Liza Schoeman is the beautiful, talented therapist who opened her own salon recently in the Graanendal Shopping Centre – Minnelli Body and Skin care.
I know Liza from when she was a student of mine when I lectured at Isa Carstens Academy in Stellenbosch around 2005. We also saw each other quite regularly over the years to follow while I did product house training for the Skin Renewal therapists in Johannesburg and Cape Town. She has always struck me as a sincere, caring and thorough therapist and person.
When I saw that she opened her own salon 10 minutes drive away from my house, I was very excited to go to her as I knew I was going to be in good hands!
And I wasnt disappointed. Liza has years of experience in the world of aesthetic skin care working as a therapist for the well know Skin Renewal. She was also featured as one of the skin care therapists on the KykNet programme Mooi Maak. She is a professional, polished, friendly and very thorough therapist.
Her salon is part of a hair salon in the Graanendal shopping centre, but once you are in her room it is quiet and peaceful. Her room is beautifully decorated and she made sure I was 100% comfortable throughout the treatment.
I will definitely be going to Liza regularly and I can highly recommend her!
Luna wellnessis an unexpected oasis in the middle of the suburb Kenridge. When I walked through the doors leading to the wellness clinic I was immediately transported to a world of warmth, relaxation and above all expert skincare. Stephanie (owner and therapist) has 12 years medical skincare experience and I felt it the moment she started my treatment.
There’s just something about the touch of a therapist who has years of experience and expertise in her field. So needless to say, I felt like I was in good hands!
Stephanie performed the US brand ISClinical’s award-winning treatment – the Fire and Ice Peel– on me. She started with a thorough cleanse with warm steam ensuring my skin was a clean canvas to do the peel on. The “Fire” step Intensive Resurfacing Mask – a 18% Glycolic acid in a creamy base – was applied to my skin like a mask and left to work for 5 minutes. This was only slightly stingy – I actually found it very comfortable yet active (which is what I wanted!) at the same time. She did warn me that when she was going to neutralise it with water it would sting – and it did. Nothing that was impossible to handle but it was quite burny on the skin. The cinnamon in the peel also gave it a distinct smell and a warm feeling on the skin.
Next up was the Pro-heal serum jam-packed with anti-oxidants – great for anti-ageing and healing. She then applied the “Ice” part Rejuvenating Mask of the treatment which was a gel like cooling and hydrating mask. This felt fantastic after the warm “Fire” of the peel. This was massaged into my skin – soooo relaxing! After she removed the mask she finished off with the Hydra-cool serum to leave my skin fresh and moisturised. The final touches included a moisturiser and all important sunblock.
My skin felt rejuvenated and fresh, it looked even toned and glowing – making me one super happy mommy! A couple of hours afterwards my skin felt tight – which I liked – that “pulling” feeling which actually makes me feel as if I had a mini face lift! My skin felt super smooth and looked really healthy and glowy for a couple of days after.
I am very impressed with this treatment and can highly recommend it to anyone looking for a more active treatment to treat ageing, pigmentation and a dull lifeless skin.
I will definitely be going back to Luna Wellness – for me it is super important to know that I am in expert hands as well as in a relaxing environment and you are guaranteed to get both at this lovely home based salon!
Madonna and Brad Pitt are amongst the celebrity fans of the oxygen facial and apparently it was also popular on the set of “Sex in the city”. Years ago when I was working as a skin care therapist at celebrity beautician Linda Meredith in Knightsbridge, I used to do loads of oxygen facials. At the time I was probably more interested in the pounds I was earning or the celebrity walking into the salon, to care much about why everyone seemed to be raving about these oxygen facials…I remember that everyone including all her celeb clients like Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna and Rosamund Pike to name a few, used to come and come back for their oxygen facials. This tells me a lot about answering the question whether oxygen facials really work – the results really do speak for themselves.
What is an oxygen facial?
Oxygen can be combined with any facial. I had the privilege to be treated to a !QMS collagen facial incorporating pure oxygen:
Breathe new life into your skin with this advanced treatment developed to stimulate skin cell regeneration at a deep level. Our customized 95% pure concentrate of oxygen channels ingredients more effectively to leave skin radiant and healthy.
This is what you can expect at an Oxygen Facial – !QMS: My !QMS facial starts with a cleanse followed by the signature !QMS exfoliation incorporating the Dermabrasive gel (for my sensitivity) and the Gentle Cream Exfoliant. The products are gently massaged and left on the skin for a couple of minutes. The enzymes and fruit acids have a gentle exfoliating and warming effect and the skin can appear stimulated and pink afterwards. The alginate mask is applied and left to set. This is a super soothing, cooling mask and has the ability to “stick” to all the dead skin cells loosened by the exfoliator. You can literally see an imprint of every pore and line on your skin on the mask once removed, the skin already feels smoother and looks brighter. Next up, the therapist does a very relaxing facial massage with the 24 hr cream where after the Relax o firm mask is applied in a thick layer and layered with plaster of paris soaked in hot water. Although this might seem a bit strange, it has an amazing warm occlusive effect forcing product penetration, as well as having a slight lifting effect.
Right at the end of the treatment, the !QMS H2O serum is applied to my face and neck before the oxygen machine is switched on and oxygen “sprayed” onto the skin for a couple of minutes. The machine emits 90 – 95% pure oxygen under hyperbaric pressure. It wasn’t cold or uncomfortable, it had a rather soothing and refreshing sensation on the skin. The device looks similar to a make up artist airbrush and can also be combined with active ingredients to enhance their absorption. Oxygen is also naturally antibacterial and has a cooling, calming effect.
Do oxygen facials work?
In Fox News Magazine, Dr. Marina Peredo, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, notes that the treatment may be ideal for those looking for a less painful way to fight aging.
“Oxygen is a necessity if you want to have healthy, youthful looking skin,” says Peredo. “This facial is great because it helps protect and reverse damage from environmental pollutants that can harm our skin. It also helps the overall texture of your skin, which feels smoother after this facial. The oxygen facial reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles by releasing moisturizers onto the skin, which absorb quickly with the help of oxygen. It’s an ultimate hydrator that infuses vitamins and nutrients into the skin.”
For me the proof that it works is in what I see in the mirror afterwards. My skin really did have a healthy glow and I’ve had a couple of compliments in the days after the treatment….so the results really speak for themselves. I have also had issues with breakouts and eczema recently, and the facial didn’t aggravate it at all – on the contrary – my skin felt soothed and hydrated and the breakouts seemed to dissipate in the days after the facial – Yay! I enjoyed my !QMS oxygen facial at the stunning medical aesthetic clinic AGELESS FACES – Address: 8 Cavendish street | Claremont | Cape Town – Phone: (021) 683 4424 – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Click here for more information on their products and treatments.
After a recent bad facial experience as well as my skin care issues during the past couple of weeks, I decided to be brave and go for another facial. When I got a personal recommendation from someone who I know is picky, I felt a lot more confident to try it out.
Developed to intensively focus on several key areas of concern, a targeted treatment that ensures your primary skin care concerns are directly addressed.
As you might recall from a previous blog, I am very particular about receiving great service and an amazing treatment when going to a salon or spa. Why else would I take the time and spend the money to go?
When I arrived at Skin Symphony, the receptionist gave me a comprehensive client consultation card (which covered everything from my medical history, contraindications and skin concerns) to complete. Nina came to fetch me in the comfortable reception area right on time and took me to the treatment room. Everything about this place suited their image of being more medically inclined, but still having a relaxed, spa like feel.
As Nina showed me into the room, there were a couple of things that impressed me. I liked that there was a cupboard where I could leave my clothes and bag, the room was very spacious, minimalist (I don’t like a cluttered, messy treatment room), warm and inviting. The bed was perfectly made with fresh linen. I immediately felt like closing my eyes and drifting off, happy place!
Nina started the treatment by ensuring that I was comfortable – this is one of the most important steps in client care during a treatment. After chatting about my skin care concerns and expectations, she briefly explained to me what she was going to be doing and also warned me that this facial was a less pampering facial. I did expect this though, coming to the Renaissance BSI.
The facial commenced with double cleansing with steam and a few extractions. Then came the real highlight – the Ionzyme DF machine used over Environ’s Moisture Gel:
World renowned Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon and founder of Environ, Dr Des Fernandes, invented the revolutionary DF Machine which incorporates the simultaneous use of Iontophoresis and Sonophoresis to provide the skin with maximum penetration of active ingredients for best possible results. Iontophoresis is an electrical current that is passed through the skin and facilitates greater penetration of vitamins into the skin. It is used for larger surface areas such as the face and neck. Sonophoresis involves the use of sound waves to transport vitamin molecules through the skin and produces better penetration through the skin than conventional ultrasound. When both methods are combined an intensive treatment is the outcome.
She then applied a plastisizing alginate mask and gave me the option of a foot or hand massage while the mask did its magic. I of course opted for the foot massage!
The facial was concluded with the application of a hydrating moisturiser and sunblock. Nina left the room and told me to meet her at the reception.
This facial sets you back by R490. I think it is totally worth it. Not only did I feel relaxed, but my skin truly looked amazing when I walked out ready to face the world again.
This is a more intense anti-aging facial due to the addition of the iontophoresis and sonophoresis to really get those good ingredients to penetrate a lot deeper.