Notes on... Murad facial

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Confession time: we knew nothing about L.A. skin care peeps Murad until they announced their £10, 30-minute facial pop-up. Though loyal to our particular skincare regime, after reading some pretty bold claims, we booked in to see how much difference half an hour could make to our perhaps a little too sun-worshipped visage.

With 19 patents and 30-years of research behind him Dr Murad's kinda a big deal on the Hollywood circuit with a brand that's very much about the science of skincare as opposed to beauty or makeup. Skipping the usual cleanse and tone chat, our recent lack of exfoliation was rumbled in seconds and a no-fuss Vitamin C peel applied. Our skin immediately looking brighter, but the serious amounts of pigmentation and dark patches around our hairline also revealed themselves rather clearly. Enter left, Dr Murad's latest wonderment — the Rapid Age Spot Correcting Serum. As well as protecting skin from environmental ageing, it's said to reduce the appearance of dark spots and that excessive pigmentation we've managed to acquire. To see a serious impact, six weeks of continuous use is recommended, so we'll have to report back on how well the serum works for us but an immediate change we've made is upping the SPF in our moisturiser. At £55, Murad's City Skin SPF 50 is a lot more than we'd usually spend on sun protection but it's super light, soaks in immediately and we've got a feeling our 60-year-old self will seriously thank us.

Until July 24, it's £10 for a 30-minute facial which is redeemable against the purchase of any products. Book