I confess Guinot was a new brand to me, being more likely to stick to my tried and tested Dermalogica. A French brand started in 1972 by Monsieur Guinot, they remain privately owned although they operate on a global scale. Justyna runs the only London franchise, now based right here in Earlsfield after starting out in Mayfair (a move I can only applaud).
Justyna had invited me to try the 'Hydradermie2' Signature facial. It's a one-hour indulgence that's based on the principle of double ionisation and uses specialist tools to get maximum benefit.
I was shown into the cozy, relaxing treatment rooms underneath the salon. Decorated in the salon's signature red and white, I was delighted to discover they boast heated treatment beds. There was a real chance I would never leave.
The treatment itself was a blessing for my poor, winter damaged skin. Comprising a bespoke selection of serum gels, moisturisers and massage, I was informed afterwards that my skin was drinking up the products like a sponge. The roller electrodes gave a pleasantly tingly sensation. I'm a little fuzzy on the science behind it all, but even my husband noticed how much softer my skin was, so it worked!
You can always tell when you're in good hands at a salon - something about the way you can drift off knowing you're with someone who knows exactly what they're doing. I was certainly miles away when we got to the end of my treatment. Days on, my skin has kept that softness and looks and feels so much better. I also left with a bespoke treatment sheet and some samples to try at home.
Guinot Earlsfield has definitely been added to my little black book of salons to recommend, but I suspect the secret won't be kept for long as bookings are already stacking up.
Chatting to Justyna afterwards I was delighted to hear how welcoming the Earlsfield business community has been and how supportive they are to new businesses. That's what we need to keep growing our high street and help local businesses prosper.
One such success is Guinot and Flowers in the Wind's collaboration. They trialed it for Valentine's Day, and now for Mothering Sunday they're also offering £10 off one of the facials I tried with every bunch of flowers ordered. I hear their order books are filling up so don't leave it too late!
The Guinot Salon Earlsfield
416 Garratt Lane
t: 0208 946 1661
Go Earlsfield was a very grateful guest of Guinot Earlsfield.