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The Facial

A regular facial is a great way of sorting a specific skin problem, like spots, or just giving your skin a blast of the good stuff.

Thermage

Where? Kosmesis Skin Clinic, EBOPRAS cosmetic plastic surgeon 

Who? Karen Buglass

How much? £2,500 for a full face

The treatment: Thermage uses unique radio frequency technology to heat the deep layers of your skin. This heating stimulates your body’s natural skin renewal process, which helps to tighten existing, and form new, collagen.  This facial is not for the faint-hearted – it’s intense! It’s excruciatingly painful when the probe sends RF waves into your skin, although the pain is immediately gone thanks to technology that cools your skin down instantly. 

The results: My face was slightly puffy and red for a few hours, but lots of people have commented on how well I look and the results also got better with time. It definitely works – but I’d only recommend having it if you think that you’re hard enough.

thermage.com

Elizabeth Arden - Oxygen Blast

Where? Selected Elizabeth Arden counters 

Who? Chantelle Horton

How much? £15 for 15 minutes

The treatment: This is the only facial I’ve ever had where I’ve come out not looking like I’d either been stuck in a sauna or massaged in oil. It’s fast, and there’s no skin contact or massage involved, so it’s perfect for a lunch break or a quick perk before a night out. The therapist holds a buzzing silver pen thing over your face and what feels like cold air is lightly sprayed onto it. The gun pen blasts you with oxygen-rich serum, which plumps and brightens skin. It’s relaxing without sending you to sleep and it’s really refreshing, so good for the summer.

The results: My skin definitely felt refreshed and clean afterwards. It’s a short-term boost, so the effects had gone after a few days, but sometimes that’s all you want. Great price, too. 

elizabetharden.co.uk

Skinbreeze Skin - Rejuvenation Facial

Where? The Salon, London Bridge

Who? Zoe Birdsall 

How much? Prices start from £95 for one hour

The treatment: If you’re looking for an hour of relaxation and whale music, this is not for you. This treatment uses three bits of equipment to rejuvenate your skin, including a bright light and a vibrating stick (not as dodgy as it sounds, but it did come as a surprise). The machine was quite loud but the treatment was totally pain-free and soothing. A vitamin serum is also applied to the skin to give it a boost. 

The results: My skin was noticeably smoother and had a glow, even a few days later. 

skinbreeze.co.uk

Dermapen for Acne Scarring

Where? Chelsee Lewis – beauty facialist at Nicky Clarke

Who? Paul Giddings

How much? One session of application is £295

The treatment: I started to suffer from acne when I was 11, and although it had mostly disappeared by adulthood, I was left with scarring. This facial, described as ‘a micro needling treatment to tighten, lift and rejuvenate skin,’ claims to help reduce the impact of scarring and promote natural collagen reproduction. It basically involves laying down and having the dermapen rolled across your face for 45 minutes. It isn’t painful as such, but neither is it the most comfortable.

The results: After my first session, my skin felt a little sorer, but the results weren’t immediate. To see real results requires five or so treatments, spaced a few weeks apart. So it’s time consuming, and it’s not cheap, but in my opinion it’s really worked.

chelseelewis.co.uk/treatments

Hydra Peel Infusion Facial

Where? Linia Skin Clinic, Harley Street

Who? Victoria Portnoi 

How much? £150-£250 

The treatment: I had no idea what to expect from a Hydra Peel facial, and the word ‘peel’ alarmed me. As I was introduced to a skin doctor rather than a beautician, I realised this wasn’t going to be an ordinary facial. He explained that they were essentially going to spray vitamins onto my skin. The doctor then introduced me to a man with the most perfect skin I’ve ever seen, who did the facial. I lay down and for the next half hour, was blasted with a jet spray so forceful and cold, it was akin to being in a blizzard. Not relaxing but weirdly refreshing. The strangest thing was that my face wasn’t wet at all. 

The results: My skin felt soft and plump, and I bounced out with a spring in my step. A thoroughly bizarre, strangely uplifting experience that felt like it had done wonders for my skin for the next few days. 

naturastudios.co.uk, liniaskinclinic.com

 

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