Whether you want something cheap and cheerful, or to splash out on a luxe spa treatment, we've got all bases covered...
Clear out winter skin with a Hydrafacial
It’s not exactly cheap, but if you’re looking for results the Hydrafacial ticks every imaginable box. Congestion-clearing? Tick. Texture-smoothing? Tick. Plumping, hydrating, collagen-boosting? Tick, tick tick. The six steps of this classic treatment include peels, serums and a pressurised hydradermabrasion pen that pushes the good stuff in and flushes the bad stuff out (you can see the gunk that’s exited your skin if you wish) I arrived feeling dull and blemish-ridden and left smooth, radiant and a little bit pink. The redness died down in an hour after which my skin continued to improve for a good month.
From £200 at Mallucci London (below) and nationwide
Help your poor partied-out hair
Party season means colour appointments, hairspray, tongs, wands and all the other damage we do to look our best, which makes hibernating season the perfect time to repair our hair. The brilliant and super-scientific L’Oreal Professionnel Pro Fiber treatment can help reconstruct a damaged ‘do thanks to a special molecule that seeks out weak spots on the hair shaft and seals them back up. It’s cost effective, from £15, takes a few minutes at the backwash and can then be recharged at home with L’Oreal professionnel Recreate and Reconstruct haircare ranges. Find a L’Oreal Professionnel salon here
Get a J.LO Glow with a Sunday Riley Ice Clear Facial
Three words: Best extraction ever. There are lots of other reasons to love this instant-results facial If you’re feeling clogged up and dull. It combines a high-tech cryotherapy machine, rumour has it J-Lo has the same one in her house, with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory LED and a hands on approach (aforementioned extraction) The treatment finishes with a generous slathering Sunday Riley’s peerless skincare products at which point my skin felt clear, looked pretty much poreless and noticeably lifted thanks to the icy cryotherapy.
From £60 at Hershesons Berners Street
Reframe your face in a hot minute at Benefit
Looking for a treatment to knock a few years (or late nights) off? For absolute ease, speed and bang for your buck, I reckon nothing beats a brow tidy. Benefit are #1 in the UK for brow services and no wonder, their wax service includes brow mapping to find your perfect shape, a makeup touch-up if you fancy to hide any redness and the option of adding on a tint to pick up all those tiny hairs you never knew existed. From £16, at Benefit Boutiques nationwide.
Treat yourself to a half price spa day
If you haven’t tried Treatwell yet, where have you been? I jest, I jest. Actually now is the perfect time to give the online beauty booking platform a go as they’re running a seasonal sale with up to 50% off spa days until January 27th. So how does it work? Download the app, put in your postcode, browse and book. You can filter by area, treatment and price and read customer reviews of the hundreds of spas on offer. After a brief browse my eye was caught by 34% off a spa day for two at London’s beautiful Landmark Hotel or 18% off a Margaret Dabbs Pedicure (a life enhancing treatment, trust me) at the Guerlain Spa in Edinburgh’s Waldorf Astoria Caledonian. Find out more at Treatwell.co.uk
Treat toes at home with Blow
Now might seem an odd time to get a pedicure, but there is something deeply cheering about a softened heel and freshly painted toenail in the darkest days of winter, even if it’s only you who sees them. That said, a freezing journey home from the nail bar in flip flops has all the appeal of a cold shower, so why not have the salon come to you? Blow Ltd are pioneers of the luxury at home treatment, with a crack team of expert nail technicians, organised and paid for via an app that’s as easy as booking an Uber. Go for the OPI Classic pedicure and your therapist will arrive armed with everything you need for a salon pedi experience from the comfort of your couch. It’s the January hibernation beauty dream. Pedicure from £40, available in London, Birmingham and Manchester. Find out more at blowltd.com
Reward hard-working hands with a high end mani
Our hands get a rough deal don’t they? They work all day, they wash dishes, they’re exposed to the elements nearly all of the time and the most attention they get is with not-so-nail-friendly gel manicures (or nibbling if you’re that way inclined) Why not give your mitts some genuine TLC with The Jessica Deluxe Manicure with LeRemedi. This many-stepped ‘facial for your hands’ packs in a full nail analysis, alpha hydroxy acid exfoliation, an elbows-deep slathering in a restorative mask, various oils and concentrates, heated mittens if you wish and that’s before we even get to the expert manicure using Jessica Nails beautiful, gentle polishes. From £38 at Jessica Salons
Perk up skin in minutes at The Light Salon
Yes its lovely to lounge around in a robe for hours drinking herbal tea before being slathered in masks and massaged, but do you know what else is lovely? Achieving the same heavenly glow after 15 minutes under an LED light in your own clothes and makeup. That’s what the light salon is all about: fast, effective, skin-improving treatments for the lunch hour crowd. Nip in for a radiance inducing 20 minute ExpressLED Skin Health & Rejuvination, £35, then supercharge it with as many add-ons as you fancy. I love the Advanced Exfoliation Peel, £35, and Lifting 10 Minute Facial Massage, £15. New and exciting is Microneedling with 60 minute treatments from £160. Available at Harvey Nichols, Hershesons and Cowshed Spas. thelight-salon.com
Spread good vibes with a restorative Elemis massage
Sometimes you need a hardcore deep tissue elbows-in-the-back type of massage, and sometimes you need to be a bit kinder on yourself, in which case visit Elemis for a Hot Mineral Body Boost. The concept is thus: Lie on the warm amber and quartz crystal bed for a 75 minute top to toe massage, and along with the usual muscle release you can expect an energising and rebalancing effect akin to post yoga zen thanks to the highly charged minerals. The bed itself feels a bit like lying on a sandy beach which makes for a pleasantly escapist experience, while the facial massage is a classy touch making this feel like two treatments for the price of one. £155 at House of Elemis and Selected Centre Parcs Spas