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If you announce to a dinner table that you’re a vegan, you’re bound to get a few stares. There’s so much negativity surrounding it. There are arguments on both sides; pros and cons of veganism, but no one can deny its substantial growth in the past five years or so. It’s no surprise then, that there’s been a sudden demand for beauty brands and products to follow suit. And that’s what we’re here to talk about: the brilliant skin therapist, Nataliya Robinson, has recently launched a vegan facial. I’m not a vegan at all, in fact I had a sausage sandwich on my way to my appointment, but I was curious to see what the difference between a ‘vegan’ and ‘non-vegan’ facial was…
What is it?
In all honesty, it’s like all others you will have had in the past, only with this one, the products used haven’t been tested on animals and don’t contain animal by-products.
What does it do?
Guess what? It does what all other facials does – exfoliation, a deep clean and a facial massage, all in the name of improving skin health and appearance. There are tiny differences, for example the exfoliation comes from an Alpha Complex solution made from blueberry, orange, lemon and sugar cane and inflammation is calmed with an organic camomile compress.
What’s it like?
If you weren’t aware that you were having a ‘vegan’ facial, you definitely wouldn’t be able to tell; the textures are the same, the smells are just as lovely and it’s still incredibly soothing. The biggest difference is the way the skin is fed antioxidants. Normally, an antioxidant-rich serum would be applied, however in the vegan facial, antioxidants enter the skin via a crushed herb mixture. This finely milled blend, including calendula, algae, camomile and burdock root, is massaged into skin with aloe vera gel. (It’s a bit like someone grabbed the parsley, coriander and thyme out of the kitchen cupboard and rubbed them all over your face.) These herbs then sit under the upper layers for 24 hours, slowly releasing minerals and vitamins
Oh my goodness my skin was clearer and glowier than it has been in a really, really long time. After having the facial in the morning, I decided not to wear any make-up for the rest of the day. (I typically wouldn’t leave the house without makeup as I always feel pale and can’t bear the thought of my under eye bags being exposed.) However, I got home that evening and even my boyfriend commented on how good my skin looked, and he never notices anything; I could wear odd shoes for the rest of my life and he would be none-the-wiser. It’s been a week since I had it done and I’m still not using foundation. If it weren’t called the vegan facial you honestly wouldn’t know the difference. The strangest bit about it all was the herb mixture, which caused the strangest tingling sensation for the rest of the day. Strange, but satisfying.
Vegan facial with Nataliya Robinson, £160
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