Tried and tested: The best facials in London


Whether you’ve got a big event coming up, just want to be the best version of yourself or are having a skin crisis and want to turn to the experts, it’s important to have a few top facialists on speed dial. No matter the problem or the aim, we’ve got the solution. DOSE writer Charlotte stamps her seal of approval on five of London’s best facials…

Su-Man at W Hotel

At the Away Spa at the W Hotel, Su-Man works her magic. Her massage treatment is famed worldwide (she has super speedy fingers) and the lifted, sculpted results really are worth describing as a natural alternative to a facelift. Her methods were out-of-the-box from my experience – she has a nifty scalp scraping tool and spent some time on ear rubbing – but my face has never looked more awake. Her philosophy of self-love being the best possible treatment for the skin felt ultra refreshing.

Sunday Riley at Hershesons

Read the full review here but basically, this is a busy, full-on facial. You won’t get bored as this facial does it all: deep cleanse, optional extractions, application of cult faves Good Genes and Tidal Wave and LED lights, during which you’ll also get a lovely foot massage. I walked out of here with a serious glow and determined to invest in all the brand’s products. It’s a global first for these facials, so book in to be ahead of the curve.

Natura Bissé

A hidden haven of soothing zen in Westfield, this Spanish brand knows its facials. Start with the 15-minute high tech Mindful Touch (read about it here), using a headset for a relaxing mediative experience, before being pampered with a two-stage active peel, serum, mask and jade roller, all part of the Diamond Cocoon facial. Skin is super soft to the touch at the end.

Abigail James

Abigail takes a bespoke approach with each client and it took her an impressively small number of seconds to look at me and accurately assess my skin concerns. To work on my melasma, she used the red LED light from her snazzy Dermaluxe machine, followed by a pomegranate peel with lactic acid, which exfoliates, adds moisture and brightens, with no prep or downtime necessary. Just as good as the facial was all the at-home skincare information she offered up, showing this is a woman who is serious about procuring results for her clients.

Skinwork at Alex Eagle Studio 

You could opt for the Signature Facial, but if you’re time-poor, the Express version here does plenty. Expect an excellent deep cleanse, extractions for fresh pores and vitamin c and hyaluronic acid application. But unusual elements that stood out were lymphatic drainage using a hand-held device that gave me cheek bones for days and a galvanising mask – it has a current that stimulates collagen production and helps products penetrate. The PCA brand used throughout is great, too.

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