Treatment of the Fortnight: Amanda Lacey

Mimi ON Nov 18, 2008 AT 5:13 pm

I’ve been so busy of late that I’ve hardly had time to breathe never mind find time to trial a facial. However, life’s all about redressing the balance so last week I picked up the phone and booked myself in for one of the most recommended facials that money can buy.

Read my verdict on the Amanda Lacey Signature Facial below.

The Treatment
The Amanda Lacey ‘Signature’ Facial (£130 for 60 mins)

A bespoke facial which will thoroughly cleanse the skin, improve lymphatic circulation and deeply relax.

Classic Amanda Lacey, for all skin types; her famous customized cleansing, caring and restoring facial, using the purest essential oils and therapeutic botanical masks, chosen to pamper individual skin requirements. The facial ends with an effective lymphatic drainage massage, to gently stimulate skin metabolism, eliminate toxins, reduce puffiness, smooth and restore skin’s natural radiance.

What was it really like? 
Walking along Walton Street towards the Amanda Lacey store, perusing the quaint boutiques, I felt that I had stepped back in time. With such a villagey atmosphere, you could be forgiven for forgetting that you were in the heart of London. That soon changed as I arrived outside the stark white entrance of the Amanda Lacey store.

The store is a space full of clean lines, streamlined glass bottles of products and bright but welcoming lighting. I was greeted by my therapist Liz who took me down a sharp spiral staircase to the basement treatment level. After a quick de-robe in my compact treatment room, I hopped under the covers.      

Liz started by cleansing and exfoliating my skin using the Amanda Lacey Cleansing Pomade followed by a dose of paraffin wax which was applied to soften the skin. I immediately began to relax (I have experienced enough facials to know when you’re in the hands of someone who knows what they’re doing.) 

After a quick application of Miracle Tonic, which helps to tone and exfoliate, Liz began to massage my face, neck and shoulders with Oils of Provence. The aroma of Lavender, Sage and Eucalyptus combined with Liz’s firm yet relaxing massage technique was the perfect recipe to send me into a deeply relaxed state. 

As the oils began to work on the skin, Liz applied a Pink Peeling Mask to my face. This would help draw any impurities to the surface and thoroughly nourish the skin. As the mask got to work, Liz focused on a rigorous, but not uncomfortable, session of massage on my shoulders and scalp. I speak no word of a lie when I say that this was one of the best facial massages I’ve had to date. The pressure, timing and synchronicity of every hand movement was precise, measured and a delight to be on the receiving end of. Every muscle, particularly on my shoulders, began to feel the benefit of the treatment.

To finish, Illuminating Eye Gel was applied to the eye area, while Incredible Pink Serum was allowed to sink into my skin before an application of Nourishing Pink Cream was applied. Liz left the room and I lay wondering what I had done in a past life to deserve such rewards.

Was it worth the money?
I think it’s safe to say that my answer is a resounding ‘yes’, definitely. It lived up to its reputation and more. Although it’s on the pricey side, it’s just the thing for the winter months when your skin is at it’s least attractive and you’re in dire need of a good massage to perk you up.

Amanda Lacey (London) Ltd.
46 Walton Street
London
SW3 1RB
www.amandalacey.com
Tel: 020 7584 0500

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