The spa industry often refers to it as the “Fire & Ice Facial” and Hollywood calls it “The Red Carpet Treatment” – but what exactly is this sought-after facial that everyone’s talking about? According to Telegraph UK, the Hollywood version of the Red Carpet Treatment is an intensive clinical facial that generates tingling heat with a chemical peel and a soothing mask to cool down. The facial resurfaces and softens the skin, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, while encouraging cellular renewal.
Regardless of its reputation for being a “brisk and even slightly uncomfortable” procedure, this treatment still has Hollywood’s elite (including Halle Barry and Gwyneth Paltrow) coming back for more (Telegraph UK).
If this celeb facial treatment sounds too chemical for you, we have a natural Éminence version of the Fire & Ice Facial that is equally effective and reflects the gentle and organic nature of our products. Famous for its brightening, smoothing and tightening qualities, this treatment is so effective that our very own companyPresident Boldijarre Koronczay boasts about the benefits! In an interview with Healing Lifestyles & Spas, he comments:
My favorite [Éminence] treatment is the Fire & Ice Facial in Hawaii. This facial features a mix of hot, stimulating products like our Blueberry Detox Peel and cooling Stone Crop Masque to make the complexion glow.
Keep reading to learn more about how you can benefit from an Éminence version of the Red Carpet Treatment:
HOW THE ÉMINENCE FIRE & FACIAL WORKS:
The protocol for this so-called “hot and cold” facial varies from spa to spa. However, the theory behind the treatment is much the same. Heat or stimulation is applied to the skin to help increase blood flow and circulation. The warming sensation is then followed by a cold treatment with cooling products (or even ice or cold water), which helps reduce any inflammation or swelling in the skin.
Although hot and cold facials are being treated as another celebrity beauty trend, Hungarian estheticians have been incorporating hot and cold practices in their treatment rooms for centuries.
FIRE & ICE PRODUCT INGREDIENTS:
In addition to using the physical cooling and warming properties through touch, the true Fire & Ice behind an Éminence facial comes from the hot and cold characteristics of some of our products.
While spicy ingredients produce the feeling of warmth, cooling ingredients such as peppermint, menthol, cucumber and tea tree can also produce an icy sensation on the skin. These ingredients help gently soften the skin while reducing the appearance of redness and inflammation. You can find cooling rosehip, honey and menthol in our Menthol Rosehip Treatment.
FIRE & ICE THROUGH TOUCH:
We called on our Product Support Team to give us a quick rundown on how a Fire & Ice sensation can also be created through technique:
“The massage portion of the facial treatment involves using a cold hand and a warm product. When performing the facial, the esthetician will start by dipping one hand in a bowl of cold water (or ice cubes) and the other hand in a bowl of warm water. The esthetician will then remove both hands from the bowls of water and begin to massage the face. This contrasting hot and cold sensation will provide the client with a really unique experience – such an amazing facial!”