Tried & Tested: Getting some face time with myself

Sarah Marshall restores her post-holiday skin with a bespoke facial

Sarah had a Biologique Recherche facial

EVERY time I walk into a department store or turn the pages of a glossy magazine, I'm bombarded with seductive-sounding beauty products. The choice – and pressure to spend – is endless, so I'm relieved when Biologique Recherge facialist Aime Biller promises to give my skin a bespoke workout.

She picks out products suited to my specific needs, rather than sticking to a one-size-fits-all approach. It's the central ethos behind the French brand, which despite being 35 years old, has only recently launched in the UK.

Products containing a high concentration of botanical and marine extracts (and no nasties) are mixed on the spot, turning the spa into more of a science laboratory. Aimee works on half my face at a time (using a very effective skin-pinching exfoliation technique), to illustrate before and after differences with gasp-inducing effect: one side is plumper, fresher and remarkably less sallow after treatment.

I'm recommended products to use at home – 70 per cent of good skincare is what you do in-between facials, Aimee tells me – and I happily follow up on her advice. I haven't been given the hard sell and, after 90 minutes of custom pampering, my skin has never looked better."

:: Biologique Recherche facials cost from around £100 for 90 minutes. See for stockists.


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