Choos­ing top qual­ity prod­ucts is one way of en­sur­ing your beauty ef­forts pay off. We’ve tried and tested these Cheshire Life: Jan­uary 2019

Cheshire Life - - Beauty -

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.

UNIQUE | MODERN | LUXE info@ the­bri­dal­lounge. co. uk 01606 888766 22 War­ring­ton Road Cud­ding­ton Cheshire CW8 2LJ

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