Let it glow! Facials for fab instant results
No parties, but if there's one thing to put a spring in your step (and your skin) it's a weapons-grade facial that's all about those glow-getting results.
Central heating, coffee and wine consumption are all cranked up to the max at this time of the year. If your face is screaming for H2O, or you just want to look 10 years’ younger under the mistletoe, we’ve found four facials that’ll let it glow, let it glow, let it glow.
Beauty editors and A-Listers are obsessed with the HydraFacial for its glow-getting results. In fact, it’s so popular, one is performed every 15 seconds around the world. The principal is simple but effective – deep cleansing and exfoliation, extraction and finally hydration, by infusing skin with intensive serums through a unique HydroPeel tip. The beauty of this treatment is that you get radiant, super-clean skin without any redness or irritation. Using hydradermabrasion – which is far gentler than traditional dermabrasion – is vacuums out pores. Available as a 30-minute express or one-hour treatment. Book your treatment (from £90) at Aspire Clinic in Reading.
CACI Non-Surgical Facial Toning is a non-surgical facelift using electricity instead of chemicals. CACI (Computer aided Cosmetology Instrument, useful for a pub quiz) delivers a low-level zap of micro-current and blue and red LED lighting to stimulate collagen production in your skin, for an anti-ageing effect. Basically the 32 muscles in your face are poked, prodded and given a kick up the arse to tone up. No needles, nothing invasive, no Botox just a natural (OK electric) boost. A facelift would set you back the best part of £10,000, so at just £60 per treatment, it’s a fraction of the price of more invasive treatments. Book up at Calmingales Beauty in Yattendon.
If this year has tipped your wine intake over the edge, the Medik8 Deep Hydration Facial should give it the kiss of life it needs right now – restoring vitality and delivering deep hydration that regular H2O just can’t achieve. Medik8, is a British cosmeceutical brand, created by chemist Elliot Isaacs. Unlike many results-driven facials, this one ticks the boxes for both relaxation and results. You start with a double-cleanse to prepare for the skin analysis. Using a magnifying lamp the damage is assessed and then each facial is tailor-made for you at each appointment, to ensure you leave with the glowiest skin possible. Book your appointment at Bridge Street Skin Clinic in Hungerford.
Another facial that walks the fine line of being pampering while battling fine lines and dehydrated skin – the Dermalogica Pro Skin 60 Facial. The treatment starts with a pre-cleanse, followed by a skin resurfacing cleanser, exfoliant and daily resurfacer. It’s like a deep clean for your skin, before it’s given the kiss of life. A relaxing recovery masque and collagen boost, liberal slathering of SPF50, firming cream and a primer are all designed to get your glow on. The treatment costs £65 (1hr) and is available at The Beauty Box in Pangbourne.