Omniya, a pioneering health and beauty mediclinic on Montpelier Street (within easy reach of Harrods), specialises in hormone therapies that leave you glowing inside and out. The Resident sent Madeleine Howell to try a bespoke facial…
Words: Madeleine Howell
The buzz in beauty at the moment is hormones. It stands to reason that if your basic regulatory substances are out of kilter, it’s going to have an impact on your skin and hair, as well as your health and moods. In which case, a facial should go hand in hand with a pharmacy and a GP.
If you don’t know your cortisol from your insulin, it might be worth checking in to Omniya, where private GP Dr Sohère Roked (author of The Tiredness Cure) specialises in hormone therapies to tackle chronic fatigue, fertility, gut health and anxiety. Her expertise is combined with that of nutritionist Peter Cox, who can assist with a lifestyle programme targeting weight loss, ageing, energy, digestion and cardiovascular health.
Having tackled these issues at the root, you can take care of the surface of your skin with the help of the beauty team. Headed up by facialist Kerry Payne, advanced skin consultations are on offer, allowing the beauty team to design bespoke facials using cutting-edge products such as SkinCeuticals, Zo and Environ, as well as old favourites like Dermalogica, Vichy and La Roche Posay.
My therapist Charlotte Hart diagnosed my skin with dehydration (note to self: drink more water) before introducing me to my first peel. Sensing my hesitation, she passed me a hand-held fan to ease the sensation. I needn’t have worried – other than a slight tingling, the peel, with a beginner’s dose of retinol – caused little discomfort, and I’m convinced it did the trick of renewing and rejuvenating my tired skin, sluggish from a summer in the city.
Next up, it was time for a spell under the Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Skin Rejuvenation lamp. Although for the first few seconds the bright light was disconcerting, despite my eyes being firmly covered, Hart offered a hand and arm massage to lull me into a calm state of relaxation. Afterwards, I guzzled down a glass of aloe vera water, already feeling brighter and healthier – inside and out.