Last week, I had a deluxe facial booked at the spa at 124 Queen. My only previous experience with having a facial was a few years back at a Toronto spa and although relaxing at the time, did not leave my skin feeling glowing afterwards as I had expected. In fact, I distinctly remember my skin worsening in the days following my facial.
That being said, I was willing to give the spa another go… perhaps it is being 8 ½ months pregnant that gave me the ‘incentive’ to pursue some solitary relaxation, opportunities soon to become fewer and far between! I am happy to report that my time at the Spa at 124 on Queen exceeded all expectations.
Upon changing into a robe and slippers, I was greeted by my spa therapist, Erin. She explained that all treatments I would be receiving were from the Eminence Organic Skin Care Line, which meant they were all natural, something that has become an increasing priority for me over the years. Even the procedure that therapists use for transitioning from one treatment to the next is done with steamed towels (an instant relaxant) as opposed to any machine or gadget.
As part of the deluxe facial package, which lasted two luxurious hours, I was given an array of customized treatments from the Eminence (a Canada based company) line based on Erin’s initial assessment of my skin type.
She began with two cleansers—A Eucalyptus Cleansing Concentrate mixed with a Blueberry Soy Exfoliating Cleanser—before exfoliating with a Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant and finishing the initial process with a light spritzing of a refreshing tonic.
Every product Erin used on my skin, without exception, smelled so fresh and authentic, an inherent benefit of the natural ingredients used.
She followed up the cleaning procedure with a mixed mask (Eight Greens Phyto/ Strawberry Rhubarb), two serums (Eight Greens Youth Serum/Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum) and a Facial Recovery Oil. As an unexpected but very welcomed surprise, while treatments penetrated my skin, I was also treated to a scalp massage and an arm/hand massage.
Facial moisturizer followed, along with an eye treatment which involved an under-eye exfoliant, mask and cream and a lip treatment, encompassing exfoliator, mask and lip balm.
To finish off, Erin dusted my now refreshed complexion with a Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Mineral Powder called “Radiant”, another line carried by the spa which also focuses on natural, quality ingredients, with inherent sun protection.
Before leaving, Erin provided me with free samples of the facial oil and moisturizer she had used on me. Most importantly, she provided me with a prescription sheet of sorts, highlighting all the specific Eminence products she had used on my skin, a handy list of products to refer to when my Mom and husband are in need of birthday and Christmas gift ideas (or when I feel like treating myself!)
I could not believe the transformation of my skin after those two luxurious hours of pampering. As someone who never leaves the house without at least a dab of foundation and under-eye concealer, I could not believe I had the confidence to enjoy the rest of my day without any makeup because my skin looked that good. Even my husband could not help remarking throughout the day how amazing my skin looked.
The Spa at 124 on Queen has now guaranteed that I will no longer be waiting years between facials. I’m already thinking about when to book the next one!