8th September 2009
Emma Thompson discovers the ‘creme de la creme’ of skin care
Having never visited Spire before, a cosmetic and healthcare suite, I was slightly unsure of what to expect, but thankfully pleasantly surprised!
It’s not the usual place to try out a treatment, and at 26 I didn’t quite feel ready for (or didn’t want to admit I might need it) a touch of Botox, but a consultation to find the right skin cream for my face was right up my street.
With the wide range of skin creams on our shelves, I’ve struggled to discover the best one for my skin, but Spire now sell the excellent Darphin selection, so a session with Greenbank Suite advisor, Jane Gavin, was ideal. The Greenbank Suite within Spire is the cosmetic part of the hospital, and on arrival it’s relaxed and informal, so with a cup of tea in-hand I take a seat on the comfy leather sofas and begin my consultation.
Jane, who has been fully trained by Darphin experts, begins by using the specially designed chart which has three stages - repair, restore and replenish - to see what my skin needs. The first stage decides what serum I need, Hydraskin an intensive moisturiser as it turns out, this repairs the skin going deep under the surface. It feels refreshing and light and surprisingly my skin seems already hydrated.
The second stage of my mini ‘facial’ was to choose an essential oil which would restore my complexion. Unsure whether my skin was ‘thirsty’ or not Jane advised smelling the aromatic oils was also a way of discover what my skin wanted, so the delicate scent of Rose Aromatic Care was my next choice. Admittedly I wasn’t too confident in putting an oil on my face but Jane reassured me it soaked in well and would really moisturise my skin, and she was right, my skin was soft and not ‘thirsty’ at all!
My final stage, with combination skin I chose a Matifying Fluid it was light and perfect for my skin leaving a soft ‘velvety-smooth’ texture. I left with my skin feeling soft, smooth and hydrated – I’ll certainly be thinking about swapping my budget beauty buys for this luxury Darphin treat.