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The Best Hydrating Facials to Quench Parched Summer Skin


The art of the beauty ritual

Need a pick-me-up to return skin to its plump, glowy best?

Even if you’ve been admirably committed to a multi-step skincare regimen, summer can still do a number on your complexion.

Long days spent outdoors – whether you’ve been careful with SPF or not – as well as a significant amount of celebration and not enough water intake can play a part in dehydrated, tight-feeling skin.

There are plenty of at-home masks and cooling gel moisturisers that do the job for a quick hit of hydration, but there’s nothing quite like the level of plump, glowing skin achieved in the hands of an expert. They’re like magic for quickly transforming a lacklustre-looking complexion into an enviably radiant and healthy one.

What’s more, given you don’t have to do anything but lie there, you’ll quickly hit peak relaxation as well. 

So where do you go for the best hydrating facial options? Read on:

Sothys Hydra3Ha Hydrating Intensive Treatment at selected Sothys salons

Parisian skincare brand Sothys has been creating effective salon treatments for decades, combining a luxury experience with visible results, which is the recipe for a desirable facial in our books. This treatment, available at a number of clinics and spas around NZ, follows a cleanse and enzyme treatment with application of high-grade Hyaluronic acid in two molecular weights to treat all levels of skin with a hit of lasting hydration. The final step is a smoothing, plumping mask to lock it in.

Murad Express Hydrating Facial at Caci

Because sometimes you don’t have time to spend hours in a spa in the pursuit of great skin, for a quick complexion reset, Caci’s 30-minute Murad facial is absolutely ideal. Using nourishing Murad products, flaky, dry, or tight skin is gently cleansed and brought back to life quick-smart with the application of salon-strength skincare. Or upgrade to a Sonophoresis skincare infusion which uses a small metal handpiece and sound waves to infuse antioxidants and hydrating skincare ingredients deep into skin.

Votary Wellbeing Facial from Spring and East Day Spas

On the other hand, if you’re in the mood to be indulged, being slathered in UK brand Votary’s pure plant-based luxury oils is a great way to pass 60 minutes. The products are chosen to suit your skin and the process is incredibly relaxing, plus, there’s just something about the very specific glow you get from the combination of lightweight, antioxidant-rich oils and gentle circulation-boosting facial massage. Their therapists are known for incredible euphoria-inducing head or hand massages too!

Osmosis Repair & Glow facial at Haven Skin Spa

Using a unique handheld device called an Osmosis RevitaPen, the brand’s advanced repairing and revitalising serums are encouraged to penetrate deep into the skin. The RevitaPen’s tip is made from stainless surgical steel with tiny conical tips that create micro-channels for exceptional absorption but do not break the skin like microneedling does, so it’s non-invasive and gentle but will rejuvenate skin and increase circulation and hydration.

The Bespoke Facial at The Facialist

You can’t fit a square peg in a round hole, and similarly, facials using pre-defined products aren’t always going to get the most from your skin, so going bespoke means you’ll get a tailored response that will deliver for you personally. Here, a Facialist therapist cherry-picks the best products from its considered range of skincare brands depending on what’s going on with your skin prior to, and on the day of your visit, including customised actives, intensive masks and massage. This salon truly knows how to deliver an amazing all-round facial experience, so if you’re picking a facial as a gift, it’s a sure bet.

Hydrafacial from selected clinics

A treatment picking up hype internationally for its all-rounder approach and celeb cred. A handpiece offers a deep cleanse via a spiral tip with a suction process, de-gunking pores and regenerating skin cells in a manner similar to microdermabrasion but with a more gentle technique, while simultaneously infusing a hydrating serum containing antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic into skin. You can have it even if you have sensitive skin and it can be customised to treat your specific issues, including acne, lymphatic drainage to take down allergy puffiness, pigmentation and fine lines.



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