Teresa Tarmey Facial Review

Facials , 5 February 2016

The Facial / Teresa Tarmey

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Oh lord. Just as I thought I’d never find a facialist par excellence who lives close enough for me to not endure the whole tube journey sans make-up home embarrassment thing, along came Teresa Tarmey. She still treats from her Belsize Park treatment room adjoining her house (and often in the houses of those with faces too famous to expose nudely to the world), but she can also now be found in the eponymous salon near my stomping ground on Needham Road.

It’s plush, her palace of skin. Candles in the bathroom, chandeliers on the ceiling, a wall covered in lasers. Okay, that last bit is not so plush – but it is effective as hell. This is Teresa’s thing, effective facials. As I was due to be filming the day after having mine, I asked for something just to soothe and calm my skin. On went a bunch of NeoStrata products and a tunnel of LED lights to calm, followed by a nice, long massage. My skin felt – and looked – an awful lot better, but to Teresa the treatment warranted an apology: “I’m so sorry that wouldn’t have made a huge difference, but I didn’t want you to need any recovery time, you see.”

This leads me onto the second thing that has me gushing a bit around my quarters about Teresa. She is a good person. Not in the PR-trained, saccharine sense – no: she’s warm, effusive, helpful, enquiring. My first inkling of this extra special thing about Teresa came when my evening slot was requested by one of the many A-listers she treats. Her line on this was unequivocal: if I could move my slot by fifteen minutes, great. If not, Moss/Miller/Watson/whoever-it-was (she’s discrete) could wait. Next, she asked me about my career and life, patiently suggesting solutions to problems as her fingers kneaded. I’d go back to see her half for the facial and half to see her. Scrap that – probably about 60% for the facial – maybe 70…


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