Vaishaly Signature Facial

Vaishaly Signature Facial Last week I went for a ‘signature’ facial at Vaishaly Patel’s skin clinic in Marylebone. I hadn’t done my research whatsoever before attending my appointment (naughty!) and so I was quite surprised to find that the first part of the 55 minute treatment was taken up with mild microdermabrasion and extraction. I presumed (because of what I knew about Vaishlay and her simple, pure products) that the whole experience would be very natural and massage-y, so they rather caught me on the back foot! The Vaishaly facial is purely prescriptive, so each and every treatment will be different, but there’s no long list of ‘options’ to choose from – the facialist will appraise your skin before deciding on a course of action.

My course of action was exfoliation, deep cleansing and then the most amazing, weird massage that made me have an out-of-body experience. I won’t go into too much detail, because I’ll regret it later when it starts coming up on Google. (Oh, OK: I started thinking that I was a goat-herder called Klaus. Really. It was most bizarre.) Anouk did this incredible Reiki-typed thing with her hands and frequently she would stop massaging  and just hold her palms over my face. Both elements of the ‘quiet’ part of the treatment were equally relaxing, but I did get into the habit of trying to double-guess when she would stop massaging and do the hands-still trick.

Results? Extremely glowy skin for near enough a week – I did get a few little pimply bumps come up on my chin region over the course of the week, but they were probably Klaus the goat-herder’s, not mine – these goat-herders have a terrible diet. One thing that I don’t like all that much is microdermabrasion. I’m usually game for anything during a facial (apart from ‘extras’!) but microdermabrasion always leaves my skin feeling very dry a few days down the line. I always worry that it has disturbed my skin’s balance in some way or another. Saying all that, this was the best version of microderm I have had – it was very mild and Anouk spent a long time afterwards pushing moisture back into the skin.

All joking (about goat-herders) aside, I did feel that this was a very spirit-lifting, mind-balancing facial. Not only did my skin look incredible, but I had a chance to let my mind totally blank out, which never happens. Even when I’m asleep I have these crazy full-throttle dreams going on, so it was something of a wonder that I actually managed to relax. I could definitely go in for just fifty-five minutes of the massage/reiki part!

Until recently, the Vaishaly Signature Facial was £250, performed by superfacialist Vaishaly Patel, but now it’s available through her specially trained assistants (Anouk being one of them) for £100. Something else that I’ve remembered: you know how in a lot of spas or treatment places have a million people clomping about all over the place whilst you try to relax? Not this one. It was dead quiet. The music was brilliant too – I forgot to ask them what it was, but I need it in my life.

Have a look on the Vaishaly Website for more details about treatments and products!

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  1. October 29, 2011 / 7:11 am

    :D aaaaah Ruth! you just made my day with your new posts. :) and that’s saying something at the moment… me ;)
    The Klaus-part was brilliant :D
    have a lovely day too:)

  2. Alex
    October 29, 2011 / 8:09 am

    bwhahahahah Klaus!

  3. Iulia
    October 29, 2011 / 2:43 pm

    I’m now craving for a facial! :) Ruth I love the way you write, always puts a smile on my face plus there’s always great info in your posts, so thanks!!

  4. October 29, 2011 / 4:45 pm

    It’s so hard to find a decent ‘spa place’ to relax. Most of them are so artificial and cram you into small rooms with scented candles and pling plong/nature music that annoys me more than relax.

    If you can doze off that means it must be very quiet and you can really relax. Not do the mental mantra: relax, relax, OUCH that squeezing hurts like a son of a …

    How you get to the sheepherding is all up to you Ruth. Dare we ask?


    • admin
      October 30, 2011 / 6:39 pm

      @Phil – I have no idea!!! My mind works in mysterious ways…..

  5. Jan
    October 29, 2011 / 5:33 pm

    I am so jealous, I love Vaishaly products, and the packaging is supersexy. Like the new layout and font btw very spare.

    • admin
      October 30, 2011 / 6:38 pm

      @Jan thanks – you will LOVE the new face wash, I’m testing it out at the mo – more soon! x

  6. Gaya
    October 29, 2011 / 6:03 pm

    Hahahaha, the goat-herder killed me!!Klaus! What an unusual name too! ;)
    The facial seems nice though. :)

  7. Maggie
    October 30, 2011 / 7:51 am

    Honest and eloquent as ever. Thanks, Ruth. You are the most thorough, useful and entertaining blogger I know. You make the other online beauty writers (esp. those on certain magazine websites) look like total amateurs. I know it makes me sound like a saddo – but AMR always brightens my day.

    • admin
      October 30, 2011 / 6:37 pm

      @Maggie thanks so much – glad to be of service! x

  8. May 6, 2012 / 4:55 pm

    Hi Ruth

    I’ve never tried a Vaishaly facial, probably due to I live in Birmingham.
    Anyway I just love Vaishaly products especially the Cleansing Balm and Day Moisturiser SPF15. Have you ever tried either of these?

    Best wishes


    • Ruth
      May 6, 2012 / 9:24 pm

      @Danny the balm is AMAZING! Love it! x

  9. Marta
    October 25, 2017 / 9:00 am

    Hi all,

    On Ruth recommendation found here I visited vaishaly clinic and got the signature facial with aesthetician. Just wanted to add my opinion here. The salon is very nice and the service also.
    However, for £125 I was expecting more..I have a sense of not really getting the value for my money. Majority of the facial is really a face message which is actually aesthetician holding your head or pressing points on your face rather then massaging it … the extraction and exfoliation takes maybe 1/3 of the time.. i though that nothing was happening ..and I paid a fair a bit to just lie there… my face is breaking out still couple days after .. though I know it can be natural consequence of any facial. So just to give you different perspective ..

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