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Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Meet your skin's new Super Facialist

Every serious skin sleuth knows that a super facialist is the cornerstone of good skincare, and once their reputations are built at the coal face – giving sublime facials that quickly create long waiting lists, product lines swiftly follow. Joining the elite skincare tribe of uber facailists turned product gurus including Sarah Chapman, Kate Somerville and Emma Hardie is new recruit Una Brennan.  


Una’s name may not be familiar - yet, but she’s been on speed dial of some of London’s feted natural beauties for years including Laura Bailey and Sienna Miller. Known for making skin look at least five years younger with her dextrous fingers and massage techniques, Una relaxes, revives and replenishes skin behind closed doors from her flat in Notting Hill. Her new range is aptly called Super Facialist. Surprisingly, it's available not from Space NK where expert skin brands tend to launch, but Boots, therefore giving it a wider reach.

Divided into three regimes: Hydrate/Rose, Deep Clean/Tea Flower and Firming/Neroli, the collection of 16 products mix science with nature for effective and feel good results. I’ve been pore testing Hydrate with the Calming Creamy Cleanser and the Miracle Makeover Facial Oil. Upon application of both, the smell of rose really comes to the fore in a clean and fresh way, rather than overpowering and sickly. This is crucial for skincare, if it harbours a smell you don’t bond with then you don’t want to use it. Simple as that! For the science bit, power hitters include a triple offering of : Hyaluronic Acid, Salicylic Acid and Peptides.

So, how did they measure up? The cleanser at £7.99 is creamy but also light. Once rinsed off my skin felt smooth and clean without a hint of tightness or dryness. I’m a huge lover of facial oils and have tried a slew  – many ranging from £50 plus. This one is a steal at £14.99 and very good in terms of consistency, not too oily, but has enough slip to work well under fingertips and not drag the skin.  It sinks in pretty quick too. Una suggests using as a pre-cleanse treatment. This is a great ritual to fall into after a morning shower and before bed as it nourishes the skin and gives you the excuse for a line smoothing facial massage. You may not be able to grab an appointment with Una, but you can certainly experience her skin ethos with these pore picks every day.

Super Facialist has recently launched in leading Boots stores and online at

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