As much as I love London at Christmas, the fact remains that it is Britain in December. And with that we have to accept grey skies, gloomy mornings and tourists fighting for pavement space while we try to Christmas shop. It was on a particularly gloomy, drizzly morning last week that I arrived at Skin Lounge in Richmond feeling cold and distinctly lacking in Christmas spirit.
I was greeted by Rachel, the Skin Lounge owner, her bubbly personality was infectious and by the time I had shed my winter coat I was already beginning to feel better. And boy was that just the beginning of my feel good experience at Skin Lounge.
Skin Lounge is like a MEDISPA and beauty salon combined, but not like any one that I have been to before. With its quirky and almost whimsical decoration, its like escaping to a different world. My kind of world! Where only pampering, style and relaxation matter.
As Rachel lead me through to the treatment room, she explained to me that each of the rooms had been designed to create a unique and luxurious experience.
“Each room takes on its own unique personality. We hope you enjoy our tactile, eccentric environment as much as we do.”
As I entered the ‘Snake’ room I was completely transported out of my melancholy. With glamorous snakeskin wallpaper, and a super comfy heated bed, this room provided the perfect surroundings for me to forget the outside world and enjoy being pampered. Time to lie back and enjoy!
The treatment Rachel gave me was amongst the most bespoke I have ever experienced. She began with a lengthy talk about my skin (which is slightly dry), my daily regime and why certain things don’t work for me. She then went through the products she was going to use during the treatment – Medik8, Elizabeth Arden Pro, followed by 20 minutes under the Dermalux LED light. Then spent some time with me going through how each of the products work and what she was going to do during the treatment. I was in heaven!
There is only one word I can use to describe Rachel…Guru. I thought that myself and the other Pamperettes were possibly the most passionate people about the pampering industry but in Rachael I met a kindred spirit.
Rachel and the Skin Lounge team are extremely results driven. And by that I mean getting the best results for your skin. They only use products that they believe in and that they know will give results. The team will also help you to make the right choices to continue your skin care regime at home, with a large range of home care products available for purchase.
Given Rachel’s enthusiasm for the pampering industry and her flair for décor and spotting trends, it came as no surprise to me that hers was the first UK venue to use Elizabeth Arden pro, blazing a trail with others following.
I have no doubt that Rachel and her team will continue create trends and push the boundaries of luxury and pampering. I for one will be watching closely and coming back for regular treatments.
I re-entered the gloomy December day with a glow around me and with Skin Lounge firmly under my skin.
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