Last week, one particularly lucky member of Grazia Team Beauty had a much sought after appointment with Una Brennan, aka: facialist to the stars, including Sienna Miller and Laura Bailey. The delightful Una, who practises from her flat in the heart of Notting Hill is a veritable genius with an indispensable and unrivalled knowledge of absolutely everything skincare . While she favours the reknowned Skin Ceuticals products, she also told us that she likes to mix and match it up – in fact coconut oil is a particular fave of hers.
Whilst Una’s unique approach means no client will ever receive the same treatment (she examines skin and bases the treatment upon what she finds), Una is constant in her precise and professional method. My treatment, tailored towards dehydrated and blocked city-skin began with plenty of heat and extraction – cleansing, scrubs, hot water, a paraffin wax treatment and finished with plenty of post-extraction cooling and hydrating with a series of masks including a Skin Ceuticals B5 Hydrating Mask and an ice cold one which gave me (I can’t deny) the feeling of post-cocktail brain freeze.
Interestingly Una explained that our intake of water heads first to the bodies’ key organs and last the face which is why they so often get dehydrated. Who knew!? Tucked in between my masks and treatments was some seriously intense massage and gentle acupressure to clear blocked lymph flow and ease tension around the face and neck.
Post facial I have to say my skin looks so much cleaner, clearer and better hydrated. In total, and hour and 45 minutes of much needed skin TLC that only an expert like Una can give – I couldn’t recommend it more!
Una Brennan, 0207 313 9835
- Angelica Hermon