There’s a lot I love about London like the city never being short of amazing facialists and salons, but a downside? The chaos and stress that accompany even the most simplest of journeys which threatens to destroy every bit of calm achieved from a facial when you’re travelling back home. Now that’s where professional facialist Dija Ayodele comes in with her Facials By Dija service – Dija is a great friend of mine and is one of the few people I turn to for skincare advice as her experience and extensive knowledge is next to none, so when she recently visited my home following the launch of Facials By Dija, an affordable and accessible mobile facial service excited would be an understatement to describe my reaction!
Dija couldn’t have come to rescue my skin at a better time; getting adjusted into postgraduate studies, being a little reckless and indulging in one too many white chocolate cookies left my skin inflamed and breaking out across the cheeks, jawline and chin – the classic effects of glycation, so Dija did a facial that was thoroughly cleansing yet also gentle and hydrating which is exactly what my out of control skin needed. There was an informative consultation, some steaming and definitely some extraction involved, but what I particularly loved was how Dija used products from a number of brands so that meant Aurelia Probiotic Skincare for cleansing and moisturising, Antonia Burrell for exfoliating, Sisley for detoxing and hydrating and S5’s Purity Serum as a treatment for my blemishes. This is a completely different approach in comparison to most salons where the therapist will strictly use products from a single skincare line which doesn’t always ensure you get the best results. Moreover, Dija didn’t stop with using products across different brands, she even gave me a facial massage with a bespoke oil blend she concocted using lavender, lemongrass and bergamot essential oils.
I always leave facials at least a week before an important event as they have a way of breaking me out (the whole it’ll get worse before it gets better mantra applies) but a day after Dija‘s facial and my skin was calmer, less inflamed and heading towards a clearer direction. And if an amazing facial wasn’t enough, Dija followed up to see how my skin was faring and gave me some advice on making sure my skin improved “increase your water intake and you could take supplements of vitamin A, zinc and full spectrum omega oils to boost your skin’s ability to heal itself. A healthy diet full of greens and low GI foods will also contribute to overall health”.