The attractive wooden lodge style building which houses Skin & Beauty on the Brooks is conveniently located off the A29 at Hardham, just south of Pulborough. This haven of calm is a beauty salon offering some of the most technologically advanced beauty treatments available. As well as plenty of free parking directly outside the salon as you may well imagine, there are beautiful views over the Pulborough Brooks.
I visited on a chilly February morning and was warmly greeted by owner Vivian and the salon’s head therapist Kim. They showed me to one of the cosy treatment rooms where I alighted my heated bed and felt instantly relaxed. Vivian had arranged a ‘deluxe’ facial for me incorporating a cleanse and exfoliation, followed by a CACI treatment (pronounced Kay-see) which stands for Computer Aided Cosmetology Instrument and then a “Coolift”. It all sounded very exciting and high tech and I hoped it would reduce the smile lines around my eyes.
My delightful therapist Kim explained the process and talked me through all the wonderfully scented products she was applying to my skin. Then it was time for the CACI treatment. CACI is a micro-current generating machine which uses tiny electrical impulses to wake up muscles, soften lines and speed up cellular renewal. It has attracted a large celebrity following and satisfied clients include; Jennifer Lopez, Martine McCutcheon, Barbara Windsor and Sir Cliff Richard, who all give glowing endorsements on the CACI website. The therapist uses two pairs of probes (rather like futuristic chopsticks) attached to the CACI machine to administer the impulses all around the face and neck using squeezing, massaging and holding techniques. My face felt like it was getting a really good workout, occasionally I felt a mild tingle but it was not at all unpleasant.
Next was the bit I was really excited about, the Coolift. Coolifting, which is marketed as an alternative to Botox is claimed to ‘turn back the years’ in just one four minute session. Who, over the age of 40, could fail to be intrigued?
First my face was painted with a thick, golden plant stem-cell serum. It smelt sweet and malt-like and Kim assured me that this was true elixir for the skin. Then Kim used a Cryo-ball, rather like an icy-cold stainless steel snooker ball to massage in the serum and ‘wake up’ my facial tissue. After the initial shock, the firm, smooth pressure of the cold ball felt refreshing and invigorating. Finally the Coolift ‘gun’ is used to shoot low temperature carbon dioxide and infuse the skin with Hyaluronic acid which is a natural structural component of skin. The process is called Cryotherapy (cold therapy) and it causes a reduction of blood vessels, oxygen is then drawn to the cells which are stimulated to produce collagen and elastin, both are responsible for smooth and beautiful skin. The pressurised ‘shooting’ made a loudish crackle as Kim directed the cold jet of CO2 all around my face. There was no discomfort and aside from the noise the four minute treatment was very pleasant.
The result? My skin looked amazing, really glowing and soft, yes the lines around my eyes appeared diminished and my skin’s texture was silky smooth, Kim told me that I should leave the plant serum on my skin until the following morning and that the best results would be seen 12 to 24 hours after the treatment.
Skin and Beauty on the Brooks also offer advanced clinical treatments including; dermal fillers, laser hair removal, anti-wrinkle injections, laser skin rejuvenation, skin peels, permanent make-up as well as more traditional hands-on facials and massages, waxing, tanning and manicures and pedicures.
Coolift treatment from £65. For details, full prices or to book an appointment, telephone: 01798 875956, or visit www.skinandbeautyonthebrooks.com
Editor Kris Thomas reviews the new “Coolift” facial treatment at
Skin & Beauty on the Brooks, Hardham near Pulborough