Phyt’Skin Rénov Facial – Glycolic Peel

soin_phytskinrenov_1396021797On Monday 4th September I went to the Phyt’s Training centre in Bohernabreena, County Dublin, to learn how to do the Phyt’Skin Rénov facial. Facials are very popular in the salon and the Aqua Phyts facial (introduced in January) has been a hit and the most popular choice of facial this year. I want to keep my clients interested and with winter coming, a peel is a welcome addition to the facial menu and I know clients are going to love the results.

What is a Glycolic Peel?

A glycolic peel uses a glycolic acid, which comes from sugar cane, to remove dead skin cells. It works deeper then your traditional exfoliants while also stimulating cell renewal, and the result is younger, smoother, more radiant and healthy looking skin.

1 facial a week for 4 weeks, along with a homecare kit of a day and night cream and a spf, is recommended for best results.


Who is this facial for?

This facial is very much a treatment facial, for a person that wants results. Whether it’s acne scarring, enlarged pores, uneven skin tone,dehydration, fine lines or wrinkles, this facial will work for you. Keep in mind though that it is quite an active and stimulating facial. The glycolic peel itself feels a bit like nettle stings all over your face, and I found the lotions used before (to de-grease the skin and lower its pH) and after (to remove glycolic and bring pH back up to normal) the peel a bit tingly too.

There’s a little bit of massage performed while the mask is on but if you are looking for a facial to totally relax and maybe have a little snooze during it, this is not the one for you.

How did I find the treatment?

Honestly, I loved it. I had been feeling like my skin was looking tired, dull and old lately. I even talked to my husband about Botox. But I must say, after one treatment I found my skin was a lot brighter and definitely younger looking. I did however, break out around my chin area within a couple of days, but that was to be expected as I had congestion there. It wouldn’t put me off the facial but I might choose the Aqua phyts instead if I have an occassion the same week.  I will definitely be doing more glycolic facials on myself in the near future and I’ve invested in the homecare kit which I will use over the next couple of months (botox can wait awhile longer :-p)

Before and After

Look at my happy little face 🙂

How much does it cost?

The Phyt’Skin Rénov costs €70 per facial and a course of 4 is recommended to achieve the best results.
If I were you, I’d have the facials on a *Thursday and you will get 10% off.

(*Therapeutic Thursday – 10% off facials and massage every Thursday in the salon).

As it’s a new treatment to the salon, I’m gonna do a special introductory offer….

*20% off the homecare kit: €92 instead of €115.phyts-skin-renov-creme-lecocondeclea-zoom

In the homecare kit you will get 2 moisturisers, one to use in the morning and one to use in the evening and a spf to protect your new skin from sun damage. This kit is a must  in between your facials to keep your skin in tip-top condition and to prepare it for the glycolic peel and also for maintaining the results and minding your skin when your course of facials is finished. (your skin would be more susceptible to sun damage after a peel)

So, to sum it up, the Phyt’Skin Rénov is a glycolic treatment program which combines weekly professional treatments with homecare products to deliver visible results and I would definitely recommend it.

I look forward to treating your skin to a peel soon and revealing your brighter, younger, smoother skin beneath.

Orla Kerley 🙂

*while stocks last


Hen Parties an Óir

20160513_191912On Friday the 13th May I had the pleasure of pampering a hen party over at the lodges at Waterford Castle. The Bride-to-be and her three closest friends arrived to Waterford the night before the hen festivities were to really kick off and Salon an Óir was there to provide an evening of relaxation, as well as beautifying the nails ahead of the partying.

On arrival the girls were very relaxed and ordering a take away. I set up 3 pamper stations; a massage bed in a bedroom upstairs, a pedicure bowl with exfoliant, a mask and heated booties in the sitting room and a manicure station at the kitchen table.

20160513_194437Before the girls got too excited and chatty I whisked the bride-to-be away for a relaxing PHYT’S massage. The room was dark and cosy and soft music played in the background. We couldn’t hear a sound from the girls downstairs and the bride-to-be really relaxed. I finished the massage with the sound of tingsha bells and tiptoed out of the room to begin manicures on the other girls.

Screenshot_2016-05-15-16-58-10-01In the kitchen the girls were discussing which colour of shellac they would choose and if they wanted an accent nail or not. All the girls went for pastel colours which was a perfect choice for the Summer weather and suited their spray tans beautifully.

I also set up a DIY pedicure station for the girls to use at their own leisure and this was a hit. The girls soaked, exfoliated and applied mask to their feet as well as popping on heated booties. They took turns and helped each other out and had a bit of a giggle in the process.20160513_194237-01

It was a fun evening of girly chats and pampering that I thoroughly enjoyed, just as much as they did, and I look forward to heading back to the lodges at Waterford Castle for the next pamper hen party at the end of the month.

Spring is in the Air

20150326_164743_1Did you get out today? What a beautiful day. The sun was shining, the sky was  blue and there was no wind for a change!  It has been a long miserable winter but today spring was in the air and the misery of winter will soon be gone.

Well aside from the weather  it hasnt been that miserable…Christmas was an exciting time for me with our young son, Benjamin and the early part of the year brought with it more excitement again. Two birthdays in two weeks, would you believe!

The first birthday celebration was for the salon which celebrated its 1St birthday on Thursday the 21st January. The day started off with a coffee morning where all the proceeds went to the Solas Centre. In total €383 was raised which will help provide cancer support services like counselling and relaxation therapies to those affected by cancer, their families and their carers. So a huge thank you to all who supported the coffee Morning.



The afternoon of the Salons birthday saw special offers on Phyt’s facials and products. Natalia from Phyt’s, was on-hand throughout the day with skincare advice and her reveal imager digital skin scanner. All-in-all, it was a very busy and stressful lead up to a very successful 1st birthday for my salon.

The second celebration was for my own 30th birthday! I know, right! lol. I have been spoiled by my husband, my son, my family and my friends. We had a beautiful meal out in 1920’s themed dress to celebrate the end of my roaring 20’s.


So not a bad start to 2016… it has been busy and enjoyable. Fingers crossed that the weather improves soon and that the golden Spring sunshine floods through the windows of Salon an Óir not just on the once off but day after day after day.

Show and Tell


Orla Kerley, owner of Salon an Óir

Today, the 8th January, is National show and tell day so I think it’s the perfect time to show you who is behind Salon an Oir and tell you a bit about myself.

I knew from a young age that beauty was my passion and after school, went straight into training in CTI Waterford in 2004 & qualified with CIBTAC ITEC & CIDESCO in Beauty and Massage in 2006. My passion for the beauty industry is as strong today as it was all those years ago and this drives me to continuously learn new treatments and do further training.

In 2011 I got a diploma in makeup artistry from LA Makeup Academy in Dublin. Bridal Makeup is my favourite type of makeup to do. Its such an honour to be a small part of a brides big day and I absolutely love it.  Some of my work has been in magazines such as RSVP, irish weddings and  My Waterford.

More recently I have taken part in an advanced waxing course with waxlogic and Phyts natural skincare range. Although I had already got a certificate in advanced waxing years ago, it’s always good to re-train and learn new techniques. Noiren from waxlogic was so knowledgeable and I’m so excited to have her brand as well as her waxing techniques that I learned in the salon. As for PHYTS, the products and facial treatments are 5star and any client at a top day spa would be impressed with it. These training days were particularly exciting as I had chosen these brands for my own salon, Salon an Óir.

After having worked in spas for 8 years, my vision for Salon an Óir is to deliver a spa experience. From slippers to herbal teas, a heated bed to hot towels  and even pebbles on the floor to look at while your having your back massage, I like to deliver more than just the treatment you booked. As well as what I can deliver, the location delivers peace and tranquillity with the quietness of the countryside and has the wow factor with the views of the mountains and the copper coastline.

I hope clients can see and feel how much I love my job. And I’ve no doubt I’ll be learning about a new treatment or product line soon as my passion continues to drive me.


Kilfarrasy Beach, Copper Coast








PHYT’S Promotion Day – 11th June 2015


I’m delighted to now be able to offer PHYT’S 100% natural and organic facials at Salon an Óir. It’s a range that I’m passionate about because it contains no chemicals or synthetic perservstives but also because they do not test on animals and use recyclable and biodegradeable packaging, making it good for you but also good for the environment.

As well as having your professional PHYT’S treatment in the salon, I stock retail products so you can take care of your skin naturally at home inbetween your facial treatments.

On Thursday 11th June 2015 Salon an Óir will be having a promotion day where a skin consultation complete with a digital skin scan and a facial to suit your skin will be just €30! There will also be special offers on products so the perfect time to purchase your homecare products.

Looking forward to introducing you all to PHYT’S Active Organic Skincare. I have no doubt you will all fall in love with PHYT’S like I have.

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