For me, there are 2 types of facials. One is a natural, calming, holistic one that leaves your skin soft and your eyes sleepy. Another is one involving all kinds of machinery, lasers, masks, and your face takes an absolute pounding but its all worth it. I like both but today I’ll be reviewing the 1-hour facial at the Tree Of Life Centre in Hove and it definitely meets the former criteria. If you don’t know, the Tree Of Life centre on Portland Road is a space for yoga, acupuncture, massage, facials and so much more. It’s one of the most calming places on that busy road. I opted for the 60 minute facial with the lovely Emma and here is what I thought…
The centre itself is a calming sanctuary and I felt instantly calm when I entered. I was greeted by the lovely receptionist and was offered some tea and water. The decor in the foyer is very simple, pretty and calm. I believe they have 7 treatment rooms for facials and massage and have a studio for yoga and other classes. They also have walk-in acupuncture starting from £15 which is amazing! I’ve had acupuncture from Soreh before and you can read about my experience here
The treatment rooms themselves were also really lovely. Calming music filled the whole place and it smelt gorgeous, the classic spa smells that you’d expect. I was greeted by Emma and went through a few things regarding my skin and health. I let her know I had psoriasis and she informed me this facial would be suitable. I then undressed and got onto the bed.
The 1-hour facial also consists of a back, shoulder, neck and scalp massage. I’ve actually never had a professional massage so this was such a treat! I was told I have really tense shoulders so I may have to make this a regular thing. Emma uses all Sukin products, which I was very happy about as I’ve used them before and got on well with them. After a lovely back massage (perfect pressure, made me feel very relaxed) Emma began on the facial. She used a cream cleanser to perform a double cleanse with a little bit of massage as well. The cream was really cooling and soothing on my skin and smelt wonderful. She removes the products with warm towels, something I do at home.
After the cleanse, she used a facial scrub. I usually steer clear of these as I don’t like anything too harsh but this one felt very gentle. I remember how amazing it smelt when it was applied, so I may have to purchase it soon. Once again, the product was removed by a warm towel. My skin felt very comfortable here and not dry or tight, which can happen after cleansing.
After the exfoliation, she performed a facial massage with rosehip oil. I loved this but I thought it would have made sense to perform the massage AFTER the mask- I’d be interested to know why she chooses this order. The massage was lovely, soft in the right places and deeper in others. I 100% think this was the thing that left my skin so soft and smooth after the facial. It has really reminded me to massage my face more.
After the beautiful face massage, she removed the oil and then applied the hydrating mask. It felt cooling and soothing and was left on for around 10 minutes. Whilst the mask was doing its thing, Emma massaged my neck and scalp and it was so relaxing! We all loved having our hair played with and this was just as nice. It definitely took the facial to the next level and made the whole experience more luxurious.
Finally, a soothing moisturiser was added to lock in all the moisture and keep my skin supple. Overall, the experience was so lovely and my skin felt so soft and beautiful after. I usually spend around 10 minutes in the evening on my routine and use a lot of products and it really makes a difference having someone else do it all for you! One thing I would suggest to add to the facial would be a hydrating serum, something with hyaluronic acid to really plump the skin. I also noticed that Emma used the mist toner as a regular toner on cotton pads but it would have been lovely to use as an actual mist.
For the price, I couldn’t recommend this enough. It’s perfect for dry, parched winter skin or a great relaxation before an evening out. The whole experience was so enjoyable and I will be returning soon. I luckily have some vouchers for my birthday last year and I’m planning on trying out some of the pilates classes! The 60-minute facial is £52 and you can book here. The Tree Of Life Centre also offers an Ayurveda facial starting at £25. I was kindly offered this service on a complimentary basis but all the opinions in this blog post are my own. Thank you to Simon and Emma at the Tree of Life Centre for this experience and I’ll see you soon!!