Self love can be manifested in many different ways – for us it involves everything from getting enough sleep and exercise to eating nourishing, body-loving foods. We have day-to-day beauty routines like body brushing, epsom salt baths and tongue scraping and of course when it comes to skin, it all starts with good food. But every once in awhile, there’s nothing quite like treating yourself to a good pampering with a blissful facial. Read on for our favourite people to visit in London when we’re after a luxury skin treatment.
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Romilly Wilde Metabolic Facial at Harrods, Brompton Road
Romilly Wilde is a UK-based natural skincare brand which use some of our favourite kitchen ingredients such as honey and turmeric in their products. This facial at Harrods goes way beyond your average treatment! The therapist uses facial contouring movements and acupressure points to eliminate puffiness, encourage lymph stimulation and increase the skin’s metabolism. We love the meditative aspect too, thanks to chakra balancing rose quartz and high vibrational tuning forks.
Alexandra Soveral, 97 Elgin Avenue
Alexandra is a great friend and great cook – so good we had to have her Piri Piri Chicken recipe in our book Good + Simple. Her award winning skin care, using herbs grown by her brother in Portugal, is organic, natural and hand blended right here in London. Her facials use hot and cold stones techniques, skin brushing and lymphatic drainage. Wave goodbye to those knots between the top of your neck and the base of your head once she gets her expert hands on them! We swear by her Angel Balm and Formula 1 moisturiser and she even teaches masterclasses in DIY facials. Also available at AGUA Spa at Mondrian Hotel and Hershesons at Harvey Nichols.
Pfeffer Sal, 21a Foley Street
Creator Andrea Pfeffer is a newbie on the beauty scene but her salon Pfeffer Sal is already making waves with it’s transparent approach and results-driven treatments. Their holistic beauty and wellbeing philosophy means they aproach beauty from a skin health perspective, simplifying complex language and not merely popping bandaids on problematic skin conditions or concerns. The bespoke Essential facial will leave your skin feeling plump, radiant and youthful.
Abigail James, Mayfair
“It’s not just skin care, it’s self-care” – now that’s an ethos we can get on board with! Abigail James is all about being comfortable and happy in your own skin. She gives a really personalised service to each client with carefully selected products applied using her unique massage technique.
Mandy Oxley Swan at Balance Me, Southwark
Mandy uses Balance Me products which are free from sulphates, parabens, petroleum, artificial fragrances and many other nasties. Her signature facial starts with relaxing scalp and shoulder compressions, followed by a deep cleansing using a mix of balms to lift away impurities. Then a powerful but gentle exfoliation and a unique facial lifting massage follow. Lastly, a rich mask is applied and while that sets in, your neck and shoulders are treated to a deep massage to melt away tension.
Sharon McGlinchey at MV Skincare, London and Sydney
Sharon’s roster of loyal clients is as impressive as her knowledge and passion for organic skincare, which she sees as a ritual. Blending intuitive and bespoke massage, treatment, breath work and reiki, she ensures that every aspect of your wellbeing is addressed while deeply relaxing not just the facial muscles, but the mind and body too. A real game-changer! Sharon is in London twice a year and is based at Alex Eagle and a private Primrose Hill address. You can book in advance and keep up to date with her availability through social media, the Alex Eagle website or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annee de Mamiel, The Sanderson Hotel
With her super popular high-performance natural skincare brand, Annee understands the affects of stress on the skin and just how to treat this. Her 90-minute’seasonal attunement’ facials are available at Agua Spa at the Sanderson Hotel and are infused with her vast knowledge of acupuncture and aromatherapy.
Facegym, Selfridges London
This isn’t just a facial, it’s a face workout. During your session, face trainers will treat you to a series of lifting and sculpting workouts designed to activate +40 muscles in the face using delicious products by some of our favourite brands like Alexandra Soveral and De Mamiel. This non-invasive treatment was created as an antidote to the needles used in modern skin treatments – it’s about aging gracefully. Facegym have also introduced Yoga Face – a slower paced workout with a focus on stretching and pressure point massage to open the chakras. All you have to do is lie back and take a savasana! If heading to Selfridges for a treatment, make a day of it if and pop up to our Hemsley Cafe in the Body Studio on 3 for a post ‘face workout’ bite.