Tucked away around the back of Peter Jones on London’s refined Sloane Square lies the UK’s flagship store of QMS Medicosmetics and Spa.
With its sophisticated address, and in the vicinity of other retail outlets with equally reliable, long-trusted reputations, you know that this German company means business, and fittingly, it is one that is not focused on a beauty that is only skin deep.
Inside the spa the ambience betrays intentions of beautiful and slick European elegance. White walls are underscored with azure blue lights that hint at the Mediterranean, and clear, bright, unblemished surfaces abound in a way that you can only hope will mirror your own facial canvas once you leave here post-treatment.
QMS Medicosmetics and Spa was founded on interesting principles by a maxillo facial surgeon, Dr Erich Schulte, whose work prior to setting the company up concentrated on healing patients who had suffered severe accidents and burns.
Through this work he developed products for everyday use in conjunction with his latter research on the beneficial effects collagen has on anti-ageing and skin regeneration.
From this his first skincare range was launched. Now a global brand, treatments at the spa range from skin cell renewal, pigmentation correction, firming treatments and skin regenerating treatments. The concise menu of what’s available is priced upwards of £45.
I had a bespoke facial, specially tailored to my skin type, and I was able to try out the addition of the oxygen concentrator – a sensation akin to somebody blowing fine streams of pure oxygen onto your face, encouraging everything that’s been absorbed to penetrate deeper and work more efficiently.
Afterwards, your therapist will write a detailed recommended skincare routine, and will remain on board for you at the spa to answer any further questions in an unstuffy, approachable environment.
If Sloane Square is less handy, then QMS have recently launched their range at the beauty counters in Liberty’s iconic Regent Street store – somewhere you can also book in for spa appointments.
The verdict? Perhaps I was having a good week anyway, but a few days after my 90 minutes at Cadogan Gardens someone who I’d not seen in a little while asked me if I’d found love. “Your face says it all”. Little did she know.