A FRA­GRANT JOUR­NEY AT THE IN­STI­TUT GUERLAIN

ELLE (Canada) - - Wellness - KATHER­INE FLEMMING

THE FIX YOU NEED TO LOOK PORELESS AND POSH IN LESS THAN 90 MIN­UTES. THE TREAT­MENT A HIGHLY CUS­TOM­IZED FA­CIAL WITH OVER 300 TREAT­MENT TECH­NIQUES TO CHOOSE FROM. THE SPOT 68 AV. DES CHAMPS- ÉLYSÉES. “This fa­cial is com­pletely made to mea­sure,” says Véronique Jac­quet, spa di­rec­tor at the In­sti­tut Guerlain in Paris. “We adapt ev­ery prod­uct to the in­di­vid­ual’s skin.” The 60-minute treat­ment goes be­yond prod­uct se­lec­tion; aes­theti­cians train for nine months be­fore they’re al­lowed near a client’s vis­age. (After that, it’s six months of on-the-face work.) They’re schooled in 350 dif­fer­ent mas­sage tech­niques, and they in­cor­po­rate a va­ri­ety of styles on the fly into ev­ery treat­ment; not a sin­gle fa­cial is ever repli­cated. “There is no pre­scribed method: Un­til they meet the client, they don’t know what they’re about to do,” says Jac­quet. Each be­spoke treat­ment starts with an of­fer­ing of four dif­fer­ent fra­grances (for en­ergy, re­lax­ation, detox and en­velop­ing) that are en­gi­neered to dis­ap­pear by the end of the treat­ment so as to not ir­ri­tate the next cus­tomer. Through­out the ma­chine- and steam-free treat­ment, the aesthetician uses only her hands for cleans­ing, mask ap­pli­ca­tion, mas­sage (ad­dress­ing ev­ery­thing from sag­ging to lym­phatic drainage) and hy­dra­tion in­fu­sion and em­ploys some of the brand’s most in­gre­di­ent-rich oils, such as Abeille Royale. For the grand fi­nale, clients can have their makeup ap­plied be­fore they leave, from a pre­cisely painted French red lip to a clas­sic cat eye.

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