Jessica Vince Tests Ila’s New Gold Cellular Age-Restore Facial
Don’t get me wrong, holidays are truly wonderful but my skin often suffers once I’m back home. All that SPF means blocked pores, heat rash leads to blotchiness and the flight home can cause troublesome outbreaks. Lovely! Add a sprinkling of sun damage and I’m in need of a complexion overhaul.
So praise be for ila’s new range of products. After feeling the effects of a long haul flight, I was more than happy to offer up my face in order to road-test the Brit brand’s Gold Cellular Age-Restore Collection. The range of anti-ageing skincare has recently launched at Harrods and this is where I headed to give it a try.
As if walking into the luxury of London’s finest department store isn’t enough to make you feel decadent, the sumptuous setting of Urban Retreat, Harrods’ hair and beauty salon, gets you in the mood for some serious pampering. Add to this the promise that ila’s organic skincare promises restored and youthful skin without the use of harsh chemicals, I knew this facial would be a treat.
And it is. Inside the spacious treatment room, my lovely therapist explained that ila works on all levels – the products rebalance your chakra energy so I’d be leaving with a soothed mind as well as glowing skin. The Gold Cellular Age-Restore Collection, in particular, uses ethically harvested Ethiopian frankincense and a trio of pure gold minerals, which are beautifully fragrant and feel like bliss.
The cleanser was applied first to remove all my makeup and this was followed by exfoliation and a hydrating mask. While the mask gets to work at plumping and firming, a deeply relaxing head massage melts away any remaining tension. So relaxing, in fact, that I nodded off halfway through and woke to smooth, hydrated skin.
I strolled out on Brompton Road feeling fresh-faced, totally spoilt and wonderfully relaxed. These products really are the perfect antidote to post-holiday puffiness. Stressed skin, be gone!
ila’s Gold Cellular Age-Restore Collection is available now at Harrods.