Feeling depleted after the (sort of) summer and in need of some new season pampering?
You can’t beat the mood-boosting powers of a glow-enhancing facial, and fortunately for us, London is home to some of the best facialists in the beauty industry, with treatments to suit every budget and skin concern.
So where to go? Below, we’ve rounded up the best in town - and we’ve tried and tested each and every one. You’re welcome.
The MOT for your face: Pfeffer Sal
What is it: Tucked away on a pretty cobbled mews in the heart of London's Fitzrovia, Pfeffer Sal is where beauty editors go for a full blown skin MOT. First timers are encouraged to opt for the Welcome Essential facial which begins with a 20-minute in-depth skin analysis involving scans which can pick up everything from sun damage to pigmentation and inflammation - don't be too alarmed, a therapist will talk you through everything and offer advice for future-proofing your skin. The facial itself includes a double cleanse, extractions, resurfacing, a face-lifting massage, sonophoresis (ultrasound) to help penetrate a custom cocktail of vitamins deep into the layers of the dermis, as well as a tailored treatment mask and LED session.
Price: £210 for the Welcome Essential facial (100 minutes).
Where: The Stables, 10B Warren Mews, Fitzrovia, London W1T 6BY
The glow up: 111SKIN at Bvlgari Spa
What is it: If it’s radiance you’re after, look no further than 111SKIN’S new Illuminating Rose Gold Facial that it has just launched exclusively at the luxurious Bvlgari Spa in Knightsbridge. The treatment incorporates the use of the brand’s potent actives and a diamond-infused multi-acid rose quartz peel to encourage suppleness and luminosity. This, paired with a deep tissue facial massage to sculpt the cheekbones, wand massage and rose quartz stone massage leaves skin rejuvenated, lifted and de-puffed, before it’s finished off with a rose gold brightening mask and rose gold radiance oil, which flood the skin with antioxidants. You’ll be sent home with a seven-day treatment package of Radiance Concentrate ampoules which are packed with yet more powerful actives to slough off dead skin cells and prolong your glow.
Price: £350 for 90 minutes
Where: Bvlgari Hotel London, 171 Knightsbridge London, SW7 1DW
The one for digital fatigue: de Mamiel at NoMad
What is it: If you don’t know about Annee de Mamiel’s dreamy eponymous skincare brand, do get acquainted asap. And what better way than treating yourself to her Digital Fatigue facial available at the de Mamiel Skin Clinic at NoMad, aka London’s buzziest new hotel? The treatment aims to soothe and calm inflamed skin caused by sitting on Zoom for too long. Using natural, antioxidant-rich products, the treatment intensely nourishes, hydrates and restores the health of the skin barrier. A qi rejuvenation massage, meanwhile, helps to boost circulation, drain toxins and ease tension held in facial muscles. You’ll leave energised and renewed.
Price: £250 for 75 minutes
Where: Nomad London, 28 Bow Street, London, WC2E 7AW
The innovative one: Pietro Simone
What is it: Your skin needs Pietro Simone in its life, trust us. The Italian celebrity facialist is a beauty buff’s best kept secret, and he’s just opened a new clinic at Flemings Mayfair Hotel. What sets Simone’s facials apart from any other treatment we’ve tried are his signature organic cotton thread method and powerful dry massage technique designed to promote lymphatic drainage and give your face a deep tissue massage. The results are, frankly, jaw-dropping.
Price: £250 for the Anti-Ageing Cotton Thread Revitaliser (75 minutes).
Where: Flemings Mayfair Hotel, 7-12 Half Moon St, Mayfair, London W1J 7BH
The laser one: Skin Laundry
What is it: Skin Laundry, the Californian skincare brand now renowned for its laser facials, opened the doors to its first standalone clinic in the UK this summer at London’s Carnaby. The signature laser facials use a YAG laser which penetrates deep into the dermis to address pigmentation, redness and stimulate collagen production. Laser therapy can be used to treat acne-prone skin by helping to reduce inflammation and target breakout-causing bacteria. Plus, it only takes 15 minutes, and there’s zero downtime, so you can zap and go.
Price: £50 for first Skin Laundry facial (15 minutes)
Where: 9 Newburgh St, Carnaby, London W1F 7RL
The lifting one: Renée Lapino
Skin guru Renée Lapino offers the Diamond Facial in her clinic above Neville Salon in Belgravia. The treatment is highly tailored to each client’s skin concerns on the day and incorporates radio frequency technology to lift, tighten and brighten the skin. Expect a deep cleanse, extractions, exfoliation, LED light therapy and potent professional grade skincare products to deeply nourish the complexion. Hop in the Body Ballancer suit while you’re at it for a full-body lymphatic drainage massage to promote detoxification and extra healing.
Price: £250 for one hour
Where: 5 Pont Street, Belgravia, SW1X 9EJ
The A-list go to: Debbie Thomas
What is it: Debbie Thomas is the go-to facialist for the likes of Dua Lipa and Jourdan Dunn. Best known for her DNA signature facial treatments which combine laser, radiofrequency and a host of other powerful technologies to transform complexions, her new post-lockdown DTC treatment packages combine a series of professional grade peels and masks to restore dull, tired or inflamed skin back to its pre-pandemic condition. Well worth the investment.
Price: price on request.
Where: D.Thomas Clinic, 25 Walton Street, Chelsea, SW3 2HU
The oxygen one: Su-Man
What is it: Listen up folks, superfacialist Su-Man, who is renowned in the city for her cult Skin Reborn facial, has just launched a brand new treatment - and it promises ultimate glowiness. The new Advanced Oxygen Facial (available from April 15) combines her signature shiatsu movement technique and oxygen therapy to help penetrate active ingredients into the deeper layers of the skin.
Price: £300 for the Advanced Oxygen Facial (75 minutes).
Where: Away Spa, W London Leicester Square, 10 Wardour Street, London W1D 6QF
The gadget-led one: Tarryn Bespoke Skincare
What: Tarryn Warren has over 15 years of experience in the skincare industry, and now offers her Signature Bespoke Facial at the Bodyism studio in Notting Hill, where she combines the use of nanocurrent technology, radio-frequency tightening, microneedling and Oxygeneo to nourish skin from a cellular level. Facials also include exfoliation, deep pore cleaning, massage, vitamin infusions and LED light therapy. Enjoy it all while in the Body Ballancer, a wearable lymphatic drainage massage suit that detoxifies the body.
Price: £245 for the Signature Bespoke Facial (75 minutes).
Where: Bodyism 222-224 Westbourne Grove, W11 2RH
The one with needles: 001 Skincare
What is it: Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner Ada Ooi delivers highly personalised facials that are tailored to your skin's needs on the day. Each begins with a TCM symptom diagnosis, followed by her signature modern gua sha massage and acupuncture on the face, body and ears, to address both internal and external wellbeing.
Price: from £300 for the Pinpoint Wellness Treatment (60 minutes).
Where: 5 Upper Wimpole Street, Marylebone, London, W1G 6BP
The workout for your face: FaceGym
What is it: Trainers, rather than therapists, perform the cult "workouts" at FaceGym, which is set up like gym studio — you even store your stuff in a locker while you get pampered. The workouts are designed to stimulate the more than 40 muscles in your face using an electronic device that emits mild, yet forceful waves into your skin to sculpt and tone. The trainer then performs some vigorous pummelling, knuckling and "whipping strokes" with their hands on your face to contour further. You'll notice an immediate difference.
Price: £75 for the Signature Sculpt (35 minutes).
Where: various London locations
The holistic one: re:lax Skin Studio
What is it: Over in East London, a bespoke facial with Katie (founder of re:lax) starts with a consultation and typically involves various massage techniques, including buccal (internal), connective tissue massage, manual lymphatic drainage, gua sha, as well as high frequency and LED light therapy to revive your skin. Treatments are accompanied by a head, neck and shoulder massage and foot reflexology for utter relaxation. Cosmetic acupuncture is also offered at an additional cost.
âPrice: £80 for the re:lax bespoke facial (60 minutes).
Where: Where Unit 29, Gossamer Gardens, The Oval, E2 9FN