It was around a fortnight before my wedding that I decided to try a facial.
I had never had a facial before and didn’t want to risk trying one with lots of products or invasive technology in case it broke my sensitive skin out before the day. (Especially when I had just managed to get my breakout-prone skin under control with this skincare routine for sensitive skin).
However, I was recommended Face Gym by an old colleague as it is more of a ‘face workout’ that uses various hand movements to help lift, tone and tighten the face.
The idea is that by knuckling, massaging and using high energy whipping strokes, it will stimulate the 40+ muscles in the face, encouraging blood circulation and collagen production. As one of my main areas of concern was my flabby jowels and non-existent jawline, I thought I would try out their Signature Facial and see whether it could help give me any definition between my face and neck.
FACE GYM SALON – KING’S ROAD, CHELSEA, LONDON
Firstly, the Face Gym salon on Chelsea’s King’s Road was such a beautiful spot to visit, complete with copper ‘skin bar’, apothecary cabinet and plenty of Instagrammable touches:
THE SIGNATURE FACIAL
The Signature Facial, designed to naturally help lift and contour the face, lasted around 30-40 minutes and the best way I can describe the experience was like being in a (not unpleasant) human carwash!
The facialist massaged, knuckled and ‘whipped’ my skin with her hands and fingers and also used a handheld electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) device that emits mild electrical waves to stimulate the muscles and restore skin’s elasticity. This was a fairly strange sensation as it caused different parts of my face to twitch involuntarily but it didn’t hurt.
The trainer began by doing half of my face so that I could see the difference. I have put the pictures below for you to guess which side of the face it was but I won’t lie, the brightness was too high on my camera so it doesn’t reflect the difference as much as in real life!
Congratulations if you guessed correctly – it was the right hand side of this picture that had the treatment! The changes are generally subtle but like I say, more noticeable in real life.
The treatment made my face looked more lifted, tauter, fresher and amazingly, it had really reduced the dark circles underneath my eyes. My flabby jowls were still there but did look a little firmer than before.
The effects of this treatment probably lasted 3 days maximum, so would be ideal before a big event or party. Face Gym do recommend visiting regularly to help train your facial muscles (the same way that you would go to the gym regularly and not see long-lasting results after just one session) so if you have the bank balance, I would say go for it!
I’m already feeling the need to revisit after the amount of Hotel Chocolat I put away this Christmas…. that did no one’s jowls any favours.