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Y&YW headed to the Lush Spa to trial their beautifying Validation Facial

Lush Spa Validation Facial

It’s a busy Saturday morning in London’s Chelsea and we find ourselves in the country kitchen of a Dorset farmhouse. Well almost – we’re in the relaxing surrounds of the Lush Spa basement on the King’s Road to try out their bridal-pamper-perfect Validation Facial.


Where it’s at…
The decor of this city/rural retreat is cosy and charming with vintage seaside postcards lining the walls and cheerful homely touches to boot.

What every bride should expect…
We’re here for a Validation Facial, which we’re told is as much a treatment for ‘validating’ (or getting in touch with) your inner beauty as it is a yummy ingredient-heavy splurge of the best of Lush’s natural products.

“How do you want to feel afterwards?” our therapist, Sophie-Rae Martyn, asks with a warm smile. After we’ve decided we’d like to feel rejuvenated, fresh-faced and luminous (brides, take note!), Sophie-Rae leads us up to the store floor to choose our ingredients, so we know exactly what’s going into our facial and so that we get to select all the scents and textures we love! After a quick Lush education we go for Ultrabland – to cleanse the eyes; Mint Julips – to exfoliate the Lips; a Vitamin E toner tab; Dream Time temple balm; Angels On Bare Skin facial cleanser; Full Of Grace facial serum bar; The Sacred Truth fresh facemask; Handy Gurugu hand cream; Enchanted eye cream; Lovely Jubblies neck cream; Whoosh temple balm and Skin’s Shangri La facial moisturiser. We’re overcome by all the luscious scents and know our skin is in for a real treat!

How it happened…
The treatment lasted a dreamy 60 minutes, in which time our therapist worked her spellbinding magic on our skin while treating us to a blissed-out soundtrack of traditional English folk music – with soul-affirming voiceovers from the Lush team worked in.

The verdict…
We were definitely chanting our feelgood mantra by the end of the hour, and our skin certainly felt and looked lovely and luminous. Any boho bride seeking utter calm and in need of a boost should try this before her Big day for sure.


To book…
Validation Facial, £75 for 60 minutes. We visited the Lush Spa at 123 King’s Road, London, SW3 4PL (020 7376 8348) but for details of your nearest Lush Spa visit lush.co.uk