I promised myself I would be kinder to my skin this year, half-arsed wiping a baby wipe around your mush just doesn’t cut it when you’re 28… and a beauty blogger. The lovely Tiger Lily salon in Rathcoole invited me to review their Image O2 Facial. Yep, you read that right… Oxygen. Look, I’m not going to lie, part of the appeal for me with a facial is those heated beds! I think I’ve a new fetish…
I started conjuring up all sorts of ideas of how they’d be getting this oxygen back into my skin and I was happy to go along with it either way. Niamh was my therapist for this treatment and I was greeted by her at the reception and as she nodded to the heated bed I thought ”yuuuuussss”! I was stripped and snuggled under the blanky in seconds.
Oxygen provides a host of benefits to the skin; it brightens, speeds up healing, boosts circulation, reduces stress, and helps eliminate toxins.The treatment is designed for all skin types so everyone can reap the benefits.The facial itself took 45 minutes:
Step 1: A Gel to Milk Cleanser was massaged into my skin. It gently cleansed my skin, it was milky soft. The therapist took her time working the product in and then removed the cleanser using a warm sponge. I love the feeling of these soft warm sponges on my skin – such a nice feeling.
Step 2: An Enzymatic Facial Peel was applied. Niamh explained that the fruit enzymes would dissolve dead skin cells. The gel smelled lovely and was well massaged into my skin for a few minutes before it liquified. She continued massaging which is to help it penetrate the skin and gently lift dead cells, promoting collagen synthesis and deep hydration. My ears honed in on the word ”collagen” and I immediately thought ”Yes, bring some more of that shiz on please”.. By the bucket preferably!
Step 3: An Oxygenation Masque was then applied. The product goes on like a gel and then starts to foam. It is a strange feeling initally, it kind of felt like a crackle, I was just waiting for Snap and Pop to join the party. This is how it delivers the oxygen into the skin. Success! I could instantly feel this working, the more dehydrated areas dissolve the fastest and my big greedy pores had some thirst on them. While the mask was working away the therapist gave me a lovely hand massage. 15 minutes later the mask was gone. It had delivered the necessary goods to my skin. Danke.
Step 4: A Stem Cell Enhancer was them massaged on to my face, neck and chest.This is a serum loaded with high doses of stem cells and Vitamin C which penetrate deep into the skin.
Step 5: Prevention+Tinted moisturizer was then applied to my skin. Niamh said it’s brilliant as it’s a broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. I always hate leaving with a naked face post-facial, I am ghostly pale on my face. I don’t even blush! So it was nice to have a little colour to my face as I ducked out of the salon feeling less like a gargoyle.
Niamh has years of experience delivering facials to the needy. As well as being professional, she is also very friendly and will put you at ease instantly. Especially if it’s your first facial as she explains each step in simple terms. Oh, and she’s got a serious set of hands on her too. My skin was looking great and my makeup glided on the next day. I even went out and about without makeup and could see how much fresher my skin looked, I had a glow.
This is the perfect facial for a bride on the run up to her big day as you could get it done right up to the day of the wedding, if you nothing else to be doing(!), as you won’t break out or for anyone with a big event around the corner. Get yourself to Tiger Lily, your skin will thank you.
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