Beauty Fix: Elemis Biotec Sonic Skin-Radiance Facial
Elemis has developed five, result-driven "Biotec" facials using a fusion of three targeted stimuli — actives, touch and electric technology — to enable the skin to renew and repair.
Dodging the chaos of Causeway Bay's shopping district, I make my way to 10/10 Space to meet Helen Brown, senior UK and international trainer, who is in town to introduce the facials.
First up is a skin consultation. Brown positions my face in front of the skin imager to detect imperfections such as dehydration, oiliness, enlarged pores, UV exposure, and signs of ageing. The skin around my cheeks and eyes shows dehydration, with a few oily parts (extreme dehydration causes the skin to over-compensate with oil, she explained). She advises hydrating the skin with moisturiser every day, and exfoliating, as my skin has some blocked and enlarged pores.
She opts for the Elemis Biotec Sonic Skin-Radiance Facial to re-energise my skin. The facial begins with cleansing and toning to prepare for the treatment. The first part of the facial is exfoliating the skin using ultrasonic peeling technology.
Brown works the tool across my face and neck with upward and sideways strokes. Apart from the high-pitched noise and the vibrations, the sensation is much like an electric shave, and there isn't any pulsing or prickling.
A hydra active gel soothing mask is then applied to my face, and around my eyes. Cooling eye pads are placed on each eye to relax them.
Brown also uses Elemis Skin Lift Touch therapy, a series of massage techniques to relax and prepare the skin for the ensuing treatment. While I wait for the mask to settle, I am treated to an exceptional neck and shoulder massage, which unknots my shoulder muscles and sends me off into a relaxed stupor.
My brief nap is interrupted by the cool sensation of galvanic rollers. The second electric technique used for the facial, the galvanic current, is a two-step technology which is said to use the current from positive and negative charged ions to push bio-active formulas deeper into the skin. A Pro-radiance Illuminating Flash balm finishes off the facial. The immediate results are quite noticeable — plumper, cleaner, fresher skin, which feels extremely light and soft. It has hydrated my skin, without making it oily, and lasts for the next few days.
Elemis Biotec Sonic Skin-Radiance Facial costs HK$1,480 for an hour. 10/10 Space, 1/F Fairview Mansion, 51 Paterson Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 3595 1152