Whilst we're hoping that the recent sunny spell wasn't both the beginning and end of our Summer (although did we ever really have a Spring?), we do feel that this change in the weather and temperature can wreak havoc with our skin. Pimples, a dull complexion and flaky skin just do not go with the clean and clear visage we aspire to. So, there's only one thing for it and that’s a good old facial. Something proper and professional to zap away and badness and promote a glowing, model-worthy face. These are our top five…
1. Veronique Simon Collagen Booster, £450 for 60 mins
The Rolls-Royce of facials comes in the shape of the Collagen Booster. It’s an advanced, age-preventative facial that will leave you looking radiant and youthful like no other. Before you balk at the price tag, we’ll just tell you that this is considered to be one of the best alternatives to Botox out there. Veronique (who has a lovely bedside manner) uses a combination of potent collagen and hyaluronic acid to rejuvenate and deeply hydrate skin and you’ll see results instantly. Whether you want to plump fine lines, target crow’s feet or just take a few years off, this is definitely the one for you.
To book, call 0207 235 0679 or visit www.simontherapie.com
2. Debbie Thomas DNA Facial at Hari's, £145 for 75 mins
Want something luxurious and relaxing that also brings results? Look no further than Debbie Thomas who works wonders on the skin thanks to her deep knowledge of skin, anti-ageing and state-of-the-art techniques. Using a mixture of 7 key skincare brands (SkinCeuticals and Valmont to name a few), the facial is totally bespoke depending on your skin’s needs at that particular moment in time and uses a mix of massage, LED light therapy and microdermabrasion to thoroughly cleanse skin and dislodge and dead skin build-up. She uses a mixture of supersonic devices but fear not, you won’t leave red faced at all. A great one to have before a party or big event.
To book, call 020 7581 5211 or visit www.debbiethomas.co.uk
3. Georgia Louise Facial, £135 for 75 minutes
When we heard that Linda Evangelista’s has her on speed-dial, we were knocking at her door. Yep, Georgia Louise is the next hot thing on the London facial circuit and once you’ve seen her you’ll understand why. She makes all her own products at home (We love the Rose Water best of all) and uses lots of pressure-point massage to awaken skin cells and revitalise the visage. Everything about this facial is heavenly – the boutique treatment room, luscious duvet and attention to detail was unbeatable (by detail, we mean the thoughtfulness of her adding a dusting of dry-shampoo to our hair line post-treatment to powder out any greasy residue leftover – WOW!).
To book, call 0207 589 9911 or visit www.georgialouise.co.uk
4. Marie Reynolds at FOUR, £100 for 60 mins
Sometimes you want something holistic, balancing and spiritual from your facial and there’s one person that’s made for the job… Marie Reynolds. Her wonderful energy and healing nature mean that you get so much more than just a skin pep-up. Expect deep massage, enriching masks and even a spot of reflexology to really lull you into total relaxation whilst working on your chakras and mood as well. What’s more, Marie gives you advice on everything from your diet to lifestyle changes that can help with your skin, mood and general well-being. You’ll just want her to be your life guru forever!
To book, call 0207 297 9600 or visit www.mariereynoldslondon.com
5. Sisley Radiance Facial at Claridges, £105 for 60 minutes
This is the time of year when skin adjusts to a change in climate and air temperature and can end up looking congested and dull. Step in the Radiance Facial which does exactly what it says on the tin. Using all their key botanical products, which are kind to even the most sensitive of skins, the facial is a god-send for fatigued faces and uses gentle massage and deep cleansing to brings a healthy glow back to the face. We defy you not to leave with an armful of those gorgeous products too…
To book, call 0207 409 6565 or visit www.claridges.co.uk