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The truth about facials

In this latest blog post, Ruth dispels some facial myths and tells you the honest truth about our No.6 treatments.

On a daily basis we find ourselves educating our clients on beauty treatment misconceptions and how the media can turn a perfectly safe, results driven treatment (when performed by a trained aesthician) into something from a horror movie. We thought we would share some of our most common FAQ’s about advanced facials, so you can make an informed decision about whether they are the right treatment for you.

(Although this is a general Q&A, we offer complimentary 30 minute consultations in house so we can establish which of our facials would be best suited for each individual)

Q: Peels are painful, I’ll turn tomato-red and all my skin is going to fall off (think Samantha in Sex and the city)

A: We offer peels in many different strengths, depending on your skin’s tolerance, how long you have been using advanced products for and what results you are hoping to achieve. Some of our peels are even suitable for clients who have very sensitive skin and rosacea.

If it’s your first facial with us, and you’re a skin care novice, we will start with one of our milder peels. Using one of our Dermaquest peels, which has lactic acid (which your skin already has within it- so is very well tolerated) and gradually building you up at a pace you and our Aesthetician are both comfortable with.

Yes, some people do have a reddening to their skin after a peel. Again, depending on the peel strength, your skin’s natural sensitivity and your routine at home, can all be contributing factors in how ‘pink’ your skin may turn. Some clients like to have a high colour in their face after a treatment because they feel like the product had been active on their skin, whereas others may ask for a milder peel on certain days, as they’re out for lunch after their appointment. So as normal as having a slightly ‘pink’ face is after a peel, this will fade in 24 hours (usually much sooner).

As I said earlier, peels come in many different strengths and varieties, treating many different skin concerns. Whilst some peels can make your skin ‘peel’ (think after a sunburn), none should result in you leaving a full skin face mask on your pillow when you wake up. Whether your skin peels after a treatment, or not, isn’t a reflection of how effective the peel was and instead is down to each individual, as our skins all react differently.

If you are concerned about having an advanced facial before an event, I would recommend having a ‘trial’ facial 4-6 weeks before to see how your skin reacts to the treatment, then you can judge when would be best to have the treatment before your special occasion. Or better still, have a course of treatments 3-6 months beforehand so that your skin has plenty of time to adapt to the facials and home care products, all ensuring that your skin is looking it’s best.

Q: Results driven facials aren’t relaxing.

A: False! Many clients say they feel relaxed during our treatments and describe a ‘floaty’ feeling afterwards. Many even nod off during our facials…

As part of the treatment, we offer clients a massage which focuses on the neck and shoulders, hands and arms, or feet. A little added touch which makes the treatment that much more enjoyable and relaxing.

I find that many clients are just thankful for a lie down and some time for themselves. So many of us have hectic lifestyles, long commutes and children at home, so having time to themself goes a long way for not only their skin health but mental wellbeing too.

Q: When my therapist does my massage I’d like more/less pressure…

A: Of course you want the pressure to be right, you’ve been looking forward to your treatment all week. Pre-treatment, we will ask you to state your preference on pressure and right at the start of the treatment, we will check in that you’re happy with the pressure applied. Some areas may be more sensitive, or require a bit more elbow grease, so please let us know if you’d like us to adjust our pressure.

If you come in for regular treatments, your therapist will get used to how you like your massage done, making sure it’s a bespoke treatment for you every time.

What are microcurrent facial treatments?

Microccurent facials, often called ‘natural’ or ‘non-surgical’ facelifts, offers a work out for your entire face. It’s suitable for clients looking for anti-aging results, and can also be used as a preventative, so it’s suitable for all ages and skin types*.
The machine emits low-voltage currents (hence the micro) simulating your body’s own electrical rhythm, increasing cellular activity, stimulating collagen and elastin production, improving muscle tone, reducing puffiness and plumping fine lines and wrinkles. This amazing treatment requires NO downtime, so you are free to continue your day as usual, with visible results after the first treatment.
During the facial, your therapist will carry out a traditional manual cleanse, then use the Microcurrent machine for the second cleanse. This starts to break down the skins natural electrically resistant barrier, helping the treatment become more effective (don’t worry, it gets restored back to it’s original state at the end).
Once the skin it suitably prepped, the lifting phase 1 begins. On your first visit your therapist will use the lowest voltage and gradually build up the intensity over the facial course. They will work methodically across the face with two small metal probes, using specially developed movements to achieve optimal results. The whole lifting process is then repeated with lifting phase 2.
A collegen mask is then applied and worked into the face and neck with the probes, helping to penetrate the formulation into the skin. The skin is then treated to a pH balancing phase, returning the skin to its natural state of conductivity.
During the a course of 12 treatments, the initial facial is 60 minutes, and will involve all the steps explained above. The subsequent treatments will be 30 minutes and will include a cleanse, lifting phase 1 and 2 and application of finishing products including SPF.
The microcurrent facial is available as a one-off treatment for £65 which is good for prepping skin for a special event, but for longer lasting, results, we recommend a course of 12, having 2-3 treatments a week for 6 weeks.
*pregnant women, people suffering with heart conditions or a pace maker should avoid this treatment.
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DermaQuest Facial Skincare for New Mums

As if the influx of hormones and anti-social wake-up calls aren’t enough, nature decides it’s time for the FREEZING weather to make an appearance! One things for sure, my pregnancy glow has long gone!

However, thanks to smitten grandparents, I managed to wangle myself a little time to go and enjoy a PowerFacial at No.6!

I cannot tell you how blissful it was to be pampered with a Dermaquest Pumpkin Peel, followed by time under the warmth of the Omnilux Light AND to top it off Ruth sent me in to heaven with a relaxing massage.

Having had this facial may times before, I know that my skin will see the benefits for months! Plumper, hydrated, exfoliated…just to name a few!

But it wasn’t just about the skincare. It was about Kayleigh, someone I haven’t prioritised for a while. To me, self-care is really about nourishing and caring for ourselves… as I do for little Zélie. That gem of an hour was all I needed to recharge, that hour was for me.

Now…where’s that muslin?!

Bespoke Treatments at No.6

Our latest video is now live! This video highlights the treatments we offer at No.6 
All treatments are bespoke and our dedicated team tailor make your treatment each time you visit No.6. So whether it be to address skin health with one of our popular signature facials, unwind and relax during a massage, treat yourself to a pedicure, or detox your makeup bag, this will all be available to you under one roof – a one stop destination!