Best facials in London
In these talented hands, there's nothing that can't be sculpted, tweaked, or subtly enhanced. So here is our list of the super facialists in London.
See: Izabela Pawlitka at Dr David Jack, 96 Harley Street, London W1G 7HY. Treatments from £250
Rumour has it that 2,000 years ago Cleopatra's flawless complexion was maintained by regular fruit and milk peels and a spot of face shaving. At Dr Jack, these methods of resurfacing and refining the skin have been modernised and perfected with their Egyptian Facial.
Izabela Pawlitka applies a fruit-based glycolic acid peel, followed by gently shaving the top layer of the skin. This allows the cocktail of vitamin and pro-collagen serums that are then applied to perfectly penetrate your skin. No wonder there's been a 40% uptake in the treatment. We'll see you in the queue.
See: Ewelina Duda at Epilium & Skin Clinic, 25-27 George Street, London W1U 3QA. Treatment from £120.
Are you troubled by tired skin, brown spots or pesky acne? Take a trip to Ewelina Dua at Epilium & Skin Clinic for her stunning HydraFacial. In essence, a deep-cleansing pore refinement, this medical-grade treatment delivers so much more: promising to cleanse, detoxify, exfoliate, extract and hydrate in just five steps.
After gently cleansing and exfoliating the skin, salicylic and glycolic acid are used to loosen debris and dirt. Patented HydraFacial Vortex technology follows to painlessly remove blackheads and impurities before the skin is infused with antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid. Finally, LED phototherapy reduces redness and stimulates collagen production for an instantly fresh finish.
See: Sana Khan at Avicenna Wellbeing, 30b Nottingham Place, London W1U 5NP. Treatments from £189.
Have a special occasion coming up? Worry about your dress later; the first item on your agenda should be booking in with skin expert and nutrition consultant Sana Kahn for her signature Red Carpet Facial.
Extractions are followed by a burst of hydrating serums before laser genesis is employed to rejuvenate the skin, simultaneously zapping sun damage, fine lines and stimulating collagen production. LED therapy (tailored to your skin type) and an antioxidant serum follow, then a slick of SPF and before you know it, you're off to the ball.
See: Aga Kopanska at Beyond MediSpa at Harvey Nichols, 125 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RJ. Treatments from £200.
For those who need a non-invasive treatment with a bit more bite, Exilis Elite targets sagging skin and wrinkles to lift, tighten and redefine effectively. With results often seen from the first treatment (that notably last a whopping six to 18 months), plus only 30 minutes of downtime, no wonder clients are queuing up to sample Ada's work.
The aesthetic expert's treatments are tailored to each specific client. Whether it's troublesome crow's feet or an undefined jawline, her expertise can target even the most stubborn pockets of fat. Collagen production is restored and encouraged, leaving skin naturally tightened and truly radiant.
See: Nurse Prescriber Verity Nolan at Dr Sophie Shotter, 10 Harley Street, London W1G 9PF. Treatment from £120.
Handpicked by the renowned Dr Sophie Shotter to join the clinic's flourishing team, Verity, an aesthetician, combines aesthetics with an impressive dermatology background, supporting patients with many different skin conditions, including acne, eczema rosacea and psoriasis.
Alongside anti-wrinkle injections, fillers and her famous HydraFacials, it's her chemical peels that have got us excited. Kiss goodbye to blemishes, wrinkles, fine lines, and uneven skin pigmentation. Suitable for anyone who wants fresher, younger, and smoother-looking skin, and post-treatment, Verity will help clients build a medical-grade skincare regime to keep their new complexion in tip-top condition.
See: Annee de Mamiel at de Mamiel Skin Clinic at the NoMad Hotel, 28 Bow Street, London WC2E 7AW. Treatments from £250
If hunching over your computer screen day in, day out is affecting not only your skin, but your state of mind, this is the treatment for you. Within the walls of the gorgeously sumptuous NoMad Hotel's presidential suite, skincare specialist Annee de Mamiel starts by cleansing your face and releasing any deep-set tension in the facial muscles and ligaments.
A Qi rejuvenation massage follows this to increase circulation and drain toxins. Finally, powerful natural antioxidants from de Mamiel's beloved skincare collection are applied to intensely hydrate the skin.
See: Evita at Dr Barbara Sturm Boutique & Spa, 125 Mount Street, London W1K 3N. Treatment from £225
Any skincare fanatic worth their salt will be up to speed on Dr. Barbara Sturm's innovative, results-driven product line. She's famous with good reason: as one of the most celebrated skin doctors globally, with a roster of celebrity clientele that's strictly A-list.
At her Mayfair clinic, all aestheticians are trained to offer the full suite of treatments, including the Signature Glow Facial; cleansing, exfoliation, and extraction to leave complexions squeaky-clean. The treatment also includes Dr. Sturm's Signature anti-ageing massage, which increases blood and oxygen flow while defining the facial muscles for an instant, sculpted and youthful complexion. Sign us up.
See: Dr Maryam Zamani at MZ Skin, 110-112 Kings Road, London SW3 4TX. Treatment from £800.
Fearful of microneedling? Head to Dr Maryam Zamani with confidence. The Aquagold Fine Touch delivers over 1,000 micro-injections (on 24-carat gold-tipped needles, no less) of a bespoke cocktail of ingredients, including vitamins, peptides and hyaluronic acid, improving both the quality and health of the skin. A brighter, tighter complexion awaits.
Best of all, it's completely painless, so there's no need for numbing creams and there'll be no bleeding during the procedure, just slight redness that will die down within a few hours. Brilliant at tackling acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, it also decreases oil production and facial flushing.
See: Lenka Anthony at Tempus Belgravia, 11a West Halkin Street, Belgravia, London SW1X 8JL.
Course of treatment from £2,999.
Promising to give skin its snap back, the Focus Dual combines radiofrequency microneedling and high-intensity focused ultrasound to treat a whole host of conditions, including ageing skin, acne and scarring, uneven texture and loss of facial volume.
By directing heat into the deeper layers of skin, collagen cells in the skin are tightened and strengthened, providing a real oomph to flagging faces. Previously it was only possible to reach this vital layer of skin through cosmetic surgery. Still, the clear benefit here is no damage to the skin surface or surrounding tissue. Expect a lifted, firmed, tightened and sculptured look, and not a scalpel in sight.
See: Ada Ooi at 001 Skincare, 181 Piccadilly, London W1A 1ER. Enquire for pricing.
Soothe both the internal and external with this tailored holistic treatment with one of the most sought-after acupuncturists and facialists in the country, Ada Ooi. Combining Western therapy with Chinese Medicine principles, physical and mental concerns can be addressed and soothed.
Ada uses the Chinese ritual of acupuncture to help improve blood circulation. When combined with the Western lymphatic drainage technique, toxins can be effectively and quickly flushed from the body. As a result, you can expect immediate skin results and long-lasting holistic improvements for skin, body, and mind.
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