Best 'break-out busting' facials in London this winter
Gazelli House

Gazelli House

Best for Luxury - Gazelli House

Perfect for January skin, the Pro Recovery facial uses Oxygen Therapy and Gazelli’s signature White Oil TM to restore the essential antioxidants and minerals that modern living strips away. Beginning with a deep cleanse to purify skin, the treatment boosts hydration and protection and enables repair, so that skin is left looking healthy and revitalised. £70 gazelli.com/treatments

Best 'no-nonsense' Treatment - London Professional Aesthetics

Elizabeth Rimmer - Director at London Professional Aesthetics is a fully qualified Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years experience in the industry. The clinic offer tailored clinical facials to combat acne including the DERMALUX Blue LED Facial - which after just one treatment energises skin cells to revitalise a dull and tired complexion (and can be done in your lunch break). A course of treatment offers long lasting results, stimulating the skin's natural rejuvenation and repair processes to promote healthy looking skin, accelerate cell renewal and resolve break-outs and scarring. From £50 lpa.london

Best on a Budget - REN express @ Soho Skin

The perfect skin booster - a cleansing and nourishing treatment, perfect for a quick pick-me-up slap bang in the middle of town. REN products have pioneered Clean Skincare: a smarter skincare which delivers high performance visible results whilst always being on skin’s side. Scrupulously avoiding any skin unfriendly, toxic ingredients. With just the right amount of naturally derived hi tech bio-actives that help the skin help itself. £35 sohoskin.com

5 mins with PANDORA SYKES

Previously Fashion Features Editor at heavyweight weekend mag Sunday Times Style and known for her intuitively relatable column Wardrobe Mistress, it's no wonder Pandora Sykes has acquired a cult-like social media following. Witty, glam yet down to earth, it's also easy to see why designers and retailers are chomping at the bit for Pandora to inject her unique brand of cool into styling and consulting projects globally. 

Now working freelance, starting the day right is key "Before I take my phone off airplane mode, I wash my face with Avene face wash, brush my teeth and fling open the shutters. Then I feel ready to face my messages!”. Not only is Pandora a stylist and writer of everything from travel to working conditions in the fashion industry - she co-hosts The High-Low with Dolly Alderton, a weekly podcast about the trivial and the political, the serious and the silly and everything in-between. It’s addictive (I still laugh out loud thinking about the episode that Pandora thought R. Kelly was in the Lighthouse Family).  

I'm keen to know how one so busy manages to chill "I run a bath and add some Lime, Basil and Mandarin bath oil by Jo Malone; read a good book by Jami Attenburg or some of Roxanne Gay’s short stories; listen to a podcast of Woman’s Hour on Radio 4, or The Guilty Feminist podcast and burn Feu de Bois by Diptyque”. A native Londoner, Pandora also knows where to get her foodie fix "For breakfast it would be sweetcorn fritters at Granger & Co on Westbourne Grove. For lunch I love gyoza from Borough market in London Bridge and for dinner I would have to have a stack of ribs from The Hillgate or chorizo hash at The Shed, in Notting Hill". And what about beauty? “ I might fling on a sheet mask, if someone’s given me one!”. Tbh, she doesn’t need much else.  

@pandorasykes