Pin It

I had my face wrapped in a leather mask and pumped with galvanic current

TextIris Rosindo-Chalangeas

A review of Skinwork’s Signature Facial

It was – we admit – the uncanny similarity to Hannibal Lecter’s infamous mask that first drew our attention to Skinwork’s Signature Facial. A face wrapped in gauze bandages and covered with a leather mask overlay with machine-attached wires makes a striking image. It was the glowing reviews from beauty editors and celebrities alike that sealed it, however, and we decided we had to try it out for ourselves.

Taking place in the basement of concept store Alex Eagle Studio, Skinwork’s most popular treatment the Signature Facial involves a congestion-clearing deep cleanse and antioxidant solution mask which penetrates the skin using galvanic currents and stimulates collagen production. Going in before the treatment, my skin wasn’t feeling its best with some texture build up, congestion and blackheads. The process started off like any other facial, with a gentle cleanse, before moving onto the application of a conical heat mask which preps the skin for the extraction phase by opening up the pores. Using a suction tool and their signature rolling technique, all the dirt and toxins were then squeezed out of my pores, a process that was not at all painful.

Next up came the money shot. First, bandages soaked in an antioxidant solution – made up of vitamin C to regenerate tissue and stimulate collagen production and zinc to calm inflammation – were wrapped around my face. Then came the leather mask which is hooked up to a machine that runs galvanic current through the face to allow the antioxidants to penetrate the skin and stimulate cell renewal. This lasted for around 20 minutes during which I obviously felt like a mummy and had an unpleasant metallic taste in my mouth as a result of the currents. However, the upper body massage of my neck, shoulders and arms greatly improved the situation and added a relaxing distraction.

When I emerged out from under the bandages my skin was looking great. The products used to moisturise post-mask didn’t irritate my very sensitive skin and the pressure that had been applied to the different parts of my face had helped release tension and reduce that first-thing-in-the-morning feeling of swollenness. Following the treatment, my skin felt more plump and firm and the congestion I had been suffering from was gone. The galvanic mask provided an instant feeling of awakeness and the upper body massage really helped kick start my day. All in all, I would definitely recommend this treatment for anyone whose skin is in need of a good pick-me-up.          

RRP £140 | 70-Minutes |

Read Next
Are penis manicures the next big thing in nail trends? Beauty news
@sportydidit rainbow finger waves
Hair artist Sportydidit creates the baddest technicolour finger waves hair stylist
10 iconic beauty looks from Lady Gaga’s music videos Beauty Feature
lady gaga stupid love haus labs makeup artist sarah tanno
‘Stupid Love’ MUA Sarah Tanno on turning Lady Gaga into a ‘Kindness Punk’ Beauty news
Artist and DJ Doooo finds beauty in flesh with his everyday object art Spotlight
Tight Foreskin 1
What to do if you have a tight foreskin – AKA phimosis Beauty Feature
Waterdrop Nails
Waterdrop nails are the next big trend for manicures Beauty news
Dries Van Noten AW20
Billie Eilish’s slime coloured roots are the biggest look of fashion week Beauty news
Six pack contouring
Ab Fab: Why six pack contouring is trending and troubling Beauty Feature
Tik Tok
Meet the #TikTokDocs giving professional medical advice through trap music Beauty Feature
I did downward dogs with actual puppies and (obviously) loved it Tried and Tested
Guide Beauty
Guide Beauty is a new make-up brand perfect for people with shaky hands Beauty news
Emma Dabiri
Author Emma Dabiri is fighting for Afro hair to be protected by the law Beauty Feature
TikTok users are celebrating their natural beauty using works of art Beauty news
hair trend 2020 buller and rice salon london
5 upcoming 2020 hair trends to try before they’re everywhere Beauty Trends
Rook Perfumes wants to transport you to the forest with new collection Beauty news