Being the largest organ in the human body and the filter between our internal and external environments, our skin has quite the responsibility. It’s no wonder then that so many of us have encountered problems with our skin at some point in our lives – from acne to rosacea and hyperpigmentation. These skin issues can be frustrating at the best of times, but particularly when it’s nearing your wedding day. Often facials can feel like a ‘band-aid’ to your skin issues, offering temporary relief and making you ‘feel good’ more than anything else. What is particularly unique about the Enzyme Therapy facial, formulated by Danné Montague-King, is that works with the skin by bolstering the system of enzymes that naturally exist within the body. These enzymes help to fight corrosive free radicals by building up a natural system of antioxidants that work to remove toxins from the epidermis. Sounds scientific and complex, and it is. In fact, that’s what is great about it. The miracle workers at DMK have founded their methodology on restoring balance to the skin, not by introducing new ingredients but by strengthening the integrity of the skin and reinforcing its natural processes.
You’re not alone with your skin concerns
It is important to note that this post is written with candour, as someone who has invested personal time and energy into trying to understand (and solve) the complexities of her skin. Having experienced acne in the early days, the priority for my skin has shifted to eliminating residual scarring and hyperpigmentation. You name it and I’ve probably tried it – from topical treatments to LED light therapy. Though, my many attempts at tackling these issues were not all in vain and I had seen some progress over time. In my initial consultation, I expressed these skin concerns to Lauren, my skincare specialist, noting the condition of my skin prior to the treatment. I was met with empathy and reassurance that skin concerns such as mine were the ideal starting point for the DMK Enzyme Therapy Treatment to take effect. Each DMK facial is tailored to suit the unique skin concerns of the individual, so you’re not getting a one-size-fits-all treatment and you’re definitely not alone.
Farewell fiancé tip: It’s a good idea to document the state of your skin before undergoing this treatment so that you can really see the difference.
What the treatment feels like
With a robe and headband on in true ‘pampering’ fashion, the entire treatment is a truly sensory experience. The formula is buttery and immediately has a soothing effect on the skin. This, coupled with the unusually comforting ‘cake-batter’ smell of the mask creates a soothing effect on the surface of the skin as you feel it settle on the surface. The mask slowly hardens overtime and transforms from a soft creme to a scaly texture. This sensation can be intense for some, as the mask really tightens the skin and brings the oxygenated blood to the surface. This creates a pulsating effect and slight pressure on the face and neck, really drawing your attention to the presence of the mask. Of course, you’re slightly distracted by the scalp massage that happens simultaneously… so no complaints over here.
The enzyme therapy facial last around 45 mins, after which the mask is slowly removed by a combination of heat application and cleansing. The result is a plasmatic effect – temporary red markings around the neck indicating dilated capillaries and increased oxygenation of the blood. Don’t be alarmed by this reaction. In fact, the more intense the plasmatic effect, the better! This visual effect eases up in a few minutes leaving your skin looking plumped and dewy. Your skincare specialist may apply a few different serums to your face after the treatment to specifically address your skin concerns. Sunscreen is a must and should always come after your treatment, particularly if you plan to spend any time in the sun that day. The temptation will be to touch your skin and enjoy the soft texture of the surface, however its better to avoid the urge and keep your hands away – your skin is in a much cleaner state!
Help your skin help itself
The beauty of the DMK Enzyme Therapy facial is that it treats the skin from within and helps to restore healthy skin function. Hence, this is not something that happens overnight. You must be patient with the process and approach it holistically, matching your cosmetic self-care with a healthy internal system: healthy diet, regular exercise and hydration. This is hardly a novel idea, but it is sometimes a bitter pill to swallow. Of course, it’s also important to keep up a simple yet consistent skin care regime at home, incorporating DMK treatments as needed. It is recommended that you have around three DMK facial treatments to support the healthy repair and maintenance of the skin and improve your results. After having two treatments at The Heart of Beauty I noticed reduced redness and hyperpigmentation and an overall improvement in skin elasticity. My skin care routine included a couple of additions, including a Vitamin C creme, a toning mist and a soothing moisture gel to treat solar damage and increase skin hydration. The DMK DNA (how’s that for alliterative acronyms?) respects simplicity and integrity at its core. So it’s important to maintain a simple skin care routine and look after your skin from the inside and from the outside, helping it to do what it does best.