This new service just launched at all Eccotique locations in Vancouver and involves an intensive 45 minute exfoliating workout for your skin. With the changing seasons running havoc on me, this seemed like just the trick to reset my skin for winter.
The Dual Exfoliation facial uses 9 different products and involves both chemical and physical exfoliants, as well as a soothing mask accompanied by a cold stone massage.
If you're unfamiliar with the differences between a chemical and physical exfoliant, a physical exfoliant is what you're probably used to seeing. While a physical exfoliant uses natural or synthetic granules to scrub away dirt and dead skin cells, a chemical exfoliant opts to use the power of acids, like apple or lactic acid, to dissolve away impurities. Chemical exfoliators are generally gentler and usually come in a mask form.
The products used in this new Eccotique facial are:
- *Aveda Enbrightenment Cleanser - removes dirt and improves skin clarity
- *Aveda Enbrightenment Toner - a correcting toner that also exfoliates with salicylic acid, evens out skin tone and treats pigmentation
- *Aveda Tourmaline Refiner - a bamboo scrub that stimulates skin for higher cell turnover and sloughs away dead skin cells
- *Aveda Outer Peace Acne Relief Pads - gently exfoliates with salicylic acid
- *Aveda Outer Peace Cooling Masque - eliminates redness with natural alfalfa
- Aveda Plant Peel - a chemical exfoliant containing natural plant acids
- Salt and water packs - reset the mineral balance in your skin and soften it
- Aveda Enbrightenment Serum
- Aveda Enbrightenment Cream
- Green Science Lifting Eye Cream
* indicate products available for purchase
Having come straight from work, I relished an hour to chill with a lovely facial massage. Located right behind the Metrotown food court, I was surprised by how quiet and contemplative the spa area was as.
Eccotique's products are all based on natural ingredients so you can be sure that your face is getting quality treatment. After a long work week, nothing felt better than getting a hot towel pressed onto your face and to have someone massage away the tension. My esthetician also used aromatherapy at the beginning and end of my treatment to relax me even further. The whole process was mostly pleasant and I think I even dozed off at times!
Despite being uber relaxing and knowing the quality of the products, I can't say I am thrilled with the results of my facial. I hate to say this, but this might be due to my esthetician. Usually when I've gotten facials, the first step is the removal of all makeup, but she left my eye makeup on totally intact and was very brief with cleansing my face before putting on the first scrub. Also, despite my expressing concerns about over-exfoliating my skin, she didn't ask me how I felt throughout the process or talk me through the products as I've had done with other spas.
I wasn't also a fan of the way the facial switches between heating and cooling products. The cooling mask is nice, but I did not like the cold stone massage. I was actually shivering despite the thick blanket on top of me throughout the facial from the combination of cold products and the cool room.
After the facial was complete, I was disappointed as my skin didn't feel as refined and polished as Sheila had experienced or as soft and glowing as I'd experienced elsewhere. A few days later my skin started to react a bit as well, with breakouts on my chin and jawline.
Overall my results were so-so, but I would still recommend checking this service out at the Eccotique in Richmond Centre. Spa services are very dependent upon the service, so hopefully my experience was just an isolated one!