I’ve had a fair few facials in my time, but none quite like the one I experienced recently at the COMO Shambhala spa in London.
The treatment in question, the Celgenics Couture Facial, barely involves any products at all. There are no face masks, peels or exfoliation techniques here – products are only used to clean the skin at the start and a small amount of moisturiser at the very end.
The Celgenics facial is a rejuvenating, non-invasive treatment that sculpts and lifts the skin through repetitive fingertip massage on specific energy points and using Ayurvedic plumping techniques, with the primary aim of producing anti ageing effects.
Carried out at the COMO Shambhala spa at The Metropolitan on Park Lane, the treatment involves 90 minutes of massaging the face along acupuncture points to revitalise the muscles and tissue.
Creating and administered by Marian Bourne, the process is also very relaxing without the distractions of various creams and cleansers being applied.
The treatment also involves Low Level Laser Therapy where red and near infra-red light is applied over the skin to help stimulate the cells and repair the skin.
The results after one session were clearly evident: plumper skin that looked and felt more alert, softer lines around the eyes and my cheeks and eyebrows looked ‘lifted’.
By performing the treatment on one side of the face at the time, you can notice the difference between the two quite clearly half way through the process.
You can find out more about the Celgenics Couture Facial and founder Marian Bourne at www.celgenics.com. The 90-minute Celgenics Couture Facial is available at COMO Shambhala Urban Escape and costs £160 per session.
The COMO Shambhala spa was recently featured in our guide to the best spas in London.
Disclaimer: I was invited to try the Celgenics facial – read our editorial policy here.