The Skin Society – blasting wrinkles near you!
There are some undeniable benefits to writing Muddy Stilettos. A legitimate excuse to wear elasticated trousers for food reviewing purposes. Walking 5 metres from bedroom to office (known until 8.55am as the kitchen table). Seeing more musicals than is strictly necessary for theatrical purposes. And perhaps more than anything, trying out lots and lots and lots of facials.
I tried out The Skin Society last month, a private practise run by April Russell (above), and I’m really excited to tell you about her, because she has seriously brilliant credentials – not only has April worked at Harrod’s Urban Retreat, Champneys and also in the Caribbean New York where her clients included Donna Karan and Ivanka Trump. Now she’s back in Haddenham (mid Bucks) offering world class treatments from her home-based beauty room.
Clearly what is offered in a private house is a different experience to that offered in a beauty salon or spa (and is priced accordingly). April’s beauty room is relaxing, prettily appointed and also includes a hulking April multi-thousand pound brand new Dermalux machine, below. Yeah I know, it looks like something out of Space Odyssey but thankfully this time travels your skin back in time rather than forward.
It’s a new breed of LED phototherapy machine that stimulates the skin’s natural collagen and elastin, and can also be used effectively on the body or face for acne, psoriasis, scarring, age spots, rosacea and other delights (I’m just compiling my list – onto the second page).
I had a Hydrafacial, the tippety top facial that doesn’t quite promise to bring your skin back to your twenties, but near as dammit. There are the usual stages like removing dead skin cells, extracting ‘debris’ (let’s leave that as a glorious euphemism), hydrating, detoxifying and rebuilding collagen, and the Dermalux machine is used to pump in ingredients like hyaluronic acid, horse chestnut seed extract, red algae extract, copper zinc and magnesium peptides into the skin.
But really all you want to know is, does it flippin work? This is me after the treatment. I’m 46 so I’ll leave it to you to decide whether it worked or not!
You can have a single Hydrafacial (which includes 20 mins under the Dermalux LED) for £80 (or £350 for 5 treatments), or the Dermalux on its own for £40. Another option would be to add the Dermalux to any facial (Environ, CACI etc) for an additional £25 – that’s a bargain when you see how much they charge in London.
I didn’t try out a massage with April, but I liked the way she conducted her treatments, friendly, professional, knowledgable with a firm touch, so I have a feeling she’d offer a superior massage too. I’ll let you know if I go back and try one out.
In the meantime, give her a whirl for a facial and see if you too *cough* come out looking like Jennifer Lawrence at her most youthful and dewy.