It’s a truth universally acknowledged that we all age. And unless we want to end up looking like a cat on acid, how well or badly we age in part comes down to genetics. In just a few short months I’ll be officially in my ‘late 30’s’ and am definitely at the point of needing all the help I can get to maintain my extremely youthful visage *cough cough*. Step forward the DMK Enzyme Therapy Facial.
Skin Aspirations is a clinic housed in a studio in Chelsea, run by Skin Therapist Simona Mazenyte. Originally from Lithuania, Simona has completed her studies in London and after extensive experience in clinics including Harley Street, opened Skin Aspirations to properly and thoroughly address some of the most common skin complaints.
She explained to me that there are two types of facials, which is something that hadn’t even crossed my mind before. Those which are purely pampering, and those which are designed to treat issues such as rosacea, pigmentation and sensitive skin. The DMK Enzyme Therapy Facial takes it to the next level, using a technique with over 40 years of history to create an end-to-end bespoke treatment, adjusted to reflect the client’s conditions.
I have to confess having never heard of the DMK Enzyme Therapy Facial before and managed to scare myself a little when I read about it online beforehand. Simona was so kind and instantly set my mind at rest as we talked through what issues I wanted to address. As a teenager I suffered from acne and occasionally now still get spots even at this stage in life (although of course I convince myself better spots than wrinkles!)
Following an initial examination, Simona identified my main issues as being pigmentation (ie sun damage) across my forehead and around the outer edges of my cheeks, and blocked pores. The blocked pores have literally been with me ever sine I can remember, no matter how many exfoliating scrubs or face masks I try. She promised to address these as part of my treatment and so I wrapped myself in a towel and settled onto the bed, unsure whether it would be relaxing or painful…
To prepare my face for extraction, we went through these steps:
- Acu Klenz – to deeply cleanse the skin and pores
- Desquamate – a gentle exfoliant to loosen and remove dead skin cells
- Sebum Soak – to soften the hardened sebum plugs in the pores which prepares the skin for extractions
It involved placing a layer of clingfilm over my face, followed by hot towels which felt so inviting but extraction is not pleasant no matter how much you prepare. The age-old saying ‘no pain, no gain’ is of course so true and with each little pinch I reminded myself that my skin was going to be clearer and it was soon over. In a typical treatment, not so much time would be spent on the pore cleansing. Instead, a plan is created for follow-up sessions to ensure enough time is allocated for a thorough clean.
Following the extraction, the next part of the treatment began:
- Pore Reduction Drops – reduces pores and inflammation
- Melanotech drops – revises uneven skin tone, dark spots, pigmentation
- Fibromax Vitamin C powder – is an exclusive formula of liquid droplets encapsulated in Silica particles. These encapsulated droplets form a dry, free flowing powder that is predominantly liquid. This powder will remain stable under ordinary temperatures or pressure. However, an increase in temperature above 30 degrees Celsius combined with gentle friction will loosen the links between the Silica particles, breaking the shell and releasing the liquid inside. It works like mesotherapy without a syringe. Tones, tightens, brightens. Vit C is used by fibroblast cell in the production of collagen and acts as an antioxidant and free radical scavenger to protect skin
And then, the piece de resistance, the DMK Enzyme Therapy Facial itself. A clear, watery solution is brushed carefully across the decolletage, neck and face and then left for approximately 45 minutes. Simona said that I could just relax and take a nap which seemed to me an utterly impossible suggestion, it’s hard enough to sleep at the best of times. However, when faced with a comfortable bed and little else to do, I did drift in and out of a pleasant dozing state. after about 5 minutes, the face mask started to tighten, so much so that a little later I couldn’t move my face at all which is exactly what’s supposed to happen.
The purpose of this particular mask is to draw circulation back to the surface of the skin, rejuvenating and revitalising. As Simona carefully washed away the treatment after the allotted time, it literally felt like a new face was being unveiled. My capillaries were very close to the surface of the skin as you can see, but this is intentional and disappeared within 5-10 minutes.
To finalise the rest of the therapy, Simona then completed these steps:
- Pore reduction drops – reduce the appearance of open pores, reduce the inflammation
- Melanotech drops – revises uneven skin tone, dark spots, pigmentation.
- Beta gel – to address reactive, irritated or inflamed skin.
- Direct delivery Vitamin C serum – key vitamin for the production of collagen which gives skin its firmness.
- Eye tone serum – to treat fine lines as well as dark circles or puffy skin under the eyes.
- Herb and Mineral Mist – it helps the oils and crème to penetrate deeper into the skin.
- Acu creme – purifying and controlling excess sebaceous oil creme
- DMK Sunscreen – to protect from UVR
All in all, my treatment took around 2 hours but the usual allotted time is 90 minutes and typically clients would have at least one more visit to increase the benefits to the skin. The DMK enzyme therapy facial costs £150 but it’s a small price to pay for the wealth of knowledge, experience and tailored skin solutions Skin Aspirations can offer. Maybe I can keep those wrinkles at bay just a little while longer.
I received a complimentary DMK enzyme therapy facial in return for an honest review. All words and images are my own unless otherwise stated. Top image courtesy of Skin Aspirations.