Is the Search for the Holy Glow over?

17 November 2010

Thanks to retouching, we are all obsessed with flawless hyper-real skin. But in reality, if you pull back the layers of airbrushing, celebrity or not, most people’s skin is imperfect. Yet, the quest for catwalk perfect skin goes on with pore reducing lasers and chemical peels to high tech foundations.

I’ve just been to visit newbie A-list facialist Sarah Chapman, who’s new High Definition Facial is designed to give fresh photo-ready skin in under an hour. And it’s all down to red LED light.

This miracle light isn’t entirely new. Makeup artists would tell me of chic and discreet offices off Harley St. that deal in ‘red light’ therapy to supermodels and celebrities. But until now, Dermatologists mainly practiced it. 

According to Sarah, LED light was first used in hospitals to heal skin after surgery. One of the side effects was glowing radiant skin; hence its use in facial treatments today. Apparently it’s perfect for ashen, lacklustre complexions like mine. Having tried it, I liken to when babies go under the light box for jaundice. They go in looking tobacco-stained and come out looking fresh as a daisy.

I found the light a little oppressive, as I’m a chronic claustrophobic, but most people I speak to find the experience like lying on a sun lounger in the Maldives. A warm orange glow envelops your face whilst you sit back and dream of Pina Colada’s. Chapman’s HD facial also consists of a mild lactic acid peel, thorough cleanse and application of her amazing Skinesis serums and masks.

I left with a tiny bit of irritation from the peel. But by the end of the day, my skin started to beam – a bit like it does after a long run. And it got better as the days went on

As research shows that more and more women are turning to bridge treatments (those that bridge the gap between facial beauty treatments and cosmetic procedures like Botox), I expect before long, we’ll all be putting at-home LED lamps on our Xmas lists. I just hope they come in Louis Vuitton prints.

The Skinesis High Definition Facial is available now and costs £130. 020 75899585

For an HD foundation fix, try Makeup For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation £27.95, available from It’s amazing!


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