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Sunbathing, boozing and general profligacy has left my face in tatters. But Aylesbury's Hartwell House offers a way to reverse the damage *and* measure progress.

I’m no stranger to a facial, and I ain’t gonna lie, I’ve never knowingly refused an excuse to lie in a dark warm room while someone does the hard work of ironing my face.

But I do think that expectations of facial treatments have changed massively in the last few years. The days of the  ‘relaxing’ facial are well and truly numbered. Now we expect more than plinky plonky music and some cucumbers over the eyes. Now we expect results.

But how can you judge success when other factors like boozing, lack of sleep, stress, moisturising routine and fluid intake all play a factor?

Aylesbury’s Hartwell House has got around this issue rather neatly with Environ skincare – one of my favourite beauty brands, precisely because they’re based on science and therefore accountable. Environ has a natty machine that can measure just how decrepid your skin is, and the idea is that you come back in to have it re-checked in 3-4 months time and see if your new Environ routine has made any improvement. Good idea, right?

So of course I’ve been in, had my visage examined and this is the result – I know, aren’t I darling?

What you’re seeing here is a whole load of sun damage (I blame you, Johnson’s baby oil), broken capillaries and skin with less elastic than my knickers (and that’s saying something). The bits of my skin that are white in this image are actually the healthy bits! So it’s a case of RIP to my poor ravaged face.

Broken capillaries. This is something I’m very good at.

So what’s a girl to do? Well, this girl was advised to have an Environ Active Vitamin Facial (55 mins) using the most active forms of vitamin A, C and anti-oxidants driven to the lower layers of my skin using soundwaves/ electrical pulses to address my shopping list of issues which include (drum roll) sun-damage, pigmentation, premature ageing, dryness, uneven skin tone. It’s also good for scarring, the only one not on my list! and scarring with measurable differences after just one session

Clearly Rome was not built in a day but here’s a before and after so you can judge how the foundations are looking. The facial claims measurable differences in one session and I can definitely see an improvement.

More interesting will be the comparison in three/four months though right? The Environ lady is back with her machine in early 2020 so I’ll return then to see if my new regime is reversing the damage  and report back. In the meantime, if your interest is piqued about Environ at Hartwell House, check out the facials on offer here and, as ever, if you try it out, let me know what you think.


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