Yesterday’s post was about a blissful spa, so full of relaxation that I genuinely think the treatments – though enjoyable – are entirely secondary to the spa itself. Today’s post is about a spa that’s more or less the exact opposite, putting great treatments front and centre, but entirely fabulous nonetheless.
Fern Skin Clinic are the only spa in the country licensed to carry out Alpha H facials, and boy, these people take their facials seriously. I first learned about Alpha H products when they launched on QVC about a decade ago, I was suffering from adult onset acne at the time, and I’d heard that the products were amazing for “troubled” skin. Sadly, at that time I couldn’t afford to buy the products, and by the time I could, I’d solved my acne issues (mainly by swapping away from foaming cleansers, but that’s a blog post for another time). After that, I guess they just kind of dropped off my radar, after all, my skin was no longer “troubled”.
Fast forward a few years to a chance meeting with the people behind the brand recently and I was put right, Alpha H is actually suitable for everyone, and has great results for both troubled and “less troubled” skin. I was offered a facial so I could out some of their claims to the test. I trotted off for a facial with Jody Bloch at the aforementioned Fern Clinic, and put my face on the line. Honestly, the things I do for you people …
The clinic is clean, modern, a little stark, but no less relaxing a space for that, beds are comfortable, and the staff are warm, friendly, and very, very professional. After filling in an exceptionally thorough medical form, Jody chatted to me about my skin, my concerns and put together a personalised facial prescription for me.
Now, I have to say that these facials are very results-oriented, if you’re expecting a couple of passes with a cleanser, and a relaxing massage, you’re going to be very
surprised disappointed. After two cleansings (one with a Clarisonic, more about which tomorrow), a pineapple and papaya enzyme mask was applied and my face was wrapped in clingfilm. Yes, really. Then, after a thorough massage with an age delay oil, it was onto extractions. This HURT. Seriously, imagine someone digging around the pores of your nose with a safety pin, that’s what it feels like. But, oh! The results! Then, a calming and soothing mask, a wonderful hand and arm massage, and my face was ready to face a moisturiser.
And what a face I ended up with! Well, obviously it was the same face I went in with, but you know what I mean … I’d expected red blotchiness and greasy splots of nastiness (yes, ****** facials, I’m looking at you, £150, and left looking like I’d spent 90 minutes rubbing myself with a block of nettle-studded lard), but what looked back at me was rosy glowing plumpness and smoothness. I went without foundation for the best part of a week after (seriously unheard of for me), and spent several days marvelling at my temporary state of porelessness.
I’m seriously considering going back every week from now until the end of time. I’ve just bought a selection of Alpha H products as a result of the facial – I should make it clear that no one at the clinic pushed me to buy them at the time, something I always appreciate – and I’m looking forward to them arriving so I can use them for myself!
Pineapple & Papaya Enzyme Mask
Age Delay Oil
Calming & Soothing Mask
I’ve heard good things about their moisturiser with factor 50+ sunscreen too, from no less than Lisa Eldridge, so I’m going to be tracking down a bottle of that very soon … Alpha H products are available from Beauty Expert, QVC and HQ Hair
The Fine Print: Get Lippie was invited to Fern Skin Clinic as a guest of Alpha H. That all sounds so fancy, dunnit? I have since, however, bought my not inconsiderable bodyweight in products. They’re *that* good. Full review as and when I get around to it.