|Me snapped by my lovely therapist Abi, mid treatment!|
Located beside the Gaiety theatre for over a decade, I've passed Buff on countless occasions without ever really noticing it was there – the entrance is fairly unassuming, but once you’ve climbed up the fairly narrow staircase you emerge into a spacious and relaxing space, which is spread over several floors.
|Marsha Abrahams, left, and Buff Day Spa|
I was there to meet Marsha Abrahams - who co-founded the spa but has since moved on to work with the skincare brand, Juliette Armand - and to experience a Skin Boosters treatment.
Skin Boosters is a targeted skincare range, which includes both in-salon treatments and a range of homecare products. It’s been around for 11 years and positions itself as a non-invasive alternative to botox or plastic surgery. In reality, no topical treatment or cream will give you the same results as botox or surgery, but the products are impressive nonetheless, containing active ingredients that work to plump up and hydrate the skin.
I had the Thavma ‘Miracle’ therapy, which involves exfoliation to remove dead skin cells, followed by the application of two masks packed with peptides and hydrating ingredients. There’s a scalp massage too, which was gorgeous and, combined with the sounds of trickling water and soothing music, proved very soporific.
|Post facial glow!|
A course of 10 treatments over four weeks is recommended – which let’s face it, is a lot, at €99 a pop - but I did see a positive improvement after just the one: my skin looked healthy and had a lovely glow. I can only imagine how amazing my face would look and feel after nine more - but my bank manager would kill me if I tried to test that theory.
Have you tried anything from the Juliette Armand range?