The facial that reboots your skin's ability to repair and renew

Elemis' new range of facials has something to tackle every ailment, writes Lynn O'Rourke


The treatment

The Elemis Biotec Micro Firm-a-Lift at the Inchyra Spa, Macdonald Hotel, Falkirk. The treatment costs £100 for a 60 minute session and the spa advises a course of 10 treatments for maximum results.

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Why go?

Saggy, baggy, dull, wrinkly, uneven, tired and blemish-prone. It may read like the seven dwarves of skin concerns, but this new range of facials has something to tackle every one of them. In my case there’s quite a bit of the saggy and baggy, while dull, wrinkly and tired make frequent appearances too, so when my therapist asks me about any areas of concern, it’s the anti-ageing Firm-a-Lift for me.

Our spy says

My therapist explains the treatment consists of two new aspects of Elemis technology, the first is the microcurrent probes used to lift those areas of facial concern and the second are galvanic rollers used to rejuvenate.

It all sounds very technical, but basically it is meant to reboot your skin’s ability to repair and renew itself.

To start, my skin is cleansed with Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm followed by their Ginseng Hydrating Toner. Stimulating Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Serum is massaged on, before skin is exfoliated with the non-abrasive and gentle cream exfoliator Papaya Enzyme Peel.

With skin prepped, it’s time for the main event. A high potency activator is applied, much like a serum, comprising a mix of plant actives, peptides, anti-oxidants and essential oils, while a micro-current is conducted via the metal probe by my therapist, which is rolled and massaged over skin to ensure the specially developed activator penetrates deeply.

There is no discomfort whatsoever and it is followed up with a firm hands-on jawline massage.

Activator is applied again before a hydrating mask – in my case the Exotic Cream Moisturising Mask – with a relaxing shoulder and neck massage while it sets, and again before the finishing moisturiser.

The results

As this treatment is generally part of a recommended number of facials, I don’t expect to see much difference really, but actually my skin does look smoother and even a little more “evened out” after just one treatment. It’s pricey, but if I had the spare cash, I’d be tempted to sign up for the full set.