By Best Self Managing Editor: Laura J. Downey
I just love visiting The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. As soon as I check in at the spa counter, I begin to feel at ease. But what helps me to not think about the day’s stressors is when the spa associate comes over, takes my shoes and gives me rubber sandals to put on as a symbol of me leaving behind the outside world and preparing to experience a peaceful journey with the brand, its staff, and the O2 Awakening Facial I was about to receive.
It was easy for me to slip deeper into a state of relaxation with a cup of tea. I was offered a peach and mint blend that was divine. From there, I cozied up in one of the relaxation room chairs and waited for my esthetician, Angela Gorham, to call my name. Once I heard, ‘Ms.Downey’ being called, I immediately put down the tea and headed back to the room to begin the service.
I travel a lot so the O2 Awakening Facial was just what my face needed. The oxygen from the treatment helps combat pollutants and nasty toxins. Angela asked me what I wanted to get from this facial and I told her I wanted to leave glowing and obviously, I wanted to leave those gross contaminants behind. With the Natura Bissé products and Angela’s 23 years of experience—nine of those years at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta—I felt safe.
The treatment started off with Angela cleansing, toning and exfoliating my skin. From there, she applied the Oxygen Concentrate from Natura Bissé to my face, neck and décolleté. This was followed by a facial massage using the Spanish brand’s Oxygen Cream. Afterward, an Oxygen Finishing Mask was applied to my face. While the mask was setting in, Angela gave me a very soothing hand and arm massage. Then, the mask was removed and a toner, Oxygen Cream and Eye Cream were applied.
Although this facial did not include extractions, it still worked to clean and hydrate and my skin while giving it that glow that I desired. When the service was completed, Angela told me that I need to hydrate a lot more. She also mentioned that I should apply products to my neck as well since it’s an area that often gets ignored but shouldn’t. Her recommendation to me was to use an antiaging cream on my neck because it has wrinkles. I never thought I would have a not-so-young-looking neck at 39, but it just goes to show that time slows down for no one.
Overall, I received the desired results I wanted, which was glowing skin free of impurities.Everything from Angela’s attention to detail to the luxurious products used on my face made me feel special. If you’re in need of some extra TLC, visit The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta and get the O2 Awakening Facial. It will breathe life into your face and revitalize you in more ways than one.
Details: 404.995.7500. 3376 Peachtree Rd. NE., Atlanta, GA 30326. mandarinoriental.com/atlanta
50-minute O2 Awakening Facial, $160; 80-minute O2 Awakening Facial, $210 (prices increase by $20 if the treatment takes place Friday through Sunday)
As with any skin care regimen, consistency is the key to overall good results. A consistent daily regimen of cleansing, moisturizing and protection against the sun is a must. Also, don’t forget to get your skin screened in support of good health and skin cancer awareness month.