The Celebrity-Approved ‘Super Facial’ That Changed My Face

Despite what you may have heard, beauty editors have a rough life. Our faces get poked, prodded, massaged, zapped, and injected on a near constant basis, all in the pursuit of good skin. I’ll pause here so you can take out your tiny violins and play me a mournful dirge for all the hardships I endure. In all seriousness, it’s that professional perk that allows me to experience and subsequently identify the things that actually make a difference for your skin. As you can imagine, I’ve had my fair share of facials over the course of my 13-year career in beauty. And there’s no denying they are a lovely treat for your skin. But I’ve never felt any type of transformative effects post-treatment. As someone who has battled adult acne and is starting to see the fine lines and dullness that comes from being in your mid-30s, my bar for success is set pretty high. Sure, it’s nice to have glow-y skin for a week or so, but I have a litany of issues I want to address, and extractions and oxygen infusions can only do so much. I blame the rise of non-invasive professional treatments for my unrealistic skin expectations. Botox, fillers, lasers, microdermabrasio...

Whether you want instant radiance or a complete skin overhaul, here are the best facial treatments

Whether you want instant radiance or a complete skin overhaul, here are the best facial treatments that employ both technology and a healing touch. If you want serious results, book in with machine queen Kate Wheldal-Schonfrucht, a skincare expert who’s transformed faces worldwide. As much a lesson in skin as a ‘facial’, Wheldal-Schonfrucht will make a personalised skincare programme for you, as well as addressing your needs there and then with advanced cosmeceutical products and the latest, safest gadgets. While always bespoke, expect extraction, oxygen infusion, specialised radio frequency and LED light therapy, plus hands-on lymphatic drainage. Without ties to any particular brand, she cherry-picks and concocts the best active ingredients to use throughout which awaken lacklustre skin, or remedy and rebalance over-stimulated skin. Her knowledge and skills are second-to-none as you can try yourself at Cosmetica London, or via an at-home visit. If you want the absolute skin works without any downtime, book in at the Teresa Tarmey atelier in West London for the skincare specialist’s signature facial. Within the hour your skin will be treated to a thorough clean...