Un­der­stand what your skin re­ally needs to stay hy­drated.

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Dark floors, white walls punc­tu­ated with strik­ing art­work, dizzy­ing views of Syd­ney Har­bour; Face Plus Medispa is def­i­nitely a spa with at­ti­tude – and al­ti­tude. This is a high-design haven above Bondi Junc­tion, a sleek clinic that prom­ises fa­cial re­ju­ve­na­tion (on a scale from skin peels to surgery) and de­liv­ers the re­sults. I’m here for a per­son­alised en­counter with ‘Dr Spiller’, a 50-year-old Ger­man skin­care range that will be pre­scribed to meet my own unique needs. It all feels very in­dul­gent, but un­der the keen eye of Sue Dann, the dis­trib­u­tor for Dr Spiller Biomimetic Skin­care in Aus­tralia and my ex­pert beauty ther­a­pist for the day, there is a quick and hon­est ap­praisal: “You pick your skin, don’t you?” Af­ter 30 years as a qual­i­fied beau­ti­cian, noth­ing gets past Sue. My bad habits are laid bare – although in the most po­lite, pro­fes­sional man­ner.

This is a key part of the process. Be­fore we get into the steam­ing, cleans­ing, peel­ing and mas­sag­ing, Sue sits down with me to de­ter­mine my skin type, my habits and which Dr Spiller prod­ucts will be the best to re­ju­ve­nate my skin. The main idea be­hind the Biomimetic range is that each prod­uct im­i­tates the skin’s nat­u­ral re­newal pro­cesses, work­ing with it rather than against it to pro­duce the re­sult re­quired.

The con­sul­ta­tion is one rev­e­la­tion af­ter another. Like so many be­fore me, I’ve used wa­ter-based prod­ucts with­out re­ally think­ing of the fact that our skin is wa­ter­proof. How can I be ex­pect­ing re­sults when my skin is de­signed to re­pel the base in­gre­di­ent? As soon as Sue points this out, it sounds ob­vi­ous. What our skin re­ally needs to re­store hy­dra­tion are oil-based prod­ucts, but for my skin these of­ten feel heavy and leave a tell-tale sheen.

Dr Spiller of­fers the best of both worlds, pro­vid­ing the hy­dra­tion of oil with a light­weight feel that’s quick to ab­sorb into the skin. The beauty boffins from Ger­many call it Hy­dratain; I call it bliss.

When I am thor­oughly briefed, I set­tle un­der the tow­els for my be­spoke fa­cial, al­ready lulled into a sense of re­lax­ation by the waft­ing mu­sic – and Sue’s ex­per­tise.

She starts with a steamer, a re­fresh­ing cu­cum­ber cleanser and toner. I’m treated with a gen­tle spelt en­zyme peel, mas­saged with Dr Spiller Sen­si­tive Beauty Care Day Cream and slicked with Vi­ta­min Skin Func­tion Oil. Sue ap­plies the Azulen Cream Mask on my more sen­si­tive ar­eas while the Terra Cal­i­for­nia Clay Mask re­vives my im­pure ar­eas. A few fin­ishes – in­clud­ing a Herbal Ak­tiv Peel and a slightly tinted BB cream – and I walk out lit­er­ally glow­ing.

Months later and I’m still faith­ful to the Dr Spiller prod­ucts Sue pre­scribed for me. The best part of the fa­cial, though, was what I took away from it: oil over wa­ter. It was a sim­ple les­son, but one that I’ll con­tinue to ap­ply and ben­e­fit from for years to come.

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