Believe it or not, I’d never had a facial before Friday and couldn’t wait to have some pamper time to experience it. Not knowing where to go, I was chatting to my Grandma about it who told me that she gets a facial every 6 weeks (pamper queen) at a place called Venus in Letchworth where I live. She recommended a lady called Charlotte and informed me that she knows all about me and our wedding last year (lol).
So I booked myself an appointment with Charlotte for a Friday afternoon and was so looking forward to some pamper time – after all, what girl doesn’t love to look after herself? I had no idea what to expect and made a point of not heading over to my friend Google so I could have a fresh perspective.
As I arrived I was welcomed into the treatment room at the back of the shop and asked to lie down on the treatment bed which vibrated for a gentle back massage throughout and a lovely blanket to keep you cozy and warm. I was loving it already and the treatment hadn’t even started yet!
To begin, Charlotte asked me about my skin, what I was looking to try and whether I had any problem areas I’d like to address as she removed my makeup. I confirmed that I’d like to try the microdermabrasion treatment to give my skin a deep clean and that I had issues with acne, scarring and some dry patches around the lip area.
Microdermabrasion – a cosmetic treatment in which the face is sprayed with exfoliant crystals to remove dead epidermal cells
We started off with the microdermabrasion and chatted about work, life, beauty and my blog – this part felt a big like sand being sprayed against my skin and quickly sucked away by what felt like a straw. I quite enjoyed this until it got to the eye area and some small aluminium crystals got into my eyes (serves me right for having my eyes open).
Once my skin was completely fresh, Charlotte then applied some gel like serums on my skin (I’m sorry I forgot to ask what they were, but some of them were quite minty!) and followed this up with a Caci skin rejuvenation treatment, using the machine to target some of my blemishes (ahem, spots). This machine is well-known and award winning for it’s non-surgical face lift treatments – you can read more about those here.
After some more serums, we finished off with a gel like face mask which covered my eyes – I then was left with just my thoughts which were racing from “ooh, my eyes are tingling, what if I’m getting a chemical burn?” to “well, this is what it must feel like to be blind” – can you imagine if we all knew what was racing through people’s minds?
Anyway, the mask was peeled back and my skin felt plump and the cleanest it’s ever been, my spots had reduced and the dry area was all but gone other than slight redness which you can see in the pictures below.
Once we were finished, Charlotte recommended I continue using my Alpha H exfoliator (you can find the entire Alpha H range on Beauty Bay) and to use a physical exfoliator such as one from Simple. I also mentioned during our session about the Ordinary and she was excited to try their products (she was practically buzzing when I told her about their Ascorbic Acid + Alpha Arbutin serum which was a dream combo) – I felt great that my wisdom had actually come to use and am hoping that she enjoys it!
Overall, I really enjoyed the experience and was over the moon that my Grandma being a loyal customer of over 20 years helped get me a discount (you know I love a bargain) – I would definitely recommend Venus Hair & Beauty for those of you local to Letchworth, the service was impeccable and the treatments amazing, you can find their website here and their Facebook group where they share any offers they’ve got going on here. I’ll definitely be heading back for another facial and possibly seeing what other treatments they offer.