Some of you might have heard the Tosca name before, but maybe like me, you might have only associated them with hair…
When they contacted me recently to test drive their beauty salon, I was very intrigued. Also, what girl would ever say no to some pampering? Come now. So off to their Tyger Valley branch I went.
My lovely beauty therapist, Kelsey, recommended that we do a Vitaderm Antioxidant facial which helps with the negative effects of sun damage, pollution and all that bad-for-you environmental stuff that causes premature ageing.
Vitaderm, for those who are not familiar with the product range, is a proudly South African brand which prides itself as being a “clean cosmetic”. This means they don’t use any scary stuff in their products, with a focus on natural plant extracts and essential oils and the incorporation of botanical and fruit acid actives to treat specific conditions. They also don’t use any animal derivates or do any animal testing. Love that.
Now I have a very allergy prone skin. Like VERY. So I have to admit, just the thought of a facial normally makes me break out in a sweat. But Kelsey assured me that this Vitaderm facial would be very easy & soothing on my skin and that I therefore had absolutely nothing to worry about. I was still a nervous, I won’t lie, but by the time we got to the neck & shoulder massage that’s included in the facial, I was like “Oh bring it on baby!”…
The facial kicks off with some cleansing. Kelsey started with the Vitaderm eye make-up remover and Pre-Cleanse (I was wearing some tinted moisturiser & mascara when I arrived). Then she moved on to the Vitaderm Gentle Cream Cleanser & Conditioning Toner. The Enzymatic Gel Exfoliator is applied along with a good steam session. Then she applied a Antioxidant Complex with a facial massage, before applying a Super Antioxidant Mask (and while that goes to work, Kelsey works all your tension out of those shoulders). The last two steps involve a Hydrating Serum as well as a Protectant cream and then you’re good to go.
I must say, I immediately noticed a really nice glow to my skin. Like it was all of a sudden in a really great mood. Then about 2 – 3 days later, I noticed that my skin was looking just really great in general. Like it had gotten a much needed energy boost. I didn’t experience a breakout after the facial or any allergic reactions, which I was super happy about. But remember, minor breakouts are common with facials.
I had a frank discussion with Kelsey about facials. I was like right, we don’t all have hundreds of rands every month for facials and other beauty pampering, so how does one ensure that you’re getting the most “bang for your buck”? The advice: you don’t really need to spend money on a basic facial. It’s something you can just do at home if you are beauty savvy. Rather save up a little longer and spend your money on a specialised / treatment type facial. Like the Antioxidant one I had. Basic facials are good for people who maybe want to test drive a specific product range, or who really just know they won’t bother with any skin stuff on their own…
Pricing wise though, I thought the Vitaderm options were very reasonable – basic (R195), Aromatic (R270), Purifying (R230 – this one’s great for acne prone skin) and Antioxidant (R300).
Tosca Beauty also does Nimue facials (ranging from R250 – R950) & Environ facials (ranging from R220 – R550), as well various hand & feet treatments, nails, brows & lashes (incl. lash extensions) and some treatments for the men too. All ‘n all I thought their prices were pretty good. Just as a few examples:
- Express mani (R100) / pedi (R120)
- Full set acrylic nails (R320)
- Full set Lash Extensions (R450) / fill (R200)
- Brow tint (R55) / lash tint (R75)
- Chest wax for the boys (R170)
I’d say if you’re looking for a professional yet easy-on-the-pocket beauty experience that’ll leave you feeling great, Tosca is a good one to check out.
To make a booking at their Tyger Valley branch contact them on:
- 021 914 8696 for beauty
- 021 914 1671/2 for hair
Or they also have another branch in Tableview (021 557 7879).
A big thanks to their team for looking after me so well.