The High Altitude Chemical-Free Facial This facial is for those seeking a chemical-free treatment for cleansing, moisturizing, soothing, and protecting.
The final step is application of Combray’s patented antioxidant formulation, Combray. This facial can be used as a stand-alone treatment, or in combination with other treatments as a first or final step.
This treatment can also be used with any skin-type since oily skin is actually made oilier by excessive stripping of the skin’s natural oils using soap or alcohols, which this treatment avoids.
“High Altitude” comes from the history of being developed first for the dry, harsh conditions of the ski slopes in the Western US, but of course it’s not only for high altitude conditions! It works especially well after any extended outdoor activity, since it moisturizes well, and Combray soothes sun and wind inflamed skin or after your skin has been exposed to extensive stress (e.g. after chemical peeling).
The facial begins using an “oil cleansing” method since oils act similar to soaps in dissolving and removing oil-based dirt. In fact, the ancient Romans used olive oil exclusively in place of soap. The advantage here in gentleness is that nothing strips away the skin’s natural oils, which leads to dryness and eventually more oiliness.
You may want to have a selection of oils available and leave the choice of oil to the customer. Grape seed oil is the least greasy and thinnest, while Olive oil tends to be the thickest, with Almond oil in between.
If you have scented oil that is fairly light you may combine it with Castor Oil which has a nice thick consistency since we find that, in this step, thicker oil works best for feel and longevity of the massage.
All of these should be available through your supplier but, if not, please let us know and we will be happy to find a reputable supplier in line with your spas’ needs. This facial is not only ideal for those who have recently exposed their skin to harsh outdoor conditions, but also for those desiring simply a relaxing, cleansing and rejuvenating experience using nothing harsh.
Most will experience (if they do nothing else to their skin on the day of the facial) that their skin is dewy and moisturized and should look radiant enough to go out that same day without the worry of redness or irritation. We also recommend the treatment as a follow-up post-chemical peel, which is similar in many ways to combination windburn/sunburn.
Feel free to modify, use only a step or two, or use one or more steps as an Add-on or
Cleansing Grape seed oil, Almond Oil, Olive Oil, or any other suitable oil of your choice is heated and massaged slowly and gently into the skin of the face and neck for a minimum of 5 minutes to allow it to penetrate and cleanse the pores.
Removing the oil The oil is removed by gently wiping off excess with muslin (or cotton ball or soft cotton towel), which can be followed up with a warm damp cloth or natural sponge. You will note how the muslin picks up dirt and most people are surprised at how effectively the oil acts to cleanse the skin.
The skin is as clean as if soap were used, but without stripping the natural oils from the face. Mask An all natural clay or mud mask of your choice is applied to help remove any remaining impurities.
Mask Removal The mask is removed and any residue can be cleaned away with a steamy towel or natural sponge.
Close Pores Ice-cold water should be gently pressed into the skin using your fingertips to close pores and help the skin to feel refreshed. Combray application Approximately 6 to 8 drops of Combray are applied to the face and neck, placing 1-2 drops on the forehead, massaging gently and slowly, then 1-2 drops on each side of the face, including the nose, 1-2 drops for the chin and jaw line, and 1 drop for the upper neck.
This is best done as a final relaxing facial massage step. No excess oiliness should be noticeable by look or feel after this step.