Spear’s | 27 Nov 2020
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“Caroline Phillips is a tenacious and skilful writer with a flair for high quality interviewing and a knack for making things work.”
London’s best-kept skin secret is hidden behind a door in a residential street. ‘It’s so discreet,’ enthuses Joanne Evans as she welcomes Spear’s to the Holland Park flagship of Skin-Matters, the UK’s first ‘skin health house’.
It feels like an exclusive, members-only club frequented by the beauty cognoscenti. When Evans, a medical aesthetician, launched it nine months before the pandemic struck, it quickly made its way on to speed dial for celebrities. Hollywood actress Naomi Watts enjoyed her visit so much that she announced she would take Evans back to the US with her.
Our lives in lockdown leave us unable to see our favourite facialists and skincare experts, however we are lucky we still have access to amazing products that can maintain things in the meantime.
Esse’s Ageless Serum is a must-have for stressed skin. Suma Root, Muira Puama Bark, and Madonna Lily extracts. Devil’s Claw. The ingredients list alone makes you want to buy it. What clinches the deal is that it’s probiotic skincare that treats your skin as an ecosystem, using an organic biotech to create an environment that allows biodiversity to return, allowing your skin’s natural microbes to flourish. If you want more science, inactivated probiotic Lactobacillus cells are added to stimulate the skin’s production of β-defensins (proteins in the antimicrobial defence brigade). These peptides shift the skin’s microbe populations to favour the species that outcompete the pro-ageing ones. Expensive, yes. But just know that it’s the natural way to restore balance, firmness and let your skin thrive.
Somewhat ironically called The Pill, The Nue Co’s latest topical supplement is a powerful face solution that includes complex AHAs to Hyaluronic Acid and Tiger Grass: a single daily dose of every key nutrient for the skin, and a potent combo of clinical and natural. It tackles inflammation (whether from diet, lifestyle or pandemic stress) with anti-inflammatory grape-seed, bilberry and liquorice root extract. Best of all you get hydration from non-toxic ingredients that don’t hurt you or the planet. A great one-step solution, it takes the hassle out of skincare layering. Get it on prescription.
Looking for ways to relax to the max? Now we’re all staying at home more and the clocks have changed, here are ten ways to cheer yourself up on these dark days for the ultimate blissful bedtime.
Hand sanitiser is now a major part of our lives. Anything with over 60 per cent alcohol content and a great smell gets the thumbs up, says Caroline Phillips. These are the best hand sanitisers on the market.
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If you want a masseur with magic fingers who’s bookable throughout the year, Esther Cato is your lady. It’s not just that this healer-meets-ultimate-stress-buster-meets-masseur is so available. It’s also that she’s so good. So thank your lucky stars that government restrictions have just lifted, and book to see Esther in your London home for a deep tissue therapeutic massage. Or bag her for a pregnancy massage. Or a Swedish one.
Sam Ashton-Booth is newly redundant, so his venture The Outside Oven gives a new meaning to Eat Out to Help Out, whilst also giving a new spin to home-cooked meals. Plus, in these uncertain times, his feasts costs far less than any Michelin meal in a restaurant. The average food spend at The Ledbury was £125 per head, without alcohol. Caroline Phillips tells us more…View Web page
Expect everything from a deluge of divorces (those already unhappy couples who were holed up during the pandemic) through to a mass exodus to live in the countryside, far from the madding, (masked) crowd. Anticipate dealing with your tubby Coronatummy – and body hair (that’s you, ladies) – and possibly finding a new career too.
Here’s our guide to the top dozen services and practitioners for the next steps. Whether you’re after the world’s best off-Zoom yoga, the ultimate post-lockdown facial or mouth-watering new foodie experiences, read on.
It’s like disappearing down the best of rabbit holes and arriving at a Scottish baronial version of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. The skew-whiff clipped topiary on the sloping lawn looks as if it’s been cut by a drunken gardener or the March Hare; the 240-acre estate is dotted with water-sprouting mermaids, characters from Robert Burns, Robert Burns himself and Ossian, the mythical Scottish Bard. The Queen of Hearts must have shouted, “Off with their heads” because there are decapitated heads (AKA stone busts) on the garden walls.
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