TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF
Choosing top quality products is one way of ensuring your beauty efforts pay off. We’ve tried and tested these Cheshire Life: January 2019
LA PRAIRIE SKIN CAVIAR LUXE CREAM Yes, I know La Prairie is expensive but with this you get what you pay for. The pioneers of anti-ageing cellular therapy have upped their game with latest incarnation of their indulgent skincare. This rich, potent combination of Caviar Premiere with La Prairie’s exclusive Cellular Complex is everything you’d expect from a premium skin product. Its primary aim is to lift and firm the skin and on the first application you can feel it working. I am seeing results around the jawline after only a week, which is amazing. The texture too is gorgeous and as soon as it is applied my skin feels smoother. There is the temptation to start slapping it on recklessly but honestly, you don’t really need that much to reap the benefits.jr La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream, £362, laprairie.com LA MER I remember sampling a pot of Crème de la Mer as it was then called when it was first launched. It was one of the game changers of the cosmetics industry. Not only was it seen as a miracle cream but it had a price tag that at the time would have made most people’s eyes water. Fast forward a couple of decades and the devotees of La Mer are many. It’s the ingredients and the way they are sourced - using a form of sea kelp which is sustainably hand harvested helping to maintain its native ecosystem - that is part of the appeal. The key ingredient is Miracle Broth™ and because of the lengthy processes involved in creating the cream only small quantities can be produced at a time, hence the cost of this 500ml jar. It’s brilliant for dry, mature skin and those who wish to keep wrinkles firmly at bay. JR La Mer £1,500 for 500ml harveynichols.com ENVIRON TRIBOTANICAL REVIVAL MASQUE This has been called a ‘facelift in a jar’ which is exactly what we need at this time of the year when the winter climate and excesses of the festive season have taken their toll. It’s quite a scientific product - the sort of thing that might be applied as part of a spa treatment but you can do it at home. The masque contains ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acids so consequently the usage has to be built up gradually. I started out using it twice a week for 10 minutes in week one and then to two or three times a week for another couple of weeks. Maximum benefits can be seen after about four months, when I shall expect to have firmer and smoother skin. I can’t wait! JR CLARINS SKIN ILLUSION SP15 NATURAL HYDRATING FOUNDATION Clarins describe this as a light foundation giving good coverage and I can recommend it to do just that. There are 22 shades. I had 107 Beige. It has a texture rather like a serum and glides on easily leaving a dewy finish. My complexion has been rather blotchy of late and this evened out my skin tone without any heaviness or ‘mask’ look. It’s a perfect base for make-up and has an SPF 15 factor, so skin is protected too. I’m persuaded. LT
SISLEY BLACK ROSE SKIN INFUSION CREAM, Ok, you’ve noticed the price tag and you’re thinking that for £135 it had better be good. Well, as you’d expect from the luxury Sisley brand (who spend a fortune on scientific and botanical research) it is pretty darn good. First, there’s the divine smell. But most importantly this high performance cream left my skin feeling hydrated, soothed and looking plumper and brighter, which is what most of us who won’t see 50 again are looking for. I usually apply day cream two or three times during the day, but after one breakfast time application of this, my skin didn’t shout the need for more until early evening. LT SISLEY BLACK ROSE CREAM MASK Also from Sisley’s Black Rose range is this ultra-hydrating mask which they subtitle as ‘Instant Youth’. That’s quite a thing to put on a box. I’m not sure this mask can reverse the body’s ageing process but it’s the best moisturing mask for mature skins that I’ve ever used. I’ve tried many of the highly rated ones on the market and I keep coming back to this one and regularly put it on my birthday wishlist. Apply the deliciously scented cream to your face and lie down for 10 or 15 minutes. It smoothes out lines and eases areas looking fatigued. Remove any excess with a cotton pad. My skin always looks relieved and destressed. Highly recommended. LT I’m a bit of a coward when it comes to beauty treatments. I’ve had my fair share of painful medical procedures and endured them with good grace, honestly (well, what choice have you got?). But when it comes to beauty therapy, my preference is for the painless variety. But when a couple of days after noticing a new crop of smile lines I was invited by The Retreat Rooms in Cheadle Hulme to try a Caci therapy (which some people find mildly discomforting) I found myself saying ‘yes please’.
I needn’t have worried. I was soon put at ease by award-winning therapist Katie. She explained that a Caci facial gives the anti-ageing effect of procedures such as Botox and so many clients find it effective that it’s now replacing jabs and fillers. It uses S.P.E.D® Dual Action Technology* LED light therapy skin rejuvenation and microcurrent facial toning to stimulate and lift muscles in your face at the same time.
I enjoyed my ‘Agedefying CACI Synergy’ facial. Occasionally I felt a mild tingling as Katie moved the wands gently around my face. The facial lasted an hour-and-45 minutes. After five minutes of cleansing and toning with gentle products, Katie proceeded with several minutes of painless ultrasonic peeling.
She paid particular attention to my jawline (thanks Katie, it made a difference) and then followed with some light microdermabrasion, muscle work and wrinkle combing. I was almost asleep at this stage. The treatment finished with a 15-minute hydro mask.
Clients usually undergo a course of Caci treatments. I can see that’s probably best, but my skin looked soothed, plumped and toned for several days and knowing it looked better, I felt better. The Caci Synergy Anti-ageing facial I had costs £120 but there’s a variety to choose from. Discounts can be made if booking a course of treatments.
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