This blog post is part of a series of my personal skin care journey. If you’ve got oily, temperamental, breakout prone skin you may want to read on – and let me know your best skin care tips in the comments! x
If you’ve been following my journey you know that, by now, I’ve tried several cleansers and moisturisers and have begun to delve into toners and serums. But what would a skincare journey be without a facial?
So that I have done: I’ve had my very first facial (ever!) and with Antonia Burrell, founder of the eponymous skincare range, at that.
I met Antonia at the Urban Retreat beauty blogger event where she introduced me to her skincare range and her love for lemons. (Some say lemon in water is detoxing, some say it’s great for your skin and stomach, I say it’s delicious and so I’ll drink it!) She also offered me a complimentary facial, which I gratefully accepted and recently took advantage of.
Antonia treated me to a bespoke facial, and began with a deep cleanse before moving on to an exfoliation, leaving my skin perfectly clean so she could get a good look at just what was going on – and what she was up against. She confirmed what I already knew: my skin is dehydrated and oily (but she’s got products and treatments for that!). She also informed me that my skin is thin and delicate. These are things I’d suspected, but hadn’t read about in beauty blogs or as descriptions of what beauty products are meant for, so I’d thought my ‘thin and delicate skin’ idea was in my head.
Regardless, Antonia had advice, she had products, and she had treatments. Her face lit up with the prospect of challenging skin to tame and she got to work. First with the extractions (while the big red blemish breakouts have eased up since following Caroline Hirons’ advice, I still have so, so many spots beneath my skin – though luckily no new ones), and then with galvanic electrotherapy and steaming.
Throughout the facial she explained everything she was doing and why, which really put me at ease and helped me relax. And while I’d love to give you all that information – I really, really would – there was just so much of it and I honestly can’t remember everything she said.
Sadly I didn’t leave with instantly better looking skin, but then she explained that you don’t leave a facial with your skin looking miraculously better; it just doesn’t work that way. I gave my skin just over a week to see the results before publishing this post, and so far I think my skin is looking more vibrant and many of the spots under my skin have started surfacing. (Which doesn’t sound ideal, but it means they’re moving on!)
Antonia’s facials are valued at £85 for one hour (more details here, including a bespoke facial option), and while this first facial was complimentary, I booked a second before I left and I’m really looking forward to it! I also bought myself a bottle of her Cleansing Oil (£39.50 for 100ml, available on her website), which I’d originally tried as a tester from the Urban Retreat beauty blogger event gift bag and really liked. As a gift Antonia gave me the Pure Therapy serum (£58.80 for 15ml, also available on her website here), which so far I’ve found leaves my skin feeling wonderfully hydrated.
Please note: while the facial and some of the products mentioned in this blog post were gifts, the views expressed are my own.