Skin Aspirations – Japanese Face Massage Review

The Japanese Face Massage at Skin Aspirations

I have well and truly fallen off the Blogtober Challenge wagon these past few days.

Unfortunately, I ended up in the hospital with a bad bacterial infection that they suspect is pneumonia and so am feeling really under the weather. Oh, how I wish I could be back at Skin Aspirations being pampered this week – I could definitely do with another massage!

*Image taken by Moni_du_monde in London Borough of Chelsea & Kensington*

Simona invited to me to try out the new Japanese Face Massage treatment that she has launched in her Chelsea treatment studio. I’ve only had a facial once before and loved it so jumped at the chance to try another one. Also, as you may know, I am obsessed with everything Japan so this sounded right up my street!

I arrived on a particularly cold and wintery feeling evening, walking the short distance from South Kensington tube station in the awful rain! Simona welcomed me into her beautiful and calming treatment room and immediately I forgot about the crappy weather!

Skin Aspirations - Japanese Face Massage Review - Chelsea, London

On her site, the Japanese Face Massage is described as:

“The Japanese Face Massage aims to rejuvenate the face, preventing and reducing the impact of the ageing process. It visibly improves the appearance of the skin, provides brightness and a more uniform tone, reduces eye bags, prevents and reduces wrinkles. Japanese Face Massage is also known as the “facelift without surgery.”

This definitely had me intrigued! Like so many other women my main problem area on my face is my double chin. So I was hoping the treatment might help with that stubborn pouch.


Skin Aspirations - Japanese Face Massage Review - Chelsea, London

Once I was comfortable Simona went through any pre-existing health conditions I might have. Then we discussed my skin type and what I would like to achieve from the facial. I explained about the ‘chin thing’ and she suggested that my chin be the main focal point of my Japanese Face Massage.

Simona gave me a glass of fresh, cool water before leaving the room.

The room itself is cosy and inviting – and decorated in a clean and sophisticated but pretty way.

I got undressed, wrapped myself in a towel and made myself comfortable on the massage bed. The heated blanket underneath me was the perfect touch – so relaxing.

The Massage

The treatment started with a relaxing leg and body rub down which helped me feel comfortable and warm. The main focus area is, of course, the face, but the neck and upper chest area are also worked on.

Simona had suggested that as the massage is supposed to be quite invigorating. And that because it has a mix of fast and slow hand movements it would not be too relaxing. However, the combination of the massage, the lovely background music and the warm bed definitely had me snoozing!

It was an unusual feeling at first – the varying speeds and movements – especially along my sensitive jawline. I soon got used to it though. And the different speed levels are essential as they help to remove dead cells and to encourage elastin and collagen production.

The Japanese Face Massage also works on acupressure points to achieve a balance. I’m a fan of reflexology which is another ‘reflex’ therapy similar to acupressure and which does similar just on the feet.

Skin Aspirations - Japanese Face Massage Review - Chelsea, London

After the Massage

I have to admit to being a little embarrassed that I fell asleep (pretty sure I was snoring too!) however Simona wasn’t phased. She said it was a sign that the face massage was more relaxing than expected.

Afterwards, I dressed and took down some notes on the treatment. I felt so relaxed and refreshed – much less stressed than I had been when I had left the office!

When I peeked in the mirror to see if I could notice any difference and I’ve got to admit I was surprised!

I hadn’t really expected a visible difference in my face however my chin was instantly less noticeable and my skin looked plump. Particularly around my cheekbones, you could see a difference too. My face was so lovely and soft and bright too!

Skin Aspirations - Japanese Face Massage Review - Chelsea, London

Would I go back?

I would definitely go back and would love to try some of Simona’s other treatments. A massage is always a luxurious treat but if I could afford it I’d get this one done every week!

You can see more of the treatments on offer at Skin Aspirations here and you can find them on Instagram here.



This post was in collaboration with Skin Aspirations – I received a free treatment in exchange for an honest review on the blog

Skin Aspirations - Japanese Face Massage Review - Chelsea, London

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  • Reply lexieanimetravel October 16, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Wow what a lovely experience that you have, every japanese face massage is absolutely interesting to try, I never had one though but I would love to. thanks for you honest opinion. Would love to know Simona’s other treatments as well why not I would let my Aunt try it.

  • Reply Helene October 17, 2017 at 9:18 am

    So jealous! I love massages of all kinds:) You definitely deserved to be pampered though!:) Sounds like an amazing treatment! I had one in Shanghai that was similar, my face felt so smooth afterwards… I coudln’t stop touching it and that of course kind of defeated the purpose haha:P

  • Reply Travelquartz October 17, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    This is such a nice information for anyone looking for relaxation in London. Massage is much needed especially in blogtober lol. I hope you are feeling fine now. Glad you took time out to pamper yourself. Thai massage are so famous I gotta try out Japanese massage next time.

  • Reply Tyra October 17, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Oooweee I’m laying in my bed now wishing I can have a facial before going to sleep. It sounds like you had a relaxing time. I’m super jealous. I had only one facial massage in my life, and like Helene I kept touching my face admiring how soft my skin was. I love massages. I haven’t tried Japanese massages, but so far, my favorite massages are the ones in Bali.

    I’m glad you took the time to relax this month, it’s been super busy. Get some rest and Get well soon!

  • Reply Clare October 17, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Facials are so relaxing, I’ve not had many but every time I have one I think I must have them more often. Never heard of a Japanese facial before but it sounds delightful 🙂

    • Reply bettertogetherhome October 17, 2017 at 6:00 pm

      They definitely are relaxing – I wish I could have one every week!

  • Reply Michael October 17, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    That sounds like a fantastic experience. Re: Blogtober. Unfortunately life sometimes gets in the way of all good intentions. Get well soon.

  • Reply Digital Travel Guru October 18, 2017 at 3:13 am

    OMG this sounds LUSH – can we go and have this done after blogtober? I also love reflexology and have done a few courses on it We should book in a pampering session soon. I am in desperate need LOL Loved your photos.

  • Reply Rhian Westbury October 18, 2017 at 8:22 am

    I am sorry to hear that you’ve been ill, I hope you start to feel better. This facial/ massage sounds lovely, I love getting treatments done x

  • Reply Aditi October 18, 2017 at 9:32 am

    I am crazy about a good face, back and foot massage. I always fall asleep during facials too. Bet you must have had an amazing one.. and are ready to take on the second half of Blogtober – rejuvenated 😉 Cheers!!

  • Reply Cal at Family Makes October 18, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    So sorry to hear you’ve been so poorly. No wonder you are hankering after another of these massages- it sounds amazing! Hope you can treat yourself again soon.

  • Reply Kaz | Ickle Pickles Life and Travels October 18, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Oh how wonderful does this sound? I think it shows how relaxing it was if you fell sleep! Kaz x

  • Reply Zena's Suitcase October 19, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    It must have been an amazing treatment if you fell asleep! I would definitely try this massage

  • Reply Lucy | Real Mum Reviews October 21, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Ha ha I love that you fell asleep!! Shows that it was definitely relaxing!!

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