FACE PLUS MEDISPA
Understand what your skin really needs to stay hydrated.
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.