Tucked away off Notting Hill’s slickest strip, Lambton Place off Westbourne Grove is an introduction into how beautiful people live, exercise and maintain that elusive polished air normally restricted for airbrushed fash mags. Depressingly, the truth will out. Real people can be intimidatingly gorgeous – albeit with the help of a few trainers, nutritionists and needle-wielding beauty hounds. Beauty Works West is one such pamper palace built around this fantasy come (enviable) reality, a place devoted to die-hard beauty junkies searching for the holy grail of skincare. Here, they’ll find it going by the name of Michelle Ling.
Hailed by many as a stateside skincare supremo, Ling is an American export that’s also a must on any New York madam’s speed dial; her iconic, exclusive skincare and facial techniques yield a loyal following from some of the industry’s most frown-free insiders. Non-invasive and highly targeted, each treatment featured is built on the basis that skin declines through a loss of hydration.
Notably therefore, every dewy-skinned therapist is a living embodiment of the venue’s unwritten mantra: moisture is king. It filters into treatments, it factors in the feedback – it’s everywhere. Certainly, after two hours of moisture plumping, oxygen boosting skin spoilage, epidermis is likely to feel so self-indulged that it’s enough to awaken anyone’s inner princess. Glowing? Let’s just say air-brushing has never felt so obtainable.