This is the first of two posts I'll be writing following my trip to Dove Spa Merry Hill yesterday for a Hydra-Mineral facial.
This post will be covering the actual Hydra-Mineral treatment itself but I also had the free Dove Spa Skin Diagnostic, which uses a machine to measure different skin results. It gave some rather interesting results compared to last time I had it, so worthy of its own post!
The Hydra-Mineral facial treatment incorporates traditional facial methods such as cleanse, exfoliation and mask, with modern technologies such as CACI and Blue Light. The treatment also includes a relaxing neck & shoulder massage, hand & arm massage and a head massage. The main aim of the Hydra-Mineral, as if 'Hydra' wasn't clue enough, is all about hydration. Infusing the skin with water and minerals. The addition of the CACI and Blue Light elements are used to aid deeper absorption into the skin, making the products that little more effective.
The treatment starts, like any facial, with a cleanse to remove superficial dirt, sebaceous excretions and makeup if applicable. Followed by a manual exfoliation.
This is a way of preparing the skin for the rest of the treatment to ensure the skin is clean and also aid deeper penetration of products.
A cool gel was then applied all over the face, while two CACI metallic probes were guided around the face. It's my first experience with CACI, so I wasn't sure exactly what to expect. It felt very pleasant though. A slight tingling on the forehead, but not much could be felt on the softer, more fleshier areas of the face.
A Blue Light was then used all over the face. I'll be honest, you don't really feel anything, after all it's only light. The idea thought, is the Blue Light kills bacteria deep in the skin so can be beneficial for destroying the acne bacteria that causes spots.
This was followed by a relaxing neck and shoulder massage using effleurage and pressure massage techniques.
A mineral mask comprising of the Dove Spa waterfall serum, a gauze layer and a thick mineral infused mud, is applied all over the face. While this is left on the skin I was treated to deeply relaxing hand and arm massage, followed by a head massage.
The mask was removed and the facial was finished off with a quick application of serum, moisturiser and eye treatment.
I'd definitely book in for this treatment again and quite happily recommend to others. Particularly if hydration is a concern. My skin looked and felt great afterwards. I even had a colleague ask if I'd had Botox today! I'm guessing this is thanks to the CACI element of the facial so will definitely be exploring a full CACI facial soon!
The Hydra-Mineral facial cost me £39, however this is a promotional price until the 28.02.2013. At which point I'm guessing the price will go up or may no longer be available.
Check Dove Spa for more details.