When The Serenity Retreat offered me the chance try their complimentary skin mapping service, and to have the full Dermalogica experience at their luxury retreat, I didn’t really know what to expect.
I’ve always tried to look after my skin, like most people, some days more than others. I’ve had those nights where I’ve (gasp) slept in my make up and the odd holiday where I’ve hit the sun bed, but I love trying new beauty products, so have I been doing it right? My Dermalogica professional, Miranda took me into their lovely treatment room. We discuss my current skin care routine and I reel off the usual list of moans about ageing skin. Turns out I’ve actually been looking after my skin pretty well, but have I been using the right products?
Miranda begins by taking off my makeup off, she starts with a Dermalogica pre-cleanse oil, which is used to remove my eye makeup she recommends a separate eye make up remover to that which I use on the rest of my skin as the eye area is more delicate and sensitive. The dermalogica product she uses is massaged in to remove the make up from my skin. I won’t go into every product she uses as a dermalogica facial is a personalised treatment which is unique to you and will vary upon your visit. They specialise in treating sensitivity, ageing, acne, pigmentation and environmental damage. The face mapping itself takes no more than ten to fifteen minutes and can be included with a dermalogica facial. It eliminates the guesswork when selecting products for results on your skin. For the analysis, rather than analysing the skin in general terms Miranda divides the face into fourteen distinct zones, assessing individual problems and needs from an insight into my skin’s past and present. Each zone is thoroughly examined inch-by-inch through touch and sight, the findings noted and allows the subsequent prescription of a targeted home care regime for a healthy skin future, serving as a visual guide for you, outlining on an actual facial landscape illustration where conditions occur. Mine include pigmentation and dehydration. Face fully prepped, Miranda looks for blackheads, ewww, you get the idea! I don’t have many. I sometimes wear glasses and there are a few where they sit. Miranda extracts the ones she can. Rather her than me! She talks me through my prescription and applies recommended products.
I leave looking slightly flushed with a personalised skin ‘prescription’ and a selection of Dermalogica samples to try at home. There are a lot of products to use as part of the routine, but I am starting to notice a difference. Combining this with regular Dermalogica facials would really benefit the skin.