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January Skin Detox (& Giveaway)

After a month of Dublin’s low temperatures, icy Chicago winds, central heating and dehydration my skin was a disgrace. I tried a few diy facials, creams, scrubs and a multitude of other things but to no avail. I gave up and booked a appointment in Thérapie (see the end of this post for giveaway).

I opted for the Eve Lom facial. As you probably know by now, I’m a big fan of natural and organic products. My skin is too sensitive for chemicals. My main problems were dryness and congestion.

What attracted me to this treatment was the use of paraffin wax on the skin and the promise of clearing congested skin without pain or redness.

What I loved about the Eve Lom Ultimate Cleanse:

  • Warm paraffin wax in painted on the skin layer by layer to open up the pores. It feels amazing! The beauty therapist then peeled the mask back piece by piece and worked on removing the congestion in that area before moving on to the next. I had quite a few extractions and there was absolutely no pain. In fact there wasn’t even squeezing.
  • The facial included a bit of an upper body massage. You know how much I hate this phrase but I think I had a bit of an OMG moment during the massage. I had no idea there were balls of tension in my upper back.
  • Following the paraffin mask and extractions the therapist applied a cool and tingly mask, followed by a fresh toner to close uo my now clear pores.
  • The treatment finished with an Eve Lom moisturiser that left my skin comfortable all day.

The results:

I left the clinic feeling chilled to the core. Best of all there was no hint of redness. My skin was clear and uncongested. I can’t believe the difference in my pore size. Obviously that won’t last forever but for now my pores are minimised and clear.

Usually after a facial my skin gets worse for a few days, this is probably down to the detoxification – the treatments often draw out the impurities. But with this facial even my tiniest pores were clear so I had no spots or redness over the following days. I also had quite a few compliments on how radiant I looked, always good.

This is such an indulgent treatment. For me it’s worth every cent. I will definitely be going back for more as soon as my pores start to fill up again. Since I probably missed something, here is a link to information on the facial on Thérapie’s website.

When I try to clear congestion myself at home I usually get the main, larger ones but I can’t reach the majority of the clogged pores. Clogged pores are a nightmare for me because they affect the texture of my skin, making it appear bumpy and swollen. I think I’ll continue with my DIY masks and then have a facial like this once a season to clear out the build up.

I am also interested in having some laser hair removal at Thérapie this Spring, it seems very affordable at the moment. I am also keen on trying the Jet Peel that I talked about before and maybe Velashape contouring in the future. Thérapie has a beautiful clinic – calming, classy and is definitely more of a clinic rather than a beauty salon.

Giveaway:

I have two Dr Murad gift sets to giveaway from Thérapie! Click here to enter. (extremely easy to enter, no fuss)


How is your skin after the harsh Winter weather?

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  • http://money.com Webster

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    would be ok. I’m undoubtedly enjoying your blog and look forward to new posts.

  • Melanie

    I just read your post and I am confused. What is natural and/or organic about paraffin wax? Isn’t it just a waste product of the oil industry? Or are there different kinds of paraffin wax?

  • jaimie

    Have you ever tried lemon + sugar on your skin? I’ve been doing this treatment for the pass 2-3 months and it has cleared my skin considerably!
    I wet a coton with lemon juice, add a bit of sugar on the coton and swipe it around my face. It hurt A LOT a first, but my skin is glowing! I highly recommend it :)
    I’ve stopped using chemicals ans started looking for beauty treatments in my refrigerator.

    • Tami Miller

      Hi! I love the lemon/sugar idea! Can you use the bottled lemon juice (100% lemon, no additives)?

  • Becky

    I might do a mini-detox too. Any excuse for a face mask, really. :)

    I may be in the minority here, but I really like the affect the winter weather has had on my skin! It’s dried it up a bit, and now I can have fun applying jojoba oil all over my face at night or on my face when it’s still wet after a hot shower, and I can use Beauty Flash Balm and my Olay moisturiser (for oily skin though) under my makeup without ending up looking greasy! And all that moisturising makes my makeup look better too. I wish I had dry skin normally. Moisturising and stuff is so much more fun than all the stuff you have to do if you have oily skin. The cosmetics are nicer too.

    I’m going to miss the cold weather when it goes away and I start going shiny again :(

    But then I have pretty tough skin I think (either that or the oil and makeup are a kind of protective barrier. Eww.), I use benzoyl peroxide on it every day and it’s fine, so a bit of cold doesn’t do much.

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