Face Time In London
New York fashion week went out with a bang last night as Calvin Klein hosted the likes of Diane Kruger, Emma Stone, and Karlie Kloss at a high-profile soirée to toast its new Spring collection and Lady Gaga napped the night away in front of a packed house at the Guggenheim. But there’s no rest for the fashion tribes. LFW officially kicked off today, and the style set—with collective sore muscles and dehydrated complexions—is now firmly planted in London. With the Olympic cauldrons still smoking, the British capital’s prepping for another frenzied celebration of its greatest talents—which includes a bevy of beauty wizards. Here, we’ve rounded up London town’s best new treatments to help you make the most of that rare hour-long break between Michael van der Ham and Christopher Kane.—Grace Timothy
London’s medi-spa pro Debbie Thomas, has designed a new SkinCeuticals treatment to reduce redness and soothe reactive skin, combining red light and ultrasound therapy with a salicylic and mandelic acid peel, microdermabrasion, and massage to refine without irritation.
SkinCeuticals Delicate Skin Repair & Strengthening Treatment, from $218 for 60 minutes at Hari’s, 305 Brompton Road, SW3 2DY, www.skinceuticals.co.uk.
Detox by Design
Travel, fashion week’s killer schedule, and London’s pollution will launch an assault on even the most blessed of complexions. Dr. Murad’s Runway Ready Facial—especially designed for LFW’s official hotel host, the Mayfair—tackles the resulting cellular debris, sebum, and pore size inflammation with an intensive peel, deep cleanse, brightening mask, and optional extractions.
Murad Runway Ready Facial Treatment, $160 for 60 minutes at the Mayfair Hotel, 70 Stratton Street Mayfair, W1J 8LW, www.themayfairhotel.co.uk.
Look on the Bright Side
Known for the luminosity and sculpting she brings to clients with her unique reparative techniques, Emma Hardie is one of London’s greatest skincare assets. Under her expert fingers you’ll feel restored and recharged as skin is cleansed, steam-cleaned, polished, and then lifted with a circulation-boosting massage and tension-relieving traction touch.
Radiance Facial treatment, $210 for 90 minutes at Michael John of Mayfair, 25 Albemarle Street, W1S 4HU, www.EmmaHardie.com.
Relax, Just Do It
It’s little touches like the warmed waterbeds, cosseting duvets, and über-luxe ambience of the Langham that make this London’s ultimate way to unwind. You’ll start with Chuan Harmony’s signature Breathing Ritual with acupressure massage, then the antiaging benefits of OSKIA’s pioneering natural skincare products take over, fusing together the best of Eastern and Western techniques.
Chuan Harmonizing Treatment for Face & Body by OSKIA, $290 for 90 minutes at the Langham, 1 Portland Place, W1B 1JA, www.oskiaskincare.com.
The Pampering Pop-Up
Selfridges’ brand-new Beauty Workshop is home to the private Treatment Room, which will be hosting skincare pop-ups all year round. During LFW, it’s the Organic Pharmacy’s turn, offering bespoke facials—the fastest way to tackle the week’s skincare concerns—and a bounty of serums and salves to test-drive between shows.
The Organic Pharmacy Ultimate Skin Renewal Facial, $73 for 45 minutes at Selfridges, Oxford Street, W1, www.selfridges.com.
Photo: Courtesy of The May Fair