Organic, natural, scientific: all boxes ticked by Hampshire facialist, Sally Curson, who practises out of Fenwicks & Alresford.
Sally Curson has a studio on Alresford’s buzzy high street, as well as another up-and-coming destination you need to know about: London’s Bond Street, you heard it here first peeps.
Not only does she practise out of Fenwick’s, but she actually treats members of the Fenwick family. Oh and let’s not forget she was also a Muddy Awards Finalist and a winner of the prestigious Beauty Shortlist Awards.
Twenty-five years in the business and the lady knows her skincare stuff and has her own beauty line, Face Matters. Its ethos is natural with a strong grounding in science.
Sally is also a specialist in rosacea, a condition suffered my many of us as we hit our mid-thirties and beyond.
I had Sally’s Signature 60 minute Face Matters Facial. The blurb says it’s a ‘deep cleansing, balancing facial using the Face Matters natural & organic skincare products. Stimulating collagen, and lymphatic drainage to reduce puffiness and even skin tone. With the added benefit of a soothing neck, shoulder and head pressure point massage for deeply therapeutic relaxation. To unwind the mind and promote a healthy rejuvenated complexion.’
So clearly by the end zen was my middle-name.
I was tired, very tired, when I had this facial (queue violins: the life of a Muddy Ed, it’s a hard one) and my face reflected every one of those late nights.
I’m not going to lie, I didn’t leave looking like La Christensen, but the puffiness had faded thanks to Sally’s wonderful lymph drainage face massage, oh t’was heaven.
The difference really came over the next few weeks as I continued to use her 24/7 Balm.
My skin which is prone to redness when I’m stressed calmed right down.
My skin tone improved and for first time in years I dared the school-run foundation free.
The only small issue was the occasional break-out in my t-zone possibly due to the shea butter content, but I now save the precious balm for my cheeks and around my eye area.
As well as being packed with active botanicals, Face Matters uses pure organic silicon (Si02) to help stimulate the production of collagen and elastin.
Si02 increases epidermal thickness, and skin elasticity and increases collagen levels.
As we age, our source of silicon becomes exhausted, causing wrinkles and dry skin. So building up Si02 levels and stimulating collagen production is the key to maintaining a healthy youthful complexion.
Every beauty expert knows that, unfortunately, you cannot simply apply some collagen cream and expect it to go deep enough into your skin to work anti-ageing magic — the molecule itself is too big, plus it degrades easily making it incredibly difficult to work with.
Apparently, the reason Face Matters’ products are so successful is that the organic silicon in each of the products has been modified and it is this deep absorption which stimulates the production of collagen and elastin.
How does this work? Bunson Burners at the ready Mudettes: the hydroxide group of molecules is replaced by a methyl group and this provides the silicon molecule with properties that allow it to be absorbed into cells.
Judging by the before and after piccies on her website, Sally’s non-invasive facial and body-lift treatments are well worth their salt (or er, silicon).
The list is pretty extensive from an eye and brow lift to a batwing tone — no sniggering at the back please.
A very reasonable £60 for the hour-long signature facial, bearing in mind Sally’s credentials and the chi chi Alresford location.
Alresford is Muddy catnip, crammed with independent cafes and shops. After your facial with Sally, pop for coffee at Caricoli and have a quick snoop-a-doodle along the high street, the majority were Mudd Awards finalists (sorry Bond Street but read, and weep.)
Sally Curson Aesthetics Studio, 14 West Street, Alresford, Hants SO24 9AT; 07887 878567