Review: ESPA Tri-Active Advanced Instant Facial

We reviewed ESPA Tri-Active Advanced Instant Facial (30ml £60)

First Impressions:

A delicate frosted glass bottle with a silver lid packaged in a classically elegant ESPA box. The cream is dispensed with a pump, which delivers the perfect pea sized amount needed. It smells of fresh oranges – a lovely uplifting scent.

What’s in it:

A 3-in-1 serum, treatment oil and a revitalising essence. Combines antioxidant Macroalgae Cell and Winged Kelp Extracts with White Truffle Extract and Vitamin-C.


After cleansing, warm one or two pumps of the serum in the palm of your hands. Place your hands on both cheeks, then one hand on your forehead and one on your chin, pressing in the formula. Slide hands up your décolletage and neck, then make small upward circular movements towards your hairline. Use daily morning and night.


The effect is quite instant, as it says on the box. It is quickly absorbed and left my skin gorgeously plump and nourished, my fine lines barely there. It also picks you up psychologically as it smells so wonderfully of oranges and the serum is so light and refreshing.


Great value – the serum is very nourishing and you only need a tiny amount. It also does so much, you could get away with using it on its own without a moisturiser.

Final Verdict:

Ideal for someone whose skin dry and undernourished, but my skin is quite oily and loves it. After weeks of using it, my skin is notably smoother and more hydrated. It’s a wonderful boost every day, but you could do a course of it before a wedding or special event.


Spa Likes

"Picturesque views, innovative body treatments, knowledgeable therapists, results driven skincare and small touches that surprise and delight."

Spa Dislikes

"Areas in need of a deep clean, noisy guests that spoil a calm ambience, treatments that aren’t personalised and being cold."