Vogue’s Deputy Editor & Fashion Features Director Sarah Harris shares her favourite places to visit for quick and convenient beauty treatments.
A facial in your lunch hour and still time to grab something to eat? SKINWORK at Alex Eagle has just added a 25-minute facial to its roster of treatments, ideal for anyone time poor and well, skin poor. In less than half an hour, this haven in the middle of Soho will tailor make a treatment unique to you, combining everything from peel, LED, facial massage, microdermabrasion and more. Just one note: if you are incredibly short on time, ensure you leave with your eyes closed; you can easily lose an afternoon browsing the fashion, art, and homewares here.
Anyone looking for results-driven pampering without leaving the comfort of your own house – and at a time that works around your schedule – should book an at-home session with Brazilian physiotherapist Flavia Morellato. A specialist in lymphatic drainage, she started out working in a plastic surgery clinic in Brazil (where the massage is prescribed post-surgery). Since then, she relocated to London and earned a master’s degree in the technique. Her treatment, which uses her own recipe of moisturising cream made in Brazil, stimulates the lymph flow which helps to flush out toxins and water retention. In addition to feeling lighter in an instant, the massage enhances digestion, metabolism and circulation. Her lymphatic drainage facial is also standout, an ideal face-freshener pre a big event.
Finally, who can say they don’t have time for a 30-minute body booster? The leaders in Cryotherapy (you know, the one where you stand in a chamber for a few minutes at minus 85 degrees to reinforce your body’s natural defence system) are now turning up the thermometer to 32 degrees to create HEAT by 111CRYO, the world’s first personal, dry-heat infrared sauna body pod. The treatment is a cocktail of infrared light to build collagen and infrared heat to sweat out toxins and burn calories. The ultimate chaser? Three minutes in the Cryotherapy chamber. Benefits of both treatments combined are endless, from increased endorphins and peak in metabolic rate, to increased oxygen content, minimised toxins, and enhanced muscle recovery. Sign me up.