When you're about to hit 30, you start to notice a difference in your skin. I know everyone says the big three oh is nothing to stress about but trust me, as one who is a mere four months away from saying cheerio to her twenties, I can tell you things are a-changing.
For example, when I was in my early and mid-twenties I could go out all night, get two hours sleep, drink everything I could see, smoke twenty fags and get up the next day looking blearily fine. Someone fresh-faced who knew how to have a good time. These days, my day after face is grey and sad. I can see every drink and "cheeky" cig on my forehead. It's devastating and I'm not taking this ageing thing lying down.
So with spring in the pipeline - and less hats covering my face - I take myself to Paul Edmonds in Knightsbridge for the salon's Ultimate Detox Facial.
My therapist Saynab escorts me to a room that's both clinical and cosy (see above), telling me I look "so tired" but not to worry, she'll make me look better. I trust her, she's a safe pair of hands, she'll sort this face out.
And she does. There's cleansing, extraction, exfoliation, two masks, serum, moisturiser and eye cream - it's all about Environ's antioxidant lotions and potions. Saynab says my skin "drinks up" the product - cold weather leaves you with a dry dermis apparently - and advises products with vitamin C if I want to preserve my skin like a good jam.
Like all good facials, I'm blotchy when I leave the salon but feel more relaxed than I have since Halloween in 2011. That night I sleep for 12 hours and wake up looking dewey and fresh. Positively glowing and about 26-ish. I preen all day. Want to get a spring fresh day in just an hour? This one is for you.
The Ultimate Detox Facial from Paul Edmonds is £80 for 60 minutes. Visit the salon website for more information.
This Week You Should Try... NuBo's Snow Queen Facial
This Week You Should Try... Floatation Therapy
This Week You Should Try... Paraffin Wax Bath