has plenty anti oxidants which is great for combatting the signs of ageing.

What are the benefits?

Fresh, youthful and super soft skin. If you've been skipping your eight glasses of water a day this is perfect for boosting hydration and giving skin back its youthful plumpness - anti ageing in an instant!

How long does it take?

Best give yourself about an hour and a half for this one. Treatment times can vary according to your skins individual needs.

And the best bit?

The consultation. Everything from my chin to my hairline was pored over and as the lights provide in depth skin mapping I was given a treatment unique to my needs. There was also plenty of advice for keeping my skin in balance once I'd left the salon.

Any downsides?

Having to go back to work. As there is a lot of massage incorporated into the facial, staying awake is a lot harder than you might think.

Going back to my desk was a little hard after such bliss, so this might be a treatment best enjoyed as a treat for the weekend.

I'm in .... how much is it?

The Illuminating facial is priced from €90 and is available from Queen Salon, Aungier Street, Dublin. For more information telephone (0)1478 9633 or visit the website at

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