With stacks of new snow on the hills and on the horizon, these are exciting times in Morzine, Avoriaz and Les Gets. Perhaps even more exciting is the opportunity to return home from your holiday looking younger and fresher. A microdermabrasion treatment at The Little Mountain Spa in Les Gets is the perfect counterbalance to a week fuelled by vin chaud, fromage and adrenaline.
Microdermabrasion is an intense facial exfoliation that removes dead skin cells and resurfaces the skin on your face. And no, it doesn’t hurt at all! A fine jet of abrasive crystals gently removes dead skin cells layer by layer and a vacuum action lifts them away, stimulating the blood flow and encouraging collagen that results in a firmer, revitalised, youthful complexion.
Of course Source Magazine wouldn’t recommend anything without trying it out ourselves (to prove this point, you’ll never see a review of ice diving in Lake Montriond on these pages), so we did. The results were fabulous.
The Little Mountain Spa is located inside the Hotel Chamois d’Or in the centre of Les Gets, owner Carrie Greer has worked with the hotel to create a relaxing wellness area including a swimming pool, sauna and hammam as well as two gorgeous treatment rooms. Carrie’s treatment list is extensive and includes deep tissue massages, hot stones, manicures and pedicures. But it’s the promise of a more youthful face that we’re interested in.
Carrie told us…
“Microdermabrasion has to be one of my favourite treatments to do – it’s results driven so as soon as the session is over, you can instantly see a difference. We’ll talk about your skin concerns, thoroughly cleanse the face and then switch on the machine! It’s a little noisier than our regular facial treatments but you get used to it pretty quickly. We work over the face and neck, concentrating on areas of concern highlighted during consultation. We’ll then apply our luxuriously hydrating AromaWorks serum mask and while this is being absorbed into the skin we’ll massage over your chest, shoulders and neck with one of our specially chosen body oils. The last step is a generous application of moisturiser and SPF, which is important everyday not just when the sun is shining!”
Microdermabrasion is recommended as a course of treatments over a period of time and is particularly effective if you suffer from acne, or have acne scarring or deep set wrinkle lines. That said, after just one treatment there is a noticeable difference, with skin feeling tighter and smoother. And unlike chemical peels or other invasive facial treatments, there’s virtually no risk of an adverse reaction.
“Depending on your regular skincare regime, instant results will vary. Almost everyone’s skin will feel softer, smoother, brighter and more supple immediately following a treatment. If you suffer from greasy and spotty skin then the treatment will pull out anything nasty lurking just under the surface, but if you resist any urges to squeeze you’ll be surprised at how fast the offenders disappear! Regular treatments will target fine lines, pigmentation and soften wrinkles and dramatically improve the clarity of the skin.
Microdermabrasion is also a perfect treatment for men. The resurfacing action helps to soften the hair follicles of the beard area so is great for combatting shaving rashes and eliminating ingrowing hairs.”
The Little Mountain Spa website includes a full treatment list and there’s a handy ‘book online’ function so you can choose the perfect time and day for your treatment. You’ll also find regular updates and special offers on their Facebook page.