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Oxydermy facial: we review

by Adrienne Wyper
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If you have a beauty treatment on a cruise ship you can relax in the knowledge that the your cabin is within walking distance and you can toddle back there blissfully makeup-free after your treatment. I'd chosen the Elemis Oxydermy facial as I felt my face was in need of some intensive attention after a summer of lots of sun exposure.

After filling in a form detailing the outcome I desired from my treatment (moisturisation and smoothing), I left my clothes in a locker with a hi-tech contact disc to open and close it, and changed into the purple robes provided, a lovely change from the usual white.

So how does it work?

This hi-tech Elemis treatment uses low-voltage galvanic current to stimulate the muscles of the face, combined with microdermabrasion, deep cleansing and a hyaluronic acid mask to target wrinkles, sun damage, age spots and other blemishes.

Once the medical-strength hyaluronic acid gel mask is applied, the therapist uses a handheld device to apply the current into the skin. This is designed to improve oxygenation and circulation in the area, using negative and positive ions to remove impurities from the skin.

What does it feel like?

After several bouts of deep cleansing and polishing with a hot cloth, noting along the way that my skin was very dry, my therapist, Elize, applied a hyaluronic-acid mask which felt cool. Next came the galvanic current, applied with twin-headed metal rollers, which felt like a firm pressure with slight squeezing of folds of skin.

Elize reassured me that despite involving electricity, the treatment wouldn't hurt in the least. She did advise me that I might have a slight metallic taste in my mouth. I didn't, but thought I could detect the faintest sensation of a vibration deep in the muscles along my jawline.

Overall, it was a pleasantly relaxing experience.

What results can I expect?

The therapist told me that my newly reoxygenated skin would appear fresher, with the old dead skin cells having been removed. She gave me a hand mirror to see for myself. Tightening and tautening, and fresh, soft and smooth feel were all noticeable. Upon close scrutiny in the mirror, I was sure I could see a firming of the jawline. As the Princess Cruises' motto says: 'Come back new'!

How much does it cost?

The Elemis Oxydermy Facial in the Lotus Spa on board the Regal Princess costs $169. For more information on Princess cruises or to book visit www.princess.com/discover or call 0843 374 2403. As an example, an 11-night Scandinavian cruise departing Sunday August 9, 2015, costs from £1,559pp (based on two adults sharing an inside stateroom, including return flights from London, accommodation, all main meals and on board entertainment.

More on-board treaments: read about the Exotic Lime and Ginger Scrub

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