The Paterson Street building where I am receiving my Elemis Pro-Intense Lift Effect Facial is small, cramped and slightly run-down. Yet, the first floor of the building where 10/10 Space is located is worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the street below. Relaxing music plays softly in the background, while white walls and furniture give a sense of serenity to the otherwise modern interior.
After checking in with the receptionist, I am introduced to my therapist. She sits me down with a cup of tea and proceeds to explain the concept behind the facial and the plant-based stem cell ingredients of the Elemis product line. While she speaks, I can't help being distracted by the two large teddy bears sitting in pod-like treatment chairs next to me.
Less than five minutes later, I am lying on a bed in a dimly lit room.
Before my facial begins, I am given the Elemis Welcome Touch - a relaxing foot cleanse and acupressure foot massage. Then my therapist guides me through a breathing exercise to ensure I am fully relaxed before removing my make-up.
A relaxing cleansing ritual follows, featuring a lightly scented cleansing balm and a ginseng toner. Rose-scented Moringa oil is then applied to my skin in preparation for exfoliation. I have very sensitive skin, but my therapist assures me that the cucumber infused exfoliant is gentle and will not cause stinging or redness.
The jowl mask is the star of the facial treatment, but it is also the most awkward part. Designed to lift and tone, the mask is similar to a surgical mask that loops around the ears and tightly cradles the jowl and chin. It feels like I am getting an instant facelift. Thankfully, the therapist does a wonderful job of distracting me from the discomfort with a relaxing neck, shoulder and scalp massage.
A hydrating gel mask follows, which is my favourite part of the facial. The cold mask takes to my skin, and I can feel the effect immediately. Hot, lime-scented towels relax and revitalise my skin between the applications of the different products.
The facial ends with the Pro-Intense Eye and Lip Contour Cream and a Pro-Collagen moisturiser, leaving my skin feeling soft and hydrated. It is noticeably smoother and, to my surprise, more lifted in the jowl area. Though this facial is known for its anti-ageing benefits, I'd recommend it for anyone who needs an antioxidant and moisturising boost.
The 50-minute Elemis Pro-Intense Lift Effect Facial (HK$1,380) is available at 10/10 Space, 1/F Fairview Mansion, 51 Paterson Street, Causeway Bay, 1010space.com.hk