At the hands of Ole Henriksen-trained Debbie Thomas, I experienced Diamond Tip Abrasion, Hydradermabrasion, Red Light therapy, Audio Sonic Stimulation and proper extractions complete with needles all in the space of one 90-minute treatment. An indulgent neck, shoulder and face massage made sure the experience ticked the Ive-been-pampered box, too.
Debbie has more than fifteen years experience in the luxury facial and aesthetic medical industry - as well as training with Henriksen, Debbie has worked with Dr Frances Prenna-Jones, one of Londons foremost needle workers and is make-up artist Pat McGraths facialist of choice. With her intense, results-driven approach, Debbie aims to make the biggest possible difference to your skin by using non-invasive medical equipment and high-grade products to cleanse, drive active ingredients in to the skin and increase circulation.
This was the first time Id had any kind of microdermabrasion and I really liked the way it worked my skin, sucking and smoothing and pumping it with serum. I was also impressed with the way Debbie tackled extractions. Ive got a thing about extractions I think they should always be done when needed, but lots of therapists steer clear, which is shame, as skin simply doesnt look or feel treated if its still full of blackheads. Though its not just blackheads Debbie squeezes: I treat a lot of women with acne, she told me. I clear the infection and use lymphatic drainage and Blue Light Therapy to clear toxins and reduce bacteria. In my case, she even used a needle to tackle some stubborn whitehead-cum-milia type afflictions that had been bugging me for months. One particularly stubborn one has left a bit of a mark but it looks like it should clear soon.
Although I still found a few things to squeeze when I got home, my skin looked visibly better fresh, glowing and plump Even my boyfriend, who only notices when Im wearing too much foundation, commented that I looked nicely polished. I assume he was referring to my face.
Facials with Debbie Thomas at Daniel Hersheson cost from £115; www.danielhersheson.com