As much as I love London, living in the big city wreaks havoc with my skin. The high levels of pollution and hectic lifestyle means that I often look haggard. I often have 3-5 hours of sleep each night and the result is puffy eyes, fine lines and temperamental skin. All I wanted was a soothing facial and Book Your Lifestyle had just the treatment I needed. Le Grand Classique Deep Pore Cleansing Facial promised to cleanse and invigorate my skin through five stages of progressive cleaning and considering my last facial was in September I was well overdue. Because I have to wear make up most days and commute to work on tubes and trains, my skin needed serious attention, thus the ‘deep pore cleansing facial’ sounded perfect. It was so simple to book thanks to Book your Lifestyle; by splitting treatments into categories accessing treatments couldn’t be easier.
Book Your Lifestyle was simple to use and easy on the eye; in short Book Your Lifestyle was the ‘perfect service’. Perhaps its best feature was its payment options which offered ‘payment upfront’ or availability to ‘pay at the venue’. I decided to ‘pay at the venue’ using the credit provided by Book your Lifestyle as my card was seriously ‘broke’. Smooth You Town Spa was a 5 minute walk from the station, conveniently located in Dalston Square, Hackney. The location was the perfect mix of ‘cosmopolitan’ and ‘rustic’ energy and I couldn’t be happier. Within seconds I was called into the treatment room by my therapist ‘P’, who welcomed me with a warm smile. Once undressed I slipped under the towels and waited for my deep pore cleansing facial to begin.
‘P’ began with a gentle toner to cleanse the remnants of last nights makeup, as I had been working until early morning and was too tired to remove my makeup. Next P applied a citrus based cream to moisturize the skin and leave it feeling smooth enough for ‘pore extraction’. The purpose of using a moisturizer not only keeps the skin smooth but using gentle-medium pressure, P could alleviate the tension in my temples. Because I have insomnia I often have painful migraines and this was one of those days. Thus using a gentle massage technique P removed some of the knots in my temples and left me feeling a little better.
Once the cream had soaked into my skin it was time for one of many masks. The first mask was a gentle ‘peeling mask’ that exfoliated the skin, without causing irritation. Because I have sensitive skin that is prone to oiliness, exfoliaters are usually harsher on my skin than most products. Yet the gentle peeling mask smelt ‘sweet’ and felt even sweeter on my skin. What followed was a series of other gentle ‘peeling masks’ that were designed to clean the pores. Perhaps the strangest exfoliater was a ‘spray’ which mixed water and ‘product’ to target problem areas i.e. the T-Zone. It felt like a lukewarm mist but it wasn’t an unpleasant feeling. Up until this point I felt relaxed and calm but that all began to change when the ‘steaming process’ began.
I am extremely claustrophobic and situations like ‘small places’and ‘stuffy heat’ can make me feel suffocated. P, bless her, was kind and considerate and told me that we could stop at any point. I was hyperventilating throughout most of the steaming process but I didn’t want to stop. I might be claustrophobic but I also wanted to commit to my journalistic duty and P was so lovely throughout. The steam was bearable when it was on my neck and cheeks but when the steamer hovered over my mouth it made me feel like I couldn’t breathe. Nevertheless I knew I had the option to stop at any time and having P looking out for me made it bearable.
My pores had now been opened and P slipped gloves on to begin the extraction process. Now, I am not going to lie to you extraction is not comfortable. In fact extraction is quite painful but its a vital stage to complete in a deep pore cleaning facial. The reason being is that blackheads are rooted underneath the skin, thus P needs to apply ‘hard pressure’ to the extraction ‘points’ in the skin. The most sensitive areas for me were the cheeks and nose but level of sensitivity is dependent on the individual. Because I have sensitive skin, its threshold for pain is hyper-sensitive. After all when you have hyper-sensitive skin, processes like extraction heightens pain. Despite being quite painful it did feel weirdly invigorating.
I was surprised to hear P say that I didn’t have many blackheads, as I have never had an extraction facial before. I knew I had a few noticeable blackheads on my nose but she said the rest of the face was ‘not too bad’. The extraction had come to an end ( thankfully) and it was time for my favourite part-the massage. Dipping into a pot of scented cream my face was massaged into a soapy lather, to reduce redness. My skin felt quite puffy and burnt so the cold cream made it feel better, while the massage alleviated tension. I was given a head to shoulder massage and it felt like pure bliss; massages are my favourite treatment and feeling P attend to knots in my neck and shoulders was pain relief that I needed.
- P, the therapist was professional and compassionate. P made sure I was comfortable during all stages of the treatment.
- The free chocolates and biscuits at the end were definitely a bonus
- The massage part of the treatment felt like bliss
- The facial was discounted; worth £95, it had been reduced to £59
- The blackhead extraction is painful but this might not be considered a con as it does actually make your skin feel cleaner
- The steaming process might be difficult to deal with if you are claustrophobic like me
Would You Book A Deep Pore Facial?