Last week I was invited down to Eden Skin Clinic in West London to try their new Agera Oxy Bright Facial. I’ve heard a lot about oxygen being manipulated in beauty treatments lately, and was keen to find out a little more.
First of all, a facial is one of my favourite beauty treatments. I have one every four to six weeks, and have found that adding this more dedicated step to my routine has really made a difference. Yes facials are expensive, and yes, you might see them as a luxury, but if there’s something you’re trying to correct or improve, I believe a facial is your best bet at getting results.
But I digress – back to the treatment. The clinic describes its Agera Oxy Bright Facial as a ‘luxurious oxygen generating enhancement treatment’ that detoxifies the skin, stimulates cell regeneration, evens skin tone and boosts hydration levels. My lovely therapist Lorraine described it as the Pre Party Facial, due to its short recovery time and fast results. So far, so good.
Lorraine began by removing my mascara and makeup with an ultra-mild cleanser that’s specially formulated to complement the natural PH of the skin. Free from fragrance, it’s suitable for all skin types and feels really soothing.
Next, Lorraine applied what’s called ‘the Microderma System’. This part of the treatment creates a manual abrasion on the skin, and contains antioxidants, vitamin C crystals and exfoliating AHA. Basically Christmas for the skin!
As Lorraine explained this process to me, I was quietly very reassured. If you’re a fellow beauty buff like me, you’ll hate nothing more than a therapist telling you a load of old codswhallop that makes no real sense and sounds frankly, made up. But, vitamin C and antioxidants are a tried and tested formula that, like Ant and Dec, work better together. In fact, the results are generally fantastic. If you aren’t such a beauty geek, here’s what you need to know: AHA is an exfoliator that gently buffs away dead skin cells, while the vitamin C crystals and antioxidants are fantastic at brightening the skin, stimulating collagen and elastane and fighting daily aggressors such as pollution. All in all, it’s a winning combination.
Next, Lorraine applied a Mag-C Peptide Serum that delivers a high dose of stabilized vitamin C which builds on the great work of the previous oxygenation process. This felt really great on my skin, and super nourishing without leaving any greasiness. Finally, a Recovery Complex cream, designed to protect, soothe and reduce redness, was applied over the serum. This product helps minimise transdermal water loss and offers a soothing calming effect, promoting collagen and elastin production. As I was going back out into the sunshine after the treatment, Lorraine also popped on a broad-spectrum sun protection, too.
Even though my skin felt really, really soft, Lorraine advised me not to touch it as this would just put dirt straight back into the pores.
A week later, and my skin feels really soft and smooth, and my pores look visibly smaller and more refined. I also didn’t get any awful breakouts after the extractions, but I did have some blotchiness a couple of days after – a normal reaction after active ingredients such as vitamin C have been applied. If you feel that your skin is feeling dull and congested, and in need of a pick-me-up, this is definitely the right facial for you.