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Luxe facial or time-travel?

When we heard about a facial in Romsey that can apparently shed decades, we had to try it out...for science of course.

THE LOCATION
After uber-modern facial treatments and advice? Hello Skin Logic, a short drive from the M3 in the chocolate-box market town of Romsey with its easy parking, great independent shops and cafés (No. 5 for coffee, The Consortium for interiors). Think stress-free, girls day-out.

 

THE VIBE

Rem, the clue’s in the name; Skin Logic specialises in skincare. From acne to anti-ageing, the passionate therapists offer a huge range of facial treatments. The go-to is well-respected Parisian pharmaceutical brand, Guinot, which has awarded the Romsey salon crown status  — French for le bees-knees, mais oui.

Other skincare goodies on offer include facial acupuncture; a visiting practitioner for aesthetic treatments *bonjour botox*; a medical tattoo artists for nipple reconstruction, it’s incredibly believable apparently; and a semi-permanant make-up artist for cosmetic work such as brows, liner and lips.

Owner, Sara, lives and breathes skincare — after a consultation, she tailors treatments to her clients’ skin and is always happy to advise about effective, personalised skincare routines. Your standard waxing, manis, pedis etc. are also available. Sara has also completed a course on oncology massage so, unlike many salons, Skin Logic offers gentle beauty treatments for those under-going chemotherapy. The space itself is small, colourful and chic with three comfortable treatments rooms.

 

THE TREATMENT

Sara took one look at my school-run-mum-drinks-too-much-coffee face and opted for the Hydraderm Cellular Energy facial, a Guinot classic that has been updated recently. Brilliant, cellular energy (or any kind of energy) sounds right up my street… or country lane.

Apparently it’s a real work-horse of a facial and is suitable for all skin-types: hydrating, deep-cleansing, skin-firming, oxygenating and, of-course, boosting cellular energy. This was my very first machine facial, so I was slightly unsure about what to expect, but it couldn’t have been more gentle.

After your standard cleansing, Sara applied a targeted serum, in my case calming to combat redness, and then used rollers to massage in the serum and pass very gentle electric currents into the skin. This helps the serum absorb, oxygenates skin and enlivens the cells through a complicated sounding process which basically speeds up the enzyme responsible for cell repair. It was an interesting sensation: gentle, tingling — my skin did genuinely feel energised, like drinking lucozade on a hangover.

 

THE VERDICT

My skin was smoother and less angry, but results weren’t immediate, due I think to my red skin (*ahem* someone indulged in a few glasses of red wine the night before, fatal error) BUT over the next few days my skin tone improved and I used less foundation.

A week on and my skin is glowing with a capital G. Sara describes Guinot’s Hydraderm Cellular Energy facial as the gift that keeps on giving, and she’s right. I even, shock horror, did the school run make-up free this morning, well apart from a slick of mascara, obvs. I’m definitely keen to go back for more, at least 3 sessions are recommended.

 

PRICES
Guinot Hydraderm Cellular Energy treatment is £72.

Skin Logic, Newton Ln, Romsey, SO51 8LE 01794 517744. skinlogicbeauty.com

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