I know I’ve written a small post on this before, but for all those of you who’ve been emailing me for more information…..
Urban Retreat is well known to aficionados of luxury hair and beauty brands, treatments and services, and as such is recognised as the ultimate beauty destination in London and is actually one of the biggest salons in the world.
With its 32 beauty rooms and 45 styling station, Urban Retreat’s combination of leading therapists and finest brands in the world make it the perfect place to host the Festival of Facials this autumn.
As part of the Decade of Decadence celebrations to herald the salon’s tenth anniversary, the Festival of Facials brings together no less than seven brands, who, for just a few weeks, will offer their clients the chance to experience a specially selected, and sometimes, specially created, limited edition facial with facialists that quite often have three month waiting lists were you to try to see them at their regular clinics.
There really something for everyone here. If you favour natural products then opt for Emma Hardie, Antonia Burrell or Omorovicza, each of which boast 100% natural ingredients in their formulations.
Emma Hardie’s Deluxe Lifting and De-Stress Facial will rebalance all skin conditions including acne, congested and dehydrated skins using rejuvenating massage techniques to alleviate and refine the jaw line. Her award-winning aromatherapy products will clarify, decongest and re-balance all skin types and have you clamouring to use her products at home.
Antonia Burrell has over twenty years experience in the business, and it’s her holistic philosophies that led her to create her own skincare line. Antonia herself will be performing all her Natural Corrective Face Lift Facials, a treatment so advanced it has been accredited by one of the industry’s top awarding bodies. The treatment includes 48 unique muscle movements to naturally lift and tone, along with lymphatic drainage and acupressure, leaving a complexion so bright that you may not even need to wear make-up.
Omorovicza is the cult Hungarian brand from Budapest, a city renowned for 2000 years for its healing waters and mineral rich mud and this is one of the two facials I tried. The natural products in the range utilise these combined with the latest advances in mineral cosmetology, using a dermatology lab so cutting edge that it has a Nobel Prize! The facial uses the healing and repairing properties of gold with the anti-oxidant and collagen stimulating effects of copper, along with the magical Hungarian facial massage that tones the facial muscles so well, I felt like I’d had a facial workout. I now can’t live without the Reviving Eye cream and and have bought two, one to keep at home, and one in my handbag. I’ll post a full review of the facial separately.
If cutting edge science is more your thing, look to the facials from Beauty Lab, Nubo, Rodial or Carol Joy.
The Beauty Lab Black Diamond Premiere Skin Facial from combines microdermabrasion, black diamond crystals, liquid diamond and skin relaxing peptides with re-energizing pure oxygen and is finished off with diamond dust for the ultimate in skin rejuvenation and radiance. You really will feel like a million dollars with all that diamond being thrown at your face! I tried the Glycopeel facial – this was the first time I’ve ever had a peel, and I’ll be posting a separate review of this facial too.
The Carol Joy Booster Facial utilises the effects of cold laser to activate the cellular renewal process, focusing on fine lines and wrinkles, pushing the hyaluronic gel deep into the skin. This is followed by the hydrating IV Lifting mask, which leaves the skin moisturised and luminous, ready for any special occasion.
If your eyes are the key areas of concern, try the NUBO Eye Focus Treatment. This express half hour treatment targets the delicate eye contour area to help repair wrinkles, fight dark shadows, boost radiance and provide an instant eye-lift.
Rodial’s philosophy, “the glamorous alternative to surgery” is clear to see in the A-List Facial. The treatments and products have been developed to see immediate results. The facial utilises the best-selling famous Glamoxy Snake Serum complex to reveal brighter, illuminated and youthful skin, immediately visible after the indulgently luxurious facial.
The Festival of Facials runs until 24th December in Urban Retreat, Harrods, London. If you’re even travelling through London just for a couple of days, make sure you book in for your chosen treatment. And if a trip to London is out of the question, it’s worth searching out these brands for a facial closer to home. Your skin will thank you for it.
For booking, www.urbanretreat.co.uk/harrodsor +44 207 893 8333