With spas scattered all around London, Cowshed has become a cult favourite for those looking for an efficacious and affordable facial. Choose from a light therapy treatment: the Cleanse and Correct ExpressLED Facial 30 mins, £35 will blitz bacteria and clean deep. Or the Rejuvination ExpressLED Facial 30 mins, £35, to brighten, hydrate and plump. If you’re seriously short on time try one of the speedier facial add-ons, there’s everything from a SkinCeuticals Gel Peel 15 min, £35 to Cryotherapy 15 mins, £18.
Cowshed Treatment Menu
Not a facial as you know it, but a facial workout, FaceGym’s signature sessions involve high energy kneading movements and cutting-edge technology that tones and tightens each and every one of the 40 muscles in the face. Opt for the speedy Signature (30mins for £50), an all-round lifting treatment that delivers a serious glow. Or if you’ve got an extra ten minutes, try the Yoga Face (40mins for £65) which uses hands only and focuses on deep massage, stretching and tension release; or the Boss (40mins for £65), a revitalising session to depuff, tone and sculpt. Emma Louise Connolly is a big fan.
Studios in Chelsea, St John’s Wood & Selfridges, Oxford Street
Lisa Franklin Clinic Privé
Hidden amongst the designer boutiques on Sloane Street, facialist Lisa Franklin’s Clinic Privé focuses on ridding the skin of pollutant build-up, something all city dwellers struggle with. Aside from her longer, signature facials, she has a whole host of masks, peels and resurfacing treatments to choose from, each one clocking in at a convenient 30 minutes. Prices range from £75 for an Enzyme Retexturing Treatment, to £250 for the Red-Carpet Elite Peel.
186 Sloane Street, Chelsea, SW1X 9QR
Sarah Chapman Boutique
The Skinesis Clinic in Sloane Square has built a name for itself as being one of the very best facial destinations – so there’s a lengthy waiting list to contend with. But for an on-the-go pick me up, head to the Boutique area, which offers a range of mini facials, including Sarah’s signature peel, massage and mask (20mins for £60). If you’re after something more rigorous, the Dermalux LED Rejuvination with a dermal therapist (30 mins for £70) is an instant glow-giver; while the Skin-Glow LED Light Pod (30mins for £40) is ideal for healing acne and breakouts, along with treating inflammation and boosting radiance.
259 Pavilion Road, Chelsea, SW1X 0BP
Known for her signature massage technique that utilises deep tissue work to help tighten and tone your face, Nichola Joss is considered to be one of the best skincare experts within the beauty industry. She’s currently running a pop-up at the Covent Garden branch of London fitness studio Good Vibes – so catch her while you can. Our top pick for the time-poor is her Supplement Skin Support Facial (30 mins for £130), which includes an ingestible shot of pure marine collagen to help support your skin from the inside out. Nichola then uses her world-famous massage skills to push hyaluronic acid serum, along with vitamins A and E, into the skin to restore and repair.
Good Vibes Studios, 14-16 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9BU
Laser therapy specialists Skin Laundry have set up clinics across the world, including a stone’s throw from Oxford Street at Liberty’s ‘secret spa’ – a space tucked behind the department store’s famous panelled walls (head to the beauty hall and any counter will be able to point you in the right direction). Their latest treatment – the Laser & Light Carbon Peel (30mins for £60) – is a supercharged update on their signature facial. First, an YAG laser is used to remove and impurities and stimulate collagen, then IPL gets to work reducing hyperpigmentation, inflammation and bacteria. The result is a smoother, more refined and even-toned complexion – with no downtime.
Liberty, Regent Street, Carnaby, London W1B 5AH
The Light Salon
Revolutionising LED light therapy facials – making them more convenient, affordable and a regular part of clients’ skincare routines – The Light Salon’s Express LED treatments have been snapped up by three big names across London. If you’re in a serious rush, head to Hereshons’ recently-opened flagship on Berners Street for the Boost (15mins for £35); a pit-stop blast of yellow and infrared light, with no need to remove your make-up; Harvey Nichols for the Rejuvenation (20mins for £35), which also includes a cleanse and express facial massage; or Cowshed for the Cleanse and Correct (30mins for £35), designed to treat acne with anti-bacterial blue light and a deep cleansing session.
Hereshons, Fitzrovia; Harvey Nichols; Cowshed spas in Notting Hill, Soho, Marylebone, Shoreditch & Primrose Hill
Elemis Speed Bar
In the Mayfair area? Head to the House Of Elemis and pay a visit to the Speed Spa, which offers 30-minute treatments created to deliver maximum results in minimal time. There are six to choose from, covering everything from sculpting and firming to calming and nourishing. We love the Clear Objective (£45), which reduces inflammation with combination of massage, ultrasonic vibration and antioxidant-rich products.
The House of Elemis, 2 Lancashire Court, Mayfair, W1S 1EX
Elemis Skin Exchange
Or if you want a seriously bespoke experience with Elemis, pop over to John Lewis, Oxford Street (or Westfield in you’re in the White City area), and visit the brand new Skin Exchange: a skincare concept similar to a build-your-own salad bar. First, pick your base: The ELE-ssential, which consists of a cleanse, polish, mask, serum and moisturiser to prep skin. Then it’s the ELE-vators, bio-technology solutions to target specific concerns (think firming microcurrent technology teamed with brightening oxygen infusions and hydrating masks to energise skin). Finally, add a Supercharger – from ultrasonic peels to LED light therapy – for an extra boost. Each step is £10 and takes 15 minutes, and there’s no need to do all three: even the ELE-essential alone gives skin a visible pick-me-up.
John Lewis, Oxford Street & Westfield White City