08 July 2015

ESPA Facial Experience

Hey guys, I know, I know, long time no blog... But fear not, I'm back, and ready to get back on the #Blogging Band waggon.

Today I wanted to share with you a facial experience that I got treated to at The Village Hotel's Viva Urban Spa in Cardiff, the ESPA 55 minute facial which currently retails for £46.

Upon arrival I got checked in quickly and was asked to fill out a short consultation form. I then got shown through to a snug relaxation area where I was told I could help myself to Fruit and Herbal Tea's whilst I waited.

(Please excuse my Mum and the picture quality, my camera wasn't loving the mood lighting...)
As soon as I sat myself down I was greeted by my Therapist Hannah, who was ready to show me through to my treatment room. We started off by discussing my skin type and needs (FYI I'm combination oily with a small amount of congestion around my t-zone) and if I had any concerns or areas that I wanted to address.
Hannah left me briefly so I could get myself comfortable on the couch. When she came back in, she added a bolster cushion under my knees to ease the pressure whilst I was lying on my back which I thought was a nice touch.

Whilst I was trying my best to relax (something that doesn't come naturally to me) I noticed that the treatment room was decorated in a deep purple shade and had soft lighting; there were faux candles dotted behind the ESPA products that gave off a gorgeous glow and left a tranquil feel.

Hannah started off my facial by removing my eye and lip makeup with the ESPA Bio-Active Eye Cleanser and pre cleansing my face with the ESPA Balancing Foam Cleanser. She then had a closer look at my skin with their 'Skin Vision' lamp. This gave her a better look at the condition of my skin and how to treat it going forward.

This was followed by an invigorating exfoliating scrub with the ESPA Refining Skin Polish which I have to say has been one of the nicest scrubs I've ever had. It was gritty enough without being scratchy. Something I'd definitely look to purchase for at home at a later date.

(Side note: During each step of my facial Hannah covered my face, neck and upper chest area.)

The scrub was removed with warm towels then I had the ESPA's Balancing Face Treatment Oil massaged in. This was by far my favourite part as this also included a small head and scalp massage too! #Heaven

The remaining oil was removed, again with the warms towels and I had the Essential Cleansing Mask applied. I was feeling incredibly relaxed by this point so I don't remember if this was removed or not but I'm guessing it was...

To wrap it up, I had the ESPA Balancing Herbal Spafresh applied all over with a cotton pad to refresh my skin and remove any last traces of mask or massage oil. The last product to be applied was the ESPA 24 hour Balancing Moisturiser to leave my skin gently hydrated without feeling greasy.

Hannah then left me to come round as she brought me a glass of water. Once I'd 'regained consciousness' from my completely relaxed state I made my way back to the relaxation area. I was advised to not wear make up for 24 hours as it give my skin the chance to absorb any products undisturbed.

I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed my ESPA facial and believe that the Viva Urban Spa's little touches to the treatment really made it stand out, and I will definitely be treating myself to another next month!



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