The Best Facials That Are Totally Worth Spending Your Hard-Earned Money On

Where to go to get your glow on.

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If the world of facials sounds about as daunting as stepping into a Chanel boutique on Bond Street, then you've come to the right place.

Sorting the game-changing facials from the 'not really worth it' ones, we've rounded up the best facials that are actually worth spending your hard earned money on (and asked the questions you really want to know the answers to as well).


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Signature Facial at Skinwork at Alex Eagle, £140 for 70 minutes

The vibe?

Hidden underneath the fashion editors’ favourite store, it’s industrial-come-cosy chic. Although sub-terrarium, it’s surprisingly perky, with exposed brick whitewashed walls and therapists in white denim dungarees.

Is it for my skin?

If your pores are full to the brim of gunk and complexion is looking particularly dull, yes. But not if you have a pacemaker or metal implants somewhere on you (galvanic technology used to ramp up the facial can’t be used in that case).

What does it do?

Clears a congested face more efficiently than one of those super-powered patio cleaners you want-but-definitely-don’t-need from QVC, via an anti-bac pore extraction and thorough cleansing. The skin is then rebooted with antioxidant and hydrating goodness to leave you with a squeaky clean glow.

Best part?

The extractions, which are started with a machine then finished manually, making for a super thorough do-over. A ‘oh, there’s lots in this one’ from your therapist is weirdly satisfying.

Weirdest part?

You’re turned into a pampering-psychopath for a segment of the treatment when a Hannibal Lecter-esque leather mask is draped over your face, under which the galvanic currents work the products into the skin. Weird, but makes for a great selfie.

Can you actually see results?

Apart from a hint of redness if you've opted for a peel, things will look seriously glowy. Due to how thorough the cleansing is, expect beaming skin for daysssss.

Downtime?

Nil. Just SPF yourself if you're heading back out into daylight after.

Bang for your buck?

Since the combination of expert extractions and top-spec technology is tricky to find, definitely. There are often offers on add ons and perks on offer too.

BOOK YOUR SKINWORK FACIAL HERE


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Always lovely to see the fabulous Suki Waterhouse at WY. If you're a fan of #HydraFacial (and there are millions of you worldwide who love this all-rounder treatment), you'll love our bespoke WY HydraRadiance treatment: an amazing treat for the skin, combining HydraFacial with the Obagi Radiance Peel. A unique blend of acids gently and effectively peel the skin with minimal to no downtime. The result is smoother, tighter and brighter skin. Who wouldn't want that? Photo regram @sukiwaterhouse #radiantskin #hydrafacial #hydrafacials #wyhydraradiance #obagi #obagimedical #zeinobagi #sukiwaterhouse

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HydraFacial at Waterhouse Young Clinic, £230 for 45 minutes

The vibe?

This is a clinic led by cosmetic surgeons, so it feels like a proper, upmarket medical centre. They offer aesthetic procedures like botox and fillers, but also incredible skin treatments. Just ask model fans like Cara Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse (admittingly her father is the owner, but still...)

Is it for my skin?

If you're prone to spots and blackheads this is the one for you. The HydraFacial is extremely effective but also soothing on the skin, so sensitive skin types can happily take part too. It's more rejuvenating than others, so especially good for a more mature client.

What does it do?

A killer-combo of cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration and antioxidant protection, it goes a long way in smoothing fine lines, eradicating pigmentation and purifying congested or acne-prone skin. The device used in the facial (a hydradermabrasion nozzle) means everything is carried out in a thorough yet regulated way.

Best part?

The fact that this whizzy machine sucks out ALL THE GRIME from every pore. The 'vortex technology' vacuums them out, whilst pushing serum-filled liquid into them.

Weirdest part?

The nozzle feels like a tiny wet hoover going over your skin. It's not painful but just a bit... odd.

Can you actually see results?

Definitely, especially if you invest in a course of a few. The power of the machine (rather than good old human hands) means the actives really get deep into the super-cleanse skin, so the results are near-needle like. If you're thinking about botox or Profhilo, this might buy you some more time.

Downtime?

Nada. You might be a little red in areas but a little tinted SPF can be applied if you're worried about it.

Bang for your buck?

It's not a 'oh a fancy a little treat' facial at this price, but a great investment if you have a big event or wedding coming up as the results are so top notch.

BOOK YOUR WATERHOUSE YOUNG FACIAL HERE


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just a bit excited to be the first ever person visiting the flagship @sundayriley spa here in London 🙌🏼 there’s a step by step of my facial on Stories now, which was the perfect mix of relaxation and high performance, results driven skin technology #SundayRileyxHershesons #SundayRileyPartner

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Sunday Riley Ice Clear Facial, £120 for 1 Hour exclusively at Hershesons

The vibe?

The first (and only) signature facials from the brand worldwide, Hershesons feels like the perfect place to get a facial without the fussy bouji frills. The ideal facial for the anti-spa fan.

Is it for my skin?

Ice Clear is for congested or blemished skin, so those with a different skin type should opt for the Ice Lift (same time, same price) to focus on lifting and hydration.

What does it do?

Purges, cleans and balances spotty, difficult skin whilst hitting it with a heavy dose of hydration and brightening.

Best part?

What to pick! After a luxurious cleansing, extraction, toning and massaging, the facialist uses the CRYO Therapy face tech to cool the skin, reduce inflammation and remove redness. Followed with blue LED light to destroy any bacteria (preventing further breakouts and infection) this is one well thought out facial.

Weirdest part?

The CRYO is definitely an odd but enjoyable experience. The foot massage whilst the LED is being done is a little unexpected, but not unenjoyable. You can opt out of it, if you want.

Can you actually see results?

Yes, yes, yes! Immediately you skin looks clear and glowing as well as feeling supple and smooth.

Downtime?

None! This is one of those facials that requires no resting period. You go from treatment room to night out without a pitstop or lots of concealer.

Bang for your buck?

Definitely. Most LED treatments cost £60 on their own, so for that, CRYO, extractions and a normal facial for just double, it makes it well worth it.

BOOK YOUR SUNDAY RILEY FACIAL HERE


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Su-Man Skin Reborn Sculpting Facial At The W Hotel Away Spa, £250 for 60 mins

The vibe?

After travelling up through the disco ball-bedecked W Hotel lobby, arriving in the seriously zen Away Spa is a welcome escape from the manic Leicester Square location. The treatment room is your typical all-white slightly clinical situation but Su-Man's fun personality immediately puts you at ease. Although this is a major investment facial, Su-Man's legendary status and face transforming powers make a must-try. Think a facelift minus the needles.

Is it for my skin?

Su-Man is the queen of facial massage and skin sculpting, rather than treating specific skin concerns, which means it works on everyone. Because who doesn't want higher cheekbones?

What does it do?

Although a teeny tiny person, Su-Man's hands hold serious strength, which is ideal for massaging and sculpting your face into its most gravity-defying self. Your face will look firmer, lifted, luminous and seriously healthy once Su-Man is done with you.

Best part?

In short - all of it. There's nothing better than the feeling of someone who truly knows what they're doing cleansing, massaging and generally pampering your face. The crazy thick mask might feel unsettling at first, but once we got used to it (and enjoyed the shoulder massage in the mean time), the peeling off of the thick, rubbery texture was surprisingly satisfying.

Weirdest part?

Prepare to take your socks off, yup, this facial includes a foot massage, amongst everything else. Su-Man believes that in order to re-invigorate and sculpt the skin on your face, you need to massage the soles of your feet. Also, it's super relaxing.

Can you actually see results?

If brighter, smoother, firmer skin is what you're after, then it's a strong yes. De-puffed, glowy and with a stronger jawline than Allison Williams, we set off through Leicester Square completely make-up free.

Downtime?

None at all. If anything, our sudden lack of eye bags and fresh complexion made us want to go for drinks, if only to show off our lack of concealer.

Bang for your buck?

Although the location isn't necessarily the most luxe for the amount of money you're paying, what you do get is Su-Man's years of experience and a pair of hands that work wonders. Make the most of the splurge by getting Su-Man to prescribe a bespoke skincare routine for you whilst she's doing her thing.

BOOK YOUR SUMAN FACIAL HERE


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Feeling relaxed and ready for the weekend after a spa day @thedorchester. 🥂✨ Thank you @papillonluxurytravel for sharing your #dcmoments! #thedorchester #dorchestercollection #spaday #spatime

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Valmont Energy Ritual at The Dorchester, £165 for 60 minutes

The vibe?

First of all, the Dorchester Spa is beautiful and so welcoming. You get a personalised note in a locker, along with a robe and slippers. It’s very posh. The treatment room is dark and traditional, sterile white but not unwelcoming. Tools used for the facial are predominately towels and the facialist's hands, but there is an option to steam if you want extractions.

Is it for my skin?

It's a gentle facial suited for everyone, but lacklustre, dehydrated or ageing skin would particularly benefit.

What does it do?

It's a cellular renewal booster treatment which is essentially like a vitamin drip for your face, really worked into your skin with expert hands so the blood rushes to the surface of the skin and absorbs the nutrients quickly.

Best part?

The cooling mask - you can feel the hydration hit instantly, I never wanted to take it off.

Weirdest part?

This is a very traditional facial, so it’s kept fairly tame. Part of the treatment involves a ‘butterfly’ massage technique, where the facialist massages your face in butterfly like motions. Our verdict? It felt great.

Can you actually see results?

This isn’t the facial for you if you have problematic skin, but if you are looking for a gorgeous glow and lift pre-night out, I’d book in ASAP.

Downtime?

None - you literally walk out glowing.

Bang for your buck?

It's certainly on the expensive side, but for good reason. This is a seriously luxurious experience that leaves you with the skin to prove it.

BOOK YOUR VALMONT FACIAL HERE

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