A drizzly cold autumn day in London and my skin felt just as dull & lifeless as the sky.
My appointment at the newly opened Mayfair Aesthetics couldn’t have come at a better time.
As I headed to the clinic, I made the dreaded Northern Line mistake by forgetting about the different train routes. I normally frown upon people that don’t plan their journeys in advance, but I did just that – oops!
My eyes were very much on the clock, I was running late and panic was starting to set in. It came as a great relief that the clinic was only a short walk from the train station. It is the ideal location for all travel routes.
In a fluster, I literally ran through the doors, only to be greeted by the most welcoming, warm and friendly smile. Matthew, the clinic manager, has without doubt, the most flawless skin I have ever seen.
Mayfair Aesthetics is located in the heart of Islington, surrounded by lovely bars and restaurants, which happens to be ideal for a cheeky Mojito and bite to eat after your treatment. The clinic opened its doors just over two months ago and the start-up story is quite something. The clinic went from dream to reality in the blink of an eye. Clearly it was not just earth that was built in 7 days! The clinic offers a wide range of treatments from laser hair removal at a very competitive price, injectable treatments, Dermaroller, Mesotherapy and so much more.
The lovely Matthew showed me to the treatment room which evoked thoughts of an inner city haven, with its dark flooring, crisp white walls and strategically placed flora, it was the perfect balance between escapism and avant garde. My treatment was with Luz, who has been in the industry for over ten years and practically oozed confidence in her capabilities.
I was in for a real treat as I was having the ‘Soprano Ice Platinum Near Infrared Skin Tightening Facial’ or more easily known as the NIR Facial. The Soprano Ice Platinum system is only in a handful of clinics across the UK, so I felt very special having such an exclusive treatment. The NIR Facial, as defined by the clinic as “an effective, safe and non-invasive treatment for plumping out fine lines and wrinkles through stimulating your own natural collagen production, for a fresher, more youthful looking complexion”. This is also the treatment that just keeps giving, as you can see the results up to 3 months post facial, as the skin renews and new collagen is formed. It is however, recommended to have the treatment in 2-3 week intervals to really see the full benefits and long lasting results.
After filling out the health questionnaire on the clinic iPad, Luz discussed the treatment and what was involved. She explained that she would avoid going too close to my lips and eyebrows from my previous permanent make up treatment and should I have any discomfort, just to raise my hand.
Luz removed my make up and applied gel-like liquid to my face. She popped on the eye protectors and started up the machine….
I was slightly anxious as this was my first skin tightening treatment, so I had anticipated some form of torture. Oh how wrong could I have been? This was warm, relaxing and very pleasant. Luz started on my jawline and chin, then moved to my forehead and cheeks before finishing off on my neck. Despite being a machine, this actually felt quite similar to an effective facial massage. Luz applied a recovery mask followed by eye and face creams.
The beauty of this treatment was that there was no downtime, you can, in fact, have this treatment on your lunch break and go back to the office looking and feeling fabulous.
Post treatment, I went through to the consultation room where Matthew had prepared a smoothie that was beautifully presented in a flamboyant, all singing, all dancing glass, topped with a cocktail umbrella. The smoothie was delicious and had a shot of the award winning Skinade – “an anti-ageing collagen drink containing a patent pending formulation of active ingredients that aims to boost your body's natural production of collagen and hyaluronic acid”. What a perfect ending to this superb treatment. Matthew and his team most definitely go the extra mile to make every client feel extra special.
The atmosphere was so relaxed and after having a chat with Matthew about his twenty plus years in the industry (something very hard to believe with his youthful skin),his big ideas for the clinic and the celebrity clientele, it was time for me to head home.
On my way out of the door, I glanced in the mirror, only to find perfectly rosy plump cheeks with a healthy iridescent glow looking back at me. As I walked out of this Islington haven, the sky was predictably still grey, but my skin resembled that of the summer sun.
Mayfair Aesthetics 10-12 Gaskin Street Islington London N1 2RY 0207 354 4000