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Roadtest: DMK Enzyme Facial

Laura Peppas

After having a baby, one of the first things to take a hit is your skin.

Along with sleep deprivation, sore breasts and shedding hair, it’s the gift that keeps on giving, right?

Since having my daughter a year ago, I’ve certainly noticed more dryness around my forehead, along with fine lines and pigmentation.

Basically, my skin has felt in need of a massive overhaul for a while—but given most procedures are time-consuming, invasive or costly, I didn’t quite know where to start.

I’d been hearing good things about enzyme facials for some time, with many celebrities swearing by them. Essentially, the main purpose of an enzyme facial is to detoxify all the “nasties” out of your skin using your own lymphatic system.

In the form of a mask, the treatment is non-invasive and designed to remove dead protein cells from the surface of the skin without peeling it, meaning you can walk away with better looking skin on the spot.

That’s why when Le Beaute Lounge in Bruce approached HerCanberra to try their enzyme facial by paramedical skincare brand DMK, it took roughly three seconds for me to put my hand up. I’d happily “take this one for the team.”

When I arrived at Le Beaute Lounge, an impressive space that was expanded and renovated two years ago, I was asked to fill out a form detailing my skincare routine, any specific concerns and general health. My lovely therapist then took me to a dimly lit room with relaxing music, where I was walked through the details of what was about to happen to my skin.

I quickly learned the enzyme facial by DMK is not your average facial. Unlike relaxation spa facials, which work topically on the surface of the skin, the DMK enzyme facial works on improving the internal structures and functions of the skin, improving the skin’s ability to function by dissolving dead cells and impurities trapped within the skin. This in turn restores vital cellular nutrition and oxygenation, required for cellular regeneration.

At its core, the facial stimulates collagen production, restores structural integrity back to the skin, and is suitable for a wide range of conditions such as aging skin, sun damage, acne, rosacea and pigmentation or for those who want healthy, vibrant skin for as long as possible.

After cleansing my skin, my therapist gently applied the enzyme mask, which stays on for roughly 45 minutes to let it work its magic.

The mask sets hard after a few minutes, making it hard to talk, but it’s more of an excuse to sit back and relax. While the mask was setting, I was given an arm, hand, foot and leg massage. Bliss.

Around the 30-minute mark, I experienced a pulsating feeling on the skin, which I was told is the lymphatic vessels pumping fresh blood and therefore oxygen into the tissue; helping to stimulating collagen production and removing dead cell build up.

Towards the end of the treatment, the mask starts to get slightly itchy, but apart from that it’s not uncomfortable, and the massage helps to take your mind off it. If you’re claustrophobic, I would recommend you discuss the process with your skin care specialist before having the treatment, because it does feel quite tight. It never became unbearable for me, though.

After the mask was gently washed off, my therapist applied a collection of hand-picked finishing products including fluids, serums, mists and nourishing creams tailored to suit my skin. I was told to think of it like eating; you can’t be healthy from eating one food group, in the same way your skin can’t be its best from only applying one cream.

After the treatment, I checked the mirror and expected what happens with most facials—my skin feels good but my face is a blotchy mess. I was surprised to find for the first time I didn’t even need makeup. My skin was literally glowing (see photo taken straight after the treatment for proof!)

Although I noticed a massive difference from the first treatment, DMK recommends three to five treatments—depending on your skin—to see the full results.

The day after the treatment, I experienced a tiny amount of flaking but nothing noticeable—by the next day, all signs of flaking had gone and my skin felt smooth and plump. I also didn’t break out in pimples, which often occurs with other facial treatments due to my sensitive skin.

I am now a firm believer that this is the treatment for those who want an immediate skin overhaul in a non-invasive, natural way. I finally feel like I have my pre-baby skin back—or dare I say it, even better. I’ll be back.

the essentials 

What: DMK Enzyme Facial
Where: Le Beaute Lounge, 56/1 Braybrooke Street, Bruce
How much: From $150 for a one-hour treatment
Web: lebeautelounge.com.au

This review complies with the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission’s guidelines on Online Reviews. The author received their treatment free of charge from Le Beaute Lounge.

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Laura Peppas

Laura Peppas is HerCanberra's senior journalist and communications manager and is the Editor of Unveiled, HerCanberra's wedding magazine. She is enjoying uncovering all that Canberra has to offer, meeting some intriguing locals and working with a pretty awesome bunch of women. Laura has lived in Canberra for most of her life and when she's not writing fervently she enjoys pursuing her passion for travel, reading, online shopping and chai tea. More about the Author

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