Face time: the best restorative facials in London

Treat yourself to a restorative facial before winter sets in, says Rebecca Newman

Beauty Works West, Signature Facial

This spa just off Westbourne Grove has a facial list that includes offerings by Intraceuticals — in which your skin is infused with oxygen — as well as aromatherapy treatments. Or if you have specific requirements for your dream facial — some extraction here, a bit of massage there, while a cleansing mask takes hold — try a Signature facial that’s entirely bespoke. And it’s really very good.

From £80, beautyworkswest.com

Urban Retreat, The Signature Facial

When the seasons change you can end up with dull and sensitive 
skin. Reverse the issues with this treatment designed by facial expert Jo Harris, which uses gentle extraction and a series of cleanses to rid your skin of nasties. A wand with high-frequency electricity helps to close pores, while a gentle suction device stimulates lymphatic drainage, leaving you with brighter, softer skin. You even get a complimentary foot massage.

From £80, urbanretreat.co.uk

Valmont, l’Elixir des Glaciers Facial

The Swiss are experts at time-keeping and Swiss beauty brand Valmont can even help you to turn back the clock. This facial is specifically designed to work against early signs of ageing: l’Elixir des Glaciers range is made using plants whose DNA has been carefully extracted. Couple this with a massage that releases the tension that creases your face and locks your jaw, and you have a wonderful result.

£260, hotelcaferoyal.com

Clarins, Aromatic Balancer Facial

Clarins products are reliable and effective. The Aromatic Balancer is particularly 
good for combination skin. Blackheads will be removed, excess oil mopped away and dry, flaky patches banished. More than this, though, your frown lines will be eased and the gentle fragrances of the lotions and potions, combined with a shoulder massage, will work wonders.

£50, houseoffraser.co.uk

Aveda, Skin Renewing Facial

If you like your beauty products plant-based and chemical-free, Aveda is a good choice. The Skin Renewing Facial is deeply calming, so you can float away on your soft bed while a combination of potent Green Science (Aveda’s anti-ageing range) products and massage depuffs and renews, leaving you fresh-faced and happy.

From £64, ginaconway.co.uk

Original article published in ES Magazine, in November, 2014

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