So who knew that La Mer did facials and even have their own mini salon? I use their lip balm and hand cream regularly and on my last purchase at Stuttafords Sandton I was quite surprised to be offered a facial. The salon is just one treatment room, La Mer branded & you could easily miss it (as I have for years).
For more on the brand and my review of the hand cream (actually called a hand treatment) check out this post. Anyway back to the facial…
- The therapist proactively talked me through the entire facial. There were about 7 different steps/products used and she always let me know what she was doing and why she was using a particular product. I really, really like this a lot, especially when I’m going for a new treatment both at a spa and a hair salon.
- The products are very gentle and mild which I liked, While I frequent spa’s often, I have a facial least often for fear of breaking out & that didn’t happen here.
- Yes, it’s a sales/marketing tool but I also liked that every customer walks away from a La Mer facial with a treatment card outlining their entire range and on the flip side the therapist writes down all the products she specially used on your skin for your treatment making it easy to purchase later on if you want to (I felt no pressure to which was nice).
- I’m a stickler for time and the only thing I didn’t enjoy was that when I arrived at the counter the therapist that was going to do my treatment wasn’t in the store and I had to mill around for 10 minutes until she arrived.
Without a doubt my skin felt fantastic, less tight & well moisturized. Obviously I can’t afford La Mer ongoing and I have to say I have my doubts about the ingredients including “diamond dust” but I’ll focus on the outcome and that’s that my skin felt great.
I felt like I had planned exceptionally badly on this day as I had to go to a launch event immediately after my treatment (read I had to put on make up right there in the treatment room after my facial). I would have much preferred to just head home, veg on the couch and soak up all the goodness of my face – rookie mistake!
If I ran the brand
- I’d make sure the salon wasn’t such a well kept secret
Need to know
- La Mer facials are complimentary when you spend R5000 or more on their products *cough* otherwise costs R500.