Complimentary herbal tea is lovely, and a gentle cleansing may be just delightful, but when it comes to facials, it is ALL about results. You can keep your relaxing pan pipe muzac and even your complimentary skincare samples, thanks very much. Developed by New York’s super facialist to the stars (no, we’re not going to name drop), the Ling Oxygen Plasma & Ultra Sound Facial is quite possibly the best facial money can buy. Exclusively available in the UK at Beauty Works West, this is one seriously results-driven treatment.

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The chic Notting Hill medi-spa offers a variety of facials, but Ms Chang’s magic treatment is the one which really delivers, thanks to a hit list of tried-and-tested techniques. Triple exfoliation, steam cleansing and – yep, you guessed it – extractions give skin an intensive deep cleanse to leave your complexion clear, glowing and radiant. A thorough skin analysis means that your facial and the Ling Skincare products used are tailored to you and your specific concerns, whether that’s pigmentation, fine lines, acne or dullness. A bespoke facial that really works? We might have mentioned that this is a pretty special treatment…

And just because it’s a super-cleansing facial, that doesn’t mean that it’s relaxation-free, fear not! While extractions are unlikely to be anyone’s idea of a pleasurable way of spending the afternoon, BWW’s expert therapists ensure that the procedure is as pain-free as possible and over and done with pretty quickly. Plus you’ll be tucked under a cosy heated duvet for the duration of the facial which is about as blissfully snuggly as it sounds. And there’s an indulgent hand and arm massage avec paraffin treatment thrown in for kicks too…

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The inclusion of ultrasound in the facial works to help the supercharged products penetrate more deeply. Although this sounds a little space-agey, it’s actually very effective in increasing collagen production, zapping bacteria post-extractions and hydrating skin. Ling’s legendary facial definitely lives up to its billing and it’s a potent treatment that actually lasts – you can expect clearer, cleaner, more radiant skin for weeks to come. We can see why Gisele’s got Ling on speed dial…

The 80-minute Ling Oxygen Plasma & Ultra Sound Facial is priced at £130, and available at Beauty Works West. For more information and to book, see the BWW website.