Having received a few beautiful goodies from Emma Hardie recently, I went along to the Michaeljohn salon in Mayfair for a facial with one of Emma’s girls, Anna. The treatment space is beautiful, situated downstairs from the main hair salon. The room, as you can see from the picture, is everything you’d expect from a therapy room, except with a little added (and really simple) extra that I’ve not had before. They have a super soft pillow in the middle of the bed that you put under your knees, which somehow makes you feel like you’re resting on a cloud. DI-VINE.
Anna, my lovely therapist, came and met me in reception and took me downstairs, and ran through a few basic questions, asking me about my skin type and routine, and then taking me through everything she’d be doing and using during the treatment. She was brilliant and made sure I could ask anything I wanted at any time without making me feel like I was interrupting or being stupid – frankly I was grateful for that!
Then, the good stuff. The treatment. The principles of Emma Hardie’s treatments are all based around the massage techniques she’s created, not necessarily the products themselves. Anna did an hour of working her way all over my face, neck and décolletage, somehow applying enough pressure to make a difference but with a featherlight touch I could barely feel. I’m not ashamed to say I fell asleep, even through her turning my head from side to side to work on each part of my face.
The facial I had isn’t one designed to extract impurities or give a deep cleanse, it’s all about rejuvenating and brightening the skin. Normally after I have facials, my skin is pretty red and shiny, but this time I just looked glowing and like I’d had 15 hours sleep. The thing I was most impressed with was the complete reduction in puffiness around my eyes, due to the massage technique Anna applied. The idea is that using your ring fingers, you lightly ‘pull’ at the skin around the eye area using both fingers. You can do this any time, even watching TV, but it’s probably best to apply a light eye cream first so you can work that in at the same time.
These are the products Anna used on me during the facial (including an eye cream and serum I don't have - yet):
Above is the Amazing Face Cleansing Balm, something of a cult classic and totally effective and indulgent at the same time, and also a pot of Rosehip Exfoliating Seeds, which you mix in, as much or as little as you need, to the cleansing balm for added exfoliation. Below is the Amazing Face Hydrating Lighter Lotion, a beautifully silky light moisturise, ideal for oily skins like mine.
The day after the treatment, I had several people do that wonderful thing where they say “You look really well, have you done something different?” I was wearing hardly any make up because I didn’t need it; despite it not being technically a clarifying treatment, two blemishes I had were visibly minimised, my pores had shrunk considerably (although not altogether – when are the men who put people on the Moon going to deal with pores?) and my skin texture was velvety soft.
In short, it was magical. I’ll be back. Go to Emma Hardie at Michaeljohn, ask for Anna, and wake up a new person.
Full product reviews of the Emma Hardie range will follow shortly. Both the facial and the products were PR samples.