Tried & Tested: Elemis Biotec at The Spa at The Shelbourne
I arrived to The Spa at The Shelbourne last Thursday evening not really knowing what to expect. The treatment and package I booked in for was the Elemis Biotec Facial; 30minute facial treatment for €60 that was fully redeemable against products (this offer was limited to ezine subscribers.)
I have to say I am all for treatments that are redeemable against product purchase, don’t you just feel that you are getting way more bang for your buck? It is such a great way to introduce you to new treatments and services too.
The treatment claims: “Introducing Elemis Biotec exclusively available in Dublin at The Spa at the Shelbourne. Elemis Biotec delivers the next generation of Elemis facial, setting new standards with a fusion of technology and touch. This unique facial combines new machine technologies seamlessly with hands-on therapy, creating immediate and long-term results while targeting specific skincare needs. Powerful plant actives work with the body’s natural bio-electrical field and enhance the skins ability to rejunenate, resurface and radiate.“
The 7 facials target specific skin needs:
1. Micro Firm-a-Lift
2. Triple-Tec Anti-Wrinkle
3. Sonic Skin Radiance
4. Sonic Skin Resurfacing
5. L.E.D. Blemish Control
6. O2 Sensitive Skin Soothing
7. Supercharge for Men
On arrival at the top of the stairs at the Spa reception I was welcomed and sat down to fill in the Consultation Form. On completion I was directed to the Relaxation Room where I got to put my feet up, lay back onto the chaise lounge and gaze out the window over looking St Stephens Green and the bustling street below, before picking up a magazine to thumb through while waiting for my therapist to collect me.
Decorated in rich velvet, and regal green and gold’s, the relaxation room did what it needed to do. It allowed me to chill out and zone out my thoughts before the treatment ahead. Too many times I have raced into a salon for a treatment and only mid way through, found my mind easing from the days pressures. I really appreciated the down time prior to my facial.
Fiona collected me from the Relaxation Room, introduced herself and led me down to the treatment room. No time was wasted, within minutes I was cocooned under the blankets and the heated bed softened out my muscles.
Fiona was friendly and warm. She asked me questions and my skin concerns, and discussed the focus of todays facial and the benefits I’d see from her prescribed direction of the facial.
I suffer with oily skin, prone to dehydration and have marks from previous acne that likes to rise it’s weary head every now and again. Resurfacing, smoothing and anti-bacterial healing were the three words that stood out to me. Yes please, that sounds right up my street!
Fiona got to work, cleansing away my make up and chatting about our day. Next up was the machine exfoliation. I loved this part. The subtle hum from the machine, with the feeling of lifting and clearing of the skin cells from the machine attachment made you relax, but also aware of how effective this facial was to the skin.
A facial mask, which was submerged in product, was then applied to my face as it encompassed me into another world. More machine probes worked over this mask layer for a deeper treatment.
Light therapy was next up. The red light stimulated collagen production, smoothing the skin and plumping fine lines and adding firmness whilst the blue light was worked over the skin to deliver an anti-bacterial effect to minimize skin bacteria. It soothed and calmed the skin, reducing redness with its anti-inflammatory properties.
Hydration was the final stage before I got to take a look in the mirror. The final mirror stage of a facial is usually my least favourite part of a facial. Being a make-up artist I like to see skin even-toned and radiant, but I was pleasantly surprised to see there was no redness on my skin. It looked fresh, bright and clear, with very little product left on my skin so it felt lightweight too.
Fiona recommended products that would work alongside my current skincare routine, the products that would really make a difference. I appreciated the realness of her advice, not a full switch or undermining my current skincare choices and favourites (an SPF is also crucial when working on resurfacing the skin. I was chuffed I could honestly say this is always incorporated into my skincare routine.) I purchased the Tri Enzyme Resurfacing Gel Mask and plan to use twice weekly (review to follow!) Then I was directed back to the Relaxation Room for more “me” time that I gladly accepted.
The Spa at The Shelbourne has another special offer on until 31st August. If you get a chance I highly recommend what looks to be a half day spa package for just €130. Check it out here.
Stephanie Burgess is a professional and experienced Irish make up artist who has recently started blogging. She is also a beauty lover, wannabe foodie, hot yoga fan, and a creative. Follow her on @StephBurgessMUA on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.