Blissful escape at Mona Lisa Skin & Body Bar

From the moment you step into Mona Lisa Skin & Body Bar in Camps Bay, you step into a mini world of pampering, indulgence and beauty.  Lisa-Marie’s clinic is situated in a private residential property in Camp’s Bay which makes this experience all the more private and relaxing.  A real escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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I had the privilege of receiving a !QMS facial which is one of my favourite product houses.  After a !QMS facial you can be guaranteed of a post-facial glow and your skin feeling great for days afterwards!  Have a look at my post on the !QMS Oxygen facial here.  Today Lisa Marie did the SK Alpha facial on me – her description of it sounded perfect for my dull post-winter skin:

This treatment is designed for dull, asphyxiated and tired skin conditions that will intensively stimulate, oxygenate and brighten the skin complexion while also firming and lifting the skin.
The treatment starts with a facial cleanse and gentle exfoliation with some steam.  The specialised mask involves the application of an anti-ageing collagen serum and a self heating mask and foil – to really warm up your skin and encourage penetration of all the good stuff 🙂
The plasticizing mask is the second mask which instantly cools and soothes the skin, leaving the skin looking glowing and smooth.  While the masks are doing their thing, Lisa-Marie spoilt me with some much-needed TLC – a divine hot stone foot massage, décolleté massage and file & paint on my toes using a gorgeous Morgan Taylor nail polish.
2015-09-18 12.01.00It’s now about a week after the facial my skin feels smooth and looks hydrated.  I love going to Lisa-Marie – she is passionate about what she does and is super thorough.  While you are with her – she is 100% focused on you and your needs and also offers a listening ear if that’s what you need 😉
I can highly recommend Mona Lisa Skin & Body Bar – I’ve already made my next appointment 🙂
Have a look at her website here
Lisa-Marie Marais
Health & Skincare Therapist
C: 083 676 1671
E: info@monalisabeauty.co.za
A: 189 Kloof Road, Clifton, Cape Town, 8001
Yours in wellness, Helene xxx

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The tranquil outside area

The tranquil outside area

Breathing new life into your skin with a pure Oxygen facial @ Ageless Faces

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.

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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.

The oxygen machine.
The oxygen machine.

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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!SAM_0871 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: info@agelessfaces.co.za Click here for more information on their products and treatments. SAM_0869  SAM_0874