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The best facials to revive and brighten dull and dehydrated winter skin


The best facials to revive and brighten dull and dehydrated winter skin
Keen to return glow and radiance to winter skin that's a bit blah? Book in for one of the best facials to nourish and rejuvenate your skin.

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One for the time-poor, this ‘fizzy’ anti-aging facial uses a foaming formulation to infuse oxygen, peptides, plant-derived stem cells, and a high concentration of botanical enzymes, resulting in refreshed, brighter and more youthful-looking skin. It’s equally relaxing, thanks to a neck and shoulder pressure point massage and fits everything into a 35-minute time frame so it’s a great one to slip in at the end of the week prior to an event. 

The Super Facial

The Facialist

So dedicated to providing a great facial experience, this clinic focuses on your face alone, with a small menu that promises big results. If you have decision fatigue, this facial is the option for you, as it’s tailored to exactly what your skin needs, as your therapist discerns, and combines the clinics top treatments and products into one ‘Super’ solution using options like LED, Microcurrent, Radiofrequency, Hydro-enzyme, and a Hydro Jelly mask. The 60-minute option combines two of these options, while the 90-minute option combines three.

iS Clinical Fire and Ice facial

Selected clinics and spas

It’s known in Hollywood as the ‘red carpet facial,’ for whipping taut complexions into an even more perfected state prior to becoming the center of attention. Bridging the gap between a facial and a peel, it’s designed to resurface the skin rapidly and safely then calm and revive it afterwards.The fire component consists of a heating glycolic peel, followed by the ice component, a rejuvenating masque with hyaluronic acid and aloe, massaged with cooling ice globes. Even if you’re not an A-Lister, it’s the perfect option for jumpstarting dull, lifeless skin and boosting hydration levels.

Sothys Seasonal Oxygenating Treatment

Selected Sothys clinics and spas

A new Sothys Limited Edition Seasonal Facial is released twice a year. The winter facial, takes chronobiology into account, or the way our biological processes are impacted by the season and circadian rhythms, and also aims to deliver radiance and hydration skin can be lacking at this time of year.  Plus, there’s that feel-good aromatherapy mood boost we’re all after. This season’s it’s particularly special as Sothys has worked with Compagnie & Co (France’s oldest tea brand) on a treatment with bergamot-infused black tea that not only smells divine but also offers antioxidant and purifying properties for skin.

Biologique Recherche Custom facial

Sofitel Spa

It was founded over 45 years ago but Paris-based skincare brand Biologique Recherche arguably remains a best-kept secret among skincare enthusiasts. Its star product, Lotion P50 is  a skin smoothing, resurfacing and rebalancing product upon which many of the liquid exfoliants we’re now familiar with have been based. It’s this background that informs a range of facials at Auckland’s Sofitel Spa, but if you want a real reset, go for the custom version, where a therapist handpicks a selection of skincare to suit the state of your skin  and delivers it alongside draining and lifting massage techniques for a sculpted, gleaming result.

O Cosmedics Pro Dermal O-Biome Oxygen Therapy

Selected clinics 

Targeting a number of skin issues at once, it’s perfect when you don’t know what you need, but know want a serious complexion boost, leaving skin in better shape long term. It’s also partly customised to your needs thanks to an O-Biome Oxygenating Mask with the choice of targeted ingredients chosen to address lifting and firming, boosting collagen, clearing breakouts or brightening and pigmentation. There’s a double cleanse and exfoliation, an Oxygen Enzyme Peel and then a recovery facial massage using the O-Rejuv Gua Sha Facial Device that combines thermal massage with low-level Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) Technology and LED. Then it’s onto that mask that dries and firms over a period of time, tightening to provide lymphatic compression, before being cleansed away leaving skin looking fresh and bright. 



We’re fans of the way the Skintopia’s treatments directly address what’s going on with your skin and there are 30 minute options in the open plan skin lounge as well as more advanced options in a private treatment room. If you want to know what you’re in for beforehand, go with the Oxyglow oxygen facial, great for instant plumping radiance. A handpiece infuses a steady stream of oxygen and serums rich in vitamins deep into the skin before an LED light treatment gives an extra glow boost.The Melanopro Peel is also worth exploring if you want to work on ridding skin of pigmentation in the cooler season while skin is not exposed to the sun as often.

Endota Surrender Treatment

Endota spas

If you’re after a more holistic experience that will not only improve your skin but also help calm and reset your mind and offer uplifting, nurturing touch, this is a beautiful option. The aromatic 80 minute massage and facial treatment involves a facial with skin-boosting, hydrating botanical actives to nourish and hydrate and a face, scalp and body massage using a sequence of soothing strokes, with warm jade stones to center and ground. 


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