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.
When used in its purest form, gold has been proven to boost collagen production and reduce the appearance of fine lines / ©Pietro Simone Skincare
Hailed for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, gold skincare can be used to improve acne and reduce redness and sensitivity / ©Pietro Simone Skincare
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 24k 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.
Drawing upon his extensive experience and expertise, Pietro Simone has developed a comprehensive range of signature products and treatments / ©Pietro Simone Skincare
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.
Pietro Simone’s Italian Gold Facial is available exclusively at Harrods Beauty Treatment Rooms / ©Julian Broad