Caviar is known the world over as a high-end, luxury addition to any dinner table and it goes down rather nicely with a glass of champagne or two. What you might not realise is that there is something else that goes down well with caviar, your skin. On the London salon scene you are just as likely to find the caviar facial listed as a treatment as you are to find it on a complimentary tray of canapés. So what is a caviar facial and what are London skincare experts and salons using the caviar facial for?
If you aren’t familiar with the luxury garnish of choice, caviar is a particular type of fish egg. They vary in colour and rarity but all tend to be very small in size which is why they are used as appetisers, garnishes and now as an ingredient for its own treatment, the caviar facial. We all know that plant based products are packed full of nutrients but animal based substances, such as caviar, come with the added bonus of proteins, something out dull tired skin is in desperate need of. A caviar facial involves prepping the skin by thoroughly cleansing first to remove surface impurities and then exfoliating and sometimes steaming the skin to unblock pores ready for the caviar to be applied. The caviar is then applied to the skin and allowed to work its magic.
As mentioned, caviar contains a number of key nutrients and proteins which when placed into the skin are absorbed and put to work. People who have had a caviar facials have reaped the benefits of the amino acids, omega-3 and sea minerals that are infused within the caviar. Their skin is left feeling noticeably smoother and plumped up. In terms of its cell properties, caviar is very similar to the cell makeup of the human skin and so that means the skin reacts very well in terms of absorbing the caviar goodness and it helps to boost collagen production and cell renewal.
Despite the uniqueness of this facial treatment it is actually more widely available than you would imagine and is often used as an entry level style skincare method to slowly introduce other weird and wonderful treatment styles. Hebe Hair and Beauty salon along the Strand offers the classic caviar facial as a treatment alongside its other signature facials which include a fruit enzyme facial and one that harnesses the power of gold leaf. They are certainly the place to go for accessible innovation and are trusted to guide you through treatments, such as the caviar facial, that you might not be so familiar with. If you are looking for the next level of caviar facial then Atelier M in Putney, a short walk from fashionable Fulham in south west London, offers the caviar facial with the additional benefit of a luxurious collagen mask which is also applied to the skin. Definitely the type of treatment to undertake for a special occasion or a serious skin overhaul. Lastly, for the serious skincare fanatics amongst you, Aesthetics of London take the caviar facial past luxury and into the scientific by adding in sheep placenta to the mix. Known for its nutrient rich properties, the sheep placenta adds a deeper level of nourishment to the skin to boost collagen production and leave you with younger looking skin.
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