Glow For It | FaceGym

Beauty Lunch Breaks

Best for instant facial glow  

It’s Wednesday and I just landed in London for business. Often I feel that I am re-living the American film,  Up In The Air a frequent flyer and secretly always counting my air miles.

The FG studio

With a few hours to spare before my catch-up meeting with one of my favourite client, I thought a little “glow” this afternoon would add nicely to my polished appearance.

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With FaceGym flag ship studio on Kings Road, I jumped in an uber and booked their new The Party Face (55 mins) online in 3 easy steps.  The treatment promises to tighten and brighten with 24karat gold and silver workout. I chose the gold. The benefit? Gold boosts collagen for the ultimate pre-party radiance. Although I wasn’t planning to attend a party afterwards, I definitely needed an ultimate pre-party radiance to boost this afternoon.

The Party Face (55 mins) included a combination of FaceGym’s unique electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) device that emits mild, yet forceful electrical waves to stimulate muscles and restore skin’s elasticity with the famous 24 karat gold mask from Mimi Luzon for an immediate lift and radiance.

My skin looked flushed, dewy and healthy and my cheekbones more prominent.  It’s ideal way of de-puff and brighten your skin after even a short flight from Zurich.

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FaceGym founder, Inge Theron, “Our new FaceGym revolutionises the beauty scene. Pairing natural products and techniques with state of the art technology, we are able to offer customers non-invasive treatments that help sculpt, lift and tone.”

FaceGym has always been my go-to brand when in London as it offers a healthier alternative in maintaining innovative techniques to stretch and strengthen our 40-odd facial muscles.  A personal trainer (basically a masseuse for your face) uses various knuckling movements and whipping strokes to stimulate blood circulation and collagen production to give the illusion of having had a face lift without the needles.

The Face Gym is available at Selfridges and also at its flagship on the King’s Road.

#WORKWEARSTYLE

Blouse | Silk floral print silk blouse (Valentino)

Shoes | leather sing sandals (Marni)

15-minute LED treatment | The Light Salon

Beauty Lunch Breaks

Best for facial lift and glow on the go

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While on a business trip to London this week I visited The Light Salon located at Harvey Nichols Beauty Room. It was in the neighbourhood where I was scheduled for my meeting pitching my marketing presentation (that I was already excited and anxious about) and thought I needed an extra “glowing confidence” from Knightsbridge’s best kept secret – skin rejuvenation bar.  And so, I ventured out before my marketing meeting at noon.

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My session was a quiet moment of bliss – calm, relaxing and reinvigorating. Sitting comfortably in the white designer lounge chair, the Express LED Rejuvenation (Yellow light) begins. While closing my eyes (protective eye mask applied), I couldn’t help but start to enjoy my lunch break.

I was instantly able to disconnect, while soothingly warm near-infra-red light (the opposite of damaging UV) was silently working away to boost, hydrate, brighten, plump and glow while stimulating collagen and accelerating healing.  The results?  With just one treatment were impressive: my skin immediately looked decidedly more even and radiant.

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Temperature-wise, I never felt too hot while the light was being applied—the brightness is far more noticeable than any heat. In terms of immediate results, co-workers who didn’t know I’d had a facial said my skin looked “fresh” when I returned to work (always a good sign).

After The Light Salon

With no downtime and immediate results, light therapy is fast becoming a popular alternative to traditional facials.  The Light Salon delivers supercharged ExpressLED facials that give you naturally radiant skin, it’s the non-invasive route to a younger looking skin giving you an instant glow that will last for two to three day.

Co-Founder, Laura Ferguson, “As somebody who’s suffered from problem skin in the past, I know how it can feel – like there’s no end in sight. So, when I discovered LED treatments in my thirties, it was like the curtain had been lifted, and my skin showed dramatic improvements. For me, it’s so important that we make this technology accessible to everyone, because everybody deserves to be their best self.”

The menu also includes add-ons such as Microdermabrasion Buffs, smooths, decongests (15mins) or the Express LED Acne Treatment (Blue light) anti-bacterial, deep cleansing, corrective (25mins).  It’s the ultimate boost to your skin’s natural radiance, and just the thing for targeting problem areas that naturally boosts the skin’s collagen production, correcting and healing.

Due to popular demand, The Light Salon treatments are now also available at Cowshed Selfridges, either while having a manicure and pedicure or simply on their own.

The Light Salon at Harvey Nichols and Cowshed Selfridges, from £35 a treatment.

www.thelight-salon.com

 

#WORKWEARSTYLE

Earrings | Pinko

Dress | Pinko

Nail Colour | Crush On You (The Ned, Cheeky Nail Bar)

 

Inside The House Of Elemis Penthouse & BIOTEC ANTI-PIGMENT BRIGHTENER treatment

Beauty Lunch Breaks

Elemis’ flagship spa re-opens with a whole new feeling.

With a slick, modern townhouse feeling (gone are the dark wood floors, buddhas and velvet-swathed sofas of the old spa), the new space feels lighter, brighter and much larger than it seems (there are only 7 treatment rooms, but the space feels much bigger than that).

With only 90 minutes, I was invited to the top floor, the Elemis Penthouse featuring ceramic flower wall sculptures by talented artist Valeria Nascimento and an incredible amber quartz bed, which envelops and supports your body with thousands of warm, tiny crystal beads – all meant to energise and invigorate your cells (see below).

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A targeted skin-brightening treatment that reduces pigmentation and dullness for refined and translucent skin combine the latest technology with time-tested massage techniques for brilliant results.

‘People in town are busy. It’s not about the sleepy, indulgent rituals anymore – you can check into a hotel spa in the countryside for that. This is about results. It’s about having a great treatment that helps you manage your lifestyle and stress levels. You want to walk away with really healthy looking skin and perhaps a bit more information about how to look after yourself your wellbeing,’ says Elemis co-founder Noella Gabriel, who went to town on the treatment menu, stripping it right back and creating entirely new facials and massages to help put back what city life takes out.

I sit in front of a machine that, after only two minutes, “scanned” my entire face; as a result, Holly, the beautician that assisted me, showed me how my skin was dehydrated and with plenty enlarged pores.

Elemis also has a day-spa in Miami, United States, on 330 San Lorenzo Avenue.