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Published September 7th 2012
You deserve some relaxing 'me' time
There is nothing better than having a luxurious facial to pep you up when you have been neglecting yourself, or when you want to look radiant to step up step out on that special occasion.
We ALL need a little luxury and pampering on a regular basis!
Juggling several projects at once and working hideous long hours, my engines were grinding to a halt. I needed a little me time. So when I was invited to have a relaxing facial at Refresh Face and Body in Cronulla, I jumped at the chance without question. I was a little embarrassed to say when the last time I had a facial, though it was about time.
Laura greets me wit a warm and radiant smile, immediately relaxing my senses.
Walking into Refresh Face and Body, Laura greeted me with a warm smile. Her young, tight skin glowed. I used to have that, oh well, I am in my um coughs. Let's see what what can be done to put a little life back into my skin.
I was taken back the bright and fresh decor, with small personal touches sourced and made by Laura in a kitschy delicate French style. I was greeted into a clean white feminine room where I changed my clothing and laid down on the bed, under the crisp white linen. I quickly relaxed, detecting a faint perfume relaxing me even more.
Laura entered and began speaking to me softly, asking a few questions about the products I currently use and how often. This was a little embarrassing, as I am always on the go and not consistent with my beauty routine. Oh well, I had to fess up with the truth, otherwise how else am I going to get the best advice.
Laura decorates her rooms with personal touches to create an inviting atmosphere.
The lights were dimmed and as the soft music played, I sank deeper into the bed. Each sight, sound and smell is beautifully orchestrated to transport you into another world, far away from your usual hectic lifestyle. Yes, a lot can be said about the surrounds and it shows Laura cares about her salon and clients mental wellbeing.
Laura asked me how I liked my massages. Well, I believe if you are going to have a massage, you want to fully experience the sensation, so I said firm. Examining my skin, Laura explained which products and why each would be needed for my skin type and condition, every client is treated on an individual basis.
My face skin is cleansed, given a gentle scrub to remove the dead skin cells, while a warm steam blows in my face to open the pores for a deeper cleanse. It was then washed with gorgeous warm moist towels. I am already floating to heaven with this pampering and my skin already feels so clean and fresh.
Ahhh, the face massage begins. Within moments I recognise Laura is very adept in the art of that undefined light and shade touch that makes a really great massage. You either have this gift or you don't, it can't be faked or taught. I had to ask. Laura is passionate about the skin and beauty and finds giving massages is therapeutic for herself. She is generous imparting her knowledge to assist me in maintaining a good beauty routine.
Now I am totally relaxed, the slow sweeping massage strokes are mesmerising, I feel myself begin to drift off to sleep, but I hold back as I don't want to miss anything. I know some like to drift off, but I think it is a waste, I want to experience it totally, so I only allow myself a partial slumber. Ahhh, this is pure bliss and total relaxation.
Time passes and all good things come to an end; well not just yet. A warmed mask is applied to my face. Usually the beautician leaves you during this time to allow the mask to penetrate, however Laura stayed, and began to massage my arms in those glorious sweeping strokes. I did not want this pampering to end. Deadlines? Work? What work? My mind and body was relaxed for the first time in yonks.
The products used are Australian made, from native plant extracts and include lactic acid. Great for pigmentation and fine lines. It's a simple range, so clients don't become overwhelmed and give up, which makes a lot of sense. I know I have done that.
Sadly it did come to an end, however I felt relaxed and revitalised, ready to float through the day without the stress. My skin glowed and felt the smoothest it has been in a long time. It's amazing what an hour's worth of professional pampering can do for your looks and outlook.
I think we should adapt the French women's philosophy and factor in a regular facial in our housekeeping budget. Happy wife, happy life. Hmm maybe that is why French men are so happy!
An eyebrow wax is also included in this wonderful hour long Relaxation Massage costing $70.