The Midas touch: La Prairie Pure Gold Radiance Facial

16 Jun 2008 07:36 AM | Posted by Editor
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What: La Prairie Pure Gold Radiance Facial
Where: Salon La Prairie, David Jones, Sydney
Spend: $210
Treatment time: 1 hour 30 minutes

The experience

If someone told me that I was going to have a relaxing facial in the middle of David Jones, then I’d have said there’s no such thing. Oh how wrong I was. The Salon La Prairie is best described as the wardrobe in The Chronicles of Narnia. On one side stands a bustling department store, through a sleek, silver door…a calm oasis of sheer luxury.

My treatment began with a relaxing back massage using La Prairie's rich, moisturising Skin Caviar Luxe Body Cream. Then, as I was enveloped in a towelling ‘bed’ – so warm and snugly, my therapist cleansed my face with Cellular Cleansing Water. Next up was the Cellular Balancing Mask. I loved, loved, loved this. It’s an exfoliant that has a foamy, frothy consistency as opposed to being beady. As soon as it was applied I could feel a tingling effect as it got to work, deeply detoxifying my skin. Following this, the first of two masks - Cellular Energizing Mask. As the mask was left to work its magic I received a gorgeous arm massage with Essential Exfoliator, applied dry to the skin to achieve maximum effect. I could feel the apricot beads smoothing my skin instantly.

Next up was my absolute favourite part of the treatment, a truly gorgeous and soothing eye massage using Cellular Eye Contour Cream and Essence of Skin Caviar Eye Complex. The therapist’s technique of massaging the eye area was amazing and something I’d never experienced before in a facial. The therapist then applied Cellular Hydralift Firming Mask, a rich, creamy mask that was just what my tired, dry skin needed. Whilst this was on, Skin Caviar Revitalizing Eye Mask – complete with special almond shaped eye pads – worked to target dark circles around the eyes. Meanwhile, my arms and legs were treated to a massage with Skin Caviar Luxe Body Cream.

After the mask was removed using Cellular Refining Lotion, my therapist applied Cellular Radiance Concentrate Pure Gold Serum, a “super serum” that combines positive effects from the six other serums La Prairie offers. It actually has refined particles of 24-carat gold in it! Anti-aging Emulsion With UV Filters was then applied over the top to give a double hydration boost with Cellular Radiance Eye Cream smoothed around the eye area to instantly brighten eyes. Cellular Energising Body Spray was spritzed onto the neck and chest area and around the room, this smelt divine and can be used as a body moisturiser too. My transformation was complete. But not before a glass of bubbly and a personal consultation with the therapist about an ongoing skincare regime.

Following my facial my skin was literally glowing. It had never felt so soft. And even a few hours later, I could still catch a gorgeous whiff of the Cellular Energising Body Spray. This is definitely something that I’ll be saving up to splurge on again, even if only once a year (it comes in under $5 a week). I floated out of DJs, feeling as though I’d died and gone to skincare heaven.

- Sarah, Bh editorial assistant

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