CACI Eye Revive – aim, fire, blast those wrinkles!
Any local beauty business that manages to grow to four salons has something seriously good going for it. In addition to its two Herts salons, Lavender & Stone (great name btw) has premises in Bourne End and Beaconsfield. I have form at the Bourne end salon, having had a fantastic hot lava shell massage there back in May last year, so in the interests of yin and yang, the harmonious centring of my body and, er, the risign panic about the wrinkles now appearing on my wrinkles around my eyes, I have balanced things out by trying the Beaconsfield salon. You see how Zen I am?!
It’s in New Beaconsfield, so don’t try to park on the main street (that way madness lies). There’s a large carpark about 2 minute walk around the corner from Lavender & Stone which itself is pleasantly set away from the road under an arch.
Of the two L&S salons, this one has a more spacious layout with grey walls and warm tones, all tastefully done, all the better to perform the Decleor or Elemis treatments in which they specialise.
I tried the CACI Decleor eye-revive treatment, where my lovely therapist used cotton-tipped ‘wands’ to magic a microcurrent to my flabby facial muscles, exercising them into tightening and working harder against the terrible pull of gravity.
The technique was originally created to help with facial palsy, but like most great ideas it found another, more lucrative market very quickly and everything from eyes to jowls (what a horrific word that is) and body cellulite can be zapped and perked with this machine, without resorting to scalpels or injections.
After an initial face cleanse, the electocurrent bit of the treatment lasts 35 minutes and focuses on the eyes upwards, so it zaps your brow, crows feet, the lot. It’s not painful, and depending on how chilled out you are you might even call it relaxing with the buzz of the machine and the tingling sensation on the skin. I’m not sure I’d exactly go as far as to say it’s pleasurable – I’d never choose it over a reflexology massage, that’s for sure – but after the science bit comes the fun part, which is the serum-stacked facemask to get rid of puffiness, and then lashings of moisturiser. It might be Decleor, it might be Elemis, depending on your therapist, so if you’re mad keen on one brand it’s worth double checking if/when you book.
Does it work? Frankly this is ultimately the only thing that matters! Even with one treatment I could see a difference which, for someone who tries lots of treatments once, is gratifying!
The usual blurb is to do a course of 12, and if you have hundreds of pounds to electro-shock your skin into shape, more power to you. But on the basis of the improvement I saw in the Muddy visage below (still wrinkles, bien sur, because I’m not in primary school, but an improvement), I think one to six would do your skin proud.
The deal at L&S is five treatments (they’re £45 each) and the sixth free, or there’s a Summer deal going until the end of August to add a neck/jowl treatment onto that, making it a 45 minute CACI treatment for £75. That might be a good one-off option if you’re jetting off and just want a bit more va-va-voom.
Anyway, definitely add this CACI lift to your arsenal of potential age-defiers, and I’m happy to recommend Lavender & Stone if you’re near Beaconsfield.