Peel away the years
Facial peels have really moved on. Gone are the days when you were covered in chemicals and then had to spend days hiding in a darkened room as your skin peeled off like a lizard’s.
In keeping with the whole organic, natural era we are living in, I recently tried the Ginger Peel at the new Michaeljohn Medispa. Made exclusively from plant extracts and natural ingredients there are several stages to the treatment; first the actual ginger peel, which smells divine and really does feel like it’s doing something. While it’s on, your skin heats up to the point of feeling slightly uncomfortable. After that, my therapist Umay covered my face with a herbal exfoliating mixture, which increases the skin’s blood circulation and metabolism. This was followed by a calming mask and gorgeous face massage to increase lymphatic drainage. Umay has been in this business for 22 years and you can almost feel her years of experience in her finger-tips. The final part of the treatment was 20 minutes under a LED light, which boosts collagen production. Afterwards my skin was plumped, firm and glowing. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such dramatic results from a facial. Here I am immediately afterwards.
The day after I was slightly red (actually my husband thought I had a sun tan) but my skin is still glowing three days on.
Umay suggests one every two weeks for a period of six weeks then a top-up once every four weeks or so for best results. It’s particularly good for sun-damaged skin, pigmentation issues and large pores.
VALUE FOR MONEY: 4/5
BEAUTY OR BEAST: Beauty
The Ginger Peel is available at the Michaeljohn MediSpa and costs £250. But readers of this blog will receive a £50 discount. Just say you read about it here. Call 0207 752 0652 to book or email Umay direct at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helena Frith Powell was born in Sweden to a Swedish mother and Italian father, but grew up mainly in England. She is the author of eleven books, translated into several languages including Chinese and Russian. She wrote the French Mistress column The Sunday Times about life in France for several years. She is a regular contributor to the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, The Times, Daily Telegraph, Tatler Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar.
Helena has been the editor of four magazines, including M Magazine, a supplement for the Abu Dhabi-based National Newspaper and FIVE, a high-end fashion glossy, also published in Abu Dhabi. Helena was also editor-in-chief of 360 Life, a quarterly glossy magazine published with the Sports 360 Newspaper in Dubai, part of the Chalhoub Group.
Helena contributes regularly to UK-based newspapers and magazines and holds a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Cambridge. She is working on a thriller set in Sweden as well as a novel about the relationship between Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield called Sense of an Echo.
In 2022 her short story The Japanese Gardener came second in the Fish Publishing Short Story Prize. One of her stories was also shortlisted for the Bridport Short Story Prize. When she’s not writing, she works as a headhunter for the media and entertainment industry for the Sucherman Group.
Helena, who was educated at Durham University, lives in the Languedoc region of France with her husband Rupert and their three children.
More France Please, we’re British; Gibson Square 2004
Two Lipsticks and a Lover 2005; Gibson Square (hardback)
All You Need to be Impossibly French; (US version of above) Penguin 2006
Two Lipsticks and a Lover; Arrow Books (paperback) 2007
Ciao Bella Gibson Square; (hardback) 2006
Ciao Bella Gibson Square; (paperback) 2007
So Chic! (French version of Two Lipsticks) Leduc Editions 2008 (also translated into Chinese, Russian and Thai)
More, More France; Gibson Square 2009
To Hell in High Heels; Arrow Books 2009 (also translated into Polish)
The Viva Mayr Diet; Harper Collins 2009
Love in a Warm Climate; Gibson Square 2011
The Ex-Factor; Gibson Square 2013
Smart Women Don’t Get Wrinkles; Gibson Square 2016
The Arnolfini Marriage; Amazon Kindle December 2016
Smart Women Don’t Get Wrinkles (paperback); Gibson Square spring 2018
The Longest Night; Gibson Square spring 2019