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Spring Clean Your Skin – Inside and out!

As the cold Winter months finally draw to an end, now is a perfect time to treat your skin to a seasonal spring clean.  Dry and cold conditions, extra make-up and lack of sunshine could well have led to sallow, dull and even parched skin.

So what can we do?

Keeping your skin clean should always be tackled from the inside as well as outside – as ultimately lifestyle, nutrition and genetics play an equally important part as topical solutions alone. The latter however can not only give a great pick-me-up but greatly enhance ongoing skin health and appearance.

Clean on the inside…

Clean your skin with a smoothieA daily green smoothie will work all sort of wonders, not only for your complexion! There are numerous recipes out there but a simple, low sugar, easy to repeat one that only needs a basic blender is a good starting point.

The following recipe packs a real punch full of carotenoids (a small handful of kale has 10 times the minimum amount needed per day), detox goodies, vitamins A and C, enough healthy fat to aid absorption and a great source of essential minerals. It’s also slightly alkalising to help balance blood Ph. The following makes 500ml and has a surprising refreshing yet zingy flavour –

  • Small handful of kale, ideally frozen (split a fresh bag down into individual portions at start of week). Act as ice cubes then too!
  • Juice of 1 fresh orange
  • Juice of half a fresh lemon (or less if too tart)
  • Half teaspoon ground turmeric powder
  • Good few grinds of black pepper
  • 300ml unsweetened/pure coconut water

Throw it all in the blender and blend until smooth. Add water to make up to 500ml or desired consistency and blend again. If not sweet enough, add a few cubes of frozen mango and blend again. Mind that sugar though!

Clean on the outside…

Cleaning your skin photoTime for a deep cleanse – and then ideally long-term maintenance too. Sloughing off dead skin cells, unblocking pores and increasing circulation is the single most important thing to do for tired-looking, flaky skin.  All three can be tackled in one sitting with a good face scrub. It might not be the best timing to do this prior to going out as the blood flow to the face may make it rather rosy!

The most effective scrubs tend have both mildly abrasive properties as well as natural enzyme action. Never choose artificial micro-beads though for environmental reasons – remember from nature (or bio-friendly) is always best. Here’s a nice and simple DIY “breakfast” one to try at home.  Exfoliating, moisturising, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial all in one! Only use light, slow swirls with your fingertips to avoid pulling at the skin –

  • Finely ground (gluten-free if needed) oat meal or oat bran
  • Natural bio-yoghurt or mashed strawberries if lactose intolerant.
  • Runny raw honey

Mix above ingredients in three equal parts in a small bowl. Add extra oats if needed to get a nice thick consistency. Thoroughly apply to the skin, focussing on any dry areas and leave for 15 to 30 mins. Rinse off with warm water and gently pat dry.

Maintain the deep cleanse by making sure you thoroughly clean your skin before bedtime every day using your favourite gentle cleanser. A follow up scrub once a week will also keep you skin glowing and soft. 🙂


TWO STUDENTS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE – Thai Foot Massage Course…

 

FTW Thai Foot CourseWould you like the opportunity to expand your portfolio and offer your clients this incredible treatment? Just a half-day hands-on workshop and you can – at half price! (£60 + VAT).

At Face The World, we offer affordable, straightforward training – all industry-approved and CPD registered for your peace of mind. All of courses include a starter kit containing one of our bespoke CDs, at least two of our exclusive skincare products, your training manual and your CPD Diploma Certificate or Certificate of Attendance as applicable.

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Therapists – Take Care of Your Hands

We’ve Got The Whole World in Our Hands…

This is a topic that affects every single one of us as Holistic and Beauty Therapists!handshake

The Basics: It doesn’t take a rocket scientist (or me) to tell you that your hands are a vital tool for interacting with the world around you. As a guide, we all have 27 bones and 29 joints in each hand, along with at least 123 ligaments, 34 muscles, 30 arteries and 48 major nerves that branch into a more sensitive neural link between the fingertips and the brain than from the eyes. Imagine that.

But it’s not just about the power of touch here – it goes much broader. Who can tick any of the following as an important part of their business lives

• Keeping their hands clean and/or soft
• Keeping nails short or well manicured/presented
• A confident handshake to reassure a new client
• Reiki healing or energetic exchange
• Using a keyboard/tablet/mobile to book clients, send emails or social media
• The need for strong, steady and/or warm hands
• Handling jars, bottles or equipment with repeated usage (hygiene)
• Last but not least, massage or hands-on techniques?

Yes. The health and longevity of our hands is essential. So here goes with upping the self-care…

Firstly, on the outside. No one expects to see any health or well-being practitioner with dry, rough hands or broken/nibbled nails – but constant washing/sanitising, whether as a healer or hands-on therapist, along with our UK weather, stress/busy lifestyle, nutrient depletion, cleaning our therapy rooms, houses and bodies with detergent-based products will eventually take its toll.

What can we do?

Hand cream1. Keep hands exfoliated to remove dry skin – look for natural products with ground rosehip seeds and/or fruit enzymes
2. Invest in a good manicure at least every other month (yes, men too)
3. Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise, especially overnight when the skin heals – ethical products containing shea butter, olive and/or coconut oil are good ones to look out for. Include your nails as they will benefit too.
4. Try to get plenty of zinc, iron, vitamin C and B group vitamins in your diet – all proven to alleviate brittle nails and enhance skin health.
5. Get those Marigold gloves out for washing up, gardening or cleaning the car – and your fingernails weren’t designed to remove staples!

What about cold hands? Thankfully less common, but this can be an annoying companion if working in the hands-on industry! But is there any self-help available? Maybe so…

1. The most important single factor is to keep your therapy/consulting room warm enough. Even if clients are on a heated couch with fluffy towels over them, you still need to make sure the air temperature is comfortable. Your body closes off small arteries in your skin if you’re too cold.
2. If your therapy uniform is only one layer thick or synthetic fibres, get those thin cotton layers or long johns on underneath during chilly days.
3. Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid that helps blood flow (found in oily fish and green leafy veg). Ginkgo Biloba supplements also help blood flow to extremities.
4. Ditch the caffeine – it is a vaso-constrictor – and up the water and herbal teas to re-hydrate.
5. If largely sedentary, do keep active between clients – have a 2 or 3 minute walk, or go up and down the stairs a few times. You need to encourage the blood flow back into your hands by getting the heart pumping.
6. If all else fails, buy some re-usable hand warmers! A Google search will bring up many affordable choices.

Reiki Healing
Hot Tip: Reiki Healers
– using your hands as a conduit to direct Universal energy is a wonderful gift to the world – but does anyone really know what energy, electro-magnetic and/or physiological changes are left behind after a session? Keeping hydrated, grounded and hands washed is of course essential. But there’s more…

We know that one of the best ways to cleanse and re-charge the energy of a crystal is by soaking it in salt-water – so why should your hands (and body) be any different? Treat your hands like a crystal by soaking them in a bowl of warm water with dissolved sea salt, Espom salt or Himalayan rock salt. Even add a few of your favourite crystals in there. Follow by moisturising with a natural ‘salt’ range such a Dead Sea Spa. Take regular baths in salts too to keep charged up and free of negative energy.

Finally, for the hands-on and massage therapists – over-used, sore and aching hands are a hazard of our trade. Yes, there are many “hands-free” massage therapies out there and use of knuckles and elbows instead of fingers and thumbs is more and more commonplace – but there’s no getting away from it for certain moves and treatments (including facials or ironically hand massage!).Hand Massage

Talking of which, there’s nothing better than having your own hands and arms regularly massaged. This should ideally be monthly via a professional (to save your own hands!), therapy swap or alternatively the following simple moves can be performed on yourself at the end of a busy day –

1. Stretch the fingers of your left hand by holding them as one unit with your right hand and pull them gently downwards to the wrist to feel the stretch. Repeat on the other hand.
2. Putting your palms together in prayer position, push your left fingers gently backwards to feel the stretch. Repeat on the other hand.
3. Clench your fists and rotate your wrists in circles clockwise and anti-clockwise three times.
4. Massage firmly all over the palm of your hand using your opposite thumb. Repeat each palm for 1 to 2 minutes.
5. Firmly squeeze each finger and thumb in turn using your opposite hand. Repeat on each hand three times.
6. Slowly and firmly massage each knuckle and finger joint with the opposite hand.

Regularly stretching the neck, shoulders, chest and arms will also go a long way to protecting the mobility of your hands and wrists. Also factor in rest periods and vary your treatments as far as you can.

For all of us, a lovely treat just before bedtime is to rub a few drops of pre-blended (German rather than Roman) chamomile oil into each pulse point on the wrist and over the base of the thumb where we can store tension. To make your own blend, simply add about 4 drops of chamomile oil to 1 teaspoon of rapeseed oil. Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties as well as soothing muscle pain and spasms. Its calming aroma is legendary and perfect to also help a good nights’ sleep.

Now that’s essential for any therapist.

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FTW Practitioners of the Year 2015 are…

Face The World Practitioners Awards 2014/15 – Meet the Winners!

It’s an honour and great pleasure to introduce our amazing FTW Practitioners of the Year for the 2015 Season. Our winners are voted for by their clients, fans and general public from our short-list of 12 Monthly Winners. This year saw the most votes ever! Many of the ladies also received excellent PR in their local publications and Media – it’s becoming a bigger and bigger event each year! We will make it to The Ritz one day soon…

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… and here they are…

We asked each of our FTW Practitioners a set of revealing questions about what makes them tick – and advice for other ambitious therapists who want to grow their business:

Winner – Melanie Warren – Relaxology, Orpington, Kent

Tell us a little bit about you; where are you based and what do you love most about your business?

Melanie WarrenMy interest in holistic therapies began almost 20 years ago when reflexology started my recovery from a long term illness. It developed to a passion 8 years ago when I was inspired to train, firstly in reflexology, and then massage and aromatherapy. I founded Relaxology and have been working full time ever since. I care passionately about people’s well-being and feel that time is precious and if someone uses their time to come to me for a treatment, then I need to make them feel marvellous when they leave!

I had been searching for an exceptional facial and as soon as I heard about Face The World I knew it was what I was looking for. There is nothing else like it anywhere! I have been enthusiastic about it right from the start and have many clients who absolutely love it. The skin care is divine and the facial routine is a delight with the amazing music. I also do many Face The World eastern acupressure face, neck and scalp massages which are greatly enjoyed by my clients also. I always enjoy doing these treatments and love to introduce them to other therapists to enhance what they can offer to their own clients. I love working with the lovely music and the smells of the products from Face The World and never tire of the music even though I have heard it so often for years now. It’s still a pleasure and relaxes me too!

I have a purpose built treatment suite attached to our home in Orpington. My clients say they feel calm and peaceful as soon as they walk in, so I think it works! I absolutely love my work.It’s such a privilege to be able to help and treat people who are often stressed, vulnerable or feeling ill when they arrive and to see them relaxed and de-stressed, calmer, when they leave, is very rewarding.

How did you feel when you found out you were a winner?FTW POTY winner

It was so exciting to be a national finalist in the Practitioners of the Year 2015, and when I had the phone call to tell me I had won I was utterly stunned. I really never saw it coming and it is just so exciting. It means the world to me, because I have worked hard for years to build my business and reputation and now I feel recognition for it all. You don’t get an appraisal when you work for yourself, so this accolade is been a massive boost to my confidence, and the fantastic testimonials my lovely clients wrote about me really made me cry. I didn’t realise I made such a difference and I am so glad to know.

Give us an example of who a perfect client for you might be?

For me, the perfect client is someone who allows themselves the space and time to switch off and relax. It is very flattering that they feel safe enough to just be, either to rest and daydream, or go to sleep. When someone has taken time out of their busy life and is spending hard earned cash, it’s good to know I have enabled them to stop, unwind and let go.

What tip would you give others considering starting up in the holistic/beauty industry?

Aha MomentFor other practitioners thinking of starting up in the holistic industry I would say take your time and research the treatments you want to offer. Experience the treatments yourself and see how they make you feel. Be aware of the things that you didn’t like as much as those you do like. Always remember that the client is giving their own free time, as well as money, to choose to come to you, and treat them, the way you would want to be treated yourself – every time. You won’t go wrong then!

And keep having regular treatments yourself for two reasons: to de-stress and relax after all the hard work looking after others and, just as importantly, to remind yourself just how wonderful it feels to lie there and have that facial. This will mean that that you are renewed and enthused to return to your clients and make their treatments amazing.

2nd Place – Hayley Pearson, Serenity Touch, Great Moulton, Norwich, Norfolk

Tell us a little bit about you; where are you based and what do you love most about your business?

Hayley PearsonHi, I am Hayley, a Complementary Therapist based in a small village called Great Moulton in South Norfolk. I have been practising for 9 years and offer a variety of therapies that range from bodywork ones to energy based treatments. I trained in my various therapies after suffering ill health after the birth of my children.

The therapies I tried helped me out so much I decided to retrain so I would able to help other people out who may be suffering similar issues to myself. I love what I do and to be able to have someone come into my therapy room feeling stressed and in pain and then leave with a smile on their face feeling better than they did when they arrived, is a wonderful feeling and makes work not difficult to want to do!

I offer many therapies along with teaching the Face The World courses and Reiki courses. I regularly hold and host workshops that anyone can attend such as Sound Baths, numerology and tarot tasters.

Give us an example of who a perfect client for you might be?

The idea of the perfect client is someone who comes to me to try complementary therapies who hasn’t experienced any before. To be able to open their mind and body to what can be achieved through holistic therapies like the Face the World Holistic Facial or Reiki and bodywork ones like massage is a wonderful gift that I can work with and help others.

What tip would you give others considering starting up in the holistic/beauty industry?
Aha MomentThe tip I would give anyone considering starting up in this business is to follow your heart. You need to love what you do and enjoy helping others. Any therapist you meet will always wish to help you on your journey and there is no competitiveness from other practitioners as everyone needs advice and help when starting out.

 

Joint 3rd Place – Lizzie Johns, Just Bea Holistic Therapies, Kesgrave, Suffolk

Lizzie JohnsI live in Kesgrave, Suffolk and have worked as an Holistic Therapist for the last 14 years. I have just expanded and set up my own clinic. I love the FTW facial. I love everything about it, the products, the music, the routine, the mask never fails to amuse me. When I place an order I love the little hand written note that comes with it or the heart!!!

Little things please me! I was completely overwhelmed when phoned to say I was 3rd – I did have a little cry afterwards!

 

Give us an example of who a perfect client for you might be?

A perfect client for me is all of my clients. I have the best clients in the world to be honest. They love it when I train in something new!

What tip would you give others considering starting up in the holistic/beauty industry?

Aha Moment

My advice to practitioners new in the business is to persevere. Do something a little bit different. A good therapist is one that listens to their clients. Read between the lines of what they are saying. Make that time that they have with you all about them!

 

Joint 3rd Place – Jenny Diment, Pure Bliss, Maidstone, Kent

Jenny DimentI run a home based holistic & beauty therapy room in Maidstone Kent, which has grown considerably over the last several years. I love working from home as it gives me the flexibility with my family. What I love most about my business is that it continues to develop holistically to really help my clients physically, mentally & spiritually. When I found out I was a winner it made my day, month & year. I love FTW and have a real passion for it, so I was Super Proud that my passion showed to my clients who took the time to vote for me. Feel very blessed.

Give us an example of who a perfect client for you might be?

The perfect client!! hard question, as I would like to think all my clients are unique to me in many ways.  I love to treat people that are open to trying new treatments and also will come and switch off relax and be pampered without having the need to talk all the way through their treatments.  This is where FTW is great at making the client completely zone out.

What tip would you give others considering starting up in the holistic/beauty industry?

Aha MomentIf you’re considering starting up in the industry, success comes to those who have a passion and love what they do.  Only take up treatments that you really enjoy.  Prepare to be flexible and patient.  Hard work does pay off if you love your job.

 

I’m sure you agree with us what amazing practitioners they are – and the key ingredient running through them all? Being passionate about what they do and their love for the industry! Sound like you? Us too! Come and join our elite team of FTW Practitioners and put the passion back into your business!

Find out more about Face The World and our award-winning holistic facial here.

FTW Practitioners of The Year 2014/15…

Introducing our 3 amazing holistic/beauty therapist winners –

Our 2014/15 Practitioner of the Year Award was, again, a hugely popular event attracting literally 100’s of loyal clients, fans and followers to cast their votes for their winner. It gives us great pleasure to reveal our winner and two runners up in more detail.

Winner 2014/15 – Zoe Warner

Zoe WarnerAfter time spent travelling the world and living in Australia , Germany and Cyprus to name a view, as well as various UK locations whilst her husband was in the armed forces, Zoe has now settled in the gorgeous county of Gloucestershire .  This is (for now) the place she calls home after her husband was medically discharged due to injuries he suffered from a roadside explosion. This lead her to start up the Therapies4Forces project.  Its main aim is to provide free treatments to injured veterans and their families – and it has gone from being just Zoe to over 200 therapist volunteers throughout the UK.

When she’s not being a wife, mother of 6 children or grandmother, she also runs Vanilla Moon Holistic and Beauty treatments in Stroud – from her luxury, custom built cabin or a full mobile service.  Pamper and Relax Us is also under her control and is a mobile pop up for spa treatments and therapies. The treatments she offers not only make people feel and look good on the outside but also from the inside – and that can make all the difference.

Zoe at her various awards

She has won previous awards, including the Excellence in Practice FHT Awards and the VQ Winner of the South West, which are judged by a panel.

Zoe says: “The FTW Practitioner of the Year Award was made that extra special because it was voted by my clients and their lovely testimonials did make me shed a tear or two.  It was very touching to know that people thought such lovely things about me and makes what I do all the more rewarding.”

“The most important tip I would like to pass onto anyone who is new to the industry is always look after your clients: remember their birthdays and anniversaries; how they have their tea; enquire about their family; ask about the doctor’s appointment they mentioned the last time they were in; how they are getting on with their new hobby.  From the moment they walk through the door make them feel special and not just another client in the appointment book. If you are passionate about a treatment and a client can see that then they are more than likely to share your passion too.”

T4F LogoDetails of Zoes’ businesses and the treatments she offers are found at the following web addresses:
·        www.vanillamoon.biz
·        www.pamperandrelax.us

 2nd Place – Hayley Pearson

Hayley PearsonHayley is a Complementary Therapist based in a small village called Great Moulton in South Norfolk. She has been practising for 8 years and offers a variety of therapies that range from bodywork to energy based treatments. She trained in her various therapies after suffering ill health after the birth of her children. The therapies she tried helped her so much, she decided to retrain and so help other people who may be suffering similar issues.

Hayley says: “I love what I do and to be able to have someone come into my therapy room feeling stressed and in pain and then leave with a smile on their face feeling better than they did when they arrived, is a wonderful feeling and makes work not difficult to want to do!”

“The tip I would give anyone considering starting up in this business is to follow your heart. You need to love what you do and enjoy helping others. Any therapist you meet will always wish to help you on your journey and there is no competitiveness from anyone as everyone needs advice and help when starting out.”

Her perfect client would be someone who hasn’t experienced complementary therapies before – whether the bodywork ones like massage, the relaxing ones such as the Face the World Holistic Facial, or Reiki – and to be able to show them how they can help with the relaxing and switching off of the mind which will then help allow the body to feel less tense and tight.

To find out more about what Hayley does, please take a look at www.serenityouch.co.uk where you will find all the therapies she offers along with the Face the World courses and Reiki courses that she teaches.

Serenity TouchTo book a treatment or to find out about the courses Hayley offers, you can also email her on Hayley@serenitytouch.co.uk or give her a ring on 01379 674135 / 07940287747

 3rd Place – Vicki Rayner

Vicki RaynerVicki started her career in retail , working within the premium brand cosmetic business. She spent five years in the beauty trade before moving on to become the manager of a luxury boutique. However, holistic therapies have always been something Vicki enjoyed and interested in – so much so that she went to study at the Norwich Academy of Holistic Therapies. Vicki qualified with distinction to become a member of the Guild of Holistic Therapies.

Holistic treatments are something she’s always enjoyed – and felt for a long time that there was a particular niche which had not been filled: a treatment room set deep within the heart of the peaceful Norfolk countryside where clients can feel welcomed, relaxed and rejuvenated by their visit.

The Lavender Room is Located at Low Farm Barns, set within a country estate. What better place to discover the serenity that should be the foundation of holistic therapy, this whole package being the reason she loves her job so much!

Vicki says: “I really do feel that I not only fully satisfy my clients by giving them 110%, but every day is a pleasurable, fulfilling journey for myself. I felt honoured to take 3rd place, behind two incredible ladies that I look up to. It was fantastic. I think there was a little bit of screaming going on!”

“My journey into the world of Holistic therapies as been a life changing one, one that was decided for me by a run of life changing personal situations. Leaving a job I loved with an amazing company was one of the hardest things I have ever done, however I see now that it was all for a reason. My life is so fulfilled, satisfying and forever evolving. Having just launched from my wonderful new treatment room, I can also confirm it’s very hard work but worth every moment. If you are thinking of a career in this business, simply follow your dreams.”

Lavender Room NorfolkHave a browse of Vicki’s website at www.thelavenderroomnorfolk.co.uk  or feel free to call me on 07792 297545.

Face The World Holistic Facial Experience

My Face The World Facial…

By Cindy B

What do I know? Face The World is a lovely holistic facial experience designed to take you on a virtual journey around the world. This exciting facial treatment is cleverly choreographed to music from around the globe, and every product used or sound you hear reflects the country you are visiting. The gorgeous aromas and textures of products and blissful music tantalise your senses of smell, touch and hearing and you truly believe that you are on holiday in paradise!

Face The World products are unique as they are suitable for all skin types whilst delivering premium quality treatment without parabens and are cruelty-free. This amazing patented treatment is a holistic experience designed to pamper your senses and enlighten your soul.

Here’s my “Journey”…

The Face The World Journey began in the Rain forest with the sounds of beautiful birdsong, haunting pipes and marimba filling the room. I was treated to a refreshing deep cleanse as the therapist’s soothing and fluid hand movements massaged the cleansing milk into the face, neck and décolletage. The fresh scent of peppermint, orange flower and galbanum (an aromatic gum resin) stimulated the senses as daily pollutants, toxins and makeup were lifted away from my skin. The cleanser was removed with warm mitts, soaked in a specially formulated toner concentrate containing witch hazel and aloe vera. All products are removed in this manner to ensure I experienced the full benefit of the next product.

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The next phase of the Journey harnessed ancient Eastern techniques to create a pressure point facial massage that worked on the Chakras throughout the body. I was transported to Tibet and felt my body enter a deep state of relaxation whilst listening to bamboo flutes and Tibetan singing bowls. The aromas of patchouli and nutmeg enveloped my senses as I was also treated to a soothing neck and shoulder massage. This is a very indulgent experience and I found it difficult to stay awake.

My next stop was Australia, as the deep vibrations of Aboriginal music and the rejuvenating aromas of eucalyptus, bergamot and tonka bean calmed my mind. This skin-friendly gel scrub combined both physical and chemical exfoliation. Ground rosehip seeds provided mild abrasion whilst a gentle pumpkin enzyme rid the skin of dead cells.

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The next step of this exciting journey featured an Ocean Rain skin drench. The sound of raindrops and crashing waves filled the room while I felt the cool pattering fingertips of the therapist as a hydrating marine mask was applied to my face. The stimulating Chlorella in the mask helps to firm and tone the skin, while aloe vera gel and lavender oil heals and repairs the skin. While my troubles floated away on the ocean waves, I was treated to a complementary mini-treatment of my choice. You can choose between an Indian Head Massage, Thai Foot Massage or Tibetan Hand Massage. This was sheer indulgence and I was in a state of bliss with my Indian Head Massage.

The final leg of the Journey took me on a safari trip to South Africa where I was treated to the soulful native choral singing and inhaled the sweet aromas of violets, lily of the valley and rose. A light moisturiser containing sodium hyaluronate and vitamin E was massaged gently into my skin. This nourished and hydrated the skin making it feel incredibly soft and smooth.

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To end this amazing experience, the therapist gave me a sachet of luxurious Overnight Skin-Booster Serum with instructions to apply before bedtime to maximize the effects of the facial treatment and extend the pampering experience. It was a truly incredible experience and I was sorry to end my ‘Journey’. My skin felt clean, refreshed and nourished and I felt enlightened and rejuvenated. I would thoroughly recommend the Face The World Holistic Facial Experience to everyone. It would be a perfect treat to pamper someone special or simply escape from the stress of daily life on a virtual holiday.