Review – Crystal Clear Aesthetic Skincare Clinic

I was gifted a voucher for a Dermalogica Core Skin Treatment at the Crystal Clear Aesthetic Skincare Clinic and went for the amazing facial a couple of weeks ago.  I was so impressed with the treatment, I mentioned my experience in my ‘Friday Favourite #8’ blog post.

In today’s blog post I will be telling you a bit more about my experience at Crystal Clear Skincare Clinic and what I learned about my skin.

When I arrived at Crystal Clear Skincare Clinic I was welcomed by both my therapist and the owner, Marisha Pawlak.  Faaizah (my therapist) and Marisha were so friendly and showed me to the room where I received my facial.  First off, I was totally surprised to see a fabulous La-Z-Boy recliner chair in the room so I quickly changed into a wrap-around towel because I couldn’t wait to sit back in the chair.  When Faaizah entered the room, I was already relaxing in my recliner.  She then helped me put my feet up in the recliner, tied my hair back and wrapped a headband around my head.

As mentioned in my previous blog post, this was the absolute best facial I have ever received (and I’ve been for quite a few facials in my day).  Faaizah started with removing my mascara by using the Dermalogica Precleanse.  She then continued to double cleanse and exfoliate my skin using Dermalogica products and a special steamer.  The steamer blows steam on your face while the therapist is applying and massaging the products into the skin (all while you are laying back in the recliner chair) – it felt amazing!  I will honestly go back just to get my face steamed again!  The steam opens up the pores – this process ensures the pores are deep cleaned and also increases the overall health of the skin.  She then started with extractions, and these were not as painful as I had anticipated (more uncomfortable).  I had a few blocked pores on my forehead area, so those are the only extractions Faaizah did on me.  She then followed up with a masque and while the mask was setting, she gave me the most incredible neck and shoulder massage – it really relaxed me to the point where I aaaaaalmost fell asleep.  After about 10 – 15 minutes, the mask was removed and my skin was toned & moisturised.

Words cannot describe how relaxing the whole experience was for me, especially since work had been quite stressful in the weeks prior to my appointment.

OK, so whilst Faaizah was giving me the facial – she spoke to me about my skin, what I need to change in my skincare routine, and which Dermalogica products she suggests.  She wrote all of this down on the Dermalogica Face Mapping skin analysis page, which I got to take home with me.  So here are some things I learned from her:

♥  I have dehydrated combination skin – there is a difference between dehydrated skin and dry skin.  Someone with combo (and even oily) skin can have dehydrated skin because it has nothing to do with the amount of oil your skin products, this is all about how much moisture / hydration / water your skin contains.

♥  Drinking lots of water to help treat dehydrated skin, will not help because even though your skin is an organ, the water that you drink goes to all your internal organs first.  So you need to hydrate the skin externally using skincare products specially formulated for this skin type.

♥  It is always best to double cleanse the skin – double cleansing can mean using a cleansing balm / cleansing oil / makeup remover wipe and following that up with washing the face.  OR it can also mean just washing your face with the same product twice.  Double cleansing ensures that all traces of makeup, oil and dirt is removed from the skin.

♥  Using a toner will balance out the skin, no matter what skin type you have (just make sure the toner is suited to your specific skin type).  A toner will also remove any excess oil and prep the skin for your serum or moisturiser.

♥  Using an eye cream is essential – eye creams are formulated specifically for the delicate eye area.  Using a normal face moisturiser could cause irritation, dryness and redness, especially  if you are applying a lotion for oily / combo skin to that area.  The under eye area is delicate and tends to be more on the dry side (even if you have aforementioned skin types), so applying a mattifying / oil-controlling lotion will definitely dry it out.

I was totally spoilt by Merisha and Faaizah and received quite a few samples (suited for my skin type), I have been using these samples quite religiously.  I have stuck to only using the Dermalogica products on my skin because I wanted to really see if using only these products would change the appearance of my skin.

After finishing up almost all of the samples I received, I am proud to say – I am a total Dermalogica convert and will be purchasing the full-sized products.  My skin was going through a pretty bad phase during the time I went to Crystal Clear Skincare Clinic and ever since I had my facial and used the Dermalogica products, my skin has improved quite significantly.  I still get the occasional hormonal breakout but during my ‘normal phases’, my skin looks really good (I even leave the house without any makeup on from time to time!).

I am by no means telling you to go out and buy only Dermalogica products, and if the skincare products you are currently using are working for you – then great!  But I do suggest going for a Dermalogica facial – you will leave there feeling refreshed, relaxed and rejuvinated!

I would like to thank Crystal Clear Aesthetic Skincare Clinic for the amazing treatment they gave me – I’ll be back soon!

To book an appointment at Crystal Clear Aesthetic Skincare Clinic, check out their website here.



  1. Em Cameron 13 January 2014 / 16:54

    Wow, I love the sound of this beauty salon! The recliner chair has me sold, I’ll be making an appointment with Crystal Clear soon.

    Thanks, Luzanne. x

  2. Lauren Henderson 13 January 2014 / 17:47

    I agree, Dermalogica products are the best!!!!!!!! I have been a Dermalogica fan for a couple of years now and there are specific products that I will never replace with another brand.

    Do yourself a favour and purchase the full size products, they last for sooo long. 😀

  3. Bronwyn 13 January 2014 / 21:46

    The facial and skin analysis I had at Dermalogica last year were amazing and helpful. I wish I could afford the products! My precleanse sample lasted weeks, but I think the body shop cleansing oil is very similar so I’ve been using that since it finished. I would invest in the daily microfoliant and a serum if I ever had the spare cash :)

    • Luzanne 14 January 2014 / 18:04

      I really enjoyed the precleanse samples they gave me – mine is almost finished now, so I’m starting to make a list of all the products I need / want to go purchase.

      Microfoliant is AMAZEBALLS, I can’t get enough of that stuff! That one is TOP of my list. :)

      At least you have your new Clinique goodies, they should keep you busy for a while. 😉

  4. Lily 13 January 2014 / 23:22

    Wow!! Sounds like it was such a wonderful experience! Our Ulta actually offers Dermalogica facials and such, I am so tempted to book one now! I wonder if the experience is somewhat like yours…hmmm? Thhey are having a 35% off sale for the month of January, so I am really considering it. I think your post just gave me that extra push to go ahead with it. I’ve never really had a facial before, so I’m super curious and excited! Thank you for sharing your experience with us! <3

    • Luzanne 14 January 2014 / 18:02

      It was seriously amazing, Lily! I can’t wait to go again! :)

      You should totally go, ESPECIALLY now since it’s 35% off at Ulta! If you decide to go, let me know how it was. xxx

  5. Anna 14 January 2014 / 07:32

    Very interesting review. I also have a combination dehydrated mature skin. Maybe I am using wrong products

    • Luzanne 14 January 2014 / 17:59

      Thanks, Anna – I would suggest going for something like this, where the Beauty Therapist can tell you exactly what your skin needs. :)

  6. Clara Dinkelmann 14 January 2014 / 11:15

    I’ve always wondered if Dermalogica products are worth the hype but now you have confirmed it for me. I’ll go for a Face Mapping skin analysis and see what products they suggest to me.

    Thanks, Luzanne.x

    • Luzanne 14 January 2014 / 18:00

      Great stuff! So glad I gently twisted your arm – haha! 😉

  7. Zahira M 14 January 2014 / 18:08

    I love the Dermalogica facials! I used to go for them more often but now you have encouraged me want to go for 1 again.

    My skin has definitely changed since the last time I had a facial, so will get the face mapping done too.

    Thanks, Lu!

  8. Sibahle 15 January 2014 / 05:56

    I’ve never heard of this beauty salon before. I’ll definitely make time and get my facial as well :-)

    • Luzanne 16 January 2014 / 08:32

      It’s seriously an amazing little salon, Sibahle – if you live in the area, try to go for a facial there. :)

  9. Tjoppie 16 January 2014 / 09:57

    Sounds like you had a lovely experience. I know I also have a dehydrated mature skin. Don’t like drinking water too much, but I am going to try this year to drink more water, especially in this hot weather we are experiencing at the moment!

  10. Tammy Perry 18 February 2014 / 09:55

    Sjoe just reading your review makes me want to go get a facial!! I think it is also important to know what your skin type is so that you can use the correct products! Getting a face map done sounds like a great plan!! Thanks for sharing! XX

    • Luzanne 18 February 2014 / 15:05

      Exactly, it’s very important to know your skin type and how you should take care of it. Crystal Clear is a great salon, and Dermalogica facials are the BOMB! 😉 x

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