Summer Skincare Tips and OSKIA Facial at One Aldwych Hotel

It’s that time of year when skin could do with an extra boost to stay hydrated. I was therefore delighted to be invited to One Aldwych, a luxurious five star hotel in the heart of Covent Garden and Theatreland, to experience the Signature Glow Facial by OSKIA London and to pick up some Summer skincare tips to share with you.

One Aldwych London spa
I’m a fan of One Aldwych and have enjoyed a luxurious staycation here as well as signature cocktails in their stunning lobby bar.

One Aldwych entrance
One Aldwych’s health club and spa is a relaxing space set over two floors, with a comfy reception area and display of the skincare and nail treatments available. There are three treatment rooms and the Health Club’s expert therapists will adapt your facial to the needs of your skin. My facialist, Tatiana, didn’t seem phased by the fact that my skin can be both oily and dry at the same time, so quite a challenge! There are four OSKIA treatments on offer:

Signature Glow Facial (75 minutes) – a radiance-boosting facial that combines anti-ageing and glow-inducing techniques to illuminate skin.

Gentlemen’s Facial (60 minutes) – with a deep steam-cleanse, stimulating facial massage and a soothing neck and shoulder massage.

Glow on the Go (45 minutes) – incorporating deep cleansing methods with OSKIA  facial and eye massage techniques for brighter, younger-looking skin.

– Eye Wonder (45 minutes) – an anti-ageing and anti-fatigue treatment to soothe over-worked eyes, reduce puffiness and strengthen the eye contour.

The treatment rooms are spacious and decorated with a pretty sprig of lavender on the massage bed. OSKIA was founded by Georgie Cleeve who witnessed first-hand the skincare benefits of MSM, a natural form of organic sulphur. She tried MSM to repair damage to her knees after a skiing accident and was amazed to see major improvements to her complexion, hair and nails. Not only does it boost collagen production, it also promotes circulation and helps decrease skin inflammation. OSKIA products are designed to improve the skin’s condition from both the inside by way of supplements and the outside with natural skincare products.  They have won 39 major international skincare awards, and their Renaissance Mask has won 9 best mask awards.

One Aldwych spa treatment room
I noticed what may look like an instrument of torture, however having quizzed the therapist, it’s actually a steamer that very gently opens up the pores for the most effective treatment. Firstly she thoroughly cleansed and exfoliated my skin before moving on to extraction. If your skin is blemish free then you can skip this stage but it was certainly effective. I’d recommend having the facial the day before a big event or even a few days before as my complexion looked wonderful once it had settled down – on the evening itself it was still slightly red. After facial massage and application of the Renaissance mask and Super 16 serum, my hands were also exfoliated. Finally, I was treated to a very relaxing back massage using melted wax from an OSKIA candle.

Oskia facial steam
I picked up some great Summer skincare tips from OSKIA:

1. Use an oil-free and fragrance-free SPF all day over your entire face and body.

2. Switch to light oil free creams and serums as your skin will be producing more sebum which may otherwise lead to clogged pores.

3. Try blotting paper instead of powdering your face, it will give a wonderful dewy complexion.

4. Remember your neck and décolletage – they also need cleansing and moisturizing to look their best.

5. Exfoliate regularly to remove dead skin cells, 1-2 times a week is advisable. Avoid using body and facial scrubs with coarse granules, instead choose an exfoliant with fine silica granules or AHAs.

6. Don’t forget your hands – try to exfoliate them a few times a week, use a rich moisturiser and always apply an SPF. I’m certainly going to put this into practice.

7. Look after your upper arms – I wasn’t aware that around 40% of the population suffer from Keratosis Pilaris, the little red bumps on the back of your upper arms. It’s a genetic condition but you can minimize it by daily exfoliation or by using a natural body brush and moisturizing with a vitamin and AHA rich cream.

8. Prepare your skin internally before hitting the sun. Eat anti-oxidants such as brightly coloured vegetables, anti-inflammatories such as avocado and mackerel and consider taking MSM supplements.

One Aldwych spa treatment room
After my treatment, I took advantage of One Aldwych’s great Health Club after my treatment – starting with the Technogym equipment and a very quick dip in the 18 meter chlorine-free swimming pool. It actually plays underwater music so it’s a very relaxing experience! I didn’t stay in long as I was concerned about undoing the effects of my facial but I needn’t have worried as my facialist told me afterwards that it didn’t matter at all.
One Aldwych health club
One Aldwych had really thought of everything as to finish, I was offered either cocktails or a healthy light dish-to-go. Normally I’d be up for the cocktails but with the holiday season fast approaching I decided to be virtuous and opt for their Quinoa with peas, broad beans and smoked almonds. Freshly prepared from Executive Chef’s Dominic Teague’s new Indigo restaurant menu, it certainly didn’t skimp on flavour and had a very tasty sauce.

OSKIA London signature facial at One Aldwych, London WC2B 4BZ
For more information or to book, call 020 7300 0600

  • What a real treat, Suze! I LOVE a good facial – I feel really relaxed, refreshed and calm after them (and the fact that my skin looks better is a real bonus too…!). That pool looks glorious – amazing to think it’s there even though it’s in the middle of busy London!

    Lauren xx | The Lifestyle Diaries

    • Yes I love the fact that the pool is chlorine free and my skin still looks better after that facial

  • AdventureHan

    What I wouldn’t give for a bit of pampering right now! X

    • We could all do with a little pampering, hope you get some!

  • Looks like so much fun and relaxing

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • It’s a beautiful place, perfect for relaxation.
    XoXo from South Africa

  • Suze, your wonderful post makes me want to visit London and have a spa week soooooo much. One Aldwych hotel is beautiful and seems to have the perfect health club & spa. The OSKIA London products and treatments sound divine. Thanks for inspiring us all to maybe be a little healthier today 🙂

    Xoxo, Shelly

    • It really is a great place to stay, right in the centre but so quiet once you’re inside and the OSKIA treatment was fantastic!

  • Rebeca Ch
  • How lovely to have been invited here, it certainly looks very luxurious inside – relaxing 🙂 You’ve listed some fantastic skincare tips and with regard to number 7, I’m part of that 40%! Thankfully, I’ve managed to reduce it significantly, though it seems impossible to remove entirely. I hope your week is going well Suze 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • I seem to get those bumps if I overdo sunbathing! Having a great week thanks

  • such a lovely place,greatreview

  • Wow, looks like a beautiful place to relax!

    • Yes it was so relaxing, I should make time for pampering more often!

  • Lucy

    You know I love a wonderful spa, Oskia products are lovely so luxurious. This looks like the perfect way to unwind Lucy x

    • They’re great products, I’m definitely going to try them out going forward – especially the exfoliator

  • Paola

    So relaxing!!! I would like to visit this SPA!!!
    Kisses, Paola.


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    • Definitely worth a visit if you’re ever in London, Paola!

  • Elena Dal Maso

    What a wonderful experience 🙂
    I would try the super eye treatment…


    • The eye treatment sounded tempting but I felt like my whole face was in need of a treatment 😉 Thanks for stopping by

  • Tash Collier

    What a gorgeous place!

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  • Danielle

    I wish I could be at that Spa right now! Thanks for the beauty tips!

  • Olivia Aimes

    This looks an awesome experience!

    • It was a great experience all round, loved the swimming pool as well as the facial

  • Love and Limoncello

    Never had an OSKIA facial but I am certainly open to trying new things. Amazing that you also fitted in a swim. xx

    • I’m trying to get fit before Bali! Like your new pic, Zoe

  • Never heard of this company, but it seems like you had a great experience there. And they had some wonderful tips to share. I’m always going to the store and stand in front of the skin-care products all like: “okay… There are about 40 types of day cream… Which one should be good for me?” Love the tip about getting the non-oily products. My beautician also told me that. I’ve a few places in my face which can be a bit problematic sometimes. Therefore I’m using tea tree products and a peeling/scrub/facial mask combination product I got from my beaucian

    • It’s a bit overwhelming isn’t it! Non-oily products work well for me as I’ve got such combination skin and tea tree oil is a great tip, I actually like the distinctive smell of that too!

  • What a lovely, relaxing experience! I will definitely be using those summer skincare tips – they will be useful to me all year round in Qatar!

    Polly xx
    Follow Your Sunshine

    • You’re lucky to have permanent sunshine Polly, I can imagine how important sunscreen is!

  • Oh this looks just blissful! Getting facials is one of my favorite things for “treat yourself!” days…I always feel so glowy afterwards! This spot looks like a wonderful place to be pampered!

    • It’s a great little treat isn’t it and the hotel was the perfect spot for it. Hope you find time for a nice one in NY

  • I love Oskia products! They’re definitely very luxiourious and have always worked well with my skin. Will have to pop-down at some point 🙂

    Tahira |

    • Ooh you’re the first one I know who has tried them, good that they work well long term

  • This hotel looks so luxurious.
    Lovin the exterior 🙂
    And this products sounds interesting

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    • It’s a really luxurious hotel with a great Art Nouveau exterior, we don’t have many buildings like it in London

  • Love these skin care tips. That Glow on the Go facial sounds really nice. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Ellie Adams

    One Aldwych is gorgeous isn’t it, and Oskia is such a fab brand..this loos like pure luxury hun! Will have to check it out 🙂


    • You definitely should Ellie, it would be right up your street

  • the italian glam

    this place looks so good and I bet the Oskia treatment was a great experience

    kisses from Italy

  • Could do with a bit of that right now! Will have to check those products out!

  • Oooh such a treat for your skin!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • ♫ Alison M ♪

    What a lovely building. The products look great as well, a lovely treat

    • I’m definitely intrigued to see how the products work long term – have a good weekend Ali

  • Great review,that place looks terrific

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