the Reads: Skin

Facial awareness

the Antidote to... any average treatment

As soon as Urban Bliss facialist Antonia Burrell touches you, you know you are in very safe, very competent hands. Using a combination of that magic touch, her deliciously natural yet powerful products and the odd hi-tech gadget (to do a bit of micro dermabrasion, for instance), your skin will look and feel fresh, hydrated and positively glowing.

She is based in Urban Bliss Notting Hill, which is a more functional than fabulous but it’s worth the journey there – you are paying for Antonia’s skills rather than an OTT W1 postcode….

Take away with you:

Natural Cleansing Oil, from £29.50

This is Antonia’s bestseller and my top buy. The world’s first 100% natural emulsifying cleansing oil apparently. Smells divine because of the Tuscan Cypress Oil and anti-bacterial Bitter Orange Oil. The combo smells purifying yet not medicinal or clinical, deep-cleanses pores and doesn’t irritate sensitive skin.

To use, shake bottle, dispense two pumps into palms, and gently massage over the face for a couple of minutes. Add warm water and massage until all oil has turned into white milk. Rinse thoroughly, and repeat. Follow with Skin Conditioner.

Forest Dew Skin Conditioner, from £25.50

This is a sort of toner on steroids! A rich and silky alcohol-free lotion that deeply hydrates, promoting quenched, healthy and glowing skin. Swiss Alpine Extracts balance sebum production and refine pores, while Lavender Flower Water calms and reduces redness. Skin is left soothed, softened and radiant.
To use, spray onto a cotton pad and wipe all over the face. Use after cleansing and follow with your chosen Mask, Serum and/or Moisturiser.

Mask Supreme 7-in-1, £57

7 in 1 is a big ask but this mask cools, hydrates and smooths beautifully and quickly (leave on for 10 minutes). It draws out the odd pimple or 3, which seem to disappear as fast as they came…

As soon as Urban Bliss facialist Antonia Burrell touches you, you know you are in very safe, very competent hands. Using a combination of that magic touch, her deliciously natural yet powerful products and the odd hi-tech gadget (to do a bit of micro dermabrasion, for instance), your skin will look and feel fresh, hydrated and positively glowing.

She is based in Urban Bliss Notting Hill, which is a more functional than fabulous but it’s worth the journey there – you are paying for Antonia’s skills rather than an OTT W1 postcode….

Take away with you:

Natural Cleansing Oil, from £29.50

This is Antonia’s bestseller and my top buy. The world’s first 100% natural emulsifying cleansing oil apparently. Smells divine because of the Tuscan Cypress Oil and anti-bacterial Bitter Orange Oil. The combo smells purifying yet not medicinal or clinical, deep-cleanses pores and doesn’t irritate sensitive skin.

To use, shake bottle, dispense two pumps into palms, and gently massage over the face for a couple of minutes. Add warm water and massage until all oil has turned into white milk. Rinse thoroughly, and repeat. Follow with Skin Conditioner.

Forest Dew Skin Conditioner, from £25.50

This is a sort of toner on steroids! A rich and silky alcohol-free lotion that deeply hydrates, promoting quenched, healthy and glowing skin. Swiss Alpine Extracts balance sebum production and refine pores, while Lavender Flower Water calms and reduces redness. Skin is left soothed, softened and radiant.
To use, spray onto a cotton pad and wipe all over the face. Use after cleansing and follow with your chosen Mask, Serum and/or Moisturiser.

Mask Supreme 7-in-1, £57

7 in 1 is a big ask but this mask cools, hydrates and smooths beautifully and quickly (leave on for 10 minutes). It draws out the odd pimple or 3, which seem to disappear as fast as they came…