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We were invited to try the revolutionary anti-ageing effects of the Italian Gold Facial for ourselves.
By Kim Ayling | October 22 2020
Pietro Simone has long been celebrated as the skincare genius behind the coveted glow seen on the skin of celebrities around the world. Now, with the exclusive launch of the Italian Gold Facial complete with 24-carat gold leaf, Pietro is bringing a revolutionary level of luxury skincare to the Harrods beauty treatment rooms.
Drawing upon his extensive experience and expertise, Pietro Simone has developed a comprehensive range of signature products and treatments, all designed to unleash your skin’s true potential. Guided by his philosophy that ‘our skin is the theatre of life’, Pietro’s formulas combine extensive scientific research with ancient skin traditions to delay the aging process for clients of any age.
Far from being a frivolous gimmick, gold can yield amazing results when used on the skin – most notably in reducing the signs of aging. When used in its purest form, gold has been proven to boost collagen production and reduce the appearance of fine lines, as well as visibly lift and firm the skin. Gold’s antioxidant properties are also known to protect against free radicals which, to those not in the know, are the molecules responsible for premature aging.
However, gold is not just an anti-aging miracle ingredient, and can also work wonders on other skin concerns. Hailed for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, gold skincare can be used to improve acne and reduce redness and sensitivity. In other words, when used correctly by a trained professional, gold can be effective in virtually any skin concern.
Available exclusively at Harrods, the bespoke Italian Gold Facial begins with an in-depth skin analysis. During this, Pietro will personally assess the makeup of your skin, as well as your age and skin concerns to decide on the direction of the facial. For example, younger skin may not need as vigorous a massage, whereas more mature skin can handle a stronger treatment.
Next is an intensive cleansing and a stimulus point lymphatic massage, designed to encourage the movement of lymph fluids and remove toxins from the facial tissue. Following this, Pietro Simone’s signature organic cotton methodology is put to work, using thread woven with gold powder to gently exfoliate and renew the epidermis (the outermost layer of skin).
After this comes the highlight of this bespoke facial: the 24-carat gold activation peel, designed to stimulate skin renewal and increase radiance. Sheets of gold leaf are delicately placed across the face before being gently massaged into the skin to ensure the gold can work its magic. Following the activation peel, Pietro Simone’s signature dry massage is performed to deeply rejuvenate the connective tissue and boost blood circulation around the face.
Although most of the treatment is incredibly relaxing, some elements aren’t for the faint-hearted – as is the case with any facial that offers serious results. The dry massage, for example, leaves no inch of the face or neck untouched and teeters on the edge of rough.
However, rest assured that thanks to his 20 years of experience and the detailed pre-facial assessment, Pietro will never push the boundary of what your skin can handle. Where he feels that skin needs a gentler touch, the Prestige Oil from the Prestige Collection will be used to minimize friction and reduce the strength of the massage.
The results of the Italian Gold Facial are apparent immediately: pores are almost invisible and the skin feels plumper and brighter, with an enviable dewy glow. Over the next few days, it’s vital to keep your skin nourished, so plenty of moisturizer is recommended.
The Pietro Simone Italian Gold Facial is available exclusively at Harrods for $620.