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The Best Facials in London


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The Best Facials in London

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Relaxing, effective, luxurious; these treatments are everything a facial should be…

There are few feelings as wonderful as walking out of a facial sans make-up and glowing so much that your friends ask if you’ve been on holiday. No matter how many times you watch a Gankin Massage tutorial on Youtube, you simply can’t beat the skilled touch of a trained professional, but as with anything, not all treatments are made equal. We’ve got the lowdown on where to get the best facial fix in the capital; for first-timers, radiance-seekers, glow-getters, and facial-veterans, these are the finest treatments in London.

Bespoke Facial at Re:lax

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In just an hour Katie’s fingers work your face into a hydrated, clean, glowing masterpiece. The holistic skin-care specialist has a long list of impressive credentials that assure you that your skin is in good hands; Katie is a trained massage therapist, reflexologist, aromatherapist and facialist, of course. Rather than the traditional menu list, treatments are person-centric and decided upon after a friendly consultation in the tranquil studio. The facial itself is conducted on a heated massage bed (that you’ll want to take home with you) and include a deep cleanse, custom mask, her signature lymphatic massage as well as more modern techniques like LED light therapy – all using natural, ethical products from luxury brands like Pai, Skin + Tonic and Haeckels. Post-facial, Katie takes the time to sit down with you and offer some insight into the mysteries of your skin, how you can improve your skincare routine and what lifestyle changes should be on your agenda. Before you leave, make sure to book in your next appointment – chances are you’ll become regular after the first session. BOOK IT NOW: 60-minute Bespoke Facial for £80; relax-ldn.com

111CRYO Rejuvenation Facial at Harrods Wellness Clinic

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Thought cryotherapy was just for the body? Think again. Once the sole remit of the sporting elite, the increasingly popular treatment sees the body exposed to below-freezing temperatures, proven to aid with an impressive roster of health concerns. Among the benefits are increased collagen production, anti-ageing and improved circulation – so it naturally followed that the clever people at 111Skin developed a state-of-the-art cryotherapy facial. The targeted treatment applies -30°C cooled air and pure CO2 to the face to rejuvenate and revive the skin, in between luxurious creams, tinctures and massages that are tailored to your individual needs – all in the ultra-h treatment rooms complete with heated beds, calming low lights and chilled music to boot. The cryotherapy element is not as terrifying as it sounds – you quickly get used to the cold feeling, and the only minor winces occur when the cryo-wand hits a part of the face that is especially dehydrated (if anything, a reminder of how important it is to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!). Plus, it’s all worth it when you emerge from the haven that is Harrods Wellness Clinic visibly refreshed and serene, with that ‘can’t-quite-put-my-finger-on-it’ ethereal glow. The sense of calm may not last past the shop floor, but this brilliant facial’s effects certainly will. BOOK IT NOW: 60-minute Signature Cryotherapy Rejuvenation Face Treatment for £250; harrods.com

Aveda Facial at Gina Conway Salon Spa

Aveda Facial at Gina Conway Salon Spa

Walking inside the Elys Salon on Wimbledon Hill Road for your pre-booked facial (a must-do because they get booked up weeks in advance), you might not expect it to be one of the most relaxing, easy going experiences due to its busy location. But it so is. The Gina Conway Spa sits atop a small staircase and the spa area itself, another level up, is an intimate haven far away from the bustle of the high street. A 60-minute facial using Aveda’s luxurious products is an utter after-work treat. Relax as layer after layer of soft product is glided gently over your face along with refreshing hot towels and light exfoliation (not necessarily for everyone – before starting, your therapist will give you a form to fill out stating what you’d like to get out of the session). From the stress relieving head massage to the post-facial shoulder rub, the team here go above and beyond to make sure you leave with a fully relaxed body and mind and with a smile on your face. PLUS: Book in for a blowdry by Vicente so that when oil gets in your hair from the facial (worth it), you’ll leave with a sleek hair-do, too. BOOK IT NOW: Aveda 60-minute Facial for £93; Blowdry from £35; ginaconwaysalons.co.uk

Vitamin Infusion Facial at Seed to Skin

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This is one for those who like to know that what’s going on their face is as natural as possible; Seed to Skin is centred around a harmonious marriage between all-natural ingredients and advanced science. The products are all handcrafted within a state-of-the-art laboratory on their Tuscan Borgo Santo Pietro Estate that dates back to 1129. Alongside effective products, the acclaimed skincare brand offers luxury facials – if you know where to look. Hiding in plain sight on Liberty’s busy beauty floor, make your way to the Seed to Skin counter where your facialist will be waiting to take you upstairs to Liberty’s secluded beauty rooms. Once inside, an in-depth consultation puts any wariness about sensitive skin at ease, before you relax onto the table and succumb to the magic touch of the facialist. The menu of treatments makes it hard to choose just one, but The Vitamin Infusion is its pièce de résistance, and perfectly exemplifies the brand’s science-nature focus. Using cutting edge skin therapy involving a light electrical field, face mapping, a little tingly feeling, and more things that we don’t quite understand but can definitely vouch for, the natural serums penetrate deeper into the skin allowing for enhanced results and a face that’s visibly plumped, smoothed and with fine lines reduced. For a treatment more geared towards hydration specifically, the Black Magic facial incorporates a unique oxygen therapy to leave you with a post-holiday glow sans the sun damage. BOOK IT NOW: 60-minute Vitamin Infusion Facial for £175; [email protected]

The Valmont Facial at Hotel Café Royal

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Piccadilly Circus is an onslaught to the senses, which is why the presence of Akasha spa is so unexpected – blink once and you may even miss its inconspicuous entrance. Once taken down in a lift to the subterranean spa, you’ll feel yourself enveloped in a cocoon of serenity, the hordes of tourists all but a distant memory. To pair the relaxation with skin rejuvenation, opt for the new Valmont Purity Facial (or any Valmont treatment for that matter) where you’ll melt into a pleasantly heated massage bed as a skilled therapist applies all the potions and solutions necessary for long-lasting effects and a holiday-without-the-holiday glow. In no fewer than 12 steps that include pre-cleansing and extraction if necessary, the Valmont products are delivered deep into the layers of the skin, oxygenating and detoxifying to improve circulation. Finally, a cooling collagen mask is applied to help smooth, plump and reduce fine lines. If the weather has your skin looking a little dull and lacklustre, the Valmont Purity Facial is the perfect pick-me-up. After your treatment, spend a few hours (or the whole day) lying prostrate in various areas of the spa, whether that’s the hammam, sauna, steam, jacuzzi, meditation room, relaxation area, or Akasha’s pièce de résistance; an 18m dimly lit pool surrounded by daybeds. As with any cocoon, you’ll emerge from a Valmont Facial at Akasha a whole new person, rejuvenated and sporting a youthful radiance, baby soft skin…  BOOK IT NOW: 60-minute Valmont Purity Facial for £175; [email protected]; 60-minute Valmont Energy Facial for £187; whiteroombeauty.com

     

Hydrafacial at Epilium & Skin

Epilium & Skin

Every 15 seconds, somewhere in the world a HydraFacial is performed; the beauty phenomenon has a celebrity following and a long list of devout advocates – and Epilium & Skin know how to do it best. Although more clinical than calming,  you can expect to walk out with touchably smoother skin and a long-lasting glow. Describing itself as ‘a high-tech facial that delivers consistent results’, the Hydrafacial is a deep pore cleansing treatment that consists of cleansing, detoxifying, extracting and hydrating – it’s a comprehensive, all-in-one crowd-pleaser suitable for all skin types.The highlight of the facial is a vortex extraction (not as scary as it sounds, we promise) where a painless but strong vacuum suction is used to remove dead skin cells and impurities from your skin. This is then followed by a vortex infusion in which all those nasties are replaced with a combination of antioxidants, vitamins, peptides and hyaluronic acid to seal in moisture and nutrients, before finally finishing the treatment off with LED phototherapy to reduce redness and further stimulate collagen production. Infinitely customisable to address specific concerns, kind to sensitive skin and a crowd favourite, the Hydrafacial is perfect for facial newbies looking to dip their toe (or face) into the wonderful world of professional skincare. BOOK IT NOW: 30-minute Hydrafacial Express for £120; epilium.co.uk

111SKIN Facial at 111 Harley St

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Harley Street is an iconic if intimidating address. One immediately thinks of London’s elite going under the knife, but in addition to surgical procedures, the clinic, founded by the acclaimed Dr Yannis Alexandrides, also offers less invasive but equally effective facial treatments. Behind its red doors is a medical but comfortable atmosphere which, while may not relax you like the typical twinkly spa music, will definitely reassure you that your face is in expert hands. Your mind is further put at ease during an in-depth consultation with your therapist. If the prognosis is dehydration, sensitivity and rosacea – laser is the answer. Definitely not as scary as it sounds, the treatment involves a gentle laser, topical peel and hydration mask. The therapist explains how the laser penetrates the superficial skin layers to encourage collagen production, cell renewal and increase cell turnover as the handheld device is guided across your face. Just a minute or two into the process, all worries about pain are firmly set aside. The laser treatment is followed by a gentle peel to slough away dead skin, and an ample application of the Repair Serum from the clinic’s beloved 111Skin skincare line. You’ll leave rejuvenated, if slightly red for an hour or so, with skin that’ll only continue to improve in the following few days. While there are no fuzzy slippers or plunge pools in sight, you’ll find yourself returning to 111 Harley Street time and time again because you can trust you’ll receive a highly-effective treatment at the hands of a skilled professional with little or no down-time required. The laser facials are definitely on the more expensive end of things at £400 a pop, but hey, skincare is an investment… BOOK IT NOW: 111SKIN Facial, price dependent on treatment; 111harleystreet.com

Signature Facial Acupuncture at Dr. John Tsagaris Clinic

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Dr Tsagaris has over 20 years’ experience in traditional Chinese medicine and human bioscience and is a pioneer in cosmetic acupuncture. So much more than just a facial, a treatment with Dr Tsagaris is a health journey. It just also happens to lead to a glowing complexion – the perfect kind of TLC if you ask me. After a thorough consultation, my skin was prepared with the SkinPointEight (his skincare brand) cleansing ritual, gentle exfoliation, skin refining scraping and followed by the bespoke SkinPointEight mask for advanced soothing and deep hydration. A combination of facial acupressure, shiatsu and a silver derma-roller Chinese tool (with no needles) alleviates muscular tension, activates facial energy channels and reduces fluid retention, allowing the nourishing actives of the mask to penetrate deeper into the skin. The energy lines on my hands and feet were energetically massaged with a green jade Gua Sha (stone scraper) and essential oils, before Dr Tsagaris performed his signature beauty acupuncture on my face and body (with painless insertion) followed by facial cupping, LED therapy and lymphatic drainage.  I felt and looked years younger – with restored energy and a plump, glowing complexion. BOOK IT NOW: 60-minute Signature Beauty Facial Acupuncture for £245; johnstagaris.co.uk NE

     

Lymphatic Rose Crystal Facial at Cloud Twelve

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Nestled down an unassuming street in the heart of Notting Hill you’ll find Cloud Twelve, a recently opened wellbeing wonderland and family-friendly members club. There are three floors, comprising of a spa, salon, nutritionally-focused brasserie and holistic wellness clinic, with facilities for families including an interactive play and learn zone for children. Located on the second floor, the beautifully-designed spa features sauna and steam rooms, a Himalayan salt room and a relaxation room, alongside treatment rooms offering everything from massages to cryotherapy. We tried the Lymphatic Rose Crystal Facial by Organic Pharmacy, a revitalising treatment designed to restore radiance. The therapist begins by talking through any skin concerns, going on to personalise the facial for each individual. During the 60-minute treatment, rose crystals are used to awaken the lymphatic system, while acupuncture massage firms facial muscles while relaxing the body at the same time. The facial begins with an antioxidant-rich double cleanse, followed by a brightening exfoliation and extraction to decongest the skin. Next up is the therapeutic masks, made with toning ingredients like rosehip oil, aloe, marigold and Vitamin C. It’s a highly relaxing and pleasant treatment, and the effects are long-lasting. You’ll leave with dewy, glowing skin, feeling rejuvenated both in body and mind. BOOK IT NOW: Lymphatic Rose Crystal Facial by Organic Pharmacy, £100 for 60-minute treatment; cloudtwelve.co.uk

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