Radical Bliss!

Review: Pevonia Anti-Free Radical Facial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bless me girls and boys for I have sinned! It has been eight months since my last facial! So when the girls at Spa Pevonia invited me in for a treatment I jumped at the opportunity.  What a lovely way to start the week! I’ve just arrived back at my desk and can’t wipe the smile and the glow from my pampered face.

I arrived 15 minutes early for my treatment as requested and after being greeted was introduced to my therapist who asked me to complete a health questionnaire. My lovely therapist went through this with me thoroughly, asking me numerous questions to determine the best treatment and finally recommended the Anti-Free Radical Facial.  Unlike many who complain about this lengthy process I actually enjoyed it as it made me feel reassured that not only would the treatment be safe for me but would provide the best possible results for my skin type.

I was then escorted to a changing area and asked to put on a white fluffy gown and slippers and wait in the relaxation lounge.  The sun was shining in and the music soothed my senses, I was just finishing my delicious fruity tea (I might have had a fresh muffin too) and my therapist came to escort me to my cosy treatment room where I instantly felt relaxed.

I was made comfortable on a divine bed with heat packs soothing me in all the right places and covered in a soft heated blanket….bliss….and my therapist began the treatment.

First she cleansed my skin with a soothing emulsion that was removed with warm fragrant towels.  Once cleansed a lovely warm “oaty” enzyme peel was applied and kept warm under steam, while this was working to remove my dry, dead winter skin cells my therapist massaged my arms with a cool geranium scented oil.  Once again warm aromatic towels were used to remove my enzyme peel and my skin already felt fresh and vibrant.

A delicious-scented, silky oil was then applied to my skin and for the next 15 minutes I was massaged all over the face and neck.  Did I mention the bliss? My skin literally drank the exquisite concoction which I was told contained skin rejuvenating vitamins A and E which counteract free radical skin damage and brightening mandarin.  All sounded and smelt very good to me.  When the massage was finished (I wished it could have gone on forever) my therapist applied an amazing mask that was thick and warm and invigorating, the peppermint and lavender combination was amazing!  The warmth remained as the mask set and then cooled to a refreshing chill.  My therapist explained it helped to aid in the penetration of the vitamins and increased the circulation.  While this was on my scalp was massaged and I think I may have slept (me snoring?! Noooo!) The mask was removed in one easy piece and my skin felt incredible, awake and so incredibly hydrated.  Protective products were used to seal in all the goodies and protect me from the damaging rays of the sun and my treatment was complete.  I mentally vowed to come every month for a facial treatment.

More relaxing in the relaxation lounge, they told me I could stay as long as I liked, and I was ready to face my working week.

I still can’t get over how baby soft my skin feels and how vibrant it looked after this treatment. I highly recommend it to anyone who suffers winter dehydration or even if you skin just feels “out of balance”. To find out where you can have the “Anti-Free Radical Facial” just visit the Pevonia Search a Spa

So when was the last time you treated yourself to a facial?

The Why, How and Which of Face Masks for Your Skin Type

Most of us have a daily skin care routine that we don’t stray from but there are a few weekly or twice weekly extras that can take your skin from good to glowing perfection in very little time. One of those is a face mask.

These little beauties are easy to use, have multiple benefits and help skin stay flawless between spa visits but there are still so many people out there who neglect them completely! Here’s the why, how and what of face masks to get you started…

WHY use a Face Mask?
Day-to-day cleansing and regular exfoliation will help to keep your skin in good condition but a face mask penetrates deeper into the pores, drawing out impurities from beneath the top layers of the skin. By removing impurities, unclogging the pores and providing a deeper clean, a mask can also enhance the performance of the products you use day-to-day.
Regular facials at a salon or spa will dramatically improve the appearance of your skin but if you can only afford, or only have time for, a professional treatment every so often, a face mask will help maintain your skin between visits.

HOW to use a Face Mask?
To some degree, the how of face masks depends on the mask you’re using. Generally speaking, a mask should be applied after cleansing and toning. Apply a thin layer to the face and neck, avoiding the sensitive eye area, and leave on for ten minutes. Rinse the face with cool water and follow with lotion and cream.
This cleansing ritual will take less than a half hour total but it will do your skin wonders. Not only that, but it gives you a chance to take a little ‘me’ time without having to go out. Both you and your skin will feel relaxed and rejuvenated.

WHICH Face Mask should I use?
It all depends on what type of skin you have. Follow this easy guide to find the right face mask for your skin…

Your Concern: Oily T-Zone, Unbalanced Skin and/or Dullness
Your Mask: Balancing Combination Mask
If your skin is out of sorts with an oil T-zone, dry areas and dullness, ten minutes with this mask will help restore balance. Carrot oil, Green Apple, and vitamins to effectively purify, hydrate and brighten your skin.
When to use: For best results, use once or twice a week after thoroughly cleansing and toning, blot the skin dry and use the Enzymo-Sphérides Peeling Cream to fully exfoliate skin and allow the mask the work its magic. Apply this mask all over your face and neck, half an inch away from the eyes. Leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with cool water and apply Balancing Combination Skin Lotion, followed by Balancing Combination Skin Cream.

Your Concern: Breakouts, Oiliness, Acne
Your Mask: Purifying Skin Mask
This mask is a power house of acne-fighting ingredients to help you on your way to breakout-free skin. With a high concentration of ingredients such as: Glycolic Acid, Zinc Oxide, Sulfur, and Camphor, this mask delivers healing, soothing, purifying, and tightening benefits.
When to use: After cleansing and toning, blot the skin dry and apply the Problematic Skin Care Cream. Follow with a thin layer of this mask all over your face and neck, half an inch away from the eyes and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with cool water and apply the Problematic Skin Lotion, followed by the Problematic Skin Cream. Use once or twice a week.

Your Concern: Dry, Flakey Skin
Your Mask:
Rejuvenating Dry Skin Mask
Whether you experience dry skin year round or just in the colder weather, this rich, creamy mask will be help hydrate and soothe your skin. Moisture-bonding hyaluronic acid hydrates, while Vitamin E and Carotene combine to repair.
When to use: After cleansing and toning, blot the skin dry and proceed with the Enzymo-Sphérides Peeling Cream. Next, apply a thin layer of this mask all over your face and neck. Leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse with cool water. Reapply the Dry Skin Lotion followed by the Rejuvenating Dry Skin Cream. Use once or twice a week.

Your Concern: Sensitivity, Irritation and Redness
Your Mask:
Soothing Sensitive Skin Mask
A creamy, gentle formula, this mask has an immediate calming effect thanks to the soothing combination of Zinc Oxide and Shea Butter. Render skin calm, diffuse redness and alleviate irritation with this desensitizing mask.
When to use: After cleansing and toning, apply a thin layer of this mask all over your face and neck and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with cool water and reapply the Sensitive Skin Lotion followed by the Soothing Sensitive Skin Cream. Use once or twice a week.

 

How to Winter Proof Your Skin

Is it just us or is it officially cold? All of a sudden it’s harder to get out of bed in the morning, our scarves and jumpers are out of hiding and cups of tea are made just to warm our hands. We’ve noticed that when this weather hits, wardrobe changes are second nature but far too many people neglect changing their skincare routine, so their complexion is left dull, dry and often red.
Follow this guide on what to swap, stop and start to ensure your skin is getting the moisture and protection it needs in the cooler months…

SWAP Foaming Cleanser for Creamy Cleanser
Foaming Cleanser is great for removing oil, sweat and residue but can be far too drying and harsh in the colder months. Switch to a creamy cleanser to hydrate your skin and, remember, oily skin that isn’t well hydrated enough will leave start to produce more oil in an attempt to re-hydrate!
PEVONIA PRESCRIPTION:
Our Hydrating Cleanser combines collagen and elastin for a much-needed hydration boost

START Using Body Moisturiser
Winter dries out all of your skin but it’s easy to ignore when you’re bundled up in layers of clothing. If you use a body moisturiser year-round, props to you! If not, winter is definitely the time to add one on. Our Preserve Body Moisturizer with AHA combines Alpha Hydroxy Acids with repairing Vitamins B, and E to give you silky smooth skin. Plus, it’s fast absorbing and light so you won’t have to wait around for it to try before you jump into the nearest pair of pjs.

STOP Hot Showers and Heaters
We know it’s hard to stop but those long, hot showers are doing your skin more damage than you know, especially when you have to jump out into the cold air. Take the temperature down a notch to keep your skin in optimal condition. And as tempting as it is to leave the heating system on all night, try to embrace blankets and some new flannelette pyjamas instead. Blasting hot air is not only bad for the environment but dries out your skin fast.

SWAP Granule Exfoliating for Peeling Cream
Exfoliating is a must during winter as dead and dry skin cells tend to build up more than in the warmer months but you’re better off using a peeling cream like our Enzymo-Spherides Peeling Cream to rid your skin of impurities and cell build-up. This magical cream exfoliates the skin, brightens the complexion and helps increase absorption of products.

SWAP Light Cream for Hydrating Cream 
If you tend to opt for a lighter cream generally, it may be worth investing in a more hydrating cream to keep on board for those times your skin feels particularly dry. And no matter which cream you’re using, remember the winter months call for more so up the application ante!
PEVONIA PRESCRIPTION:
Our Rejuveatuing Dry Skin Cream is deeply nourishing, hydrating and rejuvenating plus it has UV protection to stop those sneaky winter rays.

START Massaging with a Concentrate
No matter what type of skin you have, Pevonia has the right concentrate for you. Simply massage the oil into your face gently each night and you will wake up to a brighter, more hydrated complexion.

START Hand Cream
We would like to think that most of you use a hand cream year-round but we’re sure there are more than a few of you out there who don’t. This winter, make it your mission to apply hand cream at least once a day, more if you wash your hands in hot water a lot.
Try our Multi Active Hand Cream for added vitamins and UV protection.

SWAP Lip Balm for Lip Cream
Did you know that pawpaw cream you swear by is probably petroleum based? Yep, most cheap lip balms are and they aren’t doing you any favours. Invest in a good lip cream to save your lips from drying out and ageing.

Find the “Essential” Line Cream For You

No matter what skin type you have, moisturiser is a crucial part of your daily routine. Skincare is not, however, a one size fits all kind of deal so it is vital you find the right cream for your skin type. That’s where we come in with this essential guide to finding the right essential line cream for you…

“I experience peeling, cracking or just a very rough, dry texture all over my face. It worsens in the cooler months and sometimes I experience itchiness, redness and irritation.”
You have DRY SKIN
Hello hydration! Our Rejuvenating Dry Skin Cream packs the hydration punch you need. With Squalane to nourish and hydrate, Pear Seed Extract to repair and prevent aging, Royal Jelly to energize and oxygenate, Shea Butter to nourish and heal and Hyaluronic Acid for moisture bonding; this cream works hard to rejuvenate your skin and free you from dryness.

Click HERE to purchase your Rejuvenating Dry Skin Cream

“I am prone to blotchy, red skin that reacts to certain products and environmental factors. My skin often feels inflamed and irritated.”
You have SENSITIVE SKIN
Meet your new best friend Soothing Sensitive Skin Cream. If you have sensitive skin, you have a thin epidermis and your blood vessels are too close to the skin’s surface. This cream effectively promotes vaso-constriction of capillaries and strengthens the capillary walls. It is rich in Propolis, Vitamin A & B and Aloe Vera to nourish and soothe the skin while protecting it from environmental factors.

Click here to purchase your Soothing Sensitive Skin Cream

“My skin seems confused. My T-Zone is always oily and my nose shiny but my cheeks dry out.”
You have COMBINATION SKIN
So often people with combination skin try to use products made for oily skin only to discover their cheeks drying and peeling. So they go for dry skin products only to discover their T-Zone is suddenly an oil slick. Believe it or not, you can find the balance you need, you just need a product with the right mix.
Our Balancing Combination Cream is ready and waiting to help sort your confused skin out. Arnica, Aloe, and Lemon Grass combine to control oil, refine pores and hydrate as they provide your skin nourishing actives and valuable UV protection.

Click here to purchase your Balancing Combination Cream

“I am prone to breakouts, shine and large pores. My skin is thick and I am always blotting oil from my face.”
You have OILY SKIN
Often people with oily skin think they don’t have to moisturise because their skin is far from dry. This kind of thinking can do serious skin damage. Oil and hydration are not the same thing and if your skin is parched it will, in fact, produce more oil in an attempt to hydrate itself!
The solution? Mattifying Oily Skin Cream. This non-greasy, light-textured cream uses Lemon and Vitamin B complex to hydrate, mattify, prevent breakouts and effectively refining your pores.

Click here to purchase your Mattifying Oily Skin Cream