FEELGOOD FACTOR ; Esther Walker Samples a Facial That Leaves Her Floating out of the Room
Walker, Esther, The Evening Standard (London, England)
The Skin Matters Facial What is it? A complete "problem-solving facial", which is tailor-made to your skin and your skin's problems.
What does it claim? Top facialist Joanne Evans, who has 18 years' experience, has seen it all. She can assess your skin and its problems quickly and talks to you about what you want. There are no set rules; you can pick and choose from a range of treatments..
Any science to it? Joanne's treatment room is the NASA of skin care, with machines and tools and twiddly bits. The three most scientific treatments she offers are ultrasound to penetrate vitamin A, E and C into the skin, zapping unwanted hair, broken veins and zits with a laser, and passing small galvanic currents through a mask to hydrate and plump up the skin.
What's it like? Oh, how I hate my spots. I get great big throbbing ones, those horrid small ones under the skin, ones on my forehead, on my chin, even under my chin sometimes. It's not bad enough to be acne, but it's not nice.
Surely at 27 I am too old for pimples and pustules? "Hmmm, hormonal," says
Joanne. "You can tell by the congestion around the chin and jawline." Joanne started by steaming my face for 10 minutes and then "cleaning" my skin (ie squeezing my spots). …