I'm keen to share things that I've done with others - I love learning about culture and history, I know the importance of great service, good quality products and positive experiences. I love to experience life's opportunities. I live in Melbourne.
Published May 18th 2014
Not many things in life have no "downside" but a facial is one of them. I wasn't convinced of a facial's merits until I had one for the first time earlier this year. I'd previously booked a few, but cancelled - I thought I wouldn't like the "closeness" of it.
Feeling fed up one day, I decided to give it a try... I entered my local Ella Bache Salon and am shown into a calm room with gentle music playing. I'm asked to remove my jewellery and top half of clothes. A wrap around robe is provided and I lie on the soft covered table. There's a roll for under my knees and a blanket to cover me. My therapist welcomes me with an "over blanket" massage then checks my face under ultraviolet and white lights. She discusses my skin, any problems I have and asks about my usual skin care practices. Her treatment is diagnosed and she recommends products - she will use them on me today and I can choose to purchase them to take home.
She spends the next hour focused totally on me - she cleanses, tones, massages and cares for my face, neck, shoulders and scalp. There are hot towels, careful rinses, light sprays and aromatic potions. Every towel, pad, tissue and wipe is used once then discarded. Her touch is firm and effective. The creams, oils and masks make my skin feel new. I don't want it to end.
She chats a little and softly introduces each new technique so I am not startled by a sudden change in her movements. She also senses how much I want to talk, so she isn't obtrusive with her conversation. The environment of soothing music, aromatic oils and dim light envelopes me and I feel marvellous - I still have thoughts about my life outside this room, but they seem much more bearable now. By the end, I wish my time here could start again.
I dress and find my way back to the front to pay. She suggests products and provides advice, but if I don't buy she is not pushy. My facial costs me around $120 (but there are longer and shorter options) and yes, the products are expensive to buy. But they are good, I use very little each time and they will last a couple of months. Do take this into account when you're thinking about the value.
Ella Bache Balwyn
My chosen salon is Ella Bache Balwyn and my therapist, Amanda, is excellent. She has recently been awarded Beauty Therapist of the Month for Victoria (April 2014) - this is well deserved. Her work is great, she is professional and her knowledge and advice is always spot on. I've had four facials now and I've followed the instructions in between each visit. Since coming here, I've taken her advice and my skin is so much softer and smoother, in only a few months - I'm a convert.
Amanda is really good and I recommend her, and this salon. Ella Bache Balwyn is located a 347 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn, on (03) 9830 2522.