Time-Poor? This Results-Driven, Speed Facial Is for You

Updated 04/29/19
Best facials in london: facialist Kate Kerr
Kate Kerr London

If you're going to fork out on a facial, you want one that works, right? Not some half-arsed cleanse, tone and moisturise that you could have done better yourself at home. You don't want whale song and lavender pillows, you want lasers and lights, gadgets and gizmos. It's a big no thank you to the softly-softly approach—instead, you want to get straight down to super-strength facial massage and skincare formulas more potent than you can buy off the shelf.

These high-impact, high-intensity, high-results treatments are out there, it's just a case of finding them. We've done the legwork for you, having offered up our faces like little sacrificial lambs to a whole host of facialists across London to bring you this: Byrdie UK's definitive guide to the best facials in London that we'd actually rebook—and in some cases, already have done.

You and your face can thank us later.

The Facial Bar by Dr. David Jack

The Facial Bar London
Courtesy of The Facial Bar

"If you’re in a hurry but want results head to The Facial Bar at Neville Hair & Beauty. You’re not undressed, relaxing on a bed under a fluffy towel, instead you get comfy in a reclining chair while the facialist thoroughly, yet swiftly, tends to your skin. This treatment is for those who are time-poor and results-driven.

"Masterminded by Harley Street expert Dr David Jack the facials start with a thorough cleanse and then depending on the facial you choose from you are treated to a combination of steps that could include a deep peel, brightening oxygen therapy, LED Light or lymphatic drainage massage. There are also bolt-ons by way of boosters and masks that you can add to your base treatment if needed. I was in and out within 45 minutes with skin that looked glowing and bright. The ideal pit stop at the end of a hectic week." —Amy Lawrenson, Editorial Director

Location: Neville Hair & Beauty, 5 Pont StreetPrice: From £60 for 30 minutesHow to Book: Online

iS Clinical Fire and Ice Facial at The Ned Spa

best facials in london: The Ned iS Clinical Fire And Ice Facial
The Ned

"I have pretty sensitive skin, and unfortunately for me whenever I have had a facial it comes with a hefty amount of issues after. I know I know, it's my skin purging, that means it's working—but as someone that works in beauty, walking around with a face full of spots after isn't nice. That was until I tried the iS Clinical Fire and Ice LED facial. This intensive treatment is a combination of an intensive peel, with a mild facial. It helps to resurface the skin and reduce fine lines all while addressing problematic areas (in my case hormonal acne).

The peel does feel slightly uncomfortable, but nothing you can't handle and the 'ice' part is applied immediately after. Lastly, you lie under an LED light to help boost collagen and kill off bad bacteria that causes acne. I left the treatment a little red, but the beauty of this facial is there's no downtime so I was able to shoot off for dinner plans right after. And the next morning I woke up with glowing, clear skin. I'm not even joking when I say my bout of hormonal acne had reduced so dramatically you could hardly see it—and the magic continued throughout the coming weeks." 

—Alyss Bowen, associate social media editor

Location: The Ned, 27 Poultry Street London
Price:
£160 for 50 minutes
How to Book:
Online

Bespoke Inner Sculpting Facial at Joss Beauty

Best facials in london: facialist Charlotte Connoley
Charlotte Connoley

"If you're looking for some serious lifting and firming, then I wouldn't recommend anything other than this facial. Developed by the queen of skin herself, Nichola Joss, I actually experienced it at the hands of her wingwoman and fellow superfacialist Charlotte Connoley. As I've already explained in my full review, It isn't for the faint-hearted, as it's not long before you find Connoley's fingers inside (yes, inside) your mouth, as she practically pummels your facial muscles into submission and forcefully returns them to their rightful place.

This one made my eyes water, but my jawline was sharper than it's ever been, and I actually had cheekbones for once. Dreamy."
— Shannon Peter, deputy editor

Location: Joss Beauty, Good Vibes Studio, 14-16 Betterton St., London, WC2H 9BU
Price: £200 for 60 mins
How to Book: Email jossbeauty@gmail.com, or visit Connoley's website here

Bespoke DNA Facial at Kate Kerr London

Best facials in london: Amy Lawrenson in LED mask
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"When Kerr asked me to send a swab of my saliva to Sydney six weeks before my treatment, I knew this wasn't going to be just any facial. When we finally met, she knew my skin way better than I ever could and had stats on everything from its ability to maintain collagen to how good my body is at making its own antioxidants. And from there, she ransacked my entire skincare regimen, telling me to throw out things that just didn't suit my genetic makeup and advising me on the products that would really make a difference.

The facial itself was focussed on my individual skin needs, so I got a heavy-duty peel, 20 minutes under a red LED face mask and a good number of extractions. The results of the facial, which you can read more about in my full review here, and her product recommendations were so impressive that I was averaging two skin compliments a day."
— Amy Lawrenson, editorial director

Location: The Mondrian, 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PD
Price: DNA test £495 and facial from £150.
How to book: Visit Kerr's website or call 01914 958 468.

Clean and Lift at Face Gym

Best facials in london: facegym counter in selfridges
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"If you're really not fussed about padded slippers and aromatherapy oils, look no further. Skin is coated in a shit tonne of the + Oil Signature Muscle Blend serum (which I've already confessed my undying love to over here) before a fractional laser is run over the entire face killing up to 99% of bacteria, making it ideal if the London smog has cast a grey tinge over your complexion. That one isn't painful, but the next one is a bit hotter, which can a feel a little uncomfortable. Of course, I fought through the pain, as this light kicks the skin's collagen production back into action making it firmer and more resilient.

I was in and out within half an hour, but my skin looked nothing short of glorious—so much so, I'm booking in again, as the team recommends a course of six to see optimal results."
— Shannon Peter, deputy editor

Location: Exclusive to Face Gym, The Beauty Workshop, Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB
Price:
£75 for 30 minutes
How to Book:
Online

The Signature Treatment at Face Place

Best facials in london: Shannon Peter with face mask

"So—things got pretty serious pretty fast when I went to try out Face Place's iconic treatment. As well as the highest potency of skin brightening vitamin C I've ever experienced, my face withstood galvanic currents (that's what the mask is about) and the most extensive session of extractions (aka pore squeezing) my face has seen. The results were little short of incredible. I've written about the facial more extensively here, but what you need to know is that my skin literally looked juicy by the end of it—I was gleaming—and stayed that way for weeks."
— Shannon Peter, deputy editor

Location: Alex Eagle Studios, 6 Lexington St., W1 or The Rosewood Hotel 252 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EN
Price: £140 for 70 minutes
How to Book: Online

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