Sometimes, when I write about beauty, I feel a bit of a fraud; my nails are seldom painted, I don’t wash my makeup brushes as much as I should do and I have never had a facial. Well, never until a few weeks ago when I headed to ESPA in Manchester’s Harvey Nichols for what I can only describe as an hour of sheer relaxation with an ESPA Luxury Facial.
If you’re familiar with ESPA, or have ever been within the vicinity of one of their counters you’ll know the incredible smell of their products. As a spa brand, they use oils and aromatherapy strongly within their products and spa treatments and they use smell rather than sight to decide what your skin needs at that time. On this particular Monday, my skin needed to be balanced, so this defined the products used within the facial.
The ESPA Facial Experience
To say that my facial was relaxing is an understatement. I spent the hour lying entirely horizontal on a heated bed, covered in a duvet listening to wordless music. My spa therapist, Jade, explained everything at the beginning so that she could keep the speaking to a minimal during the treatment; which, although I would’ve happily chatted away, really added to the relaxation.
Firstly my makeup was removed, which in itself was a treat. Then Jade used a blue light to show up any problem areas on my skin, so she knew where to focus. My face was then massaged, cleansed, lightly exfoliated and moisturised a treat. I was asked if I’d like a head massage using the amazing ESPA pink hair mud but I decided against that and instead opted for a hand and arm massage which was still just as amazing. My facial also included a shoulder and chest massage, so I left after the hour feeling incredibly relaxed and ready to face the busy city centre head-on, my skin glowing.
Book an ESPA Facial
You can browse all of the ESPA facial treatments on their website. If you’re in need of a bit of relaxation, I don’t think there could be anything better.