Facials are a must for any woman who aspires to grooming and in my time I’ve had papaya pulp, clay and probably mare’s placenta glooped on to my face in the name of beautifying.
So I was intrigued to learn about the anti-ageing Jean d’Estrees Elixir d’Or gold and crushed pearl facial. The recently opened Chelsea Day Spa is the only UK day spa offering treatments by this premium French skincare brand and if it helps me to look as soignée as Carla Bruni, bring it on…
My therapist, Daniela, explained that the seven-stage facial is aimed at mature skin – that’s women concerned about skin ageing – and has a strong lifting effect to counteract the sag of middle age and boost collagen production. The pearls are no gimmick either: crushed freshwater pearls contain calcium which is then mixed with seaweed to make a facial masque.
Cleansing and toning was followed by exfoliation – the new generation of exfoliators has removed all that scrub that felt like George Clooney rubbing his stubbly chin over your cheeks (now that would be a golden moment) and is instead very smooth yet still with enough oomph to banish dead skin cells.
A soporific massage followed – then came the exciting bit. The crushed pearls and gold, encapsulated in carob phytospheres, looked like yellow caviar pearls in a tub. Daniela laid gauze over my face and slathered on the gold paste. Ten minutes later, the mask had hardened, giving me a mini face-lift – in one piece Daniela lifted it off my face.
The facial finished with moisturising, using Creme Elixir d’Or. So, did it justify its hefty £125 cost? My skin felt unbelievably plumped, dewy, hydrated and soft and I looked glowing so, yes, I’d save up for this facial for a special occasion.
The Chelsea Day Spa
69a King’s Road
Tel: 020 7351 0911
All London Word readers can enjoy 20% off this treatment, plus off the original price on all treatments at The Chelsea Day Spa. Simply quote ‘thelondonword’ when making your booking. Offer ends 31st September 2009.