With secret serums, electric currents and oxygen jets, these new treatments promise perfect skin
A facial used to be little more than a spot of in-depth pampering that left your face clean and well-moisturised.
But, these days, if a treatment is to be worth the financial splurge, it has to give results.
Hence the rise of the super-facial — expensive yet effective procedures from both companies and individual therapists that promise better skin in your lunch break.
Flawless finish: We expect more from a facial than just being well-moisturised (posed by model)
BY ROYAL APPOINTMENT
Oxygen facial, from 65, salons nationwide, call 08705 934 934 or visit crystalclear.co.uk
WHAT'S SO SUPER ABOUT IT Known to be effective, this was the treatment that Kate Middleton chose to have a few days before her wedding.
The oxygen kills surface bacteria on the skin, so is great for quelling breakouts.
WHAT'S IT LIKE A stream of tiny particles is blasted at the skin to leave it smooth. It’s not that enjoyable, but it doesn’t take long. The oxygen treatment that follows isn’t relaxing either, but it works.
ON THE HIGH STREET
Clarins pro Tri-Active Facial, nationwide, from 62, clarins.co.uk
WHAT'S SO SUPER ABOUT IT Five years of development have resulted in a series of special sequences of massage movements and six treatments designed to lift, hydrate or detox the face with Clarins products.
WHAT'S IT LIKE I tried the lifting line-smoother facial, which was extremely calming. I drifted off in a delicious haze of massages and the scents of aromatic products.
Glowing: The Duchess of Cambridge had an oxygen facial days before her wedding
BOOSTED BY VITAMINS
Bespoke facial with therapist Katherine Sen, from 85, at Fiona and Marie Aesthetics, fionamarie.co.uk and Sivana, sivana.org
WHAT'S SO SUPER ABOUT IT A facial using Environ and Skinceuticals products, and a ‘sono-probe’ that uses pulses of electric current to encourage delivery of vitamins A, C and E to revive the skin.
WHAT'S IT LIKE Full of surprises, from the tingling electricity of the probe to the cocooning of the algae-based mask that covered my eyes and mouth. Left my skin glowing, plumped up and even toned.
THE SKIN MAGICIAN
From 120 for 90 minutes with Skinceuticals therapist Una Brennan, 020 7313 9835
WHAT'S SO SUPER ABOUT IT Using her talented hands and a selection of Skinceuticals potions, Una will deep-cleanse and rehydrate your face.
WHAT'S IT LIKE Extraordinary. Leaves skin luminous. It’s very relaxing, as it includes a massage, too.
THE FULL WORKS
Bespoke facial from Sarah Chapman, from 125, 020 7589 9585, sarahchapman.net
WHAT'S SO SUPER ABOUT IT Sarah’s understanding of cosmetic science has evolved into bespoke facials to optimise results.
WHAT'S IT LIKE Made-to-measure. Watch out for exfoliation with tingling salicylic acid peels and the Dermaroller (the many-spiked roller that pricks the skin, to stimulate collagen formation while helping products to penetrate deeper).
Light relief comes in the form of skin-boosting Omnilux LED red-light therapy and massage. Astounding results — my face looked clearer and much more healthy.
Katherine Jackson, from 150, 020 7371 0444, katherinejackson.co.uk
WHAT'S SO SUPER ABOUT IT Cutting-edge laser facial machine promotes non-invasive tissue repair in the face. Expect to see improvements in acne, broken capillaries, open pores and scars.
WHAT'S IT LIKE Treatments begin with a deep cleanse using sound energy — pores are unblocked with no discomfort. Then, an ultrasound machine is used to press Katherine’s custom-blended secret serum into the skin, increasing collagen production. A treatment for those in the know.