Daily cleansing is an essential part of any skincare routine but for those of us who live in such a polluted city like London, we need something more intensive to really get rid of all the grime and dead skin on our faces. That’s where peels come in; the enzymatic ones from IMAGE Skincare are powerful enough to rejuvenate the skin after just one treatment with minimal irritation.

Winter, on top of that lovely London dirt, has done our skin no favours so we went down to Privet Body, the countryside-inspired salon Notting Hill, for an IMAGE facial. Our aesthetician Michelle started off the treatment with an in-depth consult before whipping out the magnifying mirror to have a good look at our skin both pre- and post-cleanse to determine which peel would be best. It’s this kind of attention to detail that lets you know you’re in good hands.

She decided on the Signature Facelift, which is great if you’ve got combination skin as it’s suitable for a range of concerns including acne, oiliness, dryness and dullness. It’s a four-layer peel, meaning the products don’t get wiped off after each step therefore allowing the active ingredients time to work their way deep into the skin. It starts with a 30% peel with vitamin C, AHAs and BHAs, so you do get some mild tingling; then a scrub-like resurfacing mask; then another layer of peel; and finally a fruit enzyme mask. Whilst that sinks right in you get a neck and shoulder massage and if, like us, you’re guilty of the keyboard hunch, it’s a very welcome step.

Extraction is an extra that the salon offers on top of the treatment – you don’t have to do it but if you’ve gone through all that effort beforehand, and you can handle a little pain, it’s worth getting every last bit of congestion outta there. It’s all finished with serum and moisturiser to soothe the skin and lock in hydration.

We left with bright, dewy and more plumped skin, and only a little redness around the areas of extraction (as you’d expect) as well as detailed recommended routine from Michelle that would help extend the results of the peel. A facelift in an hour? We’ll take it.

214 Kensington Park Rd, London W11 1NR