I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: not all facials are created equal. Sometimes you go, have a face mask or two and leave basically the same as when you walked in. And sometimes you go and have a luxuriant, indulgent experience that changes the way you look at the world (and the way the world looks at you).
The latter is the experience I had recently at Spa Yadira, a hidden gem in Bristol that offers some of the best spa services I’ve ever had. I was there for a facial, but the experience really started the minute I walked in the door, when the receptionist handed me pile of spa clothing and asked me to change out of my street wear. Once I was sitting in a comfy chair in the relaxation room, drinking tea, wearing a cozy robe, I was in another world entirely. As it turns out, that’s exactly what owner Yadira Alexander is going for. She greeted me with a huge smile and glowing skin. “I always say do things they way you want them yourself,” she says. “That’s how I treat everyone who comes in.” Yadira has been a skincare and makeup specialist for 16 years, and has owned her own spa for 10. She focuses on luxury, believing that a spa experience should be a gift to your skin and to your spirit. “I’ve always loved skincare ever since I was little,” she says. “The environment, the candles - it’s so fun.”
I was already relaxed when Yadira lead me into to treatment room, where I would be getting a Luma Firm Lift and Glow Facial, with added microdermabrasion. First, Yadira cleansed my skin, and then used an organic microdermabrasion machine that uses - get this - actual rose or lavender flower grains. “Combined with a facial, you get even greater results,” she explained. “The microdermabrasion helps products penetrate further into the skin, it brightens the skin by stimulating collagen and renewing skin cells, and helps minimize dark spots, acne and fine lines.”
After the microderm, Yadira went through the facial: extractions, an upper body massage, a brightening and firming freeze dried treatment, a calming and soothing treatment mask. She uses Pevonia, a botanical European line that uses high quality organic ingredients. After the facial was over, I couldn’t believe how dramatically improved my skin looked: brighter, firmer, more even. I was glowing - so much so that I had several people ask me over the next couple of weeks what I had done differently. I felt great, and it showed. “Everyone wants to look prettier,” Yadira said. “When you feel good, you get a confidence boost. I love helping people change their skin for the better.”
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