Glowing Katherine Daniels facials
Beautiful (salon quality) products and a facial that left our Muddy assistant with a face like a baby's bottom...
I’d never heard of Katherine Daniels, but back in October I had an invite to an event in Corby for this relatively new skincare brand. For one reason or another, I didn’t get to the event, but the super nice ladies at the PR company asked me if I wanted to go for a facial at their head office instead. It was in Bedford, and I was thinking, hmmmm, can I afford the time for an hour and a half round trip, but after looking on the website and seeing the uber stylish products, I decreed, yes; yes I jolly well could make the effort (I think Muddy Cambridge is a fan too).
Developed by two skincare experts, whose combined knowledge and experience was gained over 60 years working with thousands of salons and therapists (they don’t look old enough), they saw that there was a gap in the British salon market. There are a few salons in the Northants area, but luckily for us, we can buy the products online so you don’t have to be a salon client, just someone that loves to take great care of their skin (I’d urge you give the professional treatment a go though, well worth it). The ethos is to treat the most common skin types and conditions, whilst taking into consideration client lifestyle, environment and our climate (little sleep and a bottle of Shiraz anyone)?
See below for a Muddy verdict on a salon review (1) and the brilliant DIY option (2)
- The Salon – The therapists that me and my indispensable Muddy helper Sarah had, were top notch. And since everyone is trained in this mould, you can virtually guarantee that your therapist will have had a good level of instruction. Their training academy is purpose-built to provide beauty therapists with the ultimate learning environment to give knowledge and confidence. It looked pretty nifty to me, and everything was amazingly clean, almost medical-theatre like, which is pretty reassuring when you know they’re training beauty professionals around the country.
- Before I had the Katherine Daniels Express Energising Radiance Treatment (45 minutes, £38), I was set up in a lovely heated bed and left for a few minutes to relax, which I did, almost to the point of falling asleep before it even got started (it was a busy time ; )
But less about me, and more about why these facials are the bomb! My therapist was v friendly and a dab hand at removing my make-up with a double cleanse (when else does one have time for a double cleanse?). She then used a machine, a hand-sized, egg-shaped device (they’re all the rage these days and definitely have a vibrator like quality, but thankfully this one just buzzed gently over my face), to cleanse even deeper. There were the normal stages of a facial, but I have to say, the products smelled amazing and there was definitely an extra level of attention here. One stage I don’t usually have is layered on algae paper, which was surprisingly refreshing and left my skin feeling all zingy. After the final moisturiser, my skin felt plump and dewy, and when i saw Sarah outside after hers, well look! A woman in her 40s, with a face like a baby’s bottom (I’ll just check with Sarah I’m allowed to use her pic and use the analogy of a backside)! I didn’t even notice how long I was in there it was so relaxing, so I left with a thumbs up on all fronts.
Sarah’s verdict! Immediately impressed by the treatment rooms, usually used for training, you could have believed you were in a top Swedish skin care lab! The product range is simple, but beautifully designed by two skin care experts who clearly have a passion and commitment for everything they do. Over the years I’ve had loads of facials and put as much value on the relaxation properties as I do the skin benefits and what really struck me about the staff was their attention to detail and the small things that made a big difference Everything that came into contact with my skin had been warmed, even down to the cotton pads used to apply toner. I was lying on a heated bed, tucked up in a warm blanket and would have been really happy to stay there all day. The therapist’s experience really came across and being a co-owner of the brand this is what you would expect. The techniques used were also quite different to what I had experienced in the past and my particular favourite is the cleansing tool which, I would recommend to everyone. There are loads of skin cleansing brushes and gadgets out there at the minute but this one is beautifully designed, easy and quick to use and extremely well priced. My skin looked, felt and smelt amazing afterwards (as you can see in my big moon faced pic!!!!).
- DIY, the products – If you can’t get to a salon that does these facials, fear not, you can buy the products on the World Wide T’internet. My first impressions were that the range looks fantastic, but this isn’t a style over substance story.
- The active ingredients are from plant, marine, collagen and biotechnology sources – I don’t really know from a science perspective what this actually means – but I took some home, used them for a week and they really did the job (more sciency stuff in the blurb which sounds pretty effective, although I haven’t done an empirical study : )…Reduction in the number of deep wrinkles -34% on average, measured on 62% after 28 days)! I’ve been told before I have oily skin, but my Catherine Daniels therapist said it was pretty normal on the T Zone, but actually a bit dry elsewhere. As such, I gave the dry and dehydrating products a go, and sucked them up like one of my dying house plants! I ran out last month, and have definitely missed the creaminess of these products, especially with the central heating sucking the moisture out of me at every minute. I also have quite sensitive skin and a tendency to redness, especially if products are a bit harsh, I didn’t have this at all with these creams. There is definitely quite a buzz about the brand and I can see why, it looks great and actually works. It’s around the £20 to £30 mark, so whilst not cheap, it’s still in the top level Olay price range. All in all I’d heartily recommend you give them a go, I’ve got the new Nurturing Night Balm and the Multi-Tasking Eye Balm on my hit list next!