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Like many people, the pandemic has taught me how important it is to switch off and I’ve upped my wellness game accordingly. When my head starts to feel foggy, I see Sarah Bradden, who uses a combination of cosmetic acupuncture, reiki, massage and reflexology to tune into your body’s individual needs. The treatments (there are two; the longer and more in depth, Bradden Method and the shorter Method Boost), which feature activated oxygen and LED as an added bonus, will leave you with an overriding sense of calm. Add to that Sarah’s gentle manner and kind smile and it’s a no brainer for muddled minds and bone-tired bodies. To try Sarah’s magic for yourself, she’s giving SheerLuxe readers 20% OFF Bradden Method Boost bookings until 10th September with the code BOOST20.
Lymphatic drainage is one of the biggest and best beauty secrets in my opinion. Important for draining toxins that build up in your blood, it’s also brilliant for reducing inflammatory conditions; in fact, there’s no one that it can’t help, whether you suffer from PCOS, IBS or Crohn’s disease. Menopausal women should look into it too if bloating is an issue and it’s great for rebalancing postnatal hormones and reducing water retention. The woman I see when I need all of the above, is Flavia Morellato. Her own personal technique is based on Brazilian lymphatic drainage methods which makes for one of the most relaxing yet simultaneously invigorating massages I’ve ever had. Leaving her treatment room, you’ll notice something of a transformation. Not only will your limbs feel considerably lighter and your tummy less bloated, but your whole mood will have lifted too. It’s something to do with encouraging oxygen to flow freely through the body, but also Flavia herself. Friendly, funny and just a joy to be with, frankly I’d pay for an hour in her company, with or without the treatment.
While I’m a great believer in the power of good skincare, I’m also an advocate for carefully considered tweakments that work in synergy with my topical products. Although I’m yet to factor injectables into my routine with any real regularity, when I do feel the need for something to refresh my face, whether it be baby Botox, Profhilo to plump up my skin or some filler to reinstate lost volume, I go to Dr Sarah Tonks at The Lovely Clinic in Chelsea. Not only is she good at disguising my mother-of-three exhaustion, I also love her down-to-earth manner.
One of the loveliest perks of being in the industry for so long is growing up with so many talented people. One of the best is my friend, George Northwood, who sharpened his scissors at several high-profile London salons before launching his own. I love seeing George because he has such an instinctive talent for hair and because he’s so charming with it. Talent must run in the family because George’s sister Sally is also a go-to for easy, effortless colour. If I can’t see Sally, then Kat is brilliant, as are Deme and Phoebe. If George is out of town tending to Alicia Vikander or Daisy Edgar Jones’ hair, then I’ll happily book in with someone else on the team; Fer is the man if you’re looking for a drastic cut, La Lah is great with Afro or textured hair and Fay is the woman to see if you want to change things up with a fringe.
Every so often (usually after too many late nights and too much rosé) my skin just needs waking up. When that’s the case, I head straight to FaceGym; there’s nothing more reviving than a good kneading and knuckling at the hands of one of their skilled therapists. I always emerge with skin that feels full of vitality and cheekbones that could cut glass. When I need some proper professional intervention, it’s Debbie Thomas and her cutting-edge lasers at the D. Thomas Clinic that I turn to. The team are obsessed with good skin health, and so the range of treatments work to get yours back on an even keel, tackling everything from hyperpigmentation to thread veins and slackened contours. When I feel like I need a deep clean, I’ll opt for a HydraFacial. If I need more serious attention, I’ll go for something more tailored, whether it’s HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound), microneedling or an intensive peel.
When it comes to beauty and personal care, teeth are, I think, the new frontier. After all, much like our skin, we’ll (hopefully) only have one set, so they’re worth making an investment in. This year I’ve made a pledge to look after mine better and there’s no one I trust more than Dr Rhona Eskander at the Chelsea Dental Clinic, who is a walking advertisement for the face-changing power of a great smile. When it comes to alignment treatment, whitening and bonding, Rhona’s credentials speak for themselves; Rochelle Humes is a long-standing patient, as is Mille Mackintosh. And if that weren’t enough to convince you, Rhona is also co-founder of Parla, which makes sustainable, plastic free and zero waste toothpaste tablets that have changed the way I brush my teeth.
There’s no one I trust with my brows more than Suman. Having microblading done with her four years ago was one of the best decisions I ever made and has transformed what was once a long and boring daily routine of meticulous grooming and filling. Aside from a couple of tops ups in the interim, they’re now amazingly low maintenance. The only thing I do need to do to them is a bit of threading now and then and for that it’s Blink Brow Bar London. I like the therapists at Liberty (a post appointment browse is a must), but I’ve never had anything but a great experience at any of its London locations.
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