Vaishaly's Fabulous Facial

Vaishaly's Fabulous Facial

I can count on one hand the facials I've had where I've walked away satisfied, relaxed and looking a million times better than when I walked in.
At the same time, I've lost count of the facials where I've walked away irritable, greasy, grimy, moody and ready to punch a wall. I get so cross when the therapist doesn't understand the anatomy of the face and where to massage, and how much pressure to use (too little and I want to scream, too much and my skin's on fire). And an hour of cheap lavender oil being pushed round my face and hairline does not warrant a £60+ price tag.
For me a great facial experience constitutes an authoritative treatment explanation from a therapist who beams confidence and knowledge, a deep-yet-gentle ritualistic cleanse and a proper look at my skin through a magnifying ring-light. Next, I want thorough extractions to squeeze every last speck of grime out of my pores, a blissful pressure point massage that doesn't pull my skin, cooling masks and an application of tailored moisturisers that leaves me looking dewy, fresh and even-toned. I want to feel like my skin is having a professional treatment, just like your body feels when you have a personal training session, or how your taste buds feel when you eat gourmet food. I want something I could never replicate at home.
It's not too much to ask, is it? Certainly not from Dermalogica and Alpha H, my all-time favourite facial providers and neither was it from Vaishaly, whose facial I was introduced to recently and who ticked all my boxes and more.
I went to have it at the beautiful new Dorchester Spa, in the basement of the hotel on Park Lane in London. I have to say, it's one of the most impressive spas I've ever been to: forget Buddhas and bells, this space is bright, serene, modern and stylish with a gorgeous relaxation room, excellent hair salon and a fabulous Spatisserie tearoom where you can feast on delicious cakes and cocktails with your girlfriends (they do the chicest hen parties too). For a basement spa, it feels amazingly light and airy - a million miles away from the dark cellar I walked around on the hard-hat building-site tour six months ago.
So, exclusive to the spa is Vaishaly's Signature Facial - £95 for 55mins - and the best 55mins my skin has ever been treated to. As well as all the elements featured above, they perform a tension-releasing scalp massage, micro-dermabrasion and a high frequency massage using a pain-free galvanic current. It really was one of the most comprehensive and luxurious facials I've ever had. I walked away feeling fantastic and my skin looked glowy and luminous without a hint of redness. My therapist (if only I could remember her name - I was so blissed-out I'm surprised I can remember any of the treatment!) was amazing: she was upbeat and friendly, obviously in love with her job and had great finger work (confident, perfectly symmetrical, delicate-yet-strong).
I'm so pleased I've found another memorable facial that I can recommend.
I only wish I was getting married all over again so I could book myself in every month!

www.thedorchester.com
www.vaishaly.com

Bollywood Belle

Bollywood Belle

Asian and Indian brides-to-be often tell us their foundation shades are too orange or pink for their skin tones - and finally there is a solution! The Miss Bollywood Glam-X Foundation comes in a fantastic golden colour range and has a lovely liquid texture that leaves a bright, flaw-free complexion. The formula contains moisturisers, antioxidants and sunscreen too, making the £15 price tag certainly worth it.
To make sure you've chosen the right shade, they're offering customers a chance to buy samples for £1.50 (with free postage) - which double-up as excellent touch-up pots for your wedding purse.

www.missbollywood.co.uk

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Five Steps To A Fabulous Face

Five Steps To A Fabulous Face

This month's beauty guru is John Tsagaris, doctor of Chinese Medicine at Energy Bodies. He develops bespoke treatment programmes to bring his clients back into natural balance, including massage, healing and skincare and wellbeing advice. Here he shares his insider secrets on how to get gorgeous, radiant skin in time for your wedding...

• Relax your face - acupressure
Our muscles and skin are very tensed during the day and for most of us during the night as well. Start pressing firmly and deeply all around the face trying to find all these sore and tense points, massaging to relax them. Immediately you will feel an invigorating blood flow to the face and skin and your face will feel much lighter. Better circulation on the face means better oxygen and nutrient supply to skin cells and a better complexion.

• Steam and exfoliate
Use the steam rooms in your gym. Normal cleansers and facial washes do not clean deep enough so the skin is still covered by a layer of grease and dirt blocking the pores and restricting the detoxification and breathing ability of the skin. Take a soft toothbrush and, while skin is warm and moist from the steam, brush gently all over to get rid of the dead cells and sebum which together create a prime environment for bacteria to develop and clog the skin and create breakouts.

• Exercise your face
Exercising your facial muscles tones and plumps up your skin, minimising those lines that you don't need. There are several good books on facial exercises and even DIY gadgets that exercise your face for you.

• Feed your skin
Beauty comes from within as they say and indeed providing your skin with the necessary nutrients will help your skin to regenerate quicker and keep its youth for longer. Antioxidant supplements with Alpha Lipoic Acid, vitamin C, Selenium, co-enzyme Q10 are excellent agents to protect your skin from oxidative stress which damages our skin cells and bodies. Eat superfoods such as prunes, blueberries, blackberries, avocado and all the powerful antioxidant foods to keep your immune system and body healthy and young.

• Beauty acupuncture
According to clinical evidence, beauty acupuncture accelerates skin cell growth, improves the circulation of blood and most importantly re-structures the weak areas of the skin where the face needs it more. The treatment restructures the architecture of the skin which no potions and lotions can reach. It has an accumulative effect and is a natural skin booster, which allows the skin to do what it knows best - protect and repair itself!

To book an appointment with John, contact 0871 9030 000 or email info@energybodies.co.uk

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Wow Brows

Wow Brows

To give your brows the wow-factor on your special day, pay a visit to the Shavata Brow Studio at London's über shopping centre, Westfield. Renowned for her threading skills, celebrity beautician and eyebrow-extraordinaire Shavata makes it possible to walk away with the perfect pair of brows in minutes, whilst her Brow Perfector palette (£19.50) means that your new eyebrows can be maintained throughout your honeymoon too.  www.feelunique.com