There’s a new facial in town

Having just returned from a beauty trip to Portofino, it was off to Paris last week for a very glamorous Chanel skincare launch (more on that later).


As we sat sipping champagne on the Terrace Bar of the Ritz, two very esteemed colleagues commented that my skin looked much more radiant than it had when they’d seen me in Italy. Trust me, it’s not much that makes these hard-worn beauty journos take note.

What had happened, they wanted to know.

In between one security check and the next, I’d managed to squeeze in a ‘medical facial’ at hot new Medi-clinic Medicetics. This treatment combines a mild glycolic peel with all the usual trappings of a facial, including the all-important massage. In these tough economic times, I’m increasingly for products and treatments that deliver a visible difference and this facial is nothing if not results-driven.


For the next couple of days, my skin felt a bit rough as skin cells sloughed off (no one else noticed this), and you always get a few tiny scabs and spots after a peel as things you had no idea were hidden under you skin come to the surface.

But just a couple of days after that, there really was a positive difference. My skin didn’t just look brighter and feel smoother; it had shed some of its pesky milia, too. With a couple more treatments, I could probably get rid of them all, according to my therapist, which is great news for me and, I imagine, anyone else who’s ever felt exasperated by those stubborn white heads that accumulate under your eyes (and can only otherwise be removed with a needle and an extremely experienced facialist).

A peel this mild won’t plump up skin like stronger peels can (not visibly anyway), but the Medical Facial is great if your skin feels dull and congested and you want to freshen it up. My only niggle is you don’t get extractions – that, plus a slightly longer massage would make it a truly 360-degree treatment.

Meanwhile, I can’t wait to find out how my beauty friends get on…

Facials at Medicetics cost from £65. 

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