Fortnum & Mason is one of my favourite London department stores, renowned for its beautifully packaged food produce. However, they also have an impressive beauty hall on the second floor. They have teamed up with expert facialist, Ada Ooi, to offer product-redeemable treatments and I was keen to experience Ada’s famous sculpting hands with a 001 Signature Sculpt and Glow Facial.
Entering the store via the side entrance, I admired the wooden statues flanking the staircase. The ground floor restaurant has changed quite a bit since I was last here, it’s now known as 45 Jermyn St.
I headed through to the main spiral staircase where there is currently a fantastic Alice in Wonderland themed display.
Arriving on the second floor, I resisted the temptation of the perfume bottles laid out enticingly, and made straight for the treatment room. I was introduced to Ada, who is charming and looks many years younger than her age. I always think that’s a great endorsement for someone’s skills as a facialist! She wears very little make up herself and her treatments are renowned for giving clients a glow without makeup.
The treatment room was bright and airy, with its own chandelier and a view towards Piccadilly. Ada began by examining my skin in detail. She tailors her facials to each client, using her own award-winning products, 001 Skincare, which are formulated and manufactured in the UK. They aim to rebalance skin, transforming its texture and increasing radiance. She then cleansed my face with an exfoliating and conditioning cleanser containing lactic acid and a gentle BHA (Betahydroxy Acid).
Next, Ada replenished my skin with a pure lavender hydrolat toner which has antibacterial properties. After this, she thoroughly exfoliated my skin with an active peel containing muscovado sugar and pineapple enzymes. The oil-based formula encourages sebum to surface, enabling Ada to carry out a detailed extraction on the nose and chin areas. It wasn’t at all painful and had an instant effect in reducing redness and smoothing the skin. After this, she applied a mini mask of Damascena rose mist to calm the skin.
What really sets Ada’s facials apart are her signature tapping and massage techniques. She uses warmed volcanic rocks to massage the face, lifting muscles and boosting blood circulation. It’s an interesting hybrid of Western lymphatic drainage and Eastern meridian scraping around the jawline, in order to release toxins and eliminate water retention. The end result is a more contoured jaw and a glowing complexion. Yet the innovations weren’t over, as she then gave me a cooling massage on the acupressure points around my eyes with her own patented glass Eyecicle® device. Once chilled, it can be used around the delicate eye area to lift and eliminate puffiness. With regular use, it claims to assist skin cell regrowth. I found this very relaxing and my eyes did seem refreshed afterwards. Next, Ada applied an oil serum containing sandalwood, rose and frankincense to strengthen my skin and a supreme equilibrium mask with a jelly-like consistency, rich in manuka honey, precious resin oils and shea butter. Obviously my skin was pretty parched as she then applied a silk skin sheet mask and spritzed rose mist on top to intensify hydration. The final stage in this very bespoke treatment was mild facial pinching to help the products sink into the skin and to reawaken my complexion.
One of the great things about this facial is that the booking fee of £50 is redeemable against the purchase of two 001 products for the 60 minute treatment, as is the £80 booking fee, redeemable with the purchase of three products for the 90 minute treatment. I left the store feeling very much like Alice in Wonderland, having experienced the magic of Ada’s healing hands! Initially my skin was a little red in places so I’d recommend having the facial a couple of days before a big event, but once it had settled down it was radiant, plumped up and so much smoother. Treatments run every Thursday at Fortnum & Mason and can be booked at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: +44 7546 860 744.
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