Forum Spa recently introduced the Elemis Pro-Intense Lift Effect Facial as the latest addition to their luxurious facial offerings. As a 55 year old trying to dodge going under the knife I was excited about the treatment and its amazing claims of immediate, noticeable results. I was keen to put them to the test.
Elemis’ most intensive facial yet is recommended for those showing signs of sagging in the neck, cheeks and jawline. Using powerful hands-on lifting massage techniques combined with cutting edge stem cell technology, the 50 minute facial promises ‘super lifting results’ after just one treatment.
The facial starts with the cleansing, toning and exfoliating of the face as well as a massage using the skin plumping Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm. This is followed by a deep jowl and cheek massage using Elemis Amber Massage Balm with strong lifting movements upwards and outwards toward the temples to reduce puffiness and fluid retention. The Pro Intense Lift Effect Jowl and Chin Mask is then placed under the jawline and tucked under ears to hold in place, acting as a sling for sagging skin around the face.
The combination of the mask impregnated with Arjuna and the Amber Massage Balm stimulates cell-communication and speeds up the absorption of powerful lifting plant actives into the skin, whilst creating a lifting and firming effect to the jawline and chin.
The miracle mask is left to work its magic for 20 minutes, while the therapist performs an eye massage sequence designed to open and lift before covering with the cooling Hydra-Active Soothing Gel Eye Mask which plumps and revitalises. A circulation boosting scalp massage is performed allowing you to drift away with revitalised eyes cocooned beneath a sweet smelling lavender pillow, before being brought back to life with Rehydrating Ginseng Toner.
The therapist applies Hydra-Active Soothing Gel Mask onto the face, rich in orange flower, elderberry extract and allantoin, the product instantly cools and hydrates. This is followed by a neck and shoulder massage with Japanese Camellia Oil using Swedish, Eastern and Balinese pressure, kneading and stretching to ensure the muscles are relaxed and revived.
To complete the ultimate Lift Effect journey Pro-Intense Eye and Lip Contour Cream is applied and a layer of Pro-Collagen Lifting Treatment Neck and Bust is massaged across the neck and décolleté.
As a women over 50, constantly seeking results from anti-aging treatments, but never quite getting it, Elemis’ claim that ‘96% of women stated that their facial contours appeared firmed, lifted and shaped’ seemed dubious .
However after 50 minutes with a therapist, three double takes in the mirror and one comparison to my daughter, I certainly feel like I’ve had the 'Lift Effect'.
Reviewed by Debbie Howells, Cardiff