Whether you’re in need of a radiance boost, suffering from breakouts or just want to treat yourself, a good facial can make a difference to your complexion and your mood. From pampering experiences to high-tech treatments, we’ve rounded up the top ten facials in London...
Best A-List Secret: Face Place
Face Place couldn’t come with better accolades. Lauded by A-list celebrities (Madonna and Sophia Coppola are both fans), the treatment – there is only the one – was launched in Santa Monica in 1972 but has been available in the UK since 2015 at the Rosewood Hotel. And now you can also book in at Alex Eagle's Lexington Street store. The signature treatment focuses on the deep layers of the skin (the dermis) rather than the surface and fuses tried and tested techniques with innovation – for example, a leather and metal mask delivering a skin-firming, line-smoothing electric current. The glowing results are long-lasting, making this one of the best in town.
252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN; prices start from £140.
Visit AlexEagle.co.uk for more information.
Best For Radiance: Vaishaly Signature Facial
For a facial with a difference, head to Vaishaly Patel’s eponymous Paddington clinic. Another facialist with a cult following, Vaishaly’s sessions are tailor made on the day you visit. Offering deep-cleansing, skilful extraction and gentle microdermabrasion (to lift dead skin cells), followed by an innovative high-frequency treatment that effectively closes pores, you’ll be left with an even, radiant complexion. Our sensitive skin is usually a little red or blotchy post-facial, but there’s none of that here. Plus, the legendary cranio-sacral massage will banish stress and tension.
51 Paddington St, Marylebone, London W1U 4HR; a Signature Facial with Vaishaly costs £250 for 55 minutes; prices start from £65 with an aesthetician.
Visit Vaishaly.com for more information.
Best For Luxury: Gazelli House
One of the capital’s best-kept beauty secrets, the member’s club cum luxury spa Gazelli House is the kind of place you dream of whiling away your days. And the newly-launched Supercharged Facial is just as impressive – the 75-minute treatment starts with an abdominal massage to increase the flow of oxygen and nutrients in the body, detoxifying and purifying the system, which directly impacts the condition of the skin; a resurfacing peel then works to boost cell renewal and a final burst of LED light therapy stimulates collagen and elastin for increased healing. The shoulder massage, insanely comfortable bed (it’s a heated double complete with duvet) and Instagram-worthy surroundings will have you re-booking before you’ve even checked out.
174 Walton St, Chelsea, London SW3 2JL; Supercharged Facial at Gazelli House, £185.
Best For Sensitive Skin: Pai Facial
If redness and irritation are your skincare woes, make a bee-line for a Pai facial at Content Beauty, an organic beauty mecca tucked away in Marylebone. Whether you’re looking to rebalance an oily complexion or restore dry and damaged skin, the treatment menu has you covered. With prices starting from just £40 for a 30-minute treatment, this is a surprisingly affordable yet equally spoiling option. Every single one of Pai’s products is at least 70% organic, so rest assured sensitive skin types are in good hands.
18 Colville Rd, London W3 8BL; prices from £40.
Best For A Lunch-Time Fix: Debbie Thomas Express Facial
Looking to restore a weary complexion but short on time? Head down to the Harvey Nichols Beauty Lounge (if you haven’t yet been, you’re in for a treat) and book in for a 20-minute session with laser guru Debbie Thomas’ award-winning team. Offering 11 facials tailored to suit myriad skin concerns – including congestion, stress, dehydration, dullness and redness – the treatments combine peels, LED light therapy, micro-needling and baby laser for your best complexion yet. We were dubious about the results of a 20-minute facial until we paid a visit. It’s all down to Debbie Thomas’ supercharged kit – masks are applied under LED lights and ultrasound vibrations are used to boost penetration and increase collagen production. Impressive stuff.
250 King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5UE; prices start from £69.
Visit DThomasIlluminate.com for more information; to book an appointment contact the Harvey Nichols Beauty Concierge on 0207 259 4410
Best For Skin Health: Pfeffer Sal
The wellbeing journey at this cutting-edge clinic starts before you even meet your therapist, with carafes of charcoal-infused water on offer, filtered air to breathe and healing copper light fixtures. Located in Fitzrovia, PfefferSal boasts an impressive array of anti-ageing facials to plump and refresh your face, but it’s the Essential Facial that everyone’s talking about. A bespoke treatment that can include anything from a steam-activated fruit-enzyme mask to a vitamin-serum infusion via ultrasound, we guarantee you’ll leave relaxed and with glowing skin.
The Stables, 10 Warren Mews, Fitzrovia, London W1T 6BY; The Essential Facial at Pfeffer Sal costs £140 for 90 minutes.
Best All-Rounder: Skin Matters
Created by Joanne Evans, and available at both her original salon on High Street Kensington and at Bodyism in Notting Hill, the Skin Matters Signature Facial is one to know if you’re on a quest for great skin. For two hours, you hand yourself over to a friendly yet well-informed member of Joanne’s team who are on hand to tackle pretty much any skincare issue. From acne to fine lines, their high-tech tools will see you through the eight-step treatment – prepare to be transformed. The treatment is extremely relaxing, too – you’re treated to a scalp massage and reflexology foot massage while the products get to work on your skin.
5 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 5NP; Skin Matters Signature Facial starts from £345 (£400 with Joanne).
Best Green Facial: Katie White at The Refinery E9
Nestled away in Hackney’s cool fitness spot The Refinery – a one-of-a-kind wellbeing destination offering everything from restorative yoga to deep tissue massages – you’ll find new-kid-on-the-block Katie White, whose facials are already causing quite the buzz. Using all-natural, British-made Skin+Tonic products, Katie takes a holistic approach to wellness and is on hand to customise your facial, whatever your needs. After a busy few weeks, our skin was looking less than perky but Katie got straight to work, calming and decongesting to reveal an impressive glow. A foot and shoulder massage guarantee you’ll be feeling totally blissed out come home-time, and the next day, there was a visible difference in the plumpness and radiance of our skin.
14 Collent St, London E9 6SG; bespoke facials with Katie White start from £60.
Best For A Youthful Glow: Su-Man
Facialist Su-Man's no-nonsense approach (yes, it will hurt a bit) is world-famous – she uses shiatsu massage techniques to release blocked energy that could be contributing to problem skin; pressure points are pushed; ears are wiggled to stimulate the lymphatic system and eyebrows are tapped. The result? Glowing skin and a whole host of skincare knowledge (she told us never to use cotton pads with toner as it strips the skin). Regular clients include Freida Pinto and Sienna Miller, so prepare to be on the wait-list for months, but trust us, it’s worth every penny. Want in? Su-Man is based predominantly at W London's AWAY Spa but facials can also be booked on certain dates at Harrods' Urban Retreat.
W London Leicester Square, 10 Wardour Street, London W1D 6QF; prices start at £250.
Best For Bespoke Treatment: Sarah Chapman
Down a quiet street, behind an inconspicuous door and up a steep staircase lies Sarah Chapman’s Skinesis Clinic – the home of arguably one of the best facials you’ll ever have. It’s no wonder the clinic has such an A-list following (Victoria Beckham and Naomi Watts are fans) – Sarah’s high-tech approach will sort out even the most troublesome of complexions; think Dermalux LED lights, derma-rolling, lactic peels and her legendary massage to improve blood flow and muscle tone, reduce puffiness and miraculously reveal cheekbones. Ninety-minutes later, you’ll leave with the sort of dewy, youthful glow that make-up can only dream of achieving.
259 Pavilion Rd, Chelsea, London SW1X 0BP. The clinic is a two-minute walk from Sloane Square Tube station; prices from £165.