I’m the first to admit that despite the lucky position I find myself in - reviewing hair and beauty treats - I have never been fond of facials. After dealing/suffering with acne on and off from the age of 15, anything to do with someone touching my skin was a serious no-go area. So it was with a little trepidation that I stepped into the gorgeously scented treatment room at FourLondon. However, since my recent encounters with this salon have always been fun and relaxed, I thought it might be time to improve on this issue.
The minute I met therapist Marie Reynolds I felt instantly at ease. This woman knows a LOT, as in, genetics, Chinese medicine and goodness knows what else - oh and she’s also written two books! When she isn’t flying around the world for her role as Director of Education for Eve Taylor Aromatherapy, Marie manages to find the time to bestow her amazing knowledge - and hands - on the lucky few who manage to bag an appointment with her at the salon now known as being one of the best when it comes to getting colour right, every time. Plus Glamour magazine has already called her a ‘skin psychic’! And that label is spot on; within minutes Marie had diagnosed my legendary stomach issues and some emotional stuff that I’m not prepared to admit to on Tumblr! (The words ‘emotional lockdown’ came up a couple of times o_O).
After giving me an extensive list of items to balance my enzymes - and telling me to stop eating after 7pm AND not to drink coffee, like, ever - Marie set about exfoliating, soothing and moisturising. I even lay still during the dreaded foot massage (does anyone know why all facials involve foot massages - I hate them! As in, I hate feet; your feet, my feet, everyone’s!). The best way to describe Marie, other than as a ‘skin pyschic’ is that she has an intuitive touch and magical hands. She also has an uncanny knack for making you want to do better, eat better - in general, just be nicer to yourself. And I’m still trying…
(Although Marie is only currently available at FourLondon on Fridays I think this might change soon - I hope so! You can find her and her gorgeous twitter profile at @Marie_Reynolds)