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Sunday, 2 October 2016


I'm excited to write this post about my first ever facial. Yes, I have somehow reached the ripe old age of 23 without having a facial - I'm ashamed.

I've been looking for a good facialist for some time now but with the hefty London price tag, I clearly couldn't afford it.

I then some how stumbled across the Murad Beauty Room at House of Fraser on Oxford Street, offering a range of facials for all skin types at a very reasonable price of £60 which I booked through Treatwell.

There are 9 facial options but they can tailor specific products for your skin. I opted for the Murad Blemish Control Facial. A no brainer considering my on going battle with adult acne and breakouts. Murad also have a great reputation for the adult acne and blemish ranges, so I was onto a winner.

Saturday 1st October, 11:15 am: I arrived at the Murad counter 10 minutes before my appointment where I was asked to fill out a form incase of any allergies or medical issues. I was then whisked into the treatment room on the lower ground floor of House of Fraser. A hidden treasure.

I was pleased that the form I filled out asked me what worries I had with my skin and also about the kind of lifestyle I led.  I then gave Georgia, my facialist an overview of my skin care history and what problems I was currently concerned about.

After a deep double cleanse and steam, she gave me a in-depth consultation about my skin; adult acne, dehydrated and pesky blackheads. She used a face mask and prepared my skin to do some extractions which I really needed. She really got up in my face, clearing out my pores, how glamorous.

The facial took about an hour and I was happy with the treatment and length in terms of value for money. Once the treatment was over, she did run through a recommendation routine that she suggested I follow. Of course, I booked a Murad facial so I knew that they would encourage me to buy their products. However, I was really pleased as she wasn't a pushy sales rep at all, giving me impartial advice.

I picked up the recommended cleanser about a month before which is what initially introduced me to Murad, so just purchased step 2 of the routine, the Blemish Clearing Solution with 20% off. The solution is a serum which should be used both day and night. It claims to target blemishes and prevent new ones without drying the skin out. You also get some great deluxe samples with any purchase, so I'm sure I'll be popping by the counter in no time to expand my collection.
I then headed home through Central London with my naked, slightly red face which wasn't my finest hour.

2:30pm: Within a couple of hours of returning home, my face and extractions had already calmed down. I was starting to see the redness reduced and clarity of my skin. The texture looked and felt amazing.

6:15pm : By the time evening came round, my skin was looking significantly better than it had done when I woke up that morning. Skin looking healthier, clearer and more radiant. All extractions calm and only small marks remained.

Sunday 2nd October, 8.00am: This morning (one day after my facial) I woke up and practically ran to the mirror and I have to admit, I was very impressed. My skin looked clearer, less red and less stressed that it had done before my facial. Those pesky white heads had gone, all that remained was small marks from the extraction and an annoying whitehead of the edge of my lip which wasn't ready to be removed.

I will continue to use the two steps of the Murad routine, hoping to see a difference in the next couple of months. I will definitely be returning to Murad for my next facial in a month or so. She recommended I go back in two weeks but who really has the money for that?
All round, I couldn't recommend Murad anymore if you're looking for a good facial in London. They have a great range of options available, the beauty room was very clean, professional and relaxing and you get great value for money. I will likely review the products in a few weeks' time to let you know how I'm getting on. 

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